10 Horror Movies That Inspire My Writing

Hola! Check out Bella’s blog to see my top 10 list of horror movies that have inspired my writing. Spoiler alert–I love slashers. Scream, The Strangers, and House of Wax made an appearance. Click the link to see the other movies that make my skin crawl (in a good way)!

Guest Post: Yawatta Hosby Shares 10 Horror Films That Inspire Her

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Not Officially A Blog Hop, But Getting My Name Out There Nonetheless

Writers can’t just write. Nowadays, they have to promote themselves. No one will know who you are or what books you’ve written if no one can find you. Thankfully, the internet is an efficient, speedy way to help spread the word. Living in West Virginia, it’s pretty cool beans that I can connect with people all over the world with just a click of a button.

Like the other day, I was able to have a live interview chat with the author Hemanth Gorur during his Facebook Launch Party Event of his novel Aymaran Shadow. It’s like a 9 hour difference between India and Eastern Standard Time, but we made it work 🙂

He was nice enough to allow me to guest post on his blog about the different characteristics of readers who like the paranormal and thriller genres. If anyone would like to check it out, here’s the link: What Draws Readers To Paranormal Writing And Thrillers.

And the author, who has turned into one of my writing friends, Rebekkah Ford gave me a shout-out on her blog with a book feature. If anyone would like to check it out, here’s the link: Book Feature One By One By Yawatta Hosby.

Slowly but surely, I’ll keep making my rounds. I have 2 author interviews in the works–so excited!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Pushing the publish button

Yawatta would like to welcome her special guest Danielle Uidam…

I just did it. I pushed the button. My book, The Malthus Conspiracy, is now being sold online through Amazon  http://amzn.com/B00B3SV3RWBook Cover7

After numerous edits, rewrites and what if’s I took the leap, I am now a published author!!! Yay!!! 120,000 words, a book cover, and the formatting. Done!  I allow myself a day or two of pride, before realising, that pushing that button was only the beginning.

Now new nerves are creeping in. Will my book sell? Will anyone like it? Review it? Recommend it? The questions have started as well… how do I market my book? Do I pay to enter competitions? Do I buy ads? How does this all work?

I hit the kindle community, they are a wealth of information, I can’t believe how helpful and kind their responses are. My head starts to grasp the enormity of the task ahead for an unknown author.

The Marketing starts.

I update my status on facebook, maybe some friends will buy a copy?

I set up a Facebook page for people to like, (facebook.com/themalthusconspiracy)

I start a blog (http://duidam.wordpress.com)

I set up a twitter account (@duidam)

I seek out reviews

What’s next on this thrilling self-publishing journey remains unseen – fingers crossed some books start to sell, and I start to climb the Amazon rankings. All you authors out there with suggestions, tips and feedback for new authors please leave some comments!

Now for some info on my book:

In 1798 Economist Reverend Thomas Malthus thought not. His work ‘An Essay on the Principal of Population’ predicted that population growth would outpace our ability to obtain resources, resulting in a global epidemic of famine that would destroy society unless curbed.

Fast forward to 2012. College students Dean Adams and his best friend Felix Pye, unwittingly stumble across the greatest conspiracy in history, and by doing so sign a death warrant. They are forced to run as powerful, high society members of a 200 year old secret Malthusian League attempt to silence them.

The league will stop at nothing to continue its Malthusian cause. Their purpose? To curb population growth and ensure Malthus’ predictions for economic ruin do not come true.

With the aide of detective Isabella Mercena, Dean and Felix go head to head against the evil forces as they attempt to expose the league’s sinister plans to control population. Will they survive to tell the tale and tell it before the next wave of disaster is unleashed on mankind?

The Malthus Conspiracy although a novel, is meant to result in reflection and discussion amongst readers. Is our population growth sustainable? Should population control be implemented? What are the issues highlighted by our large population?

At the back of the book is some factual essays, graphs, pictures and references to start readers on a questioning process.

I hope you all enjoy.

Danielle Uidam

The Malthus Conspiracy

http://amzn.com/B00B3SV3RW

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Check Out My Guest Post On L.M. Sherwin’s Website

L.M. Sherwin was one of my first blogging buddies. I loved her Unearthing Words blog, then she switched over to her author website. Reading her news keeps me motivated to continue my publishing journey. When she asked me to do a guest post about The Most Important Things I’ve Learned Through Blogging, I couldn’t resist. If anyone wants to check out my guest post, head on over to her website.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Do You Have Any Idea How Many Books You’ve Sold?

Yawatta would  like to welcome JT BARONI as her special guest! She’s happy to hear that his novel is doing well, and  she thought it’d be cool to get some insight into the best way of tracking book sales. This is his second mention on her blog–the first was Read A Spooky Ghost Story And Help Sponsor A Leader Dog!

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Hello everybody! Yawatta asked me to research and write a piece on how authors can track their book sales. In a nutshell, here’s what I have to offer; some of you may already know this. For those that don’t, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Read on…

Unfortunately, there are very few ways for authors and publishers to track accurate, precise book sales. Of course, there is the very expensive A.C. Neilsen “Bookscan” reports that show actual sales, but only the largest companies and wealthiest authors can afford this expensive service.

One way we starving writers have is NovelRank, a completely free website for authors to track their Amazon Sales Rank on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de (Germany), Amazon.co.jp (Japan), Amazon.cn (China), Amazon.it (Italy), and Amazon.es (Spain). NovelRank is also a free resource for self-promoting authors to track their print and ebook sales and Sales Rank on Amazon with charting, RSS feeds, and real-time data. The Amazon Sales Rank is a number that reflects how many other titles have sold more than your titles, the smaller the Amazon Sales Rank number, the better the sales.

Then there’s Aaron Shepard’s Sales Rank Express website, another place where a writer is able to check their Amazon Sales Rank. It’s a neat site, similar to NovelRank, with a few more bells and whistles, it also has user-friendly charts and graphs.

However, the major drawback to these two sites is that you can only track sales from the time you join.

Which brings us to the Giant amongst all booksellers…Amazon! Most seasoned writers know the benefits of participating in Amazon’s Author Central program. It’s totally free, and Amazon encourages you to update your author bio, import your blog’s RSS feed, view the reviews written for your books, and more. And the best part? Sales are available from nearly day one when your book hit the market, no matter when you join!

This amazing platform now includes book sales data as reported by Book Scan, by A.C. Neilsen. Although this data doesn’t reflect every book sale, it does offer authors an interesting opportunity to gain valuable insight into sales trends, with the numbers being surprisingly accurate.

For example, you can see book sales geographically. From an author’s viewpoint, I thought it was fascinating to learn that my books have been selling across the country, from Maine to California, and all points in between. I felt as though I accomplished a great feat, even if only on a small scale. I also think it is so cool to think that people across the US are actually reading my novel, which has received seven five star reviews on Amazon so far. One of the best reviews came from our very own gracious host…Yawatta! From Shepard’s site, I learned I had two sales in the UK. Also, I have determined that most of my sales came from blog touring.

This information and service provided by Amazon is priceless, especially from a marketing perspective in tracking the results of your promotional efforts. In other words, if any of your hard-earned dollars spent in advertising paid off. For example, if you had bought an ad in The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, you are able to see if there was a spike in book sales in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area of Western Pennsylvania as a result of when your ad ran.

I imagine other tracking websites exist; however, once I stumbled upon Author Central, I quit Googling “tracking book sales.” I now have time to promote my paranormal tale, The Legend of Rachel Petersen, and to concentrate on writing my next one!

For those writers who did not know about this unique and free Amazon service, I hope I passed on a great and invaluable piece of information. I have only briefly touched upon their offerings, so I encourage all published authors to personally investigate the benefits of joining Author Central, and the other two sites, for a complete understanding. To reiterate my opening statement, I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

However, as a cautionary word of advice, if you are involved in a dispute with your publisher over royalties, you will need more than this information. Seek legal advice on an audit.

And Yawatta! My gratitude for asking me to write this piece, and especially for having me on your blog again. It’s always my pleasure! Be sure to keep everybody smilin’, now!

Thank you,

JT Baroni

P.S. I welcome any comments and feedback on this column, and any reviews on my spooky tale.