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  1. Terra

    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 😱 You Big Drunken Greek, you! Well, what else was I going to say? LOL! Terra
  5. You flatterer! I like it, haha! I'll bet your lovely wife is just putty in your hands. πŸ˜‰ Terra
  6. Oh yeah, lol! That is what I meant! πŸ˜‰ Terra
  7. 😍😍😍 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Terra

    I'm getting published, Baby!

    Aww! Such a sweet thing for you to say! πŸ’• Thank you so much, Mike. Terra
  11. 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
  12. Terra

    I'm getting published, Baby!

    UPDATE: I'm still waiting for my press release to be released, but my video trailer has been finished. I must say, I am having the time of my life. It's such fun watching the process of the whole thing. What kind of sucks is that I only get book sales reports quarterly so I won't know how many have sold until March 31st. BUT, I will wait patiently, lol! Terra
  13. Terra

    I'm getting published, Baby!

    That settles it then! I never ever argue with chocolate! Terra
  14. Terra

    I'm getting published, Baby!

    Swedish?... Terra
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