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Friday, March 30, 2012

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - Spectors by Angelia Almos

Spectors by Angelia Almos. 

A space pirate almost loses everything she cares about when she’s blackmailed by the military into running a dangerous mission.

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet: 



Bang! A door closed in the house.
She spun, her energy pistol secure in her hand. Felicity ejected the disc and passed it off to her. She slid it into a hidden pocket in her shirt. If they got caught, she had to protect the disc. Rutledge couldn’t find it on them or he wouldn’t bother with questions before taking care of them. It took Felicity another dragging minute to erase herself out of the computer and hibernate it. Kristy examined the room in frustration. No windows and the single door they had come through.


For more Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday authors go to http://scififansat.blogspot.com.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

10,000 Blog Views Giveaway Winner

Thank you everyone for entering my 10,000 Blog Views Giveaway!

The winner was Covina O'Brien. I've contacted her and she decided to have Horse Charmer as her free ebook.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Whitelighter by Angie Derek

Whitelighter by Angie Derek. A steamy paranormal romance novella.

A young witch's special powers make her a target to any vampire who catches sight of her.

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet: 

Stepping into the small living room, she hesitated at the sight of the man she barely knew standing in front of the single window, peering out into the darkness. She studied him in the dim light. He was at least half a foot taller than she, almost six feet, and lean with a hint of muscles outlined under his shirt. His gaze remained on the parking lot.

A dash of panic skittered up her spine at his intensity. “Is someone out there?”


For more Six Sentence Sunday's from other authors head on over to http://www.sixsunday.com 

Available in multiple ebook formats from Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony, Kobo, Diesel.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - Spectors by Angelia Almos

Spectors by Angelia Almos. 

A space pirate almost loses everything she cares about when she’s blackmailed by the military into running a dangerous mission.

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet:

She spun when she was finally out of their sight. “In-laws? What have you been telling them?”

He shook his head, but didn’t answer her. “What did you find out?”

She pulled her personal panic back in and focused on the job. “There might be signs that Mecha’s been infiltrated.”

"They aren't safe here.”

“Andrew,” she started to protest what she knew he was going to ask.

“I’m not leaving them here with everything going on.”

She had two choices, she could give in and let his family tag along or she could refuse and he would jump ship and stay here to protect his family.
...........

For more Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday authors go to http://scififansat.blogspot.com.

Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony, Kobo and Smashwords.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

10,000 Blog Views Giveaway

I've hit 10,000 views on this blog and as I mentioned on my Facebook pages, I'm going to have a giveaway to celebrate this milestone. There are several ways to enter below and I hope you do. Contest is from 3/21 to 3/28 with the winner announced on 3/29.

On to the prizes, I will be giving away a copy of one of my ebooks to one lucky winner. For Horse Charmer, Spectors and Whitelighter, I'll be giving away a coupon to download a free copy at Smashwords. You can pick any format you prefer for your ereader or computer. For The Beast's Redemption, I have .pdf copies supplied by my publisher; .pdf can be read on your computer and most ereaders.

Horse Charmer and Spectors are under my Angelia Almos name.











Whitelighter and The Beast's Redemption are under my steamier Angie Derek name (adults only).














Sunday, March 18, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Whitelighter by Angie Derek

Whitelighter by Angie Derek. A steamy paranormal romance novella.

A young witch's special powers make her a target to any vampire who catches sight of her.

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet: 

Reyes Vega waited for her to say something as he shifted the car into park. Besides asking for help she hadn’t said much of anything. He turned to her, resting his arm across the steering wheel as he tried to see her through the blinding glow of her aura. He’d noticed her as bright as a beacon walking toward the convenience store, a whitelighter, just like his mother. Revving down his senses he was able to see her blue eyes and suspicious frown.

He supposed she had a lot to be frowning about, including finding herself in a car with a man she knew next to nothing about.



For more Six Sentence Sunday's from other authors head on over to http://www.sixsunday.com 

Available in multiple ebook formats from Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony, Kobo, Diesel.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - Spectors by Angelia Almos

Spectors by Angelia Almos. 

A space pirate almost loses everything she cares about when she’s blackmailed by the military into running a dangerous mission.

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet: 



The building was dark, signaling it didn’t run nonstop. Which was good and bad news. Good because it wasn’t likely they’d accidentally run into someone in the wrong place at the wrong time, and bad because if they did run into someone they wouldn’t have an excuse to explain their presence.
They walked past their target and turned down an alley a couple of buildings away after Kristy was sure no one was paying attention to them. She pulled Felicity back into a doorway as a bored armed guard sauntered by them. She tried to make out his patch to see what type of guard or police he was, but couldn’t see it clearly from their current hiding place. She wasn’t willing to reveal where they were to know exactly who he worked for.
Once he was out of sight, they crept down to the town hall building, stopping just short of the stationary surveillance camera filming the single back door. She rolled her eyes at the paltry security measures, but they obviously weren’t worried about someone breaking into the building. She doubted they were worried about someone sneaking in to copy their hard drives from the mainframe system either.


For more Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday authors go to http://scififansat.blogspot.com.

Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony, Kobo and Smashwords.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fun WIth Indie Publishing - Wrap Up

Well, I think I've covered the basics and nitty gritty of putting your books up for sale as ebooks and a POD. I hope you found the posts helpful and I'll try to update them as things change or I learn something new.

For today, I wanted to open up the blog to you all. If you had any questions on something I didn't cover please let me know.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Blog Interview & Giveaway at A Room To Write

I'm visiting over at A Room to Write today and will be giving away one of my books. I hope you stop by and leave a comment.

http://denise-roomtowrite.blogspot.com/2012/03/author-spotlight-angelia-almos.html

10 Things About Me

I received the Kreativ Blogger Award from Katrina at World Crafter's Inkspot and Mariah Dietrick. Thank you ladies.

Rules: Thank the person giving you the award and link to their blog (Done). List 10 things about yourself. Pass the award along to six other deserving bloggers.

1. Pink is my favorite color. Anyone who's ever met me in person could probably guess this since I wear pink almost every single day.

2. I was an obsessive collector as a teen. Horse figurines, books, and movie memorabilia were my favorite.

3. I live in snow country and never ski.

4. My first college major was equine studies. I switched to creative writing after I decided the school wasn't right for me and transferred out.

5. I would love to live in Ireland for a year.

6. I was homeschooled from 3rd grade up.

7. I love Disney. Disneyland, Disneyworld, Disney Cruise, no one does it like Disney.

8. I hate to exercise.

9. I wanted to be an Olympic Eventer when I grew up.

10. I started writing when I was fourteen. Either continuations of books I loved or fanfic of movies and television shows. I still have some of those stories buried deep on my hard drive.

Here are the six bloggers I'm nominating:
Kristen Schwartz @ A Journey Illustrated
Coloring Outside the Lines
Courtney Rene 
The Making of Down Home Zombie Blues
Equestrian Ink
A Tasty Read


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday - Whitelighter by Angie Derek

Whitelighter by Angie Derek. A steamy paranormal romance novella.

A young witch's special powers make her a target to any vampire who catches sight of her.

Six Sentence Sunday Snippet: 

Lily walked down the quiet road toward the emergency lights flashing in the night. Sophie was almost asleep and a dead weight in her aching arms. If their lives didn’t depend on continuing to move and putting distance between them and the vampires, she would have dropped several blocks back. She worried over coming across a band of roving vamps. The darkness surrounding them wasn’t helping her nerves.

Revolving blue and red lights beckoned to her like a beacon. 



For more Six Sentence Sunday's from other authors head on over to http://www.sixsunday.com 

Available in multiple ebook formats from Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony, Kobo, Diesel.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - Spectors by Angelia Almos



Spectors by Angelia Almos. 

A space pirate almost loses everything she cares about when she’s blackmailed by the military into running a dangerous mission.

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet:

She examined the sprawling city more closely. Hardly any of the buildings were higher than one story so she set their path to head to the few multi-story buildings.

The night barely hid the wear and tear the city had endured over the years. The mining companies obviously hadn’t invested their profits in keeping the town looking nice. Small puffs of dust came up from the sidewalks from each of their footfalls as they moved down the line of buildings. Several people darted nervous glances in their direction.

“We should be blending in more,” Kristy said, her senses already telling her something was wrong on Mecha.

“Maybe they know something’s up and are wary of strangers,” Felicity guessed, edging a little closer to Kristy.

“Maybe,” she said, she hoped not, it was never good for business when people were this wary of strangers, made it a lot harder to sneak around.
...................


For more Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday authors go to http://scififansat.blogspot.com.

Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony, Kobo and Smashwords.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fun With Indie Publishing Part 7 - Print on Demand

Wow, almost done with this series. You can find Part 6 here on uploading your ebook files.

Now, I'm going to talk about putting your book in print. Some indie publishers skip this step for whatever reason. I would highly recommend you not overlook this potential revenue stream. Yes, ebook sales are increasing every year, but the majority of readers still read print books. Don't cut out a huge potential audience by not offering a print version. You can do it on your own or hire out just as with all the steps in putting your ebook up.

For print you will be releasing your novel, nonfiction, novella, or collection of short stories/articles as a Print on Demand book. More commonly referred as POD. You will not have a garage or attic full of boxes of books. Print on Demand means the books are printed when they are ordered.

The two most popular companies indie publishers use for their POD books are CreateSpace and Lightning Source. I personally use CreateSpace so can't go into the specifics of Lightning Source, but I know both are good companies to work with. If you want a hardback of your book you will need to go through Lightning Source as CreateSpace currently doesn't offer hardback options.

Okay, on to the specifics. Both CreateSpace and Lightning Source distribute to book stores and libraries if you select those options. There are some minor fees with both CreateSpace and Lightning Source. CreateSpace has a distribution fee (currently $25 per title) if you want your book available outside of Amazon and yourself. I don't know a lot of about Lightning Source's fees except they have a $12 per title per year fee to have your book offered through them.

Check out both and see which one fits your needs best. POD books have come a long way in a short time and are excellent quality. Whoever you pick, you'll open an account much like you did at Amazon KDP, B&N PubIt, and Smashwords.

You will need to format your file, pick the size of your trim, and make a print cover. If you have pro programs to do the pdf cover and book layouts. Have fun with it. But for the rest of us :-) you can do it with regular image and word processing programs.

The most popular trim size for fiction is the 6 x 9 trade. If you're doing nonfiction, I would measure the books you like the size of and visualize your book to be and pick that trim size.


Formatting your file will probably be a little more time consuming than doing your ebook files. CreateSpace has some word templates you can download which will take care of some of the harder tasks. I used a template successfully for my book. My only note was the font size it had set was too small. I had to go back and redo it with larger font. I don't know how helpful their templates would be for nonfiction as depending on the book they can require a lot more layout skills than a novel. The instructions they gave are pretty straightforward to convert your word file into a pdf. I have an older version of Word which doesn't allow a straight convert to pdf so reopened the file in Open Office (there were a few formatting errors I then had to fix in OpenOffice) before converting to pdf.

Once you have made your pdf file in the trim size you wish to print you will know what your word count is. This will tell you how big your spine in your cover needs to be as well as allow you to now figure out what your purchase price of your book will be. There is a handy dandy royalty calculator which allows you to figure out exactly what your royalties will be for each sale through CreateSpace, Amazon, and Expanded Distribution.

CreateSpace requires your cover be submitted in PDF format. They have handy dandy cover templates and instructions on their website. I've had a cover designer to do my one print book so can't go into specifics, but am planning on doing some on my own at some point. You'll use your blurb you wrote to go on the back cover and anything else you wish to include on the back cover. The spine should have the title and author name.

Create your title just as you did with your ebooks:
You'll enter in your Title Information (Title and Author)
ISBN (enter your own or use one of CreateSpaces)
Upload your Interior File
Upload your Cover file
They will review your files.
Once approved, you order your Proof copy (the actual cost to print + shipping). Look it over and decide if you need to make any changes. If not, you approve your proof copy. If not, you make any changes to the cover or interior file and re-upload. Order a new proof copy. Repeat as needed.
Pick where you want your book to be distributed.
Set your price.
Enter in your book description.
And now publish and distribute.

Lightning Source's interface and requirements is probably relatively similar to CreateSpace.

Now you have a print copy of your book. You can link the print copy to your ebook copy in Amazon KDP, B&N PubIt, and Smashwords. Go to your e-books information with each distributor and mark that there is a print version available.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Read an E-Book Week, March 4-10, 2012


Did you know this week is Read an E-Book Week? Lots of epublishers are having contests and events to celebrate Read an E-Book Week. You can find a list of them here.

I'm offering all of my ebooks at 25% off at Smashwords for Read an E-Book Week. 

What ebook are you going to read this week?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday - The Plutonians by Angelia Almos

The Plutonians by Angelia Almos. A scifi short story.

Adalena, a Plutonian, has lived undercover with her team on Earth for over one thousand years. But when the New Horizons automated spacecraft arrives at Pluto and takes pictures of one of their cities, she knows everything is about to change.


Six Sentence Sunday Snippet: 

“They found life on Pluto!"

The shout went out on July 15, 2015 at 1800 hours. And my life would never be the same. I turned to look at the giant screen television mounted over the bar in the busy restaurant. The New Horizons robotic spacecraft had captured a perfect picture of Pluto. But the image wasn’t of just an empty planet.


For more Six Sentence Sunday's from other authors head on over to http://www.sixsunday.com 

Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords

Friday, March 2, 2012

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday - SPECTORS by Angelia Almos

Back to Spectors this week.

Spectors by Angelia Almos. 

A space pirate almost loses everything she cares about when she’s blackmailed by the military into running a dangerous mission.

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet: 

Kristy fumed. Her own father sold her out to the MSA. He’d made no secret of his anger over her leaving the nest and striking out on her own, but to turn evidence against her to the MSA. That was a low she would never have expected of him.

There was no way Captain O’Neal had stumbled across enough information to charge them with that many crimes. He’d had inside information supplied to him by someone who kept very close tabs on what the Unicorn was up to. Her father was the only person with any motive to be watching them that closely.

She carefully shoved the betrayal down so she could function enough to plan. She needed more information.

For more Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday authors go to http://scififansat.blogspot.com.

Available as an ebook from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Sony, Kobo and Smashwords.