Friday, April 25, 2008

NEW CultureFeast.com Article: "The Virtual Book Tour"

For all my self-released, independently published authors, check out my latest article on CultureFeast.com entitled: The Virtual Book Tour.

In this article I briefly explain the concepts of how a VBT works and what benefit it may be to self-published authors. Also, I give a description of an available source (Pump Up Your Book Promotion) that offers a cost-effective means to promote your novel/book.

Click here to see the original article on CultureFeast.com.


Thanks for the support and best of luck to you!!!

~Bobby Ozuna | Author of Proud Souls

Thursday, April 24, 2008

"Drawing The Story"--April 24th, 2008

Why I Write...

I write out of necessity; I write out of desire. I write for the sheer joy of creating life on paper and I write because if I ignored the inner voice within my mind, it would drive me mad. And the irony in that truth is to be successful as a writer of fiction, you have to (at moments at least) lose your mind and escape the realities of the world around you in order to draw a story with words about a world that doesn’t necessarily exist, detailing the pains and sufferings and the joys and happiness of the characters we create on paper. You have to answer their call to tell their story.

My writing is so much a part of my everyday life no less than breathing, eating or drinking. Writing however is voluntary and because of that you have to force it—even when it isn’t time—because like taking a breath or eating food or drinking water to survive, to ignore the voices within your mind, you suffocate, starve and dehydrate your creative soul. And when your soul suffers, so too does your body.

Writing is the action that brings me balance and offers me a sense of accomplishment in this world that appears to offer an ounce of joy for every cup of pain. It is the push that will not let me sleep comfortably at night. It’s the whispers that only I can hear—the creak and bending sound of the floor beneath my feet while I pace from corner to corner. It’s the tingle I feel down my neck while I lay safely under the covers and the breathing force I feel hovering over my body that stiffens me and frightens me to the point that I cannot move and somehow feel my soul slip out from beneath me.

Once I open the door to my imagination, and allow the whispers to formulate a history and a plot and ultimately a story—I am forever bound to the characters until I conclude the story. And it is not one moment sooner that the whispers within my mind will cease—and I can once again sleep well at night—at least a while. I get to know them while I am drawing their story and I cannot remember all their names when I am done. Someone may quote my own words and impress me and yet I forget the words are mine. Like a seer in a prophetic trance, I lose myself, giving way to my creativity and when I come to, I am impressed not by my own abilities but by the gift I was given. For in the end the impressiveness of my work is ultimately a reflection of a God-given gift, not of myself, but the calling I was given. I am neither greater than the next person nor lower, but equal with those who have a passion for literature and stories and the creativity of the artists that create our worlds. I am simply a writer.

Writing is my gift; It is part of who I am as a person—part of my soul. It gives purpose to my existence and the journey. Coming to that reality is hard—as many writers will tell you—the uncertainty of when or how I may proclaim myself a writer—casting aside the lack of experience or the literary resume that makes you famous—was the key to understanding my purpose as a writer. Once I did and I found the courage to face the truths about my own artistic abilities and short-comings I then found the strength to face the creativity of my artificial worlds—those I create within my imagination. It is there I find the peace that accompanies the life I was born to live.

…And that is why I write.

Friday, April 11, 2008

NEW CultureFeast.com Article

For all my self-published author (friends) out there, check out my latest article on CultureFeast.com entitled: "Affordable Online Marketing With The WritersCafe.org Network."

If you have done the research, then you are aware of the high costs associated with magazine/e-zine advertising; but you are probably aware that you can only go so far with a good word-of-mouth campaign before you have to start digging deep into your pockets and investing in your book's marketability. Click here to learn about the WritersCafe.org advertising program designed specifically for the independently published author.

Don't forget to leave a comment and share your thoughts with the CultureFeast.com or MySpace community!

*Click here to read past articles related to the world of independent publishing.*

~Bobby Ozuna author of PROUD SOULS http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LmJvYmJ5b3p1bmFvbmxpbmUuY29tLw==

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

"Proud Souls" On Location Video Documentary, Pt 2

I apologize, but due to "size limitations" within Blogger I will be unable to publish my latest edition to the "Proud Souls Video Documentary" (part 2) directly into this blog.
But you can link to it from here...

This is the second video in my documentary, where I take the audience "on location" to the setting in my debut literary novel: Proud Souls.
I was fortunate to meet some great people and somewhere in the midst of these videos...I share insight into how I created the story.

Thanks for the suppor
t! I do hope you enjoy the video footage.


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