It's almost here - finally! The Caging at Deadwater Manor will be released on March 31, 2017!
I have hired a book promoter to help me get this book noticed. Suzanne Moore is a specialist with social media marketing and the Amazon ranking system. The idea is to gain as much exposure as possible prior to the release date and sell as many ebooks as possible on March 31. This will move my book up the ranks on Amazon who will then help me with promotions as well. Plus, if the book ranks high enough, this will be a great selling point for future books.
What's going on: ALOT!
We've already started book promotions as follows:
Thank you for all the support from my virtual team and others!
Have a good week. --Sandie
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope this year brings much happiness and success to you. I'm looking forward to an exciting 2017 with launching two books and finishing up my third novel. This will come with lots of outreach and promotions which I'm excited to learn and share with you.
The Caging at Deadwater Manor has now been signed over to me from my former publisher (I decided to leave them), so now I own both the book and the book cover. Waiting for this delayed the December release, but it will give me time to prepare for the upcoming release in March 2017. I'm currently looking at book promotion options, blog hops and other ways to get the word out. As soon as I have an exact date of release, I'll let you know.
My second book is a young adult historical time travel which I describe on my home page. This was actually the first book I wrote and I've held back publishing it due to the Irish Gaelic that I included, requiring additional editing time. This will be a series titled, "Time Lands," and is about a teenage girl from today who meets a guy from 1849 Ireland who's living through the Great Irish Hunger. I plan on having the main characters, Carly Matthews and Liam Healy, explore a different time period and history for each novel, all the while trying to evade the pursuit of Liam's old landlord who wants nothing more than to bring her "slave" back to her time. The historical settings for each novel in the upcoming series will be unusual ones that you don't hear about too much in school. I can't wait to bring this series to you and for you to join Carly and Liam on their adventures back through time. This book will be released in late 2017.
In the meantime, I'm currently writing a third novel titled, "Vision's Edge." This is another psychological thriller about a young man who is tortured by his past. I can't reveal much about the book for now, but I can say that he has a peculiar way of handling his pain.
Again, I hope you have a wonderful year ahead. Thank you for following my blog and watching for my upcoming book release!
Since becoming an Indie author, I've been waiting for my official release from the publisher which should be coming soon and the back of the book cover which the artist is currently working on. In the meantime, I've completed a final read through and uploaded the final version to CreateSpace who will facilitate the softcover book and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for distribution as an eBook. I'll be looking at Ingram Spark, Smashwords and Draft2Digital for non-Amazon publishing, but I need to learn more about this. In the meantime, I'm setting up the business information on Createspace and KDP. Until I hear from my former publisher, I'm in a holding pattern. I'm hoping to release the book on December 15, and I'll be sending out an announcement when it's ready. If you're interested in the announcement, add your email for my newsletter on the right side of this page. The release is getting closer!!
As you can imagine, seeing the book cover for The Caging at Deadwater Manor can conjure up memories of experiences or stories of old psychiatric hospitals or hauntings. My employer recently announced my upcoming book release on their newsletter, and I've had several coworkers stop by my office to share their experiences with me -- several of which have given me chills.
One such experience came from Nick Makris who grew up near Cedar Grove, New Jersey, home of the infamous psychiatric hospital named the Essex County Hospital Center (aka The Overbrook, sanatorium, asylum, etc.). The hospital opened in 1896 and was used to treat tuberculous and patients with mental illness. Nick remembers riding his bicycle several miles and seeing his grandfather who worked as a barber in the hospital when he was young. He later visited the hospital after it was abandoned and took pictures as part of a photography class -- forgotten photos that have been sitting in a shoebox until today. He gave me permission to use the photos to help promote my book, so I thought I'd share them as a blog post since they are right in line with the theme of my book. The pictures have an eery feel since Nick tried out different photography techniques during this visit back in 1993. Thank you, Nick!
Coincidentally, another coworker viewed the photos and mentioned that she had heard all sorts of stories about the patients and treatments at the hospital from a previous professor. She could barely look at the photos.
In my last newsletter, I asked which photo was from an actual psychiatric hospital in my latest trailer. If you guessed the first picture in the slideshow below - you were right!
How about you? Would you visit an old, abandoned psychiatric hospital?
Second Video Trailer Released Yesterday!
This week I created another video trailer for my upcoming book release. The scenery pictures were taken in a nearby park, and the videos were taken along a narrow road that parallels the Gulf Coast of Florida. This is what Jeannie was seeing as she road her bike to meet her friends at the beach in the beginning of the book. The video gives you a glimpse of the book setting and some of what I was envisioning as I wrote about the inside of the psychiatric hospital.
I also included one photo taken in an actual sanatorium before it was demolished. Can you tell which picture it is in the video? I'll include more information on the sanatorium, and how I was able to obtain the picture in the next newsletter.
Here's the link to the new video:
Thank you for viewing. There will be more insights on the book in next week's newsletter. Until then, have a great week!
Hi everyone! I'm very excited to announce that my second book trailer for THE CAGING AT DEADWATER MANOR has just been released! See the YouTube video below. Looking forward to reading your feedback.
I created this book trailer in iMovie just like I did for the first book trailer, only I used a different theme. This captures the essence of the book with more hints about the story. Hope you enjoy! Sandie
Upcoming Facebook Events!
Hello everyone and welcome to my new subscribers!
This week, I thought I'd keep you up-to-date on my upcoming Facebook events, where you can stop by to see my newsfeeds about the book. These events are usually all day and numerous authors sign up for time slots. You can view mine as well as the other authors who usually offer great contests and giveaways such as signed copies of their books! This is similar to what you'd see in your local library where you can view new books and talk with the author -- only virtual! If you'd like to attend, just click on the links below, tap going or interested, and it will automatically show up in your Facebook feed the day of the event. You can also invite friends using the invite button at the top of the screen.
Upcoming Facebook Events:
The Old and The New Creation Celebration Author Take Over
by Jackson Christofer Sennil
October 3 at 12 PM to Oct 4 at 12 AM CDT
Sandie: Monday, October 3; 6 - 6:30 PM CDT; 7-7:30 PM EST
RISE Release Author Take Over
by Barbara Winkes
October 5 at 2 PM to October 8 at 8 PM EST
Sandie: Wednesday, October 5; 6-7 PM EST
Note: Facebook will default to showing most or all of the feeds once you click "going." If you do not want to see them all, you can change the notifications settings located below the event picture (you may need to click on the "..." button next to the invite button to see "Notification Settings").
I'm still waiting to hear from the publisher on the release. Thank you for your continued support. I truly appreciate it!
New Book Promotion Image!
Still waiting for word on the release date for my new novel. In the meantime, I've been creating some promotional images. Here's my latest:
I created this image on Canva and it was very easy. The window picture was free at the website, and then I just added a few more items. Best of all, the website saves the image for future use or edits. Let me know if you have any suggestions in the comments below.
I'm also looking for beta readers so I will have reviews for the book release. If you're interested in reading the book before it's released and leaving a review, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll be setting up an easy form on my webpage that will provide review questions to make the process simpler. I need lots of reviews, so feel free to pass my email to anyone you think might be interested. More to come!
Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend and thanks for your support!
Hello everyone and welcome new subscribers!
It's been another whirlwind week here! Time goes by too fast - doesn't it? Hope everyone had a great week.
Here's the latest on my novels:
Take care and have fun! Sandie
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Sandie Will is an author who has a new YA psychological thriller - The Caging at Deadwater Manor. She is an avid blogger on this website as well as her science blog. She can be found on Twitter as @SandieWillBooks and @RockHeadScience, as well as her Facebook page at Sandie Will, Author.
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