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Here are the resources Kori mentioned:
www.sumome.com - Easily gather emails to build your list, create dynamic shqre buttons, use a heat map and page analyzer, and more. A bunch of free tools!
www.booklaunch.io - Book landing pages - Be sure to get the code from the Back Porch Writer website, so you can try the premium features. The basics are free.
www.lacbook.com - Marketing template for writers - Free tool
Finelines.org - Summer Writing Camp
If you know about author fairs in your area, please share them with us via info(at)backporchwriter.com
Rick Bentsen released his first novel, Dawn of a New Age, in 2001 to some small success. After struggling for many years to come up with a followup to Dawn of a New Age, Rick released The Blademaster in 2014, the first book in an epic fantasy series that has completely invigorated his passion for writing once more. The second book in his epic Blademaster Chronicles series, Willowdale, comes out April 7, 2015. Rick lives in Massachusetts, where he is quite happy that winter seems to be over.
Author, The Blademaster Chronicles
Book 1: The Blademaster (Released 3/19/2014)
Book 2: Willowdale (Coming 4/7/2015)
Lucy Branch is a director of her family’s firm Antiques Bronze Ltd, one of the UK’s leading conservation and restoration companies. She has a degree in History of Art with Material Studies and a Masters from The Royal College of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Branch is an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation. Lucy lives with her husband and their three children in North London.
About the book:
Abigail Argent stands out. Some people notice that she always wears gloves and shudder when they know why. The ones who know her best notice her ability with metal. Abigail's particular talent lies in the colouring of alloys, for seeing the beauty in a plain piece of metal and being able to draw it out. Her study leads her to discover a connection between her own craft and that of her favourite childhood myth: changing lead into gold. Moving to Venice, Abigail continues to uncover more about the history of her trade while making friends, and a lover, whose lives become inextricably linked with her own. But her abilities soon peak the interests of a powerful group, determined to guard the secret that she may unwittingly expose. Delving into the deepest secrets of ancient Italy, Abigail's story will take everything you think you know about alchemy and turn it on its head.
In the aftermath of Nixon’s volatile presidency, Sandy Drue is entering in to the great unknown of adolescence, determined to discover her own meaning of life in this beautiful series of short stories & vignettes. The beguiling second novel from Nancy Freund, Mailbox, is a mother-daughter love story opening a doorway to the universal world of adolescence and self-discovery. Fans of contemporary literary fiction and American cultural and social history will enjoy this delightful story that is hopeful, heartbreaking, and profound in its treatment of life’s larger questions - especially those that matter to a child on the cusp of maturity - revealing our shared need for solace, nostalgia, and good old-fashioned fun.
Eva Angvert Harren specializes in a body centered approach to recovery and complete wellness. She offers the BEAM LiFE Process, as a transformational, effective, and personalized formula to empower the lives of women who want a way to heal from the core.
Eva assists you to find relief from anger, anxiety, stress, and habitual patterns that hold you back from who you want to be. After releasing tension and pain in your body you start to feel the internal peace and aliveness available. Without having to re-live your story you learn skills in understanding and managing feelings, sensations, and emotions. You learn how to reclaim your power, restore your peace, and recover yourself.
Their mission is simple:
1. We aim to transform the cultural meaning of princesses and princes into positive role models who take action to protect living beings and the planet for future generations.
2. We seek to promote greater racial, cultural, and gender inclusivity. We expand the cultural representation of beauty by including different size princesses and princes, as well as those with disabilities.
3. To produce high quality educational tools that are entertaining. Our goal is to utlilize multimedia platforms to educate readers and users about current global issues and how we can all be part of the solution.
4. Our stories promote greater awareness of the environment and aim to advance children’s knowledge in STEM subjects (sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics).
5. Our stories combine teaching ethical principals with the practical imperatives of helping parents, teachers, and children meet Common Core State Standards.
Or, is it? Join the cnversation and tell me what you think. Is the world ready for The Guardian Princesses?
Zetta Elliott’s essays have appeared in School Library Journal and The Huffington Post. Her thirteen books for young readers include the award-winning picture book Bird, A Wish After Midnight, Ship of Souls, and The Deep. She is an advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing, and lives in Brooklyn.
Take a stand for Kid Lit Equality; download your free Black Youth Matter posters here.Plunge into The Deep! See the trailer here. Learn more at Rosetta Press. The Deep is a companion book to Ship of Souls. Ship of Souls was a 2012 Booklist Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy Youth Title and a finalist for the Phillis Wheatley Book Award. It also received a starred review from Booklist: "Urban fantasies are nothing rare, but few mesh gritty realism with poetic mysticism so convincingly. By turns sad, joyful, frightening, funny, and inspirational, Elliott’s second novel is a marvel of tone and setting." Support childhood literacy by taking the Birthday Party Pledge!
Kori discusses several body language basics you can use to better describe scenes within your story. She'll cover the concept of comfort versus discomfort as posited by Joe Navarro, a leading expert on body language and a former FBI spycatcher.
Facts about lying behavior
Indicators of stress, verbal and non-verbal
The seven microexpressions
Resources for additional information:
Center for non-verbal studies
All About Body Language
The Science of People
Paul Ekman Group
The Center for Body Language
Louder Than Words - Joe Navarro
What Every Body is Saying - Joe Navarro
Clues to Deceipt - Joe Navarro
Join Kori and her guest, subject matter expert, Larry Miller, in a lively conversation about the art of interviewing. Get your questions answered by someone with 40 years of broadcast journalism, communication, and public relations experience.
Can you write a press release? Ask Larry how!
How do you handle a hostile interviewer?
How does an introvert really do this?
John Himmelman is an author/illustrator of nearly 80 books for children and books (for grown up kids) on various nature topics. He graduated School of Visual Arts in 1981, with his first book "Talester the Lizard" published later that year. Talester came about as a final assignment to create a story in his children's book illustration class. His teacher, Dale Payson, liked it enough to show to her editor at Dial - and thus began a career that continues today.
Himmelman's children's book genres range from whimsical to natural history. He is a naturalist, involved in many organizations where he gives lectures and leads trips in search of exciting flora and fauna (it all excites him). He strives to incorporate his interests with his career as an writer and illustrator because... it just makes both more fun. Sometimes, though, he just wants to make the reader laugh.
Unfortunately, the founders of The Guardian Princesses weren't able to join Kori today. We'll try to get them scheduled for a future date.
Instead, Kori discussed the importance of diversity in book publishing. She's encouraging everyone to get on twitter using #weneeddiversebooks and explain why.
Visit weneeddiversebooks.org for more details about their short story contest.
If you'd like to be a guest, visit our website. We have a few openings in March.
Remember to tune into Scribe Talk Sunday January 25th at 5:30 p.m. CDT. We're continuing out discussion about interviewing.
You can listen to Kori's live intrerview over on Small Business Radio Forum with Tony Wilkins, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Show time: 5:45 p.m. CDT
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