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.

Back in December of 2013 I wrote the blog 'To KDP Select, or not to KDP Select, that is the question?' I also wrote, "I am about to find out." in reference to what being a select member would do to my sales. Well do I have an update for you!

The words, 'bombed', 'flop,


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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.

January is also the start of a new year, and as such, is the time of the year that many look to the past. We review our failed goals, along with our successes. Many of us then


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Mon 16 December 2013

To KDP Select, or not to KDP Select, that is the question?

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

Amazon Prime - The benefits of KDP Select for Authors.

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Amazon owns Kindle, along with a most successful eBook publishing and sales platform called Kindle Direct Publishing. KDP reaches around the world, and thanks to the ease with which authors can self publish, the selection of eBooks available is astounding.

Within the KDP platform. there are a number of initiatives designed to attract, and keep, authors and readers alike. A challenging decision for authors, is the 'Select Program'. This program enables Amazon account holders who are 'Prime' members


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Fri 01 November 2013

Friends, Family, and Social Media - Pros, and Cons

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Routine and tagged with social media

 

The explosion of Social Media and keeping up.

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With the explosion of social media, and the advent of applications like Facebook, Skype, Pinterest, Twitter, and more, distance is no longer a barrier to communication. Not too many years ago, the only way to keep in touch with family and friends, was via letters, now often referred to as 'snail mail'. Email filled in the gap for a few years, but that too, is fading as a preferred means of keeping in touch.

November is a month that especially reminds me of my family. My sister's and son's birthdays both


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Tue 15 October 2013

Creative Writing Inspiration

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

 

Respect and Inspiration.

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The art of writing is, like many other art forms, constantly evolving. The days of ink being scrawled on papyrus with quills, has been replaced with keyboards and computer screens. But the creative minds working with these tools remain the same.

The inspiration behind creative writing is something that also changes with the times. During the fifties and sixties, a lot of science fiction writing revolved around the moon, and the technologies associated. Now days we have a lot more knowledge, and what was once fiction, is now


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Wed 11 September 2013

A day in my life as an Indie Author

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

The glamorous routine of an Indie Author Day's in the life of.

terran chronicles universe blogI thought it was about time I shared with you all, how my days go by. So many blog posts are aimed at marketing and promotion, and although I enjoy reading and writing these, I really wanted to do something different this month. The benefit of writing one’s own blogs, is that you can indulge yourself from time to time.

Well let’s start at the beginning. Just like so many indie authors, I have a full time job. I simply do not sell the thousands of books each month required to support my


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Thu 01 August 2013

Science Fiction eBooks Characters: Who Lives and Who Dies?

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Science Fiction eBook Characters and tagged with Indie Authors, Characters

Considering the impact of Science Fiction eBook Character deaths.

terran chronicles universe blogThe death of a main character in science fiction ebooks can have a profound impact, not only on the story, but on the readers and viewers as well. The writer needs to seriously look at a number of elements, for each personality involved.

The first is; what positive effects will this have on the storyline? The death of one or more personalities must enhance the story. If not, there is little point in destroying all the hard work put into breathing life into them in the first place. So the


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Wed 17 July 2013

Enhancing your Web Presence

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

Why change a website when it's already working.

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Back in Nov 2012, I wrote a short blog called 'Websites. Why have one and who creates it?' It is now time to not only expand on this, but to follow through with what has been happening on the Terran Chronicles Website.

 

First of all, lets tackle the question of, 'why change a website?' Keeping things fresh is the first answer, but a key here is to do so without alienating the existing audience. People in general like to see new and exciting things, and yet find solace in familiarity. It's a tough


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Thu 13 June 2013

To Giveaway or Not to Giveaway? That is the question

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

Free ebooks and your marketing strategy.

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This question not only plagues writers, but all artists, especially those who make a living from selling their creations.  When it comes to eBooks, there are quite a few opinions about 'giveaways' or 'free ebooks'. Some folks swear by the philosophy, stating that by giving away a whole pile of eBooks it can increase readership.

 

For example; Smashwords runs a yearly 'Read an eBook week' promotion in March. I like this quote from the smashwords blog.

"Each year, the event breaks sales, download and traffic


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Sun 12 May 2013

How do you fix a broken ebook writing routine?

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

No quiet time and my thoughts are everywhere.  Where do you start?

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As far as writing goes I found myself falling into a pretty basic routine. I would get home from my day job, you know, the one that pays the bills, then cook a little something to eat. After relaxing in front of the TV, where I would usually watch an episode of one sci-fi show or another, and be mentally ready. This has been working for me for over two years now?

 

Ahh a single man you say, not at all, I am married to a wonderful woman. She normally works evenings, while I work days.


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Fri 19 April 2013

Taking a Break - Is it writers block or not?

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

A suddenly epiphany and I discovered my problem.

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Living in northern Michigan affords me a great opportunity to write during the cold snowy months. This last winter I could have written thousands upon thousands of words, but I did not. My word count went from around a thousand per day to mere hundreds. I had expected to convert my summer motor bike riding time into some serious writing time. So what happened?

 

Have I been experiencing the dreaded writers block? I actually thought about this for quite a while, perhaps too long. I still wake up many


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Mon 18 March 2013

Character Development

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

Exposing your characters to the reader in an eBook Series.

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Stories are defined by the characters within their pages. There is often a main character who portrays a hero and conversely a villain or two. Some stories involve groups of characters that have to overcome insurmountable odds to achieve the success of their goal. This goal could simply be to stay alive!

 

A conundrum for me is the continual development of each character as the storyline progresses. When do I reveal personal details or the background information upon which each one is built?


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Tue 12 February 2013

Branding, the next step

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

Promoting the eBook series rather than the author.

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This modern era is both a boon and a curse for writers. We ‘indie authors’ write, edit, publish, and market our own efforts. For better or worse, millions of eBooks are now available to the public. So how do we capture the interest of the discerning readers out there? Indie authors, by definition, do not have access to a pool of professional editors, nor the resources of a major publishing house, thus the question of quality will always hang in the air. Ultimately, the decision of when the work is good


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Fri 04 January 2013

The Craft of Writing

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in eBook Marketing and tagged with Craft of Writing

Writing is a Craft worth exploring - Why not give it a go?

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Writing is not as easy as it first appears, books are filled with pages, themselves filled with words. Each of these words can involve a painstaking process of deliberation. Not everyone that plans to write a book or a series of books succeeds. The hidden difficulties are often enough to stop a potential author from completing their task.

The enormous investment of time is something that I am learning to appreciate. To date the Terran Chronicles Universe has taken many thousands of hours, years in


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Tue 04 December 2012

The Next Big Thing

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

The Next Big Thing -  The top 10 questions for an Author.

terran chronicles universe blogThank you Scott Robinson for passing on the 'Next Big Thing Blog Hop' to me

Who knows what 'The Next Big Thing' will be? I feel that most writers believe their work could be it!. I know I do, and I do not say that with arrogance but rather with confidence. At the end of the day though, only you, the reader will decide what that will be. Part of this programme is to answer a few questions, to help provide a greater insight into an authors mind. Well what follows is but a glimpse into mine. Please


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Wed 28 November 2012

Websites. Why have one and who creates it?

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

It takes more than you think and that's before you start thinking about a website

terran chronicles universe blogAs for why have a website at all? Well to me, it's important for readers to have somewhere to go where they can glean more information. The website allows me to add elements to the series that are extraneous to any one story. It becomes a collation of data where people can quickly glance at various races and spacecraft that are mentioned throughout the series.

Who creates your website? As a writer who still works full time, I ran into a number of issues when it came down to


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Wed 24 October 2012

What's this Social Media thing about anyway?

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

Using social media to expand your contact with like minded people and those interested in your work.

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Social media is a very important tool when it comes to promoting your work and the work of others. This not only applies to writers, and artists, but to anyone that is trying to let the world know they exist. This month I am going to touch base on the three most common social media outlets of Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Though there are many more outlets, such as the Amazon author page, for now I will just focus on these three which offer a world of


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Fri 07 September 2012

Why Write a Free Ebook?

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing and tagged with Reviews, Ratings, Self-Publishing, Free Ebooks
Considering writing an eBook and giving it away?  Make sure you have a plan.

terran chronicles universe blogThere are many reader audiences; science fiction, drama, horror, fantasy, romance novels, and the latest fad, which has even been described as, ‘mommy porn’. We as writers, find our own niche and do what we do best, write.

The idea of spending many hours laboring over a story, then giving it away, can be a tough one to get around. I suggest thinking long and hard over doing this. Make sure there is an underlying marketing plan involved before giving away an eBook, no matter how


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Fri 17 August 2012

Terran Chronicles - Johnny's Jaunt

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

Copyright © 2012 James Jackson.

www.TerranChronicles.com

This eBook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. 'Johnny's Jaunt' may not be re-sold or given away to other people.
This short story is available to those that have purchased book one, 'First Contact, of the Terran Chronicles saga, or via an occasional special release.
For further details please visit the Terran Chronicles website.
I thank you for respecting


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Fri 17 August 2012

Terran Chronicles - Pythos

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Free Online eBook - Pythos (Terran Chronicles - Short Stories)
Read online for FREE or Buy Terran Chronicles - Pythos for your eReader, Tablet or Smartphone
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Pythos By James Jackson

Copyright © 2012 James Jackson.

www.TerranChronicles.com

This eBook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. 'Pythos' may not be re-sold or given away to other people.
This short story is available to those that have purchased book two, 'Discovery', 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 saga continues on.


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