Connecting With Authors

February 15, 2012 by  
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I have always been a natural connector. I love meeting people and truly enjoy getting to know their stories. I find people extremely interesting. So when I get requests on LinkedIn and Facebook, I almost always follow up with a response.

I prefer following up with a live call and I’m surprised how few people will actually followup with the request to connect by phone. I don’t believe I can appreciate all the aspects of what someone has to offer or what they have experienced without that one-on-one time.

So when Alan Stransman contacted me on LinkedIn last week, I immediately responded and asked if we could talk live. Alan is a Ghost Writer and lives in Toronto.

He has two books Independently Published and sounds like he is very accomplished. In fact I will definitely introduce Alan to the next author who wants to use a Ghost Writer.

I will be going to Toronto in October and will be sure to connect with him when I’m there for a speaking engagement. We never know where these connections will lead, but I am always in awe of the talent out there in the world. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to get to know so many amazing people.

Sharp Writ Book Awards

February 8, 2012 by  
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Submit your book for the awards:

On behalf of the Smart Book Lovers, I wanted to let you know that submissions are now being accepted for the 2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards. Organized by the Smart Book Lovers, the Sharp Writ Book Awards are presented annually to recognize excellence in writing. Smart Book Lovers is a non-profit organization for people with high intellect and a passion for books. We originally started as the Book Lovers SIG of American Mensa. We became an independent organization in July 2010 to better serve our ever growing global membership (currently at 1200). Although no longer formally affiliated with Mensa, many of the members are current or former members of Mensa and other high IQ societies.

Printed and eBooks are eligible, and must be in English, published in 2009 or later, and have a valid ISBN (not required for digital books published on Kindle). The author need not be a member of a high IQ society.

We are accepting nominations in the following categories:

GENERAL FICTION: Action & Adventure, Graphical Novel, Family, Saga, Historical, Humor, Inspirational, Metaphysicial, Political, Western, and Romance. Other genres may be considered – contact for approval.

MYSTERY: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Sleuths and Crime. Other genres may be considered – contact for approval.

SCIENCE FICTION: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, and Supernatural.

POETRY: All categories of Poetry

PSYCHOLOGY: Psychology and Self-Help.

GENERAL NON-FICTION: Career, Educational, History, Military, and True Crime. Other genres will be considered – contact for approval.

BIOGRAPHY / AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Books that are biographical or autobiographical in nature, including personal memoirs.

YOUNG ADULT: Books specifically targeted at a teen audience. All genres (fiction, non-fiction, etc.) of young adult are placed in this category.

CHILDRENS: Books specifically targeted at a child audience. Examples include picture books or easy readers that combine text and illustrations.

The winners will be announced in mid-January via an innovative video award ceremony. The 2010 and 2011 videos can be viewed at the Sharp Writ Book Awards website –

In addition to the prestige which comes with recognition by book lovers with sharp intellect, this is an excellent marketing opportunity as well since our members are avid readers. The winning books are featured on our home page for three months for free. (The advertisement can continue beyond three months for a nominal fee).

You can find more information and download the nomination form at

Feel free to email me for more information or with any questions.

Ann Coghill
Coordinator, 2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards