Jul 19 2018

Day Nineteen of #NaNoProMo is About a Social Media Scheduling Tool


Day 19 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



My scheduling tool of choice is Buffer. I’ve tried others, this is the one I like. The Chrome extension makes it even easier to use. And I love the “social media report card” that shows me every week how well my shares have done.
Buffer Report Card @JLenniDorner

Facebook isn’t going to allow social media scheduling for profiles anymore. (Pages yes, personal profiles no.) There’s also a theory that the algorithm shows scheduled posts less often.

Again, looking at this, I’m amazed how well I’m doing on Google+, a platform I barely understand.

While I use Buffer, some other members of the Operation Awesome team use Hootsuite. Speaking of Operation Awesome, you should check out the post over there on Friday. Big news!



#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018



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Jul 18 2018

Day Eighteen of #NaNoProMo is About Book Marketing Strategy


Day 18 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


Set your objectives

Have ten book reviews on Amazon by September 2019

Tactics

Social Media goal = Offer likable and relevant content, connect and intrigue readers
Blog goal =
elevator pitch for blog of @JLenniDorner
Blog intention: Create a direct connection between myself and my readers (or potential readers), allowing them feel like they know me. To be accessible and approachable.

Game Plan

Do you want to build a platform?
I work on my author brand all the time, so yes.

Do you want to use paid advertising?
Not especially, but I’ve used some.

Will you be wide or KU exclusive?
My reference book is wide. Fractions of Existence is Amazon only because that allows me to put it on sale/ special.





#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018



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Jul 17 2018

PHOTO CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT #Win #ContestAlert #PhotoContest

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PHOTO CONTEST DETAILS BELOW



Day Seventeen of #NaNoProMo is About Podcasting


Day 17 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


I’m a mute. Anyone want to listen to a Podcast of me clicking my tongue, clapping, or snapping my fingers for fifteen minutes a week? Think I’d sell more books if I tossed a microphone up a tree and let readers listen to sounds of nature? (Pretty sure that’s been done to death.)

So I’m doing something else for today’s NaNoProMo.
It’s PHOTO CONTEST TIME!!! Intense Excitement! image

How to ENTER:

Leave a link in the comments on this post. One link entry per comment.

What that entry link should go to:

Take and post a picture of the cover of Fractions of Existence to your favorite of these five social media sites: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+, or Tumblr and tag JLenniDorner.
Each of the five social media sites above is hyperlinked with J’s accounts.
The link to YOUR POST with the picture of the cover of Fractions of Existence is the one to put in the comments here.

How long this will run

July 17, 2018 until August 1, 2018 at 6pm Eastern time.

PRIZES

Best Photo will win a $20 (Twenty US dollars) Amazon eGiftcard.
Most Liked (likes, hearts, plus ones) will win a $10 (Ten US dollars) Amazon eGiftcard.
Best use of HASHTAGS in a post will win a $5 (FIVE US dollars) Amazon eGiftcard.

How to WIN

J will contact the winner(s) via the link provided in the comments.
The winning entrant(s) will need to reply, to contact J, so the prize can rewarded. An email address will be needed to send the egiftcard. That email address will be not be used for any other purpose, nor will it be sold, nor shared with anyone except for the Amazon order placement.
Please be sure your link works and goes directly to your post.

Best Photo:
The judging criteria are based on the use of the Fractions of Existence cover and the clarity and quality of the picture. Creativity 50%; Originality 30%; Quality 20% will be used in determining the winners. J Lenni Dorner will be the judge.

Most Liked:
The post with the most likes (likes, reactions, hearts, plus ones) will win. In the event of a tie, a random generator will pick a winner.

Best use of HASHTAGS:
As long as you’re creating a post anyway, may as well throw a few hashtags on it, right!?!
Creativity 25%; Originality 25%; Relevance 50% will be used in determining the winners. J Lenni Dorner will be the judge.

#PhotoContest @JLenniDorner July 2018

Rules/ Legal Stuff

1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who comment at the http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com on this post and who are 18 years old as of the date of entry. The Campaign is void where prohibited by law. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

Facebook Tag JLenniDorner WhatAreThey
(Facebook may require one to use a desktop rather than mobile to tag J.)

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING.
There are several legal ways to get a picture of the book cover of Fractions of Existence. For example, one could use a laptop and go to the Amazon Sale Page and zoom in on the cover, then use that zoomed in image in the picture. Or one could print out one of the quotes, which has the cover image attached, and use that in the photo.

2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of J Lenni Dorner as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.

3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on Jul 17, 2018 at 11:57am Eastern and ending August 1, 2018 at 6pm Eastern. All online entries must be received by August 1, 2018 at 6pm Eastern. “Likes” will stop being counted at that time.

4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting an entry using the comment section on this post. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of J Lenni Dorner. You may enter only once per comment. You must provide the information requested. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of J Lenni Dorner.

5. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Campaign (the “Winner”) will receive Amazon e gift cards via email. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by J Lenni Dorner. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at J Lenni Dorner’s discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for J Lenni Dorner to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. One person may win more than one prize.

7. Winners Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by J Lenni Dorner. Winner will be notified via the direct link provided in the comments within five (5) days following selection of Winner. J Lenni Dorner shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 15 days from the time award notification was sent, the prize may be forfeited. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT J Lenni Dorner’s SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

8. Rights Granted by You: By entering this content (photo, post, and blog comment), You understand and agree that J Lenni Dorner, anyone acting on behalf of J Lenni Dorner, and J Lenni Dorner’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes. without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. By entering this content, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of J Lenni Dorner. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless J Lenni Dorner from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which J Lenni Dorner may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.

9. Terms & Conditions: J Lenni Dorner reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond J Lenni Dorner’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, J Lenni Dorner may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by J Lenni Dorner. J Lenni Dorner reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. J Lenni Dorner has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, J Lenni Dorner reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. Do not enter pictures of anyone with a soul, or any person living or dead, without their expressed consent.

10. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless J Lenni Dorner and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Campaign and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.

11. Disputes: THIS Campaign IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF the United States AND Pennsylvania, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Campaign, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in PA having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Campaign). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

12. Privacy Policy: Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the J Lenni Dorner website. To read the Privacy Policy, click here.

13. Winners List: The winners will be mentioned in a blog post in August 2018. http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com

14. Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Campaign is J Lenni Dorner.

15. The Campaign hosted by J Lenni Dorner is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Google, or any other website.

16. By commenting with your link, You, the Contestant, have affirmatively reviewed, accepted, and agreed to all of the Official Rules.

Now go take some pictures!

One entry per comment, please.

Jul 16 2018

Day Sixteen of #NaNoProMo is About Writing a Compelling Book Series

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  • get to know my characters ☑
  • Layers That Build Towards the Next Book ☑
  • lingering questions at the end of book ☑
  • Larger Plot for the Entire Series ☑
  • Introduce New Characters in Each Book ☑
  • none of the same locations as the first book There are new settings, but the characters also visit some of the old ones.

Well, it looks like I’m mostly on a good path for the next few books. I’m still hoping to have at least ten reviews on the first one before a launch the second.

Do you have any tips like this from your favorite book series?



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Jul 15 2018

Day Fifteen of #NaNoProMo is a Reminder: Authors Should Blog

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Day 15 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



If you love blogging, you don’t really need to be reading a post on why you should blog. Bloggers gonna blog.
That about sums me up! I started blogging because the #AtoZChallenge looked like fun.

The rest of the lesson was about coming up with creative ideas to tie the book to the blog. I’ve already written quite a few posts about my characters and shared bonus information, extra content, and deleted scenes. I’ve also shared more information about myself. I’ll have to think of more. Any suggestions on content you’d like to read from me?


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Jul 14 2018

Day Fourteen of #NaNoProMo is About Blog Stats


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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


Google Analytics

Where my audience is physically located in the last 30 days:
analytics jlennidornerblog June July 2018

Well, that is interesting. Thanks to my number one followers in France! I haven’t been to your fine country in a few years. Thanks for the support.
And thank you to my visitors from Canada, who have the highest average number of pages viewed.
And those from the Philippines who spend an average of 6 minutes and 27 seconds here, thanks for your time!

analytics browsers
I was not aware that Edge had become so popular. (I use Chrome, myself.)
According to analytics.google.com, my visitors use desktops rather than mobile.
120 of my guests, or 87.59%, are Windows users.

Jetpack Blog Stats

Referrers June July 2018
This is where some of your traffic is coming from. This section will help you to understand how effective your social media accounts are in drawing traffic to your blog.
Google is giving me the most traffic, twice all the others combined.
Bloglovin comes next. I didn’t realize how well that was working for me!
The two Facebooks and WordPress tie for third. Honestly, I’m surprised. I didn’t think my Facebook friends and followers were that engaged.
Twitter, my main website, and Anna’s “the herd presents” tie for fourth. (Thanks to the Blog All About It Challenge!)

where people start their reading journey on your blog
Top Posts for 30 days July 2018

Jul 13 2018

Winner Announcement, Wall Thought, and Day Thirteen of #NaNoProMo

Chapter by Chapter Book Tour of Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner
Chapter by Chapter Book Tour of Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner



Winner Dan

A winner was selected! Congratualtions, Dan.
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Thought to ponder

What if a wall is not built with brick or stone, but rather with fear and hate?

What if that intangible wall changes the core values of a society, even the way words are used?

honor definition

The definition of the word honor, as found on Google.

An example of honor, of being worthy of being addressed as Honorable, in 2018 America:
1-Year-Old Shows Up In Immigration Court
“children who have had to appear in court without their parents present”
“children are not guaranteed court-appointed lawyers”
Children as young as 1 appear in immigration court
“ask if the (one-year-old) boy could understand the court proceedings”

It’s an interesting use of the language to describe honor this way, with this real information. It takes honor to use the intimidation of a courtroom on a toddler separated from a parent. Someone Honorable allows such an event to occur.

This thought is brought to you by a, by definition, savage. A word that now feels like a high compliment, as it is a civilized society which put infants and children on trial without a parent, guardian, or lawyer… something my savage ancestors of the Lenni Lanape were not known to do.

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Day One of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


Today was a list of winners and a review of what was covered this week.

Jul 12 2018

Day Twelve of #NaNoProMo is About Getting Book Bloggers to do a #BookReview


Day 12 of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


Know your target reader, and find bloggers who match that profile.

Ask bloggers to review a genre they review! Seems obvious.
Finding book bloggers who review indie urban fantasy or speculative fiction books comes first.

It’d be better if I had a similar title. I have a whole post where I tried to do this.

https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2015/01/fantasy-and-sci-fi-reviewers-for-self.html
(January 28, 2015)
74 Results for Urban Fantasy at that site.

NOT ACCEPTING NEW REVIEW REQUESTS / Not a good fit for me / Site is gone = 40
Hasn’t posted in the last 3 or more months = 17

Sites at which I requested reviews:

If you’re asking for a review because your book is similar to Book X by Author Y, and you know I liked Book X, tell me. If you’ve read and enjoyed my reviews, tell me.

People I’ll contact after reading books they reviewed:

Jul 11 2018

Day Eleven of #NaNoProMo is About LinkedIn


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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


Please connect with author J Lenni Dorner on LinkedIn Click the cup for my LinkedIn profile.

Jul 10 2018

#BookReview and Day Ten of #NaNoProMo is About Book Club Marketing


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What experiences have you had with book club marketing as an author?


“If you join solely to promote your book, website, or group and do not enter any of our discussions, you are spamming our group and your self-promoting posts will be deleted.”

“Book club groups are not for the purpose of self-promotion. The way to promote your work is to become active in the community. Post about what you like to read, not about what you’ve written. Share your interests and build relationships.”

That’s my summary of experiences with book clubs. I’m sure there are, somewhere, book clubs online that want authors to drop in just to promote a book that might interest the group. I haven’t found them. I’ve found a few that are anti-indie/ small press.

I know I won’t have time to keep up with several clubs. This seems like a good marketing tactic for someone who will do the in-person suggestions, or is willing to work the long-game by putting in a few hours a month at any online place and after a year dropping just one self-promotion post and hoping it’s not ignored. Keeping that in mind, I found three Goodreads groups to join.


Book Review:

An Author’s Guide to Book Clubs

by Jeri Walker
Short, easy to read. Very good for creating discussion questions. This would also be helpful to read during the revision stage of novel writing. Large focus on meeting readers in person.

Jul 09 2018

Day Nine of #NaNoProMo is About a Book Cover #coverlove #bookcovers #indiepub #selfpublish


Day Nine of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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What I love, I mean full on fandom crazy for love, is when a book cover has something to do with the story. I hate when I get to the end of a book and think, “obviously the cover was a random choice of someone who didn’t read this.” So I knew two things going into my cover design.
1- It would have two golden Fibonacci spirals twisting from the same point of origin.
2- Whatever else would have something to do with the book.

Use an Image that Grabs the Reader

Great views always catch my eye. There’s a chapter in Fractions of Existence that discusses the view which is shown on the cover.
My Pinterest board book covers that caught my eye/ have a lot of color, sparkle, text art, views of places, and Fibonacci spirals.

Evoke Emotions

Looking at that cliff evokes my sense. The feel of the sun on my skin, the wind in my hair, the taste of saltwater in the air, the call of the birds overhead, the heat in my muscles from making such a climb, and the soft grass underfoot. Free but lonely is the emotion I feel looking at that.

Pick one scene from the book to convey

The reader is looking at, almost exactly, what Wend and Xavier both see in chapter 3.14.
Also, the spiral is there, which is a helpful visual for anyone unsure what the gold ink tattoo of “two Fibonacci spirals twisting from the same point of origin” looks like.
Here was my original mock-up cover.

sample-cover-Fractions-Of-Existence-J-Lenni-Dorner

It wasn’t well done. (It was a mock-up, never meant to be used on the actual novel.) But it does show the tattoo. Unfortunately, it only shows one of the antagonists. And while, yes, they are in the book because that’s the overall series problem, book one is actually more of a person-versus-self kind of story. (Xavier battles with himself. Then Wend battles with herself. Arguably, she also has a person-versus-nature storyline, if you consider an unplanned road trip to be nature in this case.)
I think the cover of Fractions of Existence is still easy to view as a thumbnail.
Fractions Of Existence Cover The spiral is there. Can you still see the sky, water, cliff, and sunlight?

Visually Pleasing

I’m pretty sure it’s not offensive, repulsive, unfriendly, or ugly. (Those words are antonyms of pleasing.)
Could there be a better cover? Yes. And if I had a few hundred more dollars to invest at the time of publication, I would have looked into that. Here’s the thing… books get new editions with new covers all the time. So, when the book generates some more income, I can look into that. I do believe that artists are worth every penny. If I had spent less on editors (one who made me seriously question which one of us needed a serious lesson in commas — I’m still not sure), then I could have put that into cover art. I wish I had.

I have absolutely no idea what the cover of book two will look like. (But it’ll have a spiral.)

Does my cover grab you at all? Evoke any emotion? Is it visually pleasing?

Jul 08 2018

Day Eight of #NaNoProMo is About Book Marketing Tips and Ideas


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The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease

I’m not really sure who to ask for what.
How about this…

I’m looking for fellow bloggers who are interested in featuring an author who
– has a New Adult book out
– is a Native American (#WeNeedDiverseBooks)
– writes Speculative Fiction (urban fantasy, paranormal romance, myths, legends, parallel universe, pre- dystopian, dark fantasy, horror)
– is indie (independently published)

Prioritize

I really struggle with this. I have a lot of goals. Sometimes it’s easier to check off some of them than to do other things… like rewrite the second book while the first one still only has four reviews on Amazon. (I need to not let the lack of reviews get to me. I struggle with that.)

The Buck Stops Here

“You know the audience you have. You know the audience you want. You know where you want to go.”
I’m not sure that’s true, for me.
From what I can tell, based on some Amazon digging, my current “audience” is someone who rarely reads, someone who reads a LOT, someone who mostly reads erotica and non-fiction, and someone who mostly reads fantasy.
The audience I want would be… urban fantasy readers who are looking for something different. There’s a big chunk of urban fantasy readers who have crossed over from the mystery genre, and I don’t have that angle. And there’s a chunk who just want more vampires, werewolves, and witches… and I’m not going to satisfy that need, either.

“Then you’ve got your heroine who is some kind of special ultra-powerful thing, only she grew up not knowing that, and”
MishaBurnett January 4, 2014

Okay, that I do have!

5 Elements All Urban Fantasy Novels Must Have according to Writer’s Digest:

  1. “the classic urban fantasy setting is a dense, highly populated present-day metropolis”— Check! Most of the characters are in New York City.
  2. “magic/ something wild and strange”— Check!
  3. Voice in Tears quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #Myth #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

  4. “unknown that gradually unfolds throughout the story”— My website is called WHAT-ARE-THEY because that’s the mystery I’ve woven into the story, characters from a myth that only a dozen living people have ever heard.
  5. “first-person point of view”— Nope. I don’t have ONE main character. Each book in the series largely focuses on a goal and how these beings contribute to achieving that goal. Thus, it’s third-person POV.
  6. “latant or subtle eroticism”— Heath barely keeps his pants on. Xavier has plenty of oppertunities for sexy fun. Jez brings the fire. Caleb’s character doesn’t have much room in book one for this, but he’ll get fun in book three. Jun has other priorities. Wend is a virgin, but she does think about sex.

virgin eggplant quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #romance #Novel #book #NaNoProMo




what I want individual postings to convey. They’re consistent with the feel of my books, so one helps the other.
I sometimes blog about equality. It might not seem like that goes along with the books, but the characters will have a discussion about it in book two. Also, there’s no use hiding the fact that I’m a Native American. Anyone who doesn’t want to read a book because I’m not of the “Aryan Race” isn’t a reader I’d want anyway. Also, Caleb is gay, Jez is not a chaste woman, and there’s more than one reference to groupsex… so readers who are offended by those things probably aren’t going to like this series. And all the characters in the Existence would fight to free children from cages; so any reader who thinks it’s okay to imprison a child if a parent is accused of a misdemeanor can boycott me. Frankly, I’d take that boycott as a compliment.



My Social Media:

My Twitter feed has a lot of tweets about Urban Fantasy, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, writing tips, and writers.
My Facebook page has lots of posts about debut authors, quotes, and books.
My Pinterest has several of my interests, such as quotes, books, writing, thought-provoking ideas, blogging, views of the outdoors, humor, ESTP and other personality pins related to me, Native American interests, fantasy, equality, and gaming.
My BookBub and Goodreads show how much I enjoy reading a wide variety of books. (It also hints that I turn to the works of my fellow authors when figuring out the best approach to writing certain steamy scenes.)
My Instagram I still struggle with. I’m not sure the best way to make use of that tool. Honestly, the BoutOfBooks marathon is the main reason I even have this app.

Follow @JLenniDorner on Twitter please WhatAreThey is the Facebook fan page of @JLenniDorner — Please click Like and Follow! Follow @JLenniDorner on Pinterest please Please follow @JLenniDorner on BookBub Follow and friend author J Lenni Dorner on Goodreads please Instagram of @JLenniDorner Click the cups to follow me, please.

Jul 07 2018

Day Seven of #NaNoProMo is About Social Media


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I think I’ll do my responses using bulletpoints.

  • The only social media sites that I don’t “get” are G+ and Tumblr. I feel like there should be a “how to” video out there that better explains them, like ways to master them, but I’ve yet to find it.
  • Facebook mostly annoys me, but I’m there. I have a presence. I mostly pre-schedule my posts though.
  • I actually really enjoy Pinterest. I’m not sure it’s sold my books or driven people to my blog, but I really like hanging on that site anyway.
  • I use Twitter all the time.
  • I have Photoshop.
  • I don’t know about everywhere, but I am on more than four.
  • writerscookbook.com/social-media-writers-platforms/ That site lumps all of “fiction novels” together.
    curiosityneverkilledthewriter.com/promoting-your-scifi-or-fantasy-novel-on-social-media-78f01f189ab8 This site had some great links. I didn’t really learn which social media most Urban Fantasy readers use, but I joined some groups! And that’s one heck of a list of hashtags.
    damiengwalter.com/2010/06/30/who-reads-urban-fantasy/ This came up with my search of “urban fantasy reader demographic.” It doesn’t answer the question, but rather suggests that such readers don’t exist. Nothing more fun that being told that I, someone who does read some urban fantasy, don’t exist.

  • I know about having an author brand. I have several posts about it.
  • I have a Facebook author page, but I also have a website.
  • I’m pretty good at ignoring trolls.
  • “The beauty of social media is the ability to meet writers in our genre, join forces, and co-market each other’s books.”
    — Have you SEEN my Twitter?!?! I share the crap out of #WeNeedDiverseBooks, #urbanfantasy, and #ww writer Wednesday. Plus, I run the Debut Author Spotlight, which is all about promoting books from new authors!
  • I post as consistently as I can. Buffer helps a lot.
  • And I know writing is a business, and that social media is a tool for that.

Looks like I’m doing pretty well for today.

Jul 06 2018

Day Six of #NaNoProMo and Book Tag: How Do You Organize Your Reading Life


Day Six of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



Day Six was a recap and winner announcment day.




Book Tag How Do You Organize Your Reading Life
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Thanks to the Blog All About it Challenge, I came across this post. I needed something more for today, and this suits that need. Enjoy!

How many books do you typically read at one time? How many are you reading right now?
I’d like to say I read one at a time. But there are two books I haven’t read straight through. One is a trilogy by three authors, so it’s just really long and daunting. The other contains subject matter that reminds me of the worse time in my life so I have to keep putting it down because it overwhelms me.

How do you keep your place in a book?
Forest Friends Magnetic Bookmarks
Unless it’s an ebook, since those tend to bookmark themselves.

Do you take notes as you read? What is your preferred note-taking method?
Yes. If it’s an ebook, I highlight and notetake there. But for printed books, I usually start a file in Google Docs or another cloud space.

How do you keep track of what you’ve read?
Goodreads and 50BookPledge are my primary means. I didn’t keep track before I started using them.

Do you set reading goals for yourself? What is your current goal?
Yes! I keep track of this every month with the goals blog hop. I’m really behind this year.

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Do you participate in readathons? Which ones are your favorites?
Bout of Books which is a few times a year and TackleTBR which is once a year.

When you decide what to read next, do you select from a reading list or choose books at random?
I have a pretty long TBR. But I also consider if the next book I read will help me reach one of my goals. Though sometimes I’ll also pick a book based largely on the fact that it’s there and it has a page length I can finish in the magic free time I’ve happened to have for whatever reason.

Do you ever read series books out of order?
This is actually a pet-peeve of mine. In the last few months, I actually deleted a few books from my TBR list because they weren’t book 1 in a series. So no, not if I can help it.

How do you store the books you own? Do you have a system for organizing them?
Ebooks are nice because they take up no space. I love physical books, but I try not to hang on to more stuff than I can carry on my back. (Which might sound crazy, and that’s okay.) My assistant, however, is a book hoarder, so I just add to her library.

When you finish reading a book you’ve bought, do you keep it or pass it on?
See previous answer.

Do you review everything you read? How do you decide which books to review?
For the past few years, yes, that’s what I’ve been trying to do. There’s one book I didn’t review because it was written for teens, by high school English teacher, and there were some typos, at least one of which created a curse word. I didn’t know what to say or do about this, as the person was someone who was helping me with something at the time, and I didn’t want to piss her off. (I’ve since found a few updates that one of my editors made to my own book which created errors. The thing is, I would want to know so I could fix them. But a few years ago, that thought didn’t cross my mind. I was just trying to fit my rhombus peg self into a crescent hole group, so to speak.)

How do you find out about new books you might want to read?
I come across recommendations on blogs, social media, from friends, and from running the Debut Author Spotlight.

If you’ve read this post and liked it, tag – you’re it! Copy the questions and post your answers on your own blog, then leave me a link so I can read your responses. (If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave your answers in a comment below.)

Jul 05 2018

Day Five of #NaNoProMo is About Books


Day Five of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



The day five post suggested some books to read about marketing. I added to my TBR pile.
What’s your favorite book marketing book?

Jul 04 2018

Day Four of #NaNoProMo is About the Quadrant Method


Day Four of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!



quadrant method #nanopromo



Day four suggests filling this out. Which is great, except I’m doing NaNoProMo largely because I don’t have any ideas I haven’t tried and/ or feel I could do. Thus, I’m not sure what to put here.








Today is the celebration of America’s declaration to no longer be part of the British Empire. Independence Day. Immigrants and refugees, some who enslaved others and most who lived on stolen conquered land declared themselves to be an independent nation. They made no promise to care for or about sick, disabled, or pregnant citizens. No promise was made to not arrest or detain a minor child if a parent or guardian committed a misdemeanor. They didn’t think about promising clean water to all citizens in this new country. Or write down anything to suggest that schools would be safe places, or that the schools would do better than schools of other lands. The founding fathers kicked around the idea of separating Church and State, but didn’t make it concrete enough, or consider all the different religions of their new nation. National Parks would come later, but not with strong enough wording to promise they’d always be protected. Likewise, voting rights for all adult Homo sapiens citizens would continue to be debated far longer than most people believe.

No, those things aren’t part of today’s celebration. It’s really just about the revolution to get out from under British control. What changes might be made to the Declaration of Independence if a time traveler had shown the men who would sign it all that they forgot to include? Would they care? Would they be proud of where the nation they made would end up? We might never know.

Jul 04 2018

IWSG July 2018 Goal Question

Insecure Writers Support Group
IWSG question for the month

What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

I’ve been taking part in a monthly goal blog hop, which posts on the last Friday of every month, since Feb 28, 2014. Thanks to that, I can answer this question in a fairly organized manner.

Got Goals Bloghop
https://gotgoalsbloghop.blogspot.com

Current Goals:

A MAIN LIFE GOAL:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)

Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
  • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.


2018 Resolution:

#NewYearsResolution

  • This year I resolve to be more engaged in my online writing community by regularly commenting on fellow writers blogs every month, leaving book reviews, and publishing another book.


2018 Goals:

  • Publish a book
  • Enter 3 writing contests –One down


Goals for July 2018:






From the Goals Feb 2014 post:



The BIG MAIN GOAL:

Publish two decent-selling book series

2014 Goals:

  • Have 5000 Twitter followers At 8,097 today.

Goals for March 2014:

  • Rewrite query I did that several times.
  • Change setting in Fraction of Existence to see if it strengthens the story It didn’t, so that draft died.
  • Work on the other fantasy book series (started during NaNoWriMo) Still working on this.



From the Feedback on me PART 2 post written in 2013, where I created a vague timeline to show my goals. (I’m no longer as attached to the idea of my Snookums and I adopting a child. And I’m doubtful that Entertainment Weekly is going to come a calling. I also have a goal to make it to 75 instead of 73… stay tuned.)
The mark for “present” was June 2013, and Fractions of Existence published in Sept 2017.


image of life and writing Timeline @JLenniDorner




It is okay to disregard a goal that is no longer important to you.




Here’s the oldest blog post of mine I can find where I mention goals: G is for Goal #AtoZChallenge 2012.


“to have my book series represented by an agent who will get it published and then celebrate with me when the books appear on the New York Times best-seller list”
After realizing that my Urban Fantasy doesn’t use most of the currently most popular featured items, I gave up trying to land an agent and self-published. It’s much more difficult for an indie author to reach the number of people, in a short time, to land on the NYT best-seller list.


The other goals I listed:

  1. To get 300 signers on the what-are-they.com guestbook. 129 signed
  2. To complete this A to Z blog challenge. Did that in 2012!
  3. To get 1000 likes on my Facebook fan page Total Page Likes as of Today: 1,386
  4. To get an agent. Gave up this goal.
  5. To finish writing book two. Still working on this.



So I still have the goals of writing, and keeping up with the blogging and social media that goes along with it. But I’ve since embraced being an indie author, and changed my life goals.

Jul 03 2018

Day Three of #NaNoProMo is About Fun Details and Quotes


Day three of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


It was a fun read, completely outside of my book. These details weren’t mentioned in this paranormal romance book, but they served to elaborate on the setting and give some “behind the scenes” details to my readers.

That quote is one of the two tips given for today’s challenge. Here’s my take on something outside my book that is related to the year a majority of Fractions of Existence takes place.

10 things that happened in 2005:

  • Summer Olympics in Greece
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire were in theaters
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Mark Zuckerberg offered to sell Facebook to Myspace. Myspace CEO Chris DeWolfe rejected Zuckerberg’s asking price of 75 million dollars.
  • Brad Pitt left Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie
  • How I Met Your Mother premiered
  • YouTube founded
  • Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah Winfrey’s couch while confessing his love for Katie Holmes
  • Earthquake off Sumatra, magnitude of 8.7, is the second largest earthquake since 1965
  • Fractions of Existence takes place (most of it anyway)

short quotes that evoke the mood of the scene without requiring an explanation. You want to find quotes that can be taken out of context and still be understandable.

The other tip for today’s challenge was to share quotes from the stories. I made these sharable images. What do you think?


Fairies are not real quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

exchanging pictures quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

epic quest quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

dancing and dating quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

Boston Cream Pie quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

Abominations die quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

virgin eggplant quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

The speed of Death quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

steal a girlfriend quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

shower spider quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

shirt gift quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

protect herself quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

party punch quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

morning teary eyed call quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

MMORPG quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

meteorite quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

Internet 2005 Quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

glitz and glamour quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

Did any of these quotes from the book intrigue you?

Jul 02 2018

Day Two of #NaNoProMo is About Media Appearances


Day Two of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


  • Schedule a Blog Tour & Book Blast
  • Book Ongoing Blog and Podcast Appearances
  • Pitch to Traditional Media Outlets

I had two book blog tours in April and May.
I “appear” on the Operation Awesome blog and the #AtoZchallenge blog. I’ve also guest posted on several other blogs.
I am not, however, someone who wants to be newsworthy. (Not that I haven’t done or been part of newsworthy events, it just isn’t something I want.) Social media is about as “not hermit” as I get. Plus, I’m a mute who lived in an area that doesn’t believe in photography of those with a soul. Looks like I’m going to have to take a “fail” on list item number three.

Jul 01 2018

Day One of #NaNoProMo is About a Novel Reader


Day One of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


To come up with a reader avatar, you’re going to think about the person who picks up your book and is going to LOVE IT.

  • What kind of professions are they likely to have? Again, doesn’t mean they are all that profession, but maybe many have jobs with a common element.
  • What do they value most in a book they read?
  • Are they there for fun or to walk away still repeating your imagery in their minds?
  • Do they need a puzzle to solve or do they need an experience?
  • What kind of money are they spending every month on books?

Based on this, I’d say the Reader Avatar for Fractions of Existence probably has a “typical” job, perhaps doing office work such as data entry, and enjoys history or mythology or both. They most value having a fun reading experience that tickles the brain a bit. These readers want to walk away with thoughts churning in their minds. Figuring out “what-are-they” is certainly a puzzle. This reader probably spends two hours of earned income a month on books.

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