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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

Progress!

So, I have finished editing draft three of Shulim Cycle Book of Susan.

So what is next?

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

Self-Publishing …

So, I have been out of work for less than a week and already have learned more about the dos and don’ts of self-publishing than in the year and a half I have been doing it.

One of the things I learned about that I did not know about before: street teams.

So, these are people who basically are the foot soldiers of a good book release. They repost, like, and tweet information about the book. They are also the initial purchasers. They recommend and review. The author does not pay them, though sneak-peaks, give-aways, and other swag are not uncommon.

I’m researching now how to put them together. Among the ideas are creating a reader group and then encouraging the interested members to act as a street team.

Anyway, I’m learning. I’ll keep you posted, though, on what I am doing and will probably put a call out for those interested once I decide.

Somewhere in between writing short fiction, editing Book of Susan, et al…

Filed under: About Writing, Marketing, Reader Group, Self-Publishing, Street Team

Out of the Darkness and into the Light of Day

I know, it’s a bit melodramatic for someone who has merely left employment to come home, spend time with the kid, right, and finish a degree. I can’t help myself, though. There is something about waking up the first morning after your last day at work, knowing that you don’t have to go back.

No more people yelling at you, cursing you, and telling you what a horrible human being you are.

Why yes, I did work in Customer Service. How did you ever guess? To be specific, I worked as an escalation representative for a major bank.

Hey wait! Where are you going?

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Filed under: About Writing, Memoir

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