Free Book Friday: Oops, I did it again!

What did I do? It’s another week with no new promos. Boo, me.

I’ll give you a writing update instead.

In November, I participated in National Novel Writing Month. I’m not a novel writer. I like the quirkiness of short stories, the challenge of creating an interesting plot and conclusion in a limited number of words. So, when I took on the challenge, I was skeptical that I would complete it.

Guess what? I was right! I didn’t finish my novel in the 30 days allotted. But I kept at it, chapter by chapter, paragraph by paragraph, line by line, word by word, letter by letter. I hit 30 000 words a few months ago. There was only one problem: The story had concluded.

No spoilers here.

The characters had gone through everything I threw at them and may (or may not) have come out unscathed. I described each scene and event to the best of my ability and wrote the dialogue that I thought was authentic.

I write how I read. When I read a story, I tend to skim over details that seem to go on too long and don’t add to the story. I’m not a great conversationalist either, so when I read dialogue that is overly complex and lengthy, it doesn’t seem believable. I’m not expecting the interjections of ums and ahhs because there has to be some elements that we ignore for the story to progress smoothly.

I went back to see if there were any places that needed more clarification, detailed descriptions, and better dialogue. Of course, I took this opportunity to edit and look for any discrepancies or continuity issues.

I put out a request on my blog and to my newsletter subscribers for any readers to do a beta-read. I didn’t get any takers, so I decided to look at paying for developmental/content editing. I put out a request on Reedsy—where I found my first editor, Doreen. I knew it wasn’t going to be cheap. I was right on that one too. Doreen actually suggested that upon review of the sample that I sent her, a copy edit seems to be all that is required.

I still wanted feedback on the quality of the story because, after self-publishing two books, it was time to up the game. I’m still writing for myself. I write what I want to read. That will never change, but if I want to make it as a writer, I can’t rely solely on my opinion.

Both of my books have received positive reviews. That tells me that my writing has worth, that My decision to publish was the correct one. I want to entertain. I try to write something every day that others will enjoy as much as I do.

I have contacted a beta reader to start that process, but the offer still stands if you want to read the longest story I have ever written.

So, I guess it is Free Book Friday after all.

Current promos are here: Discover New Authors and Free Books

That’s it for this week!

Leon

The story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.


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Why I think you should check out self published SFF! — Spells and Spaceships

I found this toady and thought it worthy of a re-blog. – Leon

Hi people. Today I’m here to tell those of you that only read the big releases from publishers – you keep on doing only that if you want to. But I’m also here to tell you that there are a world of books by self published authors that are just as good. Ok, Alex – […]

Why I think you should check out self published SFF! — Spells and Spaceships

Tuesday Tidbits: Book Updates and Sale

Reviews, sales, newsletter subscribers, ads, blogs, cross-promotions, marketing…no wonder I feel I don’t have time to write.

It takes time and effort after you have written and published your book. I recently added BookFunnel to my toolbox, and so far I have added 50+ subscribers to my newsletter. Like my blog, I try to keep my newsletter short and entertaining while giving readers access to the cross-promotions that I am involved in.

Last month, I worked with Itsy Bitsy Book Bits which despite not netting any sales for my poetry book, did increase my reviews on Amazon, BookBub and Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50612811-lines-by-leon. I remember not so long ago getting my first review and now I’m at forty 3 to 5-star reviews.

I’ve connected with many wonderful authors and readers during my short tenure as an author and even sparked an interview segment (Music Monday: In Conversation With Abigail de Niverville) that I hope to continue (Want to be interviewed?). Blogging has helped hone and stretch my writing skills, and thanks to the Olympics, put me on a 23-day writing streak.

Oh, yeah. The sale.

Since over 50 readers downloaded my free sci-fi book through BookFunnel and StoryOrigin, I decided to put the full collection on sale for a week (US/UK regions were the only two I could schedule). Save the link for tomorrow! https://amzn.to/3uvcJxo

Final update: I am still working on my sci-fi novel, which is looking more like it will be a novella, and compiling my newest poems into another collection. Stay tuned.

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Free Book Friday: April 23

Only one addition this week:

Free sample books from SF&F authors:

National Poetry Month: Five authors submitting sample books for you to try.

Want to review my poetry book? Write me a poem or a paragraph telling me why and I’ll send you a free review copy. Or you can support me by purchasing your own signed paperback copy (US/CND) for a chance to win your purchase.

All the older opportunities are on this page:

Discover New Authors and Free Books

Are you an author with a free book you would like me to add? Send me a cover picture and a link and I’ll add it to the page.


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Free Book Friday (and a 99 cent Book): April 16

There is a dollar sign easily found on the keyboard, but the cent sign? I googled it and this is the instruction:

Here’s a quick way to add the cent symbol to your word doc. On the number pad on your keyboard, make sure the NumLock key is on. Press and hold down the [Alt] key and then press 0162 on the number pad. Then release the [Alt] key.

A quick way? So I follow the instructions and get this: à. OK. try again:☻. Nope. Number lock on. Check. ◙ What the..? Wait. not all at the same time? ¶. Arrrgh! OK.OK. Relax. Alt. 0. 1. 6. 2. (drumroll) Release Alt:

¢ Success!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s kinda small though. Whatever. Good enough.

I did add another author’s poetry book to the review list, but other than that, no new promos going on.

Except:

Feel free to pass on the link to any sci-fi fans you know!

National Poetry Month: Five authors submitting sample books for you to try.

Want to review my poetry book? Write me a poem or a paragraph telling me why and I’ll send you a free review copy. Or you can support me by purchasing your own signed paperback copy (US/CND) for a chance to win your purchase.

All the older opportunities are on this page:

Discover New Authors and Free Books

Are you an author with a free book you would like me to add? Send me a cover picture and a link and I’ll add it to the page.


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Oops, I Did it Again: Author Interview

Leon Stevens interviews Leon Stevens for Lunarian Press!

Hello. I’m Leon Stevens, and I’m here with the author Leon Stevens. 

  – So, we are doing this again?

Do you have somewhere to be?

  – No, not really, unless you forgot something. Who is this for this time?

Lunarian Press.

  – Ahh, yes. Fine folks. OK, go ahead.

Read the rest at: Lunarian Press – Author Interview

Thanks to Alexis Lantgen for the opportunity!


Free Book Friday (and Book News): April 9

Before I get to the free books—OK, if you want to scroll down, go ahead, but you’re going to miss the announcement. Actually you won’t because you are going to pass right by it (unless you do it fast). Still with me, or did you already peek? Yeah, I know it’s right there. I can see it too.

I choose my new book cover! Thanks to everyone who gave me their input. It was appreciated.

I guess this is what they call a soft launch. I’ve slowly been replacing the cover graphic on all my sites. The hardest was KDP. Don’t get me started on that. I will be running a $0.99 sale on Amazon starting on April 15, but if you don’t want to wait: The Knot at the End of the Rope

Now that is taken care of, let’s see what delights we have today:

Kindle Unlimited

National Poetry Month: Five authors submitting sample books for you to try.

Want to review my poetry book? Write me a poem or a paragraph telling me why and I’ll send you a free review copy. Or you can support me by purchasing your own signed paperback copy (US/CND) for a chance to win your purchase.

All the older opportunities are on this page:

Discover New Authors and Free Books

Are you an author with a free book you would like me to add? Send me a cover picture and a link and I’ll add it to the page.


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Book Covers Part 3: The Finalists

After some feedback and design tips, I decided to go with a more monochrome/B&W concept to emulate the early days of science fiction writing.

I have narrowed it down to five choices.

Which one catches your eye?

Take the Survey: Book Cover Survey or make your comments below.

Your input is appreciated!

-Leon

You can see what my old cover was below:

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