Thanks to the great people at Keeping the Faith for featuring me in their issue celebrating women for March’s #International #Women’s #Month.
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PJC: Stephen King, when he was asked a similar question said, “What makes you think I had a choice?” In the same vein, without the creepy, intense eye stare Stephen King would probably give, I feel the same way. There wasn’t a time in my life where writing wasn’t a part of it. I didn’t go into writing; I was born with ink in my blood. It was something I was crafted to do by the Author and Finisher of my entire existence.
KTF: What type of books do you write?
PJC: My books are edgy Christian romances and speculative fiction. I’m still feeling my way around the speculative fiction world, because it requires a different set of writing muscles in the grey matter mass encased in my skull, but I tend not to back down from a challenge when it comes to writing.
KTF: Now for the hard-hitting question: Have you ever experienced racism within the publishing industry? If you have, what have you done to overcome it?
PJC: Hit me hard (she laughs). Racism is such a huge card to throw around, especially in the US, where racial tensions fluctuate like underwater currents. At the same time, racism is also the bane and bone of the country. It’s a complex issue and it’s hard to grasp all the various intricacies involved. Suffice to say, I’ve experienced “bias” in the publishing industry, particularly in the faith-based markets.
Authors are always looking for ways to promote their work and get more reviews. Well, look no further!
I’m please to announce I’ll be hosting this event created by Indie Author Movement site found George McVey and the Christian Indie Author Network as he discusses techniques for you to promote your books and get reviews.
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The best gifts are the ones you don’t always see until you look back on them. During the next twenty two days before Christmas, I’m going to look back on the Write Stuff and share some insights I’ve learned over the years. Primarily, I’ll be highlighting some shows but other little tidbits too. This isn’t to say some shows were better than others. Quite the contrary. I’ve loved all my shows the Lord’s blessed me with hosting. But the gift of it is looking back and seeing how far I’ve come.
IGNORANCE IS NOT (ALWAYS) AN EXCUSE
The drama behind this show is intense. It was probably one of the first major screw-ups I’d done when it came to scheduling and making sure one’s P’s & Q’s are taken care of. In this case I hadn’t. The week before, I spoke with my guest’s media rep and had recorded a mini-interview to be played. But not being on point, I forgot to upload it and during the show, it never came up. The media rep was concerned. So then had to call the guest that I had slotted for the next week and beg, plead and cry that she postpone her interview for another day. She had no problem with that.
Thinking on the topic for this show, I looked for an appropriate picture to caption the show with. I found it and used it in my blog posts. About two months later, I got a strange email with a woman calling for my blood for using her picture. This was my fiery baptism in looking for images on the Net. I quickly apologized and she threatened me some more about legal actions but I never heard from her again. However, to this day, I can’t help but think if you didn’t want anyone to use the picture, why did you put it on the Net? O_o.
Daddy(less) Little Girls touched on a sensitive topic about fatherhood and the place of fathers in a little girl’s life. I want to thank Lynn Bruce for sharing her story. Check her out and show some love!
Indie authors know how difficult it is to get their works out there, find places to market your book, and a plethora of issues about marketing. On this episode of the Write Stuff we’ll be chatting with Harshajyoti Das, internet marketer and author to provide us with tips, share his experiences, and answer your questions.
Harshajyoti Das is an Authors, Entrepreneur, and the CEO at Munmi IT Solutions LLP (a Facebook re-targeting company). He has written 6 back-to-back bestsellers and is currently writing 3 more books. He has 7 years of experience as an internet marketer and has consulted over 1000 businesses since 2010.
Tune in by calling 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app.
Harshajyoti Das is an Authors, Entrepreneur, and the CEO at Munmi IT Solutions LLP (a Facebook re-targeting company). He has written 6 back-to-back bestsellers and is currently writing 3 more books. He is available for talks, workshops, and interviews. He is also the founder of FireYourMentor.com (a platform for self-published authors).
He is currently writing, The Art Of Book Marketing For Self-Published Authors. Apply to become a beta reader at http://Book-Marketing.org
He has 7 years of experience as an internet marketer and has consulted over 1000 businesses since 2010.
He is known as ‘jr_sci’ in many Internet marketing forums. He is 24 years old. Traveling is his hobby and writing is his passion. One of his many goals is to visit each and every major city and tourist destination in the world, before he is 30 years old. He has published his first book when he was 23 years old.
He started his career at the age of 17 (2007) when he was still in high school. He started off as a forum poster (people used to hire him to build their forums). He was paid $0.01 (50 paisa) for one post. He was happy with his earnings, regardless of the fact that he used to earn just $5 per month (Rs 300). His parents gave him $10 per month as pocket money and it was enough money for his daily expenses.
He continued to work as a forum poster and then as an article writer till he reached college in 2010. His earnings went up to $50 per month. He was able to pay for his accommodation with his own money. (it was a 10×10 room on the roof of a building). He self-financed his college education.
Things changed drastically in 2010. He was working as a forum moderator/poster for 2 Internet Marketing and Web development forums. He was also trying to expand his knowledge about SEO and internet marketing. He got an offer from one forum owner to work as a ‘Full Time Moderator’ in the ‘SEO section’ of his forum for a fixed pay of $500/month. He was immensely excited to hear the news but unfortunately after two days, he got a call saying that there were no longer interested in hiring him. He was heart-broken at that time. He felt as if his dreams were shattered. It was obvious for a guy who used to earn $50/month ! During that time, he also tried to for a job interview in a call center as a customer care executive for Apple’s ipod mini but he was rejected for his poor English speaking skills. He never tried for another job interview after that.
He bucked up and pulled himself together to embark on a new journey. He went back to being a forum poster earning $50/month but by then he has already started exploring more blogs on SEO. He forced himself to learn SEO profoundly and kept a track record of the every-changing ‘Google Algorithms’. He got my first client by the end of 2010. He started reading tons of books, articles, blogs and magazines to improve his English.
Since then, he has tried opening numerous small time ventures. The most recent one was a software company that failed miserably and he lost tons of money along with it. He is happy that he had the opportunity to learn from them.
He got married at the age of 21 in year 2011. He is currently living in Bangalore, India with his wife.
In year 2013, he started his Facebook re-targeting company, ‘Munmi IT Solutions LLP’. In the very same year, he published his first book at the age of 23. He has published 3 more books in 2014 and is currently writing his 5th book. His next goal is to write at least ten books every year.
Social media is a great way for authors to connect with readers. It’s a platform builder to garner the reach of potential new readers and stay in contact with fans. In fact, it’s recommended that authors uutilizesocial media if they want to succeed.
However, social media is changing and we need to stay up to date with it. In fact, most of us are aware that Facebook, a popular social media site, has changed its rules to allow for unpaid subscribers to NOT get as much exposures from their social media pages as those who do pay. For indie authors with a limited budget, this is a concern. Especially if Facebook is the main vehicle on which they network.
And that’s just one of the issues we’re going to talk about today.
Join me as I discuss social media tips with our returning guest and wonderful PR rep, Fran Briggs as we talk and navigate the social media world. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or you can download the WLUV radio mobile app today. Tune in!
An entrepreneur, author, speaker, and journalist, Fran Briggs (www.franbriggs.com) is recognized worldwide for her innovative personal development tools, PR, advertising, and marketing expertise. Fran is perhaps best known for her award-winning publicity firm, eMediaCampaigns! which was founded in Yuma, AZ, but has become the de-facto standard for thousands of journalists and clients from all over the world. She is passionate about assisting people and coaches her clients in the areas of sponsorship acquisition, writing, speaking and human performance. Her philosophies are set forth in her latest book, That’s Just My Million Dollars where she encourages people to prepare for their own success by revising their attitudes and adjusting their altitudes. As a professional speaker, Fran inspires men, women and children to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. Fran can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year from the Write Stuff. May this be your best year yet!
To kick off our first episode of 2015, we have returning guest, Chuck Brown from Expected End Entertainment to give us advice and tips on the business of writing. That’s right! In today’s volatile publishing world, writers need to see their careers as a business and to run a business, you’re going to need some help.
Chuck Brown is a multi-talented media professional with years of experience. Join us as we discuss this topic by calling in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app today. Tune in!
C. Nathaniel Brown is an award-winning writer, talk show host, and businessman. A huge basketball fan, Brown coached middle school and high school basketball in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He founded the Pittsburgh Knights AAU team. He also served as athletic director at Greater Works Academy in Pittsburgh, where he coached girls and later the boys’ varsity teams. He began writing about sports for his college newspaper and continued with several newspapers and magazines around the country spanning 20 years. Brown currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife of 18 years
A brand is powerful. It helps one person generate an image or thought associated with another person. Celebrities are all about brands almost to the point where the brand is synonymous with the person. When we say Arnold Schwarzenegger, his name is connected with a series of thoughts — movies, strength, government, etc. When we say Johnny Depp, we may see pirates, 21 Jump Street, Edward Scissorhands, etc.
Well known authors also have the same connection — Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, Karen Kingsbury, Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, and others just to name a few. In fact, with an author like Stephen King, his name is almost a genre.
So how can authors brand themselves? What techniques can we use? What is a brand and how do you develop it? We’ll be talking about this issue and more on this episode of the Write Stuff with Fran Briggs, marketing and PR specialist.
Feel free to call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV Radio app. Or, you can click on the link here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wluv103/2014/01/22/powerful-branding-techniques–write-stuff–1-21-2014. Anyway you can, join us.
“Where Excuses Go to Die” is a memoir written by John Nelson which details his life experience and I was struck right to the core when I heard the title of his book.
I had the privilege of being on the radio show ‘The Road Less Published” tonight and you can listen to it here. The show discussed Five Reasons Why Writers Quit and some of the reasons were:
As I looked at the total sum of those reasons why writers quit I realized that all reasons added to one major barrier – me.
On the show, I mentioned that it took ten years for me to write my first book. Although my book deals with a controversial subject, I do not believe I was as equipped to deal with the topic fictionally ten years ago. But there were other stories in my mind that I could have written. Other characters that sought recognition. But I allowed these things to hold up my writing career. After a while, as my birthday came along, I knew that I wanted my book to be published. I remember thinking earlier that year, “I don’t want to still be writing this book next year. I want this book to be published. I’m turning X number years old, it’s now or never.” My husband paved the way for the book to be published and by my birthday, the dream became reality. For me, the excuses died as my birthday neared.
The indie author movement has exploded. It is now easier than ever to be an published author. Yet, some authors may publish their books but they’re not sure how to market their product. Their excuse, if you will, is misinformation. On this show, we will kill that excuse by giving powerful author marketing strategies to get your message out to as many eyeballs as possible with our guest co-host and contributor, Fran Briggs.
If you have questions, feel free to call in at 646-595-2083 or listen to the show by going to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wluvradio.