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Self-Publishing Central / How to promote
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:11:16 AM »
I've been self-publishing my work for many years but have had little success generating sales. Another self-published author suggested I create a website to help promote my work. I have thought about this for a while and except for listing my books, can't think of anything I can do to with it to generate sales. I would appreciate any suggestions. If you'd like to take a look at the site it is - kenteicherbooks.com.

Thanks in advance for any offered help.

Ken

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Self-Publishing Central / need some help building a web page
« on: March 24, 2018, 04:31:54 PM »
I've been writing for many years and, after an attempt to find a publisher, turned to self publishing. While I've had a little success, I've concluded that some self-promotion is in order. Before I spend any money on a website, I decided to experiment with a free one. I'd appreciate any and all comments on how I can polish the page before taking additional steps. All comments will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

http://kenteicher.wixsite.com/mysite

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Self-Publishing Central / How can I promote my self-published books?
« on: August 19, 2016, 03:37:06 PM »
Hello All,

I have been writing for a long time and have self-published several books beginning back in 2013. In the past, I have run a few promotions on Amazon, SmashWords and a few other places without very much action. I have gotten some nice reviews on both Amazon and B&N. I'm still trying to figure out how to promote my books and generate more sales. A fellow self-published author suggested I create a website. So, I searched around and found an inexpensive site to begin building my site. I built a 4 page website. Page one has a brief bio and brings up my first question. I've written the bio in third person but am not sure if that is correct or if I should do it in first person. Any suggestions? The next two pages include the two areas in which I write. The last page has a small selection of reviews the books have gotten on Amazon and B&N. Now that the website is built, I really don't have a clue what to do next. I'd really appreciate any suggestions, hopefully ones that work. I really don't want to spend a lot of money unless the site has a big audience with proven sales. I'm not looking to get rich off my writing but I would be happy seeing good activity even if it means selling at very low prices.  Please also take a look at the site I built and let me know what you think, either here or by sending a message through the site.

Thanks in advance.

http://kennethjoelteicherbooks.com/

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Review My Work / looking for a little help with my book blurb
« on: May 19, 2016, 10:31:04 AM »
I've finished my science fiction story and am currently working on my book blurb. The story is not a space battle or high tech related book. It is more of an action/mystery story. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Early in the twenty-fifth century, agent Adrianne Atwood is on an assignment that is taking entirely too long. Sheís been tasked with gaining evidence to put Landro Jackson, a rich industrialist, behind bars. She knows where he is but figuring out what heís doing has become a complex puzzle.

Engineers have terraformed a planet, called Solitude, as the ultimate retirement local for the wealthy. Adrianne discovers that Jackson is conspiring to acquire the planet for himself. Taking advantage of his immense wealth, he enlists the aid of Solitude employees to accomplish his reprehensible goal. Adrianneís cover, as the assistant to the planetís project manager, has become second nature and she sees no end to her real job.
     
Helping her boss save the planet and its residents from Jacksonís reckless plan begins overshadowing her mission. What appear to be natural disasters are revealed as the despicable results of Jacksonís strategy. Adrianneís efforts at last generate the necessary evidence she needs. Jacksonís arrest is imminent until the industrialistís mysterious death rips a successful mission from Adrianneís grasp.        

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I've spent hours trying to come up with a better synopsis for my story - one that reflects the great advice from H3K. I've come up with the following, but it still feels weak. The ending is also giving me a lot of trouble. Of course Jackson's death ends the investigation. In the book, Alex proposes to Adrian. She accepts, resigns from her job and hopes to live her life in a more normal manner.

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Early in the twenty-fifth century, agent Adrian Atwood is on an assignment that is taking entirely too long. Sheís been tasked with gaining evidence to put Landro Jackson, a rich industrialist, behind bars. She knows where he is but figuring out what heís doing has become a complex puzzle.

Engineers have terraformed a planet, called Solitude, as the ultimate retirement local for the wealthy. Adrian learns that Jackson is conspiring to do whatever is necessary to acquire the planet for himself. Using his immense wealth, he enlists the aid of Solitude employees to accomplish his nefarious goal. Adrianís cover, as the assistant to the planetís project manager, is becoming second nature and she sees no end to her real job.
  
Helping her boss save the planet and its residents from Jacksonís reckless plan begins overshadowing her mission. What initially appear to be natural disasters are revealed as the despicable results of Jacksonís strategy. Adrianís relentless efforts at last generate the necessary evidence she needs. Jacksonís arrest is imminent until the industrialistís mysterious death rips a successful mission from Adrianís grasp.      

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Hi H3K -

Thanks so much for your time and effort to help with my synopsis. You've brought up a lot of good points and provided a great framework for me to build on. I'll be working on completely redoing the synopsis and post again for your review.

Iwannbe1

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Thanks for your reply hillwalker3000. I've rewritten the synopsis with the goal of eliminating the issues you've raised. Not sure I'm there yet and would appreciate your (or anyone else that cares to comment) feedback on the version.

Solitude Synopsis

In the future, affluent people seek a cloistered place where they can enjoy retirement in the manner to which they have become accustom. With no acceptable alternatives, a strategy develops to terraform a lifeless planetoid into a perfect world - Solitude. An insanely rich industrialist, Landro Jackson, decides he wants the world for himself and develops a plan that will ultimately force everyone to leave.

Interplanetary law enforcement has been after Jackson for an array of illegal activities. Assisting Solitudeís manager, an amiable man named Bennett, is a covert government agent, posing as his secretary, a striking blond named Adrian. Her mission is to gather sufficient evidence to arrest and prosecute Jackson.

Adrianís efforts are thwarted at every turn as the story revels a far-reaching conspiracy. Jackson enlists a group of Solitudeís employees as his proxies, paid to create what first appear as natural disasters. Earthquakes, volcanic activity and undersea cave calamities complicate Adrianís lengthy and difficult mission.

Bennett and his team deal with a demanding population of spoiled, capricious people while maintaining the Ďperfectí world. Simultaneously, the plot takes Adrian on a circuitous route to build a case against Jackson and his growing list of minions, revealed during her investigation. After spending almost three years undercover, she ultimately secures the necessary intelligence to put Jackson in prison. But unforeseen events, including Jacksonís mysterious death, twist the story of Solitude in astonishing directions.       

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I'm in my final review and know that another pair of eyes will help. I will, of course, be happy to beta your Science fiction and or mystery story. Right now mine is about 60,000 words. I have not yet done a lot of work on my synopsis but have pasted what I have so far below. Please send me a PM if you are interested.

Solitude Synopsis

The wealthy always get their way, even in the future. The affluent seek a cloistered place where they can live out their retirement in the manner to which they have become accustom. With no acceptable alternatives, a strategy is developed to terraform an uninhabited planetoid into a perfect world - Solitude. One man, an insanely rich industrialist, decides he wants the world for himself and develops a plan that will ultimately force everyone to leave.

A team of scientists and engineers, supported by a cadre of advanced humanlike androids, are tasked with maintaining the planet and satisfying the populationís every whim. They find themselves confronted with a series of events believed to be natural. Activity in Solitudeís core creates earthquakes, volcanic activity and other unexpected geological events.

The Coalition has been after the treacherous industrialist, who wants Solitude for himself, for a number of interplanetary illegal activities. Assisting Solitudeís manager is a covert government agent, posing as his secretary. Her clandestine mission is to gather sufficient evidence to arrest and prosecute the scheming businessman.

After spending almost three years undercover, the agent discovers a second agent has also been inserted on the planet. In addition, the company responsible for Solitudeís construction has implanted their own agent. The three combine their efforts and ultimately secure the necessary intelligence to put the industrialist in prison. But their efforts are thwarted at every turn as the story revels a much more far-reaching conspiracy.

The story of Solitude intertwines the problems of dealing with a demanding population of spoiled, capricious people while maintaining a Ďperfectí world. Simultaneously, the plot takes a circuitous route to build a case against the major antagonist and his growing list of minions.

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Self-Publishing Central / Re: Rosie Amber's Book Review Blog
« on: December 26, 2014, 12:42:52 PM »
I just checked her site and discovered Rosie is closed to reviews for now.

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All the Write Questions / Re: Meeting your character?
« on: December 25, 2014, 02:15:30 PM »
It seems that most of the above responses reflect plot driven rather than character driven stories. In other words, you're adding personality traits as needed as the plot develops. To my way of thinking this is, if not easier, better than creating a character and then building a plot around him. If you begin with a hard drinking, cigar smoking guy you're not going to make him a mountain climber. Those traits would force you into much more specific plot choices. I usually have some idea of the character and, like a lot of you, allow him/her to develop based on where the story takes me.  

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All the Write Questions / characters based on real people
« on: December 25, 2014, 02:01:20 PM »
Sometimes my characters take on personalities of real people that I have known. At times, I donít even realize this is happening. At other times, I do and make a great effort to hide anything that might be recognizable and be used to identify the real person. I only write fiction and wonder how much legal protection a writer gets from including a disclaimer about this issue. In other words, if someone identifies a real person as the basis of my character, am I exposed to potential legal action? I usually include something like the following at the beginning of my stories -

"None of the characters are intended to portray real people. Names and incidents either are the product of the authorís own imagination or are fictitiously used and any resemblance to any actual person, living or dead is entirely by coincidence." 

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The Writers Circle / Re: I'm Stuck
« on: December 25, 2014, 12:55:08 PM »
I have to agree with Jo Bannister, "Stop thinking of writing as a hobby and think of it as a (potential) job."

With regard to having too many ideas, there is no simple solution. I live in a big city and, since I'm retired, I do a lot of walking - 6 to 8 miles a day. It seems I get wonderful ideas while out on the street. Unfortunately, as soon as I get home, I discover the ideas have dissolved into nothing. My solution was to carry a small audio recorder. I talk to it all the time. As soon as I get home, I open my word processor and transcribe my notes, being sure to save the files with more than just an idle title. I've built up a big list of files with all kinds of ideas, at least they're all available for review. I periodically go through these, usually short and often cryptic ideas. I often find similar ideas, each from a different prospective. Funny how the mind works. Now, part of my routine is to go through those snippets of a potential story and attempt to expand on them or sometimes  tie a bunch together. Once in a great while something develops. More often, I can't imagine what I was thinking. The point is I always write everything down, no matter how short or silly. AND I make it part of my daily routine to review - you never know when one of those idle thoughts will germinate into a great story.

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Review My Work / Re: Sci Fi Short Story
« on: December 24, 2014, 03:03:45 PM »
Aside from all the other great comments, I have to add that at the very start of your story you have a POV problem.

Jason felt (Jason's POV) the impact as Lori swung her open hand and caught him full on the side of his face. Staggered, he reeled away from Lori. She followed through with a grab at Jasonís hair, but the short growth slipped through her fingers, and she felt her (Lori's POV) elbow and forearm caught in Jasonís vise-like grip as both of his hands grabbed and twisted. He lunged into her and she felt (Lorie's POV) her feet leave the ground.

The rest of this opening paragraph is essentially in third person. I think you can easily fix this issue -

Lori's open handed smack caught Jason full on the side of the face, snapping his head back. Staggered, he reeled away from Lori. She followed through with a grab at Jasonís hair, but the short growth slipped through her fingers. Jasonís vise-like two handed grip tightened and twisted her elbow and forearm. He lunged into her, lifting her feet  off the ground.

Or just simply put it all in only one character's POV.

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All the Write Questions / Re: Describing a fictional setting.
« on: December 24, 2014, 02:41:01 PM »
Every time this subject has come up a lot of people jump in with the refrain - "show, don't tell". For me, this has always been a problem and I imagine it has for a lot of other people. I think what the comment means is that you should never provide a third person description of the environment. One way to describe the setting is through the senses of the character's POV. That might translate into sentences in italics to indicate they are the thoughts of the character. For example -

"I held my hand up to block the bright sun and noticed the mud still caked on the back of my hand and could feel the pain in my knee from the fall I had just taken on the river bank."

The thought shows the reader - a. Its very sunny; b. the person fell on a river bank, hurting his knee; c. it must have been an awkward fall if there is mud on the back of the hand - normally, when you fall your palms are going to hit the surface first not the back of your hand; d. local is obviously not the middle of a city or desert; e. river bank must be slippery or the person has some kind of a balance problem.

Or is that still telling?

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All the Write Questions / Re: Licensing and copyright
« on: December 24, 2014, 02:30:58 PM »
I have always been under the impression that whoever 'owns' the copyright also owns the licensing rights. Normally, there is some terminology at the beginning of the book that describes this. Something like -

No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronically or mechanically, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing by the author.

There is also usually some sort of disclaimer about characters and locations. However, I've never consulted with a lawyer and have no ides if the disclaimer is really a solid legal defense.

This is a book of fiction. Descriptions of locations are based on the authorís recollections and altered or enhanced to suit the story. None of the characters are intended to portray real people. Names and incidents either are the product of the authorís own imagination or are fictitiously used and any resemblance to any actual person, living or dead is entirely by coincidence. Historical and scientific information is the result of the authorís research and has been modified or altered to enhance the needs of the story.

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