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Word on the Street with Mike Haas

Through my years in publishing, I have worked with some really great authors.  All of these authors approach self publishing with their own agenda and expertise.   Since the whole point of my blog and book is to look at the reality of self-publishing, I thought it would be nice to do a series of author interviews.  Welcome to ‘Word on the Street’.

My author interviews will consist of 6 questions about them, their book and their experience.  You will get the good, the bad and the ugly.  It is interesting to read the varying responses from each unique author.

Aloha to Mike Hass,

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Real Answer Real Authors: Why did you decide to publish?

Mike:  While a professor at a university, I wrote many conference papers, but I did not have time to prepare all of them for publication. Now I do, and I am writing and writing as never before. I will incorporate reasons for each book below, as I identify them.

RARA: What titles have you published to date?

Mike:      a) Looking for the Aloha Spirit: Promoting Ethnic Harmony (2010) was published to bring my essays on Hawai`i together in one volume–essays about combating discrimination, voting, interracial marriage, and similar matters. Hawai’i is a model for excellent though not perfect race relations, and the world needs to know how that has been brought about and sustained.

    b) America’s War Crimes Quagmire: From Bush to Obama (2010) consists of short chapters that were originally blog essays written after completing a comprehensive book of the 269 war crimes of the Bush administration that were inherited by Barack Obama as he became president. Some of the blogs explain how to close Guantanamo, why a Pakistani-American tried to set off a bomb in Times Square, examples of how the subject of “war crimes” is taboo in the United States, and other exposes about violations of the four Geneva Conventions and related international agreements.

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RARA: How are you currently marketing your book and what has given you the best results?

Mike:

a) website www.publishinghouse4scholars.com

b) appearance at book fairs

c) exhibiting and passing out leaflets at public lectures

d) converting them to ebooks for amazon.com

e) sending email with book notices

f)  sending copies for review to academic journals

g) social media announcements

Frankly, I do not know which worked best. 

RARA: Are there any books or websites that you have found the most useful?

Mike:  No

RARA: What has been your greatest challenge in self publishing?

Mike:  Marketing

RARA: What is the best advice or tip you can give a new and aspiring author?

Mike:  Enjoy what you do.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nobel Prize nominee Michael Haas is the author of more than forty books on international relations and human rights. He holds a doctorate in Political Science from Stanford University and has taught at Northwestern University, Occidental College, Purdue University, the University of California (Riverside), five California State University campuses, and the University of Hawaii. Internationally. He has also held positions at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), the University of London, the University of the Philippines, and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok).  Active in bringing research to the attention of policymakers, he filed civil rights complaints in Hawai`i during the 1970s, played a role in stopping the administration of President George H. W. Bush from financing weapons that went into the hands of the Khmer Rouge during the late 1980s, and is now a member of the California Senior Legislature as well as president of the Political Film Society (Los Angeles) while continuing to write, most recently the second edition of his widely acclaimed textbook, International Human Rights: A Comprehensive Introduction. His work continues.

 

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Word on the Street with Monica Hudson

Through my years in publishing, I have worked with some really great authors.  All of these authors approach self publishing with their own agenda and expertise.   Since the whole point of my blog and book is to look at the reality of self-publishing, I thought it would be nice to do a series of author interviews.  Welcome to ‘Word on the Street’.

My author interviews will consist of 6 questions about them, their book and their experience.  You will get the good, the bad and the ugly.  It is interesting to read the varying responses from each unique author.

Monica Hudson has a radio commercial and banner on www.praiseradio1.webs.com with Jerry Silversand podcast with www.writersinthesky.com.  They have a blog/newsletter and podcast that you can find on their site about Monica’s new book, “Over There: Raindrops of Reflection and her journey as an author/publisher. She will also be in Shabbach Magazine for the Winter Publication 2013 and all of 2014.

Monica Hudson is working towards various reviews from Dennis Moore who is with the East County Magazine and has also been invited to do a guest spot on their radio show East County Magazine Live to discuss her new book.  She is a contributing writer for the online magazine ‘The Cofield Report’ and has accepted a membership with the AR Pen Women.  Monica is currently traveling on a book tour.

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Real Answer Real Authors: Why did you decide to publish?

Monica:  I have always had a passion for journalism ever since I saw Barbara Walters as a teenager. As a adult, writing became a calling into a vision to serve others through books.

RARA: What titles have you published to date?

Monica:  The Bride and The Bridegroom: A Spiritual Romance, Changed: In the Heat of The Fire, and the upcoming book launching in early Sept….Over There: Raindrops of Reflection all of these books are part of a series called, “Sleeper Awake!”

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RARA: How are you currently marketing your book and what has given you the best results?

Monica:  My website acts as the motor that drives everything else around it, from platforms such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Stumbleupon, Goodreads. The internet is full of information to market your books and company from literary magazines, radio commercials, blog talk radio, writing news, newsletters, having a blog page and book trailers are absolutely fun and entertaining to showcase your work to the public.

RARA: Are there any books or websites that you have found the most useful?

Monica:  Yes. The Self-Publishing  Manuel by Dan Poynter, The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman, Creating Multiple Streams of Income with Information Products by Antonio Crawford, Pam Perry (marketingministriessolutions.com,www.EzineArticle.com.

RARA: What has been your greatest challenge in self publishing?

Monica:  Balance. It’s not as easy as it looks – editing, layouts, design, marketing and distribution can take away from family and even friends so give yourself some space.

RARA: What is the best advice or tip you can give a new and aspiring author?

Monica:  Vision. Create right from the start a vision for your customers of your company, brand and reading. Make yourself stand out and make yourself available to your readers.

 

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Word on the Street with Ralph Morin

Through my years in publishing, I have worked with some really great authors.  All of these authors approach self publishing with their own agenda and expertise.   Since the whole point of my blog and book is to look at the reality of self-publishing, I thought it would be nice to do a series of author interviews.  Welcome to ‘Word on the Street’.

My author interviews will consist of 6 questions about them, their book and their experience.  You will get the good, the bad and the ugly.  Not all real self publishing stories are full of rainbows and butterflies – it can suck sometimes too.

Come on down, Ralph Morin:

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Real Answer Real Authors: Why did you decide to publish?

Ralph:  I felt that I had something interesting to say and thought that by writing a book that it would be read by people who would be interested in the subject matter.

RARA: What titles have you published to date?

Ralph:  “The Cold War: A Remembrance”, “The Autobiography of Eve”, “The Autobiography of Eve: Empire”.

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RARA: How are you currently marketing your book and what has given you the best results?

Ralph:  Since I am deeply involved in another and completely different  project, I am not currently paying much attention to marketing, although I occasionally get a sale or two from the exposure that I first developed.

RARA: Are there any books or websites that you have found the most useful?

Ralph:  A couple, but I have forgotten what they were and I suspect that they would be out of date by now.

RARA: What has been your greatest challenge in self publishing?

Ralph:  Hitting the promotion trail and sticking with it.

RARA: What is the best advice or tip you can give a new and aspiring author?

Ralph:  Be prepared to NOT hit it rich right away. it will take time and maybe even not pan out, but at least you will have something to leave as a good legacy.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A little music, if you please. I’ve always had music intertwined with my life, Born in the middle of the 1930‘s depression and spending my formative years during the cataclysmic World War Two era, I was surrounded by the glorious music of the forties; the show tunes, the classical music, the love songs, the martial music. It has had a lasting effect on the things that I do and the way that I live.

Early on, I found that writing was a great way for me to meet some of the responsibilities of school. I received praise from an English teacher in high school for an essay that I had spontaneously composed. It inspired me to continue, but the draft intervened.

After a four year period in the Air Force during the Korean “Police Action”, I attended UCLA film school, studying under such luminaries as Jean Renoir, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kramer and many other award winning directors and producers. I made my way, albeit sometimes somewhat shakily, through the sixties. My output during those times consisted of educational, documentary, industrial and short entertainment films, which I usually wrote and produced. Some of my clients included CBS Educational, Encyclopedia Britannica, Rocket dyne, Lockheed, Volkswagen of America and Nissan.

The next phase of my life centered around developing and operating an Electrical Contracting business in Los Angeles, something which fit into my background of engineering which I had acquired at the University of Denver right after I left the Air force. I was a State of California licensed Electrical Contractor until 1999, all the while keeping my hand in the film business by writing and producing home-made backyard films.

In 2008, I began a script than dealt with the Cold War, a period which I know intimately. After developing the idea, I realized that it would have to be a rather longish film, so I decided that it would be best treated as a television series rather than one long film. The more I wrote, the longer it became; after all, the Cold War period ran from the mid 1940’s until 1990, about 45 years. After the script was finished, it dawned on me that if I ever hoped to get it sold, it might be a good thing to start as a book and continue from that point of view,  and so I wrote the book from the script.

In the book, “The Cold War, A Remembrance”, my character, Walter Vorley, always carries his music with him in his head. Sometimes it’s repetitive (i.e. Bolero), or sometimes it plays straight through a song or a short phrase. Walter is a photographer and he is there to record the events of the Cold War Years. His life, his family and the political events that surround him during the telling of the story, culminates with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is my hope that this little known and less understood era can be brought to life and told to as wide an audience as possible.

Ralph Morin

2545 Foose Road,

Malibu, California 90265

310-589-2519

Ralphmorin@verizon.net

 

 

 

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Word on the Street with Cory Harris

Through my years in publishing, I have worked with some really great authors. All of these authors approach self publishing with their own agenda and expertise. Since the whole point of my blog and book is to look at the reality of self-publishing, I thought it would be nice to do a series of author interviews. Welcome to ‘Word on the Street’.

My author interviews will consist of 6 questions about them, their book and their experience. You will get the good, the bad and the ugly. Not all real self publishing stories are full of rainbows and butterflies – it can suck sometimes too.

Tell us about it, Cory Harris:

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Real Answer Real Authors: Why did you decide to publish?

Cory: To help parents protect their children, its always been a goal of mine.

RARA: What titles have you published to date?

Cory: Zipper LE Series One: Outlook on Leadership and Liability in the Criminal Justice System and The Child/Adult Safety Bible.

RARA: How are you currently marketing your book and what has given you the best results?

Cory: The internet is how I market and has yielded the best results so far.

RARA: Are there any books or websites that you have found the most useful?

Cory: Amazon is usually pretty useful in searching for books I have found.

RARA: What has been your greatest challenge in self publishing?

Cory: Marketing is very difficult and expensive.

RARA: What is the best advice or tip you can give a new and aspiring author?

Cory: Take your time and give the reader your best output.

AUTHOR INFO
Cory B. Harris was born in Camden, Arkansas, and has over eighteen years of combined military and law-enforcement experience. He has served with the United States Air Force, Little Rock Police Department, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the United States Marshals Service. He has training and experience in field training, crime prevention, criminal and fugitive investigation and apprehension, operations, firearms instruction, threat investigations, and judicial and dignitary protection, just to name a few areas. He is also a recipient of the Medal of Merit (LRPD) and has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Doctorate Degree (DBA) in Business with an emphasis in Healthcare Management.

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Word on the Street with G.P.A.

Through my years in publishing, I have worked with some really great authors.  All of these authors approach self publishing with their own agenda and expertise.   Since the whole point of my blog and book is to look at the reality of self-publishing, I thought it would be nice to do a series of author interviews.  Welcome to ‘Word on the Street’.

My author interviews will consist of 6 questions about them, their book and their experience.  You will get the good, the bad and the ugly.  Not all real self publishing stories are full of rainbows and butterflies – it can suck sometimes too.

Tell us about it, Greatest Poet Alive (G.A.P.):

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Real Answer Real Authors: Why did you decide to publish?

G.P.A.:  I had written enough poems for other people that I felt it was time to put them all together.

RARA: What titles have you published to date?

G.P.A.:  The Confessional Heart of a Man, The Book of 24 Orgasms, The Mind of a Poetic Unsub, and Revenge of the Orgasm. Plus, I have appeared in many anthologies.

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RARA: How are you currently marketing your book and what has given you the best results?

G.P.A.:  I am a guerrilla marketer. Whatever methods will help spotlight my books, I use them.  Similarly, it is great to perform Poetry where it is. But the outstanding thing is to perform Poetry where it might not be.  And that is same with my books.

RARA: Are there any books or websites that you have found the most useful?

G.P.A.:  Facebook is a wonderful tool if used correctly. Otherwise, I just surf for opportunities.

RARA: What has been your greatest challenge in self publishing?

G.P.A.:  The greatest challenge in self publishing has been doing it as an author of Poetry. I say this because some regard Poetry as a “dead art”. Also, with the advent and movement of spoken word, the written art is looked over, unless you provide some sizzle to it. This may come with the personality of the individual Poet, title and/or cover of the book, or material that invites attention.

RARA: What is the best advice or tip you can give a new and aspiring author?

G.P.A.:  Write the way you want to and do what makes you feel good. If it touches many people and makes money, it is even better.

AUTHOR INFO

G.P.A hails from the south side of Chicago, IL. He has written four books of Poetry, participated in several anthologies, released one cd G.P.A. Experience, and has another on the way, GPApocalypse Forever.   G.P.A. has recently added acting to his repertoire of talents with stints in independent films “Persian Version” and “Animals” and tv shows “Chicago Fire” and “Crisis”.  Also, he won the Moth Storytelling Championship on two occasions, won all medals in the Poetry Pentathlon, and was a semifinalist in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards.

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Word on the Street with Michele Hinton

Through my years in publishing, I have worked with some really great authors. All of these authors approach self publishing with their own agenda and expertise. Since the whole point of my blog and book is to look at the reality of self-publishing, I thought it would be nice to do a series of author interviews. Welcome to ‘Word on the Street’.

My author interviews will consist of 6 questions about them, their book and their experience. You will get the good, the bad and the ugly. Not all real self publishing stories are full of rainbows and butterflies – it can suck sometimes too.

Tell us about it, Michele Hinton:

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Real Answer Real Authors: Why did you decide to publish?

Michele: Being a new and unknown author, I tried for years to find a traditional publisher or agent for my manuscripts. Twenty years ago, vanity presses were outrageously expensive (I’d received a quote for $40,000.00 from one of them), so my work gathered dust in a drawer. Six years ago, I rediscovered print on demand publishers and gave it a try. It is still expensive, but a far cry from 20 years ago. Two of my novels became available through different websites, however, book stores would still not carry them on their shelves. That’s when I decide to publish my work on my own. I could format my own books and sell them through different venues on-line. I then decided that other new authors might be in the same boat that I was, so I expanded on my thoughts and now offer to publish the work of others (who are unable to publish on their own) as either ebook or paperback and distribute where I can without the high price charges that some of the major POD companies charge. I only charge when a book sells and then I split the royalties with my clients after expenses, which in some cases might be more than the 8% to 10% that traditional publishers would pay.

RARA: What titles have you published to date?

Michele: Books in Print written by Michele L. Hinton:
High Seas: The Cabin Boy
High Seas: A Matter of Blood
Tales with a Twist & Tales Totally Twisted
The Sin-Eater’s Daughter
Princess Courtney and the Magic Suit
Humpty-Dumpty: A Fractured Tale
Michael Smith (ebook only)
Joshua Pennwrite: Ghost Writer (ebook)

Books Written by my clients :

Beauregard Blue by Betty J. Rees
Bring Me a Blue Bird – by Brian Durski
Winds of Sand by Brian Durski
The Four Year Hitch by Roy Reichelt, Jr. (Coming Soon)
Dontay’s Alphabet Book of Color by Evelyn Hall
The Masks We Wear by Stacie Cooper
Secrets of Asian Women by Crystal Tai
A Field Where Memories Grow II by Joyce Lawhorn
The Confidence Box by Roy Reichelt, III
Poetry for the Mind by Debra Stephenson
The New Order by Charlie Thrun

Plus more

RARA: How are you currently marketing your book and what has given you the best results?

Michele: I’ve tried several local outlets: newspaper advertising, TV/website ads: Facebook; I have a book trailer for my book, The Sin-Eater’s Daughter;book fairs and events. Trying to find the right marketing tool is an uphill struggle with a limited budget.

RARA: Are there any books or websites that you have found the most useful?

Michele: Amazon Kindle has been my best venue, and I’ve had some sales through Smashwords as well as my own website, http://www.theseashellbooks.com

RARA: What has been your greatest challenge in self publishing?

Michele: The major challenge in self-publishing is finding a distributor that will be able to put books on book store shelves. Thus far, I am finding that unless you have hefty sales and a large bank account, finding a distributor or even getting into a major database is just as difficult as trying to find a traditional publisher/agent.

RARA: What is the best advice or tip you can give a new and aspiring author?

Michele: If you love to write, keep doing it. Have an open mind to suggestions made by other writers. You might find their words helpful. In these days and times, if you can’t find traditional means of publication, do it yourself. If you don’t have the technical skills to do it yourself, there are publishers out there, like me, who can give you a chance for your work to get out there.

AUTHOR BIO

Michele Hinton was born in Louisville, Kentucky and now resides in Bowling Green. She was married in 2007 for the first time at the tender age of 50. She holds a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo and taught for many years (retired). Currently Michele is working on her Bachelor’s Degree and is expected to graduate in Oct. 2013. She won awards for her poetry from Mid-Continent University’s creative writing competitions. This year she won 1st place for her poem, Nature’s Serenade and will have several other poems published in their review magazine this year. Michele also started her own publishing company in 2008 and caters to the new author.

“Writing is my passion,” Michele says. Her newest books are The Sin-Eater’s Daughter, a novel, and a fully illustrated children’s book, Princess Courtney and the Magic Suit. Within the next few weeks, she will be launching an autobiography by Roy Reichelt, Jr. entitled, The Four Year Hitch on her website, www.theseashellbooks.com and it will also be available on Amazon and through Smashwords.

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