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HelenRuthDavis

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I have done some things on consignment in Casper, but I would like my book to be more widely known outside of my small town and birth place. Is Savant able to help with that?
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Thank you Helen [smile]
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You are most welcome.
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I have to cut this short--prior engagement but wanted to stop in and chat with Savanteers this morning. I'm sure that Dan can answer that question for you, Helen. See you all next month! All the best!
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Cheers!
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Cheers!
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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #3 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

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"Back in my tent, my thoughts turned to my meeting with Caesar when I was a teenager. What did I really know of the ambitious Roman Consul, and, moreover, of the man? I would need to learn more about the man if I were to attempt to bring him to my side, and this I must clearly do. I knew he was a womanizer. This didn't overly concern me; what man was ever faithful? But it could prove helpful. Still, in the end, it was his conquests—the way he acted—publicly and personally—that were of greatest interest to me, and from what I could already tell, he was the right man to help me regain my throne, if I could but win his attention. My discussion with Azor that evening confirmed my suspicions. Caesar would not only be a formidable ally, but, if I could accomplish it, an interesting champion. I dispatched Mardian to Egypt to meet secretly with Olympos and learn more about the situation in Egypt and everything he could about Caesar's purpose now that Pompey was dead."

 

About this Book:

 

What if Cleopatra and Antony had triumphed at Actium over Octavian, the first Emperor of Rome? Would our world have been changed? What would the Middle East, Europe, and, by extension, the rest of the world, look like if the course of Western history was determined not by Rome but by Egypt?

CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015), the first of three novels in a series, imagines this scenario. Cleopatra, historically the last queen of Egypt, becomes instead the mother of an Egypto-Roman empire, the greatest the world has ever known. Cleopatra, her family, and those dear to her, as well as those not so dear to her, come to life in this richly imagined  alternate history.

Follow Cleopatra's privileged yet troubled childhood as the third daughter of Pharaoh Auletes, a weak-willed man despised by his subjects, other children, and even his wife. Be there as Cleopatra, his favored child and the only one loyal to him, learns at his feet—and from his errors. Determined to keep her nation alive and her people free, Cleopatra, although of Macedonian Greek heritage, develops a deep bond with the native people of Egypt. Meet Julius Caesar, Pompey, Cicero and his son, Cicero Minor, Marc Antony, and the ambitious but despicable Octavian as well as his wife, Livia, who will stop at nothing to destroy Cleopatra and Egypt.

Open the cover and immerse yourself immediately in ancient Egypt through Cleopatra's eyes as you read her personal memoirs, the ones archeologists have yet to discover!

 

About the Author:

 

Author Helen Davis has been writing since the age of twenty. An interest in strong women protagonists led her to write and publish EVITA: MY LIFE (Booksurge, 2009), an historical novel about the legendary Evita Peron. Intrigued by the legend of Cleopatra since she was in high school, as EVITA was released, Davis took up pen and began work on another historical novel surrounding this queen who sought to control nations in an era in which women had little power. A polyglot herself, the author, in the course of writing the manuscript, developed a strong personal attraction to this legendary queen, whose only crime, like many other women in history, was to be on the wrong side of history books. While writing the novel, Davis began to wonder how the world might be if Cleopatra and Antony had triumphed at the Battle of Actium. It was out of this question that CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015), the first of three books documenting her imagined new world, came to be.

 

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 from the publisher at

http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com

 

Also available from Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.

 

Helen R. Davis Award-winning Author of

     CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015)

     EVITA: MY ARGENTINA  (Custom Books 2017)

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

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I'm often surprised when other authors, often rather awkwardly, mention the "fun" in being an author. I mean, why does one do anything in life if it's not "fun?" Especially something as consuming as authoring.

By the way, I consider there to be a huge gulf between writers, who are interested in recording something so it doesn't get "lost," and authors, who purposefully write for a target audience with publication and international reading of their work in mind. Writing was never easy, but authoring, as you mentioned, is a huge undertaking, both in necessary education and individual output. I sometimes look nostalgically back on my early days as a writer, without any expectation of publication, publicity, marketing or sales, but then I get out one of my published books, hold it lovingly in my hand and I don't regret for a moment making the journey. 
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Hi,  this  is Mike Davis, Helen's Dad filling in for the last hour of the chat. Our family is at a medical conference in Jackson , WY and Helen and her Mother just went to an all female luncheon where Helen will discuss Cleopatra.

I note that there has been a lot of dicussion about technological changes in the world.My friends in the world of manufactoring tell me 3D printing will change the way a lot of things are made as will drone technology for delivering goods. So I think POD is the only rational way forward in today's economy.

Personally, I plan to write a book on the rapidly expanding topic of epi-genetics we continue to uncover how very very complex and inter related everything in the environment is.
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Nice to chat with you, Eleonor!  

An excellent question, Helen: How to best market a work, and can Savant Books and Publications (SBAP) help? Publisher's address this issue differently, depending first on their size, traditions and financial resources. SBAP is a classic "small publisher" slowly making it's way toward being an intermediate-sized publisher. As a small publisher with a tradition of guerrilla marketing, we focus first and foremost opening all possible purchase channels, and second on establishing author name and book title recognition. If the reading public knows the author's or book's name, then our primary work, that of opening all possible purchase channels, ensures success. The biggest challenge to publishers and authors today is establishing author and book name recognition. Publishing has changed and will continue to rapidly change. One result is that there is no longer one outstanding way to establish author and book name recognition. Advertising is quickly being regarded as "alternative facts," marketing as spamming (or worse, pishing) and social media, well, it's never been a particularly good platform for sales. For these reasons, we publish a one-year Author's Publicity and Marketing guide for every author when his or her book is released. If one follows it explicitly, we've noted good success at creating a critical mass of readers who recognize the author and book name. It's too broad and comprehensive an approach to detail here, but all SBAP/AP authors receive one, as I mentioned, when their work is released. One of the many reasons the guide is so important is that it gives an author experience with a number of tried and true SBAP techniques, allowing each author to find his or her unique approach. I would say from your question that you are still searching for your "unique approach" and the best way to pursue that is to be uncompromisingly present in the community, always identifying yourself as an author, constantly mentioning your book title. If that appears to be a roadblock, then talking directly with our Director of Publicity and Marketing should, over time, help you to discern the "right path" for you and your work. 

We currently maintain membership in IBPA, which gives our authors access to many of the "traditional" publicity and marketing tools at a more favorable price. We don't directly support most of them, because, in my opinion, they actually represent a form of gambling (in fact, they gamble with your money); that is, there is no guarantee of return in sales of the principal. We are constantly searching for publicity and marketing groups and plans that will guarantee sales up to the principal amount (and hopefully well beyond). There are very few such groups today. 

To reiterate, the best approach to establishing author name and title recognition is to read, re-read and closely follow our Author's Publicity and Marketing guide, supplementing it with regular talks with our Director of Publicity and Marketing. 

FYI - The change from small to intermediate-sized publisher, by the way, happens roughly at 125 books in print. At this point several more publisher resources become available. 


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Second, I enjoy reading Helen's many stories and I have enjoyed all of the other Savant titles we have read and that Helen has proofread and edited. My family has along history of telling stories to each other, some of which were actually true.
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Aloha Mike, and Welcome!  I sincerely hope that you will consider Savant Books and Publications/Aignos Publishing when you complete your manuscript!  

There are many new publishing schemes out there such as a "newspaper" that changes its contents daily and/or on demand. I'm curious how 3-D printing might affect publishing, but am quite aware of a thrust several years ago to get bookstores to purchase a "book printing" machine such that there would no longer be a need to stock books -- instead they would be printed on demand when a customer purchases one a bookstore. It didn't take off, but was an interesting idea nonetheless. 

SBAP/AP has an approach that we've been developing for several years now, but it's proprietary, so it would be better to discuss together on a call. 
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I especially loved your comment about your family having a long history of telling stories, some of which were actually true. :-)
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THE TURTLE DANCES by Daniel S. Janik- Excerpt #2 (Family Rated)

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"Chapter 3 - Home

Isla was a natural surfer, having not just one, but two permanent surfboards—one above and another below her body. The top board was a shiny green and brown that, from above, made her look like an ocean rock, hiding her from the preying eyes of ravenous seabirds and killer whales. Her lower board, viewed from below, was a creamy sunshine white. Against a bright ocean sky, it made her near-invisible to any sharks or killer whales swimming below... Suddenly she felt the water surge beneath her, and settled inside the crest of the wave, steadying herself using her four flippers and tail for balance and position. Riding the wave, she lifted her head out of the water and smiled with pride. "

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What are the reviewer’s and book festivals saying?

ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD

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Mulit-award-winning author and USA Dancesport Competitor Daniel S. Janik is a former resident of Alaska currently residing in Honolulu, Hawaii, with his wife and competition dance partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya. Together they welcome the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles to Hawaii throughout the year.

"I've long been fascinated by children's reactions to sea turtles—they seem to instinctively identify with them, viewing them without fear, even wading in and swimming bravely alongside them...This book came to me imagining what a sea turtle might think of the fearless, curious, shell-less, upright land-dwellers wading among them. Mightn't a particularly observant and fanciful turtle take things a step further if she clambered onto a beach and happened to see two humans dancing?" says Dan. "Naturalists at heart, the illustrator and I endeavored to keep the appearance and life history of our heroine, Isla, and her turtle-friend, Surf, reasonably true to life."

THE TURTLE DANCES
by Daniel S. Janik
80 pp.  8.25" x 6" Softcover Tradebook
28 B&W "Color-Me-Please" Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9886640-1-2

Daniel S. Janik
Multi-Award Winning Author of
     THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013) - Available from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0988664011 in softcover, Kindle and Audible Audiobook format
     A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) - Available from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1442105062 in softcover and Kindle format

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Nicholas? Are you still there? I'd like to hear more about STORY TELLER. Do you have a short synopsis that you could post? 
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