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AGT in the Smokies

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Wonderful picture of our Authors in the recent fair in the Smokies,

Photo taken by Dave Hickman

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Our Front Porch

The other day I was thinking about our front porch in Montague, Michigan. Growing up it was used as a gathering place where people were welcomed, listened to, encouraged to share, and I believe, felt loved. I never really understood the significance of all of this until mom and dad were gone, and I could no longer sit on that front porch.

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Support My Kindle Scout Campaign


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I am participating in a reader-powered process for a publishing contract through Amazon for my novel, "Surviving Stephen."

Here's how it works: Readers browse book campaigns by authors and nominate books that they think deserve a publishing contract with Kindle Press. Amazon takes note of which books readers want and awards contracts accordingly.

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A Special Book

Our library in Montague, MI was above the firehouse.  I was happy to know I could go there and check out fun books to read. We didn’t have a television so our activities were simple. Reading became an important part of our lives.

One day my father said he had a surprise for me. “I want to show you something, Adele. I’m going to take you to a place where there are many books! We’re going to go to Grossman’s.” (Grossman’s was a very popular department store in Muskegon, MI).

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Tilmer Wright Jr.
Adele - I absolutely love this story. I have two teenage daughters. I have struggled their entire lives to try to be a good and lo... Read More
Friday, 31 March 2017 15:35
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FREE eBook for members and visitors

The holidays are over. No more shopping until Valentine's Day. BUT THE GIFTS KEEP COMING. Here's a FREE copy of my award winning first novel in the Sam Jenkins Smoky Mountain mystery series. Simply click on the link and follow the directions to down load your free mobi version (for the Kindle eReader.) If you would like a different version (ePub for Nook and most other eReaders or PDF for PCs and all other devices) just send me an email (the address is provided on the "freebie page") and I'll send it to you.

I hope you enjoy A NEW PROSPECT and plan on visiting Sam Jenkins and all the boys and girls of Prospect PD often. 

http://waynezurl.authorreach.com

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First Out of State Book Signing

I will be in Oklahoma and Utah for two weeks next month. One of those days includes a book signing in Salt Lake City. This will be the evening of October 10th in Wellers' Books at Trolley Square. I am extremely excited about this. I went to Sam Weller's often during my Utah days (in their old State St. location). They are a very old and established new and used book firm (almost 100 years) and I was thrilled when they extended the invite.  

So that is the reason I will not be at the October meeting. See y'all in November!  By then I'll know how my novels did in the Flordia Writers Association Royal Palm Literary award competition. 

 

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Wayne Zurl
Goode luck, Sue. Sell a bunch.
Friday, 22 September 2017 16:35
Susan L Kite
LOL, hope so. Cost me enough to ship 30 books out to my sister in law. Carrying the rest with me in the car. sue... Read More
Friday, 22 September 2017 16:38
Cheryl Peyton
I'm sure it'll be a special time for you in Salt Lake City. Sounds like a great trip. Good luck.
Friday, 22 September 2017 17:11
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S McElligott to speak at St. Thomas Women's Guild on Oct. 16th

Stephanie McElligott will be the featured speaker of the Women's Guild at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City on Monday Octobter 16. The program starts at 9 AM. She'll be discussing her biblical novel, The Gifts of Man, which tells the fictional backstory of the Three Wise Men, as well as the inspiration, research and writing process of the book itself. Hopefully, attendees will come away understanding why book clubs in TN, IL, FL, NY and OK have found The Gifts of Man an inspirational reading choice for the Christmas season.  

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Susan L Kite
Good luck!
Friday, 22 September 2017 16:24
Wayne Zurl
Good luck, Stephanie. Knock 'em dead.
Friday, 22 September 2017 17:50
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Piracy and the Little Guy

One thing about being a self-published author is the opportunity to experience rejection on a global scale. We put our work out there and the world shrugs its shoulders and says, “No thanks, I’d rather spend a little more and get a latte.”   But what if we’re not being rejected, or even ignored? What if people all over the world are enjoying our work, but we don’t know about it? I recently signed on with a company (blasty.co) that looks for sites offering unauthorized copies of books. When I did, I thought that the chances of anybody pirating my work were vanishingly small, given my subterranean position on Amazon's sales lists.   Yesterday’s email informed me that there are 287 suspicious sites that I need to check. Chances are that some of them will not be pirates, but it’s almost certain that some of them will be. The company offers an option to “blast” the site, which I think probably means make it less likely that it shows up in a search. Not sure how that works (or that I would understand it if the process was explained to me), but since my legal team is on more or less permanent holiday, it’s the option I’ve got, and I’m glad there’s a company out there that’s offering that kind of service.   So how did these people get copies in the first place? I have three books that I have only released in print form, and two of them have shown up on the list as available ebooks. Somebody had to scan those in and compile them in a different format. The other six are already available in ebook format, simplifying the pirates’ task considerably.   I may not ever find out how it happened or how to keep it from happening again, but I know now to stay vigilant. If you’re a fellow author, keep your eyes open. I’m no Vonnegut or King or Bradbury, but I am being pirated. If it happened to me it can certainly happen to you.   If you’re a reader, please support the artists who challenge you, entertain you, maybe get under your skin a little. After all, we’re on this journey together.
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Susan L Kite
What a wonderful essay, Jim. Thanks for saying it better than I could. I had 27, several of which were for an anthology that I don... Read More
Friday, 22 September 2017 10:51
Cheryl Peyton
I had hundreds of suspicious sites listed, which was shocking, especially since many had my most recent covers I hadn't even sent ... Read More
Friday, 22 September 2017 12:09
Tilmer Wright Jr.
Holy crap! My humble first novel showed up dozens and dozens of times. One of the sites even posted it bragging that it had been g... Read More
Friday, 22 September 2017 14:20
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Submitting Information About your Book

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To Submit Information about your Book: (revisions or a new book)

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Support for each other on Goodreads

Yesterday, I went out to Goodreads.com and "followed" every AGT author I could find there. There were a few folks missing. I suppose their books may not be out there on that particular site. I was struck by how few followers most of you had. (Wayne had about 75, but the rest had two or three at best.)   I love my AGT family and I want to do everything I can to support the entire group. My own writing, my day job and my family obligations keep me pretty tied up, but I have managed to review several books for fellow authors and fully intend to do more of that. (I just finished Jim Hartsell's excellent Matching Scars.) I wish I could do more to support the group - and maybe I can as time goes on. For now, I have to find small ways to make as much of a positive impact for my fellow authors as possible.   Following on Goodreads is a small thing, but having followers adds to an author's credibility and can generate interest (and even sales). Yes, it takes a few minutes to run down the list and try to find everyone on the site and click the "Follow" button, but I think we should all do it. I want to know what my other family members are doing and I want to be able to trumpet their milestones across social media whenever and wherever I can. Following on Goodreads gives me a good way to do that for those authors who are active there.    So - each of you who participate in Goodreads has one more follower as of yesterday. I encourage all of you to throw your support to your fellow AGT members in this way.   Tilmer
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Wayne Zurl
Tilmer, Thanks for posting this. Goodreads reviews are almost as important as those on Amazon. LOTS of people look for Goodreads ... Read More
Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:20
Tilmer Wright Jr.
Odd you didn't find me. Here I am... https://www.goodreads.com/TilmerWrightJr... Read More
Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:40
Stephanie McElligott
I'm on goodreads too and have quite a few followers. Am listed as SM McElligott so maybe that's why you didn't see me
Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:46
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Susan L Kite First Out of State Book Signing
24 September 2017
Thanks, Kaye!
Kaye George First Out of State Book Signing
24 September 2017
How exciting! I hope you do well!!
Stephanie McElligott Support for each other on Goodreads
23 September 2017
I'm on goodreads too and have quite a few followers. Am listed as SM McElligott so maybe that's why you didn't see me
Wayne Zurl S McElligott to speak at St. Thomas Women's Guild on Oct. 16th
22 September 2017
Good luck, Stephanie. Knock 'em dead.
Cheryl Peyton First Out of State Book Signing
22 September 2017
I'm sure it'll be a special time for you in Salt Lake City. Sounds like a great trip. Good luck.

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