Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

SlantedK & DMK 
has been hard @ work 
on the production Edits for "From the Ashes."

Author/Editor Patricia Bates makes it easy.

In addition I am moving my blog to it is ready for review, just some more touch ups but very proud of it.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

SlantedK Good Friend Book Feature-Rama

Before I present the Awesome Feature-Rama.

Important Branding Related Information.
Don Porter & DMK met a couple years back at Rincon Valley Farmers Market in Arizona.
Don was there for book signing and marketing. DMK was next to his stall selling smoked brisket.
The day went on, we were each doing our own thing, then I got up the nerve to ask Don about publishing. (Why would he want to talk to me? I was a rookie with nothing published, just a dream.) Not only was he kind enough to share his experience he took a sincere interest in my project. So much so that he was the first editor on "From the Ashes." He coached and mentored me. As editors do, he beat me up and got me back on the right direction. I owe much to Don.

Why the long winded blah. blah, blah?

I cannot emphasis enough the importance of networking for new and seasoned authors. Not running a constant commercial, but networking. Talking, asking questions, showing interest and respect in others.

I had no idea what doors were to open by sharing a 12 hour smoked/roasted brisket sandwich, with friend and author Don Porter.   Thank You, Don.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, 
This weeks Book is Don Porter's 
Latest Action Packed Mystery.
For a complete review Click here, eh!

Bullet dodging, kidnapping, and a cat and mouse game that covers Hawaii ensues as Alex tries to find out who is trying to kill him and why.

Don G. Porter at 
invites you to check out his complete library. 
As always, he'll sign, ship, and pay the postage.

The deal doesn't stop there, oh no.
Mention that you heard about this @SlantedK 
and Don will take five dollars off any fifteen-dollar book 
and three dollars off any thirteen dollar book.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Twitter Hashtags #

Developing Your Brand - A Continued Discussion.
By DMK, A SlantedK Production

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Blogging, Tweeting, the Social Media Blitzkrieg.

Keeping up with writing, Blogging, Tweeting and all the other daily tasks require efficiency and targeted efforts. All are well aware of the “follow” button. Some buy followers others simply post & post and slowly gather followers. (The latter is the team SlantedK is on.)

However, I bring this back around to the topic of “hashtags (#).”
“What is a hashtag, Dave? I see them everywhere.”
“I am so glad you asked. There are no bad questions, so I shall start with the definition.”

Definition: The # symbol, called the hashtag, marks keywords or topics in a Tweet.
Categorizing messages, if you will.

* From Twitter - Using hashtags correctly:
  • If you Tweet with a hashtag on a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag may find your Tweet
  • Don't #spam #with #hashtags. Don't over-tag a single Tweet. (Best practices recommend using no more than 2 hashtags per Tweet.)
  • Use hashtags only on Tweets relevant to the topic.

What this all means is the hashtag is a search marker. You are posting and posting, yet only your followers are seeing them. Add a hashtag and your Tweets will show up on searches under said topics.

Now you’re good to go, ready to rock, and have another tool in the effort to develop and expand your brand. Look forward to seeing ya’ll out in the wide world wed.

Here is a great Blogger with some more great advice on the topic.
How To Optimize Twitter: Be Real, Profiles, RT, Hashtags & More
Lisa Buyer, March 8, 2012 

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

History Screams, are We Listening?

To say we cannot know the future,
 is to completely ignore the past.

By DMK, A SlantedK Production
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Recently I took a mental vacation. Blacked out politics, left work behind, kept the lap top shut and went to Chicago. My youngest son Mike planned to return to Tucson, so I flew there to drive back with him. The detail of my beverage consumption is not where I am going today.

There is a discussion abroad. A government the people belong to, or a government for the people by the people. Somebody owes somebody else, blah, blah blah. Without government, blah, blah, blah. Without one, the other withers, blah, blah, blah. The chicken, the egg, an argument forever unanswered.

My answer is within many of my “now and then” topics. That is right, history.

We utilized Highway 80 to go west in our departure from Illinois. The wheels turned, my eyes looked across the land, and I could not help but flash back to the end of the Civil War.

There is a surprise, Dave.

Yeah, I know, Wild West is my thing.

Estimates of the Civil War dead are north of 750,000. (When two sides fight to such a point of polar opposites, blood spills.) Many no longer desired the blood soaked land. To the west, the eyes of the people looked. West of the Mississippi was a wild frontier. No roads, no quick marts, no truck stops, hell, no heat, air conditioning, bottled water and McDonalds. Rumors of gold turned to tales of riches and opportunity for all willing to make the journey. 

The point: Human nature and desire drove them forward. The seat on the wagon was a wooden bench. The suspension, leather straps connected to wooden wheels. The roads; no, trails, made of rock and dirt. Their belongings and their bodies covered from the elements of hot and cold, with only a wool tarp and the clothes on their backs.

Flour, wheat, beans, fish and game provided nourishment.

"To diminish the human spirit is to destroy the fiber of our being." DMK

If the spirit is weakened many problems lay before us. My tale is but a snapshot of many points of history. The world has developed by the hand of the doers, not the takers. We cannot begin to believe that the takers can take enough to care for the remaining. The well runs dry. In the frontier when the well dried, the motivation was to dig another or die from thirst. Those who sat on the side of the road waiting for another to make a well ended up buried on the side of the road.

What happens when the numbers of the people who believe others owe them, outnumber the people they want to have pay?

The graves on the side of the road will be many.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

SlantedK Wild West Book Feature-Rama

Western On Tap Today!
A SlantedK Production.
Exciting Day Here!

The last days of the Civil War. With Richmond under siege, Confederate soldier Luke Jensen is assigned the task of smuggling gold out of the city before the Yankees get their hands on it - when he is ambushed and robbed by four deserters, shot in the back, and left for dead. Taken in by a Georgia farmer and his beautiful daughter, Luke is nursed back to health. Though crippled, he hopes to reunite with his long-lost brother Smoke, but a growing romance keeps him on the farm. Then fate takes a tragic turn. Ruthless carpetbaggers arrive and - in a storm of bullets and bloodshed - Luke is forced to strike out on his own. Searching for a new life. Hunting down the baddest of the become the greatest bounty hunter who ever lived.

"The Greatest Western Writer of Our Time

With his epic novels of the Jensen family, William W. Johnstone has captured the pioneer spirit of America. Now he reveals the untold story of Smoke Jensen's long-lost brother Luke, thought to have been killed in the fiercest war in our nation's history."

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