April 17, 2016

So is your Kindle feeling empty?


I always like to share some things my friends have going on. 

And my own sales, of course :) 

So grab a couple of books! 


Free on Kindle Unlimited:














On sale for a limited time 
(Always double check prices before buying!):




 



New Release: 


 






April 12, 2016

Mythical Knights on SALE!


That's right
Brightest Shadow
AND 
Dark Within 
are on sale 
for a limited time, 
only $0.99!


Catch up on this amazing series, because you know that the last book, Darkest Judgment comes out on April 19th, right?

And you gotta know how it all ends.



April 1, 2016

Query Writing. Do I Have To?



Yes. Unfortunately, you will have to write a query letter. At some point. For something.

If you ever have any desire to be a hybrid author or a traditionally published author, you'll have to write one.


They're almost as bad as a blurb.

Okay, not really.

They're about the same, actually.

While they're not the easiest thing in the world to write, they can be done, if you think about them from the point of view that they're a selling tool, not a story-telling device (that's a synopsis, and a different post).

We've all had that friend who, whenever he tells you about a movie/book/story/whatever, that not only does he tell the idea, he tells you the whole book, so when he's done, you're like "Why do I bother? I know what happens."

THIS IS NOT WHAT A QUERY LETTER IS.

A query letter is designed to make whoever reads it WANT TO KNOW MORE.

Like the blurb on the back of the book.

So you want to tease that reader of that query letter a bit, suck them in with a few choice sentences, then leave them hanging and wanting more.

Note: This does NOT mean give the reader such a vague understanding of your book that they have no idea, and reject you for not being clear.
Queries also have a few basic required guidelines that you put in every one, that keeps you on the professional side.


  1. Include the genre of your book. (If you don't know, figure it out. It's essential to know where your book fits in the market.)
  2. Include the word count of your book. You don't have to be specific, 85,000 words is fine, if your word count is, say 85,426. Round to the nearest thousand. (Unless your work is under 1,000 words, like for a kid's book or poetry or something like that. Then be very specific.)
  3. Include the TITLE and if it's part of a series. (Seriously. People forget this...)
  4. Include how you found the publisher/agent that you're sending the query to. However, don't "name drop" unless the person you're dropping specifically said you can mention them. "Several authors I've spoken to said great things about your agency," is enough. However, even if you just found them via a google search, and read their blog, say "I read your blog, and I thought you might be interested in my book." 
  5. Add any tidbits about your experience in publishing, or if you have a special skill that gives you an added edge to your topic. Example: If you've written a cozy mystery series involving a hair salon, and you were a stylist for 10 years. Including a tidbit like that shows that you really do know how a salon runs. 
  6. Anything requested that the agent/publisher wants to see--like sample pages in the email, attachments, etc. This you have to check each person you're submitting to, because every place is different. 
  7. AND SPELL-CHECK. Then READ IT OUT LOUD. Make sure your letter is as flawless as possible.  Grammarly.com is a good grammar and spelling check. But you still want to read it out loud and make sure it sounds right. 
I make it sound so complicated.

It's not. 

Promise.

Here's a query letter. Simple, easy.