What do Author Endorsements and Sailing have common?

Many of you know I’ve sold the eBook and print rights for my upcoming novel LOOK THE OTHER WAY to Imajin Books. I’m excited to share that the fourth endorsement is in!

Look The Other Way takes place on a sailboat…that’s what’s in common between the endorsement and sailing.

In my book, The Author’s Guide To Selling Books to Non-Bookstores, I wrote about the importance of endorsements. Here’s a little excerpt to share with you why I’m working on getting endorsments:

AGTSBNBWhy Are Endorsements Important

When you take your book to a store, endorsements on the front and back cover will add legitimacy to your books. That’s promotional material every time someone picks up your novel.

I believe this is more important for printed books than eBooks. The image of your book cover online may be too small for a potential buyer to read the endorsements. In a store, the endorsements may just give you an edge over other books on the shelf.

The endorsements that go on your cover are ones that connect with your readers. You want to find authors who write in your genre that readers will recognize. Having an endorsement from your mom is nice, but it won’t help sell your book. Unless your mom is a famous author, in which case, go ahead and use her.

SO WHO DID I ASK?

Bestselling author James Osborne

James’s working career began in journalism and then teaching journalism, after which he took a detour through the corporate world before returning to writing. That detour included becoming vice-president of a Fortune 500 company — a mixed blessing — and then president of a management consulting firm for 10 years. Those experiences made clear that a varied life, filled with a diversity of good and occasional not-so-good experiences, provides a huge resource for creative writing.

You can find out more about James’s novels at https://jamesosbornenovels.com

James blogged on Mystery Mondays July 18th, 2016 and I hope he posts again.

AND THE ENDORSEMENT

Be Prepared

Fair Warning: Be sure to make dinner and get lots of rest before starting to read Look The Other Way. You will not want to put this gem down until the very surprising and very satisfying end. This wonderfully told double-murder mystery by award-winning novelist Kristina Stanley will sneak up on you and refuse to let go until you have followed the twists and turns in the unpredictable adventures of Jake and Shannon to the logical outcome… but is it, and are they, and do they, and did they? You may never know unless you take the time and… Look The Other Way.  

Endorsements And The Writing Journey

I once thought that if I wrote a novel that was accepted by a publisher, I could sit back and relax. Have you stopped laughing yet?

So not true. After being accepted by a publisher, the excitement begins. There are the dedication and acknowledgement to write. There is the bio to update. And there are the endorsements. And so much more…

Asking for an endorsement is a big deal, and that’s when my nerves start to act up.  I’m asking someone else not only to take the time to read my novel but to then write a short summary of what they like about it.

For me, writing an endorsement for another author takes about a week…after I’ve read the book. I know my words will be permanently written on the cover or back cover of their book, so they better be good. Hence the week to write it.

Meaning, I understand what I’m asking of someone else. Before Imajin Books will publish my latest novel, Look The Other Way, I have to ensure I have endorsements, and I’m very pleased to announce the second endorsement for Look The Other Way has arrived.

And Who Is The Endorsing Author?

jpmclean-headshot-1034x1034J.P. (Jo-Anne) McLean lives on Denman Island, nestled between the coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Raised in the greater Toronto area in Ontario, J.P. lived in various parts of North America from Mexico and Arizona to Alberta and Ontario before settling on the west coast.

Jo-Anne holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of British Columbia, is a certified scuba diver, an avid gardener and a voracious reader. She had a successful career in Human Resources before turning her attention to writing.

J.P. is the author of The Gift Legacy series. Reviewers call the series addictive, smart and fun. Her books include endorsements from bestselling authors, Elinor Florence and Kristina Stanley. The genre is contemporary fantasy. The series has been described as Fantasy Light and is a good introduction to the genre for the uninitiated.

The first book of her Gift Legacy Series, Awakening, received Honourable Mention at the 2016 Whistler Independent Book Awards.

Here is what Jo-Anne has to say about Look The Other Way, soon to be published by Imajin Books.

“When Kristina Stanley takes you sailing, hold on tight. Look the Other Way whips up a storm of suspicion and intrigue in deceptively tranquil Bahamian waters. Stanley writes characters who will capture your heart, fire your anger, make you doubt, and keep you wondering until the end.”

 

Jo-Anne would love to hear from you. Contact her via her website at www.jpmclean.net or through her social media sites. Reviews are always welcome and greatly appreciated.

You can also find her here:

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What’s LOOK THE OTHER WAY about?

It’s the beginning of a new series set in the Bahamas. The mystery takes place aboard a Lagoon 380 catamaran, which happens to be the type of boat I lived on for 5 years.

Mattina sailing
Mattina in the Bahamas

Here’s the blurb:

A year after her Uncle Bobby mysteriously disappears in the turquoise waters surrounding the Bahamas, Shannon Payne joins her grieving aunt to trace his last voyage. Shannon hopes the serenity of the sea might help her recover from a devastating breakup with her fiancé.

Sailing their 38-foot catamaran, A Dog’s Cat, is Captain Jake Hunter, a disillusioned cop who has sworn off women. While Shannon tries to resist her growing attraction to the rugged captain, she uncovers some dark truths about her uncle’s death that might send all three of them to the depths.

Thank you to Imajin Books for once again supporting me!

Imajin Books is a Canadian publisher that publishes suspense, mystery, thriller, paranormal, horror, romance, fantasy, young adult and select non-fiction. They will be open for submissions April 2017, so keep your eye on the website if you’re looking to submit a novel this year.

The Importance Of Author Endorsements

Many of you know I’ve sold the eBook and print rights for my upcoming novel LOOK THE OTHER WAY to Imajin Books.

Now the publishing journey moves quickly. Imajin Books has a fast paced schedule and I need to keep up.

In my book, The Author’s Guide To Selling Books to Non-Bookstores, I wrote about the importance of endorsements. Here’s a little excerpt:

AGTSBNBWhy Are Endorsement Important

When you take your book to a store, endorsements on the front and back cover will add legitimacy to your books. That’s promotional material every time someone picks up your novel.

I believe this is more important for printed books than eBooks. The image of your book cover online may be too small for a potential buyer to read the endorsements. In a store, the endorsements may just give you an edge over other books on the shelf.

The endorsements that go on your cover are ones that connect with your readers. You want to find authors who write in your genre that readers will recognize. Having an endorsement from your mom is nice, but it won’t help sell your book. Unless your mom is a famous author, in which case, go ahead and use her.

The first endorsement for LOOK THE OTHER WAY is in!

I asked an author who has more romance in her novels than I do in the Stone Mountain Mystery series because LOOK the OTHER WAY is a romantic suspense novel.  I asked an author whose books I’ve read and loved.

SO WHO DID I ASK?

KAT FLANNERY

Kat FlanneryKat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. When not researching for her next book, Kat can be found running her three sons to hockey and lacrosse. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing. A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. She’s been published in numerous periodicals. Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been on Amazon’s Bestsellers list many times and was #62 over all their titles. LAKOTA HONOR and BLOOD CURSE (Branded Trilogy) are Kat’s two award-winning novels and HAZARDOUS UNIONS is Kat’s first novella. Kat is currently hard at work on her next book.

AND NOW FOR THE ENDORSEMENT!

“LOOK THE OTHER WAY is a fast paced ride complete with a tidal wave of emotions, suspense, and a well crafted who-done-it tale. Miss Stanley has impressed me yet again with her keen ability to keep the reader wanting more!”

What’s LOOK THE OTHER WAY about?

It’s the beginning of a new series set in the Bahamas. The mystery takes place aboard a Lagoon 380 catamaran, which happens to be the type of boat I lived on for 5 years.

Mattina sailing
Mattina in the Bahamas

Here’s the blurb:

A year after her Uncle Bobby mysteriously disappears in the turquoise waters surrounding the Bahamas, Shannon Payne joins her grieving aunt to trace his last voyage. Shannon hopes the serenity of the sea might help her recover from a devastating breakup with her fiancé.

Sailing their 38-foot catamaran, A Dog’s Cat, is Captain Jake Hunter, a disillusioned cop who has sworn off women. While Shannon tries to resist her growing attraction to the rugged captain, she uncovers some dark truths about her uncle’s death that might send all three of them to the depths.

Thank you to Imajin Books for once again supporting me!

Imajin Books is a Canadian publisher that publishes suspense, mystery, thriller, paranormal, horror, romance, fantasy, young adult and select non-fiction. They will be open for submissions April 2017, so keep your eye on the website if you’re looking to submit a novel this year.

New Book Deal: Imajin Books and Kristina Stanley

I’m thrilled to announce I’ve sold the eBook and print rights for my upcoming novel LOOK THE OTHER WAY to Imajin Books.

What’s LOOK THE OTHER WAY about?

It’s the beginning of a new series set in the Bahamas. The mystery takes place aboard a Lagoon 380 catamaran, which happens to be the type of boat I lived on for 5 years.

Mattina sailing
Mattina in the Bahamas

Here’s the blurb:

A year after her Uncle Bobby mysteriously disappears in the turquoise waters surrounding the Bahamas, Shannon Payne joins her grieving aunt to trace his last voyage. Shannon hopes the serenity of the sea might help her recover from a devastating breakup with her fiancé.

Sailing their 38-foot catamaran, A Dog’s Cat, is Captain Jake Hunter, a disillusioned cop who has sworn off women. While Shannon tries to resist her growing attraction to the rugged captain, she uncovers some dark truths about her uncle’s death that might send all three of them to the depths.

Thank you to Imajin Books for once again supporting me!

Imajin Books is a Canadian publisher that publishes suspense, mystery, thriller, paranormal, horror, romance, fantasy, young adult and select non-fiction. They will be open for submissions April 2017, so keep your eye on the website if you’re looking to submit a novel this year.

Poll Results for Look The Other Way Back Text

Thank you to all who answered my poll. Talk about an amazing experience. Not only did people answer the poll, some were kind enough to leave comments to help me improve either version, others sent me personal emails with re-written text.

LOOK THE OTHER WAY is a mystery that takes place in the Bahamas. Compass Cay is one of my favorite islands and is also one of the settings in the novel. Why you ask? How could sharks swimming beside our boat not be dramatic?

Sharks

So the results of the survey.

61% preferred Option B.

39% preferred Option A.

I’ve put the descriptions below in case you want to refer to them. One thing I gathered is that mystery readers prefer option A, and romance readers prefer option B.

Next, I’m going to take all the wonderful feedback and re-write to the text to make the description shorter and tighter.

In case you haven’t heard, Imajin Books has their eBooks on sale this week. If you haven’t read DESCENT or BLAZE, they are only $0.99 until the end of the week.

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OPTION A:

Bobby Hall’s body washes up in the surf on a remote Bahamian island. His death is declared accidental. His grieving wife, Debi, hires Captain Jake Hunter, a former cop fleeing personal trauma, to sail with her on A Dog’s Cat and retrace Bobby’s final weeks at sea.

Shannon Payne is fired from the job she loves. Her engagement ends in disaster, and she no longer trusts her judgment of men. Giving up the life she knows as a reporter, she joins her aunt on A Dog’s Cat. The tranquility of life on a sailboat is what she needs. A tumultuous journey with the handsome captain is what she gets.

As tensions heighten on board, so does the attraction growing between Jake and Shannon. When Shannon learns a shocking truth about her childhood, a truth that might mean Bobby was murdered, the only thing clearer than the crystalline waters of the Bahamian archipelago is that someone is not telling the whole truth and hasn’t for a long time.

OPTION B:

A year after her uncle is lost at sea, Shannon Payne joins her grieving aunt on a journey through the idyllic Bahamian islands. She needs to recover from a devastating breakup with her fiancé. And sailing the turquoise waters, tracing her uncle’s route as a tribute to him, may just repair her heart. But instead of tranquility, she uncovers dark secrets from her past that may destroy any chance she has at happiness.

Captain Jake Hunter joins the duo on the thirty-eight-foot catamaran, A Dog’s Cat. He’s running away from painful memories. He dreams of escaping his life as a cop but finds himself embroiled in an investigation. He’s sworn off women, and now he’s living in close quarters with his boss’s niece, a blue-eyed beauty he can’t resist but should. Could his life get any more turbulent?

Shannon and Jake suppress the attraction they feel for each other, Bobby’s mysterious death hangs over them, and someone out there doesn’t want the truth uncovered.

Thanks for reading…

Help Me Choose My Novel’s Back Text

My latest mystery novel, LOOK THE OTHER WAY, is written. My trustworthy beta readers have sent me their comments, and I’ve updated the novel. Each beta reader provided different input on the story, and each person helped me make it better.

So why not ask my beta readers for help with the book description? They’ve read the book and will know if the description is accurate. So ask, I did. After receiving feedback from 5 people, my two favorite versions are below.

Please vote on your favorite. Which description would entice you to read LOOK THE OTHER WAY?

OPTION A:

Bobby Hall’s body washes up in the surf on a remote Bahamian island. His death is declared accidental. His grieving wife, Debi, hires Captain Jake Hunter, a former cop fleeing personal trauma, to sail with her on A Dog’s Cat and retrace Bobby’s final weeks at sea.

Shannon Payne is fired from the job she loves. Her engagement ends in disaster, and she no longer trusts her judgment of men. Giving up the life she knows as a reporter, she joins her aunt on A Dog’s Cat. The tranquility of life on a sailboat is what she needs. A tumultuous journey with the handsome captain is what she gets.

As tensions heighten on board, so does the attraction growing between Jake and Shannon. When Shannon learns a shocking truth about her childhood, a truth that might mean Bobby was murdered, the only thing clearer than the crystalline waters of the Bahamian archipelago is that someone is not telling the whole truth and hasn’t for a long time.

OPTION B:

A year after her uncle is lost at sea, Shannon Payne joins her grieving aunt on a journey through the idyllic Bahamian islands. She needs to recover from a devastating breakup with her fiancé. And sailing the turquoise waters, tracing her uncle’s route as a tribute to him, may just repair her heart. But instead of tranquility, she uncovers dark secrets from her past that may destroy any chance she has at happiness.

Captain Jake Hunter joins the duo on the thirty-eight-foot catamaran, A Dog’s Cat. He’s running away from painful memories. He dreams of escaping his life as a cop but finds himself embroiled in an investigation. He’s sworn off women, and now he’s living in close quarters with his boss’s niece, a blue-eyed beauty he can’t resist but should. Could his life get any more turbulent?

Shannon and Jake suppress the attraction they feel for each other, Bobby’s mysterious death hangs over them, and someone out there doesn’t want the truth uncovered.

 

I sailed on Mattina, a 38-foot catamaran, for five years in the Bahamas. She’s the sailing vessel used in LOOK THE OTHER WAY, and this is her, one beautiful day in the Exuma Islands.

Mattina sailing

 

Thanks for voting! Comments are most welcome.