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Bullying hurts!


Take a stand next to the ones being bullied.  You never know what a treasure you may have found in that person.

Bullying hurts!.

DRAGONBRIDE Cover reveal


akrummenacker:

I’m sharing this story about finding the right cover artist for your work, as well as helping to promote an upcoming author who will be releasing her first novel “The Dragonbride”, later this month. I hope you all find the cover of her novel and the story of what she had to go through interesting and exciting.

Originally posted on raaniyork:

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Do you remember the DRAGONBRIDE announcement? We’re getting closer!

DRAGONBRIDE is the first book of my Trilogy “The Dragon Chronicles”.

You can see the DRAGONBRIDE trailer here:

http://youtu.be/-WVQPcLc2Lk

Or visit my personal Website: http://www.raaniyork.com/, where you will be able to watch it as you open the Site.

DRAGONBRIDE is planned to be published September 25, 2014.

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But for now, let’s talk about the cover of DRAGONBRIDE:

It was hard to get the DRAGONBRIDE cover. I was searching for an artist for a long time. I met someone who said he could do it. He was recommended by a friend and I was happy and agreed for him to try. The suggestions he made were all right – but they did not meet neither my needs nor did he stick to the descriptions of the protagonist. I was quite disappointed and decided to “call it quits” and look for someone else.

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My First Newspaper Review!


Here is the first newspaper review of one of my novels.  I tried getting my first novel “The Bridge” reviewed, but never seemed to have much luck.  I think the fact that “The Ship” was set in Santa Cruz and featured a local landmark The S. S. Palo Alto, aka “The Concrete Boat”, really helped.

 

 

 

 

Here’s a shot of the S. S. Palo Alto…

 

A Quick Update…


NOTE: I already shared this post on “The Vampyre Blogs – Private Edition”, but it seemed appropriate to share here as well, since I talk about what’s been going on with me for the past 2 weeks.  There will be new posts about writing shortly.  Consider this one, a quick update about me… 

Hello everyone, sorry for the slow updates recently.  I had planned on another post today, but life has a way of kind of being really getting in the way sometimes.  Especially when you’re going back to college.  I started attending my first university this week.  Prior to that the past few weeks have been chaotic with my wife getting a new job.

She got her Bachelors Degree last spring at the same university where I’m going now.  She studied to become a high school math teacher.  This summer had been a rough one for us for several other reasons as well, including her taking special summer courses for her credential to be come a teacher.  I had to drive her around a number of places including a couple of schools where she was interning.  A lot of that driving meant time away from the keyboard both for this blog and the novel itself.    There were a lot of things to be done around the house that only I was available to do (cleaning, laundry, errands, etc.)

I also had to go through some skin cancer surgery, which didn’t always leave me in the best of shape to be working on things.

However…

These last two weeks, I was spending a lot of time on the novel itself thanks to my wife’s new job.  She had to go through the interview process, be offered the job, accept it, and went through a couple of weeks of training at the new school so she could settle in.  Now the location of her job was in another town about 1/2 an hour away from where we currently live, which is actually quite a nice drive.

But even better, the town where she’s working has the most beautiful library, where I parked myself for hours working on the book.  I’m happy to announce that the 1st draft is almost finished.  I’m within pages of finishing it off.  Once that’s done, I’ll be doing a second draft to iron out certain issues such as clarity of thought, spelling, making sure the story flows, and finally getting to work on the actual cover.

After the 2nd draft is completed it will be going to my proofreader/editor.  Then I will do the 3rd draft at which point it will be unleashed on some willing Beta-Readers.  Once I hear back from them, a final draft will be completed and the book will be released.

How long will all that take?  I don’t have a clear idea yet, but the release will happen between late October and early December.  That much I can tell you.  It will all depend on how long it takes for others to get back to me (editing, beta-reading, etc.)  Once the 1st draft is completed the second one will come fairly quickly.

So hang in there, the actual novel is coming.  I will be posting more blog entries by the various characters you’ll be meeting in the book very soon.  Some will be funny, others interesting, a few tearful, but I’ll try not to leave you bored.

A new post will be here in a week.  From what the characters are telling me, we’ll be hearing either from Nathaniel, Lisa, or Marisa.  Or someone completely new.  Some characters can get kind of pushy.

For now I bid you a pleasant week.  Come freely, visit frequently, but always leave a bit of the happiness you bring to this blog.  (paraphrased from Bram Stoker’s Dracula).  This is my copy.  As you can see, I’ve read it a ‘few’ times, give or take…


Okay, you’ve written your latest masterpiece.  It’s finished.  You’ve got your cover ready, the editor has done their work, the proofreading is finally over, you got a back cover blurb, dedication page, table of contents, etc.  In short, your baby is ready too be published.

You’ve only got one thing left to do, make it available.  So you go to Smashwords, Kindle, Lulu, whoever you use to publish your precious labor of love, and you start getting asked a bunch of questions.  What’s the title?  How many pages?  The name of the author?  Do you have a synopsis ready?  A blurb?  Then you reach “What genre is your work?”  “What label do you want to put it under?”

Now, if you have an agent…

No not that kind, the other kind, the ones who represent books.  Curse you Marvel!

Anyway, if  have an “literary agent” you already know what genre you were working in, because one of the key elements in finding an agent is knowing what genres they represent.  In turn, your agent would’ve shopped your work around to a publisher who specializes in that genre.  So you should be okay.  But what if your an Indie Author?  Then this question can become more problematic for you.  Not always mind you, but sometimes.

I for one am finding myself slowly falling into that latter category.  Why, you ask?  Simple, I’m one of those authors who crosses genres sometimes without even meaning to.  My Para-Earth series covers mystery, horror, paranormal, and even science fiction, all in one book.  But it doesn’t stop there!  Oh no!  I brought in a gay couple into my work and now I have another section of audience I might miss if I don’t label the book correctly.  In fact, I’ve had to use a few different labels for “THE SHIP”, as compared to the ones I originally put “THE BRIDGE” under.

You see, I emphasized the gay aspect of the second book because of my main characters were a lesbian couple.  Now they appeared in the first book and played a large role in it, however they were the second lead couple and the focus was not as fixed on them.

So even though both books are part of my Para-Earth Series, and the characters were recurring ones, the focus had shifted thanks to who was the lead couple this time.

But this is only the beginning, my friends.  The more I’ve researched genres, the more I’ve found things have changed.  What was once horror, may now be considered Fantasy, or Paranormal.  Thrillers can be set in modern day or in the future (wouldn’t that be sci-fi?).

This is not a new issue folks.  I’ve seen this going on for decades.  HP Lovecraft, creator of the Cthulhu Mythos, is a prime example for “What genre did he really fall under?”  Many consider him the master of the macabre and automatically put him under Horror.  Yet, a number of his creations like the Old Ones, or the Elder Things from “The Mountains of Madness” were beings from outer space.  Outer space?  Doesn’t that fall under Sci-Fi?  I’ve found him in books stores under both Horror and Sci-Fi (a fair solution).

But what if you find yourself telling a love story, which is impacted by a huge mystery, that involves ghosts, psychics, and beings from an alternate reality?  What do you call that?  Horror?  Mystery, Paranormal Mystery?  Some people suggested a genre called “Dark Fantasy” which seems to combine these elements under one label.  Great solution right?  Wrong!

When you go to Smashwords, Kindle, Createspace, etc.  you don’t see Dark Fantasy as one of your choices to answer the question “What genre is this book?”  Instead you get: Horror, Gay/Lesbian, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, etc.  You don’t get ‘blended’ options.’  Oh you get offered sub-genres which will let you add some of those, but the main genre you place your book under is the first label people will see when they do a search.  And if that label doesn’t fall into their usual reading choices, you probably won’t even get them giving your book a ‘sampling’.

Determining the genre of your book is a huge thing.  But there are other problems.  Even within those “main” genres, there’s a lot of disagreement about what falls under them.  Which is going to be the subject of my next blog entry, because I’m running out of room on this one.  And the topic is a big one that a lot of writers struggle with and I want to give it equal and fair room for discussion.

In the meantime, if anyone would like to share their thoughts or experiences in dealing with how to define your book by genre, please leave some comments down below.  As I’ve stated many times in the past, the purpose of this blog is so we can all learn from one another.  As readers and writers, we’re all in the same boat, so pooled knowledge can be a powerful tool for us all.

Until next time, take care all and keep writing.

 


When I recently did my sale, I looked around at various websites to find places where I could promote. Imagine my surprise when I found a number of places insisted that the “bargain price” for a book had to be no more than $2.99.

 

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At that moment I paused and thought to myself, “Wait a minute, that’s the regular asking price for one of my e-books. Are you telling me I’ve been offering my book at a ‘bargain price’ this whole time?” Now, taking a step back for a moment, let me explain how I’ve priced my books.

Number 1 – I’m still a newbie in the book world. I don’t have a huge following.

Number 2 – I had gotten the impression that lower prices would help promote sales.

Number 3 – I’ve been down a path where finances are tight for the last seven years, so I’m rather sympathetic to people having a hard time. So I try not to price my books out of people’s reach.

Now both my books weigh in at over 100,000 words a piece. Yet I am seeing more and more novels that are much shorter (down to under 10,000 words) being priced at $3.99, $4.99 and even $5.99. Now many of these are being done by Indie Authors like myself and are hitting Amazon, Smashwords and other bestseller lists.

 

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So then I checked to see if this phenomenon was due to what kind of genres the authors were working in, to see if that was a determining factor. The results were that this was happening across the board, and not just an isolated genre.

At this point I started noticing articles talking about how lower priced books were not really being worth trying unless they’re an ‘impulse’ buy.   “If they’re so cheap, they can’t be all that good…” being the usual argument.  The “You get what you paid for…” mentality seems to be in effect here as well, leading people to think they have to spend a lot of money to get a decent story to read.

So that brings me to my main question. Is there a stigma attached to bargain-priced e-books? Do they not sell as well or seem as attractive to prospective buyers because of a low price?

I have no clue on this one so I’m hoping to hear back from all of you for your comments and opinions. Please leave them in the comment section below. Remember, the purpose of this blog is to pool and share knowledge so everyone can learn from mistakes or successful ideas. I know I for one will be reading the replies with great interest.

So until next time when I talk about “Genres and what defines them these days”, take care and keep writing.

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Good News…  My $0.99 Cent sale is over.

 

Now the Bad News: I’m still going to talk about it today….  

 

Now don’t panic, the sale is over and done with and I won’t be promoting it today.  Instead I’d like to share some insights and the results with you all and get some feedback.

First off, how well did a week-long sale like this do?  Well all together I sold 15 copies, 10 of “THE SHIP”, and 5 of “THE BRIDGE”.  How do I feel about that?   It wasn’t bad to be honest, but I’m not sure an entire week was necessary.  Almost 2/3rd’s of the sales happened on the weekend when I first announced the sale.  For most of the week itself, there were only one or two days where anything happened.  Then when I announced this last weekend that the sale was coming to an end, there another 4-5 copies sold.  So quite frankly, doing an entire week-long sale didn’t yield all that much for my efforts.

Where did I publicize the sale?  Facebook, Twitter, Google +, both my blogs (which average over 1600 views a month from around the world), Goodreads.com, LinkedIn and a few other places as well as friends sharing and spreading the word.  So I really tried to get the word out.

Right now, I’m not certain how I feel about the results.  I’d like to hear from some of you authors reading this blog and hear your thoughts.  Was 15 a good result, mediocre or what?  Were there other places I could have posted to spread the word?  Myself and other readers of this blog would love to hear what the voices of experience have to say.  Part of the purpose of this blog is to share my experiences and learn from those who read this blog, so please leave some comments in the section below.  We’re all in this together and the more we pool our knowledge, the more we all benefit gang.

That’s all for this entry.  I’ll be discussing Pricing your work in the next discussion, and then we’ll be discussing what genre your work might fit in.  That can be tough to figure out at times especially if you’re like me and wind up crossing several genres at once.

Until next time, take care and keep writing…


All good things must come to an end and my week-long $0.99 cent deal is no exception…

How time flies!  But never fear, everyone still has a chance to take advantage of this sale.  Both “THE BRIDGE” and “THE SHIP”, the first and second books in my paranormal/mystery series, are available in all e-book formats and countries for just $0.99 cents a piece until midnight.

*So please spread the word to others and claim your own copies before the clock strikes midnight here in California*

Both books can be found at Amazon, AmazonUK, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and others.

Here are the links:

Smashwords (for Nook, Sony, Apple, or PDF file for you computer):https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

“THE BRIDGE” Book 1 in the Para-Earth Series:

Alex Hill buried his psychic talents for eighteen years. But with the scream of tires and twisting metal all this changes.

His girlfriend, Police Sergeant Veronica Ross, is nearly run down by two teenagers leaving her depressed and troubled. After calming her down they get a call from the Coroner’s office and learn that both the driver and passenger of the wrecked car had already been dead for almost twelve hours before the accident. Furthermore, they hadn’t been killed in any vehicle accident, the pair had been drowned.

Upon hearing this Alex feels his powers stirring again and goes with Veronica to see the coroner to learn more. But, as soon as they reach the doors of the Morgue he is psychically assaulted by an unknown force.

Taking the attack as a warning, he tries to resist getting involved further. But, his talents soon lead him directly to the place where the teenagers died. It is the stream underneath an old stone bridge that is supposedly haunted by the White Lady.

But the real problem for Alex is the fact that both the bridge and stream are on the Graham Estate. The very property he is now representing as a real estate agent.

Soon the body count begins to rise, and each new death is somehow attached to the stream. And as the only person with full access to the estate, suspicion starts to fall on Alex. Especially when it’s discovered he does not have a solid alibi for any of the incidents.

Now, in order to clear his name and learn what force is behind all the killings, Alex must decide whether or not to embrace the very abilities he shunned.

“THE SHIP” Book 2 in the Para-Earth Series:

What starts as a simple surfing lesson, turns into a struggle for survival for billionaire heiress Cassandra Elliott and her new love interest the Seneca shamaness Julie Cloudfoot.

Cassandra is knocked off her board by an unseen assailant that leaves a terrifying gash in her wetsuit, along with a small red mark on her leg. Soon, terrifying visions of a ghost ship begin haunting the heiress’ dreams. She begins to feel strangely drawn to the sea whenever a strange fog bank appears in the distance.

Is something hiding within the miasma, and what connection does it have to the legendary “Lost Colony of Roanoke”, and the tribe of Tuscarora Indians, that Julie is distantly related to…


That’s right, my big sale is coming to an end this Sunday at midnight. So if you haven’t arleady gotten an e-book copy of “THE BRIDGE” or “THE SHIP” you have until then to get one or both for just $.99 cents a piece.

If you already have bought them, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and ask that you please SPREAD THE WORD so others can take advantage before it’s too late.

Both books can be found at Amazon, AmazonUK, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and others.
Here are the links:

Smashwords (for Nook, Sony, Apple, or PDF file for you computer):https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

“THE BRIDGE” Book 1 in the Para-Earth Series:

Alex Hill buried his psychic talents for eighteen years. But with the scream of tires and twisting metal all this changes.

His girlfriend, Police Sergeant Veronica Ross, is nearly run down by two teenagers leaving her depressed and troubled. After calming her down they get a call from the Coroner’s office and learn that both the driver and passenger of the wrecked car had already been dead for almost twelve hours before the accident. Furthermore, they hadn’t been killed in any vehicle accident, the pair had been drowned.

Upon hearing this Alex feels his powers stirring again and goes with Veronica to see the coroner to learn more. But, as soon as they reach the doors of the Morgue he is psychically assaulted by an unknown force.

Taking the attack as a warning, he tries to resist getting involved further. But, his talents soon lead him directly to the place where the teenagers died. It is the stream underneath an old stone bridge that is supposedly haunted by the White Lady.

But the real problem for Alex is the fact that both the bridge and stream are on the Graham Estate. The very property he is now representing as a real estate agent.

Soon the body count begins to rise, and each new death is somehow attached to the stream. And as the only person with full access to the estate, suspicion starts to fall on Alex. Especially when it’s discovered he does not have a solid alibi for any of the incidents.

Now, in order to clear his name and learn what force is behind all the killings, Alex must decide whether or not to embrace the very abilities he shunned.

“THE SHIP” Book 2 in the Para-Earth Series:

What starts as a simple surfing lesson, turns into a struggle for survival for billionaire heiress Cassandra Elliott and her new love interest the Seneca shamaness Julie Cloudfoot.

Cassandra is knocked off her board by an unseen assailant that leaves a terrifying gash in her wetsuit, along with a small red mark on her leg. Soon, terrifying visions of a ghost ship begin haunting the heiress’ dreams. She begins to feel strangely drawn to the sea whenever a strange fog bank appears in the distance.

Is something hiding within the miasma, and what connection does it have to the legendary “Lost Colony of Roanoke”, and the tribe of Tuscarora Indians, that Julie is distantly related to…

FROM NOW UNTIL MIDNIGHT AUGUST 10th…

Both books in my Para-Earth Series are just $0.99 cents a piece. “THE BRIDGE” and “THE SHIP” have earned multiple 4 and 5 star reviews on both Amazon and Smashwords, and you can sample both books at either site for free.

*PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW SO THEY TOO CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER!*

BOOK 1 “THE BRIDGE”
Something waits…

The Bridge (Para-Earth Series) by Allan Krummenacker

Alex Hill buried his psychic talents for eighteen year. But with with scream of tires and twisting metal, all this changes.

When his girlfriend, Police Sergeant Veronica Ross , is nearly run down by two teens he becomes concerned. But upon learning that both the driver and passenger of the vehicle in question, had been dead for almost twelve hours before the incident, he knows what he must do…

BOOK 2 “THE SHIP”

Every ship needs a navigator…

The Ship  Every ship needs a navigator... (Para-Earth Book 2) by Allan Krummenacker

Cassandra Elliott is a billionaire heiress, who has just come out of the closet. She’s also a powerful psychic who has seen incredible and terrifying things.

In fact just two weeks ago she and her girlfriend Julie Cloudfoot survived a terrifying experience. Fighting alongside their friends Alex Hill and Police Sergeant Veronica Ross, they faced creature from a parallel reality, where evolution had taken a decidedly different turn.

As a result of that encounter Cassie and Julie have come to Santa Cruz, California to bury Julie’s uncle who fell to the creature. They’ve also come to see if their new romantic relationship will work out. Unknown to either of them an old adversary has followed them.

A white-haired man in a flowing black cape is lurking inside an old wrecked ship. He has plans for Cassandra and will need her soon, but until then he must keep her safe. However, a new threat appears, a legendary ghost ship arises from the sea and marks the girl as its next target.

Soon the two women find themselves fighting not only for their lives, to be keep from being separated forever…

BOTH ARE AVAILABLE IN ALL E-BOOK FORMATS:

KINDLE: amazon.com/author/allankrummenacker

AMAZON.UKhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Allan-Krummenacker/e/B00B1W8TEU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

NOOK, SONY E-READER, APPLE, PDF OR E-PUB FORMATS: 
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