Book Review – Calling All Authors: How to Publish with Your Eyes Wide Open

September 29, 2009 at 9:02 pm (Book Reviews, Non-Fiction) (, , )

Calling All Authors – How to Publish with Your Eyes Wide Open
BY: Valerie Connelly
PUBLISHED BY: Nightengale Press
ISBN: 978-1-933449-43-2
Pages: 291
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Have you ever wanted to be a published writer? “Calling All Authors – How to Publish with Your Eyes Wide Open” tells what traps and mistakes to avoid during publishing. Should you use a traditional publishing company or should you publish the book yourself? Will you need a publicist? An editor? Or a proofreader? These are just some of the questions that author Valerie Connelly, founder of Nightengale Press, answers in this book.

There are many myths and tales about the publishing world. “Calling all Authors,” explains these myths and brings them into reality for writers. A lot of new writers think their books will be an instant bestseller. You’ll learn that books don’t become bestsellers overnight.

As a writer myself, I enjoyed reading “Calling All Authors.” I learned that even in traditional publishing you’ll have to do some marketing of your own. You can’t just sit back and expect the book to just sell itself. Learn how to promote your book by using the internet. Learn how to benefit from good and bad book reviews.

I recommend “Calling All Authors” to all upcoming writers of any genre. This book will help you with those difficult decisions you will come across while publishing your novel.


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Great Finds Issue #9

September 27, 2009 at 10:24 pm (Great Finds) ()

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?  Two words – Thrift Shop!



The MacGregors: Daniel & Ian by Nora Roberts

Born in Fire by Nora Roberts

The MacKade Brothers: Devin and Shane by Nora Roberts

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Book Review – Cirque Du Freak

September 27, 2009 at 10:21 pm (Book Reviews, teen, Young Adult) (, , )

Cirque Du Freak
BY: Darren Shan
PUBLISHED BY: Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 0-316-60340-6
Pages: 266
Ages: Teen & Up
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

After seeing the movie trailer, I checked out the first three books at my local library. I have never heard of the series before now, and was surprised to learn that there are twelve books. I read the first book in one night.

Two teenagers, Darren & his best friend, Steve, sneak out and go to the mysterious Cirque Du Freak, a freak show. Mr. Tall, Snake boy, a wolfman, Alexander Ribs and Mr. Crepsley.

Mr. Crepsley is pale faced, redheaded man. He is a real vampire and the owner of Madam Octa, a spider. Darren loves spiders and steals Madam Octa. This causes a chain of events that will forever change Darren’s life.

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Great Finds Issue #8

September 21, 2009 at 9:15 am (Great Finds) (, , , )

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?  Two words – Thrift Shop!


Hardback: Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson



Meg: Primal Waters by Steve Alten

If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O by Sharyn McCrumb

Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie

The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander

Diary of a Loving Heart by June Masters Bacher

Love Leads Home by June Masters Bacher


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Book Review – Writer Watchdog 2009 Edition

September 17, 2009 at 11:28 pm (Book Reviews) ()

Writer Watchdog 2009 Edition: Self-publishing Directory
BY: Deana Riddle
PUBLISHED BY: New Vision Media
ISBN: 978-0-9822674-9-3
Pages: 213
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

With a flashy cover, the Writer Watchdog 2009 Edition: Self – publishing Directory will catch any writer’s eye. Being a writer myself, I have read several resource and writing books, but this is the first I’ve read about self-publishing.

The book is filled with over two hundred resources and over thirty articles. You learn every step there is in publishing your own book. Learn the difference between a book printer and a self-publishing service. Find out how to use social networking websites, blogs and book reviews to promote your book.
My favorite sections are the Book Review Resources, and the Informational Sites and Writer Organizations. The tips in these sections are very helpful.

I found the Writer Watchdog 2009 Edition to be full of wonderful information that any writer can use. Before jumping into the self-publishing world, I recommend reading this. Any questions you would ever have will be answered in this amazing book.

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New Short Story Being Published

September 17, 2009 at 8:53 pm (Children, News, Short Stories) (, , , )

My short story for children, Cat Got Your Tongue?, will be published in the knowonder! Magazine October 2009 issue.  It will be my 13th published story!

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Great Finds Issue #7

September 12, 2009 at 10:44 pm (Great Finds) (, , , , , , , )

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?  Two words – Thrift Shop!



Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural edited by Henry Mazzeo



True Courage by Dee Henderson

Sweet Valley Twins: The Haunted House by Francine Pascal

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Writing News – The Pizza Party

September 10, 2009 at 1:22 pm (Children, News, Short Stories) (, , , )

My short story, The Pizza Party, is in the current issue of the Stories for Children Magazine.

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Great Finds Issue #6

September 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm (Great Finds) (, , , , , , , , , )

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?  Two words – Thrift Shop!


Cirque Du Freak: Vampire Mountain by Darren Shan

Creation in Death by J.D. Robb

Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb



The Law of Love by Nora Roberts

Love by Designs by Nora Roberts

The House on Cherry Street: The Final Nightmare by Rodman Philbrick and Lynn Harnett

Suite 606 by J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Ruth Ryan Langan and Mary Kay McComas

Goosebumps: Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes by R.L. Stine

The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #26: Dawn Schafer, Undercover Baby-sitter by Ann M. Martin

Return by Karen Kingsbury with Gary Smalley

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Book Review – Authors Access: 30 Success Secrets for Authors and Publishers

September 3, 2009 at 11:46 pm (Book Reviews, Non-Fiction) (, , , , , )

 Authors Access: 30 Success Secrets for Authors and Publishers
 BY: Irene Watson, Tyler R. Tichelaar & Victor R. Volkman

PUBLISHED BY: Modern History Press


ISBN: 978-1-932690-98-9

Pages: 220

Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Authors Access: 30 Success Secrets for Authors and Publishers is a wonderful handbook for any writer. It is a compilation of podcasts from the internet radio show called Authors Access.

The authors share great tips about the craft and myths of writing. You learn about writing about romance, mystery and other genres. Being a writer myself, I found the book interesting. I enjoyed the chapters on children’s books and the article “Exploring Ghostwriting, co-Authoring, and Collaborating” by Ami Hendrickson. This is the first time I have read anything on ghostwriting. It was a joy to read.

There is a lot of information on promoting your book by the use of the internet. In “Book Marketing on MySpace,” you learn how to set up a successful myspace profile, and learn how an author can use it to promote their work effectively.

Every author needs to know how to use to sale their books. In “Amazon Adventures: Staring Down Earth’s Largest Bookstore,” you learn how to use advantage and associate programs.

There are four wonderful articles about book reviews and how to use them to your advantage. My favorite was, “Negative Book Reviews: How to Avoid Them, and How to Use Them to Your Advantage.”

One of the downfalls of the book is that it concentrates too much on self-publishing. I would’ve liked to have read more article on traditional publishing in magazines and big publishing houses. Overall I found Authors Access to be a great reference tool that every author should have on their desk.

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