I recently had the pleasure of being asked to participate in Episode 28 of “Time to Go Indie Now”.
The invitation came at a great time, because I was in the process of re-releasing “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, and I’ve never been able to turn down an opportunity to work with Joe Compton, and this amazing show.
Why I’m Always By This Opportunity
GoIndieNow is an independent company, and produces several great shows every month. Joe Compton is amazing to work with, because he really respects the time, work, and availability of independent writers, film-makers, musicians, and artists that he works with.
Every time I’ve appeared on one of his chats, shows, or even just sat down with him in a group chat he’s gone out of his way to showcase other people in the best possible light. Just one look at the effects that were added to my reading of “Under A Hunter’s Moon” shows why I’ll continue to work with Joe at every opportunity.
Why I Love “Go Indie Now”
- Joe’s assembled a team that manages to put out high-quality shows that continue to improve with every new show.
- The show as a whole has built an amazing community of folks who support each other and cross-promote at every opportunity.
- There has never been an episode where I didn’t learn something new, find a book I wanted to read, or reach out to make a new connection!
- And as someone who does a lot of their own promotion, loves reading, and loves promoting others, that’s huge!
And Now, As Joe Would Say: “It’s Time To Go Indie Now”
Here’s episode 28 in it’s entirety. If you want to jump to any of the book readings, there is a clickable list of the time indexes below the video. I’ve also included direct links to all the books featured in the “New Releases” segment of the show.
As you watch the readings, if you want to hear more from that author, click on the “i” icon on the top right corner, and vote for that author. Each vote is an extra chance that they’ll be invited back to do more readings on the “This Week In Indies” show (also produced by Joe).
#GoIndieNow #newreleases If you click on the “i” in the right hand corner after the awesome readings of @Marnie_Cate @AndyPeloquin @QuixoticKatie @KristinaRienzi @timothybatesona you can vote 4 who you would love to see do a 2nd reading on TWII from https://t.co/ZehLCfJhdE
— Joe Compton/GoIndieNow (@Joedream73) July 3, 2018
Links To Individual Readings & Books
Timestamp New Release Link Author Name 0:46:03 “Chasing Caitlyn“ Marnie Cate 0:52:19 “Darkblade Assassin” Andy Peloquin 0:56:54 “Among Us” Kristina Rienzi 1:04:59 “A Weapon of Magical Destruction” Katie Salidas 1:12:05 “Under A Hunter’s Moon” Timothy Bateson
Past and present collide on Halloween
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?
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From the Author
Hey there, I’m Timothy Bateson, author and co-creator of the “Shadows Over Seattle” urban fantasy series. I co-write the stories with my lovely wife, Sandi, with a preference for writing the shape-shifter characters.
I’m also the host of this blog, an avid reader and reviewer, supporter of my fellow indie authors, and (when opportunities present) amateur falconer (yes, that’s a Martial Eagle on my arm)
Where To Find Timothy Bateson
If you talk to any author they will tell you that the creation of a book people want to read doesn’t stop after the story has been edited.
There is so much more that goes into getting the book in front of readers. Besides the actual story, there are several things a book requires:
* A book cover that draws the eye and creates curiosity
* A tagline that draws people to your book, even if they don’t see the cover
* A blurb that gives some idea about the story contained between the covers, and what the reader can expect.
Book Cover News
Cover creation is a huge step in that process, and I’ve just had my first three professionally designed covers back, and I can’t be more excited about revealing them to the world. However, there is something very important that has to happen before that.
This step has become important to me, because I am taking the huge step of backing out of the Kindle Unlimited program. I’m doing this for a couple of reasons.
- I’m not seeing much in terms of page reads from Kindle Unlimited, even though I’m getting book sales
- I’ve also made the decision to make my stories available on other platforms, such as Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, etc…
I have to have promotional materials ready, and that means creating two more very important pieces of the book puzzle. The taglines and the blurbs…
Taglines & Blurbs
These are something I’m going to be working on over the next few weeks.
I already created a new blurb for “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, which I am planning to re-release sometime in June, and here it is:
Past and present collide on Halloween
Richard Parsons is a maverick wolf-shifter who grew up among the teen gangs of Seattle. His tendency to find trouble has often attracted unwanted police attention.
When a traveling exhibition returns to the McCaw Museum Richard has a personal reason 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?
Here’s Where You Come In
I’m going to be writing blurbs and taglines over the next few weeks for the first three stories.
When each is done to a point I feel able to share it, then I’m going to post it here.
I’d like your opinions on those blurbs, without having seen the covers, because I want to see if they stand up their own right.
- Would the blurb above make you buy “Under A Hunter’s Moon” just based on the blurb?
- Where do you buy your books online?
Either comment below, or email me @ email@example.com
I want to be sure that I’m serving my readers in the best way possible, and with your help I’ll make decisions based on what you want.
To quote Amazon:
X-Ray is a unique Kindle eBook feature that allows readers to learn more about a character, topic, event, place, or any other term, simply by pressing and holding on the word or phrase that interests them.
In short, it’s a feature that allows authors to add extra information to their work, that might not relate directly to the story, but give readers an expanded experience.
When an eBook has the X-Ray feature enabled, you will see some words or terms highlighted. If you click and hold down on that word, a pop-up will appear with some extra information.
You might have already seen this happening with some books, where articles from Wikipedia pop-up. This is the X-Ray feature working to provide some additional information on the term or word in question.
Well, I just discovered that the feature is available more widely than I thought. While checking my existing releases, in preparation for some possible updates (and maybe new covers), I discovered an ‘Activate X-Ray’ option and went looking for more information.
When I read the description (above), I realized there was a lot of information stored in my head that I could share with my readers.
If you have a copy of “Under A Hunter’s Moon” you’re going to find some new information buried inside.
- character background information
- links to some relevant Wikipedia pages
- background information on the story’s origins and locations
If you don’t have a copy of “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, it’s not too late to grab a copy…
Not sure about grabbing a copy? Check out the preview below.
After Reading The Story, Let Me Know If There Is Anything Else You Want To Know More About! (Comment Below)
It’s Halloween At Last!
And, yes, this post is going live 4 hours earlier than usual, and you’ll see why shortly…
This month has been an amazing ride, and I’ve loved being able to bring so many authors, books, and stories to you all. (Click here for a list of everything that’s happened this month).
This entire month was about celebrating the 3rd Anniversary of “Under A Hunter’s Moon” being in print. So, don’t forget to get your FREE copy of “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)” before the end of the night.
After midnight on Halloween night, the price will go back up to it’s usual $0.99 (USD). If you’re unsure this is the story for you, there’s a preview of the story at the bottom of this post.
So 31 Days, 31 Posts? Challenge Accepted… And Defeated!
When I first challenged myself to do this event, 31 posts in 31 days looked like such a daunting challenge. And there were ups and downs along the way. I had some posts planned with authors, which for didn’t make it into the line up, for different reasons. But there was always someone willing to step up and fill the slot.
I may have had to rush to make sure some of the posts went out on the days I’d promised, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Everyone I’ve worked with has been amazing.
Here’s To All My Wonderful Contributors, And Readers
I want to put out a HUGE thank you to all the authors who took part, without whom I’d have been writing a blog post every day for an entire month… And I suspect I’d have failed miserably…
I’d also like to thank everyone who dropped in, took the time to comment on posts, share them, and click those like buttons. It means a lot to me that so many people came by and helped make this a blog event I’ll remember for a long time to come.
As a surprise to the contributing authors, I wanted to do something special, and this video is my way of showing my gratitude. I dug deep into author interviews, websites, blog posts and more to find some things about them that may people might not know…
So take a peek behind the scenes of the event, and learn a little about everyone who helped make this such a huge success.
And that’s a wrap…
But, I wouldn’t have even DARED to try something like this, if it wasn’t for you, my followers and readers. So, as a thank you, I decided to do something crazy… “Under A Hunter’s Moon” is STILL free, until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!
Want a preview of what to expect? Then check out the preview below… And if you like what you read, PLEASE leave a review, and tell your friends how much you enjoyed it.
Richard Parsons is a lupine, one of the many breeds of shape-shifters living in Seattle. Mortal legends of his kind call them werewolves.
When a traveling exhibition returns to Seattle, Richard takes a night time visit, with plans that go beyond seeing a particular display. However he is unprepared for the memories and emotions that come flooding back.
From 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 a 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.
Where To Find Timothy Bateson
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Halloween Week on “Are You Afraid Of The Dark”
I’d also like to thank Anita Stewart (A.F. Stewart) for hosting me over on “Are You Afraid Of The Dark”.
Drop in on my guest slot, then take some time to check out the rest of Anita’s tour.