Author Exposed: Robert Logan Rogers

Author Robert Logan Rogers has had a little gem of a book called Rungle In The Jungle since the 1980s. With motivation and drive he finally found an illustrator who would help him bring his book to life. Be sure to visit Kristi’s Book Nook for a chance to win this great book for kids.

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TNW: How long have you been writing?

RLR: 25 Years

TNW: Have you always written for children?

RLR: No

TNW: What drives and motivates your writing?

RLR: Influencing children’s lives to face fears and overcome insecurities.

TNW: Do you feel it’s important for writers to use social media?

RLR: Yes

TNW: How?

RLR: By taking advantage of forums that have become standard sources of information for most of the public today!

TNW: Who are some of your favorite authors and why?

RLR: C.S. Lewis because he uses allegory and illustrative metaphorical story telling to bring biblical truth to the reader.

TNW: What books for writers would you recommend?

RLR: The Hobbit

TNW: What advice do you have for new writers?

RLR: Be persistent and disciplined and keep focused on your end goal of completing your task.

TNW: What is the goal for yourself in the next 5 years?

RLR: To write and finish several sequels.

Thanks so much Robert for sharing with us today. Be sure to stop by his website to learn more about him and his book at http://www.rungleinthejunglethebook.com.

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Stop by Kristi’s Book Nook to see my review and for a chance to win a copy!

 

 

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Book Giveaway: The Self-Publisher’s FAQ

The publishing industry has been changing a lot in the last few years. It’s not a bad thing. It’s actually good for anyone who has always wanted to self-publish a book. Author Jacqueline Church Simonds has put together a perfect guide for anyone who has questions and is unsure of how to proceed. Simond’s guide has chapters that cover questions you may have about publishing, publishers, assembling your manuscript, social media, how to get reviews and more.

 

For a chance to win this copy please leave a comment, name and email. Offer expires 7/19/14.

 

One question that many writers have is, “Should I print hard copies of my book…or should I just do an ebook?” Simonds provides excellent information for this question in Chapter 7 titled “Printing a Paper Book.” According to Simonds, “The old model also supported first producing a hardback book, then six months to a year later a paperback version. Big publishers still follow this model. Self-publishers do not. For many self-publishers, the best move is to print via the POD method and offer ebooks. In this manner, you can keep your upfront costs low and concentrate your available cash on marketing your book.” Simonds also covers, in Chapter 7, the process regarding book size, print type, binding and cost. She answers more detailed questions about ebooks in Chapter 8.

If you are a writer who wants to know, “Do I have to have a Press Kit?” Simonds states, “No. If you’d rather save on paper and shipping, you might consider creating a one-sheet with an image of the book, short summary, endorsements, reviews, short author bio, picture, and all the book data.” Simonds helps anyone who wants to self-publish a book or perhaps has specific questions, get the answers. Each chapter covers topics you will need to know. Step-by-step information will walk you through each process. The back of the book has a countdown of where you should be in a particular time-frame. For example: She gives you 9 months to finish writing your book and researching the market. By month 12 you should start setting up your publishing company and so on.

Jacqueline Church Simonds has been a publisher for thirteen years, producing over twenty books, has worked over thirty-five publishing projects and was a book distributor handling at one point over forty titles.

Kristi’s Book Nook Is Celebrating!

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We
are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
– President Barack Obama

Kristi’s Book Nook takes pride in sharing stories that feature people andcharacters of color.  As more writers of color are being recognized for their efforts, hard work and dedication, our children will be able to truly see themselves in stories they read and share. This is my dream, and I invite you to share and celebrate with me.

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8 Online Rules Writers Need To Know

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The Laws of the (Amazon) Jungle—Eight Rules Authors Need to Know to Stay Safe

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Update: This is probably now the longest blogpost in history, so I apologize. But I’ve had important updates from commenters that I’m incorporating into the post. An intellectual property lawyer has enlightened me on a lot of things I had wrong. (Scroll down to Rule #5). And South African romance writer Niki Savage has an update on Amazon’s rules for reviewing authors in your own genre (Rule #2) Thanks for all the helpful comments!Everybody tells authors we must use social media to have successful careers in the E-age, but nobody talks much about the dangers that lurk here.

Here’s the thing: the Internet is still the wild frontier. And it’s so huge nobody’s quite sure how to police it.  Big, loosely regulated social media sites seem to encourage the worst in human behavior. Facebook allows people to make hate pages for celebrities with happy abandon, and the comments on news sites and You Tube can make you want to wash your eyeballs.You Tube is making some sweeping changes to try to curb some of the more horrifying comments. You’ll soon need a Google+ account to log in. (Google+ is set to become the most important player for business in social media. We’ll have a post on that in a few weeks.)Online nastiness is so pervasive that even some literary sites have become more like a jungle full of feces-throwing monkeys than a place for civilized discourse. READ MORE HERE.

Book Review: The Secret History of the Reptilians

Open your mind.

Title: The Secret History of the Reptilians

Author: Scott Alan Roberts

Publisher: New Page Books

ISBN: 9781601632517


Review:

Is it possible that an ancient race of reptilians walked among us? What if the signs were there all throughout history and we just thought, for example that the Serpent Nacash in the Garden at Eden was a simple metaphor. It is written in Sumerian literature that Gilgamesh lost his powers of immortality to a serpent. According to Roberts, “The serpent has been a pervasive presence indeed throughout human history, filling our religious scriptures, historical tomes, and mythological tales, and appearing on the faces of thousands of archaeological relics.” Roberts takes readers on a journey looking outside the box at the bibles history and its writings from well known and documented scholars.

Robert’s first questioned whether or not all religions and cultures shared a common thread, starting with a common event, which is adapted to fit that cultures values and politics. As he began the journey of unraveling the mysteries he started with the biblical version of Adam and Eve and their encounter with Nacash, the serpent in the garden. He questioned whether or not they existed, but evidence showed that these personages existed in other religions and cultures, thereby, establishing a common thread.

Roberts had not set out to drive readers away from their faith but to have open eyes or give way to the possibilities or the facts produced by archaeological and anthropological research. He has shown examples from biblical references and other cultural sources of how reptilian symbols were used in reference to religion. Roberts shares examples of scriptures from the bible and Sumerian text. Readers will become familiar with Aztec, Mayan and Toltec scriptures referencing Quetzalcoah, the feathered serpent god, along with references from Chippewa and Cherokee’s Horned Serpent.

Robert’s has also included pictures that show various cultures and their symbols for the serpents represented in their time. This guide will enlighten readers to the long history of reptiles and how they’ve been brought to the forefront of many cultures from the past and present. Whether or not you believe these beings have descended from heaven or are comprised of extraterrestrial beings is not relevant. What Roberts has done is given you a tool to consider the possibilities.