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And the winner is…

The winner of the Addison Moore book giveaway is:

Morgan (mjmayze) says:

May 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm (Edit)

Great interview! Definitely will add you books to my to-be-read list :) Thanks for sharing about your process Addison, it’s always nice to know we are not alone in this writerly world and there are other writers out there going through similar journeys.

If you’ll shoot me an email at wrenemerson(at)gmail(dot)com so I can get your email address, we can get your books to you!

Grats, and thanks everyone for taking the time to leave a comment and show your support of Addison!

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Using Xmind as a timeline

I was looking at search hits my blog has received and saw that someone was looking up how to use Xmind as a timeline. I happen to think that Xmind makes a really good timeline and here’s how I use it for that.

Step 1:

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I change the default shape into a left facing Fishhead shape using the shape menu in the right hand box.

Step 2:

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Next I change the structure to left facing Fishbone.

Step 3:

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At this point you just start adding topics like normal and they’ll automatically populate the fish in an alternating bone shaped pattern. I usually name them by date, but I’ve also called them by scene title if I’m not sure on the specific date.

Step 4:

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Right click on one of your new subtopics. About halfway down you can select the option to make a note. The shortcut for it is F4.

Step 5:

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Now you just fill in the details. When I’m doing my timeline I generally will post my entire scene description in there. When you’ve got a note on a topic you’ll see a little rectangular icon that you can click on to bring up your note at any time.

And that’s it. It’s really that simple to make a quick and dirty timeline using Xmind, a program I highly recommend to all writers.

In a completely unrelated note, I thought I’d share my numbers for May with y’all. I have a sneaking suspicion that my numbers are going to disappear on me tomorrow and I’d like to have kept track somewhere.

Thanks to a generous push last night, I was able to hit 100 sales (across all the stores). I was beyond thrilled since it’s so much better than I dared to hope I’d do by this point in the game. A huge thank you to everyone who’s bought my book or reviewed it or even just told a friend about it. You guys are making my dreams come true and I know that’s a huge cliché, but it’s so very true.

I know it’s early still and I still might make some sales today, but as of right now this is where I’m sitting. 94 US, 8 UK, 1 DE = # 14,815. I have 14 reviews on Amazon right now, 11 of them are 5 star reviews.

Since I love screen shots so much, I took one earlier today showing a graph of my sales over the last two weeks.

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As you can see I was off to a great start all through the first week and things gradually started falling off during the second week. I feel really fortunate that throughout it all, I’ve still managed to stay in the top #20k for the most part. Considering that I haven’t done much of anything in the way of promotion since I released I Wish… the numbers become that much more impressive.

One thing that’s been consistent throughout is that readers are asking about the sequel. Originally I was planning to put it on hold while I worked on a totally different project and cleared my head of Thistle and the rest of Desire. The thing is that I already have an outline that’s probably 95% finished. Writing the sequel at this point would be really easy so I’ve decided that I’m going to switch around my projects and work on the sequel right now.

This is for two reasons. The main one is that if I have fans and they want something that I can give them, then why on earth would I deny them?

The second reason is more practical. I have sold 100 copies of I Wish… and given away nearly as many. That’s almost 200 people who have, for the most part, enjoyed reading my book. Several have taken the time to contact me to tell me how much they liked it and how much they are anticipating the sequel. It stands to reason that I can expect a big chunk of them to purchase the second book. There are no such guarantees if I publish something unrelated. On the one hand, they might enjoy it as much if not more and I might draw in a new crowd since it’s an adult rom com. On the other hand, it would be foolish to turn my back on the following I’ve managed to accumulate so far.

As always, I will post about my success, or lack thereof, as things develop.

There’s still time to leave a comment on Addison Moore’s interview for a chance to win free copies of Ethereal and it’s newly released sequel. She’s doing great on Amazon right now, guys, you don’t want to miss your chance to see why everyone is reading her books.

P.S.

This really doesn’t have much bearing on anything, but I was looking at my sales numbers in the UK and this is what I saw. Again, I’ve only got 8 sales there total so this is kind of insane to me.

UK sales

In the 6ks and the top 100 of a category? Really?

This does remind me though, I meant to tell you guys that I didn’t have an author bio in either the UK store or the German store. I had to go in there and add it to both stores (very tricky in the German store as all the menus are written in, well, German). So if you’re currently selling there it might help to do that. 2 of my UK sales happened last night after I set up my profile yesterday afternoon. Did my profile sell the books? It’s hard to tell, but I figure it can’t hurt.

And in case you’re further interested, here is what my German sales rank looks like:

german sales

Now keep in mind that’s with only 1 sale. Ever. I think I got that sale during my 1st week even. Is it too soon to consider myself an international bestseller? LOL!

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Interview and an Excerpt- Addison Moore

Interview and an Excerpt is a weekly feature that explores the process of writing and indie publishing through interviews with self published authors. The aim is to demystify the process for those who are aspiring to become indie publishers themselves. This week’s guest is Addison Moore who is currently number 1 in 3 different Amazon categories and sitting comfortably in the top 200. Here’s what this successful new voice in indie publishing had to say:

1.) How long have you been an indie author?

First, Wren, thank you SO much for hosting me on your blog! I’m thrilled and honored to be here. I self-published my first novel, ETHEREAL (Celestra Series Book 1) in late March of this year.

2.) How many books have you self-published?

One as of yet, but come next week, I’m hoping to get book 2 in the series, TREMBLE, out on e-shelves!

3.) Are you a pantser or a plotter?

Both! I’ve tried my hand at exclusively pantsing and it was more or less a disaster that led to two abandoned WIP’s (work’s in progress).

4.) Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process? Feel free to be as detailed as you like, this stuff is fascinating.

I write in two or three jags during the day. Early, afternoon (when I can) and late. And of course in between I try and live life. I need silence so I actually don earphones that could drown out the noise of a 747. Also, I hear the voices better that way. ;) 

5.) What is the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?

Just do it. Write every single day if you can and write when you’re not in the mood. My muse is often lazy so I can’t rely on him at all. I’ve heard those things from a ton of writers and it all rings true.

6.) If you were going to mentor a new writer through the publishing process, what pitfalls would you warn them against?

I would tell them to read often and widely. I would most certainly warn them of the deathtrap that is not reading. Writers usually don’t have a lot of time to read. That’s just the reality, but we need to carve out time for this most precious resource as it helps significantly in honing our craft.

6.) Are you currently earning a living with your writing?

LOL! No. Not by a long shot.

7.) What are your writing must haves? Music? A quiet table at a coffee shop?

Isolation works best, but I absolutely need silence. Usually when I’m out on a walk and listening to music, my WIP will cycle through my mind and new ideas always seem to crop up during that time. So music is totally important to the writing process for me.

8.) What tools or software do you use to write?

I have a Mac and I use word. I don’t use anything fancy like a writing software supplement. I do rely rather heavily on my spiral-bound notebook. I’m old school that way.

9.) What kind of promotion have you tried? What do you find to be the most effective?

I hit the Amazon message boards pretty hard when my book first came out. I see now that Amazon has banned that practice—probably because of me.  ;)  Other than that I have no magic formula. I’ve been fortunate enough to be featured on several awesome blogs such as your own. Also, the tags Amazon allows you to use are invaluable. Put in as many tags as you can think of when publishing your book.

11.) About how long from start to finish did it take you to finish your book(s)? About how many hours a day do you spend writing/editing?

I spend at least four to six hours of writing/editing a day. I spend months babysitting ideas just hoping they’ll grow into something spectacular. Once I hit the keyboard things move pretty quickly especially if I have a tight outline that I’m working from. I still let my characters off the leash once in a while. They have the capability to surprise me in both good and bad ways.

12.) How much of the process did you do yourself and what did you pay someone else to do?

I do all of my own writing and the initial edits. I had ETHEREAL combed over several times by four CP’s, but with TREMBLE I hired a freelance editor. I think she was well worth every penny. 

13.) I love the premise for Ethereal.  Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

ETHEREAL is about Sklya Messenger who moves with her family to (fictional) Paragon Island and meets two hot guys named Logan and Gage. She is immediately smitten with Logan although both guys are equally taken by her. She discovers some truths about herself and answers the question why it is she can read peoples minds when she touches them. Sklya discovers she is an offspring of the Nephilim angels and that an entire faction of crooked modern day angels are out to kill her. 

14.) Ethereal is the first in a series.  Do you mind sharing a little bit about what you’re working on right now? Book 2 perhaps? 😉

I would love to share about TREMBLE! I’m currently waiting rather impatiently to get back the final stamp of approval from my freelance editor and then I’m publishing it straight to Amazon and Nook. In book 2 of the series, Skyla finds herself having feelings for Gage as well as Logan, which complicates things a bit. Her life is turned upside down with the introduction of a new dangerous character that shows expressed interest in Skyla and she makes a concerted effort to travel back in time and save her dad. I’m also working hard on book 3 right now, which will contain Chloe’s diary (a character within the Celestra series).

Blog: http://addisonmoorewrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @Addison_Moore

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Addison-Moore/140192649382294

You can find Ethereal at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Tremble can be purchased from Amazon.

Addison has offered to do a giveaway of her book, Ethereal to a lucky reader. If you’d like a chance to win a free copy just leave a comment below and I’ll have one of my minions help me pick a winner on Friday June 3rd around 10pm EST.

I’d just like to thank Addison one more time for joining us today. Now please enjoy this excerpt from the preface of Ethereal.

ethereal

*****

Falling in love is a lot like death. It chooses you. It decides the moment and the chain of events that will preclude the precise intersection of life in which it occurs. It uses you—treats you as though you were malleable in its warm pliable hands. It doesn’t bother to ask if you want it, or need it, just fills the gaping hole of destiny’s design.

Love. My world blooms with its beautiful never-ending ache. I would give all of my blood to my enemies to have it completely—if I knew it would satisfy them—if I could live without it. But I know the resolution. I know the end of the story before it ever begins. I must choose love. And for this, I will surely die. 

It is that time in my life—a time for love and a time for death. Fate had intertwined the two, bereaved of any mercy. It is in the architecture of my being, the infrastructure. The pillars of my life had been established long ago—the blueprint written in my bloodlines.

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