Category Archives: Coming of Age

Spring Forward Book Attack

Do you like to read? Do you like free books? Of course, you do! This is Goodreads!
Support for Indie Authors is proud to announce our first Free & Bargain Book event of 2017!

Load up your Kindle with more than 125 free and 99¢ book deals in a wide variety of genres!

Details: For three days beginning Friday, March 31st and running through Sunday, April 2nd, visit our event website to nab a whack load of free and 99¢ Kindle ebooks by our indie author members.

That’s it! No RSVP, no obligation, and best of all, no need to put on pants!* Some books will be offered all three days, but there are many one day only freebies, so make sure to check the site each day!

*Pants are only optional if you are browsing our event from the comfort of your home. SIAFBB is not responsible for pantsless readers wandering aimlessly in public spaces.

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Featuring Children, Tweens & YA Authors

Are you a Children’s Author?

Do you write for tweens?

What about Young Adults?

I am paying it forward in 2017 by featuring authors on my blog.

Sign up for me to feature you on the Feature Calendar page!feature-md

Occasionally, there will be bonus material, giveaways, reviews and more!

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American Book Awards Program

From the website of – Before Columbus Foundation

The American Book Awards Program is not associated with any industry group or trade organization. The American Book Awards offer no cash prize nor do they require any financial commitments from the authors or their publishers. The Award winners are nominated and selected by a panel of writers, editors, and publishers who also represent the diversity of American literary culture.

Submissions

There are no application forms, fees, or any other restrictions for submissions, nominations, or recommendations to the panel. The book is what matters, not the procedure. The only requirement is that two copies of the book must be mailed to the Before Columbus Foundation by December 31st for consideration for the following year’s Awards. Anyone may make a submission (it does not have to be the publisher). There is no limit on the number of titles that may be submitted. All genres are accepted (including anthologies, children’s books, and multimedia). You may include reviews, publicity, or other informational material with your submission if you wish.

American Book Awards
Before Columbus Foundation 

The Raymond House
655-13th Street, Suite 302
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 268-9775
beforecolumbusfoundation@gmail.com

For more information visit – http://www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com/american-book-awards/

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Wanted – Old Books

Wanted Poster1Was your book published prior to January 1, 2012?

If so, how are the sales for this book?

If it is not doing so well, “Relaunch” it.

In 2015, I will be creating an online magazine that will bring older books to the attention of new readers.

The magazine will be released quarterly:

March, June, September, and December.

This is a FREE magazine.  I will be able to keep it free because I will be selling advertisement space.

 

I am still working out many things to get this magazine off the ground.

If you are interested in showcasing your book in the March 2015 issue, please visit

http://www.cynharris.com/magazine.html

to fill out the information request form

As things get worked out—like a name for the magazine, etc. – I will announce them here on this blog.

 

 

 

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Something New For 2015

I have been busy with work, the farm, writing, the grandkids, and all the crafts that I like to do.

This year I have spent time spotlighting authors for Virtual Book Tours.

In 2015, I want to do something new.  I want to take a look at books that no one has seen for a while.

Did you publish a book prior to January 1, 2012?

If so, how is it doing?   Not too many, if any sales these days.

No one wants to buy it.  No one sees it.  It is no longer on the bookshelves.  It is not high on Amazon’s list.

In 2015, I will be creating an online magazine that showcases older books.  This will be a FREE service to authors, promoting your older work.

How can I offer a FREE service like this?

With your help, by spreading the word and me offering “advertising space” in the magazine.

The magazine will be quarterly – March, June, September, December.  It could grow to bi-monthly or even monthly depending on how many books are sent in.

What else will be in the magazine?

  • Book promotion hacks/tips
  • Book marketing hacks/tips
  • Articles pertaining to writing
  • Author Interviews
  • Advertisements
  • And so much more

If this is something you are interested in download the form below, fill it out, and send it to me at

cyannris@gmail.com

Subject Line: 2015 Book Re-Launch Magazine  (no this is not the name of the magazine)

Download

2015 Magazine  or visit my web site

www.cynharris.com/magazine.html

and fill out the online form

 

 

 

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No Right Answers

No Right Answers PosterNo Right Answers  by Whitney Horn

 

A group of teenagers on a volunteer class trip to the South Pacific crashed on a remote island. Little did they know they’ve become pawns in a magical yet deadly game where their most initimate secrets will be revealed.

To find out what happens next, you have to read the book, said Whitney Horn, slyly.

The 19-year-old’s first published novel, “No Right Answers,” was released earlier this month.

Horn started writing the first draft of the fantasy more than a year ago, when she was a senior at Olathe North High School. It was originally her Distinguished Scholars Program project.

Once she graduated in May 2013, Horn spent hours editing the novel and sent it to numerous publishing companies. Last September, her beloved manuscript was given the green light by Rowe Publishing, based out of Stockton, Kansas.

“I screamed and woke up my roommate when I got the message,” the Kansas State University sophomore recalled with a laugh. “And then I ran down the hallway of my dorm to tell my friends and we jumped up and down. It was surreal.”

The accomplishment fulfills her lifelong goal to be a published author. Growing up, she was always writing short stories.

“When I read, I read to escape from real life and fantasy allows me to do that more than any other genre of literature,” said Horn, of Lenexa. “So when I was writing my book, I tried to make a storyline in which people would get lost.”

Fortunately for her, the owner of Rowe Publishing was mesmerized by the first chapter.

“The story has strong characters and a writing style that is rich with content and highly entertaining,” said Sherri Rowe. “The many layers of this coming-of-age plot are engaging and we hope to see a sequel in the making.”

The author’s mom agrees.

“When I read the book, I could not put it down,” said Tracy Horn of Lenexa. “The story line kept me interested and I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I read the book in one night.”

In addition to a captivating plot, Horn spent a lot of time fleshing out characters and focusing on issues she hopes will speak to her peers.

“My characters face problems dealing with everything from unhealthy relationships to eating disorders,” she said. “I was inspired by hearing stories from my own friends. I think people my age will see a little of themselves in each character.”

Being a writer, however, is more than just writing, Horn quickly discovered.

“It’s almost like finding your way through a maze,” the teenager said. “It’s about finding a publisher and marketing your book and figuring out the layout and spending hours editing. Seeing what goes on behind the scenes was an exciting and insightful learning experience.”

When news of her accomplishment spread, not many people in her life were surprised.

“When Whitney has a goal, she’s driven to reach it,” said Paul Williams, the adviser for Olathe North’s Distinguished Scholars Program. “I think it’s awesome it happened so quickly for her. I’m very proud of her.”

He hopes her success will inspire other young people to follow their dreams.

“She proves that hard work, dedication and drive really do pay off,” Williams said. “You may not see it the next day, but some point in time, good things will happen.”

Horn’s novel is available in both print and e-book for purchase through Rowe Publishing, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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