Authors continuing to behave badly …

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

It seems to be time – again! – to remind some “authors” out there how they should be conducting themselves in the world of promoting their books. Not everyone has bad manners, but there are enough who make it difficult for the rest of us who DO abide by those guidelines and rules and maintain decent behaviour.

This need to reiterate what I’ve railed on about before here came about after a reviewer posted this poem to her own blog – a poem that was actually a cry for help and an oblique explanation of how she’d been treated recently by indie authors she had set herself up to help promote. I reblogged her poem here then wrote to the reviewer directly to tell her I understood what she was going through.

Fortunately, this reviewer’s experience has had a happy (!) ending, or at least her problem has been resolved…

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Felicity Harley: A re-blog

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Felicity sent me this link to an open letter she wrote in 1981, following the election of Ronald Reagan to the Presidency of the United States. I don’t often re-blog other writers here, but this is exceptional, and deserves a wider audience. It speaks volumes about hopes, aspirations, justice, and motherhood. Despite being written so long ago, the thrust of it could just have easily have been written last week, following the result of the 2016 Presidential election in America.

I urge you to follow the link, and to read her impassioned and intelligent article in full.
View story at Medium.com

And if you would like to read more, here is a link to Felicity’s WordPress blog.
https://theshammuramat.wordpress.com/

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Interview about the review with Carolyn Howard-Johnson

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Carolyn, I have just published the next issue of my Bobbing Around, and suddenly realized that I haven’t received notification of your newsletter for a few months.

I hope this doesn’t mean something dire.

Please let me know how things are with you.

Carolyn

It means that I almost have the third book in my HowToDoItFrugally Series done! It’s been tough going. Would you like a copy to review? It’s How to Get Great Book Review Frugally and Ethically. And it’s a tome!

Thank you so much for caring.

Hugs,

Carolyn

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Can you get a book review expensively and unethically?

Carolyn

Yes, if you pay for it it’s too expensive. Especially when you can get lots of them free and especially when the ones you get free are more ethical from a journalistic standpoint. When you pay for a review it is by definition suspicious to much…

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Significant Songs (123)

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Joy And Pain

Sometime late in 1980, I heard a song on late night radio. As often used to happen, I was grabbed by the sound immediately, and set off to find out about the band performing it the next day. Luckily, I had heard the name Frankie Beverly, and my trusty record shop man was able to find me the album (vinyl) that it came from. The group was called ‘Maze’, and Frankie was the lead singer. I bought it, and soon became addicted to the soulful sounds and mellow vocals, as well as the funkier tracks.

More research led me to discover that there were two previous releases, and I ordered those soon after. Within weeks, I was listening to little else, and began an appreciation of the sound of Maze that lasted for more than ten years.

They started out as Raw Soul, and were soon noticed…

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Love this song too!

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I’ll Be Seeing You

I’m a sucker for certain sentimental songs. If I hear ‘We’ll Gather Lilacs’, I can feel a tightness in my chest. Play me Al Bowlly singing ‘The Very Thought Of You’, and you will see me drift off into a reverie. As I get older, I get worse, as I can now factor in nostalgia too.

When I was very young, the camp American pianist and flamboyant entertainer, Liberace, presented a successful television show. It was one of my Mum’s favourite shows on TV, and we watched it every week. He had adopted this song as his theme tune, so it soon became associated with him. My parents told me that it had been popular during the war, with its connotations about departures, returns, loyalty, and loss. They told me about the film of the same name starring Ginger Rogers, with the song sung by Bing…

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The British Film Institute: BFI Player

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Film and documentary fans out there may not be aware of it, but the British Film Institute has a fantastic free resource available. Their BFI film player is free to download, and contains a wealth of free to view films and documentaries, easily streamed to your PC or any compatible device.

They also have a vast catalogue of pay-to-view films, which can be watched for a reasonable fee over a set time period. These include many World Cinema offerings, as well as up to date cinema releases. Their archive is second to none, and the documentaries range from the earliest days of film, through to family-shot cine films covering most decades.

I have no connection with this organisation, but cannot recommend this highly enough. All you have to do is create an account, download the BFI player, and choose what to watch. No card details are required, as they can…

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… better than winning a contest!!

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

While contest judges may not have considered my novel worthy enough to make their shortlist, I’ve just received far-better validation from a friend who offered to read and write an advance review I can now use in pre-publication promotion.

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And what validation and praise it is, coming from an author who also intimately knows Bequia!

Thanks to Felicity Harley who I promoted previously on Reading Recommendations, and who sent me congratulations on Reading Recommendations‘ anniversary, and wrote a guest post about her two book clubs, and wrote a fabulous review on Amazon of Island in the Clouds … which is how we first “met” online, and since then in person this year while we were both on Bequia.

Here’s what Felicity has to say about One Woman’s Island:

Among its other virtues, One Woman’s Island beautifully captures the spirit of being on the island of Bequia…

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Thank you Susan Toy from Felicity Harley, fellow Bequian

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787I haven’t actually “met” Felicity Harley in person yet, although we’ve shared the island of Bequia for many years now. I knew of Felicity locally through her philanthropy in conceiving of a couple of successful organizations that help the local people of the island help themselves. Then I discovered she was also a published author, so I invited her to promote her books on Reading Recommendations. And she has been a staunch supporter of me, of my writing, and the blog ever since! We try to keep in more regular contact now, especially whenever I’m on-island, so I can apprise her of all the local “news” … I’m happy to say we will finally have a chance to meet in person this winter when Felicity returns to Bequia for a visit. And we’re already discussing ideas of holding a writing retreat/readers’ con/some-such-gathering-involving-words on the island! More on that later…

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