Amber Wilson guest posts on Nicholas Rossis’ blog on how to use infographics to promote our books. Thanks so much Amber and Nicholas.
This is a guest post by Amber Wilson, an experienced ghostwriter currently employed as a content strategist at ThesisHelpers. She is fond of science fiction and poetry. Amber believes that technology and progress will change the world and dreams of becoming a best-selling author one day. Feel free to contact her at G+.
Infographics As A Powerful Book Promotion Tool
Part of a popular Infographic comparing various spaceships popularized by TV series and movies. Visit pics-about-space.com for more!
Placing links on various social media platforms create awareness for your book. But, as many authors are discovering, it can be hard to build your author brand on that alone. Have you ever considered using Infographics to promote your book?
Infographics can be a powerful book promotion tool, offering far better returns than photos and book covers. That is because your targeted audience will find it easier to understand and retain…
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Erica Verrillo provides us with names of agents actively seeking manuscripts in different genres. Thank you so much Erica!
by Erica Verrillo on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
Here are three new agents seeking clients.
Jennie Kendrick is interested in YA and MG fiction, particularly Own Voices works.
Sandra Jordan represents mysteries exclusively.
Whitney Ross represents middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction across all genres, with an emphasis on historical, SF & fantasy, romance, and contemporary fiction. She is also open to non-fiction submissions in the areas of design, cooking, and fashion.
ALWAYS check the agency website before submitting. Agents may switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements may change.
Audrey Driscoll informs us about the free book marketing guide and where to get it. Thank you Audrey.
Nicholas C. Rossis writes about KDP Print. Thank you for the information Nicholas!
I’m sure most of you have heard the news by now, but if you haven’t, Amazon has announced some major changes to its KDP Print program. Only two days after I was telling people in this blog’s comments that I wouldn’t even consider moving to KDP Print from CreateSpace until Amazon addressed its two most glaring issues, the company announced it had. On top of that, it addressed my major problem with CreateSpace, thus making it a whole lot more likely that I will soon be moving over.
Problem #1: No Physical Proofs (Solved)
The first problem with KDP Print concerned its means of proofing your manuscript. Well, you can now order printed proofs from KDP. Proofs allow you to review a physical copy of your draft paperback prior to publication.
Note, however, that the process is a bit more cumbersome than the one CreateSpace uses. Specifically, here’s how you…
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Yecheilyah Ysrael pupblished a guest post on TSRA’s blog today, giving excellent advice to Indie Authors. Thank you Yecheilyah!
Hey Guys! Wow. It’s been a long time. I miss you all!
*waves to readers and sits on virtual sofa*
This article started out extremely long but then I realized how necessary it was to keep this short and simple.There is so much information out here for Independent Authors and so many made-up commandments it isn’t funny. Everyone has an opinion on what the new author should and shouldn’t do. Everyone has a piece of advice to give or stones to throw. If you move this way you are doing it wrong and if you move that way you are still doing it wrong. There are more laws for the Self-Publisher than there are in the bible. There is something to say about everything. This is why I humbly advise each person to experience everything for themselves and to do their own research. Sometimes you don’t need to…
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Today started with a lot more traffic than usually. I still have no idea how it comes that I have been held up by traffic jam all over the place. It already began when I left home to go to work. Instead of the regular 35 minutes, it took me almost 50 minutes to get to the office.
However, I accepted that, started my work, knowing I had to leave the office early enough to drive across the city and meet the legal Department at the other building.
Unfortunately another traffic jam came up and even trying to hurry up I was still unable to avoid being late. I hate being late. I consider this impolite towards the people I meet. And I don’t want to treat people like they don’t matter.
From the parking lot I ran to the entrance and arrived precisely at 10.03 am, with a three minutes delay.
One of the receptionists welcomed me, the other one listened. We introduced each other and I told them who I have a meeting with and that I’m already running late. One of the receptionists got on the phone – and I expected she would inform the legal department about my arrival – but far off! She had something different to do and I was waiting… finally the young paralegal showed up and… told me off for being 15 minutes late – which was kind of funny since she arrived at the lobby at 10.10 am.
Then she told me, that they never wait for longer than 10 minutes and they can’t see me anymore that day, even though we had planned half an hour for this introduction…
Then she got up, turned around and left, sending me out as I was a little girl who just had performed one of the seven mortal sins. I felt like I was kicked into my face.
On my way out I was that pissed I hyperventilated.
By the time I arrived back in my office I told it to one of my colleagues and then decided to send an email to the Manager of the Legal Department, telling him how things went, apologizing for the massive delay of three minutes and telling him that for the last 20 years I haven’t been treated as despicably and condescendingly as they treated me today.
So far I didn’t get anything back.
However… I am curious if I actually do hear from them.
That’s my day so far… can it get any better? Haha.
Author Kristen Lamb writes about conflict and why it’s important for our stories. Thank you very much Kristen. I’m learning so much reading your blog and I’m convinced I’m not the only one.
Conflict is the core ingredient required for story. It is the magical elixir with the raw power to transform a story we think we’ve heard a million times before into something wholly unique and mesmerizing. FYI, there are no new stories, only new ways of telling the same stories. Just getting that out of the way.
A Thousand Acres is basically King Lear on an Iowa farm, and Avatar is Pocahontas in Space. I could give a zillion more examples but won’t.
In fairness, this makes our job simpler. We really don’t want to create a story no one has ever heard before. Not only because it’s pretty much impossible to do in the first place, but it’s also highly risky even if we managed to pull it off. Why?
Because the story ‘never before told’ cannot possibly resonate emotionally. Humans have no emotional touchpoint for something they’ve never experienced…ever.
Resonance is Critical
Love gone wrong? Betrayal? Messed up family? Righting wrongs of the past? Clearing one’s name from being falsely accused? Rebuilding after a loss? Finally earning approval, love, or acceptance? Impacts of abuse or addiction?
This stuff we get.
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