Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group. Discouraged


IWSG was started by Alex J. Cavanaugh and is designed to encourage and support us writer's who struggle with insecurity. To read other post go here.

I got the blues. It happens to all of us. I don't get them very often. A few years ago I was depressed for a long time but that was 100% related to a severe illness. Now, I'm just down.

Why?

Well...I know that I am a talented writer. Anytime I doubt that I can read my reviews or connect with my critique group and they will tell me, but...

Who the heck invented the word 'but' anyway?

But...I am self published and I'm still struggling for readers to find me. I have a plan, and I'm stubborn enough to follow through with it. Still...

Every time I enter a contest to get published I'm over looked. No explanation. While others around me, some of them I've read, get their work published.

Yes, I've read a few of these people, not all as I said. A handful only and they are not as good a writer as I am. No, I'm not a snob. I've been doing this for close to thirty years and I know good writing. So...why am I not offered a spot in someone's publication?

Well...I don't search out publishers and try very hard because I was humiliated at a conference once and my self esteem can't take to much rejection. My life has been full of rejection and abuse, so I fear too much of the same will silence my muse permanently.

Any suggestions? Any advice? Does Alice have a happy pill?
Nancy

Friday, April 29, 2016

Book Review, Unity, Laura Maisano



 
Unity

Illirin Book Two

By Laura Maisano

Unity continues were Shism left off. War has torn Illirin apart and it’s up to Gabe and Lea to combine the resistance on Illirin and magic to fight for what they’ve lost. Maisano blends Earth and Illirin, humans and the combined species of Illirin who share more than they differ in a kaleidoscope of emotions, anger, justice and revenge. With Lea’s stubborn will and strong moral compass and Gabes drive to right wrongs, they battle a human wizard and a power hungry politician.
            More than one life is at stake, but two planets which are linked together. Will Gabe and Lea prevail? Or will Illirin forever loose its freedom and earth follow into a global dictatorship? Unity is a marvelous fantasy read.

To order from Amazon go here.

Monday, April 25, 2016

New Cover Vote

Hi everyone. I need your help. A choice of two covers for The Treasures of Carmelidrium. The current cover is of a castle only and is displayed on my side bar. So please let me know what you think.

Thank you.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Schism, by Laura Maisano a book review


Schism, by Laura Maisano, is a fantasy that explores the dual connection between two worlds, Earth and Illirin. A debut novel for Ms. Maisano, her characters Gabe and Lea are partners in the discovery of an alternate world behind the schism. As their adventure progresses we learn that Gabe is actually from this other world and has lost his memory. As they explore the two worlds looking for answers, Lea frees her parents and Gabe’s memory is recovered. That alone would make for a page turning story but there’s more.


Gabe is really Makai and his parents are murdered by an evil Councilman who utilizes a wizard from earth. While Gabe plots to ensure his home is safe, Lea joins forces to fight the wizard. Maisano weaves twists and turns around two very different characters who begin to fall in love, all while trying to save two worlds. The first book in a series, Schism is a must read for fantasy lovers. 

Here are the links to buy Schism:







Thanks for coming by.
Nancy

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Insecure Writer's Support Group, April's here.


Time once more for The Insecure Writer's Support Group started a while back by the Ninja himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh. In other words, it's the first Wednesday of April, 2016.

Many of you are doing the A - Z challenge. My health simply won't allow me to do a lot of blogging and also write. So I have chosen to write.

My report this post is on advertising. My epic fantasy has been out for several years and I haven't had the money to really start advertising until now. So here is my report.

I placed my ad through Amazon. I don't have my book available anywhere else. (That will change soon.) So it made sense to run an ad through Amazon.

This is how it works. You must select $100.00 for total amount you're willing to pay over the course of time in which your ad runs. Next you select how much you will pay Amazon per click on your ad. I choose .34 cents. Upload the agreement and in 48 hours Amazon will start to show your book on e-readers whose owners have purchased through Amazon. In my case, I choose for fantasy readers to see my ad. When the customer clicks on your ad, you are charged the amount you have agreed to. For me, that is .34 cents until I reach the minimum amount I agreed to of $100.00.

At this writing, 10:30 P.M. on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 there have been 138 clicks for the total amount owed of $47.19. Of those 138 clicks 7 have sold in a month's time. One of the seven I purchased as a gift. In February, without advertising I sold 4 books. My book is for sale at .99 cents. That means I make .33 cents per book sold.

It doesn't take a mathematician to understand that the only winner in this ad campaign is Amazon. I probably won't advertise through them again.

So what is my next move?

I am in the process of doing a new book cover. I have the sequel almost ready and project either a late July or August release date. I also have a short story in the same world that should be ready to release in June. After doing extensive research on book covers, I've determined that people on covers sell best. So I've found a book cover artist who is reasonable to do my covers and set a theme.

My original formater removed all my italicized sentences because she couldn't figure out how to keep them. I am going to go through the first book and set everything up, stick on my new cover and publish, then I'll follow that with the other two books.

Once that is done I'll be putting up a new collection of flash fiction stories for Halloween and also Valentine's Day next year.

When I am ready to advertise again it will be through another online advertising machine. I'll let you know how that goes.

And that's my news. To read other insecure post go here.

To order my book, go here

Thank you, Nancy