Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Deadly Legacy

Guide to Getting Published

I don't have a guaranteed formula for getting published beyond self-publishing... and that's not as easy as it sounds either.

Other than having a readable book and getting lucky, here are a few tips I shared with an unpublished author. He found them helpful.
  • Establish a social media platform. If you don't have a blog or website, get one. Make Facebook your friend and Twitter your best buddy. Publishers expect you to have these things in place.
  • Enter contests - especially ones where you can get some feedback. Write short stories. Get your name out there.
  • Write reviews for other authors. Network with the people you want to be your peers. Join organizations that will help you write better and market your book.
  • Hope that your fellow authors don't sign with the same publisher as you.
Okay, that last one isn't entirely serious. For the most part, knowing, or getting to know my fellow Imajin authors has been a joy and mutual benefit. However, for good reason, we can't review or blurb each other. That means I can't use the following for Deadly Legacy,coming in April from Imajin Books.
"Bruce delivers a shocking surprise at the very beginning of her novel and the action only ramps up from there. The characters are credible, likeable people who make the reader want more. An excellent read!"
- Catherine Astolfo, author of the Emily Taylor mysteries. 

On the other hand, I can recommend you check out the Emily Taylor mysteries being re-released on Kindle.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ain't it the truth

Ruth (Bruce) Bailey 1919-2012  and Nelson Bruce 1923-2008

When I was in my teens, I was given the Winnie the Pooh Birthday Book. I passed it around to friends and family. It was amazing how apt the little quotes were for the people whose birthday was on that day.

I don't remember what the quote was for my father's sister but it must have struck a chord because she signed it, "Ain't it the truth, Aunt Ruth."

Aunt Ruth was the third of four children. Her oldest sibling, Isabelle, was her mother's favourite. That coupled with Isabelle's weak heart meant that the chores natural to the oldest girl fell to Ruth.

Anything that Isabelle did was better than anything Ruth could ever do - a source of lasting resentment. Yet, when remembering her sister, Aunt Ruth talked about her musical skill with great pride.

Lloyd was next in the family. As first boy, he had certain privileges normal for the time. Aunt Ruth described him as intelligent, sensitive and basically lazy. He had great ideas, but no follow-through.

Then there was my father. Though only four years older, Aunt Ruth was like a second mother to my dad. She got him ready for school and made sure he got there on time. She looked out for him and, while she might scold him 'til she was blue in the face, no one else could say a word against him.

Everything I know about my father's side of the family I learned from Aunt Ruth. She was the one who told me that Grandpa Bruce's name was William. Even my Dad wasn't sure, since he and my grandmother separated before he was born. She told me about my great Aunt Lally who came to Canada as a war bride and was sent back to Scotland by her husband when she got homesick. When she wanted to return to him, he insisted she stay the full year they had agreed on before he came to fetch her.

Nor was her extensive knowledge limited to family history. Sometimes I get caught up in my own little world of writing. When promoting a western, for instance, current affairs don't seem very relevant. I had to bone up before calling Aunt Ruth, though. If I didn't, she'd catch me out.

At almost 93 years of age, Aunt Ruth had good innings, but that doesn't help the grieving.

Ain't it the truth.