Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Storyteller's Diary


Who is ready for a great story or two? Awesome! Today's author interview with J. Edwards Holt is that and more. His book, "The Storyteller's Diary," is filled with mystery, adventure and intrigue. Take a look and then meet this creative author.



The Storyteller's Diary Paperback – April 28, 2020

by J. Edwards Holt (Author)


Whether you're looking for a mystery, adventure, light-hearted laughs, or even something on the scarier side, "The Storyteller's Diary" has it all! Set in the fantasy world of J. Edwards Holt's "Little Men, Big Treasures" trilogy, this collection of short stories includes over a dozen tales, featuring all kinds of fantastic mythical creatures like dragons, wizards, elves, and much, much more!

 

Paperback: 245 pages

Publisher: Independently published (April 28, 2020)

Language: English

ISBN-13: 979-8639276927

ASIN: B087R98VV1

Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches

Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces 


J. Edwards Holt



Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I'm J. Edwards Holt. I'm an author of fantasy fiction — mostly for young adults, although I have published one young children's book. I grew up in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area, and that's where I currently live. I went to a few different elementary and middle schools, and I was homeschooled for all of my high school years. I went to college and got a degree in teaching, then taught for a few years before deciding that wasn't what I wanted to do.

 

What inspired you to author this book?

 

I've always loved writing stories. Even when I was a kid, I would write — sometimes when I should've been doing "assigned" school work! About a year ago, I was going through some old paper in my bedroom closet and found a bunch of old stories I had written. I took them out, refined them, and added some new ones. I decided to combine all the short stories into one book!



 

Where did you get the inspiration for your book's cover?

 

When I was designing the cover, I wanted something that would appeal to the imagination in my readers. I commissioned an artist to draw me a picture of a mixture of things you would see in a fairy tale. Then, once I was satisfied with the image, I talked with a graphic designer who made the cover for me.

 

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

 

I say this a lot, but C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien are my biggest author influences. I model myself behind them the most. As far as other influences, I'm always inspired by people who follow their dreams no matter what. My family has always inspired me to do what I love, and so have my friends. I've always been taught to go after what you want, and to believe in myself.

 

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

 

I wouldn't say I had any extremely difficult obstacles when writing this book, other than the usual anxieties that come along with writing. Even when you've written several books, starting and completing a new one is always intimidating. It's a very lengthy process, and some parts are just tedious. But once you finish and get to hold that new book in your hand, it's all worth it!



Tell your readers about your book.

 

My latest book is called "The Storyteller's Diary." It's a collection of short stories I've written over the years, and it has everything from fairy tales to exciting action sequences. It's a must-read for anyone who loves fantasy!



Who is your target audience, and why?

 

This book is really intended for a wide variety of readers. As Fantasy Review Club said in their review, it's "Fun from ages 9 to 99", and that's what I was going for while writing it. There are some stories in the book that will appeal to younger people, while some have a deeper, more serious meaning in them. Honestly, I've had people all the way from 5th graders to grandparents tell me they enjoyed the stories.

 

What do you consider your greatest success in life?


Determination. I've been through a lot of things in my life — mostly struggles with mental illness, but I've always been determined to achieve the things I want. Being an author has been my dream for a long time now, and I'm proud that I have accomplished it.

 

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

 

What sets me apart from others in the fantasy genre is that all of my stories have Christian messages in them. I've always wanted to be in some form of ministry, but I've never been the type of guy that can get up and preach a sermon every Sunday morning, so I decided to make writing my ministry.

 





Monday, July 6, 2020

The Persuasive Marketer: Key Focus on Mastering the Arts of Selling Anything to Anybody Kindle Edition


Today's book and author are after my own heart. Why? I have always considered myself as an author first, then a marketer. However, as the internet changed everything we do as authors, our marketing strategies changed too. Me, like so many authors had to learn how to market. Most hate it. It is a necessary part of an author's life.

What if you're not an author and you have something else to sell online? Do you have an eCommerce site? Do you sell products on Ebay? Are you a realtor? No matter your occupation, todays author, Ioannis Antypas' book, "The Persuasive Marketer: Key Focus on Mastering the Arts of Selling Anything to Anybody," is filled with advice and strategies that work. I have read the book and I can highly recommend it to all.




The Persuasive Marketer: Key Focus on Mastering the Arts of Selling Anything to Anybody Kindle Edition

by Ioannis Antypas  (Author)


Is your brand hitting the mark and connecting with your customers at a deeper level? Learn the marketing strategies that successful brands use today.


Every day, brands lose millions because they do not have a clear message that tells consumers what they are and what value they will add to their lives.

The Persuasive Marketer is the quintessential guide that will help you develop the best marketing strategy to reach potential customers and connect with them on a personal level. This approach will not only gain you customers but also create brand loyalty.

Successful marketing goes beyond selling, beyond the product and the offer. It's about the buyer and the reasons behind why you made that product, created that offer, and are running that promotion.

Marketing is comprised of everything that leads to sales and conversion, to the extent of building a loyal customer list.

If you are still using traditional marketing methods in today's highly dynamic and content-driven marketplace, then your brand is losing a lot.

The traditional approach focuses on running promotions without understanding the minds of your audience, aiming only to make sales instead of giving value to your audience and helping them grow their business with what you offer. With the help of this book, you will be able to upgrade your marketing skills and sell anything to the correct targeted audience.


This is what you will learn by reading The Persuasive Marketer:

·         The New Concepts Behind Marketing

·         Persuasive Marketing Techniques

·         Communication in Marketing

·         The Psychology of Selling

·         How to Get to Know Your Buyer

·         Copyrighting

·         And much more...

 

This book will provide you with everything you need to understand today's dynamic marketing strategies. It will shed light on how to present your product better, create the best offer, understand the mindset of your customers, and reveal the green-light solution for closing more sales.

The Persuasive Marketer will provide you with 100% tried and tested strategies that you can follow and employ in your daily marketing efforts. There is no magic solution, hocus-pocus, or mumbo-jumbo in these pages. What you will get is encouragement, enthusiasm, and a solid understanding of effective marketing.


It's time to learn how most pro marketers generate sales without stress, creating revenue, and a loyal customer base that keeps coming back for more.


Order your copy NOW and make your brand get noticed!

 


Product details

File Size: 383 KB

Print Length: 123 pages

Publisher: Absolute Author Publishing House (August 14, 2020)

Publication Date: August 14, 2020

Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC

Language: English

 

Ioannis Antypas  (Author)


What inspired you to author this book?

In the world where businesses are turning digital, I found one thing that the majority lack of; persuasion to close sales. This inspired me to write ‘The Persuasive Marketer’.

Did you write the book from personal experience?

 Yes! Everything in this book is what I have personally done to start up my companies and continue to do so.

What made you want to create your own businesses?

 I can’t remember not being an Entrepreneur. From selling water bottles in primary school to starting multiple businesses. It has always been about business from the start.

What do you hope people gain from reading this book?

I am hoping this book will encourage other Entrepreneurs to push the boundaries and either improve on their marketing, sales and persuasion techniques or, to start their own businesses.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

From Jordan Belfort. From the world. From the past. Everywhere, really!

Tell your readers about your book.

My book ‘The Persuasive Marketer’ helps you communicate clearly with potential buyers and help them identify why they NEED your product or service. I talk about business strategies and I share my tactics and insight on making your business a success with effective marketing. Everything I share has been tried and tested in my ventures!

Who is your target audience, and why?

My target audience is aspiring entrepreneurs who want to push boundaries and either improve on their marketing, sales and persuasion techniques or, to start their own businesses.

If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?

If you are looking for a book that contains tried & tested strategies and marketing tactics, I can assure you will find them all in one place and that is my book ‘The Persuasive Marketer’.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

My greatest achievement is seeing my businesses go from nothing to their current success.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

Everything I share in my book is from personal experience and what I have personally seen work.

What one piece of advice do you have for new authors.

Start early and stay at it…daily!



What is College?: College and Career Readiness for Elementary Students (Paperback)


As a retired educator, I feel it is important for every student be encouraged to learn about college and career choices and that is exactly what today's author, Mr. Henry Kopia Keculah Jr, presents in his new children's book "What is College? College and Career Readiness for Elementary Students. Take a look and meet the author. Also, congratulations to Keculah as his book is currently ranked as #1 in African & Middle Eastern Literature on Amazon. 





What is College?: College and Career Readiness for Elementary Students (Paperback)
by Mr. Henry Kopia Keculah Jr. (Author), Lakeem Wilson (Illustrator)

It's never too early to start learning about college or the career of your dreams. Follow Uche and B.J. as they explore what college is. These two students share dialogue on how to prepare for college. This book aims to help elementary students see the big picture.



Product details

Series: What is College? (Book 1)
Paperback: 38 pages
Publisher: Independently published (July 4, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 979-8648743366
ASIN: B08C97X4NP
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)



Henry Keculah Jr.

Author website: www.40gpa.com
Goodreads site: https://www.goodreads.com/keculah
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Henrykeculahjr
Other: www.keculah.com






Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I grew up In Houston, Texas, and attended school in Alief ISD. K-12 was interesting to me. I was placed in Special Education in the 1st grade. I struggled with reading early on and was the kid that mispronounced the big and small words when reading out loud. Both of my parents are Liberian.

Eventually, I overcame the obstacles of reading out loud and test out of Special Education. I joined my speech and debate team in high school and developed a passion for public speaking. High school was hard; I failed six classes and attended school perennially. I graduated at the bottom of my high school class with a 2.5 GPA but was still able to get accepted into the number one public in the state of Texas, which is the University of Texas.

What inspired you to author this book?

What inspired you to author this book? When I was in high school, I did not know the importance of GPA's, SAT & ACT testing. My parents did not attend high school in America. I remembered sitting with my counselor during my senior year, and she told me I only had a good chance of attending one of the schools I listed on my list. I wanted to create a book that exposes elementary students to college early. Elementary students are very bright and underestimated. Students should start preparing for college the moment they enter into a schoolhouse. My high school friend and college roommate Uche passed away a few years ago, so I dedicated the book to him. One of the other characters is named B.J. after my nephew. My nephew is very bright and likes to ask a lot of questions. Statistics for college graduates are not favorable towards African American males. This book is designed to show a positive representation of African American males and eliminate all negative stereotypes.


Where did you get the inspiration for your book's cover?

The inspiration for the book covered came from the annual college tours I do each year with students. Students always ask questions when they step foot on a college campus for the first time.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

I correlate writing with making music; in a sense, you are telling a story. My aunt Angie Peabody inspired me to get into writing. Music artist like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Young Dolph, Rick Ross, and Future influence my personality as a writer. I read the lyrics for the majority of the songs I listen to.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

I completed this book last year. Some of the obstacles I had to overcome was making sure the formatting was right and finding the right company to publish the book and creating dialogue that correlates with a fifth grader.

Tell your readers about your book.

This book is designed to expose students in elementary and middle school to college and different career opportunities. The book shows the importance of education and breaks some of the stereotypes younger students normally have.

It's never too early to start learning about college or the career of your dreams. Follow Uche and B.J. as they explore what college is. These two students share dialogue on how to prepare for college. This book aims to help elementary students see the big picture.


Who is your target audience, and why?

Elementary and middle school students. Libraries, schools, and youth sports teams.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

Starting an education company that has been able to impact thousands of students and put them on a trajectory towards success. It's all about making a social impact and changing lives.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I don't follow other writers in my genre. I am telling my story, that makes me unique.





How to Deal with the Police: A Blunt Tutorial on How to Avoid Getting in Trouble with the Police


I think today's author interview with Dr. Ike Okani, author of "How to Deal with the Police," comes at the right time. Why? With everything going on in the world, violence, looting, pandemic, and everything else, I think there are certain protocols when it comes to working with and dealing with the police. I have several friends who are police officers, FBI agents, and even an Air Marshall. These men and women put their live's on the line everyday and often face the unthinkable. Take a look at today's book and meet the author.




How to Deal with the Police: A Blunt Tutorial on How to Avoid Getting in Trouble with the Police Paperback – June 27, 2020

by Dr. Ike Okani (Author)

This book is for you if you’ve been getting in trouble with the police and you’re hungry for knowledge on how to stop that. This book is for you if you’re a parent that’s often worried that your child could be the next victim of police brutality and would want your children to read this for their own sake, and for your own peace of mind. You’re a high school teacher and you would want to recommend this book to your students. The list goes on and on. The bottom line is that life the way it is (police brutality does exist) must be handled in a way that you do not become a victim of police brutality too. If you were waiting for the utopian future of no police brutality anywhere, you would not be reading this book.

Product details

Paperback: 52 pages

Publisher: Independently published (June 27, 2020)

Language: English

ISBN-13: 979-8657320428

ASIN: B08BWFWWM2

Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches 

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

Dr. Ike Okani earned a PhD in Leadership and Psychology from the University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Kentucky, in 2019. To help pay for his doctoral education, he worked on the Las Vegas Strip as a strip club promoter, a VIP Host, and a general concierge. Dr. Okani holds a master’s degree in Human Resources Training and Development, from Amberton University, Garland, Texas. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Counselling from California State University at Chico, and two associate degrees from Los Angeles City College: one in Cinema Production and the other in Liberal Arts. The lessons and ideas shared in HOW TO DEAL WITH THE POLICE culminate from Dr. Okani’s experiences during his many interactions with the police, and the experiences of others, while he worked on the Las Vegas strip, in group homes, in security, insurance, real estate, and while living in different neighborhoods across America.

Dr. Okani is currently focusing on finishing his next book, Why Are You Not Happy? He is also writing and producing music for the electronic dance music project, DSB n Ike Okani.

What inspired you to author this book?

There are too many black folks that religiously believe that the police are always out to get them just because they’re black. That’s not always true. These folks also religiously believe that if they were white, the police would never be out to get them. That, too, is not always true. The truth is that the systemic change that we seek must be reciprocal. We cannot ask others to change if we are not willing to change.


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

I was waiting in the cashier line when a middle-aged black woman walked in with a young woman who I assumed to be her daughter, and two little children who could be her grandchildren. One child was a girl and the other, a boy. The boy, about 3 years old, was in handcuffs. A real set of handcuffs. His two hands were cuffed from the front. The security man by the door made a joke about calling the real police on the boy and the middle-aged black woman laughed. The young woman with her also laughed. I didn’t find that funny at all.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Personally: my father and my mother. As a writer: all the great ones.; too numerous to mention.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

So many people in America, especially black people, have often accused me of denying that racism exists. That’s not true. I have never denied that racism does exist. However, I have chosen not to walk around expecting people from other ethnic groups, including white people, to love me and or to respect me just because I’m black. I never interact with anybody expecting special treatment because I’m black. When someone from a different ethnicity doesn`t like me, I do not immediately think that it’s because I’m black. I understand that being black could be part of why someone doesn’t like me, but I’ve been black my whole life. I am proud of being black. So, I wouldn’t change that, even if I could.


Tell your readers about your book.

WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR: This book is for you if you’ve been getting in trouble with the police and you’re hungry for knowledge on how to stop that. This book is for you if you’re a parent that’s often worried that your child could be the next victim of police brutality and would want your children to read this for their own sake, and for your own peace of mind. You’re a high school teacher and you would want to recommend this book to your students. The list goes on and on. The bottom line is that life the way it is (police brutality does exist) must be handled in a way that you do not become a victim of police brutality too. If you were waiting for the utopian future of no police brutality anywhere, you would not be reading this book.

Before I proceed further, I must let you know that I don’t pretend to hold all the answers and or to have all the knowledge about how to avoid getting in trouble with the police. Most of the knowledge shared in this book are from my experiences during my several encounters with the police. All my personal encounters with the police in America and abroad have resulted in zero arrests and zero detentions. I have also observed and read about the encounters of others who have gotten in trouble with the police. I have learned from their mistakes as well. I have also learned a lot from reading books.

However, you do not need to hold degrees in the social sciences in order to learn the techniques and or ideas that have worked for me. All you need is to have an open mind and the willingness to learn. Also, you need to let go of all your basic assumptions and all the conventional wisdom that you possess. Conventional wisdom, by the way, is not wisdom. Conventional wisdom is what everybody knows. This book is not about what everybody knows.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

I thank God for giving me the strength to continue to strive to be a better man.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I'm a social scientist. Most of my ideas are based on applied and participant research.