Tag: self publishing

22
Oct

Baby Has Arrived

Love Never Dies Now Available.

There are few things that excite me as much as creating something original.  The latest book I have given to the world of story lovers features African American history, werewolves, romance and crime drama all rolled up into one in this new book from my Solomon Love series called, Love Never Dies.

 

I did at least three different things for this book.  The first is I didn’t beg my friend Derek Ward to work with me again.  I created the character years ago but was afraid to do fiction without a writer familiar with the genre.  Derek is a great writer.  Secondly, I changed the cover from the piercing smoking blues man on the cover of the first two books and featured a representation of what I thought Magdalena would look life.  I had to change the cover design when it finally went to print because the original art I had created over ran If sex truly sells, we will see.  There is a raucous, not so safe for conservative folk’s scenes in this one. And finally, I had this one edited professionally at a high level so that the typo’s that snuck in the first books don’t here.  I also gave some background for the story that fill in some gaps of the first two stories.  It is still a fast, comfortable and easy read.

The editor did his job and had me pull some of the story out that I am saving for book four.  Get a copy today and I’ll sign it for you personally when I see you.

 

Love Never Dies

 

What would happen to a young African musician kidnapped and sold into slavery in North America; later seduced by his slave masters’ Druid daughter? Then he is caught and beaten, presumed and left for dead only to escape to the swamps where is bitten by a werewolf in whom he falls in love with? This is the continuing story of Solomon Love, who became bound to the world of the supernatural. Now a reclusive blues musician, he is haunted by his past, hunted for his curse and is fighting for his survival. This is the third book of the series by Kenn Blanchard.

13
Aug

Five things you need to know to write a successful book

If you want to write a book or have one already that isn’t selling let me give you some insight.  If you are doing it to make money then I have some sage advice from Thomas Edison.  

This week I received a proof of two books I published through Amazon’s CreateSpace program.  I am excited about it.  It looks great.  It was a side project that I had to do like a drug addict needs a fix.  I gave up sleep and money I didn’t have to do this.  The story is one of many I have in my head that needed to get out.  A really good friend of mine who is also addicted to creating helped me make this happen.

Derek is a gifted writer that works great with me.  He can do what I have trouble doing.  Together with the concept, composition and design we have made two short stories called Solomon Love.  I didn’t plan it but would love to make this a series.

I do hope also that I can find people that want to buy the book.  In my dreams this will be a successful series that becomes a movie or graphic novel like The Walking Dead or Harry Potter. 

When Tower Records and Borders bookstores closed I weeped.  It is said that people did more looking than buying.  As a writer I thought, “there goes another instance where what I do is not esteemed in my era”.  The phrase ‘starving artist’ comes to mind.  If nobody is buying books why should I write them?  I write because I love doing it.  This is not the way of success.  

Successful writers have a sales plan.  Everything is selling.  Just like with any product, you need to know how to sell it before you create it. 

“I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”  Thomas Edison

Here’s what I learned. 

If you want to make money on your book you need know five things.

  • Who you’re going to sell it to.
  • Who the end user is (sometimes the buyer and reader are different).
  • What price point you’re going to set it at.
  • How you’re going to distribute it.
  • What you’re going to do to promote it.

The answers to these questions will help you write a book that people want to read. If it’s not marketable, it won’t sell. 

I hired a sales coach that helped/hurt my feelings with almost everything he said to me.  It helped me because I learned.  It hurt because it made me realize how much time and money I have lost over the years.

I have come to realize also though that everything isn’t money.  Sometimes you have to do things that make you happy.  Writing does that for me.

Now that you know, what are you going to do?

My short stories are about a runaway slave that is “rescued” by a supernatural entity.  He becomes immortal and hides in plain sight as a blues musician.  His secret is uncovered when he becomes the target of a corrupt police officer and unleashes his dark side to protect himself.  It also involves others and the world that was once the thing of myth becomes reality for those who encounter Solomon Love.