Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Survival Butchery with Jim Kazlauskas; Episode 15: Day After Disaster, Chapter 15

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Behind the Scenes: Good Day Sacramento Interview!


This last weekend I was honored to appear on Good Day Sacramento to present my book, Day After Disaster, to the Sacramento region.

The weekend before I was perusing my emails and received an email from Kevin Hernandez, the weekend producer, from Good Day Sacramento. I jumped for joy. This was an opportunity I had been trying to get for a long time. I was on cloud nine all week. Each workout I did during the week was intense and I felt like I could lift anything and train forever. I tried to calm the nerves because I didn't want to develop a big zit right on the end of my nose before the show. I went shopping with my mom and found a new outfit that would look great on tv yet maintain my unique style.

I was all ready to go, now I just had to wait til showtime. Friday night the nerves finally hit. I had never been to a news studio before, I had never been on camera before and I was getting anxious about the event. With a maximum amount of support and encouragement from my family, I finally fell asleep and set my alarm for a very early morning on Saturday.

Saturday morning I was up and bouncing, usually I am not very much of a morning person, but this morning was very different. I showered, suited up in the new outfit, and I was headed for the studio. The studio was like a fortress, fenced and guarded. I made my way in. Then I had a long wait on a sofa til my time came up.

My first appearance was a wave and a smile, kind off cheesy but I pulled it off. Then it was time for the interview. I was instructed to sit at the main anchor table with the hosts. They had to jack the chair up for me because I am so short and I waited and watched the teleprompters for my turn to come up. Cody and Melissa were very welcoming and I was feeling good by the time they introduced me. I wanted to present my book professionally and also let people know they would learn a lot of survival information as well. Plus I wanted to introduce my podcast, The Changing Earth Podcast.

The minutes flew by and pretty soon I was done. It was such a wonderful experience! Now I am looking forward to my debut on Good Morning America!

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Survival Basics - Fire Starting Pins of the Month

At a recent book presentation it was brought to my attention that one of the biggest question of survival novices is how do I start a fire. I have grown up living with nature and in homes that always had wood burning stoves or fire places. Starting a fire is something I have always known how to do and never really gave very much thought but having this question posed to me made me realize that many people don't have this very basic and important skill. Here is a rundown of the basics, ways you can start a fire in any weather, and great resources you can go to for more information.

Weather Concerns

Hot Climate:
Living in the dryness of California, wildfire is a very big concern. There are many reasons to have a fire even in a hot climate: cooking, security and warmth at night are just a few of them. You must make sure your fire is safe! Make sure the area around the fire is cleared of all debris. Keep your fire very small, in a fire pit and make certain that any overhead vegetation is a good distance away from your fire.

Wet Climate:
In a wet climate finding burnable material may be a challenge but understand it is available if you know how to obtain it. There is a method called coring whereby you take a good sized log and start removing all of the edges of the log that are damp. The inside of the log should still be dry and good for getting your fire rolling. To start the fire use a tinder that you carry with you (I'll explain more below) but if you don't have one, peal off the bark of a tree. The part that was connected to the tree should still be dry and you can flake it and roll it into a little nest in your palm for dry starting material.

Types of Material

The first thing you want to do when starting a fire is to gather the materials you will need. The info-graphic provided by http://foodstorageandsurvival.com/fire-starting-101-lighting-fire-survival/ is a great visual reference to what exactly tinder, kindling and fuel are. 

Tinder:
This is small, fire starting material. I talked earlier about taking some flaky bark and shredding it up into a little pile that looks like a next in the palm of your hand. When you place the nest on a log it makes an excellent place to catch a spark that you produce. Equip2Serve at http://equip2survive.blogspot.com/2014/10/top-ten-fire-starters-and-tinders.html has provided a great list of the top 10 tinders and starters, make sure you check that out.

There are many, many options available for making your tinder that can be easily made at home. One method that I prefer is taking some lint from the dryer and saturating it with Vaseline. Then you wrap it in tinfoil and voila, you have a mobile bunch of tinder that will burn for a while, giving you a chance to turn that flame into a fire.

Kindling:
The tinder is very important but the kindling is not to be underestimated.  Your little flame won't be able to start instantly ripping through huge logs. You need to form a coal bed to make that happen you need a stepping stone. Kindling are small pieces of wood that you start burning to accomplish that goal.

Fuel: 
Fuel is the big, thick wood that you will burn through the night. Make sure it fits securely in your fire pit to avoid the flame coming down the branch and starting another unwanted fire.

You must gather an ample supply of each type before you make a spark! When you make a spark you will need tinder to catch it. When you catch your tinder on fire you will need kindling to make it grow. Kindling is fast burning so before too long you will need your long term fuel to keep it burning. If you stumble in any of these steps you will be back to square one.

Ignition
My favorite way to light a fire is with a Bic lighter. I know it sounds simple but it really is. Bics are cheap, small and can easily be stocked everywhere you can think of. Even once the fluid runs out it still creates a great spark that you can catch on your tinder. Many people will discard them on trail and roads when they are out so you could even scavenge them in a survival situation. Just because it doesn't make a flame doesn't mean it's not useful. It uses flint and steal to make that flame same as a fire starting stick.

Equip2Serve has provided a great list of the top 10 initiation methods here. They also explain how to do each one on their website. An alternate site to go to is http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/fire/ where they have a list of 23 ways to start a fire with really good instructions with photos on how to accomplish each one. 

I highly suggest you get out and practice the heck out of fire starting. It is much easier to learn when the weather is nice and it's for fun. Alternately it is very difficult to do in the rain and wind when your life is hanging in the balance. Plus you can always get the kids or friends out there, do up some smores, and sing Kum Ba Ya.

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Choosing a Survival Firearm with Toby Lee; Episode 14: Day After Disaster, Chapter 14

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Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hydroelectric Power Production for Survival Power with Ken Jensen; Episode 13: Day After Disaster, Chapter 13

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Sara F. Hathaway

Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Reach More Readers, Day One Fictional Author Takeaways


As the author of two fictional novels, Day After Disaster and Without Land, I find myself desperate for marketing information on fictional art. Often times I attend programs designed for non-fiction authors and see what kind of useful information I can pull out and apply to my fictional novels.

Right now I am taking part in a great program called Reach More Readers, hosted by D'vorah Lansky. I started my author career attending this program last year and it skyrocketed my career to a whole new level so I was so excited to attend this year and let me tell you it is just as great as ever!

Here are some takeaways that I got for fictional authors just from the first day!

Position Package and Promote Your Expertise with a Book by Rachel Henke 
Now this may not seem like a topic for fiction authors but don't be deceived. It takes a lot of knowledge to write a fictional book. Here's some action steps for you:
  1. "Be conscious of the main message" in your fictional work  - why will this message appeal to your ideal reader and what do you want people to reflect upon because of your fictional tale?
  2. "Don't put so much pressure on your book" - think about the message and how you can relate that to non-fiction helpful information for the readers. On social media, don't just post the cover of your book thinking it is going to draw in the reader in droves, tell them what they will get out of it. Think about merchandise you could sell to fans for additional income. Look at your reviews what did people like? Try to include more of that in future books.
  3. "Guide people to find out more about you and your other work" - many people will just read your book and set it aside. Inform them on social media and kindle works where they can find out more about you and where they can find more great stories like the one they just read.
  4. "Get out of creative mode and into marketing mode" - You need a solid marketing plan to avoid overwhelm. Emphasize the need you are fulfilling for your reader: giving them a thrill, taking them through a magical romance, exploring relationships, learning problem solving, etc. 
  5. "Don't get down when people don't buy" - Not every book is for everyone. It reminds me of an old adage I learned in the Insurance sales world: some will, some won't, some wait, so what. Look at who is reading your books and following you. Where do they hang out? What social media sites are they on? Who are they friends with? Those are probably good places to go for more readers.
Even though Rachel's message was for non-fiction authors you can see there were a lot of great takeaways for fictional authors.

Develop Your Online Author Presence with Donna Fitch
Many fictional authors struggle with developing a solid message and their website may be a jumble of different works so pay attention here!
  1. An author platform "is your framework to blast off from." It brings all your work together in one place. It brings all your social media efforts together in one place. Even if you have very different fictional works you are one writer and usually you have a message that you are conveying in every piece of work. What is it? Center in on that.
  2. What's on your website? You should have your book there, your name,  a blog, your social media icons, personal information and most importantly an opt in box for people to sign up to your mailing list. This is sometimes a struggle for fictional authors. They don't know what they can give away that would be of interest. Here's my advice: What is your main message? Mine is learning about survival so you can survive a disaster  so I have a list of essential items you need in a "go-bag." If you had to evacuate your house in less than five minutes you would have some great items you can rely upon to keep you alive and well. This can be applied to multiple concepts, a romance author might have a list of the best ways to entice the opposite sex. A detective novel might have a list of ways you can start investigating your world, etc. The ideas are endless you just need to know your focus.
  3. Embracing technology without becoming overwhelmed by the social media world. This is quite a trick for all of us and I really loved Donna's advice have a solid plan for what you want to accomplish with your marketing. For fictional authors maybe you have a review number you want to hit or a sales number, etc. Make a plan to fit that goal and write it down. Then decide what you need to learn to achieve that goal and make a plan to do that. As fictional authors we are bombarded all the time with this advertising offer or this book boosting site. Having this focus allows you to make better decisions and decide is it a fit for your plan? Does it work for your book?
Many thanks to Rachel Henke and Donna Fitch for sharing this information and thanks so D'vorah Lansky for organizing such a great program for authors. This is just a taste of the great information and there is still so much more to come! I can't wait for more! If you would like to join in the fun simply click this link: http://reachmorereaders.com/access/aff/go/shathaway I can't wait to see you in the forum.

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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