Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Secret Society, A New Book, Poetry! Oh My!

Yes. I know. It has been a LONG time. My apologies. Life has a way of chewing us up and spitting us out. In the last...year plus...I have written more than 400 poems which can be found on my Instagram as well as completed a novel.

If you have followed me much you also know I have been in 2 films, having taken a leap into the world of acting - which came with about 6 semesters of training. I love it. But I still love writing more and will never give it up.

But that leads me to the cool news that Hundred Heartbreaks of Harlan Halifax is now available for pre-order (hits the Kindle and shelves on 9-13-2018). I am making the blog circuit to drum up interest and am also dusting off this corner of my life. So hopefully I will be a bit more consistent here.

Oh... and my collected book of poems (the first of four) is available for pre-order too. Busy times my friends!

Here is Hundred Heartbreaks of Harlan Halifax's summary and cover, if you want a free chapter click this free ebook chapter of Hundred Heartbreaks of Harlan Halifax. BUT please keep reading this blog down below as I have two more announcements including...a secret!

Hundred Heartbreaks of Harlan Halifax $8.99

The Hundred Heartbreaks of Harlan Halifax is set in the cornfields of Trinity, Indiana. The small community is verily owned by the ancient and reclusive Harlan Halifax. In the shadow of the Halifax mansion, lives young Addison Yates.

With his mother recently deceased, and a father who is on the ropes financially, Addison's world consists of his friends and an aging farmhand who now resides at the Yates' home. After an unfortunate lapse in judgment, Addison's path crosses with that of Harlan Halifax. He learns how the other half lives as well as the secrets behind Harlan's desire to remain a shut-in.

Through Harlan, Addison meets a girl from Afghanistan who is a refugee of the war-torn country. Captivated by a pair of brown eyes under a hijab, Addison is thrust on an inward journey that causes the small events in Trinity to take on much larger significance.

In this coming-of-age tale, the desperation of poverty meets the legacy of wealth. Youth clashes with age. Knowledge battles ignorance. Friendships attempt to withstand abuse, prejudice, and loss.

In a world ripping at the seams, Addison learns of love's many forms, while also awakening to the hatred that ignorance can breed.

And if you dig poetry...

Check out this cool cover. It has some surreal elements to it and I will give a free copy to whoever guesses what it portrays. Feel free to share this concept with friends and know that as many folks as guess, will get a free copy courtesy of me.


The book has more than 100 poems and 100 pieces of art - so it makes a nice addition to those word lovers out there.  At the very least, the cover is pretty neat. 

Hope you are all well! I miss my Denmonites.  But I do have a secret hangout being prepared for us as well. Check out the new website, and if you want in on free stuff, and a secret hangout, submit your email. It is pretty cool as far as club houses go! Just click the pics and you will get to where you want to go :)

Join the Secret Society

TTFN Denmonites! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

How To Use Social Media: An Author's Perspective

As an author I am always trying to find new ways to connect with readers and other writers. Social media has been a godsend for those of us in the book-making community, much as it has been for the rest of the business world.

The obvious benefits of social media for an author are:
  • Relationship building
  • Free advertising
  • A World Without Borders
  • Unlimited access to going through the same trials and tribulations
I have often linked posts to my Facebook or Twitter accounts because those seemed, to me, to have the most recognizable benefits from an advertising perspective. What many writers, and business people in general, fail to recognize is that the best form of advertising is relationship building, connecting with your audience, and actually getting to know one another.

When your audience cares about you, who you are as a person, they are much more likely to be interested in whatever it is you do - and if you are a writer - they will be that much more interested in your novel and that much more likely to pick it up or purchase it.

To that end, Instagram and Snapchat are perfect windows into your life.  They say a picture tells a thousand words.  So from that logic one photo on these accounts is saying about 8 times as much as a Twitter character count. While Facebook allows users to share posts up to 63,206 characters, most of that will be hidden unless you click to open more, and let us be honest, with Facebook's terrible algorithms there is a good chance that most of your audience will never see it anyway. One way to increase the amount of people who might be able to see it?

Include a picture.

So, if pictures are still king when it comes to communicating, Instagram and Snapchat should be leveraged. I know, I know: 

But I am a writer - how do words apply for a person like me? 

Listen up you clod.

You can take pictures of your words.  Or books.  There are entire communities of people on Instagram that search for pictures of words, poetry, quotes, books.  These communities are using relevant hashtags in order to find the items they want, hashtags like (and I didn't use commas so you can cut and paste these hashtags for writing and reading straight into your posts): 

#writers #readers #bookstagram #writerscommunity #poets #quoteoftheday #writersofig #poetsofig #igreads #poetrycommunity #author #poem #qotd #prose #booklove #yalit #booknerd #wordporn

That is just a few! Also, they are the most popular hashtags for writers and the most popular hashtags for readers. For an example check this out at my Instagram:

I literally wrote something I thought up, on a coffee stained napkin.  No one cares.  They care about the words.  Those are the type of people you want to attract, become friends with, and ultimatly -hopefully - convert to readers.

Now Snapchat is a little more difficult.  This community is developed purely by people who are interested in looking into your life.  My best advice for this is the following:

  • Be yourself
  • Do not be all business, let them see your day to day
  • Use the video feature, people want to hear your voice
  • Do NOT make massive stories.  People will get bored (no one's life is that interesting that we need a 100-photo flip book). Or worse, people will unfollow -which in case you missed the point of this blog, is completely counterproductive. Five photos and videos a day should be your max.
What is great about this forum is that Snapchat has enabled users to simply scan a user's photo in order to add them.  My Snapchat @ndenmon looks like this (sorry for the growl I was pretending to be Sirius Black from Harry Potter when he was in the newspaper as a wanted murder:

Nicholas Denmon

So add me and let's get to knowing each other!

Oh, and in case you were wondering what Sirius Black looked like - it was this photo from the movie. Let me know what you think of my impression - but only let me know by Snap-chatting me. See what I did there?

Sirius Black:

TTFN Denmonites!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Top 5 Ask Me Anything: London Book Fair, Authors, Novels, Food, Travel

As promised, I have accumulated the top 5 questions from my valued readers.  In the "Ask Me Anything" challenge, some of you came up with really interesting questions that made me blush. I am happy to say, those are not in the top 5 most asked questions, so I dodged a bullet.  That is the number 1 reason I issue the challenge, then give a quick turn around on the time frame.

I limit your ability to organize!  It's a self-preservation thing.

Without further ado, here are the questions and answers in order of least to most asked.

5) When did you first become fascinated by the mafia?  This question was first asked by a lady from Oklahoma, and then we had several more issue a variation of the same question from Oregon, Mississippi, and New Zealand.

I first became fascinated by the mafia through movies and family stories.  My family is from the New York area with historical roots in Palermo, Sicily. There are no shortages of tales about run-ins with mafia members, friends who were "hit", and guys who knew guys.  I remember being fairly young, maybe twelve or so, and watching Goodfellas and The Godfather. I couldn't help but root for the anti-heroes. From there, it was as if some part of my Italian heritage identified with the more normal aspects of the families in those movies.  The big family, the pasta dinners, the music, it all felt familiar but with this shroud of secrecy and tension that made those normal events seem more interesting. I was hooked.

4) You often talk about The London Book Fair.  As an author, what happens there and is it that valuable, did you go this year, and will you go next year?  This question was issued in three parts from a few different people.  The cities that combine to make this question are New York, Oxford, Boise, Chattanooga, Tampa, and Cardiff.

Yes I have gone to the London Book Fair several years in a row.  It is a great place to go and to meet people in the industry.  They have stations set up where you can gather information about every aspect of writing and publishing. Usually, I mingle with a few clients from my publishing business, Pubshelf while my counterpart, Thomas Humphreys makes new contacts and does the handshaking and kissing of babies.

I really enjoy it because London is such a nice city and the hotels are lovely, not to mention you can make so many connections.  This year the hotel of choice was Kensington Close Hotel and Spa.  I holed up with the fine people of Peracto Prepress there for about five days, going through all the "ins and outs" of, well you name it. You literally lock the doors, order room service, and get down to business. We did manage to escape the expo and the hotel long enough to explore the Westfield Mall in London, where one of the editors literally bought 1.5 kilograms or 3 lbs of a variety of nuts!  No lie.
The London Book Fair at Olympia, West London

Taking pics of someone taking pics of room service

At Westfield's Mall, London

3) Favorite author and why?  This question came from all over.  Eleven different cities asked this question, so I will just list the first one as a shoutout.  Christy Lawson got the question in first, out of Tennessee.

I actually have so many favorite authors but there are a few that I remember as most significant. J.R.R. Tolkien was the first author to really capture my imagination, followed by R.A. Salvatore, C.S. Lewis, and most recently G.R.R. Martin.  The world crafting is something that I admire. Outside of fantasy fiction, Dennis Lehane is one of my favorites for gritty crime fiction as well as Michael Connelly.

Author Michael Connelly and Author Nicholas Denmon

2) What is my favorite meal?  I should have known this would be asked a lot with all the "food porn" that I post. I am fairly simple as a meat and potato guy.  A nice filet mignon with maybe a few grilled shrimp, some broccoli, and garlic mashed potatoes really makes a perfect meal. Put a scotch or a glass of Malbec next to it and you have a happy man.

Perfect dinner

1) When is Ashes to Ashes coming out?  I hear you.  It has been forever.  I promise it is closer than you think. Hey, I even have the artwork done.  I am putting out The Hundred Heartbreaks of Harlan Halifax, and then soon after Ashes to Ashes will be out. Tentatively? I think August is realistic.

Ashes to Ashes Cover

Thanks so much for participating! I never thought so many of you would have questions.  Here are a few of the more humorous ones to come in:

Have you ever seen a chicken strip?
Boxers or briefs?
Why do men have nipples?
Are mermaids real?
Why do dogs eat grass if it makes them throw up?

...and a variety of crude things I won't replicate even though they made me laugh.

-TTFN Denmonites!