fbpx

Black Friday Deal Publisher Rocket

So many writers do not know how to market their book. Publisher Rocket is our favourite. We have written about publisher rocket many times: Ways you can increase your Book Sales using Publisher Rocket 10 Best Marketing Tools for Authors in 2020 With an outright cost of under $100 USD you get: Get Instant Access:Continue reading “Black Friday Deal Publisher Rocket”

The Orchard Murders by Robert Gott

Robert Gott was born in Maryborough and has written “the William Power series of crime-caper novels set in 1940s Australia: Good Murder, A Thing of Blood, and Amongst the Dead.” He also has a Holiday Murder Series. (Fantastic Fiction https://www.fantasticfiction.com/g/robert-gott/). The Orchard Murders is the fourth book in the Murder Series and has just been releasedContinue reading “The Orchard Murders by Robert Gott”

Krakatau Dragon: Legend One: The Hatchling Prince

McLennan has written a delightful first book about the formation of Sumatra.  When the island volcano of Krakatau explodes, Minkatau, Queen of the Krakatau Fire-Dragons is hurled from her fire-cave as far as the icy waters of the great frozen South land, where her Hatchling Prince, MoroToba is ready to be born. Once the PrinceContinue reading “Krakatau Dragon: Legend One: The Hatchling Prince”

Small Business Platform for Authors

Successful authors are small businesses. With so many things going on in the world that will forever impact the way people live and do business, going online is no longer just an option. It’s a necessity for success and survival. Even our teenage children find employment difficult and must adjust to an online environment toContinue reading “Small Business Platform for Authors”

Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Based on the Jonestown massacre, this book is a fast-paced, concise read. There is always a feeling that you are on the edge of the killing that is to come. Woollett has interviewed the survivors of the event. Jim Jones has celebrity swagger, is eloquent and persuasive, wears dark shades and is handsome. In theContinue reading “Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett”

The Language of Butterflies by Wendy Williams

How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World’s Favourite Insect Guest Book Review by Ruby Rosenfield This book is a riveting read in which the reader, if not already a butterfly enthusiast, will surely become entranced by the wonderful world of Lepidoptera. The author Wendy Williams is an American ScienceContinue reading “The Language of Butterflies by Wendy Williams”

Self-Publishing Presentations

Mary River Press Services presented for the U3A meeting at the University of Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast campus last week. Self-published author Ann Moffatt invited us to a series of talks she organised on self-publishing. We shared the business planning template and went through some tips on how to self-publish and market your book affordably.Continue reading “Self-Publishing Presentations”

The daylight and the dust: selected short stories by Janet Frame.

This short story collection covers four decades and themes from childhood to death. Frame was saved from a mental institution and a scheduled lobotomy when she won a most prestigious New Zealand literary award. Jane Campion directed the film adaptation of her autobiography ‘An Angel at My Table’ that details this suffering and recognition. DespiteContinue reading “The daylight and the dust: selected short stories by Janet Frame.”

Down the Rabbit Hole by Cynthia Terelst

Fraser Coast’s queen of romance writing, Cynthia Terelst has done it again. Terelst has written a medium heat romance with all the elements of Queensland country life. It begins when Emily or Lemony Emily returns to her hometown feeling like an outsider. Her progressive ideas were not understood when she was younger, and she couldn’tContinue reading “Down the Rabbit Hole by Cynthia Terelst”

Get Paid to have your Book in a Library

Are you an Australian author or creator? Did you know that publishers or creators – authors, illustrators, editors, translators, and compilers – can all get money back for an estimated loss of income due to books being available in libraries – public and educational lending libraries? The deadline for submitting new title claims closes onContinue reading “Get Paid to have your Book in a Library”

Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson

This book was published in 1998, and the context of what is written must be viewed through that lens. It is an autobiography of the character Marilyn Manson modelled on Dante’s Inferno. Manson’s signature is saying extreme things, pushing limits, transgressing to test people’s acceptance. This fiction stays completely in this lane, with intentional ironyContinue reading “Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson”

The Death of Librarians as Leaders

Once upon a time, librarians were deeply connected to the community. They would choose appropriate resources to meet community needs. These librarians were leaders who would respond to requests and provide diverse resources to expose community members to excellent resources available in various formats and genres. These resources would meet needs, fill gaps and expandContinue reading “The Death of Librarians as Leaders”

History of Violence by Édouard Louis

This autobiographical novel documents Édouard’s rape at gunpoint. Édouard’s ambivalence toward Reda – the perpetrator – is at the centre of the subtle and complex story. Although Édouard reports him to the police he tries to understand what happened. After analysing the motives of Reda, he realises that Reda is ashamed of his homosexuality. Édouard’sContinue reading “History of Violence by Édouard Louis”

Ways you can increase your Book Sales using Publisher Rocket

Have you ever wondered how authors get their books to bestseller status? Do you want to increase sales? Like most authors, we found that you can waste a lot of money on marketing, with little to no engagement, let alone conversion to sales of your book. As librarians, we understand how keywords and strings helpContinue reading “Ways you can increase your Book Sales using Publisher Rocket”

The Business of Writing and Free Tools that can Help

Authors can now access marketing tools all in one place. The World’s Number One Website Creator, Page Designer, Blog & Funnel Builder If you are a self-published author, you are a businessperson. In this day and age, any business that wants to thrive must go online.With so many things going on around the world andContinue reading “The Business of Writing and Free Tools that can Help”

For Love of Zachary by Kathleen V. McLennan

McLennan gives a voice to the many children that have lost family and hope as they are shuffled between government departments. The story is one of redemption through friendship. Instead of being shown compassion when traumatised and simply trying to survive their circumstances, these children are often blamed. Set in Australian suburbs, this novella talksContinue reading “For Love of Zachary by Kathleen V. McLennan”

Mishima’s Sword by Christopher Ross

Travels in Search of a Samurai Legend Yukio Mishima is one of the Japanese’s most sublime writers. He is sadly most remembered for cutting open his stomach and instructing assistants to behead him with his antique sword “Mishimi, who was fastidious with language, preferred the term hara-kiri over seppuku despite its perceived vulgarity.” Ross travelsContinue reading “Mishima’s Sword by Christopher Ross”

The Paper Menagerie and other stories by Ken Liu

Jack is central to the short story ‘The Paper Menagerie’. His mother immigrated to America from China, and Jack is bi-racial. Jack’s mother has created an origami menagerie of animals that comes alive with her breath. As he gets older, he becomes ashamed of his mother’s heritage and creates distance. Only after her death doesContinue reading “The Paper Menagerie and other stories by Ken Liu”

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

In this story Adeline or Addie cuts a deal with the darkness to escape her mundane village existence. Henry is the only person who remembers her name. She explains to him everyone else forgets her the minute she walks away “Because”, she says, slumping back against the concrete wall. “I’m cursed”. Addie is born inContinue reading “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab”

Where do you get older books?

Did you know that you can get many older books from the Book Depository? They provide free delivery worldwide, so you only pay for the book.  Rosa Praed (1851 -1935) is a novelist who lived for a short time on Curtis Island, off Gladstone, Queensland and based some of her novels on the area. She has manyContinue reading “Where do you get older books?”

1Q84 The Complete Trilogy by Haruki Murakami

The Christian Society of Witnesses, the doomsday cult Sakigake, The Dowager who supports domestic violence victims, her assistant martial arts instructor Aomame and Tengo the maths teacher and writer are all part of this book. This is mixed with parallel dimensions. The world Aomame arrives in via the staircase accessed from the freeway, at theContinue reading “1Q84 The Complete Trilogy by Haruki Murakami”

Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Wohlleben claims trees have personalities, feelings and thrive as families. He also suggests fungi operate as fibre optic internet cables, transmitting signals from one tree to another exchanging news about drought, insects and other things. The term coined for this is ‘wood wide web.’ There are loner trees such as willows and the fungi areContinue reading “Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben”

Before the Coffee gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi.

In a little coffee shop in Tokyo, Fumiko is dumped by her boyfriend. He leaves for America, leaving her devastated. She revisits the place and enquires about a fabled magic chair that lets people time travel. A ghostly woman occupies the chair and only when she visits the powder room can you sit there, orContinue reading “Before the Coffee gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi.”

Seven Tips for Self-Editing

One of the most expensive aspects of self-publishing is editing.  Many writers cannot afford to get their work edited, so feel they cannot publish their manuscript. You can self-edit, although it is not for the light-hearted. Proofreading of the final manuscript by a professional would then be the only cost. We have some tips forContinue reading “Seven Tips for Self-Editing”

Get off your High Horse by Cynthia Terelst

Terelst is a Fraser Coast local! This is a feel-good equestrian romance targeting young adults. Each chapter is told from a different character’s point view and allows the reader a first-person insight into their motivations. The story begins at the wealthy Brisbane polo grounds. There is a sweet romance between Frankie and a would-be prince,Continue reading “Get off your High Horse by Cynthia Terelst”