IBMG at Palos Verdes Street Fair

IBMG at Palos Verdes Street Fair

It’s always fun to hang out with other writers – especially writers willing to freely share ideas and resources, like the group of authors at the IBMG booth at the Palos Verdes Street Fair this past weekend. (L – R: Authors Stephen Smoke, Ildy Lee, Beth Whittenburry, Cat Spydell, Vickey Kall)

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Call Ripley: I Just Met Someone Who’s NOT Writing a Book

Call Ripley: I Just Met Someone Who’s NOT Writing a Book

Is it just me, or does it just seem like everyone in the world is writing a book? Last weekend I attended a small social gathering and when it was brought to the attention of the group that I was a “real writer,” each guest—except for one elderly man—felt compelled to tell me about his or her book. The most common opening line was, “Everyone tells me that I should write a book. My life is just one crazy story after another.” Another common theme was, “I don’t care if I make any money. It’s a legacy I’m leaving my kids, their kids, their kids’ kids…” You get the picture. When I first came to Los Angeles I made a good portion of my income ghostwriting for doctors. Doctors are smart people. They have...

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Stephen Joins IBMG

Stephen Joins IBMG

My father once told me that “No one cares about your money as much as you do.” As authors, no one cares about our books as much as we do. One of the reasons I wanted to become part of IBMG (www.IndependentBookMarketingGroup.com) is because no “book marketing specialist” or “internet marketing guru” I’ve met really understood the book publishing business. They were mainly experts on one thing, like social media or Google AdWords, or had an impressive roster of Fortune 500 companies, and they didn’t know exactly what to do with a single author. One day while sitting around with a bunch of writers, and after sharing our experiences about marketing people we’d hired, we realized that none of us had had a positive...

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Whitman Album & iPad version released 10.2.2012

Whitman Album & iPad version released 10.2.2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE I, Walt Whitman A Novel by Stephen Smoke Publication date: October 2, 2012       PALOS VERDES AUTHOR PUTS SOUNDTRACK IN HIS NOVELS Novelist, Singer/Songwriter Stephen Smoke takes advantage of iPad/enhanced eBook revolution LOS ANGELES, CA – Stephen Smoke will release his new novel I, Walt Whitman, in three formats on Tuesday, October 2, 2012: softcover, eBook, and multimedia eBook for the iPad. In addition, the accompanying soundtrack album, portions of which are embedded in the iPad version, will be available on popular music download sites, including iTunes and Amazon, the same day.  I, Walt Whitman deals with reincarnation, death and dying, and how we cope when someone close to us passes on. Despite the weighty topics, the...

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Stephen does Seminar with Ted Lange (Loveboat’s Bartender, Isaac)

Stephen does Seminar with Ted Lange (Loveboat’s Bartender, Isaac)

Excerpted from Bondo Wyszpolski article in Easy ReaderPromising to share anecdotes about writers Robert Ludlum and Stephen King, local author Stephen Smoke assures us we’re in for a treat. If he wasn’t a part of the seminar, he says, he’d definitely want to attend. Smoke is referring to the Surfwriters writing seminar taking place this Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Malaga Cove Library in Palos Verdes Estates. “The Surfwriters is a 50-year-old writers group,” says Ildy Lee, one of the organizers of the event and currently president of the Southwest Manuscripters. “We support each other and inspire each other to write, and we have very interesting speakers come to us. Every four years we put up a Surfwriters writing seminar,...

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