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Self-Promotion: A Dirty Concept June 2019
GREEN HAVEN, a novel
This month the feature blog is a bit different. This month it's about self-promoting. Why is this such a taboo in some many arenas of life. Well, I'm here today to show you that I'm not afraid to put myself out there. So here it goes!
My debut novel, Green Haven is slated to launch in late 2019, but I need your help to make this dream a reality. I have delved into the world of hybrid publishing. Many of us know what self publishing and traditional publishing; well, hybrid publishing is the middle ground between the two. You have to pay a fee to have your book published (self publishing part) and you can also get marketing and placement help as well as distribution and artwork assistance (traditional publishing). That is a very simplistic breakdown.
Anyway, back to Green Haven. About a year and half ago I retired from the medical field for health reasons, lost my identity and created a new adventure. That new adventure produced Green Haven.
I, without shame, now ask for your help to spread the word about Green Haven and the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that started June 24, 2019 (https://www.indiegogo.com). If you feel inclined to donate or spread the word on your social media platforms; thank you. If you just want to check it out; I'm good with that too.
Those of us who read the "Excerpts from my desk" know that I have been teasing you with tiny bits of chapters from Green Haven.
Now's your chance to be able to read the entire novel. Please look for a pre-order form coming next month. I'm told that in order for something to stick you need to hear it a minimum of three times. Please note that I have already accomplished this (self-promotion), but if you missed it: Green Haven, Green Haven, Green Haven.
Returning back to self-promotion; honestly, it wasn't that back. I suggest you try it!
Excerpts From My Desk
I hope you enjoy this snippet from my novel. Green Haven Chapter 8
Cathy rushed into her office still yawning from the previous all-nighter she unwillingly pulled. The entire drive to work all she could think of were all the bad things that could be happening at Green Haven and how she could be unknowingly wrapped up in them. Her belly alarm was blaring. She sat and forced herself to take some deep breaths. She told herself she was letting her imagination get too wild and she had to stop watching detective shows.
Cathy realized she wasn’t in the right frame of mind to just start snooping around. First, she had to calm down, then she needed a plan. Pulling old death certificates for no reason would raise flags. Especially since everything was now entered into that damn mega computer system, she helped get here. She knew that every entry, every query, every move in the system was recorded by date, time and user. She didn’t have the expertise to hide within the system, so she was basically signing her name to every keystroke.
Here you can find my recommendation for the month. If you have read a book, article, or blog that you think others might want to know about, send it to me and you could find it listed here.
This month is for all you aspiring authors. Make sure to get the latest additions.
1. Beneath the Scarlet Sky (just read it- excellent WWII historical read about one man's life in Italy and his struggles and triumphs) Author Mark T. Sullivan.
Here are direct links to purchase Anthony's Creatureton Trilogy:
Creatureton Elementary: http://www.lulu.com/shop/anthony-paolucci/creatureton-elementary/paperback/product-23535001.html
Creatureton High: http://www.lulu.com/shop/anthony-paolucci/creatureton-high/paperback/product-23535007.html
Creatureton University: http://www.lulu.com/shop/anthony-paolucci/creatureton-university/paperback/product-23535020.html
This month’s Author Highlight is with author, Anthony Paolucci.
Recently, I spoke with Anthony, a Connecticut writer, whose specialty is Young Adult stories. Here’s some of the tidbits he shared with me.
“I had never considered writing books for children until I became a dad. Since she could talk, I've kept a journal of cute, funny, or interesting things that my daughter Eden has said. A child's perspective never ceases to both amaze and amuse me. Their world is so complex, yet they have no choice but to interpret it literally and simply.”
“One evening, as Eden and I were taking a walk, she kept glancing upward. Finally, she remarked, "Look, daddy, the moon is following us." The innocence and beauty of this statement was overwhelming, and I was inspired to create a story based on this observation. Follow Me Home, Moon was my first book. For the next ten years, I wrote incessantly, working with various artists, and exploring every idea I had to the fullest.”
“…Eden got older, so my ideas were on a more mature level. That's when I started getting into the YA genre, where I now feel most comfortable.”
Anthony admitted, without shame, that he is a huge Harry Potter fan. While rereading the series, Anthony came across a scene with Argus Filch, the grumpy caretaker who was also a Squib (born of wizarding parents yet has no magical powers). Anthony said he set the book down and began to wonder: What if Argus wasn’t a Squib but instead, he was the most powerful wizard of all time? Would he abuse his power or use if for good? Most of us would think that Anthony could stop there and have a pretty good story, but that’s not Anthony Paolucci’s style. He went on: What if instead of an old man, it was a 12-year-old girl going to a school for monsters? That is how Anthony started the Creatureton Trilogy.
Creatureton Elementary, Creatureton High, and Creatureton University follows the story of Sally Salamander “Squibly” as the unfortunate progeny of a Vampiress and a Werewolf from eighth grade through her college years. I could tell you more, but I think I’ll let Anthony Paolucci share the rest with you.
To learn more about Anthony Paolucci and his work, visit his website: https://anthonypaolucci.webs.com/
Author: Anthony Paolucci
Book title: Creratureton Trilogy
Purchase on: Lulu.com
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