Branching Out! #indieauthor #writergoals

Last week I took a first step into the adventure of “going wide” as an indie author.  *Squeals with delight*  I’m nervous.  I don’t know how you market your books to Barnes and Noble and other retailers, except to tell others on social media.  I’m just now starting to use AMS ads on Amazon with regularity.  Still, I think this is worth a try.

My first published novella, Made for Me, a sci-fi romance, is now available at Barnes and Noble, Apple, Ibooks, and Kobo as well as Amazon!  Pronoun.com was the site I used to go wide.  I have to say, they made it very easy, and their formatting directions were easy to follow.  I also like the finished product!  So, I am considering taking the second in the series and putting it there in December.  Both books are novellas and don’t seem to draw as many readers in Kindle Unlimited lately.  It’s worth a try!  Pronoun will even notify me when I get a review, and if you visit my Pronoun author site, it even features my other books that are Amazon only.

For now, I plan to keep Detours and Time and the upcoming sequel in Kindle Select with Kindle Unlimited, as it seems to work with longer novels.  My next installment in the Made for Me series will also be in K.U. (Select) for the first 90 days, as I have lots of friends who use K.U.

Still, I am very happy with the service of Pronoun so far!  So, go check out my site!

 

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Why You Should Read “Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes,” besides the .99 Special….

    1.  Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes, the sci-fi novella, is just .99 in Kindle e-book until 9/30, and it is also still in Kindle Unlimited.  You can get it here for .99 or get it through Kindle Unlimited:  https://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Through-Sampsons-Eyes-anothers-ebook/dp/B01GNNCHHQ

2.  This was my second novella, a tale of what Abrielle and Norrie, characters from my first published novella, decide to do to find what remains of their beloved Sampson.  It is, in that sense, a heartfelt novel.  Abrielle was the main character in my first novella, but Norrie, who grew up in that story, grew stronger and wanted to take over.

3.  Norrie, a twenty year old young woman, is along with her mom for the ride, but at some point, she veers off on her own.  There are many things she wants to learn, and there is a seriously empty spot in her life.  So, she does venture off on her own.  Norrie is fearless, independent, and very forward-thinking.  I had a heck of a lot of fun writing this character as a budding young woman who won’t take less than she deserves and even breaks a few rules that she feels are worth breaking.  All of this led to a more suspenseful story in this novella.

4.  Read the most recent review, a 5 star rating:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2131664981?book_show_action=true&from_review_page=1

This reader actually read the articles I cited at the end!

“On a lighter note, I like the little snippets of the future world –where weddings are an ‘awe’ thing, pennies don’t exist, hover cars do, and, wait for it, cats are now extinct. ‘Curiosity killed the squirrel.’ Nice article in the end from macroevolution in which a cat gave birth to a squirrel. Fascinating!
This was an interesting/ intriguing read and I look forward to the next book in the series.”

5.  There are more fun things (that is, suspenseful situations) coming for Norrie in the future.  Read about her; I think you’ll love her!  She’s everything I wish I was at that age….  https://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Through-Sampsons-Eyes-anothers-ebook/dp/B01GNNCHHQ

Reviews coming in for #scifi novel, Detours in Time

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Detours in Time, my latest book about two friends and their time travel adventures/mishaps, now has 15 reviews on Amazon!  You can preview it at this Universal link: https://bookgoodies.com/a/B0711ZW6XF  The most recent was a four star review, which really brightened my day, since I have struggled with sinusitis for a good week now!  I even cancelled my plan to try a book signing this month.  😦

I still have the internet, though!  Having said that, I’ve been working on improving my newsletter process through Mailchimp.  If you are interested in seeing a sample of Detours in Time, you may click on this Instafreebie link.  You will also be signed up for my author news, but it only comes to your inbox once or twice a month.  You’ll be sure to get word of book deals and news of upcoming books!  https://instafreebie.com/free/RJVlq

Now, as for those reviews, thank you to Joel Thimmell for the four stars:  “I enjoyed this offbeat time travel adventure. The main characters, Pinky and Milt, are quirky and charming with an endearing cuteness in their super-slow-motion romance. The tone is light and humorous and the heroes’ encounters with future technologies are primarily played for laughs.

Unfortunately, in accordance with the unwritten (yet apparently iron-clad and unbreakable) law of time travel stories, some action by any and all time travelers MUST alter the flow of history in potentially disastrous ways. At this point, the tone becomes somewhat somber and the fun quotient drops precipitously. Nevertheless, fans of the genre will appreciate Milt and Pinky’s heartfelt efforts to undo the damage they have caused.

My chief complaint about “Detours in Time,” was the abrupt ending. I know that it’s just the first book in a planned trilogy but for me each book needs to stand on it’s own with a fully satisfying ending. I also know that is extremely hard to pull off.”

Then there’s this, from Dianne at Tome Tender Book Blog (http://tometender.blogspot.com)

4.5 stars (rounded to 5)  “In the spirit of the most adventurous of explorers, Professor Milton Braddock and his best friend, the feisty Tabitha (aka: Pinky) travel through time conducting scientific studies of the eras they visit. An unlikely pair, their personal takes on what they witness and their witty repartee makes Pamela Schloesser Canepa’s DETOURS IN TIME a great way to spend a few hours in both another world and another time!….”

Please go to the Universal link and preview the book and reviews.  Detours in Time is also free on Kindle Unlimited as well as available in Kindle and in paperback!  Thank you to those who have read or who are reading my first full-length novel, Detours in Time!

From Lost to Loved, now a permafree download on Amazon.com & Smashwords! #doglover #freeread

If your adopted shelter dog could tell his story, what wonders or secrets might you learn? If you’ve ever wondered why your dog reacts with fear when the kitchen timer goes off or gets defensive when he meets a tall man, consider the origin story of Bixby. Read this tale of survival, hardship, hope, and kindness in unexpected places as Pamela imagines the long journey of his life before they found each other and he became part of her family.  (Partial blurb)…

Call it a labor of love, but I wanted to publish something with a clear lesson for younger readers. However, the fact is, readers of all ages can enjoy this story.  It is a free read, 25 pages long, written from the point of view of my beloved dog, Bixby.  It all came to mind as I was waiting on editors and beta-readers to proof my latest sci-fi manuscript.

Download “From Lost to Loved”  for free on Amazon Kindle in the U.S. at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073XTV2JF. (If not in U.S., it is priced equal to .99.  Use this link:  https://bookgoodies.com/a/B073XTV2JF ). Or you can find it on Smashwords free for your Nook or all other e-reader formats that could be useful on your laptop,etc.  Smashwords download link:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/722693

“Heart-warming and moving, well-written!” -Smashwords reviewer

“We recommend it to dog-lovers everywhere!” -Amazon reviewer

Friends and fellow bloggers, I ask that you download this one for free and share a review on Amazon or Smashwords to show readers it is worth their time.  You can also give feedback here.  I am debating putting this one into paperback and what its uses could be for younger readers or charities.  Thanks for giving it a read!

 

 

 

Left:  Before coming home. Notice his facial expression: anxious, a little nervous, and unsure.  Right:  Comfortable at home, after being part of our family for several months.  The lighting is also brighter on the left than it is at home.

Enter the Giveaway to Win a Free Kindle Copy of Detours in Time!

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Enter to win a free Kindle copy of this summer’s sci-fi release, Detours in Time!  Visit the giveaway site to find out how to enter.  You have until 8/01 to enter!

Enter the giveaway here:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9b75bf71/?

Book blurb:

On a whim, feisty Tabitha takes a trip to the future with her trusted friend Milt, an awkward Science professor. Wonders and curiosities abound.  However, their fun journey soon leads to a challenging maze of danger and difficult decisions.  On an unplanned “detour,” the two set events into action that could save one life yet destroy another.  Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action?  Detours in Time starts as a fantastic escape and grows to present many moral dilemmas that could either ruin the best friendship or bring two people closer together.

What reviewers are saying:

“My highest praise to Pamela Canepa, who just wrote this book in such a captivating way that the reader will not want to put it down until the very last page and even then the reader will be dying to reach for more.”

“I found it quite interesting and some of the ideas and characters brilliant and we’ll developed.”

“This is a great book and if you love time travel and romance, you will love this book!”

Preview the book at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35261459-detours-in-time-1

and   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF or https://bookgoodies.com/a/B0711ZW6XF (if you’re outside the U.S.)

If you like to read on Kindle and don’t yet have this book, give it a try!  Have a great week!

Blazing a Trail with Detours in Time…Maybe? Check out this Kindle Countdown

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Doesn’t every author want to picture themselves taking the reading world by storm, blazing a trail toward notoriety and fame, imagining his/her name (or title) being emblazoned in lights?  Do we all have what it takes to battle to get there?  I don’t know, because as I envelope myself in the comfort of this world of words and my imagination, I at times imagine myself sequestered like Emily Dickinson, closing the door to fame or popularity and retreating with my delicious words that will never fail to please me.   Oh, they’re not always pleasant words, but at least I created them.   Yet, I so long to share my words with others.  I want them to be read.

At any rate, it has been a good week for reviews of Detours in Time.  There have been three more reviews that are four star and five star reviews.  The latest is by a book blogger, a 5 * review, and can be found at  https://literarytitan.com/2017/07/19/detours-in-time/

I value my writing and the work I put into it, however, I am all for the promotional opportunities that are offered by Amazon.  Detours in Time is on  Kindle Countdown until 7/25 for just 1.99 in the U.S.  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF and also in the U.K. for a comparable discount, http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0711ZW6XF.  I urge you to get your own copy today!

Side Character Sunday. A glimpse into the #scifi novel, Detours in Time

These are some of the side characters from my latest sci-fi novel, Detours in Time, a sci-fi tale of time travel and the mess we can make.

From left to right:  Elise, a vintage throwback in (2047), Amy (1997), Salamanca (2047), below is Tomas (2047) Click to see Tomas.

What would each character tell you about herself/himself?

*Elise: (2047)   “Yeah, you could say I’m a throwback to a better time.  What can I say?  I’m not sure about where this world of ours is going.  I have a decent job, and those bots can’t replace me.  Oh, and I get evenings off.  Gives me more time at the dance hall.”  *Winks.

*Amy:  (1997) “I’m Tabitha’s best friend; we met in Art school.  People look at me like I’m strange,  but to me, it’s all about self-expression.   I’m used to people staring at me.  Tabitha’s not really like that, though.”

*Salamanca: (2047)   “I met these two, Milt and Tabitha, by complete accident.  She couldn’t stop staring at me, must be the wings I just got.  I was passing by; I thought I’d just have a quick smoke. I’m really trying to quit, trying to straighten up my act.  Do you like my wings?  They have special meaning for me.  Helping me remember my momma and her angels.”  From the book:   “It’s okay.  I’m just a tad bit moody.  Sorry guys, I’m really working on my patience!”

*At bottom above, Tomas: (2047) “Milt and Tabitha were such a lovely pair.  I don’t know where they’re from, but it’s obviously not here.  Still, they needed a little help.  Milt was so appreciative of everything and very curious.  I never could get too much information from them, though.  Still, I was honored that I could be of some help to them.”

Next to Tomas is a representation of what his arm tattoos might look like.  Tomas is an avid fisherman for a living, and his tattoos reflect that.  He also dabbles in art on the side.

Stephen Pring, (2018) and Jared Hansen (1997), Pinky’s wayward brother.

*Stephen:  (2018)- “They came from out of nowhere, and saved me.  Everything happens for a reason.  I’m telling you, I will make sure we win this war.  People say I should bow out now because of the injury.  Not on your life.  I will make a difference.”

*Jared:  (1997)- “Well, yeah, I care about Tabitha.  She hasn’t heard from me in so long, because I’m trying to get my life together.  I don’t want to lean on her.  We all have our own stuff, our own garbage to deal with.  That, and the days sometimes just seem to blur into each other.”

To quote a snippet from the most recent review:  “I found it quite interesting and some of the ideas and characters brilliant and well developed.”

Find out about Detours in Time for yourself at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF  It’s available free in Kindle Unlimited, or on a Kindle Countdown for 1.99 from 7/18-7/25 for Kindle edition! (Normally priced at 2.99 for Kindle).