Monday, October 29, 2012

Page99Test - What is it?

Continually scouring the internet for free ways to self-market my indie ebook Crimson & Cream, I've uncovered yet another interesting site.  I've already tried it and I'll tell you what I think.

Website Name:  Page99Test

What it's About (in their own words):
For decades, readers have used the Page 99 Test to judge the writing of a book before buying it. That's the idea here... but with a twist.
Here, published and unpublished writers share their page 99s with readers like you. And you get to rate their writing (without knowing if it's published or who the author is). It's fast. Fun. Addictive.
Page99Test

How it Works:  Founded in 2010, Page 99 Test lets you read one page (you guessed it--page 99!) from a random, anonymous book. After you read the page, you're prompted to answer three questions:
  1. Would you Turn the Page?
  2. Tell the writer why or why not.
  3. Based on what you read, how likely are you to buy this book?
Your responses to these three questions are then posted with the other comments on a summary-type page for the respective book. After submitting your mini-review, you're also able to read a synopsis of the book and an author-provided link, which may be to their website, Amazon book page, etc.  You can set your profile to limit which book genres you'd like to appear, if you're interested in reading only certain genres.

As an author, you can upload up to three 'page 99s' for people to read and review.  Technically, you don't have to upload page 99 specifically, but there is a character limit, so whatever you decide to put up can only be the equivalent of one page of text.  The site is monitored so rude or antagonistic comments are removed.

I uploaded page 99 (it's a little difficult to pinpoint page 99 exactly from an ebook, but I did my best).  So far, I have no comments, and must admit, I'm nervous about the feedback.  I've already reviewed five other pages, and with the exception of one, had some constructive criticism for the authors.  Hopefully I can take it as well as I dish it out (I tried my best to be helpful while being honest).  I must admit, it was addictive, and did get my juices flowing as far as wanting to write more of Book Two of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy (as yet unnamed).

Anyone can upload a page to be reviewed, even if it's not published anywhere.  Four of the five pages I sampled were self-published indie authors.  The fifth was an unpublished excerpt.  I decided to read only fantasy excerpts for now, and admit there was a pretty wide range of quality and content in the five samples I read.  I'll definitely be doing more reviewing, and possibly putting up another page 99 or two from my yet unpublished work.

If you have a minute, check it out.  You might have fun!  Page99Test
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October 2012

Continually scouring the internet for free ways to self-market my indie ebook Crimson & Cream, I've uncovered yet another interesting site.  I've already tried it and I'll tell you what I think.

Website Name:  Page99Test

What it's About (in their own words):

For decades, readers have used the Page 99 Test to judge the writing of a book before buying it. That's the idea here... but with a twist.
Here, published and unpublished writers share their page 99s with readers like you. And you get to rate their writing (without knowing if it's published or who the author is). It's fast. Fun. Addictive.
Page99Test

How it Works:  Founded in 2010, Page 99 Test lets you read one page (you guessed it--page 99!) from a random, anonymous book. After you read the page, you're prompted to answer three questions:
  1. Would you Turn the Page?
  2. Tell the writer why or why not.
  3. Based on what you read, how likely are you to buy this book?
Your responses to these three questions are then posted with the other comments on a summary-type page for the respective book. After submitting your mini-review, you're also able to read a synopsis of the book and an author-provided link, which may be to their website, Amazon book page, etc.  You can set your profile to limit which book genres you'd like to appear, if you're interested in reading only certain genres.

As an author, you can upload up to three 'page 99s' for people to read and review.  Technically, you don't have to upload page 99 specifically, but there is a character limit, so whatever you decide to put up can only be the equivalent of one page of text.  The site is monitored so rude or antagonistic comments are removed.

I uploaded page 99 (it's a little difficult to pinpoint page 99 exactly from an ebook, but I did my best).  So far, I have no comments, and must admit, I'm nervous about the feedback.  I've already reviewed five other pages, and with the exception of one, had some constructive criticism for the authors.  Hopefully I can take it as well as I dish it out (I tried my best to be helpful while being honest).  I must admit, it was addictive, and did get my juices flowing as far as wanting to write more of Book Two of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy (as yet unnamed).

Anyone can upload a page to be reviewed, even if it's not published anywhere.  Four of the five pages I sampled were self-published indie authors.  The fifth was an unpublished excerpt.  I decided to read only fantasy excerpts for now, and admit there was a pretty wide range of quality and content in the five samples I read.  I'll definitely be doing more reviewing, and possibly putting up another page 99 or two from my yet unpublished work.

If you have a minute, check it out.  You might have fun!  Page99Test

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Reviews for Indie Books

Book reviewers are a hot commodity these days.  With hundreds of thousands self-published books all craving attention, book reviewers have been flooded.  As one of those authors with an attention-starved book, I've been scouring the internet for reviewers, and I've found quite a few.  Today, however, I stumbled upon a really great site I wanted to share with you here.

But first, a little soap-boxing from me.  As the self-publishing boom with it's resulting feeding frenzy for book reviewers hit, there have been some casualties.  Bad apples have made the path for the mature, professional, well-behaved self-published author a little tougher.  Due to bad indie author behavior, many reviewers have stopped accepting self-published books.

So, before tearing off on these links and requesting a hundred reviews, please, please, please remember to read the review policy.  Can't find it?  Look harder, it may not be in an obvious or easy-to-find place, but most reviewers have one, somewhere.  And if they don't, so be it, but at least commit to the due diligence of looking for it.

All right, I'm stepping off the box.  Here's a blurb from the website I was so excited to find:
As an indie/self-published author, getting a book review can be very difficult. . . . At the Indie Book Blog Database you can find hundreds of well-established book blogs that will read and review your books for free! That’s right for free! You may not get your books reviewed over night, many of the reviewers here get flooded with review requests. One thing you have to remember: This is a free service and many reviewers do this for a hobby.
Thank you Jennifer for this great website!  Indie Book Blog Database
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October 2012

Book reviewers are a hot commodity these days.  With hundreds of thousands self-published books all craving attention, book reviewers have been flooded.  As one of those authors with an attention-starved book, I've been scouring the internet for reviewers, and I've found quite a few.  Today, however, I stumbled upon a really great site I wanted to share with you here.

But first, a little soap-boxing from me.  As the self-publishing boom with it's resulting feeding frenzy for book reviewers hit, there have been some casualties.  Bad apples have made the path for the mature, professional, well-behaved self-published author a little tougher.  Due to bad indie author behavior, many reviewers have stopped accepting self-published books.

So, before tearing off on these links and requesting a hundred reviews, please, please, please remember to read the review policy.  Can't find it?  Look harder, it may not be in an obvious or easy-to-find place, but most reviewers have one, somewhere.  And if they don't, so be it, but at least commit to the due diligence of looking for it.

All right, I'm stepping off the box.  Here's a blurb from the website I was so excited to find:

As an indie/self-published author, getting a book review can be very difficult. . . . At the Indie Book Blog Database you can find hundreds of well-established book blogs that will read and review your books for free! That’s right for free! You may not get your books reviewed over night, many of the reviewers here get flooded with review requests. One thing you have to remember: This is a free service and many reviewers do this for a hobby.
Thank you Jennifer for this great website!  Indie Book Blog Database

Monday, October 22, 2012

Progress Update

It's Monday!  Hoo-Ray (that's 100% sarcasm there folks).  In this post, I'll give some progress updates on my DIY self-publishing and ebook marketing efforts.
  • Regarding review requests, in August, I posted about soliciting book reviewers.   I e-mailed approximately 25 requests to online reviewers (and yes, I read each of their review policies, so they do review self-published fantasy ebooks).  Since August,  I've probably solicited another dozen reviewers or so.  I'm still awaiting that elusive first review (I do have one unsolicited 5-star review on Amazon.com, which is very nice).  I'm not complaining--just trying to give a realistic example of how long it can take to get your book reviewed.  So far, expect at least a couple months.
  • Regarding Book 2 of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, I finished running the story through Dramatica and  have written the 1st drafts of Chapters 1 and 2, and am now working on Chapter 3.
  • Regarding sales, I've sold approximately 13 ebooks for profit (mostly on Amazon, with one on Smashwords and one at B&N).  There have been some problems/delays getting the book available on Kobo, Diesel, and Page Foundry, but Crimson & Cream should ultimately be available at these retailers as well.  I've also given away roughly 50 free copies to potential reviewers, through OnlyIndie, Operation eBook Drop, and some Smashwords coupon promotions.
  • I received an e-mail from Novelnook about an upcoming website upgrade that will allow me to see sales data on their website as well (they're currently still in beta, rolling out functions).
I'm also working on a blog post for later in the week on another new online ebook retailing opportunity.  Stay tuned!

And I forgot to mention, I recently updated my writing links page.  It's a work-in-progress, but it already contains a lot of good resources.

And finally, here's another Halloween-themed Pinterst pic:

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October 2012

It's Monday!  Hoo-Ray (that's 100% sarcasm there folks).  In this post, I'll give some progress updates on my DIY self-publishing and ebook marketing efforts.

  • Regarding review requests, in August, I posted about soliciting book reviewers.   I e-mailed approximately 25 requests to online reviewers (and yes, I read each of their review policies, so they do review self-published fantasy ebooks).  Since August,  I've probably solicited another dozen reviewers or so.  I'm still awaiting that elusive first review (I do have one unsolicited 5-star review on Amazon.com, which is very nice).  I'm not complaining--just trying to give a realistic example of how long it can take to get your book reviewed.  So far, expect at least a couple months.
  • Regarding Book 2 of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, I finished running the story through Dramatica and  have written the 1st drafts of Chapters 1 and 2, and am now working on Chapter 3.
  • Regarding sales, I've sold approximately 13 ebooks for profit (mostly on Amazon, with one on Smashwords and one at B&N).  There have been some problems/delays getting the book available on Kobo, Diesel, and Page Foundry, but Crimson & Cream should ultimately be available at these retailers as well.  I've also given away roughly 50 free copies to potential reviewers, through OnlyIndie, Operation eBook Drop, and some Smashwords coupon promotions.
  • I received an e-mail from Novelnook about an upcoming website upgrade that will allow me to see sales data on their website as well (they're currently still in beta, rolling out functions).
I'm also working on a blog post for later in the week on another new online ebook retailing opportunity.  Stay tuned!

And I forgot to mention, I recently updated my writing links page.  It's a work-in-progress, but it already contains a lot of good resources.

And finally, here's another Halloween-themed Pinterst pic:

Friday, October 19, 2012

More 'New! What is it?' - Bublish!

I stumbled across yet another interesting new website for authors this week. Seems they're sprouting up like dandelions (but in a good way).  I've posted about OnlyIndie and Novelnook in the past few weeks, and today's topic is Bublish.

Yvonne Hertzberger at Indies Unlimited posted an excellent tutorial for Bublish on Tuesday.  I'm not going to rehash her excellent post, rather, I'll add my two-cents.  After reading Yvonne's article, I immediately had to try Bublish for myself (of course).  So I did, and here's my pair of pennies.

Bublish is still in beta, but it's functioning fine from my experience.  From the website of Serendipite Studios, the creators of Bublish:
"Bublish (™) will revolutionize the way writers share their stories and readers discover new work. We're creating the future of social book discovery . . ."
As an author, you can select excepts from your book(s) and then write a personal insight, piece of trivia, or whatever you'd like to share with a potential reader, on the book passage you selected.  From Bublish, you can share this except & insight on Facebook and Twitter.  To see an example of what a Bublish post looks like, click here.

You can sign up for Bublish as an Author or a Reader. I inadvertently signed up as a reader first; however, once you sign up as an author you also can view Bublsih as a reader (i.e., you don't need to sign up twice, even though I did--remember kids, read twice, click once).

In addition to Yvonne's user-friendly tutorial, Madison Woods posted an in-depth interview with Kathy Meis of Serendipite Studios that explains everything you might want to know about Bublish.  If you're at all curious, it's a very good read.

I'm due for an update post soon that chronicles my success (or lack thereof) with review requests, OnlyIndie, Novelnook, and the other indie self-publishing and promotion endeavors I've undertaken.  Look for that next week, and have a great weekend!

Oh yes, lest I forget, here's another pre-Halloween scare from my Pinterest page.  Boo!

Source: google.com via CM on Pinterest
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October 2012

I stumbled across yet another interesting new website for authors this week. Seems they're sprouting up like dandelions (but in a good way).  I've posted about OnlyIndie and Novelnook in the past few weeks, and today's topic is Bublish.

Yvonne Hertzberger at Indies Unlimited posted an excellent tutorial for Bublish on Tuesday.  I'm not going to rehash her excellent post, rather, I'll add my two-cents.  After reading Yvonne's article, I immediately had to try Bublish for myself (of course).  So I did, and here's my pair of pennies.

Bublish is still in beta, but it's functioning fine from my experience.  From the website of Serendipite Studios, the creators of Bublish:

"Bublish (™) will revolutionize the way writers share their stories and readers discover new work. We're creating the future of social book discovery . . ."
As an author, you can select excepts from your book(s) and then write a personal insight, piece of trivia, or whatever you'd like to share with a potential reader, on the book passage you selected.  From Bublish, you can share this except & insight on Facebook and Twitter.  To see an example of what a Bublish post looks like, click here.

You can sign up for Bublish as an Author or a Reader. I inadvertently signed up as a reader first; however, once you sign up as an author you also can view Bublsih as a reader (i.e., you don't need to sign up twice, even though I did--remember kids, read twice, click once).

In addition to Yvonne's user-friendly tutorial, Madison Woods posted an in-depth interview with Kathy Meis of Serendipite Studios that explains everything you might want to know about Bublish.  If you're at all curious, it's a very good read.

I'm due for an update post soon that chronicles my success (or lack thereof) with review requests, OnlyIndie, Novelnook, and the other indie self-publishing and promotion endeavors I've undertaken.  Look for that next week, and have a great weekend!

Oh yes, lest I forget, here's another pre-Halloween scare from my Pinterest page.  Boo!

Source: google.com via CM on Pinterest

Monday, October 15, 2012

Novelnook - New! - What is it?

A few weeks ago I posted about my self-publishing 'experiment' with OnlyIndie.  Well, I 'Stumbled Upon' another new website catering to the eBook self-publisher.  The name of the website is Novelnook, and it's still currently in beta, with a targeted full release date in mid-November.  Based on my experience, the beta is in good shape, as everything an author needs to register and upload an eBook worked seamlessly for me.  The only requirement I didn't have was a verified PayPal account, but that wasn't a major stumbling block for me, though some may be reluctant to go this route.

As you can probably tell, I'm trying to turn every stone as far as promoting Crimson & Cream goes.  My only self-imposed caveat is that I'm exhausting all the free avenues first.  That's why I gave Novelnook a shot.  It's practically brand new, having gone from Conception to Completion in just 12 Weeks.  'What exactly is Novelbook?' you may ask.  Well, from their website:

  ". . . The internet has opened doors that have never been open before; for publishers, authors, and readers. The most recent trends have been aimed at simplifying the self-publishing process. Why? Well, quite frankly it’s cheaper, faster, and easier for authors. With eBooks on the rise, authors are scrambling to join the eBook push. However, it seems that much complexity still exists in the publishing world, even online. That’s where we come in. Novelnook – the world’s only free self-publishing eBook store. Simplified, fast, and free."

Sounds pretty good, no?  I can attest to the 'simplified, fast, and free' part, as that's exactly how it worked for me.  I started the process this morning, registered, verified my PayPal account, uploaded my book, and received a confirmation from Novelnook, and am blogging about it this afternoon.

What makes Novelbook different from other websites you're familiar with?  This caught my eye:

  "You are not required to pay a single dime to post your work and receive all of your sales in full."

This sets Novelnook apart from other self-publishing websites that let you post your eBooks for free, but take a cut of the profit.  Will the financial model work?  Time will tell.  As an author, I'm hoping it does.  But if it doesn't, I don't lose anything.  It's  clear that the self-publishing revolution is still evolving, as new business models like OnlyIndie and Novelnook try to not only break the traditional publishing model, but the existing eBook self-publishing model as well.

There's a lot more to Novelnook that my little snapshot reveals, but instead of me trying to explain everything, I'd recommend checking out the Novelnook Blog and website for more info.  I'm sure I still have a lot to learn about the website, especially with new features still planned to be rolled out.

Needless to say (yet I'll say it anyway), Crimson & Cream is now available for purchase on another website.  Like my experience with OnlyIndie, I'll keep you posted on developments with Novelnook as they progress.


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October 2012

A few weeks ago I posted about my self-publishing 'experiment' with OnlyIndie.  Well, I 'Stumbled Upon' another new website catering to the eBook self-publisher.  The name of the website is Novelnook, and it's still currently in beta, with a targeted full release date in mid-November.  Based on my experience, the beta is in good shape, as everything an author needs to register and upload an eBook worked seamlessly for me.  The only requirement I didn't have was a verified PayPal account, but that wasn't a major stumbling block for me, though some may be reluctant to go this route.

As you can probably tell, I'm trying to turn every stone as far as promoting Crimson & Cream goes.  My only self-imposed caveat is that I'm exhausting all the free avenues first.  That's why I gave Novelnook a shot.  It's practically brand new, having gone from Conception to Completion in just 12 Weeks.  'What exactly is Novelbook?' you may ask.  Well, from their website:

  ". . . The internet has opened doors that have never been open before; for publishers, authors, and readers. The most recent trends have been aimed at simplifying the self-publishing process. Why? Well, quite frankly it’s cheaper, faster, and easier for authors. With eBooks on the rise, authors are scrambling to join the eBook push. However, it seems that much complexity still exists in the publishing world, even online. That’s where we come in. Novelnook – the world’s only free self-publishing eBook store. Simplified, fast, and free."

Sounds pretty good, no?  I can attest to the 'simplified, fast, and free' part, as that's exactly how it worked for me.  I started the process this morning, registered, verified my PayPal account, uploaded my book, and received a confirmation from Novelnook, and am blogging about it this afternoon.

What makes Novelbook different from other websites you're familiar with?  This caught my eye:

  "You are not required to pay a single dime to post your work and receive all of your sales in full."

This sets Novelnook apart from other self-publishing websites that let you post your eBooks for free, but take a cut of the profit.  Will the financial model work?  Time will tell.  As an author, I'm hoping it does.  But if it doesn't, I don't lose anything.  It's  clear that the self-publishing revolution is still evolving, as new business models like OnlyIndie and Novelnook try to not only break the traditional publishing model, but the existing eBook self-publishing model as well.

There's a lot more to Novelnook that my little snapshot reveals, but instead of me trying to explain everything, I'd recommend checking out the Novelnook Blog and website for more info.  I'm sure I still have a lot to learn about the website, especially with new features still planned to be rolled out.

Needless to say (yet I'll say it anyway), Crimson & Cream is now available for purchase on another website.  Like my experience with OnlyIndie, I'll keep you posted on developments with Novelnook as they progress.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Heart Search Blog Tour! Guest Post by Carlie M. A. Cullen, Author of Heart Search: Lost


A Flash of Inspiration – Or Is It?

Inspiration – what does that word mean to you? In the dictionary it’s defined as: 1.Stimulation to do creative work; stimulation for the human mind to creative thought or to the making of art [found inspiration in the landscape around her]. 2. Somebody or something that inspires; somebody or something that inspires somebody to creative thought or to the making of art [His book is an inspiration to all would-be travellers]. 3. Creativeness; the quality of being stimulated to create thought or activity, or the manifestation of this [a moment of inspiration].

As writers we all need inspiration to put pen to paper or our fingers on the keyboard. Yet there’s a missing ingredient here – imagination. To me, inspiration and imagination go hand in hand, like eggs and bacon or toast and marmalade. Yes you can have eggs without the bacon or toast without the marmalade, but will it taste as good?

So let’s explore imagination for a minute. As children we had truckloads of it; we would do drawing and paintings, play with dolls or toy soldiers making things up as we went along yet as we grow into adulthood our imagination seems to get stifled by life. Yeah, sometimes it’s hard to let our imagination run riot when we’re worried about paying bills, work, and maybe we’ve got kids and a spouse. But to be a writer we need to allow our imagination out of its box and go wild.

The dictionary defines imagination as: 1. Ability to visualise; the ability to form images and ideas in the mind, especially of things never seen or experienced directly. 2. Creative part of mind; the part of the mind where ideas, thoughts and images are formed. Do you see the link between the two definitions?
Okay, so let’s put the two together and see what we get. Your scenario is – you’re out for a drive in the countryside and you come across a little church tucked away behind some trees or bushes. You’re intrigued so you stop for a closer look. It’s just a small abandoned church with weeds and overgrown grass in the yard. Or is it? Now let your imagination soar . . .

Why is the church abandoned? Perhaps it was used for pagan or satanic worship and a posse of god-fearing folk drove them out. Maybe there was a small town around the church at one time – what happened to the people and houses? Did a plague wipe out the town and the homes razed to the ground to eradicate the disease? Was there something supernatural which drove the people away, like a poltergeist? Perhaps a serial killer methodically wiped out the town, one family at a time. Did extra-terrestrials have something to do with it?

Going back to the church itself, is something hidden in the crypt, something magical? Is someone or something evil buried beneath the church? Is the crypt now used as a vampire’s resting place? And what about the churchyard – have the grass and weeds been allowed to grow wild to hide something? If so, what could it be? Do some of the gravestones hide clues to a secret treasure or symbols to summon demonic forces.

Now you’ve let your imagination picture all these possibilities for a simple abandoned church, you have created the inspiration to work some magic with it. Now you can grab your keyboard or pad and pen and begin to sketch out a story. Once you’ve decided which scenario you’re going to write about you can then start thinking about characters and building your plot.

Anything you see, no matter how ordinary can be made extraordinary just by using your imagination. This also applies to people. A man walking down the street looking shabby could be a millionaire, a celebrity in disguise, a spy, a witch hunter, a wizard or a homeless ex-soldier.

If you struggle to find inspiration for your writing it’s probably because you’re not allowing your imagination to feed it. So as you travel to work, walk down the shops or in the country or drive somewhere in your car, really open your eyes, let your imagination take flight and allow yourself to be inspired.

Carlie M A Cullen was born in London. She grew up in Hertfordshire where she first discovered her love of books and writing. She has been an administrator and marketer all her working life and is also a professional teacher of Ballroom and Latin American dancing.

Carlie has always written in some form or another, but Heart Search: Lost is her first novel. This was launched 8thOctober 2012 through Myrddin Publishing Group and work has started on book two: Heart Search: Found. She writes mainly in the Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genres for YA, New Adult and Adult.

Carlie is also a professional editor.

Carlie also holds the reins of a writing group called Writebulb. Their first anthology, The Other Way Is Essex, was published September 2012 under Myrddin Publishing Group.

Carlie currently lives in Essex, UK with her daughter.


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October 2012


A Flash of Inspiration – Or Is It?

Inspiration – what does that word mean to you? In the dictionary it’s defined as: 1.Stimulation to do creative work; stimulation for the human mind to creative thought or to the making of art [found inspiration in the landscape around her]. 2. Somebody or something that inspires; somebody or something that inspires somebody to creative thought or to the making of art [His book is an inspiration to all would-be travellers]. 3. Creativeness; the quality of being stimulated to create thought or activity, or the manifestation of this [a moment of inspiration].

As writers we all need inspiration to put pen to paper or our fingers on the keyboard. Yet there’s a missing ingredient here – imagination. To me, inspiration and imagination go hand in hand, like eggs and bacon or toast and marmalade. Yes you can have eggs without the bacon or toast without the marmalade, but will it taste as good?

So let’s explore imagination for a minute. As children we had truckloads of it; we would do drawing and paintings, play with dolls or toy soldiers making things up as we went along yet as we grow into adulthood our imagination seems to get stifled by life. Yeah, sometimes it’s hard to let our imagination run riot when we’re worried about paying bills, work, and maybe we’ve got kids and a spouse. But to be a writer we need to allow our imagination out of its box and go wild.

The dictionary defines imagination as: 1. Ability to visualise; the ability to form images and ideas in the mind, especially of things never seen or experienced directly. 2. Creative part of mind; the part of the mind where ideas, thoughts and images are formed. Do you see the link between the two definitions?
Okay, so let’s put the two together and see what we get. Your scenario is – you’re out for a drive in the countryside and you come across a little church tucked away behind some trees or bushes. You’re intrigued so you stop for a closer look. It’s just a small abandoned church with weeds and overgrown grass in the yard. Or is it? Now let your imagination soar . . .

Why is the church abandoned? Perhaps it was used for pagan or satanic worship and a posse of god-fearing folk drove them out. Maybe there was a small town around the church at one time – what happened to the people and houses? Did a plague wipe out the town and the homes razed to the ground to eradicate the disease? Was there something supernatural which drove the people away, like a poltergeist? Perhaps a serial killer methodically wiped out the town, one family at a time. Did extra-terrestrials have something to do with it?

Going back to the church itself, is something hidden in the crypt, something magical? Is someone or something evil buried beneath the church? Is the crypt now used as a vampire’s resting place? And what about the churchyard – have the grass and weeds been allowed to grow wild to hide something? If so, what could it be? Do some of the gravestones hide clues to a secret treasure or symbols to summon demonic forces.

Now you’ve let your imagination picture all these possibilities for a simple abandoned church, you have created the inspiration to work some magic with it. Now you can grab your keyboard or pad and pen and begin to sketch out a story. Once you’ve decided which scenario you’re going to write about you can then start thinking about characters and building your plot.

Anything you see, no matter how ordinary can be made extraordinary just by using your imagination. This also applies to people. A man walking down the street looking shabby could be a millionaire, a celebrity in disguise, a spy, a witch hunter, a wizard or a homeless ex-soldier.

If you struggle to find inspiration for your writing it’s probably because you’re not allowing your imagination to feed it. So as you travel to work, walk down the shops or in the country or drive somewhere in your car, really open your eyes, let your imagination take flight and allow yourself to be inspired.

Carlie M A Cullen was born in London. She grew up in Hertfordshire where she first discovered her love of books and writing. She has been an administrator and marketer all her working life and is also a professional teacher of Ballroom and Latin American dancing.

Carlie has always written in some form or another, but Heart Search: Lost is her first novel. This was launched 8thOctober 2012 through Myrddin Publishing Group and work has started on book two: Heart Search: Found. She writes mainly in the Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genres for YA, New Adult and Adult.

Carlie is also a professional editor.

Carlie also holds the reins of a writing group called Writebulb. Their first anthology, The Other Way Is Essex, was published September 2012 under Myrddin Publishing Group.

Carlie currently lives in Essex, UK with her daughter.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Keeping Promises/Updates

Today I'll try to catch up on all the self-publishing, DIY, work-in-progress activities I said I would keep you updated on.  So here they are:
  • eBook Review Requests:  On August 21, I posted about soliciting book reviewers.   I e-mailed approximately 25 requests to online book reviewers to see if they would be interested in reading and reviewing Crimson & Cream.  From the initial batch of requests, 7 people indicating they were adding my ebook to their list.  So far, still no reviews to share with you (it's been about 6 weeks since my requests went out).
  • Although I think it goes without saying, it probably can't hurt to let you know I am working on Book 2 of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy.  I'll keep posting little progress reports here as I go.  Currently, I have the plot laid out and am working on chapter summary sheets.  I'm planning on using Dramatica again (like I did on Crimson & Cream), so that will be my next step, once I have the chapter essentials finished.
As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.  Have a great weekend!

I'll leave you with a little Pinterest peek:

Source: google.com via CM on Pinterest
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October 2012

Today I'll try to catch up on all the self-publishing, DIY, work-in-progress activities I said I would keep you updated on.  So here they are:

  • eBook Review Requests:  On August 21, I posted about soliciting book reviewers.   I e-mailed approximately 25 requests to online book reviewers to see if they would be interested in reading and reviewing Crimson & Cream.  From the initial batch of requests, 7 people indicating they were adding my ebook to their list.  So far, still no reviews to share with you (it's been about 6 weeks since my requests went out).
  • Although I think it goes without saying, it probably can't hurt to let you know I am working on Book 2 of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy.  I'll keep posting little progress reports here as I go.  Currently, I have the plot laid out and am working on chapter summary sheets.  I'm planning on using Dramatica again (like I did on Crimson & Cream), so that will be my next step, once I have the chapter essentials finished.
As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.  Have a great weekend!

I'll leave you with a little Pinterest peek:

Source: google.com via CM on Pinterest

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Operation eBook Drop

I recently joined something called Operation eBook Drop, which is, according to the creator Edward C. Patterson"an affiliation of independent authors and soldiers."

Via Operation eBook Drop, indie authors offer their ebooks for free to coalition troops deployed overseas.  Troops contact Operation eBook Drop with their e-mail and a request to be included on the free ebook mailing list.  Each author is responsible for getting their book coupons (generally via Smashwords) to the military members.  Mr. Patterson provides the authors with an e-mail list of soldiers to send the free ebook information to.  The list of e-mail addresses I received had over 400 soldiers on it.

Although I think it's a generous thing for authors to do, it's certainly not strictly a philanthropic effort.  For a new self-published author like myself, it provides an outlet to reach new readers and build a following.  It's definitely a win-win opportunity for both readers and authors.

If you're interested in learning more, the Smashwords Blog has an excellent post on Operation eBook Drop and the official website can be found here:  Operation eBook Drop.


October 2012 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title October 2012, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

Title : Operation eBook Drop
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October 2012

I recently joined something called Operation eBook Drop, which is, according to the creator Edward C. Patterson"an affiliation of independent authors and soldiers."

Via Operation eBook Drop, indie authors offer their ebooks for free to coalition troops deployed overseas.  Troops contact Operation eBook Drop with their e-mail and a request to be included on the free ebook mailing list.  Each author is responsible for getting their book coupons (generally via Smashwords) to the military members.  Mr. Patterson provides the authors with an e-mail list of soldiers to send the free ebook information to.  The list of e-mail addresses I received had over 400 soldiers on it.

Although I think it's a generous thing for authors to do, it's certainly not strictly a philanthropic effort.  For a new self-published author like myself, it provides an outlet to reach new readers and build a following.  It's definitely a win-win opportunity for both readers and authors.

If you're interested in learning more, the Smashwords Blog has an excellent post on Operation eBook Drop and the official website can be found here:  Operation eBook Drop.