How To-Cope With A Bad Review by Larisa Hunter

You wake up in the morning, the birds are singing, you had time for a delicious beverage and then you approach your computer say hello and there it is in your Inbox that email you have been waiting for! The review for your latest book has arrived!

Tenuously you click the link, and then there it is! Your heart sinks into your shoes and you feel a moment of dread followed by compulsions to toss your computer out the window, cry into a box of tissues or say to hell with it and slink away into a hole from which you shall never put words to paper again.

But, how to rationally cope? As a new author, I had no idea what it would be like to put out a book. I had no grand plans to become the next JK Rowling, I just wanted to get this stuff out of my head. I carried around the ideas for so long I had to get them out, and so with little knowledge of how to do that, I sat with a tablet PC in one hand and my newborn in the other and proceeded to write down all these ideas. Before I knew it, I had written a book.

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Coming In March: Tanith Lee’s Killing Violets

Killing Violets: Gods’ Dogs

 Tanith Lee

 March 2012

 192 pages

MB0108

1st edition

ISBN: 978-1-907737-36-7

£10.99, $19.99

Editor/Interior Layout: Storm Constantine

Cover Artist: John Kaiine

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

1934…

Starving to death somewhere in Europe, Anna meets Raoul.

She is ready to sell herself for a meal, but he has other plans. He takes her to England, to a summer of torrential rain, and the dubious mansion of his arrogant and unsavoury relatives, the Basultes.

It seems Anna is also to ‘enjoy’ the godly Basulte life. But the mounds of stodgy food, the genuflecting servants, the mindless cruelty of class, (the endless rain), affront her. Besides, she is becoming aware of the family, Raoul included, is playing with her a macabre and silly game.

Anna is a survivor – she has had to be – practiced at acting out the impossible. Both the aristocratic malignities, and the Hogarthian orgies of the servants, can be accommodated, if they must. For did they but know, Anna has a past as savage and explicit as anything seen in the Basulte house.

The past, that was Preguna, where Anna loved Árpád, during a European summer of soft heat. Until love ended in the darkness that now hangs on every moment of her life, reducing all other things, however murderous, to nothing.

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Copy Editors and Proof Readers Wanted!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN WORKING FOR IMMANION PRESS.

CURRENTLY ALL POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PUT ON A WAIT LIST FOR FUTURE EMPLOYEMENT PLEASE CONTACT publicity @ immanion-press.com

Immanion Press is seeking copy-editors and proof readers for our non-fiction and fiction lines. We are seeking people who:

• Have an excellent working knowledge of grammar, syntax and punctuation
• Love to read!
• Have knowledge of paganism, heathenism, and other spiritualities, and would be comfortable reading a wide range of fiction genres and subject matter.
• Have an eye for detail
• Have the ability to work on a manuscript within a specified time frame
• Have knowledge of using MS Word
• Have email and Internet access

This position is unpaid, but we will be able to provide free e-books (PDF) in exchange for volunteer hours. This position would suit retired individuals, stay at home parents, persons with disabilities or those with the ability to dedicate a portion of their hours to editorial work, and who wish to be part of our small, thriving team, at the heart of a dedicated independent press.

If you wish to apply, please send us a bit of background information, relevant experience (if any) and provide reasons why you should be considered for this position. All candidates will be reviewed and interviewed by our staff and final candidates will be notified.

We appreciate any and all submissions, but only those chosen will be contacted with further details.

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Amazon’s Author Central

For those looking to expand their marketing potential, meet Amazon’s Author Central. I mentioned this service before but I myself never had any time to see how it works until now.

So, I thought I would set up a bit of a tutorial and tour of Amazon’s Author Central for all who write so that we can find out what it does? And how it can help increase sales?

Step One:

Set up an account. This step is simple, but you will need some information such as your ISBN number should it not find your book by title. (it did not locate mine by title or by author name but it did by ISBN). To complete Step One, simply go here

Step Two:

After you receive your email from Amazon confirming your account you will be whisked to the Author Central main page, from here there are a number of options available as seen on this screen shot:

The first place to visit is the Profile page:

On the profile page you can add a ton of different things such as your biography, blogs, events, photos, videos and twitter.

Each of these options are very simple to set up all you need is the information to plug into the blank fields

  • Biography: allows you to customize what information appears on the Amazon page where your book is listed.
  • Blogs: allows you to add your Blog’s RSS feed. If you’re not sure what RSS is, basically it is:RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format. It allows people to know what your recent posts are and gives them updates based on their subscription options. Setting up RSS is very simple, I personally like Feeburner. It is now part of the Google empire and can be created by following the steps here. You do need a blog or website in order to have content for RSS as it distributes what you post. It also integrates tweets. If you don’t have any of these services, consider creating a free blog and then set up an RSS feed to go with it. Many free blog services allow you to migrate to a permanent site if you choose to do that later, in my opinion it is better to have ‘something’ that people can find online about you regardless of how simple it is.
  • Events: you can post appearances, engagements, whatever right on Amazon which is very neat! Finding out where authors are going to appear can be a big generator for interest as keeping yourself visible is good for creating fan base.
  • Author Page URL: this is the page created by Amazon where all your information will appear! I would suggest that authors who have an author page at Amazon add that when mentioning where they are ‘visible’. Creating a ‘signature’ on all your profiles and in your email program can be very useful for this because you can add the url in your signature for further advertising! Just make sure you advertise where you are and provide links.
  • Photos: add up to 8 photos
  • Videos: allows you to share video interviews (must be no longer than 10 minutes)
  • Twitter: shares your tweets to Amazon simply add your Twitter account to configure this option

Afteryou finish all of these steps you can see the finished page when you click on the  Visit Amazon’s (Author Name) Page, although there was a bit of a delay in viewing all of the changes so it might take a few minutes.

There is also a ‘discussion’ area for authors. I would caution people though if you do use that remember it is ‘public’ and therefore whatever you state on there is visible to anyone who might want to buy your book.

All in all it was fairly easy to set up the account, customize it and see it all finished, and I would say that this service could be very beneficial to authors who want to increase the information provided on Amazon and increase the chances of getting fans interested in you which is a big part of book publicity.

Next Tutorial: How To-Set Up RSS (Friday 24th,2012 at 9:00EST)

Immanion Press & Kindle, Together At Last!

Immanion Press is now offering Kindle editions of our books for those with Kindle’s or the Kindle PC version. There are a few titles currently available for purchase and more titles will become available when they become converted.

To browse what titles are available please visit this link

In future under all new releases there will be info about ‘digital’ versions of titles and where people can purchase them.