So, this year was my third time at UtopYA Con. Each year it gets a little bit more difficult to adequately sum up the experience, but I’m going to try.
The SFR Brigade’s Summer Cafe – Weird Science!
Welcome to the SFR Brigade’s Summer Cafe! I’ll be one of your hosts for this week’s little blog hop, so please feel free to seat yourself wherever you like, and today’s special will be delivered to you shortly. If you’d instead like to peruse the menu, simply click the banner above and the full list of offerings will be on display. Alternatively, you’ll find the other items listed at the end of this post. Do scroll down to the bottom, however, as there is a special giveaway for those who make it through this course of the meal! [Read more…]
Balticon Panel Review: Getting Noticed in the Self-Publishing World
So, this past weekend was Balticon 49, and, as always, it was a lovely (albeit exhausting) time. It’s great to catch up with old friends, but I had something else I took away this year from the experience. On Monday, the last day of the con, I had the extreme pleasure of being part of a panel on how to stand out as a self-published author when everyone is self-publishing. Now, I’m not sure I’m a foremost authority on this, but I think I’ve got a pretty good idea of some basics, and the other four people on the panel generally agreed with what I had to say and added bits of their own that left me nodding in firm agreement. So here’s the gist of the discussion distilled down for you.
The Evolution of a Book Cover
One great thing about being an indie author is flexibility when it comes to a book cover, and the ability to change it fast when a problem comes up. Today, I’m going to show you the cover for my next release, but I’m also going to show you some of the less tidy bumps in the road I hit on the way to the finished product. I thought folks might like an inside look at this process, and I promise it’ll be faster for you than it was for me. ;)
Helpful Tips: Teaser Images
Occasionally I have conversations with people that make me think there’s maybe a need for me to post about certain topics. Yesterday, I had a rather in-depth discussion with an author friend who was attempting her first teaser images and was wondering if I had any advice (spoiler: YES I DO OMG). If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, teaser images are a quick impact way to promo your book, and typically include a very short excerpt of your story, an eye-catching image, and the title/author name. The conversation I had about teasers made me really stop and think about the subject, which leads me to believe maybe other folks might have the same questions my friend did. So, here goes. Here’s some things to consider when building a teaser image for your book:
New Release Spotlight: Mindy Hayes and Michele G. Miller
All right, people, stop what you’re doing right now! I have two new releases for you to check out from two of my favorite people on the planet! I wasn’t able to post about these over the weekend, but I am rectifying that error immediately. Ready? Get your one-click finger set…
The State of Starla: 2015 Release Schedule
Well, I have to say that it’s been quite the busy year so far, and we’re not even four months into 2015 yet. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about different projects of mine, so I figured I’d go ahead and answer everything all at once in one big post. Here is all the book news from me for the remainder of 2015!
The Big, Scary Book is Revealed!
So here’s my news. This went out in my newsletter yesterday, as those folks get all the book info first (if you want to be one of those people, you should subscribe here). I’m sharing it now with the rest of the world, as I’m fairly sure anyone who was going to read that has read it by now. Ready? Here goes…
Cover Reveal: INTO THE FIRE by Michele G. Miller
So, I’m way, way behind in posting this, but house repairs from a water leak, a sudden influx of design work, and a book release sort of piled on top of me all at once. But now, I’m back at it and am here to bring you another post in the indie author cost/recoup series. This time, we’re talking about physical promotional costs.
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