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eBooks or Print? Which Do You Prefer?

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eBooks…

Which one do you prefer?  eBooks are obviously WAY easier to obtain.  If I’m not really sure if I’ll like a book, I’ll buy the eBook version so that it doesn’t have to take up space in my house.  eBooks are also just way more convenient, since you can buy them in the comfort of your home, and you don’t have to wait for them to get delivered to you.

That being said, I think many people are still in love with holding and looking at a PHYSICAL book…or at least I am.  This generation still isn’t internet/technologically friendly enough to respect reading on a computer, tablet, etc.  I’ve never really minded reading books on my devices, but there’s something special about reading a book in print.

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…or print?

For instance, I think it’s easier to be proud of a physical book that you’re reading; you can take it anywhere and look like an intellectual boss (if that exists)!  I also think that, for promotional reasons, having books in print is better, because other people can actually SEE that you’re reading a book written by so-and-so.  If you’re just reading an eBook on your phone or tablet, it’s harder for people to see that and become aroused by what you’re reading.

Which one do you guys prefer though?  As an author, hearing what you have to say is important to me! eBooks are convenient, print is classy.  Any thoughts?

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The Woes of Self-Publishing

“The best people that you can get to download your books are other authors.  Chances are, if you’re a self-published author, you’re going to need help with promoting your work.  And that means we need to stick together.   Self-publishing doesn’t always have to be a lonely endeavor.  Make relationships and get the train moving again.”

If you’re like me, you’ve probably written a book, or you’re currently working on one.  You are either an author, or an aspiring author.

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And, chances are, if you’re like me, you’ve researched and found out that self-publishing is the easier path for ensuring your written work will get some attention.  It’s the fastest choice, the choice that gives you the most control over your manuscript, and, if you don’t want to, you don’t even have to spend a penny.

However, if you’re like me, then you’ve most likely also discovered that self-publishing is VERY HARD.

To be a self-publishing author…for those of you that don’t know what this entails, allow me to explain.  If you SELF-PUBLISH a book, then you are the publisher.  Based upon this discovery, we can go further and ask the necessary question: what does a publisher do?

Publishers distribute written or graphic works of art to the public.  They are advertisers, promoters, business-people, sales-people.  That’s their job.  And, with every job that involves showing off and selling some sort of item, you had better be good at it!

Most likely, if you’re a self-published author, the revenue you receive from selling your books is NOT your only source of income.  Most self-published authors would be in a lot of trouble, if that were the case!  Publishing a book (meaning actively distributing and selling it to the public) is a lot of work, and very often, not too profitable.

WHAT ARE SOME GREAT WAYS TO PROMOTE YOUR BOOK?

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My books tend to have much more success when (guess what?) I make them free for a short amount of time.  I’m talking about the eBook versions, of course.  People will wait for me to make them free (which, of course, is smart), or maybe they’re people that haven’t heard of my book, but they notice it while scrolling through Smashwords.com.  They see that the novella is free, and then decide to give it a chance.  I mean, they don’t have anything to lose.

This sounds like a poor way to build a following; if your book is worth something, then people will pay for it!  This is very true, and it’s why I don’t advise that you keep your book forever free.  BUT, there are also some advantages to making your book free:

  1. If you’re writing a series (like me), having at least the first book free can act as the “hook”.  Then, if you’re worried about making sure people understand the worth of your book, you can charge readers for the subsequent books of your series.
  2. Ripple effect: the people that download your book for free might start talking, or other people online will see what they’re reading.  Maybe they’ll be interested in buying a copy too.

Another great way to promote your book is finding other authors that write about the same things you do.  Wordpress.com is great for that, especially since you can search for specific tags.  Writing a historical fiction? Search for others writing about the same thing.  Strike up a relationship and find ways to help each other out.  The best people that you can get to download your books are other authors.  Chances are, if you’re a self-published author, you’re going to need help with promoting your work.  And that means we need to stick together.   Self-publishing doesn’t always have to be a lonely endeavor.  Make relationships and get the train moving again.

The last way to promote your book would be to keep on writing; blog on different sites.  Personally email people, comment on their blogs, and find nook in the internet where your audience is hiding.  Whatever your endeavor is, keeping working for it.  And even if you’re not sure where your going with your self-publishing career, keep moving forward.  Keep searching.  Keep writing.

For those that suffer the woes of self-publishing: Go create.  Go writers.


Your Author,

Dom

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Aul

Praise God 😉

P.S. Volume 1 is still free as an eBook at Smashwords!

Calibre—eBook Reader Review

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REVIEW—eBook Reader: Calibre

I will admit that when it comes to eReaders, I’m not too experienced, meaning that I haven’t tried very many of them.  However, I have to say, Calibre-E-book Management has to be one of the coolest eBook readers out there!

Calibre is virtually your own eBook library that grants you the ability to gather books from multiple sources.  It’s a way to read books that are distributed as EPUB files; and EPUB files, in case you didn’t know, are usually the most professional-looking out of any possible eBook format.

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Okay, now down to the simply stylish/cool things.  Calibre just has a modern, organized feel to it.  Whenever you select a book, it gives you the cover of the book, the name of the author, the format it’s in, the tags given to it by the author, and a summary of the plot (granted that the book possesses one).  I think that it’s awesome and amazing that ALL of that information can be extracted by simply downloading an EPUB file on your computer and transferring it to Calibre.

Then there’s the button that allows you to convert books to whatever format you want.  Or what about the button you can press that allows you to search for eBooks online WITHIN the program?  THAT’S a handy feature.  Any kind of eBook from whatever site; you can search for them right from Calibre!

When it comes to reading, everything looks nice and crisp; both because of the way Calibre presents every book, and because EPUB files—so long as the book is formatted correctly—always look sharp.

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Yes, I know my example images are blurry…that’s because I try to make them bigger or just leave them at the same size 😛

Overall, the only downside to Calibre is that sometimes it seems like it makes the computer a little slow when you run the program.   But other than that, it’s totally worth it!

I often suggest Calibre to those friends and followers of mine that don’t have any other eReading devices.  It gives you a modern, intriguing way to read eBooks on your computer, if a computer is all you have available for reading eBooks.

Here’s the link to download Calibre…and it’s FREE: http://calibre-ebook.com/

Enjoy! I hope you get as much out of Calibre as I do!

BY THE WAY.  Shout out to Elizabeth M for providing an awesome picture to use as the background for my blog.  Here’s the original picture.  It’s a scene taken from the end of Volume 1:

Copyright
Copyright

Pretty epic, right?  Thanks Elizabeth.


Your Author,

Dom

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Aul

Calibre—eBook Reader Review

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REVIEW—eBook Reader: Calibre

I will admit that when it comes to eReaders, I’m not too experienced, meaning that I haven’t tried very many of them.  However, I have to say, Calibre-E-book Management has to be one of the coolest eBook readers out there!

Calibre is virtually your own eBook library that grants you the ability to gather books from multiple sources.  It’s a way to read books that are distributed as EPUB files; and EPUB files, in case you didn’t know, are usually the most professional-looking out of any possible eBook format.

calibre review pic

Okay, now down to the simply stylish/cool things.  Calibre just has a modern, organized feel to it.  Whenever you select a book, it gives you the cover of the book, the name of the author, the format it’s in, the tags given to it by the author, and a summary of the plot (granted that the book possesses one).  I think that it’s awesome and amazing that ALL of that information can be extracted by simply downloading an EPUB file on your computer and transferring it to Calibre.

Then there’s the button that allows you to convert books to whatever format you want.  Or what about the button you can press that allows you to search for eBooks online WITHIN the program?  THAT’S a handy feature.  Any kind of eBook from whatever site; you can search for them right from Calibre!

When it comes to reading, everything looks nice and crisp; both because of the way Calibre presents every book, and because EPUB files—so long as the book is formatted correctly—always look sharp.

calibre image review 2

Yes, I know my example images are blurry…that’s because I try to make them bigger or just leave them at the same size 😛

Overall, the only downside to Calibre is that sometimes it seems like it makes the computer a little slow when you run the program.   But other than that, it’s totally worth it!

I often suggest Calibre to those friends and followers of mine that don’t have any other eReading devices.  It gives you a modern, intriguing way to read eBooks on your computer, if a computer is all you have available for reading eBooks.

Here’s the link to download Calibre…and it’s FREE: http://calibre-ebook.com/

Enjoy! I hope you get as much out of Calibre as I do!

BY THE WAY.  Shout out to Elizabeth M for providing an awesome picture to use as the background for my blog.  Here’s the original picture.  It’s a scene taken from the end of Volume 1:

Copyright
Copyright

Pretty epic, right?  Thanks Elizabeth.


Your Author,

Dom

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Aul

Good Work Everybody

Good work everybody 🙂 Volume 3 is definitely a hit!  Downloads are really spiking for all three volumes (especially for Volume 1).

To be honest, Volume 3 has been the biggest pain in the neck for me.  It still hasn’t qualified for Smashwords’ “premium distribution”, all because of the image I placed in the back of the book.  And I still can’t seem to resolve that.  Also, Createspace over at Amazon isn’t allowing me to create a print version because it says my margins are too small, even though I’m using the same margins I used for the other books.

Well, I’ll find time to work everything out.

But YOU guys are awesome, even if I’m really not doing so great 😀

Funny how things are working that way….

ANNNNNYYYWAY.   Just wanted to let you guys know that I may not be posting very much because of football camp.  It takes up the greater part of my day.

Stay awesome!

Dom

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Aul

P.S. All three volumes are still available and free at Smashwords.com (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/569002)

99 Copies

Hey all!  So I’ve officially had 99 people buy or download a volume of The Golden Lands.  Which means, obviously, that I’m one copy away from having reached 100!

Wanna’ be that person to help me hit a landmark?

Here’s an overview of Volume 1 and a few places you can get it (for free, too!).

PLOT SUMMARY:

The Golden Lands, one of the three worlds of Terra, is supposed to be a place of peace, light, and happiness. But the Golden Lands hasn’t exactly been such a place for John Hedekira, a jaded, hot-headed teenager. His parents disappear when he is thirteen, and he’s left to look after his younger sister and brother. One evening, John decides that he has had it with the distant, self-pitiful dispositions of his siblings, and resolves to shut them out of his life for good…or so he thinks. That same evening, a band of warriors of a dark race invade his home, kidnapping John’s siblings…and leaving him to bleed out on the floor of his own house. But John is not undone so easily. Compelled by his own hatred of the warriors that left him to die, and a sense of duty towards his siblings, John sets out on a quest for vengeance. Joining him is Faith Pinck, a caring, innocent girl who doesn’t yet understand the true motives behind John’s desire to track the evil band of warriors. And in the midst of their adventures as they journey to rescue John’s siblings, they begin to uncover a deeper, darker plot that will endeavor to collide the world of humanity with the world of an unholy, malicious, supernatural being.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT:

At Smashwords.com (free eBook download, available in multiple formats)

At Barnesandnoble.com (free eBook download as a Nook Book, or as a paperback [$5.99])

At iBooks (I think it’s either free or $2.99 here)

As a Kindle Version (99 cents)

At Amazon (paperback $5.99)

Thanks so much for all of your support.  It’s hard to be a self published author; it takes lots of time, lots of thinking, and lots of willpower.  Sometimes, we fall into lacking willpower.  Few things can better inspire me to keep on persevering than your support!  So thanks again.

Stay awesome.

Dom

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Aul

Whoopsie!

Sorry I haven’t posted in so long everyone!  I’ve been pretty busy working on polishing off Volume 3 and writing Volume 4.  Also, because I always put the cover of the next book into the current book, my sister and I have been drawing the cover for Volume 4…which, by the way, is definitely going to be the most amazing cover yet!

Here’s an overview of Volume 3!

Copyright 2015 Clare Sceski
Copyright 2015 Clare Sceski

PLOT SUMMARY

A name is being whispered throughout the northern region of the Golden Lands.  And wherever it is whispered, death quickly follows.  “Hedekira” is the only word voiced by the strange “ghost” who appears at random, causing chaos wherever he strikes.  Neither John Hedekira nor his friends know why the ghost is after John…nor that they are going to be in the fight of their lives if they’re caught.

EXCERPT!!!

NOTE: Karr is not the Ghost of Hedekira


I dislodge my sword and stand, groaning again.  “You know this guy?” I ask Faith.

“Karr?” she says to the bandit.

The thief removes his mask, still keeping his eyes on Faith.  “Yeah,” he affirms, revealing his face.

My gaze switches from Faith to Karr, who are still regarding each other with a look of confusion.  This is an awkward moment.  “Uh, so how do you know each other?” I ask.

“John,” Faith says, eyeing the bandit suspiciously, “this is my brother, Karr.”

Understanding floods my mind for a moment, but then I’m confused too.  Faith told me she has two older brothers, but she said they both got married and were living as farmers like their parents.  I get why Faith is surprised.  “What are you doing here?” Karr asks.

“What are you doing here?” questions Faith.

Karr frowns with annoyance, as if he’s disappointed with her reply.

“I’m helping my friend rescue his little siblings from a band of Evil,” Faith declares.  Then she asks again, “So why are you here?”

Karr grimaces, lowering his gaze, when a female thief speaks from the roof above us, “Sir, we’ve acquired our projected spoils.  Do you want us to clear out?”

“Yeah,” Karr says.

“Would you like to take prisoners?” the woman inquires.

Karr’s eyes alight on me and Faith.  “Just two,” he says flatly.

Bernard comes running up to us from my right.  “Faith, are you okay?” he says.

“Make that three,” Karr recants.  The woman nods and then flits away.

“Karr, what do you mean?” Faith exclaims.

Karr turns and walks away slowly.  Five bandits drop from the roofs around us and replace him, and one of them warns, “Don’t resist.”

Bernard and I exchange a glance.  We don’t know if we can take them, and we don’t know if we want to.  We drop our weapons and raise our hands.  Then the thieves come forward, and they bind our hands.  I don’t know if this is a good idea.  I don’t exactly trust Faith’s brother.  I mean, he was just pillaging a village.  And now he’s leaving it in ruins.  “What’s going on, Faith?” I murmur to my friend.

“I don’t know,” she replies stiffly.  But her demeanor says it all.  She’s going to get to the bottom of this.


I hope you guys are excited!  Volume 3, I’ve been told, has the best, most well-choreographed fight scenes in the whole series so far!!!

Your Author,

Dom

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