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March 3rd, 2012 No comments

If you’re anything like me, then you are tired (so utterly weary) of vampires in literature.

What gives? I used to love reading about vampires. They were viscous, blood thirsty (literally) and could be usually be counted on to cause general and specific mayhem wherever they roamed. I mean who doesn’t appreciate a good neck suck every now and then?

But then something happened. It’s all very simple.

Vampires began to sparkle.

That’s right. Sparkle. Vampires.

It’s a crying shame. No more delightfully nasty rampages, or beautiful women drained of their precious rubies. Now we find vampires spouting poetry, lying around in a field accompanied by sappy music and generally being total wussies.

Naturally, I took it upon myself to remedy this state of affairs. I know, I know…tis a heavy burden, but someone had to do it.

The result is a humorous and delightful (in my opinion) short story that I think takes the vampire genre to a whole new level.

Employment Interview With A Vampire is a vampire satire that basically asks one question: What would happen if vampires did age, albeit very slowly? From here, I’ll just let the story speak for itself. Below is a short sample for your reading pleasure.

If you like it, please check it out on Amazon. It’ll only put you back $0.99. The laughs are worth the price. Trust me.

 

Cover, Employment Interview With A VampireEmployment Interview with a Vampire

The Vampire’s Housekeeper Chronicles

 

Betsy’s notion of a “fixer upper” is actually a dilapidated mansion that might have been an especially nice country estate about 50 years ago. Now the paint is peeling, the window shutters are crooked, and the place looks—in three words—spooky as hell.

And this is before I search in vain for a doorbell and am forced to use the heavy brass gargoyle knocker. I hear its echo reverberate inside the house, and a chill runs all the way through me. My unconscious mind is starting to have some doubts, but my conscious mind is all too aware of the stack of bills sitting on my kitchen counter.

“Come in,” a deep, sonorous voice calls from inside.

I push open the door, and yep, it gives out a nice, lusty creak.

“Mr. Hayward?” I venture. “This is Deidre from the Bullseye…employment….agency.”

My voice trails off as I look around the foyer, which seems to be functioning as some sort of spider web sanctuary. Then there are the dust bunnies, which are actually just about big enough to qualify as dust German Shepherds.

“Come into the sitting room child,” that spooky voice speaks up.

Betsy never mentioned how much this job paid, but I’d already made up my mind to hold out for at least $12.00 an hour. Now I wonder if maybe I should crank it up to $12.50 an hour. My feet hesitantly shuffle into the living room, and this is where I get my first official eyeful of my potential boss.

A cape.

Nathaniel is actually wearing a black cape.

I will learn later that Nathaniel feels very strongly about wearing the cape for houseguests, but in this moment I am completely flabbergasted.

I guess it’s also time to deflate another long-held vampire myth. Not all of them are incredibly attractive. Or even mildly attractive. And they definitely don’t stay young forever.

When Nathaniel sees me in the doorway, he throws back his cape dramatically revealing a bow tie, suspenders, and a pair of pants cinched up around his belly button. He also has a pencil mustache on his upper lip, bushy black eyebrows and a white poof of hair on his head.

“You’re late,” Nathaniel says.

I look down at my cell phone. 9:03 AM.

“What kind of watch is that?” Nathaniel asks accusingly.

I’m not wearing a watch, and it takes me a moment to realize what he’s talking about.

“It’s a phone,” I tell him.

Nathaniel waves a pale hand in disgust. “Everyone is so excited about those damn phones. Give me a telegraph any day of the week.”

Nathanial lowers himself into a ratty, wing-backed chair with stuffing coming out of several holes. In the grate, a large fire blazes and throws shadows wildly across the room.

“Yeah, telegraph, those were the best,” I mumble. I wonder if I should sit down, but since he hasn’t invited me, I just keep standing in the doorway.

Nathaniel’s piercing blue eyes give me the once over.

“I see you chose to wear pants.” His bushy black eyebrows crunch together in disappointment. “How very improper for a woman.”

I look down at my nice navy slacks. “Sorry?” I venture.

“And you seem quite old to be seeking independent employment.”

“I’m 24,” I tell him, though I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to discuss age in a job interview.

“Surely you are married and have born your first child.”

Okay, this part is definitely illegal, but I answer him anyway. “Nope, it’s just me.”

“A spinster then,” Nathaniel clucks his tongue with reproach. “Perhaps if you didn’t dress yourself in such disgraceful garb you could make yourself more desirable.” He waves a hand. “Though, perhaps it doesn’t matter. At your advanced age, your chances of finding a good marriage are exceedingly low.”

At first I’m too shocked to even be offended or angry, but then his words sink in, and I feel a hot flush jump to my cheeks.

“These pants are just fine,” I huff. Yep, this is the best comeback I can muster on short notice.  “I think…I think I’ll just go.”

I turn to leave when a sound fills the room.

It is the Macarena.

“Damn,” Nathanial says, “it’s the telegraph.”

He stands up, walks over to the mantel, lifts the lid of an ornate box and pulls out a cell phone. He stares at it, obviously confused.

“Here, let me.” The phone is on its last chord of the Macarena when I take it from his hand and accept the call. Turns out that Nathaniel’s blood pressure medication is ready for pickup at the local WalGreens pharmacy.

I give Nathaniel the message, and this puts a sour expression on his face. “I need to stop eating so many obese humans,” he says.

Despite the cape and severe anachronisms, I still haven’t figured out that Nathaniel is a vampire, so I automatically assume he meant to say, “I need to stop eating with so many obese humans.” Of course, this doesn’t actually make any better sense, but I don’t give it much thought.

“Well?” Nathaniel demands.

“Well what?”

“Go on and pick it up.”

“I’m not your slave,” I reply before I can stop myself.

“Of course not,” he snaps back. “You are white and this is a non-slavery state. I’ve considered moving to Tennessee for just that reason.”

We stare at each other. Two things hit me. First, Nathaniel is one hell of a misogynist and racist. Secondly, I think I just got the job.

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Employment Interview With A Vampire can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords.

 

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An Example Of A Book Review Request Pitch

March 1st, 2012 No comments

Below is the template I use to pitch my novel Falling – Girl With Broken Wings to book review bloggers. I’ve had about a 15% success rate so far using this pitch, which I think is pretty good.

Personally, I think the pitch is a little long, but I always struggle to write short pitches. Also, it’s important to stress that this is only a template. I carefully review each blog I want to target and pay particular attention to the submission guidelines to make sure the reviewer excepts my genre and is accepting submissions. I then tailor my template to their blog, sometimes commenting on recent posts or something they wrote about themselves in their “About Me” section.

Lastly, when pitching, I usually try to come up with a clever and enticing email subject line. In this case, however, I’m sending a book review request to a book reviewer, so I opted for upfront and clear in my subject line.

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Email Subject Line: Review Request: Falling – Girl With Broken Wings

Email Body: Hi [F Name],

I am a fan of [blog name] and appreciate your unique and witty reviews. I know that you are probably inundated with review requests, but I’d like to offer my debut novel for the pile.

Falling – Girl With Broken Wings is a paranormal adventure that will appeal to older teens and adults. From your previous reviews, I know you are drawn to strong and flawed characters. My protagonist, Maya, fits this bill. She is an unapologetically quirky narrator who holds grudges, usually bombs the witty comeback, and is mostly sure she isn’t a monster—at least not a full one. You can read a short summary of the story at the end of this letter.

The novel is approximately 70,000 words in length and is available as an ebook at most online publishers, including Amazon, Barnes & Nobel and Smashwords for $2.99. If you do choose to review my novel, I can provide a thumbnail of the cover and an eBook file in whatever format you prefer.

Additionally, I would love to provide up to five copies of the book for a giveaway if you’d be willing to host. Lastly, I am offering a pretty significant free sample of the book on my website, www.GirlWithBrokenWings.com if you or your readers would be interested in getting a taste of the novel.

Thank you so much for your consideration and for your support of authors like myself,

J Bennett

JBennett@GirlWithBrokenWings.com

About FallingGirl With Broken Wings

Maya knew something was wrong.  The stranger’s glowing hands were a big tipoff.

 

When the stranger murders Maya’s boyfriend with a single touch, drags her to an abandoned storage unit, and injects her with a DNA-altering serum, Maya prays for a savior.

 

Instead, the college sophomore gets a double helping of knight-in-not-so-shining-armor when two young men claiming to be her half-brothers pull off a belated rescue. Now Maya is swiftly transforming into an “angel”, one of the scientifically-enhanced, energy-sucking creatures her brothers have spent their whole lives trying to destroy.

 

Maya’s senses sharpen, her body becomes strong and agile, and she develops the ability to visually see the emotions of those around her as colorful auras…beautiful auras…tempting auras.

 

One brother wants to save her. The other wants to kill her before she becomes too strong. Maya just wants to go home.

 

Struggling to control the murderous appetite that fuels her new abilities, Maya must find a way to accept her altered condition and learn to trust her brothers as she joins them in their battle against the secret network of powerful and destructive angels.

 

Oh, and she’d like a few words with the one who changed her. Words, then lots of stabbing.

Taking Risks For The Courageously Impaired

February 2nd, 2012 No comments

Risk.

It pretty much sucks for everyone, but it’s also necessary. It was a risk to climb out of the trees and start the whole “walking” craze among our species (later superseded by the current “reclining” phase of civilization). It was a risk to try and shoot rockets full of humans, chimpanzees and dogs into space but now we have Tang and memory foam mattresses. It was also a risk to combine chocolate and peanut butter, but we all know how necessary that was for the continuation of humanity.

So risk is pretty necessary to do stuff, but it’s hard. Especially for shy people who see risk not as an inherent necessity which provides us a chance to obtain greater success and even coveted experience. No, we see risk as a huge, gaping Kraken, ready to swallow us down into a painful oblivion.

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But shy people deserve to timidly pursue their dreams too! I recently did this when I ePublished my first novel, Falling – Girl With Broken Wings. It was really scary, but I did it. So that means I get to laud it over everyone in the guise of sage advice. Go me.

So, because I believe in shy people and our ability to eventually muster up the courage to kinda, sorta, maybe tomorrow do great things, I’ve created a guide for shy people to follow based on my own experience. Enjoy.

A Guide To Taking Risks For The Courageously Impaired

 

Step One – Freak the Hell Out of Yourself

I don’t know what specific risk you want to take, but I bet it’s scary as hell.

 Your Risk = This

Maybe you want to ask a pretty girl out for a date, walk out on your job, finally tell your roommate that it’s his god damn turn to wash the dishes, start your own business, eat ice cream for dinner, wear your beloved Crocs in public, or get a huge tattoo of Jesus on your face. All great goals, but for the sake clarity, I’m going to assume that you want to publish your quirky paranormal adventure novel.

So you’ve got a novel you want to publish, but you’re scared. Immediately your mind is filled with exactly everything that will go wrong. The book will suck. It will get a particularly terrible and hurtful review on Amazon…from your mother… who will publicly disown you on the same review.

“I disown you”

All your Facebook friends will immediately unfriend you, turning you into a Facebook untouchable. You’ll immediately be fired, and when you will try to collect welfare, the welfare staff will tell you they’ve used all your welfare money to pay for their therapy bills after having read your book.

Oh, and your book will be so bad that the US government will consider you a terrorist to good taste. You’ll be secretly kidnapped by the CIA, held unlawfully in some former Soviet Bloc country and water boarded mercilessly until you swear never to touch a keyboard again.

It’s okay to freak the hell out. You’re a shy person. This is basically what you do. If you could monetize freaking the hell out, you would be a very wealthy person.

But at some point, you’ve got to pull yourself together, take a deep breath and follow me into step two.

Step Two: Take An Insanely Long Amount Of Time Just Thinking About The Risk

 

Hmmmm, maybe I should…

Alright, I’ll do it!

To shy people, time is like succor of the gods. We may take years to mention to the guy we’ve been drooling over that, “hey, I like your…er….socks. They’re white. I like white things. Bye now.”

So, it’s only natural that when a risk is in the process of being taken, shy people spend a good and long amount of time considering it.

Most people may only need to think about taking a risk for a couple seconds, maybe an hour or so, or even a couple of weeks. For shy people, take what you think the normal consideration time is and then multiple it by a factor of 100.

Step Three: Over Plan The Hell Out Of The Risk

Of course, after a good ten years of consideration, you’ll need to start making arrangements to take the risk. This is a particularly terrifying stage of the risk-taking process, because every arrangement you make brings you closer to actually taking the risk, which, being a shy person, is really about the last thing you want to do.

I have developed a brilliant strategy for preparing yourself for the risk.

Over plan.

Over plan like you’ve never over planned before. Make like over planning was an Olympic sport and you want that gold medal more than anything in the world.

 On Your Mark…Get Set…PLAN!

Shy people absolutely love to plan, because it means we don’t actually have to do anything. The less importance the particular aspect we’re planning, the better. For instance, it is absolute heaven to spend an entire day searching for book review blogs or to put together timelines, or sketch out cover image ideas.

Charts are your friends. Make them. Lots of them. Find sweet bliss in pointless preparation.

 

Actual image of my book blogging chart. Isn’t it pretty?

You know how some savvy parents get their kids to eat vegetables by sneaking them into things kids enjoy, like  ice cream, Lucky Charms, and paste? That’s what you’re doing to yourself. See, while you gleefully decide what font to use in your website map, you’re actually inching closer to taking the risk.

One day you’ll wake up and realize – what the f@$k! I have all the stuff I need in order to ePublish my book. I even created a timeline that says I have to publish today, and I can’t back out, because my website is launching and I’ve already written my Facebook announcement. How did this happen? Who did this to me?

WHHHHHHHHY GOD, WHHHHHHHY!

Step Four: Give Yourself a Deadline

Freaking the hell out of yourself, taking a couple of years to think about the risk you want to take, and over-planning like your life depended on it are all well and good, but eventually you will actually have to take the risk.

Whoa, not right now!

Settle down. Here, tuck your head between your legs. Breathe into the bag. That’s it. Nice and slow.

What I meant was, as part of your planning process, you need to give yourself a deadline to actually take your risk. Create a really nice and fancy timeline with specific dates on it.

Now, disassociate yourself with the timeline. Force yourself to forget that you created the timeline and instead, consider it a sentient entity that must be followed or horrible things will happen. Things like shortages of peanut butter and chocolate, or every single one of your friends instantly getting pregnant and inviting you to their baby showers.

 

Go ahead, schedule your risk for several months or even a year into the future. I don’t care how long you need as long as you stick to it.

It helps to break your project into lots of little steps so it’s not like one huge leap into the jaws of the Kraken.

Step Five: Vulcan Mind Meld Yourself

Okay, it’s time to take the risk. I give you full permission to do whatever mental mind voodoo you deem necessary to force yourself to take action. This may include convincing yourself that the zombie apocalypse will happen tomorrow so there will soon be no society to judge what you’ve done or that your tie is actually a mystical talisman that will protect you from all rejection.

I won’t judge.

Judgmental zombie

One trick that helped me get through the stress of preparing to publish my novel was pretending that I was doing it for a client. Since I am a professional copywriter, this was actually pretty easy. Basically, I could transfer the risk from myself to some other idiot who was going to get their ass handed to them.

Do what you have to do. Read inspirational quotes. Taunt your pet fish, because at least you can read and run and blink.

 This lidless freak does not deserve your pity

But when that deadline rolls around, jump and don’t look back.

Step Six: Have at Least One Person in Your Life Who Actually Likes You

This last step may be particularly difficult for the shy, because we don’t necessarily feel comfortable being around people, being looked at by people or acknowledging that other people exist.

However, everyone should have at least one person they can rely on to support them no matter what. If you have a spouse, hopefully they are that person.

The point is, when things start to get really scary, you can talk to this person about it or at least be eased with the knowledge that they will dutifully start a Facebook group demanding your release when you get kidnapped by the CIA for terrorism against good taste.

That person for me is my sister. She was somewhat forced into this role against her will. We’re identical twins, so she’s kind of limited on what criticisms she can throw at me.

Also, we’re official BFFs and have the heart necklaces to prove it.

So, that’s basically it. Sure, it takes us shy people a little longer (possibly decades) to take risks that normals might not have second thoughts about, but we can and have done it.

Good luck!

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The Free Press Release Experiment Part Two

January 19th, 2012 8 comments

The Exciting Conclusion!

I know that you’ve been on the edge of your seat waiting for the results of my groundbreaking free press release experiment.

…not the edge?

At least the middle of your seat then…oh…not even that huh?

Mild curiosity?…come on, don’t make me beg.

Alright, so you’ve been mildly curious to learn the results of my free press release experiment.

Last week, I put together a little experiment to test the integrity of the free press release options on the web. Sure, there was a little scientific curiosity in the mix, but mostly this experiment was spurred by my lack of marketing budget for my new ebook Falling – Girl with Broken Wings.

 

I spent three hours putting together a press release announcing the book’s release and two hours submitting it to five press release websites:

The release went out on 01/11/12. It’s been a full week now, and the results are in. Was my five hours of time worth the investment? Do free press releases provide any type of reach? Am I now a multi-million dollar author who can afford to clone my favorite goldfish so that me and Hans the guppy will never be separated? (Hint: the answer to that last one is no, but I’ll find a way Hans. I swear it!)

They say that the vast majority of scientific experiments end in failure. It’s comforting to know that I’m in good company. Below is a screenshot of a Google search I did using the exact title of my press release.

 

You’ll see that I got a whopping three results. I’m no math major, but I do understand that, with the exception of the numbers one and two, three is pretty much as flimsy as it gets.

The top result is from the 24-7 Press Release website. The second result got picked up from I-Newswire, and the third result was from the PR Log site. It’s disappointing enough that these three companies provided only a single link each, but what the heck happened to Online PR News and PR.com? Does their free press release option distribute to an Internet that exists in an alternate reality (and do these alternate reality web suffers even have access to Amazon?)

It’s interesting to note that the press release I posted on this blog (not exactly a search engine powerhouse) made it to the second page of search results. Therefore, I can only conclude that this humble blog is a better PR site than PR.com and Online PR News. (Thus, I will soon be rolling out an online press release service called “Shy Writer Diamond Plan – sure, you’ll only get one link but we’re still better than Online PR News and PR.com”)

Just for kicks, I searched for the title of my press release on Google News, which brought back zero results. This was not surprising as most PR distribution services require payment to submit to Google News. Googling the full title of my book did not bring up any of the press releases on the first two search results pages. My efforts weren’t a total waste, though. I did learn that there is a song called “Girl With Broken Wings” by Manchester Orchestra.

By the way, I have heard a crazy rumor that other search engines exist that are not called Google. A quick Google search quickly laid these rumors to rest. (This is a joke. Bing and Yahoo! do exist, I think. I’ve never used them.)

Lastly, combing through the Google Analytics for my book’s website, I was not able to find any indication that my press release adventure had resulted in a bump in traffic.

These results point to a non-surprising, non-revolutionary conclusion that will not rock your world in any way, shape, or form (won’t even jostle your world a little bit). Free…sometimes sucks.

If you are looking for a cheap way to market your company, I suggest taping your cat for five hours. You’re bound to catch it doing something that will garner a few hundred hits on YouTube. Adding your company’s website address in the video’s background should result in some decent exposure, certainly more than you’d get by spending five hours putting out a press release through free websites.

Don’t have a cat? Well, then you might need to dole out some bucks. Most of the same press release companies I used in my experiment offer basic distribution packages starting at $22 on Online PR News and $49 on 24-7 Press Release. I-Newswire offers monthly packages, PR Log is a free press release site, and PR.com…well, that site just looks ghetto. I’d recommend staying away unless you want to get your car jacked as soon as you look the other way.

In the past, I’ve used the 24-7 Press Release $49 service with decent results. They put together a nice report with over a dozen links to distribution sites, which I appreciate.

I know that there are additional press release sites out there on the net. Some of them may even have free options with a little more push behind them, but I’ve learned my lesson. Free press releases aren’t worth the effort. Plus, I don’t have time at the moment. I’ve got to go walk the fish.

The Free Press Release Experiment

January 13th, 2012 3 comments

So, I find myself in a bit of a quandary. I’ve released my ebook, Falling, and I want to let everyone know about it, but I have a marketing budget of roughly zero dollars.

Luckily, chance/fortune/providence/a broken condom saw to it that I ended up right here in this time and place where access to bunches and bunches of people was just as easy turning on Torgo (my laptop) and hopping online.

Free is the new black, so why not take advantage?

The traditional way to announce an important piece of news was to launch a press release. Now, many people are satisfied with posting an update on Facebook and Twitter. Press releases are still around however, and so are a growing number of press release distributors (the companies that actually release the press releases to news and media networks).

I’ve written many press releases; first as a worker bee at a public relations agency, and more recently for my own clients as part of my copywriting business, Endeavor Writing.

There are some top tier (means expensive) press release distribution sites like PR Newswire and BusinessWire that PR agencies typically use to cast a huge net. There’s also a growing crop of smaller distributors. These guys don’t have quite the distribution muscle of the big guns, but they’re also within the budget of most small business owners. Some even offer free press release options.

Free, the magic word.

I’ve always been curious about these free options. I’m well aware that they don’t have the distribution power behind them of a paid press release, but do they get any love at all?

No time like the present and a non-existent budget to try it out. Earlier this week, I spent roughly three hours creating and polishing a press release. It wasn’t one of my best, but I am a big believer in the idea that “perfection is the enemy of actually getting stuff done”. Next, it was time to hunt down these free press release sites, upload my little baby and see what happened.

On 01/11/2012, I ended up submitting to five different sites that offer free press release distribution options:

In all cases, these sites offered a free press release option that was ad supported. That means my baby could very well be announcing my book and pushing weight loss diet pills at the same time. It’s not a comforting thought, but I’ve little room to complain.

Most of the programs restricted free press releases to one per week, or even one per month. Understandably, the free press releases were allowed very few extras in the way of category choices, keyword options and image inclusion. Bare bones means bare bones. In fact, only one company – PR Log – allowed me to add an image.

On a side note, PR Log is a free press release site and was, by far, the easiest site to use. Many of the other sites kept hounding me to switch to a paying option throughout the submission process. One company in particular – I-Newswire – was really bad about this.

It took me just under two hours to submit my press release to these five sites, making it a five hour adventure from start to finish. Now we’ll see if my time was well spent. I’ve created Google Alerts for a few terms related to my book. These alerts will pick up any mentions across the web and let me know what type of distribution my press release got. I’ll also be checking the Google Analytics on my book website to see if any traffic was generated from these websites.

All in all, I think I should be able to track the results of this experiment pretty well. I’ll give the press release a couple of days to land, and then I’ll report back the results on this blog.

On a last note, if you are considering performing this same experiment, don’t rush the process. Make sure you develop a compelling press release (Google “How to Write a Press Release” for help). You’ll need to create an account with every press release distribution service that you use. You’ll also find that each company has a slightly different submission process. Some of these sites are not very intuitive. Some of these sites, in fact, seem to take some malicious pleasure in watching you impotently click on every conceivable links searching for where you can actually submit your god damn press release! Read all of the instructions carefully and double check everything before you submit. Once your press release is out, it’s out.

THE CHANGE IS ONLY THE BEGINNING IN J BENNETT’S DEBUT NOVEL, FALLING

January 11th, 2012 No comments

Falling, A Paranormal Ebook Now Available For $0.99

 

SAN DIEGO, Jan 11, 2012 — Fans of paranormal fiction are in for a treat when they pick up a copy of J Bennett’s debut novel, Falling, which was released as an ebook January 5th for $0.99. Readers will appreciate the quirky and unapologetic narration of the novel’s protagonist, Maya, as she explains how her normal college life was shattered when she was kidnapped and changed into something beyond human.

 

J Bennett lavishes care on her characters as she slowly unwinds a story filled with paranormal action, wry humor, and terse family drama. The strong narrative voice of the novel feels natural and engaging as Maya faces a new life, a new family and a new body.

 

During the change, Maya’s senses sharpen, her body becomes strong and agile, and she develops the ability to visually see the emotions of those around her as colorful auras…beautiful auras…tempting auras.

 

Struggling to control the murderous appetite that fuels her new abilities, Maya must accept her altered condition and learn to trust two vigilante half-brothers she never knew she had. As she joins the battle against a secret network of powerful and destructive beings that call themselves “Angels”, Maya vows to find and destroy the one who changed her.

 

“The novel includes plenty of action as well as exciting paranormal elements,” said author J Bennett. “But at its core, Falling is about family. Maya and her brothers confront extraordinary challenges, both internally and externally, and the only way to survive is to learn to trust each other.”

 

Falling, at approximately 70,000 words, is the first novel in the Girl With Broken Wings series. The ebook is available for sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. As an introductory promotion, the novel will retail for $0.99 throughout the month of January and will then increase to its regular retail price of $2.99. The second novel in the series, Landing, is slated for release in 2013. A novella that takes place between the first and second book is also in the works and will be released in the second half of 2012.

 

J Bennett is a professional copywriter and copyeditor as well as an author. She lives and writes in San Diego. To learn more about Falling or to read the first part of the novel, visit www.GirlWithBrokenWings.com. J Bennett also writes the blog www.ShyWriter.com.

 

Falling contains some violence and explicit language, and may not be appropriate for children and younger teens.

Going Where Millions Have Gone Before – The Blog-o-sphere

January 1st, 2012 2 comments

Being shy. It’s awesome.

Especially when you want to do cool stuff like leave the house, talk to people who are not your reflection and take risks that will put you OUT THERE.

 OUT THERE is the delightful place where you strip down to your underoos and allow every sentient creature in the known universe to point and comment.

And people say the nicest things about your underoos.

Shy people love feedback. They love it when everyone in the world compliments them on their underoos. This is why shy people take risks all the time and become such successful and well-adjusted individuals.

This blog isn’t necessarily about being shy. It’s more about taking risks in spite of being shy and trying to succeed even though that almost certainly requires outside contact with people and the ability to project the aura of someone who is totally not freaking out about basically everything. I call this timid courage. I am trying to become a timid courageous person.

I own my own business. I’ve also just ePublished my first novel.

So very timid courageous.

And now this blog where I will attempt to write things. About myself. And other people will be able to read these things. Probably not many people at first, thankfully. Maybe not many people ever. But still. It’s out here. Me. In my underoos, sort of.

You can expect posts on writing, business, marketing, taking risks and my adventures in timid courageousness. I’ll also share some writing every so often.

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