Top Ten Tuesday: 10 P’s for Publishing

"Writing", 22 November 2008

These days I’ve become preoccupied by the idea of having my work published. I know I have the talent, but I’ve been mired in an extended slump that would have had me, had I been a baseball prospect striving to earn a call-up to the Big Leagues, demoted to a lower rung of the minors. I have a handful of stories in that still need a tweek or two, but nothing that’s publish-ready quite yet. I’ve considered the self-publishing route, but I’m still eyeing the dream call-up of traditional publication.

I recently came across the following article on Chuck Sambuchino’s “Guide to Literary Agents” blog, written by by Michael Larsen of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents. He has represented hundreds of books, and authored the guide HOW TO WRITE A BOOK PROPOSAL, 4th Ed. He runs the San Francisco Writers Conference, which takes place every President’s Day weekend.

1. Passion—your love for creating and communicating about your work

2. Purpose—personal, literary, publishing, and community goals that inspire you to achieve them

3. Prose—devoting yourself to the holy trinity of content: reading, writing, and sharing

4. People—crowdsourcing your success by building win-win relationships with engaged, committed communities of people you serve who want to help you, because they know, like, and trust you. Using your passion to serve others is the ultimate key to success and happiness.

5. Platform–continuing visibility with your communities and buyers for your kind of book

6. Pre-promotion–test-marketing your work in as many ways as you can

7. Promotion— serving your communities by sharing your passion for the value of your work

8. Professionalism

  • a positive perspective about publishing
  • being a contentpreneur running a business that creates, promotes, and re-purposes a steady stream of scalable content in as many forms, media, and countries as you can
  • building a brand
  • maximizing your ability to innovate and be creative, and your use of technology
  • being a life-long learner

9. People, Planet, and Profit—making the effects of your efforts on the holy trinity of sustainability—in this order–the criteria for determining what you do

10. Perseverance—the holy trinity uniting the ten keys: content, communication, and commitment. Having courage, a plan, patience, discipline, faith in yourself, a long-term perspective; failing your way to success; simplifying your life; and celebrating your victories.

Here’s a link to the original article.

Allure of the Gypsies, a Blog Tour with Charles Yallowitz

It’s my great pleasure of hosting Charles Yallowitz and his Allure Of The Gypsies blog tour. Don’t miss this third installment of the thrilling Fantasy Adventure series Legends of Windemere!

Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies has Arrived!   Buy it Here!

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About the Book:

The epic adventures of Luke Callindor and Nyx continue after their journey down the L’Dandrin River in Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower.

Reeling from his failures in their previous adventure, Luke leads his surviving friends to his hometown. With his mind frayed and his confidence fractured, Luke must face the family and fiancée he left behind. It is a brief homecoming when the vampire Kalam attacks the village, forcing Luke and Nyx to break into his lair for the key to resurrecting a fallen warrior. It is a quest that will force both young heroes to reach new heights of strength and power that they never knew they had.

Can Luke and Nyx escape the lair of Kalam? And, what role will the orphaned gypsy Sari play in their looming destiny?

Check out the praise earned by the first two installments of this high fantasy series.

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Praise for Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero:

“I greatly enjoyed the vivid characters, the gripping plot, and the refreshingly unique writing style (present tense). ” – kdillmanjones

“This is a sophisticated and delightful read. I recommend this book to lovers of Fantasy or to General Fiction readers. The story is compelling enough to entertain a wide audience.” – John Howell

“One of the things that won me over was the bouts of humor. Especially in the beginning. “This is not possible! I am a Paladin!” I thought I was going to die with delight.” – C.N. Faust

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Praise for Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower:

“Something I find unique about this fantasy novel that I don’t often find in others, is that the hero, Luke Callindor is rather of the unlucky variety. He does not get everything he asks for, he stumbles, falls, gets knocked down (literally)and taught lessons as he goes. This is helping him to grow into the hero that was promised in the first book.” – Ionia Martin

“Nyx is such a strong personality. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her and more of the other characters, new and already known, with the rich tapestry of Windemere unfolding in between intense actions scenes and moments of kindness and budding friendships.” – Danielle Taylor

“Almost like the Harry Potter series. The books start out so young and innocent, but by the last book – watch out!” — Momto4Booklover




Charles author photo B&W

About the Author:

Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.





Twitter- @cyallowitz


Another big event to celebrate the debut of Legends of Windemere: Allure of the Gypsies is that I’m holding a Goodreads Giveaway! The prize is a paperback copy of ALL THREE LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE NOVELS. Winners will be picked at the end of December, so go HERE to enter the contest.