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Please Help Me Decide Which of These Three books to Use for the Cover of Sailing Under the Black Flag

One of the ways that an author can prepare her audience for an upcoming book is to encourage them to help choose the book cover. I showed these covers to my friends and family on Facebook. I thought I would have four but it looks as though my friends and family on Facebook narrowed it down to two Which one of these two books do you prefer?

Book cover A

Book cover A

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Book Cover B

 

Book Cover 3

Book Cover 3

Draft Written Description

Another thing that an author can do to get her fans involved in the prelaunch is to ask what they think of descriptions. Here’s my first attempt at writing this book’s description. Perhaps it can help the audience decide which photo better fits the story.

 

Young Jonathan Mayford wants to join the Patriot Cause because he wants to prove that he’s a man. Much to his parents’ misgivings, they allow him to join his father’s privateer, the American Elizabeth.
He learns, however, that it’s not fighting in the war that will prove his manhood.
Jonathan befriends an old sea cook, Finis Henderson who teaches him about the sea. He also becomes friends with a young African American boy named James Forten.
James Forten, though born a freedman did not know what being free was really all about until he experienced the freedom upon a privateer. He also did not know realize how treacherous slavery was until he saw individuals of his own color in chains.
The relationship that took him from boyhood to manhood however began when he met the red-headed Lowri Howell, a girl of noble Welsh blood.  He dreamed of the day that he would become worthy of her affections. He hoped that by winning this war, he might have a chance at capturing, what he considered, the greatest prize of all

 

What do you think? How can I improve the description? I know most haven’t read the book, but do you get an idea of what the story is about from this description? Why would you pick this book up? Just as important, is Why wouldn’t you?

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


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My blog post on Tuesdays is usually about productive writing related to my books. I usually talk about what I do to produce better quality books. However, recently, my writing production has been more focused on writing online content and less on book writing.

Writing Online Content

For an author, especially Indie Authors, writing the book isn’t the end of the writing process. An author also develops his/her online platform and does PR work. That means writing lots of online content in addition to writing the books.
One of the ways that I do this is by writing this blog. I write it faithfully week in and week out whether it gets read by one hundred people or by only two. This is content that I write faithfully. The content here is mine so I don’t have to worry about losing it because a specific site closed down..

Hubpages

Another place that I have been writing is in Hubpages. I have recently updated my content there so that everything is featured. It wasn’t hard to do, it just took time to improve hub SEO and do a little other editing.
There is a petition of numerous Squidoo writers who are suing Hubpages because they bought out Squidoo and changed the rules on payments. I don’t know what that will mean for the rest of us who have been working with Hubpages for years, but I am keeping my eye on the situation. I don’t want what happened to my content on Bubblews to happen on Hubpages as well. (before payment, Bubblews closed its page down.)
I am trying to get away from this kind of article writing. I have found that it doesn’t pay that much for all the work involved. I do want to do a little more of it, though. There are some articles that I want to write that don’t fit elsewhere and this gives me a venue. Last year I wrote hub and this year I have already written one and started another. I will keep copies of my hubs though, just in case.

Rewriting Book Descriptions

The other day, a friend of mine on one of the groups I am in said that he had not sold any books on Amazon Kindle for several months, but then a few days ago he decided to do some changes on the description and discovered that he got two new sales from that book. It got me to thinking that perhaps that is what I needed to do, so this week I intend to make that one of my writing projects over the next few weeks.
Another one of the writers on the site suggested that we post our descriptions on the site so that others could help give ideas for changes to the descriptions. This is something that I may consider.

My Newsletter

Today marks the day that my newsletter comes out. (Drum roll please). I have spent the past week working on starting my email list and writing the newsletter which will be coming out every Monday. I would love to hear from anyone who is coming to this blog from my newsletter. Please comment below. I would love to hear from you.
If you have not yet joined my newsletter, please do so now. http://eepurl.com/bPpzXX Not only will you see what I have on this blog and other online content, but also you will have access to special promotions, free articles, and even free books that you may miss elsewhere. Also I will be sharing the itinerary of events that I will be attending so that perhaps I could meet you in person! Plus right now I am having a newsletter contest where I am giving away autographed copies of the first four books in the Locket Saga. Don’t miss out. Sign up today http://eepurl.com/bPpzXX

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback.

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

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