Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This One's For You, Ivy!

I came across this the other day and immediately thought of my blogger friend Ivy at The Happy Whisk. Ivy is always posting funny pics or photos of the wonderful things she bakes. I hope you enjoy it, Ivy!


I also have some book news to share. After Collin and I went to see the seventeen-minute preview of Guardians of the Galaxy last week, I realized what a great marketing idea it was...and how it could work for books. Sure, Amazon, Smashwords and just about every other outlet carrying ebooks will allow prospective buyers to sample the first few pages of a book--but that's not always the best way to tempt a reader. Just as Marvel and Disney opted to not show their audience the first seventeen minutes of Guardians, but to use something that happens a but further into their story, I considered that this might be the way to go with book previews. With the exception of Chasing the Wind, my book previews will not start with page one. Two are currently available, with a new one coming every few days.

So far, the results have been positive....



Chasing the Wind preview
Free at Smashwords
$.99 at Amazon (because they wouldn't let me do free)



An Army of Angels preview
Free at Smashwords
$.99 at Amazon (same as above!)


25 comments:

  1. I've got mine snapped up! It's a good idea, Norma!

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    1. I expected results, but didn't expect to see them so soon.

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  2. OH MY GOSH!

    I love it. Thanks for thinking of me. Did you ever get my email? I saw yours come in from Blogger Contact but not sure when I replied, if it went though. If not, William has my email.

    Thanks for this. I'm totally gonna google gank it for my blog, if you don't mind.

    As for you book idea. This is interesting. I am excited to see how it works out. Going over to check it out now.

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    1. No, I never got it. I'll get your email from Grumpy Cat (William).

      Of course I don't mind! I posted it for you!

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    2. I wondered because I didn't hear back from you. I don't know why that blogger connect thing doesn't work right. Or maybe it's just me.

      Are any of your books available on the Nook?

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    3. Yep--Smashwords distributes to Barnes & Noble, Apple, and several others.

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    4. Groovy. I don't know anything about Smashwords. I'll ask hubby to help me with it this week. Get one of your books. I just started to read adult fiction again.

      PS: I went with the banana cake first because the nanners needed eaten. But I just flipped the two cakes and they came out clean, so onto the carrot cake next.

      Smells like a Yankee Candle in here.

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    5. I wish I was there!

      You can buy the books for Nook through Barnes & Noble. Smashwords just distributes to them.

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    6. Which slice would you have? Though I would happily send you home with an entire cake of your choice.

      Regarding Smashwords: Ohhhh, see. I didn't even know that. I know nothing about any of that stuff. Just that last week I read a blogger buddies book on the Nook, and by gosh, that was fun. So now I'm on the hunt for new reads.

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    7. That would be a tough choice...but I think I'd go with banana!

      Have you ever made a Dr. Bird cake?

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  3. Got it. Don't know when I'll get to read it, but at least I'll have it then!

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  4. I agree my prologue throws people off. I wish I knew how to change the previews. Cute steamed veggies.

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    1. Generally, I won't read prologues. So I can understand how it throws people off.

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    2. Eve, it's not that difficult. Select the chapter or chapters you want to use and set it up as you would a short story.

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    3. Wish I knew what that meant. Oh well. Maybe I'll learn formatting one day. Happy Whisk, don't worry you don't have to read my prologue but it helps to understand my story.

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    4. Eve--you set up your ebook at Amazon, didn't you? The previews are done exactly the same way.

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  5. hahahahahahaha... Love the steamed Veggies !
    Norma you are always thinking and so smart. What a terrific idea !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. So far, so good, Gayle. It's translating into sales and it's only been a few days!

      The veggies are cute, aren't they?

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    2. You are so very talented !

      cheers, parsnip

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  6. What a great idea! The opening pages of a book sometimes aren't the most exciting.

    Love the veggies;)!

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    1. That's why I wanted to do my own. As far as I know, no distributor gives prospective buyers anything but the first few pages.

      They are cute, aren't they?

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