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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY BEHIND THE BOOKS
Welcome to THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOKS!

As tour coordinator for Pump Up Your Book Promotion Virtual Book Tours, I found out firsthand how important blogs are since we deal primarily with them. In my hunt to find the best blogs for my authors to appear on, I was disillusioned to find not too many blogs that dealt primarily with posting the stories behind the books that my authors had created.

So, I created one!

However, this blog is open to any authors who would like to tell the stories behind their books in the hopes that this free book promotion will benefit them in more ways than one; but not only that, to give the world a glimpse into just what it is that created the right moment for the book to be written and how it became published.

If you would like to tell us how you got the inspiration to write your book and/or how it came to be published, send us your story to thewriterslife(at)yahoo.com. There is no real word limit as I don't want to put that restriction on you. Have fun with it and don't forget to send us a link to where we can "pick up" the cover of your book and include your website link.

Thank you!

Dorothy Thompson
CEO/Founder Pump Up Your Book Promotion
www.pumpupyourbookpromotion.com
posted by Dorothy Thompson @ 4:01 PM  
2 Comments:
  • At July 19, 2007 at 11:41 AM, Blogger Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein said…

    THE TRUTH, I'm Ten, I'm Smart and I Know Everything! by Dr.Barbara Becker Holstein

    How did I come to write my first fiction? This is my fourth book and the first one to divert to an entirely new path, yet with the same objective: To help women and girls lead happier lives, lives of meaning and purpose, while staying totally truth to the unique passions and potential of each woman or girl. I have been teaching the value of understanding one's uniqueness for 15 years. But how to give the lesson a new simple twist that would captivate and at the same time leave the woman or girl who read the book on fire to be truer to herself?

    Well, like all journeys, this one has a beginning. The beginning was another non-fiction book for women that I had titled, You Don't Have to Be A Princess to Live an Enchanted Life. Seven Gateways to Happier Living. (My trademark is THE ENCHANTED SELF, hence the word Enchanted in the title. You can find out all about THE ENCHANTED SELF concept on my website and blog, www.enchantedself.com. For now, let me just say it is a both a way of living that enhances happiness and a way of perceiving yourself that augments your sense of well-being.)

    Getting back to THE TRUTH, I'm Ten, I'm Smart and I Know Everything!-this book was to some extent embedded in the princess book. In that book I used discussions with myself as a Positive Psychologist, and a girl of 10 or so, who was me. We talked to each other about how we viewed each of the Seven Gateways of Happiness that we all need to walk through again and again to make progress in life. For example, the first Gateway is centered around self-esteem. My little girl inside of me felt very sure of herself and was actually, as it turned out, much to my surprise, angry at me-the adult, for not having more courage to do the things I claimed to be passionate about. I learned so much writing the rough draft of that book about myself and women in general, as I merged my thoughts with my client's narratives.

    I realized above all else, that we don't harness the powers that we really have as adults to live empassioned lives that relfect what we really care about. We are in our own ways timid and afraid and bogged down by life's pressures.

    Once You Don't Have to Be A Princess... didn't get beyond a rough draft it came to me that the real gem in that book was the voice of the girl. If I could merge her voice with was a lot my voice as a kid, with my client's girls inside of them and other women's girl's inside of them, then I could make a composite 'girl' who speaks for all of us.

    And that is what happened. I started to write and as I think all fictional authors say, the character starts to direct what will be said and what will happen. And she did. She has a bit of me mixed in, but quickly became her own person. And boy did she tell us like it is!

    I thing the 'girl' in THE TRUTH is a great character. She is funny and tragic, filled with wisdom and yet yearning for the wisdom and acknowledgement that she needs from grown-ups. She sees a lot and knows what is right. She is smart and proud of it. She has secrets and discovers a wonderful solution for a very painful problem she is dealing with. She is great. I hope you enjoy reading her diary as much as I enjoyed helping her write it. As she said, "Grown-ups say they know so much about live but I know more..." She does and we can learn from her!

    What happened to the Princess book? It sits waiting for a kiss of somesort from the prince or a frog to get going again. Meanwhile, I'm satisfied with THE TRUTH, I'm Ten, I'm Smart and I Know Everything!

     
  • At July 25, 2007 at 11:17 AM, Blogger scottappraiser said…

    Three Steps to Investment Success: Buying the Right Art, Antiques, and Collectibles by Scott Zema

    'How I came to write my first book'

    Uh hmmm...Well, I am a 'foot soldier' in the appraisal of artwork, antiques, and collectibles and am reviewing markets for those goods on a constant professional basis. I run a very successful corporation for appraisal of personal properties, with famous and high-profile private, corporate, and institutional clients and have for sixteen years.

    I think my ideas for the book started to jell about ten years ago, first creeping in from my subconscious, I suppose, as I started to notice recurring patterns in the value of objects which seemed to admit of predictability in their values through time.

    I just assumed that all experienced appraisers had the same ideas that I did about the recurrence of certain factors pertaining to quality and importance with a subsequent tie-in to predictable value and hence investibility, but I turned out to be wrong...they didn't.

    So eventually I decided to write it all down in a logical, informative, easy to read, and highly entertaining format so that others could tie in to the key factors which favor investment success, factors which do not inhibit but on the contrary enhance individual tastes and the overarching joys of the collecting experience.

    The issues which I describe in my book are patently obvious to me and will be to anyone reading my book!

    Why do I see things that others don't?

    I think one factor has to do with the breadth, depth, and intensity of my professional appraisal experience, assisted by my in- depth and extensive academic and theoretical background and retailing experiences. Others in the art, antique, and collectibles appraisal profession often are too sporadic, too specialty focused, or too limited in their professional practice to see the 'big picture' pertaing to valuation of objects and the larger patterns that define the marketplace. Also, I feel that many academics and retailers have their professional limitations and biases that prevent their objective understanding of the ongoing relationships between objects and the market for and investibility in those objects.

    Readers of my book will be introduced to a detailed discussion of the marketplaces for appraised goods and how valuable properties proceed from manufacture to sale in secondary market venues. Understanding of the markets is critical to assessing investment value!

    Incredibly, I can find NO previous or existing attempt in print that addresses this subject!

    Not only private buyers and collectors but also retailers, academics (and even appraisers!)
    should have a 'satori' type experience with the ideas presented in my book which should cause them to reevaluate their relationship to and ideas about the marketplace and investibility of valuable personal properties. This is truly a revolutionary work!

     
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