Book Doula – a writer’s confession

a book doula - confession: how my developmental editor journeyed with me through the writing process I can't believe how time has sped past us. It seems like yesterday when I was scribbling away a storyline for the Among Us Trilogy. I can even remember how nervous I was to ask Josefina if she'd even consider being my developmental editor. She's a hard sell, if you know what I mean. But my … [Read more...]

Digital Journal: Sulha a look into Bedouin life, novel by Malka Marom

The latest article I wrote for Digital Journal is about Malka Marom, a Canadian-Israeli talent whose debut novel Sulha published in 2004 is now released on Amazon as a Kindle ebook.    I chose to write about Marom and her book Sulha to coincide with last week's International Woman's day. Marom is a multi-talented woman who crosses many mediums to create her art, be it in music, writing, producing … [Read more...]

Digital Journal article: Singapore and Israeli secret relationship the focus in ex-journalist Khaled Talib novel

My latest article for Digital Journal, called Singapore-Israeli history in ex-journalist's espionage thriller,  received over 300 views in the first 24 hours of being published 3 days ago. What was fascinating interviewing Khaled Taleb was learning about the secret relationship between Singapore and Israel which dates back to the early 1960s.  Below is the article and interview that was originally … [Read more...]

Digital Journal article – Korean War not forgotten in Owen Choi’s novel Tendrils of Life

Digital Journal article - Korean War highlighted in Tendrils of Life, Owen Choi's debut novel My latest article and interview published on Digital Journal is a touching one. The plight of the Koreans who survived the War of 1950 is told through the eyes of Jimin in Owen Choi's novel Tendrils of LIfe. The article reached 200 views on Digital Journal in under 24 hours and headlined the front page … [Read more...]

Digital Journal Interview – Emily Hill author, publishing coach, founder of Kindlegate

I wrote an article for Digital Journal about a video interview I had with Emily Hill, founder of Kindlegate.starts.com, author and publishing coach. In the interview, she explains how the latest technical glitches on the Amazon KDP reporting website caused her and other indie authors to unenroll from the Amazon exclusive KDP Select Program. Here is an excerpt from the article: With … [Read more...]

Writing is fulfilling and frustrating

Writing novel #2 - Why isn't it easier after writing novel #1? Fashion Headache by Serge LeeI have been trying to write a few chapters for my new novel Among Us but a vicious migraine has left me at a loss for words. Some thoughts for a synopsis for my novel... Outcasts from different parts of society, ethnicity, beliefs are being drawn together. Coincidence? It gets … [Read more...]

Interview with Cid Andrenelli – Artist, Playwright and Novelist

Interview with Cid Andrenelli I write for the Digital Journal and had the pleasant opportunity to interview Cid Andrenelli, a talented trans-media artist, author of The Burqa Master. Her paintings are bold, colorful, mesmerizing and beautiful, and yet very disturbing. Here is an excerpt of the interview below: Finding an enigmatic artist and activist whose talents cross multiple mediums is … [Read more...]

The Sea-god at Sunrise by G.L. Tysk – Amazon Book Review

Review of The Sea-god at Sunrise by G.L. Tysk - Amazon Book Review A masterfully written tale of two young Japanese boys, Shima and his little brother Takao--shipwrecked on an isolated island after a terrible typhoon. Left to die, their story may have ended when the crew of an American whaling ship finds them by chance and takes them on board. Unfortunately it is 1841 and Japan and America … [Read more...]

How to Tweet Your Book to Top Sales–end of day 1 of the ever so amazing Book Tour

Day 1 of Book Tour and How to Tweet Your Book to the Top of the Sales List So day 1 of the amazing book tour is coming to an end. It was really fun with all the tweets, shares, likes and burps... just making sure you're still reading. :) For those of you who missed the interview on Day 1 of my Book Blog Tour, check out my interview by Digital Journal.com. Here is an excerpt from a … [Read more...]

Literary book of the month @ Kindle Daily Nation

November is book launch month Okay so the book launch on November 7 was muted out by the American election coverage. Just in case you didn't know, Obama has renewed his license to lead the American people for another 4 years. :) So now to the real news, Kindle Nation Daily is featuring my book Almost a Turkish Soap Opera as the Literary Fiction genre book of the month. This is a great tie in … [Read more...]

Web Design & HTML Tips for Newbs

A basic guide to help you apply good design principles to your web site design. The guide was written specifically for course authors designing online courses but the principles can be used for any web design. Purchase the guide at Smashwords.com: Buy now Subscribe to this site to get it for free. Subscribe now. … [Read more...]

Twitter Do’s and Don’ts for Authors

Being new to Twitter, I find myself unsure of what is okay or not okay to tweet. I'm still learning and getting used to tweeting. I've been working in the web industry for over a decade so I am very comfortable with lots of forms of social media--except for Twitter. I promote my film and web series on Facebook and Youtube and proudly have a fan base of over 8700 fans. But I have always kept … [Read more...]

When Future and Family Collide – article from Publishing Guru about Almost a Turkish Soap Opera

Wow so much happening this month thanks to Pump Up Your Book and Publishing Guru Jason Rutherford from Publishing Guru is doing a fantastic job of helping me market my book and gathering book reviews. He has been very responsive, efficient and impressive with what he's done for me so far. With the start of his campaign to help me promote Almost a Turkish Soap Opera, I've already received some … [Read more...]

Welcome

I'm Anne-Rae. I write, I film, I blog, I cook and I watch shows like Timeless, Stranger Things, Persons of Interest, Fringe, Medium, Supernatural and Turkish soap operas. Here you'll find book reviews; comments on my experiences: marketing (my film, series, books), film making, cooking; and videos of my favourite Turkish soap operas. Have a seat and help yourself to some freshly baked baklava and … [Read more...]

Tweet Reach – interesting tool for authors

Have you ever wondered how far your tweet reached? Here's an interesting tool by TweetReach. TweetReach measures the twitter campaign so tweeters can see the results of their tweet. Try it out for yourself by going to: http://tweetreach.com/ … [Read more...]

$100,000 in book sales Joe Konrath – self published author, my thoughts

As I mentioned in my previous posts, I am tired of other bloggers or people who want to dampen self-published authors' dreams. I am one to ignore that kind of talk and push myself to do what I love to do --write books and make movies. Speaking of dreams, I woke up from a dream the other day with a vivid picture of what my next novel, actually a series of novels are going to be. I spoke to my … [Read more...]

A Toss of a Lemon, by Padma Viswanathan – my review

The Toss of a Lemon is a book that you need a quiet place to read. The story takes place over decades from 1896 to 1958 and is centered around Sivakami a Brahmin girl who married at 10 years old to an astrologer who predicted his own short life. She is only 18 when she becomes a widow with two children to raise. Padma Viswantathan describes the caste and customs that Brahmin women must follow … [Read more...]

Who says I can’t be the next Amanda Hocking?

I've read about four different self published author blogs where the general advice is... If you are self-publishing, don't think you are going to be like Amanda Hocking. Amanda Hocking, if you don't know, is a self published author who sold over 1 million copies of her Kindle books. You can read more about Amanda by clicking here. Sorry, but I'm not going to take that advice. If you do your … [Read more...]

Useful Word Press Social Media Plug Ins for Authors

For authors who use WordPress for their websites, have you wanted to know what the best Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or Social App plugins are out there? Tools to help increase the exposure of your website so that readers can find you and buy your books are essential. Today I was searching for a Wordpress plug-in that will help me easily share web pages right into Word-Press. I still have … [Read more...]

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