One FREE Day!

So on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3RD, The Kinetic Keeper will be free on the kindle. For ONE day only. So tell your friends and spread the news.

In other news, I’m getting ready for the print version of my book to go up on Amazon. It will be listed as $9.99. I’m very excited about this. I feel like things are only going to get better from here. 🙂

The blog is short today but I’ll leave you with my high school quote. (Which I came up with by the way)

“Life is full of memories so make memories full of life”- Angel Stage

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My Proof is here!!!

Look what I got in the mail today!!! It only took 3 days to receive it after putting in my order!!

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So now I must go through it and see if there are any errors and then…it’ll go live online and people can order it!!! I’m so excited!

You know, it’s one thing to publish on the kindle but to have your book in physical format is just amazing!! It’s your baby that you created! I love it!

My Cover

Just thought I’d do a quick blog over the cover of my book. I did a lot of searching around online for ebook cover designers before I chose one. Many did the premade ones (where there is already a pic made up and you buy it like that) and those are cheaper- anywhere from 20 bucks to 80 or 90. But nothing I saw was what I wanted. Then I came across this site:

http://www.ebook-coverdesigns.com/

The artist’s name is Brandi and as soon as I started looking through her portfolio, I loved it. She has premade covers that are awesome but she also does customized ones for around 200 dollars. Now, I know that is a high number but it’s worth it to get a great cover and a wonderful artist who can work with you and even provides suggestions. We emailed back and forth and it didn’t take long before I knew what I wanted. Then I sent her half the payment, she did up the proof, I loved it and paid the other half. And now I have this:

The Kinetic Keeper_AngelStage

Then, a couple months later when I decided to do the paperback from createspace, I remember that she’ll do the back and spine also for an extra 50 which was well worth it in my opinion.

So this is my little shout out to Brandi and her fantastic work. Go to the site. Check out her portfolio. She also does other things like box set designs, audio book covers, and banners for your website.

The Kinetic Keeper to be in print SOON!

It’s another big day for me. I finally finished getting the book ready to be made into print thanks to Creatspace. It’s currently being reviewed by Amazon and soon it’ll only be one click away from getting it in print!

I’m excited about this because many people I know do not own a kindle (and some are too lazy to download the kindle app on their phone) so they’ve been asking about a physical copy. Actually, first they ask about it being in bookstores and I have to say “Sadly, no, but you can order it.” One day, hopefully it will be in book stores. This is going to be a series after all and the best is yet to come. Book number 2 is coming along nicely and soon that one will be available.

In other news, my temporary full time job will be ending in about a month and I’m thinking of only getting a part time job after that because I need more focus on all of this. I mean, this is my other job now. Between working on the next book and marketing the first one, it’s a full time job all on it’s own! And if I get more readers (hint hint: that means you :)) then I will be able to turn this into a full time writing career which is what I want. So, go ahead. Go hit that link to amazon. Buy my book. *whispers* you know you want to. 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/Kinetic-Keeper-Angel-Stage-ebook/dp/B00LDXTYQE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411517116&sr=8-1&keywords=the+kinetic+keeper

Until next time, my wonderful readers, I leave you with a favorite quote of mine:

“Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.”- Alice Walker

How to format your interior for Kindle and remove spaces and spacing between paragraphs for free

Found this gem from another wordpress author.

Jonathan Cotty - Author

Well the last post on Createspace regarding how to format your cover for free went viral (by my standards) which was a bit of a shocker. A few more handy tools here for anybody still with me and grappling with their cover design:

http://instant-eyedropper.com/ This free tool allows you to click on any colour onscreen and adopt it as your own. Handy for instantly grabbing those font colours that you can see on another book cover and making them your own.

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2013/10/20/book-cover-design-ms-word/ This is a great post for those of you who need a bit of help with your actual cover design and the myriad of tools available on WORD and POWERPOINT. Also shows you how to take bits out of pictures and transpose images.

Formatting the interior of your book for Kindle

For the bulk of your interior formatting you can use this free guide: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Building-Your-Kindle-Direct-Publishing-ebook/dp/B007URVZJ6

That is a great guide up to the final point. When…

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What I’ve learned about publishing

As a new author, this has been an interesting experience for me. I never thought I would get a book out there. Before self publishing came along, I struggled with sending in query letters to agents hoping one of them would bite. But I only got rejection after rejection. It was very disheartening. In fact, every time I did get rejected, I didn’t even want to work on my book anymore. I would file it away and not look at it again for weeks. Which isn’t good.

Then the kindle came along and people started publishing their books like crazy. I was actually a late bloomer in getting into the e-reading world. I preferred my physical books. And I was still determined to get published the traditional way. I thought it would be better. That I would make more money or get more readers that way.

And then one day, while editing my book The Kinetic Keeper, I thought why am I wasting time trying to get an agent. They reject me. If I publish it (for free!) on Amazon, it will be up to the readers to reject or accept me. I mean, that’s what it’s all about right? I don’t want an agent to read my book; I want readers to read my book. They are the ones that matter. They are the ones I’m telling the story to.

So now, I’ve been published for a couple months and thanks to Createspace.com, I’m working on putting my book in print also. I’ve received a few reviews and so far, all good things. And I’m incredible thankful for that. I’m still working on the second book in the series and I plan to have it done soon.

It just goes to show: Sometimes, if you want something done, you have to do it yourself.

Working hard or hardly working?

Alright so how’s everyone doing? Me? I’m doing ok. My book sales have slowed down a bit but I have gotten some new reviews which made me very happy. So far nothing bad to say. A couple of nitpicks but that’s it and I can deal with that.

I had an extra day of free promotions so I did that a couple of weeks ago and another 150 books were downloaded. If only that number would happen when it was selling. That would be nice!

I’m still working on the second book but sadly, my time has been cut down immensely because I have a full time job now and between that and trying to train for Tough Mudder (look it up. yes I’m doing that!) I barely have time. I try to make time but it can be hard. But now that I know that I have readers out there that are awaiting the second book, then I must do my best to make them happy.

One of my reviewers (and I’m giving her a shoutout), Lisa Manion, enjoyed my book and she had this to say: (Notice the bold print) 🙂

This book was intriguing & stimulating. While I usually am a “romance novel” reader, I picked a half dozen books from fiction to read, this being one.
I got a copy while it was on free promotion. (Thankyou Ms. Stage) I do not know the author, nor have I been asked to review.
I wish there were half stars, because honestly, I would give it 4 1/2 stars; the only reason being that the whole story line, very loosely, is a recycled feeling of a sex changed trip to Hogwarts, except that it’s not magicians in a castle, but people (students) with abilities (going to school) on an island.
Other than that- this is a wonderful book. A very realistic perspective (although I had a hard time swallowing her parents just “we’ll let you decide if you want to go” in the first sitting of finding out about the school and her abilities in one setting.) The characters are cute, easy to relate to, and there is something about the guy Jaber, that really makes you want this story to continue to see some vengeance for him.
I am also dying to know if the main character will develop any of the non-telekenetic abilities. The plot with her friends/enemies at the school also add a fun dynamic, as well as the teachers.
I honestly just finished the book, and got online to see if I could purchase the next one, and am deeply disappointed it has not been released. I am on pins and needles for Abby. And Jaber. 😉
For that, I will give you the extra half star. Well done on your first novel, I await the next one.

So when I read something like that, I know that I truly have a job to do. I must give readers what they want. Which means I should stop writing this and write my book! Laters!!