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 08 December 2015

Terran Chronicles 2015 Recap and 2016 Plans

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

How was 2015 and where is Terran Chronicles going in 2016

terran chronicles universe blog 2015 has been an amazing year for the Terran Chronicles Universe. Team Terran has been busy.

The fourth book of the series, 'Alliance', along with its companion story 'End of Times', were released.

The first four books of the series are now available in print, via Amazon and CreateSpace. The short stories have been bundled with the main novels as bonus material. The only works not in print are the two journals. They will not go into print until the third Journal, 'Golward's Findings', is written.


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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


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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

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Sun 05 August 2012

Why revise an eBook that's released?

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Reviews & Ratings, eBook Marketing and tagged with Reviews, Ratings, Self-Publishing
Write or Re-write? That is the question?

terran chronicles universe blogThere are a number of thoughts on this matter. One concept, is that the book should be left alone, as it reflects the skill level at the time of release. Another is that any and all errors should be corrected. Somewhere in between exists reality.

For the Terran Chronicles saga we have expanded the team to include a finishing editor. Thus we have a storyline editor, a group of test readers and now this finishing editor. After I finish writing there are eight people that review my work. For my first book, 'First Contact',


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