I'm giving my readers a preview of my new novel, Blood Orange, amzn.to/2v33Vjc
Here is a link to introduce you to sexy Sheriff McAlister and feisty Nora Hollister as they fight against the drug cartel invading the Florida orange groves they call home.
You write the next big novel but no one is buying it. You're stumped with marketing your book. Where do you begin?
Even the big Traditional publishing houses do not do the marketing they used to years ago. You are on your own and it's a huge learning curve to figure out how to market you book.
Most authors only like to write and don't want to be bothered with getting the word out about their book. I've said it before and will say it again. If readers don't know you exist they can not buy your book.
You have to do a bit of marketing every day to let readers know about you and your book.
Start with Social media. Most of us are on Facebook. Do you have an authors page. If not set one up. Here is where you will engage your readers and let them get to know you. You are not going to sell them your books. You will not say buy my wonderful book. What you are going to do is lead them to enjoy learning about who you are and what you are interested in.
When you do have a promotion for your new book you will have built up a following and can now let them know you have this great book.
Did you know that you can offer your kindle version for free for 5 days in a 3 month period? You're asking why in heaven's name would I want to give my book away for free? You will be paid by the Kindle Global fund for every page of your book that is read, that's why.
How do I do this? go to your KDP dashboard and chose the book you want to promote. On the right click on promote. About halfway down you will see where you can have a kindle count down or offer your kindle for free. Choose Free and choose the dates you want to run the promotion. Split up those 5 days to 3 days one weekend and later 2 days. Do this in the beginning of the week so you are ready for Friday morning.
Come Friday morning your are going to post your amazing free offer. Post it on your Facebook author page and then post where the readers. How do you find all these readers? in the Facebook search bar put kindle. You will get a drop down of places to post about your promotion. the same hold for Twitter. Go where the readers are.
Of course this is the condensed version of a marketing plan but you can get the basic idea.
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My novel Honey Tree Farm - For the Love of the Beekeeper's Daughter amzn.to/2jh3v3y , won a bronze medal at the annual Florida Authors and Publishers Association conference in Orlando Florida on August 5th. A fellow author and I made the road trip and had a wonderful experience. We stayed over night and at breakfast the next morning we were delighted to have our pictures taken with some of the Disney Characters.
I was shaking when I read the e-mail that I was a finalist. I'd never won such an honor before for one of my books.
I have won awards from the National League of American Pen Women before for a couple of my books. But the FAPA is a big one.
I would like to offer a free kindle in exchange for a review. Simply post your request with your email in the comments and I'll send you a gift receipt for one.
I'll also offer a free kindle in exchange for a review of my book, Whispers in time - Book two in the Green Lady Inn series. amzn.to/2oBBxWW
Reviews are so important to an author.
My newest book Blood Orange was released last weekend. It's set in 1986 when the Columbian drug Cartel of Pablo Escobar used to drop their cocaine by plane into the Florida orange groves for pick up. amzn.to/2vJdG7t
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'sI very much enjoy creating children's picture books.
I use a Microsoft program called publisher.
It's really easy once you know how.
I place all the illustrations in their correct order and then add the text. I do this page by page. Then I convert the file to a PDF and send it to the client. I want the client to be involved in the whole process and learn as we go. I make any corrections to the text or illustration placement and believe me I do miss a couple things and need that extra set of eyes.
Once the client approves the PDF, the client can take the files to any publisher they choose or I will up load it to Create Space. Most authors know it is part of Amazon.
Sometimes Create Space will not accept the file because of various reasons. One I run into often is the text is too close to the edge of the page. It looks fine to me but they can be a bit picky.
Once it goes through, the client then can look at a digital proof and look for any other corrections. Or they can order a physical proof sent to their home. Most new authors choose this way. It's fun to get your first published book in your hands.
If the proof is accepted then it's listed on Amazon and we hold our breath waiting for all those sales to roll in.
That's when the hard part begins. The dreaded marketing.
I enjoy the marketing end of things almost more than the writing. Several of my books have made it into the Amazon top ten best seller list and I'm going to try entering a couple contests in the coming months.
Winning a contest raises your credibility as an author. Three of my books have won awards at the National League of American Pen Women conferences.
I love to help new authors so if you have a questions just ask.
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when I finished my last novel, Blood Orange, I went looking for an editor. I want this book to be the shinning star in my career as an author. I don't have a big budget. Most authors don't. This is my fifth book and I've made mistakes choosing my editor in the past.
My first book, Broken Branches amzn.to/2jy5zFg I had edited by three different editors at bargain prices. The editors were friends who said they knew what they were doing. Obviously I didn't know what I was doing. There were mistakes in spelling and duplicated words. The formatting was a mess. Last year I had it edited again and reformatted.
For my second book, Bottle Alley, http://amzn.to/2kbxON6 was edited by a friend that charged me triple what my first book cost. I almost had a hear attack when she wanted to kill off a main character in the first chapter.
The third book, Honey Tree Farm, http://amzn.to/2jh3v3y was edited by the same person. Not a good idea. She changed the first two chapters a lot. The reviews I get all say the first chapters are too slow and the book doesn't take off until the third chapter.
For the second book in the Green Lady Inn series, Whispers in Time, http://amzn.to/2oBBxWW . Broken Branches is book one. I went with another fellow author at a rock bottom price. I have received no reviews since it was released a couple months ago. I have no idea if this book should be throw on the bonfire or not.
Now we arrive at my fifth book Blood Orange. It's with a professional editor now at $50 an hour. How many hours will it take? Your guess is as good as mine. They are doing a good rewrite, a bit of connecting the dots that I missed and my horrible spelling and punctuation. This one will cost me. I don't dare tell my husband how much. He pinches every penny twice before he spends it.
Whispers in Time is free on kindle this weekend. I'd love to get some reviews and have readers tell me if it's any good or not.
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I've started working on the third book in the green lady Inn series.
In book one Megan inherited the house in Salem Massachusetts from her grandmother. She also met and married, quite suddenly, Jake Durant a mystery writer from Boston. Her next door neighbors, Zack and Amanda, along with Jake help her solve the mystery surrounding her grandmother's death.
I enjoyed writing this first novel. It almost seemed to write itself.
Book two was a little harder. I was learning more about my craft and trying hard to put what I was learning into my book. In this one the Green Lady Inn is not quite up and running when strange guests start to appear at her door. A valuable painting is stolen from the Longstreet Gallery, and she finds a new distant relative. Who happens to work for Scotland Yard.
Book three is harder yet. There are more characters to keep track of. Thank goodness for excel. Megan and her neighbor have both had babies. How do you mention the babies and then forget them as the story unfolds? You can't. Baby sitters have to be hired. Megan's child, Elizabeth has to be fed, changed and put to bed at night. It all gets a bit more complicated.
The Longstreet Gallery has plans to expand into the store next door but the unscrupulous relator, Mr. Prendergast has rented it out to a printing outfit. Megan and Amanda have approached a reclusive Thaddaeus Cadwallader , the owner of the space in question and tell him what Prendergast is up to. Will it make a difference?
Your guess is as good as mine. I write by the seat of my pants, one scene at a time.
I only know the general premise of the book. It takes me on a journey of discovery as I write it. Only a couple facts hold true.
Megan has visions that give her cryptic clues that she and her fellow armature detectives solve. The Inn now has a resident ghost, Lucinda Cory Sinclair. She's another relative and Megan's lookalike. Lucinda is now talking to Megan warning her of dangers to come. Magic is a black cat Megan rescued as a kitten in book one. Magic is always in the middle of things and has taken a position as guardian to little Elizabeth.
I know who the bad guys are and what they are up to but how will I have them get caught? I haven't murdered anyone yet. I have an idea who I want to have killed, should I? I'm also still playing with the cover. How much should I giveaway?
Writing is a process I'm enjoying. I'm learning as I go. I belong to a couple writers groups and they have all helped shape my writing in one way or another. I also read a lot of mystery books and each one give me something I can use to make my writing better.
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When I started out writing I knew nothing about writing or the industry I was getting involved with.
It all started out with a challenge I gave myself to write a children's and see if I could get it published. I have learned so much in the seven years since that very first day I sat down to write, Just Batty. Back then, self-publishing still had a bad name. My first publisher was a subsidy-publisher I found on the internet. I looked at traditional publishing. I didn't even know there was such a thing as self-publishing. That's how green I was. The first publisher that liked my work and would publish it is the one I went with. The illustrations were dreadful and there were errors in the text. No wonder self-publishing got a bad name. We have come a long way since then and want to be taken seriously.
An article I read, bit.ly/2rW4eex , 10 questions to ask yourself before choosing a publisher is a must for every writer looking for a publisher.
Now I read anything I can get my hands on principally about the marketing end of things.
I learned how to achieve sales through social media, which is huge if you put in the work. When I set up a store on my website I expected the sales to come flooding in. Needless to say I have not had one sale. This week, two years after I set it up I did a little detective work and called the web host to find out if I had made all the connections I needed to have the store up and running. I didn't. After a few minutes and a very patient technician my store was up and ready to receive orders. I waited and still no orders. Today I went and bought one of my own books in my store to see how it worked. It is working but I did call the technician again to ask a couple questions.
I read an article recently that I will be bring to my writing group. actually a couple articles. The one I'm bring forward is about how authors grumble about not having any sales but do absolutely nothing about changing it. If your sales are not what you hope for ask your self, "What am I doing to promote and market my books?"
No one can do it for you. You need to keep up with technology and read as much as you can about the different ways to help yourself.
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The Kindle global fund is a mystery to most authors.
Today I worked with a brilliant eighty-four year old gentleman. He can't understand why his really wonderful science books for children are not being snapped up by educators.
Dr. Robert Krupp is still teaching college on the internet. amzn.to/2qr3Pki
He has published five books for children ages PK - 12. My seven year old grandson loves the books and has done several of the experiments in them. What child wouldn't like making green slime?
Bob thought that all his books were already on kindle. In reality only one was. Some how he missed the last step and four of his books were sitting there as drafts.
We managed to finish publishing all his books on Kindle and now he can proceed to get his share of the kindle Global fund.
What is the Kindle Global Fund? It's free money from Amazon for every page that is read of your book on kindle.
You have to send your book out to the world and wait for readers to download the kindle and then read the book. You want to post your book were the readers are. You might have a couple hundred Facebook Friends but you have to find those places that have thousands of readers. Sounds simple right? Not so fast.
My novel Broken Branches amzn.to/2jy5zFg was a best seller on Amazon kindle with over 650 downloads. The problem is that a down load can just sit there and not get read for ages if at all.
How do I get readers to actually read the book they down load? If anyone out there has an answer please let me know. For all you out there that store all those downloads, get reading and help us struggling authors out.
I don't even have a kindle reader. I still love a real book in my hands.
By the way I now have a boxed set of my first two books in the Green Lady Inn series.
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It's common misconception that to be traditionally published is the way to succeed and get your book out in front of readers. Now a days the traditionally published have to work just as hard as the self-published to get the word out.
In order to get your books in to stores and libraries they have to be returnable. This is automatic with traditional publishers for the most part. You really have to do your research if you are going the self-published route.
Subsidy publishers will charge a fee to have your books returnable. It can be anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars.
I read an article that really made me think. The article was about the ISBN number an authors uses. bit.ly/2onNHlF The article is about linking your create space book to Ingram. Ingram is the largest distributor in the country.
With a ISBN number that is uniquely your own you can stand out in a crowded self-publishing market and be listed with Ingram
You get the ISBN number from www.Bowker.com. They have a range of other services that you should be looking at to make an informed decision.
One ISBN number cost $125 or you can buy ten for $295. If I knew how many books I was going to be writing I would have bought ten.
I have been promoting my books on social media for a couple months now and have seen my royalties climb. I have a new novel I'm working on and almost finished. Blood Orange is set in 1986, where the Medellin cartel out of Columbia, was dropping drugs in the Florida orange groves. I just have to figure out how to get to the ending. I will be buying an ISBN from Bowker this time around.
You have to work at your marketing. I have a marketing coach which I see every couple months and I get a lot of tips I never would have thought about. Everyone needs help now and then even brilliant people like me.
I now have three books that have made it into the ranks of Amazon best sellers in Kindle format in their genre.
Broken Branches - adult fiction
Princess Annie and the Unicorn - children's fiction
Where's Teddy? - children's fiction
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Whispers in time will be available the end of April. Watch for a special boxed set of the Green Lady Inn book one and two.
, Writing a series of interconnected novels is not as easy as it sounds at least for me.
First you have to remember all the characters you created in the first book of the series. You have to remember each and every one's hair color, eye color. Are they tall or short? Who are they related to, married to and their children if any. I finally made an excel spread sheet for all the characters that would be in The Green Lady Inn series. I just referred back to it al lot. I think it's a good idea to do this for all the books you are writing.
My sequel to Broken Branches, amzn.to/2jy5zFg , is titled Whispers in Time. It's getting edited now and should be out soon.
I hope you have read Broken Branches. It made it to #3 on the Amazon Best Seller list and I was so pleased and hope all the readers enjoy it, leave a review and will go on to read book two, Whispers in Time.
I love the characters I have created for this series. Megan and Jake are the owners now of the Green Lady Inn. Megan inherited the house from her grandmother in the first book.
They have a quirky couple living next door that helped solve Megan's grandmother's murder, Amanda and Zack. They own an art gallery in Salem where a lot of action takes place. It's great fun because of the humor I can use with these two. Zack has a running gag going with Megan's cat Magic. The cat knows that Zack is not crazy about him and torments Zack at every opportunity.
Mr. Prendergast is the realtor who is always just on the shady side of things.
Then we have Detective Yarborough who can't quite understand how Megan and Jake get involved with all his cases.
Whispers in time has added a couple more permanent characters to the mix. I can't wait to see what happens in book three.
You just never know who will check into the Green Lady Inn in Salem Massachusetts.
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