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The Sinister Smile, A Sequel to A haven for Willa Mae by William Roy Pipes

THE SINISTER SMILE, an adult fiction thriller complete at 63,500 words and featuring William and Willa Mae Lawrence, and Howard Thomas. Howard, the affluent son of a wealthy and influential family, who is suspected of feigning insanity to avoid capital punishment for murdering Willa Mae’s mother plus three others.The novel begins with William and Willa Mae visiting Howard Thomas, a patient who had been in a mental hospital for almost thirteen years. His psychiatrist thought him to be…See More
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Promoting Writers

We are in the glad business of promoting books and writers, and can benefit from sharing ways to do that--for the field is open to doing a lot more, so that literature gains prominence.

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Latest Activity: Jan 12, 2015

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Raising Pastured Pigs Ebook Published

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Comment by Rodney Page on January 12, 2015 at 8:13am

Happy to join the group...Relatively new to North Carolina. Have published a thriller, Powers Not Delegated, and my second book, The Xerces Factor launches in April 2015. see more at my website: www.rodneypagebooks.com

Comment by Judith Toy on September 21, 2012 at 4:24pm

People seem to buy your book because they like you, and what you stand for. My book is making its way in the world in some of the most wonderful and unexpected ways, but I am not pushing the river -- just letting it all flow, (while of course maximizing our exposure on the social networks!)

Comment by Mary A. Berger on April 27, 2012 at 8:07pm

For Judith Toy - I agree with you 100% about believing in your project. It also helps to have an encouraging husband, family and an editor (who knows a lot of people). Now I'm working on reaching potential buyers/distributors. It will happen.

Comment by Judith Toy on March 6, 2012 at 10:20am

My husband and I are having so much fun marketing my book. There's a plethora of material online. Hard not to become overwhelmed, but we pick and choose the ideas that suit our project -- and those we can afford. This is a compelling new world. We did a publishing and PR business in the 80's and early 90's, so the marketing techniques are both familiar and unfamiliar (since the information explosion). What has not changed: believing in your project and projecting that belief, bringing it alive for potential buyers/distributors. Patience and persistence are virtues here, too.

Comment by Danny Bernstein on December 31, 2011 at 6:54am

Writing is only part of the book business. Marketing is the other 90%. Yes, it's time consuming but you want to get your book in the hands of readers.

I gave a workshop at the NC Writers Network on "Finding your Community". Another way to put it is "Creating your platform." This website is also a good way of doing this.

Danny Bernstein

www.hikertohiker.com

Comment by Joe Perrone Jr. on December 30, 2011 at 11:01pm

Twice Bitten is almost done. 71,000 words and powering toward the finish line. I think you're going to love the third Matt Davis Mystery. Check out the special offer on my website.
http://www.joeperronejr.com/JoePerroneJr/Twice_Bitten.html

Comment by Joe Perrone Jr. on October 21, 2011 at 6:03pm

Donald Marotta,

 

Are you saying that you do audio recordings?  I am interested in making audio versions of my murder mysteries.  I'd appreciate any help you can give me.

Comment by DONALD MAROTTA on October 21, 2011 at 2:37pm

I am sorry to have missed the Burnsville based festival workshops. I wanted to go to make some new friends. I have a list of names to try to contact in nearby counties and will proceed this way.  

 

In the meanwhile, is there anyone interested in audio recordings for any purpose(s)? I can name about 10 good ones and bought a quality mike with Audacity software in place. Anyone one into this?

Comment by Christine Hale on October 11, 2011 at 1:48pm
Asheville-area writers, want to write a new book by spring? See: Kevin McIlvoy's WRITING THE NOVELLA Sessions. Participants will draft a novella between Oct. 2011 and Feb. 2012. The intensive instruction sessions (10 AM to 3 PM) will be Oct. 29, Nov. 19, and Dec. 10. For more info: www.mcthebookmechanic.com
Comment by Rob Neufeld on December 26, 2009 at 2:26pm
We have a member looking for an editor. What do you all think of that and of the usefulness of sharing expertise? See forum.
 

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