I may not have won Kindle Scout, but I learned a heck of a lot about blogging and marketing. This blog post is recapping my 30 day campaign:
“You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think we don’t recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?”
– Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
The Light of Supremazia, book #1 in the (after)life lessons series, is dedicated to those who have passed away, but who’s spirit remain with the living.
The book is now available on Amazon (CLICK HERE!).
About the Book
Think it’s difficult to get into Harvard University? Try Vita Post Mortem Academy, a prestigious high school where John F. Kennedy teaches a class called American Ghosts stories, Albert Einstein grades science tests, and history’s most brilliant and deceased minds make up the rest of the teaching staff. Not a problem for Jules Winklevoss, one of the few who can see spirits.
Getting into school was a cakewalk, but Jules learns not all spirits are engaging and inspiring teachers. Fourteen years ago, Jules’s family thwarted an evil spirit’s rise to power. Now, the evil spirit wants revenge on all Winklevoss’s, beginning with Jules. As if evil spirit problems aren’t enough, add best friend drama, unattainable boy crushes, and homework to the mix, and needless to say, high school is going to be dreadful. Jules is determined to protect her family and keep herself alive, even if that means delving into the world of the dead.
Book marketing is not a clear cut task. There are no guaranteed marketing plans, and there’s lots of advice out there that might not work for you.
Ensure you have a solid product, because content is king. Otherwise, the rest is up in the air.
Since there are no foolproof promises, I thought I would try as many techniques as I could. One friend’s blog advised to jump on the newest trends and try to ride the wave.
I liked that advice, so when another friend told me about #TagsForLikes.com, I went for it.
Once you download the app, you search for the topic you will be instagramming about, and the app provides all the trending hashtags. Copy those hashtags into your post and voila! My post below tripled the amount of likes I had been receiving.
So far, it seems to be working pretty well.
Perhaps it’s a stupid trend, but as Einstein says:
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In my view, ensuring proper sequence of events in a book includes two parts.
1) The flow of events has to make sense and connect the pieces of the story.
2) And perhaps more importantly, unnecessary events that do not add to the story should be left out.
For example, your character has to turn the appropriate age to drive before they can take their driving test. A birthday and then a drivers test is a sensible order.
However, we may not need to know she turned the appropriate age, then she chatted with her Mom, then she walked to the coffee shop, then she stepped in the DMV, and then she failed her driving test.
Tell the reader what they need to know in an order that makes sense.
For my book, The Light of Supremazia, students attend a school run by spirits. Here’s a calendar depiction of the events the students participate in:
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As a writer, I am always looking for great mentors who will inspire me to work smarter and harder. Having a natural way with words, of course, the number one quality I look for in a writing mentor, but there are other traits that I find just as important.
Not all extroverts are great writers, but the ability to engage an audience while weaving a story is mind-blowing. A person’s innate talent to know their audience is astounding to watch.
Knowledge of Subject Matter
A great teacher is an expert in their subject matter. They have mastered the topic and fought against its boundaries.
Lastly, a hunger for more knowledge, to share what they know, to read more, to write more. It’s not just a subject, but a way of life.
This post has relevance as an author, but I have touched on the topic once before. My latest book series, (after)life lessons is about a girl who goes to a school where the teachers are famous and deceased. I played a fun game that brings back the most brilliant minds through out history and let’s them teach high school as a spirit.
If you had the ability to see spirits, who would you choose as your English teacher?
To make a contemporary novel timeless, an author needs to balance the use of outdated technology and the most recent fads and trends.
As a reader, you never noticed the lack of computers in Harry Potter, no matter when you read it.
However, the book series and TV show Pretty Little Liars would never have succeeded without the inclusion of cell phones.
Technology is constantly improving and here to stay. I think it is best to include as long as the technology isn’t a short-term craze.
Since my latest book is a young-adult fantasy novel, I recognized my core audience uses technology all the time, so I decided to invent an app.
The Light of Supremazia is about a girl who can see spirits. PhantomFollow is an app that tracks spirits, and its gone viral at Vita Post Mortem Academy. The more famous or rare the spirit, the more points the player gets. See the app in the app store above. 🙂
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Authenticity is important. I believe you should learn the mechanics of writing, soak up the knowledge, practice the method, and then make it your own.
When you are learning how to paint, they teach you realism, abstract, and cubism. However, your masterpiece will never be recognized if it is a copy of someone else’s work.
It is hard. It is confusing. It is scary, but it will be genuine if you write in your own voice.
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” — Marilyn Monroe
In my latest novel, The Light of Supremazia, about a girl who can see spirits and attends a school run by deceased celebrities, Marilyn Monroe is one of the teachers. I chose her because she has flair and a knack for drama, but also because she was not afraid to be herself.
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