Horseback Riding and Book Publishing

I know…what could one thing have to do with the other?

Well, nothing really. Unless one considers the intangible benefits.

George and I
George and I

Recently, my life has centred around working full-time, writing screenplays, and getting the print version of The Orphans of the Creek ready for market (the design looks great, by the way. I’ll post a sample soon)

But last Sunday, I went on a trail ride through the Oak Ridges Moraine.

I hadn’t been on a horse in years, but George, the Fjord/Quarter Horse mix that guided me through the dense, hilly forest, made me feel like I had just ridden the day before. The staff at Pleasure Valley were very welcoming and patiently helped me reacquaint myself with the saddle, despite the rain, sleet, and hail that soaked us.

So again: what does this have to do with book publishing? And again: nothing, except for the intangible benefits that a little getaway can give you. Thanks to George, I feel realigned.

Have a great weekend everybody. Hope you get the opportunity to do something good for yourself.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Author Richard S. Todd
Author Richard S. Todd

Richard Todd is a novelist, screenplay writer, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

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Live Interactive Event – Book Authors and Publishers: January Edition

You’re invited to a very special January edition of “Book Authors and Publishers“, a live event where you get to ask experienced book authors your questions about writing, publishing, and social media marketing!

January’s edition is special because our featured guest is the one and only Guy Kawasaki, published author of 10 books and founder of the Google+ community called “APE: Authors, Publishers, Entrepreneurs.” This community is dedicated to guiding beginner writers to entrepreneurial publishers. If you’re stuck in your efforts to reach your publishing goals, this event is for you!

The event will happen on Google+ Hangout on Air this Thursday from 9:00 – 10:00 PM Eastern. I’ll be co-hosting again and will be answering your questions along with the rest of the panel.

Be sure to RSVP and I’ll see you there! Don’t miss it!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Have a Blog? Wanna Make an eBook?

Many people these days document their thoughts on a personal blog. And with sharp social media skills, many of these bloggers build a large following that looks forward to every new entry.

So why not monetize those blog entries by turning them into an eBook?

Check out my latest blog post for The Sparkle Agency to learn more!

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Author Richard S. Todd
Author Richard S. Todd

Richard S. Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Great News for Canadian Readers (and Authors)!

Today Amazon showed some love to its Canadian customers by making their Kindle books available on Amazon.ca.

This is great news for both Canadian readers and authors. Previously, Canadian Kindle customers had to visit Amazon.com to buy eBooks. Now, they can consolidate all their buying on the Canadian site.

Canadian authors can also market their books on a domestic site, instead of sending their local readers to an outside source.

So let me be one of the first!

To my many Canadian readers, I welcome you to the Canadian Kindle pages for Raincloud and The Orphans of the Creek. And don’t forget that Raincloud is also available in print and for Kobo, with like versions of The Orphans of the Creek to follow.

As always, thanks for your love and support.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Your Designer Has You Covered

It’s a no-brainer – your book cover makes the difference between your book being picked up or left on the shelf.

But so many authors struggle with what to put on the cover. Or, they have an idea but don’t have the skills to take their vision from their head to their hand to the computer screen. I fall into this latter category.

Raincloud: A Novel
“Raincloud: A Novel”

Raincloud was relatively easy. The photograph of the soft wintery landscape with enigmatic footsteps retreating into the background fit perfectly with one the novel’s pivotal scenes.

But I was looking for something different with The Orphans of the Creek. I wanted the lead character, a self-aware and conflicted young man known as Whiteboy, to be looking skyward, questioning, beckoning, accusing, while three pale lights shine down from the heavens. It was to be a play on da Vinci’s Vitruvian Manright down to the parchment paper background, but a little more disturbing.

There was no way my limited visual arts skills could have produced this. If they based a font on my handwriting, it would be called “Ransom Note”.

This is where my designer Dan Jordan came in.

"The Orphans of the Creek"
“The Orphans of the Creek”

It only took a few meetings to communicate my vision to Dan. A few days later I had a great first draft and, in the end, I wound up with a cover that has won a lot of praise and admiration. It’s unique too, as individual as my written voice.

So, if you’re like me, give your book the best and hire a designer. It’s well worth it in the long run.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Is Amazon Kindle Select the “Prime” Product for You?

So you published a Kindle book on Amazon. Your tags are set up, your categories selected, and you’re ready to start marketing and collecting those awesome reviews. Congratulations!

But Amazon isn’t done with you yet. They heavily encourage their authors to participate in their Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select Program.

What is it? And is it right for you?

Check out my latest blog post for The Sparkle Agency to learn more!

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Amazon Reviews its Review Policy

The big news in the world of publishing these days are the changes Amazon has made to their Book Review Policy.

It’s geared to keep reviews reliable and honest but seems to to causing book marketers some stress.

Want to know more? Check out my latest blog post for The Sparkle Agency.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.