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Daily Deals: At the Sign Of the Sugared Plum and Horoscope HD Pro

At the Sign Of the Sugared PlumToday, as usual, Amazon make a discount for the following book: At the Sign Of the Sugared Plum written by Mary Hooper. Today’s price is $0.99

You be going to live in the city, Hannah?’ Farmer Price asked, pushing his battered hat up over his forehead. ‘Wouldn”t think you’d want to go there . . . Times like this, I would have thought your sister would try and keep you away.’ Hannah is oblivious to Farmer Price’s dark words, excited as she is about her first ever trip to London to help her sister in her shop ‘The Sugared Plum‘, making sweetmeats for the gentry. Hannah does not however get the reception she expected from her sister Sarah. Instead of giving Hannah a hearty welcome, Sarah is horrified that Hannah did not get her message to stay away – the Plague is taking hold of London.

Based on much research, Mary Hooper tellingly conveys how the atmosphere in London changes from a disbelief that the Plague is anything serious, to the full-blown horror of the death carts and being locked up – in effect to die – if your house is suspected of infection.

Some words about the Author

Mary Hooper began writing about 20 years ago, often short stories for women’s and teen magazines. She now focuses solely on books. She won the North East Book Award (UK) for her YA novel, Megan. She is also the author of Amy. Mary lives in Eversley Cross, England.

 

Horoscope HD Pro

Today Amazon also offer to get Horoscope HD Pro. You can download this application for free, but only today.

Discover Your Destiny

Do you love to read your horoscope every morning? Horoscope HD Pro brings you your daily horoscope from the popular horoscope site Astrology-Planet website. Whether you’re a hard-charging Taurus or an introspective Capricorn, Horoscope HD has got you covered.

Horoscope HD Pro gets its horoscopes from a renowned Swiss astrology center. Get a full week of predictions so you can plan out your next seven days. This very simple interface features fun graphics and easy-to-read text.

Choose Your Language

Horoscope HD Pro supports 20 languages, translated by professionals. Get your horoscope in Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and many other major languages. The horoscopes are divided into three decantes. You only need to connect to the Internet once a day.

Share your horoscope with your friends through e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter, or you can send them their horoscope. With Horoscope HD Pro, you’ll always know what the stars have in store for you.

Thoughts on Kindle Publishing

When it comes to publishing an indie book, the Kindle Direct Publishing program has done wonders for new authors all over the place.  Some, like John Locke and Amanda Hocking, have manages to hit it big as a result.  In spite of these examples though, it is impossible to deny that for the most part people don’t take most self published works too seriously at first glance.  There are a few big factors that I believe play into this.

The first would be, as sad as it is, poorly designed cover art.  Even if you are writing for the Kindle, the first thing people are going to see will be the cover you have chosen to represent your work.  A piece of clip art or quick Photoshop-ed photo will only serve to indicate that you couldn’t be bothered with quality control.  Nobody will deny that marketing is the most important of making an indie book take off and your cover is the most basic piece of marketing.

Second, and somewhat more intuitive, is editing.  If you get comments in reviews about having a poorly edited book, that will work against you.  Nobody really likes to read badly written prose even when it tells an amazing story.  It can completely destroy immersion at key moments.  Now, obviously nobody is perfect and even the best books slip through to print with errors, but that doesn’t mean there is any excuse for failing to triple-check your work and find somebody else to look over it for you too.  You’re expecting people to pay money for this in the end, so it should be worth a little extra effort.

Third and finally, is the quick release schedule.  While it has become almost commonplace to hear the advice that Kindle publishing requires you to release a book every 6-12 months to retain reader interest, this should be considered very carefully.  While you will definitely start making money faster the more of a back catalogue you have going for you, it is more important to make sure that the best possible product is going out.  Five poorly reviewed books will not only earn you less money than two well reviewed books in the same time period, they will pull you down even if later works improve dramatically.  When you write you are building your name into a brand.  Keep in mind how you want that brand to be perceived.

Naturally this is all fairly general and there are a few reasons that all of these points, especially the last one, can be less important for certain projects.  There is significant potential in self publishing these days thanks to the Kindle though, and it is painful to see potentially great authors being ignored thanks to missteps made in the rush to get a piece of the readership.  Just remember that readers are going to keep reading.  The Kindle is more popular all the time and unlikely to fall away as the most widely used eReader in the world any time soon.  Take your time and make something you can be proud of.