Archive | August 2014

New Release for FLYING TO THE FIRE is Today – Book #2 in a YA thriller series!

flying montageHey everyone! Today is the launch of Book #2 in my deaf thriller series called FLYING TO THE FIRE!

An evil black mass has burst through Danny Anderson’s nightmares to attack him in broad daylight. If it weren’t for his birds, he would have died. Danny soon realizes that this monster is not coming for him, but for his little sister, Katie…because while he looks up to a place of light and peace, Katie looks down into realms of darkness and cruelty. Time is running out. The monster grows stronger with each attempt to steal Katie away to these dark dimensions, forcing Danny into the fight of his life to save his sister–before she is lost to him forever.

Want to grab your copy? Click here on Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/Flying-Fire-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00MDKZAG4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409402671&sr=8-1&keywords=flying+to+the+fire

I’m so excited at all the reviews that Book #1, FLYING TO THE LIGHT, received! In fact, just a few days ago a Professor of English from Gallaudet named Sharon Pajka gave me a 5 Star review. She also just finished reviewing FLYING TO THE FIRE and is going to do a write up on her blog “Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature.” Here’s her review if you’d like to check it out! http://www.amazon.com/review/RA1AYTHSCQLDR/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00J8ZPKWG

I’ve been very fortunate to get written up on so many blogs about this series. Some blogs about the launch are already out, so take a peek! They’re all great and you may wish to start following these people now!

Chris Mentzer: http://mentzer2150.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/fifth-tower-interview-elyse-salpeter/comment-page-1/?blogsub=confirmed#blog_subscription-2
Forever Friends: http://www.2foreverfriends.com/forever-friends-blog/flying-to-the-fire
Sharon Pajka’s blog “Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature:” http://pajka.blogspot.com/

I’m featuring a special FB event today with lots of prizes – feel free to come on by and check it out! Goes from 9-5. Join here! https://www.facebook.com/events/669594469785008/

Thank you everyone – your support means so much to me and if you’ve read the books and liked them, by all means, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and Goodreads – I’d truly appreciate it!

Elyse

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Launching a Sequel

Book #1 & #2 in my Deaf Thriller Series

Book #1 & #2 in my Deaf Thriller Series

I’ve heard in the industry that it is very difficult launching a sequel. For starters, unless it’s a standalone, readers need to read the first book in the series to develop a relationship with the story and the characters. So, the question is, how do you launch a sequel successfully?

Answer? Promotion and creativity. I’m launching Book #2 in my YA thriller series on August 30th. The novel is called FLYING TO THE FIRE and is the sequel to FLYING TO THE LIGHT. The books are about a deaf boy who knows about the afterlife and now people are after him for the answer.

Until August 14th, I’m offering the kindle version of Book #1 for only 99 cents (and £0.77 in the UK). That’s right, today, tomorrow and Thursday, FLYING TO THE LIGHT is just 99 cents for your kindle. I figure this way new readers can grab a copy and have the opportunity to read it before book #2 comes out (and possibly even get a few more reviews in as well).

In addition, I’m advertising on ENT, The Fussy Librarian, hopefully Pixel of Ink if they pick it up, and will promote on all the FB 99 cent sites, Google+ and Twitter. FLYING TO THE LIGHT has been out for a bit and has sold pretty well. I’m hoping with a series in place that it will continue to develop a nice audience. I’m about to start on Book #3 soon and it’s tentatively titled FLYING HOME.

On August 30th, I’ve got 9 – 10 bloggers promoting the book and doing a special book launch event on FB where I’ll be giving away prizes. I’ll have signed copies of FLYING TO THE FIRE and FLYING TO THE LIGHT, a voucher from a deaf retailer, Itunes cards, etc… This will be the first time I’m doing one of these all by myself, so we’ll see how it goes. I have over 100 people coming so far, so I’m very excited. Please feel free to join the online event here to win some fun prizes. No pressure to buy, just joining and participating would be great, too. https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/669594469785008/

If you’d like to purchase FLYING TO THE LIGHT for just 99 cents, please do so here:

US: http://www.amzn.com/B00J8ZPKWG
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flying-Light-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00J8ZPKWG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407850545&sr=8-1&keywords=flying+to+the+light

It’s at this price until August 14th and then will go back up to $2.99.

If anyone would care to do a write-up, interview or promotion on their own blogs because they’re looking for content on August 30th or anytime the week after, please feel free to let me know and I’ll provide anything you need.

Thanks so much and happy reading!

Killing off Beloved Characters

killDo you ever read a book and one of the main characters, or a beloved character, dies? Do you get upset with the story itself or do you actually get upset at the writer? I was once on a business trip and the movie Message in a Bottle came on. It was really late, but I’d never seen the movie and really wanted to watch it. I ended up spending a few hours, well past midnight waiting for this awesome ending, (spoiler alert here) only to be incredibly disappointed. I couldn’t believe I actually “wasted” three hours of my time.

As an author, you have to grapple with the fact that sometimes characters need to die. Look at the most popular books, movies, and television shows out there. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones? They’ve made killing characters a normal occurrence, but for some reason, authors still get vilified for doing it.

The World of Karov

The World of Karov

I wrote a dark fantasy series and Book #1 is called THE WORLD OF KAROV and it is definitely not a pink princess fairy tale. There’s a lot of violence in this book, but come on! We’re dealing with war and a great evil spreading through the universe. My characters are not having tea parties. That said, one of my aunts actually called me up and yelled at me for ten minutes about what I did to one of my characters. In fact, she refuses to read the sequel thinking I’ll do the same thing, though I assure all of you I haven’t, and Book #2, THE RUBY AMULET, ties up everything nicely.

Sometimes characters need to die. As the author, it makes total sense, but sometimes readers get upset. And that’s a good thing. You want to elicit an emotional response and if the death makes sense in the context of the story, it’s a good thing. Looking back, occasionally I’ll second guess myself if I should have been more kind to my characters, but then I check my reviews. What mollifies me so far is the 15 five star and 10 four star reviews I’ve received. At least some people liked it and understood what I had to do.

So, for this post, I leave you with this… sometimes people have to die in your books. Don’t sacrifice the scene because you’re afraid of what readers might think. Unless you’re only writing for a reader and not to be true to your characters.

Have any of you experienced this? Love to hear.

Why You Should Do A Goodreads Giveaway

goodreadsgiveWhen I talk to authors about what sort of promotion they are doing for their novels, I hear mostly “I’m posting on Twitter and my Facebook page.” Occasionally I’ll hear they do a post on Google+ or something on LinkedIn. I’ll also hear about doing ads on BookBub, ENT and sites like that. What I’m surprised is I don’t hear more activity happening on Goodreads.

You see, Goodreads is where readers go to find books that their friends are reading. Yes, there are a lot of authors there, but there are even more readers. I believe it’s important to branch out into different social media networks because you never know where you’ll find that next loyal customer.

Which leads me to why you should do a Giveaway on Goodreads. For the price of your book, mine average about $4.50 on Create Space, and shipping to the winner, I essentially have an “ad” for under $10 that runs on Goodreads for about two months. It sits there, it pops up occasionally, I can promote my giveaway and then people have the ability to enter AND THEN also have the ability to put it on their shelf to read if they like. If they do this, then it sits, for free, as a sort of ad, on their shelf that their friends can also see they are interested in reading.

I’ve done quite a few giveaways on Goodreads. I offer out my ARC Copies that might have some errors (which I make very clear to the winner) and it allows me to get exposure without having to run an actual ad. (and it allows me to get rid of the copies I won’t actually sell)

Here are some results of some Goodreads Giveaways I’ve done for three of my books:
I finished one yesterday for my thriller THE HUNT FOR XANADU and 616 people entered.
In November 2013 I did one for my dark fantasy novel THE WORLD OF KAROV and 510 people entered.
I did another one for my YA thriller, FLYING TO THE LIGHT and 623 people entered.

These are people who may never have come across my books before and if you’re lucky, the winners will leave a review for you as well.

So think about going on Goodreads today and creating a giveaway. Just remember, it needs to be a hard copy. You can give out as many books as you wish. I do just one so I can spread it around, but I see more people seem to enter when there are multiple copies to win. Totally your call. And while you’re at it, go enter a few giveaways, too. I’ve won some myself and it’s a great way to read a new author.

Now, for anyone interested, on 8/30 I’m doing an online book launch event for FLYING TO THE FIRE, which is Book #2 in my YA Deaf Thriller series. It’s all online and I’ll be giving out prizes for interaction. Please click and join here – you don’t need to purchase the novel – just come for fun! https://www.facebook.com/events/669594469785008/