Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New Cover for First Prequel to Chest of Souls: Five: The Power Rising

Artist:  Mates Laurentiu
Length:  450 pages
Ebook:  http://www.amazon.com/Five-Power-Rising-Fantasy-Prequel-ebook/dp/B00DB65U8W
I've wanted to get a new cover for this book for quite some time.  The first cover just didn't do Ammon justice.  Once I had the final of the prequels finished, I realized the original cover wasn't the same format and figured Ammon should have his mug on the front cover.

The animal on his shoulder is called a Shee - this one is Spar, the first ever made (and proud of it!).

Cost:  $2.99 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

House of Cards by M&T Erickson

For a change of pace, my oldest daughter and I decided to write a children's book series together.  I finished the first draft last year and  its 200+ pages were eaten by the computer.  I never found my back up file!

This ended up being a good thing.  It gave us an opportunity to restart (not that I didn't howl at the loss...)

I've written 18 books.  14 of those are part of my Epic, Chest of Souls.  There are 5 prequels and nine main-story novels.  I even have sequels planned...but I'm taking a year off (at the very least) to pursue a different kind of animal:  children's fiction.

The series will star the above characters and these:  http://stravenlite.deviantart.com/art/Taps-and-Friends-at-Beach-468363132  and a LOT more.

This is a real change of pace for me because I've written for people 13+ with all the other books.

Stay Tuned...it's going to be a lot of fun for young and those young at heart.  It has been a real learning experience to have to consult with my daughter during my dip into creativity.  We expect the finished product by December, at the latest.  If I have my way, it will be October.

New Cover: Klaus

New Cover:  Mates Laurentiu  

To purchase:  http://www.amazon.com/Klaus-Immortal-Romance-Adventure-Classic-ebook/dp/B004A8ZVUM

Eralee is a misfit among immortals. 

She is supposed to marry a philandering river Prince. 
She doesn't want him. 
She wants to save the human called Klaus. 

Klaus lives alone at the edge of the Everaude Forest, a dangerous forbidden place. 
He’s convinced he will never know love until he meets Eralee. 
Unfortunately, she’s immortal 
There's no reason for her to return his love. 

There is another immortal who wants him. 
She is Kamichen, the Winter Witch, 
known in legend for eating men’s hearts. 

She has plans for Klaus and they don’t include Eralee. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Up in Flames by Michelle Erickson (final prequel to Chest of Souls Epic Fantasy)

My 18th book and the final prequel to COS Fantasy.  

 From the first time he saw her, Vael wanted Revaya.
For twenty thousand years, she’s refused him.
To add insult to injury, she married a human, though that can’t last forever.
He knows their elements, his fire and her air combined, would be unbeatable. 
Everyone knows it, except Veya.
He’s tired of waiting and is implementing a new plan.
He will eliminate her distractions.
He murdered her friend and Teris is in ruins.
According to Mayhem, the next step is to remove her will and enslave her.
The plan is going to work, unless…

Ebook:  http://www.amazon.com/Up-Flames-Chest-Fantasy-Prequel-ebook/dp/B00LR4PK8K

*Amazon eBook price:  $2.99 *

Artist:  Mates Laurentiu. His link:  http://mateslaurentiu.deviantart.com/

*Note from the author*

Originally, Up in Flames was the ending of Book 4.  
When Winds of Change started to edge closer to 400 pages, I knew I had to make a decision.  
It was a hard one to make because I didn’t want to write this as a separate book.
Why, you ask?
Simple answer:  I don’t like Vael.   
Never have, never will (Go Ammon!) 
Climbing into his head wasn't fun.
With that said, I do feel sorry for him (yeah, yeah, I know…doing a Veya here). 
Also, I was informed the story wasn't finished or fair (drat Jaydren and his 'fair' ideology!) 
At least, the story wasn't finished until the obsessed flicker was doused (Thanks for trying, Soline). 

So, you will have to  Stay Tuned  to hear the rest of the story.  
In case you  missed it, this is a big hint.

Note the constellation, 3 Sisters, in the background.
Though it's very subtle, there are also faces in the flames with a larger one off to the left.
To find out why, you can read the book.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Winds of Change by Michelle Erickson

Artist:  Mates Laurentiu:  http://mateslaurentiu.deviantart.com/

Ebook:  http://www.amazon.com/Winds-Change-Fantasy-Series-Prequel-ebook/dp/B00KQ71X08

Ebook Price:  $2.99

The lace of legend is becoming frayed and Revaya doesn't see it. 

For more than twenty thousand years, she has been the Lady of Ogdones. 

But a storm is brewing. 

Her best friend is being hunted by an assassin so fast even Veya has a hard time seeing her. 
Strange notes of warning are being left for her and the others, but who is writing them? 
Vael’s unwanted interest continues to be a thorn in her side. 

The Winds of Change are howling and no one is listening. 

The distractions keep piling up. 

Even among the Five, love is the most powerful distraction of all. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

New Cover for Hallows Gate

Here's the new cover for my thirteenth book, Hallows Gate.  
Mates Laurentiu is the very talented (and diverse) artist for this cover.

Blurb:  New Years Eve changed Angelina's life
She got lost and fell in love a ghost.
Now she needs to save him by becoming his wife
If she  succeeds, she frees him, but loses him forever.
Love is more complicated than she thought...
And that doesn't include the elves.

Price:  99 cents

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Marketing Indie Books

Marketing:  K.I.S.S. it!  

Since 2010 I've been in the Indie trenches and I have come light years from where I was.

My previous work background prior to working as an Indie was secretarial/office.  The only sales position I ever held was at a company that hired me for phone sales. I worked there part time for 7 years, but half of that wasn't on the phones, it was training others how to do it.

When I began to think about how to sell my books, all the information about marketing on the internet was too overwhelming.  I had to find a way to Keep It Simple Silly!

What worked for me

Instead of trying to put my book out every place I could find that offers eBooks, I chose Amazon for eBook and Lulu for hard copy.  I also signed up on Goodreads.  I tried other eBook places (Nook, Smashwords) but, honestly, they just aren't as well known and I found their requirements for uploading an exercise in frustration if not downright traumatizing.  For me, Amazon has a MUCH simpler process and they are known internationally.  At this time, Nook is going the way of the dinosaur and Smashwords is still not my cup of tea.

Marketing program of choice

Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing)  I offer FREE books for 5 days per book during a three month period.  Since most traffic is on the weekends, that is where I target my free days. The rest of the time, my books range in price from .99 - $3.99.  When you are an Indie, you have to be willing to give out free copies so you will become known.

In conjunction with KDP I have worked with eBook Booster.  For a fee, they will send your information to their subscribers and advertise for you.  I will work with them again - but not every month.  Perhaps twice a year is all.

Keywords have been a big help.  So, instead of listing my book as simply:  Chest of Souls Book One, I now have added in parentheses Chest of Souls Epic Fantasy Book 1.  This allows readers to find me more easily.

The more diversified and the more books an author has, the freer to rotate those offered  for free.  However, I suggest you never offer more than the first book in any series for free.   I have 17 self-published books in five genres with another in the editing process.  I will publish an average of 4 books per year.  Three of the four I release this year (2014) will be part of an Epic  Fantasy series. The fourth will be the first of a new series, Urban Fantasy, targeted for children.

Pass along cards

Business cards are a great asset when you start speaking to people about books.  If they are readers, they will respond - hoping to hear that you know of a good book.  Readers are always looking for a good book. Get some professional cards made up for yourself and pass them along.

Asking for help

At the end of my books, I have a little thank you note, plus an invitation to leave a positive review on Amazon or Goodreads.  In this way, many more people have jumped on the bandwagon and the numbers of 4 and 5 star reviews has steadily climbed.

Value of 99 cent books

Lately, I've chosen to reduce the price of all my "stand alone" novels to 99 cents.  The intent is to make volume sales. People like that number; it constitutes low risk for a 'unknown'.  You get a lower return (30% instead of 70%), but you can make up in volume if your story is good enough.  If people like it, they will look at what else you  have done and in that way you get additional sales.

Wrap Up

So, there you have it - what worked for me.   I am now averaging a hundred sales a week.  My best month so far was close to $1,000.  I know that as I increase the number of books and become better known, that figure will continue to increase.