October Newsletter from JKS!

Personal vs. Author Facebook

JKS shares the strategy behind using an author Facebook profile to support your book brand, promote your work, and connect with readers! Read more about these tips on our website.

Nonfiction Writer's Conference

Founder Julie Schoerke, will be participating in the "Ask a Pro" virtual event for the Nonfiction Writer's Conference November 5-9. Other conference events will be November 8-9. JKS Communications would like to thank Stephanie Chandler and Nonfiction Author's Association for being a great resource for our non-fiction authors.

#ComingofConscious social giving campaign

Author Rita Dragonette announced a social giving campaign that will run from September 18 to November 19  in support of a Coming of Conscious Scholarship for a student at Northern Illinois University. During that time, she will be donating $1 for each share, retweet, or like on her posts about the campaign. For a photo or book post, Rita will be donating $2, and for a video sharing a personal Coming of Conscience moment, Rita will donate $5. Help Rita reach her goal of $10,000 in scholarship funds and learn more at her website!

Moonbeam Award

D.E. Night's The Crowns of Croswald won Gold in the Pre-Teen Fiction— Fantasy category at the 2018 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. Congratulations to all other winners and entrants!

The Importance of Proofing

"So many times, indie authors are thrilled to be “done” writing their book! The book is ready to go to print if all the words are down on paper, right? Well, after you have sent your book to your interior formatter or book designer, there is still one very important last step for you as the author...before you upload the file to your IngramSpark account. You must proofread the book." JKS shares invaluable tips and necessary steps of proofreading your book before it hits the shelves. Read more on IngramSpark.

Bryan Robinson shares his expert opinion on how to handle setting boundaries with a workaholic boss in a recent article on CNNBusiness. Learn how to deal with a workaholic coworker or boss here!

SIBA's Okra Picks

Dana Chamblee Carpenter's final installment in her Bohemian Trilogy Book of the Just was announced as a 2018 Fall Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance!

Author Charles E. Smith makes local bestseller list

Charles E. Smith was recently announced in the Tennessean as a local best seller with his latest title Journal of a Fast Track Life. Congratulations, Charles!

Things to brag about...

  • Killer Nashville publishes J. Lee's article "Time Management for Writers."
  • Dana Chamblee Carpenter chats with Today in Nashville about her Bohemian Trilogy.
  • Meg Myers Morgan's article "Bundle of Joy" is featured on Women Writers, Women's Books.
  • Dru's Book Musings highlights Jennifer Dornbush's The Coroner through a character interview with Dr. Emily Hartford.
  • Out In Jersey calls Fabulous! by Laury A. Egan a "must read" in recent review.
  • "Writing from Opposite Genders" by LS Hawker breaks down how a writer can approach writing from a different perspective on Killer Nashville.
  • GSMC Book Review interviews Roger Johns on the second book in his Wallace Hartman mystery series River of Secrets.
  • Book blog History from a Woman's Perspective spotlightsThread for Pearls by Lauren Speeth.
  • BookRiot interviews Cole Williams on her inspiration for writing children's fiction and her latest Dr. Brainchild & Radar.
  • Foreword features author Brett Fleishman by reviewing his series of children's poetry Toilet Trouble, Take a Hike, and Bedtime Story.
  • Judge Marylin E. Atkins chats with Deborah Kalb about her motivation for writing memoir The Triumph of Rosemary.
  • Windy City Reviews praises Sue Ingalls Finan's The Cards Don't Lie, calling it a "fascinating account rich in historical detail."
  • Fupping includes 50 Lessons for Lawyers by Nora Riva Bergman in their reading list "Best Books: 17 Must-Read Books for Every Law Student."
  • BRAT and the Kids of Warriors by Michael Lyons is called "an adventurous, multi-layered story" by The Children's Book Review.
  • Hasty Book List highlights Patricia Harman's most recent Hope River novel Once a Midwife in "5 Books I'm Most Looking Forward to This Fall" reading list.
  • Surprise Today features Donna O'Donnell Figurski recent release Prisoner without Bars, calling it a "story of love and finding hope even in dire straits."
  • Atlas of Men by Dr. David Sklar is called "perceptive and subtly powerful" by Kirkus Reviews.

JKS in Photos

We were so happy to hear these amazing JKS family authors as well as all the wonderful authors who spoke at the 2018 Southern Festival of Books! Top left: Ron York. Top right: Kelly Oliver (far left), Karen Robards (second from left), Lisa Wysocky (second from right), Phyllis Gobbel (far left). Middle: Dana Chamblee Carpenter (left), Kathleen Kaufman (middle), and Wayétu Moore (right). Bottom left: Kelly J. Beard. Bottom right: Tracy Barrett (right) and Jo Watson Hackl (left).

Upcoming Events with our JKS authors!

Patricia Harman

  • November 10: Book launch party at Barnes and Noble, Morgantown, WV
  • November 11: West Virginia Authors event, Reedsville, WV
  • November 20: Reading and signing at Main Street Books, Frostburg, MD

Andrea Thome

  • November 13: Books and Brunch fundraiser for Assistance League Chicagoland West, Chicago, IL

David Sklar

  • November 17: Book chat and signing at Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM
  • November 27: Book chat and signing at Changing Hands, Phoenix, AZ

Marie Unanue

  • October 23: Book event at Ocean City Free Public Library, Ocean City, NJ
  • October 26: Book Fair, Dallas, TX
  • October 27: Book event at Interabang Books, Dallas, TX
  • October 29: Book event at Book Revue, Huntington, NY
  • November 5-7: Scholastic Book Fair at Far Hills Day School, Far Hills, NJ
  • November 8: Charity Event, Doral, FL
  • November 10: Local Author Day at Hillsborough Library, Hillsborough Township, NJ

Dana Chamblee Carpenter

  • October 20: Event at Barnes & Noble, Jonesboro, AR
  • October 22: Event at Square Books, Oxford, MS

Suzanne Gordon

  • November 13: Reading at Politics and Prose, Washington, DC
  • November 14: Villanova University Philadelphia, PA
  • November 16: Book event at Oakwood Community Center, Troy, NY
  • November 19: Reading at Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
  • November 26: Book event at Phoenix Books, Burlington, VT
  • November 27: Presentation at Physicians for National Healthcare, New York City, NY
  • November 28th: Weill Cornell Medical School David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium, New York City, NY

Sue Ingalls Finan

  • November 2: Book launch party at Copperfield's Books, Santa Rosa, CA
  • November 3-4: Windsor Senior Center’s Handmade Craft Fair, Windsor, CA
  • November 7: Windsor Kiwanis Club presentation, Windsor, CA

Sue Ingalls Finan and Donna Cameron

  • November 4: Courageous Pursuits Author Panel, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

Deb Brandon

  • November 14: Book chat at Zonta Three Rivers Pittsburgh North, Sewickley, PA

Donna O'Donnell Figurski

  • November 3: Tempe Book Festival, Tempe, AZ
  • November 7: Talk about Caregiving: "Live-Strive-Thrive: Prisoners without Bars: A Caregiver’s Tale," Northwest Regional Library, Surprise, AZ

Roger Johns

  • November 8: Reading and signing at Bluebonnet Library, Baton Rouge, LA

 Image: Dana Chamblee Carpenter signs copies of Book of the Just at her Parnassus launch event in Nashville, TN

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