Pay Day! 12/17/13
As a new author, seeing how many books I sold was extremely exciting. My book was finally released
mid-September. And I waited... and waited.... and waited... I mean seriously, I'm not a patient person. This waiting was tough. I moaned and groaned and emailed my distributor. For three months, I
waited... until finally, last week, numbers finally began to come in. Wow! I sold 25 books so far. Okay, its not a huge number, but its still exciting! Especially since one was purchased from
With new authors it can take 60 working days to see results. Dang, that's asking a lot to expect to see some results! But the day has finally come, and this morning I got my first deposit on my sales. WOW!
I was surprised at the numbers I was seeing. Each seller takes a percentage of your sales. Barnes & Noble was the worst! I got just a little over 1/2 back from my list price. So I would highly recommend that you buy from other sources! ;)
Overall, its an exciting day for me. Its a waiting game, but today feels very good. I'm glad to see that my book is out there!
Its been confirmed: My e-book has been downloaded on an iPad!!! Now I wish I had an iPad.
It should be available from amazon.com in a few days. Then I can look at the official e-reader version myself! Until then, I have this photo to admire.
Wow... it appears so neat and slick on an iPad! I love how those first pages look!!!! Feeling proud!
approved. Sent for distribution.
I have to admit, some of the special characters I included did not transfer well, but overall, it’s the best e-book format I'm probably going to get. Perhaps when its a bestseller and in paperback form, we can correct these minor infractions. While they are a bit disappointing from my perspective, I hope it will all read fine. I’m sure I’m just overreacting to not seeing exact perfection. I cannot wait to see when this novel finally hits the e-shelves!
I recently got a message about sites that will review ebooks to give authors a little extra buzz. But DANG, some of these sites are expensive! Some charge $100, some up to $600 (Kirkus)! Since I just paid to have my book epublished, I have not got a lot extra at this point to line up reviewers.
If anyone wants to review my book positively, I would be forever grateful. You would be my hero! It will be posted when my book is out there!
Is it the number 13 doubled that is the cause?
Finally received my eProof book, and unfortunately, I had to reject it. There were a few issues with divisions within chapters, words being highlighted blue and linking to internet sites, and other minor issues I noticed. So... now I'm awaiting the re-proofed eProof. Release date has been pushed back.
Cover design sent to me and approved. I was extremely impressed. As the image I wanted was not a stock photo, I was not sure what they could do with the stock images BookBaby had. Despite my wariness, I think the cover turned out pretty fantastic! Very professional looking! I could see that image on a hardcover book, couldn't you?
Excited (from my
BookBaby account status):
J. Lynn Else
Title - The Forgotten: Aten's Last Queen
ISBN - 9781483505343
eBook details - As of 8/5/2013, your eBook proof is in process. You will receive an email when it is complete and ready for review.
I've done it!!! My book has been uploaded to an e-publishing site. Its finally happening! My mind is going nuts. I have absolutely no patience either!
Right now the book is being formatted from a Word document to a format for e-readers. They are also working on a cover for me via suggestions and a few uploaded photos I like.
In a few days, they will email things to proof. I'm so STOKED! I've already been given my ISB number too!!! So its happening.
Tentative release date is August 15. We'll see if it all gets there in time. I just completed a facebook page for my book. Soon I will start soliciting my friends and family to become fans. Yes... I am rather shameless! ;)
READ! It’s my best advice. I love to read, and wish I could read a little faster so I could get through more books!
Recently, my aunt and her family came to visit from Duluth. Her 13-year-old daughter, my cousin, has been writing stories. She is an avid reader. My cousin shared with me the start of one of her stories about a cave girl. What impressed me the most was the vocabulary in her story. It was clearly beyond what a typical 13-year-old teen would be able to write. Her ability to map out a scene, create a relatable character in just a few pages, and draw you into a pre-historical world amazed me. I know that while I also wrote stories when I was her age, they were not nearly this developed! This was something she had written down raw in a composition book, and I was immensely impressed. I wanted more of her character. She created a backstory without revealing too much, but just enough to make you want to keep reading. I think if she keeps it up, she will be an accomplished writer. Be it writing stories, writing up grants, etc., I think she has a future as a word smith.
So keep reading. Not only will your vocabulary get better and better, but you will also notice what keeps you interested as a reader. What plot threads do you enjoy or find annoying? How well are plots mapped out? Did a mystery get revealed too soon in one book or not soon enough? Read, observe, and learn! It will help develop your own skills in the process.
Well here's my first "author" blog. I know its a little early (as I'm not a published author even!). But I just handed off my book to a professional editor for review! Its so close... Gotta have the dream that my book will take off and this site/blog will be popular! ;)
So yes, a professional editor now has my book. I'm nervous. I mean... I've had a few friends read through my book as I was working on it. They gave me very rave reviews. Yea! But this is someone who does editing for a living! And she's perusing my book with a fine-tooth comb! Man, I hope my own read-throughs were good. I look forward to seeing what she says though. This is a much necessary step which really reminds me of the pride I feel with my book. I want others to see my pride as they read. And I also want to make sure it all makes sense! What's clear in my head may be mud to others.
My stomach is full of butterflies. If she dislikes it, well, that's just one person's opinion. At least I'll know my English skills are top quality and the flow is smooth!!!! So here I sit with my fingers crossed!
More to come...
I just can't help but be excited! And its all about books!!!
On Wednesday, I went to our local used book store/comic shop (with a Penny cutout and everything) and found some amazing new books. They're so inexpensive, why not? So I've started a science fiction story I got from there. They're not books I was looking for but came across in my hunt. I did not find the books I was looking for either, but that did not bother me so much. I love prowling through used book stores!
On Friday, I went to our local mall and found two books by authors I enjoy that were cleared out for $6.00 each!!!
Books get me excited. I love to look at them, roll my eyes over their cover art, smell their fresh or sometimes aged aroma, and overall just touch them with my hands. Its tactile and imaginative all at once. I look at a book and see possibilities. I see new thoughts and new worlds I just can't wait to experience.
I have not traveled much in my lifetime. I've been a few places, but I can't say I'm a very worldy person. Books allows me a new world to travel in. Isn't that cheesy? Well, it takes me places I cannot otherwise afford or have time for OR that my kids and husband would be interested in either!
Man, I just can't wait to start another new/new-used book. Yea for books! (no, I'm not the biggest Kindle fan -- I like the real thing, thank you very much)
Hi, Ravi. Yes, I have read all the Hunger Games books. I liked the first two. The third book I disliked. I did not like what the author did with the characters. The second book was my favorite. An excellent resource would be www.goodreads.com. You can view lots of different reviews from other readers regarding books you're thinking of picking up.
Thanks for checking out my website - J. Lynn
"Descendants of Avalon"
Released via Inklings Publishing
("The Forgotten" volume 2)
Reviewed and awarded the
2016 Indie Editor's Choice
by the Historical Novel Society.
Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.
Goodreads profile at: https://www.goodreads.com/JElse