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#Besomebody

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Originally an article of mine published in Texas Lifestyle 🙂

#Besomebody

Have you seen signs, billboards, bumper stickers, and tweets cryptically telling you to #Besomebody? I finally had to take the bait and research what I thought might be a silly and trendy phase or a creepy cult. As it turned out, #Besomebody is actually an AMAZING international, fast-spreading app that gives you opportunities to celebrate your passion—whether that be yoga, writing, painting, whatever!

You can visit the “Experience” page to view all of the available opportunities in your area (a scrapbooking class, a cooking course, a rock-climbing challenge) or you can be the one creating these chances, making money by sharing your passion!

Communications Director of the Austin-based start-up Matt Bennett describes it better than I can. He said, “#Besomebody is the world’s first mobile platform that connects people based on shared passions. It’s a Social Marketplace that enables you to learn anything you’re passionate about by booking Experiences with talented people around you. And, if you’re willing to teach, you can make money doing what you love by becoming a Passionary on our platform.”

Bennett became involved with #Besomebody just like I did—he was curious! He reached out to Founder and CEO Kash Shaikh (who formerly worked for Procter & Gamble and GoPro, is only in his thirties, and started #Besomebody as a simple blog about passion) and asked how to get more involved. Two years later, Bennett says #Besomebody has changed his life and allowed him to learn so much about himself. “I’m so thankful to have now stepped into my true purpose. I’ve learned that once you are clear on your vision, the how you get there doesn’t matter.  We keep following our passion, stay open to all possibilities, trust those around us and just know that we’re right where we’re supposed to be,” he said.

Bennett said that the app is right for anyone who wants to do what they love—and that’s everyone, right? I downloaded the app (it’s free!) and I became a Passionary so that I could post a “Self-Publishing 101” and “Editing/Workshopping” experience on my page. Meanwhile, when I search for experiences around me, I look for new and exciting things that my friends and I would love to do—like graffiti art, photography, and pottery sculpting!

Think your passion won’t be listed? There are over 850! And if you still don’t see yours, you can always add a new one. I scrolled through the B’s just now and saw Batman, Baton Twirling, BBQ, and Being Happy. Those are some great life passions.

About the author: Alysha Kaye is a high school English teacher in Kyle, TX and recent author—her debut novel The Waiting Room is available on Amazon and at BookPeople. When she’s not wrangling 9th graders, she’s blogging, reading, or exploring Austin.

For more, follow her on Twitter @alyshakaye7 or check out her website: http://www.alyshakaye.com

The Wait is Over

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Another amazing review from another amazing book blogger!

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Throughout the ages, the basic questions of humankind have been, “What is the meaning of life?” and “What happens when we die?” Alysha Kaye’s debut novel, “The Waiting Room,” changes that dynamic – it seeks to provide a possible answer to what happens after death, and will leave you asking, “What is the meaning of death?”

I am so thankful to Kaye for blessing me with a free pre-release copy of this book to review. It was a serious page turner and I had a hard time putting it down. It was also a book that I had a very difficult time not discussing with my friends and family, as I knew so many who would love it. (In fact, I had to dish – and share – this book with my mom.)

To put this book in a genre, I guess I’d have to call it a “paranormal romance,”…

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Better Early Than Late: When pub dates go wrong…

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The Waiting Room on Amazon

If you’ve self-published, you probably know the exasperation of CreateSpace and Amazon.

In my case, I wanted to make sure my novel was out on July 1, the date which I’ve advertised everywhere. CreateSpace warns that the print process sometimes takes up to 5 days…so, of course, I uploaded 5 days before the 1st.

And then my book magically appeared on Amazon a day later. Friends and family excitedly posted on my Facebook and I deflated in my humid, Texas apartment.

“Well….better early than late!” My friend Nathan graciously pointed out. I drank three mimosas at brunch and decided to go ahead and let the world know: my book is available!

Here are the links, hope you check out THE WAITING ROOM 🙂

Kindle version:
http://amzn.to/TupzK9

Print version:
http://amzn.to/1ofMTXn

Interview with Acclaimed Novelist Joyce T. Strand

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Fair Disclosure

I connected with Joyce through WLC (World Literary Cafe).

She had posted an amazing offer- an opportunity for authors to be featured on her blog!

Of course, I jumped at the chance. Joyce has written and published THREE novels (I know, jealous). They’re all on my Goodreads to-read shelf and I can’t wait to check them out.

Read more about her and check out my full author interview on her blog!

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Kindle Select Program- yay or nay?

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Self-publishing is sometimes the PITS, y’all.

Here I am, suuuuuper pumped for the release of my novel on July 1, completely expecting to make it available on multiple platforms. I mean, sure, everyone knows that Kindle is the best e-reader, but who am I to judge you Nookie fans? And you rare iTunes/iBooks/Apple lovers. And yes, even you, you Smashwords page-turners.

Let’s face it–authors don’t care HOW you read their books or HOW you buy their books–we’re just over the moon if you DO buy and read our books!

All of this is to say that I’ve been persuaded to try out Amazon’s Kindle Select Program. If you’re not a crazed self-published author, let me explain a bit.

The Kindle Select Program offers various *free* promotional deals to authors IF and only if the authors agree to sell exclusively through Amazon for the first 90 days. No Barnes & Noble, no Apple, no Smashwords, etc.

At first, I was outraged. I was very all-caps: MY NOVEL WILL BE AVAILABLE TO WHOMEVER WANTS TO BUY IT GODDAMMIT!

But then I was like…Oh yeah, this is my first novel. I am…a teacher. I am…poor. I…have nothing to lose.

Free promotion is kiiiiinda hard to pass up. This blog really helped me make up my mind- gracias, Karol.

 

So I am EXTREMELY sorry if you’re NOT a Kindle reader. This truly upsets me greatly. BUT, Amazon will still have the paperback available OR you can wait 90 days, when I will probably expand markets. Please share your own personal experiences and your thoughts on this decision.

And I hope you still keep an eye out for THE WAITING ROOM July 1 🙂

Kindle price: $3.99

Paperback: $9.99

 

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KTSW 89.9 On-Air Interview!

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KTSW

In the San Marcos, TX area? Listen live this Thursday at 5:30 PM! I’ll be talking about THE WAITING ROOM, releasing July 1, live on-air KTSW 89.9.

Not a Central Texan? No problem! KTSW offers various streaming options.

They also have a blog, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channel.

 

When I was going to Texas State, I was actually a news reporter for KTSW! So this experience will be bizarre not only because being on the radio makes me extremely nervous, but also because I’ll be in my old stomping grounds…feeling old.

The support I’ve received from my alma maters (Texas State and University of Hawaii) has been amazing. Both schools have posted about my upcoming novel on their Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and even their main websites. It’s been incredible.

So thank you KTSW, for this opportunity! Pretty sure most KTSW San Marvelous listeners are students and probably not around since it’s sweet summertime, but hopefully this will still help spread the word 🙂

Listen in and cross your fingers that I don’t sound like too much of a bumbling idiot! 5:30PM, CST, KTSW 89.9.

5th Country to Review my Book: Japan!

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5th country to review my book – Japan!

Check out this awesome blogger:

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The book title: “The Waiting Room”

The author: Alysha Kaye

 

The release date: July 1st, 2014

*It will be available at Amazon.com. I’ll give you the link later.

The author’s website and blog:

http://alyshakaye.com/

https://alyshakaye.wordpress.com/

 

 

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Self-introduction by the author:

 

 Alysha Kaye was born in San Marcos, TX, where she also received her BA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. She worked in marketing for a brief and terrible cubicle-soul-sucking time until she was accepted into Teach for America and promptly moved to Oahu. She taught 7th grade English in Aiea for two years and also received her Masters in Education from University of Hawaii. She now teaches in Austin, TX and tries to squeeze in as much writing as possible between lesson planning. She dreamt about The Waiting Room once, and offhandedly wrote her boyfriend a love poem about waiting for him after death…

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Another review is in! Results?

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Another review is in! Another 4 STARS!

Check out this awesome blogger: her reviews are pretty great!

"We know not what we may be."

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Title: The Waiting Room

Author: Alysha Kaye

Publisher: Self-published

Publication date: July 1, 2014

Author’s twitter / Author’s blog / Author’s website

Alysha Kaye is an author and English teacher from Texas who provided me with a copy of her upcoming book in exchange for an honest review. As an English teacher myself, I felt an obligation to support her in her novelistic endeavor – plus, her book sounded amazing. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on The Waiting Room, which turned out to be an absolute delight to read.

First, a brief summary from the author’s website:

Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those…

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‘The Waiting Room’ Back Cover

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Presenting the back cover of my novel (coming soon!) complete with the book summary and author bio.

The Waiting Room front/back cover

I’m pretty happy with it 🙂 Although it was extremely difficult to write both the summary and bio…still might need tweaking.

Now, just waiting on the author website to be wrapped up along with the interior design. Stay tuned!