Jun 23 2012

Saturday Evening Twitter Welcomes

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matt t. schott‏@matttschott

Author of the Award Winning ScFi novel, Lord Skyler & The Earth Defense Force. I Quest for Knowledge to Obtain Wisdom please RT my favorites,

 JimLeCurn‏@Jameslcurnow

Devoted cinephile and founder of CURNBLOG.

Madeline Harvey‏@MadelineHarvey

People call me Mad Harvey, but I’m not all that angry. I’ve penned one unremarkable novel and have high hopes for the next. I’m here for the wine and cheese.

arknow.net‏@arknownet

The goal of the Social Network ArkNow is to create an informational and social environment to reduce risks of natural disasters on humans.

william d. hicks‏@wdhicks

Author of Twist, Killer Flies, Heavy Petting and AHA! http://www.amazon.com/s/177-1134958-8417613?url=keywords=william+d.+hicks

Shannon MacLeod‏@TheMacLeod

Writer of romance, teller of tales, weaver of dreams – Author of The Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups, coming 12/3/12 from Lyrical Press!

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Jun 23 2012

Saturday Twitter Follower Welcomes

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carlyle Labuschagne‏@CarlyleL

Debut Author for 2012~ The Broken Destiny . Ruled by passion and creativity. Food lover , South African https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carlyle-Labuschagne/1898

Gina Kincade‏@GinaKincade

Owner of Naughty Nights Press (NNP), Author of Erotic/Paranormal Literature. Founder/Administrator of Mistress Journals Erotic Stories Forum. Busy Lady!

Adam Kelly Morton‏@AdamKellyMorton

Film. Write. Teach. Game. Love. Live. Feed the cats. @acknoledgefilm @ioactingstudio http://www.facebook.com/AdamKellyMortonPage #Director #Teacher #Writer

Michael Montoure‏@montoure

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Jun 21 2012

Start Your Own Trend, Don’t Copy!

Posted by Mathias

I hear aspiring authors such as myself say it all the time. They say they are going to write a vampire novel because vampires are hot. They say they are going to write chick lot because that’s where the money is. They say they are going to write a novel about this teenage wizard because Harry Potter was a smashing success. They say they are going to write a post apocalyptic adventure with teens fighting each other and struggling to survive because, well, because look how many copy’s The Hunger Games has sold.

What these people are doing is writing for other people and trying to hop on a trend. They are not writing for themselves. And, if you ask me, it shows in their final products. I’ve read more than my share of these concoctions.

It seems that every time one of my friends opts to put up a novel on Amazon written in such a manner they ask my opinion on it. Ok, ignore the fact that vampire (the blood sucking type) novels are not really my thing. But I do like a good story. Note I said “good”. It doesn’t even have to be great! (more…)

Jun 20 2012

Why It Is Ok To Dislike A Movie But Not A Book

Posted by Mathias

Ever notice that you can say a bad movie was a bad movie, but you cannot even call a mediocre book mediocre? If you’ve ever posted an opinion online about such things, you certainly have!

It is a weird quirk of the universe I suppose. Talk about how the recent remake of Conan was poor or how John Carter just didn’t do it for you, and you can get a lot of nods of agreement. People might disagree with you, but they don’t get violently angry about it and start calling you names.

But dare to not rate The Hunger Games (the book not the movie) as anything less than five stars or talk about what you found fault with another novel you recently invested time in, not saying you hated it, jus that you didn’t “love” it, and people jump down your throat. (more…)

Jun 19 2012

Good Characters …

Posted by Mathias

Good characters are like cats, stubborn and with  minds of their own.  You can try to poke them and prod them the way you want them to go, but they always go where they want to go whenever they want to go there.  You cannot make them be someone they are not.  They have a life of their own even though they exist only on paper.  And sometimes that is the frustrating thing for a writer to deal with.  We want to control our characters, but when we create one that is real enough to work for a story they just don’t do as they are told.

Jun 18 2012

Submit a book review!

Posted by Mathias

Have you written a review of a fantasy or sci-fi book?  I’m willing to consider publishing it.

PLEASE!  SERIOUS REVIEWS ONLY!  If the write up is nothing except you gushing with repeated OMGS, endless praise for how it the novel was “the best book ever!!!!” or, on the other side of the spectrum, needless bashing, I don’t want it.

What did you like?  What didn’t you like?  What were the strengths?  Were there any weaknesses?  Be honest, not a kiss ass or jack ass.

If you have a blog, twitter account, facebook page, etc I’ll give you a link back to you sites.  Within reason of course.  I’m not going to link to 10 different pages and profiles!  So let’s keep the links back to three or less ok?

I am especially interested in helping to promote independent and self-published authors.

Authors, please don’t review your own books and submit them!  Please!  I’m begging you NOT to do this.  But if you know someone that read it and like it, then by all means encourage them to submit a review to me at [email protected]

I am not promising that I will publish all reviews I recieve, simply soliciting them.  Nor am I saying they will go up within a minute, an hour or even a few days of them hitting my inbox.  What I am saying is that I will consider them if you want to submit them.

And in case anyone is wondering, no, I WON’T hold you to my stringent grading standards for books whereby almost nothing gets five stars.  You can have your own opinion on that matter.

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Jun 18 2012

The Unmaker’s Slave

Posted by Mathias

This poem was originally written in 2008 as part of a project I under took to write a novel back then.  It was abandoned for a reason which maybe I will discuss at some point.

Now it has become the basis for my concept and novel projected named The Arrow.

Should the Harvesters take me
please do never wake me
For all that I’ve done
while under the sun
comes back in my dreams

My hands move, but not by me
My eyes look, but they don’t see
The actions of mine
will haunt me all time
live death it does seem

Before sleep by light of the moon
pray death to take me soon
I don’t want to kill
The dreams are too real
The Unmaker owns me.

Jun 18 2012

More Monday Morning New Twitter Follower Welcomes!

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Monday morning brings more new followers on Twitter!

Ken Lind‏@Ken__Lind

Personal computer network guru; internet marketing entrepreneur; fisherman & published writer. I enjoy all this plus being an avid reader. I adore books!

Richard Stephenson‏@RStephenson5

Speculative Fiction #IndieAuthor of the #dystopian #novel COLLAPSE @CollapseNovel about the future downfall of America. Coming July 6th. #FREE sneak peak @

Carol Tibaldi‏@cat5149

Author of historical mystery novel WILLOW POND http://amzn.to/AthqHg

Daniel Kenyon‏@dnlkenyon

I am 35, male&live in Palermo. I’m a crime thriller writer, journalist, editor, Italian2English translator&English teacher. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007KAS078

On Writing‏@LRBarlow

Popular fiction writer — suspense, sagas, historical & contemporary romance — getting back into the game with indie published backlist.

Mark O’Brien‏@markobrienwrite

Author of ’72-Hours to Crack the Universe’s Code’ and soon to be released ‘teen fantasy.’

Roberta Loufek‏@robertaloufek

Author. Interested in ePublishing, photography, travel, reading, and writing.

Jun 18 2012

Monday Morning New Twitter Follower Hello!

Posted by Mathias

A good Monday morning to these new twitter followers!

Jeff Joseph Author‏@author_jeff

Author of the Romantic Thriller THE TRIALS OF VIRTUE http://amzn.to/yrbBOX Working on my next book series available 2012. Learning is a continuous process!

Patrick Satters‏@Patrick_Satters

Passionate #fantasy #author, who tries to surprise the reader with originalty and unexpected plot twists. Working on his debut novel Fateful Bet [Project Title]

Andy Lucas‏@Rysamoke

Husband, father and eternal optimist! I write novels, poetry & screenplays. Love my wife/kids, horses, dogs, motorcycles and visiting USA/Canada.

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Linda Poitevin‏@lindapoitevin

Author of The Grigori Legacy, where police procedural meets angel mythology. Wife, mother, gardener, coffee snob. Twisted sense of humor. Prone to random tweets

Melissa Foster‏@Melissa_Foster

Mom to 6, author @TheWomensNest addict LOVE mint chocochip, brownies, books, being happy☼ helping others #WLCAuthor #ShareTheLove4authors @FosteringSucess

E.C. Belikov‏@ECBelikov

Sci-Fi Writer. Gamer. Amateur MMA fighter. Geek. Изучаем русский.

Murray Hunter‏@DalastKimbasabi

Im still doing things people gave up years ago. Also educator, entrepreneur, researcher, farmer, hack of a runner, wannabe philosopher, & author.

David Taylor‏@DSTaylor1

The only wannabe author on Twitter, who doesn’t know how to use Twitter (well actually I think I’ve got the hang of it now!)

Lisa Bouchard‏@Lisa_Bouchard

Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction writer living in New Hampshire. I wake up ridiculously early to make sure I get work done before the kids get up.

Christine Nolfi‏@christinenolfi

Contemporary fiction author of Treasure Me, The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge and Second Chance Grill.

Jayde Scott‏@JaydeScottBooks

Author of the Ancient Legends series. I follow back and unfollow everyone who doesn’t follow back. No kidding!

Hurlock Oxford‏@hurlockkvemz3

 

Stacy-Deanne‏@stacydeanne

Award-winning novelist of crime fiction, mysteries, and romantic suspense. The Season of Sin Available now!http://www.stacydeanne1.wordpress.com

Joseph Mitchell‏@JosephMitchell_

I write scifi/fantasy. I love computers and gaming and other nerdy stuff. I make computer animations as a hobby, and I’m also a lifelong movie fan/geek.

German Sanchez ‏@Germanrsanchez

German R. Sanchez is the author of the imaginative book, I Dream In Haiku and is planning to write more Haiku books. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008B59V4M/

ELLIE‏@ghsel

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life#TeamFollowBack

Steve Umstead‏@SteveUmstead

Science fiction author of top-rated Gabriel Trilogy. Semiprofessional swim-up bar tester, maniacal iPhone user. NEW Gabriel: Zero Point: http://amzn.to/GZPtw

Brandon Charles West‏@fortoldon

Author of the Scarlet Hopewell series of books for young adults, including Scarlet & the Dragon’s Burden. Father, firefighter and avid reader

Jun 17 2012

My Twittering Rules

Posted by Mathias

Ok, let’s get a few things straight shall we?

I do not exist on Twitter to please you

There seems to be a common misconception among some, perhaps many, on Twitter that other people exist to please and serve them.  This is simply not true when it comes to me.  I am not on Twitter to specifically help you out.  This does not mean that I won’t help you out mind you.  It simply means that it is not my primary duty.

The best way to get me to retweet one of your tweets is to tweet something interesting

Look, I know you want to promote your book(s).  Some of you REALLY promote the heck out of them.  Kudos!  But if every Tweet you make is just another schleping of your book then I’m not really going to be all that enthused to hit the little retweet button.

Constantly begging for a retweet does not make me more interested in retweeting something

I get it!  You want a retweet!  Retweets mean mentions and mentions means more popularity.  We all want that.  But honestly?  Constantly opening your Tweets with requests for retweets makes you look desperate.  And I still only retweet when I find something interesting so the begging doesn’t help.

Just because you follow me does not mean I will follow you back

There is a sizable community on Twitter who feel, with all their heart, that just because they follow someone, said someone must follow them back.  I have heard these sorts of people refer to those who don’t automatically follow them back as “Twitter snobs”, implying that these sorts think they are too good for other people.  I find this however as simply an excuse they make for not being popular enough to warrent tons of people following them without reciprication.  These people are upset that they just cannot come up with something interesting to say to make people want to follow them.  Look, I do follow back a lot of people who follow me, especially if you are fellow author.

Yes, I MIGHT actually be interested in reading your latest book

If you write High/Epic Fantasy it is possible that I might be interested in reading your latest book.  Sci-fi too.  But, here’s the thing, I’m an author myself who also works a day job and has a family.  Plus I already read quite a lot.  Ok, now you understand why I probably can’t?  Want to know the best way to get me to read your book?  Have an audio version of it available.  I know most people don’t, but with 2 hours to kill every day during a commute that is my time to read and audio books make it much, much easier on me.

If you ask for a review, I will only give honest reviews

Warning!  Warning!  If you ask me to read your book, short story, or whatever and review it, I will give an honest review.  I don’t like people who blow smoke up my ass and I don’t blow smoke up other people’s asses either.  Over the years, people have commented to me how much better my writing has gotten.  You know how it got better?  It got better because when something was wrong and sucked people told  If you don’t want an honest book review don’t ask for one at all.

I don’t follow Twitter spammers

If you make 100 Tweets a day and each one of them is for the purpose of telling me how great your latest e-book is or a plea to buy it, I probably won’t follow you back.  But I do look at your recent tweets and see if you are saying anything other than “BUY MY BOOK!” in them before I click that follow button.

I’m sorry if you get offended by something I Tweet

But let’s get one thing straight.  I am not sorry I Tweeted it.  I am just sorry for you that you were offended by it.  Just click unfollow and go on your merry way.

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