Bundled story: “The Lesson of the Love Spell” by Jamie Ferguson

Anna’s new neighbor is a witch.

Anna tells her parents, but they don’t believe her – as if any grown-up would believe a ten-year-old girl who said that type of thing.

Besides, her parents are so busy fighting with each other that they barely seem to remember Anna even exists. If only they’d stop fighting and be nice to one another!

But perhaps the witch could help…by casting a love spell on Anna’s parents…

“The Lesson of the Love Spell” is in the Witches’ Brew bundle. You can learn more on BundleRabbit, Goodreads, and the bundle’s Facebook page.


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About the Author

Jamie focuses on getting into the minds and hearts of her characters, whether she’s writing about a saloon girl in the old west, a man who discovers the barista he’s in love with is a naiad, or a ghost who haunts the house she was killed in – even though that house no longer exists. Jamie lives in Colorado, and spends her free time in a futile quest to wear out her two border collies since she hasn’t given in and gotten them their own herd of sheep. She’s temporarily in between cats, and therefore sneaks them in to many of her stories.


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Pinterest profile basics

There are several simple things you can do to customize your Pinterest profile to emphasize you as an author.

Prerequisite

You have an existing Pinterest account. This can be either a personal or a business account.

Steps

  • Log in to your author profile, then go to Settings.
     

     
  • Click on “Profile” on the left-hand side, or scroll down a little to get to the Profile settings section.
     

     
  • Your name should have been stored when you created your account. You can modify it here if you’d like.
    If your account is set up as a business account, the field name will say “Business Name” – but don’t let that confuse you. This is where your author name goes.
  • Select a unique username, which will be displayed in the URL for your Pinterest profile page. Remember that your readers will see this, so make it something that can easily be associated with you.
    In my case, I chose “jamieauthor,” so to get to my Pinterest profile page you’d type https://pinterest.com/jamieauthor.
  • Enter a short biography, or whatever text you deem appropriate, in the “About you” box. Note that this text is limited to 160 characters.
  • If you’d like to enter your location, it goes in the “Location” field. Note that this is a freeform text box, so if you enter “Planet Earth” that’s exactly what will be displayed on your profile page.
  • Enter your website. If you click the “Confirm Website” box, Pinterest will provide you HTML text that you can add to your site which will allow you to see what pins people save from your website, and will add your logo to any pin that comes from your site.
  • You can choose to showcase up to five boards, which means those boards will be displayed at the top of your profile page. One board will be displayed at a time, and the boards are automatically displayed in rotation.
     

     
  • Click on “Save Settings,” and you’re done!
   
 

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Bundle story: “Here, Kitty Kitty” by Annie Reed


Dee and her gorgeous but grumpy elf partner Diz find missing people for a living. Tracking down a fairy’s missing ceramic cat should be a snap, right?

Wrong.

Dee should have known any case involving one of the fey would lead to disaster. Much less an angry little fairy who hurls weapons at her head and yells at her in Japanese.

To save her skull and find the kitty, Dee and her partner plunge headlong into the world of manga, anime, and cosplay. Diz might never be the same again!

“Here, Kitty Kitty” is in the Fantasy in the City bundle. You can learn more on BundleRabbit, Goodreads, and the bundle’s Facebook page.
 


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About the Author

Award-winning editor and writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch calls Annie Reed “one of the best writers I’ve come across in years.”

In addition to appearing in numerous issues of Fiction River, Annie’s short fiction also appears regularly in The Uncollected Anthology, stories written quarterly on the same theme, and in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Her longer works include the private eye novels Pretty Little Horses and Paper Bullets, the crime novels A Death in Cumberland and the upcoming Missing in Cumberland, and the suspense novel Shadow Life, written under the pen name Kris Sparks.


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Create an Amazon Author Page

An Amazon Author Page is very easy to set up, and requires little to no work to maintain after the teeny, tiny amount of time you spent setting it up in the first place.

Why have an Amazon Author Page?

Your Author Page lists all of your books in one place, making it easy for someone who likes one of your books to find other things you’ve written.

You can also add a biography, link to your blog so that previews of your blog posts are displayed, and add videos, photos, and events.

Once your Amazon Author Page exists, your name will appear as a link to your Author Page on any title you’ve published or participated in.

Readers can also find your page by searching for your name in the Books or Kindle Store categories – both your books and your Amazon Author Page will come up in the search results.

Prerequisites

You’ll need a regular Amazon account to sign up for Amazon Author Central. You can use your personal account, or create a new account that you’ll only use for your author persona. If you don’t have an account set up, or if you want to create a new one, you can create one during the steps below.

I created a separate author account so that I could keep the different mes separate, but it’s totally fine if you want to have only one account.

Steps to create your Amazon Author Page

  • Go to Amazon Author Central.
  • Click “Join Now.”
  • Sign in with your amazon.com account credentials.

    If you don’t have an existing Amazon account, select “I am a new customer” and create one.

  • Enter the name your books are published under. A list of books will be displayed. Select your books from this list.
     
    If no books are displayed, but you have one or more titles published on Amazon, you can search by title or ISBN.
  • After you select your book(s), Amazon will send a confirmation email to verify you’re really you.

Notes

  • If you write under more than one name, you’ll need to create a separate account for each name.
  • Every time you publish a new book, it should show up automatically on your Author Page. If it doesn’t, follow these steps to claim your title on Amazon.

Reference: Amazon’s help page on Setting Up Your Author Central Account

   
 

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Bundle story: “The Beforedeath” by Brigid Collins


Tamra grips the rotted banister. Gasps in the terrifying waves of a hot spot four steps up.

Should she step into the heart of that heat? Let its unnatural pulse thunder through her corpse?

When had she stopped believing she was safe?

Do you believe in life before death?
 
 
 

“The Beforedeath” is in the Haunted bundle. You can learn more on BundleRabbit, Goodreads, and the bundle’s Facebook page.
 


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Brigid Collins is a fantasy and science fiction writer living in Michigan. Her short stories have appeared in Fiction River, The Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, and The MCB Quarterly. Her fantasy series, Songbird River Chronicles, are available in print and electronic versions on Amazon and Kobo.


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Linking your blog to your Amazon author profile

If you have an author blog, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t associate it with your Amazon author profile! Plus it’s super easy and quick.

  • Log in to Amazon Author Central.
  • author page.
  • Click on ‘add blog’.
  • Enter the RSS feed for your blog.

    In my case, my URL is http://jamieferguson.com/feed. The URL to your blog’s feed may be in a different format depending on how your website is set up.

Previews of your blog posts should start appearing on your Amazon author page within 24 hours. They’ll be in the Author Updates section, along with any videos and/or images you’ve uploaded. If someone clicks on one of the preview images, they’ll be directed to that post’s page on your website.

   
 

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Bundled story: Witch

Betrayal. Magic. Freedom.

Erynn and her unlikely friends have dethroned their terrible master Sebastian, killing him and leaving his soul to suffer and fade into oblivion. They guard his soul to make sure he dies a true death, while keeping their revolution secret, lest Sebastian’s rivals and those under his influence rise against them. After all, in Sebastian’s underground criminal cult, bodies, souls, magic—and power—are the only currency that matters.

Erynn and those she loves are nearly home-free when Sebastian stages a rebellion of his own, reaching out from beyond the grave.

To stop him, Erynn must face her greatest fear—becoming just like the man whose all-consuming lust, greed, and twisted magic made her into a monster with a clockwork heart.

A heroine willing to risk it all. A world where dark enchantment endangers every soul and, for the right price, anyone can live forever.

WITCH is the second story in the Clockwork Heart Tales short story series.

“Witch” is in the Witches’ Brew bundle. You can learn more on BundleRabbit, Goodreads, and the bundle’s Facebook page.


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Leslie Claire Walker grew up among the lush bayous of southeast Texas. She lives in the spectacularly green Pacific Northwest with cats, harps, and too many fantasy novels to count. She takes her inspiration from the dark beauty of the city, the power of myth, and music ranging from Celtic harp to heavy metal. Her short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies.


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Setting up International Amazon Author Central pages

Just because you have an Amazon Author Central page doesn’t mean your page appears on all of the amazon.xx domains. But don’t panic! This is very easy to fix.

There are multiple Amazon.xx domains, but not all of them offer Author Central. This can and will change over time, so you’ll need to keep an eye on which domains do provide this option.

Here are the currently available Amazon Author Central sites.

Consider creating a profile on each of these sites.

Note that you don’t have to use the same content on each site, so if the French version of your bio contains a catchy French idiom, you can use that on your French profile and leave it off your German profile.

What to set up

  • Create an account with each site if necessary.
    Your existing Amazon Author Central credentials may work on the various international sites; if they don’t, you can create a new account for that country.
  • Your biography.
    You can use Google Translate, or another translation program, to convert your existing page’s biography to the desired language. If you know someone who speaks that language, it’s definitely worth confirming that the text translated correctly.
  • Configure your social media feeds for each site. Check the allowed feeds, and adjust your settings accordingly. For example, one Amazon site might not offer integration with your author blog, even if the others do.
  • Make sure to look at what content has/has not copied over. For example, my titles appear on my amazon.in author page, as does the video I posted recently – but my blog does not. Don’t assume something is/isn’t there – verify it.

(Note that India does not yet support Amazon Author Central pages – I just found it interesting that the video was there, but was not on my UK profile.)

Why set all this up?

You can have readers across the world, not just in whatever country you live in. Take advantage of this – and help your readers find you!!! 🙂

   
 

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Bundle story: “Angry Sean” by Eric Kent Edstrom


Sean doesn’t know where the Medallion came from. He just woke up one day with it embedded in his chest, right over his heart. Even worse, the artifact makes him angrier and angrier until he has to “split”. Making the best of the curse, Sean uses his Split, Angry Sean, to do dirty work for people in need.

So when a miserable client asks him to help rescue her young daughter, Angry Sean is more than ready to deal out some pain.

 
 
 

“Angry Sean” is in the Fantasy in the City bundle. You can learn more on BundleRabbit, Goodreads, and the bundle’s Facebook page.
 


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Eric is the author of the science fiction and fantasy series The Undermountain Saga and The Scion Chronicles. He lives in Wisconsin with his family.


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Adding a video to your Amazon author page

You can add up to eight videos to your Amazon author page. These can include book trailers, footage of your cats napping – anything is fair game as long as it adheres to Amazon’s content guidelines.

Prerequisites

  • You already have an Amazon author page.
  • Your video must be:
    • Less than 500 MB.
    • In one of the following formats: AVI, FLV, MOV, MPG, WMV, or MP4.
    • No more than 10 minutes long.
  • You have an actual video to upload; embedding videos on sites like YouTube is not supported.

Adding a video

Note that the URLs will vary if you’re editing your author page on one of the other Amazon sites (.co.uk, .de, etc.).

  • Log in to Amazon Author Central.
  • Click on Author Profile in the menu at the top of the page.
  • In the Videos section at the bottom of the right sidebar, click “add video.”
  • Select your file, confirm your acceptance of the terms & conditions, and click “Upload video.”
  • Wait. 🙂

It can take up to 24 hours for your video to be processed and displayed on your author page. Amazon will send you an email when this is complete.

The video will be displayed in the Author Updates section underneath the scrolling display of book cover images.

An image will be randomly selected from the beginning of the video to use for the still image that appears when the video isn’t playing.

Reference: Amazon’s help page on uploading videos.

   
 

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