“Don’t Call Me Love” Released in paperback

“Don’t Call Me Love,” Was Published June 20, 2017

Love’s tale is third in the Backyard Horse Tales illustrated chapter books, and the first to be published by Half Appy Press. More Backyard Horse Tales in the pipeline.Author Jackie Anton’s pen relates the memoirs of an aged mare that begin while she is still a foal at her mother’s side. Worth repeating, BYHT 3’s interior illustrations and the beautifully rendered cover are the work of artist Sandy Shipley.

Don’t Call Me Love is available now at HAP’s Website http://www.halfappypress.net/

or at Jackie’s Square Market Place http://mkt.com/Jackie-anton/

Other retailers include Amazon, Barnes and Noble online, and at Valley Tack Shop Inc. located in Valley City Ohio.

Look for an expanded list of retailers and book stores at this blog soon.

Author Updates:

Adult author J. M. Anton informs HAP that her award winning novel “Wind River Refuge” was chosen as the read for a book club by the folks who run the Book Store in Medina, Ohio.

The Book Store is located just of the square: 109 W. Washington Street.

  1. M. will be dropping by at the book clubs’ next gathering, Monday evening

June 26th to discuss the plot and characters, answer reader’s questions, and sign their copies.

Author Anton will also be on hand, July 13th of 2017, to sign copies of Cassandra: Night Shades along with those of Wind River Refuge. The signing is part of a Ladies Night event in Medina. She will be at the Book Store from 5 to 8p.m.

More updates to come.

Use the contact form at the Half Appy Press website to email authors or for inquiries about HAP.

Contact us at Half Appy Press for book club group orders or retail drop shipping.

Free shipping on paid orders of ten or more books.

Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/backyardhorse

Book Buy Links:
Publisher Website with bookstore: http://www.halfappypress.net/
Square Marketplace: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton
IAN Author Page: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

Cleveland connections round two…..

This update on the Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio connection conundrum in regards to locations in my published works is a few months later than anticipated. The marketing idea kept rolling around in the back of my overtaxed brain while my life spiraled out of control.

Our grandchildren stayed with us this past summer. Now both their mom and her sister have passed their fortieth birthdays. It has been a few decades since my husband and I have had to ferry kids to tennis, ballgames, or other commitments. By the time they returned to Houston for school we were a bit ragged and frayed around the edges. I was slipping farther behind my writing and marketing goals.

Early September I was informed by the administrator of the Parma Snow Road Library that my books, “Wind River Refuge” and “Cassandra:Night Shades” had been selected for the Indie Author Conference and Showcase on Saturday November 12, 2016. I had to decide how to handle the local aspect of my work to attract the folks browsing those of us participating in the showcase during the afternoon.

Two weeks prior to the event I found on Shutterstock what I thought would fit the bill, and purchased a large size of the selected background page for the following 6 feet tall banner.

follow-our-heroinesCanva allowed me to upload the Cleveland background and overlay my cover images. The text selections on Canva worked well for adding a blurb at the top.

Well the results proved successful, and I now have both books in new reader’s hands. A good start for attracting Holiday book buyers.

Another update on the Cassandra front: the new laminated hardcover proof arrived on the day before the Showcase. I will okay the proof on Monday, and hope to have have it in time for some of the Christmas shoppers.

Update you soon on special package deals.

 

Thanks for visiting.

Jackie Anton

Author website:http://talesbyjackie.com
J.Anton’s autographed books: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton
Autographs for online purchases and e-books:
http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse
Independent Authors Network Author Page:
http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

Local Author Expo 2016

A few changes to the Medina Library’s Local Author Expo for this year.
The day kicks off with a Writers Series Workshop followed by an afternoon of local authors greeting folks and signing books purchased.

LocalAuthorExpoI will be set up in the lobby this year and featuring two adult books. The March 21st new release of Cassandra: Night Shades” will be front and center. “Wind River Refuge” the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards winner will be keeping Cassandra company.

Rounding out my books for the day will be the Young Adult to Adult book “Uncharted Storms: Short Stories of Hearts at risk.”
The profits of three books offered at the Authors Expo will benefit Life’s Little Adventures Farm horse rescue and teens at risk program.

Backyard Horse Tales: Sox and Frosty and the Nightstalker paperbacks are also apart of the direct sales donation effort by this author to support the horse rescue.

The five books available at the author’s square market or through the publisher website bookstore will help the horse rescue and teen’s at risk efforts of this great nonprofit organization. So, if you can’t make the Author Expo or one of my other book signings you can still help the cause by ordering books at the sites below, and have them delivered by the U.S. Post Office.

Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/
Publisher Website: http://www.halfappypress.net/

Stay tuned to this blog for more information and links to the horse rescue and teens at risk beginning on May 1. 2016.

Sox is chasing Cassandra….

Sox isn’t happy about sharing his birthday with Cassandra.

Jackie’s bout of March Madness has him feeling neglected and grumpy.

Sox cover with seal MCA 1Free E-book & huge savings on print edition.

“Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition” had it’s fourth birthday in March. This family friendly award winning tale is for readers age 8 and up. It is also suitable for parents to read to younger children. The coupon code is YL28F and has been extended until April 30th of 2016.
E-Book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/569088

“Cassandra: Night Shades” is the adult 18+ read for April. The introductory prices on this new release will also expire on April 30, 2016.
E-Book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/607837

cassandra FINAL copy

 

A share from Author Interviews on Smashwords. http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

The characters and story of Casey and JD in “Cassandra: Night Shades” had been created for a totally different timeline. They sat locked in my files for nearly a decade before the characters demanded to brought into the light and underwent a contemporary makeover. Folks from Cleveland’s western suburbs will recognize the setting for Casey’s formative years. Cassandra was released March 21, 2016 and will remain at the pre-order through April 30th. The introduction period will also apply to paperbacks ordered directly from the author or publisher.
Janton’s Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/
Publisher Website with book store: http://www.halfappypress.net/

BYHT 3 is in final revisions and has been contracted for the print edition. April update: Love’s tale will be read and critiqued by a group of writers at the Medina Writer’s Club on the last Saturday in May. While we await the results of my fellow authors “Don’t Call me Love” will travel to the editorial desk of the publisher for a final edit prior to print submission.
I’m working on a new series, but the title of the first book is under wraps for now, however there is a clue in the short story “A Tumble in the Snow” included in “Uncharted Storms: Stories of Hearts at Risk.” https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/419516

Look for more updates soon, including special events and book signings.
Thanks for visiting this blog. I hope you enjoy the new addition of Lola’s blog tours to this site.

Jackie Anton 2015author photo  2Author Links:

Website: http://talesbyjackie.com/

Authors Page at Independent Author’s Network:

http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/backyardhorse

Google Plus:
https://plus.google.com/106598329845825588688

Facebook BYHT Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Backyard-Horse-Tales/190283981002767

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/jackieanton/
http://www.authorsden.com/jackieanton

Authors Den http://www.authorsden.com/jackieanton
Online Autographs: http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse

March Madness on the marketing front….

Marketing step #1: Design a cover photo for the new Facebook entity Half Appy Press.

Untitled designStep 2: Develop a post.

Step 3: Invite friends from my profile, as Jackie, to friend HAP’s Page. Not as easy as you may think. I get oodles of requests to friend or like a page daily, and often finding the time to look at all the requests get a bit overwhelming. That said the friends are trickling in.

Step 4: Promote: Half Appy Press FB: https://www.facebook.com/halfappy.press tweet it, and post the link on my Facebook profile. This all happened yesterday while I was working on building a new website for HAP. The announcement of the website provided my second post for Facebook.

 

Half Appy Press was set up as a DBA to make a home for my adult novels written as J.M. Anton.
I was really tired of paying other POD publishers huge bucks to layout and print my books. I have always had a problem relinquishing control over my creative process and was rarely satisfied with the results.

As a member of IBPA I researched until I found Ingram Spark, and the rest is now recent history.
The learning curve was huge. Missteps were more than a few, but I’m getting a handle on it.

Half Appy Press has published three of J.M.’s adult works: two novellas in the “Troubles in Love-Land Series,” and the soon to be released novel Cassandra: Night Shades.

Fateful Waters 2015 FINALPanhandle Mayhem ebook FINAL

 

Cassandra goes on tour March 14th

Cassandra is to be released as an e-book and paperback March 21st, and is currently on pre-order status at Smashwords and Jackie’s Square Market. To access pre-orders click on the Independent Author Network button at the right of this blog page to go to my IAN page with purchase links. Please note that Cassandra only has an e-book pre-order button, at this time. However, click on the Jackie Anton button at any of the other book offerings to access the Square Market. Or you can click on the HAP website to make your purchase.

Two new offerings published at HAP are helpful journals for writers and those trying to downsize their wardrobe. The journals were created by Jackie Anton. She is also working on a coloring and activity book to be released this summer.

http://www.halfappypress.net

Pocket journal CoverPocket journal Cover 1

Book Clubs, and Retailers can use the contact page at the Half Appy Press website to receive large order quotes and drop shipments.

Due to the March Madness, I haven’t e-mailed the Book of the Month Club Members, yet.
No worries March’s book of the month will carry through to the 30th of April.

As always, thank you for visiting “Writing for readers in a .com world.”

Best Wishes,

Jackie Anton

http://talesbyjackie.com

http://mkt.com/jackie-anton

http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse

http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

 

 

 

 

Explore Jax’s Cleveland connection….

Start with this awesome radio spot for The Book of the Month.

Wind River Refuge Radio Commercial:

Then follow the Independent Author Network link on this blog page to find the February discounts on this award winning book. Special offer the Wind River Refuge e-book can be found embedded within the interview on the author profile page.

FOLLOW
Book of the Month info will be sent within 24 hours to email addresses of those signed up for my newsletter. The Smashword coupon code will be in the mailing.

Click on the J. M. Anton button at my IAN page to view the paperback price for the month.

Please stop back and let me know how you like my new IAN author page and the purchase links for both print and e-books.

Thanks for visiting this blog.

Jackie

Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio connections……

During the past several years I have met a lot of local authors from Ohio. Several author events and book signings in 2015 brought to light two distinct marketing endeavors. We will stay with the fiction works for this post. Group one is comprised of authors who have either incorporated a recognizable landmark or used Cleveland in some form in the Title of their books. Some of the first group use the name of the city, Akron, pops up a lot too, and famous landmarks for their cover in the effort to attract local readers.

Group one is probably not unique to our area of Ohio, so perhaps writers, and readers in other areas of the United States as well as world wide can relate.

I don’t know that group one has more total sales than group two? Authors in general are willing to share their experiences in marketing, dates of upcoming author events, and what they are working on, but most are tight lipped about sales of their book(s). These two groups include traditional published as well as, independent, self published authors. Only a few who have thousands or hundreds of thousands of sales are willing to share, really it’s more of a brag.

The Desendant

 

Group two’s covers have more to do with the story within. An example is the author of “The Descendant.” Kelley Grealis is a native of Cleveland who now lives in Hinckley. Her vampire series takes place there. See the archive post and review on this blog “Vampire sighting at Whips Ledges.” This group uses printed handouts, bookmarks, speaking engagements, and social media sites to tout their local connections.

 

Sox's dreamI was working on Backyard Horse Tales 3 when realized my Backyard Horse Tales all have local locations. That set me on a review of all my books, which total seven with the pre-release of “Cassandra: Night Shades.” Wind River Refuge opens with Jax having a nightmare of running down the rain soaked streets on the east side of Cleveland. It occurred to me that perhaps I wasn’t doing enough to take advantage of the local connections in my printed works, at local events.

Well, I made the decision that promoting the local locations of my book(s) and my connections to Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio needed to move up near the top in my marketing strategy for 2016. I would say I am closer in sync with group two’s efforts on this endeavor, but I definitely need to tweak things a bit.

I will update you once I decide what to implement.

Thanks for visiting.

Jackie Anton

Author website:http://talesbyjackie.com
J.Anton’s autographed books: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton
Autographs for online purchases and e-books:
http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse
Independent Authors Network Author Page:
http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

Marketing 2016 style….

There are times writing and marketing are not at all compatible. Four years in the making “Cassandra: Night Shades went to Smashwords for pre-orders last week with a release date of March 21, 2016. The PDF for Cassandra is ready to go and waiting for my cover designer’s input.Write.

Marketing 2016 style includes a new Author Page at the Independent Authors Network, which took a bit of time to compile all the information on six books. Mission accomplished, and the site looks great. Also needed to update my Smashwords profile including the interview. Author’s Den too needed updated. Not a new word written during these projects.

Okay, time to narrow down to the best social media sites and let the others pass into the void. This writing blog is a companion for my author website, so I added the INA Author Page badge. I also added the same badge to A to Z Reviews, which is the blog where I host other authors’ blog tours and review some of their books. That makes three sites to maintain and keep current. Four counting Author’s Den, and then there is Twitter which is a definite keeper. Twitter followers and my time spent has mushroomed with the tweets from INA and my own tweets and retweets.

The Facebook dilemma is constant. It takes way too much time for minimal feedback, but it is the only contact with some old friends. I guess you could say my profile page has replaced the letters my mom’s generation used to send to friends. Backyard Horse Tales Facebook Fan Page was started in 2010, and I try to keep it entertaining. Content and language on the page are family friendly. J.M. Anton FB Page is the Adult Fan Page set up for readers 18+ where my adult novels appear as well as posts of adult reads from A to Z Reviews and other sites. Pretty much anything goes on that site. Okay, if I keep these three the count is up to eight sites to update and maintain.

December of 2015 was spent updating my blogs and their mailing lists for the 2016 addition to my newsletter which will include the Book of the Month Club. I announced Book of the Month Club on this blog, after the new year was nearly a week old. That blog was a bit behind.

I was stalling on updating my website and finally decided to change it completely. My IAN Author Page covers much of the old content on my website, so I decided to rebuild it. Inspiration!
Make it fun. Tales by Jackie 2016 style went up at http://talesbyjackie.com on January 18th.

Time to take a deep breath, and pull up my Scrivener files on Backyard Horse Tales 3. The application was damaged and refused to open. Language that I can’t repeat here, and more time spent, not to mention money, to replace it. None of the old files would open in the new version of the program. However, each file could be updated individually to the new version of Scrivener.
More writing time lost.

Changing hats tomorrow and finishing BYHT 3 “Don’t Call Me Love.”

Don't Call Me Love new typeface 4

Take a moment to look at my INA Author Page and my new website. Comment about either or both on any blog on this site.
Links to all my sites are listed on the right of this page.
Thanks for visiting.

Wow! New Indie Author Page is kickin’…

http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

January’s Book of the Month, Uncharted Storms isn’t up on the new page, yet. Make sure you check out the previous, to take advantage of the savings.

Uncharted Storm FINALFateful Waters: Troubles in Love-Land Book One.

Is on my new Author Page, but Panhandle Mayhem

book two in the Trouble in Love-Land Series is

keeping company with Uncharted Storms and waiting

its turn. The page is a work in progress. New books

will be added as they are released.

 

I hope you like my new page as much as I do.

New release and more fun stuff in a few days.

Likes and comments on this blog are much appreciated.

Best wishes to all of you for the remainder of this new year and many more to come.

Jackie Anton

Pitfalls of Story Telling……

Your manuscript is complete. Now what?

 Sox_Diary page breakIf you’re blessed with a few good beta readers use them, but make sure to give them a brief letter of points to help you out.

The following questionnaire was sent out to my beta readers of a soon to be released book.

 

Dear Reader of my novel Cassandra: Night Shades,

What does an author expect/hope for from a beta reader? The story resides in my mind for so long that I reach a point when I need readers to tell me if I’ve said what I think I have. You are a very important part of the editing process. If you feel your suggestion can make the book better, easier to read, and more understandable, please elaborate.

You may answer under each question and post additional comments on the book. Then attach it to an email to: insert email

  1. Did the prologue and/or first chapter make you want to read more?

 

  1. At the end of each chapter, were there unanswered questions that made you want to flip the page and keep reading?

 

 

  1. (a)Did you relate to any of the characters?

(b) Did you stay interested until the end?

(c) Where did your interest lag?

 

  1. Did you find a place where you were confused? Help me find and fix that.

 

 

  1. Did the ending give closure? Do you feel it satisfied the needs of the story?

 

  1. Is this a book you could recommend to your reading friends?

 

 

As a beta reader, try to look at the big picture. If you see typos, feel free to note them, but don’t worry if you miss them at this stage of the game. Your input will help as much as the final edit.

Thank you. You are valuable and I appreciate you.

J.M.Anton

          I have learned to send this thank you letter and book questions in a word format. All the reader has to do is write their answers in the blank spaces, save it, and e-mail the form back to me.

Your questions will vary depending on subject matter. Next step set the book aside while you wait for your betas. I like to review my draft each time one of my forms comes in. Try to look at your manuscript with the beta reader’s eyes. Don’t change anything yet, unless you find errors or typos, make notes of this person’s comments. I like to color code these areas with a separate color for each reader.

All your readers forms are back, and I’ll bet you had to remind them a few times that you have a deadline. Assuming that you had four beta readers and three out of the four had a problem with the same passage. Now is the time to clear that up. Time to send the new draft to a good proofreader. They will find issues that spellcheck and online auto checkers didn’t.

Next come the edits. I try for three rounds of edits using at least two editors. Note: pay attention to typos, misused words, punctuation, and sentence structure. Now the tricky part, don’t let anyone change your voice. This is your vision.

 

How this author has dealt with a few pitfalls:

I had no idea the issues with publishing e-books at the time I named this blog. It is my habit to publish my e-book and assess it before sending the manuscript in for print publication.

Approaching a book in this manner makes it easier to send it out to reviewers and selected readers. Then I can pick an excerpt or two for the back cover. The e-book is an easier fix if you missed something in your final revision.

In the beginning I used Librarything to offer free e-books to readers. I only picked up a few reviews for my efforts. However, I have gained a couple of loyal fans. These days I have a better following and choose who I send offers to via my email newsletter.

I used to worry about negative reviews, but the folks who get up on the wrong side of the bed and out to trash someone are just the facts of life as an author. Positive reviews from readers far out weigh the bummers. Truthfully, the one or two star sprinklings only lend credibility to the four and five star reviews.

Even the four and five star reviews can throw an author a curve. “Good plot, great characters, a real page turner, but could use some editing.”

What? I went through all the previously mentioned steps. How can this be?  Off I go to check the submitted manuscript. It is correct. Recheck the e-pub it’s okay. Smashwords sends the e-pub to it’s distribution network, so it is my first check. Second the PDF, again from Smashwords. I no longer bother to check Amazon on my Kindle. I still review books for other authors who gift me an e-book through Amazon, but the books are such a mess, mine included, that I can not tell with all the added spaces and messed up paragraphs if the book actually was submitted as such.

The gal who does my e-book formatting is excellent and in no way responsible for the Kindle nightmares. That said, I have no way of knowing what form the other e-readers take or how they look.   Smashwords way out sells Amazon with my e-books and the bulk of the sales are with Apple and the iBook, which is e-pub.

The bottom line is, once others get their hands on your book just remember the old bumper sticker “S— happens!”

The excellent editor who helped me with my two award winning children’s chapter books told me. “I’ve recently finished the latest book by SK and was amazed at the number of typos in the finished book.” His advice rings in my ears whenever I get stressed about striving for perfection. He told me I had a wonderful story and not to obsess about being perfect. I still try for perfect, but there is a point where you have to just go with it,

Jackie (J.M.) Anton

Jackie Anton 2015author photo  2

I am hoping to get my computer overhauled and to purchase a program that will let me format my own print books.

My next blog will tackle the issue of self-publishing.

 

 

My book market: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/

Website: http://talesbyjackie.com/

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

 

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