Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Most of my "shares" this month are from Best Seller Labs. I get these via e-mail from author, Jonathan Gunson. He is a fellow kiwi and chock-a-block full of awesome advice. I always find his e-mails so helpful. Here are a few highlight articles I've read from him lately...
7 Libraries of Sensational Photographs You Can Use For Free. I have book-marked a few of them. They look really good.
How To Sell 8 Million Books. This includes a video from late author, Ray Bradbury. It is really inspiring.
7 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Book Sales. I found this article really helpful. It was great to see what I was doing right... and what I need to work on.
If you haven't yet, I highly recommend you sign up to received Jonathan's newsletter e-mails. They are always worth a read.
Another helpful article I found this month was written by Laurie Boris. How to Use Track Changes on Word. I don't know about you, but me and Track Changes are not on friendly terms. This tutorial is helping us work together :-D
That's all from me this month.
I hope you find these articles as helpful as I have.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Welcome to the next instalment of the YA Indie Carnival "Indie Author Series". Today we are all talking about whether it's worth having your books on multiple book sites.
I admit that Amazon is my biggest seller. They are very reader friendly. I buy most of my books through them as that "buy with 1 click feature" totally rocks.
In saying this, as an author, I think it's important to have my books on as many sites as possible. So I publish through Smashwords, which then distributes to multiple e-book chains for me. I've come to see that my next big sellers are: Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony and Kobo.
I think it's important that we give our readers choice so I think it is worth using multiple book sites. Sure, it does take away the advantage of being able to use KDP Select, but I have heard varied opinions on that system and for now, I'm happy to stick with having my books everywhere.
What do you think?
If you'd like to hear what the other YA Indie Carnival members think, then you can check out their sites below.
You can also check out the YA Author Club for the latest updates and news on what we're all up to.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Unknown now has a cover!!
Thank you so much to Ruth Little for modelling for me. You're gorgeous!! And thank you to the very talented Brenda Howson. What would I do without you? xx
It is with great pleasure, that I introduce you to my first YA Fantasy book. For a little fun, I'm doing a one off, old school fantasy series... and believe me, it is SO much fun. Although I am looking forward to returning to a more contemporary style next year, I am loving the swords, arrows, horse riding and adventure that comes with the series I'm creating.
I hope you will all enjoy reading it as much as I'm enjoying writing it.
Unknown is the first book in The Elements Trilogy and is due for release, June 2013.
If you'd like to add Unknown to your TBR, here is the Goodreads link.
Friday, February 15, 2013
- #1 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Religious & Inspirational > Science Fiction & Fantasy
- #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Religious Fiction > Science Fiction & Fantasy
- #1 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Join us in celebrating our friend's success and congratulating her.
Laura A. H. Elliott's Books:
Winnemucca a small-town fairy tale (YA literary romance)
When fear’s as blind as love, how far would you go to find your own happily ever after?
One mistake will change Ginny’s life forever. One answer will set her free. Once upon a time Ginny’s road blood ripened, the day she got wise to love. Engaged to the high school quarterback, his quarter-carat ring and enchanting smile should have been enough for her. But, she stands him up and takes a walk where every step questions her happily ever after gone-bad and the fate of the mother she never knew. The mother her father refuses to talk about. Ginny fights to untangle her big, fat, lie-of-a-life on an enchanted road trip to Winnemucca, where she believes all her answers lie. To solve the riddle of her past, she must outrun everyone who wants a piece of her future–including a man determined to see she never has one.
Transfer Student (Starjump #1) (YA Sci-Fi Romance)
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
This month, I want to talk about balance.
Most of the writers I know are passionate about the craft. I am. Writing makes me so incredibly happy and I would do it all day, every day, if I could.
My ultimate dream is to be a full time writer, something I am working hard towards achieving. At the moment I am at home with the kids, watching them grow, wiping up their tears, teaching one that throwing food all over the floor is inappropriate behaviour and teaching the other that kamikaze jumping from his top bunk bed, with a plastic sword in hand, is how bones get broken. My full time job at the moment is basically making sure my kids are feeling completely adored by their mother.
It's when my little one sleeps that I dive into my office and swim in the ocean of my imagination. It is my favourite time of the day and I always feel just a little sad when junior wakes up from his nap. My little bubble pops and it's back to playing mommy again.
I sometimes find this really frustrating and desperately wish to retire into my writing cave. But life is about balance. Stepping away from the computer to look after family, work another job, exercise, cook, eat, play, relax... is vital to becoming a quality writer. Your brain and eyes can only take so much screen time. It's amazing how often a storyline will come clear or a character will develop another layer as I'm going about my other tasks.
It's also important to find balance in your writing.
You need to find time to research, study (there's always room to improve your writing skills), write, edit and market.
Fitting everything in can be a mission. That's why I get up an hour before everyone else. The time difference works in my favour, so I spend that time marketing and working on social media stuff. During nap times, I work on my writing and on the weekends I do a little of both.
I'm not going to lie, I do get very excited about the idea of my youngest starting morning kindy next year - 3 mornings a week!!! That's like 6 hours of writing time. I am very much looking forward to seeing what I can achieve.
What do you think about having a balanced writing life? How do you fit everything in?
Friday, February 1, 2013
As I won't be around for a week, I've decided to leave you with a little giveaway. I figure since I'll be having so much fun, you should be too.
Love 4 Lit is running an Indie Author Month. YAY!! There are some AMAZING authors involved with this... plenty of giveaways, plenty of awesome posts including excerpts, character profiles, cover reveals and so much more.
If you'd like to find out more about this super cool event, please follow this link...
Indie Author Month Main Page
Like many of the authors involved, I am running a giveaway to celebrate. I hope you can join in the fun!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you'd like to check out the other giveaways going on, please follow the links below...