…Indie Authors, there’s only one way to take control of yer self-publishing—like a boss!…

Great advice from Seumas.

Seumas Gallacher

…the most common question most self-publishing scribblers get is, ‘how easy/difficult is it to run yer own stuff as an indie author?’… well, this ol’ Jurassic’s been at it for more than eight years now, and I reckon I’ve learned a few things along the road (maybe that’s a few million things)… first off, it ain’t easy… but NUTHIN worth while usually is… the approach that’s WURKED for me is to treat the whole nine yards as a business… if yeez tackled any business with less than 100% commitment, yer chances of success get diminished in direct proportion to that commitment… so, Indie Authors, there’s only one way to take control of yer self-publishing—like a boss!

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…own it, LUV it, treat it like yer own flesh and blood, ‘coz, as many authors will tell yeez, that’s precisely how each wee literary baby feels to them… tell the WURLD

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Thursday a Little Personal – #RRBC Virtual Writer’s Conference and Book Expo

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You may have heard the exciting news about the first *virtual* RRBC WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO!! The club is  beyond excited about this event and I also hope you are going to join us. This will be a one-of-a-kind event you do NOT want to miss!!

The Club expects the Conference to be huge and I want to ensure that EVERYONE reading my blog knows about it.  Here is who should attend: new writers, experienced authors, and even readers!
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*Conference Dates: December 1st thru 3rd

*Registration Deadline: November 23rd

*Registration Link: https://rrbcwritersconferencebookexpo.wordpress.com/registration-general-information/register-now/

*Pricing Link: https://rrbcwritersconferencebookexpo.wordpress.com/registration-general-information/registration-packages-pricing/

Here is a list of the sessions.

*Building Your Author Platform

*Why Your Brand is Important and Why Protecting It Is Even More Important

*Why You Should Never Refuse LIVE Media Interviews

*Blogging for Success

*Literary Lingo 101

*Marketing 101

*Indie vs Traditional: Which One Wins?

*Social Media Dos & Don’ts

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THE CONCERT

 

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Photo Copyright by Bjorn Rudberg

Here we are for another week. Today we’re touring an old mansion reported to be haunted. We’re seated in the music room. We’re gathered here to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneers group. Our hostess for the gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words, not including the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Bjorn Rudberg. Thanks, Bjorn.

To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/18-november-2016/

Genre: Speculative Humor Fiction

Word Count: 98 Words

THE CONCERT by P.S. Joshi

The old Bartlett mansion was reported to be haunted. Jed Bartlett, the inherited owner, had never gone there to actually find out.

One day he convinced his wife to accompany him. They were determined to spend the night.

About midnight they heard a sound from the music room. Entering, they found a misty presence playing a cello. They sat to listen.

Two weeks later, the first concert was scheduled. The posters read:  Cello concert by spirit of Julia Bartlet, 1840-1920–To be held at Bartlet mansion–Saturday, 12 midnight–Proceeds going to Planktown Hospital where Miss Bartlet died.

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OLD MAN’S STORY

 

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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–November 13th, 2016.  Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/sunday-photo-fiction-november-13th-2016/

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

OLD MAN’S STORY by P.S. Joshi

It had been a boring evening at the Sea Lanes Yacht Club. My wife was enjoying herself gabbing to friends but I was bored.

I decided to stroll down to the beach and get some fresh air. There was a breeze and I could smell the salt. This was my element, not the stuffy club atmosphere.

It wasn’t quite dark yet. I looked toward the horizon and saw a large ship. It looked like a battleship but how could it be? This was 1980.

An old man came strolling down to join me.

“You watchin’ for ships? Didn’t expect to see that battleship didja'”

I turned toward him. “You mean to tell me that is a battleship? Where on earth did it come from? Is it a tourist attraction?”

“No sir, no sir. That’s the Newport. It shows up sometimes on nights like this. Went down in 1918 on its way back from France. Troop carrier it was. A torpedo hit it and it limped toward New York but never made it. Some men were lost.”

A cold chill swept through me. I studied him. “Are you trying to tell me that’s a ghost ship?”

“Ain’t tryin’. I’m just tellin.'”

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Emotional Beats: Ways to Portray Relaxation

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In September, I published Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings.

As promised, I will be posting the book on my blog.

So, here is the next installment, listing beats you can use to convey: Relaxation

In a sense, this category is the flip side of fear and anger. Whereas people experiencing fear tighten their muscles and adopt a closed-body stance, untroubled people have relaxed muscles and an open body posture:

Source: Emotional Beats: Ways to Portray Relaxation

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SANTA’S MESSAGE

 

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Photo Copyright: Sandra Crook

NOTE: I’m sorry it took me so long to read the stories of other writers this week. I was listening and watching, as were many people, to the U.S. Presidential Election results and aftermath, some of which is still continuing. My own daughter, a female and part Indian (she could be taken for Hispanic) called from the U.S. in tears and I talked to her for an hour. She had been calm at first but the young actors around her were yelling and crying and scared her. It’s an alarming time.

Here we are for another week. Today we’re out gazing at roofs. We’ve gathered to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneers group. Our hostess for the gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words, not including the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Sandra Crook. Thanks, Sandra.

To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/11-november-2016/

Genre: Humor Fantasy

Word Count: 100 Words

SANTA’S MESSAGE By P.S. Joshi

Higgstown was settled by artists and liberal architects noted for bold innovations. The roofs there were colorful and shaped differently than other cities and there were no chimneys.

This caused one problem. When Santa came through delivering presents, he couldn’t land his sleigh with reindeer on those roofs.

Santa called a conference and the word was sent out to parents by his helpers in all the department stores.

     Dear Parents,

     To insure your children get presents, please do the following:

           1. Clear a space for my sleigh.

           2. Leave out a door key under a mat.

     Sincerely, Santa

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THE MOST IMPORTANT

 

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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–November 6th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/11/06/sunday-photo-fiction-november-6th-2016/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words

THE MOST IMPORTANT By P.S. Joshi

There were two important leaders in the small town of Figgsriver, Indiana.

One was the mayor, Jayson Hicksworth IV, ancestor of the founder. The other was the wealthiest man in town, Portnoy Pimley.

In the town circle, a monument was being built. The problem was it couldn’t be decided whose bust was to be in the center of it. Neither of the important men wanted to share the place of honor.

Jayson thought his bust should be there because of the importance of his family and their contributions to the city.

Portnoy thought it should be his because of his contributions to the many good causes in the city.

Finally, it was decided it should be Jayson’s bust. It was made and installed with great ceremony.

The next day, shockingly, it was mysteriously found knocked off its pedestal and smashed.

The culprit remained unknown.

The two men eventually decided the only thing to do was share the honor. Two busts were installed and all was peaceful from then on.

Amos Furdly reluctantly told his wife something he was ashamed of.

“Emily,” he said, “I got drunk one night and accidentally knocked the first bust off the pedestal.”

“Good,” she said.

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