I never thought I’d be willing to sign another publishing contract. However, after researching the Kindle Scout Program, I decided to submit my latest book for consideration.
They are the first publishing company I’ve found that has a marketing plan in place for the novels they publish. And since I spend a LOT of time marketing, that appealed to me.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the program, I’ll give you a broad overview.
Submit directly to them. If chosen, receive a $1500 advance. Editing provided. They market within Amazon and other places. 50/50 royalty split. Must sign a 5-year contract.
You must also commit to 45 days during which time your book is placed in the nomination section for 30 days. Then, the Scouts have two more weeks following the campaign to decide if they want to offer you a contract.
According to authors I contacted, their advance “earned out” during the first few months.
Even if your book gets tons of nominations, there is no guarantee it will be accepted into the program. One author had a successful campaign with 2400 nominations but still didn’t get an offer of publication.
The nominating process is to get the attention of the Scouts, but if your book needs too much editing, or the story isn’t good, or if it’s a subject they don’t find marketable, then regardless of the nominations, you probably won’t get accepted.
That brings me to my pitch. I have fourteen days remaining in my campaign and need your vote. Please go to the URL below and nominate Chirp. It will mean the world to me.
DIY WREATH ON THE CHEAP
What you’ll need: Honeysuckle or grapevine. Sticks, (I used crepe myrtle) artificial flowers, ribbon, scissors, wire cutters, twine/jute, hot glue.
Picture 2, arrange your sticks in a rectangle and secure at corners with jute.
Picture 3, attach honeysuckle vine with more jute, leaving the leaves on. They’ll dry in a few days and add to the rustic charm of the wreath.
Picture 4: Hot glue flowers in place and add a ribbon.
Pull some petals loose from an extra flower and glue around a wooden bead to form a bud.
Finished product. Sticks and vines were free from my yard. Ribbon from the dollar store. Flowers purchased at 75% off. Total cost other than time, $6.
Do you have things in your yard…or your neighbors :+) that you can use to make decorations?
TODAY: I want to let you know about
TOO good to pass up.
First: If you have a teenager who likes to write, this is a great contest for them to try out their writing chops. NO entry fee, and they just might win a few bucks.
Check it out at http://www.netwo.org
Second:I’m speaking at a great workshop/conference on October 22, 2016
If you live in the area or close enough to attend, this is well worth your $$ and time!
Check it out here:
Beginning August 22 through August 26, 2016 I will be running a giveaway. All you have to do is follow me on Twitter to enter.
And the winner is!!!! Drum roll please!!!!
I just found out Midwest Book Review gave Say You’ll Never Love Me a wonderful review!
I am THRILLED
I am THANKFUL
I am HUMBLED
I am HONORED
Here is the very kind review!
A superbly crafted, compelling, and consistently entertaining read from beginning to end, “Say You’ll Never Love Me” reveals author Ann Everett as an impressively gifted novelist and a master of the contemporary romance genre. While very highly recommended for community library Romance Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal read lists that “Say You’ll Never Love Me” is also available in a Kindle edition ($3.99).
Today, please welcome my friend and guest, Penny Richards. Like me, she’s a small town country girl. For a peek into her writing life, she’s answered five questions to help you get to know her better.
Who would you choose to play the two lead roles in your book, if it was made into a movie?
I think Sarah Wayne Callies who plays Sarah Tancredi in “Prison Break” would make a wonderful Lilly Long, red hair and all. As for Cade McShane, the under 30 actors seem so “pretty” and young looking. I had to move up a decade, and still have found no one who is perfect for the role, but Jeffery Dean Morgan with black hair, blue eyes and an oft-broken nose (like McShane) might be good. Or Henry Cavill.
Don’t you just love the cover of her new book? I do. The colors are so vivid, Lilly just comes alive!
Do you write in silence or listen to music?
I write in total silence. I don’t even want to hear the “ding” on the computer telling me I have a message. I’m a little attention deficit, and almost anything “shiny” will pull me away from my work. I’d be singing along instead of writing if I listened to music.
What is the loveliest thing you have ever seen?
Oh, I’ve experienced lots of really lovely moments, but recently, there had been a big storm. When I looked outside early the next morning, it was still raining…just a drizzly sort of rain. In the east, a dark layer of clouds hung over the horizon, and then, blazing up from behind it was the sunrise. It was so beautiful and meaningful somehow that it brought me to tears. It seemed to say that even though things get tough and times dark, the sunshine and hope are still there. It was like a promise.
If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
How do you choose a title for your book?
I try to come up with something that embodies what the book is about in just a few words. For the Lilly Long series, since she was a Shakespearean actress, I’m pulling lines from Shakespeare. AN UNTIMELY FROST is about people who died too soon. THOUGH THIS BE MADNESS is about a woman wrongly committed to an insane asylum. Wolf Creek Wife cover
Thank you, Penny for sharing your answers and new book with us. To learn more about Penny and her books, please visit http://www.pennyrichardswrites.com
I encourage you to leave a comment for Penny or me…or, ask a question. We’d love to hear from you!
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