***Click on the book and it will take you directly to Amazon for the free download!
Have a beautiful day ~LuAnne
You can grab a free Kindle download of Eight Horribly Disturbing Tales Today Only. Please consider leaving me a review on Amazon or Goodreads. (It's the best gift you can give an author friend ~Thanks!)
***Click on the book and it will take you directly to Amazon for the free download!
Have a beautiful day ~LuAnne
I was cruising around today looking at different avenues for authors (mainly me), and found this really interesting idea: Inkitt. Apparently if your novel wins, "Inkitt Invests A Minimum $6,000 in Your Book Marketing".
And of course there's more goodies to go with that if you win.
What I find really interesting is that #Inkitt claims that: "Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom."
What a neat idea. So the readers decide, not a bunch of snoby agents and publishers.
It seems like this is an interesting way to take your publishing a different route.
Has anyone won? I would love to hear comments below. This is the first I've heard about this type of deal, so while I can't recommend it personally, I think it's an awesome idea!
Maybe I'l give it a go with one of my stand alone novels in the future -we'll see. If I do I'll be sure to let you know the pros and cons of it from my point of view, of course.
Have a great day everyone!
Link to Contest: www.inkitt.com/novelcontest?ref=v_3969eb02-7e78-48ba-a792-e5670de2867e&utm_source=broad1
I know, I know. It's been a while. Sorry, but between classes, projects, and moving, I am falling behind on my updates. Not too long ago I blogged about using Amazon's KDP Select program for driving interest. If you publish through Amazon they allow you every three months to choose from using kindle countdown or free book promotion. This time around I used the free promotion for my Eight Horribly Disturbing Tales book that I released last year just for kicks and to help me figure out how to use the systems before the "real" books start rolling in.
As of today, here is my book ranking (#68) in the free kindle area:
The reason I bring this up is that for all you self-publishing authors out there, you should consider partaking for at least the first year or so -especially until you gain more followers (fans). The higher up you go for ranking, the more likely you are to be noticed.
Here's a list of hints that I wish I would have known before publishing this first piece:
*Hint 1: If you include your website into the ebook it will also drive more traffic to you.
*Hint 2: Thank your readers for reading your work and ask them to follow you for updates on future releases. Author central is fairly new and most don't know that they won't be bothered, except when you publish something new (and maybe, but I'm not sure when you post a blog -I don't think so though).
* Hint 3: Instead of using up your five free days all in a row, use them sporadically throughout the three months.
* Hint 4: Don't forget to use this free service each and every three month interval. It only takes a minute of your time to gain free exposure.
*Hint 5: Do a regular blog (weekly -unlike me). Give your readers a reason to keep up with you.
*Hint 6: YOUR BOOK COVER COUNTS! Yes, My next cover is better. What a lame mistake this one was. Make that first impression count! IT REALLY DOES MATTER!
Speaking of covers....Here's a cover I've been working on for one of my novels: The End Begins ~Coming soon. Sneak Peak Here
Just a short note today:
Hurry up and get over to winning writers and sign up: It's contest time again, and many of the contests are FREE:
This is a well known site, so get to it! There are even contests for published writers as well as highschoolers, college students, nonpublished writers, fellowships, etc.
I truly hope that you give it a shot this year: Good luck.
Like and share this post with everyone: you never know there might be a closet writer friend amongst you that will thank you later.
Write on Writers!
Hey Fellow Writer Listen Up:
If you do not know Amazon allows you to use some html tags to make your descriptions look better! And here's the kicker. I found an author who wrote a great program to help fellow authors out. What an amazing guy! For those of you who know what I am talking about. Skip the rest of my babble and head over there now! For the rest, hang on and I'll do a little more explaining right below:
Here's his site:
Okay, so when you publish a book through kindle or create space there is a spot for you to write in a description of the book you are about to publish. It is located in the same area that you put in your key words and such. don't worry, if you have never published yet, you'll run right into it when you publish because Amazon walks you through the process step by step.
Anyway, here's the deal. You ever wonder how the heck some of the book descriptions look more professional than the others? Well it is because the writer of the description is using coding language: HTML to be exact. Don't know what that is? Its those little <p> and <I> markups that you see when you look up a website's properties (right click and hit properties on any online webpage and you'll get it).
Anyway, this author I gave you a link to, went out and made the process easier! All you have to do is write the description the way you want it on his program (highlight the text you want italicized, bold, or whatever and hit the right buttons above your work box). the spaces that you put in or want in will already show up below! Anyway, then copy the mark up (in the box below your writing area) and then simply paste it into your description box in kdp. And don't forget to hit save in kdp when done!
Bonus: He said that it was written for kindle books, but I was able to use it in Create space as well!
If you use his site, spread the word of his books! It's only right, yeah?
His books look great! I bet if he knows how to do this stuff, he's got some writing tricks that I could learn from if I take the time to read some of his works...I am going to go purchase one now.
R.K. Howard's "The Aparting" looks like the genre I am working in right now (my current project. I think that will be the one I read first.
I recently took a poetry workshop. After this experience I am convinced that everyone should take up poetry. It is such a healing experience and it can be quite challenging and enjoyable too.
It is amazing how inventive people are. I wish I had permission to share some of the works that I encountered in the workshop, but alas you'll have to accept my work as a substitute.
I hope that you take the time to pick up the pen this week and give it a go, because I found that working on poetry can be a nice way to break writers block: Who knew, right?
Anyway, here's a couple of pieces: You can laugh, its okay:
after closing the door, her doctor spoke,
she’s witnessing things, like little blue men.
he grinned again, like it was an inside joke.
well, what do you mean? I picked up my pen.
she sees the tele, it is watching her.
and those cameras, on the street corners
secretly recording her. Oh the horror,
to be so paranoid, as my poor mother.
but, she’ll be just fine, he assured me then
one red pill, only a few shocks –here and there.
that’s just when, Orwell’s book, my reality awakened.
Poke –mom hurry up, watch your step, welcome to Conair
I’d figured it out, –now I knew: her doctor, well mine too,
are little blue men: my that’s delectable dry-wall –crunch.
The thoughts, of those in charge of me, were often prejudiced
they were foes, adversaries and unenlightened, down right injurious
they taught me, skin color mattered, before I knew the difference
color crayons, Elmer’s glue, pay attention when I talk to you
speaking without thinking, the knowledge parted disastrous
memorize this, memorize that, promising none of it as poisonous
perfect score on the ACT, grade point average, avoid the name Jesus
switching classes, I think he likes you, bells ringing, lockers rule
continue on, at least four years more, or you’ll be quite oppressed
never mind the fees, it will all work out, let the debt grow monstrous
fill out this form, get a good GPA, we’ll cure you of your ignorance
lectures galore, your papers are due, switching majors is definitely cool
no propaganda here, your professor’s guaranteed, none of it is worthless
preaching diversity, contradictory, undeniably horrendous
no opinion allowed, just go with the crowd, avoid the name Jesus
certificate in hand, proud parents attend, out the door you fool
exit the interview, can’t hire you now, thanks to the market collapse
cruel reality, experience mandatory, any networking influence?
over qualified, but we’ll take you, don’t worry, don’t be stressed
flipping burgers, collecting the trash, student debts overdue
two weeks off, slave till you die, the cycle never ends
pay your taxes, student loans, health care, and for welfare while you’re at it
keep up with the Jones’s, be kind to your neighbor, avoid the name Jesus
credit denied, live in a box, go now children, repeat the process.
the thoughts of those, in charge of us, are really quite prejudiced
they are foes, adversaries and unenlightened, down right injurious
they teach people that, thinkers like me are: isolationists, dangerous.
it’s really ruthless, discriminatory, predatory teaching, at its best.
The Magic Show
I do believe that a mortician is something akin to a backward magician. In goes the lance out comes the guts; presto, abracadabra, illusion or bust. This backward magician crams his rabbits into caskets and his hocus pocus delves into cosmetics. A little rouge here, and a little magic dust there, waving his wand and fixing the hare. This backward magician has a show to put on, a deception, a delusion, hallucination of a loved one. And whether it’s appropriate to say, they share the one and same cliché: “The show must go on, the crowd must be pleased. Did you remember the flowers? Good, place `em next to the alters.”
hese professions are so similar, it’s really taunting me. The only difference I see today, is the way the rabbits are carried away: One goes home to rest in bed, laughs and jokes, his humor well fed. The other is making a grand escape, chains unshackled, to never re-wake. I do believe that a mortician is something akin to a, God forsaken, backward magician. But where does this leave us, I’m asking you: do you pull out the rabbit, or cook the stew?
~by LuAnne Turnage
I sure would love for you to comment and share one of your pieces ~ Have a great week.
Writing dialog does not always come easy to writers. So today, I thought I would share a neat trick or two in how to make your dialog come off as more believable.
First, Notice that most people do not have conversations that are neat and orderly. What I am saying is this: Often the point gets across, but the message is jumbled up with inner meanings,side crack statements, and avoidance of issues.
Second, when writing dialog, always try to reveal the characters inner issues through the interaction of the conversation. For instance, maybe daughter is simply burning up that she was grounded during the most important dance of the year and mother has just asked her to do something. How do you think that is going to go? smoothly? Absolutely not. This is a great opportunity for a writer to show character flaws, inner struggle, and move the story forward.
So, how do we master this. We've all been told to listen to conversations around us and try writing them down word for word. Yaddda yadda... I came up with something better: Court documents. Seriously. You get a great feel for how to display unique character traits and what a raw conversation looks like. You can even feel the suspense. And the great thing is: it's all free and its all true.
Here's an amazing example to help you on your journey of writing believable and exciting dialog:
or this link:
Good day all~
I said that I would report back to you on the different online marketing strategies that I have taken since I began my journey (For those of you who are new to my site, look back into my September-November posts to read more on the history). If you don’t care and just want the results or have been following me this whole time, just read on to get to the meat of it.
Kindle vs. Create Space:
Thus far, create space has had far more sales for both my nonfiction and fiction books. So, it is true that people still prefer to touch what they are reading. I would venture to say that 80% of my sales have been in the printed platforms vs kindle downloads. Even though both books are cheap as dirt on kindle, I am still gaining more buys through Create Space
Don’t skip making your book available in print. Also keep this in mind: Think about years from now, when your book gets borrowed out, or resold: That is free advertising for you as well.
Kindle Giveaway vs. Kindle Countdown Deal:
Every 90 days (if you enroll in Kindle Select’s program) you have the option of offering your kindle book for free or at a discounted price for so many days (both options are free for you). But, you can only do one or the other –not both!
You can do a free giveaway in one 90 day period then in the next 90 day period opt to run your kindle book as a discount. That is allowed: but you can’t run both at the same time.
With that in mind, I tried both ways for each of my books. What I found out is that my nonfiction book, On Homeschooling, did much better on both platforms than my fiction book did. Through both platforms, my nonfiction book out performs by far. (HINT: Sundays /Mondays were my top seller days of the week).
Here comes the embarrassing part: Yes, your cover matters!
I know that if I had taken the time to make a great cover, I would have sold tons more on kindle (and no doubt on Create Space as well). You will be competing with millions of books. I cannot stress how important it is that your cover stands out. Really. In fact, looking back on my start, I wish I had taken the time to make great covers for each. PLEASE LEARN FROM ME!
I would fix this, but at this point, I am almost finished with my novel, and I really want to concentrate on that first. If I do trade the covers out, I promise to let you know how sales improve. Yes, I am assuming they will because I am that confident that covers matter. Think about your book cover as a first date. When that bell rings and you open the door: how do you picture your date dressed (dressed for first impressions, right?). Okay, enough said, let’s move onto the next item.
Twitter vs. YouTube vs. Websites vs. Blogs:
Twitter got me a few sales, so did YouTube, and so did my website. But, by far, after experimenting around, I can’t say enough that YouTube and regular Blogging has by far the best mode of advertising. Don’t do what I did. Just don’t.
Here’s what I would do: Make a website that is centered around a passion of yours and blog at least every week. And make sure that you run an RSfeed out of it into your author central page (if you use Amazon and don’t use this free service you are a fool). Also open up a Goodreads account and run your blog into that. This way it runs up your chances of coming up on hits via google search engines. (This is also supposing that you took the time to load up on keywords in your SEO area).
In your website, add a tab with your books for sale. People will see it. If you are running a straight blog, add a clickable link to buy your book at the bottom of each post –But, for God’s sake, don’t talk about it all the time. The only time it should be mentioned is when you are running a deal, or as a side bar. But, don’t look like a loon and constantly blog about how great your book is. It is a turn off!
Likewise goes the rule about twitter: Pin your book, and then tweet about it every once in a while: but don’t make twitter a space for advertising. Nothing is more obvious than that. If someone is interested, they will share your pinned tweet. Be authentic, that’s my point. It would be better to have 300 followers that you interact with, then 10,000 who never retweet your annoying push in the face book. If you don’t believe me, friend a few authors and note the ones that tweet their books each and every day (dear Lord, sometimes multiple times each day!). After a while, I confess, I became a traitor and unfollowed them. It wasn’t hard; I shed no tears in it. And neither will your followers.
If you can, do have your presence out on twitter, Facebook, blogging, YouTube, Goodreads, websites, etc. You must establish an online presence ~The more the better. But, don’t make fans: make friends. I really enjoy my twitter family. So, spending time on twitter is a great break and a treat for me. Stop caring if you make money on your books: write because you love it. Just do.
I like to share info I learn with others, so writing on my websites is fun.
I sucked at YouTube, but if you look at people like Mark Dice, you will see the great potential that is there. HINT: He has even come up with other ways to fund his life.
There are about a million other ways to work the online platforms to your advantage, but if you make it as far as I have, then I am betting you will figure out the rest.
From here, I am going to just say what I plan to do next: Finish and edit my book. Since, it is at least a trilogy; I want at least half of the second book finished before I publish the first book (If fans like your book they won’t want to wait too long).
Next, I am going to make sure that my cover is fabulous! I don’t care if I have to pay. Then, I am going to run a giveaway through Goodreads. I made a lot of sales during the 30 day give away for my first fiction book. Plus, if they like you, they will let others know. It is a trusted platform for readers.
Next, I will pay for advertising and I will set up a local book signing (with a free giveaway at the signing).
I will also work on other things…
But, I thought I would share what I am going to do with my first Novel. I am glad that I took the time to learn the ropes from my first two shorter works. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. I am kind of glad my first works didn’t sell by the thousands: because my writing has improved tenfold (we are all fully aware of when that happens – that magical moment).
Hey everyone, have a great week! And write on WRITERS!
I've spent most of last month discussing marketing techniques for self publishers. However, I thought today would be a good day to back up and take a look at the writing process itself.
Many writers get on the page and just start pounding at the keys hoping to finish that first book. They often fail because in the middle of writing the novel they forget to wrap up plot points and go off on tangents.
So today, for those of you who are just starting out, or just want a solid way to approach your novel experience, I want to share a link to a great blog. I think you'll like this one; It is very well organized:
Once you are there, poke around to the right of the page and click on those great helps. Do you have a favorite site that you frequent? I would love you to share them.
~Have a great day, and write on writers.
Good Morning. Many of you know that I homeschool my children and that I recently published a short guide about homeschooling on Amazon. But, did you know that I have a sister site dedicated to those who are interested in homeschooling or are just starting out? It has lots of free helps. I will be starting a blog and adding more free links to this site after the holidays. Click on the picture below it will take you right to the site! onhomeschooling.weebly.com/ (<--or just use that link)
Have a great day and ~Happy Homeschooling
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