First Review of Earthbound, a Paranormal Romance

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I received my first review on Goodreads for “Earthbound” in response to an Advanced Reader Copy. I’m so excited!

“Melora Johnson’s writing is thoroughly engrossing. With a delicious variety of characters, all of whom we get to know well, this is a story that takes you on a fun ride. There are wonderful passages which set the scene so clearly, I felt that I was sitting in the room with the characters! This is a romance, and a thriller, and a fantasy. My only complaint is that the epilogue came too quickly. More! More!”

“Earthbound” is on pre-order sale now for just 99 cents until it is released on January 15, 2020. The link to most e-book platforms can be found on the Tirgearr Publishing book page at http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/…/Johnson_…/earthbound.htm

Author Events and Book Updates

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This weekend, we had FIFTEEN authors at my library reading from their books, as well as swag, food, and door prizes. I woke up incredibly nervous that morning, but thanks to help from friends, it went off without a hitch.

I had a spot myself to sell signed copies of my poetry book, “A Sanctuary Built of Words.”

I also put up a sheet offering free Advanced Reader Copies of my upcoming paranormal romance in exchange for an honest review. Earthbound will be out in January and I need to get people talking about it.

Earthbound is on pre-order sale right now for just 99 cents and will be $3.99 when it releases in mid-January.

It is an ebook, available on most all platforms. You can check it out on Tirgearr Publishing at http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Johnson_Melora/earthbound.htm

(By the way, contrary to what the mug says, I don’t correct anyone’s grammar . . . unless they ask me to.)

A Book Party and Publishing News

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We’re going to be having a fantastic Book Party with 15 authors at my library in Corning this coming Saturday. We’ll all be reading aloud, and have books to sign and sell. I can’t wait! There’ll be food and door prizes too!
In personal publishing news, I actually got an email on Saturday that I had a short story accepted into an online literary journal called The Paragon Journal. That makes four pieces, from poetry to a novel, coming out in the next year. It’s amazing to finally be making progress.

Writing Update:

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Sometimes you just need to contemplate a really funky geometric bowl of green and purple cauliflower.

Of course, I’m still working on marketing plans and writing a short story while preparing for NaNoWriMo, but I took time off this past week to celebrate another trip around the sun.

If you’ve ever contemplated writing a book, you should check out National Novel Writing Month. (NaNoWriMo dot org) It’s a ton of fun! And you don’t have to write a novel, you can be a NaNo Rebel and write anything your heart desires!

It’s just you making a goal and writing, writing, writing, with the support of a lovely community of people. I’ll be working on my second paranormal romance this year.

Hope you can join us!

Writing Update: One Chunk at a Time

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Some days, nothing happens. You send poems and short stories out to publishers and they come back.
 
“No thanks.”
 
“Not for us.”
 
“Not what we’re looking for.”
 
And some days the sale of a poetry book pays for the coconut cake or you get an email that your poem has been accepted into an anthology.
 
Or an author whose poem you are giving feedback on asks about your writing, whether you’ve written anything new? You tell her you post a new poem nearly every Friday and she says, “Those are all new? You’re a machine!”
 
It’s the little things, they claim. But they can feel pretty big on any given day.
 
Right now, I’m furiously working on a short story. And by furiously, I mean I open the document every day, sometimes more than once, add whatever new words I can, and rearrange a few. It’s getting there, slooooowly.
 
I so very much want to finish drafting this story so I can set it aside to marinate while I go back to writing the second paranormal book.
 
I’m getting there, one chunk of scene at a time.

 

 

Writing Update: The Search for Reviewers

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I’m expecting the links to Advanced Reader Copies of my book to arrive someday soon so I’ve started looking for ways to find reviewers – lists of blogs that review paranormal romance and Amazon reviewers who read in that genre, as well as avenues suggested by my friends and publisher. Then there’s writing a letter to entice the reviewer to give my book a chance.

It’s a little overwhelming.

So, just to throw it out there, if anyone reads paranormal romance and would be willing to put up a short review for a free copy – let me know!

There’s more to do in every area, all the time. I have a basic web site up but it needs some work. My fellow writer, Christy Jackson Nicholas, kindly shared with her list of things that she does when she gets her Advanced Reader Copies.

Nowhere on the list does it include writing.

It’s as if this book promotion is a whole other job!

Yup, that’s exactly what it is. With good things, come new responsibilities. It’s going to take work, but when you want something in life, you have to be willing to do what it takes to get there.

(Oh, great. Now I have “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music playing in my head. Well, when you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. “Climb every mountain / Ford every stream / Follow every rainbow / Till you find your dream . . . .)

 

Writing Life Update: Looking Up

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This past weekend, my husband and I went away on a 27 ½ hour vacation for our 9th wedding anniversary. I only took a few pictures, but they seemed to have the theme of “looking up.” (We had breakfast on Sunday in a bistro with a stained glass ceiling and then took a walk.)
 
I had a realization about my writing with the same theme.
 
I “owned” the term writer a long time ago. I write, therefore I am a writer.
 
Poet has been a little more difficult to own. I’ve self-published a book of poetry, but to be honest, the fact that it is SELF published reduces the legitimacy in my own mind. The two things that have helped me get there are acceptance by other poets and having had one poem chosen through a blind jury process for a collection. So, I’m a poet.
 
It suddenly occurred to me this weekend, though, that with the imminent release of a novel through Tirgearr Publishing, I can legitimately say I am a poet and a novelist.
 
It was a bit mind-boggling. I’m still reveling in that that.
 
Now, time to get back to writing.

Writing Update: Posting Poems on Facebook

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Really exciting news — I have cover art for Earthbound!

But I can’t share it with you . . . yet.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share something I’ve learned recently.

I’ve been really frustrated with Facebook’s unwillingness to promote some of my poems. I set up a promotion and they accept it, but then they send me an email saying that there is too much text in the image so my promotion isn’t performing the way it should. They recommend I go edit the promotion to remove some text.

Well, it’s a poem. Removing words from an edited poem is not so easy. But Facebook doesn’t allow for such differentiation. There’s no little box to check telling them, “I’m trying to share a poem!”

I’ve looked at other poets who share on Facebook and they do tend to share short poems or excerpts. How are they delivering it to their followers or new people? Is it just because the poems are short? Are they spending a lot of money on it?

I did a little research. It turns out the number of words is not really the problem. The problem is the percentage of the image covered by text.

Facebook has, simply put, a 20% rule. They figure images that have text over more than 20% of image aren’t going to perform well and they don’t want to fill people’s feed with that.

I’ve been filling images with larger text so people can see it better. Wrong direction. In the future you’ll be seeing smaller text with a large margin.

I’ll let you know how that goes.

Writerly Update: I’ve got a web site!

I will be developing the site and adding material as time goes on, but my web site is now live! Take a look and let me know what you think. Are there things I should add that you’ve seen on other author’s pages? Thanks for looking in!

“LIFE IS STRANGE, AND SO WE WRITE” ~ MELORA JOHNSON

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Writerly Update: BIG News!

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I have BIG news to share! I was offered a contract for my first paranormal romance, “Earthbound,” by a publishing house!

It was a little mind-blowing to receive that e-mail; took several hours to realign my mind so it worked properly.

As I gathered up information this weekend to fill out forms for the publisher, I found the work I’ve already been doing in figuring out how to describe my book and developing media channels made it a MUCH less onerous process. This is the business of writing.

At the same time, my brain wants to be creating. I have one short story in the works set during the U.S. storming of Iwo Jima. The Japanese defense involved miles and miles of tunnels – very fertile ground for a story.

Then there’s the follow-up to “Earthbound,” – lines pop into my head at any time.

It’s great to be a writer – but very time-consuming.

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