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Scary Holiday Books Turned Into Movies

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Is there anything better than curling up in warm blankets and reading a good book? If you are a horror fan, then you can follow the same recipe and enjoy a good movie on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Many horror movies based on famous horror novels, so if you want to experience the same plot through written and visual formats, keep your eyes peeled on our list of top scary holiday books below.

Stephen King Movies

Stephen King has a collection of novels that are grim, and almost all of them found their way to the movie screens. He is the master of the horror genre, after all. Stephen King has sold more than 350 million copies of his horror and supernatural books, and to this day, he published 58 novels.

Some of Stephen King’s novels had lived to see second movie adaptations, like ‘It.’This movie was iconic in 1990, and it ran as a miniseries, with 3 hours’ worth of video material. The movie follows the story of seven children in Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by Pennywise, a horrifically demonic clown.

The newest adaptation released in 2017 and it grossed more than 700 million dollars.Other favorite Stephen King novels that turned into hit movies are Carrie, Children of the Corn, Cujo, the Mist, and many more.

Let Me In or Let the Right One In

Based on a Swedish novel “Let the Right One In” that published in 2004, we have two movies ready to put us into the vampiric Halloween mood. This horror story written byJohn Ajvide Lindqvist follows a lonely young boy who gets bullied in school. When a new neighbor moves in next door, a girl his age becomes his friend. The only problem – she’s a vampire.

Later, in 2008, the first movie adaptation came out in Sweden, and it won several awards, including the ones for best non-American film, Empire Award for the best horror movie, several awards for the screenplay, and many more. In 2010, the American version was released, with a stellar performance of Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

The Ring

It isn’t My Precious and only one, but this ring binds many characters in darkness. Written by Koji Suzuki in 1991, the American movie remake was released in 2002 and won the favor of the audience. The Ring is still one of the highest-grossing horrors. Due to such an incredible audience reaction, the sequel soon followed in 2005. The latest Ring installment released in 2017 (Rings).

The plotline revolves around the VHS tape, and whoever watches it dies in seven days. Mysterious and bizarre deaths kept occurring when one grieving mother prompted her sister, the journalist, to uncover the mystery.

With Halloween approaching, there’s nothing better than a good horror book to keep you in suspense and put you in the right All Hollows Eve mood. Browse through our Progressive Risingwebsite to select the best horror and thriller books. The blankets and hot cocoa – are not included.

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Halloween Safety Tips 2018

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Number one rule is not to eat all the candy the same day if you want to avoid a sugar rush, food coma, and a tummy ache. Joking aside, Halloween is a holiday where streets are swamped with pedestrians, most of whom are children. Take special precautions and follow our Halloween safety tips, and – happy Trick-or-Treating!

How to Cross the Streets

Children are more likely to be hit by a car on a Halloween than on any other day. Luckily, you can take extra precautions to keep them safe. Children should always be under adult supervision. For those who are mature enough, they can stick to larger groups of friends. Everybody should pay extra attention to cars, maintaining eye contact with the driver when crossing, and generally using crosswalksand traffic lights instead of running across the street.

Children should stay on the sidewalks and map the route in advance. Nobody wants to get lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood at night. It’s best not to run around, especially on the lawns where kids can easily trip on Halloween decorations. If your child has food allergies, it would be best to wait with sampling candy until you reach home.

Make Costumes Safe

Wearing costumes with face masks can diminish a child’s vision. It’s always better to turn to face paint and makeup where it’s applicable so that they can pay attention to crossings and obstacles. Add some glamour to the costume with LED lights or reflective tape so that they can be seen from a distance. You can always add flashlights as part of the Halloween accessory.

Make sure that children can have a full range of motion with their costumes. They need to be able to move freely without obstructions; otherwise, they might be in danger. It is especially true for selecting the right size. Costumes that are too big for kids, like capes or long dresses, can easily cause tripping and falling. Same goes for heels – make sure you select comfortable shoes.

Be careful about the props so that children can’t hurt others with their accessories. Also, avoid flame-hazard materialsand materials that can cause burn marks. Make sure that it’s easy to get out of the costume for bathroom breaks.

Safety Tips for Drivers

Children will be flooding the streets anywhere from 5 to 10 pm, so all drivers should pay attention and drive slower on Halloween. When you add candy in the mix, children are pretty excited, so they might run on the street, be distracted, not look on the crossings, etc.

Concentrate on the driving, and take more time to make sure it’s safe to make a turn. It is especially true if you are parking or backing up your vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled and be alert on Halloween. If you are driving and wearing a mask, make sure your vision is clear and that nothing is blocking it.

When the trick-or-treating is finally done, it will be hard to put the kids to sleep after all that excitement.  Wind down with a good book – you can find many favorite headlines on our Progressive Risingwebsite.

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4 Book Marketing Tips You’ll Find Useful

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These days, everything’s online – including books. And, even if they’re not online per se, you need to market them online for the hard copies to get purchased at all. If you’ve been in the game for a while, you know how tough, challenging and time-consuming book marketing can be, don’t you? Ah, we all do. And, if you are new and enthusiastic – you’ll soon find out.

So, how are you going to market your book? Here are four ideas.

  1. Create a Compelling Brand Identity

Long gone are days when there were only a few authors to publish in a year. In the 21st century, the century of blogs and opinions, everyone’s a potential author and – if you want your book to sell – you need to stand out.

The truth is, writers are no longer just writers – they are walking and talking brands who need to market themselves if they want to be remembered. So, brand yourself in a way that resonates with your target audience and tells a story of who you are as a person and a writer. For instance, if you describe yourself as A Cab Driver Who Writes Books, or The Mother of Three – Criminal, Judge, and Writer – that’ll certainly attract people who either find your description (brand) exciting or see a little bit of themselves in it.

 

  1. Don’t Try to Sell – Try to Market Your Book

Selling is not marketing, especially not on social media! Forget the phrases like ‘Check out my book,’ ‘Buy my book,’ and ‘My book is free today’ because they’ll make you look, well, pathetic. Instead, interact to get known, post intelligent comments, be witty, be memorable, be worth reading.

  1. Blog Often But Don’t Spam

Newsflash: writing a book isn’t enough. With the competition as strong as it is and so many amazing authors to follow on social media, you need to keep reminding people of yourself and the work you do. So, make sure you blog as often as possible about your book to catch the reader’s interest. You can also write posts thematically related to your book, and then cleverly include it in the post.

For instance, if you wrote a book titled: My Childhood: How I Escaped from a Cult? And you are writing a post about, say, the elements of occultism, include a sentence like “In my book My Childhood: How I Escaped from a Cult? I talk extensively about reactions of the human psyche in the circumstances that…” etc. The point is: keep (subtly) reminding the readers of your book. Plus, writing about your book will get social media attention and make you discoverable on Google.

  1. Be Resourceful With Your Profiles

Set up accounts on Goodreads, AuthorDen, Shelfari or other social media sites related to books. Even places like Google+, Stumbleupon, Pinterest, and Facebook can work. Get notified through Google Alert every time your name lists on a new search engine entry. Since you are marketing yourself as an author, write an original bio for these sites – give your potential readers the reason to find out more about you.

For all the new authors, here’s a closing word of caution: gear up and get ready to face up a lot of arduous self-promotion and hard work before you get anywhere. But, do pair up with Progressive Rising Phoenix if you want to get the best independent publisher for your work, and get to the finish line quicker than you thought possible!

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Seasonal Books – When to Start Marketing

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A lot of people write books to market them specifically at certain times of year such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas time, Easter, Summer holidays, Anniversaries (e.g., WWII), etc. Seasonal publishing can do you more good than damage, especially if you’ve got a solid strategy. With the right seasonal marketing spin, you can turn yourself in the hit author of your targeted season.

What is Seasonal Marketing?

Seasonal marketing is a type of marketing focused on creating campaigns that align with annual events. There are three types of annual events linked to seasonal marketing:

Official holidays:

  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • New Year’s Day
  • Labor Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Mother’s Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Halloween
  • Independence Day
  • Easter
  • Saint Patrick’s Day

Non-traditional holidays:

  • Black Friday
  • Earth Day
  • Star Wars Day
  • International Women’s Day

Annual cultural events:

  • Spring Break
  • Summer Vacation
  • Back-to-School

Apart from the official holidays which are the most celebrated holidays in a year, others aren’t officially acknowledged but do have a following and tend to vary in dates. However, they tend to happen at around the same time each year.

When to Start Marketing Your Seasonal Book?

Well, this is one of the crucial moments of your publishing campaign and career as an author. If you are targeting any of the unofficial groups, it’s best to keep track of those events (when they’ll be celebrated) and start marketing a few months before the actual event. First, create a buzz about your book a year before your publication date and then, as you get closer to the exact publishing date, get more aggressive with your campaign.

For instance, if you want to publish a romance novel, create a buzz at least six months before Valentine’s Day, and then release on Valentine’s or around that date. Looking to publish a children’s book? Build hype a few months before they go back to school! Got a sci-fi book? The next Star Wars movie is perfect timing to publish! Want to publish a self-help book targeting the broken hearted? Surprise the singletons during summer time – they’ll have something useful to read in the sun as they decompress and recharge. If you wrote a memoir on your grandfather’s WWII experiences, publish it on the anniversary of the D-Day. You get the gist.

Grab a Window

Unfortunately, not all events are predictable nor can you always follow a plan. In the 21st century, things seem to happen out of nowhere and create the biggest buzz ever. If you are drawn to this type of writing, you need to be quick to publish. The most important thing is to grab your window of opportunity, master your art of writing fast and launch it while the topic’s still hot. Otherwise, you’ll be old news. Remember when Prince died how many books there were published about his life within weeks of his death? Well, that’s what we mean by “being quick to publish.”

A thorough marketing strategy for your book release won’t play a massive role in situations like these. These are hot topics, they are trending today and are no longer a thing a week from now. Unless you are working with the best marketing team in the country, chances are – you’ll have to work fast and get yourself out there quickly.

If you are looking to publish in your favorite season, Progressive Rising Phoenix is willing to help you get the best tips to keep you on track.

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How to Hook Readers on the First Few Sentences or Paragraph

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Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself, wrote Virginia Wolf. Leo Tolstoy observed that Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Margaret Atwood made it clear that Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space while Charles Dickens wondered Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. Brilliant.

So, what do these lines have in common except that we’re quoting (and remembering) them decades after they were written? They were (and still are) extraordinary novel openers we cannot get over. And that’s precisely what you want to accomplish, too.

But, how does a writer in the 21st century go about writing catchy openers and pieces that stick when, these days, virtually every content is chewed, digested, and spat out quicker than it was written?

In a climate that encourages everyone to speak their minds and share their content, you need to make sure your stuff is powerful enough to become worth remembering.

Apart from mastering these Must-Read Books That Will Make You a Better Writer, here’s how to hook readers:

Begin at a Pivotal Moment

In a novel – intrigue is everything. The reader is more likely to want to continue to read if you start your piece with a critical moment in the story.

“I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.” Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Make Your Readers Wonder

There’s something mind-bending about a plot you can’t understand straight away. When you put a question in your readers’ minds, you’ve done the most important thing – got their attention and made them want to read more. What’s going to happen? What do those first lines mean? You’ll keep them reading the more you make them wonder.

“Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did.” – Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

Start in Medias Res

When you begin with something happening, you immediately catch the reader’s attention and make them wonder what next is going to happen, who the characters are, what’s the background, etc. and you successfully build suspense without even getting to the plot.

“You better not never tell nobody but God.” Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Introduce an Intriguing Character

The reader will, no doubt, be much more interested in a story if there’s a character they find fascinating. Draw your readers into a story’s narrative by starting it with a captivating plotline and an out of the ordinary character.

“I was born twice: first as a baby girl on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.” Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

Begin with a Compelling Narrative Voice

Make your first words effective by opening the story with the voice of a narrator. The moment your readers identify with the narrator, that’s when you get their undivided attention. It’s best to start with the first person:

“I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other.”  Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

 

Great opening lines are fantastic tools to pull the writers in; however, don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. If your few first lines are spectacular and most of your content weak, they won’t continue reading. Keep your content strong at all times. Visit Progressive Rising Phoenix to learn how.