Author, Joel Homer on Tour

fEVERSInto the lush tropics comes a troubled American, rebellious journalist, embittered Vietnam vet, desperate soldier of fortune. William Straw, who soon forms an uneasy alliance with a beautiful anthropologist, continues his tortured upriver journey-from jungle shantytown to opulent plantation, from explosive passion to brutal murder. Whether he is pursuing a story, an adventure, or a chance to finally exorcise his own inner demons, nothing will prepare William Straw for the sudden violence and bizarre cruelty of the one who is waiting ahead — Michael Fevers.

Praise for ‘Fevers’ by Joel Homer:

“Very engrossing novel. It felt a bit like reading a modern version of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The plot moves quickly and smoothly. The excitement never ends.”- Gerald Loev, Amazon Reviewer

About Joel Homer:Joel Homer

Joel Homer was raised in Greenwich Village, attended New York University and was a medal-winning veteran from the Vietnam war. Upon returning to the states, he began his writing career as a senior editor at Saturday Review.

His books include “Marathons” and “Jargon.” His produced plays include “Scenes Dedicated to My Brother,” “What People Do When They’re All Alone,” and “The Lieutenant Snuffs the Light.” In 1984 he was the first recipient of the prestigious Glickman Award for playwriting. His last play ‘Private Scenes” was a huge hit in San Francisco. While working in Los Angeles, he co-wrote the original script for “Beauty and the Beast” for EuroDisney….to date the most popular stage play in Disney’s history.

Joel Homer passed away in 2003 at the age of 58.

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Does Book Promotion Work?

Does Book Promotion work?

Yes and no.  Yes book promotion works, however, it only works for a short time, unless you book is something extraordinary.  Therefore, book marketing/promoting is a constant thing.

One of the biggest things in promoting books is to establish your readership.  You establish your readership by writing more books.

Once a readership is established, those readers are waiting for your next book.  Those same readers will blog about you, tweet about you, and tell their family and friends about you.  Slowly, but surely, you will grow in popularity and your readership will increase.

Just remember that before your publish your book, make sure it is the best you can possibly make it: proofread, revise if necessary, hire an editor if necessary, etc.

No one wants to read a book that does not flow well or does not have a plot going anywhere.

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Change Your Mindset, Help Yourself

Have you written a book?  What’s the genre?

Did you know you are an expert?  You are.

Start telling people you are an expert in whatever it is you do.  For instance if you write fiction, you could say that you are an expert writer of fiction.

If you conducted any research for your book, you are an expert researcher and an expert on what you researched.

Therefore, change your mindset and help yourself!

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Fevers by Joel Homer

Fevers by Joel Homer: 
Now for the sad news.  Joel Homer died in 2003.  His wife and son made ‘Fevers’ into an ebook in April, 2014.  They have have always dreamed of getting this book to readers and fulfil Joel’s last wish. I hope you can join me and help make this dream a reality.

 

 

 

‘Fevers’ would be rated R if it were a movie, mostly for violence.

Publisher-ebook:  Zac Homer, (April 20, 2014)

Publisher-Print: Bantam
Category: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller, Some Romance
Tour Date: May/June, 2015
Available in: Print & ebook, 261 Pages

FEVERS is a novel unlike any you have ever read. Exotic adventure, white knuckled suspense, torrid romance, and a haunting portrait of three damaged individuals – one man who has turned beast, one who must confront the beast within himself, and the woman torn between them.

Rio de Janeiro. 1984.

There are rumors that somewhere deep in the steamy rainforest of the Amazon a man, once civilized, is hiding in green shadows. To the primitive Brazilian Indios, he is considered their long-awaited “pale-skinned messiah.” Others believe he is an evil god with powers to stir the native masses to a frenzied, killing pitch. And others suspect he might be Michael Fevers.

Into the lush tropics comes a troubled American, rebellious journalist, embittered Vietnam vet, desperate soldier of fortune. William Straw, who soon forms an uneasy alliance with a beautiful anthropologist, continues his tortured upriver journey-from jungle shantytown to opulent plantation, from explosive passion to brutal murder. Whether he is pursuing a story, an adventure, or a chance to finally exorcise his own inner demons, nothing will prepare William Straw for the sudden violence and bizarre cruelty of the one who is waiting ahead — Michael Fevers.

 Praise for ‘Fevers’ by Joel Homer:

“Very engrossing novel. It felt a bit like reading a modern version of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The plot moves quickly and smoothly. The excitement never ends.”- Gerald Loev, Amazon Reviewer

About Joel Homer:Joel Homer

Joel Homer was raised in Greenwich Village, attended New York University and was a medal-winning veteran from the Vietnam war. Upon returning to the states, he began his writing career as a senior editor at Saturday Review.

His books include “Marathons” and “Jargon.” His produced plays include “Scenes Dedicated to My Brother,” “What People Do When They’re All Alone,” and “The Lieutenant Snuffs the Light.” In 1984 he was the first recipient of the prestigious Glickman Award for playwriting. His last play ‘Private Scenes” was a huge hit in San Francisco. While working in Los Angeles, he co-wrote the original script for “Beauty and the Beast” for EuroDisney….to date the most popular stage play in Disney’s history.

Joel Homer passed away in 2003 at the age of 58.

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Speaking to High School Students

You can make money by speaking about your book and the writing process.

  • What is the genre of your book?
  • Will people be interested in hearing you speak about your book?
  • Would they be interested in the process you used when writing the book?

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Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, High School English and Literature teachers may be looking for someone to speak to their class about writing and how to write a research paper.

  • Research the local high school(s) to see who the English/Literature teachers are.
  • Contact the teachers via e-mail to introduce yourself.
  • Ask when would be a good time to visit with them either by phone or in person to discuss you speaking to their class.  (If you do this you may want to speak for free, so that the teachers will recommend you to other places that will pay you.)

If the teacher agrees, be sure to:

  • Set the time and date and how long you will speak.
  • Don’t be late.
  • The day before you are to speak, contact the teacher to be sure that nothing unexpected has come up at school and to confirm.
  • Put together a hand-out for the students.

After you visit the school, please write a hand written note to the teacher thanking them for inviting you to speak to their class.   This will mean a lot to the teacher and they will remember you and how thoughtful you are and will be willing to recommend you to others.

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The Word “Very”

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
 ~ Mark Twain

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8 Tips for Editing a Manuscript

A writer/author should make the manuscript the best it can be before sending it to the publisher.  This goes for both traditional published authors and for Indie authors.

How can you make it the best possible?

  • Proofread.
  • Proofread backwards.  Start with the last word of the book to the front.  This will help catch typos that Spell Check does not catch, such as “there” vs. “their.”
  • Have someone else proofread.  Another set of eyes will help catch things you may not.
  • Ask Beta Readers to read your work and give you feedback.
  • Try “Grammarly” at grammarly dot com.  It is free and boast “Grammarly makes you a better writer by finding and correcting up to 10x more mistakes than your word processor.”  Give it a try.  It can’t hurt.
  • If you can financially afford to do so, hire an editor.

If you cannot afford to hire an editor, read your manuscript line by line and do the following:

  1. Eliminate repeated words and phrases and replace them with different words/phrases.
  2. Search for the words “the,” “that,” and “had.”  Does the sentence make sense if you cut out these words?  I had a professor in grad school that said he if could he would cut the word “that” from the dictionary.
  3. Eliminate unnecessary modifiers such as the “ly” ending words – possibly, simply, etc.
  4. Get rid of cliches.
  5. Do not use words that you do not know the meaning.  Use the dictionary and thesaurus to find the meaning and other words that can be used in its place.
  6. Be aware of the “tenses” in your manuscript.  Are you writing in active or passive voice?
  7. Don’t be afraid to use the “delete key.”
  8. Rewrite, reword, rearrange sentences and paragraphs if needed.

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