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AUTHORS! ANNOUNCEMENT! Auction Donation Form Now Open for Joe Adams, Cover Model Involved in Motorcycle Accident

MESSAGE FROM JANINE INFANTE BOSCO:

This past weekend, I, along with many others, got the chance to spend some time with Joe Adams. Some of us had met him before, others were newly introduced…all, however, found him to be an incredible person, one we are proud to know. On Thursday, October 18th, just days after we laughed and joked with Joe, he was in a terrible motorcycle accident which has left him with several injuries and undergoing multiple surgeries.

The beauty of the INDIE community is that we rally together when one of our own is in need. I ask you to do the same for Joe. To keep him in your prayers and rally around him and his family in this very trying time.

Myself, along with the Hildreth’s will be organizing an Online Auction to benefit Joe Adams and his family. All donations received will be auctioned Online and The proceeds will go to Joe’s family. The auction will take place on October 23rd and run until the 26th.

Please join this this event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/345909776156221/

If you are interested in donating please fill out the form below and email a photo of your donation to Jess at, creativebookconcepts@gmail.com

AUCTION DONATION FORM
Click Here to Make an Item Donation

Once the auction is over and the funds have cleared, you will be notified of the winner and asked to send their prize.

Thank you for supporting one of our own.

Janine Infante Bosco

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ATTN WRITERS! Join Our Wattpad Flash Fiction Challenge! Request Your FREE Cover Today!

⊗⊗⊗ WHAT IS THE FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE? ⊗⊗⊗

Challenge might be the wrong word but it sounded better than “exercise thingy”. Each week, we will post a writing prompt, dialog line, or story starter out on our blog (it will also be included in the weekly author newsletter). Participating authors will then have the week to post a piece of flash fiction based on the provided prompt to their Wattpad profile.

The purpose of the challenge is to give writers a fun, weekly routine exercise to keep their writer brain fresh, even if they’re not currently working on a book. No one is judging the content of the flash fiction. The challenge is simply being created as something that can be done as a community. Participation is FREE.  No fees. No gimmicks. Just writing for fun.

At the end of each year, there will be prizes for certain markers, such as highest number of reads, highest number of likes, most weekly challenges completed, etc. Tied participants will be entered into random.org and the prize winner will be chosen using their list randomizer tool.

 

⊗⊗⊗ WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS? ⊗⊗⊗

Your flash fiction must be 200 or more words in length. Each participant will create a new work on Wattpad called Flash Fiction Challenge using challenge cover Pure Textuality PR provides. Each weekly challenge gets published as a new part in that work. Each year, we will provide participants with a new cover customized with their name.

 

⊗⊗⊗ HOW LONG DOES THE CHALLENGE RUN? ⊗⊗⊗

This will be a weekly challenge we post indefinitely. The challenge covers have the appearance of a composition notebook and each year, the color of the notebook will change. For instance, 2018’s cover is shown in the banner above and the color is burgundy. 2019 will be marked as 2019 – Volume II and will be a different color.

 

⊗⊗⊗ WHAT IF I MISS A WEEK? ⊗⊗⊗

Not a big deal. The only thing affected by missing a week is the fewer you participate in, the lower your chances of winning the prize for most weeks participated. No one gets disqualified or booted from the challenge if they miss a week. 🙂

 

THE FIRST PROMPT GOES LIVE THIS WEEK!

SIGN UP AND REQUEST YOUR COVER TODAY!

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Authors! 🌟 FREE Advertising Opp 🌟 Dirty Halos Monthly PLUS! The Bundle Blowout Sale is Still On!!!!

Good evening, everyone!

On September 1st, Pure Textuality PR is launching an e-magazine for the book world. We’re aiming to make it a monthly publication with a mix of content approached in a way that anyone can read and enjoy it, instead of it feeling like an industry publication. There will be something in it for everyone.

Since the first issue is going to be free, we’re unable to pay our contributors. However, we’re also not charging advertisers. So we have come up with a way to fill the pages that would benefit all parties involved.

Here is a mock up of the cover for September 2018:

WHAT WILL THE MAGAZINE INCLUDE?

  • New Releases
  • Interviews
  • Cover Reveals
  • Excerpt Reveals
  • Opinion & Editorial (Op Ed) Pieces
  • Full, 1/2, and 1/4 Page Books Ads
  • Instagram Photo Challenges
  • Event Advertisements
  • Event Registrations
  • Service Provider Ads
  • Classifieds (Authors Seeking Service Providers)
  • Calls for Reviewers
  • Book Blogger Tour Bookings
  • And Much More!

KEEP READING FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS FREE ADVERTISING OPP!

 

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AUTHORS! FREE Promo Opp for Kindle Unlimited Authors!

Good morning and Happy Sunday, ladies and germs!

I’m looking for the Kindle Unlimited writers in the room.

Pure Textuality PR is launching a series of Saturday newsletters, all genre specific, all Kindle Unlimited books (price point doesn’t matter). Our goal with the newsletter is KindleUnlimited Free Trial sign ups and your books will be spotlighted as examples of the books available in the program. Each issue has 30 spots available and depending on the success of the campaigns, we may make this a regular thing every Saturday.

If you’re not familiar with BookBoast, it’s a newsletter listing website for authors. You can accept swaps in your newsletter and place requests to have you books listed in other authors’ newsletters. A free account allows you 10 acceptances per month, and you can upgrade your account from there if you need more. For example, for $10/month, you have unlimited acceptances and a bunch of other perks including the use of your own Amazon affiliate links.

The links to the newsletter sign ups are below with the schedule. As I said, this is a trial run but this may very well become a permanently free promo opp we offer.

Also, if you sign up for a BookBoast account, they do have a referral program available to get your monthly bill discounted if you use a paid account. I am *not* using referral links below, I just thought that was info some of you might be interested in.

July 7th – Paranormal Romance KU Reads – REQUEST A SPOT

July 14th – Contemporary Romance KU Reads – REQUEST A SPOT

July 21st – SciFi & SciFi Romance KU Reads – REQUEST A SPOT

July 28th – Urban Fantasy & Supernatural Suspense – REQUEST A SPOT

We’re also going to be doing our Freebie Reads bookings exclusively through BookBoast soon. We used to use the service and recently returned to it while taking care of some tasks for a client and decided to give it a try again. I’ve specifically been using it for my own books and out of the requests I’ve sent, I’ve had a really good response so far.  🙂

Okay, I’m off. Enjoy the upcoming holiday!

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Guest Post! WRITING WIDE by J.S. Wayne

Writing Wide

I’m easily bored.

I hate convention. I hate tropes, though I often find myself weaving them into my stories without conscious intent. I despise “the usual” and am always looking for a way to do things differently, some way to shake up the system and cause a little disruption in people’s expectations. This sensibility, of not doing the expected thing, or of doing the expected in an unexpected way, has been part of me for as long as I can remember.

When it comes to writing, I can’t write the same thing twice in a row. I don’t mean I don’t want to, or it doesn’t interest me. I am literally, physically incapable of it. I finish a story, and I know it’s something good. I know there’s a sequel there, and I’m the one to write it because I’m the one who lives in my characters’ heads.

But I sit down to the keyboard, and nothing happens.

You’ve done it all before, my brain says. You’re not bringing anything new to this story right now.

At this point, I have two choices: I can either force it, and it will sound and feel forced because it is, or I can set it aside and do something else, purging the new idea so I can look at the sequel with fresh eyes.

I never wanted to write erotic romance. I was urban fantasy all the way, and ride or die, that was my genre and Hell would hold Latin High Mass in a raging blizzard with compulsory attendance for every damned soul and demon before I’d get within an astronomical unit of writing romance. It was “too easy,” too safe, and besides, every single romance writer is a woman! (Yes, I’m well aware the entire last sentence is a series of myths now, thanks. But I didn’t know that then.)

And yet…

 

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July 2018 Instachallenges! One for Readers and One for Writers!

Good afternoon and Happy Thursday!

I cant believe it’s almost July already. Since we’re a few days away from the start of a new month, we thought this would be a good time to launch an Instagram photo challenge. We’ve got one for readers and one for writers. If you’re both, feel free to participate in both! They’ve each been assigned a separate hashtag and the challenge assignments were organized so you don’t have two similar overlapping.

Speak of assignments, below you will find not only the challenge graphics, but also an explanation of the assignment meaning. That way, if there is one you don’t quite understand, you can refer back here to see what the hell I was talking about.

For those not familiar with how an Instagram Photo Challenge works, we’ve created a list of assignments. Each assignment has a set day. You take or post a picture to your Instagram account on the assigned day with the event hashtag (#ReaderLife2018 or #AuthorLife2018) and your caption. Those following the event hashtag can then search the hashtag and your post will show up among the results.

Hope to see you all participate!  See you over on Instagram!  @puretextuality


MAKE SURE ALL OF YOUR POSTS
INCLUDE THE HASHTAG #ReaderLife2018

Additional Hashtag Suggestions
#authorlife #readerlife #bookstagram #photochallenge #amreading #amwriting

What They Mean

  • 1 – Shelfie:  Your book collection.
  • 2 – Favorite Reading Spot:  Where do you like to read?
  • 3 – Well-Loved Reads:  Books you’ve read to tatters.
  • 4 – Favorite Plot Twist:  Which book blindsided you?
  • 5 – Ugly Cry Story:  The book that made you cry like an insane person.
  • 6 – Current Read:  What are you reading now?
  • 7 – Tiny Books: Show your tiny reads (small books; book jewelry; book bobbles)
  • 8 – True Story: Your favorite non-fiction read.
  • 9 – Favorite Series:  What series have you read and reread?
  • 10 – Favorite Author:  Who is your one-click go-to author?
  • 11 – Favorite LOL Story:  What book made you laugh out loud?
  • 12 – Favorite Underdog:  What’s your favorite come-from-behind-win story?
  • 13 – Nostalgia Read:  What book takes you back as soon as you start reading?
  • 14 – Book to Bigscreen:  Your favorite book that’s been made into a TV show or movie.
  • 15 – Favorite Quote:  One line from a book that really stuck with you.
  • 16 – Favorite Romance:  Your favorite love story or fictional couple.
  • 17 – Favorite Fantasy:  What’s your favorite fantasy read?
  • 18 – Favorite Mystery:  Your favorite mystery novel?
  • 19 – Coming Release:  What book are you most anticipating?
  • 20 – Your TBR Pile:  Show us your To Be Read pile!
  • 21 – Favorite Book Title:  What title has stuck with you?
  • 22 – Favorite Genre:  What’s your go-to genre to read?
  • 23 – Reading Snacks:  Your must-have muchies when you’re reading.
  • 24 – Favorite Standalone:  Favorite book not part of a series.
  • 25 – Favorite Audio Books:  Your favorite audio read.
  • 26 – Magical Moment:  Your favorite scene that has stuck with you.
  • 27 – Most Emo Death:  What death did you read that hit you the hardest.
  • 28 – Favorite Cover:  Show us your favorite book cover.
  • 29 – Girl Power Read:  Your favorite female hero.
  • 30 – Autographs:  Got any signed books? Show us! If not, tell us who you want a signed book from.
  • 31 – Classic Reads:  Your favorites from the classics.

MAKE SURE ALL OF YOUR POSTS
INCLUDE THE HASHTAG #AuthorLife2018

Additional Hashtag Suggestions
#authorlife #readerlife #bookstagram #photochallenge #amreading #amwriting

What They Mean

  • 1 – Your Books:  Show us your bookshelf of currently available titles.
  • 2 – Writer Selfie:  Smile for the camera!
  • 3 – Writing Cave:  Show us where the magic happens!
  • 4 – Research Mode:  Your go-to places or resources.
  • 5 – WIP Quote:  A quote from your current work in progress.
  • 6 – Soundtrack:  Music you write to or a song that reminds you of your story.
  • 7 – Milestone:  A milestone moment in your writing career.
  • 8 – Favorite of Your Covers:  Which one is your favorite?
  • 9 – Swag:  Show us the merch for your books.
  • 10 – Writer Tribe:  Who are your writer buddies?
  • 11 – Your Muse:  Show us your writing inspiration.
  • 12 – Dedications:  Show us one of your dedication pages.
  • 13 – Your Mentor:  Who is someone you’d consider an influencer or shaper of your writing career?
  • 14 – Your Autograph:  Show us your autograph.
  • 15 – Author Event:  Show us an event photo or an event you want to be in one day.
  • 16 – Your Hero:  Who is your hero? A writer you look up to as the shining example of what you want to be as a writer.
  • 17 – Inner Circle:  Who is your inner circle? Writers and non-writers alike.
  • 18 – #WriterGoals:  Tell us a bucket list item for your writing career.
  • 19 – Message to Readers:  A message just for your readers.
  • 20 – #AmWriting:  Tell us what writing means to you.
  • 21 – Your Team:  Who is your publishing team? Cover designer, editor, proofreader, betas, etc.
  • 22 – WIP Cover:  Show us your current WIP cover. If you dont have a cover (or dont want to reveal it), tell us a little about the project.
  • 23 – Your Genre:  What’s the genre you write in most?
  • 24 – Your Favorite Character:  Our of all your stories, who was your favorite character to write?
  • 25 – Must-Have Tools:  What tools do you use for writing?
  • 26 – Panster / Plotter:  Do you write by the seat of your pants or plot first?
  • 27 – Writing Rituals:  What do you need to do or have to feel prepared when you sit down to write?
  • 28 – Writer Fuel:  Habitual chip muncher? Coffee addict? What physically fuels your stories?
  • 29 – Writer Advice:  Give us a piece of advice for fellow writers.
  • 30 – Good Juju:  Post something nice for a fellow writer like a book promo or follow shout out.
  • 31 – What Comes Next:  After the project you’re currently working on, what project are you jumping to next?
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New Release & a Personal Note from Jena Gregoire! Check out COCKTALES, a limited-release anthology to benefit authors impacted by #cockygate!

Good afternoon, readers!  I don’t normally include a personal note on new release announcements but this one actually hits home for every author out there, no matter the genre. As you may have heard, an author by the name of Faleena Hopkins made the very poor choice to trademark a common use word (cocky) and then set out on a warpath, her sights laser locked on any author with the word ‘cocky’ in their book or series title. #Cockygate was born and the author community at large—not just romance authors…..everybody—rained down FIRE. Go ahead, search that hashtag on any social media site or on Google and you will see a FLOOD of content. And none of it is in defense of the author’s trademark….

There is a great write up you can read here that lays out what initially happened, the AMAZING people who’ve gotten involved to have the trademark cancelled, and the many, many dominoes that have fallen since the news broke. Additionally, here is another write up from the same source who outlines how Hopkins has since doubled down on the stupidity factor by filing a few lawsuits, one of which is blaming the author/retired lawyer who filed the petition to cancel her trademark for loss of sales citing the questionable intelligence of readers and their ability to discern one cover from another. …. ….. ……  Yes, you read that right. (Faleena, honey, that loss was purely self-inflicted.  You’re the only one who doesn’t get it.)

I watched all of this unfold in abject horror. As a writer, the precedent her trademark sets is staggering and opens the door for lawsuits to start flying back and forth like CRAZY.  However, I feel confident thanks to Kevin Knuepper’s Petition to Cancel. If you read through that document, his argument is rock solid and I don’t see how anyone with common sense could possibly deny his request. But the unfortunate truth is that until that petition gets approved, she holds the legal trademark and using the word is risky. So, cross your crossables, kids. And when her trademark gets slapped down for the ridiculousness that it is, we’ll all celebrate with midnight margaritas.  😉

From a purely petty point of view, I genuinely don’t understand how this woman felt her brand was in any way, shape, or form “threatened” given that out of the countless authors and readers I’ve spoken with about this since it broke, NO ONE KNEW WHO THE HELL SHE WAS. No one. Not one single person I talked to said, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard of her.” Not one. Not until the day she tried to pull a fast one on a community that strongly believes in lifting one another up instead of cutting one another off at the knees. Good luck, Ms. Hopkins. You’re going to need it.

The reason I’m writing to you today is to tell you about this wonderful anthology. It’s only available for a limited time, features a TON of awesome names, and all of the proceeds are going to help those impacted by the #cockygate scandal.  I strongly encourage you all to go out to your favorite ebook retailer and just read the Forward (it’s the first thing available when you read the sample).  It takes all of two minutes to read through and really shows the kind of impact this had on just ONE of the many authors who’v been blindsided by this situation. Hers is a wonderful story of finding your tribe and what can happen when this community comes together to rally around those who are legitimately being wronged.

I’m beyond proud to be part of that community.

Jena Gregoire
Owner of Pure Textuality PR and Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Author


‘Cocktales’ is a limited-release anthology (available *only* from May 26 – August 26, 2018) of original, never before published material, some of which is raw and unedited. Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

*ALL* net profits will be donated to:
1) Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and
2) Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

 

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FEATURED IN THIS ANTHOLOGY

Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword
Dylan Allen – ‘Cocked and Loaded’
Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Double Cocked’
Whitney Barbetti – ‘Cocksure Grin’
Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘A Wicked, Cocky Plan’
K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Magical Cock and Bull’
Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Don’t Get Cocky’
L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal’
Mariah Dietz – ‘Landmines’
Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – ‘Cock and Balls’
BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.’
Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall’
Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Tricky Bond’
Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – ‘Cockamamie’
Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Couture’
Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Culinary Cock-Up’
Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Crimson Cocktail’
Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Swag’
Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Love & Hate at the Stallion Station’
Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Going Down’
Katyi McGee – USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocksure Co-Star’
Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cockblocked’
Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Getting It Up’
Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Her Cocky Russian’
Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman’
Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’
Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Fight or Flight’
CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Capo’
Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Beard and Hen’
Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Color of Love’
Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Aligned’
Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – ‘All’
Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series’
Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Until the Cock Crows’
Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Chocolate and Cockup’
Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – ‘The Golden Sombrero’
Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Alpha’
Karla Sorensen – ‘Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story’
Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Mafia’
April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Code of Conduct’

GET YOUR COPY BEFORE IT’S GONE!

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RANDOMS by Jena: James Patterson is a marketing mastermind – pre-releases self-destructing book!

Seriously, as if this man wasn’t awesome enough, he goes and pulls this little stunt. His upcoming release Private Vegas (hitting bookshelves and ereaders on January 26th) is being pre-released.

But there’s a catch.

The frikkin book self-destructs.

Yeah, you read that right.

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1000 lucky iPad-owning fans (the ONE TIME I wish I owned an iPad!) will receive a code to download a free copy of Private Vegas over the next five days. They have 24 hours to read it. After that, it disappears from their device. There is an interactive online map which also shows readers real-time progress on the book.

Now, if you don’t own an iPad, fret not. For a mere $294,038, you can get a PHYSICAL copy of the book……which ALSO self-destructs….

Keep reading. Trust me, you want to keep reading this. I am sitting here shaking my head in astonishment as I type…

Jena

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GUEST POST PART II by Author Jack Welles: Language and the Genre Novel

This is an excerpt from my booklet how I go about “Writing a Genre Novel” the full version of which is available for free on my website.
I would like to start by putting the excerpt into context by giving a summary of the overview of my approach. I think of genre writing as having four components: concepts (theme, idea, plot, story etc), process (six stages: discovery, planning and research, organising, revision, editing & polishing), language (grammar, prose-writing, figures of speech) and story-telling (the 6 elements of fiction, use of details, characters & symbolism). In addition I have a short “Random Thoughts” category for ideas that don’t easily fit into the four components just mentioned.
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GUEST POST PART I by Author Jack Welles: Research And Planning for a Genre Novel

This is an excerpt from my booklet how I go about “Writing a Genre Novel” the full version of which is available for free on my website.
I would like to start by putting the excerpt into context by giving a summary of the overview of my approach. I think of genre writing as having four components: concepts (theme, idea, plot, story etc), process (six stages: discovery, planning and research, organising, revision, editing & polishing), language (grammar, prose-writing, figures of speech) and story-telling (the 6 elements of fiction, use of details, characters & symbolism). In addition I have a short “Random Thoughts” category for ideas that don’t easily fit into the four components just mentioned.
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RANDOMS by Kendra: A Dress and a Muse (@kendrybird , @DmitrySholokhov)

It was a last minute trip, planned only a week in advance. I would journey from New Hampshire to New York City by some means of transportation and buy a dress from Dmitry Sholokhov’s collection while he made an in-store appearance. Two amazing girlfriends of mine made this whole thing happen, one, Steph, by offering to let me crash with her and the other, Kate, by checking out the situation with Lord & Taylor beforehand.

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RANDOMS: Show Your Support and Take a Stand Against eBook Piracy!

Hey readers!  Jena here.  As most of you are aware, Pure Textuality is a site that is a lover of all books – traditional and indie published alike.  A rising problem in the publishing industry as a whole is the piracy of eBooks.

As an indie author, I can tell you that there is a LOT of work that goes into publishing one single title.  Not only work but also money out of our own pocket.  The reality of being an indie publisher is that there is very little return on our investment unless we happen to be one of the lucky ones that hits it big.  Whether the author is extremely successful or just getting started, eBook piracy is the same thing as walking into their house and stealing their money.

More and more sites are being found out and shut down for taking copies of legally purchased books, stripping away the protections and duplicating the file.  They are then either putting them on the internet for free or (worse in my eyes) putting them up for sale at a discounted price, of which they collect 100% (self-published authors only take a small percentage of their book’s list price).

Another rising problem is bloggers.  Oh, I hate even bringing this up, and I assure you that Pure Textuality is not one of them.  There is a problem happening with bloggers who receive free books turning around and giving them away.  Essentially, this is the same thing as piracy.

As these sites are being found out, authors are fighting back.  Both traditionally published and self-published are taking a stand.  And I am reaching out to you now, not just as a reader and book blogger but also as an author to show your support.  Below are two images – one for readers and one for authors to support the fight against eBook piracy.  I encourage you to share it.  Post it on your blog.  Put it up on Twitter.  Put it up on Facebook.  Email it to your friends.  Spread the word.  eBook piracy is a crime.  Every bit as much as stealing a car is a crime.  The amount of money being stolen shouldn’t matter.  Stealing is stealing.

Thank you for your support on behalf of authors everywhere!

– Jena

 

P.S. – These images were not created by me.  I tried tracking down who the creator was to grant proper credit but I was unsuccessful.  I do know that it was posted on Facebook by and author I am unfamiliar with and now I can’t for the life of me find the post to grant HER credit for sharing it.  If anyone saw the post I am referring to, please by all means, leave the author’s name in the comments.

 

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RANDOMS by Jena: The Perils of Using Stock Images and Cover Clones

There have been a few times over the past year where I have thought about doing this post and I put it off thinking that you all would read it and think I was just picking on authors.  That is not the case and I want to get that out right away.  I think that this could be an important lesson to authors (and marketing teams) out there and someone will find it helpful.  So here I go.

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RANDOMS by Jena: Jena’s Adventure in Writing a Novel: Part IV

So, before I started writing this post I went back and read Part III of this little series.  MAN, has a lot happened since my last update.  Well, first I guess there’s that little detail of me being a PUBLISHED AUTHOR.

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RANDOMS: Happy 165th Birthday Bram Stoker!

Today marks what would have been Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday!  So Happy Birthday to you Mr. Stoker!  Without your most famous piece of work, Dracula, we wouldn’t have the likes of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries and even the sparkly non-badass vamps of Twilight that serve as so many readers’ very own guilty pleasure.  Thank you for all you contributed to our literary world! 

Look!  Even Google is celebrating!

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RANDOMS: My Chat With Kerrelyn Sparks (@avonbooks, @kerrelynsparks)

As I’ve mentioned before, I was lucky enough to get picked for this term of Avon Addicts with Avon Books.  Tonight, we had an Shindig video chat with Kerrelyn herself.  We talked about everything from publishing to her Love At Stake series and her newest release The Forbidden Lady.

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RANDOMSby Jena: Jena’s Adventure in Writing a Novel: Part III

I am happy to report that I am in the full swing of rewriting my novel.  All the ideas that have been bubbling up here and there since my musically induced breakthrough I had during my last check-in finally started to drop together in a coherent story line. 

 

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RANDOMS by Jena: Jena’s Adventure in Writing a Novel: Part II

Back on January 19th, I confessed to all of you that I am an aspiring writer.  At that point, I gave you a little bit of back story on how I got started.  If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, click here to do so.  I will wait……

*queue elevator music*

You’re back!  Ok, on with Part II of Jena’s Adventures in Writing a Novel!

  

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GUEST POST: Top 10 Heroine Stereotypes by Amber Lynn Natusch (@AmberLNatusch)

So I saw an amazing post from another Indie author regarding what makes a male lead sexy.  It was tongue in cheek and fabulous…and it inspired me to want to do my own take on this idea with female lead cliches.  Thanks, Dannika Dark, for the inspiration!
 
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RANDOMS: Jena's Adventure In Writing a Novel: Part I

Back in 2005, I was struck with inspiration.  It started because I was a majorly, and I mean MAJORLY, huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan.  I used to read the Buffy novels for quick pastime reading (averaging 1 or 2 of them in a day).  They’re basically paperback fan fiction and they had a lot of great storylines I would have loved to have seen played out on the show.  One of these novels was called Chosen by Nancy Holder. 

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