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As part of a summer shake-up, I have decided to snag some of the most interesting-looking reads on my “to-read” list and bump them up! My first bump is
The MOST interesting one on my list (in my current mood) is Silent Symmetry by JB Dutton> The cover is cool, the idea is fascinating, and the synopsis really makes you want to grab it! So I will. JB, your book is bumped to next on my list. Look for my email soon with a review!
a mystery-fantasy love story
Book 1 of the EMBODIED trilogy.
The Embodied glide through the busy streets of New York, uttering barely a sound.
Their eerie beauty comes from their perfect symmetry. Male, female, old, young… their faces are always absolutely symmetrical. Are they flawless humans, the epitome of evolution? Are they a genetically modified super-race? Are they extra-terrestrials? Once prep school student Kari Marriner becomes aware of their existence, she is driven to find the answer and finds herself ensnared in a web that reaches further than she could possibly have imagined.
Kari’s earliest memory is her father’s death in a car crash back in small-town Wisconsin. Now, 12 years later, her mother has been hired by a pseudo-religious organization in Manhattan called the Temple of Truth (a.k.a. the ToT). At Chelsea Prep, Kari develops a crush on classmate Cruz. But when she realizes that Noon, another attractive guy at school, is involved with the ToT, her curiosity gets the better of her.
Kari stumbles upon a secret tunnel leading from her apartment to another in the building, where an ancient book holds images she can scarcely believe, and a cavernous room contains… something inexplicable. As Kari pieces together the incredible evidence, she discovers that the ToT is run by other-worldly beings called The Embodied who influence human behavior and have established a global long-term human breeding program. But why? And what is her role in all this?
Just as she starts wondering whether the love she feels for Cruz is genuine or if her emotions are being controlled by The Embodied, her mother is kidnapped and Kari has to figure out who is human, who is Embodied, and who she can count on to help rescue her mother.
Silent Symmetry is the exciting first novel in JB Dutton’s EMBODIED trilogy. The second installment, Starley’s Rust, will be published in late 2013.
Here is the latest tweak on two of my cover remixes. What do you think? Any last critiques before I officially change the cover for these two?
I am FEATURED today on Ionia Martin’s Readful Things blog! Please visit and like! Learn the mystery of why I write. http://readfulthingsblog.com/2013/04/30/an-interview-with-kate-policani-author-of-dont-judge-a-book-by-its-magic/comment-page-1/#comment-5719
Fuller’s Curse has been twelve years in the making and there isn’t a strong enough word in the English language to describe my joy at its near arrival. After years of writing, rejections, rewriting, rejections, and more rewriting, finally a publishing contract landed on my desk only to be rescinded two months before the publication date. BUT, through it all my baby survived and it’s finally here. Or soon will be.
Fuller’s Curse is a psychological horror story about a family that is cursed. When you think psychological horror think Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Octavia Butler, Tananarive Due and others of that ilk. This is NOT a vampire, werewolf, slasher (i.e.-Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers), monster book. It is horror with intelligence and emotional impact (not that the other categories of horror don’t have these). In fact, at its core, Fuller’s Curse is a simple tale of good versus evil.
Mark your Calenders:
Salty Tales and I are thrilled to announce that the e-version of our first book, ‘Pirate Tales’, will be available for FREE through Amazon for one day only.
Tuesday, April 16th. All day! http://www.amazon.com/Pirate-Tales-Salty-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00BR0YGF2/ref=cm_sw_em_r_asw_21xCF.053CJCR_tt?ie=UTF8&colid=211AFCACOQPPZ&coliid=I3QV1OW2YYDC49
So mark your calenders, to get your free copy of this years great Beach Read.
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I’ve been crazy busy lately! Sorry about the infrequent posts but I’m refinancing my house, doing taxes, enrolling kids in school, and other paperwork. Midwinter is also doing a number on my Coffee Equalization Coefficient. But here is an update on book promotion companies. I heard about a stinker recently and found some sites with personal testimonies, so I added those.
**These ratings for book marketing companies are all based strictly on customer experience and opinion. This is a running list and I will be happy to add other customer opinions of book marketing companies to this list. To include your ratings, please comment on this post or email me at katepolicani@gmail (dot) com.
|Company Name||Type of service||Pass?||Costs||Comments|
|99 cent Network||Listing||Fail||$45||No obvious return for money and no visibility of book on site. No answers to emails inquiring about where to find the book|
|AtoMr Book Blog Tours||Tours, Book Buzz||Pass||$99||Did ” an awesome job” “super happy with the results” “booked blogs that get awesome traffic and have a lot of avid readers”|
|Archway Publishing||Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services||See author Solutions|
|AuthorHouse||Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services||See Author Solutions|
|Author Solutions||Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services||Fail||Additonal names: Trafford Publishing, AuthorHouse, iUniverse Inc., Xlibris,
“I simply cannot get anyone to respond to my e-mails on a book I am publishing with the company. The company says my book has already gone on sale, though they are obligated to provide me with a sizeable number of free books for my book launch – they have not and are not responding to e-mails….”
|Bewitch-ing Blog Tours||Tours||Fail||“half the people who signed up didn’t post and only 3 did reviews even though it was supposed to be 15”|
|Book-Daily||Listing||Fail||$49||“amount of sales doesn’t seem to be worth cost”|
|Book-Whirl||SCAM||Fail||Scam Report Another Scam Report|
|Goddess Fish Promos||Tour Reviews||Neut.||$30||“didn’t break even” but supplied publicity|
|Inno-vative Online Book Tours / Reading Addiction||Tours, Amazon Reviews||Fail||$100||“A big flop, didn’t follow through as they had promised” “Three blogs didn’t post at all. The ones
who did post had very low followings, and NONE of them posted their review on amazon. Lame excuses from staff.” Bloggers posted ebook giveaway when customer didn’t offer them/wrong day. The ones who did post the correct giveaway all posted separate rafflecopter forms, preventing a fair winner or forcing customer to send 20 prize packs
“Hasn’t given me any sales OR amazon reviews. Stay away from them.”
|iUniverse||Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services||See Author Solutions|
|Kindle Daily Nation||Listings||Fail||$160||“no results” (used to be great but saturated with too many books)|
|Kindle Promo Indie Book Listing Service||Tweets||Pass||£15||“actively promotes books”|
|Nurture Your Books||Tour, Promo, Nat. Press Release||Fail||$995||Paid for services and “nothing happened” Multiple calls and emails got no reponse. Emails to everyone in the company finally got a response and offer of the book tour but couldn’t make the other person contact me. Customer resorted to refund through the credit card company.|
|Orange-berry Summer Splash Tour||Tours||TBA||$25||Slots at tail end of month-long tour with 99 other authors, At least one event didn’t happen, never saw promised review, Orangeberry currently compensating author with discount second tour.|
|Partners in Crime||Tours||TBA||TBA|
|Pump Up Your Book||Tours||Fail||Ripoff Report|
|Promo. Book Tours||Tours, Release parties||Pass x2||Facebook Page Increased by 700 fans, Twitter increased by 450 Follows, newsletter increased by 150, “booked blogs that get awesome traffic and have a lot of avid readers”|
|Schiel & Denver||book publishing, editing, marketing, printing, distribution||Fail||Ripoff Report
“I did not get one on one author support. I did not get a quality product. I did not get the immediate response that they promised. As a matter fact, every time I called the main line and requested to speak to a manager, they were always in a meeting and the call was never returned.”
|Shades of Rose YA||Tours||Fail||$7.50, $15||Newer company with small following, had trouble filling tours, do refund when cannot fill tour.|
|Sizzling PR||Tours||Pass -1
|$15 -$75||“Nice people and very affordable.”
“90% of the blogs were adult blogs/romance/erotica for a YA book”
|Smith Publicity||Var.||Neut.||“Stellar results, high prices.”|
*See also: Author Solutions
|Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services||Fail -1||See Author Solutions (Trafford was acquired by Author Solutions on April 2009.)|
|Xlibris||Self-publishing, marketing, bookselling/promotion services||See Author Solutions|
Here are some useful Links:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/suwcharmananderson/2012/06/01/valuable-lessons-from-self-publishing-survey/ This was a fascinating one on what seems to work/not work for author promotion.
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My new fantasy humor book The Guardian Spirit is now available FREE here on Smashwords.
The book is about an Angel's apprentice and is part of a trilogy. The second part will be out in the Summer and the concluding part in the Autumn.
It's not easy being an Angel's apprentice, as Owen is soon to find out. He has recently entered the Malak, an angel academy set up by angels cast out of heaven for displeasing God (casting out was God's last resort, he had previously tried sending them to sit at the foot of the heavenly stairs).
Mr. Tea and the Traveling Teacup
by Leslie Matthews-Stansfield
Discover the lovable characters in my book Mr. Tea and the Traveling Teacup. The book is published by Cozy Cat Press. It is available on the Nook, the Kindle and paperback.
If you would like to check us out and read the first chapter, you can find us on Amazon.com
If any of you have seen my book reviews list, you know it’s enormous. I really love books! I like different themes from many genres.
How do you get a reviewer to review? How do you get me to say “yes” to review your book?
- Have a well-written synopsis: If your synopsis sounds boring, full of errors, or really wordy, I will assume the book is too. I’m not going to test out the preview unless I have time and I’m feeling indecisive. (This is rare.)
- Stick to the point: This is why I replaced my email information with a form. Often it was a challenge to even find the synopsis with all the extra information. When I ask for a synopsis, I really just want to know about the book. I usually skim over any other information included, even if it’s raves from other authors or book awards. Your book should be able to stand on its own. Also, while I feel for you if you are writing about your painful childhood and reading and reviewing your book will make you feel validated, I can’t choose books based on that. I write honest reviews and that kind of pressure will scare me away.
- I’m an author too: If you have a book and I have a book, and we review each other, then both of us have a review! Great deal, huh. (Hint: if someone is exchanging reviews with me, I give them preferential treatment. I’m not ashamed to admit that.)
- That’s really it. Seriously, I choose books based on the synopsis.
How to get a “no”:
- Hide your synopsis: If your synopsis is hidden in the middle of a 10-paragraph sell, I may not say yes.
- Synopsis is too short: If you leave out vital information, I doubt your talent. If your Science Fiction book’s synopsis gives no indication that it is Science Fiction, that’s a problem. If the highlight of your book is too short for me to determine if I might like it, I will pass.
- Synopsis is too long: All that information is important, but I will read the book if it interests me. You don’t have to tell me the whole story. If you do, I may feel like I’ve already read the book.
- I feel bullied into reading: “Please help me” stories don’t help. If I feel emotionally pressured, I suspect your talent doesn’t stand on its own and I definitely wouldn’t risk disappointing you with a bad review. So I won’t write one.
- You inform me of how honored I am to receive your illustrious book: This is a request and I’m offering you a chance at a free service. You don’t have to lick my boots, but don’t pretend that I’ve been waiting my whole life for this opportunity.
- Write the wrong book: Sometimes (most of the time) I say no because the plot of the book doesn’t interest me. It may be an awesome book, but it’s not my thing. No offence.
I write requests to other reviewers to read my books based on these little points. I believe in the Golden Rule and I don’t feel bad when I get a “no”. I just strive to write better books!
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