Monthly Archives: June 2012

Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter – Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation June 29-30

Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter – Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation

Q&A

Q: How much those books cost?

A: All the books from Take a Break & Have a Laugh Series are $0.99 or ninety-nine cents.

Q: How would we know that you gave ALL the money to charity?

A: I am going to post screenshots from Amazon’s Month-to-Date Unit Sales. The first one – right before the fundraiser goes in effect, to show how many sales I had before. The last one – right after it ended to show everyone the number of books sold and you are welcome to count them. I am also planning to post some results daily, just to keep things interesting.

Q: Why are the books on Amazon?

A: Amazon is a secure and trusted platform and almost everyone shops there.

Q: How much in royalties are we talking about from a sale of a single book?

A: For books that cost $0.99, a writer gets from Amazon 35% royalties.

Q: How would you, Oleg, benefit from this?

A: I have migraines. If, as a migraineur, I help funding research into migraine treatments, it will benefit me as well as other tens of millions of migraine sufferers in the US alone. Also, as a writer, I get more people to read my books. So, as you can see, I am benefiting twice. 😛

Q: You have a Russian-sounding name. Are you a member of Russian Mafia?

A: No, I am not. Or, for my linguistically-talented readers – Nyet, tovarisch 😛 .

Q: That baby you are holding in your profile picture, where did you get it?

A: That’s my nephew, Brent, when he was in his kitten stage. Now he is three years old and can skateboard. So there 😛

Please don’t forget to join us at the event on Facebook –> Just Click Here.

🙂


Writing Commando: Author, Olev Medvedkov – Finding a Cure Through Laughter

Writing Commando: Author, Olev Medvedkov – Finding a Cure Through Laughter.


Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter! Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation – June 28

 

Just a reminder on the activities:

1.  Click here to see “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” books on Amazon. Pick a book you like, buy it and ALL the loyalties from each sale will go directly to Migraine Research Foundation.

2.  Or, donate to Migraine Research Foundation directly on their website: migraineresearchfoundation.org

3. Check out National Migraine Awareness Month Facebook Event by Teri Robert and Ellen Schnakenberg:
https://www.facebook.com/events/230665660382933/

and our own event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/326937120721357/

 

Any questions or suggestions – feel free contact me through FB or Twitter. Please don’t be shy.

 

Cheers!

Oleg


MEL’S PROJECTS is accepting anthology submissions for their anthology – Guest Post

The good news is that MEL’S PROJECTS is accepting anthology submissions for their first ever anthology, Unhappily Ever After.

Make a short story entry of 5000 – 7500 (poems are accepted too).
The theme is dark and unhappily ever after other than that it is open.
Right now the payment will be in the form of 5 copies of the completed book to do as you wish (sell/giveaway/whatever you wish) and one copy for you.
You will get 4 proofs, 2 for the first round of editing and 2 for the second round.
The big point is that you will keep all right to your big story and character, but the writer will agree not to publish or sell to another magazine/anthology for 90 days after it’s published (so 90 days from date of publiscation we have exclusive rights ro print the exclusive rights to print the story) after 90 days you can sell or submit for other anthologies or publish yourself) if it is already published you agree that you sole rights to the work, and you own the copyright.

This anthology is open NOW! Till the end of October!
Please if you can send your submission to both melina-jade @ hotmail.com and KCRochholz @ yahoo.co

Thanks guys

*mel*

Visit Mel’s Projects on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MelsProjects


Rick’s Indie Publishing & Free Contests Blog: Amazon Caught in Two Lies Over Review Removals

Rick’s Indie Publishing & Free Contests Blog: Amazon Caught in Two Lies Over Review Removals.


Why write? Guest post by Matt Frend

Why write?

Why not play music, make a film or be a game developer. The key for me is imagination. Although music, film and gaming have their own magic, giving people the recipes to make their own imaginary banquets is something special again.

In a sense, characters belong to the reader as well as the writer, much like having acquaintances whose actions of course we have little control over. I like to think I write with respect for the reader in mind. I don’t feel this is in conflict with an artistic commitment to be free of popular or commercial influences; it’s more of a guideline to assist with staying within the bounds of reason or good taste. I sometimes have to rein the fast gallop back to a working trot, listening instead to the reader looking over my shoulder.

When I start reading a novel I feel there’s a bond of trust I’m entering into – an expectation that I’ll be going on a journey with the writer at the helm. So now in return I aspire to meet that expectation when I write.

As a side note to this, Life Before Death had its own motivation for being written. It was more out of loyalty than fulfilling any personal dream. It is a heavily fictionalized memoir, the purpose of which is to deliver the primary message contained in the book.

I make no excuses for the controversial nature of its content. It’s life as it happened. Much like that saying, life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

One benefit writing a novel has given me is a goal to keep on writing after finding I enjoy it so much. Unlocking the imagination and finding an outlet for it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my altogether too short life. The bouncy puppy of inspiration must be played with or it will burst.

I highly recommend writing in all its forms to anyone – keeping a diary; jotting down a simple rhyme – even scribbling away with your personal history as I have done. Apart from being a lot of fun it can have a therapeutic effect.

I am very thankful for it.

Matt Frend’s Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/matt.frend
Matt Frend’s Goodreads Profile:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5752739.Matt_Frend

Do affirmations work?

Do affirmations work?.


Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter! Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation Re:Launch

Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter!

Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation.

On the last week of Migraine Awareness Month, I am running a fundraising event for the Migraine Research Foundation.

Dates of the event: Wednesday, June 27th to Sunday, July 1st, 2012.

 

The Migraine Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding migraine research in the United States. To quote Stephen Semlitz, co-founder and Chairman of the Board – “The Migraine Research Foundation hopes that everyone who suffers from migraine will eventually have an effective treatment that they can count on to allow them to live a healthy, happy and productive life.” In other words – a Very Worthy Cause.

 

During the days of a Charity Drive, I will donate ALL the royalties from the sales of my books from “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” series of books to MRF. Once again – when you buy any “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” book between June 27th and July 1st of 2012 inclusively, all the profit I get from Amazon as a writer goes to Migraine Research Foundation.

 

“Take a Break & Have a Laugh” are collections of short humorous stories written by yours truly. And when I say short – I mean bite-sized. For example – you can read one story in the volume while waiting in line in a store or while having a cup of coffee. BTW, please go easy on coffee if you have migraines, OK? 🙂

 

Why funny stories and why do I write them? That’s easy – because I have migraines and the rest of the baggage that comes with it. If you are a migraineur, you know what I am talking about. Written as a “Laughter Therapy”, these volumes contain stories that are designed to make the reader feel better, more positive and energetic. Laughter is not exactly a cure but it sure makes life easier, especially for people like us.

 

Just to make sure MRF receives a donation no matter how MUCH of a great success this Charity Drive will be, I am starting the ball rolling by pledging to Migraine Research Foundation $50 upfront.

 

What can YOU do to help this Charity Drive?

1.  Click here to see “Take a Break & Have a Laugh” books on Amazon. All the loyalties from each sale will go directly to Migraine Research Foundation.

2.  If you prefer, you can donate to Migraine Research Foundation separately on their website: migraineresearchfoundation.org

3.  Please help to spread the word – Tweets, Facebook Shares and Blog Posts will be greatly appreciated. MFR – @MigraineRF and facebook.com/migraineresearch, Oleg Medvedkov – @olegmedvedkov and  facebook.com/OlegMedvedkov

If you are on Facebook, please join us at the event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/326937120721357/

Through the duration of the event, the updates and Q&A will be posted on olegmedvedkov.wordpress.com

Any thoughts, comments or opinions – please let us know.

We are combining Laughter therapy with research for migraine cures, people! Let’s make this Charity Drive a success!


Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter – Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation – needs a Re:launch

That is a first time for me running an event on FB so, I made a mistake – I put the start of the event day in the settings instead of the end of the event. As such, it disappeared. Sorry everyone, I am re-doing it now.

We’ll be up shortly.  While you wait, here’s a kitten picture:

 


Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter – Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation, Day 1 – June 27th

Charity Drive for the Migraine Research Foundation.

Funding Research for Migraine Cures through Laughter!

Day 1 – June 27th

It’s officially the first day of the Charity Drive, June 27th, 2012. Let’s do this by Pacific Time since it’s easy to track on Amazon.

I’ve uploaded a picture for the Facebook event:

It’s am old painting, a caricature, really, but it does deliver the message – it hurts!

As promised, here’s my sales report taken at midnight exactly (Click to see larger image):

Visit us at the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/312063938888196/

Please join, invite your friends and spread the word.

Let’s make this charity drive a success!


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