Friday, April 15, 2016

JOIN MY SOCIAL MEDIA FLASHMOB!


A wise and talented man once told me that ‘it doesn’t matter how great your book is, if no one knows it exists, they don’t know to buy it.’ As the quintessential ‘critically acclaimed, starving artist,’ my ‘resources’ to get my book in the public eye are limited. Now there’s Thunderclap. 

Thunderclap is a new website that allows people to pledge to Tweet or Facebook a message, all at the same time on the same day. It is by far the easiest way for my family and friends to help me get word of my book out. Follow the link below, where you agree to allow Thunderclap to post my designed post on the day of its release on one or more social platforms. It’s a book blast flashmob! 

I PROMISE you, they will post this post, and ONLY this post. I’ve supported other Thunderclap campaigns and have NEVER had a single problem with them posting anything else. HOWEVER, this campaign will only take place if enough people join the campaign.

 I would be ever so truly grateful for your participation in this campaign…for your support of my work. Thank you.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

A GOOD BOOK NEEDS A GOOD EDIT:
NOTHING SCREAMS 'AMATEUR'
LOUDER THAN A GLARING SPELLING
MISTAKE OR IMPROPER PUNCTUATION

NOW ACCEPTING CLIENTS

Donna Russo Morin
Editorial Services


It's next to impossible to edit one's own writing (or typing, for that matter) with an objective eye.  Familiarity breeds errors.  As a twenty-five year writing professional, I offer expert editing and copy-editing services.  I am an internationally published author of fiction and nonfiction with a BA in Communications from the University of Rhode Island, and certification from the National Writer's School.  I have many years of experience as an editor for both print and internet magazines and I teach writing at my state's most prestigious adult learning center.

My editing expertise lies in all areas: spelling, punctuation, spacing, sentence variety, subject verb agreement, dashes vs. hyphens, bullet points,  jargon, syntax, confusing phrases or modifiers; chapter headings consistency; presentation of numbers, quotes, images, links, margins, headings; consistency of capitalization, abbreviations, font, names, locations, character names, logic or paragraph sequence; uniformity in presentation style/author’s voice.


It is my sincere goal to try to teach authors where their weak points are and give suggestions on how to correct them, empowering them with evolved writing skills; to not only improve their book, but improve their craft overall.

Three levels of service are available:


 Express Proofreading-spelling, typing, punctuation and basic grammar.
 Basic Copyediting-with above, word choice, clarity, phrasing, grammar and syntax.


Advanced Editing-with above, extensive rewriting and reworking of text for readability and style. In addition, I provide an in-depth analysis of the work overall, making suggestions on the plot arc, character development, and much more.

 *A page is defined as standard manuscript size, using double-spaced lines (cost for single-spaced material is one and a half times the listed rates).


My CV, including all clients and their works, is available upon request.


Contact me at donna@donnarussomorin.com for rates and availability.


TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE YOUR GOOD BOOK INTO A GREAT BOOK! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY
PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY

                                                                                                      ENTER HERE

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY
IS NOW AVAILABLE ON NETGALLEY

To all my blogger and professional reviewer friends, the first book in my Da Vinci's Disciples series is now up on NetGalley. I would be ever so grateful to those who love historical fiction, to give it a read and let me know what you think. I am always so thankful to anyone who takes the time to read my book and to share their thoughts, opinions, reviews, and ratings. I value your time and opinions. Please feel free to share the link with any other bloggers or reviewers. With gratitude!

PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY ON NETGALLEY

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AUTHORS AT THE MERCY OF ALGORITHMS #1

Many readers, and perhaps some authors, don’t know of the power of algorithms and how they can make or break the success of a book. The first instance is pre-orders. Pre-orders will determine if online retailers (cough, Amazon, et. al) send messages and feature any one book. The more pre-orders, the more they’ll feature the book. It will also determine how many books their publisher will print. The best written book can fail if these algorithms aren’t put into play. It is no longer just about the craft, as it should be.

Three months before its release, both the print and e-version pre-order links of my book, PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY, are now available. I’m so thrilled to be working with a publisher attuned to being competitive.

The e-version is ONLY $4.99!!!! 

I would be ever so grateful for any interested readers to make their way over to their favorite online retailer and put in your pre-order. Sharing this post would be a big help in assisting me to triumph over the algorithms.



Here are the links to the two biggest online sellers:
PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY ON AMAZON

PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY ON BARNES AND NOBLE


With gratitude.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

WHAT I DON'T WRITE




I do not write stories where everything ends tied up in a pretty bow and I do not apologize for it. That’s not life. Yes, there are pretty bows here and there, for some more than others. Yes, I write stories of women from the past, but their lives often had fewer pretty bows; their struggles were often simply to survive. I believe the women and men who read—or would read—my books, are of an intellect and maturity that allows them to appreciate not only the truth rather than the fairy tale, but also know what it means to cherish the little bows that trickle through our lives, for they are often far more precious.  

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

COVER REVEAL!
PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY
Da Vinci's Disciples Book One


May 10, 2016
Available for pre-order now!
See links below!

It is with great pride and excitement that I reveal the cover of the first book in my upcoming series, Da Vinci's Disciples: PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY.

One murder ignites the powder-keg that threatens to consume a city. Amidst the chaos, five women and one legendary artist weave together a plot that could bring peace, or get them all killed.

Seeking to wrest power from the Medici family in 15th Century Florence, members of the Pazzi family draw their blades in a church and slay Giuliano de' Medici. But his brother Lorenzo de’ Medici survives, and seeks revenge on everyone involved, plunging the city into a murderous chaos that takes dozens of lives. Bodies are dragged through the streets, no one is safe.

Five women steal away to a church to ply their craft in secret. Viviana, Fiammetta, Isabetta, Natasia, and Mattea are painters, forced to hide their talent from the world, but freed from the restrictions in their lives by their art. When a sixth member of their group, Lapaccia, goes missing, and is rumored to have stolen a much sought after painting as she vanished, the women must venture out into the dangerous streets to find their friend and see her safe. They will have help from one of the most renowned painters of their era—the peaceful and kind Leonardo Da Vinci. It is under his tutelage that they will flourish as artists, and with his access that they will infiltrate some of the highest, most secretive places in Florence, unraveling one conspiracy as they build another in its place.

Historical fiction at its finest, Donna Russo Morin begins the series, Da Vinci’s Disciples with a novel both vibrant and absorbing, perfect for the readers of Sarah Dunant.

Da Vinci’s Disciples, the trilogy, is the story of a secret society of women artists, under the tutelage of the great Leonardo da Vinci, who must navigate the treacherous life of 15th century Florence while trying to bring their artistry to the world. PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY will be followed by THE COMPETITION and THE FIRE (tentative titles).

‘A riveting page-turner unlike any historical novel you’ve read, weaving passion, adventure, artistic rebirth, and consequences of ambition into the first of a trilogy by a masterful writer at the peak of her craft.’                                                                                  
      -C. W. Gortner, author of
      The Confessions of Catherine de’ Medici and The Vatican Princess

READ AN EXCERPT: PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY EXCERPT

PRE-ORDER PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon
The Duomo, Florence, Italy

Barnes and Noble
Books-a-Million
IndieBound
Amazon UK
Amazon Italy
Amazon Brazil
Amazon Canada
Fishpond New Zealand
Ecampus
Amazon Mexico
Amazon Spain
Amazon France
Amazon India
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