Some people have been having difficulty getting into my reblog of A.G.Moye’s blog ‘Why is It So Hard to Get Readers to Write Reviews?’ So I’m posting the link here, I got from his Facebook Timeline. http://t.co/05jO7kkFLE. I hope people can get into the blog now. It worked for me.
I have published my children’s book Maranda the Mermaid, both in soft book and Kindle. It is available on Amazon and Createspace. Price £7.00 and $10.34 as a soft book and £1.99p and $2.93 as the Kindle version. The book was published on 12th January 2016. When I went to Amazon.co.uk books and Amazon.com books it came up with the message:
“showing results for Miranda the Mermaid. Search instead for “Maranda the Mermaid”. You click on “Maranda the Mermaid” and it shows my book.
I chose to call the main character Maranda instead of Miranda because there are numerous books on Amazon showing Miranda the Mermaid. The word Mar means the sea in Spanish, so I thought the name was very appropriate for a mermaid.
Thank you, Janette Davies for formatting the contents of my book. Her publishing company is http://www.quirkygirlinspain.wordpress.com. Thanks, too, to Michael Barton for doing the front cover for me. His publishing company’s name – at the moment – is http://www.wordplay-publishing.com but he has told WordPlay Writers’ Forum members, the name will be changed eventually.
Kindle wouldn’t accept the cover which Michael had done for me. I noticed the title on his cover was about an inch below the top of the page, so I made it near the top of the page, photocopied, scanned it, and Kindle accepted it then.
I had to upload the soft book to CreateSpace, trim-size 8.5” x 11” because of the formatting of the contents. I did my own back cover, on a blue background, A4 size. Printed it to 8.5” x 13” (my printer didn’t show me the size 8.5” x 11”) scanned it to 600 DPI, selected 8.26” x 11”. My scanner wouldn’t allow any larger width). Fortunately, Createspace accepted Michael’s front cover, even though he had it to trim size 8” x 10”, ( my original trim size) and my back cover (synopsis). Here is a copy of the synopsis before I uploaded to CreateSpace.
Maranda the Mermaid is the offspring of a mermaid and a human.
She invites you to meet her friends, Donald the Dolphin, Gerry the Grouper and his group of friends, Larry the Lobster, Olly the Octopus, and Pansy the Plaice.
When she is human, she goes to school and her two best school friends are Jill and Ethan Brown.
Ethan finds an old Spanish coin which threatens Maranda’s underwater home, a Spanish galleon.
Will Ethan and his sister keep Maranda’s secret that she is a mermaid?
There are seven delightful illustrations, one for each chapter, in the book, designed or painted by the author.
Here is the illustration showing Maranda riding Donald the Dolphin. A special present from her uncle, King Neptune.
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