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Self-Publishing Versus Traditional: A Discussion with Award-Winning Author Michael Phillip Cash

Self-publishing versus traditional. It’s a question every writer faces at some point or another. For me personally, I’ve never even bothered submitting a manuscript to a traditional publishing house. First off, I’ve heard horror stories. Just with marketing, after your book comes out and it’s marketed as best as they can, they no longer market it any further. My book Stillwell is out four years already, and it’s still a best seller on Amazon, all because my team continues to market it to different audiences.

I am a huge believer in the self-publishing model. Yes, could traditional houses get you into Costco and Wal-Mart…the answer is yes. However, a friend of mine from high school was published through Simon and Schuster. His book came out 10 years ago and he has 30 reviews on Amazon. My book Witches Protection Program has 160 reviews, and it’s been out for 4 months.

If you are just starting out, I say self-publish. You have control over your work. Hire a good marketing team, a social networking guru and a publicist. Concentrate on writing excellent stories and have your team market the hell out your brand. Also, get familiar with the differences between traditional and self-publishing. Read A.P.E. – Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. It’s the bible for Self-Publishing that I live by.

About the Book

Monsterland Michael Phillip CashMonsterland

Written by Michael Phillip Cash Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville. Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

Monsterland contains solid ingredients for a horror feast: stupid teens, smart teens, a little challenged romance, family dynamics, action, blood and gore. Will civilization ever be normal again? You’ll have to read it to find out. We dare you!”—The Children’s Book Review

Ages 14+ | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | 2015 | 978-1517180676

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About Michael Phillip Cash

Michael Phillip CashMichael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written eleven books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, and Battle for Darracia series. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming monsters in the background. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Monsterland Tour Giveaway

Monsterland, by Michael Phillip Cash | Giveaway

Would you rather be a werewolf, a zombie or a vampire? Enter to win an autographed copy of Monsterland, by Michael Phillip Cash; plus a living dead themed travel mug and a $50 Amazon gift card!

Giveaway begins November 14, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends December 16, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST. US addresses only.

Monsterland Tour Dates

Thursday November 12 2015
The Children’s Book Review

Tour Kick-Off & Giveaway

Tuesday November 17 2015
The Review Wire
Book Excerpt from Monsterland

Tuesday November 24 2015

Guest Post written by Michael Phillip Cash

Tuesday November 17 2015
Suz Reviews

Author Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

Sunday November 29 2015
The Cover Contessa

Guest Post written by Michael Phillip Cash

Tuesday December 1 2015
DCC Mealy

Author Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

Wednesday December 2 2015
Once Upon a Twilight

Book Excerpt from Monsterland

Saturday December 5 2015
The Fairview Review

Monsterland Book Review

Tuesday December 8 2015
Just Another Mom

Monsterland Book Review

Monday December 14 2015
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Monsterland Book Review

Tuesday December 15 2015
Inspired by Savannah

Author Interview with Michael Phillip Cash

Book Giveaway: Inherit The Stars

Courtesy of Roc, I have a copy of Inherit The Stars by Tony Peak for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 20. I’ll draw a name on November 21, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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Exclusive Author Interview: Sarah Beth Durst


Author Sarah Beth Durst joins today to talk about her latest book, The Girl Who Could Not Dream!

  • Tell us a bit about THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM in your own words.

It’s about a girl whose family owns a secret dream shop where they buy, bottle, and sell dreams, and the adventures that she and her best friend — a loyal and cupcake-loving monster named Monster — go on when someone starts kidnapping dreamers.

  • Who is Sophie, and why are dreams so important to her?

Sophie is a twelve year old girl who can’t dream. When she does dream — which she can only do by drinking someone else’s bottled dream — the creatures in her dreams come to life. (Hence her best friend, Monster. He was from a classic monster-in-the-closet dream.)

Because her parents own a dream shop, she is surrounded by other people’s dreams — a constant reminder of what she can’t have. Not having her own dreams makes her feel different and lonely and like she’s missing out on something magical, beautiful, and vital.

I love dreams. I always try to think about something awesome right before I fall asleep, in hopes I’ll dream about that instead of a boring missed-the-train or can’t-find-the-bathroom dream.

  • Each of your novels seem to have a vastly feel, despite all being in the fantasy genre. Do you read a variety of different books? Does this influence your writing style?

Um… no. ducks head in embarrassment I know every writing teacher will tell you it’s important to read a wide variety of books. But honestly? Life is short. I read what I love. And what I love is fantasy. My favorite kind of book is one that takes you on an adventure, one that introduces you to new friends, and one that makes you feel as if the world is just a bit larger and more magical than you thought it was before.

And yes, this absolutely influences my writing style, because I try to write the kind of book that I would want to read. Really, that’s my primary criteria for every idea, for every character, for every scene: Would I want to read this?

  • What are you working on next?

Next, I’m working on an epic fantasy trilogy for adults about bloodthirsty nature spirits and the women who can control them. The first book, THE QUEEN OF BLOOD, will be coming out in fall 2016 from Harper Voyager. I’m really, really excited about it!

  • What’s your strangest dream that you remember?

I was Cindy Brady’s invisible best friend. I lived in the corner of the square between Cindy and Alice. I was there when the football hit Marsha’s nose. I was there when the boys put itching powder in the sleeping bags. And I flew for help when Bobby and Greg get trapped in the meat locker — but no one could see me because I was invisible.

Absolutely no idea why I had this dream, but for days afterward, I couldn’t get the Brady Bunch theme song out of my head.

Box Review: Comic Bento – October 2015


Comic Bento is a subscription Graphic Novel Box – A surprise selection of fantastic Graphic Novels with at least $60 worth of comics in every box and mailed right to your door!

Pricing starts at $20/month plus shipping.

Comic Bento

The box comes with a nice card that gives details on each of the selections.
This month’s theme was MASKS and was guest-curated by comics writer Gail Simone!

Comic Bento

Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More (Retail $17.99 or $14.21 on Amazon) – I bought the Kindle edition of this when it was on sale and loved it. So happy to have a hardcopy to start collecting the series!

Comic Bento

Green Hornet Volume 1: Bully Pulpit (Retail $19.99 or $13.37 on Amazon) – I’m excited to get a Green Hornet graphic novel that I don’t have yet. I’m definitely looking forward to this one by Mark Waid.

Comic Bento

Orchid Volume 1 (Retail $17.99 or $12.88 on Amazon) – This is a title that’s new to me. The premise doesn’t appeal, but I’ll reserve judgment until I read it.

Comic Bento

Harbinger Volume 1: Omega Rising (Retail $9.99 or $9.65 on Amazon) – This is another unfamiliar title/series. This one looks really promising, with great reviews. I’m looking forward to this one as well.

Summary: Comic Bento remains one of my top two favorite sub boxes (Marvel Collector Corps being the other). The value is always good, and I enjoy reading almost everything I’ve gotten. Even the one title I had already read in this box – I was happy to get a hardcopy for my collection.

Received in October

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in October for review and/or giveaways:

Back to the Future Trilogy – 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray Edition
Terminator Genisys Blu-Ray

Subscription Box:
Powered Geek Box

Dark Horse:
How to Pass as Human by Nic Kelman

Starbound by Dave Bara

This Census-Taker by China Mieville

Disney Hyperion:
Animas, Book Two Flight of the King by C. R. Grey
Mouse Mission by Prudence Breitrose
A Frozen Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry

Night Shade Books:
Weighing Shadows by Lisa Goldstein

Penguin Teen / Speak / Razorbill:
Atlantia by Ally Condie
Zodiac by Romina Russell

Phoneix Pick:
Inci by Mike Resnick
Wishing on a Star by Harriet Kamm Nye

The Prison in Antares by Mike Resnick

Random House / Bantam:
The Official Outlander Coloring Book by Diana Gabaldon
The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book by George R. R. Martin

Random House Children’s Books / Knopf:
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

The Night Voice by Barb Hendee

Saga Press:
Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Simon and Schuster / Emily Bestler Books:
The New Hunger by Isaac Marion
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus

Simon Teen / McElderry Books / Simon Pulse:
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Willful Machines by Tim Floreen

Subterranean Press:
This Year’s Class Picture by Dan Simmons
Hell’s Bounty by Joe R Lansdale
DJSturbia by David J Schow

Titan Books:
Conspiracy of Angels by Michelle Belanger
The Lazarus Gate by Mark Latham
The Sword and the Stallion: The Eternal Champion by Michael Moorcock
The Madness of Cthulhu Anthology by S. T. Joshi
The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School by Kim Newman
The Society of Blood: Obsidian Heart by Mark Morris

A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe
Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper by David Barnett
Air and Darkness by David Drake
The Wheel of Time Companion by Robert Jordan
Mystic by Jason Denzel

Book Giveaway: Illuminae


Courtesy of Knopf Books for Young Readers, I have a copy of Illuminae by D. J. MacHale for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 20. I’ll draw a name on November 21, and notify winner via email.


Good luck!

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The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven Tour

The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven Written by Brandon Mull and Illustrations by Brandon Dorman

The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven is the first visual discovery of the creatures in the series and is written as if the reader is the new caretaker of the Fablehaven preserve. It has all sorts of insider’s knowledge the new caretaker of Fablehaven would have to know, such as dragon tears are very powerful in making potions but they are extremely difficult to come by and cruel people have been known to torment young dragons just to collect tears! So don’t YOU want to be their caretaker? Entries detail important information about artifacts large and small, a complete bestiary of creatures (from fairies to trolls to satyrs), a guide to identifying demons, dragons, and wizards as well as valuable insights into the other magical preserves. Scattered throughout the book are colorful fairies that also mark some of the characters, artifacts, and creatures that will be featured in the upcoming sequel series, Dragonwatch.

I was offered a ebook to review, which was unfortunately not complete and wasn’t easy to view o read on a kindle app. I don’t think it did the book justice. The images I’ve seen of the finished book look incredible, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. Fans of Fablehaven will really enjoy this book. From incredible illustrations of unique creatures to fun details on familiar (and some obscure) items that Fablehaven Caretakers and adventurers need to know.

If you haven’t read one of the best children’s series out there (Fablehaven by Brandon Mull), then make sure you do. You won’t be disappointed.

Received in September

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in September for review and/or giveaways:

Swamp Monsters Season 1
iZombie Season 1
The Flash Season 1 Blu Ray
Arrow Season 3 Blu Ray

Subscription Boxes:
Collectible GEEK
Power Up Box
Hero Crate

Amazon Publishing / 47North:
Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind by Anne Charnock

Del Rey:
Star Wars: The Rise of the Empire by James Luceno and John Jackson Miller
Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed

Disney Hyperion / Lucasfilm Press:
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Smuggler’s Run by Greg Rucka
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Moving Target by Cecil Castellucci
Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz
Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
Spinning Starlight by R. C. Lewis
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Gallery Books:
Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season by Mike McMahan

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen:
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Reckless Hearts by Sean Olin
Hollowgirl by Sean Williams
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Harper Voyager:
Shadow of Empire: Far Stars by Jay Allan

The Battle for Oz by Jeyna Grace

Macmillan Teen / Fiewel and Friends / Swoon / Roaring Brook:
These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker
High School Horror: Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen

Penguin / Putnam:
Saturn Run by John Sandford

Penguin Teen / Nancy Paulsen Books / Philomel / Razorbill:
The Poe Estate by Polly Shulman
Ranger’s Apprentice Early Years: The Tournament at Gorlan by John A. Flanagan
Soundless by Richelle Mead

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Voyager: Atonement by Kirsten Beyer
Star Trek: Titan: Sight Unseen by James Swallow

Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 by Greg Bear

Random House / Bantam:
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin

Inherit the Stars by Tony Peak
The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

Flashes by Tim O’Rourke

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

Pathfinder Tales: Bloodbound by F. Wesley Schneider
Aftermath: Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Chuck Wendig
Dragon Coast by Greg Van Eekhout
Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer
Hell’s Foundations Quiver by David Weber
Against a Brightening Sky by Jaime Lee Moyer

Virgin Books:
Thunderbirds: The Vault by Marcus Hearn