February Giveaway Donation Request!

Legends of Windemere

 

A change of plans with the giveaway, which effects my fellow authors if they wish:

Danielle Taylor showed me that getting other authors to donate free books as prizes along with their Twitter and Facebook info will help spread the word.  It will also help other authors get something out of this event.

If you’re interested, please send me the following either in the comments or by email some time today:

  1. Title of the book that you wish to donate as a prize.  Please include format.
  2. Facebook Author Page.
  3. Twitter Site.

The contest will go until February 28th and you’ll be contacted about who the winner of your book is along with an email address.  Thank you to anyone who wishes to be a part of this event and I apologize for the short notice since the contest starts tomorrow.

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Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (10 What Happens When You Die?)

Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (10 What Happens When You Die?).

via Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (10 What Happens When You Die?).

The Grey Book

I have finished both the Red Pen Edit, and incorporating the changes and edits as well as minor formatting changes.

The manuscript has been sent off for the Ape’s highly valued opinion.  Therefore, the only thing I can do for now is to wait, and see what changes I need to make, and whether the work is as good as I hope 🙂

Over to you Chris 🙂

Well – Waddya Know!

One Ape who enjoys, not only his own work, but the work of others, and bends over to help them as well.
I would ask you to remember not to take advantage of his generous nature though. There are only so many banana’s he can eat 😉

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UPDATED: Released on Amazon Store.

Now, before they think you’ve gone off your rocker, remember this is the draft post.

Well, the “first” piece of work that I started in Dad’s rememberance was Patterns of the Mind.

This came back today from my proof reader.  A very close friend of mine, who I have known for years.  For some reason (and luckily for me) he decided to print it out and write on it with PEN!  I know, such an ancient way!  Anyway, he mailed the manuscript back to me today and I was able to make the needed changes, and it is now sitting in pieces on the Smashwords Website, and pending review through KDP.

Yes, this is where I got the idea of printing out “The Grey Book” from.  My word is it working well.  I am motoring through making the changes and notes I need to much faster and more accurately than I would be able to just reading it on the comp screen again.Image

After running a test print, on standard paper, with standard ink, this combo really did work well, even with the dodgy bleeds due to being an inkjet printer on cheap paper.

Hopefully, you will enjoy this piece as much as I did.

Noo….. Don’t press the publish button yet, you don’t have a title….. Too late…. *facepalm*

Updated: – Live on Amazon store Now, and hopefully distributed through Smashwords soon.

The Grey Book

Or

Tales From Fair Vilidimuse

This project is the biggest I have taken on (so far) of Dad’s.  I have literally just finished the typing up, and rough planning for different versions of the book.  I am currently printing a much cut down version (no maps, or correct spacings etc) for the “Red Pen Edit”.  So much so, that my poor little Samsung laser printer doesn’t know what hit it.

Once that is done, it will need to be proof-read, and I think I know a little ape that might want to do that 😉 then it is ready to start publishing preparation.  Fun and exciting times ahead now.

Sales, Marketing, and Format

Bit of a (possibly) daft question now.

What are your preferred sales and marketing channels?  The ones I have inherited are Skoobebooks (Preferred for physical), Smashwords, Createspace, and Kindle Direct Publishing.

Now, Skoobebooks and Createspace are for the physical books, and have the ability to produce and ship books in Europe and the USA at the very least.

Meanwhile, Smaswords and Kindle Direct Publishing (obviously) are for eBooks.  With Smashwords distributing books all over the major electronic retailers, including iTunes Book Store, and places like Barnes & Noble.

Which of these formats would you use on an exclusive release, if you were or do?  Are you a paper publisher, or an electronic publisher?  Do you combine? 

How do you generate your sales?  What is your preferred form of marketing?  If you have a limited (or zero) budget, how would you advertise, without giving the best bits of the book away?

TSRA’s Book Covers

This young Ape has fantastic eyes, especially for detail.

Worth consulting and at least speaking with.

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I've been thinking

You know what it’s like, you’ve slaved over a hot story for absolutely AGES, had it torn apart and reassembled several times by friends, family, Beta Readers and maybe even an Editor or two and you are ready to publish it at last.

But hold on, there’s still the matter of a Cover for your shiny New Bestselling Blockbuster!

You quickly check your purse/wallet, pockets, bank account, look in the kid’s piggybank and check the combined family credit card limit, but find you just CANNOT afford to get a professional Book Cover Designer to make the cover you REALLY want.

The available OFF THE SHELF covers don’t quite cut it for you.

Oh Woe, woe and THRICE woe (as the late Frankie Howard used to say in Up Pompeii)

Despair ye not good author, perhaps this old ape can help!

“HOW? Ape’s can’t make book covers, can they?”

BREAKING NEW

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