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In the effort to boost the Author Live Chat with Fans interview’s marketing plan, I thought of coming up with an idea of bringing in two author friends (preferably from the same genre) to join our interview session. This will help both authors to leverage each other’s existing network and find new fans. The live session will also be more fun and exciting as two friends coming on screen would feel more comfortable to talk to each other. Apart from that, the cost of live interview session for one author would be reduced by half as the half will be borne by the other. We are rolling this out soon and will notify our mailing list audience first to test things out.
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Recipes for BEing: 7 powerful words and how they can positively shape you.
Author Live Chat with Fans – Sunday series: Stories from the unsung heroes
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Featuring author Dawn Airhart Witte, the co-author of Recipes for BEing: The Power of Seven.
About Dawn: Entrepreneur, author, international speaker and philanthropist Dawn Airhart Witte has a mission: to inspire people around the world to find their purpose and live it! She is a certified life coach and the founder of the Desire to Inspire Foundation, a non-profit organization that connects with communities around the world to break cycles of extreme poverty. Dawn has also penned several books, including Be…, which imparts an important message about perseverance, purpose and putting kindness out into the world.
Canaan Land, a controversial new novel by Richard Rossi, has rocked the church world with its expose of fraudulent healing techniques by televangelists who take advantage of followers in times of world crisis. Filmmaker Richard Rossi’s Canaan Land novel and film addresses such issues as ministers “fleecing the flock.”
Most recently, his novel Canaan Land has now become available on https://buff.ly/3d7iiZC , with a feature film version, directed by and starring Rossi, to be released later this year. The “Canaan Land” novel tells the story of a con man preacher, abused by another preacher as a boy, who falls for a sincere Christian woman and realizes his con game isn’t a game anymore. Both the book and the film are, in part, a reflection on Rossi’s own spiritual journey as a former “faith healer” and the bitter lessons he learned.
His new life ministry is geared towards the spiritual renewal and creative expression of others. Renaissance man Richard Rossi is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, radio host, and maverick minister. His previous books include Stick Man and Sister Aimee.
His films as Producer/Director include Baseball’s Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories (2013) and Sister Aimee (2006). The Canaan Land film is executive produced by and co-stars Rebecca Holden, co-star of the Knight Rider TV series. The film also includes cameos by TV and film stars such as Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), Cindy Williams (Laverne and Shirley) and more.
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, […]
Guest: Lissa Oliver, the Chairperson of the Irish Writers Union and the Director of the Irish Writers Centre.
Join us to connect with Lissa Oliver to talk about taking writing journeys to the next professional level and weaving stories that are realistic and relatable.
About Lissa, in her own words:
I am a bestselling author of the No.1 Kindle topper Chantilly Dawns, and a freelance horseracing journalist, broadcaster (TV & radio) and researcher, based in Kildare. I am current editor of RACING CERTAINTY and also write features for THE IRISH FIELD, EBN, EUROPEAN TRAINER, INTERNATIONAL THOROUGHBRED and OWNER & BREEDER, and I am the European correspondent for Australian magazine RACETRACK and Hong Kong monthly BLACK TYPE. I also contribute to THE IRISH RACING YEARBOOK and have contributed to my favourite, PARIS-TURF.
I have been nominated for the prestigious Clive Graham Writer of the Year Trophy at The Derby Awards every year since 2008 and in 2010 secured a Special Commendation. I have twice been a finalist, losing to Alastair Down in 2012 and Chris McGrath in 2013.
SAINTE BASTIEN is my most recent novel and is available from the same publisher following a wonderful ‘living’ launch at the Newmarket stables of trainer Ilka Gansera-Leveque. Set in the racing yard of the title, Lambourn trainer Nick Marchant fears he has raised a menacingly amoral son, but does he protect the family name or his members of staff now at risk?
My short stories have been broadcast on radio and included in several anthologies, while my non-fiction reference works include a history of Kilmead and various thoroughbred breeding booklets for the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, of which I am a member.
I take an active interest in the promotion of writers and literature and I am currently on the Board of Directors of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency; Co-Chairperson of the Irish Writers’ Union; a Professional Member and Mentor at the Irish Writers’ Centre; and a member of the UK’s Horserace Writers And Photographers’ Association. I am also a registered ETB tutor and have facilitated writing courses for a number of years.
Currently ranked world #11 on the peer-rated survey “The Giants of Backgammon” and Grandmaster 2nd class by the Backgammon Masters Awarding Body (BMAB), Robert Wachtel has been one of the game’s elite players for the last 40 years. A chess master, Doctor of Philosophy and an options trader, he is the author of two prior backgammon books, In the Game until the End (1993) and In the Game until the End Vol. II (2014), and more than 40 journal articles. Robert was the editor of the US Backgammon Federation’s flagship magazine, PrimeTime Backgammon, from 2011 to 2019. He is the author of The Language of Backgammon: A Player’s Dictionary, a companion volume to The Backgammon Chronicles.
Your book is called The Backgammon Chronicles, and it is the story of your adventures on the pro tour. Can you give us some background about backgammon itself and explain how you became a player?
Backgammon is a very ancient game––some forms of it have been found at archaeological digs of the civilizations of Egypt and Sumer––and perhaps the most popular board game in the world to this day. In the Middle East everyone––young, old, male, female, rich, poor––plays.
Backgammon was also well-established for centuries in Europe and America (checkerboards customarily had a backgammon board on their flip side, and feisty backgammon games in inns and taverns were always a favorite theme for European artists) but in the 1920s the Western game was revolutionized with the invention of the “doubling cube”: a feature that, as in poker, allows players to raise the stakes in a game in progress. “The cube,” as it is called, makes this already-excellent game even faster and more skillful. The only problem is that it has proved difficult for it to gain acceptance among the real backgammon masses: the traditional players of the Middle East.
I learned backgammon in my late 20s after emerging from graduate school with an advanced degree but few immediate employment prospects. I was good at it (I had been a bright prospect as a young chess player and the skill carried over); and I discovered to my delight that it allowed me the opportunity to travel, make money, and have just as much mental stimulation as in academia––and a lot more fun––matching my wits with other players.
You say in some of your promotional material that your book is unique because it fills in a gap in backgammon literature. Can you explain?
All gambling games are intriguing, especially for the majority of people who have conventional jobs. The subcultures––underworlds actually––that support that lifestyle have a similar fascination. For example: a 1930s New York City version of such a subculture is brilliantly depicted in the short stories of the journalist Damon Runyon.
Among gambling games, backgammon is one of the very best: as I state in the Preface to my book, “Its unique luck/skill structure––combined with the more recent addition of the doubling cube––generates breathtaking accidents, outrageous turnabouts, and amazing escapes.”
Yet (for various interesting reasons) the last 40 years of backgammon literature has lacked this vital element. When it first became wildly popular in the USA in the 1970s, backgammon was all about the glamor and romance of travel and risk-taking; but since then (to again quote my Preface) “a curious public has mostly been offered a Spartan diet of manuals, quiz sets, and textbooks.” The Backgammon Chronicles is the first book to recapture the sizzle that the game deserves.
I have heard people say that backgammon is a dice game and therefore is all luck. If that is true, how could anybody hope to be a professional? Just by having better luck than others? And by the way, is it true that some people are luckier than others? Please explain.
Backgammon does indeed (like life itself) have a big element of luck. A beginner can beat an expert––and it happens all the time! But it also has a very significant skill element, which means that in the long run––and most of the time in the short run as well––the expert will come out ahead. This feature gives the game an inbuilt “hustle”––for unless you are yourself a skilled player, the luck factor looks as if it is all that matters!
And to answer the second question: yes, of course some people are luckier than others. How could it be otherwise? But that doesn’t mean that luck is something they own, like a designer gown.
You also describe backgammon as a “sport.” Is this really fair? Should people who play games be given the same respect as real athletes?
I think so. Mental competition requires no less dedication, training and talent than its physical counterpart, and produces dramatic episodes that spectators experience with as much joy and excitement as well. Nor are mind sports (though this has only been appreciated recently) purely cerebral; to excel at them for any extended time, a competitor must attend to his or her physical condition with care and discipline, striving to maintain the premium shape which they will require, just like a physical athlete, to be able to execute.
Can a non-backgammon player enjoy your book?
Yes, because it is primarily a memoir, a travelogue, and a storybook. Most of the stories and essays, it is true, incorporate backgammon positions and analysis, but you can understand them perfectly well without the nuances. And the book features hundreds of photos—so if you like, you can just look at the pictures!
Can you tell us about the dictionary of backgammon that you will be publishing this month to accompany your book?
Sure. I would like Chronicles to reach a wider audience than the few thousand hard-core backgammon players who attend major tournaments and who have studied the game for thousands of hours. But when I was writing the book I began to realize that an outsider might find some of the terminology that is second nature to me confusing or even intimidating. So I decided that Chronicles should include a glossary. But once I’d started on that, I couldn’t see the point of not taking the next step and creating a proper dictionary for the game. In the dictionary, called The Language of Backgammon, I’ve tried to strike a balance between the new and the old by clearly defining the statistical ideas that have enabled contemporary players to analyze the game with unprecedented depth and accuracy, while retaining a lot of the slang that that links backgammon to its naughty gambling origins.
I’m looking for a fiction author with an interesting storyline or characters in book to join us for a live interview today 10th December 8PM CST. Email me at email@example.com to book the slot.
Dan Bar was born and raised in Jerusalem. Creativity was an essential part of Dan’s life early on, with music being the focus during teens and young adulthood and writing thereafter. After serving in the military and phase I of higher education, Dan Bar moved to the US. Dan Bar has co-written the film “Falling Star” (AKA “Goyband”), a romantic comedy, featuring Adam Pascal and Natasha Lyonne and “Brooklyn, All American,” a coming-of-age sports tale. The Thirty-Six Watchers is Dan’s first novel.
Describe yourself in five words
Creative, musical, individual, humorist, foodie
What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
When I sit down to play the piano
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
With positivity, friends and family,
What scares you the most?
What makes you happiest?
Why do you write?
I have a vivid imagination, I keep coming up with stories
What writing are you most proud of? .
The 36 Watchers
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
The bonds with my friends and with my students.
What books did you love growing up?
LOTR, With fire and sward, To kill a mockingbird, Catch 22, Tai Pan, The name of the rose
What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
That I enriched people’s lives
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
Jerusalem and New York, the two most exciting cities in the world
How did you develop your writing?
By reading, writing times infinity.
What else do you do, other than write?
I teach music, write and record
What other jobs have you had in your life?
Military, moving, business consultant
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Right here in New York City
Tell us about your family?
My parents and older brother live in Israel, My sister lives in New Zealand,
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
Lap top, desk
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
In a perfect world, sell enough books so everything else I do is because I want to, not have to.
Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
It has been in the works for a long time, I had to wait until the beginning came to me, one night on a balcony, overlooking the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
Play my piano, good book or movie, drive around with the top down.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
I hope for people to take interest in the 36 Watchers universe and find themselves in it.
About The 36 Watchers: “It is said that at all times, there are 36 special people in the world, and that were it not for them, all of them, if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end.”
Author Dan Bar Hava is going to join us live on screen on 13th December, Friday 8PM CST on our Facebook page. We’re seeking potential paid video reviewers who would like to read Dan’s 14-page book and join us live on screen. Contact us via http://wp.me/P3Z97N-er
About the Author:
Dan Bar was born and raised in Jerusalem. Creativity was an essential part of Dan’s life early on, with music being the focus during teens and young adulthood and writing thereafter. After serving in the military and phase I of higher education, Dan Bar moved to the US.
Dan Bar has co-written the film “Falling Star” (AKA “Goyband”), a romantic comedy, featuring Adam Pascal and Natasha Lyonne and “Brooklyn, All American,” a coming-of-age sports tale. The Thirty Six Watchers is Dan’s first novel.
“It is said that at all times, there are 36 special people in the world, and that were it not for them, all of them, if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end.”
Was the crucifixion engineered to end Roman rule? Could World War II be avoided? Could the Titanic be saved? The 36 Watchers tells the story of Jenna Berg, a young, professional, carefree NYC dweller, who, almost unwillingly, becomes a member of the most secretive and powerful group that has been protecting humankind from total destruction since the beginning of time.
We have newly revamped the Author Live Chat with Fans Show format. For those of you who are new to our website, our mission is to enhance author branding by leveraging the power of video marketing.
Everything you need to know about the program is right here, which is the same link to the previous Author Live Chat with Fans webpage. We’ve updated the link and we thought of letting you know about it as well.
We hope to have you as our guest on one of our shows soon! If you have any question, please do get in touch with us via email info at internationalbookpromotion.com