Bubbles Bursting – the disappearing Amazon Reviews

They were great! Those first Amazon reviews.  They were from my advance copy readers – friends and family who got roped into helping with the book project. Then, like beautiful bubbles with rainbow reflections sailing skyward – they popped and disappeared.Haylee e-Trilogy add

My high tech hubby says, “You must have thanked too many people.”  Our guess is that there is an auto-program in the inner workings of Amazon that zaps out reviews from people who were mentioned in the book.

No matter….if plan “A” doesn’t work out, there’s always another.

My marketing plan for Haylee is simple. If you like it, tell  your friends.

Haylee and the Traveler's Stone trilogy

Here’s the link to book #1
Haylee Awakened Seed

It’s price .99¢

(as close to free as I could get)
(FREE in the  Kindle Lending Library)

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Haylee’s afloat on the Amazon – oars needed to steer – got one?

(c) Gallery Oldham; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationBook #1 in the Haylee and the Traveler’s Stone – Awakened Seed – has launched into the Amazon (dot com) River.

There are no oars on her boat. Comments and reviews will help her find her way.

If you were an advance copy reader, your review would be much appreciated!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M0DJJZM

Haylee and the Traveler’s Stone

An ancient pattern begins anew…

Generations of oracles, seers, soothsayers and healers pass a relic of their lineage from hand-to-hand. They protect and prepare one another for the eventual blooming of a mysterious and terrible secret…

Until one among them breaks the chain.

Haylee Garrett, a California farm girl growing up in the ‘70’s, has no idea that she is about to take part in an age-old relay.

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5 Tips to find the right professional editor for your book

It’s a special occasion! Only something sumptuous and sweet will satisfy the mood and pallet.  Delicate aromas float in the air as you approach the bakery. The corners of your mouth lift up as you fill your lungs with the heavenly smells.

pastries

 

When you step-up to the display case, you see that none of the cakes or pastries have frosting or decorations.

unfrosted cake

Will they still taste good?  Surely. But will they cause an ‘oooo’ or an ‘ahhhh’ at the moment of reveal?

Many aspects of Indy publishing are appealing because it puts ultimate control of a publishing project in the author’s own hands. You get to create your own original recipe, and blend flavors and textures without a publisher or cover designer in the kitchen telling you to adjust this or that. But just because you have all the tools you need to self-publish, does that mean you should do everything?

In every sole proprietorship, the business owner is required to perform the vast majority of the work. However; the savvy business person knows that at times it’s necessary, even critical, to hire an expert.  When you are just another author in an ocean filled with Indy authors, a pertinent question becomes how to differentiate your work from all the others in the marketplace?  Professional editing is one of the best ways to accomplish this.

Here are five tips to find the right professional editor for your book.

1. Decide if you want a local or a remote editor.

To find a local editor, tap into your personal networks – ask people you know and put it out there on your facebook or google+ pages. You can contact local writers groups, high school and college English and Literary professors as well as librarians.

Initially, I wanted an editor I could meet with in person. By going through the process above, I found several but did not find the one who was the right match for my subject. Eventually, the idea of finding a local editor was discarded in favor of finding the right one – no matter where he or she lived.

2. Contact a professional editors association.

The organizations below were the most helpful in my editor search.

Editorial Freelancers Association (1,100+ members) has a sort function that simplifies identifying the editors who match your search criteria.

Bay Area Editors Forum

Book Expo America

Additional resources: Google search – ‘Writers Conferences’  for conferences in your area.

3. Choose an editor who specializes in your genre.

Haylee, like pretty much all of my artistic expressions, does not clearly fit into one specific category. It’s a blend of paranormal, Sci-fi and adventure genres with a hint of romance sprinkled in. Because the story follows the main character from ages seventeen to twenty-five, most genre guidelines place it in the Young Adult category.  However, when viewed with the other titles in that group, Haylee does not play well with the others.

Once I released the Young Adult genre idea, I began to search for editors who specialize in paranormal subject matter. It quickly became clear that this was the right way to go.

4. Understand which editorial services you want.

According to Wikipedia, copy editing, “is the work that an editor does to improve the formatting, style, and accuracy of text. Unlike general editing, copy editing might not involve changing the content of the text. Copy refers to written or typewritten text for typesetting, printing, publication, broadcast or other independent distribution.”

A line editor evaluates sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling and verb agreement. Line editing is the final piece of the manuscript production process before it is ready for publication.

5. Request sample edits.

Compose a brief editor inquiry, but include enough information about your project so that the editor can make an informed decision.

Here is the query e-mail I sent. *Note. To make evaluation easier I asked each editor to make sample edits on the same four pages of my manuscript.

Dear ———,
 I would like to inquire about your editing services.
If it looks like a project you may be interested in, please let me know the next step.
Thanks!
Lisa Redfern (Grass Valley, CA)
The Project:
Haylee and the Traveler’s Stone | 86,000 words
A new adult, paranormal, romantic, time travel, thriller.
A Five Part Novella: Awakened Seed, Need To Feed, Burden of the Powerful, The Traveler and Upholders Redemption
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BACK COVER COPY
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How can you stop being lonely when your touch destroys everyone you love?
Something triggers an ancient pattern…
Growing up with a father who could not climb out of his grief stricken oblivion, Haylee Garrett was left to fend for herself.  The desperately lonely girl is delighted with the sudden, dramatic physical changes that come over her on her seventeenth birthday. The boy she has been dreaming about for years finally sees her.
The pattern dictates dark deeds…
But with those changes comes a sinister drive; a fierce undeniable hunger. Haylee’s victims become hollow remnants of themselves.
Until two Travelers meet…
After her personal life is turned to ruins, Haylee is unceremoniously pulled through time to San Francisco during the 1849 Gold Rush. It is here that she must find the only person who can help her…the last Traveler in their lineage.
Emis Laurent is an infamous French Seer living the bawdy life of an entertainer at the Bella Union, a brothel in heart of Portsmouth Square. Emis has no intention of following the predestined course of their ancestors.
Haylee discovers an implausible alliance with two Irish emigrants; a friendship with fifteen-year-old Edward Keener and a reluctant, unavoidable love in his older brother, Reece.
Reece is the unfortunate recipient of fallout from Emis’s wayward plan. Can he bring a sense of order back to their lives after the Traveler has come and gone?

 

Every editor I contacted responded to my e-mail query. Each of them was timely, polite and had unique talents and skills. I was not prepared to like all of them!

Once I started comparing the sample edits, one clearly stood out – Erica Ellis.
Her changes sounded like my own voice. She took the time to explain Chicago Manual of Style rules and passed along information that helped with ‘Track Changes’ in Microsoft Word. Through the process of working with her, I learned to improve my writing and was overjoyed to see professional quality that the book took on after she was finished.

Erica Ellis

Erica lives too far away to take out to lunch.
If we ever have the 
opportunity to meet,
she will get a hug and a smile from a
very happy and appreciative client!

 

In my own Indy production process, professional editing was the area where I planned invest in an expert. I think it is a critical component in taking a manuscript from DIY  – OK to a polished product that is ready for readers. It’s like adding the frosting and finishing touches to a long and challenging baking project.

Ultra Chocolatey - Chocolate Coma Cake

Ultra Chocolatey – Chocolate Coma Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get your free Haylee eBook before it’s gone!

Manuscript tweaking came to and end this week as the professional editing phase of the project began.

One week to stop thinking about the smart girl with big problems on her hands. One week to focus on finishing the interior art pieces and create five novella cover designs.

Sample art pieces that will be included in the Haylee e-novellas.

Sample art pieces that will be included in the Haylee e-novellas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It was hard not to wonder what my editor was doing out in Minnesota, once she received the e-mail with the manuscript attached.

As the final completion of this monumental self-publishing undertaking gets closer, the free version of Haylee and the Traveler’s Stone [that contains all five novellas] is approaching its removal from public view. The last day to get it is June 30!

free advance copies through June 2014

free advance copies through June 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to get your free advance reading copy of Haylee and the Traveler’s Stone.

 

Here is what some of the advance readers had to say.

“Haylee [is] a complicated character. She pulled [at] me to keep turning pages to see if there would be redemption.” – Kamara Garcia, dōTERRA, Independent Product Consultant

“Haylee is about a girl who is undergoing … odd transformations in young adulthood. Some of these changes are frightening and cause [her] to question who / what she is. As ‘fate’ would have it [she is transported to California during the Gold Rush and ]meets two important figures [who help] her on her journey.” – Ashley Votaw, Nevada City Organic Farmer & Herbalist

 ‘Haylee is a fantasy adventure coming of age story with a touch of romance about a girl with unexpected power trying to find her place in the world.”
After reading the third book [Haylee: Burden of the Powerful] “Ohmygoshwhatisshegoingtodo?!?!?! What happens next!?
– Megan Greene, Megan Greene Design

 

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Haylee and the Travelers Stone

Haylee 200A young woman, with an unusual psychic ability suddenly becomes a Traveler.

Can you stop being lonely when your touch destroys everyone you love?

Haylee and the Travelers Stone is a new adult, paranormal, romantic, time travel, thriller. Click here to read back cover copy.

In order to accumulate Amazon reviewers prior to the publishing date (Summer 2014), FREE reading / review copies will be available through June 2014.

 

How to get Haylee onto your Kindle.

The first step is to download the file and save it on your computer in a place you’ll remember.

Click here for instructions on what to do on Amazon.com to Manage your Kindle.

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How to send a PDF Document to your Kindle

Here’s how to get a PDF file onto your Kindle.

Go to your Amazon.com account and sign in.

Step 1: Click on Manage Your Kindle

Manage Kindle

Go to Personal Document Settings Send-to-Kindle E-Mail Settings

Step 2: Get your Kindle e-mail address…it will look like “yourname@kindle.com”

Next go to Approved Personal Document E-mail List and click on Add a new approved e-mail address.

Step 3: Enter the e-mail address you always use to send e-mails into the pop up box.

Get e-mail and send

Log out from Amazon.com

Step 4:  Open the e-mail program you usually use to send e-mails. Write, create or compose a new e-mail.  In the ‘Send‘ box, enter your Kindle e-mail address. Attach the a PDF to this e-mail. (You can write something in the subject box if you wish…but there is no need to write anything in the body text area). Hit ‘send’ and in a few moments, you should be reading the PDF on your Kindle.

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Cinque Terre Art Series at ASiF Smallworks Show

A series 8 x 10 art pieces inspired by hiking the mountain trail between Vernazza and Corniglia (in Cinque Terre, Italy) will be showing at ASiF’s 6th Annual Smallworks in the Foothills Holiday Show from November 8th, 2012 – January 11th, 2013.

Vernazza web

While on the path, the sparkling waters of the Ligurian Sea ever draws the eye outward to their azure depths. 

locks web

Locks, carried in pockets by hopeful lovers, securely proclaim emotions so strong and real in that space and time.

A colorful place of repast, sitting high on the hill, welcomes all who begin or end their trek.

olive grove web

A shady olive grove quietly grows tucked into a remote crevasse of the steeply sloping terrain.  Entrance and egress…so far in either direction….can only be by foot. Baskets of olives balanced on heads destined to grace tables with fruited spendor.

A break in the vegetation reveals a jeweled sight….Corniglia!

Manarola perched on the following point.

chores web

Grapes grown on the terrace greet weary feet. Promises of thirst and hunger quenched soon to follow.

A sleepy little local town, not thronged by hoards, goes about her daily chores.

Ahhh…La Spezia! A place to return.

All of these art pieces above can be ordered, in a multitude of sizes, on Fine Art America.

ASiF’s 6th Annual Smallworks in the Foothills Holiday Show

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Opening Reception: Friday, November 8th, from 5-8pm

940 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945  530.274.7000

http://www.asifstudios.com/ASIF_Studios/Exhibits.html

From ASiF Artits’ Studio:
For this show the gallery walls come alive with hundreds of original, one of a kind works of art by over 70 local artists… paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, mixed-media art, jewelry, mosaics, glass and sculptural & functional works of art, all under twelve inches in scale – and perfect for holiday gift-giving!

 This is a fantastic opportunity to buy unique one of a kind holiday gifts while supporting your local community of artists! Each wall at the center is a work of art in itself – and each carefully composed gallery wall consists of several of each of the seventy-plus participant’s-up to twenty art entries!

Over the fifty-day course of the exhibit, art works are continually sold “off the wall” and replaced daily with new artists’ artworks – creating an ever-changing show. Last year the center sold and replaced so much work that a completely different show was in place just one month after it opened!

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