[Book Trailer] See the trailer for the Born of Sin Novel

[Book Trailer] See the trailer for the Born of Sin Novel

Hi there! My book is just about ready to launch. Tuesday, December 1st is my official publish date.

I’m so excited, I couldn’t wait to put together the book trailer for it. Here ’tis!

Also because you’ve all been so supportive of my writing journey, the Born of Sin ebook will be available on Amazon for FREE for the first three (3) days so mark your calendars!

After the free period, you’ll still be able to download the ebook version or order the paperback from my website, Amazon or from your favorite bookseller. I don’t have a price yet.

                                          CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE BORN OF SIN BOOK TRAILER

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Book Cover for Born of Sin Publish Date: December 1, 2015

The setting is the mid-1970s and the early 1980s and alternates between the city of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, and the fictional town of Edgeboro, NC.

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Pamela
Write On!

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Listen to an Audio Clip of My Book

Listen to an Audio Clip of My Book

I love audio books! I still can't bear to part with my audio book tapes! www.pamelahartvines.com
I love audio books! I still can’t bear to part with my old collection of audio book tapes! Visit:  www.pamelahartvines.com

Hey there! Here’s an update on my progress.

I continue to edit and revise my novel. Yes, still. BUT, I have some movement to report: I sent the first 15 chapters to the copy editor last week. I’ll send the remaining chapters to her before the end of the week.

Once I get back the edited/final copy, there won’t be anything standing between me and actually publishing the book. I’m aiming for a mid-November release date.

In the meantime, I hired a voice-over professional to narrate the prologue from Born of Sin. It’s a teaser to give you more insight to what the story’s all about.

The narration is read directly from the book. The audio clip is just over 13 minutes long.

Click on the link to listen: BORN OF SIN (PROLOGUE)

I adore listening to audiobooks and I intend to publish an audio version of my book, too. That’ll come a bit later. First, I’m focusing on the print and electronic versions.

Please listen to my clip. I’d love to hear what you think. Thanks!

Pamela
Write On!

Note: The audio clip is copyrighted by Pamela Hart Vines and recorded and produced by Mr. Michael Fordham. If you’d like to hire Mr. Fordham for your projects (voice or photography), contact him at:
http://www.fordhamimages.com
ameasureoftruth@gmail.com

The 3 Emotions of Rejection

The 3 Emotions of Rejection

I got my first rejection email today. The note was in response to the queries I sent to four agents back in August. The first literary agent wrote:

“Dear Pamela, Thank you for sharing your work with me. Unfortunately, I feel that in today’s market, I cannot take on projects unless I feel strongly about them. I’m sorry to say that it didn’t happen with this one. This, of course, is just my opinion and others may feel differently. I wish you the best of luck with all your publishing endeavors.
Sincerely, Kate”

When I read the above. I was hit with three rapid-fire emotions: Relief, Consolation, and Resolve.Slide1

1) I’m glad you don’t want me. Surprisingly, my immediate reaction to the rejection note was relief. Sure, it would have been great to walk around town finding ways to interject the phrase, “my agent this and my agent that,” into unrelated conversation. But I’m sure friends would have quickly disowned me.

To accompany the relief, my subconscious soundtrack revved up to play the 1973 tune by Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross: “Don’t Knock My Love.” It’s an upbeat empowering song. In my head I heard, “Don’t Knock my Book.” The lyrics are: “…If you don’t like it, don’t knock it, somebody else might want to rock it. If you don’t need it, don’t waste it. Somebody else might want to taste it. Hey hey hey!…”

Regardless, I’m proud of my forthcoming novel. It’s a good story and I’m positive there’s an audience who will relate to it. Obviously, Kate is not among the Pamela Hart Vines fans, but there are billions of other people out there will potentially “feel strongly” about my book.

2) I don’t need you anyway. The next thought I had after reading the note was, “How many rejections did Stephen King get?” I don’t remember, but it was a high number. Remembering he was rejected gives me comfort. If agents rejected Stephen King—well, hey. We all know how his career turned out.

3) I’ll show you! The last emotions that hit me were determination and resolve. I’m proud of my novel. It’s a good story and I know it will appeal to people worldwide. Granted, it didn’t appeal to Kate, but Lord willing, other people will like it.

The bottom line is, I’m excited to self-publish. Self-publishing gives a writer control of his or her work. As I embark on this publishing journey, I’ll be able to decide my story line, choose my cover design, set my own prices, and avoid agents and publishers’ fees. Win or lose, my name is on the line. This is an exciting time and I’m embracing it.

One down, three to go. Bring on the next letter!

Write on!
Pamela Hart Vines
@the_write_won

5 Reasons to Attend the Writers Digest Writers’ Conference

5 Reasons to Attend the Writers Digest Writers’ Conference

Physically spent, I’m back from the Writers Digest Writers’ Conference. It was held in New York City this past weekend. I’m still a bit tired, but mentally and emotionally, I’m on fire! The conference experience was ahh-maze-ing for me. From its professionalism and smart organization, to the wealth of information the presenters provided, it was an overall top-notch event. Writers’ Digest focused on the craft and the business of writing with a strong emphasis on the benefits of traditional publishing. If you missed #WDC15, consider attending in 2016.

Here are my top 5 reasons I recommend this writers conference:

FIVE. It’s held in New York! I can’t say for sure if the writers’ conference will be at the same venue next year but it’ll surely take place in NYC. The city is exciting and adventurous, especially if you’re not accustomed to such a high impact environment. The conference schedule lasts well into the evening. The day’s events concluded, on average, around 6:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday evenings. If you want to catch a Broadway show, you can essentially be dressed and on your way by 7 p.m. This year’s venue was just a 10-minute walk down 45th St. to Broadway.

FOUR. Awesome networking opportunities! The conference afforded attendees the opportunity to meet hundreds of other authors (and soon-to-be authors) who are at the same stage you are in your writing career, or where you aspire to be as a writer. I enjoyed sharing information and making connections. I took a purse full of business cards to hand out to my new contacts.

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Pictured with me (left) is Award Winning Author Jacqueline Woodson (right)! Woodson was our central keynote speaker at the conference on Saturday, August 1, 2015.

THREE. The proximity to internationally known authors! The opening, central, and closing keynote addresses were some of my favorite aspects of the conference. Each of the keynote speakers was well-established and had published numerous works achieving great acclaim. I was enthralled to hear how different yet the same each of their stories was. We writers all travel similar paths, regardless of our race or ethnicity. We writers are a tenacious people and we all endure the challenges, the rejection, and eventually the sweet success of publishing; as long as we do the work and dedicate ourselves to our craft.

TWO. The annual Pitch Slam event! Attendees were offered an opportunity to sit in front of influential agents and editors to present their work. The agents gave immediate feedback, too. And even if an agent declined the option to hear more about a project, he or she would often give pointed guidance and constructive critique about how to make it better. The ability to pitch at this conference was truly a beneficial and invaluable experience. Participants had three minuets to pitch book concepts to as many agents as possible within the one-hour time slot. As it was my first experience, I only pitched to six agents. But now I’m familiar with the format so next year, it’s game on.

ONE. The information! The overwhelming amount of content about writing and publishing was informative and insightful. There is always something wise and thoughtful-provoking to learn from all of the great writers, new and experienced. Most everyone was open and honest about sharing what he or she knew.

Want to know more!? Let’s continue the conversation. I’ll dish.

Seriously, I’ll be writing more about what I learned about the craft and business of writing soon!

Write on!

Novel: Complete. Editing: On going. Synopsis: Posted!

Novel: Complete. Editing: On going. Synopsis: Posted!

Hello! Here’s a draft synopsis about my forthcoming first novel, Born of Sin. I didn’t know how hard it would be to condense 260 pages into three sentences! My first version of this summary was a full two pages. Over the past week, I’ve been able to whittle it down to what you see below. I’m anxious to hear your thoughts about it. Thanks!

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Twelve-year-old Jacob witnesses his beautiful mother commit a vile act. Her actions derail the entire family and he can no longer believe in her. In the midst of the chaos, Jacob’s stepfather steals him away to boarding school. Years later, when the school expels him, sixteen-year-old Jacob is convinced he can’t go home again. He finds himself alone on the streets of Pittsburgh and looks for ways to survive.

Jacob is intelligent and ambitious. But he’s also inexperienced and naive. He unwisely joins the city’s crime organization. However, his talent with numbers and hustling lands him in good favor with the boss and he rises quickly in the organization.

Despite his financial success and rising status, Jacob’s spiritual upbringing keeps reminding him that the city’s crime lord is not the kind of Lord he’s meant to serve. When miraculous things begin to happen, Jacob notices the enlightened way people respond to his biblical knowledge. He can’t explain why he enjoys, teaching the Word. He’s also pleased to discover the business of ministry can be profitable!

Born of Sin is a story of how one furtive act devastates an entire family. Mother and son become estranged and each begins traveling unpaved roads that neither would have expected the other to take. Alternating between 1976 in Edgeboro, North Carolina and the early 1980’s in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Born of Sin is a saga that follows a family into its downward trajectory of separation and resentment and slowly up again to a place where its possible to find hope and redemption.

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Write on!

Check me out at:  www.pamelahartvines.com

Pam

Guest Post: An interview featuring ME!

Guest Post: An interview featuring ME!

This post is from Englanti Editing (www.englantiediting.com) an international online resource about writing.

Pamela Hart Vines – Interview & Insights

Pamela is US Army Veteran, PR consultant and writer who has succeeded at so many things since she her basic training in 1982 when she memorised the poem Don’t Quit. Read about her experiences and how she is still working on her book.

1. Tell us about yourself.

My background is in the US Defense Industry. I’m a retired United States Army Officer and former defense consultant. After 29 years, I recently decided to go into business for myself. Started my own public relations firm last year. It’s based in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area and I named the company, Troop Public Relations, as tribute to service members, past and present, who don’t have a voice in the media.IMG_6683

I’m also near finished working on my first novel. It’s been a life-time dream of mine to be a published author. Unfortunately, I’ve been writing this first book for the past 30 years. It’s a good thing I’ve written a timeless, character based story! I have a lot of stories to tell and I’m confident that once I finish my first project, it’ll break the mold for me and the rest of my books will come flooding out of me.

2. Where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born in a Western Pennsylvanian town named Aliquippa. I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduation from college, I began my military career in the U.S. Army. I go back to Pennsylvania to visit family routinely, but I don’t think I’ll ever move back there permanently. I prefer a more temperate climate.

3. Have you lived in another country or studied any languages?

As a veteran Army officer, I had many assignments but never any long term overseas tours. I spent a year Korea, and about 8 months each in Bosnia and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I studied French in high school but since I don’t use the language enough, I’ve only retained a few words and phrases over the years.

4. How has that influenced you?

Traveling and living overseas; as well as serving over 20 years in the US military has been the best part of my life. I wouldn’t change a thing about my decision to go into the Army and serve my country. It’s exposed me to different cultures and a wide array of wonderful individuals.

It’s reinforced my understanding that people are good beings. We all have the same basic needs: to love, to be loved, and the yearning to do something great or leave something worthwhile behind.

5. Can you remember a learning experience or instructor that inspired you?

When I was in basic training back in 1982, my mother sent me cards and letters every day. They encouraged me more than she ever knew.

One of the cards contained a little pocket card with a poem called “Don’t Quit.” I memorized all three stanzas right away and I still recite the poem whenever I need to encourage and inspire myself.

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but do not quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out,
Dont’ give up though the pace seems slow,
You will succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
You may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

6. Who do you think are great demonstrators of the English language?

I’m a huge fan of Tana French. I just read her book The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad Series), as well as all her previous works. I think her storytelling and use of the language is pure brilliance. I also admire Sting, who I think is a great lyricist.

7. Name 3 books you would keep if all others were taken from you.

The Bible foremost because I’m a devoted Christian. As for the other two–, this is such a hard question. I love ALL my books in total. I’ve always said that if I had to relinquish all my possessions and start over, the only “thing” I’d want to keep are my books.

8. How do you use written English in your job or in life?

I use the written English every day all day. I’m a communicator. As a public relations professional, I’m either writing, planning, blogging, or preparing notes for speaking all the time.

9. How is your English different from others?

As an American, and as an American Soldier overseas, I have to admit that I’ve been a bit cloistered in my studies of country’s styles of English. I can say that I appreciate Great Britain’s turn of phrases and also the idioms that other countries use.

10. Do you have any tips for those learning English or wanting to improve their writing?

The best way to improve is to read a lot and write a lot. Repetition with practice and study of the craft are the only ways to improve.

11. How do you think English is evolving in the modern age? Is quality still important?

I believe English is changing a lot and I’m not sure I like the way it’s going. I just discovered that penmanship; teaching cursive writing, isn’t taught in school much at all. We abbreviate words (for brevity, convenience or laziness) and those shortened words become the norm. New words are added to the dictionary every year, reflecting our changing, modern society. We’re stepping away from quality and I think it’s a travesty.

12. What are your plans for the next 12 months?

I intend to grow my business, Troop Public Relations, seeking contracts with the federal and county government. I also intend to finish, publish and promote my novel, Born of Sin, on all the book seller sites like Amazon.com. It will be available for sale on my author site: http://www.pamelahartvines.com

13. How can people contact you if they want to know more?

I’m extremely active on social media and my blog sites. People can continueconversations with me on Twitter @The_Write_Won, and @Trooppr. People can also subscribe to one (or all) of my three blogs: http://www.trooppr.com/blog, http://www.pamelahartvines.com/blog and naturalhairconsult.wordpress.com.

What do you think?

Write on!

Audiobook Publishers Chart Growth Among and Beyond Ebook Readers

Audiobook Publishers Chart Growth Among and Beyond Ebook Readers

I’ve listened to “books on tape,” and “audio-CD’s” for YEARS! Now I have a subscription to Audible.com. Audio versions are a must for authors who truly want to market their books.

Disjointed Jottings by Robert Smith (A.K.A. TyCobbsTeeth)

I was at a family function a few months ago when my uncle pulled me into the next room and handed me a pair of earbuds. “Listen to some of this.”

Over the sonorous British narrator whose voice filled my ears with talk of fresh peas and someone named ‘Legrandin,’ I could hear my uncle shout, “Proust!”

Audiobooks are growing quickly, with publishers and distributors seeing their uptake among ebook readers as well as fans of other audio media like podcasts.

According to Michele Cobb, President of the Audio Publishers Association, who spoke on a panel at Digital Book World 2015 in New York City today, the past few years have seen an exponential uptick both in audiobook sales and in the volume of titles released into the market.

In 2011, Cobb said, about 7,000 audiobooks were published. In 2012 that number climbed to 12,000. And in 2013 it nearly tripled, to 35,000, accompanied by a…

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