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Blogchatter's ebook carnival introduces 35 FREE ebooks culled from 2017's AtoZChallenge, offering diverse subjects from parenthood to travel.

ebook carnival has changed my life

“I take on the baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival from Amrita Misra Basu , whose Ebook Picky Eaters is also a part of the mix.
 
About Amrita’s Ebook: Picky eating makes moms worried. Did you know, what you eat during pregnancy could change your unborn child’s eating habits? Knowing when to worry and how to handle picky eaters, is what this book is about. Easy actionable hacks to make life easier for moms.

Ebook Carnival is part of blogchatter.com, which was part of 2017’s AtoZChallenge. If none of this makes sense, bear with me.

Until the last week of March, I knew nothing about the annual AtoZChallenge, which is a blogging challenge—twenty-six blogs posted in April on a theme of your choice. Obviously, starting with “A” and ending with “Z”. I joined through blogchatter.com, which I didn’t know at the time, was based in India.

Blogchatter's ebook carnival introduces 35 FREE ebooks culled from 2017's AtoZChallenge, offering diverse subjects from parenthood to travel.

Fast forward to April. I’m writing and blogging almost every day and reading and commenting on >10 blogs as well. I’m learning a lot, a ton, a gargantuan amount about the people of India.

Fast forward to May. Blogchatter has generously offered its marketing muscle on its website and through Twitter posts to anyone who wants to consolidate their AtoZ blog posts into a FREE ebook.

Cue the trumpets. I’m in. I spent a couple of days formatting all twenty-six posts, getting rid of repetitive end material (thank you for reading, sign up for my newsletter, etc), then sent a .pdf file, bio, blurb, and cover to blogchatter.

BlogChatter calls the project ebook Carnival, and it has changed my life.

The best things about ebook carnival:

  • I can revisit my favorite blogs from the challenge in a condensed version. No more waiting until the next day to read Anami’s poems, or learn Geethica’s lesson of the day, or try one of Tina’s desserts. No more missing posts. Every post is there, complete, and ready for my enjoyment.
  • I’ve learned a bit about Indian culture. I’ll admit I’m naive about much of the world. I’ve lived in three states:Michigan (conservative), Hawai’i (diverse) and Arizona (diverse). Reading essays of Indian life has opened my eyes to the beauty of the land, the culture of a great people, and how different we are. But, we’re alike as well. Parents still worry about their children and want to raise them right. Children honor their parents (perhaps more than in America), we all want good grades in school, to find the perfect mate, to pay the mortgage, to have a good life. We’re more alike than we are different. A lesson we need to take to heart in these troubled times.
  • ebook Carnival gave me the chance to blog a book, something I’ll do again in the future. Since editing, formatting and sending my Writing Tools 26 Tips on How to Improve Your Writing to BlogChatter, I’ve taken another look at the other non-fiction books I’ve written: The Plot Thickens: 21 Ways to Plot Your Novel, and Birth Order, Adding Depth to the Characters You Write. I’ve learned much since writing them. They need to be reformatted, with new images and new covers. In fact, while making a book cover for Writing Tools, I decided to give all of my current and future non-fiction, writing-related books covers that compliment each other. I have designs on Canva.com waiting. I also have plans to bog a book on how to create characters. Thanks, ebook Carnival!
  • AtoZChallenge and ebook Carnival stretched my boundaries, tested me, and made me realize that writing, whether through blogging daily, or writing a romantic paranormal comedy, is an integral part of who I am. I need to feed it, nurture it, and not be afraid of where it will take me. This is especially important, as this year I’m starting (and hopefully completing) a book outside my normal genre. The idea has brewed in the back of my mind for two or three years. I didn’t think I was brave enough to try it. But with the confidence I’ve gained from AtoZ and ebook Carnival, I’m ready to tackle it! Yeah, me!

In conclusion

I’d like to hand out a great big THANK YOU for the organizers at blogchatter. Your work is amazing, tireless, enthusiastic, encouraging, and wonderful. I cannot say thank you enough. Bless you, every one.

Cheryl

“I pass on the Baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival to Ankita Bhoye, whose Ebook Getting the 21st Century Home is also a part of the mix.
 
About Ankita’s Ebook: ‘Getting The 21st Century Home’ is an e-book that I created along with Blogchatter’s A-Z challenge. It is a compilation of 26 articles with different styles, spaces and techniques of Interior Design that will help you set-up your home and make it a 21st century home.

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Do you have a self-published book marketing plan?

Do you have a book marketing plan for your self-published book?

Do you have a self-published book marketing plan?Is your book self-published?  Have you figured out your self-published book marketing plan?

With the introduction of the Kindle in 2007 (only 10 years ago?) the publishing industry changed. It’s still changing.  I believe the big city publishers continue to work their way through how they can survive. This means they’re skittish on taking chances on unknown writers – that’s you.  Self-publishing may be the only way to get your work to the readers.

Assuming you’ve published to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, etc, how do you market your book? This new venue has resulted in thousands of more books becoming available to readers.  How do you stand out in the crowd?

Here are some tips on how to market your self-published book.

  1. Make sure it’s well written. Polish, polish, polish and have it edited by someone who not only can find grammatical and punctuation errors, but can spot plot holes, characterization problems and continuity lapses. If you’re going to forgo the NYC publishing process, make your work look like it hasn’t.
  2. Find your reader. Yeah, easier said than done, but you know the type of audience who will read your book because that person is you. Where do you hang out? Where do you go to find new reads? Target those areas and you’ll find your readers. I know I’ve overlooked a couple of places where I could publish my books, hitting my target audience right in their pocketbooks.
  3. Brand yourself. I’ve made a concentrated effort to increase my brand awareness. I write paranormal romantic comedies, and try to capitalize on the “Extraordinary romances set in an alternate realities” that I have at the top of this blog.
  4. Use free internet marketing. This means Facebook and other social media. Don’t participate in every avenue there is, or you’ll stretch your time (better spent writing) too thin. Pick two or three venues you enjoy. Comment on others’ posts. Be a presence. Be an authority on your niche. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to book marketing, check it out.

Making a plan and having goals are useless if they are not implemented. Break the goals down into manageable steps, create a calendar and find someone who can hold you accountable. Use the points listed above to reorient your self-published book marketing plan. You’ll see a steady increase in sales.

All the best!

Cheryl

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The Apprentice Fairy Godmother at www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

Give Harrison Ford (no, not that one) to Mom for Mother’s Day

Harrison Ford (not that one) likes his boring life. Then a fairy godmother bursts into his life, claiming he's her last assignment before she graduates.Harrison Ford (no, not that one) likes his ordinary, life. With the notoriety of his name and the responsibility of his family after his father’s death, he plays everything safe. From a boring career as an insurance actuary to a cookie-cutter Chicago suburb home, he’s as vanilla as generic ice cream. A failed marriage is his only deviation from normal.

Then Georgia, an opinionated fairy godmother with unreliable powers, installs herself in his house, claiming to grant him one wish – which she decides is a new wife. When his mother takes exception to his guest and his runaway teenage daughter lands on his doorstep, normal turns to chaos.

Georgia Rhodes has always fought for her place in her family, including following her sisters to Fairy Godmother University. She has one simple assignment to fulfill before graduating, but instead of watching over a newborn, she’s given someone more complex—a full-grown mortal man. Make his wish come true or don’t graduate, her instructor warns. It’s not easy. Deliberately left without her wand, and as a woman used to fun more than studying, Georgia must use her brains and her discovery of the internet to find Harry a wife. But her magic is on the fritz, especially when she thinks about him with another woman. In the meantime, she fights her attraction to him, knowing a cross species relationship rarely works.

The Apprentice Fairy Godmother 2.0

The Apprentice Fairy Godmother was the second book I published. I’ve written it twice. Harrison changed very little, but his first opponent was another woman. The fairy godmother in the story played a secondary role. It wasn’t until I had finished the book that I realized I’d cast the wrong woman to tangle with Harrison. With a great deal of re-writing, I transformed the book into its current form.

If you’d like to read an excerpt, go here.

Gift a copy to your mom, grandmother, adopted mother, or the woman who kissed your boo-boos and stood by your side. What could make a better present for a mother than a fairy godmother? (Plus, you know, Harrison Ford)

(no, not that one)

Purchase on Amazon here.

Purchase at Nook and Kobo here.

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Blessings to all,

Cheryl

 

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