Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Review: 'WRITE, PUBLISH, PROMOTE' by Debrah Martin

Popular British author DB Martin/Debrah Martin aka Lily Stuart is widowed, has two daughters and moved to Wantage, Oxfordshire in 2013, describing it as the friendliest place she's ever lived. She is also Chair of the Wantage (not just Betjeman) Literary Festival. As DB Martin and Debrah Martin she writes adult mystery suspense thriller novels, but as Lily Stuart, the pen name she uses for her YA novels, she has found a new niche - Young Adult stories that actually use the contemporary language, bodily metamorphoses and hormonal changes that YA readers are experiencing. No fantasy lightheaded silliness here, just solid writing on a quite grand scale that `examines real people in real - but unexpected - situations, and the way their life transforms because of them. Her work has been described variously as intriguing, poignant, irreverent, quirky and page-turning.' Before settling into writing as a full time career she was a teacher and ran the business networking for the University of Winchester and social event management. And when asked why she writes on the edge, she states, `Stories that will have you on the edge of your seat. Go inside a killer's mind, balance on the edge of insanity, face the point of no return and go beyond it. I'm fascinated by all aspects of the human mind and behaviour as well as the dimensions we can't see in the real world. Consequently in my books you might equally well find yourself sharing in a domestic dilemma which leads to nightmare, or a nightmare that leads to a dilemma - real or imagined, possible or incredible, actual or supernatural.'

Given this impressive background it only seems natural that Debrah is the one in line to spread the concepts of ‘Write remarkably, Publish effortlessly, and Promote successfully (or as she subtitles her boo, How to write a best seller, self-.publish, and then keep selling it).
In each of the three parts of this strong teaching book Debrah covers about every important aspect we need to know. For instance, in Write, she covers getting started, characterization and dialogue, research/factual correctness, setting, editing and the important rewrite and more. In Publish she explores both digital and print media, covers copyrights, tax, etc. In Promote, the topics include online promotion, using Amazon to promote your book, getting reviewers, and reader magnets to list but a few.

Debrah’s style is magnetizing as she offers some terrific one-liners such as ‘The first skill a writer needs is the art of noticing.’ ‘Having something real in front of you makes it easier to stimulate the mind.’ ‘Remember, you don’t need to start at the beginning – in fact often it’s much better to start at another point in the story; the most dramatic point.’ And in addition to these bits of wisdom she presents her teaching instructions in an easy to absorb, accessible and practical manner – as though absolutely anyone could write a book if the motivation its there.

Bright, witty, warm and a fine instructor, Debrah Martin shares it all and we are the fortunate recipients of a very professional lady! Grady Harp, April 16

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