Tuesday, August 8, 2017

If you haven’t heard of http://www.teacherspayteachers.com , this is a good resource for you as a professional. I allows teachers to share and make a little extra cash with the activities and materials they have developed themselves.
I was an English teacher for over 25 years primarily high school but also two years in middle school before I started publishing fiction and non-fiction of my own.  Some of the activities used in my creative writing class are available at the website. Tired of coming up with journal topics? Check out Jivin’ Journal at www,bit.ly/TpTJournal for new ideas. Add script writing and satire to your curriculum with Getting in the Act at http://www.bit.ly/TpTDrama. And in October introduce students to eerie tales and ghost stories with The Twilight Tone at http://www.bit.ly/TpTtwilight
Set up your own store and share your ideas with other teachers too!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Link – it’s elementary!

I continue to learn how to market books by talking to other authors and attending conferences. Readers need a quick way to click on a short link and access your book. The solution is a site like Bitly.
How does it work?  Go to Amazon, Nook Books, your publisher’s site or any other place on the internet that sells your book. Find the exact page where your book is listed. Then copy the long URL at the top of that page. Paste it in Bitly and enter the long link where the website will give you a short link. Use it in tweets, on Facebook, or any other social media where you market your books. You can even customize your short links so they are easy to remember.
How does this help sell books?  All the customer who reads your tweets, etc. has to do is click on the link to immediately be transported to the purchase place. Quick and easy for everyone.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Adding Animals as Characters


Animals make engaging characters in novels like Bailey, the black lab who helps the protagonist, Jeremy McKetcheon, a lighthouse keeper. Well-known for their swimming skills labs have helped drowning humans. This is what Bailey does in Abbey’s Tale(bit.ly/AbbeysTale) when he helps pull Abbey to the boat.
In the suspense, thriller Hiding (bit.ly/Daphnewin), an adorable Bermese Mountain Dog, Jolle, lives in the Alps and hikes with Serge and Teresa as they explore the summits. His name means “play” in French, and his antics are amusing.
In Suspicion, the coming sequel to Hiding, the official little pug Winnie (named after Churchill not Pooh) helps run the British book shop in London  where is clicking feet patter up and down the rows of novels.
Just like animals add pleasure to our lives in reality, they add pleasure in fiction!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Additional Writers Groups for Authors

As a new author at great way to get your books out to the public is to join various facebook groups for authors and post in them. For e-books go to:
  1. Kindlemojo
  2. My Kindle is Starving
For Christian Inspirational Fiction try:
  1. Christian Fiction and Non-Fiction
  2. Christian Book Reviews
  3. Review Seekers
For children’s books look at:
  1. Books Go Social Children’s Books
  2. Children’s Book Reviews and Promos
For mysteries try:
  1. Mystery We Write Authors and Readers
  2. For the Love of Books
  3. Bookaholic Cafe

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How Can You Write about Places You’ve Never Visited?

Take a cyber vacation. While I had been to Paris before I wrote Hiding, I had never been to Monte Carlos or Breil sur Roya. How could I make these locations authentic in my book? The answer is research, fun research. I used travel brochures, tour websites, lots of photographs to read, visualize and learn about the places that my characters would be traveling.
In the process, I got to “visit” exotic places. I learned, for example, that Jacques Cousteau’s Marine Museum and Center are in Monte Carlos. I learned how Grace Kelly was killed on the winding treacherous road to the city. I learned that one of the popular gambling casinos was build to resemble the Paris Opera House. It was a mini-vacation for me and for the my readers when it was worked into the book. So authors, take your mini-vacation via cyber space and recreate it for your fans.imagesKEDBDGY0

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tanie de la Cantera by Suzy McCall

When her mother is abandoned by her father, a small girl lives with her grandmother on meager earnings. As the grandmother ages, she can no longer raise the child whose mother has undertaken a dangerous journey to reach the United States. This moving story based on the true lives of women and children in Honduras is written by a missionary who has lived there for more than 25 years. The book helps us understand the desperation of immigrants from Central America and sympathize with their plight. Although the title is Spanish, the book is written in English and the cover was designed by one of the children at the LAMB Mission. It is available at www.amazon.com Highly recommended reading.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Free Copy of Abbey's Tale

Chance to win a free copy of Abbey's Tale, historical romance set in Boston and Maine in 1869. A daring rescue at sea brings them together. A unique love keeps them together in spite of obstacles tearing them apart. 

Jeremy returns from the Civil War emotionally and physically scarred. He retreats from the world on a remote island as a lighthouse keeper and never expects to find love and acceptance.
Until he rescues a blind woman from drowning. Abbey can "see"
the hero in Jeremy that he cannot see himself.

Between now and July 20th, all new subscribers to www.kmcdermottauthor.wordpress.com will be entered in a drawing and one will be chosen to receive a signed paperback of the the novel.