An Author’s Journey in Writing and Publishing

 

Karen Bonnet and Linda Maria Frank recently presented their workshop at the Massapequa Bar Harbour Library

As the authors of children’s and young adult books, Linda Maria Frank and I have come a long way since our books hit the online book stores and other outlets where our books are sold. In the span of just two years (one year for me), our exciting journey has take us on many different paths, which include speaking at various venues across Long Island, coordinating author book fairs, being accepted into author book groups, and producing our own public access television show, The Writer’s Dream, featuring Long Island authors and their unique experiences with and publishing.

I am a long time Oceanside resident, and writer/publicist with KLB Services, my own business. My book, Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones (for children age 8 to 11) is an exciting fiction story that takes children on an unforgettable adventure. Linda, a retired science teacher who resides in Massapequa, penned two riveting mystery/romance novels for young adults, The Madonna Ghost and Girl with Pencil Drawing. Our books can be found on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, in many retail outlets across the globe, and on ebook readers such as Nook and Kindle.

Under the banner of “Whale of a Tale Adventure Stories for Young Readers,” we have had the opportunity to present unique presentations for libraries, book stores, schools, senior citizen centers, adult education centers, and non-profits such as The Boys and Girls Club.

Since giving back to the community is important to us, we donate a portion of all our book sales to The Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN) which is located in Hempstead, Long Island. This outstanding facility provides food and shelter to many needy people throughout Long Island.

Our latest endeavor is to help those who have always wanted to see their fiction tale or nonfiction story in the published pages of a book but were unsure of how to get started. To this end, we provide a visual, informative and interactive Powerpoint presentation and workshop, “So You Want to Write a Story? A Conversation with Two Authors,” that delves into the topics of writing, publishing, marketing and promoting; it also discusses getting an agent, and the entire publishing process.

We are happy to share that our successful program has received accolades from amateur and veteran writers, as well as those in the throes of writing a story!

So You Want to Write a Story? Learn How at Our Workshops

Linda and Karen Present "So You Want to Write a Story" at Long Beach Library

I had the pleasure of presenting a workshop, “So You Want to Write a Story? A Conversation With Two Authors,” at the Long Beach Library on March 19, 2012. There were about 30 people in the audience and all wanted to learn how to get their stories published. Some of the attendees were amateurs, others were experienced writers, and a few were in the throes of writing a story that they want to share with the world.  All were unsure of the next steps to take in the publishing process.

Fellow Author, Linda Frank and I have been presenting workshops to writers from all walks of life which delve into the topics of writing,  self-publishing, social media, marketing and promoting, how to find an agent, and free Web sites on which one can upload a completed story.

Writing an article or book can be an exhilarating experience (it was for me)  but there are many variables to consider after you have finished your work – which can be confusing. For instance, how does one choose a publisher? There are many traditional and self-publishing companies out there. If you choose to go with the self-publishing path, as Linda and I did, then you must do a good deal of research and ask a lot of questions before choosing one. In other words, do your homework before you decide on a publisher and be sure that they have your best interests at heart.

After your book is published, there are a myriad of decisions to be made, including marketing and promoting, and listing on social media sites. There are many ways to market and promote your book and all are important. Below is a list of ideas to help create awareness about your book:

  • Book Presentations/Discussions at various venues
  • Interviews on radio/television stations
  • Creating a Website and blog
  • Email marketing to update your audience on your activities and talks
  • Listing on social media sites such as Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter
  • Writing press releases/articles about all of your book talks to generate more publicity about you
  • Networking at events (there are dozens on Long Island alone)

All of the above will contribute to the success of your publicity campaign. If you have any questions, please contact me at 516-764-8774.  I’d love to hear from you. Happy writing!

We are looking for authors who would like to be part of a book fair on Sunday, June 24,  hosted by the Caribe Breast Cancer Care. This nonprofit organization supports a surgical team who treats breast cancer patients in the Dominican Republic. The cost for a table will be $30. Details about the event can be found by visiting http://www.scarsellas.com/about.html. You may also contact Linda Frank at lmf217@hotmail.com.