How Can You Boost Your KDP Free Days? Useful Data-Based Insights

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On two consecutive Fridays in June, I ran kdp free days for Hello, My Love! (HML), Book 1, and Welcome Reluctant Stranger! (WRS), Book 3, of my series, Between Two Worlds. I meant to test a couple of my suspicions. … Continued

Welcome Reluctant Stranger: 5 ?s—Self-Publishing Review

Welcome, Reluctant Stranger! (Between Two Worlds Book 3), by E. Journey, is a touching story about a woman who must confront her family’s past. Leilani Torres, a psychologist, helps people heal. But can she heal herself? When she was only … Continued

Crossing Cultures With Good Eats

Writing the multicultural experience A famous chef, James Beard, once said: Food is our common ground, a universal experience. Who could dispute that food is a universal experience? But is it really a common ground? I have my own prejudices … Continued

Living and Writing the Multicultural Experience

I’ve lived in different places. Born in some far-flung place, educated at universities in the US West and Mid-west, and currently residing in multicultural San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve also “lived” a few months at a time in Paris (several … Continued

Goodbooks Today Review: Welcome, Reluctant Stranger

Goodbooks Today Review: Welcome, Reluctant Stranger ************ Welcome, Reluctant Stranger spans across many genres, though it does so impressively, without losing the sense of the plot and characters. GoodbooksToday.com Reviews E. Journey enwraps the audience in passionate dialog and riveting … Continued

The Common Man’s Book Reviews: The End of Civilization?

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I recently read a couple of articles on book reviews, written by an erudite man with impeccable credentials. In an online magazine called The Arts Fuse, he continues the lament of the literati on the growing tyranny of the common … Continued

Want to Go Viral? Target a mouthy audience

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Want to go viral? Take a cue from a former teacher of creative writing. He came out with a rant about his students and the craft of writing. The piece riled quite a few people. Mostly writers, for sure. Enough … Continued

Zen of Writing?

The Zen of Writing? An oxymoron, I’d say. At least, that’s my first reaction. In my mind, the act—but more specially the art—of writing requires you to be active and engaged. Bent over a ream of paper on a desk, … Continued

How Much Do You Crave Success? A Writer’s 2015 To-do List

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It is Christmas season. If you’re a Christian (only about a third of the world population). What next for you as a writer? How much do you crave success? After all the grub, booze, and discarded gifts (or, at least, … Continued

Writer and Slave: Get Used To It

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You are a writer. Therefore, you’re a slave. To reviews, to courting a readership, to spending hours on tasks not related to writing. Writer and slave: You’re helpless against that bondage. Most writers now are resigned to the fact that … Continued

Book Trailers: Harnessing their power for book promotion

Everyone is doing book trailers these days. So, why not jump on the bandwagon? Well, for one, having someone do book trailers for you can cost money. Money you may not have on your limited book promotion budget. But you … Continued

Why Writers Are Researchers, Too

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Writers are researchers, too. In fact, writers have to be Jacquelines (or Jacks) of many trades. Wordsmiths, grammarians, artists of a certain sort, interviewers, investigators/researchers.  Even counselors. Of these, I’m most comfortable being a researcher. I did  research for graduate … Continued

Writing Is Unrewarding. Why Do It?

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Why write fiction? Writing is unrewarding. Not an item you would often find in a bucket list (things you hope to do in your life)—if we mean writing a novel, an essay, or a short story. But it probably makes … Continued

Goodbooks Today Review: Hello, Agnieszka

Goodbooks Today Review: Hello, Agnieszka Journey has woven a beautiful narrative filled with complex relationships and interactions between women – aunts, mothers, and daughters.” – GoodbooksToday.com Reviews Evy Journey has woven an intricate, heart-wrenching coming-of-age story about family and love … Continued