Showing posts from October, 2014

It’s the Great Pumpkin ~ No… It’s The Curse of Grungy Gulley Release!

That day is upon us. The Curse of Grungy Gulley releases today, October 31, 2014 ~ Halloween! What does a demon do to stop a group of families slated to fight him for eternity when they don’t pay attention to him? Keep trying, of course!

Blurb: Faced with the loss of his immortality, Bewitcher Random A. Ransom has to defeat Mary Barron’s young assistants: Tuck Barrons, Earl Lee Farley, and Sue Anne Edwards. Confidant he can beat three kids, Random has no idea that the Johnson triplets have invaded the ranks of his brethren. These brothers have pledged their souls to Archangel Michael to rid the world of evil. What the Bewitcher thought would be easy isn’t so easy after all.
One demon, three teens, spread over a period of 144 years. Can Random A. Ransom defeat Sue Anne Edwards, Earl Lee Farley, and Tuck Barrons?

The Curse of Grungy Gulley

About the Author:
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in …

Cover Art ~ A Hint, A Bit of Teasing, But Never Too Much

The very first thing a potential buyer sees about your book is the cover. You have exactly three seconds to capture their attention, and to do that, you must have the best cover possible.
How do you accomplish this? Certainly you can’t be expected to create your own cover art. You’re an author, the person who put their blood, sweat, and tears into writing this fabulous book. Your publisher has a cover artist and that person is going to make a cover for your book, but first they must have your input.
Here’s the tricky part. Most publishers allow you some input into your cover art. You’ll receive a questionnaire that you must fill out. The questions seem simple enough. They want you to describe settings in the book, the characters, important scenes. With great gusto, you dive into writing ten, fifteen, or twenty pages of prose, going into great detail about all of these elements. Since this is the information about your cover, you also include copies of covers that are similar to your…

The Editing Process ~ The Knife That Cuts Deep

You have your contract signed. The cover art is totally awesome. For weeks you’ve waited on the editor get start looking over your book, but he or she won’t have much to do. Your book is the most awesome book in creation. There will be little or no problems with it.

Visions of a best seller dance in your head. You’re so focused on this that you are searching for places to let reviewers know the Great American novel has happened, and they must, absolutely, read your book and rate it higher than any other book ever written. Why it’s no not a stretch to ask your publisher to pay for those places that do reviews, like Kirkus or the New York Times. It doesn’t matter that Kirkus charges from $425 to $575 to review a book, with no guarantee when your book will be reviewed or if you’ll have a good review. That the NYT has a large backlist of review requests never even enters your mind. Your book is going to topple every well-known author off their lists, to become the latest book to vie for …

The Controller

We’ve all met him or her. From start to finish, they must have absolute control of every single part of whatever project they’re working on. All it takes is one little item going out of their control and they’re ranting all over the place, claiming you personally are out to get them. Nowhere but in the publishing world have I seen so many people suffering from “Control Syndrome” as I have in the publishing world.
Perhaps this problem initiates from the ability of anyone to self-publish a book. Ten, twenty, or thirty years ago, the publishing industry was controlled by a few big houses, who decided which book would be published, what new author would receive their first contract, and how that would happen. Tales still exist regarding expensive luncheons at the publisher’s expense, huge advances that would get the new author out of debt and allow them to live the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and carefully orchestrated nationwide book tours where their adoring fans heaped praise upon t…

Social Media Interaction

Social media interaction is absolutely necessary for any author these days. We no longer have access to the publicity department of our publisher. Book tours aren’t set up for us to hit 30 cities in 10 days, in order to sign copies of our book and meet the fans. The expensive luncheon with our publisher while discussing our next book is a long lost dream. What we have now instead is social media, and that can be a very tricky river to navigate.
Most of us have an author fan page on Facebook. Any author worth their salt also has a Twitter page and faithfully visits it, to update about our latest project, encourage people to buy our published books, or to converse with those who make comments we find noteworthy.
We’ve learned the taboos about being an author and sharing information. We now can navigate the waters of our public life while exposing what we want known about our private life. It’s all too easy, but then a pitfall no one warned us about happens across our path, and we’re not …