5am Flash: Indie Author Books – Non-fiction

Having seen one of my interviewees Rosanne Dingli say on a LinkedIn thread: “someone should write a blog soon about all the wonderful indie books available by very capable writers”, I challenged them to give me a <15-word synopsis for their book(s)… they are accepting the challenge and their books are appearing here. What I’m after is your name (listed within each section alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills :)). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My free and $0.99-$2.99 eBooks are detailed on the Books – mine page.

Non-Fiction (including auto/biographies)

Click here for Fiction – children’s / Y.A.

Click here for Fiction – novels & novellas

Click here for Fiction – poetry

Click here for Fiction – script

Click here for Fiction – short stories (includes flash fiction)

So what I’m after is your name (listed above alphabetically by first name), your website / blog address, book title, book link (where we can buy it), genre and summary in no more than 15 words (a test of your editing skills :)). You can email me these details for up to 5 of your books (please don’t paste them into this page’s comments section). My books and free short stories are detailed on the Books – mine page. Please note: the chances are that I’ve not read the books listed on this page (much as I would like to have done) so these are therefore not personal recommendations but are, in the main, by authors who I have chatted to, interviewed or got to know… even just a little bit. 🙂 Kindle Fiction recommends a variety of eBooks and if you’ve read any eBooks you’d like to recommend then you can email suggestions to kindlesrp@gmail.com.

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As I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do, and a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me posting it online in my new Red Pen Critique Sunday night posts, then do email me. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

Guest post: The Rise of New Genres by Shaunda Kennedy Wenger

Tonight’s guest blog post, on the topic of genres, is brought to you by children’s and non-fiction author Shaunda Kennedy Wenger.

The Rise of New Genres

I remember sitting in a workshop at writer’s conference about five years ago when one of the attendees asked the visiting editor from New York why publishers didn’t print books featuring college-aged characters (18-25). The editor replied that there wasn’t a market for them, and likely never would be.

If I have learned one thing about the publishing industry, it is this: everything changes. What is wallowing in the deep, dark, off-the-radar abyss today could be hot-trotting all over the best-selling lists tomorrow. And despite our desire to appease and allure book editors in NY with what they say they want, these peeps don’t know everything. And it’s likely that a writer who has done her homework and has written a book that been begging to be written might know a bit more. Which is why I loved meeting author Angela Corbett (Eternal Starling) at a book fair last winter. Angela, along with many others, writes in the New Adult genre—that one that was deemed unmarketable and unpublishable five years ago.

And that’s not all.

What tickles my toes even more is discovering another new genre that one of my own books, The Ghost in Me, fits into: Spirit Travel. The Spirit Travel genre was coined by author Mimi Barbour (We’re One). This genre can loosely be described as novels wherein two spirits exist in one body. While this genre is encompassed under the Paranormal umbrella, it is nice to have a sub-genre that beautifully and succinctly alludes to specific plot elements. Indeed, Mimi and I are not alone in the Spirit Travel genre and can give a wave toward other writers, Rachel Hawkins (Spell Bound) and Stacey Kade (Body & Soul), who are included as well.

Never say never.

Absolutely. Thank you, Shaundra!

Shaunda Kennedy Wenger is an author of 8 books for children and a cookbook (with one more on the way!). The summer of 2012 marks her 10th year navigating the publishing industry. Her first book, The Book Lover’s Cookbook, Celebrated Works of Literature and the Passages That Feature Them (Ballantine Books) was featured as a National Public Radio holiday gift pick in 2003. She has five titles published for the educational market, which include Caterpillar Can’t Wait, Watch a Butterfly Grow, and In Black Bear Country. In 2010, she released The Ghost in Me. This paranormal middle-grade novel for tween and teens has received much note-worthy praise. Her second book, Little Red Riding Hood, Into the Forest Again, won the 2011 KART Kids Book List Award for young readers and the 2012 Purple Dragonfly HM Award. Reality Bites, Tales of a Half-Vampire is her newest paranormal book for tweens. To learn more about Shaunda and her books, visit www.shaundawenger.blogspot.com.

Synopsis of The Ghost in Me:

Myri Monaco has problems she doesn’t know how to deal with: a crush on her best friend’s boyfriend, a mother who’s dating her science teacher, and a “punishment” for a science project that lands her in auditions for the school play (the last place she wants to be). But most girls don’t have a ghost living at home who is willing to “trade places” whenever she’s needed. Will ghostly possession be an easy solution when problems collide? Or will Myri lose everything to a ghost wanting to fulfill her own desires?

And what others have said…

“This is the kind of book I loved to read when I was a kid–lots of humor, lots of suspense, fun characters… just the right blend for kids that want a fun, exciting read.” –Rick Walton, author of over 80 books for children

“Wenger provides plenty of humor along with suspense.” –author Carole Thayne Warburton

“I definitely recommend it.” L.D. Brown

FOR READERS WHO LOVE Meg Cabot, Roald Dahl, and Judy Blume

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The blog interviews return as normal tomorrow morning with non-fiction & travel author Tony Cappasso – the five hundred and thirty-ninth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, autobiographers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything. You can contact me and find me on the internetview my Books and I also have a blog creation service especially for, but not limited to, writers.

Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

Guest post: What kind of writer do I want to be? by Saskia Akyil

Tonight’s guest blog post, on the topic of a book’s, and writer’s, target audience is brought to you by novelist Saskia Akyil.

What kind of writer do I want to be?

We’ve all heard that J.K. Rowling’s upcoming book is intended for adult readers.  Why is this big news? Because all of her previously published books were intended for young readers.  Her first book was written for middle-grade readers, though it clearly appealed to young adult as well as adult readers.  Ms. Rowling’s second book was also for young readers, as was her entire 7-book series.  By writing a series of books for young readers, she established herself as a superstar writer for them… so what’s she doing?  Leaving her readers behind, or growing with them?  Taking a risk because she wants to and because she can afford to?  Perhaps she’s tired of writing for children?  Maybe these are all reasons that led her to write a book of a different genre as her previous ones, but one thing that is certain is that she can afford to take a risk.

My first published novel is also intended for young readers.  The majority of my readers have been adults, however, and as I plan my next book, I wonder if I should write another YA book, or if I should attempt writing another genre.  In other words, what kind of writer do I want to be?  Book 1, ‘Secrets of a Summer Village’, is a coming of age mainstream fiction / YA crossover.  It’s fairly light-hearted, upbeat, and positive.  The feedback I’ve gotten is that it makes readers feel good and learn something at the same time.  It also makes you feel good when you’re writing happy, positive stories.  That said, I don’t want to write fluff.

I have a storyline for my second book, but it could go either way – YA or general fiction.

The feedback I’ve gotten from young readers is that they enjoyed the story and they learned something new at the same time.  I don’t want to disappoint them – I want to give them something accessible and intelligent, I want to take them on a pleasant adventure and for them to learn something new – that’s what I like best about my book, too. Whoever I write for, I want the book to teach the reader something new.  I was thinking of making the main character of my second book 13 years old, but then I was told that 13 is a black hole because it’s considered too old for Middle Grade novels and too young for YA.  So my main character needs to be either 12 or younger… or 15 or older.  Which is a shame because I think that 13 is a fascinating age.  It only makes things more complicated that so many adults have enjoyed my book…

So, what kind of writer do I want to be?  Should I continue on the path I’ve taken with my first book, or should I try a new route?  This is a dilemma that all authors must have at some point in their careers!

Having written four novels, all of different genres (lad lit, chick lit, general, crime), I’m still working that one out myself… 🙂 thank you, Saskia!

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Saskia E. Akyil, like many writers over the age of 25, began her art by keeping a journal and writing letters to her friends, pen-pals, cousins, and grandparents.

After receiving a B.A. in International Studies from Emory University and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) from the University of Minnesota, her writing took on a more formal tone as she wrote articles for academic publications.

Saskia gained incredibly diverse experiences while simultaneously working three jobs in Olympia, Washington; as a community college ESL professor for immigrants, as a state program administrator for displaced homemakers, and as a Spanish-language medical interpreter. She has also taught numerous cooking classes in the United States and in Germany.

As a hobby, Saskia collects languages, and has studied French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, and German. Her first novel, ‘Secrets of a Summer Village’, was published in September 2011.  She now lives in southern Germany with her husband and two young children and has been writing stories ever since she learned how to write words, though her stories have significantly improved, as has her handwriting.

‘Secrets of a Summer Village’ is available from Amazon, received some great reviews on goodreads, and you can find out more about Saskia from her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Authonomy.

If you would like to write a writing-related guest post for my blog then feel free to email me with an outline of what you would like to write about. If it’s writing-related then it’s highly likely I’d email back and say “yes please”.

The blog interviews return as normal tomorrow morning with travel and short story author Vic Heaney – the four hundred and twenty-second of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, autobiographers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.

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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.