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Sep 10, 2015 - General, Indie Authors, News, Suggestions, Updates    Comments Off on Ye olde Scribes were on Strike…

Ye olde Scribes were on Strike…

It was brought to my attention that the “Welcome” email that is sent after someone subscribes to the Daily Scroll wasn’t working.  A quick check revealed the problem.  GoDaddy, which I was using as the Postman, so-to-speak, went on strike.  The Post Office (GoDaddy) decided it didn’t want to do any more unneeded work unless it was sending a message to someone in their own town.  So, long story short, Welcome emails weren’t being delivered.  I’m not sure how long that’s been going on.  I even tried a test delivery for the newsletter (which was working fine last time) and nothing came through.

So for any of you that didn’t get the link to the free short story, Hunt for Red Oskorlisk, please let me know and I’ll resend the Welcome email to you that has the link.

Sorry ’bout that.  Oh, I should also mention that there’s a major revamp in the works for the website.  Why?  Because twinkletoes here (yours truly) has created another series and this time, it isn’t fantasy.  I’ve listed www.Lentari.com as my official website for so long that I can’t necessarily say that any more.  It wouldn’t make sense for the new series to point to Lentari.com, so I’m researching ideas.

Oh, well.  I think it was time to find a new WordPress theme anyway.  Anyone know of any really cool themes?

J.

Who wants to be a Beta Reader?

Hi, guys!

Well, here I am, rapidly approaching the finish line to my 8th book.  Wizard in the Woods is a fun romp featuring Mikal and a few returning characters, along with a couple of new ones.   My deadline to have everything done is  August 21st, ’cause that’s when I’m supposed to have the finished, edited, and proofed manuscript submitted to Amazon so I can easily make the release day, which is the end of August.

So, it’s time to line up some beta readers.  Many of you have expressed interest in helping me out.  For that, I am eternally thankful.  Nothing makes me feel better than having a whole slew of people anxious to sign up.  Therefore, before you add your name to the hat, let me run through what I’m looking for in a beta reader.

  • Beta readers will have strong spelling skills.  I will be using my spellchecker but mistakes can and will slip through the cracks.
  • Good English skills.  Do I have a fragmented sentence?  How about the wrong tense of verb?
  • Able to spot continuity/plot holes.  Did I reference something but then never mentioned it again?  Did I leave a gaping plot hole?
  • Able to offer critique without worrying about hurting my feelings.  Trust me, I’ve heard it all.  An unbiased opinion is worth its weight in gold to an author.

If you’re interested, even after reading all of that, then please leave a comment below and let me know you’d like to sign up.  On top of my normal betas (family & friends) I will typically select anywhere from 6-8 people and give them a .pdf of the book.  That way whenever a problem has been spotted you can reference a specific page number, paragraph number, line number, etc., and I’ll easily be able to find it.

Oh, as a reminder, the Daily Scroll will be going out tonight with the very first sneak peek at the cover.  It’s in early design stage, and the artist has given me three possible designs to choose from.  I’ll be going over each one and explaining what I like and don’t like, and what I’d like to see for the next attempt.  Want to see it and be involved in its creation?  Sign up today!

Thanks, everyone!

J.

Character interview nominations!

I’m getting ready to do my first ever character interview.  I thought it something fun to do, so if you’ve ever wished you could ask Steve, or Sarah, or maybe Rhenyon a question then Now’s the time to nominate your favorite character!  Whichever character gets the most votes will be the one who gets to sit in the Chair and be interviewed by the queen, who as many of you will know, cannot be lied to.

Who is it gonna be?  Let me know who your vote is for!  Any character in the books is fair game, no matter how minor a character they may be.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend so far!

Nov 19, 2014 - General, News, Suggestions, Updates    2 Comments

Hints for the Password…

Ok, since I want to make sure everyone has a chance to read The Hunt for Red Oskorlisk I hereby offer these hints.  You probably see the special “Spoilers” links down below.  I’ve hidden the clues under a spoiler tag so that you don’t accidentally read more than you want.  Are you ready?  If you need help with decrypting the password protected post containing the short story then click on the first spoiler for the first clue!

FIRST CLUE

The word exists in the first novel of the Tales of Lentari series:  Lost City.

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SECOND CLUE

The password is a dragon’s name that appears on two separate occasions in the book.

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THIRD CLUE

This black dragon thought she had been peed on by a dwarf during the capture of the zweigelan.

The fourth and final spoiler reveals the password, so if you want to find it yourself, stop here!

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SOLUTION

Here’s the password if you’re just unable to find it.  The black dragon’s name is:  kemxandra.  Happy reading!

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Oct 29, 2014 - General, Indie Authors, News, Suggestions, Updates    Comments Off on Marketing for Indie Authors

Marketing for Indie Authors

If you’re an Indie Author then chances are you’ve asked yourself the following questions:

  • How do I go about getting my manuscript self-published?
  • What do I do about the cover?
  • Now that I’ve published/released my book, what now?  How do I attract a following?

I was asked (& I accepted!) to be a part of the “Marketing SFF” group spearheaded by fellow authors Lindsay Buroker and Joseph Lallo.  What we (plan to) do is interview other authors and ask them what they’ve done, or are doing, to achieve the success that they have.  What’s important to them?  How did they make their covers?  What type of marketing have they done?

Thus far we have learned about the importance of editing, selecting the right book cover, how to find an editor, how to build up a fan base, what NOT to do when finding a publisher, and so on.  My turn in the chair happened last night.  If you don’t mind hearing my boring voice drone on and on then I would encourage you to have a listen!

Yep, that’s me.  Our hope is to help our fellow indiw authors avoid our mistakes, take advantage of our advice, and release a good quality book.  For those that’d prefer to download just the audio, here’s the link:

Download mp3 audio for Jeffrey M. Poole’s interview

May 5, 2014 - General, News, Suggestions, Updates    5 Comments

Hey buddy, can you spare a name?

Since today is the 1st official day I’m spending on aPfyT, I’ve sketched out some details for chapter 1 and am ready to write.  So, with that being said, I could use a couple of names!  Want to name a fictional character?  Now’s your chance!  Let’s see…  I could use:

1.  At least three or four human names.  Not related.

2.  At least 2 dragon names.

3.  For kicks and giggles, let’s throw in a dwarf name or two.

I always like having extra names handy.  Come on, guys!  Got some suggestions for me?  Hit me with your best shot!

Apr 26, 2014 - General, News, Suggestions    3 Comments

Tales of Lentari #2 – Countdown has begun!

I’ve done this for the last couple of books I’ve released and thought it’d be fun to show you, the readers, the steps that I will undergo to get the book ready to be released and what stage I’m presently on.  So, without further ado, here we go!

My steps for releasing a book:

  • Finish writing the flippin’ book     finished!
  • Finalize book cover    finished!
  • Give to wife (Beta Reader #1).  Correct any advised changes.    finished!
  • Get the pdf into the hands of my Beta Readers.    finished!
  • Get the pdf into the hands of my primary proofer.  You know who you are.    finished!
  • Revise manuscript to reflect changes.   in progress
  • Format the manuscript for KDP submission (Amazon) – takes up to 24 hrs.   in progress
  • Format the manuscript for Smashwords distribution – can take around a week to show up for Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Diesel, etc.   in progress
  • Format the manuscript for Createspace release – this is the print edition.   in progress
  • Pull out notebook and start working on Tales of Lentari #3!    in progress

 

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