THE DEFINITIVE SELF-PUBLISHING CHECKLIST ~ For People Who Aren’t Very Organised and are absolute beginners.

Thank you very much, Evie Gaughan, for publishing the ultimate self-publishing checklist! We really appreciate it! (In particular a beginner like me!)

Evie Gaughan

The definitive

You just hit publish, right?  That’s what all the articles say.  Any idiot can upload a book in minutes.  And yes, I suppose any idiot can, but it takes a very informed, dedicated, professional and talented individual to upload a book that people will want to read.  A recent Facebook post from a first-time author seeking advice made me realise how long I’ve been doing this self-publishing thang and how I’ve kind of taken for granted that everyone has ‘the knowledge’.  There are so many blogs, articles and how-to books on the subject, and yet authors can still struggle with the basics.  The first author asked what she should be doing in the run up to her launch and another suggested that while there is a lot of information out there, it’s almost overwhelming.  Where do you start?  Where does it end??  So in an effort to share said knowledge, I’m writing…

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Blog Tour – Shadow Stalker by Renee Scattergood

shadow-stalker-blog-tour-bannerShadow Stalker – Part 3

Episodes 13 – 18

 

By

 

Renee Scattergood

 

Coming November 23rd

Pre-Order Your Copy Today!


shadow-stalker-coverAbout Shadow Stalker – Part 3

 

Things go from bad to worse when the Galvadi Empire develops a new technology to use against the shadow stalkers. Now Kado and Makari are more determined than ever to keep Auren away from their enemies, but Auren decides enough is enough and takes matters into her own hands. She turns herself over to the Galvadi to get close to Drevin and Makari has no choice but to play along. He is forced to either torture Auren to prove his loyalty or die knowing she will be tortured and enslaved anyway. Somehow they have to get close enough to Drevin to bring him down and put an end to the Galvadi’s tyranny once and for all.

 

Shadow Stalker Part 3 (Episodes 13 – 18) is now available for Pre-Order! It’s 50% off for a limited time, so hurry and reserve your copy!

http://reneescattergood.com/books/shadow-stalker-part-3-episodes-13-18/

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Stalker-Part-Episodes-13-ebook/dp/B01LAUV5E8/


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shadow-stalker-part-1-coverAbout Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 3):

 

The Hidden Truth (Episode 1)

 

A young shadow stalker is destined to enslave the people of the Serpent Isles, and the Galvadi Empire want this child of prophecy dead. Auren Trasks perfectly normal life is disrupted when the Galvadi invade, and she learns a startling secret about her past. A secret that will change her life forever.

 

The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate (Episode 2)

 

Auren is being targeted by the Council of Elders, and the only one who could put an end to their corruption is her father. But leaving the Dark Isle would turn Kado against her.

 

Shadows’ Betrayal (Episode 3)

 

After seeing the monster she will become, Auren swears not to leave the Dark Isle. Despite that, the elders are conspiring against her. To escape their scheming, she and Kado decide to explore the Dark Isle. But worse things await them in the forests.

 

Forbidden Love (Episode 4)

 

Kado and Auren survive a deadly storm, but when Auren is forbidden from pursuing love with another young shadow stalker, will it be enough to drive a wedge between her and her foster father?

 

Destiny Reconciled Part 1 (Episode 5)

 

Auren and Kado accept that they may not be able to avoid her leaving the Dark Isle. Now they have to prepare for that eventuality. Will the training be more than Auren can handle?

 

Destiny Reconciled Part 2 (Episode 6)

 

Cathnor has been arrested and is facing a death sentence. The Dark Isle is out of control, and Kado is the only one who can help his people. So he prepares Auren for the possibility that she may have to leave the Dark Isle without him and face her destiny alone, but can she leave him and do what must be done?

 

Buy Links:

 

Get it Free: http://reneescattergood.com/books/shadow-stalker-part-1-episodes-1-6/

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Stalker-Part-Episodes-Bundles-ebook/dp/B00VI2ZCY8/

 

shadow-stalker-part-2-coverAbout Shadow Stalker – Part 2 (Episodes 7 – 12)

 

Episode 7: Bound by Fate

 

Auren’s best friend was captured during the Galvadi invasion, and her rescue attempt goes awry. Now Auren finds herself in the hands of an enemy who knows her true identity…one who has the power to be either her destroyer or her salvation.

 

Episode 8: Broken

 

Auren doesn’t succumb to Makari’s torture, so he decides his father was right about her being the delohi-saqu. Now he resorts to more sadistic methods to extract information, which could doom the Coalition if Auren fails to resist.

 

Episode 9: Turning Tides

 

Now that Makari knows the truth about Auren, he has sworn to protect her and help her escape. But when the other guides become suspicious, Makari’s loyalty is tested, and he is forced to do something he swore he’d never do again.

 

Episode 10: Separate Paths

 

Auren finally meets Shai, Kado’s daughter, but she is too weak from her months of torture to escape the reconciliation center. Makari takes over Shai’s cleansing sessions, but that means Auren will face daily torture again. To make things worse, Makari disappears and Auren is given a task that means taking the life of someone she loves.

 

Episode 11: Escape Part 1

 

Auren and Shai begin their escape, but it doesn’t go as planned, and they are forced to adjust their plans. They are pushed to their limits, and Auren has to put her untried abilities to use or risk being recaptured.

 

Episode 12: Escape Part 2

 

Makari has decided to stay with the Galvadi for Auren’s protection. Auren and Shai are on their own, and nature seems to be against them. After being seriously injured, Auren falls ill and it starts to look like they will never reach their meeting spot with Kado on the southern shore.

 

Buy Links:

 

Want to get Shadow Stalker Part 2 (Episodes 7 – 12) free too? http://reneescattergood.com/subscribe-today/

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Stalker-Part-Episodes-Bundles-ebook/dp/B010H5Y9R2/

 


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Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy, and she’d dabbling with paranormal thrillers under a pen name.

 

She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God’s Deception.

 

Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her homeschooled daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6): http://reneescattergood.com


 

shadow-stalker-writerWelcome

1. When did you start writing?

I’ve always loved telling stories, but I didn’t start writing until I was in my mid-twenties. English was not my best subject in school, so it just never occurred to me to write my stories down. But in college I took a creative writing class and my English instructor suggested I consider getting my work published. That’s when I started considering writing as a career.

 

2. What motivates you to write?

I have a very overactive imagination. I used to make up stories as a kid just as an outlet. Now writing is my outlet. When I don’t write, I actually suffer from anxiety and start having very strange (often scary) dreams.

 

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I’ve loved reading fantasy since I was a kid, so when I started writing it was naturally the genre I wanted to write. My writing has a darker side to it, and I don’t write the common sword and sorcery type fantasy. The magic in my stories has more shamanic leanings.

 

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My main goal is to build up enough of an income to support my family solely with my writing. I’d love to have more than that, but that would just be a bonus. I also love entertaining people and just want people to get something from what I write. I’ve had stories I’ve read really change the way I look at the world. It would be amazing to affect someone in that way (for the better, of course).

 

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

I wouldn’t call it writer’s block exactly. I have Hashimoto’s Disease and sometimes I suffer from brain fog. That makes writing difficult because I can’t concentrate long enough to put ideas to paper. Thankfully that doesn’t happen too often, but when it does it can last weeks or months sometimes. The only thing I can really do is try to write as much as I can. Even if I only write a paragraph a day in times like that, at least it’s something.

 

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Start building your platform before you publish your first book. That involves setting up a website and/or blog and getting involved in social media and writing groups. Get to know your potential readers and let them get to know you as a person first and an author second. Also, set up a newsletter. Even if you haven’t published a book yet, maybe you can write an exclusive short story you can offer as an incentive to sign up.

 

7. Please, tell us about your work. 

For the last couple of years, I’ve been self-publishing a dark fantasy serial called Shadow Stalker. It’s about a young shadow stalker, Auren, who is being hunted by the Galvadi Empire because they believe she will enslave the people of their world. She has to stop their tyranny while proving to herself and others that she’s not the danger they believe she is. The first book, Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6) is available free from my website: http://reneescattergood.com

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


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Social Media Links:

 

Website/Blog: http://reneescattergood.com/

 

Renee’s Author Spotlight: http://reneesauthorspotlight.blogspot.com.au/

– A blog where I feature indie and small press authors.

 

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NTJY1W2

 

Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rscatts

 

AuthorsDen: http://www.authorsden.com/reneescattergood

 

Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/RScatts

 

BookBub Author Page: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/renee-scattergood

 

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8507658.Renee_Scattergood

 

Renee’s Shadow Stalkers: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16rTPYCAwDq5cpyxHfphx0-x6ka9C7DWoJsdgYa2CyAw/viewform

 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/reneescatts

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReneeScatts

 

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100671337443224225702/posts

 

LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/pub/renee-scattergood/56/963/3

 

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rscatts/

 

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#Authors – More 3D Book Promo Configurations Added…

Chris, The Story Reading Ape, is an amazing book cover artist. He as well offers the opportunity to see your new book cover in 3-D. Now he’s added the chance of more 3-D book promo configurations and displays them on his Website. Go, check them out, and maybe you’ll decide to have your next cover designed by our Furry Friend!

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How important is the book cover? (Guest Post)…

I am very lucky being a guest on Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s blog today. He published my guest post “How important is the book cover?” I’d be delighted to see you checking out the article and leaving your comment. Thank you so much!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

After trying to find answers to so many other questions, I tried to find out, how important the book cover is for a book.

Considering the common saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” I was told that this might apply to people, clothes, situations – and whatever else, but doesn’t apply to books in general!

How do we buy books? Let’s say, we’re trying to find a new author we heard of but don’t know yet. We read a book review we liked; we were told he/she was a good writer, his/her name isn’t generally known. What is next we will do?

Check out his/her books, right?

From what I imagined, the eye does have an influence on our decision. It’s a little bit like with meals:

Let me ask you: Which plate would you prefer eating?

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I read that a book…

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