Schnoztopia Launch Day

Schnoztopia Launch Day

It’s Schnoztopia launch day! For those readers who had pre-ordered the first book in my newest series, written under the pen name Noel Cash, thank you! Check your Kindle for a complete copy (unlike the first three chapters I uploaded by mistake and quickly fixed).

If you’ve jumped right in to reading Schnoztopia, please consider leaving a review. The more reviews, the more attention Amazon pays to the book and bumps it up for others to find. Plus, I like to hear your opinion, good, bad, or (hopefully not) indifferent.

If you’re undecided about buying, check out a free preview here. By signing up for my newsletter, you’ll get a free preview of the first three chapters.

Or you can skip all that and buy the complete novel here. Free on Kindle Unlimited, or buy for 99¢ Continue reading

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Advertise Your Books For Free #AuthorToolBoxBlogHop

Advertise your books for free

advertise your books for free

 

I’ve posted this information before, but with the release of Schnoztopia, a new series, in two weeks, I’m re-running this post. If anyone needs to know how to advertise your books for free, it’s me.

(Read the first three chapters of Schnoztopia for free here).

If you, like me, rely on Facebook or Twitter for publicity, this is for you. Several websites will do your publicity for you. Yes, they’ll advertise your books for free or almost free.

Happy birthday! All that’s missing is chocolate cake!

I did not create this list, and I want to give the proper credit. This list was compiled by C. Glockel and is awesomesaucealicious. It’s from her September 2014 tumbler post. I haven’t checked out all the links, but if 50% of them are active (and it’s probably much, much higher), I (and you) will have saved a ton of free-for-my-book publicity research.

This link is a Google doc.  http://bit.ly/1zZdEsw

To check out (and buy) her books, go here.

2020 Update:

I have three major promotions on deck:

BargainBooksy.com on October 29th

FussyLibrarian. com on October 30th

BookDoggy.com on October 31st

In addition, I’ll start posting snippets, excerpts and deleted matter from Schnoztopia within the next few days, ramping up to my October 27th release.

What publicity sites do you use? Which brought you the most return on investment?

This post is part of the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop, a monthly blog hop for authors who want to know more about writing. To see more posts or join, go here, or follow the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop hashtag on Twitter.

All the best, 

Cheryl a.k.a. Noel Cash

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With the tenacious and beautiful pixie, Kix, at his side, his reputation at stake, an innocent man jailed, and a killer on the loose, Rory must uncover the truth before another myth falls prey.

Available on Kindle Unlimited 10-27-20

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Adobe Spark #ThrowbackThursday

Creating Adobe Spark images and videos

We’re traveling in the way back machine to 2018 and a previous post regarding Adobe spark and how to make images for your blog.

Do you create images for your social media? I’ve used Canva in the past, (read my review here) adding a writing quote to an image (with my web address at the bottom) and posting to Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest each morning.  I’ve now switched over to Adobe Spark, a FREE program that integrates the professionalism of the Adobe look with an easy-to-use interface.

Sign up at Spark.Adobe.com for free using your Facebook or Google ID, email, or create an Adobe account. A free account includes:

  • Create stunning graphics, web pages, and video stories
  • Available on desktop, iPhone and iPad
  • Sync projects across devices

The $9.99 USD per month plan adds:

  • Replace the Adobe Spark logo with your own
  • Add your brand to Spark graphics, web pages, and video stories
  • Select colors and fonts that reflect your brand
  • Leverage personalized branded templates
  • Manage your brand in one place
  • Update branding across templates in one click
  • Live phone and chat support

And the $19.99 USD plan adds:

  • Company ownership of user licenses
  • Consolidated billing for all licenses on the account
  • Web-based license management tool with ability to reassign licenses
  • Dedicated 24/7 technical phone support, email, chat and forums

I’m all for free, and my business isn’t big enough (nor is my budget) to need the perks of the other features.

The 3 things you can make with Adobe Spark

1.Post

I’ve used this numerous times to make my “morning images”. Adobe Spark offers so many sizes—Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, Pinterest, blog post, YouTube, and poster sizes. They also offer different categories—food, school, lifestyle, seasonal, collages, and travel, all with nifty graphics.

Of course, you’re treated to the Adobe pallet, with professional color matching. In addition, they’ve thrown in features like contrast, darken, lighten, greyscale, matte, colorize and multiply, and scaling and rotating sliders.

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Collage:

I especially like the collage layout. Here’s what I did for my upcoming Cinderella re-telling, The Brass Slipper:

Adobe spark collage. brass slipper collage

 

2. Page

I have not used Adobe Spark to create a page. From what I’ve read, it creates a static page only, not a web page. The article I found says it’s great for creating a magazine type page.

3. Video

I used this to promote my AtoZChallenge book, Twilight, Arizona. It was fairly easy. The only problem I ran across is the template didn’t give me enough time on each frame for the average viewer to read the caption. I solved that by holding down the record button but didn’t say anything. Here’s the result:

(Twilight, Arizona is a fictional retirement village, the setting of twenty-six supernatural short stories. I wrote them as part of 2018’s AtoZChallenge.)
Purchase the collection for 99¢ at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/yb3u6ahm  Also available in paperback.

Now that I know what I’m doing, I could probably, and will, make a new video in a few minutes.

There you go! Alternate, professional looking images and videos courtesy of Adobe Spark.

Arizona Heat, adobe spark

 

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