Monday, 15 May 2017

Second Edition of my First Memoir—Oranges at Christmas

Because of some grammar and spelling errors, I just re-published my very first eBookOranges at Christmas in a Communist Country.

At first, I meant to delete this version, but then I changed my mind and decided to give it for free to whoever is interested in following my progress as a writer and as an English learner. I will let you know when this promotion will start. Not yet.

After these experiences in publishing on Amazon, I thought I learned something, I was wrong. Again. It took me more than two days to format it right.
I am so tired that I can't even sleep.

Anyway, there aren't any major changes, so if you read the First Edition, ignore this one for now.

This second edition it's also in a paperback version for whoever wants to have it on a shelf.
Once again, if you buy the paperback, the eBook will be free.

I would like to express my gratitude to Dane Newman who proofread it (for free) and pointed out some of the errors I make without realising. Your feedback is priceless.

Thank you, Caterina, Martin, Martine, Laura, Simone, Valentina and all the people who encouraged and supported me. I couldn't have done it without you.

My deepest gratitude to the reviewers who ignored my poor English and focused on the story (how I have requested). This has helped me immensely.
Thank you for being on my side during this assiduous learning process.

Thank you to those who bought my eBook although they don't like reading. It has been noted.

Now you can buy both of my books at the same time to avoid paying so much on the transport. Spend £10 on Amazon and you have the transport for free. I'm sure you need something, have a good look.

Or buy three/for of my books,  for your friends and none of you will pay the transport. Trust me, it's better to buy four of my book than paying the transport. Think about it Maybe other people you know want my books. Some of my other friends bought my books in bulk. 4 at the time to avoid paying the transport.
Just keep in mind they are thin... (80 and 120 pages) are memoirs, non-fiction goes by this length.

These memoirs—100% real stories—are not written and published from the desire to attract sympathy, but because they deserve to be known. 

Please, spend a few minutes to rate the book. Even one good word is more than nothing.

May the universe be always on your side.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

A photo with my book from a reader - It looks great!

Hi guys,

Since I published the paperback version of Ten Years in Italy, Three Weeks a Human, I haven't slept much because I didn't know how it looked.

I haven't ordered it because I was afraid to see it. I'm not that type of writer who wants to hold his book in his hands right away.

However, a reader sent me several photos with the book and informed me it looks great!
So, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can sleep now. Phew!

Don't forget that if you buy the paperback, the eBook is free and you can read it right away.
And remember the review. It's paramount.

Keep in mind that the book has 80 pages, therefore is quite thin, but it's a great read. $5.00 + Free eBook.

Thank you all for your support and amazing reviews.
The universe will pay you back somehow.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

How to write a book review - The Golden Rule

I noticed that I didn't use to leave any reviews unless something moved me to tears. But even so, I considered that my opinion didn't count much.

This had changed when I became a blogger and realised that comments and reviews are fundamental to the success of a blog/website/product.

In my six years of blogging, I have noted that upset/frustrated/negative people are more inclined to leave a comment or a review. Actually, it's rare that these people abstain themselves. If they don't shout their incredibly smart opinions, they can't sleep.

Then again, trolls, haters, smugs, don't lose any opportunity to tell the world how stupid is the author of a post, book, song and so on. They point out real or imaginary flaws like they life depend on it.
Whenever you expose yourself in public, there is always going to be someone to knock you down on purpose. You can't escape this torture. The only thing you can do to keep going is to know who you are and where you want to be.

But let's move on with the purpose of this post.
Honestly, I had no idea of how to write a book review and looked online. I love the internet, you can find everything in it.

*First of all, when you write a review (either because you want to, or because someone asked you a favour…), you shouldn’t write about the author, unless the author is the main character, of course. Take memoirs and autobiographies.

*Then remember that the author of the book spent years of his/her life to put those words down. Put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself: Would I like to read what I'm about to write? 
If the answer is NO! then keep your opinion to yourself.

*Keep in mind that it’s your personal opinion. Some people might agree with you, some not so much.

I, for example, loved the Boss Baby movie; my brother not at all. And we have quite similar tastes... usually.

*Avoid showing off e.g. “A piece of advice to the author: stop writing, you are making a fool of yourself.”

I had this intelligent comment at my very first vlog on YouTube (to a satirical poetry) which was utterly brilliant. The impact that had on me was devastating. Like a tsunami. 

If you didn’t like it, just say in a nice way. We are all different, our perspectives might be opposite. Don’t give gratuitous advice on a public page, write an email if you really have nothing better to do.

Personally, I follow this rule: if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. 

If you do, it’s from arrogance. Don't hide behind, “It’s constructive criticism.”
Who are trying to fool, the others or yourself? Don’t be a smart-arse, it’s not cool.

*Did you like the story?

*Was the dialogue intriguing?

*Were the characters strong?

*Was the plot full of surprises?

*What do you think about the end, was good enough for you?

*Did it keep you engaged or did you fall asleep after paragraph 3?

*Would you recommend it to a friend or an enemy?

Here is a tiny example:

A fascinating read, I couldn't put it down. Beautifully sad, coherent, with a twist of events. I had a weakness for the protagonist who enchanted me with her complex and scary mind thoughts. The ending was so unexpected... I am still wondering what have I just read? I would recommend it to everyone who has a predilection for dramatic realistic love stories. P.S. Have a nice cup of hot chocolate and switch your phone off while reading it. 

However, all I can say is Write from your heart. You don't have to follow these rules. Say whatever you want to say, just be nice. Always put yourself in the author's shoes. ALWAYS. 

THE GOLDEN RULE - "Do to others what you would want them to do to you." - Luke 6:31

For those who are thinking to leave a few words regarding my second Memoir (because I have asked), I thank you from my heart. Even 10 words are important. Make them count.
May the universe be always on your side.

Image from Pixabay

Here is my Amazon profile where you could follow me to stay up to date with the new releases.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Follow me, please

My dear readers,

I need your help. As I wrote on my Facebook page, I know you are busy and every each of you has many priorities. Some don't like reading, some prefer other genres. I appreciate all these, trust me.
I am the first one to say: Time is precious.
However, I dare to ask you to share my work in any way you like.
Facebook, emails, Twitter, you name it.

Every single action has an impact, big or small. My books are not for winning money (just yet), it's for making my work known.
It's a huge world out there, publicity, advertising promoting is the most important thing.

Many books - novels - are on their way, some will be free.

My stories are either true - memoirs and biographies - inspired to reality or a mix between fiction and reality. 

Do your things in your own time. Do everything you like, but don't ignore my request. It's a minute of your time. And it's for a good cause.
I invest everything in my books. Absolutely everything and I am doing it so I could help my parents.

Please, share, review, speak about me, follow me... whatever you like. Everything is important.

Use THIS link for the reviews. As I said, a few words make a huge difference.

May the universe be always on your side. 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Ten Years in Italy - Paperback promotion!

I know you're sick and tired of me, but when my name would be everywhere, you folks could vaunt the fact you knew me when I was very tiny.

Here it is my first paperback, and I believe it looks very cool. Click here for the link to buy it or read it for free. Still don't know how it works.
It's 80 page long, which means you can read it in a few hours. 
Despite the amount of time spent to make it perfect... ha, ha... a few errors still...
I'm hysterical, but I'll survive.

But it looks cool, isn't it? I love it!
The image is from Pixabay, and I'll pay for it as soon as I sell my first copy.

My friends, the paperback costs $5. It's only 80 pages long, very easy to read.

If you think is a lot (I think that), know that if you buy the eBook at the same time with the paperback, the eBook will be free. 

Why in hell would you do that? You don't need two copies of the same book? 
Good questions,.
You'll buy it and make me sign the paper one. Vanity sort of thing.

Guys, I'm serious, I won't stop until I get International Recognition. This will happen one day or another as I am investing everything into it.
EVERYTHING = money, time, energy, and so on.

For the reviews, I will have to insist, and I'm sorry, but it's for a good cause.
My parents need a bathroom with running water ASAP!

Please, please, please, read it for free, I don't mind but leave a few words. NICE, words possibly. :p
Use this link on for the reviews if possible. 
If you write it on a local Amazon like Canada, France, Italy, UK and so on, they won't be counted. It has to be on I'm unsure why. I tried to delete my local author profiles, but surprise, surprise, it's not that easy as I thought.
In fact, you can't do it, so I wrote and wait to see what, how, and mostly WHY???!

I urge you to share my book with everyone you can think of. 
It doesn't matter you have 2 friends on your list, it's visibility anyway.
I have been working for 28 hours, almost without a break and without eating, to promote it. It will take you less than a minute.
If you care for me, you'll do it, and I'm grateful. 

Keep in mind that the book has 80 pages, therefore is quite thin, but it's a great read!

Thank you, thank you, thank you. 
I'm so, so hungry, but I have to keep promoting it.