Bookmarks for The Jupiter Factor Series

I’ve had some people ask about my bookmarks so I decide to share them and give a little background on the races.  They are all introduced in someway in my second book, Conflict: Earth!, available on Amazon at www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B081K8M5TB# , B&N, and other fine bookstores.

Jupiter Factor Bookmarks

Bookmarks for Book 2, Conflict: Earth!

 

All Con Dallas Event

I’ve signed up to promote my books and attend events at the upcoming ALL-CON Dallas this March 2020.  When I made my reservation at the hotel I learned there is also a Sci-Fi Con there as well.  Don’t know if it’s part of ALL-CON or not.  The guy at the hotel seemed to imply it’s a separate event.  I haven’t seen anything about it online yet.

The theme at ALL-CON is Battlestar Galactica.  Some actors from the originally series will be there.

If anyone is planning to attend look me up in the showroom.  I’ll be at the booth, B-12 (unless I get moved again).  My company name is Ink Slinger Enterprises.  Hope to see some of you there.

All Con Dallas XVI

Pre-Book Review on Author Branding

I just started reading a book called “The 10 Commandments of Author Branding” by Shayla Raquel.  I saw her last October at Writers in the Field speak on branding and bought a copy of her new book.  So far I’m still in Commandment II, Thou Shalt Have a Local Writing Community.  One thing I liked was she said you should start branding yourself before you publish your book.  Now she tells me.  I’ve already published my second book.  Oops.

There are some other things she mentioned I liked as well.  Be yourself on social media, not a businessman/woman.  I spent right over 30 years running my DJ business before retiring and I find it hard to switch back when it comes to promoting my books.  So, here goes nothing.

If you’re interested in checking out her book you can find it here.

How to support businesses you love

Supporting Authors

Supporting small business you like without a lot of $.

A Great Tool To Advertise Your Book With

Ever had the need for banner ads for your book, and you don’t have Photoshop? Would you like 3-D images of your book? Well, for the last several months I’ve been playing around with an online program called Book Brush. I can tell you all about what they have to offer, but I want to keep this post short, so I’m going to highlight some of the goodies.

First, you choose an ad size and template. They have several predesigned ones for Facebook, Twitter, and so on. You can even design a custom one. Next you have an option to choose over 1 million background images (no, I didn’t count them all), or you can upload your own. Then you can create a 3-D picture of your book in several different angles and styles. Then you add the text for the advertisement. They even have stamps you can use to add logos for Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and a lot more (no more searching for the store’s logo to download). In the end, you just click to save and download for your postings and ads.

Other goodies are a Video Creator and Mockups (scenes where your book cover is inserted to). I created the two mockup images below, and the space scenes images are with custom backgrounds I uploaded.

The online program does have issues with IE and Edge browsers. It’s best to use the Chrome browser instead.

Overall, this program is an excellent tool for authors to promote their work. They have packages you can join; one is free (with limited use), and the other is $96 for a year. You can learn more about them at www.bookbrush.com .

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Mockup for book.

Book Ad

Book ad mockup.

Sci Fi UFO

Custom header for WordPress.

What Kind Of Editor Do You Need?

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Your Winter Checklist


Winter is fast approaching and the temperature is already dropping. Here is your survival checklist.

Hot Cocoa…Check
Topped With Whipped Cream…Check
Mittens…Check
A Good Book to Read…Double Check

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Don’t Take the Cheap Route With Your Baby

Here’s a vital tip for my fellow authors. Don’t go cheap with editing your book. Plan your budget to include a reputable editor/proofreader. Don’t try to save money by doing it yourself. You won’t catch everything. In fact, you will be surprised by what you miss. Also, don’t ask family or friends to help.

I once bought a book for authors that stressed the importance of editing your work. The funny thing is the book was full of typos. Evidently, he didn’t practice what he preached.

I would also avoid most people of FivR, or whatever it’s called. I’ve seen proofreader ads with typos in them.

The best thing to do to find help is to ask other authors for recommendations. That’s how I discovered my proofreader/editor. She did a great job on book 2 (I wish I found her before book 1 went to the publisher), and I’m planning to use her for book 3. And she wasn’t expensive, which surprised me. I guess I got lucky.

Most importantly of all, have fun with your writing.

Self Promoting Your Books With Very Little $$$

I’ve had people who are on a tight budget say they are having trouble self-promoting their books. So I thought I would pass on some of the stuff I’ve been doing, and I hope it helps you.

First, I want to say I can’t track my results. Since I have a publisher, I can’t get to the tracking page on Amazon to see if anything I do is helping. But, I DO know it’s better than not doing anything at all. If you don’t get the word out there about your book(s) then how will people know about them.

1. Give copies to your local libraries. They love to support local authors and get free books. I gave a copy to my local town and Dallas. I still have three or four others within 20 miles I can provide a copy to. Keep copies in your car as you travel, even on vacation. You might spot a library in a new city to leave one at.

2. Don’t be afraid to talk about your book to people. You may never know who might be interested in purchasing a copy. (Another good reason to have copies in your car.)

I mentioned to the manager at our local Outback Restaurant that my book was out, and he bought a copy. A few weeks later at our next visit, he mentioned my book to my server, and she bought a copy (again, I have a half dozen copies in the car waiting). Easy ten bucks earned.

3. I haven’t tried this yet, but I have seen authors signing and selling copies of their books at Walmart. I’ve heard Kroger even allow you to set up a table to sign and sell.

4. Also, check with your local bookstores. Several have book signings monthly. My local bookstore is selling copies of my book for me, just to support me. Half-Price Books also allowed me to set up a table to sell copies. (Funny thing, my local Barnes & Noble told me they weren’t big enough to hold book signings. Not big enough? Come on, have you ever seen a small Barnes & Noble?)

5. Keep business cards on hand to hand out. You never know who might be interested in your book. And don’t be afraid to leave them around. I’ve placed some on top of gas pumps before. As well as in bathrooms at office buildings, high-rises, and restaurants. Bookstores and other stores often allow you to leave cards on their counters. Also, keep an eye out for bulletin boards.

6. There are a lot of Facebook groups for promoting your books. Sometimes on a daily basis. I have a list of over 100 groups I usually post to weekly. I don’t do daily because people will get tired and maybe block you. (Don’t you get bored seeing the same commercial during every commercial break?) I usually post between Tuesdays because it stands the chance of being read on those days. Also, on Mondays people usually spend time deleting the emails they received over the weekend without reading them, and on Fridays they are generally busy with the weekend on their minds.

7. Think about adding a link to your author’s page or the book’s page at the end of your posts with a tagline. Something like this…

Take a wild ride in a flying saucer!

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