Monday, August 13, 2018

Did you know? Some ways authors provide #Free ebooks

Sometimes authors price books temporarily free, such as a flash sale or free promotion. Other times, authors will permanently mark books for free. Most of the time perma-free books are used to drive sales to other books. Generally, free ebooks are series starters or are books used as reader magnets (for example, book hooks to capture the reader's attention and move them toward the author's backlist).

There are various ways to offer books for free. Authors may use platforms like bookfunnel or instafreebie, and join in with other authors for multi-author free promotions. Or, those same platforms can be used for authors to leverage individually for their own personal promotions and giveaways.

Uploading free ebooks to retailers sites, so that the books are available alongside the paid backlist, is another way. Readers can find free ebooks on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo sites, among others.

Authors may provide complete novels for free, or sometimes only a sample of the book (for example, the first chapter or two). Many authors provide free ebooks only found exclusively via their own own platforms--for example, a free short story (novella or novel) that isn't available anywhere else.

I use my newsletter to not only promote my free ebooks but I give away free ebooks to my subscribers. As subscribers interact more with my newsletter list, they become VIPs and receive more exclusive and/or free content. If you are interested in earning a spot on my VIP list, be sure to sign up for my newsletter and click to open and read the newsletter when it arrives!

In the meantime, the books listed below are #free! Check out my permanently free collection and be sure to download if you haven't already. And if you have downloaded and read the free ebook, the consideration of an honest review is always appreciated!

Click the covers below to navigate to your preferred retailer site to download for free!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Create the habit -- When is your write time?

Imagine it is five o’clock in the morning. Your alarm goes off. You blink, stretch, throw your legs over the side of the bed and attempt to orient yourself to the day. After a moment or two of taking care of immediate needs, you stumble to the kitchen, fumble with the coffee maker, and wait for the drip-drip-drip to finish so that you can properly caffeinate yourself in preparation for writing.

Yes. Coffee is a very important part of my writing process. From the coffeemaker, I make the 17.5 second commute to my writing room—a converted back porch with three walls of windows, overlooking a very flat soybean field and a potential Ohio sunrise. With my laptop on my lap, the day on the cusp, and my story in the forefront of my brain, I write.

No music. No television. No dog barking. No fanfare.

No one else up to talk to me. Just coffee, laptop, sunrise, and me. And my story. Maybe some birds singing. Birds are okay. Silence, however, is an important part of my writing process.

I like to write when my brain is fresh, when no one else’s words, ideas, sentences, thoughts, influences clutter my head. That’s why 5 AM works. Another reason why the early morning works is that if I can write for 1-2 hours at the beginning of the day, I feel very accomplished all day long. No matter what else happens during my day, I know I have put words to paper (or screen) and I am happy. I have done my writing job.

Happy is also a part of my writing process. Writing under stress is a good way to kill creativity, and a great way to invite writer’s block. (Actually, I do not believe in writer’s block, but that is another post….)

Process. Is all I have described truly part of a writing process? It is for me. I’m a creature of habit, and my writing habits are important for my process. Believe me, I’ve been at this a long time. I have configured writing time around flights, day jobs, kids, divorce, soccer games, vet visits, vacations, power failures, and more. 5 AM works. It is a habit born out of years of trying to figure out how to best way accomplish meeting a deadline.

Create the habit, whatever it is for you. My 5 AM writing habit it is the thing that gets me up early every morning.

From Discover Your Write Path to Publishing Success by Maddie James & Sophie Jacobs coming winter 2019.