Clean Authors Promotional Event Sept. 13

September 2nd, 2013

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A Basket of Summer Reads

July 23rd, 2013

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Get 10 free ebooks from 10 fabulous authors.
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Deal ends Aug. 15, 2013.

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Promotional Event: 99 Authors, 99 Titles, for 99 Cents

December 9th, 2012

We are helping to organize a one day promotional event for 99 authors, 99 books, all for 99 cents each for one day only. The event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. All genres and age groups will be included. There will be rafflecopter giveaways that total $990 worth of prizes! For the participating bloggersyou will be entered to win $500 for posting! Participating blogs will be sent the promotional posting information, easy to copy/paste, that will include the link to find the titles and for your readers to enter the giveaways. You will not have to post all 99 titles on your blog. This is to help gain awareness for the event as a whole. There will be an event banner to show your participation. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this short form.

Promotion in conjunction with The Indie Bookshelf and Jillian Dodd.
Below are some of the participating authors. A full list to come later.

Young Adult:

Jillian Dodd
Michelle Warren
Andrea Randall
Tiffany King
Ashley Wilcox
Jen Sterling
Sarah Billington
Lani Wendt Young
Michelle Mankin

Other authors:

C J Lyons
Diane Capri
Bob Mayer
Jen Talty
Steena Holmes
B C Burgess
Christine DeMaio-Rice
Cheryl Bradshaw
Maggie Myers
Elena Aitken
Melissa Brown
Charles Sheehan-Miles
Tammy Coons
Blaine Reimer
Colin Falconer
C A Kunz
Raine Thomas
C C Mackenzie
Suzanne Rock
Patricia Sands
Joanna Penn

Simply Prayer Gets A New Cover… a poll

March 17th, 2012

I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on cover design. While I still love the original cover of Simply Prayer, reading Joel Friedlander’s ebook cover design awards has convinced me I need to make a change — at least to the ebook. Add that to the success my friend Steena Holmes has had with her new book cover for Hot For Cowboy and it just makes sense.

However, (isn’t there always a “however”) I’m having trouble deciding which new cover to choose and I could really use your help.

Here are the two new covers:

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 cover 2

Voting ends Easter, April 1.

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Using Ebooks To Their Full Advantage

February 4th, 2012

Most of us have heard that eBooks are now mainstream, yet are writers using them to their full advantage? According to James Moushon in his guest post “Real eBooks: Are We Still in the Stone Age?” on The Book Designer, probably not.

Here’s what James says about what a real eBook should be:

My contention is that REAL ebooks should be a different product than their paper counterparts. They should be formatted differently; sections arranged differently and in some cases they should have different covers. In short, to be a REAL ebook, they should not be just a copy of the traditional book version.

He goes on to give tips on exactly how to rearrange an eBook so it’s a “real” eBook, which includes moving large table of contents and author references to the end and including links to other books, especially the author’s other books.

While I agree with James, I admit that it’s difficult for me to actually do that. Writers are avid readers. Until recently we all grew up reading traditionally published paper and hardbacks. To layout a book in any other way seems like we’re trying to walk on our hands and eat with our feet.

However, James has a point. If you want a potential reader to decide to buy your book based on what he or she has read, you have to get them enough material from the book to read to make an informed decision. When online stores offer only a set percent of the front matter for a reader to view as a sample, it makes sense to make the most of it with the actual story and not a lot of added stuff they would probably skip anyway.

With the rise of eBook purchases, we need to do everything we can to make the experience a pleasant one for the reader so they become not just a one book buyer, but a devoted fan.

What other differences have you noticed between paper/hardback books and eBooks? What changes would you make?

Christian Fiction Indie Authors Continue Success In Kindle Top 100

June 1st, 2011

As it was in mainstream fiction, so it is still among a lot of Christian writers. Many still believe the only way to be validated and sell Christian fiction is to be traditionally published. Validation, however, depends on the writer’s idea of what success means.

What is success?

If the only way a writer will feel as if he succeeded is to find his book in a brick-and-mortar store, then traditional publishing is about the only way that will happen.

However, if reaching an audience is the real answer to “what is success?”, then perhaps epublishing is the better choice.

Mainstream indie authors are continuing to prove the DIY method can lead to satisfying sales, but what about Christian indie authors? How do they fair in the Kindle Top 100’s in Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Here’s what I found.

Top 11 Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy

  • The first five books listed in Top 100 Paid were by Vaughn Heppneran indie author selling his books for $2.99 or less.
  • In sixth and tenth place was Mary Doria Russell, traditionally published by Ballantine and selling her books for $11.99.
  • Vaughn Heppner reappears in slots 7-9.
  • In the number 11 spot was Angela Hunt, also traditionally published by Thomas Nelson and selling her book for $1.27.

So what can we conclude from this little snapshot?

What’s happening in the mainstream is also happening in Christian speculative fiction. The main difference I’m seeing is that some publishers seem to be adapting quicker to the new paradigm: readers want good ebooks at low prices.

It also means that getting traditionally published will only validate your writing if that is how you view success. Indie authors writing Christian fiction have the same opportunities as any other author, provided we work smart and give it our all.

Success is a matter of choice regardless whether you choose traditional publishing or indie publishing for both mainstream and Christian fiction.