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I've finished the final editing stage of StoryTeller, and now it is off to polishing with Dan and Eleonor. I hope you like it!
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Well, Dan, I'm not sure Angelina is going to be acting anymore. I think she wants to focus on charity and international work. An admirable goal, but one that I believe would preclude acting. I've not heard much about her since she and Brad Pitt broke up.

I appreciate the compliment, but I've not given up my desire to play Cleopatra, or the French lady I never name. I want to play Cleopatra and this French woman both so well, that at the end of my film version of both books, the viewer will weep, that is how much they will love and respect Cleopatra and my French reine. I am not someone who gives up. I will play Cleopatra, I just know it. I am quite serious when I say I want to be an actress too. I also dream of remaking the movie version of EVITA and playing Eva Peron. I have been singing those songs in that famous musical for 17 years now.

Great to hear that CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED is getting picked up and looked at. Does that translate into sales?
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You do CD's too? I've been taking some singing lessons as well. I believe my muses are prose, stage and voice.
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I'll chime in here. Actually, many publishers are going completely POD or completely e-book/digital these days. Unfortunately, the reason there's a "scam" stigma associated with POD is because many POD printers have failed to closely monitor the work they're printing; there are tons of--mostly self-published--work out there that's poor quality and unedited. These works were made available for purchase and many people bought bad products and were ripped off. 

POD is actually a good way to keep inventory low and production costs stable.

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Thanksfor the info, Eleanor.  Do bookstores accept POD works though? That was another thing that concerned me.
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Yeah, Helen, well, everything new that in any way threatens traditional publishing is viewed in every negative light possible. Print-on-Demand (POD) is no more a "scam" (if the printer is outstanding at what they do) than doing more traditional "print-runs." The advantages to POD at SBAP/AP are that (a) it's all printed in the USA; (b) we don't have to worry about warehousing and secondary shipping; (c) we don't have to deal with "losses;" (d) it gives us a better handle on actual sales; (e) we don't have to deal with temporary "out-of-print" situations; and (e) we don't have to "backlist" books experiencing less successful sales (this can ruin both the work and author's future). If that means "scam" then in this case I have to be strongly supportive of it. :-)
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Thank you, Dan. I appreciate your forthrightness and honesty on this matter.  I do wonder about bookstores accepting POD though, the brick-and-mortar ones.


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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

 

 

"Cleopatra Elder particularly enjoyed sitting with her youngest daughter, reading aloud the stories and history of ancient Egypt in Egyptian from scrolls taken from the famous Library of Alexandria to the wide-eyed youth. She read to her in Greek about the country they ruled, and about glories of Greece, especially Macedonia where the Ptolemaic Dynasty had originated, and in Latin of contentious Rome, the newest empire and Egypt's current principal debt-holder. From earliest age, Cleopatra VII Philopater also heard of her personal protector, the Goddess Isis. When the Queen Mother tired, she would have her teenage maid, Charmion, a beautiful, ebony-colored Nubian slave who would later become Queen Cleopatra VII's personal maid and cosmetic advisor, recite hymns and sing praises in Egyptian to Isis. The first day she saw the young princess, Charmion fashioned an image of Isis made of soft cloth and dressed Egyptian-style in a linen sheath dress, along with a baby that attached to Isis' arm, meant to represent the both the Goddess' mythical son, Horus, and, at the same time, her newest daughter, Cleopatra Younger."

 

What reviewers and book festivals are saying: (pending)

 

Based on the PACIFIC RIM BOOK FESTIVAL AWARDED manuscript

 

Helen Davis has a long interest in history, religion, politics, and all nations. She has studied the ancient world through the gift of books since a very young age, her passion for this era kindled long ago. She has also researched and studied many other times and eras and has a passion for strong women who have governed nations from the past to the present.

 

"Cleopatra's story has been sensationalized to the point where she is has become as much legend and myth as history," says Davis. "In writing this story about what our world might have been like had she and Mark Antony won the dreadful Battle at Actium, it is my hope that readers will begin to appreciate her genius and ultimate impact on the world. The novel begins with a largely historical account of her life, and ends with her, unconquered, after the decisive Battle at Actium. The story is one about triumphing over insurmountable obstacles. It is my sincere hope that this first book in my Cleopatra trilogy will be a fun and enlightening read—one that readers won't want to put down."

 

CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (2015)

by Helen R. Davis

330 pp - 6" x 9" Softcover Trade Book

ISBN 978-0-9963255-2-3

 

Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII at

http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com

 

Also available from Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine bookstores everywhere.

 

Helen R. Davis

Award-winning Author of CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015)

Author website at http://helendavisbooks.org/en/

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Actually, Helen, that's actually a myth. You can still get into bookstores using POD.
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Actually, Helen, that's actually a myth. You can still get into bookstores using POD.


Thank you Eleanor. How do I go about doing that?

I'm not trying to be a pest, I just have questions and I really want to become a success so I want to do and know all I can to work the industry and pursue my acting/singing dreams down the road while i am at it.
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Welcome Nicolas!  Nice to have you join us. We're all excited here about STORY TELLER (Savant, in production) moving from editing into polishing. 

Personally, as an author, I enjoy both editing and polishing, the former because I learn better how to write for my target audience, and the latter because it's fun to see what the laid up interior actually looks like, and have the opportunity of seeing the work in this new light in order to pick off those last remaining errors mainly of spelling and punctuation. Editing is always like going back to Writer's School for a refresher course. Polishing is totally pride building. 

Some authors mention that they don't enjoy re-reading their own works during editing and polishing; however, I purposefully want to read and re-read a new work from beginning to end at least ten times before it's released. If the work don't hold my interest and build my excitement more with each re-read, then I feel as if I've done a poor job as a writer. The most fun is always re-reading the work as a completed book, after it's released. I often find myself asking, "Did I really write this? Wow!" I guess it's akin to seeing the result of nine months gestation in the flesh for the first time. 
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Nicolas, I am excited for your work. I agree with Dan, I actually find re-reading to be a joy.
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The best way is to contact the purchasing manager directly and ask. Of course, it's smart to bring a copy of your book and talk to the manager directly. Sometimes you'll have to bargain, even offer them a few copies or your books on consignment, say 10. Once they see that your books have sold, they'll likely commit and ask for a larger amount. I will tell you though that bookstores are used to getting 100% returnable deals in which, if they ask for 500 books and they only sell 1, they'll send the 499 back to you. You don't want to be left with 499 books so stay conservative. 

The truth is, bookstores are there to make money and will only order large quantities if they think they can make a generous profit. 

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Has anyone been asked one of those seemingly inane questions on a chat like:
What's your favorite color?
What's your newest drink?
What animal do you think makes the best pet?

I was on one and asked all three questions, leaving me to ponder on the state of chatting and interviewing. Now, maybe I'm just an old foggie, or don't appreciate enough the psychology behind these insightful questions. I mean, my favorite color has always been deep purple, my newest drink Hoji-Cha, and I already have a "pet" house gecko I find very companionable. So what do these have to do with authoring and my published works? 

On the other hand, when I post my official SBAP/AP "excerpts" at the beginning, middle and just before the end of a chat, it's as if I can hear everyone saying, "Ooooo." Like, the one I just posted about THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013). It's like everyone his taken aback by "wow," -- that's totally impressive and professional -- which, translated, means "awesome" nowadays. It's as if professionalism isn't required or expected anymore.

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Thank you Dan. The editing was certainly a massive learning experience for me; a very positive one too. I was surprised at some of what was uncovered through the editing, and it was a lot of fun to do. 
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