Vol. #9: Showcasing (3) More Awesome Gang Authors!!

Photo Credit: Call To Action Marketing Logo- John Collazo, CEO
Photo Credit: Call To Action Marketing- John Collazo, CEO

Hello Everyone!

Hopefully, you are hanging your at at home relaxing or out finishing your work day on this Friday afternoon!? May your last day of the week be uneventful and efficient as possible. My 16-year old son, named John Collazo, is in the process of building his social network on social media. He has taken a recent interest in marketing and wants to build his brand and help creators promote their creative work. His business enterprise that he is building is called, “Call To Action Marketing”. Call To Action Marketing will be known on social media by his hashtag #CTAMarketing. If you could find him under his name and business name and connect with him, that would be highly appreciated. This post is intended to share even more work of some independent authors, such as myself, and earn some good karma in the process. Why not offer you a taste of a variety of authors with different content? My objective is to pick out different authors that offer a variety of media content. For the record, I know nothing about the author other than what is showcased in the author article that was shared, via Awesome Gang. Feel free to copy and paste and share this content on your blog, if you like. As an author, if you want to add more information, drop it down in the comment section below and I will edit and add at my earliest convenience. For now, I’m connecting with the authors in an effort to build my author network. Hopefully, they will follow me back on social media. I’m game to cross promote each other on social media as well. Just let me know or re-tweet one of my posts and I will automatically return the favor. I’m totally cool with many ways to help each other market each other. When you are a small content creator, it is important to help others out. Do you have any requests for a specific author or style of content? Let me know your various suggestions down the in the comment section below. Here are (3) showcased authors down below:

Showcased Author- 1.) Ashley Parker Owens

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a prolific writer and publisher. I ran a small press and published 20 anthologies and six chapbooks. I have written four novels, a collection of short stories, and five chapbooks. Publishing excites me as much as storytelling. It is exhilarating to assist others in achieving their dreams. I sent out a quarterly magazine that listed mail art opportunities for five years.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Recently I finished the Gnome Stories series that took over a decade to complete. I was a single mom working full time and didn’t write consistently. Creative writing gave me an outlet to escape to another world. While working in IT, I often had long sessions installing software or some other tedious activity, and my mind would spin with fantasies.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I work in software quality assurance, and my workday can be hectic or slow depending on a process flow out of my control. I take every opportunity to use my time in front of multiple laptops to create, write, and publish. I am also a prolific, award-winning artist.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have a wide range of interests and have always been a prolific reader. I prefer literary, fantasy, and ancient texts like Rumi and Sun Tzu.

What are you working on now?
My goal for next year is to explore genres other than fantasy. I am currently working on a techno-thriller, a magical realism story about lycanthropes, a science fiction novel, and a poetry book about my dad, who passed away last year.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m hesitant to opine about the best way to promote books because I don’t seem to do it well. Without hard data, I would not know where the clicks came from if I was successful. I have tried Twitter and Facebook campaigns, author profiles on Amazon and Goodreads, my website, book promotions (free giveaways and .99 deals), editorial reviews, and social media posts. I haven’t had a lot of luck encouraging readers to opt-in to an email list.
Awesome Gang, N. N. Light Book Heaven, and BGSauthors are useful author promotion websites. Getting book reviews is my marketing pet peeve.
My latest out-of-the-box idea is to cross-promote cryptocurrency, a novel, and a comic book.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Do not edit during the writing process. Concentrate on getting words on the paper, so you have something to edit. I marinate ideas to let the concepts and symbolism percolate in the deep recesses of my brain.
I used to write out everything longhand but finally switched over to typing on a laptop, which has made the writing and editing process quicker. Computer programs like Grammarly, ProWritingAid, and SmartEdit Pro can help you make quick gains when editing.
Everyone should use beta readers, developmental, copy, and line editors. Hire a proofreader. I have found a lot of inexpensive help on Fiverr. I have belonged to writers groups in the past but found they are more trouble than worth.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Set up a work schedule and stick with it. I usually work 3-8 hours a day, including weekends. I spend quite a bit of time promoting, editing, and thinking. Creating ebooks and audiobooks is also time-consuming.
Write what you want, and don’t worry about whether people will like it.

What are you reading now?
I am currently reading technical spec manuals for audiobook production. The last fiction novels I read were N. K. Jemisin’s The City We Became and Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary.

What’s next for you as a writer?
I have been exploring a cross-promotion idea between a techno-thriller novel and cryptocurrency. I didn’t know much about it but successfully set up my own coin and NFTs. I don’t know if my idea will pan out, but it was essential information to learn for my novel about a series of murders on a data-mining farm in the arctic.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
The Kraken, China Miéville
Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
The Essential Rumi

Author Websites and Profiles
Ashley Parker Owens Website: https://ashleyparkerowens.wordpress.com/
Ashley Parker Owens Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Parker-Owens/e/B00BG8Z2Y4

Showcased Author- 2.) Tammy Melo

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Tammy Melo is an New author from Ontario Canada. She loves to write children’s books and create fun stories. Graduating in Design, her background has an artful past. Her love of designing characters and telling fictional stories can be highlighted in her first children’s book ‘Peanut and Potato Save the Planet Project!’ The first in a series of adventures

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My First book is called ‘Peanut and Potato Save the Planet Project!’ The first in a series of adventures with Peanut and Potato.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes, I Brainstorm ideas in a notebook and then cross out and add until things sounds right and then I have the conversation of the characters with my daughter to try it out. We usually laugh and that’s how I know it will work.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Children’s book’s have influenced me the most. My daughter and I love the Scaredy Squirrel series

What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the second adventure where Peanut and Potato take on saving the Oceans

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I currently have my books published through Amazon and have promoted through their advertising

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes, Stick with it and don’t give up! Seeing your book come to life is the greatest feeling

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Dream big and accomplish your goals – My Mom

What are you reading now?
I am currently reading ‘Your guide on how to not get murdered in a quaint English village’
I am a sucker for mystery

What’s next for you as a writer?
Hopefully I will be able to complete a series of great and inspirational children’s’ books

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Complete Sherlock Holmes. by Arthur Conan Doyle

Death on the Nile. by Agatha Christie

In Cold Blood. by Truman Capote.

Author Websites and Profiles
Tammy Melo Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.ca/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B09N9RXY94?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000

Showcased Author- 3.) Stefan Emunds

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I write inspirational non-fiction, visionary fiction, and run an online enlightenment workshop. Enlightenment and storytelling have interesting parallels, which invited me to write a book about storytelling – The Eight Crafts of Writing. I was born in Germany and, after graduating, enjoyed two years backpacking in Australia, New Zealand, and South-East Asia. Prior to my writing adventure, I pursued a career as a business development manager in Europe, Middle East, and Asia. . Semis-retired now, I live with my son in the Philippines.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my latest book is The Eight Crafts of Writing. Learning fiction writing felt like parachuting into an unknown mountain terrain. Every time I climbed a mountain (a writing craft or skill), I discovered another one to scale. Five years into my writing adventure, I still couldn’t see the end of it. I looked for a ‘map’ with an overview of the writing craft, but couldn’t find one. Most writing coaches specialize in two or three crafts. Also, they prefer to focus on either story structure (left brain) or story experience (right brain). So, I drew up the storytelling map myself.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I meditate on scenes. Creative writing (writing scenes) is a right-brain affair and story structure and editing/rewriting is a left-brain affair. Meditation syncs the brain’s two hemispheres, which allows writing in the stream of consciousness.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
I like Robert McKee’s philosophical approach to storytelling.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on a medieval/historical/heroic fantasy novella called Everknight. Everknight is a story of uncompromising honor. If you lost your life in a bet and were given a year to live, would you go to your execution when the time comes? Would you go out of your way to get there? Would you be a knight?
We need to return to love (Marianne Williamson) and to honor. But not that cliche honor that is open to abuse. A new honor that we can only find within.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Influencer outreach: be a guest on podcasts and write guest posts.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get an overview of the writing craft(s), before you parachute into the storytelling jungle.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Fiction writing is complex and we can find a lot of great advice in books and on the Internet. If I had to choose the most important advice, I’d say, “Write every day three to four hours.”

What are you reading now?
Wool by Hugh Howey

What’s next for you as a writer?
In the context of religion, Jesus was the great exception. In the context of enlightenment, Jesus was the great example. The latter is a story untold.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Book of Tokens and the “Book of Nature” (Tarot).

Author Websites and Profiles
Stefan Emunds Website: https://www.eightcrafts.com/
Stefan Emunds Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Stefan-Emunds/e/B00MJXC64O

Thanks for helping me earn some karma by checking out this content today. Let me know, in the comment section below, if you either like or dislike the author showcase content? I’m also sharing my latest (8) podcast episodes that are listed down below from The Verbally Disastrous Podcast, via links for Spotify & YouTube down below. If you are into reading on a Kindle, check out my newest short story release that belongs to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library short story series on Amazon down below. This new short story #11 is entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. The previous short story is #10 is entitled, “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. If anyone has read any of my other previous short stories, by all means, let me know what you think? Check out the links for my book #ConstructionTales down below. Hopefully, I will hang out and do some fun activities with Melissa very soon. I need to go focus on a little more pimping out my content on social media then get some rest. Enjoy your Friday now that we are in the end of grinding out the work week. I wish you a great morning/afternoon/evening on your side of the globe and a restful or productive day!

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I recently shared my latest short story that has been loaded up to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library on Amazon. This is short story #11 entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. I share the various challenges I faced and lessons learned along the way. The previous short story is entitled: #10: “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. I decided to write about some life lessons such as guarding your personal information, managing nasty rumors, combating sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism. Overall, the construction culture has improved dramatically over the past 25-years. Developing both a thick skin and a sharp tongue are key tools needed to survive various jobsite antics. I hope you learn something from this short story. There are more to come. These short stories are now also available as Verbally Disastrous podcast episodes.

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