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Writers' Cafe / The incredible value of connecting on Kboards...
« on: November 26, 2014, 01:48:27 PM »
I stumbled on kboards last October, and since then, I've both lurked and posted. One of the many incredible values of connecting on kboards for me has been connecting with professional author services.

And... next week I'll release my first "kboards" book!

Amanda at Frostbite was a beta reader.
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,183566.0.html

Vince Dickinson was the editor. Since the book is a collaboration, his final polish was critical to making the voice of two authors become one.
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,167697.0.html

Char of Wicked Cover Designs made us this fabulous cover:
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,176020.0.html



And Donna Rich provided a quick turnaround on proofreading.
http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,185208.0.html

Early reader feedback has been very positive, so me and my co-writer, Billie Limpin, are very appreciative of the professional help we have received in developing the book.

My experience is that it's hard to sort through who to hire for various aspects of publication. After being on the kboards for over a year, I wouldn't go anywhere else to find professional services!

Do you find publishing professionals on kboards? What other value do you gain by connecting on these boards?

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Writers' Cafe / I have a logo now, does it matter?
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:37:11 AM »
I recently got a logo and plan to design my website around it and update all my social media.


I love it! But does it matter?

Should I put it in my books?

Is there any way I can put it in my author signature here on kboards?

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I did. I wanted something tangible, to hold in my hands... until I moved across country. I didn't think I had that many books. I always swapped or resold my print books and only kept my favorites... or the ones I hadn't read yet. A gazillion boxes later, I went down to Barnes & Noble and got my first Nook. I thought I was a late-adopter. That was 2009. Now I have gone through three kindles and my husband reads on his iPad.

When people go on and on about the need for a "real books", I patiently listen, after all, I expressed the exact same sentiment years ago.

The truth is once you experience an ereader, with it's awesome highlighting, note taking, and search functions, and comprehend the wonder of carrying around a library in your purse... it's really hard to go back to print. I hate when I can't find a book in digital format now. I don't think anything but the advantages of technology can explain the rise of the ereader.

Anyone else cross the line from die-hard print reader to e-reader?

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Carrying over  from this thread:

http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,195501.0.html

A comment Pete made got me to thinking...

One way to cut down the time investment and get a higher response rate is to upload a .mobi and Epub copy to your own website. Then you just go down the giveaway list, copy/paste a form direct message response thanking people and telling them the link (no sign in/up, just a simple dl link) to download it themselves. Whole list processed in 10-15 minutes. No back and forth asking for their email address and what have you. In my experience, you get a higher engagement rate (15-20%) this way. I'm assuming because they're actively doing something rather than just receiving an email that's usually tossed in their junk folder and forgotten.

Would there be any point of making your permanently free books free on your own website as well? No worries about privacy, right? They're free everywhere anyway:)

Any other downsides?
Or upsides?

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Writers' Cafe / Does having titles widely distributed increase Amazon sales?
« on: September 24, 2014, 12:04:34 PM »
From my experience, yes.

When I had books on Apple, Kobo, B&N, and Smashwords, I sold more books at Amazon. Although the sales in other markets were about 10% of my total sales, I sold more at Amazon. Okay, I did have a different "product" mix at the time, but it seems to me having books on other sites might increase visibility... thus discoverability... thus lead to more sales at Amazon.

I've been in Select almost a year as I kind of revamped everything, but I've got all my books set to leave Select when their current terms expire. Select doesn't seem to work for me, personally, or my genre... fantasy, fairy tales, magical realism.

Anyone else have any thoughts or experience with this?

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Writers' Cafe / The SPECULATIVE FICTION Showcase is Seeking Submissions!
« on: August 29, 2014, 12:58:39 PM »
The Speculative Fiction showcase: www.indiespecfic.blogspot.com is seeking submissions!

There are several ways to be featured in the showcase:

New Releases
Guest Posts
Author Interviews
Spe-Fic Links
Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month roundup


Submissions will be posted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

If you would like to submit a new release (30 days prior- or post-release) (example: http://indiespecfic.blogspot.com/2014/08/half-faerie-by-heidi-garrett.html), please contact Heidi Garrett @ heidi _  g @ comcast . net UPDATED 12/29/2014 Jessica Rydill or Cora Buhlert. (See email addresses below.)

If you'd like to submit a spec-fic related Guest Post on any spec-fic related topic (Example: http://www.indiespecfic.blogspot.com/2014/08/i-went-to-worldcon.html) or featuring one of your books (example: http://www.indiespecfic.blogspot.com/2014/08/guest-post-by-harry-manners-author-of.html), please contact Jessica Rydill at jessica . rydill @ gmail . com

If you have a spec-fic related link (example: http://www.indiespecfic.blogspot.com/2014/08/indie-speculative-fiction-links-of-week.html) or have a new release to be included in the Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month roundup (example: http://www.indiespecfic.blogspot.com/2014/08/indie-speculative-fiction-of-month-july.html), please contact Cora Buhlert at cora @ corabuhlert . com

If you would like to participate in an Author Interview (example: http://indiespecfic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/author-interview-cora-buhlert.html), please contact either Jessica or Cora at the respective email addresses above. (Interview formats will be slightly varied.)

Additionally, over at the SPECULATIVE FICTION high-five circle http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,173316.0.html authors have been participating in The Writing Process Blog Tour The Speculative Fiction Blog Hop since April, so we have a great chain going. If you'd like to participate please contact: Shelia Guthrie at newsfromsheilasworld @ gmail . com to schedule a date.

What is speculative fiction?

We use this quote from kboard author William D. Richards to define a big umbrella: an all-encompassing genre created to describe stories of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and other stories that have an element of "What if..." in them. A story in speculative fiction is one that adds an element of the unreal, or asks, what would become of our society if history took a different direction at some important event? Fiction with a little something extra thrown in.

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Writers' Cafe / 4 days for ranking to catch up?
« on: August 10, 2014, 02:06:54 PM »
i had sales on my new release, but the US ranking didn't show up until today. i was kind of bummed and then checked the page today on a whim, and it's ranked about #250,000-ish which is probably about right for the sales about 4 days ago. i think that's the longest time lag i've ever had for a ranking to show.

anyone else notice this?

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I’ve just begun entering the final proofreader’s edits for Half Faerie and I’m all on pins & needles. The journey to this point has been quite the evolution. In August 2012 I published Nandana’s Mark and The Flower of Isbelline.

What I did wrong:
1. Although I hired a professional artist and paid about $200 for a cover, the cover was uniformly hated.
2. Nandana's Mark and The Flower of Isbelline were originally written and workshopped through the OWW as a single novel Half Faerie. In the excitement of embracing self-publishing, I took some poor advice (it wasn't from the Kboards!) and split the original novel in two. Nandana's Mark was originally released in August and The Flower of Isbelline followed in December of that year.
4. I also took some more poor advice and cut the prophecy that was the backbone of the story out of the book!

Results: Nandana's Mark is my most poorly reviewed book and I never felt 100% confident with it.
Conclusion: Readers weren't satisfied with my decision to split the book, the first chapters didn't set up the scope of the story very well.

What I did right :
1. Got as many reviews as possible and waded through them, including an in-depth review from the Siege Perilous Podcast. Thank you Eric Guindon, et all for that!
2. Gave the situation a lot of thought.
3. Found Kboards.
4. Had discussions with other authors on the boards and in pms about republishing the series the way I'd originally envisioned it. Thank you, Edward W. Robertson in particular for encouraging me to take the long view.
5. Made the hard decision this January to unpublish Nandana's Mark, The Flower of Isbelline, and The Dragon Carnivale.
6. Revised, revised, revised, added new scenes and a couple new chapters.
7. Felt ill a lot.

What I learned: TRUST YOURSELF. TRUST YOURSELF. TRUST YOURSELF. You have to be true to the vision you have of your books and stories!

The good news: The early feedback has been really positive!!!!!! And readers love the prophecy, which thrills me, because I love the prophecy too and am so happy it’s back!!!!!

Idonnic Prophecy
When the Dark Master rises from the mist to breach the veil, and a Daughter of Light, denied the throne by virtue of birth, stands alone, beware. Cunning will test the Grey Sentinel’s shield.

If the Iron Bridge falls, and the Ancient Doors close, the end is near.

The blood of innocents will soak Illialei’s meadows, and dreamlessness will snuff all hope from the mortal world. Fear not. This apocalyptic union can be saved. Though grace is undeserved, the purpose is love.

These are the mysteries yet untasted, on the tip of your tongue, O Wayward Son of Idonne.

The Old Texts, Appendix VII

And… my husband’s drafting the new cover as I enter these final edits. We’ve been bouncing around ideas and drafts on this one for a loooooong time…

Does anyone have any thoughts on this one??



About Half Faerie

Melia longs to fly. An eighteen-year-old half-faerie, half-mortal who has no wings, she lives in the enchanted world with her two sisters and their mother. Her mother practices black magic, even though it's prohibited in the country where they live. Her father is exiled to the mortal world. He's plotting to bring war to the enchanted world by incarnating, Umbra, the mortal ash accumulating in the Void.

For the past five years, Melia has experienced violent hallucinations. They only occur during the moons' dark phase, but when they occur, she takes pleasure in the destruction she witnesses--slaughtered faeries and incinerated landscapes. Afraid of what that says about her true nature, she's determined to stop them. After a particularly spectacular failure, Melia becomes convinced the visions are connected to her father. Rumors about Melia spread.

On the advice of her best friend, a pixie, Melia seeks aid from the Illustrator. The mysterious woman makes a strange mark on the half-faerie's forehead. The mark is meant to draw the help of a green-eyed stanger from distant lands. Before he arrives, a tragic accident destroys what's left of Melia's already fractured family. Her mother is unforgiving. The punishment she metes out will leave her middle daughter torn between guilt and ecstasy—and will complicate Melia's relationship with the green-eyed stranger.

As the series unfolds, the historic and mystical forces that shape Melia's life are revealed. Each step of her journey—to find the place where she belongs—alters her perceptions about herself, deepens her relationships with others, and enlarges her world view.

Daughter of Light is a spinoff of the 14th century French fairy tale, Melusine. A high fantasy with fairy tale elements, it's great for readers who enjoy fairy tales retold. The variety of female characters, layered story, and intriguing cosmology make it a great read for young adult and older readers.

I wouldn't have had the courage to do all this without the support and knowledge I've gotten from the kboards. So right now, I'm feeling super excited about putting the final touches on the book, and super grateful for all the help I've gotten here.

Also wondering if anyone else has gone through similar process:) Would love to hear about it!

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The Book Corner / Gabriel Garcia Marquez
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:37:20 AM »
So the master wordsmith, novelist, and story teller, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, died yesterday. I actually got teary eyed. No, I haven't read One Hundred Year's of Solitude ... probably, just because everyone else has :P

But I absolutely fell gaga in love over Marquez's work in Leaf Storm... AND THERE IS NO KINDLE EDITION!!!! How is that even possible???? It's a magical lyrical brilliant collection of short stories, centered around the fictional town of Macondo. And OMG! The Old Man With Enormous Wings... one of my favorite short stories ever! I didn't like short stories, until I read Leaf Storm...

Then I read The Autumn of the Patriarch DARN! Another brilliant literary work not yet on Kindle. Maybe his death will motivate SOMEONE to get those works out there. The Autumn of the Patriarch is a portrait of a dictator, that shows the width and breadth of their oh-so-human limitations.

You can read is biography on Kindle:

Will someone, please, get all of his works on Kindle... as soon as possible :D

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Writers' Cafe / Indie Recon Live
« on: April 16, 2014, 04:11:10 PM »
I'm going to Indie Recon Live in October. Anyone else?

This from their website: http://indiereconlive.com

WHY IndieReCon LIVE?
Take control of your publishing career by discovering and enhancing the necessary skills to indie success.

You’ll learn from industry experts everything from building your own publishing team, navigating online vendors, packaging, marketing and everything in between.

Three education tracks means there’s something for the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced indie author.

WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL?
The only conference in North America dedicated to self-publishing, IndieReCon has two years of experience and credibility under its belt. In February of 2013 and 2014 we hosted the first online indie author conference with rousing success. The feedback and enthusiasm for what we had to offer proved to us there is a need for more excellent information on the ins and outs of self-publishing, so October 2014 will be our first LIVE conference.

Be a part of this epic, inaugural event! Join us!

Want to know the details?
IndieReCon LIVE will be at the Salt Lake Community College, Miller Campus, in Sandy Utah.

The conference will run Friday, October 10th from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Pajama-Rama book rave for readers and authors will be Friday night. The ballroom will be filled with round tables with 2-4 authors per table. It’s open to the public, will be advertised in local newspapers and libraries and is expected to just be a lot of cray, silly fun.

Saturday classes start at 9:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m. with a break for lunch on your own.

The Howeys award ceremony will be held Saturday night, will be MC’d by a local radio personality. We’re doing all we can to ensure this is a true “night to remember”. We want each and every one of you to feel like a million bucks!

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I really love this video Inside Random House: The Art of Cover Design.

"Probably the most emotional part of any publishing process, doesn't matter what kind of book your making, is the cover. Our job is not to illustrate the book, our job is to intrigue the consumer, to set the tone, set the stage, create an atmosphere. I'm trying to create something that will entice a reader to want to explore it and hopefully buy it…"

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2Z86L25v30" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2Z86L25v30</a>

It gave me a lot to think about when it comes to my own covers. We've gone through a lot with my covers, so it was kind of validating, that I'm probably not the only one ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Okay, new covers for fairy tale fantasy series ...
« on: January 28, 2014, 10:49:09 PM »
These are the new covers we're developing for my fairy tale high fantasy series. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. These are the low res images, but other than that...



Series blurb

Melia longs to fly. An eighteen-year-old half-faerie, half-mortal who has no wings, she lives in the enchanted world with her two sisters and their mother. Her mother practices black magic, even though it's prohibited in the country where they live. Her father is exiled to the mortal world. He's plotting to bring war to the enchanted world by incarnating, Umbra, the mortal ash accumulating in the Void.

For the past five years, Melia has experienced violent hallucinations. They only occur during the moons' dark phase, but when they occur, she takes pleasure in the destruction she witnesses—slaughtered faeries and incinerated landscapes. Afraid of what that says about her true nature, she's determined to stop them. After a particularly spectacular failure, Melia becomes convinced the visions are connected to her father. Rumors about Melia spread.

On the advice of her best friend, a pixie, Melia seeks aid from the Illustrator. The mysterious woman makes a strange mark on the half-faerie's forehead. The mark is meant to draw the help of a green-eyed stanger from distant lands. Before he arrives, a tragic accident destroys what's left of Melia's already fractured family. Her mother is unforgiving. The punishment she metes out will leave her middle daughter torn between guilt and ectasy--and will complicate Melia's relationship with the green-eyed stranger.

As the series unfolds, the historic and mystical forces that shape Melia’s life are revealed. Each step of her journey—to find the place where she belongs—alters her perceptions about herself, deepens her relationships with others, and enlarges her world view.

The Queen of the Realm of Faerie is a spinoff of the 14th century French fairy tale, Melusine. A high fantasy with fairy tale elements, it's great for readers who enjoy fairy tales retold and fractured fairy tales. The variety of female characters, layered story, and intriguing cosmology make it a great read for young adult and older readers.

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The Book Corner / Heidi's 2014 Reading Journal
« on: January 12, 2014, 10:16:32 PM »
So… I'm hoping to read 70 books this year! (Actually, I'm hoping to read more than that, but I read 70 books in 2013, so I'm hoping to at least keep it even.) I try to read a little bit every night before I go to bed, and whenever I can on the weekends…

And 2014 has gotten off to a great start.

First, I finished The Selkie Sorceress by Sophie Moss:

It's the third book in The Seal Island Trilogy by Sophie Moss. They all take place on Seal Island in Ireland and are a blend of selkie/mermaid lore/retellings. I watched the movie Ondine starring Colin Hanks, and re-read Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid recently, so it was fun to read this trilogy. While each of the books focuses on a different love-relationship, the lives of the islanders are entwined, and most of the same characters showed up in each book. I liked how that made the island itself come to life. There's lots of powerful flowers in the stories (roses, in particular) which is something I'm fond of. The entire series is a good/light fairytale/fantasy/romance read, and the last one was one of the more well-written ones.

Next, I read Acquamarine by Alice Hoffman. It's a middle grade contemporary mermaid tale about two best friends. Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors and I enjoyed this short, sweet read. Unfortunately, it's one of those books that hasn't been published in digital format yet…. EEK!

Then I read: The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker


This was a really interesting read, as I was fairly unfamiliar with golems. (They're kind of weird creatures!) I absolutely loved the Jinni. The theme of the novel was pretty much: the tussle between doing what we want to do, when we want to do it, and considering how our actions affect our communities. It was a historical fantasy which spanned Syria, Germany, and the US, with the bulk of the story taking place in New York City in 1899. The writing is smooth and made the novel easy to read. I had a niggle with part of the ending… but no spoilers here, and the very end-ing, I thought was perfect. Chava, the golem, made for an unusual female character, and I enjoyed that aspect of her storyline very much.

I just finished The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd.

I'd seen this book around and was curious. It's currently on sale for $1.99, so I snapped it up! Okay, I didn't know this was a retelling of H.G. Well's The Island of Dr. Moreau. I think I might have been happier, if I'd known that going in. (It becomes obvious fairly quickly, but still!) Plus there's animal cruelty. Always iffy. Anyway, I was kind of all over the place on this one. It's told in the first person—Juliet Moreau. She didn't quite grab me, but there was enough interesting things going on, that I confess, I was curious enough to keep reading. I really loved the ending, lol. I mean I just really loved it. I thought it was kind of perfect. But I can't really tell you why, SORRY!

Yes. Sigh. There's a love triangle too. I think it's not so bad:) I also didn't realize this was a horror story going in. It is. There is very much horror in the story, but it's also got a creepy, atmospheric horror vibe going on too.

So…. please jump in if you have any thoughts or comments or if you've read any of these books!

I'm off to pick the next one… so many to choose from, lol!

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Writers' Cafe / Brain function 'boosted for days after reading a novel'
« on: December 28, 2013, 01:33:19 PM »
I always love reading this kind of stuff :)

"Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading, scientists have said."

Read the rest of the article here:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/brain-function-boosted-for-days-after-reading-a-novel-9028302.html

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I came across the article:

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/ten-bold-predictions-for-ebooks-and-digital-publishing-in-2014/

and my take away, after reading a couple of the other recent threads on the forum about what the hazy future might look like is: Traditional publishers are facing many of the same hurdles indies are.

Did I miss something?

With a mature market
Ebook price expectations
and B&N (most likely) selling off Nook

They're considering:

Creating other lines/products (seminars and conferences) (i found that fascinating!)
Ways to get readers to buy direct from them (a topic discussed on at least one of the other threads)

I don't know, sounds like everyone's going to have to work harder and smarter!


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Writers' Cafe / Heady Stuff!
« on: December 19, 2013, 05:14:14 PM »
Okay, so I stumbled on these boards cause Elle Casey recommended them. Like, if she recommended a forum, wouldn't you check it out?

Anyway, I do feel like I've suffered from: Let's do everything wrong first, when it comes to my publishing journey, i.e. bad cover (has since been changed), no author platform, introverted writer throws book out into the world, hopes and crosses fingers. Not much happens:P

It's been a bit painful, but it's effective. So… slowly I've been paying attention, absorbing, experimenting, and writing. I was really happy to come to these boards and find how often so many of the most successful authors talk about how much they're writing. Very motivating.

Okay, so here's my "heady stuff" moment:

My fantasy compilation is sitting in the 10K rankings. For me, this is the first time ever. YES, it's on a Kindle Countdown Deal and currently it's only $0.99, but still, for me this is a rarified stratosphere and I'm really thrilled to be here for the moment:) Of course, I hope there are more moments like this to come, but this is my first time here, and I just want to savor it:)

So… what's your heady-stuff moment?

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I just spent the past five days pushing out the end of my latest WIP. Something that was inside me, is now outside me:) I feel very wiped out.

How do you feel when you finish that major draft?
If you write a lot, does it ever feel less momentous?

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 :)

True Love's First Kiss:

~ Books 1-3 of this five-book series in a single digital bundle ~

Half-Faeries and mortals. Black magic and genocide. Coming of age and coming into power.

~ Book 1 - NANDANA'S MARK ~

Melia longs to fly like the fullblood faeries.

Her mortal father plots to bring war to the Enchanted world.

Her faerie mother practice black magic behind closed doors.

Overshadowed by her parent's obsessions, Melia has become an outcast. She seeks aid from the mysterious Illustrator, who makes a strange mark on her forehead. The mark is meant to draw the help of a green-eyed stranger from distant lands. Before he arrives, a tragic accident destroys what's left of Melia's already fractured family. Her mother is unforgiving. The punishment she metes out will leave her middle daughter torn between guilt and ecstasy-- and will complicate her relationship with the green-eyed stranger.

~ Book 2 - THE FLOWER OF ISBELLINE ~

The half-faerie Melia is determined to save her sister from a false marriage, and their world from a dark power. But her sister will pursue their father's damning legacy--even if the cost of denying true love will be apocalyptic.

~ Book 3 - THE DRAGON CARNIVALE ~

In Illialei, a light queen practices black magic.

In Tyrannis, the dragonwitch rises to power.

In the Mortal World, Umbra pursues the halfbloods as vessels of incarnation.

Energies in the Enchanted World are shifting and new alliances are forming; the Battle of Dark and Light has begun. Melia is desperate to make things right with Ryder, the young priest from Idonne, but first she must warn the halfbloods in the Mortal World that Umbra is coming for them--and face the powerful Dragonwitch and her spectacular Dragon Carnivale.

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Writers' Cafe / Are shorter titles better? Considering some...
« on: November 26, 2013, 09:17:14 PM »
So these forums have gotten me to thinking about many things:)

Last night I found myself considering new titles for my fantasy series, The Queen of the Realm of Faerie. (I know, that title's not long enough!) after reading Harry Dewulf's comments on another title thread...

Original Titles:

Nandana's Mark
The Flower of Isbelline
The Dragon Carnivale
Half Mortal
War & Grace

New Titles I'm Considering:

Marked
Sacrificed
Released
Opposed or Challenged
Crowned

Any thoughts? Thanks:) I feel like I have an inherent blindness when it comes to both titles and covers...

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I published my first book in August of 2012. My sales seem to be following a slow, somewhat steady growth, overall. Has anyone had similar experience, where it seemed like things finally reached a tipping point? Or if you're slow, does that just kind of mean you'll be slow… forever? I do seem to read a lot of people on the forums that are quite successful with their first books or so, just wondering if there are other success stories, you know, of those who've endured and have eventually gotten there.

Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Does anyone have any thoughts on this new cover?
« on: November 17, 2013, 12:55:02 AM »


Does anyone like this cover? Thoughts? We released a book on the 15th and it had good sales the first day (For Me, lol) then nothing. So… we though we'd try this new cover… I've always heard it's really the cover and the blurb and the sample.

Struggling a bit, so would appreciate any constructive feedback. Here's the blurb, in case anyone has feedback on that,

Thanks so much,

Heidi
***Beauitful Beautiful is an adult contemporary fairy tale ***novella***

Every night, Kerrin tells her daughter a fairy tale...

Mirbella's favorite is "Beauty Beauty."

As Kerrin spins the tale wrapped around the most dark, and equally light, period in her life, she considers these questions:

What is beauty? When is it nourishing... and when is it treacherous?

Years of struggling on the indie film circuit are about to pay off for Kerrin Mayham. She's the frontrunner for the Golden Pinnacle's "Director of the Year."

Winning will mean generous financial backing for her next project, and the most beautiful men in the industry will compete for the leading role.

Her sense of self, and integrity will be challenged, because when it comes to casting Demion Glass, Kerrin will have to confront her personal demons--and an emptiness that has haunted her for years. (Adult language & situations, no explicit sex)
~~~
In the contemporary fairytale novella, Beautiful Beautiful, the core story is a retelling of the eponymous Hans Christian Andersen tale, and the first release in Heidi Garrett's Once Upon a Time Today collection. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters.

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The Book Bazaar / It's time for everyone to get their real on!
« on: November 16, 2013, 07:02:19 AM »


***Beautiful Beautiful Officially Released November 15***

Every night, Kerrin tells her daughter a fairy tale. Mirabella's favorite is the one about her mother meeting her father. As Kerrin spins the tale wrapped around the most dark, and equally light, period in her life, she considers the questions: What is beauty? When is it nourishing... And when is it treacherous?

Indie-film director, Kerrin Mayham was the frontrunner for the Golden Pinnacle's "Director of the Year." Winning meant generous financial backing for her next project, and the most beautiful men in the industry competing for the leading role of Demion Glass. The opportunity Kerrin had sacrificed to achieve was within reach. So were her personal demons.
~~~
The core story is a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale "Beautiful," and the novella is the first release in Heidi Garrett's Once Upon a Time Today collection. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters. (Adult language & situations, no explicit sex)

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Introductions & Welcomes / Saying Hello
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:02:36 PM »
Saying Hello, My name's Heidi and I have a Kindle Fire and a Kindle Paperwhite.  I browse my Kindle Fire, like it's the library (I can see all the pretty & colorful covers!), and then I read from my Paperwhite. I'll read print… if I have to! 8) I'm also an author, who writes fairy tale/fantasy type stuff, and my reading tastes are eclectic!

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