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whoo it’s official!! i’m now arcsis media’s community manager! *party hat emoji*

what is arcsis, you may ask? our lovely website can tell you better than i can!

our first project, a novella called carnalis: the aqueous solution, is already out and available, and it’s A+! the protag is an awkward, paranormal-monster-hunting lesbian. need i say more.

you can read the first chapter for free right here on the site! once you’ve fallen in love with it, you can buy it for just $2.99 (an unbelievable deal) on the arcsis site, smashwords, or for kindle on amazon!

i’ll be modding the company’s tumblr and twitter, so follow arcsismedia on tumblr and @ArcsisMedia on twitter to see absolutely rad art and get updates on our cool projects!

Interested in self-publishing your book?

As you guys know, my first book The Cherry on Top will be released this Tuesday!

In honor of that, I thought I’d offer up my experiences with the process. So, ask me questions! What are your concerns? What do you want to know about writing, formatting, editing a book? Do you have questions on how much advice to take from your beta readers? Questions on marketing? 

Or, maybe you have content questions. How to write a tasteful love scene or the different ways to describe a kiss!

For the next week, I am open and ready for questions. Better to ask me now that the process is still fresh in my head!

Just know that I will answer questions publicly, so that every one can see your questions, so follow the blog to be sure you get your answers. I will also tag people who use their username so that you’re sure to see my responses!

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 PREDOMINANCE is now available at AMAZON and SMASHWORDS on eBook and Paperback.

http://bit.ly/1D4vrN6

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NI03FEW

https://www.createspace.com/4845948

Favorite Fridays! My Favorite (and newly discovered ways) of getting books!

Favorite Ways to Get Books.

I love to read. I read more than the average person (I guess since people’s eyes bulge out of their head when I tell them I have read over 1,000 books). I have multiple ways that I legally get books, because I believe in supporting the book industry.

Public Libraries
Did you know that using OverDrive on you nook tablet, kindle tablet and Ipad, you can get ebooks and audiobooks for free from your local library?

Also, did you know that Adobe Digital Editions allows you to download from the library,netgalley, edelweiss, etc and put acsm files from your computer onto your ereader? Or just read on your computer. :-)

In Person:
Barnes & Noble- USA
Shakespeare and Co- Many places in the world.
Chapters (Indigo) -Canada
Waterstone -UK
Strand-NYC
Stores like: Duane Reade, Target, Rite Aid, CVS, Kmart, etc have book sections.

Find Local bookstores in your neck of the woods.
Indiebound
New Pages- Bookstores
Flavorwirre - Great American Indie Bookstores
Wikipedia has a list of bookstore Chains in about every country in the world.


Buying Books online:

http://www.bookdepository.com/
http://bookoutlet.com/Store/Welcome?oldUrl=
http://www.powells.com
http://www.barnesandnoble.com
http://ww.alibris.com
http://www.betterworldbooks.com/
http://www.abebooks.com/
http://www.thriftbooks.com/
http://www.indiebound.org/
http://www.theworks.co.uk/

Ebooks
Nook by Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Sony Reader
Bookbub
bookmooch
smashwords


You may have noticed no real mention of Amazon. Here is why. Amazon’s Deceleration of War on the Book Industry.

For more Bookphile one of my fave bloggers on tumblr posted War on Amazon: Alternate Ways to get cheaper Books awhile back and has more resources.

EBooks-Tree

Because there is nothing more exciting to research than Internet Panic merging with Internet scams (ok, that’s not quite true, but it is pretty fun), I played with the ebooks-tree.com beast that reared it’s ugly head today. (original post from fyeahcopyright )

First, yes, it appears to be utterly random. I have twelve “stories” listed there, out of the almost 200 I have at AO3. Those twelve include one that’s got only a few hits and is only a drabble, and another marked incomplete on AO3. None of the stories have big enough hit/word counts to distinguish them on AO3 in any way (or me, as a writer, in general), and they’re not all recent, alphabetical, or any other pattern I can see. So how those were chosen beats the hell outta me.

Second, more importantly, I’m not sure there’s any content at ebooks-tree.com at all? 

On the page for each of my stories at ebooks-tree.com, there is a “Download” link (in the center), and there’s also a link to the left for a mobi file. And, at least for all my stories, the mobi files are direct links to download the mobi files from AO3.  (eta: AO3 has now blocked ebooks-tree from offering the downloads, so that takes care of that).

The “Download” links are weird and sketchy. When you click on them, they refer to urbookdownload.com or urbooklibrary.com (the same fic has referred me to both, and they appear to be the same search site just in different skins, if you go there directly). Then trying to get at the title forces you to LilPlay to register (or LazyGame? I keep getting the LilPlay link, but the original post at fyeahcopyright​ says LazyGame). At the bottom of the urbookdownload.com referral, is a notice that says basically, “this title has been furnished by a third party and we don’t know that it actually exists”. And you know what?  When you go directly to urbookdownload.com and search the title, it’s not there (I would guess because AO3 excludes itself from that search, though I can Google the fic just fine). So the possibility exists that even if you register, there is nothing to find/read directly if the ‘LilPlay system’ requires a refer through the search service to find a copy of the work.

I also took a look at other works at ebook-tree.com, and at least from my sample of half dozen titles (randomly chosen, books with cover pictures and summaries, unlike the blank AO3 ones), I found that trying the center download link refers to LilPlay registration and Urbooklibrary/download.com, same as before, but trying to download the mobi or pdf file, bypasses the LilPlay registration but sends me elsewhere. One of those sites was “NitroFlare.com” which looks suspiciously similar, name-wise, to “CloudFlare” the apparent host of ebooks-tree server, according to the fyeahcopyright update. So they may be hosting works there at NitroFlare.com, but there was also at least one more filesharing service I saw, which claimed to be a UK company (NitroFlare says in its ToS they’re registered in Cyprus). There was also a book that linked straight to Smashwords - both to read online and to download directly. And if you look up a public domain book (I looked up Middlemarch) you will see a plethora of versions they’ve linked to, which you can read or download.

Anyway, the point being, it appears to me as if the left-hand links go straight to the download link/s, including online reading and whatever formats the bot could scrape easily from a variety of ebook sources. But the center “download link”, appears to function more like a pop-up ad purporting to be a download, than an actual download link. (on a different site that ad would be trying to get you to download a toolbar). The real links are the left-side ones, the middle one is a fake/ad.

Other than trying to inflate their “catalog of titles” I don’t even know why ebooks-tree.com is bothering with the AO3 stuff, since it’s not searchable (except by author/title) and there are no summaries with the stories. And yes the whole thing is shady as hell (given that they seem to be run by the same people who run a pirate site, is probably not a shock), leaning heavily on both legal uploads elsewhere and probably pirated versions elsewhere, but I’m gonna need something else to make me think they’re actually hosting my content.

Just as a general rule of thumb though, don’t give your credit card number to businesses who claim to “regulary” do anything. >:/

[exclusive cover made by Sam]

ATTENTION TUMBLR!


Some of you may know this but I am publishing an ebook with Smashwords.com and it’ll be officially released on July 21st but before that, I am announcing that there’ll be an advanced reading of the book beginning June 16th until about July 12th. People from tumblr are welcome to take part and read the advanced copy which will be FREE. 

This book is called A Worthy Adversary and it’s categorized as Young Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy. It’s basically about this 15-year-old guy named Jim Marks living in a society where superpowered humans -called metahumans- have been outed to the world. Jim himself is a meta but kind of doesn’t know what to do with his life until he’s offered a job at a metahuman vigilante group where he might have a purpose. After about a day there, there’s an announcement that the woman who outed the metahuman community, who was kind of a hero, was assassinated. Because Jim’s kind of a reckless teenager who’s still trying to find his place in the world, he breaks some rules and starts investigating the case. Through this, he realizes a conspiracy where he’s the center of it all and a long kept secret of his kind and even the world. 

Watch me talk about it here

Those interested in taking part, send me a message on tumblr (using this blog or my personal).

Hope to hear from you soon!

Map of the market for e-book authors—self publishing or not: eat it up & sell well.  From a recent review at smashwords:

….What to make of the results? How might authors and publishers focus their e-publishing efforts based on the data above? I think it boils down to the following:

  • Write a great book that resonates with readers and gives them something to talk about
  • Target readers who are active in online communities because they influence their fellow readers […]
  • Maximize the availability of your book so readers can randomly stumble across it and sample it
  • Boring titles, unprofessional cover images and poorly written book descriptions are instant turn-offs

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go-for-whatever-makes-you-happy asked:

Hey :) How did you became to an author ? Ehm did you study it or so ?

Hello!

Well, I wrote a book over a couple years, finally got up enough nerve to let others read it, had positive feedback, did a lot of editing and published it on Smashwords. My book, Roamer, is on several sites now such as Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, Flipkart, and Oyster.

I took several creative writing classes in high school and one in college, so those helped improve my writing.

If you are thinking of publishing yourself, I recommend Smashwords or Lulu! :)

I hope this answered your question!

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I put three more of my shousetsubangbang stories up on my Smashwords: c:\rano.bergerac, Riding Drag, and The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell. They are about a VR sex operator who falls in love with his client, an traveling apothecary of the old west who picks up a runaway prostitute, and two young women on a road trip to pick up some human remains, respectively; they are also all explicit erotica and available for whatever you want to pay for them, including nothing.

Pre-order Process in Publishing

Pre-order Process in Publishing

Publishing a Pre-order

I read in someone’s blog post or article or something (may have been in one of Smashwords’ founder Mark Coker’s book) regarding the pre-order process. I don’t remember exactly where it was. According to this source, a pre-order can boost the book’s sales ranking on the day of release; having numerous saales credited on a single day can do that. Since it wasn’t something I…

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I’ve been falling down on the job lately but for those that don’t know I’m a writer. One of my current projects is a series of short stories, the Winston & Churchill Case Files, about a pair of occult private investigators.

Lexie Winston & Henry Churchill are private investigators who specialize in paranormal and occult phenomenon. From people that think they or their loved ones are the victims of black magic to finding missing people that have had a run-ins with all manner of supernatural creatures to exorcisms to mystical artifact retrieval and disposal. This pair of mismatched detectives is ready to face anything the secret world of the supernatural can throw at them…for a price. Even if it’s their souls. 

I’ve been kind of crap at writing them lately but we’re halfway through the first “season” of stories, all of which take place in “real time,” one a month. The seventh story, INJURIES OF THE PAST, should be published shortly and then the last of the “Fall of Shadows” quartet, A BODYGUARD OF LIES. If you like adventure and character based action with a supernatural adventure twist then why not give it a shot? The first story is free, after all. If you read and enjoy them, please consider leaving a positive review on the site where you bought it.

NEVER LET GO (Winston & Churchill #1) When Lexie and Henry are contacted by a man who’s worried about his wife after the loss of their son, they realize some people will go to any lengths to be reunited with the ones they love. Beyond murder, beyond sanity and into the realm of pure evil. Cover by Jason Knize of The 11th Hour.

Available for free on Amazon, Smashwords and Goodreads. Rate it on Goodreads.

A LOVE SUPREME (Winston & Churchill #2) A young woman’s father hires the two private investigators after his daughter goes missing, last seen in an underground nightclub dazed and drugged out of her mind. To get her back they’re going to have to shoot, kick, stab and magic their way past a small army of thugs and their boss, a man with blood red eyes, razor white teeth and a voice that can make anyone do anything he wants. Cover by Jason Knize of The 11th Hour. Available for 99 cents on Amazon and Smashwords Rate it on Goodreads

HEART OF SUFFERING (Winston & Churchill #3) When a young woman is stalked by her ex-boyfriend who’s taken to magic as the means for revenge over a heart break, Lexie Winston & Henry Churchill have to divide and conquer against two threats that jeopardize not only their lives but their souls as they face demons, danger and desperation. Available for 99 cents on Amazon and Smashwords. Rate it on Goodreads

AN EQUAL SHARING OF MISERIES (Winston & Churchill #4) In the aftermath of a botched immigration raid, a supernatural force that preys on the living is released. Lexie Winston & Henry Churchill must figure out what it is with the help of a grief-stricken ICE agent out for revenge. Can they save an man’s life from being devoured while protecting an innocent victim while facing the doubts and lack of trust creeping into their partnership? Cover by Jason Knize of The 11th Hour. Available for 99 cents on Amazon and Smashwords.

SUMMER OF SINS: The First Winston & Churchill Collection A collection of the first four Winston & Churchill stories as well as an all new afterword by the author about the genesis of the series and what we can expect to see in the next four installments of the series. Available for $2.99 exclusively on Amazon. Rate it on Goodreads.

A SHADOW UPON THE SCENES (Winston & Churchill #5) Lexie Winston & Henry Churchill are closing in on the person selling dangerous magical items to the desperate and deranged. Hiring some new help, Henry concocts a plan that should expose the seller’s identity but instead leads them into a trap endangering all of their lives, jeopardizing their partnership and exposing secrets Henry would do anything to keep hidden. Available for 99 cents on Amazon & Smashwords. Rate it on Goodreads

A WOLF IN WOLF’S CLOTHING (Winston & Churchill #6) Lexie Winston & Henry Churchill’s partnership is at a delicate juncture. Unsure of how to trust each other, Lexie strikes off on her own to help a bounty hunter track down something that can literally trade places with its victims. What should be a simple job turns deadly and Lexie finds herself unsure of who to trust, facing a killer that just as deadly no matter what face it wears. Available for 99 cents on Amazon & Smashwords.

“Vengeance of a Jilted Dressmaker” (4/5 *’s, 5/5 *’s) review by D Thomas
smashwords.com

This is my 4 Star Review of an awesome book by an extremely talented author, Ms. Denise Morgan. I was skeptical at first because I assumed the book would be a bit “outside” of my fictional preferences; however I quickly realized my misjudgment within the first chapter! By the end of Chapter 5, I knew there was no way I was going to be able to put this book down! I read it at all hours of the day and night… anytime I had a few minutes to spare I had my phone in my hand with the Kindle app on, reading “my book’!!! I got a quick shock, and what I thought would be a disappointment, when in the middle of the book the narration style switched up on me, but within a few chapters this book again was back to having my unwavering attention!

This is the type of book where one thinks, "There is no way the author can pull this all together in an acceptable and rational ending… It’s impossible!” But lo and behold, Ms. Morgan once again displays her phenomenal writing abilities by making the end as good, if not better, than the book as a whole! Also sets up for a nice (possible?) sequel in the future!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read. It has all the qualities that make for memorable characters, unseen plot twists, love, loss, friendship, betrayal, murder, mystery, upper class, lower class, survival, and those are just off the top of my head!
Just read this book, “Vengeance of a Jilted Dressmaker”, and I’m sure, like me, you will be waiting anxiously to see what Ms. Denise Morgan has in store for us next!
I gave the book a 4/5 star rating ONLY because there were a few editing errors… No fault of the author, and not extreme enough to mess up the book. Keep in mind Ms. Morgan did ALL THIS BY HERSELF!!! She didn’t have a professional editor to correct the minor issues, so please keep that in mind while reading
The story as it stands on its own rates 5/5 stars! That’s right! 5 STAR STORY (*****)!!!
Denise, I am honored to have been one of the first to read this. I hope it goes to print because I would love to have a hard copy (signed by the author?!?) to keep on my bookshelf!
This book carried me through one of the roughest periods of time I can remember having, and I am truly grateful for the peace and the distraction it gave me from the stew of drama that was in my life at the time. This book was my sanctuary! Can’t wait till the next D. Morgan book comes out!!!
EVERYONE who loves a good story…. BUY THIS BOOK!!!! You WILL NOT be disappointed!!!

My New Book THIS IS THE END is Available NOW !

This Is The End, the story of Jeff Sorbenstein.

Yes folks, the time has finally come, my new book “This Is The End,” is finally available through Smashwords for Kindle, epub and more. The “Official” kindle direct and print edition should be up or at least available within the next two or three days, but you can go get it now, as I’ve recently stated, through Smashwords. I will have more on the process, the book and everything else in a seperate blog post, but for now I’m just relieved the book is done, edited and of course for sale. It’s 5.00 dollars U.S. and whatever it may be in GBP and Euro.

so GO GET THAT BOOK. HERE : THIS IS THE END

Creative GSM Community!

So we’re near the winter holiday season! People are buying things! Members of the LGBTQIA community make things people buy! YAY!

In an effort to give our community a boost, we’re setting up a section, accessible at the top of the site menu, to help promote our community folks who do things. Whether it’s art, jewelry, clothing, writing, music, etc… if you create it, we’d like to give you a promo during the Holiday buying season. 

For anyone interested in participating, send us an email at submissions@therainbowhub.com along with the name you want to be listed under, as well as your online shop (Etsy, eBay, Smashwords, a personal blog… whatever you use) information and a photo/sample of your work to put up.

Signal boosting is always appreciated, and helps draw visitors to help our members out. 

WE CHARGE ABSOLUTELY NO REFERRAL FEES. This is our way of trying to give our community a boost in their creative endeavors.

Happy creating!

Fight

if aggression is at the heart of
everything, then rage on, like the crashing
waves against rocks. never give up,
never surrender, give it hell, and I’ll fight
by your side.

Tell me a story using the phrase ‘if aggression is at the heart’.

This is in response to the #ifagressionisattheheart from @cathartic_rhapsodies @scriptor_tammy @quirky_scribbler

#sarahdoughty #author #writers #writer #writersofig #writersofinstagram #poetsofinstagram #poetsofig #poetry #prose #poem #love #instapoem #instapoetry #instagood #instalove #writingcommunity #poetrycommunity #quote #quotes #beautiful #bookstagram #bibliophile #literature #wattpad #smashwords

Want your copy of Just Breathe, book 1 of the Earthen Witch Novels (adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance)? Click the link in the bio.

Want to add it to Goodreads and much more? Go to sarahdoughty.com.