Dear Author: Stop giving everything away for free if you are trying to run a Business

This is so true – if only we ALL followed this advice we could re-educate our readers to pay even a few cents for all the hard work we put into producing our books.

The PBS Blog

Not everyone doing well for themselves have “sold out.” Not everyone doing well for themselves are chasing the American dream. Not everyone doing well for themselves are seeking worldly success. These kinds of self-limiting beliefs will leave you stuck, broke, and dimming your light (because, ya know, you don’t want people to think you tryna get rich or die trying…)

Stop giving everything away for free if you are trying to run a business.

I have a few free services I offer to authors as my contribution to the writing community and my commitment to putting other writers on. (Author Interviews are one of them and they are free. Click Here to learn how to sign up.) As an author myself, I feel it is my responsibility to do my part to help others. I truly believe in the saying, “do what you love and the money will come,” so…

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VISITS AND VACUUMS

TRAVEL – PRAGUE

Now I’m in a fix, I can’t find which pictures I showed you of Prague cathedral as there are just blank white spaces where I posted them. Ah, the wonders of technology! Maybe they will appear later.

So I’ve gone modern this week for a new year. There are a few very modern sculptures in the city. This is one of them.

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But this one has to be the best I’ve seen in a long time. I stood there mesmerised.

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This looks like a jumble of metal slices piled one on top of another – just interesting. There are 42 of them, but wait, it moves!

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It’s 11 metres tall and it lines up to form the face of the famous Czech writer Franz Kafka. It weighs 39 tons, the artist is David Cerny and it was erected in 2014 in the Quadrio business district above a metro station.  It’s driven by a motor and a kilometre of cables which rotate the tiers independently of each other.  Eventually, DH had to drag me away.

HISTORY – ISABELLA OF SPAIN

Now in 2018 we left Prince Ferdinand, on his way to marry Isabella. He is penniless, cold, hungry and tired and is almost crushed to death outside a castle where he’s seeking help (I’m using the word seeking as that is in line with the way they spoke in those days). Such exciting stuff. Everyone else is trying to stop the marriage, and here is Ferdinand skulking around in the dark.

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But luckily the owner of the castle – I don’t have the faintest idea who he is so please don’t ask – realizes it’s Ferdinand and welcomes them in and they are fed and watered – history doesn’t tell us if they offered him any wine though.  At Isabella’s command, they will set out the next day with an armed escort supplied, by the Count of Trevino.  From there they will continue on to Dueňas where many noblemen will rally to his cause and the lovebirds, who are yet to meet, can do all that marrying stuff.

AFRICA FACTS

When we first moved to Botswana, we house sat for an American who was away on long leave in the States. His resident housekeeper (note how politically correct I am here) was also on long leave, but as so often happens she sent her younger sister to look after us. The first day Ntebeling nearly had a heart attack when I got out the vacuum cleaner and showed her how to use it. She screamed and leapt over the sofa, which is very understandable if you’ve lived in a village with no electricity.

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Good thing it wasn’t a Dyson, the one with the really powerful suck, and I really should not have waved it around as it leapt forward and began to swallow her scarf. It took several minutes of gentle counselling to persuade her out from behind the sofa. However, once she understood how it worked, she fell in love with it and my next task was to persuade her not to begin vacuuming at 5.am every morning. I wasn’t sure what would happen  when I introduced her to the iron, but there was more to come.

 

THE EMBARRASSING BIT (MY BOOKS)

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I have now managed with the help of a kind FB friend to link my blog with my web page, so you can click on the link at the top of the page and go take a peep at all my books. I’m raising the price of Unhappily Ever After on all channels as soon as I have posted this so you might be just in time to grab it @0.99 if you are quick.

 

 

Till next time,

Take care

Lucinda

 

 

 

Truth, Lies & Propaganda by Lucinda E. Clarke

Thank you Tanya this is a lovely surprise. 🙂

T. R. Robinson Publications

51OumBqML3LAnother intriguing memoir that provides further insight into African culture. Though this memoir stands on its own without the need to have read any of the author’s other books, readers would benefit from having read Lucinda’s more personal, award winning, memoir ‘Walking Over Eggshells’. Even if the reader choses not to read it now, it is recommended.

This memoir is initially based upon the author’s experiences as the writer of African radio and television programmes, some voluntary and others to order, or perhaps it would be better to say ‘as ordered’. As usual Lucinda’s humorous, self-deprecating, easy style flows carrying the reader along with her as she embarks upon a number of ‘adventures’ in the radio and television world: finding herself not only writing the programmes but also having to produce, organise and carry out most of the support work; eventually, managing her own video production company; and regularly writing…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore- Buy a Book for Christmas #Mystery Series – Mary Anne Edwards, Diana J. Febry, Judy Penz Sheluk and Toni Pike

Some good books here. Books make amazing Xmas presents

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Time for some more book gift ideas from the Cafe and Bookstore and here is a selection of novels that any book lover would enjoy. As always when there is a series I will share book one and that is the case for the first author Mary Anne Edwards and The Charlie McLung Mysteries... Here is the first book in the series – Brilliant Disguise.

About the book

Are you sure you could tell the difference between murder and suicide?

Having had more than enough of the big city, Detective Charlie McClung moves to a small town looking for a simpler life. Turns out his first case is the most complicated of his career.

A young woman is found shot and while everyone is telling him suicide, his gut, and the dead woman’s beautiful neighbor, are telling him something quite different.

How far can he dig before he…

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A CASTLE AND A CHILD

TRAVEL – PRAGUE

More pictures of St Vitus cathedral as I took rather a lot of them and it would be a shame not to share them.

They started to build it in 1344, so as you can see, it’s quite new! I can truthfully say this as it was finally finished in 1929 in time for the St Wenceslas jubilee. The style is Gothic, which is very popular for large churches as they look big and important. Even today you can look in awe and wonder how they built them without modern cranes and machinery.

HISTORY – ISABELLA OF SPAIN

Ferdinand is trying to reach Princess Isabella to marry her. Eventually, very late the small party of merchants arrive outside the castle of the Count of Trevino. It’s well guarded as the Count is ready for an attack, it’s also well known that he supports Isabella and will give sanctuary to Ferdinand.

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(I’m not absolutely sure this is the right castle, but I like the picture and you get the general idea).

The merchant’s party are tired and with no money to buy a meal, they are hungry and thirsty too.  They shout for the drawbridge to be let down, but seeing a party of rough travellers, one of the soldiers pushes a boulder off the top of the battlements.  Ferdinand is almost crushed to death. Obviously, he wasn’t expected.

I told you this was exciting, didn’t I?

AFRICA FACTS

As this bounces out through space and into inboxes, I will be in Miami for the Reader’s Favorite Awards. The book that has won the gold medal is the second book in the Amie in Africa series “Amie and the Child of Africa.”

I got the idea for the story from a news item. On the night of 14-15 April 2014 Boko Haram a fundamentalist group abducted 276 schoolgirls from their school in Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. As far as I know not all the girls have been reunited with their families.

In the first book, Amie loses Angelina the little orphan she adopts when the civil war breaks out and so I put the two ideas together. A fast page turning tale with lots of adventure – pure escapism – pun intended.

Till next time, take care.

Lucinda

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Ben: an Amie Backstory (Amie Backstories Book 2) by Lucinda E. Clarke

A huge thanks to sally for ‘noticing’ that I had new books out. Lots of love and hugs from me. What award can we find to give her?

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Lucinda E. Clarke has a book on pre-order until November 14th…Ben: an Amie Backstory (Amie Backstories Book 2)

About Ben: An Amie Backstory

When Ben’s family move from the rural kraal to a modern house in the capital city, he finds himself caught between the old and the new. His eyes are opened to a world he could never have imagined; where men walk on the moon and satellites provide high speed internet. As Ben enters his teenage years, it is time for him to become a man. Age-old customs must be followed not, as he hoped in a modern city hospital, but back in the village where his family have lived for generations. Excited yet fearful; is he the only one who notices the rust on the surgeon’s knife?

You can pre-order the book at the special price of 99c: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K352ZLQ

And on Amazon UK at 99p:

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – #Christmas author and blog promotions 2018 – It’s party time again.

Sally being the best author supported ever – she is such a star 🙂

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

It might only be mid-November but with 160 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore that all will be included in the Christmas promotions..This includes existing authors on the shelves and any new authors who join them from now to December 25th.

Here is how to let me know about your Christmas release

Author in the Cafe and Bookstore already.

Please send me the link to your book on Amazon – available or on pre-order to sally.cronin@moyhill.com…. I have all your details on record.

New author to the Cafe and Bookstore.

  1. Link to Amazon for the book (preferably your author page even if you only have one book this is an essential marketing tool and makes it a great deal easier for people like myself who are promoting your work) Also if you have a central book link site on your blog or website that is useful.
  2. If you do not…

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