Category Archives: Marketing Madness

Finding editing help in unexpected places. AKA: Social Media Rocks!

Last week I faced a little bit of a pickle.

I had a very short (147 word) scene that included a little bit of Spanish, and a line of French.

PKO_0005301I had an A+ in Spanish in high school, but I haven’t practiced in years. I was reasonably certain that I “had it right”, but after seeing quite a few reviews lately where people blasted authors for using non-English languages incorrectly, I was stressing over it.

I don’t have the money to run it by a translator, and everyone I know is in the same boat as me (Rusty high school Spanish)

Sooooo… I thought I’d give something a try.

I took to social media, and asked my fans for help.

I found that having a mostly international fan-base helped in ways I never expected.  Not only do I have a treasure trove of languages following me, they are all fans of my work, and are tickled pink to be the first people to see an excerpt.

I didn’t just get translating advice… I got advice from native speakers, Spanish as a second language, and people from several different Spanish-speaking countries, as well as one of these kids’ parents that provided insight into the way I learned Spanish that didn’t even occur to me.

Yes, I found, I was speaking correctly, but I was speaking TOO CORRECTLY. Book learning, and the real world, are apparently very different.

So, that’s my thought for this week.  When you get your work out there, make friends with your readers. It’s ten tons of fun. And when you need a little help, you might just be surprised at their enthusiasm.

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It’s the cover reveal for ASHES IN THE SKY!

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PKO_0007393 Yipee Wahoo Jump Pink RobeWahoo! It’s time to celebrate! Book two of FIRE IN THE WOODS is charging towards the finish line. It’s so exciting when your baby starts taking form and coming to life.

And the first thing that makes it start feeling “real” is when the cover pops up in your email.

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Oh! The tingly feels!

 

Without further ado, please welcome the second gorgeous FIRE IN THE WOODS cover.

Isn’t it stupendous!

 

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From the beginning I asked for a cover that could be “branded” and here we are! There is no denying this is a FIRE IN THE WOODS cover, and I couldn’t be happier.

And (shhhh… don’t tell anyone) but I even wrote a scene to bring the cover to life. It was perfect!

I have to be honest in saying I NEVER expected there to be a second book in the series, but I am so excited there is because I realized that if I really push myself, I can come up with an exciting plotline even when I thought the original story was over. (If that makes any sense)

ASHES IN THE SKY releases wherever books are sold September 1, 2015.

PKO_cheer20007376Can I hear an “Oh Yeah!” ?????

 

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Sometimes the best laid plans go awry

Gah! Today was supposed to be the cover reveal for ASHES IN THE SKY. But my publisher called me to say it would be postponed. I don’t have a date yet.

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I guess lesson learned that no matter how well you plan and publicize, something can always happen at the last minute to pull the plug on your drain.

I understand why they pulled it, and it’s a good reason that I think will make FIRE IN THE WOODS fans happy in the long run.

From what I hear, little hiccups like this are not uncommon in the industry.

Sooo… Onward and upward.

I still have plenty to do finishing up book three.

Have you ever had something flip-flop on you at the last minute?

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You don’t need to be extraordinary to do extraordinary things. Fire in the Woods @month9books

One of the things I do on Instagram is pop out a message of good will from time to time.

In this particular one, I picked out one of the themes for Fire in the Woods and combined it into a promo video.  This is ten seconds long.

You don't need to be extraordinary to do extraordinary things. The motto of FIRE IN THE WOODS @month9books

A video posted by Jennifer M. Eaton (@jennifer_m_eaton) on

What do you think?

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15 Second Trailer for FIRE IN THE WOODS from Jess’s POV @month9books @Georgia_mcbride

For this mini-trailer, I went back to the closing statements of the original full-length book trailer. My hope was that this solidifies the story in the minds of people who heard of the book, but also peaks the interest of someone seeing it for the first time.

Again, I am seeing more and more feedback with each mini-video I post on Instagram. I’m not sure if that is because I am getting better at it, or if followers are just starting to get more comfortable with me.

I am having a ton of fun meeting people over there though, and I’m learning about tons of new books.

Anyway, here’s the latest.

Please let me know what you think!

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An eight-second trailer for FIRE IN THE WOODS @month9books @Georgia_mcbride

I cut my timing even closer on this one. This was mostly a test of a new software upgrade that came through. I messed with it, and when I saw the effect I was floored. I got a very nice response from this, and it is only a whopping EIGHT SECONDS long!  Super quick, but I think it gets my point across.

What do you think?

 

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My favorite 15 second trailer for FIRE IN THE WOODS @month9books @Georgia_Mcbride

The more I fiddle, I think the better I get at this. Yes, I could be writing, but these little suckers are so much fun!

I’ve gotten a great reaction to this particular trailer. I shot off the idea of the full-length David-POV trailer, and cut it down to 15 seconds. Tough, but I think the impact is totally there.

Please let me know what you think!

This is my favorite 15 second trailer for FIRE IN THE WOODS.

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15 second trailers. Don’t laugh. They are worse than a query.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on Instagram. It’s been great talking books with readers.  Tons of fun.

But of course, I’m also there to mention my book once in a while. Mostly this is with pictures of my book, or with snappy memes.

But I’ve also started enjoying 15 second or less mini-trailers.

Hey, you thought querying was bad!

This has been a huge challenge, and I have to admit… a little bit of fun.

Think it over… how can you entice a reader to check out your book in 15 seconds or less. It’s flash fiction, with videos!

For the next few weeks I’ll be showing these videos here on Fridays. I hope you enjoy them!

Here’s number one. This was really an experiment to see how it was received. I took for granted most people have at least heard of my book (Because they followed me)

FIRE IN THE WOODS 15 second teaser trailer. What do you think? Do you like stuff like this, or are still pictures better?

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What do you think?

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Second Trailer for FIRE IN THE WOODS, From David’s Point Of View

Since I seem to be on this Friday Vlog kick, I figured I’d show off another piece of “exclusive content” I created for one of the vlog appearances.  This is a teaser trailer told from David’s point of view.

And in case you have not seen the actual trailer for FIRE IN THE WOODS, here it is.  This one I am super proud of. I think it really shows off Jess’s voice, and what the book is all about. Enjoy!

Happy Boxing Day! A special vlog about family

Boxing day is all about family — A day to be together and be thankful for each other and what you have.

While I spend the day with my own family, I thought I’d share a special memory.

Remember, even our furry family members have family. Here is a special Christmas memory for my little girl. She got to spend Christmas with her Mom. They were thrilled to see each other. And no, they did not forget. They absolutely remembered each other, and were thrilled (as you can see) Mine is the silver pup with the pink bows in her hair.

Enjoy, and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  Give someone you love a hug today.