Thursday, 31 May 2018

Character Actions: Should There Be a Reason Why? by Andrea Lundgren | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:

Characters do all kinds of things in fiction. Their actions make up the stories we write, and if they did nothing…it’d be pretty boring.
But how much motivation should there be in what they do? Do you, as the author, need to always know why they’re doing it, or can they just “do something for doing it”?
Let’s take a look at a scene and see how it works.
She walked over to the glass. On the other side was a habitat, all sand and rocks with only a few scaly plants, the surface of their stems mirroring that of the creature who should’ve been inside.
Slowly, she touched the glass. Her hand stayed there for a long moment, not moving, in firm but gentle contact against the clear silica-based partition until it slowly began to warm to her touch.
Then she backed away.
Now, we, as readers, don’t need to know why she touched the glass at this point in the story. It can be something we’re left to speculate about, wondering if she misses the creature or if she is trying to see whether, perhaps, it’s still hiding somewhere in there. Or we could later learn that she touches the glass out of solidarity with the creature, feeling like her own life is encased in glass and she longs to break free, to escape like the lizard or snake did.

Special Feature: A Lovely Day To End The world - A #SciFi #Thriller by Lee Isserow | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:

A smart-mouthed, musclebound hero straight out of an 80’s action movie traverses realities and saves worlds in this science fiction espionage thriller. Shame he’s such a dick about it…
Billions of realities are protected by Jump Division, an interdimensional agency preserving the grid. But not all agents are created equal. Some, are just arseholes.
Marcus Hayes is one such arsehole…
A loud, brash action movie cliché. He loves to hit people, shoot other people,
always walks away from explosions in slow motion, and pretty much everyone hates him.
After yet another mission goes awry, he’s exiled to a mundane world as punishment. But as a threat to the reality looms, he discovers it isn’t as mundane as it’s supposed to be.
Hayes deems himself the only person capable of saving the world from the brink of destruction. Even if it’s only in peril due to his own ineptitude…

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

World Building: Creating a Mountain Setting | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:

World building is a lot of fun for me as a writer. It is also important to readers, since a well or poorly written world can make or break a book. I found this post especially interesting, maybe because Ancient Voices takes place entirely in a mountain village. Mine is more an alpine setting, but there are many different types of ranges and associated cultures. Take a look at this article posted on the Mythcreants blog–it’s a good one!


Of all the possibilities for building worlds, the same few types appear over and over again: desert worlds, grasslands, globe-encompassing seas. Despite being passed over, mountainous biomes, whether old and eroded like the Blue Ridge range or “new” and towering like the Himalayas, have a lot to offer. So what makes a makes a mountainous region unique for worldbuilding? What kind of people live there and what kind of environments do they inhabit?
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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Great News for Indie Authors! | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:

It’s always good to get encouraging news when you’re an indie author, and I found a whole lot of encouragement in this article so I thought I’d pass it on. Not all that long ago there was a huge stigma associated with self-publishing, but not so much any more. Hard work and perseverance does pay off! Special thanks goes to all you readers out there who are helping to change the trends. It wouldn’t be happening without your support.


Ebook sales are dying. Ebooks are insanely popular. If the short definition of cognitive dissonance is holding two contradictory ideas to be true, ebooks are about as dissonant as digital content gets.
Yet ebooks may also represent a chapter in the still-being-written story of how keeping track of what’s happening with content hasn’t always kept pace with the technology that’s transformed it.
Let’s start with the bad news. Two new sets of numbers covering 2017 show ebook sales are on the decline, both in terms of unit and dollar sales.
The first, released in April by market research firm NPD’s PubTrack Digital, saw the unit sales of ebooks fall 10 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. In absolute numbers, that meant the roughly 450 publishers represented saw ebook sales drop from 180 million units to 162 million over a year’s time.
The second, just released by the American Association of Publishers, reported a decline in overall revenue for ebooks, a year-to-year decrease of 4.7 percent in 2017. AAP tracks sales data from more than 1,200 publishers.
This ebook decline occurred in an overall publisher revenue environment that AAP said was essentially flat in 2017. So some other kinds of book formats that AAP watches, like hardback books, went up as ebooks went down. For its part, NPD says when combining print and ebook unit sales, ebooks’ percentage of the total dropped from 21 percent in 2016 to 19 percent in 2017.
It turns out this downward ebook trend isn’t new. It may actually be an improvement, of sorts. “The pace of ebook decline appears to be cooling,” AAP’s Marisa Bluestone said, noting 2017’s drop was, “significantly less than the double-digit declines experienced in 2015 and 2016.”
Among the categories showing a decline in both NPD’s and AAP’s figures were kids’ ebooks. Children’s ebooks had the most dramatic decline in unit sales, and children’s/young adult ebooks have suffered double-digital revenue drops every since year 2015.
And yet, NPD reports, even though it’s also declining, adult fiction remains the most popular ebook category, with 44 percent of all adult fiction sales in digital form.
On the surface it would seem like all of this is going to come as a surprise to boosters who thought ebooks would replace traditional paper book publishing completely.
But there are three key words to keep in mind: “traditional book publishing.” And that’s the good ebook news. Because the very same technology that allowed traditional publishers to create and sell ebooks also allowed authors to do the same — directly to readers.
NPD and AAP don’t measure those indie sales. Centralized reporting of direct-from-author sales is tougher to come by, but by all anecdotal measures the independent market has taken off, notably in the also-still-large category of adult fiction.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Medieval Monday: The Damsel | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:

It has been a while since I made a Medieval Monday post, but I’ll get back to it now that my book is finished. I’ll resume with this BBC episode of Medieval Lives, which is all about women’s roles in medieval society. A very interesting take which somewhat debunks current views of how women were expected to behave and were treated during the Middle Ages.
WARNING: This is probably NSFW, as it does deal in part with how women’s sexuality was viewed from medieval times through the Victorian era. There is some “nudity” as taken from medieval artwork, so maybe not something you want to watch with kids hanging over your shoulder, either. I considered not posting this one at all, but the purpose of my Medieval Monday series is to show what daily medieval life was really like, and this was a significant part of life, particularly in a society where having children was critical to survival and marriage was often more about politics/social maneuvering than love.

Learn more about the daily life in Middle Ages by browsing previous posts in the Medieval Monday Index.

The Dragon Orb: A #Fantasy #Novel by Mike Shelton

Three young wizards. A magical barrier. Civil war.

The fate of a kingdom rests on the shoulders of three young wizards who couldn't be more different.

Bakari is a brilliant scholar wizard who's more at home in a library than a battlefield.
Alli is a beautiful young battle wizard whose grace in battle is both enchanting and deadly.
Roland is a counselor wizard with a seemingly limitless depth of untapped power -- and the ego to match it.

As the magical barrier protecting the kingdom of Alaris from dangerous outsiders begins to fail, and a fomenting rebellion threatens to divide the country in a civil war, the three wizards are thrust into the middle of a power struggle.

When the barrier comes down, the truth comes out. Was everything they were taught about their kingdom based on a lie?

Will they all choose to fight on the same side, or end up enemies in the battle over who should rule Alaris?

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Saturday, 26 May 2018

#SaturdayShorts - Blind Heading: A #Fantasy #ShortStory by Renee Scattergood | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:

This story is continued from The Auction Block. Read the first story in the series, The Bridge to Edon.
Tiyana was about to give up and let the sea take her when she saw something dark on the water nearby.
“Tiyana,” a faint voice called.
“I’m here,” she tried to yell, but it came out as a hoarse groan from all the yelling she’d already done. She tried swimming, but her limbs felt like rubber and wouldn’t move the way she wanted them. But she could splash. She just hoped he’d hear it.
She was exhausted and didn’t know how much longer she could keep it up. She floated on her back hoping she would stay afloat long enough for Jace to find her.
“Tiyana.” His voice was getting closer.
She kicked her legs again, hoping he’d hear the splash. Her exhaustion was winning out though. The motion of her legs caused her head to sink below the water. Her brain didn’t seem to comprehend the fact that she was under water and she continued to breathe. She surfaced just in time. Her lungs burned as she expelled the water in a series of coughing fits.
If he hadn’t heard her yet, he wasn’t going to, she decided. She leaned back floating on the water one more, but this time she didn’t fight it when her eyes drooped. If she was going to die, she’d rather not be conscious.
When she opened her eyes again, she still felt like she was floating on the water, but she was dry. It was too dark to see at first, but she knew she couldn’t be dead. Her chest hurt too badly when she breathed. She pushed the blanket off her and got to her hands and knees. Her muscles protested the movement, but she forced them to cooperate. The floor wasn’t solid, so it took a lot of effort to balance herself. She nearly fell face first.
A zipping sound was followed by bright light pouring into the dark space. She squinted.
“You’re finally awake,” Jace said.
“You found me,” Tiyana said, her voice sounding more like a croaking frog. She hugged Jace, tears coming to her eyes. “I thought I was going to die.”
“It’s okay. You’re safe.” He seemed uncomfortable with her attention, so she released him.
“Thanks for coming back for me.” She blinked as her eyes adjusted to the light.
“I wasn’t about to leave you, but I’ll admit I was getting bit concerned that you might have drowned.”
“So, what now? Where are we?”
“I’m not sure exactly where we are. I took a compass from the captain’s drawer before we left, but it doesn’t seem to be working,” he said, handing her the compass. “I think we’ll be better off traveling by night, so we can use the stars to guide us and resting during the day.”
“What about food?”
“I stole some rations, but we’ll have to be careful with them. Normally, they’d last us a week, but I’m not sure how soon we’ll get to land. We’ve got this too,” he held out something that looked like an oversized thermos. “It purifies seawater, so we’ll at least have something to drink.”
Tiyana had a look at the compass then gave it a shake. The needle just kept changing direction randomly. She turned it over in her hand. The bottom was covered with distinctive markings that seemed familiar somehow. “What’s this?”
“I’m not sure.”
Tiyana traced the markings and nearly dropped the compass when it popped open. There was a folded piece of paper inside. She opened it.
Jace scooted closer. “What does it say?”
“I don’t know. I’ve never seen this language before.” She handed to him. “You?”
“I’ve seen it, but I can’t read it. I know who can though.”
“Who? The Dikosa people on Huln Island. We should go there.”
Tiyana shook her head. “Jace, I just want to go home. I’ve had enough adventure to last me a lifetime.”
“Huln Island was the closest island from our last known location. If we go there, you might be able to get a shuttle to Dokuka. We wouldn’t make it in this thing anyway. It would take several weeks. We’d starve.”
Tiyana sighed, her shoulders drooping. She was beginning to believe she’d never get home. Something about the markings on the compass made her stomach twist in knots. She couldn’t place where she’d seen it though. “Okay, but as soon as we get there, I’m getting a shuttle home.”
Jace nodded in agreement, then pulled out the water purifier and filled it with some of the sea water. “We should have something to eat, then get some rest.”
“Won’t we just drift? We’ll end up lost.”
“Nah, this thing has a magnetic anchor. I’ve got it engaged now. I wanted to wait ‘til you were awake to figure out which way to go.”
After the water was filtered, he took out one of the rations. He poured powder from one of the sachets into two bowls and added some water. It made a porridge of some sort.
“It doesn’t taste great, but it’s got all the nutrients you’d need.”
He was right about the taste. Tiyana nearly spit it out but forced it down her throat. It was all they had, so they’d have to make the best of it. She tried to imagine it was her mother’s Tishi Porridge, but it didn’t work. The taste was too foul to fool her brain with her imagination.
Although there wasn’t much in the bowl, she felt as though she’d eaten a full meal. Jace rinsed the bowls and then they climbed into the shelter. It was snug with the two of them inside, but Jace wedged himself to one side, giving her plenty of space.
Tiyana couldn’t sleep. Every time she closed her eyes, the markings on the compass danced in her mind. Where had she seen them before? Eventually, she drifted off to sleep trying to figure it out.
When she woke, she crawled out of the shelter. Jace had set up the foldaway mast and sail that had been hidden away in one of the raft’s compartments. He was lying down looking up at the stars.
“How did you sleep?” he asked.
“Okay, I guess. Are we headed to Huln Island?”
“Yeah, I’m not sure how far we are, but we can’t be more than one or two weeks out.”
“Which is it? One or two weeks?”
He shrugged. “Either way, I’d be guessing.”
“So, it could be three weeks?”
He shrugged again. Tiyana groaned.
“Don’t worry about it. We can’t be that far.”
She would have to take his word for it and hope he was right. She didn’t know much about sailing. In fact, she’d never been out on the ocean before. When she traveled to help Riya, it was the first time she had left Dokuka.
“Why do you keep staring at that thing?” Jace said.
Tiyana set the compass down. She didn’t even realize she was holding it again. “I don’t know. The markings on it seem so familiar, but I don’t know why. It’s driving me crazy.”
“I’m sure you’ll figure it out.”
I nodded. I just hoped I wouldn’t figure it out too late.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Fantasy Art Friday | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:

Get inspired with this week’s Fantasy Art Friday, where fun fantasy artwork is combined with a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing.

A wolf sits in wait by the grave of his master; a warrior in life, a hero in death. All around the stone are the swords his comrades set in place to honor him, and to pledge their continued loyalty. Each man is ready to take their sword back up and swear their fealty anew when they meet again in the next life. Yet as the days and weeks pass, each one of them eventually departs. There are more battles to fight, and life must continue. Not for the wolf.
Many out of concern tried to lure him into the living world with them, offering food, and affection. But a wolf only has one master, and his told him to never leave his side. And so the wolf waits. Death is meaningless. He knows what the others do not–what no human could. The ancient lore of his kind says that there is no more sacred bond than that between a wolf and a worthy master. Loyalty beyond reason, beyond hope, even beyond death, will be rewarded.
As he waits alone in the dark of the night, a light suddenly shines all around. It does not come from the distant moon, nor from any light made by man. The wolf watches warily as a bright beam shoots out from the stone itself. A vague form appears, though he cannot make out what it is just yet. Something is finally happening…are the promises of the ancient lore finally coming to pass?

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Author Spotlight: In the Heart of a Mustang - A #Novel with #Fantasy Themes by M.J. Evans | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:

Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have M.J. Evans visiting with her book, In the Heart of a Mustang. It’s not a speculative fiction novel, but it does have some fantasy themes. She has also shared a guest post about the healing power of horses, so keep reading!
The winner of numerous literary awards for her middle-grade and young adult fantasies and novels, M.J. Evans is also a life-long equestrian. She is currently working on her twelfth book: “The Stone of Wisdom-Book 4 of the Centaur Chronicles.” When she isn’t at her computer writing a story, you can find her riding her horse in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, or playing with one of her eleven grandchildren!

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“In the Heart of a Mustang” is an award-winning, contemporary, coming of age novel. Set in an Arizona ranch for troubled teens, this is the story of the healing power of horses. A teenage boy, HUNTER, bonds with a wild Mustang who he names SALLY. In the process of learning to train the horse, he learns about life and healing, forgiveness and patience, and all the wonderful things horses teach us.

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Horses are Healers-That’s Not Fiction or Fantasy!
By M.J. Evans
I was born with manure in my blood! What I mean is that once I took my first breath outside the womb, I needed a horse. Some of you can probably relate to driving your parents crazy until they either let you take riding lessons or…better yet…got you a horse once they were convinced you wouldn’t kill yourself. I bought my own horse when I was thirteen and taking care of him certainly kept me out of trouble as a teenager. Decades later, and now a grandmother, I am still a horse-lover and owner.
A few years ago, I worked for PATH, Intl. here in Denver, Colorado. PATH stands for “The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship.” While there, I learned that horses are truly magical…something I knew intrinsically but had never put into words. The stories of the miracles that took place at the PATH riding centers around the country came in almost daily, often bringing tears to my eyes. One autistic child, who had never spoken a word, got on a horse and started talking! Veterans who are suffering from the loss of a limb or PTSD have programs with horses that help them heal and find joy in their shattered lives. Children with cerebral palsy learn to improve their balance and coordination. Children and adults who can’t walk, get on a horse and fly!
As a former middle-grade and High School teacher, I was particularly touched by the programs for troubled teens. Many of these kids had never had a friend…until they met a horse. Many had never felt loved…until they met a horse. Many had never felt a purpose in their lives…until they needed to care for a horse. Many had always felt powerless…until they moved a thousand-pound animal through an obstacle course. That isn’t fantasy, but it is magical!
This was my inspiration for my only non-fantasy book. My Award-Winning, coming of age novel, In the Heart of a Mustang, is about a teenage boy who is sent to a therapy ranch in Arizona. He arrives with his suitcase and an enormous chip on his shoulder. It takes a wild Mustang and a wise, old cowboy to knock that chip off. Literary Classics Reviews said: “In the Heart of a Mustang is one of the finest books ever written for teens and pre-teens.” Grab a copy wherever books are sold and have a wonderful time at Promise Ranch!

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Fluffy Bunny (Runespells #2): A #Paranormal #Fantasy by Sarah Buhrman

Nicola was never a hero. She was an everyday single mother, Heathen witch, and herbalist. And she wanted nothing more than to forget the cluster of a situation she'd barely survived only a few months ago. But explain that to Hel.

As it turns out, Hel wants the souls she was promised, but something paranormal is keeping a lot of souls out of her reach. Nicola goes undercover into an isolated healing cult to find out what is going on, and if it is connected to the Runespells. The problem with cults, however, is the brainwashing.

Abandoned to her own devices by the gods and far from the friends that helped her before, can Nicola survive the tests long enough to complete her mission? And will she still be herself if she does?

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Kingdom of Embers: A #Fantasy #Novel by Tricia Copeland | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:

Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives in sunny Colorado with her family. In addition to the award-nominated Being Me series, her books include Best Book Award Fantasy Finalist series, The Kingdom Journals, Lovelock Ones, a post-apocalyptic dystopian adventure, and Drops of Sunshine, a YA paranormal novella. Find all of Tricia’s books on her website! Connect with Tricia and other readers on your favorite social media with the following links!

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Seventeen-year-old vampire-hybrid Alena Scott can’t seem to catch a break. Not only does she fight her natural instincts with a controlling cheer captain, but she’s also the target of the school bully. These aren’t half her worries, when she finds her preschool imaginary friend at the library. Is he the key to uncovering her secret past? Or is his half-brother who she should be focusing on? As tensions escalate, time is of the essence. Will her mother’s kingdom be reduced to embers?

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The curtains swooshed open and light poured into my room. I mashed the feather pillow into my face wishing she would disappear.

“Can’t I be homeschooled. Or at least try online high school. One year. I’ve only got one year left.” I extended my arm towards the ceiling and thrusted my index finger up.

“You know what your mother would say.”

“Does she remember what it’s like to be a teenager? Can I get a replacement for her? Or at least a refund?”

“Now Alena. You know you don’t mean that.”

“You’re wrong.” I sat up and let the pillow fall to my lap.

“I have fresh flowers for you and the ribbons for your hair all laid out.”

“Ugh! I can’t believe they are making us wear uniforms the first day of school.” I flung the white silk cover from my legs and swung my feet to the floor.

“It’s a ribbon.” Elizabeth held up the red satin piece. “At least it’s a good color. That bright orange at your last school was hideous.”

“Don’t remind me of Cal High please.” I crossed my room and took the ribbon from her tapping my phone to check for a message from Kylee. She’d come up from San Ramon the past weekend and we’d bought matching outfits. We’d made a pact to text a selfie when we got dressed for school.

“Do you have your outfit picked out?”

“Yes.” Opening the door to my closet I lifted the black pants and silk top off the bar.

“Your mother approved it?”

“Last night.” I rolled my eyes.

“I’ll make your breakfast. Orm will have the car ready to leave in—” Elizabeth lifted her wrist “—fifty-five minutes.”

My hand went to my hip. “The car? I thought I could ride the bus.”

“Mother’s orders. LA is not like San Ramon.”

“LA is not like San Ramon.” I mouthed as I retreated to my bathroom. Synching my hair back tight in the elastic, I started the water and washed my face. Switching schools senior year felt like torture. I’d had thought Mother would have learned from the debacle of my eighth-grade year, but hadn’t been so lucky. Patting my face dry, I applied my make up making sure to swipe my eyelids with the mandatory plum shadow.

Brushing my hair out, I parted it on the side and braided the front portion, weaving the red ribbon through the design. They could dictate what I wore but not how I incorporated it. Pulling on my pants and shirt, I stood in front of the mirror to check my look. Lifting my phone, I snapped an image and sent it to Kylee. I gathered my shoes and backpack and headed towards the kitchen.

Recently Updated: #Author Newsletter Poll Results #MarketingTips

Updated: 22 May 2018

Earlier this year (2017) I started a newsletter to start reaching out to my regular readers. Although my growth has been steady, I’d like to try and improve it.

So with that in mind, I put together a little poll to see what subscribers of authors newsletters were looking for as far as content, and also what entices them to subscribe. So far I’ve had 100 people respond, but I’m looking for more. Here are the results so far, but I’ll keep updating them as I get more responses.

The first question I asked is what entices the reader to subscribe to the author’s newsletter to begin with. If you can’t get people to sign up for your newsletter, then it’s all kinda pointless. (Just so you know, respondents were able to pick more than one answer.)

So far 88% of the people who took the poll say they are most likely to sign up if they’ve already read the author’s work. This reinforces my belief that giving away the first book in your series (or a book or short story if you don’t have a series) is a good idea. Most people are not willing to risk their money on a new author, and you need them to sign up for your newsletter to sell more books.

The ideal promotional tool I’ve found so far is referred to as the funnel system. I give away my first book to everyone to find new readers, and I give away the second book to those who sign up for my newsletter to build my mailing list. I’ve found most of my new readers this way, which leads us to the next result…

53% have said they will sign up if the author is offering a freebie. So if you have your first book free and offer the second free to new subscribers, you’ve now increased your chances of getting a new signup (this is, of course, assuming they liked your first book and actually want to read the second). It’s really important to note that you shouldn’t offer a book that is already free to download. If they can already get it free, they’re not going to bother signing up for your newsletter. I’ve even known some authors who have written a short story or novella that fits with their current series but isn’t essential to the series, and they’ve made that a subscriber-only exclusive.

Only about 24% of the people have said they would subscribe based on referrals from family and friends, but still… it’s always a good idea to get your readers to tell their family and friends (and social media followers) about your work. If you’re offering a permafree book, it could result in more downloads than you’ve expected. Of course, not everyone reads it who downloads it, but you never know where your next new fan is going to come from.

There were various things added to the others category:
  • Reading the author’s newsletter
  • Updates on interesting blog posts
  • They provide valuable content
  • How to’s and tips
  • Visuals and a great blurb
  • Sales/Discounts and Other Promotions
  • Depends on the genre
  • Free sample chapters
  • General interest
  • Interest in the author’s struggles
  • A preview of what’s in the newsletter in the email’s subject line
  • Other authors
  • Value that’s worth getting
  • Usually from a how-to hook

The next question had to do with the content. I asked what they enjoyed reading in an author’s newsletter. (Again, they were able to choose more than one answer.)

78% said they want to hear about what the author is working on right now.

73% want to hear personal stories about the author.

65% want to hear about new releases by the author.

53% want to read articles about the author’s genre.

52% want to see writing, editing, and marketing tips for authors.

49% want to have access to exclusive short stories and flash fiction.

47% want subscriber-only discounts and giveaways.

40% want to see genre-related artwork and fan art

39% want to see spotlights on other authors in their genre.

Some suggestions added to the other’s category so far:
  • Sneaks peeks of their work
  • Spotlights on other authors their author loves
  • Only author related material
  • New releases by other authors
  • Something the author has found fascinating
I think focusing on at least the top three or four things would be the best idea, and then maybe casually mentioning some of the others so that everyone is happy.

I’m looking for more responses to get a better overall view of what people are looking for (and I’m hoping this information will help other authors too). If you can help spread the word and share the poll form with your family and friends who love to read, that would be great!

Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Sweet Victory! | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:

I know it has been a while since I posted anything on my blog (or any social media for that matter). I apologize for disappearing, but I hope you’ll agree my temporary hiatus was for a good cause. During April I took part in Camp NaNoWriMo, which is always a great motivator for me to get lots of writing done. Sometimes I don’t get anywhere near my goal. This time I blew right past it. I managed to get over 35,000 words written during camp, and an additional 10,000 written in the first week of May. It is the most successful camp I’ve had to date, and I’m extremely excited to announce that have finished yet another book!
The first draft is now off to beta readers for review. I don’t have a specific publish date in mind yet, but stay tuned. For those who have been patiently waiting, the Wind Rider Chronicles will be growing again very soon.
In the meantime, I’ll work on bringing some life back into my blog. Thanks for being patient!

#YouTubeTuesday - #Solo: A #StarWars Story Official Trailer | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:

OMG! I have to see this movie... I will die if I don't! Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point. I MUST SEE THIS MOVIE!!!

Monday, 21 May 2018

Birdplane: A #ChildrensFiction Story by Tonya Coffey | Renee's Author Spotlight

Originally posted on Renee's Author Spotlight:

Tonya Coffey lives in southern Kentucky with her husband and two teen sons. If she isn't reading or writing a fantasy novel, you will find her sitting in front of a canvas, painting the landscape that is so abundant around her home.

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Tiny Tom is a little ant with big dreams. He wants to soar above the treetops like the birds.

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Why did you decide to be a writer?

I was always good at telling stories. When my kids got big enough that they didn't need me anymore, I decided to take a writing class and it started there.

Did you have a hard time sharing your work with the public?

The first time I sent a story to a publisher, I was terrified. When I was published, I was excited but when I stood up in front of a dozen librarians to talk about the book, I'd never been so nervous. I was scared they wouldn't like it. That they would judge me but I was wrong.

Where are you from?

I'm from a very small town in rural Kentucky. When I first started writing, many years ago, there weren't any groups. Today, there is a handful within an hour drive.

What genres do you write?

I'm all about fantasy, paranormal stuff. I love to create places you may not have thought would exist. Pushing the boundaries of one's imagination is pretty great.

What inspires you to write?

The outdoors, my kids, life in general. I take so much of my experiences and put them into the stories I write. It could be from the smallest thing, like a flower, to the biggest, my son's first heartbreak.

How often do you write?

I write every single day, all day long. When I'm cleaning the house, I'll get an idea for what I've been working on and run to my papers (yes, I use a pencil and paper for the first draft) write the next page or two and go back to cleaning.

How long does it take you to write a novel?

The shortest amount was six months. The longest was about three years. My series, A New World, took me years to get the first book right.

Does your family support you in your writing, or are you on your own?

My family supports me to in everything I do. I don't work, so I depend on my husband to pay for everything. He is awesome! He lets me write my books, pays for what I ask for and complains a little.

What do you enjoy doing aside from writing?

I love to paint. I actual thought growing up I'd be an artist with my work in a museum but fate had other plans. I still paint, do portraits and doodle with illustrations. Birdplane was my first illustrative work.

What made you decide to self-publish?

I decided to self-publish this book because it was my son's vision. When he was little, he told me how funny it would be if bugs flew birds around. The idea stuck with me so I had to turn it into a book for him.