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Month: May 2013

FREE FOR FIVE DAYS FROM TODAY 24 MAY 2013. A KILLING KARMA #2 IN CASEY AND CATT PROCEDURALS

A KILLING KARMA

Just a quick reminder that my 2nd Casey & Catt procedural, A Killing Karma, goes free on amazon for five days from 24 May 2013. NOW! Get your copy here:
Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/10ExmkN
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‘Another solid procedural leavened with a dash of quirky characters.’ KIRKUS REVIEWS ON A KILLING KARMA

 For lovers of cozy mysteries and procedurals

 If you enjoy some humour with your murders, you’ll likely love this British detective series

 Enjoying a week’s well-earned break, Detective Chief Inspector ‘Will’ Casey’s peace is shattered by a frantic call from his mother. Moon Casey, the maternal half of his drug-taking, ‘The Sixties never died’, hippie parents, confesses there are two dead bodies in the grounds of the Fenland commune where she and Star, his father, live.

 His brain numbed by shock, Casey failed to question Moon thoroughly on the ‘phone. But, on arrival at their ramshackle commune, he learns that neither death has been reported — not surprising, when it emerges that the body of the first victim was found lying on top of their crushed and illicit cannabis plants and has already been buried for some time. While the body of the second victim was laid out in one of the sheds, surrounded by candles and bearing signs of violence.

 Casey is bemused to discover that Moon, Star and the rest of the commune members seem to expect him to sweep these inconvenient bodies under some kind of magic carpet rather than call in the local constabulary. And although he is a loving son, for a senior police officer, this really is an expectation too far. Determined that, for once in their lives, his parents take responsibility for their own actions, he insists that they ring their local police and report the deaths.

 As if that’s not enough, once back on duty, Casey is also called upon to solve a very unpleasant murder on his own patch of King’s Langley: this time of a John Doe found dead in a dark alley. With the help of his knowing sergeant, Thomas Catt and his assorted contacts, Casey must try to get to the bottom of both official and unofficial cases.

 Neither proves easy, particularly the latter, which suffers under the additional complication that he needs to keep a very low profile. If the media get a sniff of his connection to the druggie parents who are also suspects in what turns out to be a double murder investigation, his career could blow up in his face.

 

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The Author Exploitation Business

Authors Beware! Please read this post by David Gaughran, an experiencd writer who keeps his finger on the publishing pulse.

It isn’t just scammers who are out to exploit you, your wallet and your dreams, but even the Big Six (Five?) are at it. Don’t be one of their victims.

You would also do well to bookmark, subscribe and regularly read the posts of  the following bloggers:

Dean Wesley Smith: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/Kristine Kathryn Rusch: http://kriswrites.com/J A Konrath: http://jakonrath.blogspot.co.uk/

There are a number of other bloggers/writers who make it their business to follow what people in the publishing world are doing, but these four sites will do for a start.

The Author Exploitation Business.

 

Should You Self-Publish? 15 Questions

Should You Self-Publish? 15 Questions.

How To eFormat Your Novel For Amazon’s Kindle and Upload it to their site.

I’ve put together a How-To on eformatting your novel for kindle, which some of you might find helpful. I needed something myself that didn’t spread the basic instructions through an entire book, interspersed with personal anecdotes, etc. This list is what I’ve managed to cobble together from various sources. No personal anecdotes included, just straightforward ‘Do this’, then ‘Do  that’.  I’ve written it as clearly as I can so that even my fellow techno-thickies can follow it,  though I won’t claim that it’s geek-perfect!


FORMATTING AN EBOOK FOR AMAZON’S KINDLE

GERALDINE’S INSTRUCTIONS FOR CONVERTING FOR MICROSOFT WORD (I UNDERSTAND IT’S PRETTY SIMILAR FOR OTHER WORD PROCESSING SOFTWARE, THOUGH IF YOU USE A MAC, YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN! (See end where I recommend a few books for formatting, marketing and more advanced presentation techniques, some of which, I seem to recall, add in additional instructions for formatting with Mac).

Or if you’ve mastered Scrivener (impressed!), you can do your formatting on that.

This gives you a document with all formatting and Word coding etc removed. (This can muck up your kindle book if allowed to remain.).

Before we start, A WARNING!

 

NOW YOU ARE GOING  TO SET YOUR PARAGRAPH STYLE FOR THE ENTIRE BOOK (This will also affect your title and copyright pages, so you will have to go back and correct these):

Click on  the backwards facing P (pilcrow, I think it’s called. You’ll find it at the top to the left of the Styles Boxes). This will show up all your new formatting marks, so you can adjust, if necessary

Go through the book and each time you come to a new scene / chapter head, repeat the instructions above.

By selecting HEADING 1 each time, rather than Headings 2/3/4 (which are used for sub-headings – if you’ve got sub-headings, by all means use them), you are giving the instruction which will be used to create your TABLE OF CONTENTS (TOC). When you follow the  instructions I will describe at the end, the TOC will be created automatically.

If you haven’t already done so, insert Your Copyright page after the TOC page (see below for example of this). Insert your Dedication if you have one.

NEXT: DOWNLOAD Calibre software (free) http://calibre-ebook.com/download_windows

 

Wait till the little wheel at bottom right stops spinning. When it does, you will see that your html doc has been converted to mobi for kindle (or, if you prefer, and want to format for a publisher that requires epub, you can convert to that (and other formats) also).

Save the mobi file wherever you find convenient. The mobi file will show up as a little blue book and will say ‘kindle content’ (if they haven’t changed it again!). I save mine in a folder with the book’s name (because you’ll probably produce a lot more versions of your book over time).

Select ‘Edit metadata’. Add your metadata (your name, book title, genre, book setting and anything else that you  think will help with Search Engine Optimisation (helps search engines find you when readers type these words in the amazon address bar).

YOUR COVER PICTURE.

You’ll probably have to pay between $40-$70, though you might get it cheaper if the artist is having a sale. If you’re feeling flush, you could also have a custom-designed cover made for a lot more money.

Many of  these graphic designers also do covers for print books.

Talking of print books — if you decide you would also like to publish your book as a print version, the following firms provide them:

UPLOADING YOUR BOOK INTERIOR AND COVER TO AMAZON’S KINDLE.

BE WARNED! You have to deselect Select from starting a further 3-month period. If you don’t, amazon automatically enters you for another 90 days. And Amazon’s requirement that you’re exclusive to them for the 90-day period, means you can’t have your book at any other retailer.

But, all being well, YOU’RE DONE! CONGRATULATIONS! You’re now officially an ‘Indie’ author.

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Use your amazon account to add to/alter your Amazon Author Central page, which amazon provides for each published author (type’ amazon author central’ into address bar, along with your country designation.).

Here, you can add your bio, your covers, a picture of you, book trailers, your twitter feed, your blog feed. You can see where (US only) your book is selling and check sales graphs.

At the moment it’s only the US, UK, German and French sites that have an Author Central page. You access each of them separately.

TO CHECK YOUR SALES FIGURES

To check your sales figures for each country, just click in the box and select the appropriate country. Don’t be too disappointed if you see no/few sales. It takes time to build up  the sales figures (I think my first month’s sales came to the grand total of 7!).

You may well never make many sales in countries other than the US, UK or Canada. Though if you can afford it, you could always have your book translated and upload a foreign language version.

To check how much money you’ve made, you have to wait until the 15th of each month (second month after upload). This is when amazon uploads its sales information.

Go to kdp amazon. Select REPORTS and select  Prior Month’s Royalties. This will bring up a list of previous months’ sales. You can save these into your own Excel document for totaling in Sterling amounts (each country’s sales income is given in their own currency and you have to convert to get Sterling, or whatever your currency is). You can download a converter by right-clicking on your desktop. Select Gadgets (I think) and you will see a converter. Just click on it. You can make it bigger by clicking on the appropriate little box on the right of the conversion box.

f this handy gadget disappears, just type FREE CURRENCY CONVERTER into Google, and see what you can find.

BASIC COPYRIGHT PAGE

Your Title

Your name

 Published by Your Name/Your Chosen Publisher Name if you have one

 Copyright 20?? Your Name

To discover more books by this author, go to: http://www.joebloggs.com

 License Note: This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

Publisher’s Note: This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Cover Design by Whoever

All Rights Reserved.

 

You can insert your copyright page after the Table of Contents.

And that’s it. All finished. Well done!

 


 

COPYRIGHT VERSION FOR USE WITH SMASHWORDS

Your Title

Your Name

 

Published by Your Name at Smashwords

 

Copyright 2013 Your Name

 

License Note: This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each recipient. If you’re reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then please return to Smashwords.com and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.

 

Publisher’s Note: This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

 

Cover Design by    of  http://www.

All Rights Reserved.


 If you would like to learn more about this subject than you will get from my basic version, try these:

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

·         The Kindle Formatting Bible by Tom Corson-Knowles

 ·        The Smashwords Style Guide (free from www.smashwords.com)

·         How to Publish an eBook – An Author’s Guide by Stephanie Zia

·         Publish Anything on Amazon’s Kindle (Plus Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iPad and iPhone, Personal Computers, Android, Smartphones) by Randy Benjamin.

 ·         Make a Killing on Kindle. The Guerrilla Marketer’s Guide to Selling Your Ebooks on Amazon by Michael Alvear.

 ·         Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide to Formatting Books for the Amazon Kindle by Joshua Tallent.

        Amazon themselves also offer several guides.

·         The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing (blog site and book) by Joe Konrath (American author, who’s an ebook evangelist. He’s made a pile on kindle, so who can blame him?!). Other blog sites I can recommend in order to educate yourself about the publishing world in general and ePublishing, in particular, are Dean Wesley Smith’s and that of his wife, Kristine Kathryn Rusch. You will find various links to other blogs on these sites, written by authors who are also knowledgeable in the subject.

 ·         There are loads of other books on the subject. If you type in ‘formatting ebooks for kindle’, you will get lots of them. I eat these books for breakfast as there’s always something else to learn. 

          Good luck!

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What’s Your Novel Worth? NPV and Cash Flow

Wow! Love the PG’s maths! I’m one wealthy woman. And no, that doesn’t mean you can touch me for a few quid… 🙂

What’s Your Novel Worth? NPV and Cash Flow.

Permission Based Publishing: The New York Publishing Model (and Why It Doesn’t Work)

Interesting post about traditional publishing:

Permission Based Publishing: The New York Publishing Model (and Why It Doesn’t Work).


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