Author Profile: Andrea Amador, CEC. M.NLP

Andrea Amador, CEC. M.NLP is perhaps one of the most dynamic and uplifting people I’ve had the opportunity of encountering recently both through the Lovin’ the Skin You’re In group on Facebook as well as winning a free month of Curvy and Confident Club membership and a half-hour coaching session.

I would advise any woman of size seeking positive reinforcement and empowerment to have a look at The Juicy Woman and participate in its groups. You will walk away with a whole new perspective!

BIOGRAPHY:

Andrea Amador, CEC. M.NLP is The Juicy Woman. She is a Body Image/Self Esteem expert and a Professional Certified Empowerment Coach who creates customized confidence building and stress relief programs for groups of women and girls.

As a curvy and confident plus size gal and a woman who’s had her share of adversity, Andrea is a powerful role model for her audiences. She is a rare combination of professional training and raw life experience which gives her the edge in helping women who struggle with body image and/or abuse issues.

As a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, she sprinkles her unique blend of storytelling, spice, playfulness, authenticity, and expertise and mixes it all up in her own unique way to empower women and girls to love the skin they’re in.

 

ON THE WEB:

Web Site: www.TheJuicyWoman.com

Twitter: @thejuicywoman

Facebook: Andrea Amador

Facebook Group: Lovin’ the Skin You’re In

News From That Right Publishing/Taylor Street Publishing

Many thanks to Tim Roux for passing on the following:

When That Right Publishing organized to accept authors who did not wish to remain with Night Reading and Night Publishing once management changed hands this year, they were addressing a number of issues, the main one of which was the contracts they intended to offer.

The Taylor Street contract is for all media and is a lock-in for seven years. The That Right contract is for paperbacks and e-books only and is entirely open – the authors can walk whenever they like.

No one knew whether ex-Night authors would accept the lock-in contract, so splitting the two contracts that were offered (while deliberately naming the Taylor Street community ‘Ninwriters’ so they could once again be combined). As it turned out, most authors did accept the lock-in contract so there are plans to bring the two communities back together again because it is a false split – but no one knew what would happen six months ago.

Over the last six months, there has been focus on new ways of promoting books, new ways of distributing them, and on movie opportunities.

In terms of promotions, these publishers have been adding blog tours and large book site advertising to the mix. The results have been variable but they are now hiring outside experts to blog tour books and the reactions of the guinea pig authors have been very positive.

In terms of distribution, there will be physically testing the Espresso Book Machine in Sacramento September 29 on six books and, assuming all goes well, all books will be loaded on there by the end of the year. There is also  an ‘in’ to the biggest book chain in the US and will be exploring how to get specific books promoted and displayed in-store via a specialist movie and book promoters.

As for the movies, one of the first books ever published under Night – The Wedding Gift – has been optioned for a six-part pilot TV series and another 6-8 TV movies from Taylor Street books are being discussed with a movie mogul.

The publication of books has been slowed by everything else that is happening, but now things are speeding up again. They are also making suggestions of the sorts of books they are looking for to specific authors, and you are responding magnificently. For instance, Jess Degarmo was informed they were looking for another paranormal romance, and she has just delivered the electrifying Blood Lust, which will be published in a couple of weeks.

Taylor Street/That Right processes don’t exactly work like clockwork – nor will they ever – but they are mostly managing to publish books within 6-9 months of submission rather than the 18-24 months most publishers offer.

All authors who belong to the That Right community are invited to join Ninwriters at this link.

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Side note from me: I submitted my manuscript for the paperback version of Fifty in February 2012. Since everything with Taylor Street/That Right is obviously on a hectic pace, I don’t have an exact date for Fifty’s paperback release, but I am going to be generous and say maybe sometime in early 2013.

As for The Cruiserweight’s Daughter, I’m three-quarters through with its manuscript. While I’m aiming to get it on Kindle in mid-fall 2012 (or at least before the holiday season), I don’t look for the paperback to be published until at least 2013 as well.

SEEN This Week 9/24/12

This week’s book, event, and author news for the first week of Autumn:

Jennifer Loy tried her hand at a children’s chapter book that will make a great Christmas gift. The series is funny and entertaining for both kids and parents/grandparents. Book 2 will be available before Halloween.

In celebration of book two of Adonis Devereux’s trilogy being released September 16, book one, The Soldier’s Lotus is only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle for a limited time.

Irina Shapiro has written six novels and is working on a seventh. Learn more here.

Tom Ufert’s first book Adversity Builds Character is now available as an ebook and will be released in print/other eBook platforms later this fall.

Rags Daniels’ latest book, Foxy Lady, has an ISBN and is on its way to the printer!

The 41st Sermon by Randy Attwoodone of nine books offered by bookkus for reviewers to read and vote if it should be published.

Hannah Warren has posted the results of a poll on procrastination versus self-discipline.

Get it now for only 99 cents! Killer Work from Home Jobs by Lee Evans has just been released on Amazon Kindle.

Be sure to check out A Self-Publisher’s Guide to Kobo on Molly Greene’s blog.

Visit Indie Author News, where readers find new authors, hot new book releases, author interviews, and book features.

Congratulations to Marianne G. Petrino on her nonfiction pick in the LitChat Betsy Literary Salon.

Theo Knell’s new book, A Hell for Heroes, will be released October 25. It will also be available at Waterstones, Smiths, Easons, Tesco and Sainsburys, and on pre-sale at Amazon.

Resistance, the fifth ebook in author Jan Springer’s Outlaw Lovers series, has been released.

My News for the Week:

Beautiful: Four Short Stories of Curvy Woman Love is my latest short story collection book released by Rising Temperatures Press. The book is now on sale on Amazon and Amazon.uk

The Cruiserweight ranked #79 in Amazon.uk’s Kindle Store in Books – Nonfiction – Sports – Individual Sports – Wrestling on September 16.

Do you have news that you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Book of the Week 9/24/12

Book Description:

The rare and honest first-person account in Love Seen From Hell (CreateSpace, 2012) looks at 21st century romance, marriage with children, and divorce from a regular guy’s perspective. The colorful and addictive narrative delves deep into spousal abuse, the hopeless place in which a father finds himself during divorce, new beginnings, and his ordeal’s significance in retrospect. John Emil Augustine’s insight throughout, the result of his own tragedy and redemption, is nothing short of eloquence itself written in a very down-to-earth, casual way. This heart-jerking, wisdom-flecked story is a must read for lovers of fiction and non-fiction alike.

“Rare and honest” doesn’t even begin to describe the quality of Love Seen From Hell. This is a sublime story of abuse and bullying written from a man’s perspective, and is eye-opening. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to approach this book’s contents with an open mind, but after one chapter, I found myself wanting to read further.

Love Seen From Hell is one of the best non-fiction works written by an indie author with material that is open and heavy yet offers a great deal of wisdom. Some readers will see themselves in Augustine’s story, and his tale of abuse by his spouse is not only eye-opening, but also shows that men are also abuse victims, even though we hear less about male victims than women.

There is no question that Love Seen From Hell was a labor of love. It won’t surprise me that this book will make an impact on the indie book market. Personally, I would love to see it picked up by a traditional publisher.

Author Profile: John Emil Augustine

BIOGRAPHY:

John Emil Augustine grew up in Minneapolis, MN and toured in his twenties and early thirties with local and national acts; writing, arranging, and performing on the road with well-known Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Reggae, Post Funk, Prog Rock, and Folk Rock groups. John has also been a landscaper, mail carrier, English professor, and forklift operator. He currently lives in Moorhead, MN with his wife and four boys.  His next book, Love Seen From Heartache, is set for release in September 2012.

ON THE WEB:

Web Site: sites.google.com/site/johnemilaugustine

Smashwords: Love Seen From Hell

Book Blogs: John Emil Augustine

Facebook: John Emil Augustine

Twitter: @JohnEmilAugust

Pinterest: John Emil Augustine

New Short Story Collection From Rising Temperatures Press

 

I am happy to announce a new book is completed and ready for release!

This new work features four plus-size heroine themed erotic short stories will be available forAmazon Kindle from Rising Temperatures Press within the next few days.

Beautiful: Four Short Stories of Curvy Woman Love

 

Book Description: 

Four short stories of plus size heroines and the men who loved them aimed toward a main lesson we all need to remember: looks aren’t everything.

True, sometimes looks can help in the initial attraction of a potential mate, but it’s what’s inside a person that makes them beautiful.

Book of the Week 9/17/12

Dr. David Ley presents the cultural history, moral judgments and junk science underlying this alleged disorder in his book The Myth of Sex Addiction (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012).

Among books on the subject of sex addiction, The Myth of Sex Addiction is a meat-and-potatoes book which emphasizes one accepting responsibility while offering fresh perspectives on sex addiction itself. What causes the disorder? How can one who suffers from it overcome the addiction and have a healthy recovery? How is sex addiction diagnosed and treated?

Many of these questions are answered in a clear-cut, concise manner without the sugar coating, while exploring ramifications of the sex addiction diagnosis and exclusion form DSM-V. Whether the reader recognizes themselves as a sex addict while reading this book or the loved one of a person affected by this disorder, The Myth of Sex Addiction has to wonder about the denial of how anyone can’t become addicted to sex, yet this book offers many clear, academic theories.

Despite its mixed reviews, I found The Myth of Sex Addiction a fascinating read. If you seek such a book with some good theories and arguments instead of basing “facts” on old wives tales or stereotyping, this is indeed a good book to start exploring the subject.