Month: June 2012

The Edward Gordon Interview – 10 Questions

  Do you write daily with a fixed routine or only when the mood hits? Thanks for having me today, Edward! Daily, I write what my mood dictates. I have several projects in the works right now. They include the Priya novels, beginning with Ava, the short stories collection, a standalone novel, and blogging, of course. My Priya series, which debuted last week with Ava, is fully mapped out. There will be twenty-six novels in the series, all of which are fully outlined. That level of pre-planning took about a year. Going forward, I anticipate that investment of time and thought will enable me to publish three Priya novels each year. I should point out that I don’t force myself to follow the outline if it doesn’t feel natural once I’m “in” the story, and “living” the life of a particular Priya. ...

Author Interview: Carolyn Brown

"If you don’t write, you ain’t going to sell. Plain and simple as that!"

My ‘50 Shades’ Aren’t Grey…They’re Red

I don’t consider bondage to be romance. Erotic? Of course. Sexy? For some. Appealing? Up to the individual. As I set out to market my first novel, one that contains not a shred of erotica or BDSM in it, I wonder what impact ‘50 Shades of Grey’ is going to have on reader perceptions of what they’ll find in a romance novel. I know many people who have devoured E.L. James’ novels, one after the other. Here is what one of my friends had to say about ‘50 Shades of Grey’: “I can’t believe I have read this book…it must be morbid curiosity to see what all the hype was about, but in some weird way I am hooked and will have to see it through to the end…there are things in there I didn’t need to know!” Most of the news articles I found labeled the novel (or series) as a part o...

Industry Interview: BookBuzzr and fReado CEO Vikram Narayan

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with Vikram Narayan, the founder and CEO of BookBuzzr and fReado. Enjoy! Vikram Narayan, Founder and CEO of BookBuzzr and fReado Bio: Vikram Narayan is the founder of BookBuzzr Book Marketing Technologies. (Twitter – @bookbuzzrCEO ) Vikram is a graduate from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to starting BookBuzzr, Vikram founded another software company that has been successfully serving clients from all over the world since 2001. When he is not dreaming up ways to help authors accelerate their earnings and book sales, Vikram spends his time playing the guitar, practicing Aikido and spending time with his family. What is Freado?A: Freado.com helps readers discover new books while winning prizes . Think of Freado as a fun c...

Interview With SK7 Book Club

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with Tessa Doughty, the founder of SK7 Book Club. Enjoy! SK7 Book Club Founder Tessa Doughty How did your book club come about? I love reading and always thought about the idea of joining a book club but never quite managed it. Eventually I set about looking for one but they are quite popular things round my way, you either had to join a waiting list or they are just too full! One group I asked to join, (because obviously they would say yes to me when they say on their site no new members?!?) – The answer was ‘sorry no new members I wish people who asked would set up their own.’ So I did!! I made a few friends join in case it didn’t take off and I wouldn’t be sat on my own discussing the book ...

The Carl Purdon Interview – 10 Questions

A new interview on Carl Purdon’s blog!  Carl Purdon: Let’s switch gears. In addition to being an author, you are a prolific blogger with a strong Twitter presence. You’ve achieved success in a very short time. How much was the past year planned and how much of it caught you off guard?Ashley Barron: While I have plenty of business experience, I didn’t know anything about social media a year ago. Last spring, I heavily researched the internet to try and discern how important things like blogging and Twitter were to writers planning on self-publishing novels. Guess what? They are both critically important. I started my blog on June 19, 2011. A month later, I joined Twitter. It was love at first tweet. The concept of Twitter is remarkable, and it is stunningly effective ...

Cross-Marketing With Musicians

There is more than one type of indie out here (working hard on) living the dream. As creators of novels, and as marketers, managers, and bloggers-in-chief for those novels, we self-published authors understand the steep realities an artist faces when pursuing an audience. We know many doors are open to us, and many more are being built in our wing of the “House of Artists.” It’s time to walk down a different hallway, and look for new and interesting ways to connect with other artists, in this case, musicians, who are traveling a path similar to our own. There would be some legal-type conversations to be had on the ideas presented below, but the first thing is to decide if they have merit. So… Is it reasonable to assert that buyers of self-published or indie-published books might also be in...

The Author As Zombie

The day before ‘Ava‘ was released, I finally left my writing cave (a bright, sunny room, actually) and carefully sneaked back into the world. I needed tea, desperately needed tea, but didn’t want anyone to knock me out of my mental “place.” I gambled on Starbuck’s, hoping the coast would be clear of anyone who knew me by name. I don’t remember ordering or paying. I do remember focusing on that last piece, that one small but critical gap in Ava’s story that I hadn’t yet been able to fill.  And what happened? You guessed it. I ran into someone I know. It was disastrously awkward. I couldn’t recognize her, couldn’t speak, until my brain had been wrenched back to reality. At that point, she was driving away, confused and annoyed. This is a small town, a place filled with outgo...

A Self-Publisher’s Dilemma

I suppose it is a little unusual to be posting parts of an email I received from Amazon KDP. But I know I’m not alone in the challenges I’m facing with launching a self-publishing career and feel it is important to document all these bumps along the way, as there may be fellow self-published authors who are now facing these same issues. In fairness, I suppose it is important to point out that a whole host of challenges like the two I’m about to discuss pop up on a daily basis and cause Amazon some growing pains, too. At least, since the day their KDP tunneled a hole through the tried and true methods of traditional publishing. The first item I contacted Amazon about regarded a pricing situation with my short story, ‘Famous.’ It is free on Smashwords and Barnes & Noble, but remains at n...

A Self-Publisher’s Dilemma

I suppose it is a little unusual to be posting parts of an email I received from Amazon KDP. But I know I’m not alone in the challenges I’m facing with launching a self-publishing career and feel it is important to document all these bumps along the way, as there may be fellow self-published authors who are now facing these same issues. In fairness, I suppose it is important to point out that a whole host of challenges like the two I’m about to discuss pop up on a daily basis and cause Amazon some growing pains, too. At least, since the day their KDP tunneled a hole through the tried and true methods of traditional publishing. The first item I contacted Amazon about regarded a pricing situation with my short story, ‘Famous.’ It is free on Smashwords and Barnes & Noble, but remains at n...

To KDP Select Or Not To KDP Select

It’s time to decide. I have paid attention to KDP Select since its launch at the beginning of this year. Over the past six months, I’ve posted my own initial questions about the monetary structure of KDP Select in a blog post, and listened to and shared the experiences of fellow writers I admire and trust, including Collette Scott. Hundreds and hundreds of the e-books that I downloaded when they were temporarily free are now sitting on my Kindle, waiting to be read. As a reader, it is exciting to scroll through the list of possibilities and know I could find a book to suit any mood, any craving. When I’ve paid for a novel, though, it tends to jump to the top section of my TBR list. That’s my reality. Maybe it’s yours, too. I do have a short story, ‘The Birthday,’ currently free on Amazon. ...

The Waiting Game

Waiting for the first feedback on a debut novel is nothing short of torturous. I’m ten days in, and I have received exactly one comment thus far. I’m flat out thrilled to have that feedback on the story, the plot, and the characters. At some point, the reader will be posting it on Amazon. Until then, and since it’s the first, the very first reader review, I am posting it here on my blog. Ashley! I just finished Ava about 15 minutes ago. I was NOT able to put her down since I downloaded to my Mac yesterday (thanks for the tip on how to do that). Thankfully, it was a nice rainy day at the beach, so I just sat on the porch all day reading Ava. I absolutely loved it! I’ve been following a lot of your blog posts over the past year or so (and had no idea we both shared su...

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