Monday, October 29, 2012

Just a few things I learned at the NINC conference....

Pithy digital publishing tips from the Novelists, Inc. (NINC) conference!

On quality:

·  1)  Covers--in addition to making sure you’ve got a cover that pops, make sure it looks good in black and white postage stamp-size.  Make sure the title is clear, and make the author’s name BIG.  Make sure the message that’s relayed by the cover is “This is a real book.”  What that means is that it is polished.  Also, people have already used a browser to find your book, so they have an idea of what it’s about, etc.  The cover hopefully closes the deal.

·  2)   Make the inside of your book polished, too.  Some authors use three proofers to go over their books!  Some prefer to have backlist titles typed in, rather than scanned, because scanning results in too many errors that proofers might not catch.  A good typist doesn’t make nearly as many errors.  

On raising your profile:

 1)  In general, it gets easier to raise your profile if you have more than one book out there.

·2)  Pay attention to the keywords you use, because they can really draw people to your work.  Use settings, situations, character names...
· 3)  Newsletter: Make it more interesting with factoids and pictures.  Gear it toward your readers, using the word “you”; make it about them rather than just yourself.  Do giveaways or swag.  In a word, engage* them!

·  4) If you use Goodreads, don’t go on there to promote to death.  Go on because you are a true reader.  J
·        BTW, Goodreads is planning to host e-book giveaways within 6-9 months.

On sales:

·       1)    Make the most out of the “back of the book”: include your backlist as well as hyperlinks to them.  Always put your site there.

·        2) If you don’t want to “go free” with your books, consider pricing them down to $.99.  This puts the book into a different “world” than giving them away for free, because it attracts a customer who’ll be willing to pay a little more.
·        When your sales briefly spike because of the value offer, make the most of it--maybe you could have an excerpt from an upcoming book in the value book with a pre-buy link, or at the very least, include your site/Twitter/FB/newsletter info.  But since we live in an instant world, the pre-buy link would be the best.  Also, raise your price shortly after the promo to take advantage of the spike.

·      3)   It’s smart to have a digital release every 6-7 months, even if you just put out a short story to remind your readers that you’re still out there.

On expanding your reach:

·        1)  If you’re going to do a foreign edition of your book, your cover needs to reflect the culture of the country.

·       2)   Think about doing a manga version of your book for Japan.  Big sales.  Lots of work, though.  If you’re thinking of getting your book translated, keep in mind that this works best if you have a large backlist and good sales.
·      3)   Think of encouraging readers to give e-books as holiday gifts.

In general:

·         It seems that backlist digital releases are doing better than originals.
·         Historical romance is doing well in the $2.99-$3.99 price range.
·         Rumor has it that romantic comedy is making a comeback!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bitten By Books Event Today!

Come out and play!

GothicScapes is having a launch party for UNDEAD FOR A DAY over at the fabulous Bitten By Books site.

Click the above to go there for paranormal chatter and the chance to win one of three prizes:

1st prize: Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display

2nd prize: $25 Amazon gift card
3rd prize: One backlist book from each GothicScapes author

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012


It feels like it's been forever, but UNDEAD FOR A DAY has gone live!

First off, here's the buy link for this e-book:

Second, this is so very exciting.  Nancy, Linda, and I are so proud and happy about how this turned out, from the novellas themselves to the beautiful cover.  As most of you know, I wanted to continue my Vampire Babylon series, and self-pubbing was the way to go.  Besides, I love writing novellas just as much as I love reading them, and I have to say that I enjoyed Nancy's and Linda's stories as a pure fan!

I don't know about you guys, but I usually go on a Halloween binge around this time of year.  I devour short stories in particular, plus scary movies.  So I'm ecstatic to actually be a part of Halloween with this collection, which centers around Samhain/All Hallow's Eve.  Here's the blurb so you can get a better sense of what the three stories are about:

Samhain. All Hallow’s Eve. A night when zombie-like revenants can be raised by a magic-using, ancient family to exact revenge on the hunter who wrecked their underground kingdom... A time when a redheaded blackbelt pits herself against warmongering witch clans... A holiday that allows the Underworld to open and the creatures to pour out, their freedom governed by a gentleman's agreement between the forces of Light and Dark.

Welcome to UNDEAD FOR A DAY, a collection of three novellas from a trio of reader favorite urban fantasy writers: Chris Marie Green, AKA Christine Cody (Vampire Babylon and Bloodlands series), New York Times Bestseller Nancy Holder (Wicked and Teen Wolf series), and Linda Thomas-Sundstrom (Vampire Moons and Wolf Moons series).

“Raising the Darkness” by Chris Marie Green (A Dawn Madison Vampire Babylon novella) reunites you with former hunter Dawn Madison, who hasn’t been the same since she retired from the life. She’s tired and drained from injuries sustained during the team’s last stand against the dragon, but when the clock strikes twelve on Samhain, everything changes. It seems that someone has sent raised-from-the-dark creatures after her, and they’re out for blood—as well as Dawn’s life.

In “Into the Fire” by Nancy Holder (A Story of the Favored,) Bridget Flynn leaps into a bonfire and goes from Samhain year wife at the first stroke of midnight to widow on the last. Caught in the middle of a feud between rival magical Houses, Bridget raises a battle force of her own. But can she survive in the midst of hot-tempered witches intent on destroying each other?

 “Trapped in Stone” by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom takes us to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, where the forces of Good and Evil are playing a game of Chicken with one man's soul, and the woman he loves is a major player in a challenge that has continued for a century.

“Enchanting, mysterious, powerfully written…Dawn Madison and herunderground entourage will charm you with everything an urban fantasy should be.  Be prepared for a wonderfully wicked, kick-ass night of Samhain fun.  Whether you are new to the Vampire Babylon series or a loyal fan--you will love this story!”---Sheri Whitefeather, kindle and national bestselling author.

I hope you join me on this new journey through Vampire Babylon-land!  There'll be another GothicScapes anthology with another VB novella come December, but enjoy this first.  ; )

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Latest Contest Winner!

Congrats to Beth Reimer, winner of the latest contest on! New contest: $25 Amazon gift certificate...