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My Best Friend Just Died July 22, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 7:45 pm

A sad reminder to always tell those you love that you love them.

Dispair Dude Death

I don’ t even know where to begin. At therapy yesterday, I received a message from George‘s mother, asking that I swing by and check on him. This isn’t an unusual request. He’s long since accepted that I would just show up sometimes to make sure he was okay. My therapist’s office was about, I dunno, a block and a half from his house, so I said “sure” and went over.

I knocked on the door. I called into his (slightly open) window. I got no answer. I knocked for another few minutes, and finally realized that knocking wasn’t going to do it. His car was there. His roommates’ cars weren’t. I really wanted to just go in. But, of course, there are trespassing laws and stuff, and I’m not on a come-on-in basis with his roommates. So, I did the only rational (and most responsible) decision possible. I called the…

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Book Review: Going Through the Change by Samantha Bryant July 19, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 12:33 am

A new review of Going Through the Change by Brian Rush.

Brian Rush

cover2500Genre: Superhero story

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press, VA


Going through “the change” isn’t easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated-super-heroic changes. Helen discovers a spark within that reignites her fire. Jessica finds that her mood is lighter, and so is her body. Patricia always had a tough hide, but now even bullets bounce off her. Linda doesn’t have trouble opening the pickle jar anymore…now that she’s a man. When events throw the women together, they find out that they have more in common than they knew-one person has touched all their lives. The hunt for answers is on.

This story has perhaps the most original and unusual premise in recent years. Menopause plus the strange concoctions of an unscrupulous scientist combine to…

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The Science of Persuasion Applied to Author Marketing July 16, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 3:41 pm

Some good tips to consider when trying to sell books!

Kate M. Colby

marketingOne of my coworkers posted this video to the Marketing group on our company “chatter” feed. It explains six factors that influence individuals during the decision-making process. Long story short, people are insanely busy and overwhelmed with the fast pace of life. Therefore, instead of considering all available information, they use shortcuts to make decisions. Scientists have identified six of these that are universal.

As I watched the video, I began thinking of the concepts not in terms of our company business, but in terms of my author-entrepreneur business (a habit of which I am often guilty). I highly encourage you to watch the video and see what insights you can glean for yourself. However, if video isn’t your preferred medium, no worries. I’ve broken down the concepts and listed a few marketing ideas for each for you!

1.  Reciprocity

What have you done for me? Why should I do something for you?

If you…

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Zombies are Real July 12, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 10:50 pm

Very well said. The good news, this kind of zombie-ism is curable.

Jessica Schaub Books

wpid-0710151654a.jpgI have wondered at the infatuation with Zombie novels and movies. As a believer of living life to its fullest, the idea of being intrigued by the walking dead has left me puzzled. Wanting to be slightly informed, but cautiously aware that I’m the type that would probably really enjoy a good zombie movie, I watched World War Z last week. Based on the expressions of various friends and acquaintances who have equally various opinions on zombies, I’ve either gone over the edge or I’ve wasted my time with a glorified-yet-disappointing movie.

Either way, I have a feeling that I haven’t truly experienced a true zombie. To be honest, that is okay with me. From my limited knowledge of a zombie apocalypse, it’s a plague that drives zombies to bite healthy individuals. In the movie, the plague killed first, then within 11 or 12 seconds, the bitten rose to spread…

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A Pretty Much Foolproof, Never-Fail, Silver-Bullet Query Opening July 5, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 3:26 pm

I’m definitely going to try this.

John M. Cusick

Hello there.

A few days ago I posted about my move to Folio Literary, and what I’ll be seeking.

As I rev up the ol’ query inbox (which is already rumbling with submissions), I figured I’d take a moment to talk a bit about the query letter.

How— I mean, for serious, how on earth— does anyone write a query letter?

It seems so difficult. Not only are you trying to put your best foot forward and stand out from the dozens— no, HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS— of other queriers, you’ve got to summarize your manuscript (impossible), make it sound exciting (huh?), comp it to other titles (um), talk a bit about yourself (embarrassing), and keep it all under half-a-page (yeah okay no).

As if writing the book wasn’t hard enough in the first place.

A lot has been written on strategies for great query letters. There are templates…

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Coming Up: Tea with Barbara Claypole White July 3, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Samantha Bryant @ 3:04 pm

Really hoping I’ll be able to make it to this one!

Friends of the Orange County Public Library

The Friends are co-sponsoring an afternoon tea to celebrate the publication of Barbara Claypole White’s book, The Perfect Son, on Sunday, July 12, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Library. Meet the author, learn about her latest novel, enjoy some traditional English tea-time refreshments, and participate in a drawing for a free copy of The Perfect Son, which Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times Bestselling Author, calls “a riveting and passionate emotional journey that proves the transforming power that love can have on life and family.”  Books will be available for purchase at the event.


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