Vol. #11: Showcasing (3) More Awesome Gang Authors!!

Hello Everyone!

Hopefully, you are hanging at home relaxing or diligently working day on this Saturday evening!? May your weekend also either be uneventful and efficient as possible. As I mentioned in previous posts, 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.) Veronica Jeans

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have written 5 books and 2 Social Ecommerce Planners.
I am an eCommerce business consultant, speaker, Shopify partner, lecturer, and bestselling author. I have been coaching and teaching business for 30 years but ecommerce for 10+ years. I help people get their products online and selling internationally with Amazon, Shopify etc.
I teach authors how to get paid in 3 days! and grow their email list to bring their readers back for more.
I also help them create micro videos to educate their readers on their books, lessons, which helps to sell more books. Creating ideas of how to sell more than books from their stores is essential for the times when books sales go down.
78% Of commerce businesses will fail in 2022. Most entrepreneurs have only a vague idea how to set up their business. In my new book, I provide business owners with the right way to start their online business to show them how to take advantage of the internet. What’s more, they don’t have to be tech-savvy to get up and running quickly.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Shopify Made Easy – Optimize Your Store.
I get the same questions all the time. How can I make more sales, how can I attract more customers.
In this book I show them all the different marketplaces they can sell to and also how to keep their websites/stores optimized for conversions and Google searches.
I love helping people with ideas and get very excited when they are successful.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not that I know of but I start writing in bed with my first cup of tea! Since I am a granny I always feel like Charlie and the Chocolate factories grandparents – not getting out of bed immediately and waiting for my tea!
Then I go for a walk and back to my book for another hour or so before I have meetings.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
I actually started writing because I wanted to give a book when doing lectures or speaking engagements. I felt left out when I attended one in CA! Everybody said…it is a business card and you will get more speaking gigs. You won’t sell that many books!
2 years later and I am now selling 100+ book regularly every month just with my first book and I have just launched my next 2 in Dec 2021 and the latest one about 1 week ago. And my sales have been going up to 125+ already. I am having way too much fun doing this.

What are you working on now?
I am working on my 4th book in my 7 book series – Shopify Made Easy – Positioning Your Brand.
That should be out end of Feb – March, 2021.
I am also working on a short book – 115+ Ways To Market Your Products or Services (no title yet)

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Amazon and Shopify right now for websites.
I am going to be selling on Ebay and all the other Ebook marketplaces by end of the month.
And I do Live recordings regularly on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter and get invited to Amazon Live.
Amazon Ads
And promoting it to sites like this when I publish

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Treat your writing like a business. Know your goals for your business and not just your goal writing. Have a contingency plan if you sell on KDP so you can get paid before the 90 days!
Know where your customers are and how are they going to get to know you.
Treat your Amazon author page like a business brochure. Make sure you utilize all your assets.
Start writing blogs and feed them to your Amazon author page.
There are lots more tips but this is good right?

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Give yourself the gift of time!

What are you reading now?
Pat Flynn – Superfans
Burning Cove – Amanda Quick
(I read at least one fiction ebook a day maybe 2 days…)

What’s next for you as a writer?
Write more business books – I have 2 more ideas after the Shopify series.
Get more planners out and improve my planner.
Every year I have to update part of my series because Shopify updates all the time.
Create my courses – I will have 3 for my books by end of March.
Keep getting my name out so people buy my 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?
Anything the Jayne Krentz writes.
Maybe a really super sexy book so I won’t forget about sex!
The next 2 I will have to find to get off the island, but:
How to build a boat from scratch
How to navigate the stars 🙂

Author Websites and Profiles
Veronica Jeans Website: https://veronicajeans.com/
Veronica Jeans Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Veronica-Jeans/e/B08D7RMYCM

Showcased Author- 2.) Teresa Vale

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Mozambique in the sixties and lived there until I was twelve, but the revolution and regime change in Portugal that led to Mozambican independence, as well as the civil unrest that followed, forced me and my family to leave Africa for good. I’ve lived in Lisbon, Portugal, with my family, ever since.
I pursued an executive career in the financial area but have always loved to write. For a few years now I’ve run the blog The Many Stories of a Woman. At this point in my life I have many stories to tell – stories lived and shared… And all these memories of places I love, music that moves me, books that have inspired me. These are a few of the reasons I began writing.
I love going to the beach and spending time with my sons and my friends. And, like most Portuguese, I would be entirely unable to exist without my cup of espresso!
So far I’ve only written one novel, “Love Secrets Lies”.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Love Secrets Lies” was loosely based on my experiences growing up in Africa and then moving to Europe. It deals with the pain of losing the place you’d always called home and the need to readjust, to reinvent yourself even, in a wholly different environment, while also dealing with the awkwardness and challenges of your teen years.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
This may be the blandest answer of all time, but I just sit down and start typing.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
I would only mention a few authors. Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Emily Brontë, Barbara Erskine, Juliet Marillier, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Joanne Harris…

Now, books. I read “Wuthering Heights” at 13 and it overwhelmed me with its emotional intensity. Characters like Heathcliff and Cathy will haunt you, they’ll hound your thoughts. I reread it two years ago, and once again felt its power. It is relentless. If “Wuthering Heights” doesn’t make you want to write a novel of your own, I don’t know what will.

What are you working on now?
I’m developing a couple of short stories which I intend to publish in the near future. Oh, and “Love Secrets Lies” is going to have a sequel, which I am working on right now.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
That’s a tough one. I’m still trying to crack it. Instagram has turned out to be a powerful platform to discover new books and authors and, of course, promote your own. Goodreads I’ve found quite useful as well! Obviously I myself am open to tips and suggestions!

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Well, I’m a new author, so all I can say is, write something you believe in. Write with passion, it’ll make a world of difference in the end.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
My editor has never been afraid to tell me certain scenes in early drafts of “Love Secrets Lies” were bland and unimaginative, and he pushed me to add depth and realism, to flesh out characters, to go into physical sensations like sight and taste and smell, to think of details as seemingly random and irrelevant as air temperature on a given day. It’s hard to distill his advice into a single sentence, but the book wouldn’t have turned out the way it did otherwise.

What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading “Sidi” by Arturo Pérez Reverte, the story of El Cid, the most famous Spanish hero of the Middle Ages.

What’s next for you as a writer?
There’s a ton of stories in my head waiting to be told. All I need is time. And I certainly want to continue improving my craft, because in this line of work you really never stop learning.

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?
“Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë, Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s “The Shadow of the Wind,” “Lady of Hay” by Barbara Erskine, and Orwell’s 1984.
Tough picking just four, though.

Author Websites and Profiles
Teresa Vale Website: https://www.lovesecretslies.com/
Teresa Vale Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.es/-/pt/Teresa-Vale/e/B094XFHLPQ?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000

Showcased Author- 3.) Xzander Snow

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hello there! My name is Xzander Snow; I am a 21 year old writer, and speaker. I have written 2 books: For The Bros: 7 Keys To Living Your Best Life, a non fiction book focused on mental health and positivity for men and The Tactical Mission, a fiction story soon to be published.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is titled, For The Bros: 7 Keys To Living Your Best Life. I wrote it in dedication to my friend Grant who took his life a day before his 25th birthday. If I had just 5 minutes to talk to him, what could I have said? I wrote down the 7 things that helped me in my darkest hours and wrote it out as a message to other guys who are in that place. All hope is not lost. Keep going, the best is yet to come.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I think I do. I take FOREVER to write because it all starts out as random thoughts that are just in my head or I use in a speech or conversation. These thoughts then turn to notes written in the countless notebooks I have in my room or on the Notes app on my phone, and then get compiled into a solid train of thought while writing the manuscript. All this while watching a show, playing a game or working.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
John Maxwell is definitely one of my big non fiction inspirations. I’ve loved his writings from when I was younger and still do to this day. Another author is Chris Greenwood (aka Manafest). His book Fighter was a big inspiration behind the writing style of For The Bros. In terms of fiction, there’s too many authors to count. C.S. Lewis, Richard Paul Evans, Lee Child, Julie Kagawa just to name a few.

What are you working on now?
Right now, I am working on promoting my book and I desire to have some online events where I can reach out to youth and young men to encourage them to be strong warriors.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Word of mouth. But it doesn’t stop there. Your story and WHY needs to be so strong that there is no excuse for someone to not buy your book. If you really believe in it, then why should you sound scared talking about it? Be bold and get the word out!

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just do it. The longer you wait, the more you won’t do it. And if you feel stuck, find something to give you a good reason to keep going.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Robert G. Allen once said, “Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you’re crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn’t understand.” I take that to mean do whatever it is you’re going to do anyway because people won’t get the picture. Just do it and see what happens.

What are you reading now?
Well I’m re-reading the Gone series by Michael Grant. I love the series because it asks the question, if you were suddenly isolated from the rest of the world and all they can do is watch, what would happen and how long will it take for everything to go wrong? A fantastic read and the follow up trilogy for the series is a mind bending send-off for the ages.

What’s next for you as a writer?
Writing a new Fiction series that I’ve been lore building for a few years now. I want to add more lore, but that will only delay it. The best way to explain the series is imagine if a weapon had a soul- well not just a soul but a body and mind of its own- its own world, history…and demons it has to face. And you as a human have to be the bridge to stopping our world and theirs from destroying the other…but you get some cool powers so its not all that bad.

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?
Does it have to be 3 to 4? Oh well. I was thinking of 3-4 series but here’s my set of books I’d bring.

  1. The Horse & His Boy by C.S. Lewis (The best book in the Narnia series hands down)
  2. Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
  3. Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
  4. Fighter: 5 Keys To Conquering Fear and Reaching Your Dreams by Manafest (Chris Greenwood)

Author Websites and Profiles
Xzander Snow Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Xzander-Snow/e/B09PGTBGRS

Thanks for stopping by my blog to help 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 Saturday now that we are in the midst of the weekend. 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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