Friday, January 24, 2014

Kirkus Calls Kurland's Latest Release "A Preposterous, Entertaining Farrago."

WHO THINKS EVIL (Minotaur, February 2014) by our own Michael Kurland, is sneaking it's way into the spotlight. Read the fantastic review by Kirkus here.

ISBN: 978-0-312-36545-5

Author, Michael Kurland

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Building an Online Presence: Tumblr

Hi, Intern Kenny here again with another installment in my quest to help you build an online presence.  This post is all about Tumblr.  In essence, Tumblr is a blog but it is so much more.  Because of the vast personalization abilities, Tumblr nowadays is used by many as a base website.

First of all, to most easily explain and give tips on Tumblr, I have to include what I view as the best usage of Tumblr.
This Tumblr site belongs to internet darling, Grace Helbig and it acts not only as her blog but also as her main website.  As you can see, it is a very simple and attractive layout that includes everything you need on a website.

Here are some quick tips for those who want to use Tumblr instead of spending the vast amounts of time and money to build a personalized website.

Tip #1: Personally, I like it personalized

Tumblr has a lot of base templates in which you an build your website but the best way to do it is to pay for one of the premium templates.  These are relatively cheap and require little to no active maintenance.  Refer back to Grace's Tumblr; her site is a premium template where she can choose the tabs and basic placement of her feed (the video), heading, and her description.  These will make your Tumblr stand out without having to go into an overcomplicated program such as Dreamweaver.

Tip #2: Hashtags and Reblogs

One important aspect of Tumblr is to fully immerse yourself into the Tumblr community.  Tumblr allows you to label every post with a bunch of hashtags to make it easily searchable.  Their system works in the same way that Twitter's hashtagging system works and the use of hashtags will help you build a following.  It helps a lot that you, as a content provider and personality, reblog posts from other people.  By helping out other people through the easy act of reblogging, you will build a stronger connection with an audience through directly connecting to them.  

Tip #3: The Perfect GIF

On Tumblr, GIFs (pronounced with a hard "G") reign supreme.  GIFs are animated pictures often taken from videos.  An example is provided below:
These short animated moments dominate Tumblr and while you may not need to create your own, reblogging some of your favorites will help you appeal to the Tumblr audience much more.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Building an Online Presence: Facebook

Hey guys!  Intern Kenny here again with more tips in building an online presence.  Today, I am covering Facebook.  For the past few years, Facebook has been the premier social media platform in the world and here are some tips on how to flourish on the medium.

Tip #1: It's not personal.

While Facebook is a great medium to reconnect with long lost friends, what you want as an author is to connect with current and potential fans.  This is what a Facebook fan page is for.  Through your private personal Facebook, you can extend into a fan page where anyone can like you and begin receiving updates from you.  This is a great way to connect with fans, most of which are on Facebook.

Tip #2: The Professional

Keep your Facebook fan page professional.  This means that it must be treated differently than your personal page.  This is for two different but equally important reasons.  First of all, your Facebook fan page is for updating your fans and not your friends.  Fans, as much as they want to know about your personal life, seek more about your upcoming events and book releases.  They care more about how you are doing on your next book than how awesome Disneyland was.  Secondly, your Facebook fan page is not a private page.  Anyone can like it and anyone can receive your updates.  In order to protect yourself, you should not put too many personal details on your professional Facebook fan page.

Tip #3: Say Cheese

One big advantage that Facebook has over social media sites like Twitter is that Facebook makes sharing pictures much more easily.  Instead of overflowing your Twitter feed with single picture after single picture, Facebook allows the uploading of albums of pictures to your fan page.  With a Facebook fan page, you can upload pictures and let your fans see pictures from book signings or readings or from conventions.  However, remember Tip #1, don't post personal pictures on to your fan page, only pictures that you deem appropriate to allow your fans to see.

Tip #4: What are friends for?

The most difficult part about developing a successful Facebook fan page is the initial push to get likes.  Because fan pages are linked to your personal account, you can invite all of your friends to like your professional fan page.  While it may annoy your friends, you will get an initial surge of likes that will serve as a foundation for your site.

Tip #5: 140 more.

Unlike Twitter, Facebook posts can exceed more than 140 characters.  That is one of the key differences that you should take advantage of.  On your Facebook fan page, you should be encouraged to write longer posts.  Do not treat your Facebook as a Twitter under a different name.  It should be an extension of your social media and while linking your Twitter to your Facebook is useful, you should have Facebook independent posts as well.

With these quick tips, you will now be ready to peruse the world of Facebook.  This is only the beginnings of all that you can do on this social media platform and with more exploration you will discover the full capabilities of Facebook.

For more tips to build an online presence, come back to the KC&A blog in the future.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Happy New Year to All!  We are extremely happy with the manuscripts that are coming in, and have been working with our authors to strengthen their manuscripts and help them to be the best they can be.  We had a very successful year in 2013, ( I even sold a book on December 24th, which was a first), and look forward to selling and finding many more literary treasures in 2014.  We have some exciting news that will be announced next month - and wish you all success in your literary endeavors.  We will personally be at many conferences this year, and look forward to meeting each and everyone of you, and hearing your stories.  Bon Chance!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

KC&A Emails Have Had a Slight Bump in the Road

Dear Authors and Colleagues,

As we are phasing out our INFO email, we are having some trouble with the auto-response. If you received an email that looks like this:

Dear Authors,

Please go to our website and follow our new submission guidelines. We look forward to hearing from you!


Kimberley Cameron & Associates

Please know that we are referring to submissions that were sent to info (at), as our submission guidelines have changed. If you have submitted through that email, please visit the website and resubmit following the submission guidelines.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Mia Thompson taking over Amazon UK

KC&A's very own Mia Thompson has been doing very well in the UK Best Seller's lists on Amazon.

Mia's first book, STALKING SAPPHIRE, has reached number 3 on the Amazon's Top 100 Free Kindle Books.
The sequel, SILENCING SAPPHIRE, has reached number 1 in the Women Sleuths Best Seller list.

To see more about her books, visit her website at and follow her on Twitter @Mia_Thomp.

For more up-to-date news, please follow Kimberley Cameron & Associates on Twitter @K_C_Associates and on Facebook at

Monday, January 6, 2014

Garrett Calcaterra, Craig Comer & Ahimsa Kerp on SF Signal

The authors of the Reputation Books' novel, THE ROADS TO BALDAIRN MOTTE, have done a guest post on SF Signal to talk about mosaic novels.

Garrett Calcaterra, Craig Comer and Ahimsa Kerp talks about the collaborative writing process and the different perspectives and accounts that this process provides in the novel.  Check out the post here.

For more about Garrett Calcaterra, Craig Comer and Ahimsa Kerp, check them out in their respective links.  

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Building an Online Presence: Twitter

In our continuing segment on how to build an online presence, Intern Kenny covers what is, perhaps, the most important social media platform today.

In the year 2013, social media has become a necessity in order to build an online presence and of the many social media sites, the most important is Twitter.  While Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and other social media sites exist, nothing is quite like the experience fans and prospective fans can enjoy with Twitter.  Twitter offers the readers a direct line of communication to the author. People who have not read a certain author's works can see the author's Twitter feed to get to know the author better before they decide to buy a book.  Here are some tips for using Twitter to build an online presence:

Tip #1: Tear down this wall.

In the past, one of the most frustrating things about being a fan was that the only way to contact an author was to write them a letter that they may never read.  With Twitter, fans are now able to cross the barrier between fan and author and authors should embrace this.  Never be afraid to answer a question or to respond to a tweet from your fans because, needless to say but I'll still say it, fans dictate an author's success.  With very little effort, you can begin building a good fan base by being Twitter-friendly and friendly on Twitter.

Tip #2: #Hashtags.

Many people have questions about the recent "hashtag" phenomenon.  It is very simple, hashtags (#) allows people from all over see your specific tweet when they search for whatever the hashtag accompanies.  It is used to categorize tweets so that they can be easily discovered.  For example, if your tweet says, "Clear eyes, full hearts! #FridayNightLights", anyone who searches Twitter for "#FridayNightLights" may discover your tweet whether they follow you or not.  It allows new people on Twitter to discover your feed and more importantly, discover who you are.

Tip #3: Did I mention "mentions"?

Always address people and organizations on Twitter by their Twitter handle.  Instead of saying "I saw Craig Ferguson today at Starbucks!", type "I saw @CraigyFerg today @Starbucks!"  This way, both Craig Ferguson and Starbucks will have a chance at seeing your tweet and if you are lucky, they may retweet you.  When someone mentions you in a tweet, you get more exposure as all their followers will see the tweet.  When you mention someone, they may respond to you or retweet your tweet which also allows everyone who follows them to see your tweet and Twitter handle.  This is collaborative promotion which is the key to expanding followers on Twitter.

Tip #4: Tweetin' is talkin'.

In the same vein as talking, it is quite possible to tweet too much or too little.  While it is hard to pinpoint where one can tweet too much or too little, the middle-ground between the two is vast. Tweeting anywhere between a couple times an hour to once a day is more than acceptable and on special occasions, tweeting multiple times every minute is even okay (mostly during fan Q&A's).  The key is balance.  The biggest issue for a lot of people who are not huge fans of twitter are that they spend too much time between tweets.  Once a month or once a week is not enough in order to build an online presence because tweeting once a week or less basically means that the individual is not online.  You have to show that you are indeed online and present while not being annoying.

Tip #5: And tweet is cheap.

Twitter is not only handy in creating an online presence and building fan relations, it is a marvelous way for free promotions.  You can promote your books or whatever product you are selling to all of your followers on Twitter with an easy, 140 character tweet.  However, to hark back to Tip #4, do not treat Twitter as solely a promotional medium.  Be sure to promote your product, upcoming events or other business related products such as reviews or interviews but do not overdo it.  Remember, the main goal of Twitter should not be a free venue for advertising your goods, it is to build a fan base and to connect with the fans directly.

For more tips to build an online presence, come back to the KC&A blog in the future.