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I am proud to finally offer cover design as a service for fellow indie authors. And instead of making you pay an arm and a leg to get a professional-looking cover, my rates will be within reason. Find out all the details on my new design site, Adorkable Designs.
Sex sells. Let’s face it … it’s a universal truth (on some levels) that even writers must indulge now and then. Sex and sexy will sell books. Why do you think book covers are so filled with sexy, beautiful, glittery cover models? How else would the Twilight Saga ever have made any popularity with middle-aged women? Do you think True Blood would be the phenomenon it is had Sookie been a dumpy little thing and Erik Northman not have a case full of abs on his torso?
I’ve been in a lot of industries. One of the most recent iterations (I call it Jack 3.0 — which I might be regressing to in the near future) was hair stylist. As a hair stylist it is a universal truth that there are slow times of the year. And so many stylist, across the board, do everything they can to get through the slower days.
In the second book of the “Fringe Killer” series, Detective Davenport finds herself dealing with horror brought to life from the past. A killer is terrorizing the same building that held him prisoner – decades ago.
A killer from the past manages to escape the bonds of time and redefines “horror” for Jamie Davenport. In this new entry to the “fringe-killer” series, Gothica, Detective Davenport finds herself dealing with horror brought to life from the past. This time the killer is terrorizing the same building that held him prison – decades ago. The building now serves as a club for the darker denizens of Louisville…and a breeding ground for the emotions needed to bring evil back to Gothica.
Weaving elements of both the horror and the thriller genres together, Gothica tells the tale of the past and the present as they collide in the darkest recesses of a club built upon suffering and sorrow. Jamie Davenport and Skip Abrahm are tossed into a world of gothic delights and horror as another Fringe Killer is brought to life. Purchase links (for various formats) located in the right navigation.
It’s time ladies and gentlemen. I have decided it is time to begin to expand my world as a digital artist and offer services to my fellow indie authors. I realize there is already a glut of people offering these services, but not so much as a whole. Let me explain…
When I first decided to go the indie publishing route, I honestly had no idea what I was doing. I was very much on my own. I had no editor, I had no clue…I was, quite possibly, as lost as I have ever been. My books were unedited, my covers were unprofessional, my promotion non existent. But then something magical happened. From the ashes rose a community of fellow authors hoping to blaze a path so bright and strong that nothing could possibly stop this new movement. That community was, surprisingly enough, hell-bent on helping one another present themselves and their work in as professional a way as possible. Many of us knew that by helping one another, we were helping a greater-good that would, in turn, help each and every member of the community.
I want to tie this sample sunday into my Zombie Radio podcast today. So, in effect, you get a two-for-one out of the deal (don’t you love a good deal?)! First, hear me read a snippet from this sample sunday (as the Zombie Radio deejay), hear a good tune, and then come back and finish reading the sample here on Get Jack’d.
It’s time ladies and gents…time for me to begin the great giveaway circus. That’s right, for those interested, there shall be prizes. The prizes? My books (what did you expect, a brand new car? A cool zombie butler?). What I am going to do is start with giving away digital copies of my books (at specific times and to specific people).
I thought I would tease everyone with a view of the cover for my upcoming release “My Zombie My”. More >
Sorry for borrowing from one of my favorite TV shows of all time (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), but I have to ask the traditional publishing industry a question – are you really that frightened of indie publishing that you have to resort to dogma, FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt), and slander? Seriously? Come on, we’re all adults here right?
Every indie author writes about this at some point: “What’s the magic combination of writing and marketing that will finally bring my sales up? We all do this — we struggle with how best to embrace Twitter, Facebook, forums, blog posts, giveaways, back scratches, and dog washes with the hopes of hitting that “sweet spot” where our sales will sky rocket and we’ll be able to quit our day jobs and do nothing but sit back and be fed bon bons as we dictate our next book to our personal girl/boy friday.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am so thrilled to announce the sequel to my hit, I Zombie I, has reached two milestones in the creation process. First, and foremost, the first rewrites are complete. The manuscript will fall into the hands of the beta readers very soon and will then (after any necessary rewrites) will find its way to my wonderful editor, Lynn O’Dell (Red Adept).
Ask any indie author and, aside from sales, the one thing they will all say they need more of are reviews. It’s almost a universal. How is this possible? People read and review books. There are seemingly countless sites out there dedicated to the book review. There’s a catch…always a stinking catch.
It’s been a while since I ran a sample of A Blade Away. This particular scene is one that displays one of Lakme’s tragic flaws — and another brutal glimpse into his past. Purchase A Blade Away on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, or in Paperback from Amazon.
Could it be Sunday already? If so, that could only mean one thing: Sample Sunday! That’s right everyone — Sample Sunday, that day where indie authors post up samples of their work for you to read and enjoy. This time I dug deep into the heart of my paranormal thriller, Gothica, and gave out a scene with the killer — Freeney.
That’s correct…the paperback editions of both I Zombie I and Gothica are now available from Amazon.com. Exciting times, these are.
That’s right, the fine folks at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) must have finally read my book I Zombie I (Now available in paperback from Amazon) and are alerting the general public to the possible apocalypse.
The opening paragraph in the article reads: There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.
In typical fashion of obsessing over every last detail, I realized my book I Zombie I wasn’t complete without a Google Chrome theme. So…I created one. Now you can read the book and be reminded of the painful truth of how the Mengele Virus came to be while browsing your favorite web sites (such as the Zombie Preparedness Initiative.)
It simply won’t go away. At least not until we indie writers find that ideal sweat spot that keeps consumers coming back. It’s an incredibly frustrating issue among the indie community for a number of reasons, but primarily because the consumer community seems to want to keep the price of indie books at that dreaded .99 cent spot. What can we do about or should we do anything about it? I have a couple of suggestions.
In following with the standard Sample Sunday, I give you chapter five from my upcoming release. Gothica. Release date: July 8, 2011.