Friday, November 8, 2013

Author Spotlight - Joseph Finley

This month's author spotlight is on Joseph Finley.  Now I do not know Joseph and have never communicated with him before this post.  What drew my attention to him was two things - his amazing blog (Fresh-scraped Vellum) and his book (Enoch's Device).

The purpose of the author spotlight is to see how other authors are doing it.  How are they establishing an online platform?  What are they doing that works or doesn't work?  Of course, we want to look at their writing too.

When checking out Mr. Finley's page, we do not get a lot about his personal life.  He lets the visitor know that he is an author, a book reviewer, and a lover of history (especially medieval) and fantasy.  Just a quick look at his page will let you know that medieval history is a passion of his.  So what does he have on his site that really works?

  • Book Reviews - Finley reviews books that catch his attention and that he has time to read.  It is not the focus of the site, but it is a major component.  He is good and fair reviewer, too.
  • Access to his Writing - he has a tab for short stories which leads to a link to a magazine that published one of his stories.  I get the feeling that his plan is to fill that tab with more short stories as they get published.  It is a quick way for an interested agent or publisher to see his previous successes and to get more of a taste for his potential.  I would definitely encourage any aspiring writer to post all of their publishing history.
  • Social Media - He has quick links to share his site on Facebook, Twitter, and two I haven't seen before - an e-mail share link and a ShareThis link.  He also has a Twitter account @joseph_finley which I have added to our ongoing monthly list of authors on Twitter (which is scheduled to end in February).
  • A Blog Roll - A listing of other blogs about writing, history, fantasy, and book reviews that he likes. The list is pretty long and I plan on taking the time to look through them and I'll share with you guys some of them.
  • A Drunken Monk - How many other blogs can you think of that has one of these? 
He also has information about his book, although he has a separate blog for his book.  I'm not quite sure if he did this to provide more concentrated coverage of his book or if Fresh-scraped Vellum is a blog that he started before his book and wanted to keep the two separate. His book blog is Enoch's Device.  

Here is the description of his book:

Nearly a thousand years after the birth of Christ, when all Europe fears that the world will soon end, an Irish monk, Brother Ciarán, discovers an ominous warning hidden in the illuminations of a religious tome. The cryptic prophecy speaks of Enoch’s device, an angelic weapon with the power to prevent the coming apocalypse.

Pursued by Frankish soldiers and supernatural forces, Ciarán and his freethinking mentor, Brother Dónall, journey to the heart of France in search of the device. There, they rescue the Lady Alais from a heretic-hunting bishop who insists mankind must suffer for its sins. Together the trio races across Europe to locate the device, which has left clues of its passage through history. But time is running out, and if they don’t find it soon, all that they love could perish at the End of Days.
Enoch’s Device is a fast-paced medieval adventure steeped in history, mythology, and mysteries from a dark and magical past.

Sounds good, doesn't it?  I'm getting it on Kindle and trying it out.  It sounds like a book right up my alley.  This is also where he does a good job with his online platform.  This blog gives all the updates he needs for the book - Amazon link, testimonials, and links to reviews.

Has anyone here read him before or has followed his blog?  Anything you see that he is doing that you plan on doing in creating your online platform?  Let me know below!

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