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This month's reflective question: Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?
 
Unfortunately, I'm not participating this year, due to health issues as well as other things, but I participated in the A to Z Challenge last year and met so many wonderful people from all over the world. It is a fantastic opportunity to network and make new friends. Wishing all 2017 participants lots of fun

My April is filled with preparations for releasing my début novel: Ultimate Principle - a crime novel introducing DCI Lane Rivers. I received the final edits back from my lovely editor, and am frantically giving it a final surface level clean up. In addition to this I am designing my book cover, putting the finishing touches to my new website and learning how to format a print book (a trying task for a technophone like me😧). So a truly busy and rather stressful month. Lots of insecurities going on, but I'll triumph in the end.

If anyone has a tip on formatting covers for print books (apart from paying someone else to do it 😉), I'd be very grateful.

How is your April shaping up? Are you in the process of publishing something new?

Wishing you all a happy month. Keep writing and stay positive. You can do it!  
 
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  1. I haven't participated for the last few years. It was too much of a time commitment for me. I do wonder what kind of results other writers feel they get from that kind of experience.

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    1. I have never run (and never will run) the marathon, but I associate the two :) Enjoyable nevertheless.

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    2. Thank you for coming by, Karen. It's always lovely to see you.

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  2. Wow - can't believe you're doing that all yourself. I think on my next project, I will give it a whirl. The designers I've worked with use InDesign to design the book. There's a pretty steep learning curve, I understand. Good luck.

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    1. My main investment was in the editing. I will out source more as I earn - probably.

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  3. Sorry you've had health challenges.
    Awesome news about your book! Be glad to help you promote it.

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    1. Aah, thank you so much, Alex. I'll be in touch as soon as I'm organised. I really appreciate your support. The health issue is something I'm having to adapt to. A long journey ahead. But I'll keep smiling :)

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  4. Congratulations!! I have no idea how to format. Carrie Butler tried to teach me, but I was a fail. I'm going to try again...maybe.

    But anyhow, best of luck with the book. Let me know if I can help!

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    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth. I really appreciate your support. Take care. I hope your pain eases. God Bless.

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  5. Ooo ... I'm interested in seeing your cover!

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    1. Great! I plan to show it next week :) Would love you to see and say what you think. Hope all is well, Donna.

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  6. Hi Nicola - hope the health continues to heal and get strong. The A-Z is a busy time ... yet I can see the advantages in being a part of the challenge and the marketing opportunities that are there ...

    Well done on all your goals and striving towards them ... see you there! Cheers Hilary

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    1. I love your A to Z posts, Hilary. So interesting. Thank you for the encouragement. Means a lot.

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  7. My husband creates and formats all the book covers for DLP. I'd be happy to offer you what I know.

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    1. That would be great!! I'd like to learn how to do it myself. In my previous role as school director, I never delegated work I couldn't do myself and that way of thinking has stuck with me. Thanks so much.

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  8. No wonder you're not doing the A-Z this year, you've got a lot on. Sorry to hear about your health issues, but hope you're recovering now.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Annalisa. Have a lovely week.

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  9. The only tip I have is to scan through Amazon and look at the covers for books in the same genre as your book. If people can't tell what genre your book is in from the cover, they tend to move on to the next book.

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    1. I've spent hours doing that, Ken. It's a lot of fun. I've designed my cover - the Kindle version - but I'm having a bit of bother formatting a print copy. I just don't know about the nitty gritty, but I'll learn. I hope all is well in the world of chemistry :)

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  10. Sorry you have been having some health issues, Nicola, I wish you all the very best. Sounds like you have been busy getting your book ready for publication. I hope the formatting etc work out. I'm afraid I have never tried it so can't offer any practical advice, but looking forward to hearing more and seeing your cover soon.

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    1. Thank you Suzanne. I plan to share more information about my book in the coming weeks.

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  11. Hi,
    Lovely, simply lovely. I am looking forward to your book release. I am also not participating in the A to Z this year. My priorities lie with finishing my book and it takes all my energy.
    Take care of yourself and don't forget to take breaks.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat

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    1. I won't forget to take plenty of breaks. Unfortunately that's a must at the moment. Lovely to see you, Pat. I hope all is well with you and good luck with finishing your book. How exciting.

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  12. When you have a book coming out to plan for, A to Z can be a big burden.

    I only have tips for ebook covers, not print covers. :(

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    1. Thanks for popping over, Chrys. And thank you very much for all your hard work with IWSG. I love to receive your newsletters. I will find time to contribute at some point :)

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  13. Good luck with the debut! And like you said, you will totally triumph! :)

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    1. :) I'm trying to be upbeat and positive, Madeline. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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  14. Are you going through Createspace for the print book? If so, they have a handy guide and templates to create the print cover. I've used their templates for formatting the interior as well as for sending to a cover artist to make sure the cover fit the right dimensions. Best of luck with it all!

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    1. This time not. I'm going through KDP printing. I would have used Createspace as I've heard so many good things about it, but I'm entering the Storyteller 2017 competition with Amazon UK and I pretty sure that I have to use their new service. Hopefully it will work out. Thank you for popping over, Cherie. Always lovely to see you.

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  15. Sorry you're having health troubles, but it's good to hear that you're getting ready to release a book. Wish I knew about cover formatting! That's something I haven't gotten to yet. Good luck!

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  16. Exciting times! What Ken said. Make a study of your genre, and use similar elements but make it unique too. If you're publishing on Amazon, they'll give you specifications for your cover size in pixels. The best guideline is to always have a larger image than you need. You can shrink an image, but you can't blow it up without distortion.

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Crystal. Lovely to see you. I hope all is going well for you and sales are high.

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  17. April has been pretty busy, but I won't complain. Congrats on your upcoming book!

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  18. Many congrats on Ultimate Principle.
    Sounds like you have a lot of irons in the fire.
    Hope you're feeling okay.
    Regarding your cover...have you ever used fiverr?

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    1. Thank you, Sandra. I hope you are feeling okay too. My thoughts are with you during the difficult time.

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  19. I've read some blog posts about covers and formatting and such. Of course, I don't remember where at the moment. Good luck.

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    1. :) Just like me. I read loads when I didn't need it and can I remember where to look? No, of course not :) Have a great week, Liz.

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  20. You have a perfect reason for not participating this year! Congratulations on your book. Very excited for you.

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  21. All the best for getting Ultimate Principle out there, Nicola! Looking forward to reading it!

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    1. Thanks, Denise. I'm very proud, but I couldn't have done it without my editor. She is fab!

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  22. Ooh, that sounds like a lot of work and stress all at once. Congratulations on the book and I hope you survive it being published.

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  23. Congratulations on the new book, and i agree the A to Z is a challenge. It's also how i've met almost all of the other bloggers i know!

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    1. I think that's how we met :) Thanks for popping over.

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  24. Hi Nicola, your crime novel Ultimate Principle sounds interesting. Good luck with it! I have done the A to Z Challenge once and enjoyed making a whole lot of new connections.

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    1. Thank you, Rachna. I'll be giving out more info in due course. Take care and have a good week.

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  25. Congratulations and best wishes on the release! I am fearful of releasing my short story series, even the most polished out of those twenty-three. The main OC is my lovechild. ~grin~ And I don't know if I want to share him with the often cruel world.

    On a side note, this comment box is difficult to see without contrasting boundaries. I found it, obviously, but thought I'd let you know

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    1. Thanks, Darla.

      Not sure how to put contrasting boundaries on the comments box. Can't find that option for this design. If anyone knows, please drop me a line :)

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    2. Oh! Somehow I missed reading about your health issues. I hope you feel better!

      I"m doing two writing challenges this month. ~grin~ The blog challenge and National Novel Writing Month have me hopping and tending to read fast.

      http://darlamsands.blogspot.com/

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  26. Nicola, wishing you success in getting your edits done and that cover finalized as well.

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  27. Yes, you must be super busy with the release of your book. Congrats on debuting! That's awesome!

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    1. Zzzzzzz shattered :) Thanks for popping by, Natalie.

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  28. Good luck with your new book. There is a very useful website https://www.thebookdesigner.com/ It is a treasure trove of information about books covers and book formatting. I'm a subscriber and I recommend it wholeheartedly. The guy knows what he is doing and he is willing to share.

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    1. That's great, Olga. Thank you very much for the info. I'll go and check it out now. Have a super week.

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  29. Sorry to hear about your health challenges. I hope you get healthy soon! I haven't done the A-Z challenge in a couple of years, because of time challenges. It was a good way to meet new bloggers, though.

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    1. Hi Sherry. I hope all is well with you. I agree the A to Z is a great place to meet new bloggers - as is the IWSG. Thank you for popping over. Always lovely to see you.

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  30. Sorry to hear about the health issues. However, congratulations on the debut. I wish you an abundance of success and fulfillment with the new release.

    Arlee Bird
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  31. Producing your own book is a huge process. Good luck and well done for all you've done so far, Nicola.

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. I hope all is well with you.

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  32. Reading your profile I found myself nodding in agreement. I love Elly Griffiths work, and R. Mac Wheeler - and many, many more.
    Congratulations on getting the imminent release of your debut novel. This reader is so very grateful to writers.l

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  33. Best of luck with your new book Nicola. I know it is a big worry to send your "children" out into the world. Sounds like it will be a good story.

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  34. Health issues are never fun. Sure have a lot of the go hopefully everything goes off without a hitch.

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  35. Yay! Good luck on your book release!

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