The Journey Continues

All in all self-publishing my first novel has been a humbling experience. One of the highlights derived from the process was meeting a host of professionals who helped me along the way. From Editors: Jeni Chappelle and Amber Barry, book cover designer: author Lynnette Bonner, author services: Standoutbooks, and book cover designer and formatters: Formatting Experts (who went far beyond the call of duty in making this book a reality) to Mcgully and Actress Ellen with two superb videos. It’s done! Time to move on.

Now after a few snags in the process, you can order A Gateway to Hope from bookstores and a multitude of online distributors. Mardels’s bookstore will order the book for the list price.

The last two giveaways has ended. The giveaways at bookgiveaways.net and Goodreads totaled 1225 entries with 10 winners. Hope all the winners love the story and publish a review.

Next on the agenda, I’m busy writing books two and three. Yep. As if writing book one didn’t stretch me enough, I have hopes of completing both drafts by March 2016. A standalone novel, book two will continue the hope theme begun in A Gateway to Hope. While book three is a young adult book adapted from my play Pajama Party. I’ll keep you posted.

In the future, I will update author services and blogs for booklovers and authors on my website. Hopefully the information will prove beneficial.

Thanks to everyone who made my dream of becoming a writer a reality. Be blessed and happy reading!

Back to Normal?

The last five weeks hit me like a whirlwind. Take a look at the testimonial I sent to Loving the Book:

Thank you, Loving the Book! You guided me through two unknown events to promote my debut novel A Gateway to Hope. First off, the book blitz engaged me quickly. For one full day, friends and people I’d never met gathered to review my labor of love. How amazing that bloggers I didn’t know hosted my book around the globe. Then, ten days later, the book tour launched fourteen days spent visiting multiple booklover sites. There were interviews, book reviews, giveaways, plus a host of information to promote my inspirational romance. Loved the swag. The bookmark matched the keychain featuring the book cover. Thank you, ladies! All in all, you made marketing A Gateway to Hope a wonderful experience.
Author E. C. Jackson

What’s next? Hopefully, turning this website into a font of information for self-publishing authors and book lovers enjoying clean reads. Well, actually three scenarios are now taking place.

Formatting Experts, who have more than lived up to the name of knowing their craft, navigated me through the perils of receiving unacceptable proof copies. First, from Createspace, a subsidiary of Amazon. The book cover, though technically correct, had to be adjusted.

Even today, I’m waiting on a free replacement proof copy from Ingram Spark because the first copy they sent had an error in production. Self-publishing can be difficult, yet holding a copy of your book has many rewards. Ingram Spark, utilizing print on demand, will distribute A Gateway to Hope to bookstores and libraries around the world.
Instead of twiddling my thumbs while waiting, I am tackling books two and three. Book two, a standalone book, will continue the hope theme found in A Gateway to Hope. I’ll also adapt my first play, Pajama Party, into a YA novel. The tentative publishing date for both books is May 2016.

A Gateway to Hope has a 4.7 rating on Amazon with 32 reviews. While Barnes and Noble has 5.0 with 11 reviews. And Goodreads has a 4.61 with 28 ratings and 19 reviews. So far, 270 people entered the giveaway ending September 15. And 203 people added it to read.

There were approximately 1,057 entries in the giveaway hosted by Loving the Book. Two paperbacks, three e-Books, and nine bookmarks and keychain sets were won.

Until next time…

The Book Blitz Was a Blast

Chalk up another first for me. Last Saturday, Loving the Book Launch Party blitzed A Gateway to Hope on multiple blogs. The fun began at 8:00 am and then continued until 10:00 pm when the host published the final post.

Attendees followed twenty-five blogs (including some from hosts in the UK and Turkey) during the festivities, which ended Tuesday. I offered freebies for each site, and a total of 284 participants entered the giveaways. Five entrants won the following gifts:

A Gateway to Hope paperback book

A Gateway to Hope e-Book

Three sets of key chains and bookmarks featuring A Gateway to Hope

This event set the stage for my virtual book tour, which begins July 28. This week, twenty-two bloggers will set the stage for A Gateway to Hope with interviews, book reviews, and some surprises. The tour will end August 10.

Can’t wait to take the book tour with you!

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