Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Free Template for Book Promo Forms

Do you use online promotional websites to advertise your book giveaways and Kindle Countdown Deals? If so, you've experienced the tedium of filling out practically the same information on all these online forms.
And if you haven't used these promos yet, but intend to, the template below may save you some valuable time. I assembled this guide for myself to have all the necessary information at my fingertips to easily complete the promo forms for my book events. This simple resource allows me to easily cut-and-paste the required text to fill in the boxes. Feel free to copy and modify the template (i.e., delete my info and insert yours) for your own books, if this looks like something that may save you some time. It's also handy for submitting book review requests, blogger guest posts, etc.

KDP Select Advertising Form Information

Author Name: C. M. Skiera
Author Website: cm@yourresearchhelp.com
Book Title: Mirrors & Mist
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UPC2OO8
ASIN: B00UPC2OO8
ISBN: 978-0-9962059-0-0
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Published: March, 2015
Words: 72,750

50-Word Blurb
Orphaned Jetsam is apprenticed to the fugitive wizard Seryn Vardan. When a caravan rescue goes awry and Seryn is apprehended, Jetsam vows to free his beloved mentor. Can Jetsam save Seryn from a public beheading, or will he again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?

One-Sentence Blurb
Can Jetsam save his beloved mentor from certain death, or will he once again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?

Contact Info
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6520768.C_M_Skiera
Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/C.M.-Skiera/e/B008XKXD2Q
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004136952025
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/cmskiera (@cmskiera)
Blog:  http://cmskiera.blogspot.com/
Google Plus Profile:  https://plus.google.com/+CMSkiera/about

Tags 
coming of age, fantasy, dungeon, dragon, sorcery, swords and sorcery, fantasy action, fantasy action adventure, sorcery fantasy adventure, fantasy about magic

Author Bio
C. M. Skiera currently lives in San Diego, California, a long way from Michigan, where he grew up, graduated from Michigan State University, and started a career as an environmental engineer. He and his wife are devoted dog-lovers who share their home with two rescue Chihuahuas.

Crimson & Cream is C. M. Skiera’s debut epic fantasy novel.  He started writing Crimson & Cream in 1999, and after many twists and turns, 13 drafts, plenty of rejections, the arrival of the 21st Century and  the advent of online self-publishing, the ebook was was self-published on Smashwords and Amazon in 2012. Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is his latest release, and he is currently writing Warlock & Wyrm, the final book of the series.

July 2016 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title July 2016, 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 : A Free Template for Book Promo Forms
link : A Free Template for Book Promo Forms

Read Also


July 2016

Do you use online promotional websites to advertise your book giveaways and Kindle Countdown Deals? If so, you've experienced the tedium of filling out practically the same information on all these online forms.

And if you haven't used these promos yet, but intend to, the template below may save you some valuable time. I assembled this guide for myself to have all the necessary information at my fingertips to easily complete the promo forms for my book events. This simple resource allows me to easily cut-and-paste the required text to fill in the boxes. Feel free to copy and modify the template (i.e., delete my info and insert yours) for your own books, if this looks like something that may save you some time. It's also handy for submitting book review requests, blogger guest posts, etc.

KDP Select Advertising Form Information

Author Name: C. M. Skiera
Author Website: cm@yourresearchhelp.com
Book Title: Mirrors & Mist
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UPC2OO8
ASIN: B00UPC2OO8
ISBN: 978-0-9962059-0-0
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Published: March, 2015
Words: 72,750

50-Word Blurb
Orphaned Jetsam is apprenticed to the fugitive wizard Seryn Vardan. When a caravan rescue goes awry and Seryn is apprehended, Jetsam vows to free his beloved mentor. Can Jetsam save Seryn from a public beheading, or will he again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?

One-Sentence Blurb
Can Jetsam save his beloved mentor from certain death, or will he once again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?

Contact Info
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6520768.C_M_Skiera
Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/C.M.-Skiera/e/B008XKXD2Q
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004136952025
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/cmskiera (@cmskiera)
Blog:  http://cmskiera.blogspot.com/
Google Plus Profile:  https://plus.google.com/+CMSkiera/about

Tags 
coming of age, fantasy, dungeon, dragon, sorcery, swords and sorcery, fantasy action, fantasy action adventure, sorcery fantasy adventure, fantasy about magic

Author Bio
C. M. Skiera currently lives in San Diego, California, a long way from Michigan, where he grew up, graduated from Michigan State University, and started a career as an environmental engineer. He and his wife are devoted dog-lovers who share their home with two rescue Chihuahuas.

Crimson & Cream is C. M. Skiera’s debut epic fantasy novel.  He started writing Crimson & Cream in 1999, and after many twists and turns, 13 drafts, plenty of rejections, the arrival of the 21st Century and  the advent of online self-publishing, the ebook was was self-published on Smashwords and Amazon in 2012. Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is his latest release, and he is currently writing Warlock & Wyrm, the final book of the series.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Software I'm using for my Next Book

I originally started preparing this post when I began writing the first draft of Warlock & Wyrm over a year ago, but the article languished and before I got around to completing it, I'd finished the book instead. So, as I prepare to send Warlock & Wyrm to my editor, my thoughts drift to planning my next novel. Right now, this new story exists primarily in my head and on a MS Word document containing thoughts and ideas. The next step is to begin using some of my favorite writing software to morph this collection of ideas into the start of a first draft. Because I'm a plotter (and not a pantster), the planning stage is integral to my writing. You don't need these programs to write a book, but I've found through trial and error that they benefit my writing process greatly.

For my first step, I'll use Dramatica to set up my story and ensure my characters have proper motivations and the plot is solid and well-developed. I've used the Dramatica software for four books, and find it to be a beneficial exercise in story-building. In brief, the Dramatica process assists you in building your story through the Story Guide function. The program asks you to describe your story--what happens in the beginning, middle, and end. It then prompts you to outline the main story events. After that, the software helps you create your characters and set up their relationships; protagonist vs. antagonist, sidekick vs. skeptic, and so on. This post provides more detail on Dramatica and what I like about it.

While I'm going through the Dramatic process, I'll also begin assembling a spreadsheet (Excel)  to track and organize details on my characters, settings, time lines, world-building, and other details I'll need to reference while writing. This spreadsheet is a work-in-progress that I add details to throughout the writing process. For example, if I describe a character's eye color in chapter one, I record it in the spreadsheet, so I can find it easily when I forget what color they were by the time I'm writing chapter 30.

Next, I'll use the Dramatica output to start assembling the novel in yWriter5. I used yWriter5 in writing Warlock & Wyrm and found it to be the single most helpful program of all the software packages I've tried. Because Warlock & Wyrm has multiple point-of-view (POV) characters in different locations and time lines, yWriter5's organizational capabilities proved an excellent resource. Being able to organize my writing by scene, character, location, and other categories made it much easier to track the various story lines and arrange them in a logical, cohesive order. yWriter5 makes re-ordering scenes and chapters easy, and is full of great tools that I've written about before. My plan is to write my first and second drafts in yWriter5. Once I'm comfortable with my story and have used all yWriter5's internal tools to check and correct my novel, I'll move on to the next step.

Using yWriter5's export function, I'll open the novel in MS Word, where I'll do my final self-editing and polish, before sending the document to my editor. By having the novel in Word format, it is ready for self-publishing on Amazon. Within Word, I use Pro Writing Aid (PWA), which I've also blogged about previously. PWA is an editing tool that can be used online, or with a plug-in that allows editing within your Word or Google Docs file. PWA allows me to self-edit by identifying mistakes I can recognize and fix myself, before I send it to my editor for a professional polish. I use the PWA plug-in for Word to do a thorough edit of the document, chapter-by-chapter.

So that's a glimpse into my current writing process--at least the pieces that involve software assistance. Best of luck with your writing and reading adventures.


July 2016 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title July 2016, 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 : Software I'm using for my Next Book
link : Software I'm using for my Next Book

Read Also


July 2016

I originally started preparing this post when I began writing the first draft of Warlock & Wyrm over a year ago, but the article languished and before I got around to completing it, I'd finished the book instead. So, as I prepare to send Warlock & Wyrm to my editor, my thoughts drift to planning my next novel. Right now, this new story exists primarily in my head and on a MS Word document containing thoughts and ideas. The next step is to begin using some of my favorite writing software to morph this collection of ideas into the start of a first draft. Because I'm a plotter (and not a pantster), the planning stage is integral to my writing. You don't need these programs to write a book, but I've found through trial and error that they benefit my writing process greatly.

For my first step, I'll use Dramatica to set up my story and ensure my characters have proper motivations and the plot is solid and well-developed. I've used the Dramatica software for four books, and find it to be a beneficial exercise in story-building. In brief, the Dramatica process assists you in building your story through the Story Guide function. The program asks you to describe your story--what happens in the beginning, middle, and end. It then prompts you to outline the main story events. After that, the software helps you create your characters and set up their relationships; protagonist vs. antagonist, sidekick vs. skeptic, and so on. This post provides more detail on Dramatica and what I like about it.

While I'm going through the Dramatic process, I'll also begin assembling a spreadsheet (Excel)  to track and organize details on my characters, settings, time lines, world-building, and other details I'll need to reference while writing. This spreadsheet is a work-in-progress that I add details to throughout the writing process. For example, if I describe a character's eye color in chapter one, I record it in the spreadsheet, so I can find it easily when I forget what color they were by the time I'm writing chapter 30.

Next, I'll use the Dramatica output to start assembling the novel in yWriter5. I used yWriter5 in writing Warlock & Wyrm and found it to be the single most helpful program of all the software packages I've tried. Because Warlock & Wyrm has multiple point-of-view (POV) characters in different locations and time lines, yWriter5's organizational capabilities proved an excellent resource. Being able to organize my writing by scene, character, location, and other categories made it much easier to track the various story lines and arrange them in a logical, cohesive order. yWriter5 makes re-ordering scenes and chapters easy, and is full of great tools that I've written about before. My plan is to write my first and second drafts in yWriter5. Once I'm comfortable with my story and have used all yWriter5's internal tools to check and correct my novel, I'll move on to the next step.

Using yWriter5's export function, I'll open the novel in MS Word, where I'll do my final self-editing and polish, before sending the document to my editor. By having the novel in Word format, it is ready for self-publishing on Amazon. Within Word, I use Pro Writing Aid (PWA), which I've also blogged about previously. PWA is an editing tool that can be used online, or with a plug-in that allows editing within your Word or Google Docs file. PWA allows me to self-edit by identifying mistakes I can recognize and fix myself, before I send it to my editor for a professional polish. I use the PWA plug-in for Word to do a thorough edit of the document, chapter-by-chapter.

So that's a glimpse into my current writing process--at least the pieces that involve software assistance. Best of luck with your writing and reading adventures.