Gifting E-Books…

If you would like to send your ebook as a gift. Allan Krummenacker knows how it works. Thank you very much for sharing this information, Allan!

Musings Of Two Creative Minds

Okay gang, the big day is drawing near and you still want to get a few more gifts but don’t know what to buy, or don’t want to go out into the stores which have already pulled down half of their displays and are lining up Spring stuff. What to do, what to do… how about giving someone a good book to read on their Kindle? It’s fast, easy, and you can have it delivered on Christmas Day and know it will arrive on time…


Didn’t know you could do this? Neither did I for the longest time. I only found out a couple of years ago when we released “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”. I found myself rewarding some of our beta-readers with a free copy of the finished product in whatever form they wished (trade paperback, Kindle, PDF).  Most requested a signed trade paperback, but a couple…

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Christmas Cookie Recipe – Mini-Milano-Cookies

Ingredients

1 or several baking tray(s)

2 oz. extra butter to grease the tray

 

Dough:

8 oz. unsalted butter, softened

8 oz. fine sugar

2 TBS Bourbon-vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 egg yolks

1 dash of salt

Zest of one lemon

1 lb. All purpose flour

 

Glaze:

2 egg yolks

1 TBS cream

Preparation

grease the tray with plenty of butter

preheat oven 350 degrees F

Dough:

Mix the softened butter until creamy, then add all ingredients slowly, one after the other and mix in between.  At the end add the flour. The dough will become thick and heavy. Knead it until all flour is part of the dough. Work quickly before butter starts melting.

Cool the dough for about 60 minutes.

Then roll out dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick and cut out cookies in preferred forms, spread out on the prepared buttered baking tray(s) (not too close, they’ll grow a bit in the oven).

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Mix yolks and cream and glaze the cookies before baking them in the middle of the oven at 350 degrees for about 13 – 15 minutes until they’re golden.

Take them off the tray immediately to cool them down.

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(Trick: If you wait until they’re completely cooled down and keep them in an airtight tin can, you will be able to keep them tasty and enjoyable for a long time.)

 

 

 


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How to Use the Holidays to Sell More Books

Great advice from Nicholas Rossis! Use it to sell more books, authors. Thank you very much, Nicholas.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Written word media recently published a great post with ideas on how to take advantage of holiday marketing trends to sell your books. With Christmas fast approaching, I figured this is a great time to have a look at the main points:

1. Between mid-November and early January, everyone loves to shop

From early November through early January, everyone is in a buying mood, so this is the perfect time to sell more books. Here are a few noteworthy dates within this range that are significant online shopping days, with ideas on what tactics and messages will resonate with customers:

When to promote during the holidays | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Info by Written World Media

Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: dailyfinance.com

2. Focus on Amazon

Focus on Amazon – over half the shoppers will use it for their holiday shopping. Emphasize links to your books on Amazon. Your prospective customers will already be shopping on Amazon, so make it easy for them to…

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