Roswell, New Mexico Alien Festival

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March 7, 2011

I was thrilled to find that a few of you floating around in cyberspace came in contact with my blog. I began to look for someone who would support my effort of reinventing myself as a writer. I thought I would make the subject of my first book about aliens. After all, I lived in the Alien Mecca of the world.

A very talented woman did accept the challenge of working with me. She soon became my Editor. She thought, “what better place” to kick off my writing career, but at the 2011 Alien Festival in Roswell, New Mexico. She began to work at creating a media blitz with a book signing appearance. In essence, my career started in Roswell, New Mexico, at the Alien Festival.

It is now six years later. The year is 2017. I have published dozens of books since my debut. Please feel free to visit my website http://klorraine.com and browse through the site. There is a wealth of information for your reading pleasure.

I hope the little tickler that I’ve included will excite you enough to find the book Next Generation: Love in Silence and read it. The book is a quick and light read that is available in the Amazon ebook store and in paperback too. Coupons are on my website at http://klorraine.com. The content of the story is rated PG, so I do caution that the material isn’t suitable for the very young audience.

Happy Reading,

K. Lorraine

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Forty-five LIKES overnight, and more LIKES everyday. The story is now available for you to read FREE.

Okay, Here’s the story you’ve all been waiting for… ‘PLAY ME,’ taken from the Mia Perez series book four, ‘Locked Away.

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Mia was terrified and panicked. She was sure that Ashton Callan would leave her too. But she decided that she wasn’t going to be left alone again.

She had the sex tape in her possession and she would do whatever necessary to keep it from prying eyes. Her life was about to change again, but this time, she promised that she would stay in control.

Anticipation is my my tempting tool for this story. But, it is the temptation of finding out what is on the tape that will bring you back. This episode in the Mia Perez is NOW in the READING ROOM for you to read FREE on the K. Lorraine website http://klorraine and click on the Reading room icon.
Happy Reading,
K. Lorraine

There’s four P’s in becoming a writer + one

When you are a writer, it’s essential to know your standings among other authors. This is something that I don’t normally do. And that’s to check my ranking in Author’s Central on Amazon books.

It’s just something that doesn’t occur to me to do often. I’m so busy just coming up with topics to blog about. And then, I thought, an author’s RANKING might be interesting for my audience.

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There is so much more to becoming an authentic, verified writer. We just don’t sit down and plunk away on a computer keyboard. It first takes an idea. Sometimes an idea just pops into your head. And other times it comes from an inspiration.

The next step is the idea needs to germinate and grow. I write two weekly blogs. So, I have twice the workload. And I also try to put a monthly book out on CreateSpace and in the Amazon e-book store.

The inspiration to write this blog, came from roaming around in my Author’s central page. I found it rather interesting. This is the way the Amazon Bestsellers Book Ranking works.

You need to have more than four books in your bibliography. And I do.  Then they list your top three best sellers. My top three are…

Spog Goes to School (Spog’s Children’s Book Series 5)

#1, 481,785 in Kindle books store (paid) 66,168 spots today

Seychelles Survivor

#1, 762,106 in Kindle books store (paid) 2,557 spots today

Haunted Manor: Voodoo Murder

#1, 882,754 in Kindle books store (paid) 2,825 spots

Retailers selling your book, need to take part in the Nielsen BookScan. Your book to belong to one of the companies from which Nielsen derives its list of reported ASINs. The ASIN is the Amazon Standard Identification Number. It’s a 10-character alphanumeric unique identifier assigned by Amazon.com. The number is used by its partners for product-identification within the Amazon.com organization.

For example. If your book is a partner with the Ingram Company, you can see the sales info. If your book is Print on Demand. Your publishing company may not report ISBNs to Ingram. Thus, you may not see any sales information. It will show up as, ‘current rank unknown.’ Most of my books show this prompt.

To see sales data for Amazon sales, you must take part in one of the direct-publishing programs. CreateSpace.com or Kindle Direct Publishing. CreateSpace is an Amazon print on demand company. For this reason, sales of your CreateSpace book on Amazon may not appear. Mine does not show because I print my books on demand.  It’s costly to buy books up front and then try to peddle them.

But, CreateSpace books might be eligible for enrollment with the Ingram Book Company. And then the book report sales go to BookScan. Does this sound complicated? Yes, for me anyway, it’s a lot to digest.

All CreateSpace Author members, can see a manufacturing report. This shows the volume of their books printed to meet the demand of various sales channels. Createsapce offers five or six free channels.

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Libraries – I just went to my local library yesterday to drop off some promotional literature about my print on demand books. Over half my books are already in the library. But, I reminded them that can get my new books to put on the shelves. This is because, libraries are in the Createspace channel of distribution.

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Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Any copyright holder can publish a Kindle book on Amazon for free. Members of the KDP program have access to reporting data. The information has a weekly update.

Amazon Bestsellers Rank History

The Amazon Bestsellers Rank History page shows the best seller rank summary of all your books. The Bestsellers Rank does not include sales from any of their International websites. And I belong to a few of these. I can get my international ranking through another source.

But, the Bestsellers Rank shows books in their (meaning Createspace) catalog. The ranking system tells the author how well their books are selling. This is relative to the sales of other books in the catalog.

Sales rank is a relative measure. Print books rate among all books in the Amazon Books store. Kindle books rate among the free or the paid books in the Kindle store. Remember, this number is a comparison of your book with all other books in the catalog For example:

Spog Goes to School (Spog’s Children’s Book Series 5)

Rates # 1, 481,785 in Kindle books store. The book was among 66,168 (paid) spots today.

Beyond the Twilight Zone

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Current Sales Rank: Rates #2, 732,649 in the Kindle Store.

Beyond a Kiss: Book Five; Mia Perez series

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Current Sales Rank: Rates #3,  343,493 in the Kindle Store.

You might think, gosh the book ranks in the one million, two million or three million range. Yes, that’s a lot of competition. And that’s why writers are among the group known as ‘starving artists.’

It takes a lot of practice, persistence, patience and promoting in our trade to eek out a living. It also takes discretionary cash. Books aren’t free for the writer. We pay for each book with the hope we can sell them to the general public. The most lucrative way is to hold a book signing. And this avenue takes all of the (four P‘s) and a lot of cash.

You might think a writer makes a lot of money. This is a misnomer. That is, unless you’re lucky enough to sell a lot of books. Depending on the retail sale of a book. A writer’s royalty can be a few cents to maybe three dollars and a few pennies.

I call it a hallelujah moment if a book sells. I know when this happens because it shows up in my band statement. Someone recently bought a book online through a catalogue. But that sale didn’t affect my ranking. Most likely because more books in the same category sold more than my one book. I’ve even watched my ranking drop. But, I take this lightly.

On the same note, I’ve seen my ranking improve. My best educated guess is the group of books in my same genre, is selling one copy a week. And my book’s sales rate remains the same. Perhaps, even my book sold two copies in one week. So, this is an indicator why my rank improved.

Of course, it’s a two-way street. My rank may still drop even though my book kept selling one copy a week. This is why I refrain from checking the numbers. I’m not into roller coasters and the nausea I get from the ride.

Amazon Author Rank is based on sales of all your books relative to the sales of other authors. The Amazon Author Rank shows how an author’s book sells relative to other authors. Like the Billboard charts, lower numbers are better. An author with the Amazon Author Rank of #1 will only appear as an author in the top 100.

Of course, this is a dream of mine. To be listed in the top 100. But, I’ve got a lot of work to do. Amazon looks at paid sales of all the books sold by an author on Amazon.com. This includes books in Kindle too.

My author ranking is  #136, 842. I consider this pretty darn good. This means that I have 136,742 more books to sell before I rank in the top 100. It’s a doable goal.

As of a few moments ago, I had 9,222 visits to my K. Lorraine website http://klorraine.com. One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to reach 10,000 views by December 31st. I’m almost there and I have seven months left in this year. ‘Hip-hip-hurray,’ for my accomplishment.

My fan base has grown leaps and bounds. I couldn’t be more humbled or I couldn’t feel more blessed. And that’s where the (P word) patience falls into play. I’ve been writing all my life. But, I didn’t publish until 2013.

It’s taken, (P word), persistence to grow my fan base. It’s taken (P word), practice to hone my skills. It’s taken learning to market my talent. And it’s taken time to (another P word), promote my books. But it’s taken a strong faith in god’s Will and an a lot of prayers to keep the pace steady.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Until next week.

Happy reading,

K. Lorraine

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P.S.

Be sure to drop by my other blog, ‘No Shoes Required.’ http://www.noshoesrequiredblog.wordpress.com. You can also get there by going to http://klorraine.com and click on the ‘No Shoes,’ icon.

You never know what you’ll find there. It’s fun. It’s flirty. It’s fabulous. And it’s fashion at its best. You never know who might show up as a guest blogger either…

NEW webpage design. Come see!

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I invite you to take a look at my NEW webpage design.

Jeannie out did herself this time. It’s more than awesome. Great job Jeannie. You go girl.

http://klorraine.com Lots of great stuff to read.

FYI… And a new feature blog will post on Monday. A special post about the true meaning of Easter. Don’t miss this one.

Have a great weekend.
K. Lorraine

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A Writer’s day of houskeeping

Since I have a doctor appointment this afternoon, there isn’t enough time for me to delve into anything big. So, I thought I’d do a bit of housekeeping and bring you up to date on stuff.

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The K. Lorraine Reading Room is a big hit. I get new LIKES daily and the pitter-patter of feet to read the FREE stories is growing leaps & bounds. Keep it up. http://klorraine.com

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A new FREE story ‘He Took my Child,’ will post on April first. ‘No joke,’ The story is a remake from the Mia Perez series, book two. The Mia Perez series are stand-alone books. Book two, was titled, ‘SHH.’ Books on the Reading Room are FREE to read.

 

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Speaking of the Mia Perez series… ‘Locked Away,’ book three, is trending like wild fire around the globe. Fans, of the series and this book, mark your calendars. The story you’ve all been waiting for is ‘Locked Away.’ The remake of this book will post FREE in the Reading Room, May first. The title of this FREE story is now titled, ‘Play Me.’

Just a reminder, I have several new books in the Amazon Kindle E-book store. In fact, two new books were put on the shelf yesterday.

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‘All Was Well on Easter,’ is a delightful & colorful children’s picture book. The ‘Traveling Dingleberries,’ is a humorous satire about a retired Florida couple who gets caught up in time travel. And ‘Broken, Crisis of Faith,’ is a full length novel.

Please go to the Amazon book store and type K. Lorraine in the search box. A list of my books will show up for you see. If you prefer to read a hands-ons version, my books are available at CreateSpace.

You can follow me on Twitter, WordPress and Good Reads too. I appreciate your support.

Have a great day and as always,

Happy Reading, K. Lorraine

The Dark Side of Being Different, Beauty & the Beast

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The Dark Side of Being Different

(Beauty & the Beast)

Posted on Fanstory January 20, 2015

The story received  65 views

Copyright © 2015 by K. Lorraine Books

Graphic, courtesy of Bing Public Domain

I thought I’d change up this week’s blog a bit.

The new movie Beauty and the Beast debuted in the theaters this weekend. “Despite her fears, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff. And she learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior. She realizes the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.”

This prompted me to delve into my archives. I remembered a short story that I had written. I found it.  I thought you might enjoy my version of a take on Beauty of the Beast from 2015, Alien style.

Read the full blog on the K. Lorraine website http://klorraine.com.

Have a happy first day of Spring.

Happy reading,

K. Lorraine

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The luck of the Irish and wearin’ O’ the green.

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Today is the day fer the wearin’ o’ the green.

Today is the day when the little people are seen.

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so if ye’r Irish me lad,

Join the celebratin’ fer the grandest time ta’ be had.

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Wings of Gold

By K. Lorraine

I found you standing in the cold

Wearing only wings of gold

If a Leprechaun you do hold

You’ll go to the end of the rainbow

To find his pot of gold.

Sifting sand of stories unfold

Stars of the night to hold

Shining upon a pot of gold

A confession told

For thou whom I behold

The wee people stole the gold

Return the wings of gold

A new life to spin of old

Nothing gold can stay

Obey and do not stray

Or resume your wandering way.

Author, K. Lorraine wants to send her Irish sentiments to all her fans on this day… St. Patrick’s Day.

(picture #1 taken at our Florida home. Second picture taken at our New Mexico home. Either way, I’m wearin’ O’ the green. My mother was a Daily.