The Security – a standalone novel from Robert J. Morrow

Author/Publisher, Robert J. Morrow is currently in the final pre-publication stages of his latest thriller: The Security.

Emma Benetton has just been kidnapped.
William Travis Benetton has no intention of paying the ransom.
Natalie Grainger is Benetton’s lover, and he’s afraid they’ll come after her next.
Drew Canton is charged with protecting Natalie.
But Drew isn’t who he seems to be.
But then neither is William, Emma, or the kidnappers.
Natalie travels to the Caribbean and finds herself embroiled in a planned kidnapping scheme that doesn’ seem to be going as planned.
You see, it seems everyone was in on the plan… except the security.
And the security is Natalie.

 

Coming soon. To pre-order, go to Contacts and put “The Security” in the subject line. We’ll send you a copy on release date FREE!
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Author launches “Mind Fly Wellness Boot Camp”

Sunao author, Stephen Gregory Brown,  is launching a beginners boot camp for women ready to get back in shape and live a fulfilled happier life.

Based on his bestselling ranked book “Mindfulness of a Fly on the Wall”, Stephen will be teaching mind/body/soul connection and help get women in awesome shape.

Classes start Wed, Jan 9/19 at Fleming Martial Arts,  33 King St. East, Dundas ON.

Author signing at Children’s Wellness Conference in Burlington

On Sept 27th, the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society will be holding their Childrens Wellness Conference from 9am to 4:30pm. This community event takes place at the ATrium in Burlington, 5420 North Service Rd.  You can meet Stephen Gregory Brown, author of “Mindfulness of a Fly on the Wall” and get an autographed copy of the book. Partial proceeds go to the Childrens Aid Society.

“Children in today’s society are faced with a multitude of issues, both physical and mental,” says Brown. “I am hoping some of my experiences–outlined in the book–and the personal growth that grew from the experiences will help young people in their struggles.”

Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton is a leading advocate of safe family upbringings and educating the public as to the cause and signs of abuse toward children.  Join the society–and Stephen–this Sat, Sept 29th and pick up your copy of “Mindfulness of a Fly on the Wall”

Author/Publisher guest in cooking show episode

Publisher/Author, Robert J. Morrow had the privilege of joining his good friends Debbie Kerr and Renato Montaha, forming Team Southern Comfort, for an episode of surprise cooking on Chef Nicholas’s Bringing Hamilton and the World to You! cable show.  Being the creator of Chef Artichoke Hart in New York Fried didn’t seem to help during the taping but thanks to his team mates, they created a pretty impressive dish in just 40 minutes. The show airs this fall. Details to follow.

Do I need to have a pre-sale period for my book?

Want to know the best time to promote your book?

Before it’s available to be sold.

Savvy authors know that the “pre-sale” period can make or break a title––that it’s not first to market that counts, but best to market. The most successful authors even start developing a strategy for targeting the market before their book is complete. They’re not thinking weeks in advance, but months.

The pre-sale period is so important, in fact, it should be the centerpiece of your book’s marketing and promotional campaign.

Here’s why.  more

Make a plan to write your book

 

Personally,  I struggled as a “pantser” for several drafts of books until I finally read enough books on outlining to become a full-fledged believer in planning a book before you start writing. Our good friends at Bookbaby have some ideas you might find valuable too:

If you don’t know how to write a book, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. After making a decision — a commitment to share your story — you just need a process and a plan to start writing your book.

Some people are lifelong learners and love the process of going from not knowing anything about a particular subject to being proficient — even an expert. That makes sense. We all want to be the best we can be. But along the way, we have to learn a lot of little things, and that takes time and commitment.

But here’s the deal: I hate the learning curve. I only want to know as much as I need to know to use a tool for my intended purpose. I generally try to find every possible way around studying more than I need to so I can get on to the using stage. Learning frustrates me; knowing satisfies me. But that’s not the way the world works. To know something, I must go through the pain of learning and I have to follow a process. But I can’t even do that if I haven’t first made the decision to try something new and follow through.  more

KIndle Create makes placing images easier

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) recently announced changes to their publishing program. One of them is placing images in documents which has been a challenge in the past. Here’s their announcement:

“We are excited to announce the availability of Early Access features for Kindle Create. With Early Access you can opt-in to try out pre-release features and provide feedback.
The first Kindle Create Early Access features include:

  1. Image support: Support for sizing and placement of images in your books. You can now insert, resize and delete images in your book and use alignment options to place them in the way that best suits the theme of your book.
  2. Guided View for comics (Windows only): You can now import a PDF Comic book, create panels, specify mask color for Guided view transitions, and preview instantaneously.

You can enable Early Access by following the prompts after you update to Kindle Create 1.7. You can also enable or disable it at any time by going to Settings and once you’ve tried out the feature, you can share your feedback by going to Help->Provide Feedback. Your feedback on Early Access features will help us make improvements before launching these features to all authors.”