The Chain of Souls Kickstarter Campaign Launches Today!

Today, October 1st, 2014, starts our month long campaign with Kickstarter to raise funds in order to produce a movie based on Jack Heath’s #1 bestselling books Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising and Salem VI: Chain of Souls! That’s right! The film rights have been obtained to start creating the first of a trilogy of movies called Chain of Souls! We need your help to get the CHAIN OF SOULS movie to the big screen! Based on the bestselling paranormal book trilogy “Salem VI”. Help make the CHAIN OF SOULS movie series a reality!  Be a part of  making a paranormal/horror/thriller film trilogy a reality! The first movie of the trilogy is on its way to the silver screen, but we’re not quite there yet. The film rights have been acquired, the screenplay has been written, distributors are interested. We need to help raise money to get it into production faster and to help promote what will be a new classic that will be talked about every Halloween for years to come! You can help make this happen! Michael Myers has nothing on the wrath of The Coven of witches that have been wreaking havoc on Salem, MA for centuries. Based on the #1 bestselling books Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising and Salem VI: Chain of Souls the release of the first movie CHAIN OF SOULS  won’t disappoint. Blood curdling in all the right places and our main character John Andrews staggers just enough after too much scotch to keep it interesting, but still has the wherewithal to find the clues to uncover his past. What We’re Doing Simply put, we’re raising money to market a feature film entitled CHAIN OF...

Hello Authors How Can I Reach You?

by Sherrie Wilkolaski Ring, ring.  “Hello. I’m with the local radio station and interested in speaking with the author of the book XYZ to do an interview, is he available?” Oh wait, you have to actually have a phone number to make a call. Are you an author who doesn’t promote a phone number on your website, email signature or on your marketing materials?  HELLO!!!  How is someone supposed to reach you? Do you know how many times I’ve tried reaching an author to get them scheduled on a radio show, to do a last minute guest blog post, or actually get in touch to order some books and have no way to reach them!  I’ve stopped counting.  No phone number in their email…why is that? I’ve heard all of the excuses out there, “I don’t want to give out my cell phone number, or my home number, or I don’t want people calling me at work.”  So how is someone supposed to get in touch when they actually need to speak with a real person? Of course I go directly to an author’s website that is if they have one, however most of the time an author who doesn’t have a phone number in their email signature…typically doesn’t have a website address listed either. What is a publicist to do? Solving the problem. If you’re not interested in promoting your personal phone numbers, there is a simple solution. Take five minutes to register for a Google Voice number and have it forward to your actual phone number or email. Best part, it is FREE! You can use that...

Blenheim Palace Literary Festival

12-Jun-2014The Blenheim Palace Literary Festival is the first major event of Britain’s Autumn literary season and will take place between the 25th – 28th September. Set within the magnificent grounds of a World Heritage Site this will be a unique opportunity to enjoy an unrivalled literature offering within a fantastic setting. This year the Festival is looking forward once more to welcoming the leading writers and public figures from the fields of politics, history, food and drink, architecture and design, music, literature and society. Speakers confirmed for the 2014 festival include scientist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins, who will talk about his memories of life set to a special ‘playlist’ of music performed by The Orchestra of St John. He will be taking extracts from his autobiography ‘An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist’.  Additionally internationally recognised opera singer, Ms Jessye Norman will speak at the festival in relation to her forthcoming book ‘Stand Up Straight and Sing’. Norman has sung at the inaugurations of Presidents Reagan and Clinton, at the Queen’s 60th birthday party and at the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution in the Place de la Concorde. Sir Roy Strong will also be in attendance talking about his book ‘Remaking a Garden- The Laskett Transformed’ as well as Hugo Vickers, Biographer and Historian, who will be giving a fascinating insight into his book ‘Cecil Beaton: Portraits and Profiles’. About Book...
5 Tips For Fantastic Book Designs

5 Tips For Fantastic Book Designs

As an avid book reader, I fully admit I do judge a book by its cover. I am constantly aware of this, but I’ll admit I do it anyways and usually follow it by an excuse of “I’m a designer; it’s my job.” However, most customers do too; even if they don’t admit it or don’t realize they are doing it. Good cover design can grab the attention of the reader. Just the same, bad design can turn them away. After all would you trust a barber with a bad haircut? Most of us aren’t conscious of these decisions, but they happen regardless. Think about it, what is the last book you read? What made you chose that book? The bookstore or library is full of competition, literally around every corner. Online it’s even worse, so it’s imperative that your book can hold its own with the cover alone. With that said, what makes a book stand out of the crowd? 1. Avoid what is too obvious. You want to capture your audience, yes, but this can be done without using the most obvious images. For example, if your book is about finance would you use a picture of a piggy bank or a sharply dressed man? The piggy bank is the most obvious, but by using a man who is dressed to impress, you give your reader something to strive for. After all, the target audience in this case would be someone who wants to learn how to succeed financially, and a man who obviously has is a better image than a piggy bank that does nothing emotionally...

Full House for Barbro Lindgren in Stockholm’s Concert Hall

02-Jun-2014Author Barbro Lindgren accepted the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award on Monday evening before a crowded audience in the Stockholm Concert Hall. H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria presented the award, and Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth hailed Lindgren for her literary achievements: – Barbro Lindgren is a brave and innovative author. She gives her readers courage and is not afraid to describe the world as it really is. Loneliness, setbacks, and even death are all part of life. Lindgren does not try to protect children; instead, her honesty, humor and openness strengthen children to think and talk about difficult things for themselves. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world’s largest prize for children’s and young adult literature. The award, which amounts to SEK 5 million (approx.. 521 000 EUR), is awarded annually to a single recipient or to several. Authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and those active in reading promotion may be rewarded. – I am very happy to have heard from so many people saying that they are happy for me, because it must be fairly common for people to get cross and feel it’s unfair when someone else gets an award, Barbro Lindgren said in her acceptance speech. She also spoke of Astrid Lindgren’s importance for her career. Astrid Lindgren had headed the children’s books division at Rabén & Sjögren, where Barbro Lindgren sent her early manuscripts: – Astrid wrote back to me with a long reply, in which she went into great detail about how you actually write a book. One thing she said was that I shouldn’t have so many main characters. Two or...