Wednesday, March 20, 2013

CRIMSON FLAMES Giveaway and Guest Post

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Half-vampire Abby Tate is determined to learn more about the sorceress powers that were awakened inside her when she was turned into a vampire—making her a whole new hybrid species. There’s a group of rogue vamps banding together and forming a Resistance against the vampire governing body, The Head Council, and Abby’s newly discovered powers are the key to the Council’s victory. Now the Resistance will do anything possible to remove the hybrid threat, and with no other options, Abby is forced to rely on the aid of the Council, yet can she trust the very vampires that hunt for her human lover? And even worse, can she fight the unwelcome attraction that’s growing between her and one of those ancient vampire rulers? Add Crimson Flames to your GoodReads Shelf. Purchase Crimson 
Flames on Amazon

Enjoy this guest post from Ashley Robertson! 

Indie Pubbing...good experience or hard road?

Self-publishing is the easiest, most amazing experience I’ve ever endured. **Ahem.** HA HA. If you’re a writer, then I’m certain I didn’t fool you. It’s a LOT of hard work. And let me tell you, I respect every other indie author out there that’s successfully marketing their book and making sales. When self-pubbing, there are extra fees and expenses that you eat up front with hopes of making back in book revenue. But be prepared to lose that money too, so keep that in mind when figuring out your book budget. Indie authors are on their own with hiring a professional editor—which I highly recommend (mine is Stephen Delaney with Close Reader Editing)—getting a dramatic book cover created—I use Claudia with PhatpuppyArt (and trust me, a lot of people judge a book by its cover)—policing the publishing company since they seem to screw up your manuscript during their formatting procedure, and then waiting patiently for the finals to arrive. Though, if you have the time, Amazon and Smashwords offer free epubbing books that teach you how to do it yourself, but if you want a paperback or hard copy of your book, you’ll still need to hire a formatting company, unless you know how to do this. With Crimson Flames, I did my own formatting and it saved me around $300.

And that’s just the beginning. Once your book is ready, it’s time to spread the word, market it everywhere, and seek wonderful book bloggers to review it, host interviews and giveaways—all the while praying they’ll love it and give it a good rating. Honestly, it’s a full-time job just working on that, plus you’ve got to keep writing your next best seller too. So I highly recommend virtual release parties (I use Release Day Diva) to create a lot of hype for your book, and blog tours are just as important to get the additional exposure you need to make sales. I’ve worked with Bookish Brunette, Promotional Book Tours, and Lady Amber’s Tours and they are all fantastic. The tour prices range from around $50 to $300+ depending on what package you go with. Obviously, the more you spend, the more exposure you get.

About Author Ashley RobertsonAshley Robertson

Ashley Robertson resides in sunny Orlando, Florida, and loves writing about anything paranormal. She also composes poems and songs, though she learned long ago she doesn't have a singing voice. When she isn't writing you'll find her spending time with family and friends, training in her home gym, traveling and exploring new places, and drinking fine red wines and gourmet coffees from her Nespresso machine. Follow Ashley Robertson Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads . Please also join the Crimson Flames Release Day Party on March 1st. Fill out the form below to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway

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