Archive | July 2015

Reviews

I was looking at my Goodreads Author Page today.  I must confess, I don’t pay very close attention to it, using the account more to lurk than anything.  But today, I did notice I had reviews on there I wasn’t aware of until now.  Most were quite positive, which is nice.

I know many of my fellow authors worry about reviews.  How to get them, how to deal with negative reviews, and so on.  I really don’t worry about them that much.  My work consists of novellas written in the erotic romance genre.  They’re meant to provide a quick, entertaining read and are hardly profound works of art, so really, I don’t expect lots of reviews.  Plus, not that many people are eager to attach their names to a review of any kind of erotic fiction, so I’m quite grateful for the reviews I do get on Goodreads and on Amazon.  I did have one “meh” review on Amazon, but the reviewer was careful to say it was because it just wasn’t their cup of tea.  Which was quite thoughtful of that person, I think!

Taryn

Creating your own Kindle Covers

Hello, Cupcakes!

I am the very first to admit that I’m useless when it comes to creating things.  Mum James would console me by saying I had a good eye which was her way of saying that I could accurately point out the flaws in anything I tried to draw or paint.  I knew how I wanted it to look, but there’s a misfire between my brain and hands and I could never quite get things to look as I wanted.

When I first began publishing my work I naturally didn’t want to spend loads of money on a snazzy cover for a novelette that maybe three people, one being me, would buy.  Kindle Direct Publishing has a cover creator, which I used for my first few books.  Now, it is very nice of them to provide that, but much like getting your clothes from a garage sale, there are few options and most of them are sort of ugly.

Once it became clear that my work was selling well enough to justify the expense, I began working with ebookindiecovers.  I was very pleased with the covers I got there, excellent customer service, quite reasonable prices.  If you really cannot make your own, go there.

Then, quite by accident, I found out about canva.com.  This has changed covers for me completely. There are templates, free pictures, stock pictures and everything is so blinking cheap!  And so blinking easy to use!  I went back and redid my old covers, use it for my new covers and thus far I’ve spent a grand total of $6 on six covers!  And they look great!  Not that I’m about to branch out into cover design, but for the sort of work I write — cheap, quick, erotic romance reads, that will not bring in millions (though they can and have brought in hundreds and the odd thousand), they are perfect.  They look polished and are so easy to make.

I believe they make a real impression on readers as well.  For those of us who specialize in short romantic fiction, with a strong emphasis on sexuality, a nice cover goes a long way towards convincing the reader that this is quality short fiction, written by a real writer and not just someone out to make a quick buck.  Books do get judged by their covers, and you should definitely look at yours — put yourself in your reader’s shoes.  Does what you have look like a real book cover, or does it look homemade?  If it’s the latter, buy a cover or use Canva.

Taryn

New Release!

Hello, Dear Readers!

I’m happy to announce that my latest release, Her Stepbrother’s Baby, is now available on Amazon!  It’s the second in my Seduced by her Stepbrother series, the first being Seduced by her Stepbrother, but can be read as a standalone.  You can purchase it, or if you have Kindle Unlimited, borrow it for free 🙂

One minor note, some of the links directing readers to my Amazon Author Page seem to have gotten mangled, so I will be updating the file and reloading it as soon as I’m able.

Taryn

Her stepbrother's baby

Email List

Hello, Cupcakes –

Don’t forget, you can sign up for my email list in order to get advanced notice of new releases, the occasional give-away and late night drunken ramblings from me!  All right, no late night drunken ramblings, Mum James would be horrified by that, and besides, I don’t drink.  You can sign up here.

Love and kisses,

Taryn