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Promotion Time!

In my head, the title sounds funnier because the Permanent Editor and I were playing a game called Dokapon Kingdom with the kid. This game is basically the Monopoly of Wii … which is to say it is a game that will split a family. :) Anyway, when you do certain level-ups the character will say “Promotion time!” and it is really cute.

So, I am gearing up for the release of The Shulim Cycle Book of Susan in November. If you want to help, please pledge to spread the word via Thunderclap. It’s easy. Just pledge and if I meet my pledge goal, then the message will go out automatically on whichever social networks you choose.

Simple. And I will be grateful if you do that. If you decide to pre-order when that opens up at the end of October, even better!

 

Filed under: Promotion, Self-Publishing, The Book of Susan, The Shulim Cycle

Writer Beware

Good morning fellow readers and writers.

So, if you are self-published, you are always looking for new opportunities to help you get your book out there in a way that is advantageous to you. When you see something offered, it is vital, however, that you check up on them and their claims.

Very important when it comes to this little company: Morgan James Publishing.

Their deal seems appealing on the surface. They appear to be up front about the costs and caveats.

But … “Many major houses require authors to purchase 5,000 copies, or more, of the book upon its release, usually at a 50-60% discount off retail.”

According to traditionally published authors on the forum that questions about MJ Publishing were shared on, this is not the case, especially for fiction. For non-fiction, depending on agreements and needs of mostly the author it would appear, similar things may be added to contracts. So we are talking about something that occurs only by exception – meaning that while technically it is at least a plausible claim, the addition of “most” followed by specific figures makes the claim suspect.

Which makes them suspect.

Writer beware.

Also, just in case you do not know about this awesomeness, SFWA has a resource available to everyone, member or not, to help authors look out for this type of thing. Hopefull Morgan James shows up on their list soon. Book mark this, and if you see someone, or get an email, compare them to it first before doing the rest of your research: SFWA’s Writer Beware.

 

Filed under: About Writing, Marketing, Rules of Being a Distributor, Self-Publishing, Writer Beware

Edits, Revision, and Rewrites, Oh My!

Thought I would give an update to where I am with The Shulim Cycle Book of Susan.

Draft Five.

That is the editing draft I am on now, with the Permanent Editor finishing the last chapters of Draft Four and soon to begin the chapters finished so far (1 as of this posting, but I’m into 2) once those are done.

Whoever says that self-published authors don’t edit did not meet me. Personally, I find it easier to edit something not my own work but … one does what one needs to.

So, what great insights do I have from this edit?

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Filed under: About Writing, Editing, Fiction, Self-Publishing, The Book of Susan, The Shulim Cycle

Stop! Raffle Time.

So, as I am finishing up the edits for The Shulim Cycle Book of Susan, it is time to gear up for the release.

When will that be, you ask breathlessly?

November 17, 2014.

Mark your calendars and expect to hear from me between now and then as I ramp up for the release.

To start that off, I have a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will be giving away signed copies of The Shulim Cycle Book of Susan to 3 lucky winners, a  cover-art t-shirt signed by me to one, a mug with the cover art to one, and free copies of the e-book to 5. Now, Rafflecopter is a viral-marketing raffle site, which means that you enter by sharing. Follow the blog, follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Tweet or comment on this blog. Pretty easy.

The raffle will go from today until October 31.

Please enter and share it.

I also am all sales-like for the first novel.

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Filed under: Promotion, Self-Publishing, The Book of Dahlia, The Shulim Cycle

Reviews, Feedback, and Sharing – Why They Matter

I’ve touch on the importance of reviews and feedback before. I want to come back to this, though, because for independent authors, I cannot stress enough just how big of a deal reviews, feedback, and sharing are.

Independently publishing a book is more than just hitting submit on Amazon or Smashwords and waiting for sales to come in. Thousands of books are self-published every day. Your new release is going to get lost in the shuffle quickly, so as an independent author, you have to not only write the work, possibly edit the work yourself, and submit it to your platform of choice, you also have to promote it and advertise it. You have to see out reviewers.

And sometimes, you have to remind people who have read your book to share their thoughts.

For consumers, the importance of reviews is pretty simple. It tells you what to expect and gives you an idea if what you are about to get is worth while. For example, when my husband bought me Doctor Who DVDs for Christmas, we quickly learned, Christmas Day, that we could not play them on the DVD player because he purchased them through Amazon UK, not Amazon USA. I got online and searched through reviews of different region-less DVD players until I found one that, by the reviews listed, appeared to be what I needed. And when it turned out to be so and to reliably play my DVDs, I was sure to share that feedback as well.

For independent authors, however, reviews are much more.

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Filed under: Marketing, Promotion, Reader Group, Rules of Feedback, Self-Publishing, Street Team

Amazon and the Independent Author

I received a disturbing email yesterday evening, one that makes me very happy that I have diversified my publishing platforms.

The email – and any other Indie Authors out there probably know exactly what email I am talking about – was from Amazon, asking me to step up and support them in their war against Hatchette.

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Smashwords and Some Thoughts About E-Book Publishing

So, I have added The Shulim Cycle Book of Dahlia to Smashwords with the first chapter of The Shulim Cycle Book of Susan.

I might have mentioned before that this was coming. Well, now it’s done. If you look to the right you will see that I’ve cleaned up my links area a little bit. You will also see links to something called Eduli Springs Book Club for Facebook and G+. No difference between the two locations, just that some people prefer one over the other (like me. I prefer G+). Please feel free to join the group/community on the social network of your choice. As the groups grow, it is going to be my preferred method, outside of this blog, of talking about the books and doing promotion-type things.

If you haven’t read Dahlia, or if you’d like to suggest it to someone, both the Facebook and G+ communities include a Smashwords coupon code to get the book at a discounted price. And I’m pretty much going to do this for each book in The Shulim Cycle. I love my fans that much.

Onto Discussions of E-Book Publishing In General

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Filed under: About Writing, Marketing, Promotion, The Book of Dahlia, The Book of Susan

“Oh god! She’s talking about women in media again. Everyone quick, look away.”

But if you don’t, it’ll be much appreciated.

So, on G+ a friend shared about her experience discussing the issues she had with the presentation of women in a specific game and the internet responded, and it was basically a lot of back and forth of misunderstanding. Why? If you’ve ever been a gamer, you really don’t have to ask that. You already know. If you’re not a gamer – that is a person who sits around a table (or these days a digital table, as traditional table top games move to online play to accommodate people moving and what-not) – then you probably don’t know.

And that’s okay. I’m going to explain it to you.

You could say I’m going to gamexplain it.

Which is probably only amusing in my head. Moving along.

So, you are talking about people who, as a group, will happily sit there and argue for at minimum fifteen minutes, but upwards of the entire game session (most averaging about 4 hours), with the GM (Game Master, for the uninitiated) and/or other players about things like whether or not the inclusion of exclusion of an oxford comma in the sentence about SR (Spell Resistance, fellow gamers, bear with me) means that their wizard/sorcerer has to make the Caster Level Check or not. Or … and this one is even better. They will happily write up at minimum three-page story backgrounds on no less than five to seven different cheesed-to-the-nines character concepts just to whittle down the poor GM or Storyteller (the White Wolf Games name for a GM) and get them to approve their Halfling Monk/Paladin to Yondalla or their Mokele (You know, Dragons in White Wolf – though to be fair, still better than weresharks).

In other words, gamers love to argue.

But gamers aren’t really what I want to talk about.

What I want to talk about is the role of women in fiction and media. Games sparked this thinking in my head, but this holds for really anything print, audio, or video, that we consume on a daily basis.

I’m going to share with you a great little song my Permanent Editor shared with me.

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Filed under: About Writing, Feminism, Fiction, Rules of Writing

What’s that? I smell a shameless plug coming…

So, The Shulim Cycle Book of Dahlia is up for free today and tomorrow (8/5 and 8/6) on Amazon..

Why only two days?

Well, this is going to be the last KDP promotion for the novel. By the end of this week, once my current KDP is up, I’ll also be on Smashwords. The reason being, I can manage coupons and what-not better there.

So, if you have not had a chance to grab the book, here’s your chance to get it free.

If you have, please share a review on Amazon.

Why?

Well… a few reasons.

It will help other readers determine if they want to buy my book once the free promotion ends. It helps me get feedback for what works and does not in the book, so that I understand what my readers are actually getting out of the book. And finally … because a lot of avenues for promoting e-books want you to already have reviews on Amazon. I have a few great reviews, but I don’t have enough of them. So please, share your thoughts on the book on Amazon. While your at it, be sure to share a few thoughts about other indie-books you’ve read.

Thank you and good reading.

Filed under: About Writing, Fiction, Marketing, Promotion, Rules of Feedback, The Book of Dahlia, The Shulim Cycle

Samples, samples everywhere!

So, for those already following my Facebook Group or who might be interested in doing so, I have put up the first chapter of The Shulim Cycle Book of Susan. If you’re a member, you’re free to download it. If you’re not a member, please consider joining it or the G+ community. Really, which is just a matter of social network preference. I’ll be sharing the same things to both.

Anyway, off to getting the day started. Breakfast, coffee, and more writing. A little gaming too, as I’ll be working on my next post for Ravensveil.

And reading, cause I have reviews to get done for StreetWraith.

Busy, busy little bees.

Filed under: About Writing, Editing, Marketing, Promotion, The Book of Susan, The Shulim Cycle

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