On Opening Day We Are All in First Place

This is the new advertising tagline for Major League Baseball and the new 2017 season. I love it! It is so optimistic. The world is full of endless possibilities. On the first day of a new season every team has the opportunity to go to the World Series in October.

I love Opening Day/Night at baseball. We’ve gone 4 or 5 years now for our Oakland A’s. You look for the familiar faces of last year’s favorites, the newbies you don’t know yet, the changes at the stadium, the season-ticket holders you’ve grown to know year after year. The excitement is contagious. Anything is possible on opening day!!

I want to add that feeling to my books. To the whole world of publishing. Every release is a best-seller! It’s true. You don’t know which book will be THE ONE, so it could be this one, or the next one, or the one after that. Hold on to that feeling–this could be the book that people love, that they tell their friends about, that they can’t wait to get and read! Put every book you write out there with optimism and your hopes and dreams. Let it fly.

Make every Release Day, Opening Day!!


Jill James, a glass is always full kind of gal.

Looking Forward to 2017

wish potIt is usually this time of year that I open the wishing pot my best friend gave me and check out my goals and wishes for the past year. Sometimes I’m happy to see I met my goals and sometimes I’m sad to see I didn’t quite get there. This year I think I will be happy the year is over and a new one beginning.

So, what do I want for 2017–

  • To lose the final 20 pounds I need to be a healthy weight for my short frame.
  • To exercise at least 30 minutes every day.
  • To eat better and find ways to enjoy food that is good for you.
  • To double my book production by writing a little something at least 5 days a week.
  • To not stress over sales of books or ads and promotion I should be doing, to just find events or happenings to sell my books in fun and inventive ways.
  • To reach out to newbies in this strange, scary publishing world and give them a pat on the back for being brave enough to try it and enough advice to feel they are taking the next step into this world we call publishing.
  • To tell my family how much I love them and to be there when needed.
  • To smell the roses–literally and figuratively.

What do you want your 2017 to be?


Jill James, romance writer and reader

Indie Author Day 2016

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Saturday, October 8th is Indie Author Day.

I’m a proud Indie author. I love being the CEO of my own publishing company of 1!! Being an indie author requires being not only a writer but a marketer also. Along with art approval and editorial management and a host of other things.

But it is fun…sometimes. Some days, not so much.

Support an Indie author! Buy Indie books!

http://www.amazon.com/author/jilljames


Jill James, Indie author and romance writer

Book Publishing Isn’t Supposed To Be Dangerous

calligraphy penIn the scheme of things, book publishing isn’t supposed to be a dangerous job. Police officer, firefighter, soldier, electrician–all of these come to mind when I think there might be danger in the job description. But the saying ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’ had to come from somewhere.

Hong Kong publisher cancels book after employees go missing


Jill James, romance writer

Do You Feel Lucky?

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Beginner’s luck, luck of the draw, bad luck, good luck, I feel lucky, luck of the Irish.

Recently, JA Konrath wrote a blog post called Maybe You Suck. A post about the role luck plays in publishing and by extension; life. The arguments have gone back and forth on whether it is luck or they don’t believe in luck. You should read it. The comments are as good as the post.

You can work your butt off, write the best book in the world, but if no one sees it does that make it bad? Like the old shampoo commercials, you can publish a book, someone sees it and tells two friends, and they tell two friends, and so on and so on. To me, that is luck; either good or bad.

Do you believe in luck in your successes and failures?


Jill James, author of the Time of Zombies series

eBooks are changing the way we read.

typingOr so the article says. I have noticed that I have trouble remembering authors names when I read an eBook. I believe it is because the title and name aren’t staring me in the eye from every page I read like in a paperback. I wish there was a way to change that; for my own reading and for the books I write.

http://www.thepassivevoice.com/08/2015/ebooks-are-changing-the-way-we-read-and-the-way-novelists-write/


Jill James, writer of romance
The Zombie Hunter’s Wife available for preorder at most online vendors!

World Wide Audience

globeSometimes, in the middle of writing and promoting and editing and ordering covers I forget how wonderous eBook publishing is. Deep in my subconscious I realize that my eBooks are being sold around the world, but sometimes my consciousness forgets what “the whole world” means.

Recently, I started doing some Facebook ads. This has meant more visitors to this website. In viewing the analytics to gauge if the ads are doing anything I’ve been amazed and astonished to see visitors from as far away as Jordan and Japan, Great Britain and India, Singapore and the Czech Republic.

With Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, and Smashwords, my books truly do go all around the world.

How amazing is that??!!


Jill James, romance writer
Time of Zombies, Book 2 Coming Soon!

A Cautionary Tale

contract picturePublishing, whether with a NY publisher, small press or e-publisher, or self-publishing is still done with legal contracts or Terms of Service agreements. Read the fine print. Know what you are agreeing to. And still, things you didn’t plan on can happen. Publishing used to be a slow, how-we’ve-always-done-it kind of business but if the last few years have taught us anything , it is that things happen very fast now and you have to keep on your toes to keep up.

Dead to Rights http://roxannestclaire.com/blog/?p=2134

You can find Rocki at http://roxannestclaire.com

Try her Barefoot Bay stories!!  http://www.amazon.com/Roxanne-St.-Claire/e/B001IODNV0 

Kindle Scout – Amazon’s newest

Yet again, Amazon leads the way in trying something new. This time it is Kindle Scout – Amazon’s reader-led, crowdsourced way to get published by Kindle Press.

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/submit

The popular books get a chance to catch the eye of Amazon Press and maybe get a publishing deal!

I’m going to keep an eye on it and see how it goes.

Jill James, coming soon! Love in the Time of Zombies

Do your characters talk like you?

LOL Apparently mine do. Think you could have typos left in your book? Set it up for production as an audiobook and discover that, yes you do, have a couple left after all. Thank goodness for Tobi, the narrator for Divorce, Interrupted and in production right now with Dare To Trust and Defend My Love.

  • I should always do a CTRL+F to find any organisms I wrote, because I’m pretty sure I meant orgasms. (I do write romance, after all)
  • As and Of both have two letters, but they are not the same word. (Those little words are sneaky. They slide right by.)
  • Even if you say “a million of times” because you are from Baltimore, it is not correct, no matter how many times your mother and grandmother said it.
  • Gravel and gavel may look alike, but they are definitely not the same thing, even if you mistype them twice. (You are still two times as wrong.)

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What typos do you catch most in your own writing? Or if you are a reader, what typos do you always spot in a book you are reading?

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance

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How times have changed by Jill James

champagneIf you would like a little time capsule look at how much the publishing world has changed, check out J.A. Konrath’s Writer Resolutions where he shows the past years and this year’s.

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2014/01/konraths-resolutions-for-writers.html

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance

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On The Internet – J.A. Konrath cutting edge again!

J. A. Konrath (King of the Indies) is at it again with two new tricks up his sleeve. He is letting writers have a chance to play in his Jack Daniels world and challenging them to write and publish a book in 8 hours. For all the details, go here:

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2013/08/jack-daniels-franchise-and-8-hour-ebook.html

Thanks to Joe for keeping all of us on our toes!

Jill James, writer of contemporary and paranormal romance
A Little Sweet. A Little Sexy. A Lot Happily Ever After.