Today we have a sneak peek from Melissa Harker Ridenour’s children’s non-fiction book, What Would You Do? A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers:
What Would You Do? A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers offers a kid- friendly solution to parental fears. It’s targeted to elementary-aged children, but, ideally, is meant to be a shared experience with parent & child / teacher & student.
The concept of “stranger” is difficult for kids to understand. This book explains the concept in a very reassuring way and teaches children a method for determining whom they should and shouldn’t trust. It also offers an interactive format of multiple choice solutions to potentially dangerous situations involving strangers and a chapter for parents.
We indie authors need all the help we can get to spread the word about our writing. We don’t have an army of agents and publicists at our disposal. We don’t have a big publishing house pushing our books onto the front shelves of every remaining brick and mortar store in the world.
Still, we don’t have to bear the burden alone – we have each other. We use social media to build networks and connections. We learn from each other and we teach each other. We help each other.
I established Indies Unlimited for the express purpose of helping indie authors. We provide a number of different types of features that can showcase you and your writing (e.g., interviews, guest posts, sneak-peeks, video book trailers, etc.). Many of the features are free. We also offer low-cost promotion. We get a ton of page views here and that number is trending consistently upward. The exposure you get here can be very beneficial to you.
Back From Chaos; Book One of Earth’s Pendulum
by Yvonne Hertzberger
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Gaelen, with Lordship unexpectedly thrust upon him, weds Marja, daughter of the enemy, to complete his victory over Catania. A trusted advisor turned traitor seeks to murder Marja, perhaps even Gaelen.
Klast, loner, perfect spy and assassin, orphaned by murder, brutalized by his sadistic captor, appears incapable of feeling. Yet it is he who must rescue Brensa, Marja’s maid, captured by brigands. But before he can complete the path Earth has set for him, Klast must help Lord Gaelen to apprehend and bring to justice the traitor who threatens them all.
All of them must survive the Red Fever, a symptom of Earth’s imbalance and pain, which ravages the population.
Earth shows Liethis, her true seer, that the bond between Klast and Brensa must not be severed. Earth’s healing, the future of the people, even the birth of the heir Marja bears, depend on it. But even Liethis is not shown just what Earth has in store for Klast and Brensa. There is no time to waste!
Indie authors understand that being out there on one’s own means having to tackle all aspects of book writing, publishing, and promotion. It might seem daunting, it is certainly hard work, and a steep learning curve, but help is available.
Few participants in other industries help each other in the same way that authors pitch in for others like them. The huge helpings of camaraderie and assistance, advice and support, must be seen and felt to be believed.
It’s possible to learn enough in a year to be able to write a book and present it to one’s readers in a form that satisfies industry standards, simply because so much help is available.