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When Will Smith was nominated for best actor for his role in the movie ‘Ali’, the actor told ABCNEWS, “It really is an honor just to be nominated…. Just being nominated for an Oscar, you have ‘Oscar nominee Will Smith,’ you know

I know. Will, from the nomination date has been referred to as ‘Oscar nominee Will Smith,’ and that title will remain unless he wins an Oscar. Being nominated for an award for my book, Whisper of Lies is a great feeling of accomplishment. It tells me that I’ve done my job to entertain the reader and this has nothing to do with ego. Every one of us, no matter what field of work we are in, wants to be respected, appreciated and recognized for our efforts. So like Will Smith, I feel honoured just to be nominated. Writing books is a business and as such, authors have to try different avenues to give their books exposure to have a successful business.

Below is an article that outlines 4 benefits authors will gain by putting their book up for an award.

According to R.R. Bowker publishing statistics, about a million new books are hitting the market each year. And short of being J.K. Rowling or John Grisham, it can be hard to get your book the notice it deserves.

One way to try to earn your book additional notice is to enter book award contests. Book awards are an easy and affordable marketing option, and if you win or place in the competition, the returns can be substantial. Not all awards will earn you celebrity status, but reputable awards do have the potential to attract attention. Here are some of the benefits of winning a book award:

1. Gain notice from readers. Putting a book award seal on the front cover of your book or listing it in your book description or author bio makes it stand out and signals that it is a book to pay attention to. Your award seal says, “I’m a book that’s been honored. Look at me first. You can be assured that I’m a quality book worthy of your attention.” Award-winning status can get your book reconsidered or noticed by readers for the first time and help it stand out from other similar books on the market.

2. Get credibility and prestige in a challenging marketplace. Winning a book award or even being a finalist demonstrates your book’s quality and value. The credibility gained with a distinguished book award has the potential to gain attention for your book from journalists, reviewers, distributors, and buyers. And we all know readers gravitate toward award-winning books; think of an award seal like a stamp of approval akin to an Oscar, Emmy, or trophy in other fields.

3. Increase your PR possibilities. Being an “award-winning author” can lead to newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television appearances, book reviews, and newsletter and blog mentions. Obtaining media interest often takes a good bit of time and effort, but being an award winner could help your chances of press coverage. For more information about communicating with the media, see Preparing Your Online Media Kit or watch the webinar How to Land and Perform on More TV and Radio Shows.

4. Increase your sales and get your book in new markets. As a winner, you can actively spread the word about your success. Chances are your award can help create positive perceptions among your audiences. That can translate into increased book sales and expanded market opportunities.

There are dozens of book awards in the U.S., not to mention those offered in other countries. Some awards are wide open, some are only open to members of literary groups, and others have detailed eligibility requirements for entry. There’s always a chance you could come across a phony award, so be sure to look into the credibility of the program by talking with the award director and other writers. Your first step is to look for awards that suit your book, your budget, and your promotional goals, which begins with a simple Internet search. To get you started, see 2012 Competitions for Independently Published Books for ideas.

This article was lifted from a post written by a CreateSpace Blogger that I came across at the same time my novel, Whisper of Lies was nominated. Good karma, perhaps!

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© 2012 Cherry-Ann Carew

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  Whisper of Lies Nominated For Global EBook Award in Contemporary Fiction Romance Category

 

Santa Ana, California – April 19, 2012 – Cherry-Ann Carew’s novel, ‘Whisper of Lies,’ is the first of a two-part sequel. This engrossing tale is replete with emotion and offers challenges and thought provoking situations to which many readers can relate. The strength of the novel lies within its third-person account, though the book’s core concerns rejection, dashed hopes, and the inner turmoil of the character caught in a web of unfortunate events and lies. Most importantly, the story captures the struggle for independence, love and peace of mind. It expounds how the character deals with the dogged internal and external journey.

Carew explains, “I’ve always been intrigued with human experiences, that which is a part of life – the good and the not so good and decided to plot a story around these encounters. I also wanted to include culture and diversity in my writing; as such, the book is primarily about Lavina, whose story begins in Guyana, South America, and continues to London, England. I chose these two countries as the setting on two counts: first, I was born in Guyana and wanted to feature that part of my heritage and second, I wanted to highlight the beauty and culture of London that is my second home.”

Dana Hee, Olympic Gold Medalist and Inspirational Speaker, says: “From the first paragraph, I was hooked. Cherry-Ann’s style of writing draws you deeper and deeper into this powerful story and makes it difficult to put the book down. Congratulations to this fine writer for creating yet another wonderful work of art.”

Cherry-Ann Carew is also a book coach, editor and Founder of Writetastic Solutions. She has over sixteen years of experience in professional writing for various magazines, newspaper publications and online content. She worked as a sports journalist for one of Britain’s popular newspapers, The Voice, and as editor for BlaqSport, a national sports journal.

Cherry-Ann is also co-author of the bestselling book: ‘How The Fierce Handle Fear – Secrets To Succeeding In Challenging Times’ and ‘The Power Of 100:100 International Women Share Powerful Stories Of How To Stay Focused On Your Dreams’.

The Global Ebook Awards honor and bring attention to the future of book publishing. Now in its second year the Awards are in 72 specific categories, open to all publishers large and small, so that the winner is the best in its category not just the best of small or regionally published eBooks. The awards ceremony will be in gorgeous Santa Barbara on August 18, 2012. See http://GlobalEbookAwards.com.

‘Whisper of Lies’ is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, or through the author’s website: http://cherryanncarew.com and is priced at $2.99 until April, 30. Thereafter, it will revert to its original price of $9.99.

Cherry-Ann Carew, Author, Book Coach, Editor
Telephone: 1 949 231 0858
Email: cherry@writercacarew.com
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I work pretty hard at keeping healthy and in shape, especially as I’m rooted to my computer for long periods each day, but I’ve been lax with my exercise routine for some time and believe me, I’ve felt it both physically and mentally. So, I made a decision to get back in shape.

Now, I’m not one of those people who roll out of bed onto a mat ready to work out, depending on my schedule, I could work out any time during the course of the day. But just like I challenge myself to pump up my writing routine, I exercise the same thought process to keep in shape and when I’m done, I feel great and full of energy.

Here’s a tip to pump up your writing routine. Challenge yourself. After a few weeks, days even, of doing the same routine, your writing will plateau to a new level, just like your body will from working out. Push yourself to the maximum. That may be increasing your writing time – instead of writing one hour a day, push it to another fifteen or thirty minutes. Pick up the pace, write longer and finish that chapter. Challenging yourself like this will help you finish your book faster.

If you’re at the beginning stage of writing, set a goal. Doing this serves as a measuring stick and makes you accountable. Think about challenging yourself as fun, plus it helps you to focus your efforts/energy in the direction that you want to go, eliminates distractions and makes you mentally stronger.

You would be amazed what you can do when you set yourself a challenge. It will bring out the best in you and before you know it, you would have pumped out your book.

Write It, Work It, Publish it!

© 2012 Cherry-Ann Carew
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Web Site Promotion

Google ‘Web Site Promotion’ and you will see information on this topic overflowing across the Internet. Yet many authors do not have a website to promote their books, and some who have, do not know how to use it to their advantage.

If an author is clear on the concept of her book, she will know what she want it to do for readers, be it to entertain or educate, but she may not have given any thought as to how a web site can help her achieve success for her books. It’s so important to have a web site where you can promote your works and connect with your readers. With that said, here are three ways to promote your site to draw in readers.

1) Drive targeted traffic to your web site by optimizing your web pages with specific keywords. Search engines will love you for that and will reward you with a high ranking when searches are made. This means visitors who are interested in the type of book(s) you are selling will find you easier.

2) Build and maintain a system of quality reciprocal links, i.e. search for sites that complement yours and link to them. Your first thought will be to avoid those that are direct competitors, however, it can be worthwhile to link with direct competitors as well, because the overall aim is to increase your web site traffic and boost your ranking in search engines such as, Yahoo, Bing and Google.

3) Be active in forums that are pertinent to your genre and add comments with a link bank to your site. This tactic alone will boost traffic to your web site.

Write It, Work It, Publish it!

© 2012 Cherry-Ann Carew
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A few readers, who have read my novel Whisper of Lies, asked me, “Where did you learn all those moves?” The question relates to the sex scenes in the book, and I have quite a few. I find this enquiry amusing.

Writers do not need to know the Kama Sutra to write sex scenes. However, depending on what a writer wishes to convey about the characters, she will research like she would any other subject. And, of course, she can use her imagination.

Sex scenes, like any other scene in your book should serve a purpose. It’s not only about the sexual act. This form of writing requires a different level of writing, however. Below is an article, My Favorite Sex Scene, written by fiction author Jessica Barksdale Inclán, who teaches how to craft a relatable—and memorable—sex scene:

I spent yesterday on the UCLA campus in the Public Affairs Building (aptly named, I think) to teach sex scene writing. Three or four times a year, I sojourn down to Westwood and teach amazing students things that I imagine they might want to know about it. Sex scene writing is definitely a skill all writers should master because sex is a wonderful way to convey character, plot, and theme. No doubt about it, how we do it says a lot about who we are, the state of our relationships, and what we want.

Sex shows the connection between the characters–or the lack of one. Sex allows their neuroses and flaws and issues to bubble to the surface, raw and real. Sex shows how good things are and how bad they will get. We need to praise D.H. Lawrence and Henry Miller and Anais Nin and dear E.M. Forster for trying to put these ideas forth to the world, giving us the opportunity to write characters in full life.

In the course of the class, I showed a few clips from films because film can really “do” a sex scene. The lucky film makers don’t have to worry about euphemisms for body parts (please strike sword, sheath, and shaft from your lexicon immediately). At least, when the director is thinking about character, plot, or theme. When the director is just thinking, “Damn, we need some skin in this flick,” the sex scene isn’t useful to us except in that prurient way sex scenes can be useful. We watch the body doubles and the body parts, and say, “Well, my word.”

One of my favorite sex scenes isn’t really “sex,” but a physical connection between two characters. This scene isn’t from writing but from a film, “Persuasion.” Here it is. Our dear, bedraggled Anne Elliot (Amanda Root) and Wentworth (Ciran Hinds) are walking in the countryside. It has been a long walk, and Wentworth is pretending not to notice that Anne is flagging. But when a carriage approaches, and it is discerned there is room for one person, Wentworth persuades Anne to get in. She can’t believe he’s actually paying attention to her, as he’s been flirting with and acting charming toward all others but her the entire day. And then he helps her into the carriage and grabs her gently at the waist and helps lift her to her seat.

Oh! My! God! You can feel that touch through the screen into your heart. By that touch alone, damn, you know he loves her. Eight years of separation and longing and anger and resentment and need all in one touch. This one touch changes the plot. This one touch begins to change Anne and Wentworth. The story moves on from that moment.

You are probably a little disappointed in me, I know. Maybe you wanted me to pick Diane Lane’s scene in “Unfaithful” or something from “Body Heat.” But no, it was wither this scene or that flipping amazing kiss in “Witness” between Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. And maybe it’s not even the kiss in “Witness” that changes everything but the view Harrison gets of Kelly as she’s bathing, the light warm, her desire and acceptance of his gaze obvious.

Yowza!

After we watched examples and then read some sex scenes aloud, I gave my class the exercise of pairing up couples from their work. Thinking about their story or stories, put together the people who are or will or could or might or who should not have sex. Think about the idea of what they would learn from the sex they would have with this other character, despite and because of their relationships with each other.
And then write that scene, using all the good ideas we talked about, many from “The Joy of Writing Sex” by Elizabeth Benedict. This includes being specific, detailed, and clear. No exaggeration, no euphemisms that make us laugh our guts out. No clichés. No pulsing or heaving or breasts “growing.” (I am still unclear on how breasts grow or get heavy during sex. Please advise). No “It was the most amazing…” anything. No “He had never experienced anything like this . . .” ever.

Of course, the sex scene can be “bad sex.” Yes, characters have bad sex like the rest of us now and again, and that also tells us something about character, plot, and theme.

As they wrote, so did I, realizing that in editing, I’d managed to take out the one sex scene that all my readers had likely been waiting for.
So if you are at home and have no good sex scenes to watch, give this exercise a go. Guaranteed to interest!

Write It, Work It, Publish it!

 

© 2012 Cherry-Ann Carew
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Cherry-Ann Carew, aka The Power Writing Coach, Editor, Best-selling author and Founder of Writetastic Solutions is passionate about helping aspiring fiction and non-fiction writers bring out their creative expression to write their books. Learn how her coaching and editing services can help you at http://www.writetasticsolutions.com.

It’s ‘Read an Ebook Week’ from March 4-10, 2012. Join in this international literary event where you can get massive discounts and free E-books.

To get 50 percent discount on my novel, ‘Whisper of Lies’ go to http://tinyurl.com/77v2hnb, scroll to the bottom of the page, click on the title of the book, and use Coupon code: REW50.

Here’s a recent review on the novel:

Ms. Carew,

“I laughed, I cried, I emphasized and sympathized with the main characters of your story and yes, my “groin twitched.” From the get go, I felt that Ms. Carew was sitting beside me and relating the story of the life of any woman who has experienced the highs and lows of life.

“From the moment I started on Lavina’s journey, I related to the intricacies of the web that life weaves on us, women. I wept for both Lavina and Adel; Adel, a complex woman which is how I view myself….nurturing, kind and fiercely protective of my women friends. I was transported into the web of real life; this is what resonated most with me; I saw bits of myself in both Lavina and Adel. From the moment I picked up this book, I couldn’t wait to be transported into the spider’s web of these women’s lives.
Real, gripping, a truism of life; women’s lives and any woman can relate to this novel of reality, love, heartbreak, disappointment.”

Gillian Fredericks-Chin

Visit Smashwords.com if you have an E-book to share during ‘Read an Ebook Week’.

Click here to read the story of how ‘Read an Ebook Week’ evolved.

Write It, Work It, Publish it!

© 2012 Cherry-Ann Carew

Cherry-Ann Carew, aka The Power Writing Coach, Editor, Best-selling author and Founder of Writetastic Solutions is passionate about helping aspiring fiction and non-fiction writers bring out their creative expression to write their books. Learn how her coaching and editing services can help you at http://www.writetasticsolutions.com.

Writing a book is a challenge, you already know that? There’s no running away from it – so much needs to be done: expanding your idea, plotting, researching character names, setting, actual writing, rewriting, editing, etc.

Then there are other essentials outside of the writing process that you need to put in place before you even publish your book, i.e. writing your pitch, synopsis, chapter breakdown, press release – all of these require a different level of writing. Then there’s marketing, more research and on and on.

Overwhelm yet with all the details that are required for the process of writing? And that’s not all. I know. I also know it’s a test of your sanity to keep focused to make everything gel… so much to do, so little focus.

So how do you create a plan of action and stick to it? More importantly, what can you do when you meander away from the plan, because being human, you will, whether due to circumstances beyond your control, or you’re just plain distracted?

How do you do it? How do you pace yourself so that you can get to the finish line? Here are 3 Easy Ways To Fight Off The Minutiae That Surrounds Writing Your Book that will help kick you into gear:

1) First, I invite you to read an article I wrote titled: Thinking About Writing Instead of Writing? 6 Steps to get you Started.

2) It’s common to become fixated on the minutiae for varying reasons. In my experience it’s usually during the planning process where many aspiring writers get bogged down. When this happens, take some time out along with deep breaths then ask:

a) What is blocking my progression?
b) What am I avoiding?
c) Am I fearful that no one would be interested in my book?
d) Most importantly, What do I want to accomplish?

If you know what the problem is you can do something about it. Pinpointing what those blockages are will allow you to move forward.
If you’re still stuck, it’s good to talk. Speak with someone who can relate to what you are working to achieve. It could be a writing coach or a group of like-minded writers or readers. If you are besieged with marketing tasks, farm them out to free yourself from those undertakings that you do not enjoy, or don’t have the time to do so you can focus on your writing. The point is you don’t have to go the journey alone. Get all the help and support you can.

Take note of question ‘d’ – it’s powerful. Once you understand what you intend to achieve from your writing labours, you’ll become inspired and step up your productivity.

3) Continue to trust in your belief that you can do it because you are unique and you have what it takes to get your message out. Whether you are writing to inspire, motivate or entertain, believe that you can, and you will.

Write It, Work It, Publish it!

© 2012 Cherry-Ann Carew

WOULD YOU LIKE TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE, NEWSLETTER, MAGAZINE, BLOG OR WEBSITE? Please do, but ensure you include this complete resource box:

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