Archive for October, 2008:

Sequel Ready for Advanced Reviews


I am starting to send out requests for advanced reviews of the sequel to Beyond the Map’s Boundary called The Chronicles of Quant. Last summer I did a virtual tour with Pump Up Your Book and had a lot of good reviews and interviews.  I received some excellent reviews on the first book and have decided to start the marketing process on the sequel by going back to those original blogs first. It might even be fun to try and set up my own virtual book tour this year and open up the channels to anyone who would like to participate in that on their blogs.  Email me from this site if you’re interested and I’ll fire you off an ebook to review and write about.

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Ever wish you could travel back through time?

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I don’t think anyone really grows up in every aspect of their life and thank heavens for that.  Some things linger in the ‘kid’ part of my brain that seems to never go away.  As I’ve grow older these allow me to recapture the excitement that still lingers in those pockets of childhood wishes and time travel is at the top of my list.

I think about it often.  I’ve daydreamed how it would be and what I would do.  There are people I would love to see and watch them in the original environment they existed in.  I’ve always thought how wonderful it would be if I could go back just long enough to help them survive a traumatic event or offer them some information that would improve their life.  I’d be a hero and everyone would love me.  I’ve entertained thoughts of how I could go back in time for nearly 50 years now and eight years ago I started writing down what the rules might be if it were possible.

As I’ve traveled the world since I was seven years old, ancient or even rundown buildings and cities would spark my imagination, wondering what the people were like back then when the building or city was first built.  Perhaps I had some ancestors that lived there and their footprints would be all over the place.  That’s what got me thinking about how I could travel back in time.  Being blood related, perhaps I could see my ancestor’s footprints glow, beckoning me back to their time.

Beyond the Map’s Boundary, my first novel in the series, brings all of those crazy thoughts together to paint a fun, fast paced, ever twisting time travel novel for young adults. It’s sequel, The Chronicles of Quant, brings to life the magical powers that I’ve always wanted to possess.

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Headline Tool


As a self promoted author I’m always looking for good tools of the trade that make my job easier.  Press Releases are always a challenge and creating the headline is a headache.  At least it always has been until now.  I discovered a headline tool that actually rates the quality of your headline and gives immediate feedback.  It’s called “Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer” and can be found at

Communication is the key of effective marketing. And the key to communication is being able to reach the client at an emotional level. Involving them in your copy, and invoking their deeper thoughts.

While many marketers ‘guess’ how people will react to various words and offers, this tool gives you an actual rating that you can use to judge how well received your copy will be to others.

You simply enter your headline, select a category and submit it for analysis.  It coaches you with a score that evaluates the Emotional Marketing Value (EMV)of your headline and ranks it.

For comparison, most professional copywriters’ headlines will have 30%-40% EMV Words in their headlines, while the most gifted copywriters will have 50%-75% EMV words in headlines.  A perfect score would be 100%, but that is rare unless your headline is less than five words.

It’s worth bookmarking this site.  Play with it for a while and it may surprise you how good you get at creating emotionally charged headlines.


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