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As writers, we often get questions on where our story ideas come from. 

They come from a story in the news, something read, an observation from the world, or discussion with friends. Something out there tugs at the corner of the mind: What if? What would happen if? What if that was merged with, Why did that …?

Today, we’re going to explore where six of the Best Selling Reads authors got their ideas for a completed work or a work in progress.

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I hope you’ll grab a free copy.   Be sure to leave a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon if you have a few minutes.

“If you enjoy suspense/thriller stories, this will appeal to you.    Rated “R”  for language.   (no sex,  sorry!)

Here are few reviews –        (click here to go to Amazon Page for your free copy  )

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 .. So, like all great blog posts,  I had a fit of creative comedic energy and I just had to poke a little fun at writers (hey, its a lot easier to do this than it is for me to write a simple passage where a character walks out of a room, what can I say).

   Self-deprecating writer humor is a mandatory feature of being a scribbler (or, in my case, pretending to be one),   so here goes……..

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Two great things to announce (and they dovetail quite nicely!)  –

1.   I’ll be the guest at Bruce Sallan’s #DadChat on Twitter coming up this Thur. (2/28)  at 9pm EST.  Bruce is a Dad Extraordinaire and has written several books on being a Dad.  He is a frequent guest on HuffPost Live as well as being an all around entertaining guy.   Check him out      http://www.brucesallan.com/2013/02/25/patience-at-dadchat/

Patience is the topic!

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Guest Post by my Friend and brilliant writer – Carolyn Arnold

What is a Pen Gun? by @Carolyn_Arnold #AODTour

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Pen guns, a type of zip gun, have been utilized in many movies.  It brings with it the intrigue of spies and espionage.  You might remember the one used in US Marshals on the plane?

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In Celebration of All the Recent Four & Five Star Reviews this month,  SHADES of GRAY is FREE  Feb. 12 and 13th!

The review was originally posted at Library Cat book blog.  Currently at Amazon and GoodReads.     Jan. 22, 2013cvr

When I started reading this book, at first I thought that was just one of those  “Fifty Shades of Gray” books. The ones very similar to the very famous trilogy.  Nothing prepared me for the emotional and thrilling story that followed.

I can’t believe that it’s a debut novel.

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…  These are good folks who are working to recognize self-pub’d  writers.

Ready 4 The 2013 Best Indie Book Awards

If you’ve published a new book between May 1, 2012 and May 1, 2013, You Could Win Over $1,000 in Cash and Prizes! The Kindle Book Review’s 2nd Annual Best Indie Book Awards  is underway, and is better than ever!

 

Re-Posted from –  The Christian Science Monitor  —

2012: the year of self-publishing    12-20self_full_380

The most recent sign that self-publishing is on the rise? New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani chose a self-released book as one of her favorite titles of the year.

In the publishing industry, 2012, we think, will be remembered as the year of self-publishing.

That’s because at a time when bookstores – mainstream and indie – are struggling to stay open and when top publishing houses are scrambling to keep footing in a rapidly changing industry, there is one bright spot in the publishing industry: self-publishing.

The latest evidence of self-publishing’s ascendency? New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani, one of the country’s most influential, and often scathing, critics, chose a self-published title as one of her favorite books of the year, a landmark moment for self-publishing.

Sharing shelf space with Michael ChabonDave Eggers, and Oliver Sacks on Kakatuni’s most prized picks of the year is Alan Sepinwall’s “The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever.” Sepinwall, a TV blogger, self-published the book in November after failing to catch the interest of a traditional publisher. It’s a critical analysis of hit TV dramas like “The Sopranos,” “Mad Men,” and “24,” which, Sepinwall argues, have transformed the TV landscape and allowed TV to “step out from the shadow of the cinema.”

In her review of the book, Kakatuni, known as one of the country’s toughest critics, called the “The Revolution” “engaging … smart [and] observant.”

Since being picked up by the New York Times, adds the UK’s Guardian, “The Revolution Was Televised” “is currently number one on Amazon.com’s ‘television’ chart, and has picked up adulatory write-ups in the New Yorker….”

Full Article – http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2012/1220/2012-the-year-of-self-publishing

It has been one unbelievably fun year since my first novel was published.   New writer friends, reader feedback, sales, and an experience that exceeded my wildest dreams (and I can have some doggone wild dreams!)   The social media aspect of this past year has been off the charts cool.  I have made dozens of writer friends and thus tapped into this incredible community of folks who are just like me (though probably less weird).  They are smart, funny, supportive, and just downright nice.  Hats off to all of you.  You set the standard  for what social media is all about.

2012 would not have played out this way without a couple of very special folks who contributed their time and enthusiasm to my project.  So here is a holiday shout out of thanks to some very, very special folks (in random order) —

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There was a time when I was cool.  I know there was.  I can feel it like one of those distant memories that comes back to you with some clarity and you can glimpse it for a few moments, then it disappears.  Unfortunately, now the level of my coolness is completely dependent upon the whims of my 14 yr old teen queen – and she sets the bar pretty high.  Here is a recent conversation –

Me – “Hey, did I tell you that I now have 36k followers on Twitter.”    TQ (teen queen) –  “That’s not really cool, Dad, you don’t even know those people.”   Me – “Yes I do!  They’re all my BFF’s!”

TQ – “You mean even those folks you swap messages with in Korea and the Phillipines?”

Me – “Uh, yeah!   I’m good friends with all of them.  We chat about how much we love K-pop like ‘Gangnum Style'”   (I then begin to dance around the room like I’m riding a horse and sing the song.)

TQ- “Ok Dad, ok,  …stop dancing, please please stop dancing  ….. .I’m sure you are BFF’s with all your twitter followers (eyeroll).   You should know there is a new acronym for folks like you on social media.  It is  S-M-H .”

Me- “Wow!  Does it stand for  So Macho & Handsome?”      TQ –  “No…..  it stands for  —  Social Media Ho.”    Me – (indignantly) –  “No way!  I’m not a Social Media Ho.”    TQ –  “Well Dad, I didn’t make up the term.  You better

do a little checking on the web and see if maybe you are one.”      Me –     “Challenge accepted.”  

    

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