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Looking for details on faerie doors? Visit our Absolutely Wild! FB page.

You may benefit from these events…

Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors, and Yabbering Scribes (ALWAYS).
Meet in-person with other established authors to discuss a topic to improve your writing. The next gathering of the ALWAYS writers’ tribe takes place in Gilbert, AZ, on Thurs., Sept. 14, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.

My presentation explaining how to avoid the key writing issues I consistently change in the manuscripts I edit. “Key Editing Tips to Wow A Publisher:”

  • 10:30 a.m.– 12 p.m., Sept. 17, 2016 at the Tempe Public Library

Come on in!

See this grin? That's me, sharing creative works and ideas with you, and a cup of tea.

See this grin? That’s me, sharing creative works and ideas with you, along with a cup of tea.

 

I’m so glad you’ve found our little online community! Here,we share ideas to create and market better writing, music, and “village.”

Throw in a few “Coffee CommuniTea” coffee and tea-shop reviews, and we’re golden, right? What better places for writing, enjoying music, and creating village?

I’ll also link you up with some word-of-mouth (WOM) strategies, stemming from my marketing background as owner of Videan Unlimited, LLC.

Our goal is to generate success together, using fresh tactics to get the ‘verse buzzing about our—and others’—cool creative endeavors. Come in and join us…
Ann


Write on! Ann Narcisian Videan, Book Shepherd
Write • Edit • Self-publish • Word-of-mouth
P.S. Learn more about my novels on Google+.

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Toe-tapping first-track release of The Darling Sounds’ indie surf rock music

The Darling Sounds will release their new album Haunt on 11/11, and they just released the first track, “Domestic Sounds,” on Bandcamp. You’ll find yourself tapping your toe and singing along to this Phoenix-based indie surf rock band’s music—featuring my son Cutter Videan as lead guitarist, vocalist, and music mixer. Grace Bolyard’s lyrics shine with her vocals and rhythm guitar, and Zach Nelson will make your heart pound with his percussion.

“Domestic Sounds” is definitely worth a listen and, if you like it, you can pay whatever you want for it on Bandcamp. Sweet options.

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1,000 musicians: Bowie’s “Rebel, Rebel”

Just say WHAT?

The Rockin’ 1,000 is at it again!

 

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Cold Play, on the “Up&Up”

Coldplay’s Up&Up… an amazing video! 
On par with my reaction, ages ago, to Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Among the best videos ever.
What are your favorite videos of all time?
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“You cannot miss this!” your future book screams.

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Write on! Ann Narcisian Videan, Book Shepherd
Write • Edit • Self-publish • Word-of-mouth
P.S. Learn more about my novels on Google+.

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Beyond whimsy: Experience the impact of faerie doors

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One of my drawings for the Absolutely Wild! faerie door coloring book.

As you may have heard, my dear friend Cherie and I recently embarked on a journey to create Absolutely Wild! faerie doors. The New Zealand Fae characters in my Delfaerune Rhapsody fantasy novel series inspired the idea, and we plan to do a line of Delfaerune Fae doors tied into the books. We also plan to write custom faerie tales to accompany the wee whimsical doors we craft for art
and gifts. A coloring book is also in the works.

But… we’re finding that more than whimsy can come into play with this idea.

Check out the faerie doors gracing the city in this video. Public art and imagination bloom with the possibilities…

Also, to further experience the power of a faerie door, read and watch the touching short film, The Gnomist. Make sure you have tissues nearby.

Where else have you seen the impact of faerie doors?

 

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Need a beta reader? Here’s a proven resource from Oz.

Beta readers are especially valuable for for indie authors, as they provide input on story line, content, and characters—often during a book’s drafting process. My brilliant author friend Karen Mueller Bryson shared information about such a service: Hot Tree Editing. Fonders of the ten-year-old Queensland, Australia-based firm pride themselves on “approachable, friendly and cost-effective editing service.”

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A beta reader will provide comments like these (in red) from a critique partner on my Beat of the Pakiri manuscript-in-progress.

 

Hot Tree offers a relatively inexpensive pre-edit beta reading, for approximately $35 per avid, BA-degreed, and experienced reader. You’ll receive an annotated script and a Hot Tree Editing beta report covering character and plot development, discrepancies, and overall readability.

They charge for other literary services, too, like proofreading and line and content edits, but offer their “post-edit beta reading service for FREE, alongside a line and content edit.” The beta readers’ payment includes the read of your manuscript, your gratitude, and some small recognition.

The service is available upon request only, so plan extra time in your schedule to take advantage of it. Learn more by contacting Hot Tree email.

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Write on!
Ann Narcisian Videan
Write • Edit • Indie publishing • Word-of-mouth
Check out my Book Shepherding sessions.
avidean@videanunlimited.com

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Absolutely Wild! coming soon

My long-time creative friend, Cherie Scott and I are creating a line of customized faerie doors and tales: Absolutely Wild! Enchanted Faerie Portals & Other Whimsy.
After you fill out one of our questionnaires asking about a few of your favorite things, Cherie crafts a faerie door incorporating those details, and I write a short story about your portal. One line of doors and tales will tie in with my Delfaerune Rhapsody novel series, which served as Cherie’s inspiration for this idea in the first place.
Here’s the first one she created, with an excerpt from the story I wrote about it.
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Fidget’s Visitor

(Excerpt)
The fluffy cinnamon-spotted dog sniffed at the wee wooden door. His yips made the spindly mushrooms lining the front walk vibrate in time with the fairy’s gossamer wings.

The tiny creature inside the door risked a peep through a thin crack in the wood, and trembled when a giant brown eye moved closer. It blinked, and she whipped back against the stone wall of her kitchen, throwing her hands over her eyes.

What could he want? Did he smell the ChocoLavendar cookies baking in her wood stove?

She found her courage and turned to peer through the crevice again. The dog cocked his head and one ear flopped into the crackling leaves blown against the door from her garden. He gently nipped a small Aspen-illustrated card from a basket hanging around his neck, and nudged it under her door with his nose.

The fairy jumped. Her arms flailed and, on tippity-toes, beat a quick retreat.

Mustn’t come in contact with the paper! It could be laced with poison! Or, at the very least, contain a highly threatening message.

Careful not to move too close, she used a sprinkle of fairy dust to open the card, and gingerly leaned forward to read the large scribbles…

 


Want to help us make Absolutely Wild! the most whimsical faerie doors ever? Give us some ideas and we’ll give you credit in our marketing. (Jot your comment below.)
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