A Time to Live, A Time to Reap

Happy All Hallow’s Eve-Eve

First and foremost, it’s almost Halloween!! My favorite time of year filled with masks, spooky stuff, fall at its peak, pumpkin flavored everything and the distant glimpse of Christmas. Since it is my most favorite time of the year, why not give something away?? So, a free, signed copy of my first book is available out there. If you already have a copy, why not enter for a chance to win a free one you can give to a friend or family for Christmas? I mean, that’s one gift for your cousin or Secret Santa you don’t have to trouble with. Oh, and if you have read it, check out my new review, see if it makes sense.

Have fun out there and get al the candy!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Time to Reap by Jonas Lee

A Time to Reap

by Jonas Lee

Giveaway ends November 10, 2015.

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Where is Your Copy?

If the answer is yes, does your friend, your mom, your dad, siblings, cousins, friends, frenemies, enemies and all the people in between? Amazon lets you gift these things! You can even hold them as a gift for a birthday or Christmas present. Point is, the sale is a limited time and I’d love you to save money. More than that, I’d love to see pics of you with your copy! Post it out on Instagram or Twitter with the #ATimetoReap or #ATimetoLive

The mini-sale on Kindle copies is ending soon! $.99 each!! WHAAAAAAT? Yup, for the same amount of change you can find in your car, you can enjoy a digital (eco-friendly, green) copy of both my books!

This sale ends for A Time to Reap on the 11th and A Time to Live is going to run until the 14th. So, take a dollar gamble, read a chapter or two then come back and pick up the sequel with plenty of time to spare.



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Dry July

Well, as an Indie, the only truly bad part about being your own boss is that you can’t reprimand the underlings for slacking on their job. Well, you can, but it’s basically a shouting match in front of a mirror. And let’s face it, I can’t argue with this face. Soooo, my busy body time in June left my July a slackerrific month indeed. As such, my sales greatly noticed it. In fact a sale in June and one in August bookend the hollow nothing in-between.

That’s a bad author… no biscuit for me. So, as a punishment and in hopes that there are still fans out there, I’ll be kicking off a mini-sale on Kindle copies starting this Friday morning! $.99 each!! WHAAAAAAT? Yup, for the same amount of change you can find in your car, you can enjoy a digital (eco-friendly, green) copy of both my books!

Careful though, sale ends for A Time to Reap on the 11th. Why? I don’t have a clue, Amazon would not allow me to stretch it out for a week. On the plus side, A Time to Live is going to run until the 14th. So, take a dollar gamble, read a chapter or two then come back and pick up the sequel with plenty of time to spare.



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What to Get Your Author for Xmas

Hint #1: It’s Free!!

Answer: A Review

It may not seem like much, but to Indies, it’s almost better than currency. A review or a rating on places like Amazon, GoodReads, a blog or any venue of social media is like seeing the storm clouds part and sun shinning directly on us. As an Indie, my name is not out there; I can’t get into chain book stores; and I have a fan base that consists mainly of friends and family for the moment. The only thing that will help me continue my passion is having more people interested.

Think of a new restaurant that’s opened in your town. If you went there and the food was somewhere between good and great, would you tell others? If you don’t, how will they know? Same goes for books on an almost secret society scale. There are so many to choose from, no one will ever see them without guidance or persistence. We need our readers help or we’ll surely wither away.

So, for Christmas, rate the books you’ve read. Save a writer!

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Dream a Little Dream

As an author, November has by far been my worst month. A steady flat-line has plagued my sales report all month. From the last sale on Halloween to today, not a thing. It’s distressing and humbling, making me question a lot of what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong. Mainly, my largest fault is my impatience, followed closely by imagination.

We’re all our own worst critics, but there has to be a time when it becomes clear once again that our writing is basically wonderful. Maybe we have some grammatical kinks to iron out or some issues with flow, but in all, we’ve written a story. A STORY! Think to yourselves about a friend or family member who has a dream and if they achieve it or even try to. Have they? Well, I have. Soon to be twice!!

The point is, for all of the negative feedback, the criticism and growing pains associated with my writing, I achieved a lifelong goal. And the age old question of what now has loomed above. We all want our stories to do well, but alone, without an agent, a publishing house or it being a full-time job, what can be expected? Lightning doesn’t strike when and where you want it. I must learn to dream big, expect small and hope for whatever should happen, will happen.

In the giving spirit, I have a book giveaway happening right now on Goodreads, feel free to put your name in and hopefully you’ll become one of the lucky ones! It runs until the 16th of December and is absolutely free and anonymous. Another item I plan on doing is what I’d like to hope as the Pay it Forward method.

I am going to give three digital copies away. One on WordPress, one on my Facebook Page and one on my Twitter page. It’s first come, first serve. I’ll gift it to your Kindle with no real expectations or obligations. My hope, if you enjoy the book, try to Pay it Forward. Gift a copy, or three, to someone you know that might like it. If you don’t, I understand, it’s a gift for $1.29. No harm no foul. So, be the first to respond and I’ll get in touch with your info and you have a free book. My Merry Christmas to you!

And if you’re still debating to start on a dream of your own, my only advice is to start now. There will always be another dream waiting.

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Before I Break the Tape

I’ve got about 20 feet to go before my 1000 mile journey is over. At this point, I’m walking into it. I want to enjoy it all.

I am now getting my face out there in more places than I know what to do with. Click below to find out:

Amazon Author Central

GoodReads (Did you know you can ask authors questions through here?)

I am curious who will be my first official reviewer. Also, I’d love to see some more of you on GoodReads, I crave friends and fans.

Oh and in case you wonder where the bottom is at:

A Time to Reap (The Legend of Carter Gabel Book 1)

  • Kindle Edition
  • Current Sales Rank: #85,387 in Kindle Store  <—- Here it is!!!
  • Average Review: There are no reviews yet
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A Time to Reap

Pemberton Academy is not just a school, it’s a gathering place for the children of the future that are afflicted with Temporal Displacement and Telepathy; in short, time travelers and mind readers who have been diagnosed with this “disease.” The Academy is not all as it seems after an explosion nearly takes one of its classmates, but not before Carter Gabel rescues her by using an unknown symptom related to his described illness. An unsanctioned group called the Program begins taking notice as the two classmates exhibit stronger abilities when they are together. Carter’s sense of reality begins to unwind as he learns more about his estranged father’s involvement with it all.

Carter will have to overcome the past of his father leaving, the present of an unknown adversary hunting him down and a future that seems to change with each decision he makes. He will have to learn who to trust out of the people in his life if he wants to conquer the looming notion that the government may be hunting him down because of his developing abilities.

Showcase

Shannon A. Thompson {Showcase}

This Thursday’s showcase can truly go to none other than Shannon A. Thompson. Mainly, Shannon has been a blogging/author inspiration to me in different forms AND she also has a new release available today. Yes, TODAY! Seconds Before Sunrise is the sequel in her Timely Death Trilogy and I am certain is going to draw twice as much attention.

When most authors get above 5,000 followers, let alone above 10K, the responses and replies get fairly limited or sporadic at best. Shannon has amused my questions and responded to every email I’ve sent her, thankfully! A published author since the young age of 16, Shannon continues to foster stories and work toward a personal goal of opening an affordable art school (help her out).

So, go buy her books and if nothing else, check out her site. I have peppered various links below for your amusement:

Amazon

GoodReads

WordPress

Facebook

Twitter: @ShanAshleeT23

Instagram

YouTube

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I may have gotten link happy…


 

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ABNA Time

This is not the Swedish pop band from the early 70’s. ABNA is the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. This is the contest I entered on Sunday. It’s put on through CreateSpace which is a site I suggest for any downtrodden writers thinking about self-publishing. If you don’t have an account, they’re free and you can get rid of it afterward. But it’s free to join and they take the first 10,000 entries total. The deadline is March 2nd, so if you ever wanted to try and expand your horizon, this is it.

The first phase is writing a pitch. Granted, you will have to submit a pitch, 3-5,000 word sample and a full manuscript when you enter (can’t just go a step at a time). From there, they will select 400 entries in each genre. Those 400 will have their samples read and judged by select Amazon Vine reviewers and editors to select 100 to go on to the quarter finals. The Quarter Finals will have editors go through and review the full manuscript and weeded down to the Semi Finals consisting of 5 writers per category. A Grand Prize winner will be selected by Amazon readers and receive a $50,000 advance and have their book published on Amazon. The runner ups will get a $15,000 advance and have their book published.

If nothing else, it’s an experience to attempt. And, if editor’s read your work, guess what? Your name is getting out their a little at least. So, give it a shot if you’re willing. Links are below!

 

ABNA

Create Space

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Enjoy My Tiddly-Bits

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

 

William Ernest Henley said it best in the last line of Out of the Night That Covers Me. Since I’m foregoing the traditional path, I decided on looking into being self-published. Self-publishing is a new opportunity for every writer to become an author. You can write a 400 page novel saga about the differences of Coke and Pepsi and make it available to the world. Keep in mind, self-publishing does not equate to selling.

So, you’ve gotten to the point where no one is biting at your manuscript; or you just want to get your work out there and let it spread slowly throughout the world of literary media like a virus. Self-publishing is the way to go. Where to start though?

Well, first things first…

  1. Book finished? Check
  2. Book edited? Check
  3. Book edited by someone other than you? By at least three different people? A professional?

If that last one is a no, ease back before you just wildly post it on the Interwebs. I thought mine was good on the second round of edits. Then taking a week, stepping back and hearing from a couple of people on a few  flaws (by few I mean tons), it was obvious that I should take more time. Then after having a cursory edit from someone who edit for a living, I am certain that editing is key. Think about putting your work, your art, your passion out there and it contains simple typos, grammatical issues or a problem with flow.

First impressions happen once and you don’t want to be caught seeming like you are incompetent or don’t take pride in your craft. If you are setting out on your own, you want the first experience to be the best and kick-start the momentum from there. What I’ve found from my research so far on self-publishing is that it takes a motivated person with a clear plan to reach the heights they want to achieve.

Unlike being picked up by a literary agent, you will act as your marketing department, publicist, publisher, proof-reader, editor, legal consultant, accountant and artist for your cover art. Granted, you can hire out a majority of these functions, but how much would you like to sink into your novel before you get any return? Get that figure in your mind first. Then break it down to a time table that you’d like to see. First things first, before you submit an eBook or self-print, edit your book! Professionally. Then you’ll need cover art.

Cover art can be anything. There are websites out there to help guide you through some basic covers to get you started. *Note: Do not just pull images off of the internet and use them because “you found them for free so they must be free.” Artists can sue you for using their images without their consent, and it doesn’t have to be immediately. You can push out a book and it takes off and soars and reaches the top of Amazon. Then the artist whose cover art you pilfered from sees it and he wants his royalties. Do you want to be sued for up to $125,000? Take the time and buy the prints. Prints can cost from $20 and up, but then they are yours to play with and manipulate. C Your A.

How many people in your family or social groups would be willing to help in any occasion? Don’t expect the world to do your bidding, but trade services. If you know an artist that will do your cover art for helping them sheet rock their basement, do it! If you know an accountant that will give you advice for wine, barter and make it work.
Cover art done and editor lined up, so what next? Like any hopeful author should do in these circumstances, read up. Research your audience and get a clear idea of who you want to buy your book. I know we’d like everyone to buy it, but let’s face it everyone has a genre or niche they are appealing to. Then use that to find creative ways to market and get known.

Next in line, talk with an accountant. Seems presumptuous? No, seriously, if you are going to spend your money on a “business venture” such as writing, they will be able to help you find the right path to start on. First off, you are a business once you post your work for sale, so you need a Tax-ID or and EIN (Employee Identification Number). In my state, you have to register yourself as a company. Sounds silly when you are just hoping for a few sales at first, but trust me, when you start propelling and picking up speed, it’ll be a great investment. Plus, if you wind up getting signed by a literary agent, you’re eliminating steps they have to take. Who doesn’t want less work?? Your accountant should steer you towards any paperwork that you need to accomplish that. Oh, and yes, it will cost money to register yourself. On the plus side, it should be tax deductible.

In fact, keep receipts for anything you spend time or money on (this includes your writing time). You never know when something can be written off. Another perk on registering your name as a business is that write-offs for business expenses are possible. Check with an accountant on what those may be. However, your business registration will also allow you to set up back accounts (very handy for people using a pen name).

After your editor, cover art and your accountant, now… Refer to the C Your A comment above. Copyrights. DO NOT post a book or set of short stories or poetry without making sure that they can’t be picked up and sold by another. Unless you are wanting them to remain free to whomever wants it. Copyrighting can cost money but its a wise investment. Otherwise, the free way to copyright, albeit less formal and more work, is to seal your manuscript in a waterproof envelope and mail it to yourself. Keep in mind, don’t open it. You do that and it’s back to being a stack of paper up for the taking. Mailing it and keeping it in a safe or at least a secure place ensures it in case your story winds up in a publishing house somewhere or on TV. The government basically time-stamped and delivered your insurance policy.

Lastly, a great option an aspiring author should be looking into formatting your manuscript. Even though it looks great on Microsoft Word, e-Readers speak a different language altogether and your masterpiece might look like it was shuffled into a deck of hieroglyphics and empty space.

So, stew on those tidbits.

Self-Publishing Shopping List:

  • Finish Book
  • Edit, edit, eidt (sp) – {then hire a professional}
  • Social Media
  • Copyright
  • Editor
  • Formatting
  • Cover Art
  • Tax Preparedness
  • ISBN Registry – Not needed, but handy for referencing materials later
  • Marketing – Think of what you want to spend (publicity, flyers, social media boosts, shwag, QR Codes, domain-name purchases, website)
  • Get to know your local businesses, book stores, book clubs and writer groups

 

Well, I take my weekends to recharge from blogging and work on writing (on top of household projects. Please feel free to Like me on the Facebooks or let me know how I’m doing here.