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The List is free today on Amazon

My novella, The List, is free today (5/10) worldwide and exclusively on Amazon.  I do not list many free days, so you definitely want to grab this while you have the chance!

The List

Universal worldwide Amazon Link:

http://myBook.to/TheList

The List

Lauren Parker was a typical college student until one tragic event that changed her life forever. Unable to escape the terrible secret from her past, Lauren was ready to end it all. She had barely noticed Colin Matthews around campus before that night — the night he saved her from making a horrible decision. Falling in love with Colin was the easy part. But before she can move on with her future, she has to face her past.

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Indie Author Facebook Tips

Indie Author Facebook Tips


 

If you are an indie author, social media is definitely a tool you are going to want to utilize.  In this blog post, we’re going to discuss Facebook.

You are going to link your Facebook page to your personal account. Now, if you write under a pen name, you might want to consider making an entirely new personal account. You personal account will come into play when exchanging likes with fellow authors. I will discuss more about that later on this blog post.

When you are ready to create your page, you will see that Facebook offers a lot of categories. I chose author for my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAngelaSnyder  They also have a category for books.  As you can see, I created another page for my book: https://www.facebook.com/VampireNextDoorBook

It is very easy to switch between your personal account and your page(s).  There is a drop-down menu (arrow) in the top right corner of your Facebook. The heading will read “Use Facebook as:”, and you will choose your page. To switch back, go to the menu again and select your personal account.

So now that you have your Facebook page set up, you are going to need some likes. A lot of people do not realize this, but if a page likes your page — it does not count! Only personal Facebook accounts will count as a like. So if you are exchanging likes with a fellow author, please make sure you are both liking from your personal accounts and not from your pages. You don’t want to get shorted, and you don’t want to short your fellow authors.

You need to get more than 30 likes before you can see your page insights. Your page insights let you see a lot of information such as likes, unlikes, how many people are viewing your posts, demographic info, page visits and much more. It’s very useful to see what time most of your followers are on Facebook, so that your posts can reach the maximum audience.

Now, how do you get likes? Getting likes can be a painstaking task, and it takes time unless you have a big following already. There are many ways that you can get likes, but most of them involve exchanging likes. Exchanging likes means exactly what it implies — I will like your page if you like mine. This is a great way to help out your fellow authors and get yourself some page likes at the same time.

There are some groups on Facebook you can join where you post your Facebook page link and exchange likes with fellow group members. Here are two groups:

You must join the group before you can post your Facebook page. Like with any group, read the rules before posting. The rules will be over on the right-hand side of the group under the banner.

There is another group that indie authors should be utilizing, and that is a retweet group. If you ever see indie authors posting a lot of RTs (retweets) on Twitter in one day, that is because they have probably joined one of these groups. The idea of the group is simple — You retweet (RT) another author, and they RT you. Everybody wins by helping each other out.

A way to find RT groups on Facebook is by utilizing the search. Type in RT, author, indie author, retweet group or any other combination of words. Usually when you join one group, more group suggestions will pop up. I will share one group that is great for indie authors who want to RT: https://www.facebook.com/groups/181934298640498/ As I said above, please read the rules before posting in the group.

The last tip I am going to share when it comes to Facebook is using other pages for your own promotion. Did you know you can post a link to your book once a week on Amazon Kindle’s Facebook page that reaches millions of people?

If you go to the page https://www.facebook.com/kindle, you will see (near the top right) a section that says “Recent Posts by Others on Amazon Kindle”. You will see the same thing (Recent Posts by Others) on other pages. Go to the left of the page where you can post and say something about your book and include the link. When you refresh the page, your post will show up under the “Recent Posts by Others” on the right.

Most pages encourage promotion, but do not go overboard. Once a week or once every two weeks is a safe bet that you won’t get banned from the page.

Do not post on fellow authors’ pages unless you are given permission. Would you want someone posting their book info on your page? I didn’t think so. 😉

Whatever book your category is in, search for a particular page in the Facebook search. If you write paranormal, search for pages that promote paranormal books.   Paranormal Reads is an awesome Facebook page that even has an author day once a week that encourages authors to share all of their info and links for their 20,000+ audience.  You can find them here:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paranormal-Reads/210602165622398

If your book is not paranormal, find another page that can help you.  There are pages for Amazon Kindle, Kindle Fire, Nook and many more that you could post on to promote your book.  Tip: If you see other authors posting in the “Recent Posts by Others”, you can post there too.

There are two Amazon Affiliate Facebook pages that promote authors/indie authors when the author/reader submits a form.  These pages have 30,000+ and 80,000+ likes.  That’s a lot of potential buyers for your book!  Read the rules on the page before submitting the form.  It’s very simple.  If you need help, contact the page for more info.  I’m sure they would be happy to help!


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5 * Review for Vampire Next Door

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5 * Review for Vampire Next Door by Angela Snyder

I was instantly drawn to this book after reading the first few pages of the suspenseful sample. It starts out with an unknown woman fighting for her life. There are so many questions that the reader will instantly want to know: Who is the woman? What happened to her? And what connection does Sebastian Alexander have to the mysterious girl?

There are a lot of great twists and turns, character development, and romance, which is exactly what I look for in a good book.

You can learn more about the author and pick up your own copy from Amazon by clicking here!

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Reviews

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   Today I’m going to talk about reviews.  Any indie author you talk to will say the same thing…a review is one of the most important things you can do for them.  A review lets other potential readers know what they can expect from the book they are about to purchase, and it can also be a deciding factor between someone passing up a book or purchasing it.  Even if you leave a few words in a review like “I loved it!” or “I liked it!” and leave some stars, you are amazing in the indie authors eyes!  If you think that your review won’t matter, TRUST ME, it does!  So if you have a favorite indie author out there, please leave a review.  They will be very grateful for it!

Every five-star review I receive is like a dream over and over again.  Never did I dream that I would publish a book that so many people would tell me time and time again that they couldn’t put down and that they fell in love with the characters.  Vampire Next Door wouldn’t be where it is today without my small, but increasing, group of fans!  I love each and every one of my reviews and each and every one of my fans.  It’s so nice to be on Twitter and Facebook and have people retweet and favorite/share and comment things that I post.  So for that, I say thank you!!

My newest review is five stars, and it is from fellow writer, Joseph Forte.  You can find Joey’s review on his reviews and recommendations page on his blog: http://www.josephfortewriting.com/?page_id=22

His review is on the Amazon (Canada) website, and it reads:

“Vampire Next Door is an edge of your seat, romantic, paranormal thing of beauty that will have your eyes screaming for more. I was hooked before I cracked the book open as the cover, as plain and simple as it once was, gave an eerie, dark feeling of what was to be expected. The cover was spilling with anticipation and this novel clearly delivered in all aspects. From the onset, the author reels in her readers by using imaginative and figurative language in addition to a writing style that leaves a sweet craving in the reading mind, always wanting to turn to the next page and read, just one more chapter. The story line is fabulous and character development is wonderful as they both keep the reader in suspense as the words fall off the page with ease. If you’re looking for a romantic, suspenseful novel with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end, then Vampire Next Door by Angela Snyder is a book to engage in. Be sure to pick up a soft cover or eBook right now as it is well worth the money invested.”

Read Joseph’s review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Next-Door-Angela-Snyder-ebook/product-reviews/B00EV69622/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

    You can find out more about Joseph and his book, At the Window, at his website:

http://www.josephfortewriting.com/

Writing

Vampire Next Door

Vampire Next Door

    I recently published my first novel, “Vampire Next Door”, on August 29th, 2013.  On that day, I remember having such a surreal feeling.  My lifelong dream had been to publish a book.  And I had just done it.

   My passion for writing came at an early age.  I can remember writing songs and poetry when I was in second and third grade.  I remember writing entire plays by fifth grade.  I started my first novel when I was fifteen.  That novel is still a work in progress, and I believe it will be my masterpiece, so to speak.  And, of course, it is about vampires.  My obsession with vampires started in the year 1994.  Interview with a Vampire and “The Last Vampire” series by Christopher Pike were at the top of my list of things to obsess about.  The more I watched and the more I read, the more I wanted to write about vampires.

    “Vampire Next Door” was initially two separate stories.  The first story was about a battered woman who was married to a rich, powerful and evil man.  There was a vampire living next door who was in love with this woman and saved her life after her husband had gone too far.  The woman reminded him of a long lost love from his past.  It was really a fairytale kind of story.  At the same time I was developing that story, I had another story in my head.  The other one was about a woman who had amnesia.  While trying to adjust to a new life without a past, she fell in love with her doctor, who had an evil twin brother.   Now, the plots for these books were not complete in any sense.  I honestly would have never finished each one individually.  They were missing something…a lot actually, and I was too busy working on several other books to pay them any mind.  They were just ideas.  And that was that.

    I often hear from authors about their characters speaking to them, almost as if they’re begging for their story to be told.  Well, Sebastian wouldn’t get out of my head.  I thought about him.  I dreamed about him.  He was everywhere.  One day while I was looking through my many, many, many (did I say many?) documents with all my stories on my computer, something just clicked.  Combine the two stories that were going nowhere and come up with a brand new story.  And so Sebastian Alexander became the main character for “Vampire Next Door”, and he became my obsession for the few months while I wrote the book.  Sebastian had finally found his home in “Vampire Next Door”.

    My method of writing is not methodical, to say the least.  I tend to think of my method as a jigsaw puzzle.  I get ideas for chapters, and I write them down at a feverish pace while the idea is still in my head.  Now, I could be working on the beginning, the middle or the end at any given time.  And, hell, I work on several different books at the same time as well.  How all of those chapters come together at the end into one big story is a mystery.  I like to think I have the entire story in my head and that I planned the whole thing from the beginning, but I don’t know if I honestly believe that sometimes.  But I also give a lot of credit to my “jigsaw puzzle” method, because I think that’s how my stories get so much action.  I’m writing each chapter individually and giving it everything I have, and it makes for  a great story in the end!

    The characters were easy to come up with.  I never have a hard time with the characters actually, and I usually create them before I even come up with a good plot.  Sebastian Alexander is based on real-life actor Colin Egglesfield.

Colin Egglesfield aka Sebastian Alexander
Colin Egglesfield

    And the ladies out there can see why I didn’t mind having that image stuck in my head for months.  😉  Whenever I have a book idea, I create a folder and keep the character’s pictures in it.  It helps me when I’m trying to imagine a certain way they would act or look in different situations.  I even keep pictures of houses, cars, etc., just to help with bringing the characters, places and things into reality while I write about them.

    Although the characters were not hard to come up with, the blurb was.  The blurb for “Vampire Next Door” was not a simple task.  In fact, I think it was harder than writing the entire book.  I made about a hundred drafts of a blurb and edited and edited and edited until I thought it was near perfect.  “Vampire Next Door” has such a complicated plot (most of my books do) that it was difficult for me to pinpoint the real drama that would catch the reader’s attention and not give away any spoilers.  Here is the blurb:

After being left for dead in the woods, a woman wakes up from a coma. With no memory of her past, she is given the name Jane Doe. While trying to adjust to her new life, tragedy strikes again. However, this time a mysterious and handsome next-door neighbor is there to help her pick up the pieces. But is he really a stranger, or does he hold the key to unlocking her past and finding out who wants her dead?

    Not bad, eh?  It only took me two days and about a hundred revisions and the advice from a few friends.  All that work for just a blurb!  I’m thinking for future novels that I’ll write the blurbs first and then the book! 😉

    If you would like to purchase a copy of “Vampire Next Door”, you can find it on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EV69622  There you can find the e-book for your Kindle or the paperback.  I also have an eStore through CreateSpace – https://www.createspace.com/4153084

Publishing

Tips and Tricks For New Authors Part 2

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR NEW AUTHORS PART 2

[KDP and CreateSpace]

    Not sure how to publish your book or with whom?  Here is my take on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and CreateSpace.  FYI — Amazon owns both of them. How to differentiate between the two:

  1. CreateSpace is for paperback only
  2. KDP is for e-books only

    The way I went about publishing is I went through CreateSpace first and published a paperback form of “Vampire Next Door”.  I have heard from many people that it’s less difficult to publish the paperback first and then have CreateSpace format (for free) a version and create an e-book that will be readable for the Kindle.  So if you want a paperback or think you will want a paperback, work with CreateSpace first.

    CreateSpace is very easy to use and extremely user friendly.  You are basically going to create a new title, and they use a step-by-step process to get you through it.  The first step is to go to http://www.createspace.com and sign up for a new account.  You will go to your Member Dashboard and Add New Title.  You will then complete the categories of Setup, Review and Distribute.  After you are done creating your paperback, CreateSpace will send all of your files over to KDP, and that makes it so easy!

    You can create a cover through CreateSpace or you can go through any number of other sources for a cover.  The important thing to remember is that your cover should be one of the last things you do, because the cover is a wraparound cover.  That means that your trim size, bleed and page count all come into account.  So if you are in the early stages of creating your book, you will have no idea what your page count is.  If you want to save money on a cover, search Google for “pre-made cover”.  You can find cheap pre-made covers for both paperback and e-books.  It is a lot easier to go with a cover through CreateSpace, but their stock photos will not always suit everybody’s needs.  The number one best thing about picking a CreateSpace cover…?  If you need to edit your book later on and your page count changes, CreateSpace automatically formats your cover to fit your book.  That’s not so easily done through another channel.  That is why it’s very important to make sure you are totally satisfied with your book before going through the process of creating a cover.

   You will run into the option of “expanded distribution” while publishing your book on CreateSpace.  There has been a lot of debate over whether it’s worth the $25 or not to have your book available to Barnes and Noble, libraries, etc.  Well, now CreateSpace offers expanded distribution for free.  The big thing to remember about expanded distribution is that your royalties will be extremely low.  Speaking of royalties, let’s do a breakdown.  Let’s say your book is $10 on CreateSpace.  Your royalties would be as follows:

  • Amazon.com – $2.63
  • CreateSpace eStore – $4.63
  • Expanded Distribution – $0.63

    As you can see, your are going to make the most money from your paperback from your eStore.  Here is my eStore – https://www.createspace.com/4153084  When people buy straight from your eStore, you make more royalties.  I have sold only a fraction of paperbacks from my eStore compared to Amazon.com, however.  Amazon offers the free super saver shipping when the customer buys your book and whatever else that adds up to $25.  That is appealing to a lot of customers.  I still try to push the eStore because of the higher royalties, but it’s harder to get people to purchase from there when Amazon.com is so convenient.

    Kindle Direct Publishing is, like I said earlier, only for e-books.  You can sign up for Kindle Select.  That means your book is basically under a contract with KDP for three months.  That might seem like a long time, but it goes relatively quickly.  Being under the contract means you cannot publish your e-book anywhere else.  You cannot go to Smashwords/iBooks/Nook Press, etc.  This contract has nothing to do with your paperback on CreateSpace.  So if your paperback is on Barnes and Noble’s website, don’t worry.  It only applies to the e-book, and KDP will not end your contract.

   One of the benefits of being enrolled in KDP Select is the free promotion.  Basically your book is listed as FREE on Amazon.com.  The biggest benefit of this is that your book jumps to the top of the free e-books list.  After the free promotion is over, Amazon pushes your book over to the paid e-books list.  If you are high on the list, you get more exposure.  For a new author, that is great news.  The downside?  The exposure is short-lived and you just gave away hundreds, if not thousands, of your e-book to potential future buyers.  I would only recommend the free promotion if you have a series of books.  List the second book or the first book for free.  If you list the second book for free, people are more apt to buy the first book in the series.  If you list the first book for free, if people enjoyed the first book in the series, they will buy the rest of the series.

   KDP now offers Kindle Countdown Deals.  You can find more information here:  https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A3288N75MH14B8  It allows authors to run limited-time discount promotions on their books, which can help earn more royalties and reach more readers.  Basically it marks your book down and people think they are getting a really great deal for a limited time, so they buy your book before the promotion is over.

    My KDP Select contract is over in the beginning of December, and I will be publishing my e-book with Smashwords.  Smashwords will distribute your e-book to various places like Barnes and Noble (Nook) and iBooks for Apple products among many others.  People can even read your book on their computers in different formats.  The royalty percentage is really great too!  You earn 60% of List Price from Major Ebook Retailers and 85% Net at Smashwords.com.  I will write part three based on my experience with Smashwords.

https://www.createspace.com/

https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin

https://www.createspace.com/4153084