Loveland! What are you doing today?

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We have 50 authors waiting to show off their books.  Stop by this afternoon.  A perfect event for children.

Set your radar screen for Ellen Raine and her new book, Splat!  The color and honesty will captivate young readers.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 –

2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Loveland Public Library will be sponsoring a Local Authors Showcase on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 2:00-5:00pm. Come meet Northern Colorado’s finest Authors as you browse their works, shop for books and have them autographed.

Where:
Loveland Public Library – Gertrude Scott Room & Galleria

 

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Loveland Local Author Showcase

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Come on out and visit with 50 chosen authors.  Books galore.

Ellen Raine will be there to sign copies of Splat!  Books for kids, written by kids.  You won’t want to miss it.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 –

2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Loveland Public Library will be sponsoring a Local Authors Showcase on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 2:00-5:00pm. Come meet Northern Colorado’s finest Authors as you browse their works, shop for books and have them autographed.

Where:
Loveland Public Library – Gertrude Scott Room & Galleria

 

Exciting Book Recommendation

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I accidentally stumbled upon this book in FaceBook.  Wow!  What a find!  If you’re looking for a page-turner, Jeanne Bannon delivers.

Sarah Valier is dead. Her sister Lily is the number one suspect. The police are determined to solve the case, but they don’t have enough proof to arrest Lily. They try to prove their case by using an out-of-town private detective, Aiden. Aiden conveniently moves into the picture as a knight in shining armor. Lily’s diner is broken into, and he comes to the rescue just in time. Lily is immediately attracted to this handsome hero. Aiden’s “job” is to get Lily interested enough in him so she will let down her guard and confess. She doesn’t. Aiden persists, but the more he is around Lily the more he believes her. So, who shot Sarah? Lily’s father currently has a second family: a wife and one grown daughter. The couple fight a lot and Natalie isn’t exactly on stable ground. Her father means everything to her.  She has no world without him. When her father also becomes a suspect in the murder, Natalie takes matters into her own hands and attacks Lily. As the family dynamics grow more and more intense and convoluted, Aiden once more comes to the rescue just in the nick of time.  Natalie shoots him, knocks out Lily, and sets the cabin on fire. Lily’s instincts are right all along. The police solve the murder as Lily and Aiden find comfort in each other.

 

Nowhere to Run is an exciting romance, mystery thriller. Sarah Valier, 5 months pregnant, is dead.  Her sister Lily is the number one suspect. A witness saw her pull a gun on Sarah. Lily insists upon proving her innocence and solving the murder. When a handsome new guy sweeps into her diner and rescues her from physical attack, Lily falls in love and starts spending a lot of time with Aiden. When she discovers this young, retired stockbroker is really a private detective trying to get her to confess, she feels betrayed and alone. But, Aiden is her knight in shining armor. He falls in love with her and together they explore a dangerous world in their quest to discover who shot Sarah.

Well written.  The plot unfolds slowly but picks up to the point where the reader can’t turn the pages fast enough.

A beautiful love story with so much suspense you can’t put it down.

Available at Amazon.com.

Ellen Raine–Live!

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Visit Ellen Raine Saturday morning at the Loveland Library.  She will be introducing her latest publication Splat! Meet the author and get your autographed copy.

See you there!

Saturday, October 7, 2017 –

2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Loveland Public Library will be sponsoring a Local Authors Showcase on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 2:00-5:00pm. Come meet Northern Colorado’s finest Authors as you browse their works, shop for books and have them autographed.

Where:
Loveland Public Library – Gertrude Scott Room & Galleria
Contact:
Caroline Hilligoss
Caroline.Hilligoss@cityofloveland.org
970-962-2402
Event Type:
Adult
Teen

And The Winner Is….

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Crystal Publishing is proud to announce that Jack Gregson & The Forgotten Portal has just won a Moonbeam Award in YA Fantasy.

Something has changed at the Gregson Manor.  An evil force from the family’s past has returned to upheave their lives.  Jack and his cousins explore the family secrets as they are pulled through a portal into a universe of endless worlds and possibilities.  Together, they race to escape and destroy the evil Theorden and his followers who strive to unlock the power of the Forgotten Portal and wreak havoc on Gregson Manor and the World.

Available from Amazon.com or lulu.com.

 

Marketing for Success 101: And the Gold Goes to…

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You, of course!

How did you get to the top?  You worked hard (unpacking boxes-ha!).

Seriously, though, you did work hard; dissecting and utilizing all the tools of marketing is intimidating.

So, your final manuscript should glow like gold in the hands of an agent, editor, or publisher.  You get the gold because you took the following actions.

iu-5.jpegEditing.  I don’t know how many posts and lectures I have given on this topic.  It seems to be the area where a new author wants to take high risk.  Agents, editors, publishers are very busy.  We usually have a year’s worth of work stacked high and more comes every day.  Thousands and thousands of manuscripts.  No one can read all that.  So, the norm is to read about 3 pages.  If there are too many typos or grammar problems, that’s a giant red flag.  Your ms is not going anywhere except back to you or the trash.  I know that’s harsh.  How else can I get this point across?  People like books that flow and sustain some kind of pace.  Typos and grammar problems ruin everything.  You don’t want your reader stumbling from word to word.

Note:  not all editors are the same.  If you are writing fantasy, find one who likes fantasy. He or she is already familiar with the genre, loves to read it, and knows what reader expectations are.  A proofreader is not an editor.  See my previous blogs on editing.

Note:  get quotes.  If you have $25 in your pocket and the bill is $250 for editing, you may want to get more resourceful.  Self-publishers should particularly pay attention to this.  Knowing where to find a good editor can be problematic.  Ask for recommendations.  If you are reading a book that you think is exceptionally organized, see if the editor’s name or company is on the title page or acknowledgment page.  Ask me.  I know some great, very thorough editors with decades of experience.

Price:  Free to $$

iu-6.jpegArt Work.  If you are not already an artist, don’t think you are going to sit down with Photoshop tonight and design an award-winning cover.  I wish it did work like that.  Finding good art that works in a book has been the most challenging part of my job.  I wrote quite a few kids’ stories a long time ago, but that’s where it ended because I had no clue where to find an illustrator.  Then I published novels.  Again, the art was a problem until I lucked into a great cover designer at a conference.  You never know whom you will connect with.

Invest in a good illustrator or cover designer.  Use somebody who does this as a job, not a hobby.  Communicate.  Communicate. Communicate.  If you want a white dog and you get a brown one, say something.  You may be paying for illustrations you are not going to use.

There is no such thing as a good cover.  You need a good front cover AND a good back cover.  The front cover serves to grab someone’s attention.  Colors should be genre appropriate, no more than 3 fonts from the same family, and give standard information:  title, author, series, and maybe a comment.  It must be readable.  The back cover compels the looker to buy.  A back cover could include a blurb, reviews, author bio info. You can find writers who specialize in writing back covers.

If your book isn’t selling, ask someone to look at the first 3 pages.  If there are many errors, fix them.  If there aren’t any errors, then redo the covers. You could go as far as also changing the title.  Of course, that’s going to cost you an ISBN each time, but you do what you have to sell the book.

Price:  Free to $$

iu-7.jpegIdentify your genre.  If you don’t know what the genre is, nobody else does either.  Different genres have different rules.  Prologues are good for epic fantasy and sci-fi, but not for any other genre.  You can create all kinds of worlds which may or may not be logical.  Your reader will buy into one unbelievable fact, but not two. Even color has something to say.  Three years ago turquoise on a cover indicated you were reading a metaphysical book.  That color is everywhere now.

Plus, there are new genres and niche categories popping up every day.  Boomer Lit started about 6 months ago.  Bizarro Lit, Ergodic Lit, Oulip.  Sorry.  I have no experience here.  They are too new to the market.

Price: Free

iu-8.jpegNow you have a finished product, so start entering contests and get your book out there.

If you are writing a children’s book, Google children’s book contests.  How many contests you enter often depends upon the time of year.  There are many to enter right now (October).

If you follow me on FB, I repost contests the minute one shows up in my feed.

Note:  watch the fees.  They vary from Free to $$.  If you are paying a fee, what are you getting?  Yes, you can say you won such and such and maybe you have a medallion to put on your books, but what else?  Any publicity with that or is it over?  Any contest that charges exorbitant rates should provide something other than a medallion or the jpg of a medallion.  AND it should be a prestigious award.  Some money would be nice. (Smile)

Note:  always read the fine print.  Every contest is different.  PDF or hard copy?  How many hard copies?  What category?  One or cross categories?  Fees.  If you enter a contest and the prize is the publication of your work, don’t enter several of those.  You could be looking at legal issues.  If you win, did you sign a contract that promises you’ll be there?

Tomorrow, I’ll address questions and offer what little financial advice I can provide.  I’m also putting together a list of marketing agencies who have some experience with fiction. If you want to turn the entire marketing project over to a third party, there are some good people to work with.  (I also know the scammers.)

Hope to see you or interact with you in a FB Group–never a dull moment there!