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Highlights from Write Canada 2015

I spent part of last week at Write Canada, an annual conference for Canadian Christians who write and/or edit. This is my happy place, where I gain practical teaching and build friendships, in an atmosphere that renews my spirit.

Write Canada 2015 Canada's largest conference for Christians who write

After many years at the Guelph Bible Conference Centre, the conference moved to a Toronto hotel this year to be more accessible. This was a positive step, although a few logistics need tweaking for 2016.

I missed the restful beauty of the grounds in Guelph, but the open-air market behind the hotel provided fresh Niagara strawberries and there was a lovely little park a few blocks away.

Best thing about this year’s conference, for me?

Janet Sketchley and Matthew Sketchley at Write Canada 2015

One of my sons attended with me. Matthew was a runner-up in the Fresh Ink Contest at the university level. He can write circles around me, and that makes me proud. If you like dark fantasy from a Christian perspective, keep an eye out for him in the next few years.

Other best thing? Early morning and impromptu prayer times with treasured people (you know who you are.)

What did I learn?

From the panel on book launches (I was one of the panelists): One panelist recommended the short ebook, Hosting a Virtual Book Release Party by Shanna Festa. Another reminded me to contact the local cable TV channel with my book news.

From the Titles, Keywords and Blurbs workshop with NJ and Les Lindquist: The homework gave me a decent beginning on the back-cover blurb for Redemption’s Edge #3, and the workshop suggested No Safe Place may not be the best title for this one.

Indie Author/Publisher class with suspense author Linda Hall:

  • Free “simplenote” app for note-taking, syncs from one device to another.
  • Beta Readers: give them a few questions (sequence, believability, characters etc)
  • Android tablet: Google Play Books will read your manuscript aloud in epub format – read along silently with it to see what you catch.
  • If your ebook includes internal graphics, reduce them to 500×700 pixels or less. Link them to full-sized images on your website if necessary.
  • Cover: Can you read the print cover from 10 feet? Can you read the ebook cover in a thumbnail? Keep the title at/near the top so it won’t be lost if print books are stacked in a tier.
  • theindieview.com/indie-reviewers/ is a list of reviewers of indie books.
  • Goodreads for Authors course

Marketing Best Practices with Mark Lefebvre from Kobo:

  • The “3 P’s of Self-Publishing Success: practice, patience, persistence” – to which I add a fourth: prayer.
  • Your “street team” is your secret weapon. Treat them well.
  • Set up an Amazon Central page for the Canadian and international sites, not just the US one.
  • Book signing tip: have a stack of books ten feet away from you, so people can check them out without fear that you’ll “sell at them.”
  • Wattpad can be a great place to find beta readers and reach your target audience, but it needs an investment of time.
  • $1.99 is the worst price for an ebook online.

Going Global: Write Locally, Publish Globally, with Mark Lefebvre from Kobo: In the US, most ebooks sold are for Kindle, but Kobo outsells Kindle in Canada and in the rest of the world (Kobo started in Canada and is now part of the Japanese Rakutan company).

Writing from the Middle with writing teacher and thriller author James Scott Bell: I need to read this book. He made a lot of sense in the one-hour workshop. (No surprise. I’ve learned a lot from his other books on writing.)

The Word Awards Gala (for work published in 2014): My romantic suspense, Secrets and Lies, didn’t win in the suspense category, but to be a finalist is still a positive endorsement of the book’s quality. The suspense winner was Sandra Orchard’s Blind Trust, (Book 2 in an excellent series. I suggest starting with #1, Deadly Devotion.) You can read the full list of winners on The Word Guild site or by clicking the photo below.

Book finalists in The Word Awards, for work published in 2014

Book finalists in The Word Awards, for work published in 2014

8 Days: Heaven’s Prey 99 cents for Kindle

If you didn’t snag your copy of Heaven’s Prey during our three free Kindle days, here’s a sweetener: for the next 8 days the Kindle version is only 99¢ USD (or equivalent internationally). Heaven's Prey is 99 cents for Kindle from May 16-23Readers downloaded over 3,000 free copies in the past 3 days [edited: almost 5,800 free copies], and now a 99 cent sale? Why is my publisher doing this? Simply put, I’m an unknown author who needs exposure. During our free days, Heaven’s Prey reached #48 on the free Kindle charts in the US, and #26 in Canada (as well as placing on other Amazon charts worldwide). That visibility will help paying readers continue to find the novel. As I said before, reader response has been very good — but most readers of Christian suspense haven’t found it yet. If you’d like to help spread the word, here are some sample tweets or status updates. It’s best to not use more than one at a time… we have 8 days to spread them out.

For use from May 16-23:

Speed. Suspense. Salvation. HEAVEN’S PREY by @JanetSketchley #99cents for #Kindle May 16-23. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GAE9QMS (click to tweet)

“Uncompromising faith-filled fiction” HEAVEN’S PREY #99cents for #Kindle May 16-23. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GAE9QMS (click to tweet)

“Astounding story of healing and redemption.” HEAVEN’S PREY #99cents for #Kindle May 16-23. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GAE9QMS #Christfic (click to tweet)

“Gripping suspense … peers into the heart of God.” HEAVEN’S PREY #99cents for #Kindle May 16-23. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GAE9QMS (click to tweet)

Thanks for any support! And if you grabbed either a free or a 99¢ copy, please consider leaving a review on Amazon after you’ve read it. Next week we’ll be back to the regular schedule here, with a review, a devotional and a Friday feature. For now, for my Canadian friends, enjoy the long weekend!

Free for Kindle: 3 Days Only

To celebrate Heaven’s Prey being short-listed for Canada’s The Word Awards, my publisher is running a promotion. (See the short-list here)

Heaven's Prey will be free for Kindle from May 13-15, 2014

Click the image to go to Heaven’s Prey at Amazon.com (not an affiliate link) For other Amazon sites, see below.

Heaven’s Prey will be free* for Kindle May 13-15.

Help me spread the word? Reader response for this novel has been great, but only from people who’ve heard about it and read it — the goal with this promotion is to help more people who like this sort of story to find out about it, and word of mouth is the best way to do that.

“Word of social media” helps too, so if you’d like to share, here are some possible tweets and status updates. I’ve used the Amazon.com link, so if you want to share to Canadians or other international Amazon shoppers, feel free to adjust the link.

Sample tweets (please don’t send all three at once):

Christian suspense: HEAVEN’S PREY by @JanetSketchley #free for #Kindle May 13-15. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GAE9QMS #mustread (Click to tweet this)

Get HEAVEN’S PREY by @JanetSketchley #free for #Kindle May 13-15. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GAE9QMS #Christfic (Click to tweet this)

Like Christian suspense? Check out HEAVEN’S PREY by @JanetSketchley. #Free for #Kindle May 13-15. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GAE9QMS (Click to tweet this)

Sample status updates you could copy and paste to Facebook or Google+

Christian suspense: HEAVEN’S PREY by Janet Sketchley is free for Kindle May 13-15. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GAE9QMS

Get HEAVEN’S PREY by Janet Sketchley free for Kindle May 13-15. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GAE9QMS

Like Christian suspense? Check out HEAVEN’S PREY by Janet Sketchley. It’s free for Kindle May 13-15. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GAE9QMS

Thanks for any help, and if you have read and enjoyed Heaven’s Prey, I’m glad!

*With any of these Kindle sales, it’s important to double-check the price before adding to your cart, in case something has gone wrong with the setup. And be sure the actual price is right. Sometimes for Kindle, the page will say $0.00 for Kindle Prime members, but still have a price for us “regular” customers.

To my subscribers: Sale & Giveaway

This is on my news page too, but blog subscribers don’t receive updates for that page and I don’t want you to miss out.

The Kindle price for Heaven’s Prey has dropped to $2.99 US (comparable in other countries) for a limited time. If you were wondering but not sure, now’s a better time to try it.

And the print version is listed in two giveaways at present:

  • The Koala Bear Writer (this links to the rules–then you need to click the link to Bonnie’s review of Heaven’s Prey) — drawing April 11
  • The Suspense Zone — drawing at the end of April

My newsletter subscribers have already received most of this information, but I didn’t find out about the draw at The Koala Bear Writer until just now. Bonnie’s celebrating on that site, and she’s offering a couple of other books too. Stop by and congratulate her achievement!