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


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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.

John Fluke is a major player at getting products placed into television


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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


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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,


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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.

Technology Detox Vacation (2015) : The Bikes

My wife, Jairis, and I have enjoyed another fantastic vacation with two of our great friends, Doug and Susie. We all live in Manistee Michigan, and


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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


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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


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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


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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',


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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.

When it comes to movies, the effect on the viewer can be even more pronounced. Of those who have watched Schindler's List, who fails to feel a


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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,


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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.

The first debate for a writing machine is; do you go for a Mac? Or a PC? Well, that depends upon how writers wish to publish to iTunes. If people use third party companies, such as Smashwords or D2D, then either platform


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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.

For those who are still here, I must reiterate that


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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

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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.

The next few


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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.

I am proud of my books, although, I also know that they would benefit from a professional grade edit. I will add that my current


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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

Another hurdle for all authors is that most eBook libraries require each book and eBook to have an ISBN (International Standard Book


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Sun 06 April 2014

Terran Chronicles - Jie's World Part Two

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Free Online eBook - Jie's World (Terran Chronicles - Short Stories)
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Jie's World (Part 2) By James Jackson

Copyright © 2013 James Jackson.


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Chapter Three - Wonders Will Never Cease

Jie scratches his head and reads the request for a second time. The expected population explosion has the city's designers in a panic over space. Survey teams have been scouring adjoining areas, especially the hill regions where the city's walls have yet to be built. He stares at a map on his computer screen, studies the proposed expansion,


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Sun 06 April 2014

Terran Chronicles - Jie's World Part One

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Free Online eBook - Jie's World (Terran Chronicles - Short Stories)
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Jie's World

By James Jackson

Copyright © 2013 James Jackson.

www.TerranChronicles.com

This eBook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. 'Jie's World' may not be re-sold or given away to other people.
This short story is available to those that have purchased book three, 'Colony', of the Terran Chronicles saga.
All rights reserved.


Acknowledgements

Many thanks to my wife Jairis for listening to my never ending ranting as the Terran Chronicles


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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?

I am a small fry in the author world, and yet, still receive at least one hundred emails/notifications per day.


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