Sunday, April 29, 2012

SHORT STORY AND NOVEL PRICING AND MARKETING

http://www.markedwardhall.com/the-pros-of-publishing-short-stories-on-amazon



Mark Edward Hall is an author whose writing and marketing talents I respect very much. I first ran into his great novels when he was with his publisher. He is now a very vehement supporter of going it alone. Now before anyone shakes their heads and says, "Why is he foregoing the editing, cover art expertise, and formatting a publisher would provide for him, he is not. He pays for a great editor, wonderful cover art, and is well schooled in formatting arts. Thus he still puts out quality work. In fact, I owe him a great review for his last chilling tale Apocalypse Island.

I have the link above for his ebook marketing ideas but I will give you the nuts and bolts of it here. Mark prices short stories for.99 and bundled shorts and novels for $2.99. He keeps his availability open to include Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, and B&N. Of course, his novels are also available in paperback version.

One thing that intrigues me is the fact he supplies free short stories and has even published a novel on his blog. Fancy the concept. I  am publishing a novel on my blog at the present time, have done another one on my blog, and I have numerous poems, short stories, and flash fiction pieces there and other places as well. Just like Mark, I think this is the right thing to do. Are we giving it all away? Not really. Sure, our loyal readers will get to read for free, but they will tell others to come and visit. Not everyone enjoys reading stories on a computer screen and if they like an author's tales, they will purchase a well priced offering.

Check out Mark's blog, his Amazon page, Smashwords page, etc. and READ HIS GREAT BOOKS! Just saying. You will be glad you did.

Learn from people who are making a living doing what they enjoy doing the most!

Blaze

Saturday, April 28, 2012

MAKING FRIENDS ONLINE



Okay, so I write nasty little horror stories, but this post is about making friends online, and my Zombie intestines eating people just wouldn't present the same visual as these cute kittens.

I put posts up all over the place and meet some great people. Now what I like to see is when some of my friends reach out to some of my other friends and they become friends. How cool is that?

Case in point: for two months I was spotlighting some very talented women in my Woman in Horror series on DarkMedia City blog. What's happening now is some of these great authors are reaching out to other great authors and reading each others books. In another instance, one of my friends posted about book signings and another friend told her that she was doing one close to where they both live. Guess what? They will both be there to do signings now.

While there are some petty people involved in the publishing industry, the same as any other, what we are seeing here are different writers from different publishing houses getting to know and like each other and helping each other out.

Also, I'm happy when these great ladies post on DarkMedia City's blog or other ones and continue spreading the word.

Everything comes back to us, folks. If we are kind to others, others will be kind to us. That means a nicer place for us all to live in.

I like that.

Blaze

Thursday, April 26, 2012

BOOK REVIEW FOR-BONESHAKER-BY CHERIE PRIEST


Below is my book review for Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. Blaze and this Robert guy are twins: more or less.

Read this great book!




5.0 out of 5 stars Boneshaker Rattled My Bones!, April 26, 2012
This review is from: Boneshaker (Sci Fi Essential Books) (Kindle Edition)
Enter a writer of horror reading his first steam-punk book. Some of the reviews I read before reading this tale dealt more with the absolutes of writing in the genre. All the elements are here as far as I'm concerned: sci-fi, experimental fiction, horror, blending of Gothic/western/1880's settings, and steam powered technology. Did I mention I am also deeply involved with string theory and the multi verses which could explain a lot of the possibilities within this finely crafted tale? Ooh, la, la: to think that one little variant within a mathematical progression could lead to something as dark and mysterious, yet still so human, as this story is. I love this story! You will, too.

Cherie Priest writes great tales!



Blaze

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

BOOK REVIEW FOR HIDDEN-BY SHALINI BOLDEN


I picked out the best of the MANY reviews for this great book on Amazon. Their words are better than mine and I don't need to take any luster away from the great tale or reviews. Read this book! It's great!


A Best Cellar March 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
There's something deliciously dark in the cellar of a creepy old house that hoodie tearaway Madison Greene inherits. Bricked up behind a centuries-old wall, she discovers room full of vampires. That alone would be enough, but Shalini Boland packs so much intrigue into this book I found it unputdownable. It's got romance, genuine terror and a breathtaking pace which makes you feel you're in a blockbuster rather than a book. Consequently, I spent many a late night immersed in Madison's world when I should've been in the land of Nod. A triumph from cover to cover. Apparently it's a trilogy, which is great news because I'm hooked.
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Byzantine Vampires March 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
Vampires, an inheritance with a secret, archaeology, scary men in white coats : all classic ingredients in this upbeat retelling of the vampyr legend.

HIDDEN breaks with Transylvanian tradition by placing the vampires deep under the soil of Cappadocia where two archaeologists take their families excavating in 1881, triggering off a series of terrifying adventures.
In this timespill narrative, the lives of 19th century Alexandre and 21st century Maddy cross over in a tantalizing weave, rushing headlong towards an uncertain future.

Here is a book crammed with colour: Byzantine imagery, Victorian charm and a Thoroughly Modern Milly - that is, Maddy, an orphaned teenager in the 21st century who suddenly comes into an inheritance. She and her brother move into Marchwood House and begin exploring, only(as might be expected in a paranormal story) nothing is quite as it seems. An iron door in the cellar hides secrets over a hundred years old and through a series of chilling events, the story of the Cappadocian expedition is pieced together along with its impact on Maddy and Alexandre's lives.

The image of the vampire has haunted many cultures, both East and West, yet curiously there is little reference to them in Turkish folklore - although there is an interesting connection :Vlad Tepes, later Dracula, grew up during a period of semi-fealty to Turkey when his father paid tribute to the Sultan. Bloodthirsty reprisals illustrate most of Vlad's life in his efforts to free his country and he passed into legend as a hero to his own people, until Bram Stoker came across his name in a Whitby library book and spawned a literary genre that is flourishing healthily today.

HIDDEN is a new-comer to this tradition and is the first of a trilogy : it is a fast paced, lively narrative, a fun, imaginative YA read (and quite likely to appeal to other audiences), with some unusual twists and turns. Very visual writing (I can imagine this being televised), with the potential to develop quite a following.
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Vampire-tastic March 20, 2011
By Deanna
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. It had everything I want from a novel. Maddy is a great character with attitude and I was rooting for her from the word go.

There's so much edge of the seat suspense and the story takes you to unexpected and original places. I also like the contrast with modern day and historical - it added to the excitement.

I'm not a young adult, but it was a great read which I think both teens and adults will love.

Five stars well earned. When's the next one coming out?




Blaze

Friday, April 20, 2012

BAD BLAZE! GOOD LISA MCCOURT HOLLAR!


Below is a print out of my Amazon Author Page. It looks pretty good on the surface, but something is wrong: I am getting ready to add new short stories, collections of shorts and flashes, and a novella leading to my novel releases. The bad thing is it is not complete by any means. I need to add in more of my titles. I have been a slacker and this will not just do.

The easiest way to add to your anthology listings is to go to Author Central on Amazon and set things up. Anthologies have a large number of authors at times and not everyone is added automatically. It's a simple matter of proclaiming you are an author in the anthology, supply the ISBN, and you're ready to go. So I will have to do that.

Obviously, I will have to do the same for Smashwords. Setting up an author page on Facebook is also a great idea. 

This might all seem like obvious stuff, but I've been busy promoting other people and forgot to promote  myself. 


Blaze McRob

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Blaze McRob has penned many titles under different names. It is time for him to come out and play as Blaze.
In addition to inclusions in numerous anthologies, he has written many novels, short stories, flash fiction pieces, and even poetry. Most of his offerings are Dark. However dark they might be, there is always an underlying message contained within.
Join him as he explores the Dark side. You know you want to.
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Books by Blaze McRob

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Satan's Toybox: Toy Soldiers by Blaze McRob, Stacey Turner, Craig Saunders and Phil Hickes (Apr 5, 2012)

Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls by Blaze McRob, Yvonne I. Bishop, Tim Marquitz and Scott M. Goriscak (Nov 5, 2011)

Zombie Writing! by Armand Rosamilia, Joe McKinney, Richard Lee Byers and Tim Waggoner (Jan 18, 2012)

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State of Horror: New Jersey by Armand Rosamilia, C.I. Kemp, T. Fox Dunham and Blaze McRob (Mar 4, 2012)

Undead of Winter by Armand Rosamilia, Brent Abell, Suzanne Robb and Jonah Buck (Apr 16, 2012)

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Below, we see that Lisa McCourt Hollar has been very good. Unlike Blaze, she has put all of her titles in here. Way to go Lisa!

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Lisa McCourt Hollar is the mother of three daughters and one son, ages 18 years all the way down to one year. She has spent her years working and writing in her spare time. Now a stay at home mom she devotes her time to raising her children and working on her writing. She hopes to become wildly rich and famous so her husband can retire but will settle for knowing others are enjoying her stories.
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Tales of Terror (Jezri's Nightmares) by Lisa McCourt Hollar (Apr 5, 2012)Kindle eBook

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Progeny by Lisa McCourt Hollar (Feb 18, 2012)Kindle eBook

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There's Something About Miss Wicker by Lisa McCourt Hollar (Nov 14, 2011)Kindle eBook

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Halloween Frights by Lisa McCourt Hollar (Sep 23, 2011)Kindle eBook

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Satan's Toybox: Toy Soldiers by Blaze McRob, Stacey Turner, Craig Saunders and Phil Hickes (Apr 5, 2012)

Satan's Toybox: Demonic Dolls by Blaze McRob, Yvonne I. Bishop, Tim Marquitz and Scott M. Goriscak (Nov 5, 2011)

Post Apocalyptic Raids by James S. Dorr, Scott M. Goriscak, Jon Fain and Lisa McCourt Hollar (Sep 3, 2011)Kindle eBook

The Wall by Lisa McCourt Hollar (Mar 15, 2011)Kindle eBook

The Carnival by Lisa McCourt Hollar (Apr 29, 2011)Kindle eBook

An Evil Santa Story by Lisa McCourt Hollar (Dec 1, 2011)Kindle eBook

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Tabby's Haunted House by Rylie Renee Roser and Lisa McCourt Hollar (Apr 2, 2011)Kindle eBook

The Tooth Adventures Of Fanny Nightsky by Lisa McCourt Hollar and Sarah Sprague (Jul 3, 2011)Kindle eBook

Sandbox Adventures by Lisa McCourt Hollar (Apr 5, 2011)Kindle eBook

Sam by McCourt Lisa Hollar and Rebecca Treadway (Feb 19, 2011)Kindle eBook

Emma Learns The Truth by Lisa McCourt Hollar and Rylie Renee (Feb 17, 2011)Kindle eBook

Hidden Secrets, Whispered Lies by Lisa McCourt Hollar and Sarah Sprague (Apr 1, 2011)Kindle eBook

State of Horror: Georgia by Keith Gouveia, Lisa McCourt Hollar, Sharon M. White and Jonah Buck (Jul 14, 2011)Kindle eBook

Undead of Winter by Armand Rosamilia, Brent Abell, Suzanne Robb and Jonah Buck (Apr 16, 2012)

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So, do you want to be a Bad Blaze, or a good Lisa?

Blaze

Thursday, April 19, 2012

BOOK REVIEW-THE COURIER EPISODE ONE: CALL FOR OBSTRUCTION



I recommend this short novella highly! The best thing is there is more to come! YAY! My review(Robert Nelson) is posted below.


Review by: Robert Nelson on April 19, 2012 : star star star star star (Remove)
I absolutely love this great tale! The Courier Episode One: Call For Obstruction is so unlike anything else I have ever read, and I totally did not expect the ending. There is no let up in the action at all: scene upon scene roll along in perfect harmony, making you want to read more. The best thing is that this is a series, so there's more to come of this horror and insanity.

As bizarre as the story is, it is also believable, so you won't get the what the . . .thinking.

I know the economy is bad, but don't go to work for this courier service!


Blaze