Monday, September 17, 2012

Now on Tour: Die Portal-Chroniken - Portal

Die Tour: 10. September 2012 - 10. Oktober 2012


Montag - 10.09.2012
Books more than passion

Dienstag - 11.09.2012
Bookaholics For Life
Alicia’s Wonder world of books

Mittwoch - 12.09.2012

Freitag - 14.09.2012
Miss. PQ

Sonnabend - 15.09.2012
Cinema in my Head

Sonntag - 16.09.2012
Mandy’s Bücher- & Hbbyecke

Montag - 17.09.2012

Dienstag - 18.09.2012
Steffis Bücherblog
Hanna’s Lovelybooks

Mittwoch - 19.09.2012
Schnuffelchens Bücher und Co
Angel’s Books

Donnerstag - 20.09.2012
Filos Bücheruniversum
MeyLus Buchgeflüster

Freitag - 21.09.2012
Bines Bücherparadies
Lesen und Mehr

Sonnabend - 22.09.2012

Montag - 24.09.2012
Monis Buchblog

Dienstag - 25.09.2012
L Wielesen
Stories. Dreams. Books. by Cityrella

Mittwoch - 26.09.2012

Donnerstag - 27.09.2012
Bella’s Wonderworld
Partir avec un livre

Freitag - 28.09.2012
The emotional life of books

Sonnabend - 29.09.2012
Nici’s Books
Angel s Blog

Sonntag - 30.09.2012

Montag - 1.10.2012
TVSC’s kleine Welt

Dienstag - 2.10.2012
Magische Welten

Mittwoch - 3.10.2012
Angels Bücherecke
Books’ Dream

Donnerstag - 4.10.2012

Freitag - 5.10.2012

Sonntag - 7.10.2012
Let’s Talk About All + Nothing…

Montag - 8.10.2012

Dienstag -9.10.2012
Deborahs Bücherhimmel
KaDis kleine Bücherwelt

Mittwoch - 10.10.2012
Melanie Stoll // Volturi Blog


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Getting the Most from Beta Readers (Guest Post by BigAl)

What is the biggest difference between a book produced by an Indie author and one produced via traditional publishing?

As a reader, I think the answer should be, “no difference.” At least not a difference I’d detect from reading the book unless it is something I’d perceive as a positive, like being in a favorite genre underserved by traditional publishing.

An author would probably define the biggest difference as having to deal with everything that comes after writing the book through a combination of doing it himself or herself, hiring professionals, and recruiting volunteers to help. These steps include cover design, marketing, and several editing and proofing steps. Many authors, especially Indies, use beta readers as part of this process.

Defining what a beta reader does is problematic, because different authors use them in different ways and at different places in the process. A definition that fits most is that a beta reader is someone, typically an unpaid volunteer, who agrees to read a book at some point during the process of editing and polishing, and give the author feedback from the perspective of a reader. This feedback can be high level (“I hate the protagonist” or “I didn’t believe the premise of the story”), low level (“you’ve got a typo here” or “I don’t understand what you’re saying in this sentence”) or somewhere in between (this scene didn’t work for me or I felt like there was something missing in this part of the story). Ideally, an author will have multiple betas so that they’ll receive feedback from readers with different tastes and skills. In his Seven Tips for Writers, K.D. Rush mentions several areas where his beta readers have helped him.

I’ve been a beta reader for several authors who each use their beta reader teams in different ways. Imogen Rose, the author of two successful indie-published young adult paranormal series, has built a process that’s the best I’ve seen. The process begins with steps that are close to what you might see from a traditional publisher. Content editing (by a former editor for a New York publishing house), followed by copy-editing and multiple proofreads (also done by hired professionals). Last, a team of beta readers review the book and it receives a final round of proofreads. Rose says, “Putting my books through an intense scrutiny like that makes me feel confident that I am putting out a product I can be proud of.”

With the exception of the numerous rounds of proofreading, this process might sound like what many of you do. However, Rose adds two significant improvements to this basic template. The first is that her process is iterative. When a change is made later in the process, it goes back to the people who performed earlier roles for review. The skills and points of view of those with different roles (beta reader, author, and editor) mean that each are focused on different things. The iterative process insures that any changes seem correct based on each person’s focus.

The other difference is that, rather than working in isolation, Rose sets up a private Facebook group with herself, editors, proofreaders, beta readers, and others as members. This group serves several purposes. First, status updates on the process keep everyone informed and builds anticipation among the rest of the team. Second, by interacting with others involved rather than working in isolation, it gives everyone a sense of being part of a team, with all the positives of that. (If you don’t know what those positives are, thousands of business management books explain them in excruciating detail.) Last, and possibly most important, it gives a vehicle to discuss things someone isn’t sure about. If one of the beta readers feels a particular scene doesn’t work, but the author isn’t sure whether to change it or if the change she’s considering will do the trick, she’ll throw it out to the group for input. If a beta reader is unsure about a particular section, but can’t decide if it is “just her” or she is having difficulty articulating her concerns, she can ask the group what they think. Often someone else will respond, “I wondered about that too, but didn’t mention it.” Then everyone can discuss the section and together determine why it wasn’t working for them. Allirea Brumley, one of Rose’s long-time beta readers, feels this helps make “a better book, and makes the process a whole lot more fun … Imogen has this talent to make her team feel special. I think that makes the team want to do great work for her.”

Traditional publishers have to use a process that is clearly defined, generic, and that will work with multiple books in the pipeline at once. Indie authors can gain a competitive advantage by building and improving on the basic process. Innovative uses of beta readers are one of those improvements.

A version of this article first appeared on Indies Unlimited on 9/05/12. It is used here with the permission of the author, BigAl. 

About BigAl 
BigAl (who insists he only has one name, like Cher and Madonna) spends his days writing computer programs that are full of typos, homonym errors, and incorrect verb usage. During his evenings, he writes reviews of indie books for BigAl’s Books and Pals and has recently taken over The IndieView, a website founded by indie author Simon Royle as a resource for indie authors, indie reviewers, and those who read either.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Die Portal-Chroniken GOODREADS Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Die Portal-Chroniken — Portal by Imogen Rose

Die Portal-Chroniken — Portal

by Imogen Rose

Giveaway ends October 04, 2012.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

INTEGRATION Bewitching Book Tour and Kindle Fire Giveaway

Now on Tour Integration by Imogen Rose

August 15 Guest blog and review 
Urban Fantasy Investigations

August 15 Interview
A Bibliophile's Reverie Blog 

August 16 Interview and review 
What's Hot?

August 16
Lena Sledge

August 17 Interview and review 
Tana Rae Reads

August 17 Review
Freda's Voice: 

August 19 Promo
Flutey Words

August 19 Guest blog
Lisa’s World of Books

August 20 Promo
Awesomesauce Book club

August 20 Review 
Romancing the Book 

Aug 20 review 
Intoxicated by Books

August 23 Guest blog and review
Snowdrop Dreams of Books

August 23 Review

August 24 Guest blog
Simply Infatuated

August 25 Guest blog and review
Sara In Bookland 

August 26 Promo and review

August 27 Promo and review
Captivated Reading 

August 28 Interview and review

August 28 Guest blog
Ex Libris – 

August 29 Interview
Romance Book Junkies

August 30 Interview and Review 
The Seraphine Muse: 

August 31 Promo
Book Reviews and more from a Book Hoarder

September 1 Promo
Butterfly-o-Meter Books

September 3 Guest blog and review 

September 3 Promo and review 
A Dream Within A Dream

September 4 Promo and review 
A Bibliophile's Thoughts on Books

September 4 Review
bajan rosa books

September 5 Guest blog and review 
My Guilty Obsession

September 5 Review

September 6 Guest blog
Behind A Million And One Pages

September 7 Guest blog
Suz @ A Soul Unsung 

September 7 Promo and review 
Keeping Up With The Rheinlander's

September 8 Promo

September 9 Guest blog

September 10 review 
Fictional Candy

September 10 Review
Bornean Bookworm Reads

September 10 review 

September 11 Review 
Letters Inside Out – 

September 11 Review

September 12 Interview and review 
Doctor's Notes

September 12 Promo and review 
Starry night book reviews 

Bonfire Book 2
By Imogen Rose

Second Haiku warning:

A boyfriend missing
A lover must pay in blood
A princess must die

Welcome back to Bonfire Academy.

Book Trailer 

A Teaser Excerpt

Broken. I couldn’t think of a better word to describe it. I felt as if I’d been torn to bits, maybe even shredded. I was suffocating, surrounded by a wet tightness of skin and flesh all crusted together. My body was home to excruciating stabs of pain searing about randomly before a final thrust of sheer agony. I couldn’t tell if the source of the pain was within me or if I was being repeatedly sliced open with a knife. Did it matter? I felt as though it was only a matter of seconds before my thoughts would end.


My name. I flinched as the same voice repeated my name again and again. Why? Who was it? It—he—sounded familiar. I heaved as the voice triggered the memory of his face. Then, not being able to stop the bile from traveling up my throat, I gagged and purged, emptying my stomach completely. The next time he muttered my name, his voice was laced with disgust. But his revulsion couldn’t compete with my utter repugnance and disbelief at what he’d done. Him. Someone I had trusted with my life, even though the rule was clear:

Trust No One.

About the Authorgen Rose is the author of the bestselling series, Portal Chronicles, which has attained cult status within indie literature and become a favorite among tee

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Trust No One Giveaway

INTEGRATION goes on tour starting on Wednesday with a Kindle Fire giveaway. In the meantime, here is a t-shirt (female/male versions available) giveaway:

Winner will be announced here 

TO ENTER: Leave a comment (and your email address). Winner will be announced on 8/20/2012

WINNER: IRIS (emailed) Congratulations. THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Integration Playlist

A selection of music—some of them relevant to the plot and some that inspired me to write.

1. Celtic Requiem (Elliot Simons)

2. Demons (Imagine Dragons)

3. If We Fall (She Said Save Me Ft. Mary Cassidy)

4. Too Close (Alex Clare)

5.  The Underestimation of Denial (The Nick Tree Band)

6. Bottom of the River (Delta Rae)

7. My Fault (Imagine Dragons)

8. Naive (The Kooks)

9.Good to You (Mariana's Trench Ft. Jessica Lee)

10. The Man who Sold the World (Nirvana)

11. A White Demon Love Song (The Killers)

12. We Might as well be Strangers (Keane)

13. November Rain (David Garrett)

14. Let yourself Go (Green Day)

15. Requiem for a Dream (Kate Chruscicka)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Q&A with Imogen Rose

Questions and answers from the Facebook group “Imogen Rose Fanatics,” hosted by Alli Potter

Ruthi Knight: My question to Imogen would be... How has your life changed since being published? Is it everything you thought it would be? Or one of the many misconceptions about being a published author? I'm thinking about going the self-publishing route for my own work and I would love a real view on what it's like to be published. :) Btw, HUGE FAN!!! Just finished Integration and absolutely loved it!! Can't wait to see more of Cordelia and Jagger!!
Imogen: Hi, Ruthie! This one made me stop and think a bit. I guess the way publishing my books has most changed me is that I’ve turned into a businesswoman, which is something I never aimed to be. Indie publishing (for me) is 10% writing and 90% marketing. It's been quite a challenge, but a fun one. I have met so many amazing people along the way. So although writing itself is a lonely endeavor, the rest of the publishing business has allowed me to meet, experience, and appreciate the people who help me make it all happen. All the best with your book. Let me know when you publish it!
Ruthi: Thank you so much for your answer! I am now scared, but determined, lol. I am not a businesswoman either so that part is so very scary! But you're right about meeting so many amazing people! I've gotten to know a lot of Indie authors lately and I must say, they have all been so nice and helpful and just all around awesome!
Imogen I couldn't have done it without help and inspiration from the authors on Kindleboards.
Ruthi: When you write, do you listen to music? If so, what group/artist has been your biggest inspiration?
Imogen: I tend not to listen to music while I write, but I do get inspired to write while I am listening to music. I will be posting my Integration playlist soon.

Carmel Beaudry: What do you do when you get writer's block?
Imogen: The only time I experienced writers block was when I sat down to try to plan my latest book (Integration). It lasted a few minutes and was a frightening experience. It was as if all my characters suddenly went into hiding. I generally find it easy to just let them take over, which they always do, except for that one time.
Carmel: What do you hope readers get out of your Bonfire Academy series?
Imogen: I don't write stories with messages. There are no morals or other lessons to be had from them. I write to entertain.

Anne-Marie Monlezun: Which book is your favorite and why?
Imogen: My latest book is always my favorite because I always stop at a point where I am desperate to start again. The characters are so strong in my imagination that I live and breathe them. Just a few days ago, I was shocked by what happens next for Cordelia and can’t wait to find out more. Having said that, I have a very special place in my heart for the Portal Chronicles, as that story is very close to me and who I am.
Anne-Marie : What are you usually doing (as in daily activity) when you come up with the most story plots and twists? I mean, is there usually a situation or activity that stimulates your imagination more than others?
Imogen: Yes... it’s either when I am in a semi-sleep, just about to get up in the mornings, or when I am in the shower.
Anne-Marie: I know that your daughter Lauren is your greatest inspiration in your writing. Are there others that peak your creative juices?
Imogen: I always giggle a little when I write the bit on my copyright page that claims that all resemblance to living characters is purely coincidental. Of course the resemblances are coincidental, but my characters are also HUGELY inspired by people around me who touch my imagination.
Anne-Marie: So that one cartoon that says “Caution! Writer at work, anything you say or do may be written into my story” is really true?
Imogen: Absolutely :D
Anne-Marie: How much of your real life do you draw into when you write your stories?
Imogen: Less and less with each story that I write. My first book has a lot of "me" in it. :)

Linda McKinney: So are you saying Olivia is you? (Character in the Portal Chronicles)
Imogen: Huge bits of her are, as are pieces of Arizona, but just in book one. Olivia  is who I was after my mother died. It was a life-changing moment for me, one that made me yearn for a portal.
Linda: I completely understand that!
Imogen: After my mom's death, I constantly dreamed about people and situations in my past. And it all morphed into odd dreams that really only started to make sense when I wrote them down.
Linda: Thank you for sharing this, Imogen. I know this must be a personal memory for you. :)
Imogen: In a way, writing Portal was my personal therapy. It allowed me to analyze my life through a character, and it helped me make some hard but necessary real life decisions.
Linda: Are you done with Fusion yet? (Portal Chronicles Book 5)
Imogen: I’m working on it now. Cordelia is being a monkey and is still very dominant in my imagination, wanting me to get on and continue with her story. So I am occasionally forced to type little bits of Faustine 2 just so she'll leave me alone so I can get back into Arizona world. I am on schedule and will have it done this Christmas.

Allirea Hartless Brumley: Name your favorite minor character in Integration. :)
Imogen: I can't remember any minor characters from Integration. They are all major in my head.
Allirea: Fine, then who is the most annoying character??? Rea is excluded!!!!
Imogen: The most annoying? Hmm… I’d have to say Frau Smelt. And that’s because she is so very mysterious and has not revealed herself to me yet. I find some of her actions hard to understand, but I’m sure there are reasons behind them. There must be. I don’t like waiting to find out, though. :D

Christina Baker Irelan: I was recently introduced to your work through blog tours. I have read Initiation and will be reading Integration this week! I am also working on my own novel. What advice do you have to offer about publishing?
Imogen: A few years ago when Amazon made indie publishing available to everyone, a marketing revolution occurred within the publishing arena. It’s made the market fluid and in a state of constant flux. The changes are so frequent that what worked in terms of marketing an indie book a year ago may not work today. So my advice is to be completely flexible, try everything, and don’t burn any bridges. Keep up with what’s happening within the publishing industry by reading Publishers Weekly and the Passive Guy blog. Sometimes acting on information from these and similar sites will give you a leg-up as to what your next move should be. Treat it like a game of chess. Be prepared that perhaps only 10% of what you try will give you results, but when you see results, celebrate! As far as the book itself goes, I consider editing and a professional-looking cover as must-dos. Good luck with your book!
Christina: Thank you!

Alli Potter: What has been your most challenging book to write?
Imogen: So far, it’s been Integration. As you know, I don’t plan my stories, but I knew that I had to bridge the gap between Initiation and Faustine in this story. For the first time, I sat down to try to plan it, but gave up after a couple of minutes of my mind being totally blank. Then, I just started typing, not knowing if it was going to be at all doable. It basically wrote itself after that. I was hugely relieved!

Samantha Gray Elliott: how long does it take for a character to appear on a page? Like do you think/dream and immediately write about them or do they kinda hang out in your head until they are needed in a story? —Sorry that's kind of a weird question.
Imogen : They simmer, I guess somewhat unconsciously, and then suddenly appear as I’m typing. It’s difficult to describe. I really just don’t know what happens from page to page, or who will appear.

Al Kunz: What kind of tree would you be?
Imogen Rose: A broccoli tree.