Wed 08 July 2015

Writing Genre - What’s yours?

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General and tagged with Indie Authors

Authors and what they write

terran chronicles universe blog There are numerous categories in the literary world, seemingly an almost endless list. Starting off with the basics, all works are designated as either non-fiction or fiction. We assign a suitable age range to the work, and then from there, the options continue.

Fact based books range from historical and scientific journals, to autobiographies, and cover a wide range of topics.

Fiction is broken down into many subcategories. Some of these include; Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, and Thrillers. Romance is the most popular, with Mysteries/Thrillers and Nonfiction coming in close together at second and third. Science Fiction and Fantasy are next, followed by Children's books and Literary Fiction who are also close in sales.


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Mon 01 June 2015

Embedded Marketing - Product Placement - Get Results with the Right Company Part II

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General and tagged with marketing

You need the right team behind you and that should include John Fluke

terran chronicles universe blog "Product placement is the subtle, or sometimes not so subtle, inclusion of merchandise in a movie, photograph, or even in a book."

 In February of this year I touched on JoDee Randall's company, Show Style Brands, and how she has successfully placed products in many television shows. I also mentioned her extensive list of contacts, and many friends.  John Fluke, the CEO of Placed4success, is one of these people.


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Wed 29 April 2015

'Religious Freedom Restoration Act' - What were they thinking?

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General

Let us return to a unified country

terran chronicles universe blogFirstly, I do not in any way intend to offend anyone, however, this blog deals with a volatile and touchy subject.

Secondly, I wish to state that the views expressed in this blog, are my own.

Finally, I am, and always have been, an advocate of equality for all, no matter the person's race, gender, religion, or any other measure which separates one human being from another.

Those who are reading my Terran Chronicles Universe series will begin to notice that I have incorporated my own personal message into my work, one of unity.

With all that being said, I shall begin.


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Tue 14 April 2015

April is a special month to me

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Reviews & Ratings, Self Publishing, Routine and tagged with Self-Publishing, social media, Indie Authors

Reflecting in the month of April

terran chronicles universe blogThe month begins with a volley of 'April fool's' jokes. Some of these puns are extremely witty and well thought out, others not so much. But rest assured, between Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and all the other social media that exists, we will get to see many of these practical jokes get played out. I rarely create any April fool's hoaxes, but who knows what the future holds.

In the Southern Hemisphere, April marks the beginning of Autumn, or Fall as it is better known in America. Conversely, for the Northern Hemisphere, April marks the end of Winter, and return to warmer weather. I relish these warmer days as I get to ride my motorbike along the scenic roadways of Northern Michigan.


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Tue 24 March 2015

Technology Detox in 5570 miles over 15 days

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Routine and tagged with Technology Detox

Laying down the miles to free the mind

terran chronicles universe blogTechnology Detox - What would you do to get away from your many screens and refresh your life? Well... I tried a 5570 mile road trip, and what a success it was.

Escaping our ice covered home in Mansitee with our bikes, and then riding them all over the Florida sunshine state certainly invigorated me.

I'd like to share some of our vacation's highlights with you.


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Sat 07 February 2015

Embedded Marketing - Product Placement - Get Results with the Right Company

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing, eBook Marketing and tagged with marketing

You need the right team behind you.

terran chronicles universe blogProduct placement is the subtle, or sometimes not so subtle, inclusion of merchandise in a movie, photograph, or even in a book. An early example is in the novel, 'Around the World in Eighty days' where various transport companies made efforts to be mentioned.

Advertisers have constantly sought new and innovative ways to get the goods and services they represent in front of as many people as possible. While radio created some fresh prospects, the advent of television opened up a whole new medium. Advertisements began to appear before, and after, the shows played. It did not take long for advertising agencies to realize that other opportunities existed, thus embedded marketing was born. The latest movies are filled with numerous examples, ranging from the beer or soft drink that is being consumed, to objects which are in the background. When an actor opens up a laptop, the brand is often displayed, prior to the viewer seeing the movie related content on its screen.


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Tue 27 January 2015

Recap of Terran Chronicles 2014 and what’s coming for 2015

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing and tagged with Self-Publishing, Indie Authors

2014 was a great year for Team Terran

terran chronicles universe blogThe short stories, 'Jie's World' and 'Emma's Legacy', were completed and released. Emma's Legacy is the second of three special Journal style works; it offers an insight into events far in the future.

2014 saw a behind the scenes transition for the Apple/iTunes versions of my work. The major reason for going direct was to gain a greater control of my eBooks on the iTunes platform. We were successful. Release times have dropped from weeks, to days.

Another major initiative for 2014 has been the start of the conversion process to print versions of the Terran Chronicles Novels. We are using CreateSpace, an Amazon company, for these books. As a part of this process the main novels' associated short story is being included with each book.

Book One, 'First Contact', with 'Johnny's Jaunt', is now available in print.


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Tue 23 December 2014

Amazon’s CreateSpace

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing

An Indie Author's Experience of 'Going to Print'

terran chronicles universe blogMany authors want to see their books in print form. This used to mean sitting around and waiting for a publishing company to 'discover' their work. Along comes the digital age and with it, the time of the 'indie author'. Individuals suddenly gain the ability to self-publish their writings, which has seen a measurable drop in print book sales. But the days of books are far from over, and in keeping pace with this ever changing market, Amazon's CreateSpace allows indie authors to self-publish in print.

Firstly though, what is an indie author?


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Wed 05 November 2014

Brave New World

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in World at War

On the way to Equality

terran chronicles universe blogI recently watched an amazing movie, one which I not only enjoyed greatly, but one which moved me to write about it as this month's blog. The story is about friendships, and courage, even in the face of the greatest of hardships. I know this description fits a great many movies and books. Some of these stories are pure fiction, but this particular one is based on real life experiences and events. I am sure that by now you have a mental list of movies that meet this criteria. Stories such as 'Schindler's List', 'Saving Private Ryan', and 'Men of Honor' should definitely be on this list. I am, however, referring the movie, 'Tuskegee Airmen.'


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Sun 19 October 2014

Using Current Events in Fiction Writing

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing and tagged with Indie Authors

 

Too close to home or do you weave reality

terran chronicles universe blogMany writers enjoy weaving a moral story inside their works of fiction and fantasy. Real world events can often be the catalyst for amazing storylines, and their subsequent consequences. Sometimes the message conveyed is subtle, and missed. Other times the meaning to clear and obvious. In either case, once discovered, the effect on the reader can be quite profound.


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Mon 22 September 2014

Science Fiction versus Fantasy

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing and tagged with Indie Authors

 

Just what is the difference between Fantasy and Science Fiction

terran chronicles universe blogI am sometimes asked what a science fiction novel is, and if it differs from fantasy. Well first, let's tackle their individual meanings. 

Science fiction is content which is usually set in the future, or in futuristic settings. These stories usually involve space travel, scientific advancements, or alien races. A common theme of science fiction is an off world setting. Think of Frank Herbert's Dune saga, or Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.

Fantasy writing usually involves mythical beasts, magic, and strange lands, which are often inhabited by stranger creatures. Some of the most famous fantasy lands include J.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, or J.K Rowling's, Harry Potter Series. A prolific author who was ahead of her time was Enid Blyton. She wrote numerous children's fantasy books, many of which I still recall to this day.


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Wed 20 August 2014

Computers that Writers and Gamers use

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing, Routine and tagged with Self-Publishing, Indie Authors

 

The technology of a writer (and avid Gamer)

terran chronicles universe blogThe only common denominator for my title is that I do both. In reality, the computer system that is essential for writing has rather simple needs, while a gaming system definitely requires far newer technology. I will add that having multiple monitors for both is a very handy feature.


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Fri 25 July 2014

World at War

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in World at War and tagged with World at War

 

World at War...  What does that mean?

terran chronicles universe blogThis blog, like most of my others, was going to be on a rather safe topic. But with all the strife we have in the world right now, I could not in good conscience stick my head in the sand and ignore what is going on. With that being said I must warn you that this blog expresses my views and insights into the world's current events. For those who are not interested in this topic, please come back next month when I promise I will provide a more contemporary blog.


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Wed 09 July 2014

Social Media Friendships. Online Gaming, Facebook, Twitter, Linked, and more

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in eBook Marketing and tagged with social media, marketing

 

Are social media friends, friends...  I think so.

terran chronicles universe blogMany years ago my wife and I started playing World of Warcraft, a game we played for almost seven years. Over the course of these years we became good friends with a number of other players. We used Ventrilo, a voice chat program, in order to communicate with each other as we played. Roll forward ten years, and even though I have not meet these people face to face, thanks to our many chatting sessions and the phenomenon that Facebook has become, I feel as though I know many of these people extremely well.


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Tue 03 June 2014

Family and Friends

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing and tagged with Self-Publishing, marketing

 

We all have to start somewhere and with perseverance, we can make our dreams come true.

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My Stepdaughter, Kayla, has been fascinated with cartoons for her entire life. When she said she wanted to be involved in the industry, her mother and I did what we could to support her endeavors.

She spent four years studying at the Chicago Institute of Art, then took the bold step of moving to New York in order to pursue her new career. During college, and these early days in New York, she had to work a variety of jobs in order to make ends meet.


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Fri 09 May 2014

James Jackson's Quest for a Finishing Editor

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing and tagged with Self-Publishing

 

Progress in the quest for an Editor for the Terran Chronicles Universe

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I began writing the Terran Chronicles Universe series in 2010, and have been tweaking my writing and publication process ever since. Many times I have talked about being an indie author, and having limited resources at my disposal. One of the defining factors that differentiates many indie authors from professionals is the quality of their editing.


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Sat 19 April 2014

ebook Self Publishing - Apple Publishing Direct for eBooks

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing, eBook Marketing and tagged with Self-Publishing, marketing, Indie Authors

James Jackon's Experience of Apple Publishing Directly to the iBookstore

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Just like many indie authors, I am constrained as to what I can do in terms of self publishing. My home computer I write on is a Windows based system, which means publishing directly to Apple is not possible because the Apple publishing process requires an Apple Computer.  However there are companies that will, for a nominal fee, publish to Apple


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Fri 21 March 2014

A Writers Holiday

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Routine and tagged with Indie Authors

A Writers Holiday - Does it really exist in the Terran Chronicles Universe?

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As this month rolls by, I realize the small vacation with my wife, and two friends, is getting very close. We are going away, which means away from the computer I use to write my stories, blogs, and pretty much everything else. I imagine that I am like many writers, in that I have a lot of ‘things’ going on at once. So how will I find the time to have a holiday?


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Tue 25 February 2014

KDP Select - So Far, So Sad

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing and tagged with marketing

What may work for some doesn't always work for others.

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Just like thousands of other authors, I released a new eBook in December of 2013, and signed up for Amazon's Select program. This means that my book, 'Colony'; must remain exclusive to Amazon, and thus not be available elsewhere.


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Thu 02 January 2014

National Science Fiction Day

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing and tagged with marketing

The start of a New Year and reflecting on the past.

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January 2nd is the claimed birthday of Isaac Asimov, a prolific and renowned science fiction writer. He, Robert A Heinlein, and Arthur C Clark, have been referred to as the 'big three' when it comes to writing. In my October 2013 blog, I paid homage to these greats, and others, for the inspiration they continually provide me.


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