Giving a Talk: Self Publishing

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Hey everyone! How are you doing?

It’s been a while since I did an actual blog post for my own site, so I figured, why not do one involving na awesome update?

As some of you may know, I gave a talk at our local writer’s club about Self Publishing. In a way, it wasn’t anything new as I take part in the discussions on a regular basis and even co-run a writing group with my wife.

Two things made it awesome. One was I had the floor to myself and got to indulge in an old dream of being a teacher, but the what made it truly special was the fact people actually showed up to hear me talk.

Me.

I mean, I’ve spoken at preshifts at jobs and at author events before, but this was the first time it was actually all about me. The funniest thing about…

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New Release: “On the Rebound: Sweet Sports Romance” (Irving University Book 1) by Jim Cangany

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ON THE REBOUND IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Author: Jim Cangany
Release Day: January 26, 2016
Genre: Sports Romance
Publisher: Penner Publishing


 

SYNOPSIS

FINAL_AMAZON-APPLE-EBOOK-300x464On The Rebound is a sweet, sports romance set on the campus of fictional Irving University. It’s a story about second chances and features a women’s college basketball team. Here’s a teaser for you.

After he’s caught in a grade fixing scandal, men’s college basketball coach Greg Miller is thrown a lifeline when an old friend offers him a job with the small-school Irving University women’s team.

Academic Advisor Ciara Monaghan knows first-hand the heartbreak and havoc a cheating man can wreak. She wants nothing more than to protect the University’s reputation by seeing to it that Greg’s stay at Irving is short.

The last thing either of them wants is the attraction they can’t deny. Can a struggling member of the basketball team bring them together to see how wonderful a second chance at life, and love, can be?


ABOUT JIM CANGANY

JimPhotoJim Cangany was forty pages into his first manuscript when he realized it was a romance. He went with it and has great joy writing sweet, contemporary love stories. A lover of things that go fast, when Jim’s not writing, you can probably find him checking into the latest from IndyCar or pro bike racing. He lives in Indianapolis with his saint of a wife Nancy, his sons Seamus and Aidan, and the princess of the house, kitty cat Maria.

Visit him: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or Tumbler


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And then the Director said… “Now, We Make A Movie.”

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Greetings, my friends.  I have a long way to go to explain the title of this post, but first, let me say this.  Regardless of all the madness that unhappy or just down right hateful people spout all over the internet on a regular basis, I am beyond thankful for the friends and connections I have made through social media.  I don’t subscribe to all of the available channels, but for those few that I do, have made all the difference in my life.  As easy as it is to reach a wider selection of people, I still have a long way to go and social media totally affords me the opportunity to continue chasing my dream in the entertainment industry.

Now before anyone gets the wrong idea, this post/project has absolutely nothing to do with my books.  Yes, I am still trying to reach out to the filmmaking community and I have connected with some of the movers and shakers in the business, but nothing concrete has yet been established in concern to any of my work being made into a film.  That day will come or it won’t.  All I can do is keep shopping things around until it finally lands in the right hands.  Hopes and prayers to be continued.  Moving on…

So here’s the deal…  Some months ago I was trolling social media, Facebook to be exact, as I have recently taken to doing, in search of new connections within the film industry.  By happy chance I ran across a post on Women Filmmakers Across America about a director who was hosting a Kickstarter campaign for a documentary feature film and was looking for bloggers who might want to help spread the word.   Considering that I feature a lot of indie entertainment – authors, musicians, filmmakers and more – on my blog, I went ahead and checked out the campaign.  In just a few minutes of review I knew it was the kind of project I would be proud to support.   The heart of the project is this;

12036516_627249500750884_6036593675375219899_nBETWEEN THE SHADES is a feature film documentary that seeks to explore the shades of being gay by exploring what connects us all: our desire to love. Fifty people will be preselected to participate and share their stories for our film. We will conduct 16 -18 interviews per day for three days with the subjects being either single or as couples. There may be a few surprise visits and clips from some people you may already know. The participants will be given prompts such as best first date, worst kiss, craziest relationship, what people would and would not do for love, etc. The answers to these prompts will be cut together with the intent of showing the commonality of love.

Emmy-winning Director Jill Salvino – http://www.betweentheshades.com/

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In the weeks to follow, (My original post was October 2015), I had the opportunity to speak often with the director, Jill Salvino.  All throughout the campaign process she was busy with interviews and other relate issues, but was still kind enough to chat with me about the details of the film.  Though I have supported/promoted other Kickstarter campaigns on my blog, this one was a nail-biter for me because at this point Jill had become a friend.  In the end, words cannot express how thrilled I was at the success of the campaign or my excitement to the post when the director finally said; “Now, we make a movie.”

At present time, there’s a lot of business going on surrounding this film project.  As Jill recently told me, the devil is in the details.  Those details include studio locations, shooting dates, production meetings and more.  For now, all I can tell you is that the movie will be filmed in Manhattan, New York.  I’ll keep you posted on the rest, so please stay tuned.  There’s more to this story still yet to come.  :o)

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About the Director:

11224367_10208098571291129_4966239362712454364_nJill Salvino is a highly decorated creative director who has collected over 200 industry awards including an Emmy.  She has a feature length screenplay in development and has directed several shorts that include Patti LaBelle and Kevin Bacon. She is a member of Promax, a long-standing chair of the Telly Silver Counsel, and a member of the New York Women in Film and Television.  Between the Shades is her first documentary film.

 

“The Edge of Nowhere Blog Tour” by C. H. Armstrong

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And Night Descends…the Third Book of the Small Gods

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Right after Christmas, something happened…something that’s happened before, but far too much time has passed since the last time.

I published a book.

More specifically, Ella and the wonderful team at Paper Gold Publishing published one of my books.

And Night Descends is the third book in the Small Gods series, preceded by When Shadows Fall and The Darkness Comes. The story of Teryk and Danya, Horace Seaman, Ailyssa, and all the others continues as they each chase their fate as it is inextricably linked to an ancient scroll and a prophecy of doom.

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To raise the Small Gods, a Small God must die,
When stars go out, the end is nigh.
One must die to raise them all,
Should Small Gods rise, man will fall,
One can stop them, on darken’d wing,
The firstborn child of the rightful king.

WHEN SHADOWS FALL…THE DARKNESS COMES…AND NIGHT DESCENDS

The moment Teryk and Danya…

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Link of the Weekend – Goodreads Giveaway

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Here’s a bit of shameless promo for your weekend. I’m giving away a paperback of DEAD MAN’S KISS. Enter for your chance to win. It’s easy!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dead Man's Kiss by Jennifer Bray-Weber

Dead Man’s Kiss

by Jennifer Bray-Weber

Giveaway ends January 21, 2016.

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Documentary Feature Film Promotion: “BETWEEN THE SHADES” by Emmy-winning Director Jill Salvino

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12036516_627249500750884_6036593675375219899_nBETWEEN THE SHADES is a feature film documentary that seeks to explore the shades of being gay by exploring what connects us all: our desire to love.

Our documentary speaks to those who have found being in love easy, difficult and for some, even impossible.  It is for the ones that have yet to hold a hand or experienced their first kiss.

Fifty people will be preselected to participate and share their stories for our film. We will conduct 16 -18 interviews per day for three days with the subjects being either single or as couples. There may be a few surprise visits and clips from some people you may already know.

The participants will be given prompts such as best first date, worst kiss, craziest relationship, what people would and would not do for love, etc. The answers to these prompts will be cut together with the intent of showing the commonality of love.

Emmy-winning Director Jill Salvino – http://www.betweentheshades.com/

Coming soon…

New Release: “If I Seem Dangerous” by Rose Sawyer

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If I Seem Dangerous which will be on sale for 99c.
He’s preparing for the fight of his life. Meet Noah for just 99c!
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THE SPACESHIP NEXT DOOR has landed

GeneDoucette_TheSpaceshipNextDoor1400The most important day of the month is here!  Yes!  Christmas The release day for The Spaceship Next Door!

I’m excited!  Are you excited?  Good!  Go get yourself a copy if you haven’t already, and tell me what you think!

Download a copy at one of these fabulous vendors.

The Spaceship Next Door on Amazon

The Spaceship Next Door on iBooks

The Spaceship Next Door on Nook

The Spaceship Next Door on Kobo

The Spaceship Next Door on Google Play

If you want a print edition, you can pick one up from these retailers:

The Spaceship Next Door at Amazon

The Spaceship Next Door at Barnes and Noble

The Spaceship Next Door at Createspace

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