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Authors of the Books We Read

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Interview with Vic Fortezza about the challenges of publishing in today’s market Vic Fortezza was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. He has had more than 50 short stories published worldwide. He has five books in print: novels Close to the Edge, Adjustments, Killing, Exchanges, and story collection A Hitch in Twilight. He was employed in data entry in the commodity trading business in Manhattan for nearly 25 years, until 2007. He stills lives in Brooklyn, where he promotes his work on the streets. He has accounts at several social media sites. Many of his short stories are available on the web for free. Google his name to find them. Author Oana: What drives you to write and publish books?Vic Fortezza: I try to make sense of the bittersweet mystery of life. I suppose recognition is a big part of it. And, of course, the hope of someday making...
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Welcome to this Angell's Life

Hello folks! I am new to Author's Info, and excited to get to know people! I figured I'd take a moment to introduce myself in my first blog post. I am Heidi Angell and I am an author. Author. That is such a funny word. The Merriam Webster online dictionary define an author as- a : one that originates or creates : source b the writer of a literary work (as a book) So, yes, I am an author. I have written several books. I am also a PUBLISHED author, as I currently have two books for sale on Amazon and Nook. ( Royal prince Vince is a charming children's book and Creative Exercises to Inspire is a great way to get your creative juices flowing!) Yet, because I self-published, I am classified as a "Self-published author" which, is somehow considered less than a "real author". Here is where we escape...
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Publishing Mayhem

With so many individuals realizing their goal to be a published author through the help of self publishing tools, print on demand services, and small publishers alike, it is a wonder that the basics are still falling by the wayside. We have entered the land of publishing mayhem. Like any business, the road to success in becoming an author is not realized without hard work and dedication. So why then are so many still jumping in blind to the basics? Writing should be the easy part but what comes after will take many hours of training and a good dose of that thing we call reality check. You wrote an awesome book. That may be a true statement but does it mean that everyone will immediately flock to your product? Chances are no. You must build your brand and following from the ground up. There are many books in the sea....
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Hello Ms. Oana,

© 2012 by Oana Some people are to the writers’ community what Jehovah’s Witnesses are to our neighborhoods. They want you to know more about them and they want to be your friends. You don’t. They want you to hear the good news. You don’t. They think their message is important to you. It is not. I have no idea who their “marketing guru” is, but flooding a person’s inbox with messages about your book is a little bit of a nuisance, to say the least. And I wouldn’t be so turned off if the messages were bubbly appealing, and original. Let me give you an example:        Hello Ms. Oana,        I just wanted to say hello and thanks for the connection.       (?)       It is so good to be part of the greater family of writers      Cheesy but nothing wrong so far      I've been extremely busy...
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