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Book Signing – Dana Journey

For everyone who missed the book signing yesterday, we had a good turnout and hopefully sold Klindt’s a bunch of books.

 

Dana was able to read some parts of his book, and he read both the prologue and what I feel is one of the saddest parts in the book.  In fact even though I have read this book multiple times, I started to tear up.

 

So if you haven’t read The Apprentices yet, or would just like to listen, I hope you enjoy.

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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Events

 

Upcoming Publication

Wizards Keep would like to officially announce the upcoming publication

“Two Worlds” A Family Ties Novel by Michael Adams.

 

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Book Title: Two Worlds

Book Series: Family Ties

Anticipated Publication Date: May 1, 2015

Anticipated Word Count: 113,000

Anticipated Page Count: 364

Anticipated Publication Price: $10.99 TP, $3.99 Digital

 

Synopsis: 

 

2122 had been a good year, multiple countries and corporations are finally reaping the benefits of the New Hope Colony, and the Colonial Ranger program is expanding. For Staff Sergeant Susan Bennett it was just another mission to a far off country, however her actions were transmitted nationally and she became an instant hero, especially to a young Ciara O’Brien.

Lieutenant Paul O’Brien was only thinking about getting home to his daughter and family when all hell broke loose in Cameroon. With the aid of Bennett they were able to extract themselves from an otherwise deadly situation. The actions in Cameroon placed a bounty on their heads by the remaining Gul Family.

Now, in a race to save themselves and their family; Bennett and O’Brien must make sacrifices, including travelling to a far off planet. While there, it becomes apparent that not all is the way it seems, and Bennett and O’Brien must rely on each other if they plan on coming out alive.

 

About the Author Michael Adams:

 

Michael was born in Brooklyn New York, and raised in Staten Island, NY. He holds a degree in Business Admin from Wagner College and an MBA from San Diego State Univ. Michael is a US Navy Supply Corps (Logistics) officer, former independent small business owner, and part time substitute teacher.  Michael has lived in Austria for a semester in college, and visited 6 continents and 36 countries. He speaks Spanish, some German, a little Italian and less French. He currently lives in Chula Vista, CA with his wife Chris. His two sons, a math geek PhD candidate and an Afghanistan veteran frequently visit.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2015 in Future

 

“The Apprentices” Book Signing March 21, 2015

Dana Journey will be available during a book signing at 1pm on March 21, 2015 at Klindt’s Booksellers located at 315 E 2nd St. The Dalles, Oregon 97058.

Check out the wonderful poster that A Artful Raven created.   For more information please contact Klindt’s Booksellers at 541-296-3355 or via their Facebook page.

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Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Events

 

High School Writing Competition

Wizards Keep Publishing is not only dedicated to bringing quality books to the public but also community relations.  With that in mind Wizards Keep Publishing is starting an annual High School Writing Competition for local High Schools.  Please see THIS page for more information concerning the competition.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Competitions

 

Coming up

Wizards Keep Publishing just signed on a new Author. More information to come regarding this strong female based science fiction novel.

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Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Future

 

Authors Supporting our Troops

For the last two years Armand Rosemilia has done a great job at keeping up the Authors Supporting our Troops book campaign.

 

If you have not heard about the ASOT then let us at Wizards Keep Publishing introduce you to a wonderful group of people who want to support our troops as they are deployed overseas.

 

Authors Supporting Our Troops is a ragtag group of authors, including the owner of this company who have come together to send books to our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who are deployed overseas in response to their countries call for duty.  While deployed our service members do not always have access to multiple forms of entertainment.  Armand and the authors who have selflessly donated their books or money for shipping help our service members relax.

 

Wizards Keep Publishing will be assisting in any way possible by supporting our authors in donating books to the event.  If you are an author and wish to donate books, here is the link for the facebook group.  Authors Supporting Our Troops

 

If you want to help with Shipping you can either email through Authors Supporting Our Troops on Facebook or you can buy a shirt here.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Co-Op

 

The Importance of Covers

So I was perusing though a website of books looking for something to catch my eye.  This got me thinking as a rolled past many books for one reason, and one reason alone.

 

The cover was bad.

 

I don’t necessarily mean that it was bad in that it was all black, or the font was all wrong, I mean that it was visually unappealing and when there are approximately 4,000 books being published on Amazon a day vying for the reader’s attention the cover has to speak to the book and to the reader.  This is especially true of a publishing company.  If we do not put out the best cover that we can for each and every book, the author is not going to get the visibility that they deserve and we will not get the credit, money, or future contracts that we believe we deserve.  So I am going to go though a couple of things I have seen that automatically make me look the other way.

 

1)  An adult or YA cover that looks like it was drawn up by a 6 year old.  I know that sometimes it is cute, but really, take pride in your work and make sure that the cover puts a good face on your book.  I read this one book for a blog that I was part of.  It was a good book and I did not see the cover until I was writing up my review.  If I had honestly seen the cover before reading the book I don’t know if I would have.  The cover was abstract, was drawn freehand without any cleaning up, and just did not look appealing.  In some cases this type of cover is appropriate but use sparingly.

 

2) A cover that has nothing to do with the book.  This gets me to another pet peeve of mine, the title of a book, but that will be in a future post.  The cover needs to draw the reader in, show a bit of the book, and really enhance what you have going on.  You, the author just spent a good portion of your life writing this book, again take some pride in it.  I read this book, it was okay, the back cover did not relate to the book at all (see #3) but it was okay.  The cover was almost all white, with the title across the center and had no information about the book other than a ring of dark. That never came up in the book so why was it on the cover?

 

3) The back writing.  When you are doing the blurb about your book, do not be too vague, people want to know what they are getting into.  Use a little of your book as a teaser, tell a little about the main character(s), do something.  Using weasel words, or ideas that really do not directly apply to your book will just have people pissed off and returning it.  If you have a book about a person named Fred that flies into the future, write that “Fred, the time traveling XXX”  Some authors even do a little bit of spoiling on the back cover, I am personally not in favor of that, but to each their own.

 

4)  Copyrighted images.  Okay this one is a big one, it is more about legality and less about personal opinion.  Just because a picture is online does not mean it is in the public domain.  It does mean that someone took the time to take a picture and put it online for people’s viewing pleasure.  When an author, publicist, publisher, or cover designer just randomly takes a picture from the internet, it could very well be copyrighted, which means illegal for reproduction.  This goes for celebrities, cartoon characters, even geographical landmarks.  If you want a picture of the Grand Canyon, either pay for a picture, go take one yourself, or hire someone to take one.  Along these same lines is when people take real photos and just mush them together on the cover.  Unless you have a talented Graphic Designer like what Wizards Keep Publishing has, or you are yourself talented, this will never look right.  There are different light intensities, different angles, even different fuzziness ratios.

 

There are so many talented artists out there that many are even creating already made covers.  You find one that looks good, they add your book information to it, and ta da you have a nice, professional looking, visually appealing cover that will bring readers to you.  In our affiliate page we will be adding some of the artists that we know or have used in the past.  This is not to say you have to use them, but spend the money and find a good cover artist.  Trust us, it is worth the money

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Opinion