Youngest reviewer yet- and probably my favorite review yet! This girl can write, check it out:
Self-publishing is sometimes the PITS, y’all.
Here I am, suuuuuper pumped for the release of my novel on July 1, completely expecting to make it available on multiple platforms. I mean, sure, everyone knows that Kindle is the best e-reader, but who am I to judge you Nookie fans? And you rare iTunes/iBooks/Apple lovers. And yes, even you, you Smashwords page-turners.
Let’s face it–authors don’t care HOW you read their books or HOW you buy their books–we’re just over the moon if you DO buy and read our books!
All of this is to say that I’ve been persuaded to try out Amazon’s Kindle Select Program. If you’re not a crazed self-published author, let me explain a bit.
The Kindle Select Program offers various *free* promotional deals to authors IF and only if the authors agree to sell exclusively through Amazon for the first 90 days. No Barnes & Noble, no Apple, no Smashwords, etc.
At first, I was outraged. I was very all-caps: MY NOVEL WILL BE AVAILABLE TO WHOMEVER WANTS TO BUY IT GODDAMMIT!
But then I was like…Oh yeah, this is my first novel. I am…a teacher. I am…poor. I…have nothing to lose.
Free promotion is kiiiiinda hard to pass up. This blog really helped me make up my mind- gracias, Karol.
So I am EXTREMELY sorry if you’re NOT a Kindle reader. This truly upsets me greatly. BUT, Amazon will still have the paperback available OR you can wait 90 days, when I will probably expand markets. Please share your own personal experiences and your thoughts on this decision.
And I hope you still keep an eye out for THE WAITING ROOM July 1 🙂
Kindle price: $3.99
5th country to review my book – Japan!
Check out this awesome blogger:
The book title: “The Waiting Room”
The author: Alysha Kaye
The release date: July 1st, 2014
*It will be available at Amazon.com. I’ll give you the link later.
The author’s website and blog:
Self-introduction by the author:
Alysha Kaye was born in San Marcos, TX, where she also received her BA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. She worked in marketing for a brief and terrible cubicle-soul-sucking time until she was accepted into Teach for America and promptly moved to Oahu. She taught 7th grade English in Aiea for two years and also received her Masters in Education from University of Hawaii. She now teaches in Austin, TX and tries to squeeze in as much writing as possible between lesson planning. She dreamt about The Waiting Room once, and offhandedly wrote her boyfriend a love poem about waiting for him after death…
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Whew, I could be on Creative Commons ALL. DAY. LONG. I discovered so many amazing photographers today! Same with all the free to share video and music sites. You can get lost.
If I was a little more tech-savvy, this process would’ve been much smoother, faster, and the product muchhh more professional. HOWEVER:
I finally made a book trailer for THE WAITING ROOM. And I’m proud of it, amateur-status and all.
Check it out:
Tips for fellow authors wanting to make a book trailer:
- If you don’t want to spend money (like me) then DON’T! Plenty of great, free resources–you just have to cite!
- DON’T FORGET TO CITE.
- Remember, you’re not making a MOVIE trailer. This is a book trailer…and people who watch it know that. So don’t get caught up in the visuals–your audience should know that the clip’s purpose is to further explain your novel–to hook them into reading and coming up with their own visuals.
- Don’t use your synopsis unless it works. My little back cover blurb is short and simple, so I think (hope) it worked. But I’ve seen other people add WAY too much text.
- If you’re worried about your readers getting a preconceived character image, then don’t use images that give them that!
- Get the opinion of others–not just other writers. Show it to a friend and ask how it made them feel. Which images captured their attention and which images didn’t?
- Have fun with it! Let it revamp you.
Remember: The Waiting Room releases July 1!
Another review is in! Another 4 STARS!
Check out this awesome blogger: her reviews are pretty great!
Title: The Waiting Room
Author: Alysha Kaye
Publication date: July 1, 2014
Alysha Kaye is an author and English teacher from Texas who provided me with a copy of her upcoming book in exchange for an honest review. As an English teacher myself, I felt an obligation to support her in her novelistic endeavor – plus, her book sounded amazing. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on The Waiting Room, which turned out to be an absolute delight to read.
First, a brief summary from the author’s website:
Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those…
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“I don’t think there’s a soul that has walked this earth and not wondered what happens after we die, and whether we will get to see our loved ones once we pass on, and that alone made me really love the topic of the book.”
5th review of THE WAITING ROOM, coming all the way from Australia:)
Thanks a million to this wonderful blogger- check out her page!