Come to my book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories this Saturday @LowellArts from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring a copy of my new book that you can purchase locally at Schuler Books in GR, Lansing or on Amazon. I will have a few copies on hand to autograph.
I will be offering writing tips on the following themes:
1- How to start and finish your book in 2018.
2- How to write about love with or without a happy ending.
You can also e-mail me a question at firstname.lastname@example.org in regards to what are you struggling with in writing?
You will also enjoy the Grand Valley Aritsts-In View show at this award-winning gallery.
The LowellArts completed its move from Hudson Street by King Milling to the new location on Main Street one year ago. LowellArts is now providing more arts programs and services that positively impact downtown businesses.
“Yes, it’s a big deal for Lowell,” said Lorain Smalligan, executive director of Lowell Arts. “There are not many communities the size of Lowell with arts center like Lowell Arts.”
As a new author and a screenwriter, I have been enjoying the LowellArts diversification also to literature and play writing.
Although I missed last year’s deadline for submitting plays for the upcoming Playwright Festival, I will definitely submit this year. I am planning on attending the competition of one-act plays on the theme of “Risky Business” from Feb. 16 through Feb. 25
Come and get your book autographed and let’s chat about your writing interests.
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 email@example.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
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.”
See page 55 or location 1001 in Kindle
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.
I was surprised at one of my recent book signings of Shifting Sands Short Stories by the following question:
“I am on chapter six, how do I finish my book,” a woman asked me at Girls Night Out on Oct. 19 in downtown Lowell @Sweet Seasons.
Here is what I have gathered over the years about finishing any big writing project like a book or a script.
How to finish your book or script
1- Set a target finish goal, something that’s important to you like your birthday, a national holiday or Mother’s Day.
2- Write every day a quota of pages, for example 5 pages.
3- Always have an end in mind for the final book or script, but also for each chapter or scene.
4- Ask yourself: What do I want to accomplish in this chapter?
5- A loose flexible outline always helps.
6- Establish a reward program for yourself after each chapter.
7- Create a cover or poster early on even as a draft. It will help you visualize the book, play or film and the entire process.
8- Have a color theme in mind for the characters and the book overall. Some colors are harmonious, others create conflict.
9- Be cohesive.
10- Explore, observe, discover. I especially like these three verbs that I found on a sign by the Wittenbach nature center. They will continue to feed your inspiration and motivation. And in turn, the reader will keep turning the pages.
11- Use character compass to balance out your stories. That means the right amount of thoughts, appearance, action and dialogue.
As I Launch the second phase of my Storyteller 2017 book marketing campaign, I am looking forward to more physical encounters with readers during book signings and other author’s events.
“You cannot bypass the excitement of meeting a live author,” advised my neighbor, who works with authors during the formatting of their books.
During my book signings of Shifting Sands Short Stories at Fallasburg, Tina Siciliano Cadwallader, vice-president of the Fallasburg Historical Society agreed.
“We like having a local author here,” she said.
In an era of the Mighty Internet, it is too easy to hide behind its anonymous face without ever stepping out of the author’s shell.
And even though, there are millions of authors around the world, each author is unique with a unique voice and a unique set of experiences.
The same goes for the reader, who seeks to fulfill various desires by reading different books. Each reader is unique.
The task is to match up the book to the readers’ desires. It almost seems impossible. However, authors over the centuries, did connect with the readers before the era of the Internet.
This is my plan:
I want to be as personal as possible, and make my book available to anyone. That means reaching out to a broad audience.
Right now, my book is available throughout the Kent District Library (KDL) libraries in Kent County, in Hastings and in Big Rapids. I will continue to work on putting more books out into the libraries.
It is available at the local Schuler Books stores in Grand Rapids and Lansing. I will make sure that it will be available at other independent book stores in Michigan.
My book also made it back to the old country of former Czechoslovakia. It is up for translation now into Czech language.
My goal is to approach the University of Michigan, Department of Slavic languages, with a proposal for their students to translate the book into Czech as their thesis work.
I want to be present during the upcoming area events:
October 19, Girls Night Out..Lowell
October 28, Holiday Market, Bannister
Nov. 17, 18 & 19, Christmas through Lowell
Nov. 7- Dec. 23, Holiday Artists Market, Lowell Arts Gallery
So, pick up your copy of Shifting Sands Short Stories and bring it to any of my events for autograph.
Storyteller 2017 -part VI I have named my book campaign Storyteller2017 because I am so excited about this epic year full of big changes. Follow me on my journey from writer journalist to author of Shifting Sands Short Stories to be released on June 30 on Amazon. This is the sixth part of the Storyteller […]