Sunday, July 19, 2015

Kindle Scout and Voting for Euphoria Lane



Please vote for Euphoria Lane!
My romantic mystery, Euphoria Lane, was chosen for Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. It is like American Idol for books, without the TV cameras. Books need votes to win, just like America Idol and Dancing with the Stars. What does the author win? A publishing contract with Kindle Press. Anyone who votes for Euphoria Lane will receive a free Kindle copy if the book makes it to publication.
You can use this link to vote for Euphoria Lane.

What is Kindle Scout?
You can go to https://kindlescout.amazon.com for information on how the program works, books that have been chosen for publication, and the links to submit your book. I will also share my experience here.
The first time I heard about Kindle Scout was when another author asked for votes on Twitter. I voted for her and later received my free copy of her book with an invitation to write a review if I wanted, but I still wasn’t sure what the program was all about. A few months later, Amazon sent me an email about the program because I was purchasing books on self-publishing on my Kindle. Now it all made sense.
Your book needs to be in English, complete, copyedited, never published, and at least 50,000 words typed in a Word document. The genres they publish are Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, and Action Adventure. You must be an adult with a social security number and a valid U.S. bank account to receive payments.
They have Eligibility and Content Guidelines you should read.
You need to have a great cover saved in PNG or JPEG.  They have rules on size and no blood or graphic violence etc. so read those rules over.
You will need to create and type in a book one-liner of 45 characters or less (they give examples), a description of 500 characters or less, and a bio of 500 characters or less. Just like Twitter, they let you know how many characters you have left while you are typing so you can adjust what you enter. It is rather simple to do.

They want you to write a thank you note they will send to people who voted for your book no matter what the outcome. They provide an example. You also have an opportunity to post up to four links to your social media sites. That was easier than I thought. You click on the add button and two boxes show up. One for you to paste the link and the next for you to provide a name for the link. I chose my website, blog, Twitter and Facebook. You can do all of this in fifteen minutes or take your time. I saved mine many times as I completed each step. To finish it, I went back to the Submit Your Book section I saved to my laptop or I found again on Google. Your Campaign shows up at the top for you to click and continue.

They divide the submission into three sections. The first is where you post all of the information about your book. When you are done with that section, you submit it and go onto the next. The second section is where you upload your book, cover, and personal photo. A friend used her digital camera to take pictures of me and that worked. It turned out better than the professional one I took a few years back. Once again, you can save and go back to it later. Once you are finished uploading you click to submit that section and move to the final section. This is where you read and agree to your agreement with them.

  Once you submit, you agree to give them a 45-day exclusivity period. They will decide in 1-2 business days, longer if they have a lot of submissions, to decide if your book meets their submission requirements. I submitted my book Wednesday night after 10:00 PM and they let me know the next morning that my book was approved. At that time they tell you when your voting campaign will begin and the URL to view what the public will see. You can also share that URL with others. My 30-day campaign for scouting votes started the Saturday after I received notice of approval, so I had two days to prepare this blog, posts to copy on Saturday to Twitter and Facebook, plus I copied the URL on clear address labels and placed them on the back of business cards for my husband and I to pass out to friends at work, etc.

If your book is popular, there’s no set number of votes, Kindle Scout will review it and decide if they want to publish it. There is no minimum number of books for them to choose from. The contract with them provides the writer with a $1500 advance and 50% royalties on digital books. They retain the right for digital and audiobooks for five years. The contract will automatically renew for another five years if you do not let them know within six months that you want your rights back. You keep your print rights. You can also choose to print your books on CreateSpace. Royalties are paid monthly but there is a two-month delay. For example, you are paid for your sales made in January I believe you are paid at the end of March. The agreement is easy to read. You click on the bottom that you agree to the terms and submit your book.

Now the nerve-wracking, exciting part, getting the word out.
Please vote for Euphoria Lane!
Thank you!
Tina Swayzee McCright





Sunday, July 12, 2015

How do Indie Writers Become Best Sellers?

**PERMISSION TO FORWARD**

This year, Valley of the Sun Romance Writers is pleased to present an all-day e-Publishing Workshop, bringing in Mark Coker, founder and CEO of Smashwords, who is sharing inside tips on what it takes to become a best seller.

Open to the Public
LOGISTICS OF WORKSHOP:
Date: Saturday, August 15th, 2015
Place: Crowne Plaza, 2532 W. Peoria Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Time: All day –9am –3pm
***Lunch Included***

Total Cost –$40.00 Lunch Included (if paying by check, please contact nlandrews@prodigy.net for instructions and to reserve your spot)
Deadline to register: August 7th, 2015

TOPICS COVERED:
1. An Introduction to Ebook Self Publishing: How to Publish, Distribute and Sell Your eBook
The ebook revolution has taken the publishing industry by storm, and self-published authors are leading the charge. Self-published authors now grace the New York Times bestseller list on a regular basis. A few years ago, this was almost unheard of. In the future, it’ll become even more commonplace. It’s easier to self-publish an ebook than you might imagine. No technical experience necessary! In this introductory, jargon-free primer to ebook self publishing, Mark Coker will cover the basics. Mark will present an ebook publishing checklist covering everything you need to know to get started. Mark’s session will begin by providing an overview of the latest ebook market trends, and then will provide detailed guidance on ebook creation, pricing and marketing. Learn about ISBNs, copyright and what you need to know about piracy. Learn how to get your book distributed to libraries and major ebook retailers.
2. 16 Secrets of the Bestselling Ebook Authors: Best Practices for Ebook Publishing
In this segment, Mark Coker will share 16 best practices of the most successful self-published ebook authors. Learn how to self-publish with pride and professionalism. Learn simple, yet important strategies that will make your book more accessible, more discoverable and more desirable to readers. The session draws upon the best practices advice contained in Mark Coker’s free ebook, THE SECRETS TO EBOOK PUBLISHING SUCCESS, and includes new insights not covered in the book.
3. Hit the Ebook Bestseller Lists with Ebook Preorders
Imagine if you could press a magic button that would make your next ebook release land higher in the the bestseller charts. Imagine no more. The magic button is real, and it’s called the ebook preorder. In this third section of Mark Coker’s ebook publishing intensive, you’ll learn how to use preorders to make your next book launch more successful. Learn case study examples of how Smashwords authors have used preorders to hit the top of the charts.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last Chance to Enter to Win $100, $50, or $25 in prizes for The Assassin's Lover Blog Blast!




ENTER TO WIN $100, $50 OR $25 IN BLOG BLAST FOR
THE ASSASSIN'S LOVER

Just copy and paste this entire announcement onto your blog,
then send an email to kathryne@kathrynekennedy.com with the
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HIS MISSION WAS LIKE ANY OTHER...
Until Jak meets his new mark. Since his job as an assassin for
the Rebellion results in saving the lives of hundreds of
Englishmen, Jak has never had a problem fulfilling his orders.
But then he meets Minerva Overon, and she has such an
unusual request that he soon finds himself more involved with
the woman than he wants to admit.

BUT THIS WOMAN IS LIKE NO OTHER...
Because of her special magical gift, Minerva knows that when
Jak crawls through her window, he is there to kill her. She is
ready and waiting for him, determined not to die a virgin. But
she harbors many secrets, and it takes Jak several revelations
before he figures out the real truth.

A winner will be randomly chosen using RANDOM.ORG. Your
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Does a killer deserve a happy ending? Coming Soon from Kathryne Kennedy



I just re-read THE ELVEN LORDS series of books, in order to immerse myself in the world again so I could write a short novelette. I had been ill for so long, so rusty, that I couldn’t quite face the challenge of writing a long novel. I wanted the new story based in the world, but not within the main plot line of the series. (I’m also thinking of doing a series of longer novelettes on the stolen scepters, which falls within the main plot of the series, since readers have asked me for those characters’ stories.)

Anyway, I don’t know if other writers are like me, but I imagine so. It drives me a bit crazy to read my books once they’re published. I always find things I would have changed, or something I would have added to make the scene more substantial or meaningful. And then there’s times when I read something that I am amazed I wrote. How did I manage it? And can I do it again?
                                                       
And there, I guess, is the challenge to write some more. To surpass what I’ve done, if possible. And therein, I think, lays the addiction of being an author. :)

Although the story isn’t completely edited yet, I do want my readers to know that a story will (finally) be forthcoming. As usual, it combines hard fantasy with romance, and involves an assassin whose mark is not only aware he has come to kill her, but awake and waiting for him with an unusual request. The twists and turns have my poor hero a bit muddled, but I think he comes out of the encounter a different--perhaps even a better--man. Usually my heroes are not yet worthy of the love of my heroine. It takes the journey of their story to be the man the heroine can love and admire--and in the case of this new story--even if she’s not the one for him. The short novelette is titled THE ASSASSIN’S LOVER, and begs the question: Does a killer deserve a happy ending? Only you, the reader, will be able to answer it.

Until Next Time,
My Magical Best,
Kathryne
http://www.kathrynekennedy.com

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Introducing Jacqueline Noir


Jacqueline Noir’s debut short, romantic erotica is an Amazon Best Seller.


The first time those haunting gray eyes pinned her, they’d stared at her from the face of a creature that was supposed to only be a legend. A cliché.

When Sadie VonRouge moves to Casterton, Oregon to live with her aunt, she expected a sleepy little town; the perfect backdrop for her to start piecing back together her life. She wants nothing more than a normal start to her freshman year of college.

Normal is the last thing she’s going to get.

The night she was attacked, it’d been a wolf that chased her down. A wolf that tackled her to the ground. A wolf that began sniffing her. Then she’d opened her eyes, and she’d come face-to-face with him.

But she was delusional. She knew this. There’d been no man.

At least, that’s what she tells herself over and over, even while fighting back the memory of how sinfully gorgeous the man had been, or how viciously he’d growled out that one word:

Mine.

Sadie doesn’t know what is happening to her, or why she’s beginning to exhibit odd symptoms after the attack. All she knows is that her world has been drastically changed. She has no idea how much, or how serious that man’s claim was. Not until he comes back into her life, demanding the one thing that he owns above anything else.

Her.
And a dominating, scary, dangerous male that might just not give her any choice but to accept her new life . . . and the fact that he comes along with it.

“You belong to me. I own you. Forever.”


You can purchase Red for 99 cents on Amazon

Find out more about Jacqueline and her writing at http://www.jacquelinenoir.com/






Friday, May 15, 2015

Introducing Lexi Post's Latest Release



Unexpected Eden:

Pyrotechnics expert, Serena Upton, wonders if she’s been transported into one of the science fiction movies she works on. It certainly seems so when she’s rescued by three hot, naked men from another planet. She’s whisked away to Loraleaf, their home in the jungle of Eden, with the expectation that she will become their beloved. As they cater to her in every way, she begins to understand what it means to be their chosen one.
Jahl and Khaos risked everything, even the brother of their heart, to bring Serena home, but grief and self-doubt, etched in stone by their own families, seems insurmountable. Their only hope is that she can fill the void in their lives. They succeed in sweeping her up in their erotic passion, but they are unable to capture her heart.
Though Serena cares for Jahl and Khaos, she’s convinced she’s not the answer to their damaged souls. It’s better that she return to her family on Earth before she cares too much. That is, if she doesn’t already.


Unexpected Eden Links:
 Amazon
 Barnes & Noble
 iBooks
 Kobo

 All Romance eBooks

Author Bio:
Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of erotic romance. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe's short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she's read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.
But Lexi's first love is romance novels. In an effort to marry her two first loves, she started writing erotic romance inspired by the classics and found she loved it. Lexi believes there is no end to the romantic inspiration she can find in great literature. Her books are known as "erotic romance with a whole lot of story."
Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.




Thursday, May 14, 2015

Never Stop Learning

I'm amazed by the number of writers who stop reading. Just stop. Didn't we start writing because of our love of reading? I'll admit, I don't read in the genre I'm writing while I'm writing, but I'm always reading.

Lately, I had to read for research. And still have tons of books to go, but I found time to read for pleasure.

It's been fun and has renewed my love of telling a good story.

But I've also been reading craft books. Wow! There's so much I still have to learn. And there's so much that still confuses me.

Here's one of the best craft books that I've read in a while. This one, I think will be an annual visit because there's so much left to learn.

Until next month.