And Now for Something Completely Different
Like many Indie authors I find I spend more hours than I have social networking. On a daily basis I try to brainstorm and figure the best way to have my work reach new readers. It is difficult, although I’m sure for many writers this task is easy, but not for me. The fact that I am so technically challenged has a lot to do with my lack of motivation. I am a high energy person and don’t give up easily. When I face a technical glitch my circuits overload and my nerves become frayed.
I receive Publishers Weekly and I suggest that if you are a writer and don’t subscribe, please do so. You can glean out information that will propel you forward. The other day upon receiving my issue I found two wonderful articles. You will find the links below. I was so inspired and excited I wanted to share. Writers are forming their own small book tours visiting libraries and schools, holding panel discussions and promoting their work. These two articles are related to YA authors, but any genre of writers can form their own small group and use what these ingenious artists did.
My first step will be to make a flyer and post it at my favorite library and at the same time book one of the available meeting rooms. I will call out to my fellow writers and hope that we may join together and tour our city and schools, maybe even set up readings. Of course we will have our books with us, maybe bookmarks with our websites and email addresses and forms to be given should anyone like a presentation at a specific event.
I don’t know about you, but how better to interface with new readers and support your fellow writers. Besides, I think it could be fun! So if you are wondering what the next step could be to building your platform think about this idea, you have nothing to lose.
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Today I would like to spotlight Athena Brady, a remarkable woman who I am pleased to call friend. If you, as a part of the human race feel compassion for your fellow-man, are struggling with “why” issues, and want to make a difference, visit Athena’s blog. I am sure you will be touched.
Interview with Athena BradyHope, Love, Compassion, books, and family. These are some of your tags on your blog. Of course there are more, but these are the ones that struck me the most. Is this your message to your readers?
It is that we are all connected and I am there for them.What is the single most important thing you wish to convey to your visitors?
A sense of being welcome and that there are people who care out there about others.I know your passion for books began at a young age. Tell me how reading changed or touched your life. Do you think it is important that every child get an early start with literature?
My life as a child was not always happy and books offered me a kind of escapism from the sometimes harsh reality of life. In books I could travel, go on adventures and slip into a different world. Reading gave me so much pleasure and opened up my world so much. I have written from a young age and always wanted to be a writer. I want to give others what books gave me. I wanted to inspire and uplift people and give them hope and I still do. I think one of the greatest gifts you can give a child is the ability to read. The younger children learn to read the better really. Children are like sponges with a huge capacity to learn we should fill them up with good things.If I may quote you, “To be an author is to have a great responsibility to your readers, and team mates; your fellow authors. We have the power to change the world, to influence, to inspire, to give the gift of hope.” In your opinion, what should an author never do?
An author should never judge their readers; we can play with judgment in our books. We should not patronize our readers or forget that they put us were we are in the first place.You believe in visualization. Please tell us about your spiritual armor.
I have so many visualizations this is a difficult one. Imagine you are living the life you want to live. Every day close your eyes and give gratitude for all you have, no matter what there is always something to be grateful for. I imagine a great white light coming from my heart and radiating to all living things in the universe. If I feel stressed or unsettled this actually clears it for me. Live in the present moment it is the only place you truly exist do not hold on to painful past experiences but let them go and send them light.I’d like to congratulate you on your great reviews for “Thoughts on Life.” What would you like your readers to take away from this experience?
Thank you Aron, that’s kind of you and it, was so nice that my readers took the time to write the reviews. I wrote this small book as a quick read to inspire and make people think. After a reader asked me to put them into a book she could keep with her. I hoped it would give them a yardstick to measure life events with.I love what you are doing on Saturdays, generously sharing blogs that motivate and touch. As a writer, I know how time-consuming playing in cyberspace can be. Would you like to share how you’ve come to find such inspiring bloggers? Do you think this can catch on? I saw where you are encouraging others to try the same approach; I think it is wonderful. Do you want to explain (better than I) what this concept is and how others can participate?
I am glad you are enjoying the weekly “Giving Something Back” posts I find them all over the place really, some on “Freshly Pressed” at WordPress others by typing a word into a search engine. Sometimes someone recommends a blog to me and I check it out. I am amazed at all the talent out there. I do think that if a few people were to do this, it would spiral. It is just what it says really giving something back to our fellow writers, musicians, photographers etc. It is like “playing it forward” why; because it is nice to support and encourage each other. People could make their blogs monthly, if they don’t have much time, whatever fits in with them really. I hope people do start to do this as it will make a difference to those people featured. It is a way we can honor our fellow artists for all their hard work.
Athena’s current works:
“Thoughts on Life” was prompted by a reader who asked me to put my blog posts into a book; that she could access whenever she wanted. It is what it says, my thoughts on life, in general. It is primarily a book of hope that concentrates on healing. The book is selling very well but people can download posts here for free if they don’t mind trawling through the website. I don’t want money to be a barrier to these posts. However, if you can afford it please buy the book as I have to eat now and again. You can find this book here. http://amzn.to/VFYDWl
“Broken” is my first novel it is gritty and raw and hard-hitting. As it explores the subject of child abuse in form of a true story told anonymously. Here is a brief synopsis.
This is Susan’s true story told anonymously, of her journey from despair to healing. Susan begins to experience a feeling, that leads to childhood memories of sexual abuse in middle age. Memories she has no recollection of, that begin to haunt her in the present. She embarks on a journey of discovery, which challenges everything she thought about her life previously. There are times she thinks her dark night of the soul will destroy her and all her closest relationships. Once she has opened Pandora’s Box, it cannot be closed until she has come full circle. This book is a gripping, tense and sad narrative that you will not be able to put down, until you have finished it. A must read for those who dare to explore the grey and darker areas of life.
On a final note please visit Athena and find out more about “Bloggers for Peace 2013” http://everydaygurus.com/
Link to Athena’s synopsis of her forthcoming third novel “Prisoner of Love”
Visit Athena’s Counseling Corner http://wp.me/P2zG6L-9j