Indie Author Fringe October 2017 Conference

I spend too much time at the Indie Author Fringe October 2017 conference. In fact, the most part of 24 hours, watching videos, reading articles, following links to other articles on everything relating to indie publishing and taking notes, 26 pages of notes.

I am in information overload.

The main points I learned. Read more »

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Business or Hobby?

For those visitors that are new to my blog, I indie published my first 6100 word short story “Fire Starter” on 12/06/2010 to Smashwords for $0.00. The short story was about one of the main characters in my first three-book Space Opera Broken series.

After readers downloaded the FREE short story over 2000 times, I changed the price to $0.99. And watched as more readers discovered it online and purchased it.

I saw the potential of making a living from writing, both fiction and non fiction and leapt into writing and publishing the Indie way. And continued to learn every aspect of this business along the way. Read more »

Trackers Now Published

The concluding story in my Tracker Series is now published.

I had planned for this story to be published in May or June, but better late than never.

More information and links to sites is available on the Tracker Series Tift Publishing page.

Prologues, Good or Bad?

Why use a prologue?

I believe that if a prologue is an information dump (InfoDump) it is wrong. The reader will not read it. They want a story not an InfoDump.

But if the prologue is a scene or two, like every other scene in the story, then it is correct. It gets the reader to keep reading, which is what the author wants.

So, a prologue is a scene, complete with character with conflict in a rich setting with a twist to end the scene, and it happens years or centuries earlier then when the story begins. Read more »

Ebook Bundles Podcast

Last post, I discussed one of my stories selected for an eBook bundle on Bundlerabbit.

Today, Joanna Penn had a podcast talk with Chuck Heintzelman, the creator of BundleRabbit. I think it is a good detailed discussion on bundling. Check it out here.

 

Also note, near the end of the talk, Chuck said if you sign up to BundleRabbit you can still get a free copy of The Author Guide to Ebook Bundling by Chuck Heintzelman. But he does not know for how long the ebook will be free on signup.

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Ebook Bundles

Have you thought about participating in eBook Bundles?

BundleRabbit.com sells eBook bundles at all eBook distributors as well as on their own web site.

I have heard good things about BundleRabbit, so uploaded Rider, the first in my Tracker Series, to see how the process worked. And have been selected for an upcoming bundle.

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Read an E-Book Week

I am participating in Read an E-Book Week on Smashwords from March 5, midnight to March 11, Midnight.

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Tracker Series #4 Published

Mage, the fourth book in the Tracker Series has now been published as an eBook.

I had hoped to add a dragon image to the cover, but did not work with the cloudy sky in the final background. Hopefully, I can add a dragon to the next Tracker series cover.  Read more »

Interesting Spam Emails

I am totally enjoying my month of tennis and relaxing rather than writing, even if the temperature reached 105.6 degrees Fahrenheit for a few days.

I decided not to read a chapter or two of my current edited story aloud this morning looking for the last of the typos, incorrect words, or other errors, so, thought I would check my publishing emails instead.

As usual, nothing interesting in the Inbox.

But the Spam was interesting. Read more »

Planning for 2017

Looking back over 2016 plans I can say I “failed” to complete all my plans for 2016 but I did “succeed” in most of them. So a big win for me!

To end the year, I need to create the 2016 Tift Publishing Catalogue with links to published books onto Tift Publishing web site. Read more »

2016 Review

Needless to say, I have not finished Mage, my fourth Tracker Series story.

Still, I hope to get the last few chapters done this coming week, and do the first edit, before the end of the year.

Then work on the cover and formatting in Dec – Jan holidays and hopefully, release at the end of January, 2017.

I also plan on not doing much of anything during January except watch Australian Tennis on TV.

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Is the eBook Market Still Growing, Settling or Dying?

Are you, like other indie authors, worried about the slow down of sales of your ebooks on Amazon?

Did you read about Amazon Select sales not showing in many author’s Amazon reports, and how Amazon is working on it. And other comments said sales outside Select were also not showing in the Amazon reports? Read more »

Writing Book IV in the Tracker Series

I started Book IV in the tracker series and managed four chapters before LIFE interfered. Read more »

Judge Now Published

Finally, the third eBook in the Tracker Series, Judge, is available.

JudgeEbookCover4webDetails and links on Tift Publishing site.

The print version will be available in September, 2016.

As both the eBook and the print book links become available they will be updated on the Tift Publishing Tracker Series page.

And thank you to all the wonderful suggestions to improve the cover. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working on Fantasy Tracker Three Cover

I am working on the cover image for Judge, the third Tracker Series novel.

Here is a sneak peek while the novel is getting edited. Read more »

Smashwords 2016 Summer/Winter Sale

Smashwords 2016 Summer/Winter Sale starts 1 July and runs until 31 July, and Tift Publishing has included books in the sale.

If you want to catch up on any Tift Publishing books you have not read, they will be half price in July.

Click on any of the below links and use the coupon code SSW50.

Rider Sale Price US$2.50

Galaxy Freight Sale Price US$3.00

Machani Diplomat Sale Price US$3.00

Divided Loyalties Sales Price US$1.50

Jazz’s Asteroid Sale Price US$2.50

Broken Faith Sale Price US3.50

Creating Print on Demand interiors and Covers using Scribus 1.4.1 Sale Price US$3.00

Another Talisman

Writing Book Three of my Tracker Series is rolling along slowly.

I am up to chapter 15 and Misty is getting herself into more trouble, along with Dallas. Fun!

I also plotted one way she can get out of trouble, but may come up with another way, or two, if I find any “plot bunnies” in the next few chapters.

Which brings me to my second talisman.  Read more »

Good Copywriting to Sell Fiction

I woke early this morning to watch a webinar by Bryan Cohen titled 5 Ways to Sell More Books for the Rest of Your Career though Better Author Copywriting.

I fortified myself with a piece of pumpkin pie and Caramello ice cream, which I do not recommend for anyone at 4:00 am.

The webinar was interesting, but nothing new from what everyone else has discussed since Indie publishing took off about 7 years ago.

In this webinar Bryan Cohen is coming across as an “expert” in copywriting to sell Fiction and Non-Fiction books. He may be, or not. I have no idea either way. Read more »

Building a Culture in a Fictitious World

I have been busy thinking about the third story in my fantasy Tracker series.

And building a little background on the culture of Convane which is where the mages train and uphold the magic laws written after they won a war with an eastern neighbour called Lealand.

I already worked out how the magic works, and dot pointed the magic laws before I started the series, along with a rough map of Convane and all its neighbouring countries, but only touched on the culture of the citizens. Read more »

Guard now Published

My second Tracker series story, Guard, is now available for sale.

GuardEbookCoverWeb

Details and links on Tift Publishing site.

The print version will be available in May, 2016.

Thank you to all my beta readers for your comments, suggestions and other feedback.