Cover reveal. The Alternative.

It’s my pleasure to have been asked by author S. Burke to be part of her cover reveal launch for her latest book, The Alternative. What do you think of this wonderful cover?

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You can pre-order this book from today! I usually have a marketing post on a Monday, so I asked S. Burke to give us her marketing tips to help other authors.

From S. Burke…

Hello and welcome to My Cover reveal for my new Thriller Anthology “The Alternative”

My grateful thanks to my marvelous host, Lizzie Chantree.

In keeping with Lizzie’s Marketing tips Day, I’ve shared with you a few simple things that I’ve learned over the years.

MARKETING TIPS ON CREATING A GREAT COVER

I must admit to having zero skills when it comes down to creating my own book cover. I’m now a committed believer that a great cover can create sales. I know from first-hand experience what happens as a result of a merely adequate cover being crafted by my own inexpert hands.

I had a book that I was proud of, that I used a generic cover creator on, and it sold very few copies. But I had faith in the readability of my work…  that’s when I made the decision to use a professional service to have the cover recreated.

I looked for the covers that drew my eye immediately amongst all the writers I follow and discovered of the ones I found most appealing many were created by Eeva Lancaster at The Book Khaleesi. I had a clear visual image of what I wanted and Eeva’s service gave me the total freedom of selecting my own image and having it used, or the offer of them creating the cover from my description. I found the image, and had a brilliant eye-catching cover created by them and returned within twenty-four hours. End result … Book sales increased!  Reviews started coming in … And the Cover won Second Place in Best Cover of the year on Rave Reviews Book Club.

Lesson learned, and then some.

I have the pleasure of sharing with you The COVER REVEAL for “The Alternative”

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Grab your copy here!

The Alternative by S. Burke

AVAILABLE for PRE-ORDER NOW!
Release Date: Monday, June 18th, 2018

 Category: Thriller & Suspense > Anthology

“The Alternative” on AMAZON.COM

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On TWITTER.

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MARKETING TIP ON WRITING A GREAT BLURB

What are the key Overriding emotions you want your readers to find within your manuscript?  I don’t presume to tell my reader what they MUST feel, but rather invite them to feel it.

 Keep in mind that the blurb is intended to be a lure, that hook that captures the reader’s attention, and prompts them to take a look at this book for themselves, it is not intended to be a detailed synopsis of what your reader will find. Too much information is a curiosity killer.

Here is the blurb for “The Alternative”

There are those that cling unreservedly to the lifeboat that believing in Karma hands them so willingly.

They work, they live, and they function in a world that grants them the option of believing that Karma has no deadline.

Until they are handed the spark that ignites them into becoming the instrument of Karma itself.

There are others who have had all they once held to be truths, everything they once stood for and took pride in, torn apart and ripped from them by the hand of a cruel fate.

Then, of course, there are those who believed in nothing and no one, to begin with … 

These are their stories.

The stories of people both good and bad, who made the choice to exact “The Alternative.”

Thank you so much for joining me here today. I’d be delighted if you would care to comment on my latest work.

My thanks again to my host Lizzie Chantree for sharing my exciting news with all of you today.

Monday marketing. 3 Quick Tips.

Today’s Monday Marketing and 3 quick tips is about your author website. This is often the first thing a reader, agent or publisher looks for after hearing about your work. If it looks professional and fits with your genre and writing style, then the message you are sending out is more coherent.

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  1. Pick colours, images and fonts for your website that reflect your genre.
  2.  Keep the content fresh. Google Analytics can tell if your content is cut and pasted from another site. Some site owners add code to their text to make it easier to identify. Update your site regularly for this same reason.
  3. Most websites have category and tags options in the sidebar when you are writing a post. Don’t forget to use them. Adding tags like: romance, books, reading, Lizzie Chantree, etc, makes it easier for anyone searching for your content to find you. The same works for a short seo and meta description. If these are original, they are more likely to stand out.

Have a great week everyone! From Lizzie

 

Introducing… Joan Livingston.

Today I would like to introduce you to fellow Crooked Cat author and former journalist, Joan Livingston. 

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Joan writes…

Chasing the Case is my first attempt at writing a mystery. Like most of my adult fiction, it is set in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts in the U.S. Besides living there for 25 years, I was a reporter covering those small, rural towns at the start of my thirty-year career in journalism. Even when my husband and I lived in Taos, New Mexico for 11 years, I couldn’t shake the hilltowns, which is one of the reasons we returned last summer.

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Chasing the Case synopsis

How does a woman disappear in a town of a thousand people? That’s a 28-year-old mystery Isabel Long wants to solve.

Isabel has the time given she just lost her husband and her job as the managing editor of a newspaper. (Yes, it’s been a bad year.) And she’s got a Watson — her 92-year-old mystery-loving mother who lives with her.

To help her case, Isabel takes a job at the local watering hole, so she can get up close and personal with those connected to the mystery.

As a journalist, Isabel never lost a story she chased. Now, as an amateur P.I., she’s not about to lose this case.

Chasing the Case officially launches May 18.

Here’s the link to order Chasing the Case in paperback or the Kindle version: http://mybook.to/chasingthecase

 

Social media:

Website: www.joanlivingston.net.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JoanLivingstonAuthor/

Twitter: @joanlivingston

Instagram: www.Instagram.com/JoanLivingston_Author

Goodreads: www.Goodreads.com/Joan_Livingston

Litsy: JoanLivingston

Introducing… Jo Fenton.

This is my new Thursday post where I will introduce you to some amazing authors, designers, photographers and creatives. Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to fellow Crooked Cat author Jo Fenton. 

From Jo:

As a working mum of nearly adult boys, I started writing late: I was a little over 40 when I wrote the first words of my novel. Writing time is squeezed between working, writing, running and reading (and under sufferance: housework and shopping!), and I usually manage about an hour a day on those days when I can write. Somehow, I’ve managed to build these stray hours into a novel, and to convert those awful first drafts into a publishable thriller.

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Book buy link:  The Brotherhood.

Book blurb:

The Brotherhood – safe haven or prison?

After her parents’ sudden death, a grieving Melissa falls back on her faith and into the welcoming arms of a religious sect. Captivated by their leader, Dominic, she leaves her old life behind and moves to the countryside to join them.

But life in The Brotherhood is not as safe as it first appeared. When engineer Mark joins The Brotherhood, Melissa finds herself conflicted between her growing feelings for him and her crush on Dominic. With their leader’s initial encouragement, Melissa and Mark grow close.

But as her haven becomes a prison, Melissa’s newfound happiness is destroyed by Dominic’s jealousy. How can she escape and save the ones she loves?

Fill your day with sunshine.

Hi everyone. I have booked in a blog tour for the first time over the launch week of my latest book, If you love me, I’m yours. The tour is run by the lovely Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources. If you would like to be part of that tour as a reviewer, please contact Rachel here:  https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/if-you-love-me-im-yours

Space is limited on Rachel’s tour, as it is almost booked up already, but there are a few places left if you’d like an early copy of the book and to leave a review on your blog and Amazon on the launch week.

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I am also having my own tour in the three weeks before launch. This will be more random facts about love, life and art, as this is what the book is about. Hopefully you’ll join me along the way or become part of the tour as a host. To join my tour, sign up here, there are only a few dates remaining:  https://lizziechantree.com/tour-sign-up-iylmiy/

Check out the book here for more information: viewbook.at/IfYouLoveMe-ImYours

 

Holiday reads.

Guest blog by That’s Travel Insurance.

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Books and holidays go together, by Maureen Juniper.

 

Leading a hectic life,  a sunny afternoon sitting on a beach or by a pool with a glass of something cool and a good book is my idea of heaven! Travel can be good fun, but tiring, and a great read helps to make it more relaxing.

Now that it is easier to take several books on holiday via a Kindle or Ipad and looking around me whilst at the airport recently, it seemed other travellers felt the same, by the number of E-readers I saw. Not having to worry about adding weight to a case is also a big advantage.

I still prefer to have a physical book when flying, as although I love traveling I am a nervous  flyer and the more engaging the book the better.

Having read Lizzie Chantree’s other books, I took her latest to read on the plane. It is a story of love, intrigue and passion with an unexpected twist at the end. No one was who they seemed in the story and for once I was a little bit sorry when a flight arrived at it’s destination on time.

Check out Maureen’s business here:

MJ www.thatsinsurance.com  we rate, compare and review all travel insurers. The only website you need to search for, when you need travel insurance. Unbiased reviews.

To buy your own copy of Ninja School Mum, Click here.

Good reviews.

I thought I’d write a post on the importance of reviews. We all get bombarded with requests for reviews from practically every service we use, or anything we buy. It can be quite annoying, but the way people buy things has changed. Most of us check the reviews on a product or service before we buy. We don’t know the reviewer, but we often listen to what they have to say.

For an author, one of the best ways to make your work more widely recognised, is to have lots of lovely reviews. Peer recommendations are by far the most popular way for people to try new books. If you love a read and post a review on Litsy, Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook and Pinterest or LinkedIn, then that is a strong indicator that it’s something you feel your friends or colleagues might enjoy too.

As an author of romance books, I write them to make people smile. Having a reader send out a tweet or post on Litsy like the ones below, makes me want to rush to my computer and keep writing. It means so much to have readers tell others that they loved the story and when they post it online and let me know, I then share it with my followers on Twitter @Lizzie_Chantree and across social media too. Once an author has over 30 reviews, Amazon shares it to a bigger audience. Over 40 and the 50+ reviews and it goes much further, so by posting those reviews and sharing your thoughts, you are actually a very big part of an author’s journey and are helping them to be able to write more books.

 

3 tips for posting reviews:

  1. Don’t forget to not only post your review on Amazon.co.uk, but to copy and paste it to Amazon.com and to other countries Amazon is registered in.
  2. Share your reviews on social media and notify the author, so that they can share the review too. They might feature you on their blog or Facebook etc and give your own blog/page a shout out, like I’m doing for the wonderful reader here (I hope she doesn’t mind!). If you like reading, join up to Litsy and give her a follow there, as she posts some fabulous news about books.
  3. Reviews don’t have to be very long. A couple of sentences that take minutes to write are enough. Using keyword like romance, or humour, for a romance novel helps other readers find the review.

Happy Marketing.

 

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Happy new week everyone. Today’s Monday marketing and 3 Quick Tips is about sprinkling kindness around like confetti. I recently read a magazine article where it said that having a positive mental attitude, treating others fairly and reaching out to assist people, also helps to boost your  mood, triggers good endorphins and raises productivity during your own day. It’s not hard to share a social media post for someone else, add their product links to your emails, or to use word of mouth to recommend someone else’s products or services. It could take you a moment, but have positive effects on someone else’s day or business for days or weeks to come.

  1. Take a moment to share a post on social media that you think will help someone else’s products or business.
  2. When you are talking to friends, recommend someone. Word of mouth is a very powerful form of advertising that can be overlooked when everyone is so busy and doesn’t have a lot of time to catch up with friends or colleagues. Share a business card from someone you know, or spread the word about their websites or blogs.
  3. If you meet someone who might help a friend or colleague’s business, take a business card or jot down the details and then introduce them via social media or in person. Email them the details and spread the word about both businesses. They in turn will remember you for being kind and connecting them.

If you love me, I’m yours.

Hello everyone. My latest book, If you love me I’m yours, is now available for pre-order! I grew up with a love of art and I often paint huge landscapes in vibrant colours. My latest book is about a family of artists who paint far better than I ever could, but their passion for what they do creates all sorts of adventures and mishaps, that will hopefully make you smile.

I had a lot of fun writing this book and the cover makes me happy when I see it, as it really reflects the romance and frivolity inside. Let me know what you think! Grab your copy here.

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Book blurb:

‘If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.

Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down.

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

 

Monday Marketing.

Hi everyone. Today’s Monday Marketing and 3 quick tips are about Giveaways. I am currently holding my first #giveaway on Twitter and Facebook for my book Ninja School Mum. The giveaways have only been running for a day or so and I will keep you updated on the progress, but here is what I’ve learnt so far. My book jumped up higher in the bestseller’s lists than it had been for the previous few days. What has also happened is that people downloaded Ninja School Mum when they found out about it after being tagged into the giveaway by friends, as they didn’t want to wait to read it, which is incredible and something I am very thankful for. To view the details of my giveaways click here for Twitter and here for Facebook. Below is the image I used for my Twitter giveaway.

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  1. Pin your giveaway to the top of your Twitter page as your pinned Tweet for the duration of the giveaway.
  2. Ask people to tag their friends in the comments section under the giveaway post. To do this they simply type in their friend’s Twitter/Facebook name, for example, @Lizzie_Chantree/ Lizzie Chantree as a comment. This expands the giveaway reach and is a great way for book lovers to share a read they like the look of, with their friends.
  3. Don’t forget to add a universal link to your book or product at the bottom of the Twitter or Facebook post as well as a clear image. You can create a universal link at places like BookLinker. A universal link is a link that works for all Amazon stores and takes the viewer to the correct site for the country they live in.