When Words Were Mountains

by Janet R. Altman (Author)

A mother and daughter face the challenges of learning disabilities in this heartfelt, uplifting story.
Rosemary Enrico watches her daughter trudge to and from school weighed down by a backpack stuffed with books she can’t read. Third grade homework consumes hours. Parked on a folding chair next to Dawn’s desk, Rosemary reads assignments aloud and copes with Sammy’s jealousy.
Why can’t Dawn read? The teachers offer Rosemary reassurance, not answers.

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False Roads to Manhood

by Frank Chase Jr. (Author), Karockas Watkins (Foreword)

The new release from F C Publishing, LLC, False Roads to Manhood, subtitled, What Women Need To Know, What Men Need to Understand is the author’s seven journey of adventure, suspense and intrigue into the heart and soul of the secret life of manhood. This profound book invites those seeking wisdom, knowledge and understanding about the hidden truths of a lifetime to embark on a journey that answers questions about men that most people only think about but dare not ask.

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Author Interview: Frank Chase Jr

Question #1: What made you want to become an author?
Actually, as a young teen, I used to listen to radion show called mystery theatre. I like the show so much, it inspired me to write short stories to submit to the radio station. Later in life, pursued other ventures and left the writing behind for some year. It picked back up later in life based on some events in my life. After experiencing divorce, I discovered that there weren’t really that many books on divorce recovery for men. And so, I became inspired again to write a book to help other men emotionally by writing and publishing my first book titled, False Roads To Manhood; What Women Need To Know; What Men Need To Understand.

Question #2: What genre of books do you write?
I write non-fiction books. Writing Non-fiction books, especially of a religious nature allows me to go deepers into the who, what when, where and why. I like to challenge the status quo by presenting information about subjects that most people don’t study or have never thought about. I think people tend to believe what they are told without challenging the information. My writing often puts people on edge becuase I ask questions and present facts based on history and scholastic evidence. You know it was once believed that the earth was flat and it took a scientist to proove the that the earth was round. Now at the time this truth was considered sacrilege.

Question #3: How long have you been writing books?
Well, if you count my first book and my recent book, I would say sixteen years with all the writing and research involved. Not only that, I’ve written several published artticles along the way.

Question #4: Are you self-published or traditionally published? And tell us why you chose either.
I started out wanting to be a traditional publisher. However, that world is dog eat dog. I spent a considerable amount of time trying to get my book out to book agents and got rejected numerous times. So after reading lots of articles about self-publishing, I went in that direction and never looked backed. I choose self-publishing for two reasons, one so I could learn about publishing and two, it was easier to self-publish.

Question #5: What’s the best tip you can give to a new author?
Based on the many mistatkes I made publishing my first book, I would say finding a good editor is not as simple as it seems. There are a lot of people and self-publishing companies on the web that hang out shingles about their editing prowess, but you better be like an investigative reporter when looking for an editor. Nowadays, you don’t have to go broke trying to publishing a book, as long as you know that it will take a lot of time if you decide to do things yourself.

Question #6: What’s your writing routine like?
My writing routine has always been up and down. I tend to write when I am pricked about something that’s happening in my life. I don’t write everyday becuase I don’t have tons of projects that I’m working on.

Question #7: What do you hope readers take away after reading one of your books?
I guess I would say that I want readers to take away from my second book, Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway that my book is well researched and filled with empirical evidence. For Kleptomaniac, readers will walk away saying, wow, amazing, unbelievable, shocking. I suspect readers will come away feeling they have been well educated and informed in a way that was never done in another book of the same topic.
Bonus Question: Why should a reader want to read your book?
If money is important, then readers will want to read Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? Especially, religious readers who have a desire to want to know more about a biblical practice that’s been going on for centuries. My book uncovers the untwisted truth about the centuries old tithes and offering deception. Most readers should read this book because it is in their best financial interest to do so when it comes the practice of monetary tithing. The idea that ten percent of a person’s paycheck is a biblical mandate by God is what my book questions, and it also provides answers about the so-called tithe that many have never realized. My book is like a lamp that lights the way to truth about tithing. Readers will know all about the mis-information and properganda campaign that snows them into coughing up ten pecent when in reality the Bible never requires a tenth of income.

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5 Questions to Ask Successful Authors To Improve Your Craft

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What a difference a few hundred years makes. If you were a wannabe writer in the time of Jane Austin or Charles Dickens, your chances of meeting them and asking writing-related questions would be practically nonexistent. The advent of writers’ conventions has given aspiring authors the chance to connect with bestselling scribes from every genre.

In the last few years, the wall between full-time authors and authors-in-training has gotten even more transparent. Blog posts, podcasts, and social media give you the opportunity to chat with successful authors on a daily basis. Once you get an author’s attention, however, it’s very important that you use your time wisely.

If you’ve ever been to a conference or a live Google+ Hangout with a successful author, you’ve probably seen similar questions pop up in every session. How do I find an agent? Should I seek a publisher or self publish? Where do you come up with your ideas? While these kinds of questions present themselves in most open discussions, that doesn’t mean they’re a valuable use of your face time. If you’re serious about being a successful author yourself, then you need to ask questions that have actionable answers. It’s not worth asking a question if you’re unable to use the information that you’ll receive in return.

Here are five questions that will provide you with much more useful answers:

1. How Did You Develop Your Writing Habits?

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Many aspiring authors are under the impression that all books are a magical blend of inspiration and the perfect agent. In reality, the most successful authors are the ones who’ve developed the rights habits and mindset. Their daily ritual gives them the practice they need to keep writing, while their mindset compels them to continue without the visual or financial indications of success.

While bad habits die hard, good habits may seem impossible to apply. There are many books out there about writing every day and hitting a certain word count, but you may get some interesting tidbits of wisdom by hearing a successful author’s input on the subject. Take notes on his or her response, and see if there’s anything that you can try out yourself.

2. What Did You Do to Improve Your Writing?

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This question is worded very specifically. Plenty of aspiring writers will ask, “How can I get better at writing?” This question is often rewarded with a canned response. The author may say to go out there and read a bunch of books or that you should keep plugging away and you’ll eventually see improvement. By making the question personal, however, you may be able to glean some wisdom from their success stories.

Many bestselling authors have faced rejection, from Stephen King to J.K. Rowling. Following the notes in the margins of their returned manuscripts has been a common path to success. Other authors read a certain book or took a particular class that helped them go the extra mile. It’s rare that reading or writing alone got them to where they are today. Listen to the author’s individual path to improvement, and see if there are ways for you to apply those lessons to your own work.

3. How Should I Divide My Time Between Writing and Marketing?

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If you asked this question at a traditional publishing conference, then it’s likely that half of the room would stare at you in awe and the other half would decry you as an evil marketer. But most authors wouldn’t flinch. Even the biggest names out there know that marketing is simply part of the game, though you may get more of a straight answer from successful self-published authors.

It’s been proven again and again in this industry, but the authors who treat their writing like a business are the ones who find the most success. Authors who are in the know will tell it to you straight. You need to spend a lot more time on marketing your books than you might think. The most proficient authors may have some helpful advice for allocating your time effectively.

4. What Steps Should I Take to Build My Author Platform?

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The Dan Browns and James Pattersons of the world have massive author platforms that came as a result of their writing success. Other authors like John Green and Hugh Howey used platforms like Facebook and YouTube to build their fanbases as they became more popular. This is another question that may get you some funny stares from the traditional publishing lovers in the room. Don’t let their reaction stop you from trying to learn as much as you can about this important aspect of your writing career.

Push for specifics when it comes to how the author spends his time on email and social media. This isn’t the kind of question most aspiring authors ask, so you may find yourself getting some previously unreleased information. Take advantage of this opportunity and attempt to apply the advice on your own platform.

5. Why Do You Think Your Books Were Successful?

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This last question is another effort to get personal with the author. When you ask general questions, you get general answers, but when you push deeper, you may find out some advice you’ve never heard before.

An author posed with this question might give his publishing company all the credit or praise the fans for buying his book. Don’t let him get away with something that vague. Ask about the genre. Push further about what he personally did to promote the book. There are few authors who become a success by accident. The less magical an answer you can coax from the author, the more likely you’ll be able to get something out of it.

There Is No Shortcut

The reason so many aspiring writers ask formula-type questions is because they want to take the shortest possible path to success. They believe this successful author before them has gone through all the hard work so that he can tell his followers how to do it cheaper, faster, and easier. That’s simply not how it works. There is no formula. Questions seeking a shortcut are completely worthless.

Seek puzzle pieces instead. Ask the authors about the parts of your process that aren’t working. Don’t try to solve everything in one fell swoop by getting an agent’s contact info. Learn how to get better and smarter. Ask questions that will allow you to work harder and make improvements as you go along. Now that there are more opportunities than ever to get in touch with a bestselling author, you should make sure that any question you get the chance to ask will yield something you can immediately take home, apply, and improve upon.

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Podcast: How To Make $10,000 A Month Writing Erotica Books

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We reached out to a self-published, self-made professional author who made a bold businesses decision that turned into a $10,000 windfall. And growing.

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Meet Marla. Marla is a horror writer who wanted to make more money writing books. So she decided to try and write 100 Erotica books in a year. And she did. The result? Almost $10,000 paycheck from her hard work.

Want to learn how to do it? In this exclusive podcast from us here at Author Marketing Club, we sit down with Marla and examine her success in detail.

August 2012
59 books sold
11 stories published in August
$80.30 in royalties earned

September 2012
150 books sold
9 stories published in September
$238.27 in royalties earned

October 2012

290 books sold
9 stories published in October
$535.72 in royalties earned

November 2012
2246 books sold
12 stories published in November
$3,346.18 in royalties earned

December 2012
3253 books sold
5 stories published in December
$5,060.30

January 2013
2503 books sold
5 stories published in January
$3,694.89

February 2013
2728 books sold
11 stories published in February
$5,227.37

March 2013

3533 books sold
0 stories published in March (was working on a novel)
$7,862.25

April 2013
3338 books sold
4 stories published in April
$5,536.23

May 2013
3517 books sold
7 stories published in May
$5,571.10

June 2013
2547 books sold
3 stories published in June
$4,410.97

July 2013
2707 books sold
7 stories published in July
$5,691.91

August 2013
2853 books sold
4 stories published in August
$9,651.42
(and in case you’re wondering how the income jumped in comparison to the volume of books sold, I have one book for sale for $37. That book is not published on Amazon or any of the other online retailers. So, technically, that brings my total up to 101 books.)

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