Be Our Guest!

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Okay, you guys know, as a nerd, I couldn’t resist referencing my favorite Disney movie when requesting guest bloggers for my site, but in all seriousness, I am seeking guest bloggers for the months of July, August, and September.

Because of my hectic work schedule, my mom’s illness, and my novel’s fast-approaching deadline, I will not be able to maintain my strict blogging schedule without some help. So, I am inviting bloggers to share their quality content on my site.

Interested? Here are some reasons to guest blog:

  • Gain exposure to 300+ new readers
  • Help out a fellow blogger
  • Have fun!

Now are you interested? If you are, I’m seeking posts related to:

  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Editing
  • Marketing
  • Fantasy
  • Humor
  • Fantasy films
  • Books
  • Nerd stuff in general

If you’re still interested, send an e-mail to kyliebetzner@gmail.com with the words “Guest Blog” in the regarding line. Feel free to send the post with the e-mail.

Please include the following with your guest post:

  • Picture
  • Brief bio
  • Links to your blog and/or other social media site

Thank you in advance for your participation. Please be my guest!

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Are Local Author Events Worth Doing? Reflections from Friday’s Read Local Library Book Fair

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My booth set-up.

On Friday, May 1st, as part of First Friday’s in downtown Kokomo Indiana, the Kokomo Howard County Public Library (KHCPL) hosted a book fair featuring local authors from Howard and neighboring counties. Nearly 30 authors participated on that day, including me and my friend Teri Robison, author of The Secrets of Heavenly. 

I had low expectations going into this event considering the library has hosted similar events in the past with little success. The media coverage was sparse to say the least. My own feature in the Kokomo Tribune had run several months ago, and all of the articles the week of the event focused more on Saturday’s speaker rather than on Friday’s authors. With that in mind, I only brought about 30 books and half of my table decorations.

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Even mom showed up to offer her support!

However, once the event got underway, and once I sold a couple copies of my book, my expectations quickly rose. In less than three hours, I met with over 15 potential new readers and sold about a dozen copies of my book, which is cash in my pocket. Several of those readers recognized me from cosplay conventions. Several others were excited to hear about my book and future projects. It’s safe to say, I’ve made a few new fans who I can’t wait to see again at future events. Not only that, but I had a great time interacting with everyone who stopped by my booth. When the night was over, I was reluctant to pack up and leave.

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Working the buddy system

So, do I think local author events are worthwhile?

Yes!

Not only do they provide opportunities to sell your books, but they are also a great way to meet the local readers, encourage literacy in your community, and practice talking about your book. You’ve got nothing to lose but a couple of bucks and a few hours of your time, which are well spent.


Here are some ways to make the most out of any author event:

  • Bring lots of books. Better to have too many than not enough.
  • Hand out bookmarks and business cards with your websites.
  • Showcase your blog or social media site as part of the display.
  • Decorate your table with bright colors and fun items.
  • Include one conversation piece as part of your display.
  • Include a sign-up sheet for your newsletter.
  • Bring change in a money box.
  • Dress to impress.
  • Arrive early and stay late.
  • Smile and engage your audience.
  • Talk about your book.
  • Share your sense of humor.
  • Mark your prices lower than Amazon so readers get a deal.
  • Direct them to Amazon reviews while you chat.
  • Did I say smile?
  • Bring a buddy. Work the buddy system.

Anyway, I hope you find that advice helpful. Most of those tips were shared to me by Author M. T. McGuire, who I greatly admire. She’s the one who told me about the “conversation piece,” which by the way, really works! Mine is a stuffed rabbit from Monty Python. Fans of the movie hurried to my booth to play with the rabbit and learn more about my book.

And of course, thanks again to everyone who showed their support on Friday! Happy Monday!

5 Reasons to Read Local

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Today’s the big day! My first local authors event, and I’m so excited! I’ve got everything ready from the tablecloth to the decorations, from the books to the bookmarks. If nothing else, the booth will look amazing. Haha! But mostly, I’m looking forward to meeting local readers and having a chance to share my book with them.

I’m aware that most of my followers on WordPress are not from Indiana, so I don’t expect to see you there. And I don’t expect you to get a plane ticket and fly all the way out here either. Haha! But here’s a list of reasons to read local that apply to any local community:


1. You’re supporting your local community.
Local authors are also your neighbors. They live, work, and shop in your community. By purchasing their books, you’re keeping money in the community, which benefits everyone.

2. You’re encouraging others to read.
Writers are artists. Like musicians and painters, they spend years learning and mastering their craft. And like musicians and painters, their craft contributes to the local arts. Art helps communities thrive and attracts tourism, so support your local author.

3. You’ll broaden your horizons.
The bestsellers lists only make up a small portion of the talent that’s out there. If you only read books from that list, you’re missing out on many great authors–maybe even your next favorite author! So give local authors a chance!

4. You’re supporting local literacy.
This might seem a far stretch, but think about it. When we celebrate local authors, we are promoting literacy in our community. Meeting a local author or seeing a work published by one might encourage someone to read or to improve their own reading and writing skills.

5. You’ll encourage future authors.
Nothing motivates young people to take a stab at their dreams like seeing someone else succeed first. If they see local authors being celebrated in their community, they will be more apt to try their own hand at publishing. Won’t somebody think of the children!


Well, that’s 5 reasons, at least, why you should read local. I’m sure there’s 10 or more, but I’m out of time. I’ve got a lot to do before the event. So anyway, wish me luck, and if you do happen to be in Kokomo IN this evening, please stop by and say hello!

Upcoming Author Event: Read Local Library Book Fair at KHCPL

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Most aspiring authors dream of becoming a famous published author who travels all around the world attending book signings and author events. But let’s face it, the reality is a far cry from the dream, especially for us Indie authors who practically have to beg for opportunities to showcase our works.

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Come say ‘hi’ and get an autographed copy of my book while supplies lasts!

For me, the opportunity came sooner than expected. This Friday the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library is hosting an event for local authors, such as myself, to share our works of fiction with the local community. The event is from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the main branch. During this time, 30 plus authors from Howard county and several surrounding counties, including my close friend Teresa Robison, will be available to meet readers and sign autographs.

The goal of the event is to encourage reading, the idea being that “If you meet an author of a book, it enhances your reading experience, takes it to a new level.” -Lisa Fipps, director of marketing and community co-organizer of the author fair. The second goal is to showcase the talent of local writers, providing them a venue to sell their books. I’ll be given one table and two chairs to meet with readers on this date. If you’re in the area, feel free to stop on by and say hi!

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Yeah, even my book has a glamour shot!

The book I’ll be showcasing at this event is my debut novel, The Quest for the Holy Something or Other, an Arthurian parody that centers around the misadventures of Sir Kay and his page, Pig, as they seek out the elusive holy . . . whatever it is. If you’re unable to attend the event, or live too dang far away, please visit Amazon to order your copy today!

As always, thank you for stopping by! Happy Hump Day, everyone!

Recommended Writer’s Resource: Twitter for Writer’s by Rayne Hall

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Writers need different things from Twitter than ‘normal’ people … As a writer, you’ll use Twitter to meet colleagues, connect with readers, invite reviews, carry out research, improve your writing, develop networks, gain insight, conduct market studies, build your platform, create buzz for your stories, and sell your work.

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Meet Rayne Hall – Social Media Guru

Rayne Hall has one of the best platforms any writer has on Twitter – with over 50,000 genuine, engaged followers who enjoy her tweets and buy her books. There, she shares practical advice, fun ideas, step-by-strategies for success, and so much more. So what is her secret?

In her book, Twitter for Writers, she shares some of her best strategies for building a strong platform on Twitter. This book is full of practical advice for writers from creating your profile to dealing with spammers, which makes it suitable for new and aspiring authors as well as published Indie authors.

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Suitable for new writers and published Indies

Her down-to-earth no-nonsense advice is drawn from her own experience, which–to me–makes it more credible. But what I like most is that the material is tailored to the needs of the busy writer. As a busy writer herself, Rayne Hall understands that most of us are working full-time jobs outside of writing and that we don’t have time to waste on pitfalls such as auto-retweeting.

Overall, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and I strongly recommend it to any author who is trying to better engage with readers on social media and see an increase in sales as a result. I’m not sure if it has worked for me yet, but I’m still applying what I’ve learned.

Check it out on amazon. And for more advice, follow her on Twitter @RayneHall.


Do you have any other titles in mind? Any recommendations? Feel free to share them in the comment section below. Eventually, I’m going to compile a list of resources to share with my followers, so the more the better. As always, thank you for stopping by!

The Countdown Has Begun! Get The Quest for the Holy Something or Other for 0.99 Today!

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It’s Monday morning, everyone! And what better way to start the week than with a new book? How about a comedy by yours truly?

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Get your copy at a discount!

The Quest for the Holy Something or Other is a Pythonesque romp through the Realm of Camelot that is sure to have your sides splitting. The story centers around a young gong farmer named Pig who dreams of the glories of Camelot. Her dreams become reality–or so she thinks–when she becomes Sir Kay’s page. What starts off as a joke soon becomes the adventure of Pig’s life when Merlin sends the knights on a quest for the Holy Gift Box–er–Bread Basket–whatever it is! On their quest, they face many knight-worthy, and some not-so-knight-worthy, foes: an insane pond dweller, several greedy salespeople, and an overzealous cache seeker, all the while fighting against time, mostly each other, and the most infamous villain of all—change. The Quest for the Holy Something or Other is a fresh and funny take on a well-known legend, with engaging characters, some rather good jokes, and something that starts with S, but it isn’t important.

So far, the novel’s received only 4 and 5 star ratings and some rather flattering reviews:

“There is a gentle humour running throughout the book . . .The author hasn’t gone solely for cheap laughs; If you like your comedic fantasy funny, subversive and free of get-out-of-jail-free magic, this is the book to start 2015 with!”

“Kylie Betzner should be congratulated on finding her own voice where she could quite easily have copied another’s. As a debut, this bodes well for the future.”

“Fresh, funny, inventive, irreverent. Well worth a read! It’s an original and comic take on the Arthurian legend, subverting every trope found along the way.”

“This debut by Kylie Betzner is a great first book and should keep you chuckling all the way through.”

For those of you who haven’t gotten your hot little hands on a copy of my book, now’s your chance to get it at a discount. From April 6th to April 9th you can get a copy of the Kindle edition for 0.99! Then from April 9th to April 13th the book will be available for $1.99! After that, it goes back up to $2.99, which is still less than the price of a small coffee.

Follow the link here to the Amazon sales page to get your copy today!

 

INTRODUCING THE LEAGUE OF COMEDY FANTASISTS: Clive Mullis

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Happy Hump Day, everyone! Halfway through the work week! Whoo-hoo! And as promised, I’m bringing you another member of the League of Comedy Fantasists!

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Meet Clive Mullis

Today I’m turning the spotlight on Clive Mullis, a talented writer and author of Banker’s Draft, a humorous novel that combines both fantasy and mystery genres into one. Before becoming a writer, Clive worked n the health service as a paramedic until sense and a bad back forced him into retirement. Now Clive’s busier than ever with a part-time job that buys his beer and enables him to spend a little time writing. When he’s not writing, Clive enjoys reading, sports, and spending an hour (or two) at the pub.

Clive lives in the UK in the county of Bedfordshire with his family and dog, Daisy.

His first novel, Banker’s Draft is available on Amazon,Smashwords, and I-tunes.

On with the interview!


Lit Chic: What inspired you to write comedic fantasy?

Clive Mullis: I’ve always liked books which involved a little more than just plot and narrative. Fantasy with a bit of humour gives a lot of leeway to be inventive. You don’t have to conform, but paradoxically you have to be more real.

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Clive’s first novel

Lit Chic: Tell me about your book. What was the inspiration behind it?

Clive Mullis: I was just going to write an historical detective story when a lot of stuff came on the TV about bankers and politicians having sticky fingers and such like. I thought I might like to write something which involved them. Banker’s Draft was born.

Lit Chic: Tell me about your work in progress. When do you anticipate it being done?

Clive Mullis: I’ve nearly finished the first draft of my WIP. Policeman’s Progress is the working title. I hope to be able to get it done within the next two or three months. I’m way behind schedule as things seemed to get in the way. We’re back in Gornstock again and there is another crime for Cornwallis, Frankie and Rose to solve. MacGillicudy has been promoted to Commander and decides to shake the police up a bit. All hell then breaks loose! Can’t wait!

Lit Chic: What made you decide to become a writer? Was it a decision at all?

Clive Mullis: It was boredom. I had finished reading my book at work (I was a paramedic) and had nothing to do. I scrabbled a few bits of paper together and thought I’d give it a go and see what came out. An epic fantasy eventually emerged. I then wrote a YA book which was lost when my computer crashed; I thought I’d backed it up but……!  I was a little bit miffed at that.

Lit Chic: Describe your writing process:

Clive Mullis: Gardener. I just throw a few seeds in and see what grows. I would love to be able to plan, but when I have done that the result bears no resemblance to what I started out meaning to do. Banker’s Draft started out as a plan, but I soon found out that it had a life of its own. So I went with the flow.

Lit Chic: What kinds of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

Clive Mullis: Like most writers, I have fairly eclectic tastes. Obviously I like a laugh so Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Jasper FForde, Tom Sharpe. Historical too, Patrick O’Brian, Conn Iggulden, Michael Jecks, Bernard Cornwell etc. More serious stuff like Sebastian Faulks, Robert Harris, Conan-Doyle, Dickens, the list goes on and on and on and on and on…. You get the picture.

Lit Chic: What is your favorite part of being in the League of Comedy Fantasists?

Clive Mullis: Getting to know ‘off the wall’ like minded people, like you Kylie. Awe, thank you, Clive:)

Lit Chic: What do you hope to get out of this group?

Clive Mullis: Wealth, fame, slave-like devotion, influence, notoriety, POWER!! Er…sorry, went off on one there! Haha … I did promise those things, didn’t I?

Okay, just for fun!

Lit Chic: Describe yourself in one word:

Clive Mullis: Miserable-old-git works for me. Wait … does that count?

Lit Chic: What is the most random thing you’ve ever done?

Clive Mullis: Joined the Ambulance Service.

Lit Chic: Coffee or tea?

Clive Mullis: It has to be tea. English breakfast tea: a dash of milk and a biscuit to dunk. For some reason I’m not surprised. haha!

Lit Chic: Say you had a time machine … where would you go and what would you do while there—er—then?

Clive Mullis: Eighteenth Century England. I would have to be rich though, couldn’t be doing with all that poor stuff. Landed gentry would be fun, big house, fast carts, lots of fun and frolics, dysentery, cholera, tuberculosis, er…maybe not!

Lit Chic: If you could have one super power what would it be?

Clive Mullis: Make politicians tell the truth. LOL!

Lit Chic: What is your philosophy on life?

Clive Mullis: I don’t do religion in any shape or form, so I’m a realist. (Same here) My dear old dad once said that “if you can’t so someone any good then don’t do them any harm”. That’s good enough for me. Amen to that!

Lit Chic: Any random thoughts at the moment?

Clive Mullis: Where’s the remote?


That’s all! Hope you enjoyed getting to know mah man, Clive. Connect with Clive on WordPress and Twitter. Don’t forget to check out his book on Amazon. And if you think you’d like to become a member of the League of Comedy Fantasists, send me an e-mail at kyliebetzner@gmail.com. We’re an open group that’s somewhat selective but it doesn’t hurt to inquire.

Happy Hump Day, everyone! And don’t forget to stop by on Friday to meet our last member, Jon Brierley!