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Four Members of Long Island Authors Group shed light and insights on what it’s like to be a published writer, and the Importance of Belonging to a Group. Enjoy the YouTube video of their panel discussion on The Writer’s Dream. Search YouTube for The Writer’s Dream to see over 100 author interviews about writing publishing and marketing books.

 

 

Lois W. Stern, publisher of sixTales2Inspire® books and creator of its short story annual contest. Tales2Inspire® has gone global, enabling talented authors to get the recognition they deserve. Get a FREE sampler of six of those winning stories for your Kindle or Nook at: www.tales2Inspire.com/gift

Anne Coltman is an Author of Poetry and Literary Fiction. She enjoyed an extensive career with International Organizations and is widely travelled. Her love of the arts and family has inspired her writing of two books of Poetry – For the Love of Grandma and Charming Expressions: Capturing Life, Recalling Times & Enjoying Nature, as well as a Novel – Scarred with Fortune. Anne’s poetry has also been published in the Suffolk County Poetry Anthology 2017 and the Bards Poetry Anthology 2017. She is currently the Vice-President of the Long Island Authors Group and Host of the LIAG First Wednesday Gatherings. booksbyannecoltman.com

 Roland Allnach has been writing since his teens, but did not actively seek publication until 2007. He has numerous published short stories to his credit, one of which was a 2010 Pushcart Prize nominee. He has two published books, Remnant (2010, sci-fi/speculative) and Oddities & Entities (2012, horror/supernatural/paranormal). His books have been recognized in the National Indie Excellence Awards, Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards, USA Book News Best Book Awards, and Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards. http://www.rolandallnach.com/

With the introduction of the Annie Tillery Mysteries, Linda Maria Frank has been launching her career as author. Inspired by a childhood passion for Nancy Drew mysteries and the popular television series, CSI, she successfully married an appealing heroine (Annie Tillery) with gripping story plots to create a new fiction series. The Madonna Ghost, Girl with Pencil, Drawing and Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys will have you turning pages, fascinated by the background stories and forensic science that make these books a must read for mystery fans. Frank also produces “The Writer’s Dream”, a local access TV show, interviewing authors about their craft.

Web sites: http://lindamariafrank.com/ Facebook pages: Official Fans of the Madonna Ghost, and The Writer’s Dream.

 

                                                                            

 

 

 

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   Michael O’Keefe is a retired 1st Grade Detective from the NYPD. He began writing three years ago.  He has since had several short stories published in on-line literary magazines.  He swears he’s not a poet, in spite of having numerous poems published in the Raven’s Perch Magazine, Vox Poetica and appearing in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Bard’s Annual.  His first novel, Shot to Pieces, was self-published and debuted in July, 2016.  He is presently preparing the Prequel, Maybe All We Get, for agent submission and publication.  He is also at work on the sequel.  Burnt to a Crisp will be the second novel in the Detective Paddy Durr series.  O’Keefe lives on Long Island with his family, where he writes a little (including poetry), and practices the ancient martial arts of lawn and swimming pool maintenance—when he is not coaching football.

Be Sure to watch Michael O’Keefe’s interview with Linda Maria Frank on The Writer’s Dream. Click on the codes.

A page-turning thriller of a read

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It’s a thrill to share the knowledge I have of Forensic Science with my audiences.                

 

 

Here is a taste of some of the topics I love to share. I do these workshops for libraries, continuing education venues at colleges and universities, assisted living facilities, men’s and women’s clubs, and anywhere people like to hear about interesting topics.

 

Title: FAMOUS FORENSIC SCIENCE CASES

Subtitle: In the News and in Literature

Presenter: Linda Maria Frank, Author of the Annie Tillery Mystery Series and Teacher of Forensic Science (ret.)

Contact: lmf217@hotmail.com  516 798 0341

Follow the Clues that Inspire the Crime Solvers and Snare the Criminals

  • DNA TECHNOLOGY includes an explanation of how we are related and how we are different by our DNA, and illustrates how this technology has become one of the best tools of criminologists.
  • DNA AND FAMOUS MURDER CASES outlines how DNA analysis was used and misused in the O.J. Simpson trial, the Laci and Connor Petersen murders, the Sam Sheppard trial, and the Boston Strangler.
  • THE LINDBERG KIDNAPPING traces the evidence used to convict Bruno Hauptman of the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindberg, Jr. This was the first case dubbed the “Crime of the Century” by the print and radio media.
  • SOLVING ANCIENT MYSTERIES This lecture illustrates how modern forensic techniques are used to solve mysteries of the past, such as Otzi, the Ice Man, the Bog People of  Denmark, the Peruvian mummies and even the vampire folklore of Eastern Europe.
  • PLANTS, POISONS AND PLOTS not only includes illustrations of the various plant poisons and their uses or misuses, but illustrates how famous mystery writers have employed them in their books.
  • ART, NOT ART – This program explains how art pieces are scientifically authenticated, using examples from the art world, and delving into the world of art fraud. Famous cases of art theft, such as the Nazi atrocities regarding art works during WWII are described.
  • THOSE CSI SHOWS, FACT OR FICTION investigated the protocols, procedures and laboratory world or crime investigation in the real world and on TV.

 

Linda Maria Frank, retired from a career teaching science, including forensic science, resides on Long Island and is currently writing the Annie Tillery Mysteries, The Madonna Ghost, Girl with Pencil, Drawing and Secrets in the Fairy Chimneys. She also produces The Writer’s Dream, her local access TV show, seen on YouTube. Frank is active in LI Authors Group, LI Sisters in Crime, LI Children’s Writers and Illustrators, and Mystery Writers of America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I produce a local access TV show, THE WRITER’S DREAM. I interview local authors regarding how they write, publish and market their books. It’s pretty impressive how many different ideas arise to create the books featured on the show. I’ll share some of the things that make me proud to be an author.

For instance, most of the authors I interview never planned on writing and publishing their works. Some say they’ve always written. Most have no formal training as writers. A fair number work or worked in the publishing industry.

Well, where did that combination of ideas, talent and persistence come from? Many authors claim that the book arose from their non-author professional lives. A common theme is teacher/professor/educator turned author. It seems that the desire to enlighten and share the jewels of their subject matter propels them into the worlds of fiction and non-fiction writers. Fictionalized characters lead the reader to experiences, sensations and locations that the reader may never get to experience any other way, and that the author wishes to share.

I really enjoy interviewing educators as my journey is so similar. The elements of that journey include having a knowledge base, creating the lessons and stories necessary to convey that knowledge, making that lesson stick, sneaking in the facts, and most of all, snagging their interest.

 

Civilizations are defined by their stories. The authors I have interviewed want the young folks who read these stories to carry on those stories and traditions.

For example, one of my guests, James A. Perez, author of Maia and Icarus, brings in a new twist on the Greek Mythology tale of Icarus, the boy who flew too close to the sun. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=maia+and+icarus

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Another guest, Barbara Ann Mojica, has written the Little Miss History series, taking the reader to a number of the U.S. National Parks, enabling them to not only enjoy the natural wonders of these places, but to learn their history. http://www.littlemisshistory.com/

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Many of the authors express concern that kids are isolating behind social media. They know, when they write their books, that they must achieve a balance between including facts and keeping their books exciting. All of us are wondering what the effect of social media will have on the acquisition of true knowledge.

Next time, we’ll explore writing memoirs.

Interviews with both Perez and Mojica will appear on YouTube soon. Look for them.

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Sitting at the control panel, waiting for our next guest.

Sitting at the control panel, waiting for our next guest.

I have a local access TV show. Are you impressed? Isn’t it a gas that when you tell folks you wrote a book, they smile and say, “That’s wonderful. Good for you.” But, if you say you produce a TV show, their eyes light up with a WOW!

I’d like to share with you how I happened to become the producer of that local access TV show, and how you can leverage it into a great marketing tool.

  • Every state has local access TV. Just Google local access TV, and you will find a list by state. You will most likely be offered a website for the stations.
  • Click on the website and follow the instructions to apply to have your program accepted by the station.

What! You don’t have a program?

  • You must come up with a format for your program. You can decide if you want to do a single program or a series. You can choose how often your show will be aired.
  • My show airs once a week, but since I live in a densely populated area, there are three channels that air the show, so I am really getting three times that exposure.

TUNE IN NEXT TIME TO FIND OUT HOW I DO MY SHOW AND HOW I USE IT AS A MARKETING TOOL FOR ME AND MY GUEST AUTHORS.

What is The Writer’s Dream?

The format for my show is very simple. I give each author a half hour to talk about the writing, publishing and marketing of their books. They must be published, either traditionally or self-published.

How do you actually produce the program?

  • You need to find a studio. Many public access stations have those facilities, and require you to train to become a producer, director and technician. You need to think about having a CREW to train with you. You cannot interview, direct, and run the cameras all by yourself.
  • I use a different studio to produce the shows than the other local access stations that are mentioned above. But this studio airs my programs on an almost daily basis. More exposure!

Where do I get the talent?

  • Writer’s Groups and Organizations
  • Blogs
  • Facebook and other social media

The Marketing Process. So Important!

  • The studio produces a DVD of the show (very reasonable). The guests can purchase it.
  • I put every show on YouTube.
  • I advertise the show on facebook, The Writer’s Dream.
  • Every author can put the DVD on their website, blog, social media pages. This is a lot of exposure.

So, I invite you to try it. Especially if you are self-published and must do your own marketing. As the host of my show, I am on almost every video on YouTube with my website. It’s a great marketing tool, but you also get the satisfaction of giving back to your author circles.

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