Showing posts from September, 2014

Public Persona Versus Private Persona

You have a book contract. You are finally an author. Now it’s time to share that book length bio you’ve been tweaking for years. Everyone needs to know every single thing about your life, about how you used to swing from tree limb to tree limb as a child all the way up to your kid’s birthday party last week.
Maybe you’ll extend an invite for all of your fabulous fans to stop on by your house to share their insights into your book. It would be a good idea to hold a pool party/book signing, wouldn’t it? You want your fans to be your new best friends, your door is open to them. Hang on there for about a minute or two. There is a limit to how much our fans should know about our lives. As a newly minted author, you may believe there is no such thing as too much information, but there is.
Fans are just that—fans. They aren’t our best friend. They should never have access to the most private part of our lives. There must be an unbreakable line between what the fan knows and what they don’t know…

Spotlight: Fury From Hell ~ Rochelle Campbell

Today on Out of Control Characters we welcome Rochelle Campbell and her book, Fury From Hell.

Fury From Hell: A Brooklynized Paranormal Thriller Hits the Amazon Kindle Store
Brooklyn, NEW YORK, September 24, 2014 – Picture this: An atheist Brooklyn NYPD homicide detective with a checkered past holds her own future in her hands but doesn’t know it. Detective Jennifer Holden believes in only her gun and her badge but this does not serve her well when she is unwittingly possessed by a demonic entity – Fury Abatu.
Fury From Hell, a paranormal cop thriller, debuted on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 and rose to #26 in its category in the Amazon Kindle Store within the first two weeks. This hard hitting thriller has garnered two five-star reviews since its debut citing the book as ‘a marvelous piece of work’ and that ‘every twist and turn had me sitting on the edge of my seat!’ Set in Brooklyn, NY, Fury From Hell is a sensory treat for local Brooklynites who will read, with pleasure, how familia…
Title: E-Day  Author: D.T. Dyllin  Series: M-Day #2  Genre: Dystopian Romance  Publisher: Tik Tok Press  Cover artist: Lindsay Tiry Release Date: August 10, 2014
Synopsis:  M-Day was the dawn of a brand new harsher world. A world where old lives could be left behind and secrets buried for good. At least that’s exactly what Tammie Miles had planned. But even with her new identity as Evo, she discovers that your past is never far. When a man from her old life tracks her down, will she risk everything to keep her secrets? Or will she finally learn that maybe even she can love the right man?
The Author D.T. Dyllin is a Bestselling Romance Author who writes in both New Adult and Adult genres. She is a member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) and also her local chapter, the MCRW (Music City Roma…

Promotion—The Right and Wrong of Selling Your Book

Your book is finally ready for publication. The editor-in-chief has advised you to begin setting up your release promotion, and you have no idea what to do.
Yes, that is panic settling all over you like a bad smell. Grab your favorite caffeine drink and settle back. All will be good. Here are a few tips about preparing for a book release.
By this time, you should have been spending time on both Facebook and Twitter each day. You need to grow your pages. What that means is that you need likes and followers. If you set up those pages as soon as you signed your contract, you should have been encouraging people to stop by once in a while and looking over your witty commentary.
Facebook recently changed the way it allows fan pages to reach those on the social media giant. Now, if you want a larger reach, you usually have to pay to have your post boosted. Many authors are asking why Facebook doesn’t realize that authors don’t pull in those massive royalty checks for years after their first bo…

One More Edit

“I think I missed something.”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this in an email from an author going through the editing process prior to publication. They’ve suddenly realized that their “baby” is about to go out into the cold, cruel world, and they’re being very protective.
Editing prior to publication is something every author goes through, even people like Steven King, Karin Slaughter, or J.K. Rowling. We all have to do this. Our editor can be our best friend or our worst enemy. I prefer to think of mine as my best friend. They have a job to do, and I’m thankful they’re doing it.
By the time you receive the first round of edits, your editor will have gone through your book. They will have absorbed the essence of it. They will have made notes on things they noticed that need to be changed. Most editors are very professional and thorough.
Round 1 will probably be the worst. That first step will have you wondering why you were ever offered you a contract. Believe me, if you wer…

Edit, Revise—Is This Book Ready Yet?

This is it. The moment you’ve awaited since the day you opened a fresh document on your computer and pounded out  the title on your keyboard. Finally, you have finished your book. Next step: find a publisher and let them whip it into shape.
Your next step is to ignore your book for a week, a month, six months even. Move onto something else. Start that sequel you swore that you’d write, but don’t submit your masterpiece just yet.
“Say what?” you ask.
“Ignore the book for a while,” I say.
“Why?” is your response, of course.
“Get comfortable, grasshopper, and I shall explain.”
There are several next steps you can take. You can call on all of your beta readers to look over your book. They’ll be searching for plot holes, misspelled words, and over-acting. Oh yes, there can be over-acting in books.
Or you can join a critique group and spend the next year of two trading chapters with other members, and fuming over some of their criticisms. Another thing to remember, some critique groups trad…

Capitalization: When To Use It

Ah, those pesky capital letters. Just when do you use them? The answer seems so simple, until you’re deep in the throes of an argument with yourself about this very thing. e.e. cummings solved his problem when deciding to use capital letters. He simply ignored them. His reasons weren’t because he found it bothersome to figure out if he was using a capital correctly, but rather a political protest. Mr. Cummings believed in equality and the rights of all people. He wanted to show we were all equal not just as people, bu also in our names. Sorry, Mr. Cummings, I prefer capital letters, and as an author now, so should you.
The most important time to use a capital letter is the use of the letter I to refer to yourself in the first person. Abbreviations and acronyms are also capitalized, with or without periods between each letter. The use of periods in acronyms seems to be a personal preference rather than a hard and fast rule.
Of course we all know that you use a capital letter for days of …