|Posted by Alana on November 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Excerpts from Matthew's Amazon bio:
Matthew Pallamary's historical novel of first contact between shamans and Jesuits in 18th century South America, Land Without Evil, was published in hardcover by Charles Publishing, and received rave reviews along with a San Diego Book Award for mainstream fiction. It was chosen as a Reading Group Choices selection and has been adapted into a full-length stage and sky show by Austin's Sky Candy and Agent Red. It was the subject of a PBS series, Arts in Context, that premiered nationally January 2013.
Matt has appeared on the following nationally syndicated television shows speaking about fading cultures: Bridging Heaven and Earth, Elyssa's Raw and Wild Food Show, Things That Matter, and ECONEWS.
Matt also received the Man of the Year 2000 from San Diego Writer's Monthly Magazine.
He frequently visits the jungles, mountains, and deserts of North, Central, and South America pursuing his studies of shamanism and ancient cultures.
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|Posted by Alana on November 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
Marla discusses the differences between traditional and indie publishing, marketing, her experiences as a development editor and her books.
Jason and Marla also discuss Kickstarter, a way to fund creative projects which Marla is using for her latest book.
From Marla's Amazon bio: Her first book debuted in 1999. Marla wrote the only authorized biography of the iconic World Cup/Gold Medal winning US Women's National Soccer Team that Simon & Schuster published (ALL AMERICAN GIRLS). Her sports oriented columns appeared in Oxygen.com and International Soccer Magazine.
Marla began teaching MarketingtheMuse Workshops in 2003. Her message to writers is constant: It's not good enough to write well, you must also know how to market your work. That lesson Marla learned during the marketing phase of ALL AMERICAN GIRLS. With the exception of a rarified few authors, most traditionally published authors are out here 'alone' and must wear several hats to market our muse.
|Posted by Alana on November 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
Indie Authors no. 50 welcomes Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers, who discusses the power of memoir and her books including DON'T CALL ME MOTHER: A daughter's journey from abandonment to forgiveness.
Linda's biography: Linda Joy Myers, PhD, is the president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers & Co-President of the Women's National Book Association, SF. She has won prizes for fiction, memoir and poetry: First Prize, Jessamyn West Fiction Contest; Finalist, San Francisco Writing Contest for Secret Music, a novel about the Kindertransport; First Prize, poetry, East of Eden Contest, and First Prize Carol Landauer Life Writing Contest.
|Posted by Alana on October 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
Indie Authors no. 49 interviews Win Charles on her amazing story of overcoming life's greatest challenges. Win shares triumphs from her book I, WIN. Working as an author and artist overcoming cerebral palsy and the painful loss of her mother Win's story is truly inspiring, a lesson for us all. Hosted by Jason Matthews and Marla Miller.
From Win: My hope is that this book will provide insight into the extraordinary possibilities that those who live with disabilities have. I also hope that those without disabilities – rather than putting a focus on our differences – will come to understand what we all have in common. This book is for my mom, with love.
|Posted by Alana on August 21, 2013 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
On Tuesday, 30 July 2013 thieves broke in to the Masseria della Zingara just outside the village of Triggianello in Puglia and stole my jewellery, my iPad and a large red camera bag containing a Canon SLR camera and various accessories for two cameras, my Kindle and iPad. They also took an antique gold evening bag I'd inherited from my mother. They also stole my sister-in-law's jewellery, passport and every Euro she had with her.
The thieves were obviously watching the masseria and waiting for the opportunity. They obviously knew how many guests were there and did a head count the night of the 30th when we all went in to Triggianello for dinner. They knew they would have the place to themselves for several hours.
We were in Puglia for my daughter Simone's wedding which was to take place on 1 August. Staying at the masseria were the bride and groom and their immediate families. We'd all travelled from either the UK or Australia to attend.
If the thieves thought they were stealing from ‘rich English’ who would hardly notice the loss of a few items they were wrong. The bride and groom had saved for three years to afford “a perfect wedding in a perfect place”. And the Australian guests had also been saving for that long to be able to attend.
The camera, iPad and passport are replaceable. Cash, while a major loss, is something you can recover from.
The loss of the jewellery, however, was devastating. It included our engagement rings. Bev also lost her wedding eternity ring, a ring inherited from our mother-in-law, a pair of gold earrings and a gold cross on a chain which was a treasured gift from friends in her church. Unfortunately she did not have photos of the cross and earrings. She had some travel insurance but not enough to cover the cost. But how can you replace such sentimentally valuable items? You can’t.
I had taken my precious jewellery to wear for the wedding and also a gold bangle Simone had asked to borrow and wear on her special day. However, it was all was taken just two days before! Imagine our grief on the wedding day that it had been so spoiled.
It was the first time I'd ever taken valuables of this type overseas and, obviously, it will be the last as John and I are not in a position to replace them.
Not that they are replaceable. All items were given to me as precious gifts by John and my children over a period of 46 years on occasions such as special birthdays and anniversaries and as graduation presents. You can't replace such things. For instance, there was my engagement ring and a pair of diamond stud earrings my whole family contributed to for my 50th birthday. There was also a little gold evening bag that I had inherited from my mother which I’m very sad to have lost. I might be able to buy something similar but it will never be the one my mother loved so much.
But it is the pearl pendant John is most upset about. I have always loved pearls and some years ago he took me to Broome, Australia’s pearling centre, and bought me this beautiful silver-white baroque pearl and had it mounted for me on an 18 carat gold choker necklace. It was a very special piece for both of us.
I'm devastated but also very angry. Our daughter and her husband-to-be let it be known to all the local businesses that they wanted to spend their money locally for the wedding including all the food, wine and beer. Why did the locals repay us by stealing from us? I don’t understand how they could have done such a thing.
Italy has a poor reputation overseas for robbery but the masseria owner had told us only days before "You are very safe here". She obviously believed her local community to be incapable of such a thing. She must feel very sad that her trust has been betrayed and her guests treated so callously.
The wedding went ahead on 1 August and was officiated by the Mayor of Castellana Grotte. The mayor and his wife later attended the wedding reception at the Masseria della Zingara. And we enjoyed ourselves; we were determined to.
However, instead of glittering in all my best bling I went 'elegantly simple'.
A full report of the robbery was made to the Polignano a Mare Carabinieri the next morning.
Things may well have been given away or sold by now but I couldn’t access photos of my jewellery until I returned to Australia. However, all the jewellery is very distinctive and therefore easy to identify. I sincerely hope people will be sympathetic and return everything to us.
As an incentive John and I are offering a 1000 Euro reward for the return of the jewellery.
I've since sent the photos to the police. I have also appealed to the Puglia press for publicity and the mayor to bring any influence he can to make sure the story and reward offer are widely spread.
Will you help by passing this along to everyone you know. Make the story 'go viral'. Give the thieves nowhere to hide, nowhere they can wear or peddle the jewellery without being spotted.
Click here to read my appeal directly to the people of Puglia.
You can contact me via my website contact page: http://www.alanawoods.com/contactme.htm
The photos below are of the jewellery stolen from me. John had bought the silver and jet bangle for me only weeks before in Whitby UK as a momento of completing the Coast to Coast walk.
The following photos are of my sister-in-law Bev's jewellery
|Posted by Alana on April 16, 2013 at 4:50 AM||comments (2)|
I'm in the UK at the moment, coincidentally at the time of the London Book Fair happening at Earls Court, and when the offer to attend yesterday on opening day as a guest of the event organiser was made how could I refuse!
It's the biggest and most important book fair in the English speaking world and I got to go! As you can see from the photo there was a bit of a blow.
I wandered up and down aisles for a while trying to take it all in but after a bit decided to consult the map because I was looking for the author lounge. As they say, when all else fails look at the instructions. I found the lounge but it was packed as there were non-stop presentations.
So after hanging around the fringes outside for a couple I went exploring again to see who I could see. No famous faces unfortunately, at least ones that I knew, unless you count those on posters.
The Amazon KDP and CreateSpace stand is large and impressive and was doing brisk business. As was the UK indie author stand, which was even larger and more impressive. Digital publishing options are also being well covered, at least from my fairly limited knowledge of it.
As an Aussie I was interested to see who was representing the downunder industry but found only one small publisher and the self publishing group which was sharing a stand with others. I The big publishers in Australia are, of course, divisions of multi-nationals, so no big AUSTRALIA signs hanging anywhere.
I have to say a huge thank you to the event organiser for giving me the opportunity to attend. It's not every day you get to see such a concentration of players, big and little, in your chosen industry.
|Posted by Alana on November 28, 2012 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
What can I say!
Last week Amazon was recommending IMBROGLIO to its Mystery, Thriller & Suspense readers.
If Amazon thinks they're both worth recommending then let me help convince you -- you can't beat a bit of suspense as holiday reading, so make sure to buy them for yourself or as a gift for Christmas.
|Posted by Alana on November 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM||comments (2)|
Imagine logging in to your email in the morning and finding one from Amazon recommending one of YOUR books to its customers.
That's what happened to me this morning. IMBROGLIO is second from the bottom, but who's quibbling over placement. Certainly not me!
So, I'm going to hang on to Amazon's skirt tails and do a bit of recommending of my own - IMBROGLIO would make a fabulous present to someone for Christmas. It's a big enough book for them to lose themselves in for quite a while. While there buy a copy for yourself too.
|Posted by Alana on November 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by Alana on October 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM||comments (1)|
Following up on my Indie Authors Hangout post on Wednesday today I'm listing the links to all of the Amazon Author Central sites.
Coincidentally to posting the hangout I had emailed Amazon because I'd been trying to find the links to the foreign country pages. I was becoming very frustrated because I couldn't. Maybe I was suffering some form of domestic blindness, maybe they're so blindingly easy to find I was dazzled, but find them I could not. So I wrote to Amazon. And here's their reply.
I apologise for the faulty linkages to the sites; whatever I do I can't seem to get clean ones. But the URL's are complete so if you cut and paste you will end up at the appropriate site.
I understand you want to create Author Central accounts on all Amazon websites.
At this time, Author Central is only available for Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.co.jp, Amazon.de, and Amazon.fr.
Author Central websites can be found at:
Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de and Amazon.co.jp each has a unique Author Central website to set up an account, even if you've already joined AuthorCentral on Amazon.com.
Not all of the features in Amazon.com's Author Central will be available in Author Central on the international sites, though we look forward to adding all of them in the future.
Amazon.de and Amazon.co.jp also offers English-language Help pages and provides customer service in English via e-mail.
I hope this information helps. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
As does Amazon, I hope this information helps.
My books on Amazon.com (includes India)
My books on Amazon.UK
My books on Amazon.ca
My books on Amazon.de
My books on Amazon.fr
My books on Amazon.it
My books on Amazon.es
My books on Amazon.jp