Tue 28 June 2016

Mamluk - Book Release

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

 Mamluk – Emergence

terran chronicles universe blog It is the middle of 2016, and Team Terran have achieved another milestone. Mamluk is complete!

It was mid 2013 when Mamluk was first conceptualized, and then shelved as my focus shifted back to the Terran Chronicles Universe. This proved to be a great decision, as my brand continues to gain recognition thanks to the yearly release of a new novel in the series. Even though the writing of Mamluk was on hold, I was still able to discuss various elements and features with a handful of close friends, and make notes.


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Tue 10 November 2015

Read, Rate, and Review

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing, eBook Marketing, General and tagged with Reviews, Self-Publishing, social media, marketing

Author Feedback and the importance of Reviews

terran chronicles universe blog Reviews are an integral, and often important, part of most people's purchasing decisions. In the past, we would ask friends and family for their opinions on various things. These days, with the explosion of the internet phenomenon, we are able to get the thoughts and opinions of more people, sometimes a lot more people.

Massive companies spend vast amounts of time, effort, and energy, in capturing these reviews, so as to inform their customers that not only do they think their products they are selling are great, so do thousands of others. Amazon is one of these companies, and their eBook Kindle program is world leading.


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Wed 14 October 2015

The World Did Not End

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

Making a Positive from a Negative

terran chronicles universe blog Well here we are; it's October 2015 and the world did not end last month as so many people had predicted.

The same can be said for indie authors, artists, musicians, and others who are deemed to be non-professionals in their hobbies or work. When a person posts a bad review of their work, the stars will still shine in the night sky, and the sun will still rise the next day. This also applies to work that is released, and then after the fact, mistakes are noticed or brought to their attention. The world will not end!

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Mon 21 September 2015

A Day at the Races

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

Demolition Derby Day

terran chronicles universe blog Demolition derbies are a blast to watch. Cars of all shapes and sizes race around a confined track, mashing into each other. Each driver attempts to keep their car running, so that they can cross the finish line first. Many cars get swept to one side, and end up stuck in protective mounds of dirt. Yet others find themselves hit so hard, that one part or another fails, rendering their vehicles 'out of the race'.

This year I paid special attention to one particular vehicle. Half Fast Racing's car number seven. Jeff and Austin own, operate, and drive this thing that barely resembles a vehicle anymore, around these tricky, and sometimes dangerous tracks.


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Mon 03 August 2015

Alliance release - Are you ready?

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

Terran Chronicles - Initiation Series

terran chronicles universe blog For this month's blog, I shall indulge myself, and talk about the Terran Chronicles Universe.

The fourth book of the Terran Chronicles Universe releases on August 5th. This is a global release, such is the power available at the hands of the meekest of authors. The eBook version of this story will be available on Amazon, iTunes, and Smashwords on this day. Nook, Kobo, and Flipkart, will follow shortly thereafter.

Alliance took more than two years to write, and is my most ambitious effort to date. Many of the questions raised in the earlier books are answered, while new ones are raised. A new race is tentatively introduced, with but the barest of hints as to their origins, and even less is revealed about their current whereabouts.

What follows is a brief overview of what has transpired, and of what is yet to come.


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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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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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