Book Giveaway!

Friends,

Thank you so much for opening my blog post today. I hope you can enjoy what I talk about and somehow apply my thoughts to your own writing life! Let’s get started…

The Faces of the War Collection

After some delay in starting the cover design process for Imminent, things are finally coming together! I anticipate hearing from my (new) contact regarding my draft cover sometime this week, hopefully by Wednesday. At that point, I’ll be able to give my feedback and suggestions on changes that I want made to it. Then probably within a week or so from then, I should have a finished cover…at least, that’s the pattern of the previous cover. When the cover is finished and I’m ready to reveal it, I will announce it through my newsletter and this blog, as well as my social media pages. That leads me to the next point…

KaleMail Newsletter

First off, I named my newsletter “KaleMail” because…well, it clicks. And rhymes. And it rolls off the tongue. Basically, it was an easy way for me to let my followers know that they were receiving my newsletter.

Secondly, I have the feeling that some of those on my mailing list might be unaware as to when I send my newsletter, and that they might think they haven’t received it. If you are on my mailing list and believe this to be the case, check your spam folder. It will say that it’s from Eli Kale and the subject will be “KaleMail: September Newsletter #1” for example. If it’s not in your spam folder and you still can’t find it, look in another folder. For example, on my personal Gmail account, there are tabs: Primary, Social, Promotions. I send the newsletter to my personal email so that I can see what you see, and when I receive it I find it under my Social tab.

So please, I encourage you to confirm that you’re receiving my newsletters, and if you’re not then I can double-check your email on my list to be sure to get it to you! And if you aren’t receiving my newsletters because you’re not on my mailing list, then I encourage you to join! It’s very easy, and you can easily do it right here. I look forward to connecting with you and sharing my life and work!

YouTube

In an effort to draw more followers to my work – and not just any followers, but those who are interested in what I write about – I am starting a subscription campaign that will result in new followers receiving an ebook of one of my books. This is geared mostly as a “thank-you” for following me, with the hope that the new follower will read my book and review it once they’re done reading.

So, if you aren’t yet subscribed to my YouTube channel, I encourage you to go to my channel and do so. Then, just so I know that you subscribed after reading this blog post, contact me through my website form and type the words “new follower” in the Comment field, followed by the title of the Kindle book you want from me. You can then expect to receive it within a few days! I really would like to garner more followers on my YouTube channel, because I want to connect with more people. I also believe they will get a better look into what I do and from there check out my books and other work.

That’s about it for this post. I hope you’ll consider all I’ve talked about today, and that you’ll pass the word along to a friend. And by next week, I hope to have more news for you regarding my book cover!

Until next time,

-Eli

Book Giveaway & Unguarded

Friends,

Happy Labor Day to everyone! Hopefully you are in a place with family and friends, and hopefully life is treating you well.

Today marked the end of the first of three book giveaways that I am hosting on this website. The giveaways, which feature my debut book “Resistant,” are part of the lead-up promotion for my second book, “Unguarded,” which is due to release shortly after the New Year. You can follow my blog for details about it as I go through the writing process!

Book Giveaway

Progress of “Unguarded

I am currently slowing down a tad in my writing of Book Two in the Faces of the War collection because I am playing around with a few different ideas in my head. In order to see what ideas pan out the best, I have to do a little legwork before I continue writing. I don’t want to waste my time (and yours) by producing writing that won’t fit well with the rest of the story.

In terms of word count, I recently exceeded the 21K mark, which puts me a few thousand words shy of halfway to my goal count of 49K. As I have said before, I am expanding the size of the second book as per the reviews of “Resistant” stating that a longer book would have been great. Though the story is what I want it and make it to be, I want to adjust things when and where I can to include my readers in my process and final product.

I am very excited about this story line, and I truly hope you will be too once it goes live in January. If things go really well, there may be a chance to release the book in December, but that may be pushing the envelope just a little. 

If you are a newer writer, that is something I stress to you: don’t push the envelope. Depending on your process, you may like to be under pressure or prefer to get things done with a little craziness along the way. But in a general sense, it is best to let things play out as naturally as possible so as to help produce something of a better quality.

What I mean by this is that, for example, it is best not to set strict guidelines or due dates in your process. This is because it will most likely force words onto the page that may not necessarily need to be there; likewise, it might take up too much room on the page, thus leaving out what could be important material. In my experience, if you don’t write as the words naturally come to you, then you leave yourself little option other than writing just to write. 

That is why I want to approach the material of “Unguarded” very carefully so I’m not rushing to get the words down, nor taking too much time and letting the material go stale. I will sort out my ideas this week, and hit the writing hard!

I am very grateful for your following, and I hope that I am reaching you with my writing in one way or another. Please tell a friend about my work. Word of mouth is a surprisingly powerful tool. I also encourage you to check out my Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as my Goodreads and Independent Author Network pages. Links to those sites are on this website, on the ABOUT page!

Until next time,

-Eli