New Newsletter YAY!

A long time ago when I was running my own Marketing and Content business online, I had a newsletter.  It was quite useful.  Since really getting into the Author business though, I never really got another Newsletter going – even though I knew I should!  But, a few friends talked me into it!  If you visit the kristiambrose.com page it should pop-up for you within a few seconds.  Also, if you check out my Facebook Fan Page there will be a link there as well, in the left-hand menu:

 

I will most likely be sending out 1-2 newsletters a month which might include things like:
Contests and Giveaways
Insider Information on characters, new books being written, information about books already out
Book Release dates
More!

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Honesty Is The Best Policy…

I know I haven’t been keeping up with this blog and my facebook fan page very much these days.  In all honesty, I have been having some personal issues, and while they are personal, I also think people should be aware that they are there.  Starting on June 13th of this year to October 8th, I lost my cousin who was like a sister to me, very abruptly, my dog died a month later – I had him for 16 years and my grandma passed away on the 8th of October – her and I were very close as well.  I guess everything sort of put me in a funk which is why I have been having issues keeping up with things, like this blog, and my Fan Page.  I am still writing The Warfighters series, it’s just slow going, slower than I thought it would be going.  But, I am trying my best and if you send me a message, I will answer.  If you talk to me on the Fanpage, I will reply, etc.

I just thought I should be a little honest in what was going on, though I did think about 50 times, this was something I should not share, I decided to anyway.

I am still here, just dealing with things.  So, thanks for your support and patience, for visiting my website, buying my ebooks, and for giving me a chance.  I know there are a billion authors out there, I am just one of many!  But, I really love to write for you guys (and let’s be honest, for myself!) and I hope to get the second book in the series done soon.  I am on around 45,000 words.  Also, if you have not done so already, Payhip is offering my book The Nine Of Hearts at 50% off IF you share it on Twitter or Facebook – really awesome deal, for a really awesome book, if I do say so myself!

Closer towards Christmas, probably at the end of November, I will be making my book for sale on Amazon as well, for all you Kindle lovers out there.  Ill post a blog when that is available.

Thanks

Kristi Ambrose

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The Nine Of Hearts – The Warfighters Series – Sale and News

I started writing book #2 about a month ago, but due to some unforeseen issues in my personal life, I sort of have been lacking in the writing department.  Still writing, just not as much.  I have about 15,000 words for book #2 (untitled so far).  But, I hope that in the next month I’ll start having writers fever again.  Be sure to like my Fanpage to stay up to date with all the going on’s of the series.  This is where I make the most updates and posts!

In the meantime, The Nine Of Hearts – The Warfighters Series, is on sale on Amazon right now for $2.99 so if you have not scooped it up yet, please do so BEFORE the 15th!  You can download the Kindle App to virtually ANY device which means you can read TNOH on any computer, smart phone or MP3 player’s like iPod.

Inexpensive ISBNs – Info New and Old Authors Should Know!

I think most Authors that get into the self-publishing boat probably do a lot of their own research.  As did I!  You kind of have to, especially if this is something you are new to.  Obviously I am not new to the writing game, but there was one thing in particular I did not have any knowledge about.  I found all sorts of ways to stay with my budget, but still get all of the things I needed and wanted for my books.  One of those things was an ISBN.  Beyond just finding the PERFECT site to buy my ISBNs from, I also found out a little more about ISBNs and when you need them.  Before I get into anything else, I do want to say upfront that this is an affiliate url.  So if you can use it – awesome.  If not, well that’s okay too.  The website I buy my ISBNs from is:  http://www.isbnservices.com/?affiliates=53.  So why did I choose them among ALL the other websites out there?

– First off, the website was easy to understand.  You can simply go to the site with no previous knowledge and understand what they are talking about!  I was new to all of this ISBN stuff and some sites made it SO scientific.  It really made me shy away from them.

– Second off, most people will tell you that you have to pay $125 for an ISBN.  in fact, before doing some in depth research, I really thought $125 was the norm.  But, I didnt like that.  I was spending money on other things that were even more important to me; like the illustrator and the editor.  So I really started to search and research and search again.  This site offers CHEAP ISBNs.  The more you look around, the more you begin to realize that $125 is NOT the norm.  Its what “they” want you to think is the norm.  In this case, cheap does not mean crappy.  There is a $18.99 option which allows you certain facets and there is also a $99 option which allows different options as well.  The website is very transparent.  No big words you can’t understand.  No beating around the bush.

– The support was superb.  Every little or big question I had, Dan helped me out and answered me in a fairly timely fashion.  Even with the legendary Bowker.com aka https://www.myidentifiers.com I emailed them many months ago and never received a reply.  Shame shame!

–  I don’t know how other ISBN sites work because I was not about to buy a $125 ISBN lol, but with http://www.isbnservices.com/?affiliates=53 I got an email soon after I purchased it and the email had my ISBN in it.  For a split second I thought, “Is this for real?  Can it really be that easy and that cheap?”  So then I visited one of the major ISBN versifier websites and voila it was a real ISBN, it was not used yet, and it was valid.

Other things you NEED to know about an ISBN:

– According to the handful of people I talked to, all of which were ISBN website owners and or authors, they all said that for an eBook you do NOT need an ISBN.  I know this to be true because I put my books on sites like NookPress, Kobo, Scribd and Amazon and have never been asked for an ISBN or HAD to have an ISBN.

– eBooks vs Print:  You can sell 5,000 ebooks and never use an ISBN (except for sites like Lulu) and you can sell 5,000 print copies of .. The Nine Of Hearts.  But, you can only use the ISBN you purchased for one or the other.  You cannot use the same ISBN for both ebooks AND print books.  Further more, you have to buy a new ISBN for each book.  So if you have Book #1, Book #2, Book #3, you have to have different (3) ISBNs for each book.

– As mentioned above, ISBNs are NOT $125.  Or they are, but that is NOT the norm!  Even if you don’t want to use my little link http://www.isbnservices.com/?affiliates=53 and you want to find a site on your own, just know that $125 is a cheat.  I won’t call the $125 option a scam, because I am sure there is some use to it (for people that don’t do their research and find a less expensive site!), but its a great way to cheat you out of your hard-earned money.  Pardon moi, but screw that!  I save money on whatever I can.  Maybe someday when I become a Best Selling Author and I make $XX,XXX a month then I’ll look into the $125 option, but probably not.   If the $18 option is the exact thing as the $125 option, well …!

– There is also another website that a converter/author mentioned that I was drilling questions with!  She suggested this site and it’s the one she uses: http://www.isbn-us.com/shop/independent-publisher-program they start at $55, which is more than ISBN Services, but less than the “norm.”

 

On a final note:  Always do your research – or find someone else to do it for you!  If you cannot find a service that fits your budget, do it yourself!  Obviously you cannot create an ISBN by yourself, but when it comes to things like writing and submitting your own press releases, making videos for your books or products writing blogs, do it yourself!

The Nine Of Hearts….

I am in the process right now of writing a new book in a completely different genre than I have published in before.  It’s a really fun project that is going to start at the first book being around 50,000 to 60,000 words long, with the addition of books in the very near future ie; a Series.  I expect the first book to be finished in about 2 to 2 1/2 weeks.  Which should also be enough time for my Illustrator to finish the cover as well!  I am really excited about this book, not only because it’s something I have never published before, but just because it’s a fun genre to write about.  Be sure to keep in touch by joining my newsletter, liking my fan page or liking my Amazon Author page.  By the way!  This book is going to be published on a variety of platforms not just on Amazon.  This includes devices like Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Scribd just to name a few.

Ill make a few updates along the way.  Back to writing I go…

Kristi

Its a NEW Year….

Just like most anyone else, I have a few resolutions myself!  But, most of mine have to do with writing on a more consistent basis and having a more diligent schedule.  I am almost done writing the first Zombie book and the first Mystery Detective series.  TBH I guess I am a little nervous and that’s why I have been procrastinating!  Not necessarily for the zombie book, but for the Mystery Detective book.  But, you can’t get fans if you don’t put it out there.  I will be working on finishing these two this month, but I will also  be away from the computer Jan 11th to Jan 26th for some much needed time off.  But, as soon as I get back I will be writing again.

Another reason, beyond procrastination, that I have not been writing as much on my blog and in my books, is because I updated to the new Windows 8.1  It was supposed to be improved.  But, all it has done to my laptop is made things really bad.  I have to reboot about every 45 minutes and it just gets annoying!!!!

Anyway, no more excuses.  I will will will get these done and I am still working on my next cookbook as well.

If you have not done so already, please visit my Fan Page.  That is something you can always find me writing on and I almost always have facebook open to communicate.

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas and New Year.

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More New eBooks

It seems like I have had so much going on lately and so many ideas, I forget to keep my website updated – which I know is a big no-no!  Anyway, I am still here, writing away.  I am still trying to finish the first Mystery Book for my Mystery Series (having a hard time with the ending).  I am writing a Zombie book, which is my first so be gentle!  I just want to see if I can make it with the other big dogs in terms of writing about the living dead.  I came up with quite a few different story plots, but I decided to start with this one, because it seemed the easiest to write for me.

 

I am also doing some cookbooks, which really isn’t a big surprise to me!  I kind of knew that was going to happen eventually down the line.  These cookbooks are going to be about 100-300 pages long.  Not just recipes, but recipes, ideas, variations, information, resources, etc.  I really want to try and cover all the basics I can cover.  I am also going to be adding some pictures as well.  Full-color.  I think when you write something like a cookbook you have to think about when you read a cookbook.  What don’t you like?  What do you like?  What are some things you wish the author would have added, but did not?  Hopefully I can include everything that people want to see in a cookbook!

 

While I am only on my first cookbook this week,  I do plan on doing many many more in the month of September!

Darn Ribbon!

Finally!  About a week ago I found someone that had the exact typewriter I wanted and from the pictures it looked like it was in pretty good shape!  Upon sending payment and receiving it in the mail – I realized it is in AWESOME shape!  It’s the exact one I wanted, except mine has a black shift key and a black “ruler” on it.  But, it still is pretty sweet and makes me want to grin from ear to ear.  I honestly cannot wait to start typing on my new typewriter!

But, before all that, I really need to get the ribbon I purchased online to get to my house and then I need to actually install the ribbon.  I have never touched a manual typewriter let alone one this old.  Not really sure where to start but according to most people I talk to this is something you just have to monkey around with and see what all the buttons and mechanisms do!

To be honest, I don’t think I have been so excited in awhile.  It’s just a really fun (and very beautiful) piece of equipment and I can’t wait to actually hear the clickity clackity on the typewriter and have it be producing words.  I think this is really going to help inspire me to write my crime series and it’s going to really make it much more fun for me to get into character with my main character – Jake.  Yes, I am a female.  Jake is a male.  Male’s were predominantly in the working force back then in the 1950s so I only found it fitting to have a male rather than a female lead character.  That might seem a tad sexist, but I assure you I did it for good reasons!

Anyway, I can already see Jake typing away on this typewriter.  It’s a tad older than the year my story is in, but I think that should still be okay.

Crime Series #1: For book #1 of many (hopefully), I am at approx. 65 pages and  about 25,000 words.  Obviously this book is going to be about 70,000 words and 150+ pages long so I have quite a ways to go but I am working diligently to get it finished as well as a few other general marketing eBooks (as always).

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Tweet Teams

I have been trying to find new ways to promote my ebooks every single day.  For those of you that are already publishers, you know that http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/ actually offers to do a Tweet Team for you.  Supposedly this is a free service, but I would love to get my OWN Tweet Team together for publishers and authors (both print and digital).  Obviously getting your ebook out there is of the utmost importance!

You can write the greatest book in the entire universe but if people don’t know about it, well, nothing will come of it!  TBH http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/ tweet teams confuse me a little bit and the people that I have talked to that are or were involved in it say that it’s very time consuming.  I think we should be focusing on our books and equally focusing on marketing those books!  This is why I would love to start up a Tweet Team of my own where I can make up the guidelines and rules.

FYI: This would be completely free to join!

If you are a publisher or an author and you would like to join my Tweet Team, please PM me or contact me on my Facebook Fan Page!  Ultimately, I would love to get a team of 10-20 people together, but if I find that more people want to do it, I would gladly do it!

Thanks!

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Happy 2013! (Better Late Than Never!)

Sorry I have been out of the loop as of late!  I was a tad sick a few days before Christmas and it then carried over into the New Year!  But, I am feeling much better than I originally was, thank god!  Even though it was a rocky start, I hope that this year is a superb year and that I get to write and publish as many books as possible!

I am writing six books at the moment all of which involve my usual Internet Marketing, Content Creation and Money Making techniques and tactics.  Of course I am also still writing my Crime Mystery as well and I am spending most of my time on this book!  This book has become my “baby” and I truly enjoy every word, every sentence and every thought I put into the book.

I always loved to write, but I think when YOU write what YOU want to write and the ideas and creativity comes directly from your heart and your mind, that is when you really start to enjoy the words you put down on paper.  Hence why I really love this book and I hope that everyone else does as well!  Looking forward to getting it published!