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  1. Terra

    Tips for writing a classic romantic novel

    After looking at the link you provided, I now have to ask what kind of romance novel you wish to write. A classic novel for romance lovers around the world, or one that would/could be used as a tool in relationship/affection counseling?πŸ˜• Terra
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    I'm getting published, Baby!

    Okay, time for another update! I had two more events. One was Hippie Fest and that was fun! And the second was an author's tent at a local town Fest. This one was awesome as I got to meet and hobnob with other authors and get info on some upcoming events for authors. There's quite a few of them, so I need to decide which I'd like to participate in and go from there. I'm liking the Christmas one. I'll keep you posted! 😊 Terra
  3. Well, July is almost over, so I thought I'd pop in and give an update. I have just turned in my cover design for my second book and once I approve that, then I'll get a box of my books for final hands on approval. Then the book release follows, hooray!! I have two more events scheduled. One is being a vendor at The Hippie Fest and the cool thing about that is they contacted me. They were looking for more items for sale for kids and since Little Jenna grew up in the 60s, era of the hippies, she's in. We have to dress the theme so I have my white bell bottoms, tie-dye gauze top, round pink sunglasses and flowered headband all ready. My theme at my table is flower power and I also have a flowered table cloth to fit my theme. I'm really excited about that! Hippies at the Village It's July 28th. The other event is in a local authors tent at Good Times in Goodrich August, fourth. Other authors will be there with their books too. It should be a blast! To stick out of the crowd, I've written a little piece to hand out to passers by written in Jenna's voice giving some book teasers. Local Authors Tent Other than that, I've been working on my website for my books and that is slow going because I am a verified techtard, haha! Little Jenna Jafferty After the author's tent, I will be leaving with hubby for our 35th anniversary trip to enjoy some downtime, hubby time, and Michigan treasures. If I have any books left after the 2 events, I'll bring them along, because, you never know. 😁 Oh, and on a personal note, I've been enjoying my new grandson! And we were able to get a four generation photo of the Kern guys too! Four generation photo Terra
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    I'm getting published, Baby!

    Hi guys! Popping in to give an update or two, LOL! I had my first book signing Saturday and on the 19th my new grandson arrived 1 month early but perfect. What do these two things have in common you ask? He made a special appearance at my book signing!! Hooray! Book Signing Baby just a little bigger than book And as of today, my book is available on Walmart (dot) com in their online bookstore! I'm so excited!! Thank all of you for your support!! πŸ’• Terra
  5. Exactly Dan! That is the conclusion that I came to. Only 2 of the twelve chapters are Christmas. I don't want to mislead or tick off any readers/parents or disappoint any children.. So that is out. Theresa, I'm not concerned about a winter or any other season for the cover, it was a specific holiday and a major one at that. I've decided against it. altogether. My graphics guy said, "Do whatever you want Mom, just don't make it too generic, LOL! He's busy getting settled into the new place and preparing for the birth of his son. They're inducing on Monday, a whole month early. Complications, Yikes! Thank you so much for you thoughts Shay! Mike, Dang it! I thought I was completely settled on what I wanted for the front and back covers, but I love your idea and so now I have to go and think some more, LOL! I really like your idea as a full spread across the front and back covers. But which should have 2 holidays and which should have one? Front or back?...Yep! Back to the thinking board, LOL! Terra
  6. It's near the time I need to give my publishers what I want for the front and back cover design for the second book in my series. It takes place from the beginning of Fall until the end of Winter. Some of the chapters include Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day. The book will be released mid-fall. What I was wondering is if you think having a Christmas scene on the front cover would hinder Spring and Summer sales. I know it would certainly help for Christmas gifts/sales but I'm not sure if it would be a hindrance to sales for the rest of the year. It is a series and the second book so I'm befuddled at the moment. I do have another design chosen for the front and back covers that have to do with just fall and winter just incase the Christmas scene is a bad marketing idea. Thoughts? Thanks in advance! Terra
  7. 😱 You Big Drunken Greek, you! Well, what else was I going to say? LOL! Terra
  8. You flatterer! I like it, haha! I'll bet your lovely wife is just putty in your hands. πŸ˜‰ Terra
  9. Oh yeah, lol! That is what I meant! πŸ˜‰ Terra
  10. 😍😍😍 See? Once again you have me saying, I knew I liked you! But in all honesty, that is an older photo. An up to date one is on the poster my son made me that I posted in my I'm getting published thread. Here it is... See? we older folks, lol! Theresa, Mike and I are to whom I was referring. In my opinion, when you hit 50, you're a classic and well, truth be told, classics are old. πŸ˜‚ I have many a bookcase filled with books and I have donated many boxes of books to various libraries as well. I only keep the ones that I absolutely love and my heirlooms from my grandpa Brown. Those are nearly a hundred years old and are in my china cabinet. The others take up four book cases, haha! I don't really display anything to show who I am because everything I like from books to movies to music is very eclectic. How do you showcase that, LOL! Terra
  11. I agree that eventually some time in the future, printed books will fall by the wayside and I do think that the generation that follows the millennials and the generation after that will most likely prefer the e-books as well. The world is expanding in technology by the hour. The study did say that older folks (like ourselves) do prefer the e-readers because they can adjust brightness as well as size of the font, etc. Makes sense with aging eyes. I, however, do prefer a physical book. I don't know why, I just do. I have a kindle with tons of books on there too but I only read those books while on vacation before bed time. Packing lots of books just takes up far too much room in my luggage and being a woman, it's difficult enough getting everything to fit in a suitcase that fits the specs before I'm charged extra, or into just one or two pieces of luggage to fit in the car, hahaha! And well, I've never really fallen into the "norm" when it comes to these things! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ And one more note: Millenials are known for being "all about me", so it makes sense that they would prefer owning physical books. πŸ˜„ Terra
  12. I came across a very interesting article about which age groups prefer what format of books and it was surprising to me. I would have thought that Millenials would prefer e-books as they were raised in the age of technology, but it isn't so. The study showed "...it turns out that this generation of readers would prefer actual books over e-readers β€” maybe even more than older readers β€” according to a study from the University of Arizona" The article stated the reasons as to why: As researchers moderated, the groups revealed their feelings about ownership of physical books versus e-books. Some findings: Because they don’t have full control of the e-book (i.e., they can’t copy a digital file to a number of devices), they don’t feel they have complete ownership of it. Because they couldn’t share the e-books with their friends as well as being unable to gift the e-books or sell them, participants reported the items felt less valuable than physically possessing a book. Because participants experienced physical books via senses such as touch, sound and smell, they reported feeling more emotionally attached to the physical books. Because the process surrounding the purchase of e-books made it feel more like renting the book versus actually buying it, the participants reported feeling less ownership over the product. Because physical books can be displayed, readers associate that with an expression of their identity to others. As such, they are more attached to the physical books. .This goes to show that you should know your target audience's preferences in books before you decide which format to publish in. I guess it's best to do both. Another interesting thing I found is that my book is selling at a ratio of 57 to 1, printed over e-book. I still think it best to offer both formats. It will be interesting to see the ratio after my second quarterly report. Oh, you can find the whole article here. Consumers Feel Ownership of Physical Books, Not E-books Terra
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    I'm getting published, Baby!

    Aww! Such a sweet thing for you to say! πŸ’• Thank you so much, Mike. Terra
  14. Terra

    I'm getting published, Baby!

    Yeah, yeah, shame on me! It's been too long since I was here. Sorry. πŸ€” Update: I got my first quarterly report and royalty check and I am pleased with them both. I have been enjoying doing book reads for children in elementary schools and love it! Hearing them laugh and respond in other ways as well to something you wrote is amazing! I have my first book signing scheduled for June 23rd and am beginning my marketing campaign to libraries and local book stores too. I was blessed to have my son design my marketing tools for me. He kicked it! This is the poster he designed for my table at signings ~ This is the sell sheet he made for me ~ And the bookmarks ~ And the best news of all is that my second book in the series is in the process of being published as well and is due to be released this coming fall. Whoo Hoo! Terra
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