5 Published Books – 5 Years – or 10,000 Hours | Savvy Book Writers

. . Building up your readership takes lots of time, so it is surprising, that some authors dream of their first book as a potential bestseller, and don’t

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The Creative Blogger Award – So many great blogs so little space!

Thanks to Sally Cronin with Smorgasbord is the Variety of Life Blog!

The Creative Blogger Award – So many great blogs so little space!.

The Creative Blogger Award Sally Cronin Smorgasbord is the Variety of Life

There’s Just Something About the Feel of a Real Book You Can Hold in Your Hands…

Patrick Jones Author The Wolf's Moon, The Linden Chronicles Book 1

Patrick Jones, Author

I wrote a blog not long ago about how my daughter at two years of age received her first library card.

A couple of decades later she has a room full of books. Many of them I gave to her when I moved from St. Louis to Crawford County, Missouri.

She still is in the modern age and uses her computer for reading, but she’d rather have a book.

Although my son has almost every type of electronic device known for communication, he still has books for his three sons to read. The cherry wood bookcase has books so packed in that if he buys anymore, I’ll have to make another bookcase.

As for myself, I have no problem with the electronic devices. People who do use them buy my book (I hope). I just have a problem reading from them.

A book has a certain feel. A new book has a smell that differs from a used book to one that is very old.

Where I like turning pages, others like moving a finger. I can take a book to my cabin to read in the evening and not worry about batteries.

Last evening at the local grocery story, I saw a friend, Carol. Her mother is up in years and has been ill lately. Carol was with her mother while the doctors conducted testing.

While Carol waited with her mother between tests, she took out her Kindle and started reading. Carol was asked, by her mother, what she was doing.

She explained it was something she could use to read a book. Carol took the Kindle to her mother, demonstrating how it worked.

Smiling a most becoming smile, she asked Carol, “What will they think of next?”

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A taste for the dramatic: the grand monuments of Kensal Green

Great pictures and history of The Monuments of Kensal Green from Flickering Lamps Blog

A taste for the dramatic: the grand monuments of Kensal Green.

Kensal Green Monuments

Barbequing: St. Louis Style

Okay, I usually distance myself from politics.  Everyone has an opinion and that can be good.  I try to voice my thoughts in my writing.

That is what I’m doing now.

Just who in the h e double l does the EPA think it is wanting to regulate backyard Q’s in St. Louis, Missouri?

Car exhaust is one thing but a barbeque fire is totally another.

pork steaks barbequeCooking a pork steak over a slow fire of briquettes can be close to a religious experience.

Picture this:  It’s a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.  It’s a cool, sunny day…maybe a few wispy clouds floating gently past.  The coals in the pit are white but the grill is cool.  Ever so slowly the meat cooks as the smoke exits through the chimney.

Budweiser BeerYou sit in a lounge chair, sipping a beer while listening to your favorite baseball team.

Your neighbor asks, “What’s the score?”

You toss him a cold, frosty Bud and say, “Six to three in the bottom of the seventh, us.”

Getting out of your chair, you slide the lid back and check everything.  The coals look good and it is time to turn the meat and open another beer, when you realize they just pulled the starter for a new “Lefty Reliever.”

Maull's Barbeque SauceYour wife, boyfriend, or whoever, brings you a pan full of “Maull’s” Bar-B-Que sauce.


Coca ColaTaking a can of Coke from the cooler, you pour the contents into the sauce and place it on the grill to heat up.

Twenty minutes later, the pork steaks are ready to simmer in the sauce while all the neighbors wished that they were friendlier to you.  They know they could just light their grill but the food never is as good.

By the time the game is over (and the Cardinals win) you and your partner sit at the patio having a dinner that cannot be bought at any Bar-B-Que joint.

Pork Steaks with Maull's Barbeque Sauce

Hey, EPA, are you hungry yet??

If not I can keep going.

Anheuser Busch St. Louis MissouriSt. Louis is heaped in heritage and backyard BBQ’s are one of them, along with baseball and beer.

You guys at the EPA need to get into your backyard, and get a life.  Have a couple of cold frosty ones, talk to your neighbors over the fence and eat a pork steak, or a burger and hot dogs.

Above all, RELAX.  That is what eating BBQ is all about.

I rest my case…


111 Publishing » Book Marketing on a Shoestring

Book Marketing on a Shoestring Doris-Maria Heilmann 111Publishing Savvy Book Writers

111 Publishing » Book Marketing on a Shoestring.

Book Marketing on a Shoestring (e-book)
How Authors Can Promote their Books Without Spending a lot of Money.
No Money? No Problem!  Success as an author, especially when creating your platform in social media and establishing your brand, using the tools described here, is almost free. It’s all about where to find readers, book bloggers and reviewers and how to connect with them.  A book marketing checklist in the last chapter will provide you with a useful timeline.
You Never Get a Second Chance for a Good First Impression!  The goal of this book is to show you the professional, yet inexpensive way of publishing a book and how to build your readership, no matter if you self publish or sell your manuscript to a traditional publisher.
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No-brainer – by Author Ailsa Abraham

#Read about Guest #Author Alisa Abraham on #ChrisTheStoryReadingApe’s blog!!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


2014-11-06 AilsaThank you so much for letting me come back to babble at you, Ape. The chimps are taking good care of me so I’ll just sit here and witter on about writing while you finish off the peanut banana cake I brought, eh?

Ask most writers what they wish they had more of and the answer would probably be TIME. I was like that myself until a few months ago. I suffered from terminal author-distraction and even a bird sitting on the window-sill would get more attention than the deathless prose I was supposed to be finishing, or even worse, editing.

All that changed when, due to circumstances with which I will not bore you (still good at grammar, though) I suffered a bit of brain damage. Well, rather a lot really. Don’t get me wrong. I can dress myself and function fairly normally but as well as now…

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