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Aug 09, 2012 11:03AM

36506 That was my first thought too, but it just didn't ring like I wanted it too. I've decided to go with "hound huggers" instead. It keeps everything clear but still has a fluent sound to it. Thanks for the help!
Jul 27, 2012 01:23PM

36506 Hi, everyone! I've just finished my newest compilation book entitled 'Paws'itively Divine: Devotions for Dog Lovers. I had written the back copy/description and thought it sounded good until my husband pointed out some confusion. Here's what I have:

"They're cute. They're cuddly. They truly are man's best friend. And best of all, they love unconditionally. What better animal to insprire us and remind us of spiritual truths that can be found in everyday circumstances? In this collection of short devotions for dog lovers, join author, Dana Rongione, as she relates comical occurrences that illustrate Biblical principles and encourage the canine companion."

My husband pointed out that "canine companion" sounded like the dog, not the dog lover, and once he said that, I could definitely see his point. I don't want to use "lover" again since I used it earlier in the description. Does anyone have any advice on how I can word this to get the point across without the confusion? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Apr 05, 2012 10:40AM

36506 I, too, have given away a lot of freebies but gotten little or nothing in return. My sales didn't change enough to make a difference, and the freebies didn't even win me any reviews. Still, there's something to be said for "getting it out there", so I'll keep experimenting and see what happens.
Mar 07, 2012 07:44AM

36506 My books are also available for free and 50% off this week only on Smashwords. You can find everything on my profile page: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/vie...
Mar 07, 2012 07:42AM

36506 I'm doing a Goodreads giveaway for my new middle-grade novel, "The Delaware Detectives". The giveaway ends on March 31st. Three signed copies will be awarded. http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sho...
Mar 07, 2012 07:39AM

36506 Great question, George. I can't even seem to make great sales when I'm plugging my books left and right, so I have no idea what it would take to go on "auto-pilot".
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Mar 07, 2012 07:37AM

36506 You may also want to try out http://fiverr.com. There are a lot of talented people on there who offer services in illustration, photo editing, graphic art and so on. Everything is $5. I recently hired someone to draw and digitally color a photo for me. It costs me $10 ($5 for the drawing and $5 for the coloring). I was then able to use my very basic editing software and create a great-looking cover for one of my books. It sure beat the $250 I spent on the last cover art.
Feb 21, 2012 07:08PM

36506 Awesome! What a fabulous offer! I'm adding it to my to-do list right now.
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Feb 21, 2012 07:02PM

36506 It's good to know I'm not the only one who doesn't understand the whole ranking thing on Amazon. I'm fairly new to the Kindle program and have yet to place a book with KDP select, although I have intentions of doing so with my next book, which is due to come out by the end of the month. Any and all information would be appreciated.
Feb 06, 2012 04:35PM

36506 Am I the only writer who gets sidetracked for LONG stretches of time? I knew that the Christmas holidays would cause me to get behind in my writing goals. When I found out that my grandmother would be spending two weeks with us at Christmas, my assumption was confirmed. Don't get me wrong, I was thrilled to have her. I just knew that I wouldn't get much done.

When she left the first week of January, I was given a last-minute assignment for the college at which I teach. So, I spent the remainder of that week and all of the next week preparing for the class that was assigned to me on the spur of the moment. At the end of that chaos, I spoke the words, "Next week, things should be back to normal, and I can get back to work."

Would you believe that my truck burned to the ground that weekend? The next two weeks involved car shopping, dealing with insurance, shuffling priorities to make everything work out. And now, here it is the beginning of February, and I'm finally getting back to work.

I know the people here on Goodreads think I've fallen off the edge of the globe, but the truth is that my life has been chaotic for the past couple of months. I'm looking forward to being on here regularly again, so Lord willing, things will calm down.

Sorry for the novel! I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still here.
36506 Thanks, Joanna!
36506 Heather wrote: "Hello all,

I am a new Goodreads author, and I have a question. It looks to me as though I cannot do a Goodreads giveaway for my novel, because it is electronically self-published, and the Goodread..."

You can give away e-books. Most of us have published our books through Smashwords, so the giveaway process is easy. You send them a coupon code to get the book for free. It's easy for you and for the reader. As far as your contest, post it anywhere that you feel is appropriate.
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Nov 04, 2011 06:16AM

36506 Lauren wrote: "Wondering how people feel about posting a short story on the document page on Facebook? Also, what's the consensus on selling short stories for 99 cents? And where are those avenues on the internet..."

I think posting a short story on FB would be a good idea. You could do it as a note and entice people with your writing style. As far as selling short stories, there are MANY works on Amazon that sell for 99 cents. Some of samples of books while others are full length books. I've noticed they are even some writers publishing and selling articles via Kindle. The great thing about a low price is that you initiate more impulse buys. More people are willing to spend a dollar on an unknown author. If they like it, they'll likely buy more of your work. If they don't, they don't feel cheated because they spent less than a dollar. Everybody wins!
36506 You're welcome!
36506 My best advice is to follow the "show; don't tell" method that you would use in writing your book. Don't tell the publisher that people will enjoy the book; show the publisher why people will enjoy the book. What does your book have to offer? How is it different from competing titles? How is it the same? What will your readers gain by reading your book? How will it help them? These are the questions publishers want answered.
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Oct 26, 2011 11:14AM

36506 Thanks! I'll reciprocate.

Lynn wrote: "Dana wrote: "You can access my FB fan page at http://www.facebook.com/danarongione.... ."

Our FB fan page 'liked' yours.

Have a great one!


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Oct 26, 2011 11:13AM

36506 You're welcome!

Tracy wrote: "Dana - Thanks for the information. I have been seeing these "welcome" pages all throughout chain-link Fridays but I could never figure out where the pages were created from. I definitely will look..."
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Oct 26, 2011 05:14AM

36506 Tracy,

A little while back, I stumbled across a site called ShortStack. It is a FREE site that allows you to set up different tabs for your FB page. They have step-by-step videos on YouTube that explain exactly how to set up each tab and the options available to you. While time-consuming, the process wasn't really very difficult. I created a Welcome page, a page for each of my blogs, a product page, and more, each of which is accessible in the left-hand column under my picture. I hope that answers your question.

Tracy wrote: "Dana wrote: "You can access my FB fan page at http://www.facebook.com/danarongione.... ."

Dana - Hi there. I love the facebook page. How did you get that welcome page? I've been wanting to as..."

36506 I recently released my devotional book, Random Ramblings of a Raving Redhead, in e-book format and am in need of several people to read and review it to help boost sales. The book contains over 100 devotions, but the majority of them are less than one page long. I need people to review the book (good or bad) and post the review on Amazon (and other sites, if possible). The e-book is available through Amazon and Smashwords. If you're interested, let me know. Thanks!
Oct 25, 2011 06:33PM

36506 I write Christian works (mostly devotionals). Feel free to visit my site or one of my blogs:

Website: http://www.DanaRongione.com
Devotional Blog: http://www.danarongione.blogspot.com
Christian Music Blog: http://www.christiansongoftheday.blogspot.com
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