Leading tool to win the book sales R.A.C.E

 

If you’ve been following my blog over the last 3 weeks, you’ve been seeing all the great writing advice offered by Alinka Rutkowska, Mulit-Award Winning, #1 International Best-Selling Author. This next piece of advise is about her self-publishing course. I’ve taken the course, and it is incredible and a life-changing experience for me to be able to go on to be a confident self-published author knowing I have all the right tools. Here’s more from Alinka about why you need this self-publishing tool:

Have you met Jane? She’s an author too. When she first published her book she was dreaming of her name on the New York Times Best-seller list, because she knew that what she wrote can change her readers’ lives.

She was giddy with excitement when she first saw her name and her cover available on Amazon. “This is my big break,” she thought.

She was checking her sales dashboard and she couldn’t believe her eyes. One day had already passed and she didn’t make a single sale. She emailed her publisher to ask if the system was working. And her heart sank when she got the reply. The system was tracking correctly.

She still didn’t believe it so she bought her own book herself. And there it was: 1 sale on her dashboard.

But Jane wasn’t easily discouraged.

She woke up the next day with new hope in her heart. She logged into her dashboard and there it was again: 1 sale – her own.

While Jane’s hopes of landing on the NYT list faded, her determination to get her message into the hands of readers who need it, did not.

She started hunting the net for tips on book marketing and she was overwhelmed by what she found: “try blogging, join Facebook groups, join Tweet teams, create merchandise, join a forum, create an RSS feed, create a YouTube channel, make a book trailer, donate your books…”

Jane did ALL of it. She spent $2,000 on the book trailer, another $2,000 on merchandise related to her book and she donated $1,000 of her books.

She also realized that 6 months had passed and she sold 131 copies, making $262 in royalties.

She was $4,738 in the red and ready to call it quits.

She never told anybody about this because she was ashamed.

She didn’t want her family and friends to see her as a failure. She was a writer after all, an educated smart woman. How could this be happening to her?

She failed at reaching the NYT best-selling list. She failed at fulfilling her lifelong dream of making a career as an author. She even failed at making a return on her book marketing investment!

She felt miserable and borderline depressed… and puzzled how other authors whose books were no better than hers…were actually making a great living as authors!

Is it possible that Jane might be…you?

If so, you must hear about R.A.C.E.

Because R.A.C.E. is what will pull you out of this swamp of author mediocrity.

If you’ve participated in the 5-Figure Author Challenge, you’ve already got the R.

R=Reach

This is the first step to winning the author race.

It means that you need to reach your readers. Before they can form a lifelong relationship with you, they need to know you exist. And there are ways to do it right and ways to completely bomb it.

Reaching is like walking into a bar and making eye contact with that stunning individual that takes your breath away.

If you’ve been paying attention during the challenge, you know what type of romance works best to seduce your readers.

But that won’t get you anywhere near your full potential as an author.

What you need now is the A, C and E.

A=Acquire

Once that stunning individual from the bar looks you deeply in the eyes for one second too long, your next goal is to get their number (or have them come over and get yours).

That’s what acquire stands for.

Once readers know that you exist, you want a way to keep seducing them, because if you fail here, it’s game over.

C=Convert

This is a huge milestone that will completely change your relationship with your reader. In our bar situation, this is when you get to first base.

Now remember, the steps that lead to this are crucial. You can’t just kiss a stranger and expect to get anything more than a hard slap in the face. But if you go through steps R and A, C is where you start reaping rewards.

E=Engage

This is the culmination of the R.A.C.E. methodology. This is where you marry your stunning individual from the bar, or in other words, this is when that casual reader who had no idea who you were a few steps ago is now your hard-core true fan.

A true fan is someone who will plow through a snow storm for 3 hours barefoot just to see you. Just like a true love.

So now that you know all this, how do you win the book sales R.A.C.E?

Easy, you just follow this system http://authorremake.com/race/?ref=11 which has transformed struggling writers like Jane into profitable authors who make a full time living from their books.

Go here to win the author R.A.C.E.! http://authorremake.com/race/?ref=11

To your success!

Diane Mae Robinson, Multi-award winning children’s author

For more information about my multi-award winning dragon books for children: http://www.dragonsbook.com

P.S. Jane was $4,738 in the red and borderline depressed before she discovered R.A.C.E. Now she’s a fulfilled full time author. Go here http://authorremake.com/race/?ref=11 to have what she’s having!

Writing Activity 4th Grade

Guest post provided by Education.com  https://www.education.com/

Grade 4. Writing activity.

 

 

 

 

 

Be a Detail Artist!

Fourth graders need a lot of practice writing detailed sentences. They’re often good at writing introductions and conclusions. It’s what sits in the center that gets them into trouble. Fourth graders often need help beefing up the middle of a writing assignment. Does your young writer need more details to take her writing to the next level? Make it fun by mixing in some creative artwork!

What You Need:

  • Pencil
  • Lined paper
  • Colored pencils (or crayons)
  • White construction paper (or drawing paper)
  • Writing Topics list (see below)

What You Do:

  1. Tell your budding artist she is about to use her creative art and writing skills to play a game. In this game, she’ll be writing descriptions of suggested topics (below), then drawing pictures as you read her descriptions aloud. Share an interesting tid-bit with her and let her know that this is similar to what a police sketch artist does!
    2. Using the list below, have your child take out a pencil and a piece of lined paper, and write at least 4 detailed sentences on a topic of her choice.  Ask her to answer these basic questions when writing about a story or situation: Who? What? Where? Why? and How? If she’s writing about a place or object, rather than a story or situation, tell her to answer these questions instead: What does it look like? Smell like? Feel like? Taste like? Sound like?
    3. When she’s finished, have your child give you her writing. But resist the urge to change anything or help her to revise what she has written. Read what she’s written aloud, and while you’re reading, ask her to use her colored pencils to illustrate what you’re saying.  Here’s the catch: she can only draw exactly what you read.
    4. Have your child compare what she drew with what she wrote on paper. Does it match up? Is her drawing missing anything? If so, she may need to go back and add or delete a detail from her writing. Repeat this process for 1-2 more topics from the list. Then let her extend the activity, by adding her own topics. Want to get the whole family involved? Invite everyone else to play along and take turns with who reads and who draws.Writing Topics:
  2. Describe a car from the future.
  3. Pretend you found a message in a bottle on the beach.
  4. Describe a scary monster.
  5. Describe your facial expression when riding a roller coaster.
  6. What would you buy if you found $100

This guest post provided by https://www.education.com/ Visit their website for guided lessons, learning resources, and teaching tools for Pre-K through 5th grade.

For more information about my multi-award winning dragon books for children: www.dragonsbook.com

 

You + This Missing Link = 5 Figure Author

 5-Figure Author Challenge starts today. It’s Free. Hosted by Alinka Rutkowska, Multi-Award Winning, #1 International Best-Selling Author and featuring the industry’s top authors and influencers sharing all their secrets on writing.

 

Researchers reveal the missing link to becoming a successful author

Picture yourself reading a book you just picked up:

“It’s good,” you think to yourself, but YOU could definitely do better!

You decide to take action. You write it. You publish it.

But as soon as it hits the market your heart sinks because nobody even noticed you put all this effort into producing this incredibly high quality book.

You try a bunch of promotional tactics but nothing works.

You realize you’re spinning the hamster wheel. You think of that book that inspired you to write yours. Why is it selling while nothing you do makes any difference? You simply can’t put your finger on it.

There’s something you must be missing here.

Albert Einstein is credited with explaining the definition of insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

If what you’ve tried so far hasn’t brought you the results you want, you need to do something different to get a different result.

So what’s the missing link?

You need a clear, measurable goal to achieve a definite result because a goal well set is halfway reached.

But for the best results we need to take it even further.

A study on the goal-performance relationship revealed that the best results are experienced by people who challenge themselves to achieve them.

You perform better responding to a challenge than to general goals.

And you deserve the best.

That’s why you’re invited to the 5-Figure Author Challenge where the industry’s top authors and influencers are getting together to share all their secrets on writing, marketing and selling books at a 100% FREE online event!

But there’s more. Not only are they sharing their proven strategies that got them to 5+ figures, they are also CHALLENGING YOU to join them in achieving this measurable and realistic goal.

Go here to secure your spot at the 5-Figure Author Challenge now: http://authorremake.com/challenge/?ref=11

In this never-held-before and never-to-be-repeated challenge, the world’s top authors and influencers reveal:

Writing

  • The Secrets of Plotting vs. Pantsing Your Way to a 5-Figure Book (Libbie Hawker)
  • How to Craft a Book Idea That Sells and Succeed as an Author (Nina Amir)
  • Three Dangerous Misconceptions Preventing You from Finishing Your Book (Andrea Cumbo-Floyd)
  • Three Must-Dos Before You Hit Publish – Neglecting These Will Cut Your Sales by Half (Michelle Weidenbenner)
  • The Ultimate Shortcut to Writing Your Book Fast. It’s Better Than Longhand (Donna Kozik)

Marketing

  • Why 72% of Self-Published Authors Never Sell More Than 1,000 Books and What It Takes to Be a 5-Figure Author (Kevin Tumlinson)
  • The Single Most Powerful (And Most Overlooked) Strategy to Become a #1 Amazon Best-Seller (Dave Chesson)
  • What Never to Put on Your Cover. The Reasons Why Readers Don’t Give Your Book a Second Glance (Derek Murphy)
  • How to Leverage the Power of Social Media to Build a 5-Figure Income Instead of Suffering from Time-Suck and Overwhelm (Kirsten Oliphant)
  • The Shocking Mistakes Authors Make That Keep Them from Getting to 5 Figures (Derek Doepker)

Sales

  • What You Need to Stop Calling Yourself to Become a 5-Figure Author (Jim Kukral)
  • Three Common Hurdles That Block Your Way to a 5-Figure Author Career and How to Overcome Them (Honorée Corder)
  • The Single Most Effective Strategy 70 out of 75 Successful Authors Put to Use (Eric Van Der Hope)
  • Better Than Bookbub. The Three Step Process to Building a Following on Steroids (Buck Flogging)
  • Three, Often Overlooked, 5-Figure Book Launch Strategies You Can Implement Now (Bryan Cohen)

These 30 min laser focused sessions will be delivered to you by speakers who have been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and many more!

If you’re ready to challenge yourself to shift from being just another writer to becoming a best-selling 5-figure author, join the 5-Figure Author Challenge now!

http://authorremake.com/challenge/?ref=11

I’ll be there too!

Diane Mae Robinson, Multi-award winning children’s author.

For more information about my multi-award winning dragon books for children: www.dragonsbook.com

P.S. Researchers discovered that a challenge is the ultimate solution to reaching our goals. Challenge yourself to reach the realistic and measurable goal of becoming a 5-figure author and join 5-Figure Author Challenge now: http://authorremake.com/challenge/?ref=11

If you haven’t already received Alinka’s free eBook, 7 Secrets To Winning In Self-Publishing in 2017, here’s the link:  http://authorremake.com/7-secrets-to-winning-in-self-publishing/?ref=11

How YOU can become a 5-Figure Author in 2017

This is going to be an amazing event hosted by Alinka Rutkowska, Multi-Award winning, #1 International best-selling author.  In this never-held-before and never-to-be-repeated event, the world’s top authors and influencers open up their locked drawers full of winning formulas. JOIN THE 5-FIGURE AUTHOR CHALLENGE-  it’s free!  I’M GOING! IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT EVENT WITH TONS OF ADVICE.

How you can become a 5-figure author in 2017

 

5-Figure Author Challenge – you’re invited http://authorremake.com/challenge/?ref=11

75% of authors make less than $250 a month. That’s outrageously disappointing considering that as authors we have the power to greatly impact our readers’ lives.

If you write fiction, your fans look to you for entertainment.

If you write non-fiction, you’re solving problems for your fans.  

But impacting people’s lives is close to impossible when your book is just floating there, forgotten in the Amazon sea.

If your readers can’t reach you, all your hard work goes unnoticed and you lose your drive to create even more of what could have been a successful series of books.

The good news is, that thousands of authors can and are making 5+ figures!

In fact, 15 of them are getting together to share all their secrets on writing, marketing and selling books at a 100% FREE online event!.

But there’s more:

Not only are they sharing their proven strategies that got them to 5+ figures, they are also CHALLENGING YOU to join them!

Go here to secure your spot at the 5-Figure Author Challenge: http://authorremake.com/challenge/?ref=11

In this never-held-before and never-to-be-repeated event, the world’s top authors and influencers open up their locked drawers full of winning formulas that reveal:

Writing

  •   The Secrets of Plotting vs. Pantsing Your Way to a 5-Figure Book (Libbie Hawker)
  •   How to Craft a Book Idea That Sells and Succeed as an Author (Nina Amir)
  •   Three Dangerous Misconceptions Preventing You from Finishing Your Book (Andrea Cumbo-Floyd)
  •  Three Must-Dos Before You Hit Publish – Neglecting These Will Cut Your Sales by Half (Michelle Weidenbenner)
  •   The Ultimate Shortcut to Writing Your Book Fast. It’s Better Than Longhand (Donna Kozik)

Marketing

  •   Why 72% of Self-Published Authors Never Sell More Than 1,000 Books and What It Takes to Be a 5-Figure Author (Kevin Tumlinson)
  •  The Single Most Powerful (And Most Overlooked) Strategy to Become a #1 Amazon Best-Seller (Dave Chesson)
  •   What Never to Put on Your Cover. The Reasons Why Readers Don’t Give Your Book a Second Glance (Derek Murphy)
  •  How to Leverage the Power of Social Media to Build a 5-Figure Income Instead of Suffering from Time-Suck and Overwhelm (Kirsten Oliphant)
  •   The Shocking Mistakes Authors Make That Keep Them from Getting to 5 Figures (Derek Doepker)

Sales

  • What You Need to Stop Calling Yourself to Become a 5-Figure Author (Jim Kukral)
  •  Three Common Hurdles That Block Your Way to a 5-Figure Author Career and How to Overcome Them (Honorée Corder)
  •   The Single Most Effective Strategy 70 out of 75 Successful Authors Put to Use (Eric Van Der Hope)
  •   Better Than Bookbub. The Three Step Process to Building a Following on Steroids (Buck Flogging)
  •   Three, Often Overlooked, 5-Figure Book Launch Strategies You Can Implement Now (Bryan Cohen)

These 30 min laser focused sessions will be delivered to you by speakers who have been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and many more!

If you’re ready to shift from being just another writer to discovering how to become a best-selling 5-figure author, click here to join the 5-Figure Author Challenge now! http://authorremake.com/challenge/?ref=11

I’ll see you there because I’ll be there too!

Diane Mae Robinson, Multi-award winning children’s author

For more information about my multi-award winning dragon books for children: www.dragonsbook.com

P.S. Say no to less than $250 a month and become a 5-Figure Author. Join 5-Figure Author Challenge now (Starts March 15, 2017): http://authorremake.com/challenge/?ref=11

If you haven’t already received Alinka’s free eBook, 7 Secrets To Winning In Self-Publishing in 2017, here’s the link:  http://authorremake.com/7-secrets-to-winning-in-self-publishing/?ref=11

YOURS FREE! 7 SECRETS TO WINNING IN SELF-PUBLISHING IN 2017

Yours FREE! 7 Secrets to Winning in Self-Publishing in 2017

This is an awesome free eBook from Alinka Rutkowska, Multi-Award Winning, #1 International Best Selling Author, on what you need to know about self-publishing in 2017. I met Alinka at the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards ceremonies and instantly became a fan of her vast self-publishing knowledge.  Her free eBook is the most important self-publishing advice you’ll receive this year. Read about her eBook with links to the free book:

Why 80% of books published this year fail – FREE special report http://authorremake.com/7-secrets-to-winning-in-self-publishing/?ref=11

NEW Report on Publishing: What it means for authors in 2017

80% of books published this year won’t earn enough to cover their publishing costs.

Why?

Is it because the author lacks writing skills?

Is it because the timing is not right?

Is it because the market is saturated?

None of the above.

If your book is drowning in the Amazon sea, or if you’re about to publish and you don’t want your book to fall into the dreaded 80% of failed titles, you need to know what will keep it afloat.

How do you find out?

You start by discovering the 7 Secrets to Self-Publishing in 2017.

These are revealed by fellow author and friend Alinka Rutkowska who is known for selling over 80,000 books by thinking out of the box.

Here’s what you MUST understand – and understand well – to place your book in the 20% that succeed:

  •  The 5 Costly Misconceptions About Book Marketing in 2017
  •  How to Avoid 4 Self-Publishing Rip-Offs
  •  The Guide to the Most Popular Scams Authors Fall For
  •  3 Author Decisions That Put Your Career at Risk
  •  Which Book Marketing Methods Work Best in 2017
  •  4 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Book Marketing Products and Services
  •  Why You Need a Professional Book Marketing System

These secrets are not for everybody. They’re for action takers who search for the best of the best in their fields and who are in it to win it.

If that’s you, go here to discover the 7 Secrets to Winning in Self-Publishing in 2017:  http://authorremake.com/7-secrets-to-winning-in-self-publishing/?ref=11

and make 2017 your best year ever!

Also, Alinka offers an incredibly thorough self-publishing course called Author Remake, which I’m currently taking and nearly done, that is a wealth of information for those who not only want to learn the self-publishing ropes, but, also, how to do it right so your books get noticed. By taking Alinka’s course, I now have the confidence to pursue my self-publishing journey. I highly recommend this course and here’s the course link:  http://authorremake.com/race/?ref=11

Diane Mae Robinson, Multi-award winning children’s author

 

For more information about my multi-award winning dragon books for children: www.dragonsbook.com

P.S. If you don’t want your book to be among the 80% of failed titles, 7 Secrets to Winning in Self-Publishing in 2017 is for you. Get it here: http://authorremake.com/7-secrets-to-winning-in-self-publishing/?ref=11

Free Grade 4 Teacher’s Lesson Plan

Free Teacher’s Lesson Plan (Elementary, Grade 4, Language Arts) Available From Multi-Award Winning Children’s Book Author Diane Mae Robinson

The author’s award-winning work Sir Princess Petra (book #1 in The Pen Pieyu Adventures  multi-award winning series) teaches children valuable life lessons through engaging fiction. The no-cost teacher’s lesson plan was developed by an elementary school teacher. The general outcome of the lesson plan: students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to explore thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences.

Sir Princess Petra features surprising plot twists and turns, brilliant flashes of humor, zany characters and is rooted in timeless values that shine through the charismatic main character. It is written in the tradition of C. S. Lewis and is reminiscent of ‘Shrek’. Reviewers have labeled the award winning book a ‘fantasy adventure that is sure to become a timeless classic.’

Teachers/Librarians page link:  http://www.dragonsbook.com/teachers-librarians.html
Lesson plan link: http://www.dragonsbook.com/Sir_Princess_Petra’s_Lesson_Plan.pdf

Read the reviews and purchase the book: https://www.amazon.com/Sir-Princess-Petra-Pieyu-Adventures/dp/1613462646/

Read about the reviews about the series: https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00YW7K0I4/

“In writing children’s literature,” Robinson stated, “I strive to engage the young reader in a fun and interesting way through the adventures of my characters. It is also important to me that the moral lessons about kindness, acceptance, understanding, and believing in oneself, are brought out through my character’s actions.”

Reviewers on Goodreads stated, ‘This is a book that should be in lots of classrooms. I think it is a good book to help children understand that everything is not as it first seems.’ Another reviewer stated, ‘Cloaked in a fantasy work of knights, kings, and dragons that will engulf children into the story, the moral lessons imparted are refreshingly neither preachy nor boring. Petra’s breath of fresh air personality makes her an exceptional role model for children to admire and to imitate in the real situations of fear, new people, challenges, and goals in their own lives.”

While dragon books are one of the most popular segments of fantasy fiction and children’s books in today’s marketplace, in these fantasy fiction books, Robinson uses the dragon books concept as the background to teaching young people traditional values. Ms. Robinson’s highly praised work demonstrates that dragon books can be something much more than just books about dragons.

Sign up for the author’s newsletter for information about contests, giveaways, and new releases and receive your free Sir Princess Petra coloring book: https://dragonsbook.com/subscribe/

Currently, the author is running a coloring contest for kids through adults. Contest details: http://dragonsbook.com/blog/2016/11/05/coloring-contest-with-cool-prizes-all-ages/

Or just visit the For Kid’s Page for some fun facts about the characters: https://dragonsbook.com/for-kids/

 

For more information about my multi-award winning dragon books for children: www.dragonsbook.com

 

 

 

Coloring Contest And Other News

The Sir Princess Petra Coloring Contest is still going on until Mar. 8, 17. There are over 200 kid entries in 2 divisions, and only 5 entries in the over age 17 category. Yep, the adults are scared to enter. There’s a super cool compu bag with Snarls embroidered on the front for the over age 17 prize. So, adults, sharpen up your crayons and enter.

Get your free coloring book and enter the contest: https://dragonsbook.com/subscribe/

For contest details and to see the prizes: http://www.dianemaerobinson.com/2017/01/enter-coloring-contest.html

Possible Cover

 

My next book The Dragon Grammar book will be delayed in publication due to my current publisher ceasing operations. The book was in the final-proof layout stage with them at the time. I’m looking into new options for publishing the book, one option is self-publishing it. More on this later.

 

 

 

 

I wouldn’t have the confidence to even try self-publishing if it weren’t for a fabulous course I’m taking from my writing guru friend, Alinka Rutkowska. The course is a wealth of information about all things self-publishing authors need to know. I highly recommend this course which has several free lessons to start http://authorremake.com/?ref=11&ref=11  Alinka is an award-winning, best selling author and really knows her stuff. You can also get her free marketing book here http://authorremake.com/book/?=ref11

For 2017, I have two other books in mind to self-publish, and those are in the works now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about my multi-award winning dragon books for children: www.dragonsbook.com

Cleaning Up Your Amazon Links

Getting your Amazon link is fairly simple. Enter your book title in the search bar and click on your book. That will give you a link like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Princess-Petras-Mission-Pieyu-Adventures/dp/168187072X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485026526&sr=1-1&keywords=sir+princess+petra%27s+mission

The problem with these super links on Amazon is that everything that follows the dp/168187072X and especially after the qid is Amazon’s way of keeping track of the time you searched this book.

So, if you are sharing this long link to friends, family, or promotional pages and those people link in to that link, it show Amazon that a number of people searched the book at the exact same time, which is probably not the case.

If someone who linked into this long link ends up writing a review, Amazon raises it hackles (even if the person bought the book) and thinks that person is probably a family member or a friend because most people share the long link with them. Amazon has been getting very sticky about friends and family members writing reviews, and they may take down the review even if the review wasn’t written by a family member or friend and it is a legit review.

Here’s a tip to clean up the link. Just remove everything after the dp/168187072X so your link looks like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Princess-Petras-Mission-Pieyu-Adventures/dp/168187072X

or shorten the link more by taking out the book name like this:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/168187072X

You can also click on the email icon (to the right of your book) and it will give you an even shorter link http://a.co/ec7Tovw  I’m not a fan of this super-short link because it doesn’t say enough about where the links leads and it may be taken as spam.

Note: There are many articles online that recommend the use of super links and how these longer links help your Amazon rankings. A word of caution here; the longer links can possibly work to help your rankings, but only if you remove the qid part and the symbols/numbers attached to the ref part of the link. And recently, Amazon has caught on to people using this kind of revised-super link and they don’t necessarily like it, and that could mean trouble down the road.

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Easy Grammar Lesson Lay/Lie From The Dragon Grammar Book

The Dragon Grammar Book –  Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom

Finally! An easy-to-understand grammar book with a sense of humor. From multi-award winning children’s fantasy author, Diane Mae Robinson, The Dragon Grammar Book, featuring the characters of The Pen Pieyu Adventures series, introduces beginners to the basic rules of the English language.  For middle grades to adults, The Dragon Grammar Book is an entertaining adventure into the mysterious Land of Grammar.  Releasing 2017

Excerpt from The Dragon Grammar Book copyright 2016 Diane Mae Robinson

Lay vs. lie

To use these confusing verbs properly, there are six verb tenses you need to remember in their order.

Lie, lay, lain

Lay, laid, laid

And lay has two different meanings.

Lie, lay, lain:

To use the verb lie, think of your bed or cave. Lie is something you do to yourself—you lie down.

I lie down beside the dragon.

Yesterday, I lay down beside the dragon.

I have lain down beside the dragon every day this month, and that’s why my eyebrows are scorched.

The dragon is lying in his cave now.

For two days, he lay in the creek.

He had lain in the mud for three days in a row before that.

Lay, laid, laid:

Lay is something someone does to something else. (This verb takes a direct object. Lie never does.) Think of lay and think of a place.

The dragon lay the book on the bookshelf.

The witch laid the book on the bookshelf yesterday.

The magician has laid the book on the bookshelf every day this month.

Lay the scrolls over there.

The councilman laid the scrolls where I told him to.

Yesterday, he had laid the scrolls too close to the dragon.

Endorsements

When Sir Princess Petra clobbers Snarls with a book, she uses the only book that can help her fire-breathing dragon-steed: The Dragon Grammar Book. This amazing book uses kid-friendly sentences, humorous illustrations, and easy-to understand examples. The Dragon Grammar Book is a fun tool that will help your middle-grade dragons better understand the basic rules of writing—and reading.  —Sue Morris, Kid Lit Reviews

In her latest offering, Diane M. Robinson takes on a challenge greater than any of the obstacles which Sir Princess Petra has yet faced: how to make the arcane rules of English grammar interesting and accessible to a wider audience. While many kids and adults would rather face a fully-grown ogre than the laws of punctuation, The Dragon Grammar Book provides a clear and comprehensive look at our language for princesses and dragons alike. With clear examples and fun activities, this book is a must-have for readers and aspiring writers. —Peter Takach, High School English Teacher and Grammarian

The Dragon Grammar Book takes some of the basic rules of writing and makes them more approachable with a dash of creative fun courtesy of The Pen Pieyu all-stars. So whether you’re a sword wielding princess, an onion loving dragon, or an everyday Jane/Joe, you’ll walk away with a clearer understanding of the English language and be ready to tackle sentence structure and word usage with the best of them.  —Gina Reba, Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Unbeatable winning combination . . . Sir Princess Petra faces her fears of the menacing fire-breathing dragon and conquers the pitfalls of grammar! Clever, painless, and fun way to learn, implement and test yourself in the English language. —Barbara Ann Mojica, Author of the Little Miss HISTORY children’s nonfiction book series, http://LittleMissHISTORY.com

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When an article doesn’t include all the facts

Below is an article on Writers Beware about Tate Publishing, my publishing company. The article leaves out facts; that Tate Publishing is also a traditional and a hybrid publisher. This is one of those articles that gives the reader a bad impression about a publishing company because the article only refers to Tate Publishing as a vanity publisher with authors who have had bad experiences. What about us happy Tate authors who haven’t paid for publishing with Tate? Read my comment to the writer at the end of this post.

The following is a re-post from Writers Beware: http://bit.ly/2hj4G1H

 

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

It’s hard times lately for “America’s Top Publisher,” a.k.a. Tate Publishing & Enterprises, a.k.a. one of America’s most prolific vanity publishers.

Tate has been on Writer Beware’s Thumbs Down Publishers List since the list was created. Not just because it charges enormous fees (an initial $3,990, with the option of paying hundreds or even thousands more for extras such as video trailers, custom websites, self-ordered books, and the like), but because it presents itself as a “mainline publishing organization” and doesn’t reveal its fees anywhere on its website or in its promotional videos.

In fact, Tate’s website specifically promises that authors do not have to pay to publish: “Tate Publishing does not charge a fee for publishing and absorbs all the cost of production and distribution of a book.” But this is classic vanity publisher doublespeak. Deeper into the submission process, when Tate finally gets around to asking authors to pull out their credit cards, they are told that the money is for a publicist.

Clearly, Tate wants authors to assume that it’s as traditional as traditional can be. And they do. Writer Beware has gotten hundreds of questions and reports from authors who approached Tate in the belief that it was not a vanity publisher.

We’ve also heard from many Tate authors who don’t feel their money was well spent–and we aren’t alone. In 2015, Tate was the second most complained-about company to the Oklahoma attorney general. Many more complaints–not just about Tate Publishing, but about its vanity recording subsidiary, Tate Music Group–can be found online. They make for terrifying reading–bad editing, shoddy production, constant staff turnover, books ordered and paid for but never received, delayed pub dates, non-payment of royalties, “marketing” that mostly consists of urging writers to buy their own books…the list goes on

The Better Business Bureau, which as of this writing has logged 134 complaints over the past three years, yanked Tate’s accreditation earlier this year.

That’s a lot of chickens, and they are now coming home to roost. This past May, Xerox Corporation filed a $1.7 million lawsuit (since increased to $1.89 million) against Tate, alleging defaults on service agreements and promissory note payments, and seeking re-possession of $450,000 in leased equipment. Tate has not had good luck with its attorneys in the case; the first withdrew in September, saying he was retiring, and the second is also seeking to withdraw, in part, apparently, because Tate hasn’t paid him. (Maybe that’s why Ryan Tate never got around to filing his promised counter-suit against Xerox.)

The Xerox lawsuit spurred layoffs from Tate’s printing plant, even before Xerox began re-possessing its equipment in late July. And that’s not all. Tate is facing at least four additional legal actions: a lawsuit by an author who claims that she paid over $12,000 for a book that was published full of errors (twice); a petition by a client of Tate Music Group to compel arbitration, due to various alleged breaches of contract, including copyright infringement; an action by memorabilia manufacturer Jostens, which says that Tate owes it more than $13,000; and another by the property company that leases Tate its print shop (possibly vacant now that Xerox has re-possessed its equipment), which claims that Tate owes nearly $20,000 in rent.

If that weren’t enough, Tate’s employment practices are being investigated by the Department of Labor. (Some employees say that they were threatened and “coached on what to say” by CEO Ryan Tate before Labor Department investigators came to interview them; this would not be the first time that Ryan Tate has threatened employees.) And per an (uneverified) comment on one of my previous posts about Tate, Tate may recently have been evicted from its offices.

Are these the straws that broke the camel’s back? Has Tate reached its very own End Times? Either way, it’s not looking good for “America’s Top [Vanity] Publisher.”

Predictably, the honchos at Tate are pretending nothing’s wrong. “There are a lot of issues that probably would be a little more important for you or your news agency or any news agency to deal with,” company founder Richard Tate told local news station KFOR, “other than the fact that our company is doing a great job.”

Hmmm. I think some Tate authors would disagree.

1 comment :

Diane Mae Robinson Multi-Award-Winning Author said…

Hi Victoria. I wanted to inform you that not every author that is published with Tate has to pay a fee, of any sort. I have two traditional contracts with Tate. I have not paid for editing, illustrations, production, video trailer, website, a publicist, or any thing else you can think of that may require a fee. Therefore, I would strongly disagree with you that Tate is a vanity publisher only. They may have a vanity publishing arm to the company, I don’t know what other people’s contracts say. You are giving a wrong impression here.

In regards to the person who had their book published twice with mistakes, I can’t see how that could happen. My books went through three rounds of editing, which I had to approve at the last round, and then a final layout, which, again, I had to approve.

There are a lot of great authors signed with Tate and great books being produced by Tate. For example, in the 2015 Literary Classics Book Awards http://www.literaryclassics.org/AwardsByYear.html there were a number of Tate authors who won Gold and Silver, myself included:

I have had excellent service with Tate who has always gone out of their way to please me as one of their authors.

Many author’s livelihood depends on their books being available through Tate and affiliate links. Maybe, before you bash them as the worst publisher on earth, you should get all your facts straight.

Thank you.

Diane Mae Robinson
Multi-award winning Tate author