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Premade Cover Sale! — Guest post by Jen Gentry

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Some of the most talented cover designers I have the privilege to know have come together for a great cause. They have donated several glorious pre-made book covers to help create scholarship money to assist aspiring indie authors to attend the upcoming Christian Indie Authors Conference. This is an excellent opportunity for Indie Authors to score a professional book cover at a very good cost and help a fellow Indie Author at the same time.


The sale is going on right now and ends on July 4th. The organizer Samantha Fury says they will be adding new covers daily until the sale is over.


I personally have enjoyed just looking through the wonderful selection of interesting, breathtaking, and artistic works on display. Anyone who purchases will be working directly with the designer to personalize each piece.


If you are looking for a cover for your own next masterpiece be sure to check out this book cover extravaganza.  Here is the link for the facebook event. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1594999634107302/

To learn more about the #CIAN2015 Conference please visit their website here
www.christianindieauthors.com/cia-conference.html

Original post from: http://jengentrysbooks.weebly.com/gems-from-jen/book-covers-supporting-a-good-cause-for-indie-authors

site.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1594999634107302/

To learn more about the #CIAN2015 Conference please visit their website here
www.christianindieauthors.com/cia-conference.html

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Christian Indie Authors Network Writers’ Conference — Shared from Jen Gentry

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I am very excited to talk about the upcoming Christian Indie Authors Conference 2015, July 30 to August 2, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa at the Radisson River Front Inn. This conference is all about the self-published author and it is a groundbreaking event. There are many helpful sessions to choose from ranging from self-publishing 101, taught by keynote speaker bestselling author Darlene Shortridge, owner of 40 Day Publishing, to many selections on formatting, designing book covers, plus the hottest new marketing trends. Also, there are some special guest speakers teaching on how to improve your writing skills and what to look for when editing. The awards banquet promises to be a gala event where the winners of the CIAN Book of the Year awards will be presented. If you are a savvy self-published author or just starting to learn about how to be a self-publishing author I encourage you to check out this upcoming conference. To find out more about the #CIAN2015 Conference go to http://www.christianindieauthors.com/cia-conference.html

Visit Jen Gentry’s Books here:

http://jengentrysbooks.weebly.com/

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Decision time Is Here! — Post by Mary C. Findley

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We at the Christian Indie Author Network want to help you make a very important decision. We want you to decide to join us at our first ever Indie Author Conference. It will be held July 30-August 2, 2015, at the Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 111 East Second Street, Davenport, Iowa, 52801.

We have come up with three reasons why you may still be undecided and we’d like to deal with them one by one to relieve your mind of some of the decision-making responsibility.

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I still have questions
Please ask. If we don’t have an answer right now, we’ll get one. Our conference pages do have lots of answers already, though. We hope you’ll stop by the site and take a look around. We’re only an email away if you don’t find what you’re looking for. Check out our sessions or our full conference schedule. Look at the facilities, accommodations, and vendor possibilities. Don’t just keep saying “I don’t know,” or “I’m not sure.”

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I don’t think I’ll have the money
Many CIAN members are struggling with finances right now, as are many Christian indie authors. We are believing God for finances, praying for each other, and seeking all the financial help we can get, to find vendors and supporters. We look at this as a need. God’s writer people have to help each other learn, grow, and have an impact in publishing. We declare 2015 to be the Year of the Indie. Come meet us, pray with us, and become inspired and informed.

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Not sure what our plans for the summer will be
Make sure. Set aside this date and this place and come join us. If you are concerned about Davenport, Iowa being a boring or pointless place to spend precious down time, family time, or vacation time, please keep in mind that the Quad Cities area is a major cultural center not that far from Chicago and other cities. The host hotel has a major jazz festival at the same time as our conference and the hotel is already fully booked beyond our specially discounted and reserved block of rooms. Check around for yourself and see that we’re not asking you to drop into the middle of a cornfield.

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This post applies to vendors as well. We need swag and swag bags. We need cover designers, on-demand publishers, small presses, editors, writer software providers, marketing experts – Indie authors make their own choices about what services and products they buy. Help them choose you by being there where they can see you.

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We haven’t forgotten readers, either. You are welcome, and more than welcome. We need you! Come and see our costumed story characters. Meet authors you know and authors you’ll be glad you discovered. Find nonfiction, children’s and young reader selections, romance, historicals, YA, scifi, fantasy – yes indeed, we write it all! Learn about the diversity that is the Christian Indie Author Network!

CIAN Website/Conference section
http://www.christianindieauthors.com/cia-conference.html

Facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/818894711513293/

YouTube Video (made by Debby De Quilettes-Alten of Alten Ink)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLdzIkr5jR0&feature=youtu.be

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Please Donate to Help Save an Author Friend’s Eyesight

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Most of us don’t have  a lot of money, especially if we are authors. But If you are looking for a book cover, consider letting me make one for you. Above you can see some premade covers I created especially to try to raise funds for my friend Jen Gentry. Here is a facebook page we started to give information about her condition. https://www.facebook.com/groups/933509013328171/.

You can find her GoFundMe page here. http://www.gofundme.com/n5mw0g. If you wish to donate directly through Paypal, go to the facebook page and you will find her paypal email there.

You don’t have to choose a premade cover. You can see other covers I have made on my Pinterest page to give you an idea of what I can do. https://www.pinterest.com/marycfindley/all-about-book-covers/

Any ebook money I make, up until Jen meets her goal, should be donated to her fund. Here are my terms for making covers for authors, with the proceeds to be donated 100% to Jen’s medical needs. These offers apply to ebook covers only.

1. For a $10 donation, you can have any of the above-pictured covers as they are, with your title and author name in place of the generic text.

2. For a $15 donation, I will give three choices to change the font to.

3. For a $20 donation, I can change one image for a choice among 3 I have in my fairly large collection.

4. For a $25 donation, I can change both font and 1 image among a choice of three.

5. For a $35 donation, I can make you a cover to your specifications.

I can also make ad graphics. Here are a few, and I have many more images and fonts.

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These are $10 each. All donations should be made directly to Jen’s fund. Show me a receipt or other proof, and I will respond accordingly with your graphic.

If you don’t need a cover or ad, or can’t donate, please tweet and share this blog so that others can see it and be made aware of Jen’s need. Thank you!

 

 

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Grace and Salt on Twitter (And some Light, Too, I Hope)


(Pictured above are Rex, Nessie, Sonny and Sis from the Disciplesaurs Puppet Play Series)

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person (Colossians 4:6).

Someone shared a link on Facebook the other day, in an authors’ group to which I belong, and said it scared her. The blog post was about reasons why the writer might “block” someone on Twitter. I am so new on Twitter I don’t even know how to block someone, but when I went to read the post it didn’t tell me how to block anybody.

It did, however, berate anyone who promotes something that might be good and valuable, such as when I post a link to one of our books or those of another author. It also demanded that we not talk about anything that might be important or relevant, like politics or religion. In other words, don’t bother me with anything that might matter. I want my social media fluffy and self-centered.

So, I guess I won’t trip over my tongue running to Twitter to follow that blogger. I want my Twitter experience to be something beyond entertainment. I did take away some good advice from that post, however. I tend to post and retweet and copy tweets from files of people whom I want to support but leave it at that. The writer suggested I be conversational.

Uh-oh. My Twitterland experience must broaden. First I had to make my own Tweets. Now I have to make conversations. And I have to do it in 140 characters or less. Oh, wait, I’m kind of already doing that, I think. When someone retweets my tweets, or tells people they should follow me, or even becomes a follower, I make it a point to say thank you. That’s a tiny conversation.

(Pictured above is a scene from “It Ain’t Gonna Rain,” one of the Different View Bible stories Puppet Plays.)

I sometimes even show that I’m paying attention to who they are and what their profile says. One new follower has a focus on educational materials for younger children. I responded that I had written puppet plays about a dinosaur family and about animals telling Bible stories from their points of view. Another claimed to be an Ogre but said, instead of eating people, he ate vegetables. I thanked him for eating vegetables.

The politics and religion and sharing good authors will stay. If you’re offended, unfollow, bock, whatever. Because when it comes to Twitter, and everything else I do, I don’t just do it to socialize. It may be social media to you, but to me it’s another way to “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Wanna follow me on Twitter? @MaryCFindley.

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