Day #30 – Mae On The Book Rack (BGW #7)

Posted on May 30, 2012 by Angela Yuriko Smith

Today I released the final End of Mae book (for now…) into the wild. I’ve had so much fun with this that I plan to continue Wild Release Wednesdays with the books I wind up receiving for review as well as my own.

Who knew Bookcrossing would be such a fun obsession? If you love something set it free… after you register and number it of course!

This final copy of End of Mae was left at The Book Rack on Miracle Strip Parkway/98. This is appropriate because I will be making an appearance there on June 26th from 11 to 3 pm. I’ll be excited to talk about marketing, writing and marketing your writing so put it on your calendars! Both books will be available for purchase and signing.

And speaking of books being available – if you haven’t gotten a copy of End of Mae yet at The Book Rack it’s selling for almost a dollar less than Amazon and there’s no shipping costs! Support local business and local writers while saving money.

Now that’s what I’m talking about!

Here’s the info:

29 E Miracle Strip Parkway SW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 243-8020

Get directions from Google maps

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Day #29 – Getting Creative with Minecraft & Mae

Posted on May 29, 2012 by Angela Yuriko Smith

No Money Marketing is finally available in paperback! It will be joining the Amazon selection within the week.

Just a quick little movie tonight that my daughter put together to show you some of the variety you can have when marketing your work.

She created my original book trailer using Second Life for filming. Here my daughter experiments with the crazy block game phenom called Minecraft. See the rest of her videos on her Ember Marketing channel – 1,337 subscribers strong!

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Day #28 – Happy Memorial Day

Posted on May 28, 2012 by Angela Yuriko Smith

Enjoy your Memorial Day today… and remember that it is a real day to honor those that have fallen in service of our country as well as those that still serve. Here’s some opportunities to give back just a little bit of what we receive:

An excellent post at Galleycat: How to Share Books & eBooks with Our Troops

Books for Soldiers, Operation Paperback, Books-a-Million has a program called Books for Troops, more Books for Troops and of course Operation eBook Drop.

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Day #27 – My Day: Copy, Paste, Send & Refresh

Posted on May 27, 2012 by Angela Yuriko Smith

Just a quick post tonight… I’m in the middle of sending ebooks out to troops stationed overseas for Memorial Day and it’s turning out to be a lot more labor intensive than I thought. It’s part of Operation eBook Drop sponsored by Smashwords.

The bulk email list isn’t working for me so every email has to be copy and pasted multiple times from a list of what seems like a thousand at least. I can’t complain tho – I’m sitting here in my kitchen next to my sons while I work. They are far away missing their families. I can do a little copy and pasting gladly.

Because No Money Marketing just came out I’m sending that as well as End of Mae. The new Marketing has been available for less than 24 hours and it was at #51 in top Amazon books in its class earlier today. By the time I got back to my computer it was already back up to 61. I, of course, had to screenshot the accomplishment anyways. I think I’ll print it and slide it in the photo album next to my kids as a joke for them to find someday.

Sending No Money Marketing overseas as a gift to our soldiers seems like a good way to start it off with some good karma ;p With all that karma maybe I will see a glimpse of #1. THAT would be worth a screenshot to frame on my wall. I keep refreshing the page hoping it will climb back up.

Until then, I’m back to copy, pasting and sending ebook codes while I chat with my sons (with the occasional refresh). It’s the least I can do for those out there who are doing so much for me with so much less.

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Day #26 – Story Behind the Story

Posted on May 26, 2012 by Angela Yuriko Smith

All month long I’ve been talking about my first book, End of Mae, but I think the story behind End of Mae is even more interesting than the tales of Heylel and his crew. My book was started because of an argument at a writer’s conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Years later it was finished to serve as my test subject for marketing experiments.

Along the way I developed into a hybrid writer, alternating between detailed reporting and fantasy. I like to think of myself as a factional writer – riding the fence between fiction and fact. The two weave together so beautifully from project to project.

In my story Mae works for The Community News, a real newspaper in the area. The entire story was inspired by a real article I did for the same paper on the Jersey Devil. Then I wrote a book about the book to tell how I marketed it. Essentially a newspaper article spawned a novella which birthed a book which is growing up into a series.

The book that came from the book was born premature. I hurriedly published it in ebook as we left Australia last year and many of you are familiar with the grey and blue cover – that cover and title was from street art created by Peter Drew . The alley artist of Adelaide, I was a fan of his long before I knew who he was. The writing of the original book was rushed. I knew we were leaving the country and thought if I waited to get settled before writing it I would forget.

The writing may have been hurried but the research wasn’t. I obsessed over it for months, running tests on my fictional guinea pig and recording the results. The resulting book is called No Money Marketing: All You Need Is Like. It’s just recently been reworked and professionally edited and as of today is available in on Kindle and Smashwords.

By tomorrow I expect the paperback version to be up on Amazon, and within weeks it will be available in the Bad Girls Art Gallery and some independent bookstores. I’ll be signing both books on June 15th at Artwalk and teaching my first class on No Money Marketing on June 30th. I find myself a little in awe today as the messages popped up in my inbox; My files were accepted. My new book was for sale.

One year ago on this date I had a dream to be a published author. I was working feverishly in our one room flat in Adelaide, Australia. I borrowed my husband’s desktop and his antiquated ‘craptop’ to do my work causing my files to be spread everywhere and much writing to vanish in cyberspace. I worked like a crazy person, hunched over the keyboard not noticing the sweat running down my back due to lack of air conditioning.

A year has brought huge changes to my life. I’m now a published author twice. I’ve sold my first book steadily and have gotten to ‘feel famous’ doing signings, readings and radio interviews. Now that the second one is finished I’m moving into teaching classes locally and virtually. I even get fan mail and every comment and email still amazes me.

Despite all the exciting changes, enough things stay the same to keep me grounded. Steady sales don’t mean riches – they mean the same 15 to 20 books always seem to get purchased every month. I have a day job to pay bills. I do have my own laptop now to keep my work from being spread everywhere. It’s a good one too so I no longer have to worry about writing getting dumped and lost if I don’t save every paragraph. And I still work like a crazy person, hunched over the keyboard not noticing the sweat running down my back due to lack of air conditioning.

Whatever the next year brings, tonight I’m celebrating that both books are finally ready, polished up and making their way on their own. I have four children made of flesh and blood, two made of page and spine and one impending grandchild.

This life is turning out to be one interesting ride and I can’t wait to see what’s around the next bend.

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Day #25 – Guest Post From Cindy ;D

Posted on May 25, 2012 by Angela Yuriko Smith

This is a guest post from an aspiring writer friend of mine named Cindy who is also writing a book. I’m excited for the day when I get to review it here. Until then, here’s Cindy with a guest post to help celebrate Mae Awareness Month. Thanks Cindy, you’ll notice my email answering has slowed down again but I’ll soon catch up!

Having known Angela for a little under a year doesn’t really make me the best person
to tell anyone what she is like in real life. What I do know is that Angela is a great friend and a fun person to be around, if you’re not laughing at one point or another when you are around her there is something wrong with you.

She’s also one of those people that you can always count on, if there is ever
anything one of her friends needs help with Angela won’t hesitate to help.
Although sometimes you have to poke her and remind her that when you get an
e-mail it won’t hurt you to write back ^__^ (but then again, i got a subtle
poke not so long ago as well from Angela).

The thing that got us talking the first time we met was our shared love of writing.
Angela saw my mountain of disorganized papers, and when i told her about my
book we started talking about the pro’s and con’s of self-publishing. Now,
thanks to Angela and her son’s old computer, I have written more on my book
than ever, and I’m staying organized ;)

Writer, friend and Ferret lover; Angela is all that and more.

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Day #24 – Final Week of Mae Awareness!

Posted on May 24, 2012 by Angela Yuriko Smith

I’m finally in the last week and I feel like I’ve run a marathon in Mae’s Doc Martins!

We’ve had video reviews, games, piano music, readings, ArtWalk, a Facebook party, book signings… the list goes on and on. I made my first tentative steps into the ‘offline’ world as an author and met fans face to face… and loved it! More things have cropped up as a result of all that but for now I only have to worry about getting thru the next week.

What will I do in June? Write about everything but Mae I think! That includes all the book and CD reviews I have sitting here waiting on my table. I’ll be starting off June 1st with Cambria Hebert’s new release Charade.

For now, I ask that you ride with me a bit longer as we wrap up the month of Mae… er… May and know I have enjoyed the trip with you. Thanks for all the support – and a special thanks to Stephanie King for tonight’s illustration and to Kira for creating the Mae Dress Up game. This is the outfit Stephanie chose for Mae Dress up and I love it.

I have that shirt in real life too ;p

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