Book Giveaway Sellers

Something i’d not thought about with Giveaways…

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Did you know that many Giveaways (print book) competitions authors run are an easy way for re-seller to get their hands on a FREE print book and then sell it? Generally with no royalty to you since you bought an Author copy in the first place.  With eBooks some have the technical ability to change into a PRINT as well though they will only have an ASIN Number.

Is there a way to stop this?

Red ribbon tied black book over white background

Possible.  Not sure what the laws say in other countries for PRINT books. What I have been told that it is illegal to on sell PROOF BOOKs.  So maybe it’s time to use these books as giveaways instead of losing our royalties.  After all we are technically writing them off as necessary part of being an author.  True there is no royalty with them, though there is also no resale.

What are the laws…

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Technology and those who DON’T use it!

Do you need Technology?

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I love technology. I had always wanted to be a computer tech, however my parents thought computers were a FAD so I wasn’t allowed to take computing at school in the 1980s.  This was also prior to public internet. I loved every class and I was good.  Never mind I eventually got my way over 25 yrs later when my husband went to college.  Computer access was important.

Since that time I have developed some excellent skills and though I still have people help me out on odd occasions, I find I am now helping others and get called a tech expert – which I’m not. I just happen to know my way around various things and can teach others a few tricks I have learnt along the way.

Then you get those who aren’t interested in computers, those who can’t or won’t learn and those who would love to…

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Images in Children’s eBooks

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The first image shows what was wrong.  The second shows how it should be

Well that took a while and what a rigmarole to get sorted.  A total of three weeks emailing KINDLE to work out what and how to sort out making images look great in my children’s eBooks.  

So it took a while.  I never had issues with my books until a few weeks ago. I’m not sure what KINDLE changed or updated, however the images in my books were all over the place and looked nasty.  Nothing like the PRINT edition.  I wasn’t impressed, though finding out and finally getting it sorted was AWESOME.

What was the answer?   Saving WORD as a Web Page Filter, putting the two files this makes into a ZIP File and uploading it.  Then checking in the PREVIEWER.   YAY  it worked, well after a few attempts.  Not to…

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Who is SHE

This was an interview I did of WORDS i did with Anita Kovacevic at her blog Anita’s Haven.  It was fun to do.  ENJOY

https://anitashaven.wordpress.com/

Who is SHE? – Claire Plaisted

Claire Plaisted, a New Zealand force of nature in the form of a mother, author, editor, publisher and book promoter, has agreed to take some time to do my no-question interview and say what my key words mean to her…

CLAIRE PLAISTED

DREAMS

What are dreams? Where do they come from and what do they mean? In the literal sense, I have no idea. Dream Therapy isn’t something I’ve touched in my life so far.

Going back to my childhood my dream was to marry, though not a red head…Oops.  After 25 years of marriage to my darling redhead, I found it was the best thing I ever did.  Of course, as your grow and change your dreams for your future change as well.  By the time I was at High School I wanted to be a computer tech. Computers were just starting to emerge to the public and at schools.  I loved them.  Uploading from a tape recorder, drawing houses with a set of numbers in a certain sequence.  It was cool.  Then came the disappointment.  I wasn’t allowed to take computer studies because it was just a fad… Another oops.  Never mind I plodded onwards.  Never really getting the career I wanted. It seems reality was going to wipe away my dreams.

Growing up we used to receive gifts from New Zealand. The country and culture intrigued me. I had a new dream. I wanted to have a holiday there. I got that dream in 1989 and for once, I never looked back. You see I fell in love and ended up living in New Zealand. I love this country, the culture, my family. It is an amazing place to be, though a tad expensive these days.

All I dream for now are grandchildren.  Going to be waiting a long time for them, so meanwhile I enjoy my friends’ photos of grandchildren on social media.

STRESS

Stress to me is a negative word which I try to remove from my life as much as possible.  Like a lot of people, I have depression.  Most of the time I’m lucky and it doesn’t rule my life, however there have been times then I have literally disappeared into a fog and taken several weeks to shift the stress away from me so I can recover.  With every negative which touches me, I try and find the positive within. I also suffer anxiety in various situations. To be totally honest my crashes generally arrive if or when several negative things happen at once.  The rest of the time I deal.  

RELEASE

Release a breath of satisfaction of surviving another day surrounded by those I love and those who love me.

SUPPORT

Support is something you give and can receive in life.  I am one of those people who likes to give support, to help people find the positives, to teach and show them what is possible.  I support my family with love as I do with my friends. I must admit I am not good as asking or taking support when I need.  I tend to think I am self-sufficient, when I know I’m not. I block it away and keep moving forward.

I love to see people grow and change. One lady in particular who I admire is Patty Fletcher.  She has changed so much in the last two years, growing and taking back her positive attitude. Building on what she knows and learning new things to better herself. Enjoying her life more and helping others where she can.  Her strength is amazing.

Support is also what I do with my marketing magazine, helping Indie Authors get their books out there.  I have no idea how widely shared the magazine is. I think it does need more support to make it grow.  The thought of how many I email it to who don’t open it at all…is to a degree sad.  I am hoping to find a way to gather more support and keep the light burning. I am amazed the magazine has been running for over a year. 

MODEL

With the world model usually comes those stick thin women who walk down the runway.  Well with me it was models of a different kind. Airfix Kits, be them figurines of kings and queens, ships, animals and aeroplanes. They brought us hours of JOY and family time.

ISSUE

Children or magazine.  They are different, though both have a life of their own.  I have three out of four beautiful children.  All grown up now, though my son is in his final year at high school.  All still live at home though perhaps not for much longer.  You see it is travel time, though I’ll cover that as part of JOURNEY.

Magazine – I issue a free marketing magazine out every month for Indie Authors and those who support them.  It helps to widen everyone’s social media presence.  It covers all genres and is family friendly. With ‘The Indie Publishing News’ magazine doing so well I have recently started one up for Erotic Indie Authors.  The first issue goes out this month.

JOURNEY

My journey in life not just in writing and business.  Life has a way of making you realise every moment is different and for a reason.  Your life is your journey to learn what you need to know, perhaps what you missed in a different life.  We are all born to a body, though our souls continue until they have learnt what they need to go to the next level.  We all live for a reason—it is finding the reason that is your journey.  Are you there yet?

Personally, I have no idea.  I had a wonderful childhood even though I didn’t have many friends.  I journeyed through been bullied from age 7 – 18.  How it affected me, how it affects different people—is what you need to learn to move forward.  Some don’t, which is very sad, though I believe when your journey is over, then it is over. 

I have had many different types of journeys in this life giving me a wide range of information, ideas and learning which I can share. These experiences have made me who I am today. Though I’d probably not like anyone seeing deep inside me. That stone wall won’t be toppling any time soon and when it does god help me.  

I have had several journeys with my children – from perfections to disabilities.  What a learning curve that was and still is today. As a mother I am over protective, which is probably why my children still live at home.  Four journeys through birth, several journeys though death and the best journey of all is with LOVE.  My husband is amazing. He is my world. Our journey in marriage and family has had many ups and downs, though we stay strong and committed to each other, looking forward to travelling and retirement.  Our next journey starts later this year or perhaps next year.  We shall see.

RELEVANCE

I suppose there is a lot of relevance in my life these days.  In the past walking in my ancestors’ footsteps became my family history research.  These days my writing of books moved my journey towards publishing and helping others.  Life interconnects in many different ways.

JOY

Joy is my marriage, the birth of my children and one day (hopefully) the birth of grandchildren.  Joy is family, respecting, helping, learning, teaching and so much more.  It is positive energy which I love to share. Joy is a hug and a smile. It is an acknowledgement of so much the human race is missing.  I wish JOY was the thing which made the most profit in this world and then perhaps we could be at peace with each other.

HAVEN 

My Haven is my sanctuary of peace and love of the positive life I try and lead.

Claire’s news

The latest book by me is Princess of the Earth.  It is an old story which I have republished after reworking it and making a new book cover and teasers.

It is about a young girl called Zoe who have her own journey of discovery with myths and legends which she only thought were stories.  With Fairies, Nymphs, Old Father Time, Gaia on the good side and Cronus, Trolls and Ogres on the bad side it is a battle to see who wins the day.


Links for Claire

www.plaistedpublishinghouse.com

www.claireplaisted.wordpress.com

www.billionaireromances.wordpress.com

www.twitter.com/rotosis1

www.facebook.com/groups/indiepublishingnews

www.facebook.com/groups/ghostlywritesanthology

www.facebook.com/girlieadventures

www.facebook.com/garrettinvestigationbureau

www.facebook.com/billionaireromances

Dear Claire, thank you so much for sharing this side of you with the readers! Happy journey!

Princess of the Earth

It is wonderful to acknowledge all I have learnt over the last four years or so as an author.  The biggy is Editing.  Though I am still no pro with editing I am a heck of a lot better and now use three programs plus reading my novel in Book View to pick up errors.

I know I will never make everyone happy with my grammar, mainly due to the fact that it is a bit mixed these days, though generally written in British English.  Now here is my very first children’s story which I wrote back in 2013/2014.

Zoe’s Journey is a mythical adventure about Gods, Goddesses, Gaia, Tolls, Titans, Dragons and much more. It is a journey to find a young girls future.  Who is she and what must she do to stop the war on Earth.  This first story is about finding herself.

Due to lack of knowledge at the time it was first printed, the editing and book covers were average to say the least.  Well now I am re-releasing this story with a new title “Princess of the Earth,” a brand new Cover and….much better editing.  It flows well and I am sure children from the ages of ten years will enjoy the story.  It will be available soon. At present it is in review.

Here is hoping.  And here are a few of the characters from the story.

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All the clip art used is from Pixabay and has Creative Commons Licence

Girlie’s Circus Adventure

Hello.  I’d like to invite you to view my latest children’s book called GIRLIE’S CIRCUS ADVENTURE.  This short story is about the excitement children get when going to the circus and what happens.

All my Girlie Adventure stories aim to give money to charity.  This one is to help save the BLACK RHINO from extinction.  It was first published in an anthology called LOOKING INTO THE ABYSS which has many stories donated by Indie Authors worldwide.  Both books can be bought on Amazon.

This is book THREE in the series.  You can also find:

Girlie and the War of the Wasps and Girlie and the Quest for Pedi’s Family on Amazon, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iApple and many more.

King Campbell Sick – Prayers please for my client’s Seeing Eye Dog

Prayers from my friends Seeign Eye Dog – Campbell

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***!!!HI IMPORTANTS!!! PLEASE SHARE THIS FAR AND WIDE!!!***

My vet just called. Campbell’s bladder infection did not respond to the medications we were given a week or so back. They’re sending new medications. I am so very upset. Just this morning I had him in harness and out for a walk. He was nonresponsive to commands, disobedient and this is not his way. He feels very bad, and I feel horrible because I did not know he was still so very sick. I’d have never put him in harness and under stress in that way had I known. Please Please? Send prayers and energy? My boy is ever important to me.

I have been in touch with The Seeing Eye and his vet is in direct contact with theirs. I’m scared!!!

I have very little support system here! Am in many ways quite alone! Please? Pray for my boy!!!

Patty & Campbell

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Is Domestic Abuse Terrorism?

Domestic Abuse is hideous. This is a good read.

Where the buck stops

Domestic abuse is terrorism.

I can hear laughter or, perhaps gasps of incredulity. How can domestic violence be terrorism? Terrorism has a face in America. It is that face of foreigners with dark agendas. Or it is the face of mentally unbalanced young men who have a point to prove and a weapon?
How could it be someone’s boyfriend or girlfriend? How could it be someone’s husband or ex-husband? Or someone’s ex-wife?
What prompted this blog is news coverage of what is nothing less than a tragedy. This is the story of Carie Charlesworth. It is also the story of an untold number of battered and abused woman. It is likely you know one of them though you don’t realize it. For me it is the story of my wife in the early part of her adulthood and several friends and their daughters who have had their lives taken away from them to be replaced by an obsessive fear. The details…

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Sensitivity Readers!! REALLY

FICTION IS MAKE BELIEVE

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What is this world coming to.  I mean really?  Why can’t authors write fiction and say it like it is and do their own research.  Surely most adults can tell from a synopsis if a book would be to their liking or not.  I know I certainly put down books if they are not for me.

I agree with these trigger warnings in books, due to how the world is today.  I also agree with the erotic colour index, so you can make sure the book isn’t beyond what they wish to read. PTSD is an issue which many of us suffer and deal with differently. Please be careful about what you chose to read!

However complaining about the colour of a person’s skin in a fantasy novel is-in my opinion daft.  I’ll make mine green and purple, white or black be they human, alien or a bit of both…

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New Children’s Book Release

Girlie and the Quest for Finding Pedi’s Family is out today.  Yes you heard it right.  

Book two is now available on Amazon.

 

Girlie is far from finished with her adventures.  In fact she has only just begun.  Now that the hive is saved and being sorted. Girlie decides it is time to find out what happened to Pedi’s Family.  Where were they? How could she find them?  Along with Sammie Kitten, she sets out into the darkest corner of the garden in search of centipede families and helps various other insects along the way.  Will she or won’t she find them…Only time will tell.