Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Interview with Makenzi!!

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 self-help books

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 makenzi30@yahoo.com  using PayPal

T.P.:How can your readers get in contact with you?
Readers can reach me at:
Twitter @authormakenzi
Facebook: Author Makenzi
Blog: http://authormakenzi.blogspot.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/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 talk 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 young teenager.

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 better writer.

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!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

How to Send for Your LCCN (Library of Congress Catalog Control Number)

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:
  • 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.
If you have an account already, the “EPCN Login” button brings you to the form requiring your Account ID and Password. Fill out and click on the “Sign On” button and fill out form. A final note to those with accounts already: The password expires after 60 days. A new one can be created using the following instructions. It must:
  • 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.
If the password has expired, just write the old one out and write the new one under it, changing just one of the numbers or letters. Keep a record so that you know what has been changed, thus avoiding repeating the old number by chance.

Copyright Page Format

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:
  • Copyright 
    • 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..)
Copyright: You’ll want the copyright year to be the year following the actual year of publication if publication takes place in May or June of that year or later. By the time your marketing has been put in place and operational, and books are finally in the hands of buyers, the actual year of publication may be over.
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 via Rafflecopter

Five Facebook Page Timeline Promotion Best Practices

1. Don’t Ignore Terms & Conditions

Even 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 Visible

There 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.
Using the visibility suggestions above, run several giveaways a month to get a feel for what works best for you.

3. One Day Only — Keep Your Promotion Short

Using 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, & Share

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 Efficiently

Per 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.



Blog written by  by Greg Goodson

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Available Now on Audio


Phoenix Brown has been dealt a bad hand in life. Born in Cleveland, Ohio to an absentee father and drug-addicted mother, Phoenix learned at a young age the meaning of survival. She witnessed her brother's life taken at the hands of a local drug dealer and also how the streets took over her mother's life.

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.