2015 BOOKS

Top Book Stores Around the U.S.

Asian Book Store
 (617) 822-9996
1392 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122

Africa World Press Inc. & The Red Sea Press Inc.
41 West Ingham Avenue Suite B
Trenton, New Jersey08607
(609) 695-3200

Kaboom Books
3116 Houston Avenue
Houston Tx. 77009
Phone: 713.869.7600

123 Astronaut E S Onizuka #205
Los Angeles, CA

The Americanist (ABAA)
113 Creeks Edge
Chapel Hill , NC 27516

Mahogany Books
37 Western Hill Mall
Fairfield, AL 35064

Latin American Book Store
204 N Geneva St
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-2418

Frank's Hebrew Bookstore
14425 Cedar Road (Near Green)
South Euclid, Ohio 44121
Phone: 216-291-9847
E-Mail: franks@apk.net

7 Tips To Help Writers Avoid Distraction

By Angela Joseph

October  2015

Writing is an isolative activity, one that calls for a lot of discipline to keep going. If you are not careful, you can easily become distracted by your cell phone, the TV, your family, or even the load of laundry. So what can you do to prevent yourself from getting up before that article or chapter is complete?

Here are a few tips:

Make a time management plan, one that includes your activities for the day with time SLOTS and breaks. Chip Scanlan writing in the Poynter Report (2002) advises that writers make friends with a clock. He uses a talking timer from Radio Shack that counts down, counts up then beeps when time's up. I like the idea of the count down as it gives you time to get ready to stop instead a regular timer that just beeps at the end. You can draw up your own planner with time slots on the left, activity in the middle and the last column for notes, so you can jot down any relevant points at the end of the slot.

Remove all clutter from your workspace. I don't know about you, but I find it hard to focus if my desk is untidy. Ideally, the only things you should have on your desk while you are working are the things you use daily, ACCORDING to David Allen in Organizing Your Workspace. Things you use weekly can be kept in a drawer, or within walking distance.

Turn off the cell phone. You might think this would be obvious, but some writers keep open house and allow calls from clients, friends or family members at any time. This can throw you off when you are in the middle of a chapter, or you are polishing that article. A much better way would be to set time limits. Let friends, family members or clients know when you are available for calls and schedule those times in your time management plan.

Resist the temptation to snack. You may develop the munchies while writing, but if you have scheduled your snack breaks into your daily plan, you should not hear the chips calling your name.

Treat your writing as if it were a day job. People who work at a day job get dressed, drive - in most cases, to work then put in a steady amount of hours before taking a break. You should do the same. Some people say they love writing because they can work in their pjs. That may be true, but the leisurely feeling that comes from working in your pajamas can also cause you to work haphazardly.

Plan ahead. When you are done writing for the day, you should make a few notes of what you plan to work on the next day. Is it researching markets or information, working on your book or an assignment? Once you know what you have to do when you sit at your desk, you should be able to get right to it and avoid distraction.

Challenge yourself. If you have been writing the same type of material for the past ten years, chances are you will get bored at some time. Boredom and distraction are first cousins. Or you may suffer from burnout and begin to wonder if writing is really what you want. The good thing about writing is that the scope is endless. You may have grown accustomed to writing material for busy moms of young children, well, why not try your hand at physical fitness or technology or even travel. When you are fired up about your topic, you can never be distracted.

As a writer, you cannot allow yourself to become distracted. To do so can result in wasting time and/or producing work that is below your normal capability. By following these tips, you will avoid distraction and be a productive and happy writer.

Angela is a novelist and freelance writer who specializes in articles related to health, fitness and Christianity. Angela is also the author of Women For All Seasons. If you found this article helpful, please leave a comment and share with your friends.


Co-Author: Writing a Book in Collaboration

By Tanisha Williams

October 2015

The most successful authors in today's time typically do not work alone. Writing a book is a tedious task and producing a bestselling book is even tougher. For this reason, authors often need to collaborate with each other to produce the best work possible. Finding a co-author to join forces in producing a bestselling book is highly achievable. Consider the following tips and you're well on your way to the bestselling list!

Find a Co-Author Whose Vision You Share

Make a list of the goals and objectives you want to accomplish by writing your book (e.g. educate and enlighten teens, thrill an audience with horror stories, tug at heart strings with romance gush, etc.). Next, find someone who shares your same vision; someone that you can work with harmoniously. If your strengths and weaknesses complement each other, the two of you can sit down and work out what each of you will contribute. Keep in mind that everything two authors write together is the result of their combined imaginations, knowledge, experience, and energy. Ultimately, the ideal collaboration for writing a book is one in which the book you are writing together is a book that neither of you could have written alone.

Set an Agreement

Once you and your co-author have determined who will do what, it's time to document your agreement before beginning the process of writing a book. Your agreement should be very detailed and list everything you've decided on. Such decisions can include: who will own each character in the story, what each of you may or may not do to the characters owned by the other, who gets the final edit of the manuscript, how you will divide the work itself, how you will resolve differences if an issue arises where one of you produces work that the other believes is inappropriate or unacceptable, and whose name will go first on the cover. If you take your time in figuring these things out early in advance, you'll prevent a lot conflict in the long run.

Split the Work

Writing a book with a co-author allows you to split the work and minimize time to completion. As early as the planning phase, you should divide the work load clearly. This can mean one author writes the even chapters while the other author writes the odd chapters. To pull this off, you'll need to work jointly in creating an outline of each chapter in order to maintain the flow of the storyline. Another way to divide the wok is by designating one author to write the first draft while the other author writes the second. The main goal is to hold up your end of the workload to ensure you produce a successful final piece.

Writing a book that charts the best-seller list may seem unattainable at first thought. However, the goal of producing a top-selling book may feel more reachable if you have the support of a co-author. By collaborating with another author of the same mind, the two of you may be able to produce a successful masterpiece that is esteemed by millions. So give co-authoring a thought at least, if not a try. You may be surprised at the results - and the REWARDS!

Tanisha Williams is the author of two non-profit e-books "501c3 In 12-Steps" and "Simple Internal Controls That PROTECT Your Assets". Her desire for more interaction with readers was the key inspiration behind the development of her latest business venture ChatEbooks (https://www.chatebooks.com/). ChatEbooks, launched in October 2014, harnesses the strengths of social media in order to help authors and their readers engage and connect within the context of the selling/reading experience.



 Run For Freedom by Angela Kay Austin


October 2015

Angela’s latest release, Run For Freedom, a historical paranormal romance follows two runaway slaves - Freedom and her twin brother Triumph.

The author asks the question, "Are you willing to die for a fleeting chance at life?"

Blurb: The choice was to run for freedom or die never having been valued as a human - as a woman. The penalty was the same - death!

Freedom and her brother, Triumph, would fight for their lives and the lives of the ones whom they loved no matter the cost. Escaping bondage meant they must RUN! Run to Moses. Run to the Promised Land.

Watson Brown knew all too well the struggle to survive. The fight to live. He had been given a second chance to do what he had failed to do in life - as a human. What he and his father could not do before the Harpers Ferry Raid.

The runaway slave and her brother were a distraction.

He could afford no interferences with his mission. He nor his family could risk exposure.

About Angela Kay Austin

This is Angela’s sixth novel; however, her first foray into the worlds of historical and paranormal romance. Currently, Angela is in negotiations to turn one of her books into a play. Today, Angela lives in her hometown in Tennessee with her really, really, really old dog, Midnight.

For more information:
Website: www.AngelaKayAustin.com
FB: www.FaceBook.com/AngelaKayAustin
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/AngelaKayAustin


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