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PR Talk with Cherrie Woods, Eclectic PR: 15 Minutes of Fame

Every author wants their 15 minutes of fame via traditional media which is typically two minutes on television, a short print article or 15-20 minutes on radio. However, the traditional media route is highly competitive, are usually more amenable to traditionally published authors and are better accessed via a publicist. Nevertheless, indie authors should not despair. Why? Because as many authors already know, there is a whole world of online media that may not have the large audiences attributed to traditional media, but they are very effective in growing your public profile and book sales. These online media include blogs, video podcasts, audio podcasts, IG videos, etc. and are much easier to access. Even more important, they provide a great way to share your interviews via links that can be posted on your social media channels and on your website. In addition, they provide invaluable practice should the big opportunities come along in the future. If authors are not able to afford a…
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It's A Film Thing Presents: An Interview with Yanatha Desouvre, screenwriter and producer of the short film – The Sweetest Girl: A Forbidden Love Story

Bio: Yanatha Desouvre is a modern-day renaissance man. He is a full-time faculty member who teaches Entrepreneurship at Miami Dade College, best-selling Amazon.com author, educator, public speaker and filmmaker. Desouvre’s books include the #1 bestselling children’s book - Big Sister, Little Sister, now available in French. He is also the author of the 2016 novella, To Whom Much is Given, the first of the Goodman Chronicles series. His latest novella, Revelations: Roads to Redemption (Goodman Chronicles Book 2) pays homage to Wyclef Jean’s discography. It has also been partially adapted as the highly anticipated film, The Sweetest Girl: A Forbidden Love Story. Desouvre has been featured in various print publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Haitian Times, Sentinel HT, HuffPost and Black Enterprise, and on television outlets that include South Florida PBS, NBC and ABC.  Deliah Lawrence: Describe your journey of becoming…

PR Talk with Cherrie Woods, Eclectic PR: Your Book Will Be Judged by Its Cover!

There are eight things authors need to do to ensure that their book cover is the most effective it can be. That does not mean that all book covers follow the rules and are not effective, these are simply guidelines to maximize the effectiveness of your cover. Why is this important?All of my author client’s book covers have been used in PR campaigns when I’ve secured them media interviews – whether it’s television, online media, print ads, event pages. Their covers have represented them well. Some of the cover designs were created by my graphic design team, others have utilized a designer of their own. For authors who have not yet designed their book covers, I advise them to research traditionally published authors in their genres to ensure they are following the book trends. Big publishing companies have the dollars to do the research, so pay attention to what they do. Also check out chapter 3 in my PR guide for self-published authors to learn more about book covers.Here are the 8 tip…

PR Talk with Cherrie Woods, Eclectic PR: 6 Tips to Help Make Your Book PR Ready!

Hello everybody! October is National Book Month.  During this month, the focus is on the importance of reading, writing and literature. However, if one writes a book and no one knows about it then their book would get lost in the shuffle.  It’s with this mind that I decided to host PR Guru Cherrie Woods, Founder of Eclectic PR for four Thursdays of this month. She will share tips and tools on how to promote your book, how to prepare for author interviews and so much more.In this segment, Cherrie will share 6 Tips to Help Make Your Book PR Ready! Let’s meet Cherrie!Bio: Known as the PR guru for indie authors, Cherrie Woods is a 16-year plus public relations (PR) veteran/author who has worked in arts and culture and government for most of her PR career. Woods presents PR workshops at libraries, festivals, writing centers and conferences throughout the country and is also an award-winning poet. She is the author of Where Do I Start?10 PR Questions and Answers to Guide Self-Published Auth…

It's A Book Thing Presents: An Interview with Quintin Peterson, author of SIN

Author’s Bio: Quintin Peterson is a retired D.C. police officer who served the public for some three decades. He is also an artist and critically acclaimed crime fiction writer who has authored four DC-based crime novels – SIN(Special Investigations Network), The Wages of SIN, Guarding Shakespeare, and The Voynich Gambit. He has also contributed to the British horror fiction magazine SANITARIUM, the noir fiction magazine Heater (formerly known as eNoir), issues of the Bold Venture Press pulp magazine, Awesome Tales, and nine anthologies, including D.C. Noir, edited by George Pelecanos. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America as well as the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA), and has received PSWA writings awards in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019.He retired from the Metropolitan Police Department in April 2017 and then worked as a Special Police Officer employed by the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Department of Safety and Security from December 2010 to Jun…

A Review of Contempt by Michael Cordell

It’s been some time since I read a legal thriller in the vein of John Grisham. So when I got my hands on this novel by Michael Cordell, I couldn’t wait to dive in and meet the main character, Thane Banning. Thane is a real estate lawyer who went to prison for five years for a murder he didn’t commit. After claiming his innocence for many years, he was finally released on a legal technicality. Now a free man, Thane must adjust to living on the outside and finding ways to connect with his wife, Hannah. Just when Thane is getting back on his feet and working at his old law firm, he is pulled in to defend, Scotty “Skunk” Burns, a former fellow inmate accused of murder. Unable to resist Skunk’s plea for help, Thane takes the case although he is not a criminal defense lawyer. Not only was this a risky move but he couldn’t blow the chance at going up against DA Bradford Stone, the same prosecutor who put him in prison for five years.Overall, the scenes, characters and dialogue were realistic…

It’s A Book Thing Presents: An Interview with T. C. Weber, author of the BetterWorld Trilogy (Sleep State Interrupt, The Wrath of Leviathan, and Zero-Day Rising)

Author’s Bio: Ted Weber has pursued writing since childhood, and learned filmmaking and screenwriting in college, along with a little bit of physics. His first published novel was a near-future cyberpunk thriller titled Sleep State Interrupt (See Sharp Press). It was a finalist for the 2017 Compton Crook award for best first science fiction, fantasy, or horror novel. The first sequel, The Wrath of Leviathan, came out in 2018, and the final book of the trilogy, Zero-Day Rising, is coming out Oct. 1, 2020. He also has other books on the way. He is a member of the Maryland Writers’ Association, and runs a monthly writing workshop. By day, Mr. Weber works as an ecologist for Defenders of Wildlife, and has had a number of scientific papers and book chapters published. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Karen. He enjoys traveling and has visited all seven continents. Deliah Lawrence:What inspired you to write your book?Ted Weber: I’m a big cyberpunk fan, and wanted to write somet…