The Plight of the Unnamed Crew Member

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The Crew of Galaxy Quest with the unnamed crew member on the far right back of picture

Last week we discussed the main characters which include the protagonist, antagonist, and the love interest (Haven’t Read it? Here’s the Link) In addition to a protagonist, antagonist, and love interest, there are other characters in the story and these are called secondary characters. What you don’t want for secondary characters is what I call the “unnamed crew member” in other words, you don’t want too many of those people who are only there to serve the protagonist and antagonist. If you’ve ever seen Galaxy Quest, you’ll probably remember the plight of the unnamed crewmember is vaporized at the beginning of the episode to indicate that the idyllic planet that they were on was not so idyllic.

Secondary Characters are Not Just Props for the Main Characters

It is too easy to use secondary characters as simple props for the main characters. You wouldn’t want someone using you for their own gains, and I don’t think that secondary characters like being used that way either. Therefore, just as you develop the protagonist, antagonist, and love interests, you want to develop their sidekicks as well.
So how do you do that? To develop secondary characters, I create character sketches and work to get inside of their heads.

How to Develop a Character Sketch

A character sketch is a document that tells the physical, emotional, mental and social aspects of a character. It takes you from telling about the character and actually getting inside of his head.

What goes into a secondary character’s sketch? To create a character sketch, you want to have a number of things that you know about this character. First, you want to know a little about this person’s physical appearance, but you want go a little deeper than what color hair, how tall, and the color of their eyes. Does this person have any scars? How did he or she get it? Was the protagonist or antagonist there when it happened? Do they have any other physical defining characteristics? Did he or she have an illness as a child or older that caused other physical defects, limps or whatever? Does this person have any bad habits like smoking or drinking too much? How does this person relate to the protagonist and antagonist? If the protagonist is controlling, how does the sidekick relate? Does he feel intimidated? Does he resent the main character’s control over him? What is his or her history with the protagonist/antagonist/love interest? Have they always known one another or how did they meet? What kinds of things did they do together in the past? The more well-rounded you can get your secondary characters, the more well-rounded your story will become.

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Have you read the books of the Locket Saga? In the first book: When God Turned His Head, Kanter starts the tradition by giving the locket to Drusilla. From that time on, the Locket was passed down from bride to bride. Join the Tradition, read the books of The Locket Saga and discover what all the fuss is about.

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Every story has its main characters. The protagonist is the good guy and the antagonist is the bad guy. In a romance novel there is also the love interest.

The Protagonist

I think the protagonist will be Joseph McCray, Elizabeth and Phillip’s youngest son. He is very much like his brothers and sisters. He is like his mother in that he likes adventure, so he goes with his Cousin Jonathan Mayford to Erie to work at the shipyard building the Great Lakes Fleet.

The Antagonist

If you haven’t noticed, most of The Locket Saga series does not have a lot of antagonists per se. If there could be an antagonist in most of the series, it would be the environment or perhaps the friction between the future bride and groom. Even the two books that are coming up, Two Rivers and Sunrise on the Mississippi don’t have any other antagonist than the environment and the struggle preventing the couple from being together. It is not that I don’t think they are good stories. I do, but I want to change that for the book that I write in November. I want to include a real villain.

In The Anvil, I put James in as a pseudo-antagonist where Robert thought that James and Judith had a love relationship, but that was an illusion. For this story, I want a real antagonist. Perhaps I could have a British spy set out to destroy the Niagara. This person could be someone who has an interest in the protagonist’s girl who finds the other guy charming, or maybe not. I will have to keep you guessing throughout the book. Don’t you think?

The Love Interest

So, who should this love interest be? If she is anything like the other female love interests of the series, she is a hardy female. No matter what situation she finds herself in she can handle the situation and the man at her side. She is sure of herself. She doesn’t accept the female stereotype of fragile female. Not even Lowri, the noblewoman of Sailing under the Black Flag, was able to stand up for herself.
The girl of this story also probably lives at the port in Erie. Imagine a girl living in a town along one of the Great Lakes knowing that at any time, the enemy, who’s territory is just across Lake Erie, could invade the secluded town. This, of course is just how I see this story might unfold. I won’t even be doing the character sketches until October.

Read the Locket Saga

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Have you read the books of the Locket Saga? In the first book: When God Turned His Head, Kanter starts the tradition by giving the locket to Drusilla. From that time on, the Locket was passed down from bride to bride. Join the Tradition, read the books of The Locket Saga and discover what all the fuss is about.
Available on Kindle https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007SM23IK
Available in Print http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/cygnetbrown


the enemyHave you ever wondered what it takes to write one of the books in the Locket Saga? Because each book is part of a family dynamic, I already have the already in place for the characters, I must decide the plot. In determining the plot, I first decide what events I want to cover in the book.

Research Begins with Curiosity

I get inspiration for my books from actual history. I like reading history and our country is rich in history that we never are exposed to in school so its easy for me to find a story that I want to share in future stories of the Locket Saga.

Setting Up for Future Stories in the Locket Saga

In Book VII of the Locket Saga, Two Rivers, I decided that I wanted to have two of the cousins Isaac Thorton and Andrew Mayford go down the Ohio River with Meriwether Lewis as he forms the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Isaac goes up river with the expedition. I had been curious to know about the details of the expedition and was fortunate enough to find an online site that not only told the adventure from one view point, but from the viewpoints of numerous members of the expedition party. The plot for this book, not only sets up this story, but also the plot for the next book which I have the first draft written called Sunrise on the Mississippi where Andrew becomes the first person to pilot a steamboat down the Mississippi. By sending Andrew down the Mississippi into Natchez, I am setting set up a southern branch to the family in preparation for the saga continuing through the Civil War.
The book after that will be the book that I will work on next during NaNoWriMo. I am not exactly sure yet what the plot will be, but I have some ideas from history for developing this plot. I have decided that the story will happen during the War of 1812. There’s a lot of cool history for the part of Pennsylvania where the families were living. There’s the fact that Chief Cornplanter comes out of the woods and no one is certain whether he is at this point a friend or an enemy because during the Revolution, the Seneca were on the side of the British. There’s the fact that Jonathan Mayford had been on a ship during the Revolution and that many of the young men of the revolution were the heroes of the War of 1812. The fact that he knows something about ship building from his father and that his relatives don’t live that far from Erie, Pennsylvania, port where battles on Lake Erie originated was, makes Erie a great setting for the story.
So, I have a lot of subplot material, but I haven’t yet determined yet who will get the locket, or the love story involved. This is what I need to develop before including it as a blog post. This needs more development. This I will show how this will develop during the next blog post.

The Locket Saga Series

The Locket Saga 5 books

 

Have you read the books already published in the Locket Saga? In the first book: When God Turned His Head, Kanter starts the tradition by giving the locket to Drusilla. From that time on, the Locket was passed down from bride to bride. Join the Tradition, read the books of the Locket Saga and discover what all the fuss is about.

 

Available on Kindle https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007SM23IK

Available in Print http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/cygnetbrown


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On last week’s article, I discussed how a community could develop an anthology to promote the businesses in their community. (Read it Here) Such a book would not only help develop community relationships but could be a tool for new comers to get a better idea of what the community, especially small communities or specific communities within larger cities.

Promoting A Local Anthology

1. Before book is put together, as part of the submission project, include within the cost of the submission the cost of one copy of the book.
2. Include the ability to pre-order also at retail price, offer to sell them additional books for their family, or friends.
3. Give the businesses the option of buying more books to sell or give away when their supplies have diminished.
4. Once the book is written, published and copies are purchased, here are ways that a community can optimize its use of an anthology book written. Sell copies from your chamber of commerce.
5. Sell books at local and regional events where promoting the community would be beneficial.
6. Have a free pdf offered online from your chamber of commerce website.
7. Sell the book on Kindle and other online digital and print book sites.
8. Encourage business owners to sell copies of the book from their businesses.
9. Sell copies of books at the library bookstore, the local historical society bookstore, and at community events where people from outside the community may attend and purchase the book as a souvenir.
10. Sell copies to regional and State agencies that promote tourism of your area.
I am certain that there are probably other ways to sell your local anthology that could unify the community and benefit local tourism and business.

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If businesses in your community would like to investigate writing an anthology for your community, please contact me at cygnetbrown@gmail.com for a consultation.
Intrigued by the idea of writing a book to promote your business, but aren’t sure what exactly would be involved? Check out my book: Write a Book and Ignite Your Business
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main streetDuring the last several weeks, I shared articles about why you as a business owner should consider writing a book. If you’re a business person, and writing a book sounds like a good idea, but you don’t want to write a whole book because you either don’t have time or you don’t think you have can afford someone who can ghost write one for you, perhaps you could convince your community into creating an anthology in which you include an article about your own business.

A Unique Type of Anthology

A lot of anthologies have been written by professional writers. These anthologies might be a collection of short stories written by local authors or even a collection of stories of history. One very well-known anthology series is the Chicken Soup of the Soul series of books that have come out.
Small business communities could easily benefit from an anthology that promotes their community. I believe that communities could easily produce anthologies of stories and tip articles in the form of a book that they can sell to local citizens, home-comers, and to new comers interested in their local. These same anthologies could also be given away as a PDF on the local chamber of commerce site.
Imagine a book that mingles the elements of storytelling and tips into a book that contains numerous articles written by numerous business people who are willing to share some basic information about what they do. In addition to contact information, the local fire department chief could write about home fire safety and how to keep a small grease fire from becoming a full-blown house fire. A local police officer could share information about bicycle safety. The school principle could share what a newcomer needs to know about how to get a child into a new school. Local historians and high school students could tell stories about how the town started, stories about local sites, and interesting people of the town’s present and past. In addition, the plumber could write an article about what a person should check before calling a plumber. An electrician could write about the dangers of not calling an electrician. People from the local farmer’s market could write about the advantages of buying produce locally. In addition to telling about the children’s reading circle and the availability of Wi-Fi at the library, the local librarian can share information about the local readers’ club and local writers’ group.

The Benefits of a Community Generated Anthology

An anthology like the one suggested would bring community members closer. It would be a win-win-win for in the community. It could be a benefit to everyone in the local community from the chamber of commerce to the small business owner to the newcomer. All that needs to be done is to get each person to write (or have written for them) a chapter in the book, get it published and share it with those in the community via events, at the local businesses, or through the local chamber of commerce. It could be a pride of the community.

Explore Writing a Book to Promote Your Community

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If businesses in your community would like to look into writing an anthology for your community, please contact me at cygnetbrown@gmail.com for a consultation.
Intrigued by the idea of writing a book to promote your business, but aren’t sure what exactly would be involved? Check out my book: Write a Book and Ignite Your Business

Available in print
http://www.lulu.com/shop/cygnet-brown/write-a-book-and-ignite-your-business/paperback/product-23373303.html#
And on Kindle
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076NWLTSP


Create the Business Owner Book and Publish It

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In the first blog post this month, I explained why a business owner should write a book to promote his or her business. Check it out here. Last week I explained why I thought that a book created by that same business author should self-publish and use a print on demand business to print the printed copy of the book. If you haven’t read that one, read it here.

How to Market Your Business-Related Book

We ended our post last week with the business buying just one copy of the book. To market this book, I suggest start sharing it with your best customers at your brick and mortar location as well as your family and friends. If you were the business person who wrote the book, you could tell the customer that you need a certain number of books by a certain date (within a couple of weeks) that you want to order and ask if they want to get one of those books, autographed by you, of course. Ask them to pre-buy the book. If you don’t already have it, ask for their email address so that you can let them know when the book arrives. Wait no more than a couple weeks before sending in your order and let everyone who pre-bought your book when you send in the order. In addition to getting the books you sold to your family and customers, invest your profit back into more copies of your book for future sales. Once they have the autographed copy of your book, be sure to let them know how much you appreciate their business. By starting the process selling books to your family friends and current customers through pre-order, you might just be able to have the book pay for it’s own marketing.

Growing Your Local Reach

Now that you have your book out, its time to grow your book’s reach locally. One place you could go first would be to the local library and libraries in nearby towns. A lot of times, a library doesn’t want to take books that are from local authors because most local authors write fiction books. This business—related book would different because it is nonfiction and written by someone everyone in the area knows as someone in that business.
Next, if there’s a local bookstore, go visit them and see if you can set up a local book signing with them. Then go back to your family, friends and best customers and tell them that you will be signing books at the local bookstore. Ask them to help you invite people to visit you at the book store. Ask them to be your street team and start by sharing your information on social media.
Now go to, call, or email your local newspaper and let them know that you have a book out. Be sure that you have a press release to share with them about who you are and why you wrote the book. You can also do this with your local radio station and even your local television station. This publicity that you get locally should not only help get you free book publicity but will also help get you additional business from your main business.
While you’re getting your local publicity, you should also be building a following online. This means connecting with print and digital bookstores online. You can do this via YouTube videos (promoted via social media), developing a newsletter, having a website, having a blog, and writing online articles. You may have some of these already online. Others you might need to develop. You also might need help from someone within your business or even outside your business to help with many aspects building your online presence.
If they tell you they can’t afford a print copy, direct them to buy the book on Kindle. Let them know the value that they will get from having the book. Get your book distributed on all the major online bookstores.

Going Online

To build business beyond your local environment, you may want to distribute your books through trade shows both book trade shows and trade shows directly related to your business. In addition, you may want to advertise in trade journals.

Get Your Copy of Write a Book and Ignite Your Business Today!

Write a Book and Ignite your Business_redThere are many other marketing options that you may want to consider as you develop your book marketing as it relates to developing your business. For more information about the ways that your business can use to market your book to promote your business, please contact me at cygnetbrown@gmail.com for a consultation.
Intrigued by the idea of writing a book to promote your business, but aren’t sure what exactly would be involved? Read my book: Write a Book and Ignite Your Business

Available in print
http://www.lulu.com/shop/cygnet-brown/write-a-book-and-ignite-your-business/paperback/product-23373303.html#
And on Kindle
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076NWLTSP


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In my last post I wrote about why I thought that business owners should write a book related to his or her expertise. If you have not read it, here’s a link back. I would hate for you to miss it.

In this post I am going to explain why I believe that once the business owner has written the book, that book should be self-published, and then that book should be printed by a print-on-demand book publisher.

Why Self-Publish?

So What is self-publishing? To self-publish, does not mean that the author does all the work alone. It simply means that the author has complete control over the publishing and distribution process.

A business owner should self-publish his or her own book for several reasons. One reason is that unless the business book author is already famous, this author will have a difficult time getting big publishing companies to take on their publishing project.
Another reason expert business authors should self-publish is because when the author sells out to a big publisher, that author often sells all rights to that publisher. When an author self-publishes however, that author keeps all rights to the book. If the author wants to sell copies of the book in his book and mortar, the author can. If the author wants to sell digital books, the author doesn’t need to ask permission to sell his or her own book on Amazon. If the author wants to create YouTube videos based on information found in the book, he can do it without violating a contract with the publisher because the author IS THE PUBLISHER. A final reason to self-publish is that the publishing process can take just a couple of months of hard work rather than spent waiting up to two years for the publishing company to get around to publishing your book.

Why Use a Print on Demand Service?

I believe a business owner who writes a book to promote his or her business should also consider using print-on-demand for the printing of his or her business book. The reason is this. No one wants to have boxes of books in their basement or garage that they can’t give away!
A print on demand printer offers the ability to get thousands or just book printed. Therefore, you can buy just enough books to sell during a specific period so that you don’t have to store thousands of books.
Here’s what I suggest. Get just one copy of the book and put it on display at your business and show all your customers. At this point you will start marketing your physical book. More about how to market your book in my next post.
For more information about how to self-publish and where you can have your book self-published as a self-publisher, contact me at cygnetbrown@gmail.com. Not only can I help you with this information, but I can help you format your book for print and digital format, show you where to get a cover made, and get your book printed via print-on-demand.

Learn More About Using a Book to Promote Your Business

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Don’t Yet Have a Book to Publish? Have a book to Publish, but need more details on how to publish and how to market that book? Check out my book: Write a Book and Ignite Your Business.

Intrigued by the idea of writing a book to promote your business, but aren’t sure what exactly would be involved? Read my book: Write a Book and Ignite Your Business

 

Available in print

http://www.lulu.com/shop/cygnet-brown/write-a-book-and-ignite-your-business/paperback/product-23373303.html#

And on Kindle 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076NWLTSP

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