The Perils of Publishing – Part One

After seeing a discussion in one of my FB author groups, I thought it would be a good idea to make a post about the topic being discussed. If this post can help just one person or save them from falling into the trap of rip off author services, it will have served its purpose.

Interview with Zara Quentin

About the Author: Zara Quentin is the author of Airwoman, the first book in an exciting new young adult fantasy series. She was raised in Adelaide, Australia, with one younger sister. Zara grew up with a strong sense of adventure, which she inherited from her parents, who took her and her sister on trips to the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Zara has lived in France, London, and Auckland, New Zealand. She is always determined to fit in as much travel as possible, spending time in Europe, the United States, southern Africa, Morocco, Peru, the Pacific and south-east Asia.

Book Reviews Fact and Fiction

Many of you have probably left a product review on Amazon. This has been our privilege since the site started out. The idea behind a review is to inform potential purchasers about the book, video, game, etc, you have purchased. The major flaw with this is a person’s review is subjective. What someone may think is a great book or film, another may be of an opinion that is the complete opposite. You may argue it the same case with film, theatre and restaurant critics, their reviews varying too.

When to Judge a Book by Its Cover

Many of you will have heard the old adage, ” Never judge a book by its cover.” (or similar) I like to use the slogan ” Never Judge a Book by Its Author.” But should you ever judge a book by its cover, some covers can be misleading. There was a controversial case of this in recent years with an Anne of Green Gables, three in one paperback. It was self published through CreateSpace and sold on Amazon, and other online book retailers.

Talking About Your Generation

What is a YOLO? It is not a restaurant in Florida, or a frozen yogurt brand. They are Millenials, Generation Me, Generation Y the You’re Only Young Once generation. The generation starting from where Generation X left off. The generation for whom wealth is of great importance and the knowledge of current and political affairs is a low priority. Narcissistic behaviour rules.

Well Versed

Poetry or verse; as it is sometimes known, is defined; as “a literary work which expresses feelings, ideas and emotions, with the use of a distinctive style or rhythm”. The word Poetry comes from the Greek word Poiesis, which literally means Poetry. The ancient Greeks developed different genres of poetry, in particular the Epic genre which was made famous by Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad. Playwright and poet William Shakespeare is called England’s national poet.

Interview with Author Kimberley Koz

What kind of books did you enjoy reading as a child?

I have vivid memories of my mom reading The Secret Cat by Tamara Kitt to me. It’s about a prince and a princess who need a birthday gift for their mother, the queen. Their secret cat (I think cats weren’t allowed in the palace) suggested they trade him for something to give to her. The kids eventually realize their brilliant secret cat is the perfect gift, and happily, the cat gets to join the family. I loved that story so much, I bought a vintage 1961 original copy a few years ago. I also enjoyed the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series by Betty MacDonald about a tiny woman who lives in an upside-down house. And Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Clearly I loved unusual, fantasy-type stories: talking cats, upside-down houses, kids that live alone without parents and have a pet monkey… My early reading choices definitely had an impact on the stories I love to write as an adult.