I’m so excited to announce that I’ve published the sequel to The Triumphs and Travails of Talisman Turner: a Romantic Comedy Novel. It’s entitled Talisman Turner Minds the Gap.
You can find it now at Amazon, Kobo, and Smashwords…with more ebook retailers to come!
As you can imagine from the title, Talisman Turner continues her comedic escapades in London, home to the Underground, the Queen, and one very sexy British restaurant-owner, Graham Salisbury.
Tali’s adventures include a ride on the London Eye, a most unusual visit to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, more than one awkward “meet-the-parents” moments, a runway show…and of course, plenty of psychology experiments!
You don’t have to read the first book in the series to enjoy Talisman Turner Minds the Gap…although it’s certainly more enjoyable if you do. Besides, The Triumphs and Travails of Talisman Turner is FREE at most ebook retailers…so what’re you waiting for?
Interested in a sneak peek of Tali 2? I’ll oblige:
I want a sneak peek!
Smashwords isn’t just a great ebook retailer for indie authors. It’s also a great retailer for indie readers, who can download ebooks in any format (Kindle, NOOK, Kobo, iPad, Sony Reader, even PDF)…as many times as they’d like!
One of Smashwords’s neatest features is its ability to generate coupons which you can use to reward your loyal fans with discounted prices…or even completely free copies of ebooks.
However, some readers might be reluctant to use these Smashwords coupons to download a Kindle version of an ebook because they think that it requires a lot of technical savvy. Also, they’re used to buying books directly in the Kindle store and having them automatically appear onto their Kindles.
That’s why, whenever an you do a book giveaway using Smashwords coupons, I recommend that you provide instructions on how to transfer MOBI files (Amazon’s current ebook format) from Smashwords onto their Kindles. That way, you can a) show readers how easy it is and b) make the Smashwords site more familiar to them, which increases the odds they’ll use your coupon.
You can use:
So without further ado, here they are:
A few weeks ago, eager to take a look at Amazon’s list of its 100 bestselling free ebooks, I checked the Kindle store on the Amazon website. And then I became thoroughly confused. Where had the list of all the free ebooks gone? Did Amazon discontinue selling free ebooks on its site?
If you’re trying to design an ebook cover which meets the size requirements of every retailer (Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Sony, and Diesel), this is the post for you.
I’m starting with a long winded story about why I changed the cover of my debut novel, The Triumphs and Travails of Talisman Turner. This part has good tips and links in it, but if you’d rather just get the magic ebook cover dimension, skip ahead to Part Two!
Part One: The transformation of Talisman Turner’s ebook cover
The Triumphs and Travails of Talisman Turner has a brand new cover! I’m very excited about it, and even though there are only minor changes from the its last incarnation, I think it looks so much better. It always amazes me how minute changes can make a such a huge difference.
So you can judge for yourself, here’s the before…
…and the after:
Pretty much all I did was change the font for the title (it’s a lovely girly font called JennaSue which I downloaded from FontSpace thanks to the Jenna Sue Design Co.), and included a) my author name and b) a reference to the fact that this novel is first in a series.
So why all the changes?
Typos. They’re exasperating. They jolt readers out of a novel’s story world. To vent their frustration, readers end up leaving unpleasant reviews wherever they purchased their ebook, even if they enjoyed the story as a whole.
At the same time, it’s incredibly difficult to find all typographical errors, even after several painstakingly intense editing sessions. So what’s a writer to do?
When I published the first edition of The Triumphs and Travails of Talisman Turner, I invited readers to let me know about the typos they may have found and give me a chance to correct them. Three lucky readers would be randomly chosen and win gift certificates to Amazon.com
I’m pleased to officially announce the winners of the first Did You Spot a Typo? contest. Congratulations go to:
- Cheri-ann S
- Rebecca C
- Cristine K
Cheri-ann and Cristine, I hope you are enjoying adding new titles to your Kindle with the help of your gift card! (Rebecca, I’m still waiting to hear back from you, so if you see this announcement, please use this contact form or leave a comment here to claim your prize.)
I’m glad to say that all the typos my “editors” caught (plus a few I spotted on my own) will be corrected in the second Kindle edition of Talisman Turner. I’m very grateful to everyone who participated. You’ve made Tali better than ever!
Congratulations again to the winners. Enjoy your shopping spree!
One of the best features of self-publishing an ebook is that ebooks are truly global. You can download them anytime, anywhere in the world–without worrying about shipping and handling fees either! As I understand it, if you upload your book to Amazon.com, anyone, anywhere in the world can buy it, even if they don’t live in the United States.
In contrast, when you traditionally publish a book, there’s a lot of haggling over territorial rights. Someone in Australia might want to buy your traditionally published ebook from Amazon’s US store, but won’t be able to, because their IP address isn’t an American one.
The idea that someone in Australia or India or Egypt could download my ebook with just a few clicks boggles my mind. It’s also incredibly exhilarating to think that I can share my stories with people from around the world, hopefully bringing a smile to their faces.
If you, like me, are excited about the global potential of ebooks, not just in terms of sales numbers but also in terms of sharing your story with as many as people as possible, you’ll want to do the most you can to take advantage of a global marketplace.
Here are 7 tips to help you sell your ebooks globally:
Talisman’s mother claims that her daughter’s love life is in such disarray because there’s a laundry hamper in the romance corner of Tali’s Feng Shui baguwa.
According to Lyris Turner, once the hamper is relocated to a more suitable position, Tali’s relationship chi energy will improve, enabling Tali to attract the perfect partner…and reverse the curse haunting her sorry love life.
So your love life isn’t as turbulent as Tali’s, employ these Feng Shui recommendations, kindly provided by David Daniel Kennedy in Feng Shui Tips for a Better Life: