Shifting Sands Short Stories marketing & book signing

Come to my book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories on March 10 @LowellArts from 1 to 4 pm. I will be offering tips on marketing of your book using a blog to grow your audience.

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Local author Emma Palova at the gallery on Main Street in downtown Lowell with her new book.

I am very excited about my upcoming book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories on March 10 @LowellArts from 1 to 4 pm.

It will take place on the magnificent backdrop of the West Michigan Regional Art Competition on display at the downtown gallery.

I will be talking about the marketing of your book using a blog to grow your audience, as well as other platforms.

Below is an example of marketing on the Goodreads platform for authors. The goal is to get as many people as possible to shelve your book.

Check out this book on Goodreads: Shifting Sands Short Stories https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35192820-shifting-sands-short-stories

You can also buy my book locally at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids and in Lansing.

I will have a few copies on hand to autograph.

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Emma’s book signing @LowellArts, tips on how to write about love

Writings of a love stifled by years of monotony

Stop by at the Lowell Arts gallery in downtown Lowell on March 10 for my book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories from 1 pm to 4 pm.

I will be sharing author’s insights from the publishing industry, and answering questions such as:

How many hours a week do you think I spend on marketing my new book and my writing business Emma Blogs, LLC?

What are the most effective channels of marketing?

Should you pay and how much for advertising of your book?

How do you stand out? What makes you unique?

How do you reach the right reader?

Feel free to shoot me an email with your questions at emmapalova@yahoo.com.

Bring a copy of my new book for an autograph. You can buy it locally at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids, Lansing Okemos or on Amazon. I will have a few copies on hand.

As we approach Valentine’s Day and beyond, I would like to touch on the subject of love or the lack of it in Shifting Sands Short Stories as well as in my upcoming Book 2: Shifting Sands: Secrets (c) 2018 Emma Palova

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Corintihians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind.

Most of my characters struggle with love in different forms: Love solid or fluid between partners, parental love, love between siblings or friends, and the destructive transformation of love into hate. The stories may or may not have a happy ending.

For example in the “Death Song,” the love between Vadim and Maria wanes like the moon disc due to the monotony of years gone by. Neither Maria nor Vadim can refresh this dying flower called old love. Instead of bringing into the existing love new momentum, they both turn to destruction.

“Even now inside the cold cathedral, Vadim could still remember her smell that summer evening inside the little chapel in the fields. Maria had a light summer dress on, and everything was blooming.

Thou shalt not kill, he thought.

But, what if though has to? Vadim questioned himself as he looked at the shuffling pair of feet across the aisle in the cathedral. They belonged to a woman who did not care about his beloved lachrymatory lead tune of Mozart’s Requiem. Following a natural instinct, he looked at his side, below the padded church pew and he saw the mismatch in their pair of feet ;Maria’s right foot and his left foot were almost touching each other.

He was fascinated by the difference; as if one was longing for a different match.

Maria was wearing Paris style white high heels, while his restless feet were confined to the black Bostonian kitties tassel wingtips. Vadim had those shoes for years, refusing to change anything. He also wore a black suit and a black tie, although he hated black. It was the last favor he did for Maria. He hated white too- and he wore a white shirt.

Vadim was reliving the scene before they headed out for the concert in the large walk in closet. They fought over each detail until the very last minute.”

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The excerpt shows how love is Stifled by years of daily routine and knowing each other’s thoughts. Eventually what once was love turns into hate, and takes on the shape of an ugly monster.

The award-winning LowellArts, now transformed into new location on Main Street, is presenting the show Grand Valley Artists-In View through Feb. 10.

“Yes, it is a big deal for Lowell, “said executive director Lorain Smalligan. “There are not many communities the size of Lowell with an arts center like Lowell Arts.”

The impact of Lowell Arts on the community is apparent in more arts programs and services in downtown Lowell.

Don’t miss the Playwright Festival from Feb. 16 through Feb. 25.

Amazon.com: Emma Palova: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Mark your calendars for Emma’s next book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories on March 10. The gallery will have an exhibit-the West Michigan Regional Art Competition.

For more info on Lowell Arts go to: https;// http://www.lowellartsmi.org

For more info on Schuler Books go to :  https://schulerbooks.com

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Author’s Events & Creative Endeavor

Author’s journey to Creative Endeavor project.

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Join me this afternoon at@LowellArts gallery from 1 to 3 pm. I will be signing copies of my book “Shifting Sands Short Stories” during the Captured photo exhibit. Come and chat about your writing projects. We are experiencing renaissance in literature. It’s a great time to be a part of this movement.

While touring with my book around West Michigan, we have discovered the “Creative Endeavor”project at the Michigan News Agency (MNA)in Kalamazoo. In order to keep authors writing, MNA does not keep any profit from the local author book sales.

I will be writing more about this initiative. My son discovered this while looking for the Grand Rapids Magazine.

“To encourage our Creative Endeavor Project Writers, we will sell your books as a pass through and return all of the money to you, the authors. The News hopes this will encourage our writing communities to strive to do your…

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Writer’s steps

Step out of your writer’s shell, share your insights and leave footprints. The article includes Emma’s author events schedule.

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A long journey starts with the first step, leaving footprints in Ludington

By Emma Palova

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Lowell, MI – I attended the Ludington Writers’ Rendezvous on the shores of Lake Michigan last Saturday. It was my first encounter with the Ludington Writers group, and my second author’s conference experience after Calvin College in the spring.

It was a great gathering of 28 authors with a total of 80 titles and the tension of 10 million volts.

As the raindrops drummed on the roof of the Arts Center lodged inside the former Methodist Church in beautiful downtown Ludington, I absorbed the energy output of the organizers and fellow authors.

I loved author Carol L. Ochadleus’ poster designed by her son.

“We got the wrong cover on the last one,” Ochadleus laughed. “This time we got it right.”

The rush before the authors’ events is always nerve wrecking. An author…

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Emma’s author events

Visit Ludington to chat with Emma about her book Shifting Sands Short Stories this Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Lowell, MI – Lowell author Emma Palova will be featured live on WGVU Morning Show with host Shelley Irwin on July 26 at 10 a.m. WGVU is a service of the Grand Valley State University, a PBS member.

Palova will be talking with Irwin about her book “Shifting Sands Short Stories.” Palova, a former reporter for the Lowell Ledger, penned the collection of 13 short stories for more than two decades.

The stories are based on her immigration experience from former Czechoslovakia, journalistic and retail experience in the USA.

Most recently, Palova was featured in the Grand Rapids Magazine City Guide 2018-2019 in the life & style section, Reading Room: The long road to resilience.

“I know it might sound cheesy, but even though not all the stories have happy endings, that doesn’t mean that everything that happens to us is either good or…

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Writer’s surprises, all in one day

Join me for my upcoming author events: Writer’s Rendezvous, Ludington, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ludington Center for the Arts.
WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin, LowellArts and KDL Library.

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Moving forward with author’s events in West Michigan

By Emma Palova

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Lowell, MI- It’s unbelievable what all can happen in one day; even if it is a Monday.

WGVU Morning Show with host Shelley Irwin

First, I opened my inbox, and there was the response from host Shelley Irwin of the WGVU Morning Show.

“I get to share stories in a talk show format,” she wrote. “I would like to interview you at a time frame of your convenience.”

So, we are scheduling the time frame for the TV segment about my book “Shifting Sands Short Stories.” I thought it was a radio segment. I freaked out when I found out it was also TV.

As I went into the panic mode, Mr. Self-Doubt introduced himself into my writing studio; what am I going to say and wear?

I jumped on the dreaded treadmill that I have…

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Taurus daily info overload

Fuse a plethora of ideas into a coherent writing project.

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How to fuse ideas into writing projects

By Emma Palova

My Taurus horoscope is 99 percent on target. I truly am on informational overload from all sides: Work, family, nature and summer.

I overwhelm myself and others with infinite ideas, feelings and emotions.

According to my horoscope, I should organize a flow chart. It would be more like the river Mississippi with its sandy bluffs.

Heck, I don’t even use a calendar unless I have to. I’ve never used a watch in my entire life; yet I am always on time.

The fact of the matter is that I am afraid of time; not of aging. I am afraid of time as a physical quantity.

Our Lowell Area Chamber director Liz uses a linear calendar for the entire year.

It drives me nuts to see all those days in a row.

However, I do use outlines for complex writing projects…

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Guardians of History script

Stay tuned for the release of the video “Guardians of History” set in the pioneer village of Fallasburg.

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I have just finished scripting the video “Guardians of History ” for the Fallasburg Historical Society.

We’re shooting tomorrow on location at the Fallasburg pioneer village.

I am very excited about this.

Stay tuned for the release.

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87th Annual Writing Competition

You can still enter today Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition.

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Writer’s Digest Writing Competition deadline is today

By Emma Palova

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Lowell, MI – My latest news is that I submitted a short story for the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition right on the deadline today, June 1st.

It has many advantages. That’s how I accumulated short stories for my first book “Shifting Sands: Short Stories.” Sure, you have to pay the $35 entry fee, but you have content enough for a book.

There are nine entry categories including: script, stage play or television/movie script.

The poetry fee is $20. I’ve been a subscriber to the Writer’s Digest for at least 20 years. It’s essential for writers.

What I do like about the magazine that it is entertaining and full of advice.

I’ll keep you posted on the results. You still have time to enter.

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Born on May 9th with excerpts

Watch for more excerpts from Greenwich Meridian.

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Birthday and freeing of Prague

Excerpts from  memoir Greenwich Meridian: Where East meets West

As I continue to write the memoir in May, I will start with its festivities. when I lived in former Czechoslovakia under the socialist regime. The month of May was very poetic and romantic. With the entire country in blossom, the major holidays included Mayday and Freedom Day on May 9 when the Russians freed Prague from the Nazi occupation. in 1945. The new regime moved the national holiday to May 8, when the American army reached the famous beer town of Pilsner in Western Bohemia.

May also serves as athe stage for the biggest music event of the year, the Prague Spring International Music Festival, started by president Edward Benes in 1946.  The festival is a tribute to the famouse Czech composer Bedrich Smetana. He is best known for his symphony Vltava inspired by the major…

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Book dedication to my mother

Mom Ella celebrated 80 years last year in August. She is currently winterizing in Venice, Florida with my dad Vaclav Konecny.
We talked on Sunday, as we always do. Sunday conversations are not always easy. I don’t know what it depends on.
This last one endures in my mind.

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Author dedicates book to mother

Mom Ella at Selby Garden in Sarasota, Florida. Mom Ella at Selby Garden in Sarasota, Florida.

I embarked on this journey through my memories called “Greenwich Meridian where East meets West” on December 12, 2012 after being asked by many colleagues, friends and acquaintances to write  our story.
I have attempted several times to pen our immigration saga now spanning three generations. I saved evidence of such attempts like the personal essay, “Fire on Water.” I used the same title for my novel based on the communist experience from former Czechoslovakia. Some trace elements of the story can be found in a newspaper article about my naturalization as a U.S. citizen in 1999, “Lowell woman gets naturalized.” It was syndicated by the Associated Press and well received by the audience. I got phone calls from all over Michigan.
Finally, I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of writing for the pleasure of others. Until…

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9 reasons why you should self-publish

The journey of self-publishing.

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Many of you will know that I am considering self-publishing my novels. It’s not something that I’ve considered lightly as I know going it alone is not easy and there’s still a fair bit of stigma attached to self-publishing. However, I really do believe the benefits far outweigh the negatives.

I compiled the list below mainly as a way to convince myself that self-publishing is a wonderful idea. While most authors (like me) secretly want to be published by one of the big, well-known publishing houses, there are so many reasons why it’s a good idea to self-publish – nine to be exact (but that’s only because I was restricted by the cats.)

1. Social media is freaking awesome

Social media can be a gold mine for authors, especially those who are planning to self-publish. There are plenty of opportunities to reach out and develop friendships with other writers…

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