The 10 Commandments of Author Branding -Shayla Raquel — Miranda Reads

If you haven’t heard about Shayla Raquel, she is one of the #authorpreneurs who focuses on #authorbranding a lot and you should definitely check the book out, and her website as well, for more motivation on author branding tips.

★★★★ ½ …your author brand is how and why readers fall in love with you and decide to read your book. Writing is a solitary sport, but marketing? That one needs a few hands on deck. Face it, you can write the world’s greatest book…but if no one is around to read it, you’re stuck up […]

The 10 Commandments of Author Branding -Shayla Raquel — Miranda Reads

An Interview with Author Ella Jayne West

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Goodbye Narcissist, Hello Self Love by Ella Jayne West

Ella Jayne West is extremely proud and excited to share her latest work Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love. The project might have been a lengthy one, but this was one story that really needed to be told. Inspired by true events, Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love provides you with an insight into one woman’s journey overcoming narcissistic abuse and finding the path to self love. It offers strategies and resources for your own healing and path to self love and learning how to recognise the signs and red flags of abusive relationships. It is an opportunity for you to set yourself free and finally understand it was never about the Narcissist, it was always about you and discovering how incredible you truly are.

To celebrate 🎉 the upcoming launch of Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love, ONE lucky follower of this page will be in the running to Win a Signed Autographed Copy of Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love – Check out the latest post on Facebook to enter the giveaway.

Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself

Ella Jayne West is an Indie author from Sydney Australia.

Ella has always had a passion for books and writing from a young age but only began her journey as an author with her first book, Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love.

Q. What do you enjoy during your spare time?

I enjoy bushwalking, camping and music and I’m often described as quiet (until you get to know me lol), kind, caring and compassionate by others.

Q. One surprising fact about you?

One surprising fact about me is that I read Tarot Cards.

Q. Do you experience any self doubts or fears?

I don’t usually have doubts and have experienced many failures so I tend to be pretty philosophical about life and what will be will be.

Q. Why did you write this book?

I wrote Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love initially as a part of my own healing process and self love journey, however felt led to continue on my writing journey to help others in their own healing and growth.

Q. What books did you enjoy growing up with?

When I was growing up, my days and nights were often spent reading books from a broad range of genres including Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton and yes even some romance novels lol.

It is my hope that I can leave behind a legacy that changes the world in some way and that I made a difference.

Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be where I live now. I love my country, Australia but maybe I’d consider a chalet in France for the Summer J

Q. Who would you like to acknowledge?

I’d like to acknowledge a few people that have supported me on my writing journey:

My Son Patrick, my dearest friend Linda and Mouse and Zil. There have been many people who have supported and encouraged me and I am blessed and filled with gratitude for them.

Q. It is vital to get exposure and target the right readers for your writing, tell us about your marketing campaign?

My book, Goodbye Narcissist Hello Self Love is due to be released this month and I promote the book on my Facebook page and YouTube videos and articles related to the theme of the book which is inspired by true events and is a semi memoir/ self help book.

Q. Tell us about your new book, why did you write it?

It is my hope that this book will support people who have experienced this abuse, recognise the signs and red flags and start their healing journey to self love.

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Book Review: 2222 by Tom Buyens

2222 by Tom Buyens

2222 is an epic story about three future populations. The story begins with a romantic setting but is soon covered with mystery. The Americanos, Tibetans and Aussies of 2222 are called to war.


This is a short book that consists of only 54 pages. It is rather a short read and the story develops very excitingly from one chapter to another. The only downside of it is that some of the characters are named after Roman numerals, which can be quite confusing at times. Apart from that, the story is easy to follow although several chapters lack continuity.

A 4 star for this book.

An Interview with Author Marina Peters

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Author Marina Peters
  • Who are you?

I am an Audit Director, married, with two small children. I work part-time and like to spend my free time writing.

  • Why do you write?

Writing has become my main hobby over the last two years.

  • What do you write about? 

I write about all the beautiful things in life that I like. However, I only write about things I know a lot about.

My work as an author began with a first small book on “Rare Gemstones And Other Precious Stones” because I always wondered what is out there apart from the well-known diamonds, pearls and so on.

As a second book, I wrote about “How to Generate and Earn Royalty Income” because I know a lot about it and myself own some music royalty income. This book helps people to generate a side income from royalties.

My very recent book is the first try in fiction, wherein I use my experiences from 20 years of auditing. “Too Deep In With The Auditor” is somewhat my third child and I am very proud of it. I am now writing a second part. You can follow the progress on or my Goodreads page.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

I try to keep my work easy-going, casual and easy to understand.

  • What are the obstacles that come in the way of writing? 

You need so much time until a book is born. The funny part is writing itself but then you need a cover, you need to format, you need to publish, you need to market …

  • What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

“Wow, I didn’t know that the auditing business is so cool!”

  •  When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

About two years ago.

  • What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I normally write the day I am not working as an auditor. Sometimes I also write late in the evenings or at weekends.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

In “Too Deep In With The Auditor” I tried to keep the pace high. So the writing style is very casual and moving forward. I think you will like it when you read it.

  • Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Always have something with you to take notes – always!

  • What do you think makes a good story?

As simple as it sounds: People should like to read it, they should always want to know how the book moves on.

  • Do you see writing as a career?

Well, not for me, but generally speaking, yes, absolutely!

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How Book Marketing Affects our Reviews?

Have you decided to buy books only to find out that they are not as good as they were told they are?

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I have been wanting to discuss about this topic for a while now… and I finally got around to put my thought in some kind of order to make my usual rambling more understandable… I hope… Anyway, all of this is besides the point which is how much a pre established concept can affect our enjoyment and ultimately our reviewing of a book…

What I mean is… how a book cover, an author’s blurb, a clever tagline or one that links the book with a popular show or another similar book… In laymen’s terms a marketing strategy can make or break a book. (at least according to me)

We have seen this phenomenon a lot with how Romance novels are now being “packaged” in order to reach a wider audience — the so hot right now illustrated cover — Which is a great idea because it makes it easier to relate and they are cute and fun covers that call to us (the target audience)…

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However, here’s where I think the problem resides… what happens when these cute and fluffy covers don’t match the inside of the book… Let’s be honest when we see these types of covers our mind makes the connection to happy and light and funny, right? What happens when the book is anything but that… like for instance the good luck charm by Helena Hunting or even Meet Cute also by Helena Hunting. Both are good books (in my opinion) but the covers portrait something that the books are not… they are a little more heavy than expected…

So, does that affect our actual opinion on the books… in a way it does… maybe we won’t say…

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6 Tips on How to Use Live Video for Book Marketing — Nicholas C. Rossis

This is an excellent post by Nicholas C. Rossis. I have to say that the reason why we focus on author branding and video marketing (especially live interviews) is to enhance the engagement between authors and readers.

This is a guest post by Ryan Aslatt. Ryan is a web strategist and blogger. He currently works at Web Design Agency WebAlive. He is used to writing well-researched articles that readers will find insightful, engaging and highly informative. I’m still figuring out how to use video for my book marketing, let alone LIVE video. So, […]

6 Tips on How to Use Live Video for Book Marketing — Nicholas C. Rossis

Can the Cold Case of Book Marketing Be Solved? — A Writer’s Path

I believe that the first thing you should decide on is how you would like people to perceive yourself as an author. Create a brand for yourself. Align your marketing goals with what you aim to achieve as an author. Creating your own newsletter and a blog helps in identifying your very own tribe of readers. The post below outlined some of the platforms that can help you achieve your marketing goals.

by David Gittlin Comparatively speaking, writing a novel is the fun, easy, first step of the self-publishing process. The second step, creating an attention-getting book cover, offers its own unique set of challenges. However, the most intimidating and difficult undertaking, to most authors, is the third step—marketing. The word strikes terror in many […]

Can the Cold Case of Book Marketing Be Solved? — A Writer’s Path

Dying to Meet Jesus: An Author Interview with Randy Kay

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Randy Kay is CEO of PACEsetters, a human development firm with diverse clients, including Fortune 100 companies and Christian organizations, and chairman and CEO of TenorCorp, a strategic development firm that has launched several companies. Kay has written for Forbes and the Wall Street Journal and is sought after for interviews by national broadcasting networks, having trained over one million people and coached leaders throughout the world. His breakthrough research on thriving in life spanned several decades, and uncovered practical ways to overcome trials and attain God’s purpose for one’s life. He lives in Carlsbad, California.

1. Tell us about your book:Be Prepared to Meet the Author of Love

Dying to Meet Jesus is about a child in trouble . . . financial stress . . . broken relationships . . . and in the book I try answering the question as to if it possible to find God’s heart when barriers seem to stand in the way?

We all face difficult times when we struggle just to keep looking up. For me, the challenge was extreme: I died. But at that juncture I met God and was restored to a life of joy he had never thought possible.

Dying to Meet Jesus

2. You were an agnostic at some point in your life.

I spent most of his adult years as a devout agnostic. Then one day, after an accident that ended my life, I met the One I had sought to disprove. From that time, though many challenges lay ahead, mysense of emptiness was transformed into genuine joy.

Through my own and many other stories, I demonstrate not only that God is present when we need Him, but that our trials can actually lead us to true intimacy with the One who loves us beyond all measure.

3. What kind of reviews are you getting for Dying to Meet Jesus:

“Randy expresses the heart of Christ in a compassionate way few can deny.”–DR. JIM GARLOW, New York Times bestselling author

“Randy Kay explains how we can draw closer to God as He uses brokenness to draw us closer to Him. It all adds up to one compelling book that carries tremendous weight.”–PASTOR TOMMY BARNETT, author; co-pastor, Dream City Church

4. Tell us about yourself:

I am CEO of PACEsetters and chairman and CEO of TenorCorp. I have written for Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Our team’s breakthrough research on thriving in life spans several decades, as we uncovered practical ways to overcome trials. I have also authored six books, been a CEO of a biotech and media company, and an executive for a Fortune 10 company. I am an ordained Christian minister as well.

The book blurb:

Where is God when my suffering seems never-ending? Can I really find joy in this fallen world? This powerful book confronts these questions with stories of the author’s near-death experience, a daughter’s suicide attempt, mental illness, and numerous other gripping stories that demonstrate not only that God is present when we need him, but that through our trials we can find true intimacy with him.

Author Randy Kay recounts how, as a former devout agnostic, he survived a near-fatal accident while searching for the truth–and when he met the One he sought to disprove, his journey changed from a life of extreme trials into one of genuine joy. In these pages, Kay offers his testimony to show readers how God uses suffering and brokenness to build an intimate and indestructible relationship with him, while breaking down barriers and ushering the reader into an authentic relationship with the Author of love.

The Ins and Outs of Author Branding — Elza Kinde

I’m always obsessed about reading on author branding because that is the single most important aspect that would decide how your books sell in the market. Listen to this podcast if you’d like to attact your very own tribes of readers.

It’s 2020 and I’ve already done something wild and new! Listen to the Phoenix Fiction Writers Podcast Episode 25: The Ins and Outs of Author Branding Being a guest on the Phoenix Fiction Writers podcast was a whole new experience, but branding is a topic I’m always happy to talk at length about. I […]

The Ins and Outs of Author Branding — Elza Kinde

My debut book ‘From Stressed to Sorted’ out now – need your support!

If you’re into non-fiction, you will want to check this book out!

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As an avid reader, I’ve spent my fair share of time poring over book reviews on Goodreads. And yet, in all the hours I spent with my head buried in a book, fantasizing about the idealistic world of Enid Blyton, the thrill of a fast-paced Agatha Christie, or the magnanimity of Jane Austen’s Georgian society, never did I imagine myself having an author page of my own.

But as they say, what’s meant to be, will be. Life, in a disarming way, will sometime prod you and nudge you until you are on the path to your inner calling. And so, here I am.

It brings tears to my eyes to announce that my first ebook “From Stressed to Sorted’ is now available for purchase on Amazon. That this is a huge milestone for me goes without saying.
It is dedicated to my Ma, who was very much involved in…

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