Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Book Launch Q&A: David Schaub, Co-Author Spirits of the Western Wild #booklaunch @moviemethods @pumpupyourbook

David Schaub is a writer and Academy Award ® nominated Animation Supervisor working in the film industry for more than 25 years. In 2019 he produced and directed the audio adaptation of SPIRITS OF THE WESTERN WILD.  He also developed STORY COMPASS® smartphone app for screenwriters (www.moviemethods.com) in 2017.

Schaub received Oscar nomination for animation in Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Disney), along with nominations for BAFTA Award, Saturn Award and Critic’s Choice Award, and won the Golden Satellite Award for Best Visual Effects for his team’s work on the film.
HEAD ANIMATION on Sony Picture’s SURFS UP – recognized with two Annie Awards among its ten nominations including Academy Award nomination and four Visual Effects Society (VES) award nominations.

ANIMATION DIRECTOR on AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2 (2014), CHRONICLES OF NARNIA (Disney), I AM LEGEND (Warner Bros.) and LEAD ANIMATOR on STUART LITTLE 1 & 2, EVOLUTION, CAST AWAY, GODZILLA, PATCH ADAMS and more.
ANIMATION DIRECTOR – Universal’s award-winning JURASSIC WORLD EXPEDITION (2019) VR EXPERIENCE. Exploring cinematic potential of virtual reality.

Website → https://www.dschaub2.com/

Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/dschaub2writer

Goodreads → https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19662596.David_Schaub

 


This mystical adventure follows a young adventure-seeker named Luther McCleron on a westward journey to learn more about his Grandfather. A series of fateful missteps take Luther far from his
destination to a disheveled little town under the tyranny of a crooked sheriff named Big Willie. It’s here that Luther comes face-to-face with the legendary ghost of Monty: a curmudgeonly ghost who refuses to believe he’s dead. Luther just wants to get back to his quest, but Monty thwarts his plans by using Luther to take out his vengeance on Big Willie.

Through a catastrophic string of events, Luther and Monty find themselves hopelessly entangled in a combative partnership that escalates to the breaking point. Only by reconciling their differences are they able to uncover the profound connections that weave their fates together.

A mysterious book of premonitions, an ominous crow, and ancient Indian drive the mystical tone of this world; conjuring spiritual forces to help steer Luther on his journey through this western “twilight zone.”

All the loose ends resolve in a satisfying story of redemption, loyalty and ascension while exploring the mysterious nature of fate and destiny. Was all of this a coincidence? Or are we guided by ancient “spirits on the wind” that nudge and steer us along our path to assure that we arrive safely at our intended destination in the end?

5 out of 5 stars
 A fantastic and Immersive adventure for everyone. 
What a wonderful audio book and what a pleasure it was to be on this journey. Not only the adventure was captivating but also everything around it. The sounds effect and voices really bring it all together, you almost feel like you are right there witnessing all this first hand. The production quality is something I have never heard before. Very well done and I highly recommend it.

Amazon → https://amzn.to/2qsxtKC



After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch?

Being new to all this, we really didn’t think ahead toward the inevitable marketing task. Between my writing partner (Roger Vizard) and myself, our primary focus was to complete the writing project, and follow that up with the production of the audio drama. Focusing on the creative was our first and only priority. We were just playing it one step in front of the next, and certainly didn’t want to interrupt the creative flow by getting ahead of ourselves. Only upon completion of the project did we start pulling the social media campaign together. But as you probably know – that process should have started much sooner.

In fairness to us though, I should say that publishing was not our intended end game. This story was written as a screenplay, destined to make its rounds through the Hollywood circuit. Only after the project was complete did we have the idea of self-publishing. The idea was to create an organic following – a groundswell of our own with a real audience before circling back through the studios.

But if publishing is your goal from the outset, then I would certainly recommend stirring the marketing pot as early in the writing process as possible to build anticipation for your release. It never hurts to keep those channels cooking.

After that, what was your next step?

 
Once the audiobook was released, we were provided with promo codes from Audible for the purpose of acquiring reviews. Reviews are starting to come in now, and great to see how well it is being received!

Right now we are “traveling” on the PUYB Virtual Book Tour. I’m enjoying the process of writing the guest blogs, and doing interviews like these. It’s been a cathartic experience, reflecting on the process, and sharing lessons learned along the way. I want to express my gratitude to the blogspots like these who are interested in hosting our stories, and helping us get the word out there!


Did you do anything different to spice up your website in lieu of your upcoming book release?

I’m always keeping the website up to date, and embellishing it as new developments occur. The landing page for this project is a subset of my personal home page, so I try to keep everything indexed in one place. Now that I am doing these guest blogs, I will be updating the site to include these blog links as well. https://www.dschaub2.com/

https://www.dschaub2.com/other-projects


Did you ever consider using a PR agency to help you promote your book or did you prefer the DIY route?

No PR agency, but I wouldn’t rule it out next time around. Being blissfully ignorant, we took the DIY route in our marketing campaign without realizing what a big job it really is! But as with any outside help, you get what you pay for. In searching around, you’ll find lots of PR enticements online. Just be careful. Remember that for a reasonable price, you will get reasonable results… if that.

As amazing as your project may be, no one is gong to care about your work as much as you do – unless you can make it financially worth someone’s while to do so. I’ve been disappointed by well-meaning marketers and spokespeople in the past. Unless you are paying these people well, you simply cannot expect the same level of service and commitment that you are providing for yourself. It would be great to have the budget to fully engage an experienced marketer. But in lieu of that, we are on our own to come up with our own creative strategies.

Were finding reviews a top priority for you and, if yes, how did you approach that? Reviews are definitely a top priority, and we are anxiously seeking more. The response has been great so far, and we’d love to keep them coming in.

Given the entertainment value - with a full cast and musical score – it’s a really easy and fun listen for a frustrating commute in traffic (2 hr, 47 min) – straight-up entertainment for the listener… no reading required! Here are the reviews so far: https://tinyurl.com/audible-us

**  So with that in mind ** we still have promo codes available (US & UK) for anyone interested in a free copy in exchange for an honest review on Audible.com ;-)

Feel free to reach me directly here, while codes are still available: dschaub2@gmail.com We’d love to have new listeners chime in, and get behind us on this journey!


What are your views on social media for marketing your book?
 

Social media offers enormous opportunities for authors. In hindsight, I would have jumped onto the social media bandwagon much sooner. You definitely don’t need to wait until your book is complete to start your promotional push.

If you already have a following, it’s easy to build anticipation for your work-in-progress.

Upon release, it’s a simple matter of unleashing it onto your loyal band of followers.

They will happily devour what they have been eagerly anticipating. Seems like a no-brainer now!

What social media has worked best for you?

Being visually oriented, I personally found Twitter a little under-stimulating… so an Instagram feed is a more practical solution for me. It’s a new account, so I don’t have the benefit of years of engagement, but it’s slowly growing a following. 
 
I’ve been uploading content every week - documenting our journey from writing, to recording, toward our ultimate goal of producing an animated feature down the road: https://www.instagram.com/moviemethods/

I thought it would be entertaining to post the twists, turns and writing inspiration as we go. I’m sure there will be lots of discoveries, insights and takeaways on the bumpy road ahead. So please FOLLOW, and share the adventure with us. It’ll be a fun ride, for sure!


Did you revamp your author’s page at Amazon in any way to prepare for the launch ? 
 
Nothing to revamp, but newly created to support this project:
https://www.amazon.com/David-Schaub/e/B07XTR66VR

Did you create a book trailer?

 
There is an audio trailer/sample at Audible: 
https://tinyurl.com/audible-us 
 
We haven’t done a video trailer yet, but hope to do so in the form of an animated short down the road. In the meantime, I think the audio excerpt serves its function as a trailer that sets the tone and mood for the wild and wacky adventure that follows.

Did you time your book launch around a certain holiday?

 
There was no intended correlation to the holiday-season release. Timing worked out as it did, so I realize we launched into some very busy holiday traffic. But the tour has been extended beyond the holiday season, and wrapping up at the end of January.

What was the best money you ever spent on your book launch?

 
It’s hard to know at this early stage, as we are still gaining momentum. I’d say the book tour makes the most sense, since we can get word out through multiple sources this way.

Any tips for those authors wanting to set up a successful book launch?

 
Take a step back, and make sure your expectations are realistic. As noted earlier, we really didn’t know what to expect going in. And if you think writing is a challenge, wait until you get to the marketing part!

I think we are somewhat caught up on social media now. I will continue contributing to the Instagram feed and take advantage of other marketing opportunities that present themselves along the way. With that in place, we’ll move forward on a slow burn to get awareness up before circling back through the studio system – ideally with a loyal band of supporters on our side. It is certainly a new approach toward the goal of producing an animated feature, but an angle worth exploring. Please join us in the charge! And thanks for your interest in the journey!

https://www.dschaub2.com/

https://www.dschaub2.com/other-projects 
https://www.instagram.com/moviemethods/ 
https://www.facebook.com/dschaub2writer/?modal=admin_todo_tour 
https://www.moviemethods.com/

New Children's Picture Book! 'Twas the Night by Marin @fontrealbooks @pumpupyourbook

Who doesn't love children's picture books? We're happy to be a part of Marin's 'Twas the Night Blog Tour. Scroll down to find out how you can pick up your copy!




Title: ‘TWAS THE NIGHT
Author: Marin
Publisher: Fontreal
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s Picture Book



‘TWAS THE NIGHT is a wordless book that “tells” a heartwarming and inspirational Christmas story. The illustrations gift each reader, young and young at heart, the opportunity to reimagine the Season’s wonder, and the freedom “to script” (if they choose to) their own lines to go with the images. Keep dreaming big!

ORDER YOUR COPY

https://fontreal.com/landing-2/


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My name is Marin and I was a child a very long time ago. My father passed away when I was one year old. My mother remarried and I was raised by my loving (but strict!) grandparents. After losing their son, they were terrified by the thought of losing their grandson. For this reason, they didn’t let me play on the street, swim in the nearby pond or explore the forest with the rest of the kids. This was also the reason I learned to read and write long before I went to school. My grandparents surrounded me with books. Books became my imaginary parents and my fictional friends. Apart from my genetic building blocks, books also came to be the main component in my development as a creative, compassionate and competitive individual.

I studied nuclear physics, art, and literature, but I enjoyed art the most. As a young artist, I was eager to succeed, winning prizes from various countries. I later became a partner in an advertising agency and switched my attention to serving clients. My last award was somewhere in the early nineties – The Best in the West by Corel Draw Corporation.

Oh, a few more boring things about me: I do not drive, I do not drink carbonated beverages, I have never consumed food from McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC or any other fast food restaurant, I do not have a mobile phone, I have never used legal or illegal drugs (except Gravol when I fly), and I have never visited my GP (much to the disapproval of my wife).

I read. I read every day. I am what I am today because of books. This publishing house is my little “thank you” to all of them.

website & Social links

Website  → http://www.fontreal.com

Twitter  → http://www.twitter.com/fontralbooks

Facebook  → http://www.facebook.com/fontreal/

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Book Launch Q&A: Gordon J. Campbell, Author THE COURIER #booklaunch @gcampbellgordon @pumpupyourbook

Gordon Campbell is a Winnipeg born Canadian who’s spent most of his life in Japan. He’s worked as an English teacher, a market entry consultant with a focus on the medical and sporting goods industries, and as a sales director for a corporation with multiple product lines.

He’s presently working on the second novel of a series initiated with The Courier, and its protagonist, Gregg Westwood.

Gordon leans on his experiences built around decades working and traveling in Asia. He’s trained at several karate dojos, run full marathons, and skied black diamond hills in the Japanese Alps.

He played American football at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and started in the Canadian championship game known as the Vanier Cup. Gordon is a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity, Sinim Masonic Lodge, and the Tokyo Valley of the AASR.

When he’s not writing, working, attending one of his daughter’s vocal concerts, pumping iron, or at a lodge meeting, you’ll find him dining with his wife Mako at their favorite local bistro.

Website → https://www.gordonjcampbell.com/

Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/gordonjcampbellauthor/

Twitter → https://twitter.com/GcampbellGordon

 


An expatriate businessman, Gregg Westwood, leaves the Officers’ Club at an American Air Base in Japan unaware about the impression he’s made on two intelligence agents. They sized him up as someone with potential for strategic deployment, and more importantly, he’s under the radar.

Gregg’s exploits start with what he thinks is a one-off assignment as a courier, and the straightforward task spirals out of control. He’s forced to rise to the occasion and use every resource available to survive. Even his family is jeopardized which forces him to return to Japan to settle scores.

The Courier is one man’s struggle to fight for survival in a world that he’s not been trained for and where violence and retribution are the names of the game.

Praise:

“The Bottom Line: One of the year’s best thrillers.”
–BestThrillers.com  

“With such fine attention to detail in creating some amazing scenes, I give The Courier 4 out of 4 stars. Campbell creates an amazing and well-edited adventure that could even someday work on the big screen. Readers that enjoy action adventures or thrillers will likely enjoy this one as well.”
–Official review by Kendra M Parker, OnlineBookClub.org

“The Courier is an exciting ride from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down and wanted more when it finished.”
–Gyle Graham, entrepreneur and longtime Tokyo expatriate

“The Courier would transform well from a thriller novel to an action movie.”
–Michael Harrison, marketing expert and martial artist

Amazon → https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07W89JND1?


After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch?

The Courier is my first novel and the beginning of a series featuring the protagonist Gregg Westwood. I coordinated the initiation of my author’s website, Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram accounts with the book launch.

After that, what was your next step?

We solicited professional reviews and received some positive results with www.bestthrillers.com and www.OnlineBookClub.org. The perfect four-star response from OnlineBookClub and BestThrillers’ generous bottom-line statement gave the novel credibility.

Did you do anything different to spice up your website in lieu of your upcoming book release?

The site was launched shortly before my novel and was shiny and new. The website was created by Stuart Grant, who works closely with self-publishing legend Mark Dawson. He developed the site to host my blogs and encourage the creation of a mailing list supported by Mailerlite.

Did you ever consider using a PR agency to help you promote your book or did you prefer the DIY route?

I’ve signed on with Dorothy Thompson’s PUMP UP YOUR BOOK virtual book tour.

Were finding reviews a top priority for you, and, if yes, how did you approach that?

Reviews are a top priority and are forever elusive. The Courier received some helpful customer reviews soon after the professional critiques were published. The positive feed-back seemed to prime the pump.

What are your views on social media for marketing your book?

We’re paying close attention to the experts successfully marketing their novels through social media. There is an incredible source of useful data posted on the web almost every day.

The Courier's most significant breakthroughs to date have resulted from indirect exposure to social media. For example, the Pacific Stars and Stripes Newspaper hosted a give away of The Courier, and a Facebook posting from one of the excited winners resulted in sales.

What social media has worked best for you?

We're still gathering data, but we're hopeful about exposure from Facebook and Twitter.

Did you write a press release, and do you think it worked for you?

The initial press release was updated with comments from bestthrillers.com and became more powerful. It now starts with the following line:

The Bottom Line: One of the year’s best thrillers.

Did you have other books you offered for free in order to help sell your present book?

We didn't offer free books, but individuals signing up for our mailing list received a top-secret report detailing Gregg Westwood’s bio.

Did you set up book signings and, if so, how did that work for you?

I didn’t set up a book signing at a book store. We facilitated a giveaway of signed copies of The Courier by the Pacific Stars and Stripes, who published a full-page interview. It was tremendous exposure.

What was the best money you ever spent on your book launch?

I’d say the work done by my developmental and copy editors was the best investment. The professional book cover and book bub advertisements were also relevant. The fees charged to have The Courier professionally evaluated and subsequent reviews were worth every cent.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Book Launch Q&A: Kiran Bhat, Author WE OF THE FORSAKEN WORLD #booklaunch @pumpupyourbook

Kiran Bhat was born in Jonesboro, Georgia to parents from villages in Dakshina Kannada, India. An avid world traveler, polyglot, and digital nomad, he has currently traveled to more than 130 countries, lived in 18 different places, and speaks 12 languages. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Website  → http://iguanabooks.ca/

 


The Internet has connected – and continues to connect – billions of people around the world, sometimes in surprising ways. In his sprawling new novel, we of the forsaken world, author Kiran Bhat has turned the fact of that once-unimaginable connectivity into a metaphor for life itself.

In, we of the forsaken world, Bhat follows the fortunes of 16 people who live in four distinct places on the planet. The gripping stories include those of a man’s journey to the birthplace of his mother, a tourist town destroyed by an industrial spill; a chief’s second son born in a nameless remote tribe, creating a scramble for succession as their jungles are destroyed by loggers; a homeless, one-armed woman living in a sprawling metropolis who sets out to take revenge on the men who trafficked her; and a milkmaid in a small village of shanty shacks connected only by a mud and concrete road who watches the girls she calls friends destroy her reputation.

Like modern communication networks, the stories in , we of the forsaken world connect along subtle lines, dispersing at the moments where another story is about to take place. Each story is a parable unto itself, but the tales also expand to engulf the lives of everyone who lives on planet Earth, at every second, everywhere.

As Bhat notes, his characters “largely live their own lives, deal with their own problems, and exist independently of the fact that they inhabit the same space. This becomes a parable of globalization, but in a literary text.”

Bhat continues:  “I wanted to imagine a globalism, but one that was bottom-to-top, and using globalism to imagine new terrains, for the sake of fiction, for the sake of humanity’s intellectual growth.”

“These are stories that could be directly ripped from our headlines. I think each of these stories is very much its own vignette, and each of these vignettes gives a lot of insight into human nature, as a whole.”

we of the forsaken world takes pride of place next to such notable literary works as David Mitchell’s CLOUD ATLAS, a finalist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for 2004, and Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST, which was listed by the New York Times as one of its Best Books of 2017

Bhat’s epic also stands comfortably with the works of contemporary visionaries such as Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick.

Amazon → https://amzn.to/2DQIclm

Barnes & Noble → https://bit.ly/2Lqe9Fi




After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch?

Well, my book in fact comes out in January, but I am currently on a tour around India, following a part of a tour in China, building up publicity. In order to get myself ready, in order to make sure that I could properly speak, I first had to clear my mind, of the anxiety, and of the doubt. This requires a moment in which you pause to yourself, and relax, and live with yourself. When we accept ourselves first and foremost as a member of the moment, and not of anything else, we then have enough of ourselves to face the world.

After that, what was your next step?

Well, then I just speak. I introduce myself, the bohemian lifestyle I have lived, the things I have done, and what I want to say. I read from my book, and I take questions.

Did you do anything different to spice up your website in lieu of your upcoming book release?

I’m still actually trying to get my website up and running! So, yes, hopefully my website is spicy enough. Considering I’ve lived all over the world, and I plan to use it as both a blog and photo space, I hope it gets enough traction.

Did you ever consider using a PR agency to help you promote your book or did you prefer the DIY route?

I’m currently using a few publicists to promote my book; one for media in the USA, another for book events in the USA, and another in India to get my book promoted there. My India tour has gone really well, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my publicist. I’m still waiting for my USA tour to begin, so we will see how it goes there. But, generally, it is helpful to have a publicist, and hard to do it any other way.

Were finding reviews a top priority for you and, if yes, how did you approach that?

Again, my book hasn’t come out yet, so I’m still in the process of doing all this. But, yes, getting reviews, and good ones are important, and am still trying to figure out how to do it.

What are your views on social media for marketing your book?

I am naturally a social media user, because it is the only way to travel the world and also remain in touch with others. I also use Instagram to widely document said travels. So, when it comes to marketing my book, I am trying to learn how to use it well, but since I am starting out, it is easier said than done.  

What social media has worked best for you?

I guess Facebook, only because most of my connections there were made naturally, organically, and since most people respond out of friendship, ie a sense of love and commitment, they would be the most likely ones to come to my events or buy my books. But, again, I haven’t really worked hard in trying to promote myself as a writer. I largely just work on my writing itself.

Did you write a press release and do you think it worked for you?

My publicist has written a press release.  I assume we will have to see once I see how it affects people or not.

Did you revamp your author’s page at Amazon in any way to prepare for the launch (https://authorcentral.amazon.com/)?

Actually, I just found out about this page right now, while reading these interview questions.  Just finished signing up now; can’t wait to use it. ;)

Did you have other books you offered for free in order to help sell your present book?

No, because a lot of my work was either written in other languages or written for the sake of artistic experimentation. I accepted them largely as things I wrote for myself, with little interest to a reader, so I just self-published them and let them go. They aren’t related in any way to the work of we, of the forsaken world... If a reader chooses to buy them, I assume it would be many years from now, when they are interested in some of the other things I have written. But I see them as fairly separate, so I don’t think the sales of one would affect the other.

Did you set up book signings and, if so, how did that work for you?

Yes, I have set up book signings largely in China and India. I’ve had some where only twelve people come, and then some where fifty come, but largely, only about ten people buy a book per event. For me, it is good, because it allows me to connect with readers and use my gift of gab for the sake of my art. But, I also know that it probably won’t make much of a difference in terms of sales in the long run.

Did you create a book trailer?

No, I haven’t. Since I write very literary fiction, I don’t think it would be of value for me.


Did you time your book launch around a certain holiday?

Well, I wanted to release my book in November, but my publicist advised me to get the release done in late January. This is because a lot of book venues and media people will be resting for the holidays, so it is best to release after. We will have to see how good of a decision it was after my book tour is finished; right now I am in the middle of it, so it is hard to know what is going well or not.

What was the best money you ever spent on your book launch?

I think at the moment, I can say hiring my publicist in India was a great decision. She got me booked for radio and television shows, and I am doing events at very big places like Oxford Bookstore and Crosswords. I am also getting more distribution in India, which is important, since I don’t yet have an Indian publisher. I really am building up a lot of credibility and exposure in India, and I owe a lot of it to her, so I am very glad I spent money on her.

Any tips for those authors wanting to set up a successful book launch?

I’m still in the process of doing my book launch, but one thing I can say is to learn to be patient, as success, if it happens, takes time, as well as a lot of hard work. You can’t expect everything at once; you have to let people slowly, and assuredly, trickle to you.
 

 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

New Children's Picture Book! Grasshopper Eye and the Lost Vial by Michelle Jester @michelle_jester @pumpupyourbook

Who doesn't love children's picture books? We're happy to be a part of Michelle Jester's Grasshopper Eye and the Lost Vial Blog Tour. Scroll down to read an excerpt and find out how you can pick up your copy!


Title: Grasshopper Eye and the Lost Vial
Author: Michelle Jester
Publisher: Yellow Duckie Press
Pages: 36
Genre: Children (Juvenile>general, Juvenile>social issues> feelings and emotions)

When the villagers first noticed that each of them had one item missing from their homes, they set out on a journey that ends with them finding something far more valuable than things. Go with Grasshopper Eye on a journey through friendships, feeling, and fitting in.

ORDER YOUR COPY

Amazon → https://amzn.to/3657KIr

 

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Michelle Jester is the author of several novels that fall into the Coming of Age, New Adult contemporary romance, Social Issues, Women’s Lit categories. Michelle’s titles, published through RopeSwing Press, include The Funeral Flower, Love, Cutter, and Two Thousand Lines (due out November 21, 2019.) In addition, Michelle is releasing a children’s book, Grasshopper Eye and the Lost Vial, through Yellow Duckie Press on the same day as Two Thousand Lines. It is featured in the contemporary novel, however is a stand-alone publications for a younger audience.

Michelle also writes several professional and personal blogs, contributes articles for independent publications, and is the Editor-in-chief for Modern Grace magazine. In addition, she is a Media and Publishing consultant, photographer, and graphic designer.

In 2007, she received the Louisiana Distinguished Civilian Service Medal for her work with military and their families. She has served as Public Relations manager and volunteer to non-profit organizations geared toward helping Veterans of war and their families. Michelle is a self proclaimed hopeless romantic who lives in Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and a retired Army Master Sergeant. Together they have

website & Social links

Websitehttp://www.michellejester.net

Twitter → http://www.twitter.com/michelle_jester

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/authormichellejester

Goodreads → https://www.goodreads.com/michelle_jester

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Book Launch Q&A: Richard Robbins, Author PANICLES #booklaunch @pumpupyourbook

Richard’s first novel, the award winning Love, Loss, and Lagniappe was inspired by actual events in his life, and utilizes his Medical and Business School background to explore the journey of self-discovery after heartbreaking loss, while revealing the scientific basis for the meaning of life (You’ll have to read it to find out!)

Panicles, explores the price of fame and fortune through the eyes of two families, one wealthy and powerful, the other blue collar, from a chance meeting at a Florida poolside, to the highest levels of politics and power. This sweeping saga of love, war, money, and power leaves each family weighing their duty to their family versus service to their country.It all leads to a fateful choice—a sacrifice—which could change the course of history.

Richard lives in New York City and New Orleans with his love and inspiration, Lisa, my wife of thirty years (and counting), near their beloved grown children.

website & Social links

Website → www.Robbinsbooks.com

Facebook →  https://www.facebook.com/richard.robbins.7737

  

Is it better to take the risk and pursue the glory of fame and fortune, or to live a simpler, more grounded life?

“Richard Robbins has presented a cast of interesting characters, and each one is fully explored. The plot engages the reader from the first page to the last. The writing style is fast-paced and flows smoothly. Author Richard Robbins has penned a captivating novel in Panicles. A fascinating read!” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Deborah Lloyd (5 STARS)

Follow the fates of two families, one wealthy and powerful, the other blue collar, from a chance meeting at a Florida poolside, to the highest levels of politics and power. This sweeping saga of love, war, money, and power leaves each family weighing their duty to their family versus service to their country.

It all leads to a fateful choice—a sacrifice—which could change the course of history.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a contemporary literary exploration of two very different families, with their ties to politics, power and influence, and to each other. [DRM-Free]
Panicles will make you think, make you cry, make you laugh and smile and keep you reading until the very end.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Trudi LoPreto (5 STARS)

Panicles is a novel that invites reflection with its subtle and significant meaning… Connections, effects, and a great storyline make Panicles a remarkable novel from many points of view.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Astrid Iustulin (5 STARS)

Books by Richard Robbins:

  • Love, Loss, and Lagniappe
  • Panicles
  • The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy (Coming 2020)

cLICK BELOw TO ORDER YOUR COPY!

Amazon → https://amzn.to/37wyWjR

 Barnes & Noble → https://bit.ly/2qGgPax

 

 

After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch?

Marketing does not come naturally to me, and I am self-conscious about self-promotion. However, as an author, you are the brand, in a sense, and if you want to share your work with a wider audience, you need to get over that quickly. I am still working on that part. Fortunately, I have the help of a good publisher, Evolved Publishing, who handles much of that for me. I do promote the book on my social media pages, and most enjoyable of all, have had very well attended and fun launch parties for each book.

After that, what was your next step?

I have also had some success with book clubs. I have reached out to local book clubs, both in New York as well as New Orleans, and that has resulted in a fair amount of book sales. But perhaps more importantly, attending some of those book clubs, and hearing first-hand feedback, has given me more insight into how the books are received by the readers, and I believe has made me a better writer.

Did you ever consider using a PR agency to help you promote your book or did you prefer the DIY route?

I have spoken with a well known PR agent, who represents a number of best-selling authors, and she has read my books has been very encouraging and supportive. Her advice was to wait until after the publication of my third novel, The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy, which will be released in 2020, before embarking on an extensive (and expensive) PR campaign.

Were finding reviews a top priority for you and, if yes, how did you approach that?

They were a priority, but not a top priority. It was not difficult to obtain reviews from professional review sites such as Feathered Quill or Readers’ Favorite, and I have been encouraged by the positive way my books have been received. However I have been continually surprised at how difficult it is to gain reviews on Amazon. Their algorithm removes or disallows reviews from anyone it believes has a connection to you, so many reviews, even by followers on Facebook who I have never met, have been disallowed or removed after being posted. I am not the only one who is up against this challenge, as I have seen best sellers with only dozens or a couple of hundred reviews at most. But I keep climbing that hill as best I can, asking friends for reviews, and writing as high quality books.

Did you revamp your author’s page at Amazon in any way to prepare for the launch (https://authorcentral.amazon.com/)?

My publisher takes care of that for me, thankfully. I provide him with short updates, quotes, bios, etc., and he takes care of the rest.

Did you have other books you offered for free in order to help sell your present book?

I am not a fan of free or highly discounted books. I believe creatives need to be compensated for their time and creativity, even though it seems like I’m swimming upstream in that regards. I see greeting cards for sale for $4.95, why should my book be 99 cents. But in the end, I am not in this for financial reward, I just believe that people value what they pay for, and if I do not value my work, how can I expect others to?

Did you set up booksignings and, if so, how did that work for you?

I have done booksignings, with mixed success. Well attended ones are great fun, and it is a pleasure to interact with readers. Poorly attended ones can be a downer, and try though I may, I still have difficulty predicting which ones will be well attended. But overall, it is worth a few lonely days at a folded table to have the chance to interact with readers at the well-attended events.

What was the best money you ever spent on your book launch?

Booze. Turns out, people are happier when there’s booze present. You heard it first from me. Also, I have had wonderful settings for each of my book launch events. At my first, my friends Rick and Irene Rounick were gracious enough to allow me to have it at their wonderful art gallery, the Soho Contemporary Art Gallery. And my second launch party was at the Milton Latter Memorial Library in New Orleans, which is a wonderful, historic venue.

Any tips for those authors wanting to set up a successful book launch?

Did you see the part about the booze in the prior paragraph?  And get some cool friends with an art gallery, that works too.  And good luck to all the other writers out there. It has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to reach me at www.Robbinsbooks.com



 

 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Book Launch Q&A: Dr. Richard, Co-Author TETRASTATUM #booklaunch @drrichard_istar @pumpupyourbook


Dr. Richard has been involved in the field of Photonics for over 30 years. He received his BA in physics (honors) from the University of California Fullerton. He was in a full scholarship PhD program in physics at the University of California Irvine and a PhD program in philosophy at Claremont Graduate School. Dr. Richard completed his two dissertations (involving human interpretations of laser and electro-optical images) while under top secret clearance. He also has an advanced placement teaching credential, an advanced certification (from the University of Wisconsin) in laser and optical design; and other advanced certifications in fiber optics, computer programming, technology business development, financial products, dance, anatomy and physiology.

website & social links

WEBSITE → https://www.tetrastatum.com

FACEBOOK → https://www.facebook.com/istarsfx

 


In their debut novel TETRASTATUM, authors Dr. Richard and Tim Smith combine heady concepts about the universe with a thrilling science fiction story about the search for a new kind of time travel.
The result is a stunning mixture of dense cosmology and old-fashioned storytelling that will appeal to a wide readership, from science professionals to lay fans of science fiction.

“Dr. Richard” and “Tim Smith” are the pseudonyms of Dr. Richard Connor and Marcus Rodriguez, respectively.

TETRASTATUM (‘the fourth state’) is the culmination of my 30 years working in the field of photonics,” Dr. Richard says. “I am an avid reader of sci-fi, and I wanted to create a new type of work that is both educational and entertaining in the genre. TETRASTATUM gives the reader a unique understanding of the existing laws of physics and extends them to provoke further thought from novice readers as well as advanced experts in the field.”

Kirkus Reviews notes that “authors Dr. Richard and Smith … tell their cerebral story with a heady mix of dense theory and absurdist humor.”

The Independent Review of Books declares:  “TETRASTATUM is like nothing you have ever read before. This is an impressive work of science fiction …”

The San Francisco Book Review adds that, “These recurring themes of characterization and distortion feed into the concern that is being voiced over the current state of our political climate…The layering of these themes is ultimately what gives TETRASTATUM a relevance that will keep readers turning pages and asking questions.”

“The book ultimately explains how human perceptions alter the future and puts forth a model based on quantum physics to explain ‘reality’,” Dr. Richard continues.  He calls science fiction “the perfect genre to explore socio-political ideas within the context of futuristic technologies and scientific theories.”

Dr. Richard and Smith are currently working with Norith Soth on adapting TETRASTATUM into a screenplay. Mr. Soth has penned work for Justin Lin (“Fast and Furious”), Stephen Chin (“War Dogs”), and Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”).

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After your book was released, what was the first thing you did when getting ready for your book launch?

The first thing we did was to prepare a Press Release concurrent with the book launch. 

After that, what was your next step?

We optimized our key words for our Amazon listing and our web site, through a process of trial and error.

Did you do anything different to spice up your website in lieu of your upcoming book release?

We created a short video trailer and posted it on YouTube and promoted it with Sprizzy.

Did you ever consider using a PR agency to help you promote your book or did you prefer the DIY route?

We chose to use a professional PR agency specializing in book publicity, The Barrett Company. Their help has been invaluable in getting the book out to the public.

Were finding reviews a top priority for you and, if yes, how did you approach that?

We used Net Galley to get ARCs out to potential reviewers prior to launch as well as used traditional editorial review services (Book Viral, Self-Publishing Review and San Francisco Book Review).

What are your views on social media for marketing your book?

Social media is definitely an effective way to reach potential readers.  However, it requires an investment of time to build up a following.

What social media has worked best for you?                       

Book clubs such as Goodreads, Online Book Club and Bookbub.

Did you write a press release and do you think it worked for you?

Yes, it is a good way to promote general awareness and attract interest from journalists, radio and other media outlets who are in a position to help shine the spotlight on your book.

Did you revamp your author’s page at Amazon in any way to prepare for the launch (https://authorcentral.amazon.com/)?

Yes, tightened up the book description organizing it into short paragraphs and crystalized the lead line.

Did you have other books you offered for free in order to help sell your present book?

No.

Did you set up booksignings and, if so, how did that work for you?

No, however I always keep several copies with me for any interested acquaintances and provide a signed copy to people who express a genuine interest in the subject matter.

Did you create a book trailer?


Did you time your book launch around a certain holiday?

No.

What was the best money you ever spent on your book launch?

Book Viral.  Just a great group.  Very smart people! Fabulous editorial writers that can grasp extremely complex concepts and condense the essence of a novel into a paragraph.  Neither I nor my co-author could have written as succinct and intelligent an editorial review as Book Viral.

Any tips for those authors wanting to set up a successful book launch?

Have your ducks in a row. Start planning 4-5 months ahead of your launch date.