Monday, May 22, 2017

Book Landing Pages Spare You Headaches and Irritated Bloggers

Happy Monday, everyone! So, today's post is because I've seen a number of bloggers over the weekend talking about last minute postings showing up in their email inboxes and how it annoys the crap out of them. When given less than a day to put up a post and make it pretty, giving it to them 24-48 hours ahead of time just isn't kosher. It chains them to their blogs and email inboxes. Worse, they may simply not see it in time.

Guess what?

You just missed out. Plus, you managed to annoy bloggers that are working for free and only trying to help.

As I've always said, make it EASY for people to share your stuff. This isn't hard.

So, to help you help them, today is all about book landing pages. Get those pencils ready, and let's get going!

A book landing page is any page that showcases your book and provides buy links. It can be a page on your website or blog, but it needs to focus on just that one book. Make it pretty, and make sure there's not a lot of visual confusion.

Here are some examples of landing pages:

This is from the Frayed Fairy Tales website.

This one is from Alessandra Torre's site.

And this one is from Geneva Lee's site.

As you can see, the things all these pages have in common are buy links, book covers, and info. There's not a whole lot there because there doesn't need to be. Keep it simple. If you do a web search for "book landing page," you'll get a ton of generic ideas on layout and such.

When you're making your HTML to send to your bloggers, send them the link to that page on your blog or website (shortened with bit.ly so you can track the clicks) instead of waiting for a purchase link.

On release day, go update your site BEFORE time for those posts to go live. It's so much easier to update one website than a ton of blog posts.

Save yourself time and emails, and save your bloggers the stress of rushing. They'll thank you and be much more likely to share your stuff in the future.

I'm just going to add my own little note to go along with the above. I feel like it's important.

When a blogger shares your release stuff, go to the blog and type out a quick thank you. This goes for shares on social media, too. It takes time, YES, but it's worth it. They work hard, and they don't get paid for what they do. Show that you appreciate them. It matters.

Okay, off my soapbox for today.

Anything to add?

Well, that's all for this edition, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Jo

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Release - Ghost Code by Sarah Negovetich


The wait is over! From the bestselling author of the Acceptance series, comes an all new YA-standalone that's sure to be the first summer smash-hit! Sarah Negovetich delivers and you won't want to miss out. Grab your copy today!

Title: Ghost Code
Author: Sarah Negovetich
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Release Date: May 15, 2017

"Ghost Code is a fast paced thrill ride that will take you to the very edge--of life and of love--and leave you begging for just one more page." 
-Bestselling Author Sherry D. Ficklin (The Hacker Series)



"Without dreams, what's the point of being awake?"

After a lifetime of fighting cancer, eighteen-year-old Viv Quiroga is dying. But she’s determined to go out on her own terms. Instead of wasting away in a hospital watching her mom worry over their mounting debt, she volunteers for a private research program.

For thirty days she’ll live in a coma as a human lab rat. When her time is up, they turn off the machines and pay off all her medical bills.

It’s supposed to be a one way trip.

Until Viv wakes up and learns what it really means to live.

     


Sarah Negovetich

Sarah Negovetich knows you don't know how to pronounce her name and she's okay with that.

Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it's accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.

Sarah divides her time between writing YA books that her husband won’t read and performing on stage at BE Theatre. Her goal in life is to never grow up.

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Happy Release Day Sarah and Ghost Code! Join us in wishing Sarah all the best with her new release by reaching out to her via Facebook or Twitter at the links above you will not regret it!

Grab your copy today!

***** Title: Ghost Code Author: Sarah Negovetich Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi Release Date: May 15, 2017 "Ghost Code is a fast paced thrill ride that will take you to the very edge--of life and of love--and leave you begging for just one more page." -Bestselling Author Sherry D. Ficklin (The Hacker Series) "Without dreams, what's the point of being awake?" After a lifetime of fighting cancer, eighteen-year-old Viv Quiroga is dying. But she’s determined to go out on her own terms. Instead of wasting away in a hospital watching her mom worry over their mounting debt, she volunteers for a private research program. For thirty days she’ll live in a coma as a human lab rat. When her time is up, they turn off the machines and pay off all her medical bills. It’s supposed to be a one way trip. Until Viv wakes up and learns what it really means to live. https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Code-Sarah-Negovetich-ebook/dp/B06Y6GTPDW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494799420&sr=8-1&keywords=ghost+code+sarah+negovetich https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34914770-ghost-code

Friday, May 12, 2017

PA vs PR vs MA - What's the Difference and Why it Matters

Happy Friday, everyone! Well, today's post is going to be a long one, so strap in and get ready to go! Today, I'm talking about Personal Assistant vs Public Relations vs Marketing Assistant. Yes, there's a difference, and not a lot of folks know what it is.

Personal Assistant: A secretary or administrative assistant working exclusively for one particular person.
Basically, this person is there to keep you on track, schedule things for you, and remind you when you have something coming. They handle what you can't. Think of a CEO and his secretary. Those are the things this person does for you.
Average cost (for authors): $150 per month 
 
Public Relations: Is the practice of managing the spread of information between an individual or an organization (such as a business, government agency, or a nonprofit organization) and the public. Public relations is the idea of creating coverage for clients for free, rather than marketing or advertising. 
These people are the ones who keep your public image out there. They spread the word that you're a thing and that you have books for sale.
Average cost (for authors): $150 per month

Marketing Assistant: A person who helps to promote and sell products or services, including market research and advertising.
These are the folks who pimp books, do market research to see where/how your book will sell best, and suggest advertising strategies based on their findings.
Average cost (for authors): $500 per month average (could be plus marketing fees for promotions and such as well but may be included--every MA is different)

To sum up:
  • If you need someone to keep you on track, organize your life, and help you remember when things are due, you need a PA.
  • If you're looking for someone to help you with getting your face/name out there, let you know about opportunities to attend events, etc... then you need a PR firm.
  • If you're looking for creative marketing solutions that get you results sales-wise, you want an MA. Most of them focus on your target market, and that's what's important.

No matter which option you go with, what you need to ask yourself (honestly) is: "How much money can I make back in return for my investment?" Pay close attention to your ROI. It's all that matters.

A bonus bit of information:

When you do your own promos, keep track of what works and what doesn't. Use one series as a Guinea pig. Do a promotion on book one and send it to one or two places with links you can track clickthroughs and sales on. Write down how many books you sold throughout that promo. Do the same with book two, and so on and so forth.

Then, when you're ready to release that next book/series, you'll know exactly where to put your hard-earned money.

I hope this post helps you make some decisions. As always, hit me up in the comments with questions or thoughts. Remember to play nice!!

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Jo

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Just ONE DAY Left to Vote!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! So, today, I come to you with an announcement about the War and Pieces fan coloring contest. Ready? Let's get going!

First, let me give you the link where you can vote for your favorite shoe. This is a POPUP group, and will be taken down once voting is complete. You do NOT have to join to like or share your favorite shoe in each category. You only need to join if you'd like to vote in the polls. Ready?


Here are a couple of the entries:




Winners will enjoy permanent display of their (credited) artwork on FrayedFairyTales.com and get a collection of other goodies as well.

What are you waiting for? Go help one of these lucky folks win!

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Jo

Monday, May 8, 2017

New Release - Shine with Me

Happy Monday, everyone! EEEEEK! What an awesome week it's been already! War and Pieces is doing some amazing things over on Amazon, so I'm starting the week out right. Today, I have MORE awesome news for you. Celebrate with me the release of Shine with Me by S. J. Pierce. Get your clicking fingers ready, and let's GO!

Title: Shine with Me (The Captivated Series - Book 3)
Author: S. J. Pierce
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length (print): ~ 209 pages
Buy Links: $0.99 everywhere!  Smashwords  ~  Amazon  ~  Kobo  ~  Nook  ~  iBooks

Blurb:
The darkness is coming…

After Lilliana threatens to come back and extinguish everyone at the compound, their leadership decides to take a final stand against the woman whose family has been terrorizing them for years.

In this last installment of the bestselling Captivated series, follow Kat and Gabriel as they help prepare for battle against a conjurer who has become darker than anyone could have fathomed. Will their love be enough to shine through it?

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

And here's a little teaser:



I hope you enjoy it!

What do you think? Did you pick it up?

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Jo

Sunday, May 7, 2017

OMG It's FREE!

You can now get War and Pieces ~ Season 1: Episode 1 FREEEEE on all platforms!

Bonus! If you read and review, and then fill out the form at the end of the book, we'll send you Season 1: Episode 2 absolutely FREE as well! Win/win!

Ready for those links? I know you are. Here you go:
Amazon (worldwide): http://bit.ly/FFTSeason1
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/FFTSeason1SW
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/FFTSeason1BandN
iBooks: http://bit.ly/FFTSeason1iBooks
Kobo: http://bit.ly/FFTSeason1Kobo

In case you forgot the details of the book:

Blurb:
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there were zombies…

That’s how it all started. Authors have created a major problem with stories like Cinder, The Dark Queen, and Asleep, and it’s wreaking havoc here in Ever After. Our queens are fighting for their lives.

Rather like Mother Nature, keeper of the fine balance that’s life in your world, tales that begin with “Once upon a time” were never meant to be messed with.

Now, Ariel is underwater with all the defenses she’s been launching, Aurora hasn’t slept in weeks, and Rapunzel is tangled in… Well, I can’t even begin to tell you.

Rather than try, I’ll let you see for yourself. You and I will talk again afterward—if I survive long enough. So, as our fateful story begins:

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…

What are you waiting for? Grab it while it's HOT! :D

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Jo

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Cover Reveal - Angel of Whispers

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**SYNOPSIS**

Finding true love. Mastering angelic genes. Enjoying vampire life.
Pure bliss.
Or so Jade thought, until vampire high council member Lobelia Glasston upturns Jade and Shane’s happy ending sending it crashing down around them.
Shane is forbidden by vampire law to love Jade.
Lobelia knows Jade is different, a supernatural weapon, however she is missing a few crucial details like the fact that she is a vampire angel hybrid. Will she break them down? Condemn their love?
Shane and Jade fight to keep her hybrid secret, will it be enough? Keeping their romantic involvement under wraps is one thing, but attempting to expose a mass genocidal killer hell bent on destroying the kingdom that Shane has built may prove to much. Will their love crumple under the oppressive eyes of the council?
Will Shane fall prey to the emotionally manipulative Lobelia?
Will they catch the masochist before one of their loved ones is caught in the cross fire?
Or will it all end in blood.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Great Lakes Book Bash VIP Ticket Giveaway X2

Happpppy Friday, everyone! This week has been mad crazy, but it's also been fun! Our fairy tale books are releasing like hotcakes. But that's not what today's post is about. Nooooo! Today, I'm giving away TWO VIP tickets for GLBB 2017. Guess who'll be there? Yep, that's right, ME! :D


So, if you'll be in the Kalamazoo, MI area around the end of October (the 27-28, to be exact), you'll want to enter!

About the event:

Founded in 2014 by Authors Rachael Brownell & Casey L Bond, Great Lakes Book Bash is a literary conference and signing held in Kalamazoo, Michigan celebrating the fact that “Readers are our Rock Stars”. The conference is hosted by the Radisson Plaza Hotel.

In it’s first year, GLBB had over 75 exhibitors attend the one-day conference: authors, designers, swag makers, bloggers and models. Those exhibitors were met by over 150 readers from the Kalamazoo area and beyond. Some of those exhibitors led informational sessions, or panels, on specific topics related to the publishing industry. After the conference was over, everyone got together for a little party, sharing stories of the day and getting to know each other better.

In 2017, the conference is being extended to two days. It will encompass more of what readers and exhibitors asked for after the first year – more panels, more signing time and a meet and greet for exhibitors.

More information will be available soon on Great Lakes Book Bash 2017. If you don’t find the information that you are looking for on this website, please use the contact form above and we will get back to you.

Here's what a Rock Star Pass includes:

This ticket includes your admission to Great Lakes Book Bash on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 11am-2pm and Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:30am-2pm in the Kalamazoo Room at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo, MI as well as ALL panels on both Friday and Saturday. This is the ONLY ticket that will allow you VIP early admission on Saturday, October 28th. Registration will open at 10:00am. You MUST stop at the registration table located outside the event room and pick up your name badge to be granted access to the event. A master list will be available and no printed ticket will be necessary.

Are you excited?

Well, here's the Rafflecopter entry form! Good luck!
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I can't wait to find out who I'll be meeting!

That's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Jo

Monday, April 24, 2017

New Release - War and Pieces ~ Frayed Fairy Tales - Season 1: Episode 1

Happy Monday, everyone! Guess what? Today's the big day! I'm on pins and needles today, let me tell you what. There's a ton of info in this post, so stay with it until the end! But let's get to what we came for: War and Pieces release day information!



Title: War and Pieces ~ Frayed Fairy Tales - Season 1: Episode 1
Authors: Tia Silverthorne Bach and N. L. Greene
Genre: Mature YA
Length: ~10k words
Buy Links: Kindle ~~~ Smashwords ~~~ Barnes and Noble ~~~ iBooks
All are just $0.99! 

Blurb:
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there were zombies…

That’s how it all started. Authors have created a major problem with stories like Cinder, The Dark Queen, and Asleep, and it’s wreaking havoc here in Ever After. Our queens are fighting for their lives.

Rather like Mother Nature, keeper of the fine balance that’s life in your world, tales that begin with “Once upon a time” were never meant to be messed with.

Now, Ariel is underwater with all the defenses she’s been launching, Aurora hasn’t slept in weeks, and Rapunzel is tangled in… Well, I can’t even begin to tell you.

Rather than try, I’ll let you see for yourself. You and I will talk again afterward—if I survive long enough. So, as our fateful story begins:

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…

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Start the serial series now, and get ready for a wild ride. We have 10k words scheduled to release every other day through the end of June. Yeah, it's a big story! But you don't wanna miss it.

Join our fan group on Facebook to keep up with the books, join the release day party, and enter to win some cool prizes this week while we release all of Season 1.


Pop on over to the voting group (you don't have to join to vote), and vote on your favorite fan art shoe entry!


Let's DO THIS THING!

Are you as excited as we are? Which story are you most looking forward to?

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!

Jo

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Release - Trophy Wife - Included in KU

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Trophy Wife - About Book 

TROPHY WIFE - EBOOK COVER v1 

Everyone in Nashville knows Nathan Dumont. 

That's what happens when you develop half a town and sleep with the rest. Four years ago, his fiancee disappeared.  

Last night, he proposed to me.
 
I'd wanted to escape my life, the seedy strip club and the mountain of bills. I had seized the opportunity to live in a mansion, fill my days with country clubs and caviar, my nights with romance and sex.  

Maybe I should have done my homework first.

 
The Trophy Wife is a standalone erotic romance. It is approximately 70,000 words. An earlier edition of this book was previously released in 2013 under the name The Dumont Diaries, this is an expanded and rewritten edition of that novel, with over 50 pages of new content.

Trophy Wife - Purchase $0.99 

#Free on Kindle Unlimited


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Trophy Wife - About Author 

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She has also served as the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.
You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.
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