Choosing to be an independent or self published author is both immensely satisfying and incredibly challenging. One of the biggest problems Indie authors face is getting their books seen and noticed by readers.
This book is a short but enormously insightful guide designed to help Indie authors find their audience. As helpful as this little gem of a book is about what people can do to reach out to readers, it is equally enlightening about why some social media strategies simply don’t work.
There is some excellent advice about how to both create and tailor groups and pages to suit particular audiences, and about making those things consistent with branding and style so that content is focused and recognisable to audiences. Above all, the book maintains a very positive and deliberate focus ion making content and interactions genuine and meaningful, and how that can be achieved.
The writing is straightforward and easily understood, and the content of the book is organised into seven cohesive modules that each address one aspect or problem authors experience in the complex and often very muddy world of social media marketing.
‘Build Your Tribe on Facebook’ is a no-nonsense guide to doing exactly that. Even though it is aimed at authors, it is a book that independent consultants, network sellers, Indie creatives and people involved in small business would benefit greatly from reading.
This book offers vignettes of daily life and glimpses into the thoughts of a young woman. Her children, family life, personal feelings and places they visit all feature in this collection of poetry.
Some of the poems carry a kernel of a deeper truth that provoked more thought, while others skip through a scene, describing it in a way that leaves the reader nodding and smiling. In every case, it is easy to relate to the ideas expressed by the poet.
This is a non-fiction book you can read in under an hour and revolutionise your communication with people who try to manipulate or take advantage of you.
Among all the different people in this world, there are two groups who invariably find each other: those who have trouble saying no, and those who take advantage of them.
This quick and quirky self-help guide to saying no more effectively provides insights and tips on how to say “no” so that others know you mean it, and thereby reclaim your freedom from those who would readily exploit your generosity.
If you find it hard to say no to people, but really want to… this is the book you need.
‘Out Of Chaos’ is a compelling autobiographical read, written with honesty in a matter-of-fact style that makes reading this somewhat discomfiting story still a quite comfortable experience.
The title of this book is no lie: it is a story of family dysfunction, homelessness, crime and abuse experienced by a young woman who had the strength to then reclaim and rebuild her life. It is a cautionary tale about how easy it can be to fall so far that it’s hard to get back up, but it is also a story that would give hope to anyone in similar situations.
Mott neither glorifies the less-than-stellar choices and actions of her misguided youth nor begs for the reader’s pity as she tells her story, but does evoke a great deal of understanding and empathy in the reader as her life is pulled into a downward vortex from which she cannot escape. The moments of resolve and the decisive actions that Elle takes as a result position the reader to share her hope of a better life and to almost will her to make it work, despite the fact that they are reading the story in past tense.
Despite the bleakness of its beginning and the despair encountered as the story continues, the overall tone and the message of this book are positive and life-affirming.
A fascinating compilation of stories, traditions and beliefs.
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This is a fascinating compilation of stories, traditions and collected information about the spirits and supernatural beings of Eastern European and especially Slavic cultures. There is a wealth of detail, including etymologies of the names and instructions for how to appease or banish each type of spirit. Some are similar to creatures found in fairytales and fantasy stories, while others may be completely new to the reader.
The entries on each different spirit are thorough and richly detailed. The writing is clear and expressive while retaining the straightforward style that is conventional for an informative text. The inclusion of traditional stories, poems and ‘fun facts’ adds depth and texture to each chapter.
This book would definitely appeal to those interested in the supernatural world or in cultural superstitions, and could also serve as a very useful reference work for writers and artists. There is an extensive bibliography and links to other sources that demonstrate the author’s diligence in research and historiography, which gives the reader confidence in the information provided.
This most interesting and engaging book has been awarded a Gold Acorn.
‘Josie’ is the true story of a young German girl who endured the family’s expulsion from their home in Glogon, now Glogonj in Serbia, after Workd War II, and the horrors of persecution and imprisonment.
Written from a child’s perspective, the story is told in a straightforward but very personal way, so that the reader develops a strong sense of empathy and connection with Josie, taking on her emotions and feeling the tension of key moments in the story quite profoundly.
While Josie’s experiences are neither sanitised nor glossed over, her story is encouraging and positive, a powerful testimony to the importance of love, hope, and family connections in a world that so often seemed to Josie to be full of hatred and violence.
A suitable read for teens and adults, ‘Josie’ has been awarded a Silver Acorn.
This interesting book explores the complexity of human nature and the myriad different ways in which people search for meaning and fulfilment in their lives. The author draws on his own learning and experiences to offer tools and techniques that people can employ in order to deepen and strengthen their faith, relationships, and emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
There is no doubt that we live in a troubled and problematic world. People can be so easily drawn into things that offer respite and answers but really only deceive.
Crenshaw’s stories and arguments present a thoughtful and positive approach to faith and life that appears, from what he writes, to serve him and those who adhere to his teachings very well. There is no doubt that a sense of purpose and a strong faith enable people to weather the storms of life with greater resilience and grace than many others. In this, Crenshaw offers insights and teaching that makes the tools for developing a positive and resilient spiritual and emotional life that directly impacts on one’s physical health and wellbeing.
It must be said, though, that the author’s moral position on faith and life choices won’t appeal to everyone. Prospective readers should understand that this book is written from a fairly conservative Christian point of view and consequently, people of different orientations may find some of the author’s moral statements hard to accept.
This book will appeal more to a Christian audience, but it does offer some wisdom and insights that a wider audience seeking to enrich their mindfulness and spiritual loves could find useful.
‘The Beautiful Lie’ has been awarded a Bronze Acorn.