Conspiracy Friday – Reviews of the 2011 Bilderberg Meeting

 

Photo from The Baltimore Sun June 10, 2011 edition

Man, oh man! I’m actually giddy about this post. The Bilderberg Group, the super secret group of politicians, royalty, international bankers and business leaders who allegedly run the world, met just last weekend in Switzerland to decide the fate of the human race. In short, we’re screwed. Just kidding. But the Bilderberg Group, with its penchant for secrecy, does open itself up to much speculation and conspiracy theories. Much has been written about them over the years. I even used them as the basis of “The Group” in my latest thriller, The Brink.

Actually, the Bilderberg Group, which has come a long way since they were started in 1954, is an organization of said world leaders. They do meet in secretive locations on an annual basis to conduct meetings that are not privy to the outside media. But thanks to the dogged pursuit of the truth surrounding their intentions by investigative journalists like Daniel Estulin and Alex Jones, the Bilderbergs have had to change the way they do business. They now even have a website that lists their membership and the activities at their annual meetings since their inception. Ahh, progress.

So, what do you think about the Bilderberg Group? Is it just a meeting of world leaders where they rely on utmost privacy to provide a forum where they can say what they feel without the public’s probing eye? Or are they readying themselves for world domination? To the keyboards! And have a fantastic weekend!   

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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at http://www.markfadden.com

Who or what influences your writing?

As a writer, we write. As a writer in the 21st century, we need to market, blog, track sales figures, and do all the things most entrepreneurs do to keep our dreams alive and our businesses afloat. But, at our core, we are writers. And as writers, our writing reflects our experiences, our education, and our aspirations to tell the most believable stories. For fiction writers, research is the key. We get to make up anything we want to in fiction, but we there are rules to suspending disbelief. That’s where research comes in.

Some writers hate research. I love it. In fact, I’m plugged into many enewsletters, I have several Google alerts set to email me when certain terms come up on the Internet that I’d like to keep my eye on. With respect to my latest thriller, The Brink, my alerts are “currency wars, financial crisis, Bilderberg (the evil group in the book), and Mark Fadden (it’s always a good idea to put a Google Alert on your own name, to head off any bad press or respond to any good press ASAP)

One of the books I researched for The Brink is Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins. In it, Perkins describes his adventures in several countries as he worked on behalf of the U.S. government to help manipulate the economies of developing nations for the U.S.’s best interests. It was a fascinating look “behind the curtain” into the real world of international economics and helped me craft my plot for the book.

What about you? Do you like research? What books have influenced your writing? Do you use other books/writers to help you craft your own plots/stories? 

To the keyboards!

Breaking News Release – Texas author’s latest thriller eerily similar to new economic events

I wass going to take the week off, but I had to share this article about recent Bank of Japan actions and Congressional Budget Office warnings that are tied to The Brink.

I recently posted the contact info of newspaper tip desks throughout  the state. I’m sending the article to them to hopefully get some good coverage.

More next week!

Texas author’s latest thriller eerily similar to new economic events

 For author Mark Fadden, fiction is quickly becoming fact with every new effort to try and stop the global financial crisis. Fadden’s latest thriller, entitled The Brink, uses the current financial crisis as the foundation of a lightening-fast thriller in which a fugitive Texas Ranger helps a woman running for her life, only to get sucked into a secret society’s plot for global financial Armageddon. “I wrote the book to closely mirror events happening in the real world and to offer a plausible explanation for why those events are happening,” Fadden said. “But I never thought it would predict actual events.”

One of these events is the latest round of “bold action” being taken by the Bank of Japan to prop up their slowing economy. “A similar action by the BOJ in the book is the starting point that a secret society uses to bring the international financial system to its knees.” The secret society featured in The Brink is known as the Bilderberg Group, an organization that allegedly exists in the real world. “The Bilderberg Group is an international cabal made up of royalty, politicians, financiers and media tycoons that secretly run the world. When I began researching them, I knew they were the ones that could pull of something this big.” While Fadden keeps tight lipped as to the intricacies of the Bilderberger’s plot, he does mention that a large part of it revolves around a second piece of the book that’s also come true: the U.S. debt crisis. “A recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report points out that the national debt is projected to be 62 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at the end of fiscal year 2010, and will only rise higher,” Fadden said. “To bring that number into perspective, national debt has only ever exceeded 50 percent of GDP one time in the history of this country. It was during World War II, and it decreased sharply after the war ended, as America began paying off its wartime debt. The U.S. currently has an enormous debt load and it’s only getting bigger.  That adds up to a very dangerous financial position.” CBO Director Douglas W. Elmendorf backs up Fadden’s take on America’s dangerous level of debt. In a recent blog, Elmendorf stated, “in the United States, the ratio of federal debt to GDP is climbing into unfamiliar territory—and all else being equal, the higher the debt, the greater the risk of a crisis.”

With two events in his book actually coming true, Fadden may seem like some kind of soothsayer. But he disagrees. “I began researching and writing The Brink in 2006. The fact that the events in the book now seem to be coming true is a testament to the fact that, however this crisis pans out, it’s been a long time coming. Few people want to sit down and read a 100 page CBO report filled with numbers and graphs. I wanted to write an action packed thriller that uses those same theories and numbers to propel the story of two people being chased by killers from Mexico to Washington, D.C. so that people could familiarize themselves with the very scary financial situation we all face.”

The Brink is Fadden’s third novel. His first novel, Five Days in Dallas, was published in 2003. It received critical acclaim and Fadden himself was even called a “masterful storyteller” by a Writer’s Digest reviewer. Fadden, who grew up in Houston, then began working on the follow-up in 2006, which eventually became The Brink.

 Fadden has several book signing events and lectures scheduled in the next few months. His event schedule and the first 22 pages of The Brink can be previewed at markfadden.com.  Fadden has also created a blog about writing novels and book marketing using social media entitled “The Nightstand Diaries,” which can be read at markfadden.wordpress.com.

Breaking News Release – Is The Brink coming true?

Today’s Bank of Japan action eerily close to similar event that sparks global meltdown in controversial thriller

Could a suspense thriller have predicted the future? Mark Fadden’s latest chillingly current novel, The Brink, might have actually pulled off that trick with the announcement of today’s Bank of Japan emergency meeting to take “bold action” in the currency market. The book follows a fugitive cop and a brilliant and beautiful economist as they race to Washington, D.C. from the Mexican wilderness with news of a secret society’s plan for global financial Armageddon. “I wanted the conspiracy in the book to be one that could actually happen in real life, with real, if somewhat mysterious groups involved.” These ‘mysterious groups’ Fadden is referring to are the Bilderbergers, an alleged cabal of international elites such as financiers, media moguls, and members of royal families, that are bent on forming a one world government, thus destroying soverign nations and individual freedoms.  Another organization Fadden brings into his latest thriller is America’s own Federal Reserve, which, Fadden says, is awash in secrecy. “By setting the interest rate, perhaps no other organization in the world controls our lives more than the FED. Yet most people have no idea it is a network of private banks that is not under the control of any branch of US government.”  

While Fadden won’t give away anything that might spoil the plot, he does reveal that today’s emergency meeting announcement by the Bank of Japan as reported by Bloomberg.com in which Japanese Prime Minister’s Naoto Kan is quoted that, “he expects the BOJ to implement monetary policy “swiftly,” and that the government is ready to take “bold action” in the currency market,” is eerily similar to what happens in the book.

“I wrote the book a few years ago and spent several years researching the financial aspects of it,” Fadden said, searching for his words carefully so to not give away too much. “Let’s just say that today’s Bank of Japan action is pretty close to what happens in The Brink. I just hope for our sakes that the timelines of factual events and ficitionalized events split off from there.”

The Brink is Fadden’s third novel. Visit www.markfadden.com for more information.

Writing and marketing your novel: A glimpse from the trenches

August 25, 2010

Day 72 of 365

Books sold so far (May and June 2010): 246

In this issue:

  • Writing topic – Bringing Characters to Life
  • Marketing Topic – Google AdWords, Day 4

Writing topic – Bringing Characters to Life

One of the first things I do when I’m about to begin working on a new novel is to get the character list together. Some writers sit down in front of a blank screen and just begin where they think the story should start. That’s how I first started years ago, but over time I found out that it’s a HUGE time saver to approach writing a novel like your writing a business plan. I even use Microsoft Excel to do my outline because as the story evolves, scenes change in the timeline (But more about outlining comes later). In any business plan, you have to know what you’re trying to “sell” (the type of story) and who is going to do the “selling” (the characters). So, I think about all the characters that are going to be in the story, and I write a paragraph about their back story. Nothing big, just a couple sentences describing them and what it is about them that adds drama and moves the story forward. Since stories, whether fiction or non-fiction, are all about relationships, I then do a flowchart to show how all these characters interact. It’s a pretty cool exercise and you can really get into how all the different characters can have an affect on each other without even knowing it. Plus, it gets the brainstorm juices flowing about how each character has the ability/possibility to manipulate others. Stephen King’s Needful Things was a chilling play on how this phenomenon can work to an evil end.

What about you? Are you a throw caution to the wind and just start typing kind of person? (and there’s nothing wrong with that). Or do you take more of an analytical approach to beginning your writing project? If so, what’s your technique?

Marketing Topic – Google AdWords, Day 4

The ads are doing well. The “Bilderberg ad”

got 19 clicks today, maxing out my $10 a day budget. My second ad tied to the upcoming Labor Day holiday was:

and I changed it to the following ad because it was sucking eggs with 0 clicks:

It’s gotten 9 clicks so far and is scheduled to run through Aug 26. It’s linked to my website home page where there’s a banner about getting the book on Amazon for 22% off and it will get to the customer by Labor Day with standard shipping.

Since starting the Google ad campaign, I have seen a 26% rise in traffic on my website. On Aug 24, two days ago, I had over 800 hits, a 53% increase in the number of hits from the day before. Aug 24 is when I started the Google ads, so there must be a correlation between the two. But, does that in turn mean higher book sales? With a 2 month lag time until sales numbers come out (August come out in Oct from the publisher) it’s too soon to tell.

I promise this is the last post about Google AdWords. Tomorrow night’s marketing post will be a lot more exciting. Here’s a sneak peek at the title:

Marketing Topic, Part Deux – How Google Alerts help you write compelling news releases

Until then,

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,

Rest easy tonight my friends, but stay hungry tomorrow…  

 

Writing and marketing your novel: A glimpse from the trenches

August 24, 2010

Day 71 of 365

Books sold so far (May and June 2010): 246

In this issue:

  • Writing topic – To Prologue or Not To Prologue?
  • Marketing Topic – Google AdWords, Day 3 and Yippee!

Writing topic – To Prologue or Not To Prologue?

So now that my kids are back in school, and I have some more peace and quiet around the house (I work from home, which meant a lot of late nights during the summer to churn out freelance projects while I was “Mr. Mom-ing” it during the day – but I wouldn’t have given up a second of it.) That means it’s time to start churning out the next novel. My main intention of this blog was to provide a chronology of my book marketing efforts so you could see which worked well and which crashed and burned. However, since I’ve decided to write another novel this year, I will be blogging about that effort in the “Writing Topic” section. So, if you are a budding novelist, or know someone who is, I’ll be kickstarting the old noggin tomorrow to get it in shape for the next novel.

That brings us to tonight’s topic – you lika da prologue-a? Prologues typically set up the main story by providing some backstory info. Sometimes, it will be an event that happens later in the book, like a juicy murder scene or some breathless action event. Some critics say that prologues are signs of a weak book. Like a crutch, the prologue props up an otherwise lackluster story that can’t stand on it’s own. It is the prologue that hooks the reader, and then drags them through misery for the next 400 pages.

I vacillated back and forth between prologue or no prologue for the next book. It’s a murder mystery and the opening murder scene was, I thought, some of my best work. It was its own separate scene, so I decided it must be the prologue. Then, I thought about what Stephen King said in On Writing, about how you should “kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” The scene really didn’t fit because the pace wasn’t there and it had no ties to anything else in the story, so out came the sickle and slice! Thank you again Mr. King for lighting the way.

Marketing Topic – Google AdWords, Day 3 and Yippee!

Yesterday’s post mentioned that I changed up the ads. And viola! It seems I may be getting better at this AdWord stuff.

Here’s the new ad:

I got quite a lot of hits pretty quickly and my $10 a day budget was topped out before I knew it. Here are the keywords associated with this new ad and the # of clicks for each: “Bilderberg” 9 clicks; “Bilderberg Group” 4 clicks; “New World Order” 18 clicks. Again, the sinister secret society in the book that our hero and heroine are running from are based on the real-life Bilderberg Group, which is said to be planning a One World Government through a combination of efforts including bankrupting the world and social engineering. During the Xmas holiday season, I’ll ramp these ads up a bit.

I also created a second ad. With Labor Day right around the corner and people looking for a good Labor Day read, I am trying to direct them to my amazon page where they can get the book 22% off and get it shipped in time for Labor Day.

Here it is:

Why the “finish it on your vacation” part? Simple. One thing that people have been commenting on about The Brink is that it’s so fast paced and “unputdownable.” One customer review stated that he finished it in a day and a half!  If people are looking for something to take them away over Labor Day, which is only 3 days, they want something they can finish. It makes them feel like they accomplished something in those three days. If not, they feel like its yet another task on their to-do list if they have to finish it once they come back off vacation and into the real world. Of course, that’s just my theory, and it could be a naive one. I guess only time will tell if the ad works or not.  

Keywords on this one include: thriller books, crime thriller books, new mystery books, mystery and thrillers, and good mystery books. I just created it in the past hour, so no info yet. Stay tuned until tomorrow’s post.

There is one problem, though. Since the ad is small and doesn’t allow for many words, I can’t tell customers that once they order it, they can then go to markfadden.com to get their book signed for free. And ad about buying a signed book will also be a huge part of the xmas ad campaign.      

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,

Rest easy tonight my friends, but stay hungry tomorrow…