Saturday, July 18, 2015

Kindle Scout and Voting for Euphoria Lane



Please vote for Euphoria Lane!
My romantic mystery, Euphoria Lane, was chosen for Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. It is like American Idol for books, without the TV cameras. Books need votes to win, just like America Idol and Dancing with the Stars. What does the author win? A publishing contract with Kindle Press. Anyone who votes for Euphoria Lane will receive a free Kindle copy if the book makes it to publication.
You can use this link to vote for Euphoria Lane.

What is Kindle Scout?
You can go to https://kindlescout.amazon.com for information on how the program works, books that have been chosen for publication, and the links to submit your book. I will also share my experience here.
The first time I heard about Kindle Scout was when another author asked for votes on Twitter. I voted for her and later received my free copy of her book with an invitation to write a review if I wanted, but I still wasn’t sure what the program was all about. A few months later, Amazon sent me an email about the program because I was purchasing books on self-publishing on my Kindle. Now it all made sense.
Your book needs to be in English, complete, copyedited, never published, and at least 50,000 words typed in a Word document. The genres they publish are Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, and Action Adventure. You must be an adult with a social security number and a valid U.S. bank account to receive payments.
They have Eligibility and Content Guidelines you should read.
You need to have a great cover saved in PNG or JPEG.  They have rules on size and no blood or graphic violence etc. so read those rules over.
You will need to create and type in a book one-liner of 45 characters or less (they give examples), a description of 500 characters or less, and a bio of 500 characters or less. Just like Twitter, they let you know how many characters you have left while you are typing so you can adjust what you enter. It is rather simple to do.

They want you to write a thank you note they will send to people who voted for your book no matter what the outcome. They provide an example. You also have an opportunity to post up to four links to your social media sites. That was easier than I thought. You click on the add button and two boxes show up. One for you to paste the link and the next for you to provide a name for the link. I chose my website, blog, Twitter and Facebook. You can do all of this in fifteen minutes or take your time. I saved mine many times as I completed each step. To finish it, I went back to the Submit Your Book section I saved to my laptop or I found again on Google. Your Campaign shows up at the top for you to click and continue.

They divide the submission into three sections. The first is where you post all of the information about your book. When you are done with that section, you submit it and go onto the next. The second section is where you upload your book, cover, and personal photo. A friend used her digital camera to take pictures of me and that worked. It turned out better than the professional one I took a few years back. Once again, you can save and go back to it later. Once you are finished uploading you click to submit that section and move to the final section. This is where you read and agree to your agreement with them.

  Once you submit, you agree to give them a 45-day exclusivity period. They will decide in 1-2 business days, longer if they have a lot of submissions, to decide if your book meets their submission requirements. I submitted my book Wednesday night after 10:00 PM and they let me know the next morning that my book was approved. At that time they tell you when your voting campaign will begin and the URL to view what the public will see. You can also share that URL with others. My 30-day campaign for scouting votes started the Saturday after I received notice of approval, so I had two days to prepare this blog, posts to copy on Saturday to Twitter and Facebook, plus I copied the URL on clear address labels and placed them on the back of business cards for my husband and I to pass out to friends at work, etc.

If your book is popular, there’s no set number of votes, Kindle Scout will review it and decide if they want to publish it. There is no minimum number of books for them to choose from. The contract with them provides the writer with a $1500 advance and 50% royalties on digital books. They retain the right for digital and audiobooks for five years. The contract will automatically renew for another five years if you do not let them know within six months that you want your rights back. You keep your print rights. You can also choose to print your books on CreateSpace. Royalties are paid monthly but there is a two-month delay. For example, you are paid for your sales made in January I believe you are paid at the end of March. The agreement is easy to read. You click on the bottom that you agree to the terms and submit your book.

Now the nerve-wracking, exciting part, getting the word out.
Please vote for Euphoria Lane!
Thank you!
Tina Swayzee McCright





Sunday, July 12, 2015

How Do Indie Authors Become Best Sellers?

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This year, Valley of the Sun Romance Writers is pleased to present an all-day e-Publishing Workshop, bringing in Mark Coker, founder and CEO of Smashwords, who is sharing inside tips on what it takes to become a best seller.

Open to the Public

LOGISTICS OF WORKSHOP:
Date: Saturday, August 15th, 2015
Place: Crowne Plaza, 2532 W. Peoria Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Time: All day –9am –3pm
***Lunch Included***

Total Cost –$40.00 Lunch Included (if paying by check, please contact nlandrews@prodigy.net for instructions and to reserve your spot)
Deadline to register: August 7th, 2015

TOPICS COVERED:
1. An Introduction to Ebook Self Publishing: How to Publish, Distribute and Sell Your eBook
The ebook revolution has taken the publishing industry by storm, and self-published authors are leading the charge. Self-published authors now grace the New York Times bestseller list on a regular basis. A few years ago, this was almost unheard of. In the future, it’ll become even more commonplace. It’s easier to self-publish an ebook than you might imagine. No technical experience necessary! In this introductory, jargon-free primer to ebook self publishing, Mark Coker will cover the basics. Mark will present an ebook publishing checklist covering everything you need to know to get started. Mark’s session will begin by providing an overview of the latest ebook market trends, and then will provide detailed guidance on ebook creation, pricing and marketing. Learn about ISBNs, copyright and what you need to know about piracy. Learn how to get your book distributed to libraries and major ebook retailers.
2. 16 Secrets of the Bestselling Ebook Authors: Best Practices for Ebook Publishing
In this segment, Mark Coker will share 16 best practices of the most successful self-published ebook authors. Learn how to self-publish with pride and professionalism. Learn simple, yet important strategies that will make your book more accessible, more discoverable and more desirable to readers. The session draws upon the best practices advice contained in Mark Coker’s free ebook, THE SECRETS TO EBOOK PUBLISHING SUCCESS, and includes new insights not covered in the book.
3. Hit the Ebook Bestseller Lists with Ebook Preorders
Imagine if you could press a magic button that would make your next ebook release land higher in the the bestseller charts. Imagine no more. The magic button is real, and it’s called the ebook preorder. In this third section of Mark Coker’s ebook publishing intensive, you’ll learn how to use preorders to make your next book launch more successful. Learn case study examples of how Smashwords authors have used preorders to hit the top of the charts.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Angela James Speaking in Phoenix on Branding!

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Don’t Miss This Month’s Valley of the Sun Romance Writer’s meeting on April 14th!
Angela James, Editorial Director at Carina Press, will speak for two hours on Branding. Every writer needs this valuable information!

Angela James, Editorial Director of Carina Press, Harlequin's digital-first fiction imprint, is both an avid reader of digital books and a veteran of and advocate for the digital publishing industry. She has enjoyed over a decade of experience in her field, including successfully launching, building and serving as editorial lead for two digital-first presses, Samhain Publishing and, since 2009, Harlequin's Carina Press.

She has edited bestselling authors such as Shannon Stacey, Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane, Ilona Andrews, Lilith Saintcrow, Shelly Laurenston and more. She was profiled in Fast Company magazine as a digital pioneer in the romance publishing industry and is the creator of the popular self-editing online workshop for authors, Before You Hit Send. In 2013, Angela was named New York Romance Writers of America's Golden Apple Editor of the Year.

You can find Angela on Twitter at @angelajames.

VOS will keep the business portion of our meeting to a minimum to make time for the full two hours of Angela’s speeches.
5:30 – Dinner & Networking
6:30 – Business meeting
6:40 – Guest Speaker


Building Your Brand, Part I:  (The first hour.)
How many times has someone told you to build your brand, but not told you what that means? You think it might mean something about a tagline, or your website header, but in reality, building your brand is an important, and sometimes complex, endeavor. One that can start right before you ever publish a book and continue throughout your career. In this workshop, learn what constitutes author brand, how it can support your career plan, why its important, how you can get one, and some things you should avoid.

Building Your Brand, Part II:
As an author, youre told you should have both a website and a brand. In this workshop, discuss how the two should work together, and how you can use your website to support your brand. Learn via actual visual examples things to avoid and things to consider when setting up and maintaining your website.

Valley of the Sun Meets the 2nd Tuesday of Every Month
December: holiday party, regular meeting date, different location
Location:
Ironworks Restaurant
17233 N. 45th Avenue – Phoenix, AZ 85308
Bellair Golf Course
Crossroads: Bell and 45th Ave, just North of Bell.
(A few miles south of the 101 and a few miles west of the I-17.)
Non-members may attend two meetings before joining




Sunday, March 29, 2015

Judi Thoman



Last night, I spent the evening with my writing friends sharing memories of Judi Thoman. Judi was a long-time member of The Valley of the Sun Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. She recently lost her battle with breast cancer and will be greatly missed.

Many of the writers who spoke last night were members of her critique group. They all said she had taken them under her wing when they first joined the chapter and helped them learn the craft of writing. They are all now published authors.

There were three thoughts I left with last night. One, I believe sharing memories and saying good-byes in small, intimate groups is beneficial. It brought a sense of piece. Second, hearing how Judi helped all of these women made me reflect on my own life. There are times in a person's life when we decide if we want to continue on the path we are on or choose a new path. Three, it is important for woman to get yearly breast exams.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Introducing Brenda Whiteside



Writing murder mysteries is all in a day's work until an obsessed fan brings Phoebe's stories to life.



Mystery writer, Phoebe Anderson, owes her success to killing her first husband on paper seventeen years earlier. Now, someone has actually done it. When she decides to take a few days away on the ranch of her best friend’s brother-in-law, she doesn’t expect romance to find her...or murder to follow her.

Mason Meadowlark is happy with his wild cowboy ways, avoiding love since the death of his baby and the end of his marriage twenty years ago. When Phoebe shows up, he fights to control his emotions, but soon wonders if she just might be worth the risk of opening his heart again.


With an obsessed fan close on her heels, Phoebe is thrown into her own murder mystery…and the next target on his list is Mason.


You can find this cowboy romance at
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

What Are You Reading Now?



I am reading What Janie Saw by Pamela Tracy. Harlequin's Heartwarming line publishes clean, well-written books that can be shared by mothers and daughters. This particular one is a romantic suspense.

Harlequin Heartwarming May 2014
The last person she wanted... was the only one who could keep her safe...
Janie Vincent had no use for cops.  They'd never done her any favors, but when she uncovers a lead into the disappearance of a girl at the college where she's a teaching assistant, suddenly Janie's life depends on the officers of Scorpion Ridge.  And one in particular: Sheriff Rafael Salazar.  
Rafe knows how much destruction a missing-persons case can cause a family, and so to solve this case, he's determined to stick to Janie like glue.  She's clearly not a fan of the 24/7 surveillance, but he intends to break down her distrust.  And maybe they'll discover what Janie saw can be the key to healing them both.

RT reviewer says:  Tracy’s story is a suspenseful and entertaining one readers will enjoy as they follow the twists and turns.

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