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Science Fiction & Fantasy – BEGINS Nov. 20!

These deals will be active between November 20 and December 31. Book covers with no dates are free or at the present discount price for the *entire* promo. I will do my due diligence to remove expired deals, but please make sure to double check pricing 🙂

My Book – The Kalarthri is a part of this promo 🙂

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Free Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books for Autumn

Free Books for you!

Hi everyone

Just thought I’d put this up, so you don’t miss out on a bargain from lots of indie science fiction and fantasy authors, and we’ve put together a big list of books that are free this weekend. Most of them are available on all of the retailers, so just pick your store from the list and surf away!

1-2 October 2016 FREE books all sites

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Hayley

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The Writer’s Bookshelf: 3 books every writer should own (and READ!)

I have read a LOT of books over the last few years about writing and marketing for authors. And no matter if you are self published or traditionally published, as an author, you need to know about both.

I have been thinking a lot lately about what books every writer should have on their bookshelves (and have READ them), if they want to make a career out of their writing. So I am about to give you my three recommendations.

onwriting1) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

This was published in 2000 and has since become one of the most recommended ‘must reads’ to every writer. And for good reason.

The book is basically a small memoir focusing on King’s ‘writing/career’ experiences and a mini guide book for those who want to be writers. The career memoir is fascinating and the tips he gives in his writing guide are basically what you will hear or read anywhere else. But he tells you what works for him and ways you can make it ‘work for you’.

— Get “On Writing” or read more reviews of it here.

He does give you the ‘rules’ – follow the Chicago Manual of Style, grammar rules and cut back on passive voice – but then gives you leave to break them if it will help push the story along. King’s main message in this book is that the Story is King and that the writer should never put themselves above writing the story the way it wants to be written.

If the plot draws the reader along by being unconventional and breaking every writing rule in the book, then go with it. If the plot wants to be fast paced and action driven, then go with it. If the plot becomes mired in pages of description and then collapses in a prose stumbling heap, then cut it out and go back and redo it.

If you are willing to put in the work by reading a lot and creating routines to write a lot, then you are on your way to being a consistent and successful writer.

And that leads us onto my next book.

cover-write-publish-repeat-final2) Write. Publish. Repeat. The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self Publishing Success by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant with David Wright.

This is the book for writers to read if they want to make a living off of their writing. The authors host a Podcast called the Self Publishing Podcast where they and other indie authors talk about their experiences with writing, publishing and the marketing strategies that need to make it all run. This book is an offshoot of this show.

The title itself tells you the basics of what you need to be able to get on the road to making a career of writing.

The steps you need are:

1) Write the work,

2) Publish it,

3) Go to Step 1

— Get “Write. Publish. Repeat” or read more reviews of it here.

There is a lot more to the book than just this. They go in depth into how this works for them and other successful writers and how you can get this working for yourself. They go into marketing strategies, writing routines and creating product funnels. They talk about websites, blogs, email lists, and at all points in the book they give constant warning that this will take a lot of hard work and persistence.

And now onto my final suggestion.

1st 1000 copies3) Your First 1000 Copies – The Step by Step Guide to Marketing your Book by Tim Grahl

This is the book you need to read if you want to build up your author brand, your author platform and your fan base. Not only does Tim detail what needs to be on your author website, he tells you about delivering value, content and how to create that all important email list.

— Get “Your First 1000 Copies” or read more reviews of it here.

His motto is to be ‘Relentlessly Helpful’ and Tim Grahl does that himself in spades. Tim Grahl is a professional book marketer and has helped many successful authors build and keep their fan base (Dan Pink, Hugh Howey, Michael Bunker etc). And the email list is key to making this happen. He gives you a system to build your platform and create content, get outreach and then gain permission by having people want to be on your email list. And remember that your email list is your number one marketing tool. Every writer should be focusing on building one. Anyone who has followed Tim Grahl for a while will know that is his number one recommendation to any budding career builders. And email list is a direct link to your fans and you should never give that up.

So there are the three books that I would recommend to any budding, career minded writers. Those are the three that I have gotten the most out of and have enjoyed reading. If you disagree with my choice or want to recommend any other books, please tell me in the comments below.

NB: This article was originally published on Bookmarketingtools.com

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How publishers helped create a nation of readers by giving away 122 million books

Free book giveaway helps create a nation of readersWhen is FREE the right price?
An Article by Chris Robley

 

Last week at the end of an Apple product launch event, the band U2 came on stage and played a song. They then surprised the world by announcing that every single iTunes customer (500 million people) already had a copy of the band’s new album in their purchase history, downloadable for free.

The music media went crazy covering the story, but what I found most interesting was that U2′s other albums all got a giant sales bump because of this giveaway. By flooding the market with a new product, they created new demand for their older catalog items too.

This music news reminded me of a story I read in The Atlantic about how American publishers gave away almost 123 million books to soldiers during WWII. Not just pulp fiction and comics — which is what many people assumed the troops would want — but also ‘serious’ contemporary literature, histories, classics, and more. It was both an act of patriotism (giving the GIs books to take their minds off the horrors of war, remind them of home, etc.), and a risky, self-serving maneuver that might potentially create future demand for softcover books.

The program worked well on both counts. Many soldiers would speak of the free books as a kind of lifeline amidst the stress of battle and an aid to healing afterwards. And to the publishing industry’s benefit, those millions of GIs returned home hungry for more books, and books they were happy to pay for this time around. According to The Atlantic, the huge book giveaway created “a nation of readers.” Whereas reading was previously an activity reserved for the affluent, suddenly the general public had an interest in serious books, and the publishing industry went through its biggest boom.

The book giveaway during WWII and the U2 free album announcement are just two examples of how, when smartly employed, FREE can be a powerful price. Have you tried a book giveaway – or any type of giveaway? How did it work? Let me know in the comments below.

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Book Review – My Girlfriend Bites

“My Girlfriend Bites” by Doug Solter

MGBThis tale did lag a little in some parts but it is a really well written and entertaining story. The characters and their relationships were well developed and is mainly a romance story with paranormal elements thrown in. I got to know the characters and have empathy for their various situations and backgrounds.

Aideen Jay, the ‘boyfriend’ reminded me a little in concept to Thomas Covenant, Donaldson’s cowardly anti-hero from his Thomas Covenant series. Bree was a good strong foil to Aideen (though I got tired of her saying ‘Super’ all the time.)

I did like the fact that Solter created a realistic and believable background and culture/community for his werewolves. And I like the idea behind the main antagonists and would have liked to have found out more about these ‘demon skins’. I hope any future book in the series goes towards finding out more about these creatures and who (or what) created them.

This book also reminded me about how horrible kids can be to each other in High School. Only taking each other at surface value and only thinking in the moment with no thought on future consequences to themselves or others. I am glad that the real world is not wholly reflected in the microcosm of High School, and that some of the shallow characters in this book find out more about the person behind the stereotype e.g. Pamela and Issy.

I am hoping to get to read more about Aiden and Bree in another book – the ending of the story did look set up for another book and as I mentioned above there are some story lines that could do with some tidying up and another book in the series would do this nicely…

I would recommend this book to lovers of werewolf stories and teen Paranormal Romance junkies (like me :))

-HMC

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-HMC