Archive for the ‘Writing Tips’ Category
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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.
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? Continue reading
I started Book IV in the tracker series and managed four chapters before LIFE interfered. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
My first fantasy “Rider”, Book One of the Tracker Series will be published on 2/1/2016.
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.
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.
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
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? Continue reading
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.
I did. 🙂 And I can’t wait to read more about some of the many different characters.
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. Continue reading