Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Promoting Your Book

This past week I've been busy trying to complete the second book in my Dantonville Legacy series—Bloodpledge. It's due for release the end of June, so sticking to the deadline I set myself was a priority. However, since my blog can't be ignored either, I decided to write a quick post on the importance of using graphics to promote a book.
It'll be chock full of images—who doesn't like looking at pretty pictures?—and hopefully, some useful ideas to help you promote your next book, or even your current one.
I'll be using the graphics for my upcoming novel, Bloodpledge (Yeah, I know, it's a shameless plug, but it's my blog!)

So, how do I promote my book to make it stand out from the rest? 

It's all in the graphics—using clever images adapted to suit the marketing of your book. Either do it yourself, or find a good graphics artist. I'm blessed to know someone who can do magic with a basic book cover.
As authors we all dream of seeing our books out there, but imagine if the front cover of your book was featured on the side of a building or skyscraper, at a bus stop where thousands of people congregate each day, or even a prominent position outside a mega mall?
Okay, unless your surname is either Rowling or King, we know that's not going to happen, but sometimes, we can cheat!

Example 1- The Billboard

Example 2 - The Skyscaper Ad

Example 3 - At the Bus Stop

Example 4 - The Shopping Centre Promo (This one's my personal favourite)

Example 5 - Banner I use this one on all my promotional pages, such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr.

How do I use these images? Share them everywhere. Let the reading public know you've got a fabulous book and promote it like a celebrity. We may never become another Rowling, King, or Tolkien, but just perhaps...

Sunday, 13 April 2014

The Bloodgifted Collection

On a recent blog tour I was asked for a playlist that reflected the essence of my debut gothic romance novel, Bloodgifted. It was only later I realised that not everyone who follows my blog would have had the chance to follow the tour. So I decided to reproduce that post and include the links so, instead of just providing a list, anyone can click and listen.
Now I never consciously set out to create a playlist, but when I began writing my Dantonville Legacy series, I automatically rummaged through my CD rack and picked out a mix of all my favourite classical and contemporary pieces guaranteed to get my literary juices running! It made sense to me. After all, it’s how music is used in the movies, isn’t it?
So without further ado, here’s a selection of the Bloodgifted Collection. 
When Laura first meets Alec in St Andrews Cathedral, I had Ralph Vaugh-Williams's sublime Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallisplaying in the background. It’s just such a gorgeous piece and perfectly captures the soaring arches and the glorious stained glass windows of the cathedral's interior. As Laura reaches the end of the nave, there he is—leaning against a post waiting for her. 
I get goose pimples every time I listen to this piece, and forever will associate it with Alec and Laura's first meeting.
For the Ritual scene I listened to the track from Gladiator. There's a certain majesty, as well as a hint of danger, in this haunting piece that befits an ancient Roman ceremony and it's Latin litany with a vampire twist.
The neo-gothic mansion the Prime Elder of the Brethren—Luc Lebrettan—calls home, boasts a hidden garden where Laura and Alec share their first kiss. There was no way I could write this romantic scene without listening to the love track from Nino Rota's, Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet. It's a heart-melter! 
The frightening scene in the theatre was written to the soundtrack from Blade Runner, as it had just the right amount of tension and creepiness!
And for the final, climatic scene (I'm not giving away any spoilers here), I wrote along to Realm of Shadows—Eye of the Storm, by Midnight Syndicate.
Until next time, enjoy!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Cover Reveal - Bloodpledge, Book 2 in The Dantonville Legacy

It's been exactly eight months since I released the first book in my Dantonville Legacy series— Bloodgifted—on Smashwords, and six months since it's release on Amazon.
I was thrilled that it spent its first three months among Amazon's Top 100 Hot New Releases, reaching as high as #38.
Now, Book 2 is on its way—Bloodpledge. So, to whet your appetite and get those juices running in preparation for its late June release, I'm revealing the cover.

Unlike Book 1—Bloodgifted, which featured Laura on the front cover, a red theme and a troop of Roman cavalry embedded in the background—Book 2 has a purple theme, meant to emphasise the lavender eyes common to the Brethren. My very talented cover designer, Patti Roberts, has also incorporated an Aussie feel to it. If you look carefully, next to Alec's head, there's a subtle silhouette of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

While on the back, there's an image of Laura and next to her shoulder—again, if you look carefully—you can see the Sydney Opera House.
The book description is yet to be added. Hopefully in the next few weeks.

What does everyone think? I'd love to get some feedback, because no matter what the old adage says about judging a book by its cover, we all do it, don't we?