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Guest Post by Mary Pax: Helping Our Fellow Writers

Semper Audacia by M Pax

Semper Audacia by M Pax

Through the months of November and December, some fab writers would take over Daily (w)rite. At least twice a week, this blog would host posts on writing, by writers.

I still have a few slots open for December, so I would welcome guest posts by writers who have something to say about the art, craft, and business of writing. Write me a mail at atozstories at gmail dot com to discuss this.

As a foretaste of things to come, I welcome Mary Pax to my blog today. I love her blog, and her latest offering, Semper Audacia, is on my TBR pile. It is a space opera of 13,200 words, priced at .99 cents, and is available on Smashwords and Amazon. If you haven’t already, I urge you to check it out.


Helping Our Fellow Writers

All writers need help. Often we want to, but are unsure how. Whether short on time or money, you can still assist a fellow writer get off the ground. How?

1.  Click on the links to their book. If you have Facebook, click on the ‘Like’ button at Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, wherever the book is available.

2.  Tweet or send a FB message about the book to your followers.

3.  Buy or download the book.

4.  Leave a review. On Smashwords you need to have purchased there to leave a review, but on other sites you can leave reviews without having purchased – Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, you just need to be a member.

5.  Blog about the book and / or writer.

6.  Invite the author onto your blog to write a guest post.

All these things assist the author in getting his/her name out there. Marketing and sales are an uphill battle for all new authors, whether traditionally published, published through a small press, or part of the Indie Revolution. Together, we can help authors move another step, help them achieve their dreams.

This is a valuable network. That’s what blogging is all about. Networking. The value is in each of us helping each other. We can’t do it alone.

Leda says that same thing when facing her world’s enemy in a final showdown in Semper Audacia. She’s the last soldier left, the final line of defense. She calls on the ghosts of the dead to help her through it, the memories of those she loved, knowing she can’t get through it alone.

Here’s a trailer of the book:

Available for 99 cents from Amazon and Smashwords. You can find links for AmazonUK, Amazon DE, Amazon France, Barnes & Noble and iTunes on my website:, or on my blog, Wistful Nebulae

Thanks to Damyanti for having me here today on her wonderful blog. What suggestions do you have in assisting our fellow writers?


About M. Pax: Inspiring the words I write, I spend my summers as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory in stunning Central Oregon where I live with the husband unit and two loving cats. I write speculative fiction mostly and have a slight obsession with giant, man-eating reptiles and Jane Austen. I know, they don’t really go together, but it’d be interesting to insert Godzilla in the middle of Pride & Prejudice.

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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  • MPax says:

    Thank you most fabulous, Libby. That will give me the golden #5. 🙂

  • Libby says:

    These are all great suggestions. I think leaving reviews is key! Which reminds me, expect one from me next week. 🙂

  • MPax says:

    Nice seeing you, Jon. Thanks about the trailer. I’ll pass it on to my Video Gal. She’s so fab.

    And thank you, Sheila. Video Gal made the cover for me, too.

    It’s good to help each other out.

  • I love the cover of your book. Interesting post, too, with some very good ideas for how we can help each other.

  • Great tips, Mary! I really like that book trailer 🙂

  • MPax says:

    I’m glad I bumped into you, Nancy.

    JC, #1 never occurred to me either until a writer in my guild mentioned it last month, and I thought, ‘duh’.

    Thank you, Lynda. Can’t wait to see your wonderful stories out there.

    Yes, Carol. If only. 🙂 We are in this together.

  • Some very good tips. Now, if only people would use them. Thanks for the info. I hope it makes all of us think of our fellow writers and remember we are all in this thing together.

  • Great tips to help fellow writers. And I truly did enjoy Semper Audacia.

  • Great tips, Mary! For some stoopid reason, tip #1 has never occurred to me…d’oh!

  • Mary, I’d be nowhere without fellow writers like you! So thanks. And I’ll always pay it forward.

    And what a cool book trailer!

  • MPax says:

    Thank you for your bit, Joy. My bit for you will be up this week.

    Thanks for stopping in Tonja, LG and Riya.

  • Laura Eno says:

    Great suggestions, Mary! We’re all in this together!

  • Riya says:

    Fantastic tips! Thanks.

  • L.G. Smith says:

    Good points about authors helping authors. I’m looking forward to reading Semper Audacia. It’s in the TBR pile. Getting there. 🙂

  • Tonja says:

    The blogging community is great for helping each other out.

  • Short, sweet and useful. I’ve done my little bit on my blog today.

  • MPax says:

    Thank you, Tara. My Video Gal will be pleased to hear the video praised. I think she did a fabulous job.

    Tara & Christine, the support is awesome, it gives us all a chance in this business — which is changing so fast, it makes me dizzy.

  • Awesome tips! The network is really amazing. Everyone is so supportive.

  • Tara says:

    I adore the supportive community we writers have created with one another!

    And that trailer is just so gorgeous – I know I’ve said that before, but it is!

  • MPax says:

    Thank you, Michael. I love yours.

  • I love Mary’s blog.

  • MPax says:

    I do love my human-chomping lizards, Madeleine. 🙂

    That is a sticky widget, Jay. Find something nice to say about it. Although the piece may not be your thing, other people might like it, and the point is to help out other writers. Who will then most likely return the favor when your time comes. That’s the way to look at it. Maybe I don’t give them all the stars. Even if you give an average rating, do so with something very positive. Not all 5 star ratings looks more realistic.

    The blogging community offers a lot of great support. Like you, Julie. 🙂

    Great minds think alike, Toby. I don’t know about my mind, but yours is certainly great.

  • How fun to see Mary posting here and the list looked much like the email I’m drafting on “how you can help” for my book launch early December.
    Good one Mary! and your book looks interesting!

  • One of the things I love most about blogging is the opportunity to not only meet, but also support so many great writers. These are great tips to keep in mind, thanks for sharing.

    And thanks for hosting, Damyanti, I enjoyed the post and you have a great blog. 🙂

  • Jay Noel says:

    Great suggestions Ms. Pax. Especially downloading the book and giving a review. My issue is that sometimes, I get asked to review something that I didn’t think was very good…and my writer-buddy is assuming I’m going to give a glowing review. How do you deal with that???

  • Great tips for supporting fellow blogging authors.
    When I read: ‘and have a slight obsession with giant, man-eating reptiles and Jane Austen’ it made me chuckle.
    I am looking forward to reading this soon. X

  • Excellent tips, Mary!