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Richard Paul Evans Premier Author Training

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I was fortunate enough to have attended the first of probably many of Richard Paul Evans Premier Author Trainings in Midway, Utah.  It was beyond fabulous and the experts that he had present were equally amazing and informative.  What a tremendous experience.  He spared no expense and included all the information that any author, at any level, would be able to implement to become successful.

What a congenial guy, by-the-way.  He is so personable and the others who presented loaded everyone in attendance with a treasure chest of writing and marketing information.

Thank you Richard and thank you to all who helped make this training truly a premier author experience.

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Foreign Rights Request

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We received three different requests for foreign rights for the first novel in the Beyond the Map’s Boundary series.  These came from a book fair in Balogna this spring and was offered by ForeWord Magazine and Reviews.

The requests came from Turkey, Brazil and Germany.

This adds a further credibility to the book and an exciting twist to all of us here at Thornock International.

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Update

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I’ve been sending out NibiBooks for people to circulate.  Some have caught the vision, but most haven’t.  Either they are reading them and passing them on without registering them on this site (which is a shame) or they have set them on the shelf.

Come on you Fantasy lovers!  Get them out there and keep the fun going.  Be sure to register them before you let them go.

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Fascinating for You Writers

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Watch what happens at the 1 minute 7 second mark and see how things change…


I’m researching Virtual Book Tours on the internet to see what options are available.  A Virtual Book Tour is said to be the way of the future, but the future is now!  I’ll let you know what I find out as I continue to learn.

Nibi

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First Printing Ready for Distribution

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My publisher just returned from Ashland, OH where he met with the distributors at BookMasters, Inc.  The first edition is now available and can be found in bookstores across the country.  You may need to request one from your local bookstore because it is so new to the market.  Please do!  We’re excited about this first of several books to follow in the sequel.

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Final Touches Before Official Publication

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We recently completed the photo sessions for the characters in the book.  The Mattie that you see to the right, setting a Half-Parallel, is Kristen Campbell.  She’s 17.  Actually Kristen has the deepest brown eyes I’ve ever seen and is such a fine young woman.  She said she always wondered what she’d look like with blue eyes.  I think she looks good both ways.  She and the young man that we photographed as Trevor (Logan Hall) spent a Saturday afternoon in my studio a couple of weeks ago posing for the chapter headings along with a few other shots for future use.  It was really fun to work with them both.  You can see how photogenic they are (seeing Kristen).  You’ll see Logan in the book when it’s Published at the end of February.  He recently returned from a mission of his own and is engaged to another young woman that would have made a wonderful model for Mattie, if she had only had dark hair.  She was a good sport in sharing her fiance’ with us (so close to the wedding) to be photographed along side another pretty young woman.

In the final printing, on the illustration for chapter 28, the twin girl you’ll see there is actually the real Mattie Karrington that I based my character on.  She is darling, too, an so fearless.  What a good person she is as well and has truly been an inspiration to this old writer since I met her at girls’ camp when she was 12.  She’s barely 15 in real life, but a mature, amazing 15.

I would consider all of these models to be the cream of the crop when it comes to young people.  The boy twin in chapter 28 is Mattie’s real brother, Cadin, though we doctored him up a bit.  He actually is preparing to go into training to become a Navy Seal.  His father was a Navy Seal and they plan to start his training prior to actually enlisting.  Anyway, his head was already shaved and we had to put some hair on him.   Cadin is quite a character.  He currently looks quite different from the picture that appears in the final book.

Thanks kids.  You’re the best!

Nibi

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Book II In Progress

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I find writing an absolute screem!  I’ve started the second novel in the series and can hardly take time to do housework, go to grandkids ballgames, feed the hungry mouths in the house and sleep.  It is the biggest adventure to write.  I can’t think of anything right now that provides more adventure and fun than creating this new world in my head.

I’ve completed 2 chapters at the beginning of the book (still tweeking them as I go) and nearly 2 chapters near the end of the book.

My mind is racing the moment I get up, all through the day and just as I’m going to sleep at night.  The ideas just keep pouring in.  The biggest problem is keeping track of them all, but I have my own Book of Ancestors that helps me do that.

Nibi

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2010 Begins a New Adventure

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The new year always brings new enthusiasm for setting and reaching goals.  We launch the paperback book next month and are looking forward to some readership.  Tell your friends about the book.  The special will be on until we actually have the final book in hand.

Nibi

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Ebook and Audiobook Gifts

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Christmas and Debut Special 40% Savings!

“Beyond the Map’s Boundary” audio book has received it’s final editing and is ready to go public at a 40% introductory discount just in time for the Christmas holidays.

The audio book will make a fun gift for that Fantasy lover in your famly.

Click here to purchase your own Audio or eBook today to beat postal delays!

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and happy, prosperous New Year.

Nibi

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The First Book Trailer

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The first book trailer for Beyond the Map’s Boundary has been posted on YouTube.  Take a peak below.

What do you think?  Fun huh?

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Our First Book of the Month Award

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I got up this morning to exercise (as usual) and opened up my email as I walked (as usual).  To my excitement I discovered a note from AllBooks Review that Beyond the Map’s Boundary had been selected the Ebook Feature of the Month.  A 5 star review at that!

Now how exciting is that?  How many thousands of ebooks do they have to choose from and they chose mine!   The ebook is barley out there and the printed book is only in the pre-order stage!   🙂

BeyondTheMapsBoundaryBeyond the Map’s Boundary is starting to get some recognition.  Our notoriety snowball may be small, but a few noteworthy flakes have been added today.  How wonderful; How fun!  Thank you AllBooks Review.

You can download your  own secured copy by clicking here if you’re interested or hear a sample on the “sample the novel” page.

The adventure is afoot…       Nibi

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Searching the Net for Notoriety

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While we wait for the national reviews to be completed, we spend our time searching the net for ways to spread the news of the novel.  With a release date of February 2010, we need to take advantage of the time between now and then to get the title of the book and my name out there…everywhere!

I don’t have the fortune of a Sarah Pallen, nor the fame she has, and the road to stardom is much slower and tedious than she has experienced.  However, she’s certainly been abused unfairly by the media and others.  That’s been rather remarkable for one person who wasn’t even elected to command so much attention.  That says something, doesn’t it?   I admire her tenacity, but am grateful that I do not have her cross to bare myself.

Nibi

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Facebook

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I’ve set up a fan page on facebook.  Join the party!  In the right menu bar of this blog is a “Become a Fan” button for Beyond the Map’s Boundary.  Help me grow this thing…it’ll be fun.

Nibi

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Thanks for Giving

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There are a lot of things written about this special day in the history of America.  To me, I give thanks to my creator for “giving” me the opportunity to be born to goodly parents, in the land of the free and home of the brave, at this most extraordinary time in the history of the world.

Regardless of the corruption that we are experiencing in our government today, we still are blessed beyond measure.   I think it would be wise to appreciate it and stand up for what’s right before we lose our freedom and our choices.  All the success in the world or money in the world will never compensate for the loss of our free agency.

I have so much to be thankful for that there’s not enough time in a day to identify and list them all.

May the Lord bless and keep you this Thanksgiving and Christmas season and may you feel the peace that comes from standing in holy places.

Nibi

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Time Chamber Badge

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Visit The Time Chamber…

When you join the Time Chamber (see the above menu bar), you can have access to this badge to place on your own web site.  Share it with family and friends and help us grow the interest in the new book that is to be available in February.

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“NibiBook”

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Register Your Book

A “NibiBook” is a traveling Beyond the Map’s Boundary book that is registered here, on this site, by the reader.  If you receive one by chance from a friend or family member, please join the fun by completing the information listed below and submitting it in the comments section at the very bottom of this post.

Please include the following in your post:

  1. Your name:
  2. The book number on the front inside cover  (ie. #1-1109):
  3. The date you received it:
  4. Who you received it from:
  5. Your city and state (or country if outside of the U.S.):
  6. Who you passed it on to:
  7. Your review: (Write a short paragraph about your thoughts on the book)

Thanks for participating.  I hope you enjoyed the adventure.  If you did, please tell your friends and family about it and help us spread the word.

The book is available, in advance, on this website in eBook and audiobook formats.  I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of the audio book, too.  I personally did the recording myself, so you will hear it as I heard it in my head when I wrote it.  And oh-h-h-h-the music and sound effects are captivating.

It’ll also be available in paperback here and in the bookstores in March of 2010.

Enjoy the adventure,

Nibi

SPECIAL NOTE: By submitting your information you agree to let Thornock International publish it for promotional purposes.

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National Reviews

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Our National Reviews are beginning to come in.  The book has been reviewed by AllBooks Review and ForeWord Magazine Clarion Reviews.  I’ve included them in the “Review” section.  AllBooks gave BTMB basically a 3 out of 5 stars and ForeWord Clarion 4 out of 5 stars.  I’ll take both.  They had some suggestions of course that will make me a better writer in the long run, which I appreciate, and some wonderful things to say (which I appreciate even more).  Go take a peak.

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Rejection Letter Contest

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My niece wrote on her blog that she had entered a Rejection Letter contest and so I thought I’d go read it and ended up entering one of my own.  I read a lot of them and most of them are hilarious.  Mine is very short and to the point.

Go see…they’re fun!

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Marketing with Blogs

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Marketing has always been such a black hole in my life.  It intimidates me and I find myself sitting still without effort.  I think I mentioned a book I picked up last year called “The Well-Fed Self-Publisher” that I found difficult to put down once I started into it.  It’s very well written and loaded with information.

One thing he talks about in the book is that blogs are a big part of marketing now-a-days.  It’s important to get interested in and contribute to other blogs that focus on your genre (mine are “Science Fiction” and “Fantasy”).  It’s fun to Google them and join and participate.  Get started yourself and see what I mean.  It’s not hard.

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Rejection

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Trevor and Interloper

One thing is certain in life and that is the fact that not everyone has the same taste.  Some people like avocados and others hate them.  It doesn’t mean that the person who discovered, planted, watered, nurtured and enjoyed the avacado has been mistaken about the value of its’ wonderful health qualities, unique flavor and the joy of it’s smooth, warm texture melting in their mouth.  The fact that not everyone loves the avacado shouldn’t make the avocado lovers question the worth of the fruit itself and especially not their own worth as a contributing human being.

It is the same with a novel.  Not everyone likes fantasy or science fiction.  It doesn’t make them bad as a person or the genre unpopular to much of the world’s readers.  It just highlights the differences in taste!  Besides, my father always says, “Everyone is entitled to their own stupid opinion.”

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We’re In!

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Today, my publisher has completed the negotiations with Bookmasters, Inc., and has signed the contract to begin Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.  Bookmasters, Inc., Quality Books and Sounds of Zion will be our major distributors.  Each one has their specialty and each has an excellent reputation in their field. Just being accepted by these big name distributors is very flattering and very exciting.

Now, we are awaiting reviews to come in from Clarion and BookReviews.com to put the finishing touches on the cover and we’re ready to go to print.  We anticipate that the book will be in publications by January 1, 2010.  Bookmasters is really excited about the novel and anticipates that it will be a huge hit with the public.  We’re looking forward to quite a ride, a lot of fun and movies yet to come.

I am currently working on the audiobook and it should be ready to roll out before Christmas or at the very least, with the paperback itself.  I bought some excellent equipment and have been recording it in my closet, where the cloths absorb the sound very effectively.  It’s a little cramped,   but the sound is fantastic!  You may ask, “Why don’t you have professionals do it?”  The answer is, “Because I AM the professional!”  I enjoy learning so much and if I turn everything over to the”professionals” to do, I learn nothing!  Learning is and has always been the biggest THRILL of my life and that will never end. The editing is not hard and putting the music and sound effects with it makes me dance in my own studio as I listen to the play back.

Last week, we took a trip in the car for a few days…about 6 hours each direction.  I decided to play the audio of Beyond the Map’s Boundary in the car stereo system to listen to errors, noise, etc. to be edited out.  Everyone in the car was absolutely captivated!  That was the quickest 6 hour trip we have ever taken.  Before we knew it, we were home, and we received rave reviews from our captive audience.  You’re going to LOVE the audiobook!!  I can hardly wait until you hear it!

The adventure continues…

Nibi

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Things Are Happening!

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We are starting to get a following that wants to have a copy of the book in their own library and are asking when the audio book will be available, too.

Though we have wonderful reviews from children of all ages (the public) we’ve decided to seek industry reviews from forewardreviews.com and Clarion Reviews and to start moving on an advertising strategy.   It’ll take approximately 5 weeks to get on the schedule for printing and then the printing will take about 3 days.  Then the adventure begins anew.

The book has been accepted into Quality Books for distribution to libraries throughout the country and Sounds of Zion (a local niche market distributor), which is very exciting and BookMasters is going to print the book .  We are in the process of negotiating a national distribution agreement with BookMasters (an excellent company and absolutely wonderful people to work with) to move it into the main stream bookstores and outlets.   Their recommendation is to slow down just a little and do things right from the beginning, so we will be actually pushing back the Official Publication Date until January.

I can feel the momentum starting to pick up.  It feels like I’m at the upward turn on the first big rise of a roller coaster ride and the excitement inside is building!

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Galley’s and Review Copies

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After sending out about 20 books for review (at a modest expense) in May, preparing for a September OPD (Official Publication Date), I was informed that I needed to write “Galley” or “Review Copy” on the books themselves.  One source said that they wouldn’t even look at it if it appeared to be a finished book.  This may or may not be true, but here I am, August 31st and I haven’t heard back from any of them.

Now this may seem disappointing to some, but to me…my mother taught me that you pay for your education one way or another.  I just payed for one.  I learned something and will not make the same mistake twice.

I plan to set my OPD back to December; use the time to build a marketing platform and send out a bunch more copies to reputable review houses in search for one good, juicy review that I can print on the cover when I launch in December.  I have a lot of wonderful reviews already, it’s just that I would like one from a big name reviewer.

We’ll see what happens!

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The Ongoing Adventure

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Oh my gosh this process is fun!  I can’t believe how many different resources there are for authors and publishers.  Beyond the Map’s Boundary is just in it’s infancy, yet, it appears in Barnes & Noble already and Kindle is picking it up for electronic books.  There are so many wonderful sources for Press Releases, how to write and submit them, and the schedules you should meet.  I’ve had a variety of contacts from different publishers and am just enjoying the process.

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The Waiting Game

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Though there is a lot to do between sending out the book for reviews and the official publication date, I find myself getting quite antsie!

Nibi

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Submitting Your Book for Pre-Publication Reviews

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This is somewhat intimidating to do!  As I study the various review houses on the internet, it can be quite time consuming to locate the submission guidelines at each site.  I’ve learned to type in “book review submission guidelines” in the search box.  That works most of the time.

There are a lot of places a new author can read about how to do press releases, how to submit galleys or books for review and much more.  There is a useful list of Book Review Magazines Used by Librarians that you can copy and paste into Google to find the original sites.  From there enter the key words “book review submission guidelines” into their search box and follow their guidelines.  If you can get reviewed by any of these places, it help you tremendously to get into libraries around the country and sell a good number of books on a “no return” policy.  That would be helpful for an aspiring new (dirt poor) author like myself.

Best of luck to you.  The guidelines are getting tougher on the authors and publishers.  I guess they have a zillion books to read and only 24 hours in a day like the rest of us.  I have to admire them for the books they are able to get through and write a review on.  They honestly must be amazing people who do that.

Just keep trying.  It’s got to be a numbers game like selling insurance.

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Writer’s Competitions

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Writer's Digets

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78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition
More than $30,000 in cash and prizes!
Win a trip to New York City!

I had my publisher enter the novel in the Writer’s Digest competition today.  It’s fun to do something like this and fun to watch my email for a response; win, lose or draw!   Doesn’t that sound fun to you?

You aught to look into Writer’s Digest and request the newsletter.  They really do have a wonderful site, service and quite a variety of competitions for us newbies to try our hand at.

Nibi

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The First Query

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I heard from a representative of Dorrance Publishing today.  I submitted a  brief query 6 days ago and Olivia called this afternoon.  Dorrance Publishing was the first to request the manuscript.  It produced a warm fuzzy feeling inside that Olivia would be so kind as to request a peek.  She was very congenial and professional and I fired off an electronic book instantaneous-o-mata!  Since I don’t really consider myself a marketer, it was thrilling to get the call.  She probably has no idea how exciting that was for me and the stir she caused around the house all day and all night!

I hope she enjoys reading it as much as I did writing it.  Of course, it is MY baby and I may have a rose colored view that blinds me to the truth.  Oh well…”a mother’s love…” you know!   We’ll see.  It’s all good, it’s all fun and it’s all I want to do!

Nibi

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Preparing for Print

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It takes a tremendous amount of effort to ensure a clean, error-free book to go to print.  Actually, it doesn’t matter how many times I or anyone else proofs it there are still boo-boo’s that pop up and send a knife through my perfectionist’s heart.  Never-the-less, there comes a time when one has to say “enough…let’s do this thing!”  Moving on to the next phase is good.

We have an OPD (Official Print Date) set for July 31st, 2009 and have a lot of fun things to do to get ready for that date.  The next step is to seek some reviews from various .com’s and enter a few competitions.  I’m looking forward to that phase of the game as well.

Wish me luck!

Nibi

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Producing the Audio Book

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Oh…this phase is a scream!  I live in my fantasy of fun every second of doing the audio book.

Looking for the music was so much fun.  I found the perfect piece by Jack Waldenmaier at Music Bakery (www.musicbakery.com).  I called and chatted with him for a few minutes (he’s about my age) and enjoyed his cheerful, helpful personality.  What a talent!

I do my own recording and production work at this point.  I have a degree in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design and was tutored well in a whole host of venues prior to graduating.  Life is so much fun and the endless things there are to learn and accomplish couldn’t possibly run out if I live to my projected age of 140 years.  The trick to that one is keep learning, stay engaged in life, pay attention to what I put in my mouth, exercise a bit everyday and be healthy and wealthy enough to live until I simply run out of time.

Nice plan, huh?

Nibi

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