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Wednesday
Jul062016

Abstract Art Delivered in Words and Created by You

As an abstract artist, of photos and paintings I’ve discovered that sometimes I tend to be impatient in the way that I express what is in my mind’s eye.  The more patient, the more time, the more trips back to that piece of work allows for a deeper and more complete translation of what is intended to be expressed.  So should it be with writing fiction.

It is the responsibility of the author to present you with the canvas, paints, brushes and other materials through the expression of well written text, and YOU get to paint it in your mind.  How awesome is that!  It is my belief that the best fiction doesn’t give you every detailed description of a scene, or character, but provides just enough of the materials needed for you to create it the way that your mind pictures it and assembles your own unique version of that work.  Then the work is truly yours.  Yours to enjoy.

Readers of fiction partake in the art to soulfully escape into another world.  Why not be the one that uses the author’s gift as a launching pad to enter your own world?  Author’s that give you all the answers, all the ideas are constructing a piece of work that is about their ability to create something interesting or magical, and I enjoy those as much as the next person.  There is another world out there and it exists in your mind’s eye.

Challenge yourself to step into your own mind and discover the potential you have for creating the world of abstract fantasy by looking for works of literature that push the limits on what is possible through words.  I think sometimes we all hesitate to do so because we may not get the answer right, or maybe are unsure we understood the plot, or ending of a story.  Forget that.  It’s your story and the ending is exactly the way that you see it and imagine it.  There is no right or wrong answer.

Interpretation of poetry.  A good fictional work is poetry.  Sure it has an idea or meaning that the writer may be trying to convey, but if written properly there should be unlimited directions that the work could go based on the individual interpretation of that work.  Nothing brings more joy to me than to hear from a reader their critique, and more importantly, their interpretation of my writing.

Pick up an abstract novel and begin painting today!

 

Tim Dunn is a business executive and award winning author. He’s a Midwest native, married with three children.  Tim spends his free time during the evenings and weekends serving his community, writing, watching sports or movies and preparing for the next day’s events.  Genetic Memory won First Place - Fantasy in the 2015 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award.  His books are available online. 

Wednesday
Jun012016

No Country for Double Standards

Some people 'really' enjoy watching rated R movies. As you know some rated R movies contain adult content that is suggested for a mature audience, such as sex, violence or possible substance abuse. However when this very content is written in books from a competent author that shows character(s) doing the 'same' thing displayed on the silver screen, all of a sudden some people can't deal with reading books of this nature. But, they'll go see the next rated R movie without a second thought...Why?

I was inspired to write this article from the recent book review I received from Self-Publishing-Reviewer (SPR). The rating I got is 3.5, sort of a mixed review. However, I emailed the reviewer and asked questions about the lousy review rating. To be specific I asked questions such as,' Do you read horror? What is 'Southern Gothic'? What commonly 'basic' errors did you see in Seasons of Pain?

I am going to share with you blurbs from the review and show why Seasons of Pain is a breath of fresh air for readers that want read a series that's unpredictable.

The Grim and Gritty of Seasons of Pain

'The book edges on common decency for the entirety of the read, and though never quite crossing any lines into the outright shocking, it cannot be stated enough that any reader put off by the grim and gritty should approach with caution.'

When it comes to writing horror, the grimy and gritty is the back bone of Seasons of Pain. Furthermore, Seasons of Pain pushes the G&G (Grim and Gritty) if you will, to new levels. Supernaturals in Seasons of Pain either have a hard life or a high mortality life style. In their day-to-day life the supernaturals are faced with obstacles in their environment, so the reader can watch them overcome them or watch them make mistakes-at times pay for the consequences. I will say artistry should never be sacrificed for a sensitive audience period. The reason Seasons of Pain stands out is because I don't censor myself. To clarify, Seasons of Pain has its gore, violence and sex. Sex, violence, and gore work together in Seasons of Pain to flesh out how cruel being a supernatural is, however I do not make the big three the main focus of the book at all. To be crystal clear the 'adult content' in Seasons of Pain is seasoning used well to serve up a good dish for the reader to enjoy.

There's also a great number of fairly basic errors, as well as general oddities in the writing of the book that feel like stones against the windshield when drifting through the book, all of which seem like they should have been picked up by a re-read.

I can only assume the reviewer is conditioned to read 'author voice work'. Author voice work is the homicide that's being done to creativity in the literature world. To clarify, character slang is sacrificed for proper spoken English. More so, the reviewer refers to how she cannot understand and follow Jesse's thought process in Seasons of Pain. Jesse Lelrik, the main character in the Seasons of Pain, is in her early twenties. I tailored Jesse's thinking process and reactions like typical twenty something year olds today. I did that for the sake of artistry betwixt making her stand out from the typical role of a female lead in supernatural horror books. Jesse, despite her flaws is not a damsel in distress, she holds her own in a fight. Also, Jesse doesn't run for help when trouble comes her way. To me this places Jesse apart from typical female leads in horror books.  The most important attribute to Jesse, she gave up her magic - this is showing the reader her strength in giving up her birthright.

There are 'no' basic errors in the Seasons of Pain, the spelling of some words in Seasons of Pain are creative. To explain, some words I made up in the Seasons of Pain, or they're old words that have been set aside to make room for idiot social media words. Slang in Seasons of Pain is richly identical to American culture, which brings to address 'basic' errors in detail. Let's face it, in America no one speaks perfect English.  The majority of the American spoken word is slang that is a grammatical bomb of lunacy attempting to tailor itself as perfected spoken English. As for implementing it into Seasons of Pain, it really makes all the characters have their own voice and they do not suffer 'Author voice.' What I am saying is the characters in Seasons of Pain are alive, how they act and express themselves verbally is artistry to give the readers an unforgettable experience reading Seasons of Pain.

Discussion

I do believe there's a double standard that exists today when it comes to books versus movies. People like this book reviewer on SPR will enjoy watching movies that have all the mindless violence in it. When it comes to Seasons of Pain showing all faces of horror, the double standard arises. As I shared with you the variables of the double standard from the review I got from SPR, which opens the doors to explore other 'oddities' that are not in favor for creativity to really blossom in literature today.  Notice how some publishing companies will want authors that have trending stories similar to what movies are coming out these days? But that's another topic and something to discuss amongst your friends or me.

Conclusion

I strongly feel my topic should be further investigated.  There may be a plethora of variables as to why the double standard exists towards books. Seasons of Pain is an aggressive read for a reason because the supernatural life is action packed and far from being a 'milk and cookie’ read. When it comes to horror and supernatural, I deliver on a gold platter to the reader and go the extra mile on making 'all' characters possible lead characters as Seasons of Pain progresses. Most importantly, I 'do not insult the reader by making Jesse perfect. I have given her flaws to build a bridge to the readers immediately. On that note I have done that to all the characters if you will.  I want to reader to grow with Jesse as she strives to get back to the high point in her life. I have no idea what Jesse is going to be in the end. And neither do I know how long this series will be. So you can say in confidence I am on the same level as the readers when it comes to figuring out what Jesse will be in the end of her long journey.

Imowen Lodestone

 

Imowen Lodestone  was inspired to write Seasons of Pain in large part because of his admiration for the creative genius of fellow writer H.P. Lovecraft. He always wanted to write a novel dominated by Supernatural characters that showed readers that these individuals, although endowed with special abilities and keen senses, still get scared and make assumptions. As a result of these failings, they sometimes make mistakes. His goal is to reveal to the reader how Supernatural beings experience fear while telling an action packed tale that does not stop with a scary monster but embraces all brands of fear. For more information on Imowen Lodestone and his book visit his website at www.seasonsofpainseries.com.

Monday
Apr252016

Tips for your Kindle Scout Campaign

 

At this writing, I have five days left in my Kindle Scout campaign. Here’s what I’ve learned so far, and a few tips . . . 
 
1. Be sure your manuscript is the best it can be. Have it professionally edited! I can’t stress this enough. Then order a couple of bound proofs, and send one to your editor. You’ll be surprised at what you may find when editing in bound form. Tip: while your book is in the campaign stage, use the thirty days and edit again.

2. Cover: Yeah, it matters. What’s the old saying? If they pick up your book for 15 seconds, you’ve probably got a sale?  Get a professionally designed cover (be sure you have rights to any art work you include).

3. Here’s another tip for good use of time during the campaign: submit your book to a well known/regarded review agency (Reader Views) and have it reviewed. It’s worth the money, and you’ll have 30 days while your Kindle Scout campaign is running. 

4. Make sure your first 5000 words (posted on your campaign page) are “grabbers.” Same goes for the short blurb (book one-liner) posted with your cover.

Okay, now the tough part: marketing your campaign. Here’s how I attacked this issue:

1. Utilize social media. I found Facebook and LinkedIn most effective. Tweets were a close second. Tweets from external sources (book sites, Twitter services, etc.) got more response than tweets on my personal twitter account. I also hounded my e-mail contacts, with some success.

2. I ran ads on a number of book sites. If you shop around, you can find some bargains.
Tip: remember, this is a thirty day marathon. Don’t “front-load” your advertising campaign. Spread out ads, tweets, Facebook postings, and finish strong!

Okay, that’s my two-cents worth, I’ll post again when my campaign is over . . . 

Randall Reneau
 

 

Randall Reneau is the author of five previous novels, including Diamond Fields, a Royal Dragonfly Book Awards grand prize winner, and Deadly Lode, a Richard Boes Memorial Award winner. He is also a two-time winner of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. A former international geologist and Vietnam veteran, he lives with his wife, Lynne, in Austin, Texas.

Click the link for more information and to check out the Kindle Scout campaign for "The Medinandi License" by Randall Reneau  

Tuesday
Apr192016

Tips on How to Write an Award Winning Book

By Fidelis O. Mkparu

Writing and publishing a book is a big accomplishment in itself, but because of the number of new books coming out per year, getting the attention of an audience is the true challenge. This is why authors need to produce an award-winning book to even out the chances. Winning the 2015-2016 Reader Views Literary Awards General Fiction/Novels with Second Place for "Love’s Affliction" will certainly help with the efforts of getting noticed, but this accomplishment wasn’t just a lucky shot. It takes a lot of effort from the moment the decision is made to publish. Here are some tips on how to produce an award winner:

• Once the decision to publish is made, be conscious that writing is no longer your hobby…it is your business and as thus, writing should be with the aim towards success. This means that the words need to be crafted, and not just printed on paper.

• Acknowledge that typing ‘The End’ on your manuscript does not mean that it is finished. On the contrary, this is when the real work begins.

• Be prepared to re-write your manuscript more than once as it is critiqued by peers.

• Recognize that your ‘final draft’ is the editor’s ‘first draft,’ and more corrections will need to be done.

• Remember that the front cover is not for you to like…it is to hook your audience.

• If self-publishing, do your homework on who you will use…the quality of your book depends on it.

• Take your time to proofread the galley. There are numerous errors that can happen when formatting.

• Finally, register your book in all applicable categories when submitting to the Literary Awards you choose.

For more information on Fidelis Mkparu and his book visit: https://fomkparu.com/.

 

Fidelis O. Mkparu, was born in Onitsha, Nigeria in 1959. He immigrated to the United States in 1977 to attend college. He is a Harvard-trained cardiologist whose background and experience form the basis of this fictional work.