Bizarre Interviews with Kyle Perkins-Week 15.

The amazing Brianna West being interviewed by the equally amazing Kyle Perkins – Not to be missed!!!

Author Kyle Perkins

by Kyle Perkins.

This week we have the amazing Brianna West with us. She’s a good sport, so let’s get started.

Question 1: So, who are you, and what do you write?

Well, hello there…I’m the sexy and super awesome Brianna West. I write paranormal/fantasy romance that is heavy in action, sexy hunks, feisty heroines, and coupled with enough humor to keep you laughing all the way through!

Question 2: Totally unrelated, but I see that you’re having a baby soon. Congratulations! On an unrelated note… Totally unrelated, I super promise… How do you approach a fellow author/friend about getting them to mail you breast milk? Again, totally unrelated to you. Totally.

Well, depends on how much they are willing to pay me, and if they plan to use it for fetish means…world domination…or just purely as cream in their coffee….would this unrelated person be in this very room, hmm?

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PA’s – Listen up, you might not like this!

Author Virginia Johnson

As you all may have noticed, my PA articles are a hot ticket on this site. I have another one for ya, brace yourself. You may have missed the vaguebooking memo that I posted a few days ago, clearly stating that I was sick and tired of the bullshit lies developed only to bring self-gratification to the liar in the bunch. I helped collaborate on a blog post recently, and I know the message was delivered, but what happened after the blog was the eye opening part.

As a PA, we have responsibilities. With responsibility comes accountability. What does that mean? Well, if you are asking yourself that question, please continue and pay attention – you are the one that I am talking to.

1476755292164Think about this.

There are certain occupations that are plagued with questionable ethics from the get go. For example: car salesman, lawyer, insurance broker, banker…

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Major update to the venue and site!

Tampa Indie Author Book Convention

Virginia and I did a tour of the place we originally considered for the event and found that it may not be able to hold all of the people we are planning to attend. Now, while CL Space was a great location, we found an even better one that will meet our needs for the event. We will now be going with Chic-Venue in Tampa. We sign the contract tonight with them, and the venue is a major upgrade. (You can see the details on the main page)

A lot of people have signed up for this event and are coming from around the world. To make it easier on everyone, especially locals, we have decided to make the event a one day event, with the option of a meet and greet on Saturday. This will cut down the cost of hotels for people traveling from around the…

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How to make a fair indie book awards event.

Author Kyle Perkins

by Kyle Perkins.

I have been an author for nearly a year now and have seen and been in several “indie book award” events. The problem is, most of them are made with a clear agenda to either get some friends a few shiny new titles, or for the coordinators to gain some exposure. Which is fine, we all need exposure. We need to make them fair, though. Even if it’s just one indie event a year that’s fair. I have an idea on how to do this, maybe a few of us can get together and make it happen?

My idea is this: Do the events exactly as they are being done now, except separate people by their total social media following. So, for instance, they would have a “Best Dystopian Author 1-5k likes” then “Best Dystopian Author 5-10k likes” etc. Right now, it’s just a popularity contest. If I go…

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Why it’s practically impossible to host a first year indie event anymore.

Author Kyle Perkins

by Kyle Perkins.

Time for another rant.

So, this year Virginia Johnson and I are hosting the Tampa Indie Author Book Convention, and we have had our ups and downs. From trying to find a place that could house all the people we expect to attend, to finding the right authors for the event. Throw in catering, swag, music and I’m basically planning my first wedding.

However, it’s practically impossible to do since so many people have scammed authors out of their money in the past. When I first started the event, I didn’t even consider that aspect of it. I had forgotten that in the last year, several hosts have just up and bailed on everyone that paid in advance, and took the money with little consequence. So, naturally, I don’t blame authors for being hesitant.

Now this creates an automatic distrust in event coordinators, which is a…

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10 things PA’s need to STOP, now!

Author Virginia Johnson

10 Things PA’s need to stop doing, NOW!

By Julia Clare and Virginia Johnson

We’ve told you before what an actual PA does.

Now there are rules each PA should follow.

Rule #1 – There is no poaching anything but eggs. PA’s can have a tight circle of trust, but it’s easily broken when one goes for another’s job. It is never ok to go behind another’s PA’s back and offer your services. Regardless of if you want to make them teasers, set up takeovers or just be there to toss ideas back and forth; that is not ok. If you want to help them, you approach their PA, you ask them if you can help with something. Show their PA the same respect you would like to receive. Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the soup.

Rule #2 – The grass isn’t always greener… There are various…

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12 things authors need to stop doing.

Author Kyle Perkins

By Kyle Perkins.

I have compiled a list of things that authors need to stop doing. It is hurting the community, as well as their own business. Some might be unaware how grating these things are, so I have decided to list them out in hopes that it ceases immediately. This list is not an attack on authors, it’s more a wake up call to problematic ones.

1. Vaguebooking.

If you are unfamiliar with what vaguebooking is, it’s when a person posts some dramatic status about their life, but remains entirely vague about what or who it is so that people have to ask them about it. The usual response of course is typically, “nothing,” or “it’s private.” It’s all a ploy for attention and it must be stopped. Fans of your work do not want to have to sift through fifteen posts about how your life is being made shitty by…

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