Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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Another Person Wants Their Fifteen Minutes Of Fame By Personally Attacking Me.

This Morning I received a comment on my facebook fan page about my true crime The Last Rites. This comment was in the form of a personal attack by one Theresa Gruber Caporale. Apparently she is lost in some twilight zone, hasn’t read the book or just got bored and felt the need to show her extreme lack of good manners and common sense. The attack came in the form of a comment that reek of self loathing and self hate. I am paraphrasing this comment basically she told me that she I didn’t know what I was talking about when I said no one cared enough about Pauline Metler to bury her and the book disgusted her. She also told me I needed to do my homework. Seriously?! I spent three years on this book, had the entire case file, talked to and interviewed the men who worked the case. They all said the same thing and it is in the case file, the family they talked to lied, and refused to co operate.

Law enforcement didn’t even know she had any living relatives outside the aunt and grandmother in Melbourne. They refused to tell law enforcement anything. But I found out alot, Things I promised I would not put in the book.

No the family involved didn’t care enough to bury this young woman who didn’t deserve to be raped and executed and left on a remote road to rot like garbage. She didn’t deserve to be lied about, and tossed out like trash. The adults involved didn’t care enough to bury her. The left her for the county to bury in an unmarked grave. They refused for whatever reason to claim her body so the rest of the family could say goodbye.

Theresa I know many things about this young woman and her family – many things that I promised not to expose. I have given this young woman a voice. A voice that was silenced and then forgotten.  A Voice that has begged to be heard so she can rest. A voice that screams for those who forgot her to live with that decision.

Pauline will never be forgotten again. She is remembered by many and her voice rings out to be heard. Only the guilty scream at the top of their lungs about disgust, and denial.  I have the facts  from reliable and undisputable sources. Facts that show without a doubt this young woman was forgotten as if she didn’t exist.  There have been excuses made as to why no one came forward, but the fact still stands she lies in an unmarked Potters Grave and has since 1975.

She deserves to be heard! She deserves her voice!

The Last Rite, The Pauline Metler Story

 

May 12, 2012 Posted by | Hate Mail | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From The Association of Independent Authors

This is straight from Jackie Collins an author who has been published by Traditional Publishers for years. This just goes to show why Traditional Publishers are running scared. As the Prosecutor Said in Court “I rest my case, your Honor”

Jackie Collins: On My Decision to Self-Publish

Posted By AiA Administrator, Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Source: Jackie Collins

If you pay attention to book publishing news and blogs, then you probably already know I’ve decided to try my hand at self-publishing by re-writing and releasing a NEW version of my book The Bitch.

Little did I know when I gave an interview to Galleycat in February that the press would pick up the story so quickly! To date, from that one interview, there have been over 120,000 stories and articles posted online about that one decision.

As you might imagine, the buzz has set off a bit of a firestorm of comments, gossip, conspiracy theories and the like about my publishers and me.

  • “Did she get in a fight with her publishers?”
  • “Did they drop her from their roster?”
  • “Is she dropping them fromherroster?”
  • “Does this mean publishing is dead?”

So I’d like to take a moment to set the record straight.

First, I have fantastic relationships with my two publishers, Simon & Schuster UK and St. Martin’s Press US. No juicy story about a tiff or spat between us—we’re good. I’m currently writing my 29thbook “The Power Trip,” and it will be published by both companies, respectively.

But times are changing, and technology is changing, so I wanted to experiment with this growing trend of self-publishing.

OF COURSE THE INDUSTRY IS CHANGING – IT ALWAYS IS

I’ve been a published author for many years, and I’ve had the good fortune to work with several great publishers, and I’ve seen MANY changes in the publishing industry.

From new printing techniques, to new advertising mediums, to direct-to-fan digital publishing, the industry hasalwaysbeen evolving. And it will continue to do so.

At the end of the day, it’s about finding the best way to get your content (Hollywood and relationship fiction in my case) into the hands of your fans who are clamoring for it.

MY THOUGHTS ON EBOOKS

Let me say up front that I will personally always love physical books. I love how a new bookfeelsin your hands. I love turning the pages one-by-one as you curl up in a chair and engross yourself in the story.

But I also know that to stay successful, you’ve always got to be thinking two steps ahead of the game. And by all counts, the book industry is going the way of the CD industry. Almost nobody buys CDs anymore; we get our music fix on iTunes.

And more and more people are opting for eBooks over paper. For example, with Goddess of Vengeance, I think we sold an equal amount of hard covers and eBooks.

And in England, they just bought the digital rights to all my books and Lethal Seduction immediately jumped to #2 on the bestseller’s list. That’s a book that’s 10-years-old! I was quite impressed with that.

ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NUMBERS

I’ve always been involved in the business side of my career. Even in the very beginning, I realized I had to double-check the things my publishers were doing. (After all, no one cares more about your career than you do.)

When it came to advertising, I remember hounding them about what they were going to do for me once the book finally came out. What promotions are they buying? How long is the ad campaign? Is there a co-ops and author tour involved?

Most first-time writers when they finally get their book published, throw a big party, and then scratch their head in bewilderment when they can’t find their book in the bookstore.

So they go to the clerk and say, “Oh, my book’s on the back shelf? Can you get it on the front table?”

They don’t realize that their publisher hasn’t paid for the front table display.

So, there’s a lot to learn, and I’ve learned much of it over the years, but I’mstilllearning. There arestillthings that I don’t know that I find out with each new book.

BE PREPARED TO FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU WANT

Publishers are in the publishing business to make money (and that’s a good thing). But remember that their goal is NOT to make your dreams of being an author come true. Their goal is to make money through the careful and thoughtful exploitation of your book.

So, you have to fight for what you want. (Even I do.)

If you want a full-page ad in People magazine, you have to get it in your contract; otherwise it’s not going to happen, and you’ll hear things like, “it costs too much.”

IF I WERE STARTING AGAIN…

If I were starting out in the business today, I don’t think I would change anything. But, I was extremely lucky because my first book, “The World is Full of Married Men,” was accepted by the first publisher I sent it to, and became an instant bestseller.

Today, if a publisher isn’t interested, you have options. You can sign up with Amazon KDP or Barnes & Noble Pubit or Lulu or SmashWords or CreateSpace or a host of other helpful sites. Google it.

THERE’S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR HUSTLE

I was thrown out of school for poor grades and playing truant, although I always came in top in writing class. Everybody told me I couldn’t be a writer unless I studied more and went to college.

I said, “No way, I’m following my dream. Writing is my passion.”

Turns out, people don’t buy books because you went to college. They buy books for the characters and thestory. (And dammit, I can tell a great story!)

Looking back, being stubborn and tenacious and constantly asking questions has worked out OK for me.

If you believe your stuff is great, then don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough. Pick yourself up and make some more calls. Network with as many people as you can in the industry. And sweat. Sweat a lot. And keep writing!

Also remember, when it’s time to publish, you’ve got options.

Follow your dream. I always say, “Girls can do anything.” (And so can boys, for that matter.) Put your mind to it; follow your dream, and keep learning and growing. Don’t stagnate. And most of all – love what you do! Writing is a joy – enjoy it!

May 12, 2012 Posted by | Indie Authors | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

For Those of You Who Think Indie Authors Have No Talent Think Again

Okay boys and girls and children of all ages listen up. There are the doubters out there. There are those who are so entrenched in the propaganda that Traditional Publishers know best that they are missing out on a world of authors who are called Indie Authors. We have been accused of having no talent, of not being able to spell, not knowing how to put an interesting story line together among other excuses they have for not reading out work. Their loss.

Well for those of you who are doubters let me show you something, my audio book “A Voice From the Grave” is one of six finalist for the CIPA EVVY Audiobook Award. http://www.cipacatalog.com/pages/CIPA-EVVY-Awards

http://www.cipacatalog.com/cipa-evvy-award-finalists-2012/  This is the page where the finalist are listed this includes books and audio books- A Voice From the Grave is fifth from the top

This is quite an honor there are thousands of audio books entered and A Voice From the Grave is in the top six. So before anyone else says that indie’s have no talent remember this blog

Ad in Publishers Weekly showing A Voice From the Grave one of four from BrookForest Voices in the finals.

This book was four years in the research and writing. It is a historical novel and all the history is correct. The story is fiction.

So Remember we Indie’s do have talent, we are just in control of our destiny and refuse to be put in a box or controlled by corporations who wind up with all the money. Read an indie, you might like it.

May 12, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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