October 29, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) – Oliver Sparrow used his considerable knowledge of events and beliefs in the Peruvian Andes of a thousand years to shape the remarkable and exciting new novel, Dark Sun, Bright Moon. Readers in South America are slamming Dark Sun, Bright Moon because the book explores ancient practices, customs and beliefs that many believe should remain hidden in the past.
What people are saying about this controversial book:
“You bring to life these ancient practices, customs and beliefs which, even if they had been the reality of a former time, now have been set to one side… Please, do not publish any more of these types of novel. It is not a good idea to revive possibly-dangerous religious ideas and beliefs that have been successfully eradicated.”
“I am a preacher in the Mormon faith, and I live in Puno, Peru where we are working with the local people for many years… I have read your novel, and it does not seem good to me that you are attempting to awaken these ancient customs, most of which have been forgotten and which you, one way or another, are waking them up. If this material comes to the attention of my flock their curiosity will reawaken about these ancient idolatries, which they had set to one side. I ask you please, in the name of our community, not to publish this type of literature, which goes against our beliefs. If this information were to be published in Spanish, we can assure you that it will reawaken customs and beliefs that we have worked to suppress through 400 years. That would throw us back from the faith that we have built within this community.”
“You are entering a space that has been hidden for many years, and for good reason.”
“I am a Catholic priest. I work in the jungle region of Peru… and I have to say that it does not appear advisable that this type of publication finds its way into the hands of the less educated. It does not seem to be a good thing for our Catholic faith that you should seek to revive these long-forgotten beliefs, and for that reason I ask you not to publish the book in Spanish.”
Dark Sun, Bright Moon is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
To learn more, go to http://www.darksunbrightmoon.com/
For further information, to request a review copy of Dark Sun, Bright Moon, or to interview Oliver Sparrow, please contact Kelsey McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805.807.9027.
More and more publishing success stories these days are coming from eBook publishers as compared to those who deal in print books. As a result, the number of eBook writers has gone up drastically. Though it may seem lucrative to write your own eBook and sell it, making enough sales to earn good money is not as easy as it seems. You need to learn and implement the right techniques and methods to promote your eBook. Here are some tips you should remember when seeking to boost your eBook sales.
1. Have a professional cover design:
Hopefully, you have used the right tools to format and edit your eBook. The next step now is ensuring that the cover itself captures a prospective buyer’s attention immediately. The cover design is a very big factor in determining how well you sell your eBook.
The first thing is to have a professional create the design (unless you are one yourself). Look online for some of the best eBook cover designs and then use these ideas to help an expert create what you want.
Of course a professional designer will cost money but do not compromise on this. It is an investment you have to make if at all you want to earn from your work.
2. Sell your eBook on different stores:
Amazon may have a lot of prospective customers, but don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Submit your eBook to multiple stores to make sure that it gets as much exposure as possible. Even small online stores will substantially add to your total revenue.
3. Give it away for free:
For a writer, it is extremely important to have a loyal following. If you are writing your first book, getting this audience is a big challenge. One way of going about it is by giving the eBook away for free for a limited period of time. Even better, you can give your first book away for free and then use the gained following to make huge sales with your subsequent books.
Free giveaways can also help you gauge the success of the eBook and give you an idea of how much you can earn from it.
4. Get it reviewed:
A good review can make all the difference in terms of eBook sales. There are sites that provide eBook reviews. Submit your work here. In addition, get satisfied readers and eBook stores to give their testimonials about the eBook.
If it is possible, find a well known author to also write a short review. This will give you a lot more exposure and more people will trust you.
5. Optimize your sales pages:
Whether you are selling your eBook on Amazon or anywhere else, make sure that your sales page is highly appealing. Fill it with quotes from your eBook, reviews from customers and testimonials. Tell people what to expect and make them anticipate reading your work.
It is advisable to incorporate search engine optimization (SEO) into your sales page to make it easier for people to find it online.
6. Interact with your readers:
It is very important to connect with your readers, both current and prospective. The best way to do this is through forums and social media networks. This interaction will also attract other people and multiply your following.
7. Be careful about the pricing:
You may have done everything perfectly well up to this point but then mess up when it comes to putting a price on your eBook. Generally EBooks are priced much lower than printed books due to the lower production cost. In fact, the low prices have been instrumental in driving up the popularity and success of eBooks.
So be careful not to overprice it such that people don’t buy it. Ideally, eBooks are sold under $10. For fiction, it should be under $7. The most favorably price range especially for new writers is between $0.99 and $2.99. This way, you will sell enough books to get good returns.
Once your first eBook becomes a success, don’t stop there, publish another one. The more quality work you have the easier it will be to find you and the bigger the following you will have. Most importantly, don’t forget to always communicate and interact with your readers. Create a community within which people can share and even spread word about your books.
This article was contributed by Tanisha Williams, Founder of ChatEbooks.
The most internationally anticipated religious suspense-thriller since Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, WR.PARK’s The Franciscan is now available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and CreateSpace. Written 14 years ago, The Franciscan eerily forebodes current events in the Vatican predicting the coming of the current Pope Francis and proves to be a timely novel more than a decade after it was penned. This is the first book in The Franciscan Trilogy.
“The pope is not infallible.” When the newly elected Pope Francis utters this bold and unprecedented statement, he captures the attention of the world’s population. His reforms leave no corner untouched as he strips away the mask so long held before the face of the papacy. Bringing with him and open-minded candor rarely seen by public figures – he’s an inspiration to his followers – and a threat to those who oppose him.
“When I penned this novel about a fictitious Pope Francis fourteen years ago, I never envisioned that a future pope would select the name, Pope Francis I. This novel’s Pope Francis is a bold and courageous pope whose sweeping reforms reversing ancient Vatican edicts place his life in grave danger. The world can only hope and pray that today’s Pope Francis, as bold as he is, will be fruitful in his endeavors and have a lengthy and healthy reign,” said WR.PARK.
Praise for The Franciscan:
New York Times bestselling author James Rollins commented on WR.PARK’s thirteenth novel: “I’ve been a fan of WR.PARK’s work for years.”
“The Franciscan featuring the first Pope Francis is about murder, suicide, extortion, assassins, devilish plots with a narrative with more twists and turns than a ride through purgatory.” – Publisher’s Auxiliary
“Unexpectedly thrust upon the throne of St. Peter by dark forces within the Vatican, this pope is trying to institute a radical agenda of change while contending with assassination attempts and political intrigue… and then things get really exciting.” – The Leaven Catholic Newspaper
“The Franciscan is a fascinating tale and has great general appeal. Readers who like intrigue and mystery in a colorful historical setting will enjoy [WR.PARK’s] effort and will certainly look forward to his subsequent offering.” – The Sun Newspaper
“Every now and then a book I’m asked to read and write about pleasantly surprises me. The Franciscan is a case point. It’s an intriguing read – weaving together two fascinating tales. It kept me interested up to and including the end.” – Northwest Florida Daily News
Excerpt from The Franciscan:
A swarm of locusts couldn’t have devoured an acre of grain any faster than the Franciscans consumed their evening meal. Dom was hardly half through when the others were refilling their coffee cups, and Nathan stood to relate what was recorded in the archives on the subject of papal infallibility.
“Dom, my brothers, since we’re all more interested in what the newly elected pope has to say about this highly volatile and controversial theme, I’ll just hit the highlights of my research, omit lengthy commentary, and be as brief as possible.
“Linus was the first recorded pope, reigning from 67-76 AD. Peter, who was never considered a pope during his lifetime, was however bestowed the distinction hundreds of years after his death, making him the first practicing pope. We’re fully aware that Peter made numerous mistakes prior to our Lord’s crucifixion and after. If it hadn’t been for Paul’s intervention, Peter might have taken Christianity down the wrong path. In 1869, Pope Pius IX called for the first Vatican Council. They jointly declared a pope to be infallible. His edict didn’t end there. In disagreement with the fifteenth century Council of Constance’s decree that a pope is subject to the General Council, he further declared that the Church obtains its faith from the pope, not the General Council.
“Dozens, perhaps a hundred popes, contradicted one another in sundry ways, even charging a predecessor with heresy. For instance, Pope Formosus (891-896) was exhumed after he had been dead almost a year and accused by Pope Steven VII with being elected dishonestly. After the charge, Formosus’ body was tossed in the Tiber River, then retrieved and reburied. Now get this. Ten years later Pope Sergius III again exhumed Formosus, and censured him anew. He went for another swim in the Tiber, this time minus his head. Somehow the headless body was found and was reburied in St. Peters.
“In the early thirteenth century Pope Innocent III contended he was subject to no law, even if it was evil, because no one had the right to judge the pope. Later, Pope Gregory proclaimed the pope to be lord and master of the universe. Pope Boniface VII later declared; ‘I am pontiff, I am emperor.’ And as others had done before him, he made his nephews cardinals, bestowing land and precious valuables to his family. In fact, several popes had sons who became popes.”
Nathan was standing now, and begun to nervously shift from one foot to the other. “Sex seemed to be a preoccupation with many popes. Pope Benedict IX, in the eleventh century, abdicated in order to marry. The woman he loved was his cousin. She refused him, so he wanted the papacy back. Two popes I came across were murdered in bed by jealous husbands. Still another two were charged with incest.
“Early on, and for almost two hundred years, there were three dozen popes. Many were elderly and feeble, some in their early twenties; a few were teenagers. A number were banished for one reason or another; some murdered. Others were out-and-out fakes. In the tenth century, Pope Benedict V fled with the Church’s finances after disgracing a young woman. And, oh yes, he too was slain by an outraged husband.
“At the beginning of the eleventh century Pope Gregory VII enforced clerical celibacy, in effect making harlots of thousands of wives; severing husband from wife, father from children. It’s reported that hundreds of faithful wives took their own lives. His excommunication’s of kings for personal profit incited bloodshed throughout the world. He was accused with forging and altering Council documents to back his claims. It’s assumed many are included in today’s Canon Law. He proclaimed the Roman Church has never erred, nor could it ever. And that a justly elected pope is a saint by being Peter’s direct successor.
“Here’s another bit of evidence supporting the preoccupation with sex and personal fortune. It was Pope Julius II who pressured Michelangelo into making the newly constructed Vatican a grand piece of art. Another accomplishment was to father three daughters in spite of syphilis devastating his body. And for those of you unaware—Julius II was a Franciscan.
“Popes had many schemes for increasing their personal fortunes. Pope John XXII, (1316 and 1334), excommunicated eighty members of the clergy for not paying their taxes, including archbishops, bishops and abbots. And for the right amount of money, you could receive forgiveness for any crime.
“An early Synod in Rome condemned torture. Pope Nicholas I said torture was a violation of divine law. In the sixth century, in spite of Gregory ruling that a person’s testimony during or after torture should be discounted—torture approved by the pope was the norm for hundreds of years when dealing with those considered to be heretics. As we know, thousands of Christians considered heretics were slaughtered during the Crusades. Pope Urban II, in the eleventh century, declared that heretics were to be tortured, then killed. In the thirteenth century Innocent III had a reported 12,000 Christian heretics killed in one day. Soon after, Gregory IX created the Inquisition, proclaiming it was the responsibility of every good Catholic to find, torture and kill heretics.
“Here’s something you’ll all be interested in hearing. In the fourteenth century, an angry Pope John XXII said that if the Franciscans didn’t cease professing that our Lord and the apostles lived in poverty, they would be burned as heretics. In 1816, Pope Pius VII finally put an end to the practice of torturing heretics.
“We’ve now witnessed evidence of papal fallibility. In fact, several popes were themselves excommunicated for considered acts of heresy. But here’s proof positive of papal err. The 1546 Council of Trent advocated the writing of a new edition of Saint Jerome’s original Bible. Forty years later, Sixtus V decided to personally write the new edition. His version was to supersede all other Bibles. It was printed and distributed. Within two years, all copies were found and destroyed. The pope’s rendering of the Bible was error filled, and many passages were missing. It was re-edited and again made available.”
Nathan saw Dom’s right eyebrow twitch, his nose wrinkle, and thought it wise to wrap it up, and not tax his patience any further. “In conclusion—yes Dom, I’m about to conclude my briefing. Here’s what three popes said, who reigned between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, including a saint, regarding fallibility. Innocent III conceded he could be judged by the Church for any sin, even on the subject of faith. Innocent IV agreed the pope could err on the subject of faith. And Adrian VI also admitted a pope can err. St. Augustine once said that when a pope had made a decision, that was the end of it. Still, he disputed several pope’s resolutions, and when he failed to change their minds, called on Synods to resolve the situation.”
Nathan took a deep breath, made an audible sigh, and ended with a question. “I ask you all to decide. Was Pope Pius IX correct when in1869 he declared a pope to be infallible, or do the deeds of the popes we just unearthed speak for themselves? Please remember, I only disclosed a bit of past pontifical history. Dom, the floor is all yours.”
Dom refilled his coffee cup, and while others followed suit, took the now familiar seat atop the vacant picnic table. He ran his fingers through the mass of short dark curls, lowered his head in thought, pausing momentarily, then with a half erect head and upraised eyebrows, admitted, “I’m not in too good a company, am I? The evil, unacceptable and unjust actions of some can overshadow the virtues displayed by many righteous and charitable popes throughout our religious history.
“I say to all now, that within my own conscience, I cannot agree with Pope Pius’ claim. All the evidence is in favor of fallibility. I agree with Dante when he said that the papacy’s passion for power incited fracture within Catholicism. The pope’s claim of infallibility certainly fanned the flames of division. That issue we must very cautiously address, but need more time to study the possible consequences of announcing my opinion, pro and con.
Author, columnist, teacher, lecturer, past president of three advertising agencies, William R. Park, Sr. is nationally known and respected in the advertising and literary worlds—and a Member of International Thriller Writers, Inc. His past works include: The Talking Stones, Overlay, Fatal Incision, plus ten others, each backed by glowing praise from numerous bestselling authors.
WR.PARK currently resides in the Kansas City area with his wife Genie. To learn more, and read what bestselling authors said about his body of work, visit: http://www.wrparkpublishinggroup.com/. Connect with WR.PARK on Twitter and Goodreads.
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Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” was released on Amazon a few days ago, and I bought it right away! After reading the first chapter, I was immediately hooked. Her writing style is poetic, yet relatable, and I love the way she honestly and bluntly describes herself. This is the definition of a tell-all book.
I would say it appeals more to women ages 20-35, maybe 40. It is a sort of coming-of-age novel in which Dunham recalls her awkward years, finding herself, and all the quirky habits that make her who she is today. It is enchanting and extremely honest. In the first chapter she describes not being able to find a group she fit into as a 20-year-old, but having hope that “they would recognize me when they saw me. They would like me enough that it wouldn’t matter if I liked myself” (Not That Kind of Girl). That kind of reality is hard to share, but it helps so much in drawing your readers in and relating to them directly.
Be warned: this book is not censored; Dunham holds nothing back, as in she is not afraid to “make casual reference to my vagina, like it’s a car or a chest of drawers.”. If you’re comfortable with a bit of vulgarity, you will love this book.
I completely recommend reading it, and check out Dunham’s book tour if it’s headed to your city!
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