The Blade Heir

What I’m Reading This Morning 7/4

I’m taking a bit of a break from any serious blogging today so here are a few links and thoughts about some posts I’m reading. Also, be aware of some fundraisers that are ongoing that I like. And don’t forget my own IndieGoGo fundraiser starts on 7/7 – more on that below and on the News page. I plan to write some blogs about editing and marketing over the next few days as well so follow my blog and keep coming back.

Someone posted a good link for words describing voices from MacMillan Dictionarny. These are useful to remember.

Dorothy Cora Moore discusses a plotting method used by Michael Crichton on Writers Helping Writers (Angela Ackerman). I think this is a great method and should be part of development when using Scrivener’s index cards. Maybe I’ll write about this topic soon.

Here are some helpful tips for planning a marketing campaign. I’ll need these soon myself so this is a keeper. It’s from StandOutBooks.com and written by Alexander Hemus whom I just followed on Twitter.

Allison Schiff writes on Publisher’s Weekly about Copyright for authors. This is great as I see lots of confusion from many people on this subject.

Updated with more links:

Ever wonder what the hashtags mean in FB? Thanks for the post Anurag Mishra!

Zoe Saadia shares another article based on research for her historical fiction regarding new world people groups and their cultures.

That’s all I have for now. Remember to check these fundraising campaigns I like.

Picture from The Bow of Destiny project trailer.

Picture from The Bow of Destiny project trailer.

Don’t forget, my crowdfunding campaign for The Bow of Destiny begins on IndieGoGo on 7/7. Like me on Facebook and view/share the posted campaign event. Follow me on Twitter (@ph_Solomon) to receive news and help spread the word by using #BowofDestiny when referencing my IndieGoGo updates. I plan to schedule several social media parties with possible gift-card prizes – dates to be announced. Preview the project video here or here.

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Crowdfunding Campaigns I Like

Here are some campaigns I like besides my own:

Awakening on Kickstarter by Ciara E. Dimond – JUST 2 DAYS LEFT

Emerald Kipp & the Riddle of the Timekeeper by Claribel Ortega - 28 days left

The Blade Heir by Daniel Adorno - LAST DAY!!!

Planetary Energy Transmitter – this is in the vision of Nicola Tesla’s idea back in 1901 – 21 days left.

There are many great ideas and books that can be supported so take a look around at what’s out there and at least tweet or share them over social media if you can’t support them otherwise so the public is aware of them.

If you have some campaigns you would like to share then please leave comments below or Tweet them to me.

Photo used in The Bow of Destiny book trailer

Photo used in The Bow of Destiny book trailer

Remember my own campaign starts on 7/7 and you can preview it now to consider your support level and make suggestions and provide feedback. Also check back on my News page for daily updates and links.

Share a comment below and also consider following this blog via email for a FREE copy of The Black Bag. I’m on Facebook, Twitter (@ph_Solomon), Pinterest & Google+ (ph@phsolomon.com).

Thanks for reading.

PHS

 

 

From Pre-Published to Publication Pt 4: Crowdfunding Campaign

Last week I announced my intentions with my WIP The Bow of Destiny. Today I am updating my status on the plans.

IndieGoGo: The Choice

I’ve seen any number of crowdfunding campaigns on several services that have worked. While I have not signed up for a campaign with IndieGoGo that is the choice I am currently leaning toward. While Kickstarter has a higher success rate, IndieGoGo takes on a larger number of projects. Also IndieGoGo offers flexibility with partial funding available – after all not all projects fail to meet goals due to poor product but rather, its the attainable reach. Lastly, IndieGoGo makes the funding immediately available at the end of the campaign which helps with the rather tight schedule I am keeping. Pubslush has also been a consideration and if anyone using that service has some thoughts and reasons regarding their use of the service I’m willing to consider them.

Campaign Planning

I’ve come to the conclusion that I will need some initial artwork and a book trailer to launch the campaign on IndieGoGo. These visuals are very important for the campaign and also gives me more to show my growing number of followers. I am contacting an artist service today and hope to announce more timing on the project based on turn-around time later in the week. One of the factors in choice here is reasonable cost.

Beta Feedback

I began receiving feedback from my beta reader this weekend on the early chapters. There were some minor suggestions but it has been mainly well received so far. If anyone wishes to serve as a beta reader please let me know and we can discuss it.

Schedule

I’ve slightly re-adjusted my current revision schedule for the book but still hope to complete this in time to turn over to my editor in August. Which means I will be editing again in September in preparation for release later in the fall if all things go well. The precise date is still fluid at this point but I will nail that detail down as I go.

Further Needs

I am investigating how to transfer my world map to digital format for inclusion into the book. Right now I have an old hand-drawn map that probably needs a professional touch to it. Any suggestions on this issue are welcome.

Campaigns I’m Currently Supporting

Daniel Adorno has one on Pubslush for The Blade Heir.
Claribel Ortega also has one on Pubslush for Emerald Kipp & The Riddle of The Timekeeper.
Please check these campaigns out and consider supporting their efforts. Regarding the latter project, the author plans to fund a booth at the New York Comic Con and is considering inclusion of indie author material in her promotional bag for those who are interested like me.

If you have a project that you would like me to consider supporting, send me an email at ph@phsolomon.com.

That’s it for today. Look for more announcements this week. Please leave comments regarding crowdfunding services and why you have, or will, choose one. Please follow this blog be email, click the follow buttons for the blog and my Facebook page as well as follow me on Twitter @ph_solomon.

Thanks for your support, follows and for reading,

PHS