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Friday, May 25, 2018

"Self Publish Now" by E. Van Lowe


GUEST POST and EXCERPT
Self Publish Now:
The Underground Playbook to Get You Writing, Finishing, and Self-Published NOW
by E. Van Lowe

Self-Publish Now: The Underground Playbook to Get You Writing, Finishing, and Self-Published NOW  by E. Van Lowe

This book blitz for Self Publish Now by E. Van Lowe is organized by Bewitching Book Tours. You can read an excerpt from the book and a guest post by the author. Please make sure you visit the other participating blogs as well.


For more books by this author, please check out my blog post on the Falling Angels Saga.

Description
Do you have a book you’d like to get published … or are you thinking of writing a book? Great! This tiny book contains my step-by-step, easy to follow system for getting your book written and self-published NOW. It’s probably the most complete, no-nonsense guide to self-publishing available.
I take you on my personal journey, from an abject failure living in the Bronx with no future to speak of to becoming the writer I always dreamed of being - writing bestselling books, movies, and hit TV shows. I tell you how I went from dreamer to having money in the bank and fans around the world.
I tell you in my straightforward style what’s holding you back from writing success, and give you the kick in the butt, plus all the tools you need to self-publish NOW. I tell you how I got where I am, but more importantly, how you can get there, too. This book contains:
*Expert instruction from a bestselling self-published author
*PDFs for you to download and study
*VIP access into my author success group
*Links to free video training that teaches how James Patterson and other bestselling authors write their bestsellers
*How to choose an editor
*Video instruction on how to create a beautiful book cover - free
*A list building guide showing you step-by-step how to grow your fanbase
*The most important modules from my paid VIP self-publishing program
Plus so much more …
Do Not be fooled by its size. This tiny book contains everything, literally EVERYTHING you need to get your book written and self-published NOW.
What are you waiting for? The time for excuses is over. You want to get published? You want fans around the world? You want money in the bank? Get this book. It’s time to self-publish NOW!

Excerpt
It was 7:30 a.m. Monday morning. The alarm clock had gone off half an hour ago, yet no matter what I told myself, I just couldn’t get out of bed. I should have gotten up and started getting ready for work as soon as the clock went off.  That was normally how I did it.
Something was wrong.
As I lay there, I took inventory of myself. I wasn’t sick. It wasn’t a hangover. Truth is, I wasn’t actually tired, although every muscle in my body seemed wracked with fatigue.  I was sweating.
I thought back to Sunday morning.  I felt great when I got up on Sunday.  I was up early.  I read the paper, I played with my son, and we all went to church. 
We had brunch in Manhattan after church, and spent the warm afternoon in Central Park near the Merry-go-round.  My son loved to go to the merry-go-round. He didn’t like to ride it. He said it made him dizzy, but he loved being in the presence of all the energy exuded by the kids. He feasted on it.
Around 4 p.m. I started feeling a bit sluggish.  It increased gradually, and by bedtime, I was exhausted. I had developed flu like symptoms.
As I lay there that Monday morning, I realized it was around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon when I started thinking about my job.  On Sunday evening as I prepared my route for the following day, I started feeling a sense of dread. 
I quickly diagnosed myself with a malaise felt by millions nationwide. My illness was that I dreaded going to work. I hated my job.
I asked myself “how did this happen?”  I had a dream job.  At least it was a dream job for a guy from where I’m from. I was the envy of all my friends. I was both proud and excited when I landed the job a few years earlier.  Back then, I couldn’t wait to go out into the field. WHAT had changed?
Hi, my name is Ehrich Van Lowe (pronounced Eric. My friends call me E.) and I am a writer. I’ve spent most of my working career writing professionally, and loving it.  I’ve written for big publishers, small publishers and I’ve self-published. I’ve written blog posts and articles in magazines.
I’ve written for the theater, I’ve written poetry, and I’ve written for TV and film. I’ve won many writing awards including being nominated for the Emmy Award and the Oscar, all for my writing.  I have written bestselling novels and hit TV shows. I am a working writer who has had, and still enjoys a wonderful and rewarding career.
But on that morning, a long time ago, I was a twenty-three year-old nobody who had abandoned my dreams.
If you are a writer trying to figure it all out, or a failed writer, or a would be writer, I wrote this book for you. I hope you will read it from beginning to end. There are a few things I’d like to tell you that I believe can help launch your writing career, and keep you from years of not realizing your dream.
Much of what you are about to read in this book you have never heard before.  Some of it you have, but not from me. The purpose of this book is to get you comfortable with the idea that you, yes YOU, can actually become a published author and make money. It’s also to give you some tools you can use to get your writing career going, and not just going, but going quickly and successfully.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“No nonsense. No blather. This guy had what I thought were the most creative notions I'd ever heard ... He gave me the ideas that changed my life.” ~ John Klawitter, Author, screenwriter
“You not only get solid advice you can use but you hear firsthand how E. Van Lowe helped other very successful people.” ~ Kindle Customer
“Trust me, if you want to self-publish successfully you need to read this book.” ~ Roxanne Rhoads, CEO-Bewitching Book Tours
“I LOVE IT! My favorite line is ‘One of the great secrets we writers harbor is the secret dream that we can actually have careers as writers.’ I have a draft of a book that I started 20 years ago...” ~ Peggy
“Ohhhh my gosh!!! This book really touched me!! I have been struggling to change my life plan. I pursued a career and even obtained my doctorate but I hate my job. You described my every day struggle to go to work. I loved your book.” ~ Natalia Martinez, Non-writer
“Step-by-step guide to self-publishing that works!” ~ Marie Weiss, Mother, Grandmother, Writer
“As I was reading, your A to Z steps became so clear I visualized my book completed and published. This book have erased all my reservations and fears about self publishing.” ~ Stephen Sweeney
“A must read for any new author! This book is bursting at the seams with information; from how to get your email list going too how to format your book to upload. But it doesn't stop there!” ~ Debbie Browdy, New author
“The Author states it is only for beginners but I have been an author and book doctor for 21 years and I still found new principles to use.” ~ Dr. Opal, Director of Santa Barbara Christian Writers Conference

Guest Post by the Author
The Stigma of Self-Publishing
I’m going to be honest here. It was the stigma attached to self-publishing that kept me from self-publishing for many years. I got enamored with self-publishing back in 2011 when Amanda Hocking became the poster child for self-publishing by earning a million dollars from 99 cent ebooks.
Even though I was enamored with the possibility of earning big money, I was afraid to try. I heard all the negative voices, especially the really loud one that kept repeating: “the only people who self-publish are those who can’t get published by a REAL publisher.”
You’ve heard that nagging little sucker, haven’t you?
Even though I had traditionally published a fairly successful book - Never Slow Dance With A Zombie was a selection of the Scholastic Book club, putting it in virtually every school in America - I allowed the voice to persuade me. Despite a large initial order (my editor told me it was one of the largest initial orders ever for the publisher at that time), and the fact that I made me zero dollars beyond the small advance, I allowed the negative voice to keep me from giving self-publishing a shot.
Despite being a super-successful writer and entrepreneur (I’ve earned millions, mostly from my writing), I allowed that negative voice to hold me back. Truth is, it’s that nagging, negative voice that keeps most people from pursuing their success. As I say in my new book, Self Publish Now, we make up all kinds of very convincing excuses as to why we’re not pursuing our dreams, but at the end of the day, it’s the fear that negativity allows in that keeps us from our dreams.
So, here’s the thing, I didn’t make any real money from my books until I gave up traditional publishing. I didn’t build my incredibly wonderful and supportive fan base until I gave up the traditional (legacy) way of doing things.
Now, I admit, self-publishing is not for everyone. But I believe everyone should try it. If all you do publish is a 10-page short story you wrote over the weekend, you should give self-publishing a try. You’ve got nothing to lose, aside from that nagging negative voice, and possibly everything to gain.
I also believe it should always be the author’s choice (or anyone’s choice, really) to take their lives into their own hands. If you think self-publishing could possibly work for you, please check out my new book. It contains every tool you need to self-publish a book spending little or no money.
But whether you decide to self-publish or not (perhaps you’re already self-published; perhaps you’re not a writer), recognize the voice of negativity when it starts chirping in your ear. You best successes will come when you can put that voice to rest.
Please visit my new blog I created to inspire, educate and motivate authors.

About the Author
E. Van Lowe
Ehrich Van Lowe, aka E. Van Lowe is an award-winning television writer, screenwriter, bestselling novelist, and writing coach with over 30 years earning his living as a writer. He is a six-figure author, and a seven-figure entrepreneur. He knows how to be successful. He has taken clients from having no knowledge of the business, to earning a living, to becoming bestselling authors.






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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

5 Ways to Pay Less for a Professional Book Cover by Martin Cavannagh


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5 Ways to Pay Less for a Professional Book Cover
by Martin Cavannagh

5 Ways to Pay Less for a Professional Book Cover  by Martin Cavannagh

Working with a professional book cover designer is one of the best uses of money for a self-publishing author. However, as the person who has to pay for the design work, you should be approaching it with your “publisher’s hat” and looking for ways to reduce costs without sacrificing quality.

When you’re on the hunt for an experienced pro to create your dream book cover design, these five tips will help you get the most bang for your buck.

1. Improve the quality of your brief
If designers feel that you are a sensible collaborator with an exciting project, there’s a greater chance they’ll want to work with you at a reasonable price. At the most basic level, you need a well-written brief with no spelling and grammar errors. Just a few minutes spent rewriting and proofreading your brief could reduce your quotes significantly.

2. Don’t ask for bespoke photography or original illustrations

Screen capture via Shutterstock.com/Razorbill

If you’re on a tight budget, let your designer show you what they can do without expensive photo shoots and bespoke illustrations. Most books from top publishers will have designs created by manipulating library images, and this should certainly be your first consideration - unless you write in a genre (epic fantasy) where most of the covers are illustrated.

3. Be flexible with your timescale
As the old maxim goes, you can pick only two out of three: good, cheap, and fast. This is true of all aspects of publishing - from ghostwriting to cover design. Don’t leave your cover design to the last minute; if you ask a designer to create a cover by the end of the week, you will sacrifice quality or end up paying more for the rush job.

4. Take into account your designer’s level of experience
Talent and creativity are hard to quantify. However, someone's experience is pretty easy to see - especially on a platform like Reedsy’s. As designer Lauren Harms puts it: “The designer's quote will hopefully give you a clear picture of the experience you will get working with them.”

image via Reedsy

If you’re setting your sights on a more affordable cover, home in on designers who aren’t ten-year veterans of HarperCollins. So long as they have a proven track record in your genre, you may find someone perfect with just a few years under their belt.

5. Consider how many concept rounds and iterations you need
Discuss with your designer how many concepts they’ll be creating for you, as well as the number of iterations they expect for your project. Some designers may be happy to reduce their quote if you don’t require as many initial concepts and design rounds. Bear in mind that this leaves little room for error. Any additional work you need will have to be paid for at a rate negotiated with your designer.

With a bit of knowledge, clear communication, and good planning, almost every author can be able to afford the cover of their dream – so do your homework, and you’re halfway there. See you on the bestsellers lists!
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Martin Cavannagh is a writer and a member of the team at Reedsy. The world’s largest marketplace of experienced publishing professionals, Reedsy has helped thousands of authors create great books work with the help of top editors, marketers and, of course, book designers.

About Reedsy
Reedsy
Reedsy is an award-winning community of over 100,000 book publishing professionals: authors, freelancers, and publishing houses. Their objective is to help publishers create high-quality books by connecting them with the world's best editors, designers, marketers, or ghostwriters.
Reedsy is based in London and joined Seedcamp, Europe's #1 startup accelerator, in June 2014. The company won the Bookseller award of the best publishing startup of 2015 and the Quantum Innovation Award in 2016 during the London Book Fair.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book Review Banzai e-course presented by Jason B. Ladd


FREE E-COURSE TRIAL
Book Review Banzai
presented by Jason B. Ladd

Book Review Banzai e-course presented by Jason B. Ladd

By now, you’ve probably read your free copy of Book Review Banzai: The Unknown Author’s Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews (see my previous blog post) and attended your free live webinar (see my previous blog post) with Jason B. Ladd. Well, now you can try the Book Review Banzai e-course for FREE!

Description
Want to try out the Book Review Banzai e-course for free?
Jason B. Ladd has a FREE TRIAL available RIGHT NOW!
Get started here.
Get a feel for the course and watch the first few videos right now with INSTANT ACCESS.
It's one thing to know the Book Review Banzai technique.
It's completely another thing to see it played out for you on the screen. Step by step, screen by screen, and click by click.
Ladd shows you everything and every detail in the course.
And you can start checking it out right now.
Get started here.
Save hours and hours of time and jumpstart your BANZAI by letting Ladd be your personal guide.

About the Presenter
Jason B. Ladd
Jason B. Ladd is an author, apologist, and entrepreneur. Ladd served on active duty with the Marines for fourteen years and has flown as an instructor pilot in both the F/A-18 and the F-16. He is the founder of Boone Shepherd and creator of Indielisters, the largest live online database of book promotions results built by authors. He and his wife, Karry, are the parents of seven children.
His book One of the Few was awarded as Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was optioned for film. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.


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Monday, March 12, 2018

Book Review Banzai Webinar presented by Jason B. Ladd


WEBINAR REGISTRATION
Book Review Banzai
presented by Jason B. Ladd

Book Review Banzai Webinar presented by Jason B. Ladd

By now, you’ve probably read your free copy of Book Review Banzai: The Unknown Author’s Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews (see my previous blog post). Now, Jason B. Ladd is giving a full report of what he's learned in a FREE live webinar, coming soon!

Description
Have you heard the story of the author who waited patiently for book reviews and was rewarded with a flood of them finally coming in? Me neither. That's because it's complete fiction. When you're a new author, that doesn't happen. Like ever.
When you see an author with a 100-person street team and 101 reviews during launch week, there has been a lot of extremely intentional work going on behind the scenes. This is where Jason B. Ladd wants to take you in his upcoming webinar - behind the scenes of a coordinated book review campaign.
Register here.
And he's not plugging any shady practices like paying for reviews. He's talking about time-tested, tried and true principles used by successful indie authors and major publishing houses. And he's spilling the beans on all the techniques he uses to get his books over 100 reviews during his targeted campaigns. And the webinar is 100% free.
Not only are you going to learn the secret behind his Book Review Banzai technique, but you'll be getting his back story too. And who doesn't love a good backstory?
And just for signing up for the webinar, he's going to send you the complete Book Review Banzai audiobook for free!
So, register here to watch the webinar free and download the audiobook free right now!


About the Author
Jason B. Ladd
Jason B. Ladd is an author, apologist, and entrepreneur. Ladd served on active duty with the Marines for fourteen years and has flown as an instructor pilot in both the F/A-18 and the F-16. He is the founder of Boone Shepherd and creator of Indielisters, the largest live online database of book promotions results built by authors. He and his wife, Karry, are the parents of seven children.
His book One of the Few was awarded as Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was optioned for film. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.

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