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About that artwork…

In a recent Facebook ad I created, concerning my new novel on Kindle Scout, I pulled out this old picture. Jonnywhostood   This awesome drawing is the creation of Woon Bin Chang, an artist who saw a production of my play, “Almighty Might” in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.  Woon-Bin was so moved by the piece that he drew this amazing piece of art which perfectly captures the mood and scenes of the mini-play. It was also this photo and that 2013 production which made me re-think this simple story about a man, standing in front of the presidential palace, waiting for the revolution to come. Eventually, I decided to give the story a full novel treatment. I changed the name to “Jonny who stood on the world” and then eventually changed it again to “A Love Story for a Nation.” Originally, Woon-Bin’s artwork was meant to be part of the cover design, but in the end I decided  to go with a more minimalistic look as you see above. But with Facebook’s limitations concerning the amount of text allowed in ad photos, it was the perfect time to bring out Woon-Bin’s artwork once again. It matches the tagline well: The revolution begins with an innocent smile. This novel is now on Kindle Scout, as it vies for a publishing contract with Kindle Press. If you haven’t done so already, please head over to its Kindle Scout page, read an excerpt, check out the synopsis, and, if it looks good, nominate it. It means a lot to me. The Kindle Scout campaign runs through May 15. Thanks for your support! You can nominate this novel for a publishing contract on Kindle Scout: HERE!

Will you join my promotional campaign on Thunderclap? Please. It’s free and easy!

I’m in need of 100 people willing to help my promotional campaign on Thunderclap a success in helping to promote my novel on Kindle Scout

What’s Thunderclap? It gathers folks with a common promotional goal (like those wanting me to succeed on Kindle Scout) and when 100 (or more) people join, it BLASTS out 1 message through all 100 people at a time. It’s the power of numbers which makes the difference.

It’s free!

It’s extremely easy to join a promotional campaign. How about 5 seconds?

It will only send ONE message on April 28 through your Facebook or Twitter concerning my novel on Kindle Scout.

It’s super easy, but it could mean a lot to me.

Please join my Thunderclap campaign HERE!

And if you haven’t nominated my novel for a publishing contract on Kindle Scout yet, please do so HERE!

 

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Kindle Scout Kick-off: Hot & Trending

My fourth novel’s Kindle Scout  campaign is off and running. Early results? HOT & TRENDING!

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I really appreciate everyone  who has nominated it so far, and if you haven’t checked out the  site yet, you can do so HERE!

If you nominate my book and it is chosen for publication through Kindle Press, you’ll receive a free Kindle version! Great for you, great for me!

I’m really fond of this novel. Quite different from my other ones with no mention of Vietnam. Shocker! Actually, the way I wrote it, there’s no mention of the name of the country at all. There’s a specific reason behind this, but I won’t go into that now.

Here’s the synopsis. If you go to the website, you can read the first three chapters.

Thanks again, and here’s hoping the hotness doesn’t flame out too soon!

The revolution starts with an innocent smile.

As nightly raids burn the capital city, the mundane existence of Gerald Sanpatri takes a dramatic shift when Rosia walks into his life bringing laughter and unexpected love. She inspires the ex-writer to once again take up his pen and write the impossible: a love story for an entire nation. A Love Story for a Nation chronicles the explosive and heart-warming journey of one country’s brush with history through the eyes of a courageous man who dared to stand up, smile, and think the unimaginable.

Help! My new novel on KINDLE SCOUT until May 15.

I’m excited to announce that my brand new, unpublished fourth novel, A Love Story for a Nation, is now on Kindle Scout in search of a publishing contract.

YOU CAN HELP!

Readers (or anyone) can nominate my book. The more nominations my book gets, the more likely the Kindle Press editors will take a closer look and possibly offer me a contract.

You can help by:

  • Visiting my Kindle Scout page. If you like the excerpt or the sound of the novel. Nominate it!
  • Spread the word on your social networks. Any shared link is greatly appreciated!
  • Join my Thunderclap campaign to get the word out. It will start soon. More to follow.

PLUS – if you nominate my book and it gets published, you’ll get a copy for FREE!

KINDLE SCOUT LINK HERE!

Thank you for your support!

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“A Love Story for a Nation” – Descriptions for Kindle Scout

As I mentioned a few days ago, I’ve decided to put my fourth novel in Kindle Scout to see if Kindle Press wants to publish it. Two of the requirements are to add a 45 character description and a 500 character description of the novel. I hate writing these types of story summaries, but they are necessary.

Here’s what I currently have. They are still in progress, but if you have any feedback, I’d appreciate it.

A Love Story for a Nation – 45 Character One-Liner

The revolution starts with an innocent smile.

A Love Story for a Nation – 500 Character Book Description

As nightly raids burn the capital city, the mundane existence of Gerald Sanpatri takes a dramatic shift when Rosia walks into his life bringing laughter and unexpected love. She inspires the ex-writer to once again take up his pen and write the impossible: a love story for an entire nation. A Love Story for a Nation chronicles the explosive and heart-warming journey of one country’s brush with history through the eyes of a courageous man who dared to stand up, smile, and think the unimaginable.

Cover Reveal: A Love Story for a Nation

ALoveStoryforaNation Cover LARGEI’m happy to reveal the cover of my new novel. I have a book cover designer whom I’ve worked with on three of my novels and he gave me three different options to choose from. It wasn’t easy to decide as I liked all the different options, but in the end, this is the design that I choose.

I liked the simplicity, the barbed wire, the heart – it all resonates well with the story so I’m real happy with it. I would love to know what you think.

This novel will soon be going on Kindle Scout. If it is not chosen for publication, I will be publishing independently in July.

I really like this story, and I’ll be talking a lot about it in the coming months.

I’ve currently been writing various synopses and one liners which describe it, and I’ll post those soon as well. I always appreciate feedback.

But this is an important day for me. It tells me that my fourth novel is soon to be available. I can’t wait to see what people think about it.

And as always, I greatly appreciate the support.

 

Tedious Editing & a Decision about Kindle Scout

I recently received the manuscript back from my editor for my new novel A Love Story for a Nation. 

Once that happens, the gears start turning and the planning begins.

The first step is to obviously fix the mistakes and issues brought up by my editor. This is what I can tedious editing – the minutia of grammar and syntax that is ever so boring but also extremely important. I find it especially tedious because there’s nothing creative about it – it’s simply find and fix with the occasional re-write and re-phrasing.

Once I finish my tedious editing, I do another complete read through. I read it out loud to get a feel for the language and flow. On this final read through I fix any other mistakes I encounter along the way – though at this point the manuscript is ready for publishing. Of course, I do find phrasing and words that I want to change. A writer can never be completely satisfied. There’s always a danger of making changes at this point because what if I make a silly mistake that I don’t catch? It’s been known to happen, but it doesn’t stop me.

Once my final read-through is complete, I will typically produce an ARC which I make available to bloggers and reviewers.

But I’m not doing that this time because I’ve decided to give Kindle Scout a try. Kindle Scout is Amazon’s reader-driven publishing program. Any new, previously unpublished manuscript can be added to the site for 30 days. The more traction the book gets with readers will help it to attract more attention to Kindle Scout editors who may offer to publish it on Kindle Press. What’s most attractive about this program is that an author will know for sure with forty-five days whether Kindle Press will be publishing your book or not. If it chooses not to, then all digital and audio rights go back to the author.

I was happy to see Fiction and Literature finally being added as a new genre for Kindle Scout. This helped me decide to give it a try.

My goal is to have my new novel live on Kindle Scout by the middle of April. That way, I’ll have a decision from them by around the first of June.

If they decide not to publish it, then I will self-publish in mid-July.

Please keep your eye out for more information about my book on Kindle Scout. Your nomination on the site could help me land a publishing deal. That’s pretty cool. Even if it doesn’t happen, I am curious to see how the program works, and I’ll report back on my experience.

I guess that also means I need to release my book cover. Soon!