I’m floored… Let’s hear it for girl (em)power(ment)!

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I received this message/comment on my Facebook page from a reader named Jesse, and I just had to share it because it made me cry (in a good way). I’d also like to add in response to this message, and for anyone who agrees with what this reader said, that my books are slowly being added to the Overdrive system. For those of you who have no idea what that means, I provide this bit of data: Overdrive is the company that makes ebooks available to libraries all over the world so that readers can check them out and read them for free without pirating! Yay to no pirating! So, very soon you will be able to go into your library and request Elle Casey books from your  librarian, and they’ll be able to stock them as ebooks for you to borrow. Free to library patrons!

Here’s the message from Jesse, referring to my War of the Fae series. Book 1, The Changelings , is FREE, at every retailer that allows free books (Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, & Google Play).  If you haven’t read it yet, head over to any of these sites to download your copy, or maybe share it with a young teen you know who might need a little escape and a heavy dose of girl empowerment. :)

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“I really enjoy reading Jayne’s adventures! From the first books ending I was straight to book 2! I always like seeing how characters grow & she reminds me very much of myself at her age. I was also lucky enough to have a friend like Tony to help me escape from things and help hold me together just by being there. So I get her loyalty to the friends who are her family and so many other things. We even have the same favorite word (working on that with my little RockStar Baby Bee in the house and it’s soo hard, can you ask Sam to whip me up a spell please?!) & lack of patience! Because the end of August seems like it’s forever away! But I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next!

Thanks again for bringing such an awesome & inventive world to literature! Especially one with such an empowered leading female! Jayne Sparks doesn’t play around and she will take care of your family planning if you mess with her or her loved ones! I’m so thrilled to see the influx in badass, booty kicking leading female characters in books, movies and in real life as well! I do volunteer work with young women who have been victims of abuse of all kinds, been addicts and several other situations. I always encourage them to read books with strong women characters because it’s a great way to escape & also empowers them. I have given so many books away because they loved them so much. One of my girls told me that she would pay me for the book I’d let her borrow because she wanted to frame it as it helped her see that she was strong enough to break the cycle and she’s never looked back! I’ve given this series to 3 of my younger girls & Jayne has helped them deal with their own turmoil from their various traumas. One girl has been rereading the series over and over again nonstop since she first read it. You really captured the feelings that come with abuse & showed that it doesn’t have to define your life… it just makes you stronger for surviving the bad times and savor the good times all the more!

We need writers like you reaching out to young women across the world & letting them know that they can kick just as much ass as Jayne, be as smart Hermione, survive everything like Katniss & be brave like Tris! I may have a son, but I also have 2 nieces, and as a member of the human race, I want both my nieces, little cousins and every single little girl out there to grow up empowered, knowing that she can take on the world & the world better watch out for her!”

I agree, Jesse. We do need more literature that speaks to young girls and makes them feel powerful and strong. I’m thrilled to know that you and the girls you work with feel that way about my work.

My Newest Release… Drifters’ Alliance

Introducing Book 1 in my new Science Fiction Space Opera Series!

**Only $2.99 for a few more days, then the price goes up to $3.99**

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One hand of cards and it’s all over but the crying… Cass Kennedy finally gets what she’s been dreaming of for the past ten years: a drifter ship to call her own. All the sim time and battle training is going to pay off in spades as she sets her course for the future. She’ll be living on her own terms, not those of her father’s. But drifting through deep space with a crew of nutty strangers on the DS Anarchy carries a lot more surprises than she bargained for. Nobody told her that her ship is falling apart, that dead chickens are something you really want to hang on to, and that the OSG has big plans for the universe that don’t necessarily jibe with her plans for herself. Jump onboard with Cass and her crew as she charts a course towards an alliance that will either make her or break her as Captain of the DS Anarchy.

SERIES: This is Book 1 in a series of 3 or more.
GENRE: Science Fiction, Space Opera
AUDIENCE: For older teens and adults
CONTENT WARNING: Colorful language, sexy stuff, and general badassery

Now available here:

Amazon US

Amazon CA

Amazon UK

B&N

Google Play

iBooks

Kobo

Have you read Drifters’ Alliance and want to spread the word? What are your favorite SciFi books?  Come leave a reply to this blog post on the homepage of my website ellecasey.com, come say hi on my Facebook page, or drop me a line anytime at me@ellecasey.com.  Want to join my Facebook Street Team, where we talk about all things book-related?  Click here.

Elle Casey’s Advice for Aspiring Writers

I’ve always known that many of my readers are also aspiring writers because they contact me for advice and encouragement (which I’m always happy to give).  Just recently I realized how many members of my Street Team have manuscripts they’re working on, and I really want to encourage all of them (and you) to GO FOR IT!

Since the requests for help that I get are increasing now, and I tend to give out the same advice over and over, I thought the best way to share my knowledge would be through a blog post.  Read on for my Top Tips for Aspiring Writers, and you can also check out this older blog post that gives some great tips too: Some Things to Consider if You Want to Make a Living Writing Books. These tips are in no particular order.

Jump in there and do it.

Nobody’s going to come knocking on your door asking you to write a book for them, but there are plenty of people out there who want to read what you have to write, I promise. And they’ll pay you for it! Also I wouldn’t bother with the traditional publishing process because it takes so long, and the market is flooded with people doing that. Besides, you really don’t need a gatekeeper between yourself and your readers. Let the readers decide if you’re a good writer. Let the readers give you the very valuable feedback you need in order to improve your skills; and then, after you’ve had some success as a writer with the real people who matter —  that is the readers —  go ahead and send out a query letter if you still feel the need. By following this path you will have the confidence to push through the closed doors you’re apt to find.

Plan your branding strategy from the start.

Make everything consistent: social media, covers, swag, etc. I didn’t do that, and  I’ve been kind of patching it together as I go. It’s much more effective to start it properly and then keep it going consistently. You may not know exactly who you “are” as a writer when you first begin, but you should give it some serious thought and start in a solid direction. Be consistent with your genre too. For example, if you’re writing thrillers, your website shouldn’t be pink and purple with romantic script for a font choice. For someone like me, who writes in several genres, it’s more difficult to have one brand that fits them all, but it is possible to tie your different books and social media sites together with similar colors, fonts, etc. I’m working on all that now and it’s a big project with over 30 novels!

Write a training manual for your publishing business.

Time is precious: don’t waste it.  Keep a log book of all the processes you use in your publishing day. I recently hired a full time assistant (Noelle! Holla!), and we have spent 3 solid months going through the training process. Had I taken notes all these years on what I was doing as I went along, we could have short-cut that process by about 2 of those months.  Keep in mind that if you do self-publishing well and become successful at it, you’ll eventually need help.

Make a good first impression.

You only get one chance to make a good impression, so don’t waste that chance with a crappy cover, bad blurb, and no editing. Saying you’ll pay for it after you make money is completely nonsensical. No reader will read your stuff if it looks and is amateurish, and you shouldn’t expect them to. You can get high-quality pre-made covers for under $100 (sometimes as cheap as $20), editing for a few hundred $ (or free from someone you barter with, or someone who just likes to do it for fun), and blurb help from writing critique groups. If you want a professional career as a writer, treat your business like a professional would. Invest in it, invest in your readers, invest in yourself.

Be yourself, but remember who you are.

Be genuine. Be yourself. But remember, you are a writer. When you start your online social media presence, everything you put out there will be viewable by the public forever. Keeping up a fake persona for years and years will be exhausting and nearly impossible to keep consistent. Just be yourself and you’ll find your audience. If you’re strange and unusual, more’s the better. Authors are creative people; don’t feel like you have to be someone else. You’re awesome just as you are. But also, remember that your online persona should reflect the writer-you. Share your writer-self. Yes, it’s true. We have two selves as writers: one that writes books for a living and one who’s just a person with a family, bad habits, health issues, and any number of other very private things going on. Readers want to know what you’re reading, what you’re writing, what motivates and inspires you to do what you do. They don’t necessarily want to know about your marital troubles, your sick uncle, or your fruitarian diet (unless that’s a big part of your books!) Keep the conversation about your writer-self, and your readers will always be interested in talking to you. Talk about random things that have nothing to do with your readers (that might, in fact, alienate them) and they’ll probably go elsewhere for conversation. In my opinion, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep the conversation genuine, light, and writer-focused.

Make friends with other authors.

Cross-promotion of your work among a group of authors can be very important. Having someone you can talk to about writer-woes is, too. Sharing ideas is fun and spreads good karma that bleeds over onto our readers, giving them better things to read. There’s no reason to be a writer-hermit, even if you’re writing in a room all by yourself at the top of a mountain. Writing for a living can be very solitary, emotional, mentally exhausting, and just plain difficult. Having someone to share a joke with, sound off on, and strategize with is critical. Just remember, though — what you put in an email or an instant message can be shared with anyone. Guard your brand and your financial safety carefully. I have personally experienced making friends and losing friends in the indie community, and the drama can sometimes come in very high levels.

Have fun.

Write what inspires you to get up in the morning. If it’s a specific genre, great. If it’s money from sales of the most popular genre or topic or writing style, great. Whatever motivates you, do that. Why? Because if you’re heart’s not in it, the readers will feel that, and they won’t buy your next book.

Questions? Comments?  I’d love to hear from you! Come leave a reply to this blog post on the homepage of my website ellecasey.com, come say hi on my Facebook page, or drop me a line anytime at me@ellecasey.com.  Want to join my Facebook Street Team, where we talk about all things book-related?  Click here.

Elle Casey’s YA Price Drop for 3 Days Only! Plus a free book!

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Get your teenagers reading!

Did you know that April 16th is National Celebrate Teen Literature Day?  Elle is joining the fun and celebrating with a special 99¢ deal on 3 of her Young Adult titles for 3 days only: Tuesday April 14th-Thursday April 16th.  Oh, and a free book, too!

Read on for more!  Below, you’ll find out about:

  • How to get Elle’s National Celebrate Teen Literature 3-Day only deal (don’t forget to buy a copy for a young reader you know who might be interested).
  • Elle’s favorite reads from her childhood.

 

3 YA books on sale for 99 cents for 3 days only:

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 APOCALYPSIS is a 4-book, YA Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction series suitable for older teens and adults.

APOCALYPSIS, Book 1 (Kahayatle): $2.99

99¢ for 3 DAYS ONLY

 Amazon US: http://amzn.to/10Jn3Ni

B&N: http://bit.ly/1HichpO

Google Play: http://bit.ly/1DqgDLI

iBooks: http://apple.co/19Hiz4R

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1aG8MMQ

My name’s Bryn Mathis. I’m seventeen years old, and I live in a neighborhood outside of Orlando, Florida. I live alone because my dad died almost a year ago, along with all the other adults in the world. I’m almost out of food, and the gangs of kids that roam around my town are getting more vicious by the day. It’s time for me to leave and find another place to live … a place where I can find food and shelter … a place where they won’t be able to find me. Alone, it might have been possible; but now I’ve got company, and I’m worried that I don’t have what it takes to get from here to my final destination. And I have no idea what might be waiting for me when I get there.

**Contains violence and some foul language.**


 

Duality 1 (Melancholia)

DUALITY is a 2-book Young Adult/New Adult Paranormal Romance.

 Duality, Vol 1: Melancholia: $4.99

99¢ for 3 DAYS ONLY

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/YantP6

iBooks: http://apple.co/1yi7534

Malcolm’s had a problem for as long as he can remember. No matter where he goes or what he does, he leaves misery in his wake. Sadness and negativity are his constant companions, influencing others around him until they cannot bear to live.

But then Rae shows up in his life, and everything changes. Darkness cleaves to light. Anger yields to joy. The question is whether she’ll be his salvation or his destruction.


 

Wrecked by Elle Casey

WRECKED is a a 2-book Young Adult Adventure Novel.

Wrecked, Book 1: $4.99

99¢ for 3 DAYS ONLY

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1CGdikE

B&N: http://bit.ly/1z8iTAg

Is your teen constantly on the go? The Unabridged Audiobook is available from Audible: http://bit.ly/16RHJGs for Free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.  12 hours of listening!

High Seas and High Adventure from the author of the War of the Fae and Apocalypsis series.  If you liked The Breakfast Club and The Swiss Family Robinson, you’ll love WRECKED!

An ill-fated Caribbean cruise and four teenagers: a nerd, a jock, a mouse, and a beauty queen…an island, a treehouse, some nefarious interlopers…life and death…fear and loathing…love and laughter.

Follow Jonathan, Kevin, Candi and Sarah as they find their typical high school lives and their worlds totally WRECKED.

**Contains some foul language and non-explicit sex scenes between older teens.  May not be appropriate for younger, middle-grade teens.**


War of the Fae : Book 1

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War of the Fae is a 7-book YA Fantasy series suitable for older teens and adults. (Books 8-10 coming soon!)

The Changelings (War of the Fae Book 1)

Book 1 is FREE!

 Amazon US: http://bit.ly/1111Tpr

B&N: http://bit.ly/1Bq7eRW

iBooks: http://apple.co/1DlHxi0

Google Play: http://bit.ly/1EquIYF

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1E54knF

Jayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a pretty typical high school existence, until several seemingly unrelated incidents converge, causing a cascade of events that change their lives forever. Jayne and Tony, together with a group of runaway teens, are hijacked and sent into a forest, where nothing and no one are as they seem. Who will emerge triumphant? And what will they be when they do?


Elle Casey’s favorite reads from her childhood.

Have you and your teen read all of Elle’s books listed above?  Do you want to read the same books that inspired Elle to become a writer?  Here are some of her favorites:

  1. The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson
  2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  3. Children in Hiding by Charlene Joy Talbot
  4. The Secret Garden and The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  5. Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume
  6. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  7. And about The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner, she says, “I only ever read the first book in the series, but I swear I read that thing maybe 30 times! Even as an adult I’ve gone back and re-read it. That was my first kind of post-apocalyptic read. Of course the world was still turning, but the main characters’ parents died and they were basically shoved out of the real world and into one of their own making, surviving using their own ingenuity. I read anything similar that I could get my hands on after that.”

Don’t forget, the love of reading is a priceless gift that you can pass on to the next generation.

Happy reading! –Elle

New Covers for Apocalypsis!

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I wrote the Apocalypsis series in 2012 and 2013 and was thrilled to find so many enthusiastic readers. There are over a thousand excellent reviews on this series on Amazon and Goodreads, but I thought it might benefit from some more exposure. The old covers weren’t quite getting that done, so I’m giving these a shot. What do you think?

If you enjoyed this series, please share the links to book 1 (below) with your friends! Then you’ll have someone cool to talk about the books with. :)

If you haven’t yet tried it, I recommend you try book 1. It’s only $2.99, and guaranteed to keep you turning pages late into the night!

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Amazing StoryBundle Deal … exclusive content, and YOU set the price!

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What’s a Story Bundle?

Glad you asked! StoryBundle is a way for bookworms to discover quality books written by indie and traditionally published authors. Finding good books to read is difficult these days with so many offerings out there. StoryBundle hopes to solve that problem.

StoryBundle takes a handful of books—anywhere from 6 to 9 of them—and groups them together to offer as a bundle. Then you, the reader, can take a look at the titles they’ve chosen and decide how much you’d like to pay. Think of StoryBundle as a friend who scours independent books for undiscovered gems, then bundles these titles together for one low price that you set. Yes, you read that right … you will set the price you pay. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT STORY BUNDLES.

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Step into fantastical realms with the Crossing Worlds YA StoryBundle – Young Adult fiction guaranteed to entertain all ages!

Do you miss that sense of wonder your favorite books used to give you, the fast-paced and exciting reads that would suck you in and not let you go? Welcome to the newest StoryBundle, where 9 top-notch authors bring you tales of adventure and courage featuring younger protagonists triumphing over magic and mayhem. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE BUNDLE NOW!

From international bestseller Mercedes Lackey’s Grey’s Ghost – a short story of ghosts and magic in an alternate-history Victorian England – to NYT bestseller Elle Casey’s sassy modern take on encountering the fae realm with her War of the Fae books, you’ll find plenty of great reading in these stories that explore the places where magic and our ordinary world collide.

In addition, the bundle includes more tales of faerie encounters – from USA Today bestselling author Anthea Sharp’s Royal, Faery Swap from Susan Kaye Quinn, and Emily Casey’s The Fairy Tale Trap. Nic Tatano (Destiny’s Hourglass) and Julian Rosado-Machain (Guardians Inc: The Cypher) bring the adventure with tales of super-powered heroes who hold the fate of the world in their hands, and NYT bestseller Terah Edun provides another supernatural twist to the bundle with her novel Accession.

Plus, we’re delighted to announce a StoryBundle EXCLUSIVE! The Crossing Worlds YA bundle is the only place you can get the Special Illustrated Edition of Steven Savile’s Moonlands, with over fifteen full color illustrations from artist Lukas Thelin (known for his work for Fenix magazine, illustrating RPG novels, and many other amazing projects.)

Remember, you only have 3 weeks to grab this amazing bundle, and then it’s gone forever.

Indulge your inner youth and dive into these fantastic stories where worlds cross and adventures abound.

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Inner Sanctum Revival, Guest Post by Noelle Gaussens, Assistant @ Elle Casey

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Have you just read your first Elle Casey book and now you’re excited to spread the word?

Have you been a diehard fan from day one, anxiously awaiting Elle’s next release in your favorite genre?

Do you read each one of Elle’s newest releases as soon as they come out?

Do you wonder what some of her beloved characters have been up to these days and want to get the inside scoop?

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Become an “Ellemental” by joining Elle’s Inner Sanctum!

Books have always been there for me.

I’m an avid reader, and getting lost in a great book is one of my greatest pleasures.  Without even realizing I’m doing it, I find myself organizing my time each day so that I accomplish all my tasks as quickly as possible, allowing me whatever time is left to delve back into my book.  I do my best to savor the experience of losing myself in a great read, but it’s hard not to race through to find out what happens next!  The suspense of ending on a cliffhanger and waiting for the author to publish the next installment of the story is sometimes unbearable.  The anticipation is sweet, but it can also seem interminable and frustrating!  In any case, when I read the last sentence, on a high from a rich and powerful reading experience, my first instinct is to share it with the first person who’s willing to listen.

Some of the most engaging conversations I’ve had are about books.

As an introvert, I recharge my batteries by spending lots of time alone.  I’m a bookworm who’s not very comfortable in social situations.  I’m anxious about finding topics of conversation.  After the obligatory chat about the weather, I usually draw a blank.  My husband jokes that I should write a list of topics on the back of my hand to sneak a peak at when the conversation gets stale.  (Talk about awkward!)  I find that people are fairly open and willing to talk about themselves, but that’s only if you ask the right questions.  When I figured that out, I found myself asking people the same questions:  “Have you read any good books lately?  What are you reading right now?  What should I read next?”  These always seem to lead to an interesting conversation.  I take out my phone and go straight to Amazon as they’re making suggestions.  After years of doing this, my wish list is stacked with recommendations from family and friends.  Although I’ll probably never get to all of them, there’s nothing like thanking fellow readers for their recommendations and then chatting about the books to build and strengthen a friendship.

Do you want to help spread the word about Elle Casey?

Since I’ve begun assisting Elle, I’ve met several of her fans online.  You guys are the greatest, and I love that you all want to help spread the word!  So, how about becoming an “Ellemental” by joining Elle’s Inner Sanctum? Ellementals are essentially Elle’s street team members who spend a little time each week, or whenever they have the time, talking about their favorite Elle Casey books with other readers, both online using social media like Facebook and in person.

Advantages for “Ellementals,” Elle’s Inner Sanctum members:

Maybe you’ve noticed that Elle’s become a little less present on her social media? It’s because these days, she’s devoting as much of her time as possible to writing the books YOU want to read (hence my new position as her assistant!)  On her Private Inner Sanctum Facebook page, we have lots of fun in the works, including discussions with other like-minded readers, special swag giveaways, sneak peeks and the inside scoop, a member badge to post on your social media, and of course, more personal interaction with Elle.

How you can help spread the word about Elle:

Being an Ellemental is entirely a volunteer position. Do what you can, when you can.  We appreciate any effort you can make, and want you to know that every contribution is greatly cherished.
Here are some examples of what you can do:

  • tell your friends about your favorite Elle Casey books
  • post your reviews and ratings of Elle’s books on Amazon
  • cross-post or share your reviews on your social media sites (like Facebook and Twitter) and your blog (if you have one)
  • share your thoughts about the books on book blogger sites (when they ask for your suggestions or opinions, of course)
  • share fun swag (free bookmarks, key chains, tote bags, t-shirts!)
  • participate in missions promoting a specific book or series that you really like

How do you become an Ellemental?

It’s easy!  Take 2 minutes to fill out the form by clicking HERE.

Your request will be quickly processed and you’ll be added to Elle’s Private Inner Sanctum Facebook Page.  Once there, you’ll find more information about Elle’s special giveaways, opportunities to interact more with Elle, and the ways you can help spread the word about her work.

We look forward to seeing you in the Inner Sanctum!

Spring Fling! Read Elle Casey’s REBEL for only $0.99 – one day only!

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Are you looking for a fun read this weekend?

Have you read Elle Casey’s REBEL yet?

Elle has a great deal in the works to celebrate Spring!  If you haven’t read REBEL yet, now’s the time! Or, if you have read it and LOVED it, why not share it with a friend?

Book 1 in the 3-book series is $0.99, but for one day only – Saturday, March 21st.

Genre: New Adult Romance

Teagan Cross, wiseass extraordinaire, goes from princess to pauper in a single phone call. Suddenly, the world is against her. Teagen’s a rebel, determined to live life on her own terms; but when she meets a different kind of Rebel, she’s forced to make the biggest decision of her life.

REBEL on Amazon US

REBEL on Barnes & Noble

REBEL on Google Play

 

Guest Post by Elle Casey Assistant Noelle Gaussens

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Reader fans, meet Noelle!

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NoelleI have some seriously exciting news to share!

I know to you it might sound like just regular old news, but trust me, it’s not. I’ve been wanting to do this for going on two years now … I’ve hired an assistant!! Woo hoo!!

Please join me in welcoming Noelle to the team! She’ll be taking over a lot of the marketing and business management end of things for me so I can focus on writing and chatting with fans.

Over the past three years, as I’ve written more books and my fan base has grown, it’s been getting harder and harder to keep up with everything. At some point I just had to stop doing some things I really enjoyed like creating and sending out swag and attending events, hosting contests, doing fun things with book bloggers, and my interaction with fans slowed considerably. Basically, all the fun parts of the writing business other than the writing itself went on the back burner.

My fervent hope is that after Noelle has passed through the training period (about 90 days of learning the ropes … there are a lot of them!), you will see a huge difference in our little Elle Casey world. First and foremost, there will be more books for you to read this year than in any year before. Second, you’ll see me traveling a little more, so I can meet some fans in person. And finally, we will be starting up some really great projects for our reading communities that you can help us put in place, getting more people reading and providing better access to books for kids and adults. There will be other fun changes and new things too, but I’ll leave those to be surprises. :)

I ask you all to give Noelle a virtual hug when you see her on my Facebook page and via email if you so desire. Show her how amazing Elle Casey reader-fans can be!! So far, she’s seriously impressed with you all and so am I. You guys are the very best readers in all the land. Noelle can be reached at Noelle [at] ellecasey (dot) com.

For the next 90 days, as I’m training Noelle and she’s learning, we may go through some awkward transitions (re-designing our website, Facebook page, newsletters, etc.). I hope you’ll be patient with us during this period and not hold any major boo-boos against us. I promise, we’ll do our best to get everything running like a well-oiled machine ASAP!

 

Squirrel!

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When I first started writing three years ago, I put my publishing schedule together each year in January. But last year it didn’t work out so well. After several troll attacks that really had me questioning why I bothered to do some of the things I do, I took a step back from writing, from promoting, from pretty much everything involved in publishing books. As a result, I finished fewer novels than I had originally planned. It was a frustrating time for me, but with time came the ability to let it all go.

So now, I’m on a roll. I’ve figured out my publishing schedule through the end of 2015 already, and for the last 8 days, I’ve written over 6,000 words a day. It feels great. I guess the only thing getting in my way is that thing that distracts every writer. I call it … SQUIRREL!

There’s nothing more intimidating than a blank page to a writer. Even for someone who’s prolific, a writing goal set for the day is an obstacle to get over. That’s where the squirrel comes in to make things even more difficult.

Today I was typing out my first paragraph of the day, and it crossed my mind that I hadn’t checked on the health of a friend of mine who had a fall off his bike. I thought I should probably stop writing for a minute and send him a text.

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Fact of life for a writer: Any excuse to stop writing can and will present itself in the midst of writing towards a deadline.

I knew I’d meet my word count goal by lunchtime, so my friend’s text could wait. I convinced myself to get back to writing and leave the texting for later.

I typed another paragraph, but as I started on another, I thought of a puppy I’d seen online that I really wanted to buy. I could just go look at her adorable picture once more…

SQUIRREL!

I had 1,500 words done and suddenly, I thought it might be a nice idea to do a load of laundry …

SQUIRREL!

And send an email…

SQUIRREL!

And post something to Facebook…

SQUIRREL!

And, and … and …

SQUIRREL!  SQUIRREL!  SQUIRREL!  SQUIRREL!

I think you get the idea. The writer’s bane is a bunch of wild squirrels. The only way to manage them is to herd them into a little corner of the room and deal with  them after the word count is done. :)

The interesting thing is that once the writing is done, the herd of squirrels has dwindled down to almost none, little bastards that they are.

 

 

iBooks kicking it up a notch … for my author and blogger friends …

In case you’re as clueless as I was about iBooks tools and affiliate program, this is for you!! I plan to start putting all of this in place in the next two weeks as I ramp up for an amazing 2015. This goes for bloggers and authors who are looking to earn more income from book referrals and sales, or who are looking for ways to fund great promotions for their readers.

Did you know?…

iBooks offers 7% commission to affiliates, and you don’t need to be a direct upload author to get in on the action.

Even bloggers and regular non-published folk can be affiliates. Anytime anyone buys ANYTHING at the apple online store following one of your links to get there, even computers and such, you get 7% commission on it. [I’m pretty sure about the hardware thing. But if I’m wrong, at least I know it works for music, movies, books, applications, and things like that. Working off memory here.]  This works for 24 hours after they’ve followed your link. And no, you do not need to link to a computer. Link to your books or the books of other authors’ books and if they buy anything in the online store after following that link, you get commission credit.  I use my affiliate money to fund promotions. It’s free, it’s there for the taking, and my readers love promotions, so why not take advantage of it?

iBooks also has these great author tools to help market your books on iBooks. I talked to several authors whose income on iBooks has surpassed their income on Amazon. (whoa nelly) These people are using these tools. I’ve linked to them below.

If you’re wondering why you haven’t heard this before from the iBooks people directly, here’s the explanation, provided to me by one of the two Apple iBook reps: Apple makes it impossible for iBooks people to contact you about this stuff. They have told their reps they cannot and they don’t give them access to it (email addresses of authors) anyway. They call it a concern for privacy. I call it hamstringing-oneself, but what do I know.

Anyway, iBooks is becoming a contender in the ebooks retail space, despite their inability to properly market their services and despite their ridiculously inadequate book search capability, and what with the KUpocalypse, I figured getting the good word out there about other programs is important. We need to be survivors to be career writers in this day and age; survive to thrive, baby.

Thus, here is a link to the affiliate sign-up: https://itunes.phgconsole.performancehorizon.com/login/itunes/en_us  and http://www.apple.com/itunes/affiliates

And here is a link to various author tools you have access to, including the ability to make widgets, banners, and other helpful links directing people to your iBooks portfolio:

1. for iBooks badges to use on your sites: http://www.apple.com/itunes/affiliates/resources/documentation/badges.html
2. to make links to your or others’ books: http://linkmaker.itunes.apple.com
3. auto link maker: https://autolinkmaker.itunes.apple.com
4. banner builder: http://banners.itunes.apple.com
5. widget builder: https://widgets.itunes.apple.com/builder
6. general FAQ about iBooks: http://itunes.com/iBooksFAQ
7. guidelines about how you’re allowed to use Apple badges and so on using social media: http://www.apple.com/itunes/affiliates/resources/documentation/identity-guidelines.html

All of these items were provided via this document: https://itunesconnect.apple.com/WebObjects/iTunesConnect.woa/ra/resources/download/iBookStoreMarketingAndAffiliateKit/zip
And here as well: http://www.apple.com/itunes/working-itunes/

Best of luck to all of you getting more sales across several platforms!

Want to win an ARC (Advance Review Copy) of a book I contributed to?

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For My Science Fiction Fans…

I have 5 Advance Review Copies (ARCs) of THE TELEPATH CHRONICLES, a book to which I’ve contributed a story called “Dreampath”.

GET THE BOOK FREE, LEAVE AN HONEST REVIEW, that’s the deal.

It’s a science fiction anthology, with many short stories by several great authors, including: Elle Casey (that’s me, y’all!), Peter Cawdron, Nina Croft, E.E. Giorgi, Autumn Kalquist, Theresa Kay (one of my fab readers-turned-writers), Therin Knite, MeiLin Miranda, Susan Kaye Quinn, Chris Reher, Vincent Trigili, Endi Webb, & Nicolas Wilson.

If you would like one of these 5 advance copies (only available for Kindle), please GO TO MY FACEBOOK PAGE and (1) LIKE the post about this giveaway; (2) COMMENT below the post with the name of the first book of mine you ever read; and (3) SHARE that post to your Facebook wall.

I will select 5 people from that list at random tomorrow. GOOD LUCK!