Fresh Fiction – Love Christmas Collection of 2016

Image from Mimi Barber on Christmas Fiction in boxed set

 

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Calling all Christmas lovers!
Do you love the music of the holiday season? If so, the Authors’ Billboard needs your attention! This coming 2016 Christmas, twenty of our authors—New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers—will be putting together a multi-author box collection of brand new, never before published stories to dazzle everyone, but we require your participation.
The title of our collection will be LOVE, CHRISTMAS and the theme of this bundle will be Christmas carols. We want to use YOUR favorite holiday songs. If you and your song title are chosen, one of the 20 novellas will be dedicated to you.
Sound like fun? Please enter the contest by naming your special carols in the contest entry form.

http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=8118

You may enter as many times as you like. So what are you waiting for?

Here’s what the winners will receive:

  1. Twenty winners will have his/her favorite song chosen as the title and possibly the theme for one of the novellas.
    2. That particular story will be dedicated to the winner— twenty in total.
    3. And the winners will receive a free copy of the box set (eBook only).

 

Ho, ho, ho! And good luck!

 Image from Mimi Barber on Christmas Fiction in boxed set

The authors involved in this great contest are:

Leanne Banks – NY Times & USAToday, National #1 Best-selling author

Mimi Barbour – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Nina Bruhns – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Joan Reeves – NY Times & USAToday, Best-selling author

Mona Risk – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Patricia Rosemoor – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Rebecca York – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author

Denise Devine – USA Today, Best-selling author

Donna Fasano – USA Today,Best-selling author

Traci Hall – USA Today,Best-selling author

Taylor Lee – USA Today,Best-selling author

Stephanie Queen – USA Today,Best-selling author

Jennifer St. Giles – USA Today,Best-selling author

Alicia Street – USA Today,Best-selling author

Ari Thatcher – USA Today,Best-selling author

Rachelle Ayala – Best-selling author

Jacquie Biggar – Best-selling author

Michele Hauf – Best-selling author

Dani Haviland – Best-selling author

Nancy Radke – Best-selling author

Image from Mimi Barber on Christmas Fiction in boxed set 

The Christmas Carol (Box Collection) Contest

http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=8118

Calling all Christmas lovers!
Do you love the music of the holiday season? If so, the Authors’ Billboard needs your attention! This coming 2016 Christmas, twenty of our authors—New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers—will be putting together a multi-author box collection of brand new, never before published stories to dazzle everyone, but we require your participation.
The title of our collection will be LOVE, CHRISTMAS and the theme of this bundle will be Christmas carols. We want to use YOUR favorite holiday songs. If you and your song title are chosen, one of the 20 novellas will be dedicated to YOU.
Sound like fun? Please enter the contest by naming your special carols in the contest entry form.

http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=8118

You may enter as many times as you like. So what are you waiting for?

Here’s what the winners will receive:

  1. Twenty winners will have his/her favorite song chosen as the title and possibly the theme for one of the novellas.
    2. That particular story will be dedicated to the winner— twenty in total.
    3. And the winners will receive a free copy of the box set (eBook only).

 Ho, ho, ho! And good luck!

The authors involved in this great contest are:

Leanne Banks – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Mimi Barbour – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Nina Bruhns – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Joan Reeves – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Mona Risk – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Patricia Rosemoor – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Rebecca York – NY Times & USA Today, Best-selling author
Denise Devine – USA Today, Best-selling author
Donna Fasano – USA Today, Best-selling author
Traci Hall – USA Today, Best-selling author
Taylor Lee – USA Today, Best-selling author
Stephanie Queen – USA Today, Best-selling author
Jennifer St. Giles – USA Today, Best-selling author
Alicia Street – USA Today, Best-selling author
Ari Thatcher – USA Today, Best-selling author
Rachelle Ayala – Best-selling author
Jacquie Biggar – Best-selling author
Michele Hauf – Best-selling author
Dani Haviland – Best-selling author
Nancy Radke – Best-selling author

#School Visits For Authors

Slide of Jen Malone's suggestions

 

School Visits for Authors

Author Jen Malone has great how-to tips for authors who would like to make school presentations. You should check out her website at JenMaloneWrites.com. Her site embodies many of the principals she talks about and that I summarize below.

As you begin

You begin this journey by starting with referrals from friends and friends of friends. Even if you’ve landed a contract with a publishing house, you want to start small and locally. The truth is, that even with a publishing house behind you, you’ll need to do this sort of work on your own.

Things Aren’t What They Used To Be

In the past, authors used to visit schools and talk about being a writer. But these career-day presentations are a thing of the past. Given the need to teach to the test, teachers can’t spare the time. If you hope to get into a classroom, you must fit into their curriculum. To do this, you’ll need to get help from teachers or research their common core curriculum. That way, you can pitch your presentation as fitting into their lesson plans.

Passing Muster

Be prepared to undergo a background check before you step on campus. You need to ask about this early on to get clearance. But once this has been done, it’s usually retained on file and easier to do for subsequent visits.

Setting Your Terms

Some visits may be informal and arranged with a phone call. But others may require travel, and you may incur up-front expenses. The more formal the visit, the greater the need and likelihood you’ll need a contract that spells how the costs are to be covered, and any cancellation clauses. Weather events can cancel school even as the author is en-route or past a refund date for air fare and accommodations. Who pays in such a case? It’s best to have a clear understanding, in writing, to cover such contingencies.

Pricing

This is something you’ll probably revise as you go, but know that you’ll need to put the information on your website so teachers can see and know if you’re within their budget. You can, of course, offer some freebies to low-income schools, or package deals that offer some free visits. At the time of the 2014 talk, Jen said that a nominal amount would be $1,500 for a day at a school with 4 classroom visits and an all-school presentation.

Contact Information

Your website should make it easy for teachers and interested administrators to contact you. You may want to show yourself in action, but this requires planning. As you might expect, you can’t just take pictures of yourself with kids and put them up on the web. There needs to be permission slips signed off, and children without this sort of prior clearance will need to be tactfully excluded from promotional images.

Talking With Kids

Know that kids will ask all manner of direct and awkward questions, especially about money and how old you are. This can be a lot of fun, but you’ll probably be dispelling myths about how rich or famous authors are. Take it all in a spirit of fun.

Resources

Jen noted many websites, in addition to her own as an example of how you should project a professional image. Again, don’t expect your publisher, agent or anyone else to do most of the legwork required to make a successful visit.

But do check out some of the author-websites such as the following:

Here’s a list of tips from the American Library Association. The advice is aimed at parents and teachers, but it is useful for author’s too.

Here’s a link to the Children Writers and Illustrator’s web page that discusses authors visits.

#Writing Tip Number 10 – Elmore Leonard

Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

Elmore Leonard, Rule #10

photo of author Elmore Leonard

A good friend of mine, accomplished writer Charlie Price, shared a list of rules that make for better writing. I’m looking at this list, and #10 is intriguing. I think it’s good advice, but the problem is that I don’t know, without asking, what people skip when they read.

So I’m asking. What do you gloss over when reading an author you like?

I add the “author you like” because I’m assuming that you’ll skip a book or author entirely if it’s not to your liking. But assuming that a storyteller has hooked you, lured you in, then what would be the best way to “lose you.”

I have some theories on this point. If the conflict lags, or description is too long, florid or cliché, or the plot so murky that you have to bail out to get your bearings, then the author is in trouble, and the kindest thing you can do, short of hurling the book across the room, is to fast forward.

So my question to you, and I genuinely would like a reply, post or email, is to tell me what you (as a discerning reader) think this means. You might also give an example.

I’ll share the best suggestions I get.

Thanks,

[email protected]

@robblightfoot