It has long been suspected Lewis Carroll experienced migraine phenomenon that he incorporated into his book, Alice in Wonderland. In 1955, the neurological experience described in Carroll's book was officially documented and labeled by psychiatrist John Todd as the "Alice In Wonderland Syndrome" (AIWS). Just as in the book, patients feel, see, and experience abnormal shifts in reality, where objects can appear bigger or smaller, time is distorted, and straight lines bend and become curvy. You can learn more about AIWS at WebMD.
Many authors writing science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia often incorporate human diseases or physical ailments into their books, some based on personal experience and some imagined. When authors weave their personal experiences into literature, these stories have more insight to offer the world than just simple plot or character development. They offer rare glimpses into the struggles of reality faced by people coping with medical conditions. The ability to relate and understand the complexity of experiencing life with such a condition is a gift to society. It develops our ability to have compassion towards others we didn't understand and gives us a glimpse into another dimension from which we draw wisdom and knowledge previously unavailable to us in our "normal" state of existence. Literature like Alice in Wonderland offers far greater depths when we don't read stories with a narrow viewpoints or classification of genre. Carroll's "children's book" was representative of the struggles he faced in his adult life. His book was so influential, the entire medical community not only took notice, but aptly named the condition after his work.
Dealing with the topic of sexual consent, many romance books have "no's" that imply "yes" or scenes where a forceful man "makes" a woman change her mind. But with so many woman today standing up to demand consent, Jasmine Guillory has a new take on romance writing in her latest book, The Proposal. The Atlantic periodical has much to say on the topic of consent and romance writing. You can read their full length article here.
Found Forms in Fiction: Letters, Tweets, & Beyond
Thurs nights in October, 2018 | Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 | 6-9 pm / 12 hours total
Members or full time students: $139 | General enrollment: $159
Cap: 12 | All experience levels
Location: Anchorage, 421 W. 1st Ave, Suite 200 (Alaska Humanities Forum office)
In this four-week class, we’ll study pieces of fiction that borrow formal structures from elsewhere in culture. We’ll study a classic epistolary work, innovative contemporary pieces like Rick Moody’s short story-in-tweets, and more. From there, we’ll identify forms that might be interesting to experiment with (as well as their respective formal possibilities and constraints). Students will write and workshop new stories utilizing borrowed forms.
Instructor bio: Shane Castle is a UAA writing instructor and reader/proofreader forAlaska Quarterly Review. He has worked as a journalist and his short fiction has appeared in venues including Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Salamander, Electric Literature, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Iron Horse Literary Review recently selected one of his stories for its 20th anniversary “best of” issue, and his agent is currently trying to sell his debut novel.
The Alaska Writer's Guild is hosting its annual writing conference this weekend.
Spots are limited, so act fast!
We are still accepting Alaskan authors or Alaskan themed books for the 2019 State Fair Booth in Palmer, Alaska. If you are interested in having your books available to the 300,000 participants that attend the State Fair, then see our partner webpage for more information.
Marianne has two grown twin children. Her interests outside of the Bible are many including, dancing, painting, judo and ping pong. In addition to writing and researching the scriptures, she also loves animals and nature and works on a private horse farm.
Author Hilda Luster-Lindner is currently available for fans to meet her and obtain autographed copies of her latest book, Small Moccasin Tracks, at the Cantwell Lodge located in Cantwell, Alaska. If you are traveling between Fairbanks and Anchorage or Wasilla, be sure to stop and say hello to Hilda!
The Alaska Writer's Guild writers and illustrators conference will be held September 21-22, 2018. There will be many opportunities for authors and illustrators to expand their skills and meet other professionals in the field. Friday, August 10th is the last day to receive the early bird special. For more information please contact the conference website.
Alaskan author, Mary A. Havens, will be at the Wasilla Public Library on August 17th for book signings to meet & greet her fans. Her book, The Shadows in My Heart, deals with the hidden trauma of abuse.
Mary A. Havens, author of The Shadows in My Heart will be at the Writer's Block Cafe July 31st
Small Moccasin Tracks: Memories of an Alaskan Mountain Family is the first book of memories from Hilda Luster-Lindner of growing up in Alaska during and after Territorial Days. Johnny Luster, the famous hunting guide and mountain man, was Hilda’s father. Her mother, Lillie, lived primarily alone in the wilderness, giving birth to most of her children in very primitive conditions, some under trees, and raised them in the wilds of the Last Frontier. Through hardships and tragedy, blizzards and summer flooding, the Luster family lived in the great outdoors or in small trapper cabins, surviving on what was gathered from the land. While life was extreme and often difficult, they found love and happiness. Learn their secret as you journey back in time to a simpler life, wild and rugged where each day was a battle for survival. This newly revised book has more pictures and memories! Available July 19th.
Today our nation celebrates it's birthday. The Declaration of Independence was a document that changed not only the United States of America, but the entire world. We honor the great sacrifices of our forefathers and those who have served throughout the centuries to keep our nation free and live the values we were founded upon. May God continue to bless America.
Hilda has approved the new cover for Small Moccasin Tracks: Memories of an Alaskan Mountain Family. This second newly revised, edition of her classic memoir is filled with more pictures and whimsical tales. Schedule for release July 19, 2018. Don't you just love the aerial photo of these snow covered trees?
Next year, Relevant Publishers LLC is hosting a new booth promoting Alaskan authors, illustrators, publishers, musicians and bands at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. This booth was created to help Alaskans artists bring their work to the general public on a larger scale without too much of a financial burden. With approximately 300,000 participants attending the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, the AK Books & Music Booth is a great way to
Authors will have more opportunities to promote their titles with 2-hour time slots available for author/album signings. In addition to the booth in August, each author/musician will have their name and work featured on the AK Books and Music website and social media links. There will also be a Christmas newsletter sent out to Fair customers who signed up at our booth, giving even more potential opportunities for sales.
Authors who are out-of-state residents that have written books on Alaska or Alaskan topics are eligible for consideration to join the Alaska Books & Music booth in 2019.
Sign up early to reserve your Title Space.
Short stories can be a good starting point for authors uncertain which direction to take in their writing career. It can also help authors explore new genres and stretch their writing skills. Additionally, short stories in fan fiction on many popular websites can help build an audience base for marketing your future novels.
Authors can also submit their short stories to print magazine and ezines for publication (and often times small payment), which will also increase awareness of your name and writing style (another marketing bonus). Here are just a few of the many magazines accepting short stories:
Relevant author, Sharon Aubrey, has received her first 5 star book review rating from the Christian website Interviews & Reviews from reviewer Hanna Olson. Ms. Olson writes:
"Sharon Aubrey's, Redemption's Secret: Understanding the Mystery of Nisan 17, The Most Important Date in History is full of intrigue and biblical history that many of us tend to overlook. She breaks down our Lord's calendar and discusses important historic events that all occurred on Nisan 17 and what that means for us today.
I found this book an exciting and a fast-paced read. I enjoyed the ease in which this story flows and its meaningful content. Ms. Aubrey has successfully tackled a potentially confusing subject and explains it in an easily understandable way. Not only does this work explain the significance of Nisan 17 but it also touches on the Hebrew language, numbers, and word meanings, all of which I find fascinating.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Bible or in the way God reveals His ways to us. This makes for a great Bible study and introduction into God's calendar. I'm looking forward to more from this author."
If you're a new author with a really good first book, you might be wondering why your title isn't selling as many copies as you like. Well, the fact is your book is competing against hundreds of thousands of other new books. In every genre, a new book is like a single starfish in a great big ocean of competition. No matter how good your content or how awesome your illustrations, getting your book the attention it deserves is part of the struggle all authors face. Realistically, while the publisher is probably doing the best they can to market your book, no one knows your book or believes in your book with the passion you do. There are many ways authors can empower their books' success.
Amazon is the largest e-commerce book seller on the planet, with almost 90 million visitors per month. That's way you need to take advantage of the FREE page they offer to all authors. Author Central allows authors to upload photos, link their titles, provide a bio for fans to read, and even connect your blog. It's a great free marketing tool that every author should be using to connect with readers.
Goodreads is one of the leading book review websites with over 65 million registered users. That's 65 million readers looking for new books! The Goodreads Author Program is similar to the Amazon Author's Central page in that it is free for authors to sign in and create a unique page. They also allow authors to upload images, bios, and link their blogs. Again, you can never have to many free marketing opportunities to promote your books.
Tagging your books is an obvious way to promote your titles, but it's also the most commonly overlooked social media concept. Tags are essentially keywords that are used to promote your book. Think of keywords that apply to your book and insert them into the metadata on your website. Look up keywords that are trending to find if any of the top keywords apply to your book. Also when you post to social media accounts consider using hashtags that will attract visitors to your name and book titles. Ask your family and friends to promote your books using your hashtags too, and don't forget to add your tagline and website/blog site to the bottom of all your emails.
Build and keep your author webpage or blog active. While this item is usually already operating for most authors, it cannot be stated enough that authors need to be self-promoting via their own website, blog, or other social media pages where fans can connect and follow your writings. Blogs need to be relatively active, providing new material each week or month for fans to stay connected and remember your name. Blogs don't have to be entirely new material either. They can include backstory material, character details or attributes that are more elaborate than in your books, personal or fun stories from your life. Anything that can positively engage conversation should be explored. If you don't have an author page where you are actively contributing, don't expect much of a fan base to follow your books.
Connect with Customer Communities is the most obvious route to sales. Essentially, Goodreads.com is a customer community, but it's not the only community you can connect with at a low cost. Consider joining online book clubs in your genre where you can interact in discussions with readers. Connect with readers by hosting book signings or book readings locally in coffee shops, book stores, and even local markets or fairs. If you are a children's writer, consider donating some of your time to reading at local libraries where you can read to the preschool children that come in on a weekly basis to the library, or maybe arrange with the library to attend one of the older children activities or book reading competitions held each summer.