Of Book Covers, Taglines and Blurbs

Of Book Covers, Taglines and BlurbsIf 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.

  1. I’m not seeing much in terms of page reads from Kindle Unlimited, even though I’m getting book sales
  2. 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 @ timothy.bateson.author@gmail.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.

 

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Book Spotlight – “Vega: Orc Slayer” by James M. Patrick

Book Spotlight - Let's Do Shots - James Patrick

Book Blurb

In a world filled with fantastical creatures, humans live a life of destitution and forced servitude. Under the oppressive yoke of the orcs, humans run the factories, farms and do any tasks the orcs demand. Beatings and outright killings are an aspect of normal life.

One man will be shown the way of the warrior, forged in the crucible of battle, he will become the man destined to save them all. Hunting orcs in the places they feel safe, he brings death down upon any who enslave his people. He is Vega, and he is, the Orc Slayer.

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“Let’s Do Shots” is the first installment in the “Vega: Orc Slayer” series. The series will release one installment every week for 10 weeks, starting on February 7th 2018.

From the Author

After serving his country in the US Army, James Patrick spent more than ten years serving as a Department of Defense and Department of State contractor throughout the Middle East to include Kuwait and Iraq. Contractor by day and writer by night, he has worked hard to author work that would entice and entertain his readers.

A student of history and politics, James attempts to bring a great deal of reality and sense of authenticity to his characters. Characters that become more to you than just the words on a page. Compelling stories that do more than simply entertain, but also a reason to laugh, cry, and in some cases want to scream.

Where To Find James M. Patrick

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I’m X-Ray’ing My Books – But What Does That Mean?

What is X-Ray for Kindle eBooks?

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.

What Does This Mean For You?

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.

So Why Am I Talking About This Now?

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.

This is Where You Come In

If you have a copy of “Under A Hunter’s Moon” you’re going to find some new information buried inside.

I’ve added:

  • 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)

 

Book Spotlight – “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)” by Timothy Bateson

Book Blurb

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.

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Celebrating Three Years In Print !

“Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)”

Will be free from October 27th through October 31st 2017

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(Normally $0.99 USD)

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

Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, Pinterest, Blog (Ramblings of an Author), Website, Newsletter

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Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop

Hop on over to the Trick-Or-Treat Book Blog Hop, and discover how to collect some other great reads that authors will be giving away free.

Here’s the link to my guest slot on Patricia’s site.

Then take some time, and check out the rest of Patricia Lynne’s blog posts.

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.

Book Spotlight – “Mating Two Dragons” by Ariel Marie

Book Blurb

Dragons must bond with their fated mates or risk the Dragon Curse…

The talons of the Dragon Curse are upon three dragon shifters who have scoured the Earth’s surface in search of their fated mates. Each dragon longs to find the other two-thirds of their heart. Only in a triad will a dragon shifter feel complete.

Serni, Raven, and Colton are desperate to find their mates because they know without a mate, their dragons will succumb to the Dragon Curse. It becomes a race against time for them to find each other.

Fate steps in at the Mating Ball, an event where shifters can come to seek out their mates. After centuries of failed searches, it looks like the dragons may have a chance after all. But will they find each other and complete their triad before the Dragon Curse claims them?

WARNING: This book contains material for mature readers (18+ and older) only. This book contains steamy MFF, bisexual ménage paranormal romance.

 

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From the Author

Ariel Marie is an author who loves the paranormal, action and hot steamy romance. She combines all three in each and every one of her stories. For as long as she can remember, she has loved vampires, shifters and every creature you can think of. This even rolls over into her favorite movies! She love a good action packed thriller! Throw a touch of the supernatural world in it and she’s hooked!

She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where she currently resides with her husband and three beautiful children.

Where To Find Ariel Marie

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Book Spotlight – “Elements of a Broken Mind” by Heidi Angell

Book Blurb

Psychics have no place in police work, but that doesn’t stop Clear Angel from being a detective’s secret weapon in the search for a serial killer who is kidnapping and holding women hostage in their town. When Clear goes missing, will Grant be able to find her before it’s too late?

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From the Author

Heidi Angell is a bibliophile, lexicomaniac and wordsmith. She is the author of The Hunters Saga, The Clear Angel Chronicles, The Hell School Series and Survivalist Bible series releasing Fall 2017. She also created Royal Prince Vince, Creative Exercises to Inspire, and A Penslinger’s Ponderings. In September, 2017 she joined the executive team at Our Write Side as Executive Publishing Director. When she is not reading and writing, she can be found spending quality time with her family.

Where To Find Heidi Angell

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Book Spotlight – “Hell Bent Arc 1” by Kayla Matt

Book Blurb

Travis Malone and Dr. Spencer Abbot never expected their lives to devolve into a sheer nightmare until they encountered Jesse Lynn Belle.

Visions- A quest that began with a hunt for an anniversary gift turns into a struggle to stay alive.

Retribution- Five months after the Visions Incident, Travis and Spencer learn that they still aren’t safe.

Destruction- Another four months pass. And Travis is taken from his home and loved ones and thrust into his own personal hell.

This collection brings the first three books of the Hell Bent series together into one volume, a full chronicle of the struggle between the Malones, Abbots, and Jesse herself.

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From the Author

K. Matt is a graduate of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, and uses her Illustration degree in relation to her books. In addition to her workaholic nature, she is also a fan of comics, anime, animation in general, horror…a number of things, really. When she’s not writing and illustrating her own books, she can usually be found writing short stories or drawing other people’s characters. In much of her writing, she seems to enjoy making certain characters of hers hate her, thus making her quite thankful for that little thing we call the Fourth Wall.

Where To Find Kayla Matt

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