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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.

 

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Strawberry Pie Day…just because…

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…I love Strawberry Pie…love to eat it, bake it, drool over it…did I mention eat it?

Enjoy!

~Jina

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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

Batter Up with Strawberry Kisses for #NationalPancakeDay with Liberty and the Major

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During the Civil War, soldiers dipped hardtack into their coffee for breakfast.

But for today on National Pancake Day, I’m going to break precedent and serve Strawberry Kisses with Liberty and the Major…

(Liberty is my time traveling heroine in LOVE ME FOREVER and the Major is Major Flynt Stephens of the Union Army Medical Corps.)

Enjoy!

~Jina

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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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#GreatAmericanPotPieDay teams up with the Great American Hunk

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Today is the autumnal equinox. The first official day of fall.

Sexy cashmere sweaters, falling leaves on the tip of your nose, pumpkin spice on everything. 

And piping hot chicken pot pies with thick, chewy crust and everything swirling in creamy gravy.

The Great American Pot Pie Day.

No…wait…it’s hot and muggy here and with the temps hitting the mid-90s this week, the goddess of summer will not let go. Look at the shirtless guy in my pic.

Would you?

So as a tribute to everything we loved about summer including hot, shirtless guys, enjoy your chicken pot pie and the hunky hero from my Kindle Scout winner, LOVE ME FOREVER.

Who knows…maybe if we’re lucky, summer will stick around a little bit longer…

~Jina

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Meet my hunky Civil War hero in:

Featured Image -- 2069LOVE 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

Time Travel Tuesday: #DearDiaryDay and a spicy tale to keep you up at nights

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Dear Diary,

I’m a time traveler. Yes, it’s true. I traveled back in time to 1862 during the bloodiest day of the Civil War. Antietam. There I met up with sexiest, handsomest major in the Union Army. He wanted to know all about the stretchy bandage I used to save a man’s life. You see, they didn’t have such bandages back then…and they didn’t know much about germs…and no one ever heard of triage.

But that wasn’t on my mind when I brushed up against this gorgeous hunk. I couldn’t stop staring at this magnificent male…his presence sending my head spinning.

Only one problem…

I was disguised as a Rebel officer.

He had no idea I was a female under all that blood and dirt.

What was a girl to do? Tell him, and who knows. They’d probably shoot me or something. How did I get back to 1862? Well, dear Diary, it happened like this…

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From LOVE ME FOREVER

Stop firing, stop!” she cried out, a crazed frustration shooting through her, every instinct sharpened. The next blast was louder than the last, the vibration slamming through her and ripping through the cold, damp earth.

No!

Liberty let out an anguished cry and dove to the ground. She could hear the cannon firing, then the mortar blast, the shell speeding toward her like a torpedo amid a shower of bluish-gray smoke. Feel the heat. There’s no way out. She put her hands over her head and braced herself for the end, muttering a prayer but begging to live.

Then the unthinkable happened.

A haunting sound like the eerie wail of a ghost filled her ears, making the hair on the back of her neck stand up. Then a wild vibration shook her to the core, jarring every nerve in her body. Hot fire poked her in the eyes. Her teeth felt like they were being yanked out by their roots.

She cried out in horror.

I’m hit.

Pain, unbearable pain stabbed her, piercing her everywhere. Racking shudders gripped her, making it impossible for her to control her movements. Hands, arms, legs flying in all directions. An unknown force pulling them from their sockets.

Liberty closed her eyes and tried to make the pain stop by sheer willpower, but it was so vicious, so deep, it made her torment worse. Ripping her apart, pulling and twisting her body into awkward, painful positions. Tearing the flesh from her bones.

Before she could take another breath, a great wind blew in her face. Twirling her round and round like an out-of-control comet hurtling through deepest, blackest space. A tumult of dizziness made her sick to her stomach as she fought back the bitter taste of bile rising in her throat.

I’m going to be sick.

Then, when she thought she couldn’t take it anymore, an unbelievable cold grabbed her. So cold she swore her heart stopped.

Yes, stopped. And a blankness settled in her.

No pain. No feeling.

Her desire to run . . . so urgent and heated . . . gone.

This was maddening, but what could she do? She swore a long, dark shadow swelled around her, claiming her soul.

She couldn’t speak, couldn’t move. Her thoughts slipping away . . . tempting her to let go.

Let go.

No, I don’t want to let go . . . I want to live.

I want to—

Then nothing.

Oh, God, I must be dead.

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More from LOVE ME FOREVER coming up…you’ll also meet Pauletta Sue Buckingham…a Tennessee belle who will do anything to avenge the man she loves–I’m working on a video now featuring the belle.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Jina

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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

 

 

Ahoy, Ladies, why should guys have all the fun? #TalkLikeAPirateDay

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So bust out your best thigh-high, black leather boots, a sexy corset, and frilly pirate lace and have a go at it! And if your man gets jealous, well, you can always make him walk the plank…

…into your soft, goose down bed.

~Jina

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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

 

Read an eBook Day and all that jazz… #eBookLove #eBookDay

eBooks are music to my ears.

Like a brezzy jazz tune, they’re light and snappy, fun and happy…and go with you anywhere.

So on Read an eBook Day, here are some fun graphics to celebrate the art form of eBooks:

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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

Which one comes with fries? #NationalCheeseburgerDay

Happy National Cheeseburger Day!!

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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

 

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

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

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

 

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