Know your rights

Or it could be called ‘Know you’re right with rights’. I am talking about rights in contracts for either magazines or publishers. I am also talking about what is called ‘all rights’ and ‘moral rights’. I might have told you previously about all rights contract with women’s magazine Woman’s Weekly. That issue is still rumbling along as a lot of authors who are regular fiction writers for them won’t continue with their contracts with the magazine. All rights means that the magazine will take your story and keep all rights for it and it will no longer be your story to do what you want to do with. The magazine can do what they want with it instead and not pay the author. This is also moral rights. So if you get a contract from either a magazine or publisher and they ask for all rights and/or moral rights, you have two options: 1 to negotiate for first rights, or just outright say no.

There are two books that help explain rights really well. They are:

The Magic Bakery by Dean Wesley Smith

Closing the deal on your terms: Agents, Contracts and other considerations by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

I have read both these books and highly recommend them if you want to know more about rights, esp if you are an indie author, like me. They are good reads if you are traditionally published too.

Happy reading

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I need your help – ghosts

I need your help with another title for a series of short ghost stories I have started writing (creating more work for myself lol). I already have a possible five in mind, with the first already being worked on by me, my editor and me again. The series title is ‘The Family Helpers’ with the tagline ‘ghosts who help others’. Here are the five I have thought of so far:

1. The Nanny – helping a mother who can’t control her noisy children
2. The Friend – a young boy who helps an autistic boy
3. The Nurse – helping a mother with a sick child
4. The Sibling – helping a child who has a problem
5. The Housekeeper- Helping a mother get her children to be normal not quiet

I would like to make it six but can’t think of another title. Let me know what you think. Who can a ghost help next in a family? Look forward to hearing from you.

Read about a magical Chocolate Cupcake

I have been busy publishing again. Book 3 of my adult magical realism ebook series ‘The Secrets of Singleton’¬† is now live on Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo. It is called ‘The Chocolate Cupcake’ which Angel bakes in her uncle’s cafe, and has a secret ingredient in it that makes her flirty with the delivery lad, Pete. I have a tagline for the series now: Do you need help finding love? Visit Singleton. It can help you. And you can help it change its name. Intrigued? Why not try it… There are lots of cakes mentioned in the book, which made my editor drool. lol.

I had fun writing this one, and hope you have fun reading it.

Book 3 of The Rainbow School series is now out

Just a quick post to let you all know that Book 3 of my children’s series The Rainbow School is now out. It is called ‘Susie and the Jiggling Jumper’. It is available on Amazon here¬†https://www.amazon.co.uk/Susie-Jiggling-Jumper-Rainbow-School/dp/1720452539/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528286013&sr=1-1&keywords=Susie+and+the+jiggling+jumper.

It is close to my heart because Susie is based on me at that age during primary school, with the Asperger’s and heart problem.

I hope you like it. Happy reading.

Julie

 

 

Amazon and your book price

I am back to let you in to something that I recently found out about Amazon, which some of you might not know about. Last weekend I discovered that Amazon had greatly reduced one of my children’s books. I was furious as I hadn’t been informed about this by them, so I sent them an email. Then I mentioned this on a FB group I belong to who are mainly authors. Someone came up with an idea that I ended up doing, and not to worry about it. Here is what they had to say:

They said to take advantage of the low price and stock up with more yourself to sell on. I thought this was a good idea and did do this, buying 5 copies to add to my stock. You might be paying the low price, but you still get the right amount of royalties which I will get.

The other thing I thought of afterwards (and that always happens, doesn’t it? Get the great idea after the event), is that I could have promoted the book at the low price to people to drive sales of it. So, if this happens again, I will do just that, as I would if my ebooks were in KDP Select and you had a promo on.

So, if this happens to your book, don’t seethe, get promoting and stocking up. Take advantage of what Amazon do.

There you have it, another way to promote your books when it happens.

Give readers extra information

Sorry not been here recently but been busy with writing. So, what do I mean when I say ‘give readers extra info’. It can be anything related to your book. It can be a quiz, an activity, interesting facts about the characters or country in the book. I can give you a couple of examples:

1. You can check out the ‘health facts’ page on my website http://www.julieaday.co.uk. These are health facts related to the characters in my Rainbow School series.

2. Or they can be put in the back of your book before your personal details. Eg in the Winter Animal series by Holly Webb she has put interesting facts about the characters and animals that feature in the stories. So making it educational as well as fun to read.

3. Another way to do this is to create either leaflets about one aspect of your book or an entire non-fiction book to go alongside the main series. Eg I am creating an guide on coping with anxiety to go with the Rainbow Series, and have printed out a one page leaflet based on it to sell at events about autism.

So, you have three ways to give extra info to your readers. Have a think about it and see what you can come up with.

Does your book cover reflect its genre?

This is mainly for adult fiction authors. Do your covers reflect the book’s genre? I have found that this isn’t true for one of my adult ebook series. I had recently read a magical realism book for adults, and saw that the cover was so good and showed its genre. I then put the question with my covers to a Facebook group, who came back to me with a resounding no, they don’t show magical realism. So, I am going to revamp the whole look of the series to do this, slowly over this year.

My advice would be to check on Amazon similar authors to what you write and revise accordingly.

Watch out for new covers for my Geraldine’s Gems books