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.

Fantasy Tracker Series #2 – Guard

I finished the draft of Guard, the second story in my fantasy Tracker series. The story is with beta readers at the moment, and I am busy creating the cover image and writing the blurb.

If you want a sneak peek at what has been done so far for the second book cover in the Tracker series then keep reading. Read more »

Why do I need Google Plus or Google Profile?

I spent my first hour this morning reading everything in my FeedReader relating to writing and publishing. The same as every other morning. Takes about an hour, before I edit or write.

I worked my way through each blog, thinking, yes, same old same old. Yep, doing that. Next blog post. Not doing that, as it is a waste of time.

Worked my way through the list, until I got to The Book Designer week in the blogs page.  Read more »

January Writing Life.

January only has one week left! Where does the time go?

I normally have January off work, so that I can watch the Australian Tennis. This January is no different to previous years.

Any New Year Resolutions are all gone and forgotten in this household. However, my publishing goals list is growing as I think of more tasks I could add to marketing, writing, and admin areas. Read more »

Preparing for 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, I am trying not to slow down my output but it seems to be happening anyway. And I am taking the time to plan for 2016, even though I know I will probably miss most of my deadlines. At least I will have a plan to work towards.

I created my 2016 Year Planner, from my Year Planner template, so I can put planned release dates in to remind me of each planned deadline, and stick it to the wall above my computer. Easy to glance at. Easy to add text to any date. And good as a reminder at the end of 2016 what I did accomplish during the year. Read more »

Fantasy Tracker Series #1 – Rider

My first fantasy “Rider”, Book One of the Tracker Series will be published on 2/1/2016.

Rider

Never admit to seeing ichur, the silvery residue of magic spells. Not if you want to stay under the radar of the Councillors of Convane.

Swift, a purebred tracker horse who can smell the smallest trace of ichur, can also remove the magic energy from any human or talisman.

Dallas, rider of Swift, knows how to create a spell without leaving residue, even if he is not a trained mage.

Neither Dallas or Swift admit to seeing and using the magic energy. If they did, Dallas would have his ability to see ichur removed, and Swift would be given to an approved mage by order of the council.

A new fantasy series including mages, dragons, tracker horses and more.

The links for preorder will be updated by Tift Publishing as they come available here.

Sneak Peek at New Cover

I am busy with editing and designing the cover, ready for the print version of my first fantasy in a new series called Tracker to be published.

As usual I struggle with writing blurbs or cover copy to entice readers to pick up my stories. So, the cover copy, along with the rest of the cover may change before “Rider” is ready to publish.

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My Results From Learning How To Market.

I used the steps outlined by Nick Stevenson (I mentioned in the last blog post) for my Sensing Danger series (3 books).

It worked, if not as much as I hoped. I have downloads happening. I may discuss numbers in another blog post when I have more data.

What I noticed, my other stories sold a lot more since I made Sensing Danger 1: Rescue free. I believe others call it the “halo effect”. It seems that when readers look at the Sensing Danger page, they must click on “other books by same author”, and purchase one of them. Read more »

Marketing Ideas for Indie Writers

You must do the following before marketing.

Write a good story, get it copy edited, format correctly, including an interesting blurb, and eye catching (appealing to readers of the correct genre) cover.
Place it in the correct genre, using correct metadata search words.
Upload to all sites, not just Amazon Select.
Create a POD file and upload to Createspace, and select all channels, as well as price correctly for bookstores to get their discount.

Now what? Read more »

A Storytime Bloghop Treat

I thought I should let you all know of a wonderful Storytime Bloghop happening at the moment by some writer friends of mine.

If you like FREE flash fiction with surprising endings, then hop over to Katharinea Gerlach’s blog and check out her flash fiction story.

At the bottom is a list of links to other writer blogs with one of their own flash fiction stories, all about 500 odd words so each story is a quick read.

Have fun.

I did.🙂 And I can’t wait to read more about some of the many different characters.

 

 

 

 

Another Scribus 1.4.3 Tip

I have just emerged into normal life from over 2 weeks using Scribus to create three 5×8” sized print interior pdfs of my latest series release Sensing Danger.

The first three interior layouts were wrong, because when I created the master pages I incorrectly typed one measurement. Yes, because I did not check the measurements I entered for the first two master pages before I imported to the next two files, I had to repeat the whole process a second time for the three interior layouts. Read more »

Putting Nick Stevenson’s Marketing Steps into Place

I mentioned in another blog that Nick Stevenson has steps to get readers to sign up to the author’s mailing list.

I put his steps into place for my Sensing Danger series, such as offering the first in the series Free so my readers could find me without a cost to them, then if they finished the story and liked it, they could sign up to my mailing list and receive the second in the series as a thank you for singing up.

I updated the cover for book 1, created the covers for book 2 and 3, and uploaded to Smashwords and Amazon.

The ebook series is now available in Smashwords and rolled out to the other sites. Read more »