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AUTHORS! IMPORTANT NOTICE! PLEASE READ!

URGENT! IF YOU’RE PLANNING A PROMO FOR AUGUST OR SEPTEMBER…

Order Your Promo Today!

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are on vacation from August 15th through August 21st.

With our upcoming vacation, we want to get any promos your planning on the calendar and open for booking. If you’re planning on booking a promotion for August or September, get your orders in as soon as possible so we can get it built out before we leave on August 15th. 

We have tours and blitzes available, as well as a few different packages to customize your promotion. There is a Google Calendar located on the service pages to show you what days we’re already maxed out for. For Review Tours, we will run up to eight tours at any given time. For 1-day blitzes or cover reveals, we only run one per day. If there is already a promo listed on that date, the date is not open.

For our vacation dates (Aug 15th to Aug 21st), we will not be running any 1-day blitzes of cover reveals or setting up any new tours. However, existing tours (set up before we leave on Aug 15th) will run as usual.

LIVE CHAT!  We are working until about midnight tonight.  Should you have any questions or need help choosing a service that works for you, look for the bright pink chat bubble on our website (located on the bottom right side of the screen) and chat with someone from the team. 

PROMO SERVICES
Review Tours  ♦  1-Day Blitzes & Cover Reveals

CUSTOM PACKAGES
Big Bang Bundle Package  ♦  Service Sampler Bundle Pack 

EXTRAS
Newsletter Features  ♦  Pinned Post on Facebook
Ebook Promo Graphic Bundle

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WRITERS WANTED! Articles wanted for the first issue of Dirty Halos Monthly!

Pure Textuality PR is currently seeking writers for two articles to be in the first issue of Dirty Halos Monthly, a monthly emagazine dedicated to the book world, readers and authors alike. We’re looking to exchange a half, quarter, or full page (your choice) for your time and work.

Below are the article titles, taglines, and a description of what we’re looking for. The drop dead date to have the finished article to me would be August 25th (although as soon as possible would be preferable).

All articles will require final editorial approval by Pure Textuality PR. We reserve the right to require edits before accepting a final piece, and we reserve the right to refuse a final story if it does not jive with our mission for the magazine.

If you’re interested, drop us an email at DirtyHalosInfo@gmail.com or send us a live chat message right on our website and we’ll chat more detail.

 

COCKYGATE – The First Shot in the War Over Common Use Words 

THIS IS NOT TO BE A FALEENA HOPKINS BASHFEST. What we’re looking for is the piece to be an objectively written look at why this is such a huge issue for writers – the potential litigious impact, the financial and social impact of rebranding, and what it could mean for the future of self-publishing. I’d like the piece to look at what TMing a “common use” word means as well.

 

[AS YET UNTITLED] – Writing Romance in the Age of #MeToo

This one would be for romance writers in particular. I want to get the prospective of someone writing romance in the #MeToo era. What’s it like to write an alpha male knowing that a lot of “alpha” behaviors would no longer be tolerated in real life? Has the #MeToo movement changed the way you write your love stories?

Please feel free to share this with any writers you think might be interested.

P.S. – Here’s a sneak peek at the cover of issue #1.

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Authors! If you write Contemporary Romance, we’re looking for you!

Good afternoon!

We’re still looking for contemporary romance authors for this 2019 publishing project.  🙂

We still have plenty of room in the SEDUCTIVE Anthology Series coming in February 2019 (only 5 of the 30 open spots have been taken!) and we’re looking to spread the word. If you have friends who might be interested in participating, please consider sharing  this email with them (sharing buttons are in the footer). This email lays out the full details of the project, including the marketing plan for audience expansion (which is detailed but a super-important part of the project), but here’s a short list of the highlights.  

FAQ QUICK LIST

  • Registration Fee: $90
  • Word Count: 20k Min (no max)
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance (erotic okay)
  • Must Be An Original Work (previously unpublished)
  • Story Deadline:  Edited story due by February 1, 2019
  • Main Goal: Organic Audience Expansion
  • Secondary Goal: Income

Please help us spread the word. 🙂

Thank you all so much!!!!!!  <3 

 

Pure Textuality PR is launching a contemporary romance anthology series on February 12, 2019 called SEDUCTIVE.  The same day each anthology volume goes live, the respective anthology will also go live in paperback or all of the individual stories in the anthology will also go live as paperbacks (depending on the final page count).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

KEEP READING FOR MORE INFO INCLUDING THE MARKETING PLAN!

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Authors! 🌟 FREE Advertising Opp 🌟 Dirty Halos Monthly PLUS! The Bundle Blowout Sale is Still On!!!!

Good evening, everyone!

On September 1st, Pure Textuality PR is launching an e-magazine for the book world. We’re aiming to make it a monthly publication with a mix of content approached in a way that anyone can read and enjoy it, instead of it feeling like an industry publication. There will be something in it for everyone.

Since the first issue is going to be free, we’re unable to pay our contributors. However, we’re also not charging advertisers. So we have come up with a way to fill the pages that would benefit all parties involved.

Here is a mock up of the cover for September 2018:

WHAT WILL THE MAGAZINE INCLUDE?

  • New Releases
  • Interviews
  • Cover Reveals
  • Excerpt Reveals
  • Opinion & Editorial (Op Ed) Pieces
  • Full, 1/2, and 1/4 Page Books Ads
  • Instagram Photo Challenges
  • Event Advertisements
  • Event Registrations
  • Service Provider Ads
  • Classifieds (Authors Seeking Service Providers)
  • Calls for Reviewers
  • Book Blogger Tour Bookings
  • And Much More!

KEEP READING FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS FREE ADVERTISING OPP!

 

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AUTHORS! FREE Promo Opp for Kindle Unlimited Authors!

Good morning and Happy Sunday, ladies and germs!

I’m looking for the Kindle Unlimited writers in the room.

Pure Textuality PR is launching a series of Saturday newsletters, all genre specific, all Kindle Unlimited books (price point doesn’t matter). Our goal with the newsletter is KindleUnlimited Free Trial sign ups and your books will be spotlighted as examples of the books available in the program. Each issue has 30 spots available and depending on the success of the campaigns, we may make this a regular thing every Saturday.

If you’re not familiar with BookBoast, it’s a newsletter listing website for authors. You can accept swaps in your newsletter and place requests to have you books listed in other authors’ newsletters. A free account allows you 10 acceptances per month, and you can upgrade your account from there if you need more. For example, for $10/month, you have unlimited acceptances and a bunch of other perks including the use of your own Amazon affiliate links.

The links to the newsletter sign ups are below with the schedule. As I said, this is a trial run but this may very well become a permanently free promo opp we offer.

Also, if you sign up for a BookBoast account, they do have a referral program available to get your monthly bill discounted if you use a paid account. I am *not* using referral links below, I just thought that was info some of you might be interested in.

July 7th – Paranormal Romance KU Reads – REQUEST A SPOT

July 14th – Contemporary Romance KU Reads – REQUEST A SPOT

July 21st – SciFi & SciFi Romance KU Reads – REQUEST A SPOT

July 28th – Urban Fantasy & Supernatural Suspense – REQUEST A SPOT

We’re also going to be doing our Freebie Reads bookings exclusively through BookBoast soon. We used to use the service and recently returned to it while taking care of some tasks for a client and decided to give it a try again. I’ve specifically been using it for my own books and out of the requests I’ve sent, I’ve had a really good response so far.  🙂

Okay, I’m off. Enjoy the upcoming holiday!

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Guest Post! WRITING WIDE by J.S. Wayne

Writing Wide

I’m easily bored.

I hate convention. I hate tropes, though I often find myself weaving them into my stories without conscious intent. I despise “the usual” and am always looking for a way to do things differently, some way to shake up the system and cause a little disruption in people’s expectations. This sensibility, of not doing the expected thing, or of doing the expected in an unexpected way, has been part of me for as long as I can remember.

When it comes to writing, I can’t write the same thing twice in a row. I don’t mean I don’t want to, or it doesn’t interest me. I am literally, physically incapable of it. I finish a story, and I know it’s something good. I know there’s a sequel there, and I’m the one to write it because I’m the one who lives in my characters’ heads.

But I sit down to the keyboard, and nothing happens.

You’ve done it all before, my brain says. You’re not bringing anything new to this story right now.

At this point, I have two choices: I can either force it, and it will sound and feel forced because it is, or I can set it aside and do something else, purging the new idea so I can look at the sequel with fresh eyes.

I never wanted to write erotic romance. I was urban fantasy all the way, and ride or die, that was my genre and Hell would hold Latin High Mass in a raging blizzard with compulsory attendance for every damned soul and demon before I’d get within an astronomical unit of writing romance. It was “too easy,” too safe, and besides, every single romance writer is a woman! (Yes, I’m well aware the entire last sentence is a series of myths now, thanks. But I didn’t know that then.)

And yet…

 

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July 2018 Instachallenges! One for Readers and One for Writers!

Good afternoon and Happy Thursday!

I cant believe it’s almost July already. Since we’re a few days away from the start of a new month, we thought this would be a good time to launch an Instagram photo challenge. We’ve got one for readers and one for writers. If you’re both, feel free to participate in both! They’ve each been assigned a separate hashtag and the challenge assignments were organized so you don’t have two similar overlapping.

Speak of assignments, below you will find not only the challenge graphics, but also an explanation of the assignment meaning. That way, if there is one you don’t quite understand, you can refer back here to see what the hell I was talking about.

For those not familiar with how an Instagram Photo Challenge works, we’ve created a list of assignments. Each assignment has a set day. You take or post a picture to your Instagram account on the assigned day with the event hashtag (#ReaderLife2018 or #AuthorLife2018) and your caption. Those following the event hashtag can then search the hashtag and your post will show up among the results.

Hope to see you all participate!  See you over on Instagram!  @puretextuality


MAKE SURE ALL OF YOUR POSTS
INCLUDE THE HASHTAG #ReaderLife2018

Additional Hashtag Suggestions
#authorlife #readerlife #bookstagram #photochallenge #amreading #amwriting

What They Mean

  • 1 – Shelfie:  Your book collection.
  • 2 – Favorite Reading Spot:  Where do you like to read?
  • 3 – Well-Loved Reads:  Books you’ve read to tatters.
  • 4 – Favorite Plot Twist:  Which book blindsided you?
  • 5 – Ugly Cry Story:  The book that made you cry like an insane person.
  • 6 – Current Read:  What are you reading now?
  • 7 – Tiny Books: Show your tiny reads (small books; book jewelry; book bobbles)
  • 8 – True Story: Your favorite non-fiction read.
  • 9 – Favorite Series:  What series have you read and reread?
  • 10 – Favorite Author:  Who is your one-click go-to author?
  • 11 – Favorite LOL Story:  What book made you laugh out loud?
  • 12 – Favorite Underdog:  What’s your favorite come-from-behind-win story?
  • 13 – Nostalgia Read:  What book takes you back as soon as you start reading?
  • 14 – Book to Bigscreen:  Your favorite book that’s been made into a TV show or movie.
  • 15 – Favorite Quote:  One line from a book that really stuck with you.
  • 16 – Favorite Romance:  Your favorite love story or fictional couple.
  • 17 – Favorite Fantasy:  What’s your favorite fantasy read?
  • 18 – Favorite Mystery:  Your favorite mystery novel?
  • 19 – Coming Release:  What book are you most anticipating?
  • 20 – Your TBR Pile:  Show us your To Be Read pile!
  • 21 – Favorite Book Title:  What title has stuck with you?
  • 22 – Favorite Genre:  What’s your go-to genre to read?
  • 23 – Reading Snacks:  Your must-have muchies when you’re reading.
  • 24 – Favorite Standalone:  Favorite book not part of a series.
  • 25 – Favorite Audio Books:  Your favorite audio read.
  • 26 – Magical Moment:  Your favorite scene that has stuck with you.
  • 27 – Most Emo Death:  What death did you read that hit you the hardest.
  • 28 – Favorite Cover:  Show us your favorite book cover.
  • 29 – Girl Power Read:  Your favorite female hero.
  • 30 – Autographs:  Got any signed books? Show us! If not, tell us who you want a signed book from.
  • 31 – Classic Reads:  Your favorites from the classics.

MAKE SURE ALL OF YOUR POSTS
INCLUDE THE HASHTAG #AuthorLife2018

Additional Hashtag Suggestions
#authorlife #readerlife #bookstagram #photochallenge #amreading #amwriting

What They Mean

  • 1 – Your Books:  Show us your bookshelf of currently available titles.
  • 2 – Writer Selfie:  Smile for the camera!
  • 3 – Writing Cave:  Show us where the magic happens!
  • 4 – Research Mode:  Your go-to places or resources.
  • 5 – WIP Quote:  A quote from your current work in progress.
  • 6 – Soundtrack:  Music you write to or a song that reminds you of your story.
  • 7 – Milestone:  A milestone moment in your writing career.
  • 8 – Favorite of Your Covers:  Which one is your favorite?
  • 9 – Swag:  Show us the merch for your books.
  • 10 – Writer Tribe:  Who are your writer buddies?
  • 11 – Your Muse:  Show us your writing inspiration.
  • 12 – Dedications:  Show us one of your dedication pages.
  • 13 – Your Mentor:  Who is someone you’d consider an influencer or shaper of your writing career?
  • 14 – Your Autograph:  Show us your autograph.
  • 15 – Author Event:  Show us an event photo or an event you want to be in one day.
  • 16 – Your Hero:  Who is your hero? A writer you look up to as the shining example of what you want to be as a writer.
  • 17 – Inner Circle:  Who is your inner circle? Writers and non-writers alike.
  • 18 – #WriterGoals:  Tell us a bucket list item for your writing career.
  • 19 – Message to Readers:  A message just for your readers.
  • 20 – #AmWriting:  Tell us what writing means to you.
  • 21 – Your Team:  Who is your publishing team? Cover designer, editor, proofreader, betas, etc.
  • 22 – WIP Cover:  Show us your current WIP cover. If you dont have a cover (or dont want to reveal it), tell us a little about the project.
  • 23 – Your Genre:  What’s the genre you write in most?
  • 24 – Your Favorite Character:  Our of all your stories, who was your favorite character to write?
  • 25 – Must-Have Tools:  What tools do you use for writing?
  • 26 – Panster / Plotter:  Do you write by the seat of your pants or plot first?
  • 27 – Writing Rituals:  What do you need to do or have to feel prepared when you sit down to write?
  • 28 – Writer Fuel:  Habitual chip muncher? Coffee addict? What physically fuels your stories?
  • 29 – Writer Advice:  Give us a piece of advice for fellow writers.
  • 30 – Good Juju:  Post something nice for a fellow writer like a book promo or follow shout out.
  • 31 – What Comes Next:  After the project you’re currently working on, what project are you jumping to next?
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New Release & a Personal Note from Jena Gregoire! Check out COCKTALES, a limited-release anthology to benefit authors impacted by #cockygate!

Good afternoon, readers!  I don’t normally include a personal note on new release announcements but this one actually hits home for every author out there, no matter the genre. As you may have heard, an author by the name of Faleena Hopkins made the very poor choice to trademark a common use word (cocky) and then set out on a warpath, her sights laser locked on any author with the word ‘cocky’ in their book or series title. #Cockygate was born and the author community at large—not just romance authors…..everybody—rained down FIRE. Go ahead, search that hashtag on any social media site or on Google and you will see a FLOOD of content. And none of it is in defense of the author’s trademark….

There is a great write up you can read here that lays out what initially happened, the AMAZING people who’ve gotten involved to have the trademark cancelled, and the many, many dominoes that have fallen since the news broke. Additionally, here is another write up from the same source who outlines how Hopkins has since doubled down on the stupidity factor by filing a few lawsuits, one of which is blaming the author/retired lawyer who filed the petition to cancel her trademark for loss of sales citing the questionable intelligence of readers and their ability to discern one cover from another. …. ….. ……  Yes, you read that right. (Faleena, honey, that loss was purely self-inflicted.  You’re the only one who doesn’t get it.)

I watched all of this unfold in abject horror. As a writer, the precedent her trademark sets is staggering and opens the door for lawsuits to start flying back and forth like CRAZY.  However, I feel confident thanks to Kevin Knuepper’s Petition to Cancel. If you read through that document, his argument is rock solid and I don’t see how anyone with common sense could possibly deny his request. But the unfortunate truth is that until that petition gets approved, she holds the legal trademark and using the word is risky. So, cross your crossables, kids. And when her trademark gets slapped down for the ridiculousness that it is, we’ll all celebrate with midnight margaritas.  😉

From a purely petty point of view, I genuinely don’t understand how this woman felt her brand was in any way, shape, or form “threatened” given that out of the countless authors and readers I’ve spoken with about this since it broke, NO ONE KNEW WHO THE HELL SHE WAS. No one. Not one single person I talked to said, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard of her.” Not one. Not until the day she tried to pull a fast one on a community that strongly believes in lifting one another up instead of cutting one another off at the knees. Good luck, Ms. Hopkins. You’re going to need it.

The reason I’m writing to you today is to tell you about this wonderful anthology. It’s only available for a limited time, features a TON of awesome names, and all of the proceeds are going to help those impacted by the #cockygate scandal.  I strongly encourage you all to go out to your favorite ebook retailer and just read the Forward (it’s the first thing available when you read the sample).  It takes all of two minutes to read through and really shows the kind of impact this had on just ONE of the many authors who’v been blindsided by this situation. Hers is a wonderful story of finding your tribe and what can happen when this community comes together to rally around those who are legitimately being wronged.

I’m beyond proud to be part of that community.

Jena Gregoire
Owner of Pure Textuality PR and Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Author


‘Cocktales’ is a limited-release anthology (available *only* from May 26 – August 26, 2018) of original, never before published material, some of which is raw and unedited. Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

*ALL* net profits will be donated to:
1) Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and
2) Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

 

Amazon  |  iBooks  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  Google Play

FEATURED IN THIS ANTHOLOGY

Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword
Dylan Allen – ‘Cocked and Loaded’
Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Double Cocked’
Whitney Barbetti – ‘Cocksure Grin’
Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘A Wicked, Cocky Plan’
K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Magical Cock and Bull’
Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Don’t Get Cocky’
L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal’
Mariah Dietz – ‘Landmines’
Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – ‘Cock and Balls’
BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.’
Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall’
Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Tricky Bond’
Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – ‘Cockamamie’
Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Couture’
Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Culinary Cock-Up’
Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Crimson Cocktail’
Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Swag’
Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Love & Hate at the Stallion Station’
Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Going Down’
Katyi McGee – USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocksure Co-Star’
Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cockblocked’
Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Getting It Up’
Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Her Cocky Russian’
Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman’
Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’
Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Fight or Flight’
CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Capo’
Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Beard and Hen’
Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Color of Love’
Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Aligned’
Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – ‘All’
Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series’
Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Until the Cock Crows’
Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Chocolate and Cockup’
Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – ‘The Golden Sombrero’
Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Alpha’
Karla Sorensen – ‘Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story’
Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Mafia’
April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Code of Conduct’

GET YOUR COPY BEFORE IT’S GONE!

Amazon  |  iBooks  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  Google Play

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RANDOMS by Jena: James Patterson is a marketing mastermind – pre-releases self-destructing book!

Seriously, as if this man wasn’t awesome enough, he goes and pulls this little stunt. His upcoming release Private Vegas (hitting bookshelves and ereaders on January 26th) is being pre-released.

But there’s a catch.

The frikkin book self-destructs.

Yeah, you read that right.

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1000 lucky iPad-owning fans (the ONE TIME I wish I owned an iPad!) will receive a code to download a free copy of Private Vegas over the next five days. They have 24 hours to read it. After that, it disappears from their device. There is an interactive online map which also shows readers real-time progress on the book.

Now, if you don’t own an iPad, fret not. For a mere $294,038, you can get a PHYSICAL copy of the book……which ALSO self-destructs….

Keep reading. Trust me, you want to keep reading this. I am sitting here shaking my head in astonishment as I type…

Jena

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GUEST POST PART II by Author Jack Welles: Language and the Genre Novel

This is an excerpt from my booklet how I go about “Writing a Genre Novel” the full version of which is available for free on my website.
I would like to start by putting the excerpt into context by giving a summary of the overview of my approach. I think of genre writing as having four components: concepts (theme, idea, plot, story etc), process (six stages: discovery, planning and research, organising, revision, editing & polishing), language (grammar, prose-writing, figures of speech) and story-telling (the 6 elements of fiction, use of details, characters & symbolism). In addition I have a short “Random Thoughts” category for ideas that don’t easily fit into the four components just mentioned.
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GUEST POST PART I by Author Jack Welles: Research And Planning for a Genre Novel

This is an excerpt from my booklet how I go about “Writing a Genre Novel” the full version of which is available for free on my website.
I would like to start by putting the excerpt into context by giving a summary of the overview of my approach. I think of genre writing as having four components: concepts (theme, idea, plot, story etc), process (six stages: discovery, planning and research, organising, revision, editing & polishing), language (grammar, prose-writing, figures of speech) and story-telling (the 6 elements of fiction, use of details, characters & symbolism). In addition I have a short “Random Thoughts” category for ideas that don’t easily fit into the four components just mentioned.
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RANDOMS by Kendra: A Dress and a Muse (@kendrybird , @DmitrySholokhov)

It was a last minute trip, planned only a week in advance. I would journey from New Hampshire to New York City by some means of transportation and buy a dress from Dmitry Sholokhov’s collection while he made an in-store appearance. Two amazing girlfriends of mine made this whole thing happen, one, Steph, by offering to let me crash with her and the other, Kate, by checking out the situation with Lord & Taylor beforehand.

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RANDOMS: Show Your Support and Take a Stand Against eBook Piracy!

Hey readers!  Jena here.  As most of you are aware, Pure Textuality is a site that is a lover of all books – traditional and indie published alike.  A rising problem in the publishing industry as a whole is the piracy of eBooks.

As an indie author, I can tell you that there is a LOT of work that goes into publishing one single title.  Not only work but also money out of our own pocket.  The reality of being an indie publisher is that there is very little return on our investment unless we happen to be one of the lucky ones that hits it big.  Whether the author is extremely successful or just getting started, eBook piracy is the same thing as walking into their house and stealing their money.

More and more sites are being found out and shut down for taking copies of legally purchased books, stripping away the protections and duplicating the file.  They are then either putting them on the internet for free or (worse in my eyes) putting them up for sale at a discounted price, of which they collect 100% (self-published authors only take a small percentage of their book’s list price).

Another rising problem is bloggers.  Oh, I hate even bringing this up, and I assure you that Pure Textuality is not one of them.  There is a problem happening with bloggers who receive free books turning around and giving them away.  Essentially, this is the same thing as piracy.

As these sites are being found out, authors are fighting back.  Both traditionally published and self-published are taking a stand.  And I am reaching out to you now, not just as a reader and book blogger but also as an author to show your support.  Below are two images – one for readers and one for authors to support the fight against eBook piracy.  I encourage you to share it.  Post it on your blog.  Put it up on Twitter.  Put it up on Facebook.  Email it to your friends.  Spread the word.  eBook piracy is a crime.  Every bit as much as stealing a car is a crime.  The amount of money being stolen shouldn’t matter.  Stealing is stealing.

Thank you for your support on behalf of authors everywhere!

– Jena

 

P.S. – These images were not created by me.  I tried tracking down who the creator was to grant proper credit but I was unsuccessful.  I do know that it was posted on Facebook by and author I am unfamiliar with and now I can’t for the life of me find the post to grant HER credit for sharing it.  If anyone saw the post I am referring to, please by all means, leave the author’s name in the comments.

 

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RANDOMS by Jena: The Perils of Using Stock Images and Cover Clones

There have been a few times over the past year where I have thought about doing this post and I put it off thinking that you all would read it and think I was just picking on authors.  That is not the case and I want to get that out right away.  I think that this could be an important lesson to authors (and marketing teams) out there and someone will find it helpful.  So here I go.

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RANDOMS by Jena: Jena’s Adventure in Writing a Novel: Part IV

So, before I started writing this post I went back and read Part III of this little series.  MAN, has a lot happened since my last update.  Well, first I guess there’s that little detail of me being a PUBLISHED AUTHOR.

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RANDOMS: Happy 165th Birthday Bram Stoker!

Today marks what would have been Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday!  So Happy Birthday to you Mr. Stoker!  Without your most famous piece of work, Dracula, we wouldn’t have the likes of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries and even the sparkly non-badass vamps of Twilight that serve as so many readers’ very own guilty pleasure.  Thank you for all you contributed to our literary world! 

Look!  Even Google is celebrating!

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RANDOMS: My Chat With Kerrelyn Sparks (@avonbooks, @kerrelynsparks)

As I’ve mentioned before, I was lucky enough to get picked for this term of Avon Addicts with Avon Books.  Tonight, we had an Shindig video chat with Kerrelyn herself.  We talked about everything from publishing to her Love At Stake series and her newest release The Forbidden Lady.

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RANDOMSby Jena: Jena’s Adventure in Writing a Novel: Part III

I am happy to report that I am in the full swing of rewriting my novel.  All the ideas that have been bubbling up here and there since my musically induced breakthrough I had during my last check-in finally started to drop together in a coherent story line. 

 

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RANDOMS by Jena: Jena’s Adventure in Writing a Novel: Part II

Back on January 19th, I confessed to all of you that I am an aspiring writer.  At that point, I gave you a little bit of back story on how I got started.  If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, click here to do so.  I will wait……

*queue elevator music*

You’re back!  Ok, on with Part II of Jena’s Adventures in Writing a Novel!

  

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GUEST POST: Top 10 Heroine Stereotypes by Amber Lynn Natusch (@AmberLNatusch)

So I saw an amazing post from another Indie author regarding what makes a male lead sexy.  It was tongue in cheek and fabulous…and it inspired me to want to do my own take on this idea with female lead cliches.  Thanks, Dannika Dark, for the inspiration!
 
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RANDOMS: Jena's Adventure In Writing a Novel: Part I

Back in 2005, I was struck with inspiration.  It started because I was a majorly, and I mean MAJORLY, huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan.  I used to read the Buffy novels for quick pastime reading (averaging 1 or 2 of them in a day).  They’re basically paperback fan fiction and they had a lot of great storylines I would have loved to have seen played out on the show.  One of these novels was called Chosen by Nancy Holder. 

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