Special Guest Literary Article by Our Friends of TCK Publishing. What Are The 2022 Predictions With Publishing Trends and New In Marketing and Promoting?

by Kaelyn Barron ~ TCK Publishing

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There have been many notable changes in the publishing industry over the last several years, from the steady rise of audiobook sales to the introduction of AI technology in book production.

A global pandemic and calls for more diverse representation shook things up in 2020 and 2021, so what’s in store for 2022?

We’ve analyzed some of the most prominent trends based on recent studies and our own data and observations to get a feel for what’s to come in the year ahead.

Here are 6 key publishing trends and predictions to look out for in 2022.

1. BookTok is a marketing must-have.

In 2021, TikTok became one of the fastest-growing social media platforms and an essential tool for branding and marketing. The publishing industry also caught on, with many authors and publishers turning to TikTok to grow their audiences.

Following in the path of “Bookstagram,” BookTok appears to be here to stay, with all trends indicating that even more authors will join the platform to market their books in 2022. So far, the hashtag #BookTok has garnered over 34.7 billion views on the platform.

We’ve seen the impact of BookTok firsthand with one of our own authors, Maclen Stanley, who has accumulated over 424,000 followers and 6 million likes in just a few months since his book The Law Says What? debuted in July. Many reviewers on Amazon have commented that they bought the book specifically because they enjoyed his related TikTok videos.

Book reviewers have also taken to the platform to share their thoughts on new books in short, easily-shared video clips, making them an influential force that authors and publishers cannot afford to ignore in 2022. To learn more about how TikTok can help you grow your platform, check out our post on TikTok marketing for authors.

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2. Audiobook sales will keep growing.

Although they’re still nowhere near topping print, audio, and ebook sales have been steadily rising for the past decade or so, with the audiobook industry, in particular, seeing rapid expansion.

One major development from 2021 was Spotify’s acquisition of Findaway, which likely indicates Spotify’s intent to give more focus to audiobooks, in addition to their current library of music and podcasts. Storytel also acquired Audiobooks.com, so there are now multiple players on the expanding audiobook field.

As we watch these companies implement their growth plans in 2022, audiobook sales are likely to continue their steady increase. Authors and publishers will want to keep their eye on these new and emerging opportunities to market their audiobooks.

As for the industry itself, there are a number of developments that will make audiobook production easier and faster, including rapid technological developments like AI narration.

3. AI will expand its influence.

Speaking of AI, it’s already being used to write fiction that improves almost daily. While it’s far from replacing human creativity, AI can help content creators find inspiration, retrieve facts, and outline their writing.

Of course, you’ve probably already used AI to improve your writing in some form or another—for example, if you’ve ever used a proofreading tool like Grammarly.

But publishers can also use the technology for plagiarism checks, editing, translations, SEO, and marketing. For example, if you’ve ever gotten a newsletter email with content recommendations that match your interests, you can thank AI for that.

Think of AI as publishing’s virtual assistant, and one that will prove increasingly helpful in the years to come.

4. Book prices will increase.

Inflation has caused the prices of many goods and services to rise over the past year, and it looks like book prices will be no exception.

IngramSpark already announced price changes that took effect on November 6, 2021, raising their print pricing by up to 6% in the US.

In a public service announcement to its members, the company explained that the changes are a result of “several cost increases for consumables, such as paper and packaging materials, as well as an increase in the cost of labor.”

So since the cost of producing books has risen, so too will their prices.

And on top of growing costs, there’s also a book shortage. As this Vox article explains, back in 2008, the world expected print books to become obsolete after the rise of the ebook, so many companies invested less in printing books.

But instead, the demand for print books has steadily increased (after experiencing a brief drop in 2008), and printers have not kept up.

The silver lining is that with book prices on the rise for both print and digital formats, special, limited-time promos like Kindle Countdown Deals could prove more appealing, allowing readers to benefit from discounts while authors can sell more books in a short period…

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“Introducing Kindle Vella”

Kindle Vella brings you stories released one short episode at a time, available on the web at http://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella and in the Kindle app.

Things to look out for if you’re new to Kindle Vella:

Follow the stories you like to keep up with the latest from your favorite characters.

When you like an episode, give it a Thumbs Up to let the author and other readers know you liked it.

The first few episodes of every story are always free–after that, purchase Tokens and redeem them to unlock episodes. Tokens may only be used to unlock Kindle Vella story episodes in the Kindle app and on the web at http://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella.

When you unlock episodes, you will receive one Fave a week that you can award to the story you’re enjoying most that week. We’ll feature Top Faved stories so other readers can find them too.”

5. Serialized storytelling will continue to flourish.

Serialized fiction on platforms like Wattpad is nothing new, but there are more options than ever for both writers and readers of serials.

Amazon’s Kindle Vella rolled out last year, adding another prominent player to the serialized fiction field.

Some authors are finding serial fiction to be a more reliable monetization strategy than traditional publishing. Self-published authors in particular will benefit from this development, as they’re more likely than traditionally published authors to experiment with these platforms.

Sites like Wattpad, Kindle Vella, Inkitt, Tapas, Radish, and other online reading apps will continue to flourish as more authors experiment with different formats.

6. Calls for diversity will persist.

Calls for more diversity and representation in literature have grown stronger in recent years, and with all the work still left to do, it’s likely that those calls will persist.

In 2020, a study found that just 5% of children’s books published in the UK that year featured a main character who was Black or Asian (that’s actually an increase from 1% in 2017).

Meanwhile, in the US, children’s books featuring racially diverse characters or subjects grew slightly from 29% to 30% between 2019 and 2020.

Since it can take several years for a children’s book to be produced, we can hope to see more of the effects of 2020 and 2021’s intensified calls for diversity in 2022.

And it’s not just children’s books that need more diverse voices—according to a 2019 study, 85% of the people who acquire and edit books for the Big Five are white. This means that the people who decide what gets published by the Big Five, and how the final products turn out, are overwhelmingly white.

One way that publishers have begun to address this issue is by hiring editors tasked with recruiting more minority talent and also enlisting the help of sensitivity readers.

Is Publishing a Dying Industry?

The publishing industry is far from dying; in fact, print books rose 8.9% in 2021 over 2020.

And rather than hurting business, the Covid-19 pandemic actually saw many positive developments and increased book sales in 2020—a silver lining in an otherwise dark year for many.

Regardless of trends, there’s no better time than the present to finally write your book, or apply for that publishing job you’ve been eyeing.

Everyone loves a good story, so while their formats and production may change, books and publishing are here to stay.

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About The Writer and Author

Kaelyn Barron

Kaelyn Barron

As a blog writer for TCK Publishing, Kaelyn loves crafting fun and helpful content for writers, readers, and creative minds alike. She has a degree in International Affairs with a minor in Italian Studies, but her true passion has always been writing. Working remotely allows her to do even more of the things she loves, like traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Special Article: Clearing the Confusion of KDP Select, Kindle Unlimted, The Global Fund, & KENP Page Reads. They All Enhance Each Other!



I came across a fantastic blog post by Author Dan Tortora that explained the KDP Select program for authors who self-publish their ebooks through KDP publishing and sell on Amazon. He shares how it all works with KDP and Kindle Unlimited and how they enhance each other when you enroll your ebook in KDP Select, and the Kindle Unlimited program for readers, (ebooks only, not paperbacks) will entitle the author to royalties of their page reads.

Those pages read when enrolled and with KU get the author paid from the Amazon Global Fund. It’s like extra sweetness to your royalties from not only your ebooks sold, but when a reader reads any of the pages of your ebook that is enrolled!

It really is that simple. Yes, you can only sell your ebook “exclusive” through Amazon, but the trade-off can be very profitable for the author. I hope what Dan shares within his article clears up any confusion or hesitations by authors when self-publishing your next ebook.


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AMAZON KDP SELECT PROGRAM GLOBAL FUND (USA) ~ Article From Author Dan Tortora and Coaching – What is the KDP Select and the Global Fund Payout? How does the KDP Select Global Fund work?

As a nonfiction author coach who helps authors publish and market their books, I often get questions about this subject.

This information is for authors on Amazon.com (USA). Scroll down to learn more.


If you’re an author with an ebook available on Kindle Unlimited, receive payouts for the total number of pages of your book that Kindle Unlimited members read during each month.

You must be enrolled in KDP Select to qualify for these payments, making your book “exclusive” to Amazon and available through Kindle Unlimited. When a Kindle Unlimited member reads your book, you get paid for every page they read. (See this link for more on payments and the payment schedule.)

These payments will be in addition to the self-publishing royalties you receive from Amazon when your book is purchased on Amazon.com.

There is a 60-day lag between the end of the month and the time you get your payout.

How much does KDP pay per page read? How much is the monthly payout and how has it varied over time?

The author payout to US authors has ranged from roughly $0.0040 to $0.0050 per page read, or $0.40 to $0.50 per 100 pages read.

Here is a graph of the KDP Select Global Author Fund Payout, per page read, for US-based authors on Amazon.com, from July 2015 through September 2021:

How is the payout determined?

The payout comes from the Kindle Select Global Author Fund (AKA the Kindle Select Global Fund). The fund is based on the subscription fees paid by the total number of Kindle Unlimited members. As KU members join or drop off the Global Fund changes. As Amazon explains, authors receive payouts for the previous month’s page-reads of their book(s).

Those payouts vary based on their home country; “the share of fund allocated to each country varies based on several factors, such as exchange rates, customer reading behavior, and local subscription pricing. Author earnings are then determined by their share of total pages read, up to a total of 3,000 pages per customer per title.” (For more explanation, see “Royalties in Kindle Unlimited.”)

Where is the payout posted?

KDP Select authors can see the previous month’s payout while logged in to KDP in their Prior Month’s Royalty Report. Written Word Media (the book promotion company that runs FreeBooksy and Bargain Booksy) also posts the KDP Global Fund monthly payouts on its website.

Is your book enrolled in KDP Select? If so, what has your experience been with it and with the payouts?

Thanks for reading,
Dan


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Cat’s Note: I wanted to add how KDP describes the benefits of KDP Select, KU, and why it’s popular, and it is in reference only to your Ebooks. The program is not available for print books. I hope those authors who visit and read this post find this information helpful.

As you’ll see, KDP Select and Kindle Unlimited end up working together for YOU to earn more MONEY…

Why Enroll in KDP Select?

  • Earn higher royalties
  • Earn your share of the KDP Select Global Fund when customers read your books from Kindle Unlimited. Plus, earn 70% royalty for sales to customers in Japan, India, Brazil and Mexico.
  • Maximize your book’s sales potential
  • Choose between two great promotional tools: Kindle Countdown Deals, time-bound promotional discounting for your book while earning royalties; or Free Book Promotion where readers worldwide can get your book free for a limited time.
  • Reach a new audience
  • Help readers discover your books by making them available through Kindle Unlimited in the U.S, U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, India, Japan, and Australia.

Frequently asked questions

  • What is Kindle Unlimited?
  • Kindle Unlimited is a subscription program for readers that allows them to read as many books as they want. When you enroll in KDP Select, your books are automatically included in Kindle Unlimited. Your books will still be available for anyone to buy in the Kindle Store, and you’ll continue to earn royalties from those sales like you do today. For more information about Kindle Unlimited, click here.
  • What does it mean to publish exclusively on Kindle?
  • When you choose to enroll your book in KDP Select, you’re committing to make the digital format of that book available exclusively through KDP. During the period of exclusivity, you cannot distribute your book digitally anywhere else, including on your website, blogs, etc. However, you can continue to distribute your book in physical format, or in any format other than digital. See the KDP Select Terms and Conditions for more information.
  • Where can I see the terms and conditions of KDP Select?
  • Click here to see KDP Select Terms and Conditions.
  • For more details on KDP Select, click here.


Cat’s Literary Treats For Readers. We Have Ebook Sales, News, and Reviews Of All Our Fantastic Authors. Isn’t It Holiday Reading Time Yet? Books Make Great Gifts!


Welcome Avid Readers and Literary Friends! Cat is happy you stopped by…


How about we get right to some excellent news of our newest author to our big family of fantastic writers we have the honor of working with. Author, Dave Lager was just awarded a 5-Star Readers Favorite book review for his crime fiction series based and written around a female cop named Ro Delahanty, Book Three in the Ro Delahanty Series.

THIS CAT could not be more proud and so happy for Dave that I wanted to share the Press Release and Review!



For Immediate Release:

Author Dave Lager and his new book receive a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Fiction – Crime book “Losses” by Dave Lager, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1736482823.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the most significant book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

“Reviewed By Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite

Losses by Dave Lager is a story of crime, family, friends, co-workers, and so much more. The story centers on Deputy Sheriff Ro Delahanty and her everyday life as a policewoman, a member of SWAT, and a daughter, sister, and friend. She has worked hard to move up the ranks and will not be satisfied until she has top honors in as many different available situations. Ro has gone through SWAT training and come out at the top of her class. When she is called to an apparent drug scene with hostages, she is forced to deal with her Irish temper, her strong sense of right and wrong, and the behind-the-scenes workings of the law.

I got caught up in Losses from page one and found that the action went on and on. Several different stories are happening simultaneously, making Losses even more exciting as each new turn takes the reader somewhere surprising. Ro is not your standard ‘policewoman/female detective’ character, which was different and refreshing and allowed for a much stronger storyline than the usual female cop mystery.

While I did not read books one and two in the series, I was never lost or left out of the story, and it stood perfectly on its own merit. Dave Lager must be congratulated on creating a strong but still very everyday real woman who just happens to be a deputy sheriff.

I highly suggest all who enjoy this genre read this book! I look forward to the future for more Ro Delahanty adventures.”


You can learn more about Dave Lager and “Losses” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/losses, where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages. Dave’s series of e-books are now on sale for only $2.99 each on Amazon Kindle.



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CAT SHARES SOME E-BOOK, PRE-ORDER, and UPCOMING SALES



Now, this Readers Favorite 5-Star Awarded Book Review Read is nothing short of fantastic. Beautifully written by Author Barbara Daniels Dena and her writing Yorkie, Miss Magical Zoe! Below is ZOE at the computer changing the price of Barb’s e-book now ON SALE. It is a delightful collection of short stories that are fun, inspiring, and funny.

Here is a little of what the Readers Favorite reviewer shared about “FOR The SOUL”… “For the Soul: A Collection of Short Stories was written by Barbara Daniels-Dena. Quilts, children, and dogs – what more can life offer? Well, stories, of course. And, where there are quilts, children, and dogs, there’s bound to be lots of stories. Life is full of stories: funny stories, heart-wrenching and heart-warming stories, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Like the author, I recall spending hours rifling through my grandmother’s button box.

There were all kinds of buttons: large, small, brightly colored, shiny, or dull. These buttons were a source of inspiration for stories, learning to count, learning the colors, and just savoring the precious moments spent with my grandmother. Life and those accessories we collect during our lifetime are full of stories. But so are our imaginations, our dreams, and the random thoughts that swirl around in our heads – so many stories to share.”

Barbara’s e-book is now on sale for only .99 cents a copy and is available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/057896835 Amazon Kindle and would make a great holiday gift for moms!

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CAT HAS E-BOOKS AND PRE-ORDER SALES FOR THE KIDS IN YOUR LIFE!

Both of these fantastic children’s reads will be on sale and available right before the long Thanksgiving weekend and just in time for Bedtime Story reading with your TOTS!

The first one written by award-winning author and writer Shawna James is now on Pre-order Sale on Amazon Kindle for only $1.99 per download. This one is an adorable book for the kids with a fun Christmas Story and colorful, vibrant characters and illustrations titled Allie’s Slimy Christmas Adventure: Short Bedtime Christmas Story | Picture Book, perfect for ages 5 to 8, and it is her first children’s book with many more to come.

What would you do if your house was covered in goo, and you found a glowing door that led to the North Pole? CAN Allie and Ryan be able to help Santa and the elves and still make it back home in time for dinner? Or will the goo destroy the North Pole and ruin Christmas for everyone?

Have fun reading with the kids!




ANOTHER EBOOK SALE For Just The 5 to 8 year-olds who love Bedtime Story Books!

This little gem is exceptionally written by Christian Author Briana Johnson titled Wait for the Turtle… Available in e-book & paperback on Amazon.

It will be on SALE beginning NOV. 24th thru Nov. 29th, 2021! A light Christian-themed read with fun, colorful characters, a teachable read with Q & A at the end of each chapter for the tiny tots. It is a great way to introduce your children to bible scripture.

“Princess Charity Ann Spaniel of Paw Print Paradise is excited! Her father has picked out a special prince just for her. Now all she has to do is wait for him to arrive at the castle…

But, as Charity soon discovers, waiting is hard! Will she settle for the first handsome prince who comes along? Or will she trust her father’s wisdom and wait?”

Join Charity on her adventures as she gets into humorous scrapes and learns the importance of character along the way. Discussion questions and a King James Bible verse at the end of each chapter help readers of all ages reflect on the character traits explored in each chapter.


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This Avid Reading Cat and Expert Book Marketing Guru …will undoubtedly have more e-books, books, and authors starting their Holiday Sales in the coming weeks ahead… So make sure you come back and check them all out.

We know BOOKS are great GIFTS for all the avid readers on your holiday list!



LET THE HOLIDAY SEASON READING BEGIN!

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Author Aunt Anne Fifield Stops By The Reading Den For a New Interview. Cat Chatted and Got The Scoop on Her Next Children’s Book. . .


Children’s Books by Anne Fifield



Well, Cat happened to chat by phone with our fabulous children’s author and writer, Mrs. Anne Fifield, and the bassets Piper and Finny not too long ago. Anne told me she is feverishly working on finishing the fifth book of her ‘Princess Caroline’s Adventures’ series. 

That might mean the tots will have a new book to read for Christmas; we will have to see how that plays out. But without further ado, here is a more recent interview with Anne all about her doggie series for children, first seen on Deb Carney’s Book Goodies site! It’s where readers and authors meet!  ~Cat Lyon

Interview with Author – Anne Fifield

By Book Goodies – October 2021


Author Anne Fifield


About Anne Fifield:
Anne Fifield is the creative visionary and best-selling children’s author of “The Princess Caroline’s Adventures” book series. Written for ages 7 to 12 and the young at heart, she is delighting kids worldwide. Her books are unique as she weaves in the elements of her rescued doggies, specifically basset hounds, into each of her stories and book covers.

Her first titled ‘The Princess’ Hand’ was released in August 2019, book two titled ‘Trip to Lake Ahrooo’ released in September 2020, book three followed in November 2020 with ‘The Hunt for the Jeweled Swords,’ and book four newly released in August 2021 titled ‘The Missing Knight.’ All are available on Amazon Books, Amazon Kindle, & many fine online book sites.


Anne is the youngest of three siblings and was born and raised outside Oklahoma City, OK. She met and married the love of her life, Tom, and they have been married for 24+years. Their kids are the four-legged variety who had adopted them over the years.

Anne’s career was also her passion. She was an ‘American Sign Language Interpreter’ for over 25-years and taught ASL at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Since both were her passions, she says she felt like she never worked a day in her life.

In 2006, she became heavily involved in basset rescue, and co-founded another one in 2011.

Anne, now retired, decided to move on to her next passion, the love of writing. She and her husband have rescued and fostered basset hounds for 20-years, so as Anne shares, “It felt natural to write children’s books with bassets as the characters. Our hounds provide the comic antics and inspiration for all my books.

Thus, ‘Princess Caroline’s Adventures Series’ was born. All the characters in her books are named after actual rescue dogs. Their pictures are in the back of each book. A portion of her royalties are given to various rescues. So, read a great book, and help a dog in need at the same time.

Anne and her husband enjoy retired life and reside in the ‘Great State of Texas.’


A Couple of Cast Members In Anne’s Books
Meet Piper & Finny!


What inspires you to write?
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Keep your eyes and ears open, and be aware of your surroundings. You never know what might spark an idea for a story.

One day at the grocery store, I heard these two ladies chatting. One said something outrageous. It was sarcastic and full of humor. I loved it. When I arrived home, I wrote that line down and created an entire story from that one quote. And, of course, that line was in the book!

Now, my bassets are my inspiration. They’ll do something hilarious and I’ll think, “I must use that in the next book.”

What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I love mystery and suspense. I grew up reading Nancy Drew books and Agatha Christie. Now, I enjoy Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson.

Tell us about your writing process.
I’m definitely an outliner, plus my Type A personality keeps me focused and organized.

Once a story idea hits me, I’ll write a general outline in MS Word. I’ll list all the plot and story lines. I’m a visual learner. So, seeing it in black-and-white assists me to write it.

Once I see it on paper, I revise it to add the three acts. Then, I make sure the nine checkpoints for the basic story structure are there.

After I have the plot and story lines down. I work on character sketches. I continue developing the character arcs during the writing process. I make sure they have flaws to overcome. No one is perfect – not even a basset.

As I actually write the story, many times it takes me down a road I hadn’t thought of before. The same for my characters. Sometimes they take over and write their own stories.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh yes! I’ll say, “Caroline, what are you thinking? Why in the world are you doing that?” She’ll either answer me or stick her tongue out at me.

What advice would you give other writers?
Hone your craft. Take classes, webinars, and the like to learn and give you confidence. You’ll continue the educational process along the way.

Don’t be afraid to start writing, but realize writing is rewriting. Don’t be afraid of rewriting either. It’ll help to polish and smooth your prose. Even famous authors rewrite their stories numerous times before they’re ready to be published. Don’t be resistant or surprised by that.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
After conversing with my instructors and other authors, I decided to go the self-publishing route. Plus, the writing groups I’m with encouraged me to take that path, too.

I’m an Indie author. This means I have a professional team consisting of an editor, (she performs a developmental edit and later a line edit.) illustrator, formatter, and several beta readers and advanced readers. I’m thrilled I made that decision. I have total control over my books and the marketing of such.

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Since it’s difficult for a new, unknown author to be picked-up by an agent or traditional publisher, I think the Indie publishing route will continue to grow.

What genres do you write?:
Middle grade children’s books, mystery and suspense.

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

Official Author Website
Anne Fifield Home Page Link

Connect With The Author on Social Media
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https://twitter.com/AFifieldBook
Anne Fifield (Author)› Visit Amazon’s Anne Fifield Page


Since Anne and Cat Have Become New Friends and Fellow Authors, I can tell you what Anne’s #1 Biggest Passion is Basset Hound Rescue and Helping Them Get Foster Care and Homes! Readers need to know a portion of her SALES go back to help rescue doggies, specifically Basset Hounds across her state of Texas.


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Anne At A Fundraiser


Cat Lyon’s Reading Den is Sharing For All Authors Where To Market & Promote Your New Books For Free or at a Discount! This Post Shouldn’t Be Missed…


It might be a MONDAY, but this Cat is feeling frisky and would like to share some marketing tips and places to help all authors have some low-cost options to promote their books at either No Cost, Free, or Discounted and get exceptional results! I sure know there are many, many authors who might be releasing their very first book, so I want to help out and share some of my discounts and “Go To” places I use for all my marketing clients/friends.

First I would like to share that I am now a Freelance Marketer in Arizona and now Cat L ~ Marketer https://reedsy.com/cat-lyon is now listed on this great place all authors need to be set up on!

It’s called reedsy, https://reedsy.com/discover/ and I’m listed as a Professional Affordable Marketer on their Reedsy Market Place…

The market place side is where authors can find amazing services and providers looking for editing, proof readers, publishing, promo and marketing, and many other services. Professionals, including myself are put through a rigorous approval process to receive a recommendation and added to their list. You see my most current clients and projects I have been working on or currently working on.

And you can request a quote of my affordable marketing plans and consulting at any time. You can also find them here on my website and I am still offering 10% through the end of August when you email me at lyonmedia@aol.com on all three custom plans I offer here: https://catlyonsreadingden.com/cats-affordable-marketing-plans-literary-services-with-free-consulting-heres-what-we-offer/Cat




SO LET’S GET TO SHARING!!

My first highly recommended book promotion and is offering a deep discount to promote your book on is over on one of my FAV places, BooksShelf https://www.booksshelf.com/ and they share what they offer in the month before in time for you to set your book up for the next months promo! Here is what they are offering for the whole month of September and you can Book it Now! All this for just $39.

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Grab your Golden chance to secure a spot on our September Promotional Campaign! Not only we’ll heavily promote your book on our website, you’ll get Twitter posts AND your book will get a review, which will also be promoted on BooksShelf.com And all of this at 70% OFF! They have a huge readership and do a great job in sharing your book once it is listed! Learn More and Get The Promo


Check out some of the other promotional options they offer while you are there.

Do You Want To Be Part Of Every Promotion Each Month
AND
Save Some Money Doing It?

Regardless if you decide on the BASIC, PLATINUM or anywhere in between you’ll be sure to have your book constantly on TOP SPOTS on our website every month, for every promotion! BooksShelf.com 

Cat Loves BooksShelf!



Cat’s next affordable book promotion places and my “Go To” to help authors is over at both Book Goodies and Awesome Gang! I have been working with Deb Carney of https://bookgoodies.com/authors-start-here/ and my buddy Vinny of https://awesomegang.com/advertising-on-awesomegang/ for many years and they do an exceptional job when you advertise and promote your books with them! They have built their sites with a huge readership spread across genre specific sites and so much more.

They key is? YOU NEED to SIGN up for both “The Author Newsletters” when submitting a book for the first time on both sites and they will send YOU discounts, a lot! LOL. They do a fantastic job with promoting your books throughout the large social media presence and groups they have on many platforms.

Check all the amazing testimonials from current authors they have helped on both https://awesomegang.com/testimonials/ and they both give you a FREE Author Interview (Self-Serve Form) to submit that goes along with your Book Promotions! https://bookgoodies.com/category/interviews/ . . . AND?
THIS IS BEING OFFERED On BookGoodies!
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Author Spotlight: Kim Carter, Award-winning Writer Shares How Writing Saved Her Life With The AJC and Her Eighth Chilling Historical Mystery Novel Released.


LIFE ~ Courtesy of The Atlanta Journal and Story
By Nedra Rhone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution



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Award-Winning Author Kim Carter (Herron)



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“My mother instilled in me early on the importance of a handwritten thank- you note. I’ll never forget how proud I was to receive my first set of monogrammed stationery.  I would give anything to know where she’d purchased it now.  It was a lovely shade of pale pink and looked very hoity toity!  Long story short, I was all that.”


In September 1999 Kim Carter (then North) was on the way to drop her son at school before heading to work downtown when she suffered a grand mal seizure behind the wheel of her Grand Prix. She was 33, a mother of three and had never had a seizure in her life.

Carter and her 10-year-old son survived the terror and no one was hurt but the event set her on a long path to recovery. Carter credits her immediate survival to the brave couple who helped guide them to safety. But as the weeks of medical exams, medications and despair turned into months, she said it was writing that saved her life.

Eight months after the incident, Carter began writing mysteries like the ones she read by her favorite authors including the late Sue Grafton and Atlanta-based Karin Slaughter.

“It was my safe place. I had lost so much of my independence that was the one place where I could still be productive,” said Carter. “Even if it was just for me, even if it was a hobby, it was soothing.”

It would take several years, but Carter would eventually publish the books that once lived only on big floppy discs. Her 2016 novel “Murder Among the Tombstones,” — the first book in a series about two 70-year-old women who decide to become private investigators —  is a finalist for the 2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion award for best thriller. The winner will be announced Aug. 25.


"Murder Among the Tombstones," by Kim Carter has been nominated for a Killer Nashville award.
Murder Among The Tombstones – Kim Carter

It is an honor Carter never could have imagined when she was pecking out plots on the desktop computer she set up in her laundry room. After the traffic incident, Carter had developed agoraphobia. She worried that she would have another seizure at any given time.

She had only learned about what happened that day after the fact. How her foot stiffened on the pedal and sent the car shooting down GA 138 at 70 MPH. How a passing couple realized what was happening and drove their car next to hers to warn other drivers out of the way. How her 10-year old son, Austin, would climb down to the floor, push her foot from the gas and press hard on the brakes until the car rolled across several lanes of traffic and came to a stop near a Saturn dealership.

Carter spent three days in the hospital and underwent weeks of medical testing. She searched for and found the couple that helped her. She even appeared on several televisions shows and in an AJC story. It was an emotional time, said Carter, and the seizures just wouldn’t stop.

It was hard to shake the anxiety and depression that her condition was bringing to her life. She was a mother of young children but had limited mobility and her marriage was headed for divorce.

One day, she sat on the swing set in the backyard and resolved to do something to help her find some peace. So she moved an old desk into the laundry room, set up her computer and started writing.

When the kids were at school or at night when she felt she needed to decompress, she was at her computer coming up with characters.

“I remember thinking, I have always been a reader. I thought about all my favorite authors and I thought about what I liked and didn’t like about certain books,” said Carter. “I said I was going to write the way I want books to be.”

Initially, no one knew what she was doing. But gradually she would print out her pages, roll them up with a rubber band and share them with neighbors.

In 2002, she began working on her second book. This time she did a lot of research. She visited a warden at the prison and an inmate on death row. She went to the Fulton County Examiner’s Office and began networking.

The process got her out of the house and lifted her mood. She began outlining her stories using sticky notes and story boards. Though she was in and out of the hospital several times with health issues, her kids were thriving and her hobby kept her engaged.

Over time she reconnected with a family friend and after a shared dinner, they married in 2004. Her late husband, Julius Herron encouraged her writing and she began sharing more and more of her manuscripts.

In 2005, she self-published her first book, “No Second Chances,” and threw a big launch party at the performing arts center in Newnan. They made the rounds of book fairs, sold books online and when they traveled they would give away books to people all over the globe and watch orders come in from around the world.

Then the seizures came back.

Julius set up a new desk and office for her. She cried over her old beat up desk but began writing again.

For her next book titled “And The Forecast Called For Rain,” Carter worked with a small publishing house. When the book was released she had a signing at Barnes and Noble and sold more than 200 books. But despite what felt like success, the deal with the publishing house wasn’t a good one. Carter was disappointed and tired.

Her self esteem plummeted.


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“I felt like I wasn’t really a writer,” she said. So she stopped writing for about a year. She began to feel depressed and the seizures started up again. Julius thought it was because her mind was idle. 

Four years ago, when the couple visited a convention for owners of greyhound dogs, they met Kelly Keylon, co-owner of Atlanta Water Gardens. The became fast friends and Keylon also encourage Carter to write again. “You have talent. You do not want to give up,” he said to her.

Keylon was so sure of Kim that he founded Raven South Publishing to publish her books. They had to learn how to run a publishing company from the ground up and learned a lot as they worked with printers, cover artists, and editors.

Carter began tackling her writing again. One story was inspired by a girl’s trip to Biloxi, Miss. During a cemetery tour, Carter spotted a tombstone with a baby lamb on top. It said only, “Baby Belle.” She wanted to learn more about this little baby who seemed to have no family. It was so heavy on her mind, it became a plot twist in her book “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle.”

It turned out to be the book in which Clara and Iris, the nosey widows who launch a second act as investigators were first introduced. She patterned the two characters after her mother and her mother’s best friend. “Readers love ‘Baby Belle” but I think what they loved the most were those two characters,” Carter said. So she decided to focus a series around them.

“Clara and Iris offer a humor break but they are also very smart women,” she said. She has now finished and just released her eighth book, a historical novel called “Dark Secrets of The Bayou“… A chilling gripping suspense filled historical mystery novel like no other she has written to date.

Soon after the idea formed, Carter hauled Keylon out to Greenville to look at an old RV so they could all take a road trip to do research for her current book release. Carter hopes her readers feel like they know her characters and she loves meeting with fans.

“I love doing book clubs and meeting people who read and hearing what they think about the books,” she said. At the end of the book club meetings, she leaves everyone with a note to send out to someone that has influenced their lives in big and small ways.

Carter also continued her connection to Baby Belle. She and Keylon have donated five large angel statues to the Old Biloxi Cemetery to watch over all of the babies buried there. The Killer Nashville nomination has helped give Carter the boost she needed to continue to reach higher and write the kinds of books that readers want to read.

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“I just remain so shocked and humbled that people are reading, purchasing and enjoying what I have written,” she said. “For anyone who is writing and struggling, don’t give up. Just keep doing it even if you are just doing it for the love of writing.” 



NEW NOVEL BY AWARD WINNING WRITER KIM CARTER

Released on Amazon and Amazon Kindle


Dark Secrets of the Bayou Kindle Edition

by Kim Carter (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition and Paperback

4.7 out of 5 stars    39 ratings 5-Star Awarded Book Review by Readers Favorite for “Dark Secrets Of The Bayou”
https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/dark-secrets-of-the-bayou ~ Jan. 2021
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