Author Archives: Victor Volkman

Debbie Herald – Writing & Publishing Erotic Romance Novels

On December 5th, 2009 Irene Watson and Victor R. Volkman interviewed author and editor Debbie Herald on writing for the erotic romance marketplace. Debbie Herald is an author and Editor currently working for Lyrical Press. Her two most recent books are Perfect Game and Sweet Dreams, available from BookStrand paperback and on Amazon Kindle formats under the pseudonymn Jordana Ryan. Among questions which Debbie answered for us were

  • What makes a good erotic romance?
  • What is the difference between erotic romance and pornography?
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  • If a writer uses naughty words does that automatically make it erotic romance?
  • If you write erotic romance can you branch out to difference sub genres with success?
  • What makes erotic romance so highly successful in epublishing?
  • Is there a standard for how much sex should go into an erotic romance?
  • As an editor what do you like to see in a sex scene?
  • What pushes the boundaries if anything in erotic romance?
  • Debbie has enjoyed the written word since she was a child and takes a specific liking to Contemporary and Historical romance. Debbie enjoys working with authors to polish their work and see it through to publication. When not writing or editing she can often be found cooking, with her friends, or with her young child doing any number of things.
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    Paul Krupin – Press Releases that Get Results

    On November 19th, 2009 Victor R. Volkman and Irene Watson interviewed media release guru Paul Krupin about whether Press Releases are still revelant to marketing your books in 2009. Krupin is the author of numerous books about publicity, search engines, and other topics.  His latest book Trash Proof News Releases is also available as a free eBook download. We covered a wide-range of talking points, including

    • So What Exactly Is A News Release?
    • Why Is This So Hard To Do? What Makes This So Special?
    • So What Exactly Do Media People Look For When They Receive A News Release?
    • So What Do You Need To Do To Write A News Release That Really Works & Truly Gets Media Attention?
    • How do you know when you’re ready?
    • What Specifically Should Authors Do To Create This Galvanizing Candy – This Magic Script .
    • What is the Magic Formula (DPAA+H)? (“Dramatic Personal Achievement in the face of Adversity, plus a little Humor”)
    • Which Are Better For Authors To Aim At – Book Reviews Or Feature Stories & Why?
    • How do you know when you achieve success with a news release?
    • So once you have a trash proof news release, what do you do with it
    Paul Krupin
    Paul J. Krupin is a former US government scientist and once-upon-a-time lawyer (best kind) would much rather be fishing on the Columbia River, which is less than a mile from where he lives in Eastern Washington State. He’s has hundreds and hundreds of publishing clients who range from NY Times best sellers (like Dan Brown, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Andy Andrews) to first timers and seasoned self publishers and small press publishers we know and talk with on all of the online discussion group lists.Favorite Quote – You reach happiness and success when you help the people you can help the most and get rich at the same time.
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    Donna Kakonge – How to Turn Your Writing Career into Journalism

    On November 5th, 2009 Tyler R. Tichelaar and Victor R. Volkman spoke with Toronto-based educator and print, radio, and TV journalist Donna Kakonge about how any writer can successfully refocus their work into the freelance journalism marketplace. She believes that you CAN break into the journalism business without having to have a specialist bachelor’s degree in the subject. Donna has been involved in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Radio Canada International (RCI) on and off for 15 years at the local, national and international levels of both television and radio. She has also worked for the Discovery Channel and Discovery Channel International, Vision TV, the BBC and various publications around the world. Key talking points of tonight’s talk were:

    • How can I educate myself to start a career in journalism?
    • What important trade associations can help me on my journey?
    • Besides book writing, what other kinds of journalism are out there now today?
    • Should I establish some sort of business identity?
    • Can I make money just form my blogs?
    • What about rejection, how do you deal with it?
    Donna Kakonge
    Donna Kakonge started writing seriously at the age of seven. Her grade two teacher, Mrs. Chen, had the whole class keep a journal. She wrote a story about dinosaurs that Mrs. Chen deemed “outstanding.” Ever since then, she has been hooked.She went to journalism school at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada where she graduated with the Marjorie Nichols Award for being the student with the most promise of becoming an exceptional journalist. She has also been nominated for a Gemini Award (the Canadian version of the Emmy) for work done with the Discovery Channel and has been part of a W Network project “Tell it Like it Is” that won a Hugo Award.Her education continued with a master of arts in media studies and communications from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Her thesis was on the politics of black hair. She has written 31 books, one of them called What Happened to the Afro? that gives a different side to Chris Rock’s docu
    mentary Good Hair. She has also edited Being Healthy: Selected Works from the Internet and has a book called How to Write Creative Non-fiction is published by Lulu. You can find her books on Amazon.com and other fin e-tailers.She can speak both French and English, a bit of Italian and Spanish. She has received a Quebecor Documentary Fellowship from DOC Toronto. She currently teaches at Seneca College and Centennial College in Toronto. Her subject areas are writing and broadcast.
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    Kate Harper – Getting Into the Greeting Card Market

    On October 15th, 2009 Irene Watson and Victor R. Volkman spoke with greeting card and gift industry maven Kate Harper. Kate Harper started her line of humorous greeting card from a hobby of making greeting cards for friends as gifts. Over the next 15 years, Kate’s turned her hobby into a business, manufacturing and shipping cards to over 2,000 stores, including Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods Markets and the Papyrus chain. She informed us on key areas of getting started as a writer or self-publisher of greeting cards, including:

    • Card terends: research, seasonal cards, occasional cards, and publishers
    • What subject areas and categories to focus on, how to stay organized
    • Test marketing your cards and card verse.
    • Seven most common mistake card writers will make
    • Why competition in the card business is vastly over-estimated
    Kate Harper
    Two years ago, she transitioned out of manufacturing and into licensing, where she now designs cards for Recycled Paper Greetings (a subsidiary of American Greetings Corporation) and gift items for seven other companies. Kate Harper's blog
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    Authors Afterburner – New FTC reviewer’s guidelines for bloggers explained

    Authors Afterburner is the post-game show where we get to talk about whatever’s on our minds. Please note dear listener that this is not the regular Authors Access show and we don’t promise anything much except to present our news and views of interest to authors and publishers. So let’s light the afterburners and see what’s on our minds tonight….

    Irene and Victor consider the firestorm surrounding the new FTC guidelines about bloggers and product reviews. Irene cuts through the hype to deliver a thoughtful consideration about what it all means.

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