Check out my interview with Author T.P Miller
Hey everybody! It’s been a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to
sit down and write a blog but I took some special time to get this one
in. I got the chance to sit down and talk with the Makenzi, the author
of “Unexpected Truth” and most recently, “Wicked Attraction” to be
released in October of this year. So take some time to sit back and get
to know the author, Makenzi.
T.P.:Okay before we start the interview tell us a little bit about yourself as an author, and what you like to do?
Makenzi: I’m Makenzi, an author with
several books under my name since 2006 including, ”Unexpected Truth”,
“Dangerously”, “That’s How I Like It!” a short story “Blood Brothers”
and October 2013 I will be releasing my newest novel “Wicked
Attraction.” Before becoming a self published author in 2013, from
2008-09, I not only was an author on the roster but I also served as the
in-house event planner for the publishing company I was previously
signed with. My duties included scheduling all the book signings,
speaking events, interviews and book club events. I love to read
T.P.:Where are you from and what do you do when for a living?
Makenzi:I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio
but I currently live in Virginia Beach, VA. Besides being a full time
author I also have a full time job with a financial institution
T.P.:Do you have a specific writing style?
Makenzi:I do not have a specific writing style because I don’t want to place limitations on myself.
T.P.:If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Makenzi:Jessica Wright Tilles, (my previous publisher). Over the years I’ve learned so much about the publishing business from her.
T.P.:When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Makenzi:I officially considered myself a writer when I wrote the last sentence of my first novel, “That’s How I Like It! back in 2004.
T.P.:How long have you been writing?
Makenzi:I’ve been writing for nine years, I
stopped writing for a few years but picked back up my writing in 2010
when I wrote Unexpected Truth.
T.P.:How did you decide on what genre you wanted to write in?
Makenzi: I love to read fiction; I love to read about other peoples drama so I knew when I began writing that I would write fiction
T.P.:What inspired you to write?
Makenzi: There are many things that inspire me to
write, the stories I write, I relate to real life. But my biggest
inspiration is that writing helps me to heal and go to a place where I
can run wild in my mind.
T.P.:What book are you reading now?
Makenzi: Right now I’m not reading any books
because I just finished writing Wicked Attraction and I’m about to begin
a new project. I don’t read books while I’m writing, it distracts me
and I don’t want another story to influence my current ideas.
T.P.:Who are your favorite authors?
Makenzi: Kimberla Lawson Roby
T.P.:How did you feel when you completed your first book?
Makenzi: The feeling I had after completing my first book is indescribable but I felt accomplished.
T.P.:Where is your favorite place to write?
Makenzi: My favorite place to write is in my bed late at night
T.P.:Is your book self published?
Makenzi: Yes, all of my books are now self published and available in paperback, audio and eBook
T.P.:Where can reader purchase your books?
Makenzi: My books are available @ Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, IBooks, ITunes and retail stores everywhere
T.P.:If someone wanted an autograph copy how can they get it?
Makenzi: Autograph paperback books can be purchased directly from me via my email email@example.com using PayPal
T.P.:How can your readers get in contact with you?
Readers can reach me at:
Facebook: Author Makenzi
T.P.:Tell us your latest news?
Makenzi: I recently became a self published
author after being under a publisher since 2006. I’m releasing my newest
novel Wicked Attraction, in October 2013. In 2014 I’m going on a book
tour and starting a new book project.
T.P.:Please list your titles.
Makenzi: Unexpected Truth”, “Dangerously”, “That’s How I Like It!” “Blood ,Brothers (a short story )” and Wicked Attraction
T.P.:Can you share a little of your current work if any?
Makenzi: Wicked Attraction synopsis:
What’s worse than getting caught up in your own personal drama and
feeling as if your back is against the wall and you have no friends to
Christian Johnson-Banks travels to Los Angeles, California in
hopes of finding her mother and bringing her back to Detroit, Michigan.
Christian has no real memories of her mother so while dealing with the
hopes of building a relationship with her mother, Christian is also
dealing with the wicked attraction she has towards her father’s baby
brother with whom she’s had a sexual relationship with since she was a
Caught up in a sticky situation, Christian tries to cope with her
feelings for her uncle as well as find a way to end the relationship
with him without her father and husband finding out her sick secret.
T.P.:What do you want to say to your readers?
Makenzi: I would like to say to all of my readers
(old and new) that I truly appreciate the support throughout the years
it truly means a lot and the feedback helps me to become a strong and
T.P.:Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Makenzi: My advice to aspiring writers is
research, plan, if you don’t know ask, obtain a mentor and don’t cut
corners to save a few dollars.
Thank you so much, Makenzi for taking the time to sit down and
letting us get to know you! If you don’t have any of her titles, please
go out right now and get a copy of these five star reads! Click the
links for Amazon purchase links!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
The LCCN: The Library of Congress Control Number. It is free and can be obtained fairly quickly―a week or so― although I’ve received them within just a day or two. You need the ISBN to get the LCCN.
Beware: The websites are occasionally updated—changed—so these instructions may also require updating.
It is a two-step process:
Beware: The websites are occasionally updated—changed—so these instructions may also require updating.
It is a two-step process:
- Go to www.LOC.gov.
- Click on “Open an Account”if appropriate.Otherwise click on“EPCN Login,” for an existing account.
- If “New Account,”read instructions, and then click on “Application to Participate.”
- There is a note at the top,“Click here for Instructions,” for assistance.
- Fill out and click on “Submit.” Within a few days, no more than a week, you will be e-mailed an account number and a password providing you access to the appropriate application form.
- Be at least eight characters in length;
- Contain at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and one number;
- Not contain consecutive repeated characters;
- Be recreated following these steps if you wait to use it over 60 days;
- Not be changed more than once per day;
- Not be changed to any of the 11 most recently used passwords.
The Copyright Page, which follows the title page of your manuscript, is a flexible document with respect to format, but several elements must be included. The most confusing two are the ISBN and LOCN. Detailed instructions for sending for them are included below:
- The copyright symbol,
- Followed by the copyright year
- Followed by who (the author) or what (the publisher) is responsible for (owner of) the copyright
- Followed by the phrase, “All Rights Reserved”
Example: © 2013 Makenzi All Rights Reserved.
- The Title
- Warning against Copying without Permission
- A Disclaimer mentioning the author(s)’ name and/or publisher’s name (if different)
- Cover Design by: (optional)
- Interior Design by: (optional)
- Editor: (optional)
- Book Consultant: (optional)
- Publisher (if not already stated on the © page)
- The ISBN (The International Standard Book Number)
- The LCCN (The Library of Congress Control Number)
- The Edition (first, second, etc.) and where it was printed (USA, Canada, Mexico etc..)
Example: Your book is finished, printed and available September, 2012, it should have a copyright date of 2013.You’ll want to make a clear statement indicating that no one can copy your “stuff” in any of the many possible ways these days, without your permission; and that you are not responsible for errors or omissions, nor are you liable for damages resulting for use of information contained therein.
Warning against Copying without Permission: “No part of this book may be reproduced in any written, electronic, recording, or photocopying without written permission of the publisher or author. The exception would be in the case of brief quotations embodied in the critical articles and reviews and pages where permission is specifically granted by the publisher (name) or author(s) (name).”
The Disclaimer: “Although every precaution has been taken to verify the accuracy of the information contained herein, the author and publisher assume no responsibility for any errors or omissions. No liability is assumed for damages that may result from the use of information contained within.”
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Five Facebook Page Timeline Promotion Best Practices
1. Don’t Ignore Terms & ConditionsEven though it’s no longer required to use a 3rd party app to run a promotion on Facebook, as the Facebook page administrator, it’s still up to you to manage the legal aspects of your giveaway. That includes your promotion’s rules & eligibility requirements, terms & conditions, and a complete release of Facebook.
To fall in compliance, link to your promotion’s term and conditions directly from your status update. Being transparent with your participants should be important to you.
2. Make Your Post VisibleThere are several steps you can take to get your Facebook timeline giveaway more visibility.
- Well-written ad copy. Keep your status update short & memorable. Include a clear call-to-action. Let your entrants know how they can enter and what they’re eligible to win.
- Hashtags. Including relevant hashtags in your promotion post might bring your post additional eyeballs to your #giveaway.
- Get visual. Upload an image with your timeline post. Include an image of the prize or a designed post image that gets folks excited about your promotion.
- Embeddable posts. If you’re running your promotion alongside a product release, consider embedding your Facebook status update into a blog post for additional visibility.
- Promoted posts. Put some money towards your post for some extra oomph — you’ll never know how effective it might be until you try. For more information surrounding promoted posts, visit Facebook’s Promoted Post FAQs.
3. One Day Only — Keep Your Promotion ShortUsing a status update to run a giveaway is perfect if you’re looking to give back to your community in bite-sized ways. Give out some swag, some stickers, maybe some invite codes to your product.
Running a giveaway on your timeline that lasts longer than 24 hours might not bring you the return you might expect. Due to Facebook’s EdgeRank, the Facebook post you created earlier in the week will get very low visibility in your follower’s news feeds.
4. Like, Comment, &
We realize you were taught to share growing up, but asking entrants
to share the promotion on their personal timeline or on a friend’s
timeline as a means of entry isn’t allowed. Your giveaway must take
place on your Facebook page, not your Facebook personal profile.
Because these new guidelines are still in its infancy, it’s difficult to say if Facebook will be more strict with their guidelines now they’re more intuitive in relation to the previous promotion guidelines. Time will tell how strict Facebook is with monitoring these rules.
5. Contact Your Winners EfficientlyPer the new Facebook promotion guidelines, Facebook now allows you to contact giveaway winners through a message. This is great because you don’t need to collect participants’ email addresses for timeline promotions, but when it comes time to contacting winners, if the entrant isn’t connected to you on Facebook, the message you send them will be placed in their ‘other’ messages folder.
You might consider trying to contact winners of the giveaway not just through a Facebook message, but by tagging the winners chosen in the comments section of the original Facebook promotion timeline post. Hopefully between being messaged and tagged, your winners will be able to respond to claim their prize.
NOW GET OUT THERE AND CREATE A CONTEST--MAKENZI
Blog written by by Greg Goodson
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Phoenix was determined that her past would not predict her future. After graduating high school she enrolled in college, where she met and married the love of her life. However, she did not encounter the marital bliss she had hoped for when she learned of her husband's indiscretions - with a love child on the way.
Devastated by the news, Phoenix's self-esteem is completely down. Not ready to give up on her marriage, Phoenix takes matters into her own hands, by confronting her husband at work with regards to his selfish decisions about love, life, and marriage.
One wrong turn lands Phoenix in the one place she could never imagine being......in jail.