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The Slipper fits…the fairytale come true about my Civil War Kindle Scout book “Love Me Forever” and our KP Authors Sunday Jan 10th Facebook Event 8 pm EST

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A year ago I was finishing up my Kindle Scout winner, LOVE ME FOREVER, to submit to the program.

A year later . . . and it’s been an amazing ride! This coming Sunday, January 10, 2015 8 pm Eastern Time, you can meet a whole bunch of Kindle Scout winners when we host a Facebook Event.

In honor of that, I’m re-posting Part 1 of my Kindle Scout story. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to seeing you at the FB event next Sunday!

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You know the fairy tale, but here’s the story behind it:

How my Kindle Scout book, LOVE ME FOREVER, was selected for publication, Part 1.

What is Kindle Scout? you ask. How does it work? Is it right for me?

The best way I can answer that is to tell you my story. Adding tips and observations along the way that I hslipper_fits_KSope will help guide you, whether you’re a reader or a writer…so here we go!

Once upon a time I had a book of the heart, a story I loved like a comfy, fave pair of jeans. I just couldn’t throw them away…

That book is LOVE ME FOREVER, a Civil War time travel novel that takes place from 1862-1863. It’s a big, family saga with two feisty heroines and the military men they love, coming in at 150,000 words. But as everyone knows, trad pubs don’t want Civil War…no problem, I’ll self publish it, right?

Or—and here’s where temptation comes in, like circling the pastry case at Starbucks, should I try Kindle Scout? The Amazon publishing venture where readers pick the books they publish:
https://kindlescout.amazon.com/about 

So I did…and for thirty days I was on a wild rollercoaster ride during my campaign for LOVE ME FOREVER. I’d check the “Hot and Trending” List all hours of the day and night on my cell phone—fretting when I wasn’t on the list and cheering when I was.

Bonus: if you nominate a book and it’s selected for publication, you receive a free advance copy before it’s published.

Here are some tips re: submitting to Kindle Scout:

1 – Format your book as if you’re going to self-pub it. I renamed my original .doc and then took out the copyright page and TOC, links to my other books, no header needed (you can add the copyright, links, and TOC back in later if you’re selected). I left in the page numbers (not needed for self-pub), but they don’t show up on the excerpt. If your book is selected, you’re ready to begin your final read-through. If not, you have your original .doc if you decide to self-publish your m/s.

2 – Don’t wait until you’re ready to submit to Kindle Scout to answer the questions, write your bio, description, etc. It took a lot of preparation to answer the questions in a way that highlighted who I am as a writer (3 questions), bio, description, logline—all have character length restrictions. I’d recommend getting that out of the way before you finish your book or do a final read-through.

3 – Cover: I did a dreamy Civil War lady cover with a beautiful rendering. It says “romance” right away so you can attract that reader. Also, keep it clean and simple with a strong focal point to grab the eye, but not confuse it. Be sure to adhere to the required size: 4500 pixels high and 2820 pixels wide (or a 1.5 height/width ratio). PNG (.png) or JPEG (.jpeg or .jpg) format, no larger than 5MB.

4 – Read the contract carefully – the percentage is 50 percent royalties instead of 70; you have to ask for your book back in writing if they don’t publish it after the 45-day exclusive; the $1,500 advance is against royalties; Amazon owns the exclusive digital and audio worldwide rights for 5 years in all languages—renewable.

Your book is published by Amazon Kindle Press in e-book, not print. Here is the breakdown from the Kindle Scout website:

Royalty Table:
E-Book: 50% of Net Revenue
Digital Audio: 25% of Net Revenue
Translation in e-Book format: 20% of Net Revenue

I believe they have 6 months to publish it or you get your rights back (you have to ask in writing).

5 – I see Kindle Scout as a new, exciting venture that combines both self-pubbing and traditional. You write, edit, copy edit, format your book and submit your own cover, but if you’re selected, you have Kindle Press as your publisher with an additional copy edit, PR, etc.

For me, it was also the opportunity to put my story out there during the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. I blogged every day with stories and excerpts about the Civil War. I added graphics I did myself with Royalty Free stock I bought a while ago. I enjoy designing the graphics, so that’s a plus. You can see my graphics here on my blog by looking at older posts.

6 – All in all, I’m extremely happy with the professionalism at Kindle Scout. I submitted my package online (very easy to fill out and submit) and my book was accepted within 2 hours and went live 2 days later.

Here is the link to my Kindle Scout page: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1EBUHZH3PWQRK

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The selection process:

I was on the Hot list more than half the time during the 30-day campaign. I would get on the list, jump around for a few days from first to last (about 10 books average are on the list at any one time), drop off for a day or two, then pop back on.

I blogged, tweeted, etc. every day, which helped me get the message out on a consistent basis, but I believe support from good people like you was very important to staying on the Hot list. Again, thank you.

I’m not sure what other criteria KS uses to make their selection. I submitted the cleanest m/s I could. I spent a lot of time checking it after it was written and giving it a thorough copy edit before I submitted it, checked the timeline, looked for inconsistencies, etc. It’s vital to give them the best book you can.

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The next step:

After my 30-day campaign ended, it took only two days for me to receive word my book was selected. My book cover was up on the KS header almost immediately along with the other selected books. I had 30 days to make any changes. I went over my manuscript for content, punctuation, spacing, etc. I also printed out a hard copy and gave it a quick read-through. You’d be surprised what you see on paper that you don’t see on a computer screen.

Next, after you submit your Final m/s, your book receives a Kindle Press copy edit. I’ll talk more about that in a future post. The Kindle Press Team is the best–all the KS authors are pleased with the entire process.

The contract becomes active as soon as you receive their email. It also indicated the accounting team would contact me. (I spoke with a member of the KP team a few days afterward). I’m already self-pubbed with Amazon, so I have an account with bank numbers, tax info, etc. in place, but KP has additional paperwork to be filled out.

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What I would have done differently:

I wouldn’t have waited so long to reach out to groups for help and support. I’ve always been a shy kid and still suffer from good girl syndrome after attending numerous parochial schools, but I credit the Sisters of Mercy with teaching me good tradecraft re: writing. I can diagram a sentence with the best of them and that’s helped me as a writer.

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I’m here for questions about Kindle Scout and anything you’d like to ask about the process. I really enjoyed writing LOVE ME FOREVER, about two very different women, Liberty Jordan and Pauletta Sue Buckingham, who are thrown together in a mad, crazy scheme of spying, lost love, and passionate desire for what they can’t have.

The men they love.

Do they get their men?

Well, it is a romance, but it’s also a wild dramatic journey based on actual events in the Civil War. Liberty and Pauletta Sue will make you cheer, then cry, then hold your breath when it looks like all is lost…

Thanks for stopping by and check out LOVE ME FOREVER on Amazon and Kindle Scout!

~Jina

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LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Women Soldiers in the Civil War from “Love Me Forever” from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Love Me Forever is now available in Print for $19.99
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Southern Belle and Spy: Excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Featured Image -- 2069If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner:

LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

 

Christmas during the Civil War in 1862 from “Love Me Forever” Video about the two mistresses of Rosebriar — twins born more than 150 years apart #Christmas

Christmas during the Civil War in 1862 from “Love Me Forever” from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Christmas is the time of year when we put aside our differences and celebrate the joys of the season.

Even during the Civil War.

No better place to do that than Rosebriar Plantation on Christmas Eve 1862.

The beautiful antebellum house in Virginia has been turned into a battlefield hospital after the Battle of Fredericksburg with Union Army surgeon, Major Flynt Stephens at the helm. There they treat the wounded from both the North and the South.

There’s also a mystery afoot in the major’s eyes. He swears there are two women playing the role of his fiancée and the mistress of Rosebriar.

Identical twins.

But which is which?

Liberty (his lady in gray and a time traveler).

Or:

Pauletta Sue (belle and spy).

I hope you enjoy this excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER, my Kindle Scout winner.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

~Jina

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December 24, 1862

Christmas Eve

Later that evening . . .

 

Flynt placed the metal star at the top of the Christmas tree.

Behind him, he could feel the stares boring into his back. Men from both sides lay huddled together in the great hall of Rosebriar, each one believing it was his tree with his Christmas star.

North or South.

He smiled. Wasn’t it Dickens who said every man should keep Christmas in his own way?

That was as it should be, he thought, stepping down from the ladder and standing back to admire the fifteen-foot-tall pine tree the soldiers had erected in the main receiving room. Peace on earth. For now. The yellow flag Flynt hung outside the grand house ensured every soldier knew it was a hospital and both Union and Confederate wounded lay inside. The fresh red,   white, and blue candles glowed brightly and the small net bundles filled with nuts and golden apples hung on the boughs of the tree. Someone had made a strand of beans and strung it around the bottom. Glass ornaments, round and blue and silver, hung on the top branches.

New-fashioned ornaments he’d bought on a whim back in medical school before the war. Who could have predicted this horrible conflict? And its casualties. Outside, a heap of amputated feet, legs, arms, and hands lay at the foot of an oak tree a few yards from the main house, waiting to be taken away.

Light, melting snow covered the pile.

But the weather was turning clear and mild.

He prayed that was a good sign and next Christmas would be different, though talk was the country was discouraged after the devastating Union loss two weeks ago at Fredericksburg. The people didn’t want to continue the war. If Burnside and the other generals couldn’t pull off a victory soon, he doubted if the government would get the support it needed to go on with the war.

That meant supplies.

Field hospitals were in want of fresh food, especially fruits and vegetables, causing cases of scurvy to break out. Rosebriar, on the other hand, had more than enough stored food and wood and, thanks to Pauletta Sue, the wounded benefited. They had fewer deaths and less cases of typhoid. It amazed him how a few changes in procedure saved so many lives.

Flynt let his gaze wander over the soldiers brought into the hall, most reclining on straw mattresses. Some had spent days in tent hospitals, lying on the frozen ground with only pine or twigs underneath their blankets. Every man able to sit up or raise his head was brought in to enjoy the Christmas celebration.

He’d never forget the look on the men’s faces when Pauletta Sue went around to each wounded soldier and gave him a small glass filled with brandy, insisting on using as many clean glasses as possible. Aunt Fairinda raised a ruckus in the kitchen, but she calmed down when she saw the men smile. He could still hear the hushed voices of his cook and the other servants oohing and aahing over the tree, saying it was just like the old days before the war started. Even Old Dan shed a tear. Surprised Virginia folk knew how to do up Christmas right, he’d said, like Tennessee folk.

And the singing.

Flynt’s heart warmed to the voices of the wounded men lifted up in the chorus of a popular holiday carol. Pauletta Sue’s light soprano rang out loud and clear. She sat at the pianoforte, her fingers skipping over the keys, turning her head and flirting with every man who caught her eye. He stood in the corner, watching her. Wanting her. His glance moving up and down her body, taking in her deep green silk dress covered with black velvet trim spread out around her, setting off her ivory-skinned beauty like emeralds surrounding a precious pearl.

The perfect mistress of Rosebriar.

Every man in the room envied him.

The real question on his mind was, was this Pauletta Sue from Tennessee?

Or his lady in gray?

It didn’t take him long to find out. Somehow, when he wasn’t looking, he swore they’d switched places. The two women were playing games with him. The lady in gray tended to the soldiers earlier, then the real Pauletta Sue took her place to entertain the officers.

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LOVE ME FOREVER
She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

I’d love to hear from you. You can find me on social media:
www.facebook.com/JinaBacarr.author

https://twitter.com/JinaBacarr
www.pinterest.com/jbacarr
https://instagram.com/jinabacarr/

And you’ll find more videos on Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/user216350 

And don’t forget MERCY STREET on PBS, also about Civil War medicine beginning in January 2016!

Time Travel Tuesday: Love Me Forever #CivilWar time travel romance #amwriting

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Ever have a bad day, wish you could go back and start again?

We all have. Days when the sun won’t shine, the rain falls sideways, and our hair frizzles up like a used cotton ball.

It ain’t gonna happen.

Time travel as we’ve come to know it through films and books is based more on imagination than science…or is it? From wormholes to stargates, writers have taken what scientists believe could make time travel possible and devised their own time machines.

I love time travel. LOVE ME FOREVER takes us back to 1862 to find out what it was like to be a Southern Belle and a spy. My heroine impersonates her exact twin…and falls in love with the woman’s fiancé, a handsome Union Army major.

Oh, my, what’s a time traveling heroine to do?

Two women…one man—things heat up to a boiling point when only one of the women can marry the handsome major…it really is fun imagining all sorts of thing happening when you travel back through time, especially when the heroine knows the North will win. It also places a great responsibility on her: what if she could change history? Save lives?

What would you do?

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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

VIDEO:

She was an imposter – a time traveler back to the Civil War in 1862 from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

#CivilWar time traveler, belle…and spy: “Love Me Forever” video

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She was a time traveler…belle…and spy.

Video for Saturday:

Civil War time traveler, belle…and spy: Love Me Forever from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

 

Confessions of a Video Belle: #CivilWar Time Travel Romance “Love Me Forever”

Instagram tempted me…but YouTube seduced me.

Yep.

I gave in. Made a couple of videos today for LOVE ME FOREVER.

Two videos:

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I loved Ken Burns’ Civil War tonight remastered in high definition on PBS.

Tomorrow ANTIETAM where my book begins… Be sure to tune in and get the scoop on the bloodiest day of the war.

 

LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com Love_Me_Forever_500x798

Sister against Sister crazy GIF for Love Me Forever: my #CivilWar time travel romance with music

Temptation hit me again today…

Ken Burns has inspired the amateur filmmaker in me. His beautiful rendering of the Civil War set me to wandering around the web looking for RF music to add to my graphics.

I found a beautiful piece from Shockwave-Sound (Mystic Plains credit on my sidebar) and I did a GIF tonight with a fave graphic. So without further ado. . .

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AND if you want to hear the beautiful music with my voiceover, go to my Instagram page.

BONUS: I redid my crazy GIF from yesterday “She wore gray…” and here it is on Instagram with music.

I’ll be putting together a trailer for LOVE ME FOREVER, but for this week, I’m going to put up new GIFs each day with my voiceover and music from Instragram, so check back . . .and yes, the camera shakes and I didn’t get all of my book cover into the second vid, not to mention that it’s tough trying to cue in the music with one hand and shoot with the other–I ain’t perfect by any means, but my heart’s in it. I love this book and these characters  . . . they’re family to me.

I’m so looking forward to Ken Burns’ Civil War remastered — it will be shown in high definition on PBS beginning September 7-11, 2015. Be sure to tune in . . .

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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

 

My crazy GIF for Love Me Forever: my #CivilWar time travel romance and other tall tales

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I can’t resist temptation . . .

No, not a bag of See’s chocolate truffles . . . or a Downton Abbey marathon weekend, but the cinematic debut of my hero and heroine in LOVE ME FOREVEin their very own GIF.

Making graphics and then putting together the animation, not to mention doing the voiceover for Instagram several times, can be addictive. It’s got to be just right.

Sort of. The camera shakes, but at least I didn’t cut my voice off.

I had fun doing it. I hope you enjoy it!

Click Here for my Instagram GIF VIDEO LINK with my voiceover

I promised you some tall tales . . . hmm . . .well, I stuck my finger in the crack in the Liberty Bell when I was six . . . then there was the time I got locked in the loo in a German airline at 30,000 feet in the air . . . and I’ll never forget when I almost went overboard on a ferry crossing the English Channel on rough seas.

Tall tales? I’ll let  you decide . . .

Now where did I hide those chocolate truffles . . . and do I hear Lady Mary calling me for tea?

~Jina
PS — eagerly waiting for Ken Burns’ Civil War remastered — it will be shown in high definition on PBS beginning September 7-11, 2015. Be sure to tune in . . .

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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

 

Cinderella’s got new glass slippers: My Kindle Scout Experience re: my Civil War time travel romance “Love Me Forever” Part 4

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Glass slippers don’t last forever…

But Kindle e-Books do.

So when Cindy discovered her treasured glass slippers had a crack in them…ow! It was time to get a new pair.

And that’s what’s been happening in publishing. It’s time to embrace new and different ways of getting our books to readers. That’s where the Kindle Scout program fills the gap. As I’ve discussed in previous posts, it’s been an amazing journey for me since I started my campaign with LOVE ME FOREVER, my Civil War time travel romance.

I danced in my slippers when LOVE ME FOREVER went on sale.

Amazon sent me an email with the screenshots, showing LOVE ME FOREVER PR. My book was in the first slot on page one:

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And shown here with another Kindle Scout winner.

 

Facebook Launch Party

The Kindle Scout Authors did a 3-hour Facebook party. It was amazing…you can read all the comments and see what happened here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1755873821306210 

 

Time travel is my favorite genre, so I was thrilled to hit the Kindle e–Books>Romance>Time Travel Top 100 list several times. Here’s a graphic I made:

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But most gratifying to me are the 5 STAR reviews:

“This is one of the best time travel historical novels I have ever read. I was hooked from page one. The descriptive scenes of the Civil War battles are so realistic that you find yourself imagining you are actually on the battlefield. I highly recommend this book.”

“Gripped me from the first page and wouldn’t let go until I finished the book HOURS later.”

“Rich in history and social issues, Love Me Forever is both deep and emotionally compelling. Another fine read from a Kindle Scout winner.”

“Wonderful historical fiction with just the right amount of time travel. The Civil War really came alive and the author did an amazing job with research to pull off all of these details and insights about such a terrible time in our history.”

“The story was riveting as she entwined the lives, lies, and misdirections of the main characters. Very diverting, indeed.”

“Full of action, excitement, and love. The characters are fantastic”

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What’s next for me? I’m writing the sequel to LOVE ME FOREVER . . . more about that in Part 5 coming soon!

Thanks for coming along with me on my journey.

~Jina

PS — very exciting news: Ken Burns’ Civil War has been remastered and will be shown in high definition on PBS beginning September 7-11, 2015. Be sure to tune in . . .

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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

 

 

Cinderella’s Happily Edit After: My Kindle Scout Experience re: my Civil War time travel romance “Love Me Forever” Part 3

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Remember when Cinderella was all aflutter getting ready for the ball? Her fairy godmother shows up and poof! Cindy has a gorgeous gown, a carriage, and the sexiest pair of glass slippers. Next, she meets the prince, loses her slipper, gets it back, and marries the handsomest man in the land.

Then comes a reality check.

Cindy is a princess with a hundred and fifty room castle to manage, servants galore, royal obligations, and a demanding mother-in-law who can’t wait to show her off at high teas.

First, she must learn how to be a princess.

Kinda like putting out a good book. It’s a lot of work. Period.

After my 30-day campaign with Kindle Scout for LOVE ME FOREVER, my Civil War time travel romance, being on and off the Hot and Trending list, then waiting to see if I made the cut, came my reality check.

Edits.

Most writers would rather clean bathrooms for a week than open the Editorial Letter.

I was shaking in my slippers when mine came. I worked more than two years on “LOVE ME FOREVER,” getting the research right, the romance, settings. Not an easy task. My story is over 150,000 words.

Which brings me to one of my favorite things about Kindle Scout: the Kindle Press Team. With everyone jumping into the self-publishing arena, it’s easy to want to write, write, write and get it out there. Do-it-yourself, especially if you’ve been writing for a long time. I can wrap my head around a story pretty well. I’ve written several novels for trad publishers, non-fiction books, kids’ TV scripts, and plenty of magazine columns and stories.

But no writer is an island.

A good editor is as important as Cinderella’s fairy godmother. She/he can wave their magic wand and give you that extra spin on your book, make you dig deeper, cut excess. One thing that drew me to the Kindle Scout program was the idea of receiving editorial input.

I wasn’t disappointed. The editorial guidance at Kindle Scout/Kindle Press is awesome.

I’m thrilled to say that my editor at Kindle Press was thorough, gave excellent suggestions, made me think, and complimented me along the way when she particularly liked something. She’s definitely one of the best editors I’ve ever had. The turnaround was quick: a week to complete the edits. I admit I hardly slept and I maxed out the balance on my Starbucks gold card, but the KP Team gave me a heads up three weeks before as to exactly what day to expect the email with the attached files and they delivered.

So here we are at a new juncture in my Kindle Scout experience. Edits done; book on sale at Amazon.

Am I nervous? You bet I am. I put my heart and soul into this story, laughed and cried with my characters every step of the way. I’m anxious to give it every chance I can to succeed. But the best part is, I feel confident that as part of the Kindle Scout program, LOVE ME FOREVER is the best it can be.

~Jina

I’ll be back with Part 4 on Saturday, September 5th. Tomorrow, Friday, September 4th I have a special treat: my interview for Jennifer Skutelsky’s fabulous blog Writers Reach. This lady can ask some intriguing questions.

Stop by and find out what she asked me!

PS — very exciting news: Ken Burns’ Civil War has been remastered and will be shown in high definition on PBS beginning September 7-11, 2015. Be sure to tune in . . .

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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

Cinderella at the Ball: My Kindle Scout Experience with my Civil War time travel romance “Love Me Forever” Part 2

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I’m settling in to my Cinderella experience with my Kindle Scout Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, though the fairy dust makes me sneeze and my feet hurt from the glass slippers.

I wouldn’t change it for the world, but I admit wearing my fuzzy, worn-out pink slippers when no one’s looking.

So here we are with Part 2 re: my Kindle Scout experience, featuring LOVE ME FOREVER, which was selected at the end of April. If you missed Part 1 in yesterday’s post CLICK HERE.

I took the full 30 days allotted after my campaign was over on April 27th (my book was selected 2 days later) to go over my book before handing it in for copy edits. I found minor errors—punctuation, missing words, etc. I had to re-do some paragraphs, fix transposed sentences, develop a few things, and worked on my timeline and events from 1862-63 for 100% accuracy. The m/s is 150,000 words, so you can see why it took me a month.

Soon after I received a phone call from the KS editorial staff. The editor said my m/s was “very clean and the team loves LOVE ME FOREVER, it’s solidly written, filled with intrigue, both romantic and non-romantic, and we love the story of two heroes and two heroines interconnected.”

She also said they have a Civil War buff on staff who couldn’t believe the layering and historical information being so spot on. He loves my book. Needless to say, I’m thrilled.

I got my book back from the copy editor on June 29th with suggestions from the staff (style changes, anything I missed, etc.). I then had one week to accept the changes (using Track Changes) and write anything new.

LOVE ME FOREVER went on sale August 4, 2015.  Everyone who nominated my book received a link ahead of time so they could  download their free advance copy. Unbelievable how quickly things move. Three months after the campaign ended, my Civil War time travel romance is on sale.

I received the $1,500 advance—digitally wired to my bank account. It takes a while to fill out the payee forms since you have to do one for each country, but otherwise, it’s a very smooth process.

The Kindle Press editor also indicated my book would be eligible for Amazon promotions a month or so after its release. Wow, now that is cool. I’ve been busting my butt with promo to make my book look good.

What’s next? I’m writing a sequel to LOVE ME FOREVER called LOVE ME ALWAYS. To be honest with you, I couldn’t let this family go…I have to know what happens afterward down the line, so why not follow a family through the decades who just happens to time travel? A new heroine…a sexy new hero…and a whole new time travel adventure with a twist. I’m not telling . . .but the Kindle Scout authors are putting together an anthology with first chapters from our other books. I’ve included the first chapter of LOVE ME ALWAYS. More on that later . . .

I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say: “Time Travel…it’s the family business.”

Before I go, I want to say the Kindle Scout program has been an amazing Cinderella experience for me. If you’re an author and you’re wondering if you should try it, I hope my posts will help you make your decision. The Kindle Scout and Kindle Press teams are awesome…the other authors are like old friends. If you’re a reader, please nominate the books you’d love to see published. You’ll receive a free advance copy if it’s selected.

So I’ll say au revoir…auf wiedersehen…arrivederci…till tomorrow when I’ll have Part 3 for you.

And in case you’re wondering about the graphic in today’s post, the hunky guy and the luxury castle aren’t part of the deal, but hey, that’s the stuff dreams are made of…

Best,

Jina

Check back tomorrow, Thursday, September 3rd, for: Cinderella’s Happily Edit After: My Kindle Scout Experience Part 3

PS — very exciting news: Ken Burns’ Civil War has been remastered and will be shown in high definition on PBS beginning September 7-11, 2015. Be sure to tune in . . .

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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

 

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