Writing a Book Acknowledgement

Scattered Stones Diane Lynn McGyverThere are many sections to a book. The two important parts that need the most attention are the story and the cover (in that order). For the past several months, I have focussed on these two things; without a doubt, I want them to be as close to perfect as humanly possible.

As launch day approaches for Scattered Stones, book 2 in The Castle Keepers series, I need to start playing with the other parts that go into a printed novel, the little details that occupy the spaces between the front cover and the story, and the back cover and the story. Playing is the exact word I want to use.

This time around, I want to be less formal and allow a slither of my silly side to lighten and brighten these little details. I love fun, funny and silly. And I love putting a twist into things that readers don’t expect. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

I have never written an acknowledgement for any of my books, but I’ve seen many books that include them. In essence, it is a few words to thank the people who provided a helping hand to bring the book to life. This might be direct or indirect help.

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Marketing: Results from Paid Promotion of 99 cent-eBook

Lessons in Self-publishingFor one week, my epic fantasy eBook Shadows in the Stone was reduced from $3.99 to $0.99. To help promote it, I added the book to Betty Book Freak’s mailing list. I didn’t put it on any other site because I wanted to gauge the results of the paid ad.

Readers of this blog will remember I’m working on my marketing skills, running experiments and testing promotional ideas. The two posts I previously wrote about on this subject are:

Marketing Results

Like all marketing campaigns, many things influence results—day of the week, day of the year, number of subscribers to mailing lists, full moons, a horrible book, a terrible blurb, Trump stealing the spotlight, ghastly book covers, vacations, hens laying…you get the picture—so what did or didn’t work one time might be completely opposite the next time.

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Marketing: Results from Paid Promotion of FREE eBook

Lessons in Self-publishingOn Friday, my adult Christmas romance eBook Twistmas – The Season for Love was reduced to FREE for two days. To promote it on the first day, I added the book to Betty Book Freak’s mailing list. You can read about that here.

I took readings at each hour (Well, not each hour. I did sleep during the 24-hour span). I recorded the free downloads and the rankings on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com to get a feel on how the book sale performed.

Betty Book Freak’s email arrived in my inbox at 10:00 am Atlantic Standard Time (Nova Scotia time). By that time, seven books were already downloaded. My rankings for Free in Kindle Store were 21,332 (Amazon.com) and 18,810 (Amazon.ca).
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FREE eBook and The Year of Marketing (Help for Self-published Authors)

Lessons in Self-publishingI’ve reached many milestones in the past twenty years in my writing career, but there are still things I want to accomplish and things I need to learn.

One of the things I’m working to improve is my marketing abilities. I’ve done minor things to promote my books, but that’s not enough. In 2015, I attended farmers’ and craft markets to increase my exposure and, well, sell a few books. Obviously one-on-one sales increased; that was a no-brainer.

However, I saw an increase in online sales too. I can only assume it was due to meeting people, giving them my business card and introducing them to my books.

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Sony Reader Store Closes in Canada and US

New FlashToday while checking to see if my novella Fowl Summer Nights had been listed on Sony Reader Store, I discovered the outlet had closed its doors on March 20, 2014.

Sony announced in early February that Reader Store in the U.S. and Canada will close on March 20, 2014, and transfer customers to Toronto-based eReading company, Kobo. We will send an email in late March with instructions on how to transfer to Kobo.

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Are Independent Publishers Being Clobbered?

If you’ve been following ebook news over the past 6 months then you’ve noticed that ebook prices have tended to drop. In fact, the average prices of ebook bestseller lists have shown a fairly consistent downward trend for the past year as more and more titles exit agency price controls and enter the free market.

Indie authors are beginning to notice, and one in particular blogged about it last week. That blog post crossed my desk yesterday, and while it’s interesting and factually correct I don’t the author reached a valid conclusion.

To read more, visit Indie Authors Are Getting Clobbered by Big Name eBook Discounts – But Not For The Reason You Think at the Digital Reader blog.

Free Fantasy Short Story eBook

DLMcGyver-Blade of Truth-CoverMy second short story  in the Castle Keepers Tales Blade of Truth is enrolled in Kindle Select, and from now until Monday October 21st (12pm Pacific Time), it is FREE. The regular price is $0.99. Canadian residents can download it here, and those in the United States will find it here. Thank you for your downloads. Everyone counts.

Blade of Truth shares a pivotal story in Bronwyn Darrow’s early years. Readers of Shadows in the Stone will immediately recognise this man as one of the leading characters.

Summary: Bronwyn Darrow is a young dwarf eager to celebrate the end of his educational years and to embark on his future trade. He would love to ask the girl of his dreams to the celebrations, but he’s too shy. The morning of the big day he’s surprised when she asks him. Is this his dream date or his worst nightmare?

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Second at Amazon.ca in Anthologies

Wonderful news! Thanks to everyone who has downloaded my first anthology Nova Scotia – Life Near Water the book is ranked 2nd in Anthologies in Canada (Amazon.ca). It’s number 628 overall in the free Kindle store. (as of Sunday September 29, 2013, 1:50 pm Atlantic Time)

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Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. I appreciate your overwhelming support.

The short story collection ends its Free promotion at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) today (Sunday September 29th). If you haven’t downloaded the book and would like to, Canadian residence can click here. Those in the United States click here. If you’re in another country, visit the Amazon website designated for there.

I’ve also have downloads in the United Kingdom, Denmark and Japan.

Again, thank you to everyone who has supported me and downloaded my book.

UPDATE: As of 5:25pm Atlantic Time, my anthology is number one in Canada. Wow. This is amazing! Thank you.

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Free eBook Download for Kindle

My short story collection Nova Scotia – Life Near Water is enrolled in Kindle Select, and from now until Sunday September 29th (12pm Pacific Time), it is FREE. The regular price is $2.99. Canadian residents can download it here, and those in the United States will find it here. Thank you for your downloads. Everyone counts. The paperback version will be available soon.

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Today I’m a Featured Author at RG2E Gifting Ebooks!

Diane Lynn McGyverDD Scott at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing (WG2E) has a wonderful sister site called Readers Guide to E-Publishing (RG2E).

It’s one of those sites that if you’re a reader, you’re missing out if you don’t visit often or subscribe to the posts. A host of wonderful writers talk about their books and their writing life, and they either have their ebooks available for free, low prices or gift ebook copies to lucky readers. Sometimes, free swag gets thrown into the giftaway basket, so you never know if you’ll walk away with an ebook or an ebook, bookmarks, cards and other goodies.

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Are Book Launches a Thing of the Past?

frogHave you ever been to a book launch—a physical book launch where you get to meet the author and buy a paperback copy of the publication? It’s exciting, isn’t it? Seeing all those books flying off the table, chatting with writers and readers and sampling little squares. I’m certain there are many happy memories made from these events, for both the writer and the reader.

Book launches were important to get the writer’s name and book out there, and to sell a huge amount of books in a short period of time. Publishers used these events as marketing tools. Even if a person missed the launch, they may make a mental note to buy the book another time, or simply go online and buy a paper copy.

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Kindle Select…is it worth it in the long run?

When I offered my novel, Shadows in the Stone, for sale on Kindle (Amazon.com), I was given the choice to enrol it in Kindle Select. I didn’t know a lot about the program but opted out of using because it didn’t sound good to me.

The basics of it is:

1) Enrol your book in Kindle Select exclusively. Which means if you have your book for sale anywhere else on the Internet, you must remove it before your book is entered into the program. Period. From what I understand, you can’t even sell it on your own website.

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Free Fantasy Novel by Yvonne Hertzberger

Do you love fantasy stories? Traditional, classic, epic fantasy novels?

Then you might be interested in the offerings of Yvonne Herzberger. For the next two days (including today), the two ebooks in her Earth’s Pendulum series—Back From Chaos and Through Kestrel’s Eyes—are free on Amazon.com.

Author Biography (snipped from Amazon, along with book covers)

Yvonne Hertzberger is a native of the Netherlands who immigrated to Canada in 1950. She is married with two grown children, (one married) and resides quietly in Stratford, Ontario with her spouse, Mark in a 130-year-old, tiny, brick cottage, where she plans to live out her retirement. She calls herself a jill-of-all-trades and a late bloomer. Her many past paid jobs included banking, day care, residential care for challenged children, hairdressing (her favourite) retail, and customer service. She enjoys gardening, singing, the theatre, decorating and socializing with friends and family.

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Front and Back Matter Matters

Front Matter

The front matter of a book is the material on the pages between the front cover and the first word of the novel. It contains the title page, the table of contents (if there is one), the copyright and publishing information and the dedication.

The title page contains (The minimum a title page should contain is the title of the book and name of author):

…Book Title

…Book Subtitle (if there is one)

…Name of Author

…Publisher

…Place/Year published

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