Archive for the ‘SiFi’ Category

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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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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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

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Sneak Peek Galaxy Freight Cover

I have been working on a cover for a collection of six Science Fiction novelettes for a print copy, and am excited with what I have done so far.

With the help of some other writers, I decided to call it an Omnibus, rather than a collection, because a collection relates to short stories and from the word count, five are novelettes and one is a novella. Continue reading

Next Tip for Scribus 1.4.3

I have been busy editing my latest book Machani Diplomat, but the wait is almost over.

The Smashwords and Amazon formatted files are ready to upload to the sites as soon as I get the POD interior layout finished.

However, the cover is finally taking shape, so I thought I would give you a look at the cover, now I have finished playing around with the title font. You might notice I included the translators I created in Blender into the image. Continue reading

Building Spaceships

I decided, while waiting for my beta readers to finish my last two stories, to work on covers for the two stories. I drew a translator, an alien flying orb that translates English and other languages into Machani, the aliens in my latest novel.

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Illustrations: Back to Basics

I decided to start learning Photoshop colouring in by doing a drawing by hand. So I located the book Drawing & Painting Fantasy Figures by Finlay Cowan and read the steps he takes using marker pens.

I copied one of his drawings, and followed along with the steps, but I couldn’t find my marker pens since I moved house, so I used coloured pencils instead. Continue reading

Finalising Outstanding Projects for This Year

What a year!

I adjusted deadlines for my projects in my 2012 Wall Year Planner and realised this year flew by. I then printed out my 2014 Year Planner (4 x A4 pages) and glued it together and placed on the wall under the 2013 planner.

Note to everyone who tried to open the 2012 Wall Year Planner blog page but couldn’t, you can comment below if you want me to email you a copy of the excel spreadsheet so you can print out your own wall planner, to use year after year, by just changing the year in one cell then compiling the new layout for that year. Continue reading

Update

I have now completed another course with Dean Wesley Smith, called Genre Structure.

I would recommend this six week course to any writer looking to write fiction in more than one genre. In fact, I would recommend this course to any fiction writer at whatever stage in their writing career, because Dean explains the differences between all the genres currently on the market. Continue reading

Galaxy Freight VI Now Published

Truth Revealed now available on Smashwords, and Amazon and now rolling out to all the other sites.

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Captain Alana Black searches both the Cygnus Peace Keeper Base and the Cygnus Space Station to locate the leader of the illegal mining operation on the Altien home world.

She hopes her luck does not run out as she evades explosions and snipers while following each lead, relying on her android, two Altien’s, her ship’s artificial intelligence and a few trusted Peace Keepers.

A 18,000 word, 72 page (approximate) science fiction adventure novella, Book VI in the Galaxy Freight series by Diane J Cornwell.

Galaxy Freight 6 Draft Completed

It is now nine weeks since I moved house, and I have finally finished Galaxy Freight 6. I mostly tied up all the loose ends left hanging in the first five Galaxy Freight stories but left the story arc open for further adventures by Captain Black, her personality swapping android Sam and the space craft artificial intelligence. Continue reading

Galaxy Freight IV and V Now Available

Galaxy Freight Novelettes 4 and 5 are now completed and published.

In Galaxy Freight 4, titled Crew Extraction, Captain Alana Black helps relocate the Altien to a new cave away from the erupting volcano while waiting for her missing crew to reach the agreed pickup location south of the volcano.

Read the full blurb here including links to Smashwords and Amazon as soon as they are available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Galaxy Freight V, titled Evasive Action, Captain Alana Black arrives in the Cygnus system to offload the rescued teenagers, she is ordered to wait for an escort before docking at the Port Authority space station. She realises it is a set-up to remove her passengers, and permanently stop her reporting the illegal mining, so she flees the area.

Read the full blurb here including links to Smashwords and Amozon as soon as they are available.

 

 

 

 

I am now writing Galaxy Freight VI where I will hopefully tie up all the loose ends.

Attracting Readers by Good Blurb Writing

The main parts of attracting readers to my fiction eBooks include an attractive cover, great title, clearly enticing blurb, low cost and perfectly edited sample.

If all these variables are good enough to attract each reader then the odds are stacked in my favour of their purchasing my story, and hopefully, if I have written a well crafted story, they will write a review to attract other readers. Continue reading

50% off Summer/Winter EBook Sale

I am participating in the Smashwords Annual July/Summer Winter promotion starts July 1 and runs until July 31.

So, if you would like to stock up on reading ebooks, Science Fiction, or even a Cozy Mystery, (Whodunit for US readers) then check out my author page.

Remember to use the code SSW50 to receive the discount when purchasing my stories.

Latest Cover Attempt

Way back on February 12, I discussed redesigning my Broken Faith ebook cover, based on the results of researching book covers.

If you want to read how I dissected the different areas of cover design, you can find it here.

And my last attempts are redesigning my Broken Faith cover are here.

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Getting ebooks ready for POD

I religiously follow Dean Wesley Smith, reading everything he suggests, because he is an expert in the field of publishing. I then work out if I can do what he suggests, or keep his suggestions in mind for when I am more confident in producing stories.
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Writing Update

I have been busy writing the past few weeks, but I tried to find time to keep up with reading other blogs, if the articles were relevant to Indie publishing. I am getting quite good at ignoring both the articles and comments if it does not relate to Indie publishing. 🙂 Continue reading

Galaxy Freight Series

I completed and uploaded the first two novelettes in a new series, called Galaxy Freight.

Captain Alana Black owns a freighting company called Galaxy Freight and pilots her space ship between earth and colonized planets at the edge of settled space.

She has an android to help called Sam, and an artificial intelligence program called Ship.

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