Can't Find a Bookmark: Cover Crazy
Cover Crazy is a meme created by Tawni @ The Bookworms to share book covers that you are thrilled about. This week it’s Cicada by Belle Whittington! There’s just something awesome about this simplistic cover with this girl with her head thrown back, seemingly floating. And the title Cicada. I don’t know. Just the combination works wonderfully well. Really excited for...
Are you ready for Haunted Halloween: True Tales of...
Guess what ladies and gentlemen? It’s that time of the year again. For those of you who are already well-aware of Haunted Halloween, you know what crazy things are about to happen. If you are new to the event just click here to see what we did last year. This is the 2nd year of Haunted Halloween: True Tales of the Paranormal and Lisa (from A Life Bound By Books) and I have been working...
With Kindle, the Best Sellers Don’t Need to Sell
Here’s a riddle: How do you make your book a best seller on the Kindle? Answer: Give copies away. That’s right. More than half of the “best-selling” e-books on the Kindle, Amazon.com’s e-reader, are available at no charge. Although some of the titles are digital versions of books in the public domain — like Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” — many are by authors still trying to make a...
PIRACY SUCKS!! SO I'M HAVING A GIVEAWAY!
Ya’ll. I am SO mad right now, I could just die. (As you can see, when I get really mad, I talk very Southern.) It’s a lovely day in Arkansas. My kids are getting along. I’ve been reading my little heart out. Then I come home to find this: Read the rest here… Post by Andrea at The Bookish Babes
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Pop over to The Bookish Babes Book Blog and join the discussion! There’s still a chance to win a copy of Cicada!
Congrats to Erin, Contest Winner!
Erin won a copy of Cicada in a contest on Romancing the Book! There’s still one more chance to win a copy on the same blog by leaving a comment here…
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Book Hounds: Cool Authors, Haute Dogs!
Wow! This has certainly been a busy and exciting weekend for me! Mary, at Book Hounds, has featured my doggie and me…and Cicada on her book blog today! :-) Click here to pop over and take a peek at her terrific blog and today’s post!
Romancing the Book: Guest Post: Me!
Many thanks to my new friends over at Romancing the Book for including me as a guest on their totally awesome book blog! Click here to see the post! Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win a free copy of Cicada!
Guest Post on The Bookish Babes Blog!
Stop by The Bookish Babes book blog and check out my guest post! While you are there, leave a comment and be entered to win a copy of Cicada! :-) Join the discussion and enter the giveaway here! <—- Many thanks to Andrea at The Bookish Babes for such a wonderful, sweet post about my little YA novel and me :-) You totally made my day! :-)
10 Things You Need to Know About Virtual Book...
By now, most authors know what virtual book tours are or at least have heard of them. They’re that wonderful marketing tool that should be a must have in every new book’s campaign. With each new book I write, I’m making a game plan before the book is even published and a virtual book tour is the first promotional venue on that list. While most of us know what they are, there are still a...
Kath here. Please welcome Randall Davidson to WU. Randall is a cofounder of ProofreadingServices. Us, a proofreading company that offers manuscript proofreading. Randall was good enough to share his must-do proofreading tips and best practices with other writing enthusiasts. Thanks, Randall! One of the hardest parts of writing is proofreading your own work. These 10 proofreading tips can...
SELF-PUBLISHING YOUR BOOK IS NOT THE FINAL STEP!
I remember when I first considered self-publishing my book. This was after I decided that I wasn’t going to believe in what people were saying about the stigma. When I began to trust myself, believe that I could produce a great book and have the success others were having; when I thought that self-publishing my book was the first step in this journey. When you dream of self-publishing your...
Cicada is Now Available in Paperback!
Been waiting for the paperback version of Cicada? Wait no further! It’s available here… And it’s lovely!
Welcome to Book Bloggers Appreciation Week 2011!
Welcome to the fourth annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week! It’s hard to believe this is the fourth year we’ve gathered together to celebrate the work book bloggers do and the community we’ve created, but it is! We hope you’ll join in for all the fun this year. Everyday we have a topic provided that you can blog about. Come back here and add the permalink to your post in the Mister Linky...
Your Online Book Launch: What You Need to Know
Your Online Book Launch: What You Need to Know By Joel Friedlander Okay, you’ve finished your book, filled out all your metadata, and gone through the publishing process. Soon, your book will become available for sale online. For many authors, this is a critical time in the lives of their books. Why? When your book is new, it’s the natural time to do a book launch. In fact,...
A Guide to Reviewing Your Book Proof
The following article was written exclusively for CreateSpace by Joel Friedlander. Joel is the proprietor of Marin Bookworks in San Rafael, California, a publishing services company where he’s helped launch many self-published authors. He blogs about book design, writing and self-publishing at www.TheBookDesigner.com. Joel is also the author of the newly-published A...
What Does It Take to Write a Second Book?
Does writing your second book require a completely different mindset? Love in Mid Air author Kim Wright tackled this question in a guest post on K.M. Weiland‘s blog Wordplay. Wright argued that it is difficult to recapture the same feelings and passion an author felt while writing their first book. There’s also the possibility that the writer no longer writes exclusively for him or herself...
Self-Publishing and Literary Fiction
“Ancient of Days” - William Blake Self-publishing is often denigrated in some circles as a dominion of poor quality, but even among people who don’t sneer at it, what springs to mind when they think of self-publishing is usually genre fiction. People just don’t often think of self-publishing and literary fiction going hand in hand. Read the rest here… Post by...
The New Midlist: Self-published E-book Authors Who...
Everyone knows the superstars of self-publishing, but many others are earning a living, selling foreign rights, and being courted by traditional publishers. By Robin Sullivan The author’s husband, Michael J. Sullivan, self-published on Amazon and went on to sign a six-figure contract with Hachette. There have been many articles about self-published superstars like Amanda Hocking, Joe...
Basics of Book Marketing
What lies behind the fantastic success of some of the most high-profile independent authors? You know, the people like J.A. Konrath and Amanda Hocking, who we read about on the blogs and news sites? The answer is marketing. That is, communicating the message about their books to a wide audience, in many channels, and over a period of time. Sure, these authors have a lot of other things...
How to Succeed
I get pummeled with email, often from people either thanking me or asking me things. Here’s a quick encapsulation of the questions I get, and how I’d reply if I had the time. Read the rest here… Post by J.A. Konrath
@author: Connecting Readers and Writers
We’re excited to announce a new way for readers to connect with authors and engage in the community around their favorite authors’ books. @author lets readers ask questions while they’re reading a Kindle book, or from an Amazon Author Page. You can see below which authors are participating in our beta release. To ask one of these authors a question from a Kindle book, just highlight a...
Social Media Roundup
Now that so many authors are getting savvy to the ways of the web and the need to utilize social media effectively, it seems hardly a day goes by that we here at Publetariat don’t come across some commentary or how-to article on the matter. Here are some we’ve decided are worth a closer look. Read the rest here… Post by Publetariat
How to Revise Your Work (& Awesome Editing Symbols...
Maybe I’m a nerd, but I love the editing process. I love recasting sentences to make them stronger, choosing specific words to make dialogue sing, correcting grammar until it’s fit to print and drawing little squibblies all over the page (mainly because I like the way squibblies look). Honestly, I use editing marks so much that sometimes I get bored with the usual suspects and make up my...
We’re learning that everything is up for grabs in terms of what people are going...– Booktrack Introduces E-Books With Soundtracks - NYTimes.com (via seetheglossary)
Win a Copy of Cicada at Romancing the Book: Back...
Enter to win a copy of my novel, Cicada, at Romancing the Book: Back to Books Blog Hop! Go here to enter! :-) Good Luck!
Five Tips for Writing a Stellar Press Release
You would think, as writers, that we would be perfectly gifted for writing top-notch press releases. It’s what we do for a hobby, a career or a passion. It’s our talent. But in my experience, being writer has been a handicap when it comes to creating press releases. The problem is, most writers (including me) pride themselves on their creative license and flowery prose. Unfortunately, press...