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KING OF THE ROSES
Jockey Chris Englund has won a record-tying five Kentucky Derbies. But his take-no-prisoners personality and battles with racing’s elite have stalled his career. There’s also his uncompromising honesty in a world where cheating pays.
Out of the blue, he gets the leg up on the odds-on Derby favorite, Knidos. But Derby week turns to ashes when he’s offered half a million dollars to hold Knidos and set off a betting bonanza for criminal cartels around the world.
KING OF THE ROSES
is the story of one man’s choice in the face of overwhelming temptation and terror. The drive to the Derby wire tests Chris Englund’s courage and a great horse’s heart in a brutal battle against insurmountable odds.
“An impressive debut by a superb writer.”–Publishers Weekly
“No racing novel since the advent of Dick Francis’s series of mysteries has captured my admiration like this book.”–The Maryland Horse
“Anderson’s words roll onto the page, vivid, stark, powerful and perfect.”–Associated Press
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What would you add to this thoughtful post from Alison Williams Writing? Have your experiences with small publishers been good or bad? Are indie writers better off self-publishing? What do you think?
Alison Williams Writing
I recently wrote a bit of a rant about the quality control of some small presses whose books I had read. You can read it here.
If you are thinking of signing with a small publisher, then do bear a few things in mind.
- Do your homework – start off by Googling the publisher. You might find threads on writing sites that go into a great deal of detail about your chosen publisher. Read them – they can be incredibly enlightening.
- Ask questions – if your publisher is honest and genuinely wants the best for you, they should accept that you have a right to want to know about them. After all, you are placing your book and all the blood, sweat and tears that went into writing it in their hands.
- Who are they?
- How long have they been publishing?
- What exactly is their background and experience?…
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I found this really helpful! Thanks for Don Massenzio for passing it along.
Source: 12 book marketing buzzwords you need to know via Sandra Beckwith #h2e
Source: Do you know how to publish an ebook with pictures?
Here’s a post from last fall that I swiped from Jean’s Writing! Now that I’m about to epublish my “Beginner’s Cheat Sheet” on formatting your own Print-on-Demand book using InDesign, I’m going to need all the help I can get on formatting ebooks with graphics! What I like in Jean’s video is the idea that you can force text and image to stay together. Does anyone have any experience adding graphics to Kindle ebooks? Does this look like a good process to you? Any help will be WELCOME!
. . . If you have a computer and can check out Editing 101 at Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog. Susan Uttendorfsky of Adirondack Editing provides a host of FREE lessons on everything from “Removing Filter Words” (a must-read) to when to use “which” or “that.” I’ve found Susan’s posts to be accurate, clear, and friendly. Check them out!
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This is really important if you’re trying to run ad campaigns. It worked perfectly for me. Thanks to Don Massenzio for reposting his original advice.
Author Don Massenzio
I posted this tip a while ago and got some positive feedback. If you set up buying links for your books, many of you are probably posting Amazon links for each country that you think your book will likely realize some sales.
There is no need to do this.
I was getting frustrated when I ran a free book promotion weekend and experimented with placing a Facebook ad that reached out to multiple countries. My dilemma with doing this is that I didn’t have a way to post all of the links for the various Amazon sites in other countries on my ad without it looking clumsy.
I searched for a way to create a universal link for my book. A universal link, when clicked by a potential reader, is designed to take them to my book on the appropriate Amazon page for their country.
All they needed to do was…
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Some useful information about those pesky Amazon Review rules from Build Book Buzz. Share your own methods for getting reviews.
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