The Anatomy of a Bestseller – Shared

I’m always searching for answers, even if the questions I ask are sometimes just in my head. This question I have been asking for a long time, and although here are countless articles online or advice offered up by the so-called experts or the opinionated, I find the following chart the most clear – in visual form that is.

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What’s In A Book Review?

I watched a film once – can’t remember the title – where the main character was upset at the review he received for a novel he’d written. His view sparking discussions at a get-together.  At the time I didn’t know what to think about it. Meaning to say, I didn’t really care about how he was feeling about the not-so-nice review.

He wanted to know  how can anyone judge someone’s artistic expression or their style?

Now, I understand where he is coming from with this website designed to rate books with a letter grade.

I guess my question goes out to all the struggling writers, and the successful ones – how do you feel about your work getting a letter grade – past school – that is?

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Change Is Always Good…

I’ve been pretty busy lately, trying to revamp my other hobby here, which I am in the process of taking to the next level. I love planning, plotting, designing, and creating something that puts a smile on my face, and makes me feel so inspired. Change is always good – if it’s done wisely for the ‘betterment’ of anything we do.

While in the process of changing my blog from hobby to professional, I asked a graphic designer who’s helping with my logo, to help in re-creating my book covers. Here’s to crossing my fingers  and hoping that she understands my vision and is able to create on paper, what I’ve conceptualized.

In the meantime, here’s a song I can’t get out of my mind:

 

So What’s the Story About? You ask – for Novel 3 by M.L.Kilian

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Without giving too much away, I want to share with you a little bit about the story for my third novel:

 WHAT IF…ALL THAT MATTERED WASN’T REALLY WHAT MATTERED?

WHAT IF is a story that came to me through my own personal struggles, disappointments, and ultimate growth to where I am today. Although not an autobiography, WHAT IF is surely a story that anyone can relate to. If you live a lifestyle different than the one, you imagined for yourself. It is a story about two people from across the globe, without knowing, are connected in so many ways, on a deep level. It is the story about choices that we make, and the struggles we face because of them. Until finally we end up where we wanted to be all along. Only to discover that place was merely a step to bringing you closer to where you should have always been…

And so the story unfolds…on April 16, 2016.

Pre-order a copy and pay only USD9.00 for paperback, and USD5.00 for e-book. Offer expires April 15, 2016 at midnight. Books and e-books will be delivered week of April 16, 2016.

 

Ten Must Do’s In Italy – Number 8: Have Coffee in Piazza Navona

I had to share this article I stumbled upon online. Ten Must Do Things While In Italy. Number 8: A suggestion to stop and have coffee in Piazza Navona. What they neglected to add,  was/is while you are sitting and having that amazing coffee, which I’ve done many times in Piazza Navona,  to also read my novel – Piazza Navona – on sale now direct from yours truly for USD10.00 plus tax and shipping:

Be sure to plug in Piazza Navona, and USD10.00 here  and click update.

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M.L.Kilian – 2016 Appearance Calendar

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Twenty-sixteen is just around the corner, and my appearance calendar is filing up much quicker than I anticipated. So, if you are planning or would like to plan an appearance with yours truly in 2016, please complete the request form below and I’ll be more than  happy to work with you to make it happen.

 

eBook Sales Versus Paperback – A Debate Worth The Read

A digital book is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPad for a photograph in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Apple Inc. and two publishers, Macmillan and Penguin, were accused by the U.S. Justice Department of conspiring to fix prices of digital books to undermine Amazon.com Inc.'s dominance of the industry. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A digital book is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPad for a photograph in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Apple Inc. and two publishers, Macmillan and Penguin, were accused by the U.S. Justice Department of conspiring to fix prices of digital books to undermine Amazon.com Inc.’s dominance of the industry. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The internet is great, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes the information streamed across the pages or websites can be very misleading, or lacking important facts, making us believe something only half-uncovered.

Case in point. Just yesterday I read via  Facebook an article about the decline of ebooks, and the rise in paperbacks.  I don’t know why I got excited.  Perhaps I was hopeful that once again people  would have to walk into a store and buy a book, which I have always considered the best marketing for an author and their work. (Example: Diana Gabaldon – The Outlander book series, and J.K. Rowling – The Harry Potter series). Otherwise, us indie authors get lost in the shuffle and are seldom noticed if we don’t nearly give our books away for a deep discount/free.

Anyway, today I see this article,  and since it is explained well in dollars and cents, I now understand the topic entirely. Still, I don’t know what to wish for to happen to help indie authors get noticed.