Interview with Kim Branch (AK Kronicles)

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1. How long have you been writing?  I have been writing since I was in college
2.What got you started in writing?  I always liked to write as a way to stretch my imagination.
3. What main genre do you write in and have you written in other genres? The main genre I write in is Christian Children’s Books.  I have also have works in progress in horror, drama, and comedy.
4. What publishing route have you used and/or what publishing company have you used?  I self-published my first book in 2004.  In 2018, I published my second book with Christian Faith Publishing.
5. What inspired you to write this book? I wanted to tell kids about the greatness of God as opposed to fictional superhero’s in a way they could relate to and understand. Is it the 1st or in a set of books? No it is my second book
6. What marketing routes have you used to promote your book? I have run promotions on my facebook pages and also on instagram.   I have also done an interview with the Christian Broadcast Network last December, and Also, I radio interview in the beginning of this year.
7. Is writing your main career or do you have other jobs? No, writing is not my main career.  I have a day job at a top rated Broadcast station.  I also do a little acting and modeling.
8. How do you start off writing? I cleanse my mind and allow myself to be inspired by life.  Do you research, brain storm, or just set the title and go from there?  I just let the creative juices flow until I finish my work.  I also do a little research on the genre, the competition, and environment/character type if I am writing for an older age group.
9. Who inspires you to write and do they help with ideas for the book? Well first God inspires me the most.  But, other than that people in general and life stories.
10. If you could write one last book what would it be about? That is a very good question.  I believe it would be a memoir of sorts.
11. What advice would you give a new author? I would say….Keep it on push.   Never get discouraged.  Never give up on your dreams or fantasy.  Believe and you will succeed.
12. If you had to tell a new author something to watch out for in writing, what would it be?  Watch out for mil publishers that just want to profit off of your work.
13. How do you respond to bad reviews or if you havent ever had one, tell me how you would respond if you got one? I have not had one yet.  But, I did have some negative comments on my fb page from Marvel fans.  At first they hurt my feelings, But,  I had to learn to push pass the negative comments because that is not my audience and you really can not please everyone.  I try to stay focused on the positive.
14. Do you have anyone to read your book and give you advice on it before it is published? Yes, I normally run my book pass family members and friends.
15. Pretend this is a job interview, Tell me about yourself as an person and/or author?
As a person, I am relatively shy and soft spoken.  I love to be around creative people and things….that is where I am the happiest.   As an author, I am open minded and try to write about things that I love.  With each of my stories I try to touch my readers with some sort of life lesson.
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Interview with Author DeAndrea Byrd

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Thought you might find this interesting!  Sat down with Author DeAndrea Byrd about her writing career and what book she wanted you to check out.  Here is the interview:
1. How long have you been writing?
I have secretly been writing all my life, via poems, notebooks, short stories etc. I was inspired at a young age by my mom and grandmother. The were both writers.
2.What got you started in writing?
What got me serious about writing professionally, was other people’s need for information. 
3. What main genre do you write in and have you written in other genres?
My specialties include “How To” books, workbooks and journals for entrepreneurs
4. What publishing route have you used and/or what publishing company have you used?
I took the self publishing route via Amazon Createspace (now KDP Kindle publishing)
5. What inspired you to write this book? Is it the 1st or in a set of books?
I noticed I was being asked the same question over and over ” How do you plan those big sold out events DeAndrea? How did you get vendors and sponsors at your event? I decided to put all my knowledge, research and experience into a book. 
6. What marketing routes have you used to promote your book?
I have mainly used social media as my biggest marketing strategy. I also use vendor events, speaking engagements and old school flyer tactics
7. Is writing your main career or do you have other jobs?
Writing is not my main career yet, but I do consider myself an infoprenuer.
8. How do you start off writing? Do you research, brain storm, or just set the title and go from there?
Brainstorming is my first go-to-action. I use journals and Google Docs to brain dump option. Because I have such a creative mind, its important that I get my ideas out right away. I refer back to my journals and docs as needed.
Then I go back and outline my thoughts, develop at least 3-5 title ideas, and commit to a writing schedule.
9. Who inspires you to write and do they help with ideas for the book?
I am inspired my life, earth, my family and experiences to write. Life is my school and inspiration.
10. If you could write one last book what would it be about?
If it was my last day on earth and I could write 1 last book, I would totally write my memoirs. They would all be short stories mixed with letters to myself.
11. What advice would you give a new author?
Listen to yourself, Breathe and just do it. The world needs you.
12. If you had to tell a new author something to watch out for in writing, what would it be?
Do not let fear, grammatically errors and other people’s opinions make you procrastinate
13. How do you respond to bad reviews or if you havent ever had one, tell me how you would respond if you got one? Bad reviews get no response from me. They are just not my target audience and that’s ok. I would use every review to make my work better.
14. Do you have anyone to read your book and give you advice on it before it is published?
Yes. I also do a test “FREEBIE” and give the book out via digital download to get feedback.
15. Pretend this is a job interview, Tell me about yourself as an person and/or author?
DeAndrea, the daughter, sister, mother, wife, author, business owner, aka super women. Helping others and teaching are my super powers. DeAndrea Byrd is a seasoned business coach and consultant. As a self-taught entrepreneur, she has launched multiple successful businesses both online and in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting and has a passion for helping other entrepreneurs automate their business, create a workflow strategy, and increase their profits by creating digital products. 
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Website: www.deandreabyrd.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deandreabyrd

Facebook: https:www.Facebook.com/bookdeandreabyrd

Link to purchase book: http://bit.ly/theevetflip
Link to all books: http://bit.ly/authordeandrea

The Importance of an Editor and Beta Readers for Independent Authors

Learn some important tips and insights into writing from an author. If you are an independent or self published author, it is really important to have someone read your manuscript.  They can give you some advice and editoral tips on the book such as editing misspelled words, correcting grammar and such.  Beta readers can catch stuff the author can’t see because authors have a way of just glancing at their story instead of reading it word by word.  They may even catch something in the story that doesn’t make sense to the reader.  Anyway read more on this topic from this blog post: The Importance of an Editor and Beta Readers for Independent Authors

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Why Are Books So Important to the World

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Why are books so important to everyone? We as individuals are capable of inventing new ideas, creating manuals to teach others how to save lives, writing books to teach our children about history and setting up new laws that will forever change our lives and the lives of others. Without setting up schools, libraries, new governments and new laws, where would this country be. We have educated ourselves beyond our ancestors by reading and studing books and manuals. We now can read manuals about healthcare, how to fix things, how to make things and so on. Books are filled with knowledge, parables, insights into a happy life, helpful topics about life, love, fear, child rearing, prayer, worship and helpful advice. One can read about romance, the creation of the world, future events, and big battles that men have fought. Without books we wouldn’t know anything about other cultures, extinct animals, important historical events, scientific studies, and fascinating research. Books help us to have critical thinking skills, teaches us how to perform task, helps us plan for our future, perform jobs better, and solve problems. Contracts do not carry any weight unless written down and signed. Writing makes it easier to define and analyze all sorts of problems including Math problems.

Writing first started with drawings and symbols in the Old Stone Age. Then progressed into ideographic scripts by the Sumerians and Egyptians. Then progressed into syllabary symbols. The first paper used was originated in Egypt called the papyrus. Later alphabetic writing was originated in the Middle East and spread through the Greeks and Romans. Back then, only scholars and scribes could write. Writing was known as an educated skill and therefore over time became widely used by educated people. Our knowledge of history is due to written text material. Writing is an art and is used by everyone to some degree. Music, Literature, and Drama owe their development to writing. “It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.”
– Isaac Asimov

 

 

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Southern Attraction- Young Adult Romance Book

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After tornadoes blast through Alabama in April of 2011; I wrote this book in memory of those that lost their homes or even their lives.  After seeing the tornado destruction and losing power for over a week, and seeing many lives changed that day, I wanted people to remember what happened not only to the state of Alabama but throughout the south.
Southern Attraction is a young adult romance book about a girl who loses her parents and is forced to live with a country-fied redneck uncle from Alabama. There she has to rediscover who she really is.  She goes from the snooty beauty queen cheerleader to part of the southern charm.  She has to choose between two young men that she likes.

Heather has everything she ever wanted; money, clothes, friends, popularity and parents that adored her. Until one terrible day, she loses it all. She is uprooted from a place she…

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Captain Honey Bear – Kids Book

Captain Honey Bear is a cute kids book, short story, about a bear who has to serve a sentence for stealing honey from a bee’s nest.  It teaches kids good morals including having compassion and forgiveness for others. It is inspiring and uplifting story for the young at heart. Please check out this book by Tracy Kauffman on Amazon.  It is available on Kindle Ebook and in Print. Buy Here:

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Tracy Kauffman is a kids and young adult author who writes fictional books for enjoyment, while trying to teach that good morals go a long way.  Visit her author profile here.

Niche Marketing Tips

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Ways to Approach people (including teachers) about your book!

1. First look at your target audience or niche market. If your book targets students of any age group, schools are an excellent place to sell books. If your book doesn’t target students, think about other groups of people who it might help. Many churches have small groups and age- or gender-based fellowship groups. Other community associations and service groups are often looking for speakers.

  • Approach people by offering them a service. Offer to do a speech or presentation. It can be about writing, books, business, etc…
  • Presentations should be around 20 minutes minimum, an hour max. Think about what your book can teach, and focus on that in the presentation. Your book itself should certainly be a part of the presentation, but don’t make it the entire focus.

2. Look at what your book is geared toward, then focus on that.

  • If your book is geared toward a certain topic such as: Self Help Topics, see what groups are in your area that cover toward this.
  • If your book is a health or medical book, you can attend medical conventions and offer your expertise.
  • If your book is geared toward teens, place your book on online teen websites.

3. Different ways to approach people. Emails are more friendly and don’t seem too pushy. Schools post teacher’s emails on their sites. Cold calls are more direct but can be handled in a friendly way. (Some people prefer this method.) Send letters out to teachers, libraries, businesses, bookstores etc.

3. Have a way for people to contact you. List your contact information on your website. Have a page explaining that you are available for bookings.

Now lets look at ways to reach children. Schools are full of children. Teachers have a hard job to do and sometimes need to take a break. That is where you come in. You might offer your assistance to them by offering to come do a speech to the kids. Below is an example email you could send them. Make sure you follow up with them. If they agree on you coming in to their school, then let send them a book order form that kids can buy your books before hand. You might want to bring some free pencils or stickers to those that didn’t purchase a book.

 

Check out this book on Amazon: Captain Honey Bear

The Sweet Name of Jesus

Godly Witnesses For Christ

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Jesus refers to himself by many names. His name is powerful.One day our Lord will descend from Heaven with a shout.  All will bow before our King. Let us praise his Holy name. Jesus our Lord. His name is wonderful, his name is wonderful, his name is wonderful, Jesus our Lord.
John 15:5- I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: John 14:6- Jesus saith into him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Romans 8:1- But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were sinners, Christ died for us. John 6:35- And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John…

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Poem-The Angels Are Close By

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God gives his angels charge over us,
to keep us safe from harmful things.
They will cover you with their wings,
when you dash your foot and sigh.
The angels are always close by.

They minister to us when we need them,
and they raise us up when we fall.
They surround us daily and stand tall.
When you close your eyes and cry,
The angels are always close by.

In a lowly stable, Jesus was born,
The angels were close by,
Early that Christmas morn,
to sing praises to the king.
When the Shepherds drew nigh.
The angels were close by.

When Jesus died on a cross,
that dreadful Easter morn,
The angels were close by.
When Mary seen him and took a deep sigh,
The Angels were close by.

The angels rejoice when a sinner repents.
They sing praises to our God.
In the last day, they will come with the Lord.
On a white horse, Jesus will fly,
With the angels close by.

Thankful for All- Poem

Thankful for All- Poem

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Oh Lord we are thankful for all that we receive,
We give this prayer of thankfulness.
We honor you by sharing our faith and believe,
Giving a kind gift to those who have less.
Giving to others is easy to do.
Happy smiles from little ones,
Joyful hearts and laughter ringing true.
Elation from our daughters and sons.
We know all blessings are from above,
From our kind Heavenly Father.
Blessings are because of your love,
Spreading forth this love to one another.
We thank you for the food you provide.
The clothing, the shelter, our hearts desire.
Thank you Jesus, our Savior who died.
Without you our life would be dire.
To many blessings to name,
We thank you Lord for all.
As a baby you came,
to save us from sins and teach us your law.
We know Salvation is freely given.
To those who believe on the son.
Forgiving us of our sin,
We thank you for all you have done.

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