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BookVenture Featured Author: Cindamae Colvin


Cindamae Colvin

Cindamae Colvin

I the writer am from the state of Illinois. This story is written off a tragedy in my life. At the time of my tragedy, I was just starting a career in Nursing. I stayed with my nursing career for 28 years. I am the mother of three children, the grandmother of seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. I was raised a Christian along with my eight siblings. I let go of my faith only to find that it would be that belief, and faith that would bring me justice. After my tragedy, I left the state of Illinois to start a new life.

I the Author am a first time writer. I entertain the notion of writing more stories. I find real life events intrigue most readers. I want to try and ensure my writings are such that intrigues and draws in the attention of the reader for their reading enjoyment.

Although my first book is nonfiction my other writing will be more based on true stories yet fiction. I also like writing poetry. Years ago I won an award for my poem Sisters. This helped give me the confidence and inspiration to full fill the writing of my book.


With Your Hand On My Shoulder By Cindamae Colvin

With Your Hand On My Shoulder By Cindamae Colvin

As I arrived on the scene, the house was in a blaze. There were onlookers, Firefighters, and local authorities everywhere.  My husband is missing, and the detective on the case was a sign, I would be on my own searching for my husband, Standing Alone and Through the Eyes of Another.

A young girl falls in love with a young man she has met through a group of friends. In those days he was known as a bad boy. His world was a lot different from the world she had known and grew up in. She had stepped into the world that would bring her tragedy.

Even though she knew she was living in a world she didn’t belong, she was deeply in love with him. They got married and life was in some ways great, yet in others it was ugly. He had a good heart and that’s what she has seen in him, but a lot of his actions were far from good.

They eventually became estrange. Although he could not change his ways he was deeply in love with her. She could no longer live in his world. She sets out to correct her life for her and her three children. She never tried to keep him from their children; she would always want them to know their father.

The day finally comes when she sees a new future for her and her children. She’s now living in her own place. She was so happy finding her new home because she stayed in the old school house with him and his cousin. The old school house was drafty, creaky, and reminded her of an old house off of a horror movie.

One morning she wakes up to a day that would change her life forever. She takes her children to her mother’s and off to work she went. She gets to work and gets a call of panic. Her husband is missing and the old school house her husband lived in with his cousin and a friend was on fire. Her husband was nowhere to be found.

She feels panic set in, the life he was living she had no idea what could have went wrong. The people he was associated with were very unpredictable. At this point, her feelings were that he had done something that he had to run and hide from. She also knew what he may have done would not keep him from contacting her and her children. Yet as the days passed she hears nothing. She stands alone because they were not the type of people to question.

QuestionS and AnswerS

What inspired you to write your book?

I was going through a tough time after I lost my mother. As I was resting one evening, I could hear my deceased husband telling me to write our story.

What was the most challenging part of writing your story?

It was a challenge to write my story; I read a lot of how to write books. I had a hard time telling the story because the pain of it still felt like it had just happened.

Why did you decide to self-publish?

Writing a book takes a lot of time. Once the book had been written I knew I needed advice with the publishing. It wasn’t easy for me to find a publishing company. My research kept falling back on self-publishing, after a while I decided I would go ahead and self-publish.

As an author, when did you first discover your love for writing?

I was writing my book and got an email stating there was a poem contest. I opened it and decided I would enter a poem I had written called Sisters. I won first place. This reassured my confidence in writing my book.

What is your philosophy of writing?

I never was a writer. Through life I had a lot of experiences that were mostly funny, so I loved to share my stories with other people.  Then later in life, I had a tragedy that brought me to write my book “With Your Hand on My Shoulder”.

As I began writing my story, I pulled the pictures from my picture book of memories.  Now as I write my second book, I vision pictures of what I would like to write. Most of what I write comes to me through the night. I wake up and grab my tape recorder to remember what I had come to me as I slept.  I now find writing gives me pleasure. I like sitting outside in the fresh air writing. It seems writing outside is my comfort zone when trying to put my thoughts into words.

Career-wise, what are your future plans?

I have been working on a second book. I like to tell stories, for the entertainment of others. The book I am working on is non-fiction yet based on some true events.

What is your advice to up and coming authors?

I believe finding a place that you feel comfortable in plays a major part in writing. Myself I love writing outdoors.  Sometimes thoughts of what your writing will come as you sleep, so I would suggest keeping a pencil and paper or a voice recorder near your bed to jot down your notes.  This way when awakening you do not forget them.

How was your experience with Book Venture?

Book Venture has done a great job of helping me to understand things about publishing I did not know. Each day I work with Book Venture I feel more and more at confident, that I have chosen the right publishing company.

Were you satisfied with the outcome of your book?

I am completely satisfied with my book.

Would you recommend our services to fellow authors?

As of now the work that has been done, I would recommend Book Venture.


BookVenture: Your Ultimate Guide to a Successful Book Signing Event

BookVenture: Your Ultimate Guide to a Successful Book Signing Event

Stephen King signs autographs Saturday at Books a Million in South Portland. King was on hand for a book signing and reading by his son, Joe Hill. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

What constitutes a “Successful” Book Signing Event?

A Successful Book Signing event is when you have an audience gathered in a well-organized venue while you deliver a coherent and interesting discussion to promote yourself as an author. In order to host a successful Book Signing Event, you must be equipped with the proper materials to sell and promote your book. Avail a number of services and materials that can be very useful in a Book Signing Event.

Here’s a checklist of the necessary services/materials you should avail:

Author Video Interview

Start with the one person that can turn your book into a bestseller- YOU. As the author, you know the book from cover to back and you undoubtedly are an expert of the plot. Who’s the better person to ask about the story than the writer? Your readers will inevitably throw out questions that can be no-brainers or mind-boggling ones, which is why you must prepare yourself.

If you are not a natural public speaker, you might want to try practicing your remarks first. Writers are actually known to have less confidence in speaking because they are more expressive in writing. However, it shouldn’t be taken as a hindrance in this event. Since it can be intimidating to directly talk to the public, you can start out with a more indirect approach. An Author Video Interview service lets you, as an author, talk about yourself and your work in front of the camera.

In a way, it lets you talk, albeit indirectly, to the public and helps you practice your speech delivery. It also offers a similar setting to the book signing event since you also need to answer questions in the interview. By availing the service, not only do you get the chance to improve your communication skills, you also get to be more involved in the marketing and promotion aspect of your book. The Author Video Interview will be posted to various social media platforms.

Book Trailer

Bring your book to life by featuring it in a trailer. Boost your story’s popularity by giving your readers a visual presentation of it. A book trailer can easily go viral and is the one of the most attention-grabbing materials. The Book Trailer can be played on the day of the event to make it more entertaining for the audience. There’s no better way to fire up your readers imagination than by giving them a visual depiction of it.

Press Release

Getting a press release for your book lets you reach a wider audience since it is published in several print outlets including online. A professionally written press release helps establish your reputation as an author and get you recognition. Have a press release ready and published for the Book Signing Event so you have something for the media. Press Releases give out information about your work while subtly promoting it.

Social Media Publicity

Some companies offer Social Media Publicity packages to further enhance your presence and popularity online. There’s no better way to gain readers than penetrating the most accessible platform today- the internet. Having your own social media accounts lets you interact with readers and lets them get information and updates of your work. You can reach a big amount of followers in a short period since avid readers can discover your work faster and easier in the internet. Social Media Publicity is designed to assist you in setting up your pages and accounts on social media such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, this is especially helpful if you are not internet-savvy. The service’s goal is to enhance your book’s discoverability and build you a solid fan base.

Book Event Online Listing

There are websites designed specifically to serve as a directory for Book Signing Events. Submit your Event details online so that your followers and fans can get information of the venue, time and other specifics. It’s also a good way to promote your work further by getting it featured on the website itself.

Here are some websites you can post your Book Signing Event on:


Book Orders – Volume Discounts

Avail discounts on copies of your book by buying them in bundle, the more you order your own copies- the bigger discount you can get. Book publishing companies usually offer promos handing out generous discounts on your book orders. Take advantage of these offers, your stock of books will be useful in the Book Signing event and also for any general occasions.

Print Materials (Business Cards, Postcards, Bookmarks, & Posters)

The most essential things you can carry around with you anywhere and especially during Book Signing Events- Print Materials. These marketing materials will help you get recognized and establish your reputation. Business Cards are handy since they bear your information and contact details, you can give them to high-profile personas or anyone interested in your work. Postcards, Bookmarks and Posters are great promotional prints that can be bought or just handed out to fans.

Book Stubs

Book stubs are cards similar in size and material to gift cards and allow you to promote your e-book or book directly to potential readers. Due to emergence of tablets, e-books have become the more preferred reading materials which is why it is more effective to use book stubs to promote your e-books. The book stubs can also be included in your press kits and handed out at certain events, more specifically Book Signing events.

Online Contest, Trivia & Tokens

Create your own online contest in social media and let your followers participate. There’s no better way to lure in more followers than by handing out freebies and gifts. You can promote your book or invite them to your Book Signing event through the contest. Give away a free paperback copy of your book to the winner or present them with a special token. Prizes are always a good attraction.

It’s best to always ask for assistance especially if it’s your first Book Signing Event. Publishing companies such as BookVenture offer most of the mentioned services and materials. Visit http://www.bookventure.com to get more information on the company’s offered services or contact them at their US Toll Free number 1-877-276-9751 for a FREE Consultation.