Tips from Rohvannyn Shaw

Today on ARCBookblog we have Rohvannyn Shaw, who aside from having an awesome-sounding name is the author of 7 books, with more to come. She is here to tell us a little about herself and her latest release – Self-Publishing Made Easy
First, a little about Rohvannyn
911nArb1xwL._UX250_.jpgRohvannyn Shaw has been an avid reader for all but two years of her life.

Raised by two writers, a love of literacy permeated her childhood. With this background, it was inevitable that she would eventually turn her hand to the family trade.

Apart from paying the bills by working in a call center, she is also an artist and illustrator, and happily soaks up the Arizona heat with her partner.

She is currently owned by a fluffy calico.

Her art can be seen at http://www.rohvannynshaw.com.

Join her on her blog: http://mind-flight.org.

Released less than a fortnight ago is Self-Publishing Made Easy, the title seems self-explanatory by here is a bit about the book in case you need some help in deciding whether to buy it.

Self-Publishing Made Easy

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Tips for Self Publishing
Here are some hard-won lessons I’ve learned and want to share with you. They will make your life much easier! Some of these points are also mentioned elsewhere in this book, but are included here for emphasis and convenience.
Price your e-book fairly low. Remember that you don’t have to do any work at all when you sell one.
Be aware of current costs of books and don’t price too much below or above the going rate. Above the normal and people won’t pay, below and they’ll say “what’s wrong with it?”
Use a beta reader. The more eyes, the better. You will ALWAYS find something that needs fixing.
Listen to your editor. Whether you agree or disagree, think about it and really consider the advice. Feedback is a gift.
When formatting, use full justification when you write. If the print lines up nicely on both sides of the page, it will give a cleaner, neater look.
When submitting your work, pay attention to the final size of the page and pick a font size that will be readable. Also, pick a font that is easy on the eyes, such as Times New Roman.
A common size for books is six inches by nine, though smaller is fine too. When setting up your pages, pick the size in the beginning so you don’t have to make a lot of changes later.
Use good word processing software so you can make your work look its best, such as Libre Office. That’s free to anyone with an internet connection.
If you are designing your own cover, avoid clutter and make sure you use an image that is high enough resolution to look good in printing. The company you are working with will tell you the minimum resolution required for images, but it’s commonly 300 dots per inch. Lower resolution is fine for eBook covers, because they will only be seen on screens.
Don’t forget to leave room for the barcode and ISBN on the back of your book, if you design that space in, it will look much more finished.
Write what you love, write what you know, and never ever write something you don’t know about without expert help. That is, talk it over with someone who knows the subject and then listen to what they have to say!
If you write what you don’t know, research, research, research. Use a checklist to make sure you don’t forget any details.
In writing, as in life, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
And finally, don’t pay for any services unless you know exactly what you are getting!
You can purchase the book at Amazon, iBooks, and all other good ebook retailers.

Anti-social vs social media.

I was going to title this post Autism vs Social Media, but that seems unfair to the people who are anti or unsocial but don’t have autism or mental health problems as a reason (some people simply prefer to avoid people).

I have encountered a number of discussions on Goodreads recently about the need for and the usefulness of Facebook author pages and other social media, and every time I am left with the same set of conflicted feelings. On the one hand, I know that social media can be a very powerful tool in this globally connected age for enabling a writer to find readers, build a fanbase, connect with fans, etc; on the other, this only works if you are able to use social media effectively.

If, like me, you have difficulty dealing with people on any level (in my case the reason for that is I have autism and a number of other mental health problems, but people have many reasons for this problem) then social media can be a real struggle; unfortunately this means that no matter how good your book is, and I’m not about to claim a Dickens level of writing ability here, but I do believe I am above average as an author, it will be difficult to get people to discover the books you release.

There are sites that will provide authors with a quick boost of promotion, but long-term success will only come as a result of good quality, consistent use of social media. What the solution is, I don’t know, but if anyone out there can come up with a suggestion for how I can market my books effectively, and long-term, without spending a fortune, and without burning myself out trying and failing with social media, I’d love to hear from you.

Soldier on with Aislinn Kearns

Aislinn Kearns, who I know from Goodreads, has a new release coming out; actually it’s already available to buy via pre-order. Dangerous Victor is a part of her soldiering on series, which focuses on a security firm operated by wounded soldiers.

Dangerous Victor

Aislinn Kearns

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Radha Iyer knows there’s something terribly wrong happening at the casino she manages. Her staff are acting cagey, the finances don’t add up, and then her Head of Security is found murdered in his own home. She’s out of her depth and desperate for help.

Zack Walker has kept to himself since the day an IED left him permanently scarred. When Radha calls Soldiering On for help, his degree in math makes him the obvious choice to go undercover as the new Head of Security to help her discover what’s going on and who’s responsible.

But the conspiracy they uncover goes deeper than either of them could have imagined. When their investigation is compromised, it puts them both in mortal peril and on the run. With nowhere to turn they must rely on each other, but danger and betrayal lurk in every shadow…

This book has been the most challenging of the series to write – in the best kind of way. I think it’s my favourite so far.

Fun fact: This was the book that sparked the whole idea of the series. I actually started writing a very different incarnation of this book more than a year before I wrote anything else in the Soldiering On world. Before I even had a proper idea for the series!

I hope you all enjoy reading it!

Additional fun fact: a decent portion of this book is set at the same time as Guarding Sierra! You don’t have to read one to understand the other, but it might be fun to see where they overlap.

March 2 will be the big day, but if you can’t wait ’til then

Preorder it now!

Are you superstitious?

The first Friday the 13th of the year is almost upon us, there’s less than 24 hours to go, and Screenshot_2013-09-13-08-05-30-1.pngfor the superstitious among us, that’s a problem because something bad is bound to happen – I’ve already taken care of my bad luck, I sprained my ankle yesterday and discovered a whole bunch of editing changes I made to my wip over the last few days haven’t been saved.

I’m hoping that that is all the bad luck I have to worry about and tomorrow will pass without incident, to help ensure that, I am going to do what I consider the most sensible thing I can. Outside of the appointment I have for tomorrow morning, I am going to stay at home and keep myself occupied with a good book; I won’t even risk papercuts because I’ll be reading on my Kindle.

If you’re thinking along the same lines as me, may I respectfully suggest you check out the books here http://events.supportindieauthors.com/ it’s an event being run by the SIA group on goodreads, which I’m a part of for the beginning of the year, and especially for Friday the 13th. There is a huge selection of books at bargain prices, in a wide variety of genres to suit all tastes, and for the day itself, many of the books are free, so take a look at what’s on offer and then fill your kindle, or your bookshelf, you won’t need to worry about another Friday the 13th for the rest of the year.

As an added bonus, you can get a warm fuzzy feeling from knowing you’ve helped to support independently published authors. Even if your budget won’t stretch to buying any of the books, you can show your support by sharing the event and helping to spread the word

A big thank you to anyone who does help support us all, no matter how you show your support.

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Indie Book Showcase 2017

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The group I’m part of on Goodreads is having their first showcase of the year, it’s an event featuring books by the many members of SIA (Support for Indie Authors) a wonderful group that is incredibly supportive and filled with great people who write in just about every genre you can think of.

I’ve read and enjoyed several, and got more on my TBR list.

If you’re looking for books to fill up your kindle/tablet or other e-reader, or maybe you’re after some paperbacks to use your Christmas money on, look no further. Whatever you like to read, and whatever your budget, you’re bound to find something to suit you, just follow the link below and see what we have to offer

Support Indie Authors Event

A great site

Do you read indie books? Have you enjoyed any this year?

If the answer to either question is yes, then you should pay a visit to http://www.readfree.ly/50-best-indie-books-2016/ and vote for those you’ve enjoyed, you might even get lucky and win $50.

I’ve just voted for the lovely Christina McMullen in the comedy section, and while I was there I took advantage of the free promotional opportunity they offer.

A Holiday Showcase

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The moderators of the Goodreads group I am part of, SIA (which stands for Support Indie Authors), a lovely group of people, by which I mean the group as a whole, not just the moderators, have put together an event for the holidays intended to showcase some of their favourite books from among those written by the members of the group.

The books that have been featured cover a wide variety of genres with prices to match all pockets. If you’re looking to fill up your kindle with some fabulous new reads, look no further, since click this link and visit the event to see what books might appeal to you form the selection on offer.

I’ve just started Jane Jago’s  ‘Shall We Gather At The River?’ and the opening chapter certainly has me interested as a body is found by a group of teens at a forced religious retreat in Devon, a place I visited as a child, and which features in one of my own, as yet unpublished, books – I’m referring to Devon not the religious retreat.