October 25, 2014
A Vengance of Angels, Amazon, debut, eBook, Facebook, fun, invitation, launch, paperback, party, prize, release date, steep learning curve
November 1st! There, I’ve finally committed myself to a release date for my second novel (see above) which will soon be available from Amazon as well as other outlets.
Many of you will have already seen the cover release, blurb, and teasers for my second novel ‘A Vengeance of Angels.’ It’s been two years in the making, and yet it’s still taken one year less than my first novel. Lessons learned during the steep learning curve that was the creation of my first eBook and paperback have been applied. The timetable created by my editor, Tara, has also been pivotal in this case.
Now, almost exactly two years after my debut release, the second part of The Angels of York is ready. I’ve edited the eBook and paperback side by side, so the physical version will be available from Createspace shortly after the eBook goes live. After having tried Amazon’s exclusive KDP with the first book, and seeing no real benefit, I will not be going exclusive with this novel. So it will be available from Smashwords and Kobo almost immediately after it appears on Amazon.
I’ve already begun advertising the sequel using the free space on my van, showing off Ravven’s artwork to all who follow me along the road.
(Magnetic signs supplied by Vistaprint)
I also took the opportunity to refresh my original magnetic poster, which had begun to look tired after 25 months of English weather. Yes, they do wear out eventually.
So, without further ado, I invite you (yes, you!) to my launch party on Saturday 1st November. Caption contests, funnies and music will be the order of the day. I hope you can make it.
July 14, 2014
A Construct of Angels, Amazon, CreateSpace, debut, edit, novel, paperback, paperbacl CreateSpace, self-edit, self-publish
Well, my second proof copy has arrived from the USA and despite my best hopes, I’m still finding errors in the text. 😦
I asked my significant other if she’d read through it for me… a fresh pair of eyes, and all that. However, after five weeks of gathering dust (the book, not me!), I realised I’d have to undertake the task myself. *sigh*
After hundreds of read-throughs, I’m having real trouble concentrating on the text and find myself drifting along with the narrative instead.
Why, I keep wondering, do these text errors continue to plague my MS? I like to think I’m meticulous with my grammer and, speeling. I can only imagine the errors are typos I’ve somehow missed.
True, my typing isn’t perfect. As It gets faster, mistakes begin to appear, so I temper my speed to keep the typos down. However, impatience can sometimes bite and my fingers will get carried away, often typing faster than my brain (that only takes eight words a minute, usually!).
So this week finds me ploughing (yes, that’s how it feels after 500+ reads) through the paperback, hoping to upload and receive a corrected version before the end of July.
I have to – a couple of Floridian friends are keen to see a paperback copy in early August.
Anyway, back to reading…
In the meantime:
January 15, 2013
Amazon, angels, debut, eBook, ePub, ePublish, exclusive, exclusivity, first, html, kdp, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, novel, publish, romance, self-publish, Smashwords, Sony
This weekend, I did a quick mental calculation and realised that ‘A Constuct of Angels’ had been live on Amazon for almost three months.
How time flies!
Rightly or wrongly, I’d signed up to KDP Select’s 90-day exclusivity deal in order to test the Amazonian waters (well, it WAS my first time) and was interested by Amazon’s ‘Lending Library’ scheme that promised authors a share of umpteen millions per month depending on how many books were borrowed by other KDP members. Part of the downside of this is that the author has to sign an exclusivity deal with Amazon for a minimum of 90 days. Well, those 90 days have now expired and I had a peek at how many of my books had been borrowed by other KDP Select members.
So…(opens envelope), Ladies and Gentlemen, the number of borrowed books after 90 days totalled exactly (drum roll, please);
Zero, nada, nill.
Zero multiplied by umpteen millions = ? Well, you can do the math, as they say.
Amazon automatically renew KDP Select for the author, UNLESS that author remembers to untick the renewal box. With only two days to go, I unticked and have now dipped my toe into the next part of the adventure.
‘A Construct of Angels’ continues to be live at Amazon, but as of today, it’s also available from Smashwords in multiple formats.
Now, I’ve been warned that Smashwords is not simply a ‘post and forget’ site; that marketing work needs to continue.
Smashwords has many detractors on various blog sites, with some authors complaining about low sales. Others are constantly chiding these same authors for not marketing effectively.
So it will be an interesting experiment. A steep learning curve lies ahead, but I intend to do everything that my spare time allows to spread the word.
Also, now that I’m no longer tied into Amazon, I’m free to explore beyond the boundaries. To infinity – and beyond?
I will let you know how I get on.
Write on in 2013!