Do People have to buy my book on the Internet?

Do people have to buy my book on the Internet?
No. Readers can purchase Xlibris books by telephone 

  • on 1800 455 039 ( within Australia)
  • (or +44 20 3014 4095 ( if calling from outside Australia),
  • fax at (02) 8088 6078, e-mail at,

or mail to:

Attn: Book Orders

Xlibris LLC

Suite 1A, Level 2

802 Pacific Highway

Gordon NSW


  • You can also order copies of your book at your local bookstore by approaching the customer service counter.

It’s exciting openning your parcel and hold your new book in your hands.

Your copy will be delivered by Mail, just like this.

The Fortune Seekers. – Dan and Charlotte is available now


Enjoy the story.

I really appreciate it when you post a review after reading. The Fortune Seekers


Destination -when two distant cousins meet on social media

This week I have re connected with another relation who has spent many years researching her family – this is Cynthia McCaughan (NZ).

We both share the same great Grandparents originally from Northern Ireland. Namely Patrick McCaughan and Jane Amelia Bigwood.

Today I have discovered we both share more than family links. We share painting abilities.

Both of us have published one or more books.

Finding her WordPress blogg today, this blogg seemed relevant to post. What with me having just published the first of my series -The Fortune Seekers. Destination; Cynthia’s blog outlines her novel after its printing stage. The boot full of boxes – full of books. Something I am soon to experience as yesterday I ordered my supply of books. I am yet to hold the first one in my hand.

But it’s Cynthia’s blogg I want to share tonight. I am sure you will find it as interesting as I have.

Over to you Cynthia – I was thinking about that old adage: ‘it’s not the destination but the journey’ last week, when I set out in the early morning for a trip from my hometown 160km (100 miles) north …


To read Cynthia’s blog, click on the Source: Destination

‘The Fortune Seekers – Dan and Charlotte’  is available now… 

Today is a momentous day. 

Today my first novel was published online.

Today 17/08/2016 my goal to write and publish has been accomplished.

It is available to all who wish to buy a hardcopy . Just type in either The Fortune Seekers or Glennis Browne


Ebook –

It’s also available at

The Xlibris page looks like this-

The Amazon page looks like this- ( also available on Barnes and Noble. Kindle edition can be ordered from Amazon.

Available on ebooks at

 Just type in ‘The Fortune Seekers’ or ‘Glennis Browne’

If you read my novel, I encourage you to post a review when you finish it. 

Reviews are important in building an authors reputation.

 If you have any comments that will be helpful to build my writing experience, please contact me. 

I am a first time author, with another book of the series underway. 

I don’t want to repeat bad writing instances which may be evident. 


The Fortune Seekers, through Dan and Charlotte, show why immigrants moved to Australia in the 1800s.

  •  Did immigrants possess the wanderlust gene? 
  • Not all Australian settlers were shipped to the penal colony. 
  • Or did unexpected situations cause immigration?
  • Dan rejects conformist religious beliefs in Britain, escaping willingly. 
  • Charlotte suffers social stigma. 
  • Darwinian theories. 

The novel explores real incidents of grief and poverty during the Australian gold rush years. 

  • Does love bring peace? 
  • Will understanding and forgiveness return faith in God? 

The 21st century reader may learn of the reality of their ancestors’ lives. And find answers. 

The Fortune Seekers explores possible reasons why immigrants made the move to Australia and New Zealand in the 1800s.

These questions haven’t been asked within my own family, and have made me wonder about the real reasons. .Perhaps there are many Australian who also don’t know their background in the following areas:-

•    Was it as simple as the possibility that immigrants possessed the gene of wanderlust?

•    Not all early settlers in Australia were shipped out as prisoners going to the penal colony.

•    Was there a sinister or serious reason for immigrants who chose to come, to do so? As to uproot a family and move to a pioneering country, half a world away, is not an every day decision.
I hope you enjoy my novel.

 It has been like a love affair to write. Occupying my thoughts both day and night for two years. And many more years of ancestral research.

The writing and publishing process daily taught me so much. I believe I have been on a writing and publishing 101 course.

  • My husband prepard meals when I forgot to think about food. 
  • He would wake in the night to find I was in the office, tapping away. 
  • If I couldn’t sleep, a few hours writing made me deliciously tired. 
  • In the morning I couldn’t wait to complete the housework to get back writing.

And today my first novel has gone full circle. 

  • From idea- research – written – editing, editing, editing and more editing- 
  • submitted to Xlibris for publishing- six months to and fro- forward and back- 
  • more editing, photos, permission to use photos, positioning photos – forward and back – 
  • until each stage is signed off. And today published online.

At the same time- these last six months I have –

  • learnt Twitter, set up author supporting Facebook pages, begun on Pinterest, linked in, Google 
  • Began supporting other authors, reading and reviewing their novels, sharing Facebook posts
  • preparing my website, writing monthly newsletters,  blogging
  • Photographing relevant places and items
  • Learning the art of all areas of writing – yes writing 101




  • Meeting local authors and forming a supporting network.
  •  Arranging book signings. 
  • Writing promotional brochures, 
  • contacting advertising media groups. 
  • With three book displays arranged in September and October, 
  • Knowing we will be setting off on our annual caravan expedition south; a box of books at the ready as this author is about to go up,up and away! 
  • With trusty keyboard at the ready.

My author networking team-


Oh me oh my, 

Should I laugh or should I cry?

Something within me is growing,

Tickling sensation – making its presence known.

Inside me, as if wings in unison are flying,

Feelings of excitement rapidly rising!

Should I shout out…how incredible -as I did it!
Strum a melody, pray a prayer, 

Write a song. Have a beer?

Skype my mother? 

Phone my brother?

Brag to my sons, wives, friends all telling one another

 Txt young Kyan 

Message master Lukas
Telling them the truth – 

Which is to practice being goal setters.

As its true – you too can achieve 

as nothing is impossible 

if you really believe.

…and here’s why…

Dear Glennis Browne, I hope this email finds you well.

Congratulations! Your book, The Fortune Seekers – Dan and Charlotte, 

has finally completed the publication process. 

It will be available on the Xlibris website for purchase within 3-5 business days. 

You will receive a sample copy of your book in 10-15 business days.

Published and available  before this weekend. #TheFortuneSeekers; # HistoricalFiction; #challenges;#religion;#love

Build Your Author Platform – blog by Allison Tait

Hi there, 

This week I am promoting author Allison Tait who I have been following for sometime. Her help has been invaluable. Perhaps her author focused site may help you grow as a writer as well.

: Guest blog by Allison Tait.

Allison Tait is a freelance writer with more than 20 years’ experience in magazines, newspapers and online publishing…. View Profile at

Build Your Author Platform

Build Your Author Platform
How to boost your brand and grow your fan base?

If you want to give your writing the best chance for success, you need to build your author platform. And that starts well before you even finish writing your novel.

“Right now? Before I’ve even finished my novel?”

Yes, right now – no matter what stage of the publishing process you’re up to. The sooner you get started, the better. A strong author platform requires time in the game as much as time spent on it.

We can hear you say: “Can’t I just write a great novel?”

While you do need to write a great book, you also need to bear in mind that there is one new book being added to Amazon every five minutes these days.

So simply writing a great book is not enough. Which is why you need an author platform.

Where do you start? Right here, with this course. You’ll follow a step-by-step guide on what you need to do to build a strong author platform as a fiction author.


Check out the details on her website

Starts: Whenever you want. Your 12-month access begins right away.

Location: Online. All you need is an internet connection

How: On-demand, self-paced course. Watch the videos as often as you like, and download the audio and PDFs

What: Over 5 hours of course videos – you’ll also be given valuable action plans to build your author platform

Price: $165

Bonus: Enjoy exclusive access to our Facebook group

When you purchase Build Your Author Platform, you’ll receive exclusive access to our dedicated group on Facebook. It’s a great place to ask questions, get support and share real life experiences with others who are also in the same boat
How to boost your brand and grow your fan base

This powerful course is designed to help you build your personal brand, connect with readers – and sell more books!
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How To Transform Your Story With A Moment of Truth

Story Structure
K.M. Weiland Site


How to Transform Your Story With a Moment of Truth
How To Transform Your Story With A Moment of TruthPart 4 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel
How can I fix the saggy middle of my story?”
I love it when writers ask me that.
Why? Because the answer is so incredibly juicy–and it all revolves around the Moment of Truth that needs to occur at every story’s Midpoint.

The Second Act—
that longest of all the acts, spanning a full 50% from the 25% to the 75% marks—is largely misunderstood. The setup of the First Act and the Climax of the Third Act are pretty self-explanatory. But what’s supposed to happen in between? How can you come up with enough story to entertainingly fill up such a huge chunk of the book?
The short answer is: structure.
There are more important structural moments in the Second Act than anywhere else in the story. If you’re aware of how to use the First Plot Point, First Pinch Point, Midpoint, Second Pinch Point, and Third Plot Point, you’ll never lack for forward impetus in your story’s hard-working Second Act.
Today, we’re going to take a look at what is, arguably, the most important of these structural turning points—the Midpoint and its Moment
The #1 Reason Thor Works Despite Its Problems

Welcome to Part 4 of our ongoing series 

-exploring what Marvel has done right (and sometimes wrong) in their cinematic universe. I debated whether or not to focus Thor‘s post on a “do” or a “don’t” of storytelling.
This is far from a perfect movie.
The pacing is wonky: sometimes rushed, sometimes lagging.

The antagonist—the ever-charismatic Loki—is relatively absent from the protagonist’s main conflict for most of the story, and he fails to provide solid pinch points.

The parallel worlds of Asgard and Earth are never balanced well in the presentation of scenes.

Thor Throne Room Coronation Scene
In a lot of ways, it feels like a “small” movie, despite its obviously epic and interstellar stakes. Some people complained that the romance between Thor and scientist Jane Foster was given too much emphasis. Personally, I loved Natalie Portman in this role and thought she was a highlight of the entire movie—but I don’t disagree because, ultimately, the greatest problem with both this movie and its sequel Dark World is that it has a muddy thematic focus. What these movies are really about is family, and Jane, however adorable she may be, keeps getting in the way of that.
In short, we’d have to objectively say the script and its execution are pretty choppy. And yet I still really like this movie. For one thing, it was the movie where the whole cinematic vision of the Avengers throughline really gelled for me and started getting exciting. I thought the Earthside humor was charming. And, of course, it gets full credit for introducing the single most loved and interesting villain in the entire series.
Tom Hiddleston I don’t always play the villain
However, at the end of the day, the reason I like this movie—and the reason I decided to focus on its good qualities instead of its weaknesses—is because I love its heart. I love its character arc (however rushed). I love the transformation of the protagonist from arrogant, self-centered war-monger to humbled, self-sacrificing, crown-worthy hero.
Thor’s Hammer Gif
And most of all I love the Moment of Truth at the story’s center.

What Is the Moment of Truth?

The Midpoint is your story’s second major plot point. It occurs, as its name suggests, smack in the middle of the story. It divides both the Second Act and the entire book into two distinct halves. The first half of the book is all about the character’s reaction to the conflict; the second half is all about his ability to take action in light of a revelation he experienced.
That revelation is the single most important job of your story’s Midpoint. It is the Moment of Truth, and it is comprised of two different layers—one pertaining to the plot and the other pertaining to the character arc.

Layer #1: The Plot Revelation

Within the exterior conflict of your story’s plot, your protagonist is going to reach a game-changing revelation at the Midpoint. This revelation pertains directly to his exterior conflict with the antagonist. He desires a goal, and the antagonist has been throwing up obstacle after obstacle throughout the first half of the story. The antagonist has been squarely in control of the conflict, and the protagonist has had little choice but to remain in a reactive role.
Now, thanks to this Midpoint revelation, the protagonist suddenly sees the nature of the conflict much more clearly. He learns the true nature of both the conflict and the antagonistic force. He gains important info that will allow him to finally start taking control of the external conflict—thus allowing him to phase out of reaction and into action in the second half of the story. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier offers a great plot-based Moment of Truth, which I talked about in this article.)

Layer #2: The Character Revelation

Even as your character has been navigating the story’s external conflict throughout the first half of the story, his internal conflict has been closely mirroring, affecting, and being affected by the external plot. When he reaches the plot-centric Moment of Truth at the Midpoint (which grants him important new information about the nature of the external conflict), he also reaches an all-important personal Moment of Truth.
Remember, character arcs are founded on the protagonist’s inner battle between the story’s Lie and Truth. Throughout the first half of the story, he has been learning to see, more and more clearly, the nature of his Lie and that, indeed, it is a Lie.
The Midpoint is where he finally sees the Truth. He still has a long way to go until he’ll be able to fully claim that Truth by surrendering to it and acting upon it. But the Midpoint is where something happens to him that’s so dramatic, it prompts a shift in his personal allegiance—away from the Lie and toward the Truth.

How a Good Moment of Truth Transforms Your Story

Some stories will require a different Moment of Truth for both aspects of the Midpoint mentioned above. Often, one aspect’s revelation will lead right into the other. Other stories, however, will be able to harmonize plot and character into a single Moment of Truth.
Thor is such a story.
Thor’s Lie is that he is a worthy leader simply by right of birth and personal power.
Thor Throne Room Coronation Chris Hemsworth
His story is that of growing into an awareness that true worthiness is instead based on personal merit—humility, foresight, love, and self-sacrifice. Worthiness is something that must be earned. Despite getting boxed around by his Lie (in essence, “punished” for believing in it) throughout the first half of the story, he does not come face to face with that Truth until the Midpoint.
After using his old Lie-based methods to batter his way through SHIELD’s defenses on his way to reclaim his hammer Mjolnir and his Asgardian powers, he discovers he can’t so much as much lift his own hammer. He doesn’t know his father enchanted the hammer so that only “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”
Thor Can’t Lift Hammer
Thor is not worthy. That realization changes everything. It rocks his world. It undermines everything he has believed about himself, about others, and indeed about the universe. It forces him to reconsider his old belief—the Lie—in exchange for a new paradigm. As Dr. Selvig tells him after rescuing him from SHIELD, “It’s not a bad thing finding out that you don’t have all the answers. You start asking the right questions.”
Eric Selvig and Thor Drinking
Boom. Moment of Truth. Right between da eyes.
3 Questions for Planning Your Story’s Moment of Truth

What should your story’s Moment of Truth be? 

The answer depends on three factors:
1. What’s Your Protagonist’s Truth?
Can’t have a Moment of Truth without first knowing what that Truth is, right?
Naturally, the Moment of Truth cannot live in isolation. It is a product of everything that has come before it in the first half of the story, just as it is the catalyst for everything to follow. You can’t just shoehorn in any ol’ Truth. It has to be the Truth your protagonist requires in order to overcome the Lie he’s been carrying around since Page 1.
So take a look at Page 1. What’s the Lie Your Character Believes? What Truth will he need to overcome that Lie?
2. What Is the Key to Overcoming the Antagonist?

Now consider the plot. 

What is the one bit of information the protagonist requires in order to transform his understanding of the external conflict and allow him to shift from reacting to the antagonist into taking action?
(Note that Thor’s external conflict is not defeating Loki, but rather returning home. In reaching his Moment of Truth he becomes worthy of the hammer—and thus his ride back to Asgard—even though he doesn’t yet realize it.)
Ideally, both the plot and character revelations should be the same or at least lead organically one into the other. If they’re too disparate from one another, then you need to consider whether or not your plot and theme may be too different from one another to belong in the same story.
3. What Is the Best Visual Representation of Plot and Theme?
Once you understand the Truths your character will come to understand at your Midpoint, you must then create a scene to represent them. Your Midpoint will usually be one of your story’s biggest scenes (in Thor, the fight in SHIELD’s compound is one of the the biggest action setpieces in the movie).
Even though the Moment of Truth will probably be a quiet moment of personal introspection, it should be featured within a huge plot catalyst—one that visually and symbolically represents the Lie and the Truth.
James Scott Bell talks about a “mirror moment,” in which the character must metaphorically look at his own reflection and confront what he sees. In some stories, you can portray this outright, either by having the character literally look at himself in a mirror (e.g., Thor sees his battered appearance in a reflective door after he’s imprisoned by SHIELD), or by providing some other visual reflection of his inner battle (e.g., in Iron Man II, a drunken Tony who is using his suit for dangerous party tricks is confronted by his best friend Rhodey, also in a suit, telling him he’s a disgrace).

Blogged with thanks :- 

JULY 8, 2016 


How Authors Can Break In To Professional Speaking

How Authors Can Break in to Professional Speaking

By Stephanie Chandler on Sep 14, 2011 

Though it may be among people’s top fears—next to the fear of flying and aheadHow authors can break into professional speaking of the fear of death—public speaking has many advantages. As the featured speaker at an event, conference or meeting, you are perceived as the ultimate authority in the room. Speakers have a tremendous amount of influence with an audience, which removes a great barrier from purchasing your books, products, and services. The best news of all? As an author, it will be far easier for you to land speaking gigs because your book establishes your authority and opens those doors!
Speaking also allows you to reach large numbers of people. For example, a trade association with 600 members may only get 60 people to attend the meeting, but as the speaker your information and bio is promoted to all 600 members.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of trade organizations in every major city that need speakers for their weekly or monthly meetings. 

  • That’s right, they NEED speakers. 
  • Speaking as someone who has been in charge of running numerous groups in my community over the years, it is always difficult to find speakers because not enough people make an effort to reach out. 
  • That equals opportunity for you!

In addition to trade associations, consider teaching at your local adult learning centers and community education programs. Even if only ten students register for your class, your business is promoted in their catalog – which is often sent to tens of thousands of people. Other potential venues include retirement centers, community centers, churches, schools, and charitable organizations.
Here are the steps to getting on the speaking circuit:

1. Write a brief and interesting description of your presentation and what attendees will learn. If you’re so inclined you can develop several presentation topics.

2. Add a Speaker page to your website. Include a description of your topics and any testimonials that you gather from your engagements.

3. Contact local trade associations, groups, schools and organizations that reach your target audience and let them know that you are available to speak.

4. Pack your presentation with useful information. 

  • Do not make it a sales pitch for your book! 
  • If the audience likes what you have to say, they will want to learn more about you and purchase your book. 
  • Make it educational, funny, interesting, and engaging. 
  • Use plenty of stories and examples. 
  • Practice it several times out loud, even if it’s just in front of your cat, to make sure it flows well.

5. Engage the audience by asking questions and soliciting their participation.

6. Use props, when appropriate, for visual interest. 

  • Just don’t use gimmicky props! I once watched a business speaker juggle scarves. 
  • It didn’t fit the theme of the presentation, was distracting, and left the entire room looking a little uncomfortable. 
  • On the other hand, visual props that illustrate a point can enhance your presentation.
  • Ialways bring along examples when I speak about information products and pass them around the room.

7. Give attendees something to keep such as a single page hand-out with tips or a booklet. 

  • Be sure to include your contact information. 
  • Remember, brochures are boring. 
  • The goal is to give them something that they will keep handy to remember you later.

8. Respect the time allotted. 

  • It’s better to finish early than late—then you can open the floor for questions.
  •  When you run over your time, you risk losing the audience’s attention if they are anticipating a break.

9. Wrap up with a brief pitch for your book and let them know you’ll be available to autograph copies after the presentation.

10. Send the event coordinator a thank you note!

You might be surprised by how quickly you can sell more books and grow your business as a result of your speaking engagements. Soon you may find that you don’t have to go looking for speaking opportunities. As you build a reputation, the invitations to speak will come to you. And after you do enough free speaking, you will inevitably find opportunities for paid speaking engagements. These can range from a stipend of $50 up to thousands of dollars once you establish your authority in your field!