Sunday, November 15, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
"Hello and Congratulations!
I am writing with good news. Your book has been named a finalist in the Action/Adventure category of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards! . . . we will be sending out press releases in the next couple of weeks announcing the Grand Prize Winners and advising media and others where they can see a complete list of Finalists and Winners.
Additionally your book will be listed as a Finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards catalog which will be distributed at Book Expo America in New York.."
We are busy working on Book Two of the Timekeepers series. In fact, you'll get to read about one of our research adventures in the next blog!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
We had our first adventure into AM talk radio today! We were on the Jim Harrison show on Radio NL out of Kamloops B.C. That’s right! A foreign market. What a great experience! This is the interview guest and feature alert that our publicist, Garis PR and Media Group, sent out:
Interview Guest & Feature Alert:
Do People Secretly Think You're Boring?
Our experts will give you some quick tell-tale signs that your life may need some re-adjustment...
-- Has someone recently asked you how you like to have fun -- and you had no answer?
-- Is it hard for you to remember the last time you really laughed? (Not just pretended to laugh).
-- Do you look in your closet and discover you don't even own any "play clothes"?
-- Does your answer to the question "What's new?" always involve your job?
-- In every recent photo are you wearing a suit or high heels?
The answers to these questions and more will reveal your true "Boredom Image".
IN INTERVIEW: Authors and adventure experts, Jennifer Fowler and Carrie Wahl will explain how to tell if your are a being seen as a major bore by others. If your boredom level is too high -- they will give you some fast ways to go from humdrum to exciting. You will be a much healthier person and way more popular by lowering your boredom factor with these great tips.
Fowler and Wahl are world class adventurers, and the authors of the hot new adventure book "Pieces Of The Puzzle". They are fun and dynamic guests. Your audience will love this very entertaining interview.
AVAILABILITY: Idaho and worldwide by telephone, satellite or special arrangement.
It is easier to get media access with a pop culture related topic, so we went with an adventure format since it is embodies who we are and can be tied to Pieces of the Puzzle, which is an action adventure novel.
We were supposed to have ten minutes, but that was reduced to seven since they were running out of time. Because of this, the host had to jump around a little bit in the material and we were unable to use some of our very clever stories and quips. At least one question caught us off guard. Of course after we got off the phone, a really insightful reply came to us! On the bright side, our names and the name of our book were announced on air in a city of 80,000 plus population.
We are looking forward to more media interviews and associated book sales!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Hammurabi, who ruled from 1792 to 1750 BC, is the most famous king of the first dynasty of Babylon. Prior to his accession to the throne, Babylon was one of the many city-states that blanketed Mesopotamia, having taken in a few neighboring city-states as well, reaching a modest size of 60 by 160 kilometers. By the end of Hammurabi’s reign, Babylonian territory had grown to encompass all the land stretching southward between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers from what is modern Baghdad to the Persian Gulf.
Hammurabi is most famous for his law code consisting of more than 300 laws which are carved on a stone stela and now on display in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Besides being an early promoter of justice, Hammurabi was also a great ruler, diplomat, and warrior. He is also known for the broad array of public works projects he oversaw throughout Babylonia.
Many details of Hammurabi’s reign have been revealed through cuneiform tablets found at the site of an ancient palace at Mari, a palace internationally renowned for its splendor. Its archives are a bountiful source of information for the history of the entire region at that time.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
We just received verification that Hopewell Publications, sponsor of the Eric Hoffer Award, received our book and application for their contest by the January 21st deadline. This contest was established at the beginning of this century “as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit.” It has a grand prize of $1500 and offers other honors and distinctions. It was the least expensive contest to enter at $45. Winners for the Eric Hoffer Award will be announced after April 30th. http://www.hofferaward.com
The entry that we are am working on this weekend is “The Next Generation Indie Book Awards”. It has a $75 early bird (January 31) entry fee, but you get to enter one title in two different categories. Of course that means we have to send them two copies of the book, so that increases expenses. Their final deadline is March 15. They offer three cash prizes ($1000 for first) and trophies for best fiction and non fiction books, plus medals for the winners of their 70 different categories. Their will be 10 finalists in each category. Although this distinction only garners a certificate, you do get the honor of putting a gold sticker on your book that says you were a finalist in their contest. You also receive “maximum exposure and possible representation with a leading New Your literary representative.” Finalists will be notified by May 15th and winners by May 30th. http://www.indiebookawards.com
We’ll have a bit of a financial break until the March 21 deadline for the Independent Book Publisher Book Awards (IPPY). We already missed the Nov. 15 early bird deadline, so it cost $85 rather than $75 to enter. This contest is twelve years old and based on the more than 3000 entries they receive each year, it is the biggest independent book award contest in the world. They have 65 different categories to choose from. They also offer special awards in three categories including “Most Original Concept, Storyteller of the Year, and Most Inspirational to Youth” any one of which we’d be thrilled to win! They only offer gold, silver, and bronze medals, but the stickers you get to put on your books are awesome! http://www.independentpublisher.com
The deadline for National Indie Excellence Awards is March 31. There is a $59 entry fee for one category, or $118 for two. We’ll probably take our chances with one! The awards consist of publicity packages, and again, those wonderful stickers to put on the cover of your book that improve sales. http://www.indieexcellence.com
One of the biggest contests is sponsored by Writer’s Digest. The grand Prize is $3000 plus amazing promotional bonuses in addition to 10 1st place awards of $1000 each. It is also the most expensive to enter at $100, and probably the most competitive as they are accepting entries published within the last five years. http://www.writersdigest.com/selfpublished
We are excited to see the results for all of these contests. We hope to win at least one grand prize and recoup some of the investment we have pumped into this venture!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Historically, major world cultures have vied for the distinction of having the oldest civilization. China boasts a civilization stretching back 6000 years, while Mesopotamia in modern day Iraq is commonly referred to as the “cradle of civilization.” If a system of writing or recordkeeping is a necessary criteria, we have to jump forward in Chinese history to the time of the Shang dynasty (17th century BCE) to find evidence of civilization.
We can’t say for certain in what order some of them arose, but we do know that several ancient cultures were on the scene contemporarily as depicted in Pieces of the Puzzle including the Yellow River Valley in China, Caral in Peru, the Indus Valley, the Nile valley in Egypt, the island of Crete, and Sumer in Mesopotamia. In honor of them and in gratitude of the story they inspired, I heartily label them all “civilizations.”
Monday, January 5, 2009
We often go about researching with an idea in mind, we look for places that can further our story line, as Caral did. In the second book, we will be shifting away from our American pre-Incan civilizations and jumping into early Mayan. Mayan history is divided up into several periods. Looking at early pre-classic (2000 to 1000BC), we find first evidence of distinct “Mayan” civilizations in Sonusco, Mexico beginning around 1800 BC. This region just happens to border Guatemala where we find occupation as early as 1800 BC in Monte Alto. There it is! We’ve found the Mayans for our second book. Now we have to find reliable sources that support this, dig up as many facts as we can, while not discarding the gray matter- for this is where we can really run with the fictional aspects of the story.