Hello Lovelies, As some of you may recall, about a year ago I reviewed Under A Hunter’s Moon, an interesting urban fantasy shifter novel by Timothy Bateson. *Hint, I enjoyed it!* Well, Tim has some exciting news: He’s got “Under A Hunter’s Moon” re-release on wide distribution, with a live date of June 26th 2018, and currently available for pre-order at many ebook retailers. I absolutely LOVE the new cover!
About “Under A Hunter’s Moon “Richard Parsons is a maverick wolf-shifter with a tendency to find trouble. When a traveling exhibition returns to the McCaw Museum Richard finds that he has personal reasons to visit after hours. His audacious plan goes awry when a particular display forces painful memories to the surface. Can Richard face down the demons of his past before the police become aware of his presence? Where to order: Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes & Noble & iBooks
Retail Price for eBook: $0.99 (USD)eBook ISBN: 9780463358368eBook ASIN: B07CS1SQ8T
About The Author Timothy Bateson is a writer who broke into the market in 2014, with three short stories being featured in Halloween and science-fiction anthologies. In 2016, Bateson self-published a re-release of “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, the first of several stories set in the “Shadows Over Seattle” world, which he co-writes with his wife, Sandi Bateson is also a blogger who often spotlights books and fellow indie authors, alongside his other interests, such as the Brain to Books Cyber Convention events, falconry, journaling, quotes, and reading.
So go get this fun summer read and get hooked on the world of Shadows over Seattle today! Until next time,
I’m here today as part of the Moss and Clay tour. This is a delightful look into the blending of Fae legends between the old world and new to create a very exciting urban fantasy series.
Moss, clay, and blood–that’s how Gillian began.
A doll, crafted and given a mission by Danu. Given life by human and Fae blood. First daughter of Mab, Queen of the Fae, Gillian must track down the rogue fae in the Americas and bring them back under Fae Law with only a volunteer kelpie to travel with her.
And no one knows what they’re in for. Not even the gods that sent them.
I am actually pretty good friends with Rebekah Jonesy and as such, I was privileged to see the birth of this series when she shared a peek of the opening scenes through The Troll King back in July last year. I was completely hooked! Gillian was delightful, her birth was intriguing, and her mission grabbed me. But I absolutely died giggling at the troll king. I can’t ruin it, but seriously, if for no other reason, you should read it to read the troll king!
Yet, the continuation of the story is just as delightful, though in a somewhat darker way. Yet, there are still some moments of humor, particularly when Gillian finds herself at odds with strange American customs like our weird dressing behaviors and our interactions with one another.
I absolutely recommend this enjoyable escape from the ordinary to get a look at the dark underbelly that makes urban fantasy one of my favorite genres. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series which releases later this year!
For those who recall, at the beginning of 2018, I set some very public author goals for the year using the 90 day plan. Well, life fell apart a little bit for many reasons, not the least of which is that I am dealing with a back issue that probably will need surgery and left me laid up for the first month of the year and is still significantly limiting my work time. Then there were a host of business-related issues for Our Write Side (I’m sure you’ve noticed our blog has been a bit sparse of late. No worries, we’re regrouping and getting ready to bring you more great content!) that come with explosive growth, which I had not anticipated. It’s slowed me down, but it hasn’t stopped me! I hope this is how each of you responds to adversity in your own life. Don’t let it throw you off kilter and quit. It happens to all of us, and it’s a great opportunity to revise and reconfigure your author goals. So, we’re doing that today. Here are the goals I set for 2018. In italics, I am listing revisions for the 2nd quarter.
Publish 4 books in 2018- The Survivalist Bible Serial launched (I have the first part of the serial in an anthology with MLS Weech, and it will release in October.), Clear Angel Chronicles 3, Hell School 2, and Hell School 3. (I’ll be honest, I haven’t had a whole lot of time to write with everything going on. As it is, I will be pushing my luck to get Hell School: Sophomoric Sadness finished and released in December. So I am taking out Clear Angel Chronicles 3 and Hell School 3)
Increase my social reach by 50%. This one is a bit messy for you to see in action. I created a lovely graph in Excel (that I am not going to share, because it’s really not that lovely) with my starting point for each of my social media platforms’ current reach. I will track each stat weekly. This is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. I’m actually not going to mess with this one because it’s a good goal. I’m just going to have to work harder because I haven’t really been working on this goal the last 90 days so I’m a bit behind.
Re-release my specific previous 5 titles that fit the OWS brand under OWS as part of my partner contract. This is already in progress and shouldn’t be too difficult to finish. Hell School should be coming in May, Angel’s Dance in June, and both books in The Hunters Saga are underway, so this is looking good.
Expand my OWS-U course offerings by one course each semester. Ah, did you know about OWS-U? It is this awesome venture that we are doing to provide masterclasses to authors on topics that will help them grow as an authorpreneur. I am all for having at least one of my goals focused on giving back. The first semester starts in February, and I am teaching two of the five courses being offered. A lot has changed about this goal, as we’ve decided to go with Teachable and offer the courses year-round, rather than by semester. I am still looking to add 2 more classes to the line up this year, though.
Increase my book sales by 25%. I hate setting monetary goals. Truly, I do. But they are important. I probably should set this one higher, as my sales took a hit when I joined the OWS executive team back in July. But we’ve got a lot of goals going on with OWS as well, so I want to keep this attainable. This will be easier to attain once we get the books up on OWS Ink.
My 90 Day Year- 1st Quarter Author Goals Report
Preparing The Survivalist Bible Serial for publication– I already have the first three serials ready to go to the editor. I will focus on 2,000 words a day to get this finished up in the first 90 days.
Track Social media reach– I am not going to do much on building this right now. Too much other stuff going on. So I will just focus on tracking this first 90 days of author goals.
Get Angel’s Dance and Hell School: Fresh Meat re-released through OWS and onto Ingram Spark for distribution into bookstores. This actually works towards goal 3 and 5. Once they’ve been re-released through OWS-U, I can start marketing them again!
Ha, ha, ha, didn’t hit these author goals. Well, I did get some of part of them. Survivalist Bible is coming along. I now have 6 sections ready for the editor. I need to figure out what to do with the cover because of adding it into MLS Weech’s anthology as well as losing my graphic designer. Sigh So that will get added to this quarter of author goals. Angel’s Dance and Hell School are on the schedule for this quarter. Re-edits are done and it’s just a matter for formatting them and re-releasing. Hell School is even getting a new face for the cover, courtesy of Rebekah Jonesy!
And my happy social media tracker is sitting there waiting for me to use it. Which I will use and will report back next quarter, at the ACTUAL BEGINNING OF THE QUARTER, hopefully 😉
How are your New Year’s Resolutions and author goals coming? Did you try the 90 Day Plan like me? Tell us in the comments below.
Every author always hears how they “have to” have a blog to build their platform. Well, I don’t subscribe to the “HAVE TO” of anything, as you know. But I sure do love blogging. Unfortunately, I know as well as you do that it is a huge time-suck and can be a financial drain as well, especially between book releases. Well, I wanted to share with you a really cool program to help you monetize your blog that I’m excited about after years of following Michael Hyatt and Jeff Goins (who you’ve probably seen me mention more than once on the blog!) I met the man behind helping these awesome men monetize their blogs, Matt McWilliams, and he is teaching people how to do affiliate marketing. He’s got some awesome freebies for my audience.
The internet is an amazing invention
It has made so many things possible that our grandparents and great-grandparents couldn’t even imagine.
I mean, heck, you and I might be thousands of miles apart, and yet I wrote this blogpost and you received it within a few minutes!
The internet has also made thousands upon thousands of people very, very successful.
Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Larry Page and countless others all made millions because of the internet…
But for every Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg there are thousands who struggle every day to monetize their online platform.
Maybe you’re one of them.
Or maybe you would just like to make a little bit (or a lot) more money online.
If that’s you, I want to share a BRAND NEW guide that you HAVE to read!
My friend, Matt McWilliams just released his brand new ebook, Affiliate Freedom: The Quick Start Guide To Making Money Online Without Creating a Product and it. is. AWESOME!
In this guide, Matt breaks down why you should be doing affiliate marketing and even gives you his “START” method to help you monetize your blog immediately!
I have to tell you, I honestly think Matt should be selling this book…there is that much great info inside it!
On page 5 Matt says “Businesses monetize. Hobbies give away content indefinitely” (Sound like your author blogs?) And the things Matt shares in this guide will show you how to monetize YOUR business immediately!
Now, this isn’t focused directly at authors. This is for anyone interested in running affiliate programs. But when he’s talking about programs you can target, let us give you a hand in brainstorming:
You’re targeting readers, so you can use affiliate programs like Amazon Associates when you do book reviews. But that doesn’t pay a whole lot. So why not look at something like Owl Crate or any of these awesome book subscription boxes?
Kindle isn’t the only e-reader. Often if you can get an affiliate position, you can get the product for review for free.
Reach out to the top publishers in your genre. Notice that Booktube BLEW up with Sarah J. Mass’ latest book? That wasn’t an accident. A lot of booktubers make their money through affiliate links.
Do you write about interesting locales? Reach out and become an affiliate to a BnB, local businesses, or travel agents who your readers might contact to go visit that location.
With a new perspective, I bet there are lots of ways you can think of to incorporate affiliate marketing into monetizing your blog.
If you’re tired of not making any money with your blog, go grab this book right now.
If you want to diversify your income and cover your monthly expenses, go grab this book right now.
If you want more freedom to live the life that you dream of, you need to go grab this book right now!
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