Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Help Me Choose a Book Title!

Book Two of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is written (first draft at least) and is undergoing reviewing and editing. And I'm tired of calling it Book Two. It needs a title! I have several I'm considering, but want to seek feedback before I decide. After all, I need to get working on a cover.

In picking a title, I'm focusing on the following objectives:
  1. To be consistent with Crimson & Cream (aka Book One), I'd like a three-word title with '&' as the middle 'word.'
  2. As with Crimson & Cream, alliteration would be nice (i.e., same first letter in first and third words).
  3. It obviously needs to be relevant to the book, which is something you won't be able to judge, but all my contenders have at least a subtle tie-in to the story. If you'd like to get a feel for the imagery I've envisioned for Book Two, check out my Pinterest Board: Volume II Teasers.
  4. I'd prefer the title not be similar to (or the same as) another title, especially books that are recent, very popular, or in the same genre.  Smoke & Mirrors and Cloak & Dagger were in consideration, but I dropped them because of several other same-titled books (and the potential to appear too cliche).
This is the short-list I'm working with (in no particular order). Any feedback (positive or negative, or other ideas) would be appreciated.
  1. Mirrors & Mist (or Mist & Mirrors, depending if one or the other has a better 'ring' to it).
  2. Shadow & Sorrow (or Sorrow & Shadow).
  3. Regret & Revenge (or Revenge & Regret - one already-existing but potentially obscure book).
  4. Gloaming & Gloom (or Gloom & Gloaming).
As a reward for participation, I'll send you a coupon for a free Crimson & Cream e-book if you provide feedback (a vote, an opinion, an insult--whatever).

And, if you're looking for my usual Pinterest display, the new changes at Pinterest have made it more difficult to embed images (probably on purpose), so until I figure that out, or find a suitable replacement, I'll be blogging image-free (once I run out of my own artwork, that is).  Below is an image I made of the map of Tythania; the land of Crimson & Cream:


April 2013 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title April 2013, 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 : Help Me Choose a Book Title!
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April 2013

Book Two of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is written (first draft at least) and is undergoing reviewing and editing. And I'm tired of calling it Book Two. It needs a title! I have several I'm considering, but want to seek feedback before I decide. After all, I need to get working on a cover.

In picking a title, I'm focusing on the following objectives:

  1. To be consistent with Crimson & Cream (aka Book One), I'd like a three-word title with '&' as the middle 'word.'
  2. As with Crimson & Cream, alliteration would be nice (i.e., same first letter in first and third words).
  3. It obviously needs to be relevant to the book, which is something you won't be able to judge, but all my contenders have at least a subtle tie-in to the story. If you'd like to get a feel for the imagery I've envisioned for Book Two, check out my Pinterest Board: Volume II Teasers.
  4. I'd prefer the title not be similar to (or the same as) another title, especially books that are recent, very popular, or in the same genre.  Smoke & Mirrors and Cloak & Dagger were in consideration, but I dropped them because of several other same-titled books (and the potential to appear too cliche).
This is the short-list I'm working with (in no particular order). Any feedback (positive or negative, or other ideas) would be appreciated.
  1. Mirrors & Mist (or Mist & Mirrors, depending if one or the other has a better 'ring' to it).
  2. Shadow & Sorrow (or Sorrow & Shadow).
  3. Regret & Revenge (or Revenge & Regret - one already-existing but potentially obscure book).
  4. Gloaming & Gloom (or Gloom & Gloaming).
As a reward for participation, I'll send you a coupon for a free Crimson & Cream e-book if you provide feedback (a vote, an opinion, an insult--whatever).

And, if you're looking for my usual Pinterest display, the new changes at Pinterest have made it more difficult to embed images (probably on purpose), so until I figure that out, or find a suitable replacement, I'll be blogging image-free (once I run out of my own artwork, that is).  Below is an image I made of the map of Tythania; the land of Crimson & Cream:


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

One Year Lived (Free eBook)

Today I'm featuring a new release from fellow author Adam Shepard.  A few years ago, for his first book, Scratch Beginnings, Adam was featured in the Christian Science MonitorThe Atlantic, on the Today ShowNPR20/20, and many others.

Adam's new book, One Year Lived, is coming out April 22nd. It's the narrative of his year-long trip around the globe.  He visited seventeen countries on four continents and lived some amazing adventures.

Instead of posting more about the book, I've included a particularly poignant excerpt below, which does a much better job showcasing One Year Lived than my rambling could.  The selected passage begins the personal story of just one of the many people Adam met on his journey:
At age twenty-five, Flora met a guy. They got serious; they got married; they brought a shy and beautiful daughter into the world. A few days after Flora turned twenty-eight, they started building a house together. When Flora discovered that her husband was bedding another woman nearby, she cast him out of her home and out of her life. Male fidelity is rare in the macho culture of Nicaragua, although it is even rarer for a woman to throw out her unfaithful partner. Men may be the chiefs in Nicaragua—running the house, bringing home the shekels, and coming and going as they please—but Flora would have rather fended for herself than endure a fractured relationship. 
So at twenty-eight, a year younger than I was when I started my one-year whirl around the world, Flora set out to finish constructing her house on her own. Financially broke yet determined, she collected boards and nails one by one and went to work. I've seen a picture. Flora was a striking woman then, with a contagious, warm disposition. I imagine the sun on her shoulders as she perches atop a ladder, hammer in her gentle hand, pounding nails with precision. 
Then a board fell. It struck her from behind and broke her back. There were no hospitals nearby, and they couldn't do anything for her at the local clinic in Waspán. Traveling by bus to a hospital twenty hours away was expensive yet ultimately manageable, but in her poor condition, she wasn't yet up to the task. As I mentioned before, potholes, broad and deep, riddle the dirt highways of Nicaragua. So her brother, a good man, she told me, carried her three excruciating blocks to his house, and put her to bed until she recovered enough to endure the grueling trip to the hospital. 
Her back never healed, though, and Flora Herrera has lain in that bed for sixteen years. Sixteen years. Sixteen years on that same thin, foam pad in that one-room shack. Her old and ragged driver’s license dates her at forty-four years old, and she looks eighty-four. Her eyes are enlarged and protruding from their sockets. Her jawline is bony; her shoulders come to a point; wiry arms hang limp at her sides. She is disappearing, a skeleton wrapped in skin. When I tell you that I've seen a ghost, her name is Flora Herrera. She eats a spoonful of rice on rare occasions, but she’s committed herself by and large to a liquid diet because she’s ashamed of the messy bedpan that her daughter would have to clean up. She owns no books, no TV, no radio. Can’t afford them. That dream house of hers, that dream of the twenty-eight-year-old Flora, is a dream long extinguished; her days drag by in a wooden hut, fourteen-by-sixteen feet, with four posters on the wall.
To read an overview of One Year Lived, click here to go to Adam's web page.  If you'd like a free pdf of One Year Lived, please share this post on Twitter / Facebook / G+, etc., and contact me (my Gmail address is listed in the top right column of this blog) with a link to your share and I'll forward you the e-book.

Discover the rest of Adam's story--and Flora's.

 


April 2013 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title April 2013, 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 : One Year Lived (Free eBook)
link : One Year Lived (Free eBook)

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April 2013

Today I'm featuring a new release from fellow author Adam Shepard.  A few years ago, for his first book, Scratch Beginnings, Adam was featured in the Christian Science MonitorThe Atlantic, on the Today ShowNPR20/20, and many others.

Adam's new book, One Year Lived, is coming out April 22nd. It's the narrative of his year-long trip around the globe.  He visited seventeen countries on four continents and lived some amazing adventures.

Instead of posting more about the book, I've included a particularly poignant excerpt below, which does a much better job showcasing One Year Lived than my rambling could.  The selected passage begins the personal story of just one of the many people Adam met on his journey:

At age twenty-five, Flora met a guy. They got serious; they got married; they brought a shy and beautiful daughter into the world. A few days after Flora turned twenty-eight, they started building a house together. When Flora discovered that her husband was bedding another woman nearby, she cast him out of her home and out of her life. Male fidelity is rare in the macho culture of Nicaragua, although it is even rarer for a woman to throw out her unfaithful partner. Men may be the chiefs in Nicaragua—running the house, bringing home the shekels, and coming and going as they please—but Flora would have rather fended for herself than endure a fractured relationship. 
So at twenty-eight, a year younger than I was when I started my one-year whirl around the world, Flora set out to finish constructing her house on her own. Financially broke yet determined, she collected boards and nails one by one and went to work. I've seen a picture. Flora was a striking woman then, with a contagious, warm disposition. I imagine the sun on her shoulders as she perches atop a ladder, hammer in her gentle hand, pounding nails with precision. 
Then a board fell. It struck her from behind and broke her back. There were no hospitals nearby, and they couldn't do anything for her at the local clinic in Waspán. Traveling by bus to a hospital twenty hours away was expensive yet ultimately manageable, but in her poor condition, she wasn't yet up to the task. As I mentioned before, potholes, broad and deep, riddle the dirt highways of Nicaragua. So her brother, a good man, she told me, carried her three excruciating blocks to his house, and put her to bed until she recovered enough to endure the grueling trip to the hospital. 
Her back never healed, though, and Flora Herrera has lain in that bed for sixteen years. Sixteen years. Sixteen years on that same thin, foam pad in that one-room shack. Her old and ragged driver’s license dates her at forty-four years old, and she looks eighty-four. Her eyes are enlarged and protruding from their sockets. Her jawline is bony; her shoulders come to a point; wiry arms hang limp at her sides. She is disappearing, a skeleton wrapped in skin. When I tell you that I've seen a ghost, her name is Flora Herrera. She eats a spoonful of rice on rare occasions, but she’s committed herself by and large to a liquid diet because she’s ashamed of the messy bedpan that her daughter would have to clean up. She owns no books, no TV, no radio. Can’t afford them. That dream house of hers, that dream of the twenty-eight-year-old Flora, is a dream long extinguished; her days drag by in a wooden hut, fourteen-by-sixteen feet, with four posters on the wall.
To read an overview of One Year Lived, click here to go to Adam's web page.  If you'd like a free pdf of One Year Lived, please share this post on Twitter / Facebook / G+, etc., and contact me (my Gmail address is listed in the top right column of this blog) with a link to your share and I'll forward you the e-book.

Discover the rest of Adam's story--and Flora's.

 


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

An Update & More Free Stuff

It's been a few months since my last 'quarterly' update, so today I'll revisit some of the self-publishing topics I've discussed previously, and mix in a few goodies to boot.

Regarding ebook reviews, of the approximately 75 free review requests I solicited from bloggers and review websites, I've received seven reviews (you can find them here).  The latest one was posted just yesterday at You Gotta Read Reviews. While positive overall, the reviewer provided some detailed constructive criticism that I hope to apply to Volume II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy.

Speaking of book two, I've finished the first draft and am currently editing chapter by chapter. Right now, I'm going through chapter seven, with chapters one through six in pretty good shape. Total word count sits at 63,000.  I'm continuing to self-edit using both Pro Writing Aid and AutoCrit, although I must say, I still favor the free tools available at Pro Writing Aid over the subscription package at AutoCrit.  I'm also still struggling with the book title. I think I may post the contenders here and try to get some feedback.

Regarding Google Play, I submitted Crimson & Cream to be sold on their website. It took roughly two weeks to go 'live,' but Crimson & Cream is now for sale on Google Play (no sales yet). I'll admit, there are some things  about the Google Book Partner Program I'm having trouble figuring out. For example, why the cover for the book isn't showing up on the store, and why the price has been discounted from the $2.99 I specified to a reduced price of $2.51. When I find the answers to some of these issues, I'll let you know.

I've updated my Links for Indie Writers page, which features a collection of websites I've used and found helpful in my indie writing endeavors (including the links featured below).

Novelnook is still plugging away, although their group funding campaign seems to have stalled. I'm not sure what this means for Novelnook in the near future, but I hope it's a hurdle they can overcome. As the big guys continue to gobble each other up (I'm looking at you, Amazon), I'm pulling for the little guys to carve out their niche.

Now for the free stuff;  here are some links where you can find free ebook downloads online:

Project Gutenberg                                           Bartleby

Page by Page Books                                         Classic Reader

Read Print                                                           Fiction.us

Classic Literature Library                              SF & Fantasy Books Online

You can also get a free copy of Crimson & Cream if you promise to post a review somewhere.  Just let me know if you're interested.

Before I sign off, I wanted to solicit some feedback on upcoming posts. Of the following topics, which (if any) would you like to see me blog about next?:
  1. Wattpad;
  2. Vote for your favorite title for Volume II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy;
  3. Online dictionary and thesaurus resources;
  4. More information about Google Play;
  5. More comparisons of free online editing software; and/or
  6. Another 'Just for Fun' post of cool not-necessarily-writing-related websites.
Here's my weekly Pinterest snippet to send you on your way (don't forget to vote for next week's blog topic):

April 2013 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title April 2013, 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 : An Update & More Free Stuff
link : An Update & More Free Stuff

Read Also


April 2013

It's been a few months since my last 'quarterly' update, so today I'll revisit some of the self-publishing topics I've discussed previously, and mix in a few goodies to boot.

Regarding ebook reviews, of the approximately 75 free review requests I solicited from bloggers and review websites, I've received seven reviews (you can find them here).  The latest one was posted just yesterday at You Gotta Read Reviews. While positive overall, the reviewer provided some detailed constructive criticism that I hope to apply to Volume II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy.

Speaking of book two, I've finished the first draft and am currently editing chapter by chapter. Right now, I'm going through chapter seven, with chapters one through six in pretty good shape. Total word count sits at 63,000.  I'm continuing to self-edit using both Pro Writing Aid and AutoCrit, although I must say, I still favor the free tools available at Pro Writing Aid over the subscription package at AutoCrit.  I'm also still struggling with the book title. I think I may post the contenders here and try to get some feedback.

Regarding Google Play, I submitted Crimson & Cream to be sold on their website. It took roughly two weeks to go 'live,' but Crimson & Cream is now for sale on Google Play (no sales yet). I'll admit, there are some things  about the Google Book Partner Program I'm having trouble figuring out. For example, why the cover for the book isn't showing up on the store, and why the price has been discounted from the $2.99 I specified to a reduced price of $2.51. When I find the answers to some of these issues, I'll let you know.

I've updated my Links for Indie Writers page, which features a collection of websites I've used and found helpful in my indie writing endeavors (including the links featured below).

Novelnook is still plugging away, although their group funding campaign seems to have stalled. I'm not sure what this means for Novelnook in the near future, but I hope it's a hurdle they can overcome. As the big guys continue to gobble each other up (I'm looking at you, Amazon), I'm pulling for the little guys to carve out their niche.

Now for the free stuff;  here are some links where you can find free ebook downloads online:

Project Gutenberg                                           Bartleby

Page by Page Books                                         Classic Reader

Read Print                                                           Fiction.us

Classic Literature Library                              SF & Fantasy Books Online

You can also get a free copy of Crimson & Cream if you promise to post a review somewhere.  Just let me know if you're interested.

Before I sign off, I wanted to solicit some feedback on upcoming posts. Of the following topics, which (if any) would you like to see me blog about next?:
  1. Wattpad;
  2. Vote for your favorite title for Volume II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy;
  3. Online dictionary and thesaurus resources;
  4. More information about Google Play;
  5. More comparisons of free online editing software; and/or
  6. Another 'Just for Fun' post of cool not-necessarily-writing-related websites.
Here's my weekly Pinterest snippet to send you on your way (don't forget to vote for next week's blog topic):