Julius Thompson’s New Video Blog Series!


For the first time in my life, I’m stepping out on a limb and putting myself out there in a video. In fact, it is a video blog.

Nervous!

You bet, but I feel this is the next step in the evolution of the marketing of my books: A Brownstone in Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile, Ghost of Atlanta and Purple Phantoms.

Thompson On…My Personal Journey to Writing Confidence”  is the first video blog in a series called, Thompson On…, where I will be tackling different writing, publishing and marketing issues.

The main idea for this first video is about achieving writing confidence. I talk about my first tentative steps that eventually to lead to me winning the 2011 Readers Favorite National Gold Medal Award for General Fiction for Ghost of Atlanta.

I reveal personal anecdotes into the genesis of my writing career and a snapshot of what I overcame to achieve writing confidence and then writing success in Journalism and novel writing.

Please watch my video blog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlVzwwkokak&feature=g-upl

And  after watching my video blog, you can visit my website and read my blogs on writing confidence and other topics: http://www.purplephantoms.com/blog.html

Enjoy and Happy Writing!

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Julius Thompson on the Julia Widdop National BlogTV Show!


  I will be making my first National BlogTV Show appearance onMonday, June 18, 2012at10:30 amvia Webcam, on the Julia Widdop BlogTV show from the main studio inGrand   Junction,Colorado!

The airtime will be on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Check back for links to watch the broadcast.

Wow, this is wonderful!

What an opportunity to be interviewed by incredible host Julia Widdop from the Julia Widdop Productions: Publishers Speak and SeekersJourney TV.Com. Please visit www.juliaWiddop.com to learn more about the Publishers Speak BlogTV programs.

Each interview is about 25-30 minutes long. The interview will be pre-recorded and I will have it uip and running on my website: www.purplephantoms.com and the host will upload to http://YouTube.com/juliawiddop

After the interview, and later that evening, I will be in the TV show chat room to answer questions from viewers. I will send out a link for the TV Show chat room closer to the interview date.

I will send links to the TV interview to Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Wordsmith Blog, Authorsden, and Blogger and also my publisher, Passionate Writer Publishing.

In the TV interview, I will be discussing my new novel Purple Phantoms, published by Passionate Writer Publishing. This novel follows on the success of the 2011 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Award Winning, Ghost of Atlanta, also published by PWP. Ghost of Atlanta is the third book in the Julius Thompson Trillogy which includes A Brownstone in Brooklyn and Philly Style and Philly Profile.

PWP did a wonderful job with my last novel, Ghost of Atlanta, which won a 2011 National Fiction Award. I will travel to the Miami Book Fair International in November 2012 to pick up the Gold Medal.

 Purple Phantoms has started garnering a ground-swell of national interest in the pre-publication stage. Purple Phantoms one-line synopsis:

     “Five Ghosts–basketball players whose lives were cut short–return to haunt five basketball starters to help them try to win the coveted State Championship.”

Please Respond to a quote from A Brownstone in Brooklyn


  I was asked to choose a quot from my first novel, A Brownstone in Brooklyn, to reflect on the unpredictable nature of ife. How things are never the amse and human beings have to adjust to life’s changing events.

 A Brownstone in Brooklyn is about growing up in the turbulent sixties, one of the most event filled decades in Black-American history.
   A Brownstone in Brooklyn chronciles the life-altering events that shape the future of Andy Michael Pilgrim, a young man growing up in the turbulent sixties. This is a quote from Sister Love, a character sitting on the B-52 bus riding to her job at the A&S Department Store in downtown Brookyn. She’s watching some young kids playing in the  the water squirting from a fire hydrant.
    What do you think? What is your reaction to this quote?
    “The most special times in a person’s life are not meant to last forever. They’re like bubbles from a plastic ring dipped into a soapy solution. The soap bubbles rise, with the sun flashing brillant colors, then bursts into a showery memory mist.”
    —Julius Thompson, A Brownstone in Brooklyn
    Please leave a response or email your response: juliusthompson@purplephantoms.com

Thompson On…One Writer’s Journey to become a Successful Novelist!


   Sometimes when I enter my writing area, in a corner of my office, it seems that words will not come and the critic inside me attacks my creativity with a constant bombardment of negative thoughts. ”

Enough!

Finally, I sit down, strike the letters on the keyboard and let the words energize each other as they create vivid word pictures that become vibrant mental images for my readers. I’m on my writing schedule and I believe in myself.

I wasn’t always ! this confident in my writing ability. I listened to the “rules police” or “peer critics” and didn’t believe enough to even look inside myself to write. I was scared at one time in my life, many years ago, in the turbulent sixties.

What developed confidence in my writing ability occurred on a faithful fall day when I was a junior atBushwickHigh SchoolinBrooklyn,New York.

I was scared to express any thoughts, any opinions, and had trouble looking people in the eye. Self-Esteem and self-confidence was lacking in my personality.

I knew I had this ability to write, but the motivation and confidence was zero. I was in my second year, at Bushwick, after moving from Statham,Georgia, population 300 and segregated, toBrooklyn, population 3,000,000 and integrated.

I got up enough nerve to ask my English teacher and student council/general organization sponsor, Miss Egan, the question. If the answer was negative, all my hopes and dreams of becoming the next great writer would be dashed.

I knocked hard on the door to her office, entered, and asked her, “Can I be a writer?”

She stared at me for a few seconds and then said, “Do it.”

I haven’t looked back.

I wrote articles for The New York Times, The Philadelphia Bulletin (National Award Winning Sports Writer), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Associated Press, Sports Scene, Parade Magazines, Georgia Author of the Year Nominee and now with three published novels and a fourth ready for publication 2012.

Miss Egan would be proud to know that my fourth novel, Ghost of Atlanta, won a 2011 National Gold Medal for fiction!

Not bad for a scared little kid from a small town inGeorgia.

I’m telling you like my high school English teacher, Miss Egan told me, “Do it!”

New Purple Phantoms Mobile Phone Website!


  Technology is incredible!

The next time you’re doing a book search on your mobile phone, check out my New Purple Phantoms Website: m.purplephantoms.com

Purple Phantoms is the new Julius Thompson novel that will be published by Passionate Writer Publishing in 2012.

Purple Phantoms’ one-line synopsis: “Five Ghosts—basketball players whose lives were cut short—return to haunt five basketball starters to help them try to win the coveted State Championship.”