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Are You A BestsellerBound Author?


I suppose “most” authors want to have bestsellers—some for the money they bring, some for the readership they gain, some for both

Some day, I may do a post here about what it takes to have a bestseller——then again, there are so many unknowns involved

Anyway, you may have noticed that the title of this post has the single word “BestsellerBound”

The reason it’s lacking a space is because of a post I did about a Wonderful  WebSite—BestsellerBound Forums ~ Your One-Stop Place To Connect :-)

The first sentence of that post was, “Because of the very special nature of BestsellerBound, this post is for Readers, Writers, and Publishers.” [ There are 53 separate forums at BestsellerBound!! ]

I’ve also done author interviews with the three resident writers at the forum: Darcia Helle, Maria Savva, and Stacy Juba.

News Flash >>> BestsellerBound Forums Has Spun-off The BestsellerBound Recommends Blog !

Why follow a Forum with a Blog? Here’s what they say:

“1. To showcase the countless indie books and authors available. The ease of e-book publishing has flooded the market with books – both good and bad. Coming across any one book now becomes something like finding that elusive needle in a haystack. But some of those needles in this giant haystack are really polished gems. Bestseller Bound Recommends exists to help readers connect with the indie world, and to help them find the gems they’re looking for.

“2. To give indie authors a place to gather, to show off, and to connect both with other authors and the readers we all cherish. Indie authors can find the blog’s submission guidelines here.”

Also, there’s the BestsellerBound Recommends Holiday Shopping Guide ! — Installment One & Installment Two :-)
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“Writing Is Like . . .” << This Is A Meme-Challenge


Darcia Helle, author and founder of the very cool forums at BestsellerBound, has thrown me a challenge.

Before I attempt to answer it, I encourage you to go read what she wrote to complete, “Writing is like…”. Here’s what I have to say in response to the challenge:

Writing is like dating a metaphysical goddess !!

It was only four days ago I wrote, When The Muse Speaks . . ., then, yesterday, Darcia challenged me to complete the prompt, Writing is like…”. I take the near appearance of those two events as an instance of synchronicity; and, the metaphysical goddess that my muse is certainly knows how to operate through synchronicity…

The process of writing a book, for me, begins with my muse asking me out on a date. The “asking me out” is her way of slipping me an idea she wants me to develop into a book length piece of writing.

When it comes to this blog, I usually do the asking out.

This post, however, had Darcia unwittingly invoking my muse’s ability to use events I’m not directly involved with to bring me a chance to interact with the wider writers’ community.

In that post I linked to up there, When The Muse Speaks…, I give some information about how I formed a deep and entitized relationship with my muse–she is extremely real to me and has been since my twenties.

We are, in fact, married and, yes, we still go out on dates :-)

Of course she’s metaphysical because she’s an intimate part of my mind; yet, she has her autonomy–oh, my, yes she has her own independent way of living!

There are times I call her and she’s nowhere to be seen. There are times I’d rather use my own little ego-mind and she cuddles up and insists we work together.

She’s a goddess because she has creative power and she knows more about morality and proper behavior than I could master on my own.

One thing though: she guides my conscious mind when I write–I don’t feel like I’m sitting here taking dictation–I feel like I’m just me intending to purposefully convey what I think.

One thing more: All my writing may resemble what I thought I’d decided to put down but resemblance is not the same as identity–all my writing surprises me

My muse may not seem to be there telling me what to write but she’s always “there”, even when I don’t see her and she won’t talk to me and I can’t catch a whiff of her fragrance.

She’s my wife and she’s trained me well :-)
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Interview With A Very Strange Author…


Darcia Helle, the Founder of the Forums at BestsellerBound, has posted an interview with me–and, yes, I am a very strange author :-)

The interview gives some background into my mindset during the writing of Notes from An Alien and my deepest thanks go out to Darcia for the sensitivity and wisdom of the questions she asked

Darcia is aided in her efforts at BestsellerBound by two other resident authors, Stacy Juba and Maria Savva.

All three authors have been interviewed on this blog and I encourage you to read those interviews as well as the special post I did about their Site, BestsellerBound Forums ~ Your One-Stop Place To Connect :-)

By the way, BestsellerBound is for Readers, Writers, and Publishers

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There’s another interview at the Jexbo blog…
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Alien’s Book Receives Second Review…


Darcia Helle from BestsellerBound has reviewed Notes from An Alien on GoodReads :-)
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BestsellerBound Forums ~ Your One-Stop Place To Connect :-)


Because of the very special nature of BestsellerBound, this post is for Readers, Writers, and Publishers.

I’ve already had author interviews with the three Resident Authors of BestsellerBound: Darcia Helle Here, Stacy Juba Here, and Maria Savva Here.

I’ve also interviewed Joel Blaine Kirkpatrick, the man who gave over 60 authors from BestsellerBound the surprising and wonderful gift of creating a three volume Anthology of the first chapters from their books :-)

Here’s a bit of their Purpose Statement:

“BestsellerBound is a place for independent authors to connect with readers. Many readers don’t know the nitty gritty day-to-day tasks that go with the territory of being an author. Writing books is the fun part, but there is a lot more that goes into being a successful author….Readers, this is a place to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it’s like to be a working author and to support them on their path to literary success….Writing is a solitary business that can easily leave us disconnected from the readers we hope to reach. However, we write for you, the reader, as much as, if not more than, we write for ourselves. As a reader, I’ve also felt the disconnect with the authors who write the words I read. When I began networking with fellow authors, I realized how much fun it truly is to ask those questions about their ideas, their writing habits, and their world. Their books became so much more than just words on paper. This message board is for all of us, readers and writers alike, to interact and share our passion.”

There are 53 separate forums at BestsellerBound!!

Naturally, there are forums for all the major genres; forums about social networking, and many problem-solving forums. There are also a few forums over there that I want to showcase:

Theme Discussions, Proofreading Exchange, and Discounts & Special Offers.

Two pairs of forums that are especially interesting are:

Authors Requesting Reviews and Readers Offering Reviews

Seeking Blog Guests and Blog Guest Offers

There’s even a forum to share recipes :-)

So, whether you’re primarily a Reader or a Writer or a Publisher, head over to BestsellerBound and reap the benefits!!
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