A Free Short Story Collection

A Free Short Story Collection

Last week I wrote a bit about the upcoming Rides From Strangers short story collection, as I finally got the completed cover design. Today’s post is related, but with a little twist.

As I mentioned a week ago, I’m offering this e-book free to anyone who joins the Sahno Publishing email list between now and September 10th. What I didn’t mention in any detail last week is the Instafreebie giveaway.

While I was waiting for the final cover and interior design for the book, I was also scrambling behind the scenes to get set up in my first Instafreebie giveaway. These guys coordinate book giveaways all the time, but I’d never been involved in one before. In fact, other than giving an e-book to a reviewer, I’d never given away e-books to anyone before this.

My fellow author Jay Lemming, who wrote Billy Maddox Takes His Shot, has been coordinating these types of giveaways with a group of other authors for a while now. This was my first chance to get involved in one, since the Rides From Strangers short story collection is going to be free.

The name of this particular giveaway is the Instafreebie Meditation on Evil and Death: Free Books and Stories that Contemplate the End. I’ll let you determine where Rides From Strangers fits into that scheme after you’ve read it. Feel free to comment below!

There are fourteen authors in the giveaway, from all around the world. If you want to join and check out some of these free e-books, you can find the link for the giveaway here.

If you just want to join my part of the Instafreebie giveaway and sign up for Rides From Strangers, go here.

You’ll be subscribing to my free monthly email newsletter if you download the book, but you don’t have to subscribe to it forever if you don’t want to. Sign up, and as soon as the e-book is available, you can download it for free.

Rides From Strangers will be available in three formats: EPUB, PDF, and of course MOBI, since many people will want to read it on their Kindle devices.

As we get closer to the Sept. 10th launch day, I want to emphasize that Rides From Strangers will not be available through Amazon, iTunes, or anywhere else. Just on my site and, for a limited time, through the Instafreebie giveaway. Hope you all enjoy it!

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Cover Reveal: Rides From Strangers

Cover Reveal: Rides From Strangers

Rides From Strangers is coming! Today’s post is a reminder about the upcoming publication of my new short story collection, which is indeed called Rides From Strangers, after the first story in the book.

For those of you already on my email newsletter list, I will be giving this e-book to you for free. But that’s not all. I’m also going to offer the e-book free to anyone who joins the Sahno Publishing email list between now and September 10th.

I really hope people like Rides With Strangers. And if they like these short stories enough to go ahead and buy one of my full-length works of fiction, great; if not, so be it. What’s most important is that it’s out there and available for people to read.

You don’t have to subscribe to the email newsletter forever if you don’t want to. Sign up, and as soon as the e-book is available, you can download it for free. If you unsubscribe to the newsletter afterwards, that’s okay too. You can still keep the e-book, naturally – no strings attached.

Rides From Strangers will be available in three formats: EPUB, PDF, and of course MOBI, since many people will want to send it to their Kindle devices.

As launch day arrives, I want to emphasize that Rides From Strangers will not be available through Amazon, iTunes, or anywhere else: just through my website and an Instafreebie giveaway. More on that in the weeks to come. Meanwhile, for anyone who wants to join the email list, email me at info@msahno.com and I’ll get you set up.

Really looking forward to getting this out there to you all! And remember: your mother told you not to ever take rides from strangers.

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Who Are Your Greatest Connections?

When it comes to networking, making connections with people who have a greater influence in your industry can be beneficial in ways that go on and on. This has proven true for many people, I’m sure, and I know I’ve seen it in my own experience.

Two recent examples come to mind for me, writers who rank high in the upper echelon of influencers in the publishing industry: Frances Caballo and Anne R. Allen. Frances hosts a blog called Social Media Just for Writers, and Anne co-hosts a blog with fellow bestselling author Ruth Harris.

These writers appear all over social media. I see them frequently cited by people like Joel Friedlander and Joanna Penn. A recent post of Frances’ on her blog linked out to articles by Anne and by Joanna Penn. So you can see that this upper echelon consists mainly of folks who know each other and support each other’s work. It’s not about competition. It’s about collaboration, sharing resources and ideas.

I’ve been the beneficiary of Frances’ wisdom for quite some time, having gotten into one of her courses on social media for authors in early 2016. More recently, Anne featured me on her blog to talk about Miles of Files. Now, when I first contacted Anne about appearing on her blog, I was looking to do it as the kickoff of a blog tour. She mainly hosts bestselling authors, but I guess we hit it off, and the rest is history.

The reason I explain all this is that I want to emphasize the importance of connection. These were not what I’d call “transactional” interactions. Sure, I paid for a course Frances sells, and sure, I offered a free post on Anne’s blog. But my motives weren’t strictly unselfish, right? I wanted to get more exposure through Anne’s blog, and I wanted to get better at using social media for business from Frances’ materials. I think we all benefited from our interactions.

Beyond that, I have seen my own name and picture pop up out of nowhere on an article that I didn’t even know about…all as a result of these relationships. To clarify, Frances and I follow each other on Twitter (and Anne and I do, too), and sometimes they post an article that’s been published elsewhere. Last week, I saw where Frances had posted an article on Joel Friedlander’s site, The Book Designer. Her article gave great advice on how to be social on social media, with illustrations from actual interactions. Lo and behold, there I was, having tweeted the replay video of one of her webinars after she ran it.

Next thing I know, Anne posted the same article on Facebook, so I shared Anne’s post on my Sahno Publishing Facebook page…which I guess inspired Anne to then go ahead and like my page. I also posted in the comments section at the end of Frances’ article, and here’s how that went:

So, you can see the automatic benefit of this kind of actual, personal social media interaction: a real person liking your content, and your name and face getting in front of that person’s audience. That’s how it works. I’m not saying I’m great at this stuff. What I’m saying is that I’m genuine and sincere, and I understand that you have to give to get. And really, it’s just that simple!

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Books As Extended Business Cards

As I mentioned on here a couple weeks back, my freelance copywriting gigs feed my addiction to writing fiction, not vice-versa. However, my copywriting business is just part of a larger vision for Sahno Publishing, and that’s a publishing company that provides services – or at least access to services – well beyond the scope of normal, or average, writing services.

See, I don’t think that a Master’s in English and 16 years of pro writing experience should lead me to provide mediocre content. Far from it. In fact, the whole point of Sahno Publishing at its initial launch was literary excellence. And excellence has to extend beyond the literary and into every other aspect of the business, too.

I also mentioned that speaking engagements can mean a lot, not just for clients, but for the company. So I’m dramatically ramping up my speaking efforts over the next 10-12 months, with the goal of attaining Certified Master Speaker status in May 2018.

Those of you who have already heard of me, or who know me personally, may be surprised to see me making media appearances. Don’t be. That’s part of the plan. As the result of working with some great clients, I’ll be changing my approach to the types of projects I will take on. The Sahno Publishing model now has Ghostwriting for Entrepreneurs at the top of the list, and I plan to finish a ghostwritten book every month over the next year. With a book project taking three months on average, that’s a lot of books.

If you know a business owner who wants to have a book they can use as an extended business card, have them give me a call and we’ll chat. I’m working on one now, and have another one on the hopper. Again, as a result of the great folks I’m working with, the calendar is going to fill up, and once that happens, I have to back off to make room for speaking gigs. If you need that book before 2017 is over, call (813) 528-2622. I have someone onboard who is going to be feeding me these projects without my having to go look for them, so don’t delay if you’d like me to be your guy.

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