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!

 

 

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.

Free Resources To Design Your Own Ebook

The web has a plethra of sites to find information. The purpose of this blog is to help you narrow down the choices. I came across a site that has 20+ resources for writers I’ve never heard of. I will be utilizing most of them for my own projects. Take a look at Lifehack. You may be there for a while so make sure you have snacks and a beverage just in case.

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English: Tools (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Author Exposed: Teko Bernard

I am proud to introduce and author who has inspired me by showing me that I can be a writer and create a brand by being diligent and persistent in following my dream. Please help me welcome my cousin Teko Bernard!

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Bernard Design

About the Author

After an exciting career in the sportswear and sports event market, Teko set out to pursue his lifelong dream of creating the original kid’s lifestyle character brands Elmdale Park Kids™ and Hoop Kid®. Elmdale Park currently produces a unique brand of middle grade chapter books & active-wear.

As a kid growing up, much like my book’s protagonist Bernard Jones, I always loved books and playing basketball. Two of my favorite places were the basketball court and the library. Both places were my personal sanctuaries that gave me lots of joy and peace. While also, unbeknownst to me was enriching my life. Reading was exercising my mind and imagination, while playing basketball was keeping me physically and socially active,” says Teko.

However, by the time I reached middle school and then high school, my involvement in team sports began to monopolize my time. I had gotten so consumed with improving and getting better at basketball, I had almost totally lost site of the benefits and pleasure that books had always provided. Sadly, this pattern of more basketball, less reading would continue until the fall of my freshman year in college when I suffered a back injury that ended my college basketball career. Two life-changing things occurred after this, I started re-directing my intentions and focus towards things other than basketball for the first time in many years. I began reading more and re-discovered the pleasure and life changing effects that reading books provided. Reading has helped me so much throughout my life, that I felt compelled to create the Elmdale Park Kid’s brand and book series.

The idea was to help advocate the importance of a healthy, life-long, balanced diet of reading books and physical exercise. So kids who love sports are also benefiting from the magic of reading and kids who love to read are benefiting from the thrill of getting out there to play and being physically active.

Elmdale Park Books are created to entertain, educate and encourage kids. We want to give them access to books about the sports and activities that they love. We deal with a variety of themes including: courage, friendship, sportsmanship and teamwork to name a few. Elmdale Park Books reach out to a broad spectrum of kids from all backgrounds and experiences and cover a wide variety of stories, subjects and activities.

Currently, Teko Bernard resides in Overland Park, Kansas, where he works on his Elmdale Park brand. Find The HoopKid From Elmdale Park (ISBN:978-0-9860593-0-8, paperback, $7.19; ebook $2.99) at Amazon. Learn more at www.hoopkidonline.com and www.elmdalepark.com.

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Q&A

What is The HoopKid From Elmdale Park about? The story revolves around Bernard Jones, a smart and courageous 12 year old basketball fanatic who is visiting his Grandparents for the Summer. While he’s there he forms a basketball team and goes to battle against the local bullies in a high-stakes, inter-neighborhood tournament, to stop the ruthless Victor Franco’s cruel plot to shut down the historic Elmdale Park and turn it into a city dump for his own personal gain.

The title indicates the book has a sports based theme. Is this a book for both boys and girls? Yes, this book will appeal to boys and girls.In factthere is a really great girl character [Layla] on the team who is smart, funny and athletic.

What age group does it target? This book is for kids of all ages, but more specifically 8-12.

Why will children enjoy reading The HoopKid? It’s just a fun and book. We mixed the fun of cartoons and fantasy/science fiction with the exciting realistic action of basketball and applied it to a modern day David vs. Goliath story. 

What will children learn from the book? Children will learn the importance of teamwork, overcoming defeat, community and having courage to stand up for yourself and others.

Do you feel the story could help readers deal with bullying? Absolutely. Bernard has to deal with bullies in the story. And serves as an example of how speaking up, friends and family can help.

What experiences did you have in your own hometown recreation center that were similar to the story? While growing up,me and my brothers spent a lot of our days at the local community centers and playgrounds playing basketball. But fortunately we never had to play in a high-stakes game to save any of them from being turned into a city dump.

In what other ways do you encourage girls to participate in sports? We have a great girl character [Layla] in this story who exhibits a talent and passion for sports. We have another character named Nina who will also be in future stories who also loves to stay active playing sports.

Are you concerned that some children will not be encouraged or motivated by your characters? Yes, but I look at it as a challenge. My main goal is to create interesting and fun characters to resonate and connect with kids from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and experiences.

What will parents and teachers like most about this book? That our characters are creative and productive kids who have hobbies, interests and passions that don’t always involve a playstation.

What do you have next for The HoopKid? We are developing fun interactive programs to support the Hoop Kid book including a Hoop Kid reading club, Summer reading program and on-site Hoop Kid basketball clinics. We are actively seeking partners to work with. 

Thanks Teko so much for sharing with us today. To learn more about Teko’s book The Hoopkid From Elmdale Park stop by Kristi’s Book Nook where he is giving away a copy of the book and a t-shirt.

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Great Sites For Self Published Authors

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The Indie 50 – The 50 Best Sites for Indie and Self-Published Authors

by August Wainwright

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now and kept putting it off. Having now finished the list, I completely understand why I’ve been procrastinating for so long.

Trying to compile a list of relevant sites was hard enough. But attempting to get that list down to the final 50 sites turned out to be a massive endeavor; and I wasn’t even done yet – I still felt the need to try to rank the sites. How, or using what scale? Hell, I have absolutely no idea.

In the end, I decided the Indie 50 should be the 50 sites that, in my opinion, represent the best the Internet has to offer for indie and self-published authors.

That might mean something different for you (I’m sure it does), but for me, this list is made up of the sites that I visit on a daily or weekly basis. These are the sites that have helped me get to where I’m at. And, should I find a higher success in this industry, it will more than likely be due to something I picked up from one of these sites. I’ve learned so much in such a short amount of time and I owe most, if not all, of that to the sites on this list. Read more here.