Saturday, 27 September 2014

YA novels on sale for 99 cents, limited time


For a limited time two YA fiction novels are on sale for 99 cents each
 
 
 
THE BIRD WITH THE BROKEN WING
 
Rachael is a guardian angel who finds herself trapped in Purgatory with Ben Taylor, a young soldier she was assigned to watch over. She knows the terrible secret that's keeping him trapped in limbo, but can't understand why she got dragged into Purgatory with him when he died. Desperate to set his soul free, Rachael uses counselling sessions to guide Ben into a state of self discovery. Yet it's been ten years now, and they're both still trapped in limbo. It's not until the appearance of a feisty teenager, Jet Jones, that Rachael comes to understand how her attempts to get Ben to unleash his dark secret have unleashed one of her own. And this secret is bad news for angels, like herself, who have made a terrible mistake.
 
YA URBAN FANTASY
 
 
FEEDBACK
 
Ethan James, Florida Bowman, and Jake Inala are three teenagers who need organ transplants. When they receive the organs of deceased CIA agent, Dylan Black, they inadvertently take on the task of completing the mission Dylan died midway through, that of deactivating bacteria bombs threatening millions of lives. The teenagers are kidnapped by a man who believes in the theory of feedback, that information is retained in the memory of organs, in this case those of the dead CIA agent. And their captor will stop at nothing to get the information retained inside their bodies. With their lives under threat, the memories stored in the CIA agent’s mind begin to awaken within each of them, except the one piece of information they are abducted for - the location of the bombs.
 
YA SCI-FI/SPY ADVENTURE




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. The Bird With The Broken Wing reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Feedback reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings and the book trailer which features an original song performed by the author appeared on USA Today website. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.

Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com
Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Friday, 26 September 2014

Cover reveal - The Reluctant Price by Dani-Lyn Alexander

Welcome Dani-Lyn Alexander who has a new release this week. What a stunning cover. And don't forget to check our the giveaway at the bottom of this blog post.
Reluctant Prince Cover Reveal

 Reluctant Prince
Kingdom of Cymmera
Book One

By

Dani-Lyn Alexander


Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.

Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

 
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 Advance Praise

"A gorgeously wrought fantasy realm with a heroine who will make you cheer!" ~Wendy Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.

"The Reluctant Prince grips you from the beginning and won't let go...fresh and engaging." ~ Ally Shields, author of the Guardian Witch series.

"A thrilling ride on a rollercoaster of danger that'll keep you gasping for breath with every turn of the page."  ~ Laura Diamond, author of The Zodiac Collector.

"Dani-Lyn weaves a tale of family bonds, untapped abilities and an alternate world of fantastic wonders, all discovered by a courageous heroine and a swoon-worthy hero I want to see again and again!" ~ Contemporary Romance Author, Theresa DaLayne.

"Reluctant Prince takes readers on a heart pounding journey through the realms. Fantastical world building and a captivating hero keep pages turning to the end.” ~ Julie Anne Lindsey, author of Prophecy and Deceived
 
About the author

Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.
  

 
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Monday, 22 September 2014

angelaparsonmyers: The Will to Love Now In Paperback!

angelaparsonmyers: The Will to Love Now In Paperback!: My little novelette, The Will to Love, is now available from Amazon in paperback as well as for Kindle! It's a story about unr...

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Cover reveal - two YA fantasy fiction re-releases


Welcome

Sometimes it's a good thing when an author gets the chance to re-release a novel. It's good because that write might know how to write better blurbs to attract readers to pick up or download the book. It's good because they might know what they want the cover to look like to attract readers to pick up or download the book. 

So it is my great pleasure to do a cover reveal of my first two published YA novels that are re-released this month and also have a new low price for the ebook.

The Bird with the Broken Wing



In this YA fantasy novel, Rachael is a guardian angel who finds herself trapped in Purgatory with Ben Taylor, a young soldier she was assigned to watch over. She knows the terrible secret that's keeping him trapped in limbo but can't understand why she got dragged into Purgatory with him when he died. Desperate to set his soul free, Rachael uses counselling sessions to guide Ben into a state of self discovery. It's been ten years now, and they're both still trapped in limbo. It's not until the appearance of a feisty teenager Jet Jones that Rachael comes to understand how her attempts to get Ben to unleash his dark secret have unleashed one of her own. And this secret is bad news for angels like her who have made a terrible mistake.
 
Feedback
 
 
In this action packed sci-fi adventure novel, Ethan James, Florida Bowman, and Jake Inala are three teenagers who need organ transplant. When they receive the organs of deceased CIA agent Dylan Black they inadvertently take on the task of completing the mission Dylan died halfway through, that of deactivating bacteria bombs that threaten millions of lives. The teenagers are kidnapped by a man who believes in the theory of feedback, that information is retained in the memory of organs, in this case the organs of the dead CIA agent. And their captor will stop at nothing to get the information retained inside their bodies. With their lives under threat, the memories stored in the CIA agent's mind begin to awaken, except the one piece of information they are abducted for - the location of the bombs.
 
 
 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. The Bird With The Broken Wing reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Feedback reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.

Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com
Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1










 


 

 

 


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

When book rights revert back to the author

Last week the rights to my two novels published through a small-press publisher in 2011 and 2012 were reverted back to me. My contracts were supposed to last until Sept 2015 and October 2017.  While it heralds the close of one door, I did a little happy dance, along with many other authors, because this opens up a new door.

What does it mean when rights revert back to an author? It can mean a few things. The first thing that pops into mind is that sales have dropped and the admin costs are higher than the income. However another reason for rights reverting back is that the publisher is no longer interested in working that particular genre.

I once worked for a record company and we had an artist who was coming up to the end of his fifteen album contract. The contracts department were eager to get him to sign on for more albums, however the artist politely declined, stating that he wanted to know what it felt like to be a free agent, just for a little while and then he would sign up again. Or so he said. Our record company was panicking that he’d go somewhere else and those in the business hear the rumours daily. His freedom last all of a week and he signed up with another record company. As they say, that's show business.

The rights of books, movies, DVDs, and CDs are bound by contracts, yet at the same time they are never set in stone. Artists get dropped and picked up all the time depending on whatever the business is doing at the time.

It’s not always a bad sign when rights revert back to an author. In fact, sometimes it can be what an author has been waiting for, for a long time. For example, the publisher of my first two novels decided almost a year ago that they were going to ditch all their non-erotica/romance books. At first they tried to set up a bogus company to shuffle us all toward, but that didn’t work, and almost a year later the rights were reverted back to all the authors.

Here’s 5 reason why I’m happy my book rights have reverted back.

1.       I never liked the cover

The cover to my second novel Feedback is blah. Yeah, the boy on the front is cute, but he doesn’t do anything to help sell the book. If anything, he’s too mopey. But publishers create covers and authors get no say in the matter.
 
 
Here is the mock-up of my new cover design for Feedback. It is so much more like I imagined. It depicts everything the book is about – adventure, sci-fi, young adult. I love it. I also love the colours. The older version is too dark. I'll work with this artwork over the next few weeks but at this very minute, I like it.

 
 
I always did like the cover to The Bird With The Broken Wing, even if it did not represent the book. This may or may not be the fault of the publisher/cover artist. I gave descriptions of what I envisioned but it got lost in translation. Did anything that I wrote get taken into account? A bit. I described a tunnel that the teens ran along to escape. I got the tunnel but not the sense of danger.

2.       I never got a lick of promotion

I’m the first to admit that authors need to be self-promoters. There just simply isn’t enough light to make it to the bottom of the well, yet the publisher should be doing something. My publisher did nothing but slap the book on Amazon and Lightning Source. Anyone could do that. And anyone is. By the millions. There are so many self-published books out there because it is easy to do. But it takes promotion to get out of the quagmire and into the hands of readers.

 3.       The cracks began to appear

This was a start-up independent publishing company and, hey, I was lucky to be there at the start when they were looking to build a catalogue. At least I told myself I was lucky. And then the cracks began to appear. Other authors complained and got black-listed. Authors asked about promotion and got black-listed. Authors queried royalty payments and got a full page email back about how the way I tracked sales was the wrong way but hey we made a mistake and we owe you for 20 books that sold in May (yes, this happened to me). Authors began asking for their rights back and got black-listed.

4.       I can now write the follow up books

Because of the above issues, I had no interest in writing the follow up novels. Basically when you sign a contract it stipulates that any further books with the same characters means you have to give that publisher first refusal rights. I didn’t want to risk writing something that would then be locked in for a further 5 years. I am now free to write the follow up books,.

5.       I can earn more

The entire publishing and editing experience has made me a better writer. I also know what I want more than I did three years ago. And one thing I have learned is that I can earn more self publishing. Here’s a little math. Ebook royalty payments can be around 40% of net to the author. So for an ebook selling at $5.99, with Amazon taking their cut, and author can expect to earn up to $1.20 per book. A print book selling at $11.00 will earn an author around 77c per book. By self-publishing I can sell the book for less at $2.99 and earn 70% of royalties which means $2.09 in my pocket per ebook.

The bottom line is that many authors have their rights reverted back to them, they also contracts lapse and not renewed, books go to new homes and do well or not,  print runs aren't reprinted. The world of publishing, music, movies is a revolving door of opportunity. Mariah Carey wanted out of her 5 CD deal so bad she recorded 2 truly bad albums on purpose just so they would release her early.

I'd love to hear about your experiences with rights reverting back to you or contracts lapsing and not being renewed. Please drop me a line.

Thanks for reading!

D L
 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. The Bird With The Broken Wing reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Feedback reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.

Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com
Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1






 

 

 

 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Top 5 tips for dealing with delays

Funny thing about the publishing world. It involves people. No matter how defined a deadline is, say for a release of a novel, there are still ways to delay its release. Editors get sick. Editors go on holidays. Writers get sick. Writers have family issues. My first novel The Bird With The Broken Wing was mutually delayed by 2 months by myself and the publisher after a death in my family occurred.

So many things can lead to the delay of a novel's release. Some delays are unavoidable. They're also a normal part of publishing. But they are not without consequences.

It's not just publishing that experiences delays. How about that flight that got bumped? I once waited 5 hours for a plane to have its engine changed over. Other travellers have had worse - like tsunamis or blizzards delaying their plans.

The point is that delays are a part of life and writers have to deal with them as they would any other delays.

Most writers these days do a lot of their own promotion. They have to. We simply don't have a team of publicity people at our disposal and publishers typically have one, maybe more for larger publishers but by no means are there hundreds of marketing gurus rushing around promoting our works. So this small team has to promote the books most likely to make the company money. We have yet to venture into the world of Star Trek where money is obsolete and we do things because we love them. Until then, money talks.

So when a writer sets up their promotion and there is a delay, it can mean losing our spot as a guest blogger, losing our spot for the cover reveal, losing money if we've paid for a blog tour and then can't produce the goods. It can also mean dealing with fans who have eagerly awaited the release as recently happened to Ally Shields, author of the The Guardian Witch Series.

Other books in the series are: Awakening the Fire (#1); Fire Within (#2; Burning Both Ends (#3); Blood and Fire (#4); Fire Storm (#5).

"Today I'm fielding inquiries from readers who expected to buy the book,"  said Ally. " I hate to disappoint them. I write on a schedule with personal goals and deadlines. Anything that interrupts that schedule throws off everything else - works in progress, marketing, social media. They're all interconnected. Hundreds of hours and significant money goes into planning a book release, which includes contacting bloggers, writing blog posts, coordinating purchased promotion, arranging contests and prizes. Delays often mean you lose money and have to start over in the planning process. But my biggest concerns are using up the good will of other bloggers and most importantly - disappointing readers." 

Ally's sixth book in the series was bumped from a Sept 5 release to an unknown date. Having an unknown date is possibly worse than having a release pushed out for a month. The unknown is hard to plan around.

Sometimes, though, the writer is the cause of the delay. The release of a novel? George RRRRR Martin's (makes me want to speak like a pirate when I say his name) A Feast for Crows was published five years and two months after the previous volume due to complexities arising while writing the novel. Then he went on a four month signing tour at the request of his publisher and the next instalment, A Dance With Dragons, was delayed in writing and release by another five years.

So, sometimes writers can fail to launch - i.e get writers block, but more often than not the delay is beyond our control. Much like that airplane that needed a new engine was beyond my control. We must practice patience and self-control and sometimes make sense of the senseless. Maybe we'll use the experience in our novels. maybe we'll tell ourselves what our mothers and grandmothers used to say "good things come to those who wait."




Top 5 tips for dealing with delays of the publication kind:

1. Valium: Okay, maybe not valium but you know what I mean. I've never taken prescription medicine but I've heard it's good to calm the nerves. Usually when a delay occurs such as a flight cancelled, I'm far from a doctor to request a sample of the stuff, but the concept behind something to settle the nerves is a good one. So grab a cup of tea. Go have a nice, long lunch or a long walk, sit on a beach. Walk away from the cause of the delay and hopefully you'll leave the anger behind and return with a clear head.

2. Read a book: Thankfully, writers are the kind of people who always travel with a book. Even if we're writing a book, we've usually got a book on the bedside table or coffee table or writing desk. Taking our mind off a negative task and pumping it with positive energy will help reboot us for the damage control we'll need to do to get our book promotion back on track. Reading a book can help us remember why we're doing this.

3. Move on: Sometimes easier said than done, but delays occur. Life happens. Shit happens. Be like my dog and scratch some grass over that shit and move on. Keep writing, keep posting blogs, keep updating the website. Just keep going. Put on those big girl panties and slap a smile on your face and never let them see you cry. Okay, so maybe that's a bit OTT, but you get the point. It's not the end of the world, we need to keep moving to avoid becoming stalled for good.

4. Eat chocolate: Chocolate fixes everything. A tummy ache, a broken heart, a cancelled book release, trouble can be fixed with chocolate. Chocolate has healing powers. It goes great with red wine and reading books. Chocolate will also never roll its eyes at you and complain that you're complaining too much. chocolate will never get up and walk away from you mid conversation. Chocolate is your friend.

5. Catch up with friends: Talking with real friends is a great way to vent about life's problems. Let's face it, we all need to vent, so do it. But just choose the correct platform so that it casts you in a positive light, not a negative one. Remember that social media sites are open to the public so what you say on Facebook can be read by a potential publisher.



And finally, before you go, here's your chance to win a signed novel.
All of September and October 2014 I'm giving away one signed copy of my first novel The Bird With The Broken Wing. Check out my website for details or enter via the rafflecopter form below.


 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR




D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com
Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

 
 

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Jean BookNerd: D.L. Richardson Author Interview

I'm just going through some of the interviews and giveaways I've done over the years and I thought I'd share this one. It was one of my first interviews/reviews and giveaways with JeanBookNerd blog and there were over 12,000 entries for a few copies of ebooks and some swag.



I'm giving away a print copy of the novel all through September and October 2014 so stop by the blog and website to enter. anyway, here's a link to the original interview. I hope you enjoy.



Jean BookNerd: D.L. Richardson Author Interview: Book Nerd Interview D L Richardson is the author of ya paranormal novel The Bird With The Broken Wing. She once ran a secondhand cloth...

Friday, 5 September 2014

Win signed novel, open international, one to give away

 
 
 

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Easy graphic design tool for writers

This week I came across an incredibly easy graphic design tool to make banners and ads for my novels. I discovered this tool a smidgen too late, as the deadline to get 50% off an ad for RomCon magazine lasted only a few days and it took me longer than that to track down a site that suited my level of expertise. I missed the deadline. Sad face. Next time I'll be ready.

I usually create my images in PowerPoint and covert them to jpeg, and earlier I provide a post on how to create an image using PowerPoint. You can read the full blog post here. The problem with this method is the quality of the jpeg is shit. I can create an okay quality png file, but nothing I use is compatible with a png file. So I had to find something I could use, because let's face, I'm on a budget. I need it free. and I need it easy to use.

Well, this week I found exactly what I was looking for. I believe this new tool is the best thing since the invention of the word processor. So far I have created high quality images for ads that won't be fuzzy and the best thing is this is so freakin easy to use. I want to create banners and ads just for fun!

Okay, I'm using the very simplified steps of the software in order to produce an image because I haven't yet figured out how to manipulate text and images. So I'm configuring the images in a format I know well - PowerPoint - and then I'm copying them across to my new software.

So what is this brilliant new tool that has distracted me from my writing goal? Serif DrawPlus Starter Edition.

One of the best things about this software is that it's free to download. Nothing worse than spending money to buy a car only to find out you can't drive the thing. So I'll give you a quick lesson on what I've tested so far.

Create a new drawing and pick your size. You can enter custom sizes which is perfect for when an ad tells you the specifications. The ad I wanted to place had a size specification of 3.5 inches high and 4.5 inches wide with 150+ psi. None of this meant anything to me. But when you create a custom size you can select the width and height. The 150+ psi comes when you export the image.


You'll get a blank page and this is where you insert images. What I did was create the text boxes on PowerPoint and then copy them into the Serif page. A tip to remember is when you're using Serif DrawPlus that when you select paste it won't paste until you click somewhere on the page. Another thing to remember is that if you delete an image it will insert a new one on top of the other images, so you'll need to move them off to the side and then cut and paste them back onto the board.  
 

 
 
 I copy the text from the PowerPoint slide onto the DrawPlus board and then resize them to suit. Note that the blue line in the image is the size you set at the start, so it's a good idea to set the image outside of that, which is called the "bleed area".
  
 
 
Then when it's ready to convert to a jpeg it's as easy as selecting File > Export > Export as image. here's the point where you set the dpi to whatever the ad specifications are. Remember mine was to be 150+ dpi which means greater than 150, so I exported it at 200 dpi
 
 
 
 
 
And then when you select Export and choose your file location you have a high quality jpeg. (You'll note that I changed the image to the correct one. For the examples I used my YA fantasy novel image but it is not a romance so to avoid any confusion I made the switch at the last minute.)
 
This is the final jpeg using Serif DrawPlus at the large view.

 
 
Below is an jpeg I created using only PowerPoint. The text is too blurry for my liking. When I save this as a png file it's clearer to read on websites, but not all sites support png.
 

If you're looking for an easy to use graphic design site I'd recommend giving this one a go. It's great for authors who need to crate banners and ads for blogs and online magazines. I reckon I might also be able to use this for ebook covers.
 
Have fun creating!
 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.

 
CONTACT INFORMATION

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog                     www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website               www.dlrichardson.com
Facebook            http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter                 www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1