Saturday, February 26, 2011

Encounters in Paris

Encounters in Paris

Carolyn Moncel

  • Paperback: 114 pages

  • Publisher: CreateSpace (November 5, 2010)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1453898212

  • ISBN-13: 978-1453898215

  • Life is filled with random encounters and Ellery Roulet, a 35-year-old American PR executive living and working in Paris, has experienced enough of them to last five lifetimes. When betrayal, loss, regrets and even acceptance enters Ellery's life at different times, she learns a great lesson: it is not what one experiences, but how one chooses to deal with those experiences that shapes the soul within. This bittersweet collection of tales shows just how messy and complicated life can be, and that sometimes there just aren't any neat and tidy solutions at all.

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    Wednesday, February 9, 2011

    The Promise: Asking God to heal the land

    Here's the blurb:
    “The Promise”
     is an internationally award winning portrait of an event in Hilo, Hawaii where indigenous believers from around the world gathered to call on God to fulfill His promise to “heal their land”.  Based on 2nd chronicles 7:14, “The Promise” relives the journey that these believers undertook together to repent, seek God’s face, and call on Him to inhabit the land.

    As believers from over 30 countries gathered to seek the Lord and intercede for their people…the God of the bible manifested himself powerfully in a number of ways that truly reflect the beauty and diversity of the Creator.  Full of new music, dance, worship, and times of prayer and reflection…this documentary will leave you with a greater understanding and deeper appreciation for what God is doing throughout the earth.  A spiritual experience not to be missed!  Winner of 2 International Tele Awards in the categories of Culture and Religion.

    Monday, February 7, 2011

    The State of Independence

    It's been three years since I embarked on the journey of self publishing which I now choose to call, 'independent publishing.' It's been an interesting trip full of triumphs and surprises and overall I'm pleased to be where I am at this point. Like every endeavor there are lessons to be learn and I learned quite a few. I'd like to share a few of my experiences in hopes that they might help a new writer contemplating the path of self publishing.

    1). The Self publishing Pariah
    This first one isn't as prevalent as it was when I first entered the self publishing field. I must have come in just before the tipping point. Like any new writer I took to the internet announcing myself and my intentions. I was not expecting the backlash I received when I state that I was self publishing. Some folks shook their heads in despair while others attacked me, accusing me of being lazy, skirting the system and being to weak to withstand the live giving forge of the slush pile. The only people who came to my defense were other self publishers who I immediately sided with to defend our choice and launch attacks against their delusions of celebrity through the 'plantation' mainstream publishing system. After a while I mellowed out. This was my choice and I wasn't going to change my mind. I began to respond by saying just that. The arguments ceased and I moved on.

    2). Selling books is hard work
    I knew it was going to be hard to sell books but I didn't realize how hard. Once I burned through family, close friends, family close friends and distant cousins I was faced to sell to complete strangers. I wasn't a newby to sales for I had done it when I had my own business as well as a stint with my current employer. But selling fiction is different that selling merchandise. In merchandise you will eventually come across someone that needs what you sell. Buying a book is a totally emotional decision. A person doesn't need to read my book. It became really frustrating after I received good reviews and my book still moved slow. Why wasn't I selling more books if my book was so great? The truth is there are a lot books out there, a whole lot. So you have to keep on plugging and find your audience. I now understand why it's so hard to make a living writing.

    3). Getting in a book store is tough
    This is something I still haven't accomplished. I thought I'd just stroll into my local Barnes and Noble, hand the manager my excellent work of prose and have a book signing the next day. I rapidly discovered that the road to the bookshelf is a long winding and difficult path, one that I choose not to deal with for the moment. It will come, but not yet.

    4). Independent publishing is the answer for us
    This last one is my opinion but it's based on business in general. You can't change anything by working for someone. When a person pays you they expect you to do what you're told. It's their money. For African American writers I feel the only way we'll see rapid change in the publishing industry is to publish for ourselves. The only way people we see our stories told our way is for us to publish it. This is the real reason why I'm an and will always be independent publisher.

    It's been tough but it's been fair. I'm starting the year off with a new book and another waiting in the wings. I'm looking forward to the coming year and the years ahead. The state of independence is good and growing. The future is indeed bright.

    Friday, February 4, 2011

    Along the Underground Railroad is ELIZA'S FREEDOM ROAD...

    Eliza's freedom Road
    By Jerdine nolen

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12

  • Hardcover: 160 pages

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; 1 edition (January 4, 2011)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1416958142

  • ISBN-13: 978-1416958147

  • Jerdine Nolen is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Raising Dragons, illustrated by Elise Primavera, which received the Christopher Award, and Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, illustrated by Mark Buehner, winner of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award. She and Kadir Nelson collaborated on Thunder Rose, which School Library Journal called "a wonderful tale of joy and love" and Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life, which received the Society of Illustrators' Gold Medal. Jerdine Nolen lives with her family in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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