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A Fish Story … Filmmaker and Author Roger Seiler’s “Master of Alaska”

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Blog Tour Stop Number Five:   THE DM ZONE

Interview on The DM Zone shares the tale of his family and growing up in Alaska,             the beautiful 49th State 

My website, not linked to this blog, is where I post videos of  The DM Zone.  On the Internet TV show, I get to interview creative and talented folks from all different genres and walks-of-life. I have interviewed politicians, musicians, artists, actors and yes … authors. Today as part of Roger’s Seiler Blog Tour for MASTER OF ALASKA, I visited with him at his home in Nyack, New York for the story of how he came to grow up in Alaska.

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Watch the video interview. It is an informative, interesting and funny tale of Roger’s youth, his family, flying float planes, and fishing.  (Roger Seiler, Above)

Now the author has written a historical novel about Alexander Baranov, the first governor of Alaska who was sent from the Catherine the Great, Czarina of Russia at the time of George Washington. Rather than being a dry history lesson, Seiler has formed an exciting and page-turning tale of the early days of what is now the state of Alaska.

This is the true saga of Alaska’s first and greatest governor, sent to be chief manager for 5 years, but stuck there for 28.  He built a northwest Russian empire that stretched to California and Hawaii.  And were it not for Baranov, today Alaska would be Canadian instead of America’s 49th state.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE SIGNED COPY OF MASTER OF ALASKA

Critics rave about Historical Novel by Author Roger Seiler based on historical documents

“In this gripping tale of historical fiction, a man faces a brutal landscape and forms alliances with the native tribes… An informative, exciting read that stays true to its real-life inspiration.”

– Kirkus Reviews

Author Roger Seiler is giving a signed printed copy of MASTER OF ALASKA. Also during the blog tour, the eBook is only 99 cents. The direct links are below.

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CLICK HERE TO GET ‘MASTER OF ALASKA’ eBOOK FOR ONLY 99 CENTS

About Roger Seiler, Author & Filmmaker

Award-winning filmmaker and author Roger Seiler grew up in Alaska from age three.  His love of adventure comes from both his parents. His father Edwin was a civil engineer eventually becoming an Alaskan bush pilot. His mother Josefina was born in Puerto Rico and was a writer and Alaskan sport-fishing lodge manager with the hobby of Flamenco dancing.  In his late teens, Roger was a king salmon sport fishing guide on Alaska’s Naknek River, and a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay.

He attended Deep Springs College and graduated With Honors from UCLA with a BA in Theater Arts – Film. His first film work was for UCLA’s Automotive Collision Research project, including a film for TV, “Safety on the Road,” which he wrote, produced and directed. While attending UCLA, Roger also worked with actor Karl Malden and famed director Francis Ford Coppola.

Roger currently lives in South Nyack, NY with his wife Sally. Roger is a devoted reader and supporter of libraries. In 1977 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Nyack Library (Carnegie funded in 1879) and has continued to serve for 40 years, 16 as Board President. Master of Alaska, a Historical Novel, is his second book and whose publisher North Face Publishing is subsidiary of Motivational Press Publishing.

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Blog Tours For Book Promotions … Still a Great Tool for PR

Blog Tours are not new for book promotions. I firmly believe that they are a very useful tool for authors to kick-start any book launch. How do they work? Grab a group of bloggers willing to exchange blog posts with you, the author promoting your book, and away you go.

… Well, it’s more work than that, but that’s the basic premise. I feature a “Double Blog, Blog Tour” where the author featured interviews the blogger of the day for a double hit each day. It is a lot of work for the bloggers and the author, but it is very effective promotion with a potential for a good deal of web-talk about the book you are launching. It also creates reviews for your Amazon and that is crucial for increasing your book sales.

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I am including the press release for the book blog tour currently in action for Roger Seiler’s latest book: MASTER OF ALASKA. The book is a historical novel based on the first governor of Alaska … sent by Russia. Very timely of a topic considering what is in the political news of today.

Feel free to visit any of the ‘blog stops’ along the tour to see how it works. Thanks!

Master of Alaska … Blog Tour Timed with SesquiCentennial of Alaska Statehood

Critics rave about Historical Novel by Author Roger Seiler based on historical documents –

“In this gripping tale of historical fiction, a man faces a brutal landscape and forms alliances with the native tribes… An informative, exciting read that stays true to its real-life inspiration.”

– Kirkus Reviews

(June 11, 2017 – New York, NY) -Nationally known bloggers, authors and reviewers join author Roger Seiler on the rip roaring adventure and love story.  Told as a historical novel, the Tsar’s first Governor of Alaska, Aleksandr Baranov, makes up his mind: he will not be defeated by the Alaskan wilderness. Kirkus gives the book a four-star review.

This is the true saga of Alaska’s first and greatest governor, sent to be chief manager for 5 years, but stuck there for 28.  He built a northwest Russian empire that stretched to California and Hawaii.  And were it not for Baranov, today Alaska would be Canadian instead of America’s 49th state.

About Roger Seiler, Author & Filmmaker

Award-winning filmmaker and author Roger Seiler grew up in Alaska from age three.  His love of adventure comes from both his parents. His father Edwin was a civil engineer eventually becoming an Alaskan bush pilot. His mother Josefina was born in Puerto Rico and was a writer and Alaskan sport-fishing lodge manager with the hobby of Flamenco dancing.  In his late teens, Roger was a king salmon sport fishing guide on Alaska’s Naknek River, and a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay.

He attended Deep Springs College and graduated With Honors from UCLA with a BA in Theater Arts – Film. His first film work was for UCLA’s Automotive Collision Research project, including a film for TV, “Safety on the Road,” which he wrote, produced and directed. While attending UCLA, Roger also worked with actor Karl Malden and famed director Francis Ford Coppola.

Roger currently lives in South Nyack, NY with his wife Sally. Roger is a devoted reader and supporter of libraries. In 1977 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Nyack Library (Carnegie funded in 1879) and has continued to serve for 40 years, 16 as Board President. Master of Alaska, a Historical Novel, is his second book and whose publisher North Face Publishing is subsidiary of Motivational Press Publishing.

 

Participating Blogs in order of the blog schedule:

 

Monday, June 12                              Celtic Lady’s Book Reviews

Tuesday, June 13                              Lisa Queen of Random

Wednesday, June 14                       Hogwash

Thursday, June 15                            The Book Adventures of Emily   

Friday, June 16                                  The DM Zone

Monday, June 19                              Lily Iona MacKenzie’s Writer’s Blog

Tuesday, June 20                              The Author’s Show

Wednesday, June 21                       Reading to Distraction

Thursday, June 22                            Mythical Books

Friday, June 23                                  Mara Purl

Saturday, June 24                             What Cathy Read Next

Sunday, June 25                                Reecaspieces

Monday, June 26                              Kerry Adrienne

Tuesday, June 27                              Rosepoint Publishing

Wednesday, June 28                       Buddy Hollywood

Thursday, June 29                            Tired of Talking About Myself

Friday, June30                                   Hope C Tarr

 

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I Love Lists! Especially When They Work …

I do love lists! I make one each evening for my next day’s tasks. I use them for shopping, for errand and just about everything in between. So, when I found the list in the article Social Media Daily To-Do List: 10 Essential Tasks by Digital Marketing Consultant Saman Kouretchinan, it struck a chord. It really works for me. This post is over a year old, but that doesn’t really matter, the advice is solid.

I LOVE lists!

I LOVE lists!

 

We all know how much time Social Media takes from our daily schedule and if you’re like me you put it off. Saman explains that Social Media is not like a website that can stay static … well duh, but the problem for me seems to be getting the whole thing organized enough that posting to your sites doesn’t take over your entire life.

Enter Saman Kouretchian’s list. Three of the 10 points that I NEVER miss daily are pretty basic:

  • Sign In
  • Post fresh content
  • Reach out to three new contacts

The 10 tips are basic and easy to add to your daily routine. And, they do save time. Read the entire article here.

I have used these “10 Essential Tasks” combined with other my other PR strategies for several my PR clients with great success as well. Recently, I took one new client that had less than 30 Twitter followers, not much FB activity and almost non-existent website visits. Using the Saman’s list for two weeks, and an hour each day from my staff, we boosted Twitter to over 500 followers (real not purchased!). We also increased Facebook followers and likes by triple and website page visits went through the roof.

As I said, I love lists. And this one really, really works! Thanks Saman!

 

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The DM Zone Blog – Golf Anyone?

This guy knows real grass!

This guy knows real grass!

Blogging only about using Social Media, new trends, how to’s and such has become more of a chore than a pleasure. As I tell my clients, blogging is like a journal that you share with the public. It should flow from your thoughts and activities, be they about your company, your career or your life in general. And, hopefully fun to write in the process!

I have changed my blog, The DM Zone, to mirror and relate more to The DM Zone my Internet TV station and will now cover anything that feels right to share.

Besides working in Public Relations, I am lucky that I get to interview famous, nearly famous and want-to-be famous folks. I have the best time doing this. And, I have a gift helping make those individuals not feeling all that comfortable in front of a camera, feel like they are just having a conversation with me, sans the camera.

My videos are produced by HD Broadcast AZ video studios located in Scottsdale, Arizona. The team over there do an excellent job of editing.

These videos have been shared and have been viewed by more than 250,000 times. I know, surprises the heck out of me too!

At a recent golfing event taking place in Peoria, Arizona, I met a group of young women visiting us to play golf. Held at the Westbrook Village Golf Club, the NCAA Division I Women’s Spring Invitational included 14 teams, mostly from the “flyover states” that currently are covered in snow. The teams come to Arizona to play on the first grass of the season. They practice back home in garages or special practice indoor facilities … but no real grass.

Watch these NCAA Division 1 Women’s Golf Tournament interviews.

The event wasn’t covered by local media, and I found that a shame. But the event was well run, all by volunteers, and was great fun for everyone involved.

If you enjoyed the interviews, give me a holler on Twitter – @DMCollins – Thanks!

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Virtual Book Tour, Twitter, Facebook, Video and More … The Ways of Marketing Your Book!

New Adult Paranormal Romance Author
Lynn Rush

Today I am spending time with New Adult Paranormal Romance author Lynn Rush on her Awaited worldwide blog tour. As part of the tour, Lynn is providing a free copy of her short story, Prelude to Darkness. Follow the link for your FREE copy of the prequel to the Wasteland Trilogy. http://lynnrush.com/lynn-rush-downloads/

Lynn has been writing for more than five years and has an impressive 25 titles to her credit. Six are currently under contract with publisher Crescent Moon Press based in New York. As the way of today’s publishing scene, marketing of a book falls mainly on the author, or in this case Lynn Rush’s team she has assembled to assist her. But, from day one, Lynn has understood the importance of Social Media in getting the word out about her books.

Lynn, thanks for spending time with me and sharing some of your experiences in Social Media book marketing. From the start you have used social media and the internet as a whole to assist you with the process of becoming a published author.

Can you share with us how you have used each of the social media genres for marketing?

Let’s begin with Twitter – I love ‘chatting it up’ with people about everything, not just writing and selling my book. For me, marketing is a secondary thing when it comes to social media. I want to meet people … Learn about their lives … What they do for fun. I love talking exercise, movies, music in addition to writing and books. Sure, I’ve been able to reach more readers through Twitter, which is a nice side-thing, but my main drive is hanging out with people who have common interests so we can visit. I love how fast-paced Twitter is! Only get a few characters to talk, so things keep moving for sure!

Now how is Facebook letting you get the word out on your books? – I’m able to do little giveaways and contests … that’s always fun. It helps spread the word about my projects. But like Twitter, I just love interacting with people. Facebook allows you a little more in-depth because you have more than 140 characters—and you can even converse in the little chat box and a chat room. That’s a cool feature I like.

How are you using your Website to keep in touch with your fan base? I post the latest news such as contests, author appearances, and new release information on the front page. It’s the blog that I get to be more interactive with people as far as sharing parts of my life and learn about my fans’ lives as well!! I also have a newsletter, ‘See you in the Paranormal’ offering fans goodies for following me.

And of course, Blogs … including the blog tours you have participated. Blogs **le sigh** I love blogging. As a reader, I’ve always wanted to know more about the authors and their lives. I mean, not in a stalker-type way, but just things about their “normal” lives. So, with blogging, I’m able to do that for my readers. Let them into my life a little bit since I can’t be traveling all over the world to meet them in person. I love to share pictures, chat music, movies, in addition to what’s happening in the publishing journey I’m on.

Which have you found most useful in this process? Twitter has been the most interactive lately. It started out with blogging, and then the interaction shifted to Facebook and Twitter. But I see Pinterest sneaking up there, too.

What did you feel could have been used better? Probably Twitter. I’m not that interesting, so I don’t have much to post in 140 characters or less.  **LOL** But it is fun chatting up with people and getting a peek into their daily lives.

What have you discovered that was a total surprise in using the social media for your book journey? Tribes! Yep. One day I was asked the question, “How’d you build your Tribe?” My reply was, “Oh, I have a TRIBE? Cool!”  Honest, I was so clueless early on. Now I’m just a little less clueless **LOL** I’m known as a positive spot on the internet. My posts, whether they’re Facebook, Twitter, Blogging … are positive and encouraging. Turns out people have gravitated toward that force. I’m happy to be that for people. Smiles are contagious, so I like to spread them around, because as ELF says, “Smiling’s my favorite.”

You and I covered some of these topics in our interview at the Changing Hands Bookstore after your book signing event with Alan Dean Foster this week. Let’s invite folks to listen in on our conversation … (Insert Video)

Don’t forget, as part of Lynn’s Virtual Tour, Lynn is providing a free copy of her short story, Prelude to Darkness. Follow the link for your FREE copy of the prequel to the Wasteland Trilogy. http://lynnrush.com/lynn-rush-downloads/

And, because The DM Zone believes the best way of introducing readers to new authors is to let them read, below is an excerpt of Awaited. Enjoy!

 Awaited is the sequel to Wasteland

~~EXCERPT~~

My feet finally found the water’s floor. I tugged the female from Durk’s grasp and hoisted her up into my arms.

The water had washed away the crimson stains, but left her lips thin and blue. Durk pressed his fingers to her neck. “No pulse.”

“Go. Find wood dry enough to burn. We need fire. I’ll start CPR.”

He bolted to his feet and darted away. I settled her on the damp foliage covered floor and ripped her buttoned blouse apart. I rested my ear to her chest. Nothing. Cheek to her mouth. Nothing.

I clamped my hands together and started counting out compressions. “Please. You can’t die. I just found you.”

Her chest caved beneath my weight with each push I offered to start her heart. Pumping it for her. She looked so cold. So small. So fragile. Darkness tainted her lips. I imagined they’d be full and bright red like in my dreams. Her glowing skin was now dull and lifeless.

Please. Michael.

There must have been a reason for me to be on this plane. This time. This date. This instance. Not to let me find someone I’d dreamt about, then to lose her.

I pinched her nose. With my other hand I cradled her neck and opened her mouth to mine. My lips formed a seal around hers, and I blew. Her chest raised. One more breath.

I turned my head, listening. Nothing.

I repeated it for another cycle. Durk returned holding an armful of branches. He ripped open his pack and pulled out a bag.

“Zip lock?”

“Jessica made an appearance at my room while packing.” He held it up. “I thought she’d lost her mind. Matches, magazine, and tiny foil blanket.”

“You didn’t say anything.”

“Told me not to.”

Durk went to work on the fire as I finished the second round of compressions. I leaned down to breathe for her again and paused an inch before contact with her lips. “Please,” I whispered and sealed her mouth with mine.

I breathed into her, then turned and drew in a gulp of air and let it flow into her. A gentle scent of sandalwood and sugar wrapped around me. Coiled me in warmth. The woman flinched beneath me.

Then coughed.

I tilted her to the side and water spewed from her mouth. A tremor rocked her little body. The crackle of a flame, and the scent of burning leaves filled the air. “There you go. Get it out.” I patted her back.

She flopped back and her eyes opened wide.

The same honey irises I’d seen a hundred times in my dreams stared at me. “Can you hear me?”

The lids hung heavy over her dilated eyes, then slid shut.

“No. No. Stay with me.” I patted her shoulder.

Durk joined me, kneeling beside her on the other side. I pressed my finger to her neck.

“She’s got to be in shock. Freezing. Get that fire going.” I peeled my shirt over my head as I stood. “Find all you can to get a small shelter formed around the fire.” I ripped at the belt securing my soggy pants to me. “I’ll warm her up.”

Wasn’t exactly how I’d dreamed I would first lay with a woman, but I’d be damned if I was going to let her die.

She was mine.

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Been Busy … What’s Your Excuse for Not Blogging? Blog Tour Now Open for Business.

Mara Purl's What the Heart Knows

A good blog should have regular posts. I know that. I chide my clients all of the time about the importance of using Social Media on a regular basis.  I have no good reason for not blogging except I have been busy. Really, really busy. And as good as that is, not posting to my blog is not.

I have the best of intentions to post regularly to the DM Zone. I have a calendar reminder every two weeks to post a blog. The reminder goes off … first I ignore it and then later in the day … I dismiss it. Oops!  But, I am blogging today! And, it is about one of the projects that has kept me so heavily engaged.

Our DM Productions LLC team has created a Virtual Book Tour for noted Days of Our Lives actress-turned-author Mara Purl. Mara is launching the hardcover of her book What the Heart Knowsat the end of September. To start the buzz about the book, we created a Blog Tour for her.

What is a blog tour? Loosely, it is gathering of like bloggers, arranged in a schedule and posting about a certain topic or individual. How does this come about? Well, first you target bloggers individually that match what you want to blog about, then you ask them to participate. For Mara’s Virtual Book Tour, some of the bloggers were book reviewers … some bloggers were into the type of novel Mara has written (Women’s Fiction) and others were women that wanted to learn more about an interesting person who had written a book.

Simple yes, complicated yes and utlimately very worthwhile. It will indeed create a buzz about Mara and about her book, What the Heart Knows. Since the book is the first of a 12-book series with Bellekeep Books, a new blog tour will be repeated for each new release.

I have to say, I am more than pleased and very proud of the work done by our team. We scheduled nearly a full month of bloggers posting to and about Mara Purl, her book, her process and anything in between.

It is an interesting journey. Mara even blogged today about the blog tour. It is very cool. Join us. Follow the link and follow the tour. Mara Purl’s Blog

Oh, and I will try to be more regular on my blog posts as well.

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Social Media Releases – The Basic “How To” is Not So Basic

With Social Media (notice the caps) being paramount as a way in getting your story told, you may freeze before you start. “How,” you say, “do I create a Social Media Release … and what the heck is one anyway.”

A traditional media release or press release should always be first and foremost NEWSWORTHY. This doesn’t change for a Social Media Release. What is different is that your release must also offer the journalist, reporter or blogger something that can expanded upon or perhaps used by them as a reference for another report, article or story of their own.

What is the definition of a Social Media Release? Social media guru and principle of Future-Works, Brian Solis wrote in 2008 the definitive guide to social media releases and his definition still stands true:

“A social media release should contain everything necessary to share and discover a story in a way that is complementary to your original intent; but, the difference is, how they find it and the tools they use to share and broadcast. Social media is one big extension to the web, except it promotes voices, along with content, in a way that focuses on people and their social networks.”

As Lou Dubois  states in his article on How to Write a Social Media Press Release that it is even more important that you make it easy to share.

“The quicker, easier and more creatively you can get your point or message across, the more likely it is to be picked up, shared, re-tweeted, or more.”

 Dubois also mentions the importance of keywords so that the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) are effectively used. I will add that tags are also very important part of a Social Media Release and should be included as part of your release.

The steps to creating a Social Media Release begin with what goes into a standard Media/Press Release. A really good template is available at the Media College site. Remember that a Social Media Release is more targeted. And, you must provide more facts and additional information including photos and video for the journalist, reporter, or blogger to reuse as their own on the subject.

Dubios does an excellent job bringing together expert advice from various sources as to what goes into a Social Media Press Release including what mistakes to avoid when writing one.  (read full article here)

But I feel the most important comment in Dubois’ article was on distribution of a Social Media Release and how it differs from a traditional media/press release. That advice was given by Sarah Skerik, vice president of social media at PRNewswire, a paid press release distribution service.

“Social media releases can be effective but it’s a good idea to put content into networks, where people are looking for it. But something that people don’t really realize is that social media releases can’t be distributed. They can be spidered by search engines, and shared – but they can’t be pushed by wire services. Many multimedia-type releases just sit on the vendor site. If there’s no real distribution, it’s best to have this sort of great content pulling traffic to your own website.”

It is what we do for our clients at DM Productions … post all Social Media Releases to a client’s website, link it to our website, both our Facebook and theirs, and the same with Twitter in order to engage the largest potential targeted audience. Today that audience can include the traditional journalist, reporter, blogger or even your consumer. But, bottomline you still need to get your story told so tell it.

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