GIVEAWAY Time!

For the release of my of my debut novella, SHADOW OF THE WICKED, I’m doing a HUGE giveaway!

It’s open for everyone, internationally. There will be 2 winners. 1 for Instagram and 1 for Facebook. The details are below but if you want to be a part of it, you have to go to my social media pages and follow the rules to enter and have a chance to win a $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

Winners will be announced via my Youtube channel on the 1st of July, 1800 AEST. Make sure you have subscribed and turned your notifications ON!

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY

YOUTUBE CHANNEL


1st PRIZE will receive:

🎁 $50 Amazon Gift Card; and 

🎁 A signed physical book!*

The next 5 winners will receive a FREE EBOOK copy of SHADOW OF THE WICKED!*

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To enter:⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

1️⃣ Follow me at @douglas.w.t.smith or @authordouglaswtsmith

2️⃣ Like this post⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

3️⃣ Comment TWO FRIENDS 

For an extra entry, tag DIFFERENT FRIENDS in a separate comment, or SHARE TO YOUR STORY AND TAG ME (@douglas.w.t.smith or @authordouglaswtsmith).

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Good luck!!

*Must be willing to give out full name, address and email to receive gifts. Not affiliated with Instagram, Facebook, Amazon or any other company.

Final Day Of The Cover Reveal!

It started on the first day of winter (southern hemisphere) and now ready for the last post.

If you haven’t been following, the cover reveal event for Shadow Of The Wicked has been taking place on my social media pages.

This marketing campaign is specifically aiming at my Instagram, although it is working on my Facebook page as well. I’ve screenshot my pages below to show exactly how I’m doing this reveal and the effect I’m trying to achieve.

Look out for the LAST IMAGE OF THE COVER REVEAL at 5pm AEST

After the reveal for the rest of JUNE, there will be GIVEAWAYS, so stay tuned on my social media pages!

Subscribe, follow, and like my pages below to keep up to date with the pre-release dates and
the RELEASE DATE OF SHADOW OF THE WICKED – 1st OF JULY.

Facebook.

Instagram.

Goodreads page.

Youtube.


#DouglasWTSmith #bookrelease

‘Shadow Of The Wicked’ Cover Reveal

I’m so happy to share this with you. It has begun. The cover reveal event for Shadow Of The Wicked has been taking place on my social media pages.

This marketing campaign is specifically aiming at my Instagram, although it is working on my Facebook page as well. I’ve screenshot my pages below to show exactly how I’m doing this reveal and the effect I’m trying to achieve.

It’s over 9 days, 1 photo a day at 5pm AEST. Look out for the next image of my cover reveal.

Subscribe, follow, and like my pages below to keep up to date with the pre-release dates– 1st of June– and the RELEASE DATE OF SHADOW OF THE WICKED – 1st OF JULY.

Facebook.

Instagram.

Goodreads page.

Youtube.


#DouglasWTSmith #bookrelease

Pre-Release Event Dates!

It has begun.

1st of June and the first day of my Release Event. Subscribe, follow, and like my pages below to keep up to date with the pre-release dates– 1st of June– and the RELEASE DATE – 1st OF JULY.

Facebook.

Instagram.

Goodreads page.


#DouglasWTSmith #bookrelease

How to Choose Your Book Cover

WRITING UPDATE: SHADOW OF THE WICKED is done. The launch date is the 1st of July. I’m doing a 9 day cover reveal on all my social media pages from the 1ST OF JUNE but my mailing list subscribers will see it first, and receive THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERS, so make sure you sign up below!

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If you didn’t see my last post, I created a Youtube channel. I’ve been pondering on the idea for a while and thought why not do it to celebrate the launch of my debut novella.

Here is my first video.

Make sure you subscribe, follow, and like my pages to keep up to date with the pre-release dates– 1st of June– and the RELEASE DATE – 1st OF JULY. There are going to be a lot of GIVEAWAYS, READINGS and Q & A’s.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this event!


How do you choose a book cover for your debut novel?

Your cover is the first introduction to your book, before the hook and before the first word. It swings readers to your book and entices them to discover more about your book. Your cover can grab or hinder the reader.

From what I’ve learnt from this whole self-publishing process, the book cover is your primary book marketing tool.

As you can see above in the youtube video, I’m using my cover to try attract readers. Although getting the cover wasn’t easy. Choosing a photograph or illustration for your book’s cover can obviously be a daunting task. No matter how imaginative writers can be, visual imagination is not always included. For many authors, the fact that an entire novel requires only one picture to illustrate it is a blessing. The problem is that you still need to come up with that one picture — and it needs to be a good one. Because it’s just one picture. One. I used a company, MiblArt and they were fantastic. Which you shall soon see…

The following are a few book cover design tips to help you formulate and execute a concept for your cover’s imagery.

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SHADOW OF THE WICKED Pre-release Dates!

I created a Youtube channel. I’ve been pondering on the idea for a while and thought why not do it to celebrate the launch of my debut novella.

Here is my first video. Below are the links I mention in the video.

Make sure you subscribe, follow, and like my pages to keep up to date with the pre-release dates– 1st of June– and the RELEASE DATE – 1st OF JULY.

Also, subscribe to my channel to see more details of the giveaways, prizes, and Q and A’s.

Thank you! Mailing List: https://mailchi.mp/d6107b64867c/maili…

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/douglas.w.t…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authordougla…

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57952756-shadow-of-the-wicked

Six Ways To Manage Instagram And Enhance Your Writing Career

Being at the top of your game with your social media accounts is essential. Being an expert on Instagram management can help lift your career. It offers many benefits for all jobs, including writing.

I’m in the final stages of my novella, SHADOW OF THE WICKED, and I’ve been sending out Advanced Reader Copies. I noticed over the years that Instagrams Bookstagram community is growing dramatically. Instead of reaching out to blogs and websites, via emails and fill-out forms I approached the bookstagram community on Instagram. I was overwhelmed at the instant responses, whether they were rejecting or accepting the request. But it made me think. I can use Instagram to grow my writing career.

If you want to hone your Instagram management skills, here are some tips to help you get started.


WRITING UPDATE: SHADOW OF THE WICKED is done. My mailing list subscribers will be the first to see it, and receive a FREE ADVANCE READING COPY, so make sure you sign up below!

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Six Ways to Manage Instagram To Enhance Your Writing Career.

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Cover Reveal and A Free Story

I’ve been extremely quiet on my blog but for good reasons.

I’m excited to announce my novella, SHADOW OF THE WICKED is READY FOR PUBLICATION!

All final edits are complete, the cover is complete, reviewers are reviewing and the date has been set for publication. I am extremely excited to share this with you. My writing journey has been not what I expected but I have learnt a lot along the way and hopefully from what I did learn, it shows in the quality of my novella.

If you want to receive an exclusive reveal, or read it for FREE before everyone else, make sure you sign up to my mailing list–before it’s too late!

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In the meantime, I am also happy to announce that on the OMAM Publishing website we have three more fantasy stories available to read here on our website.

We are getting closer and closer to having capacity for a new anthology! I’ve got several more stories in my read pile as well, just need the time to get at them. If you’ve submitted to us recently, thank you. If not, what are you waiting for?

First up is a flash fiction piece by yours truly, Douglas W.T. Smith entitled “Into the Forest.”

Read here on the OMAM website or download it onto your Kindle for free!


After a tragedy at home, Jaeden flees into the forest. He hopes to eke out and live off nature alone, but soon comes to question his decision.

Nine Book Marketing Ideas

WRITING UPDATE: SHADOW OF THE WICKED is done. My mailing list subscribers will be the first to see it, and receive a FREE ADVANCE READING COPY, so make sure you sign up below!

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While book marketing isn’t easy, there are plenty of opportunities to reach new audiences. Finding the right ones starts with broadening your ideas of where to look.

I have just finished my novella, SHADOW OF THE WICKED. I’ve sent the release date but I realised, how are people going to read my book? How do I get my novella in the hands of readers?

Then I realised; there’s nothing easy about book promotion. I’ve created my author website, but it’s hardly enough. How will I attract readers to visit my site? How will I entice them to buy mybook?

You can’t just rely on a single digital marketing effort.

Here are NINE BOOK MARKETING IDEAS you should consider when promoting your book online.

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Six Ways to Improve the First Fifteen Percent Of Your Novel

This post will dissect the Zero to Fifteen Percent of the First Act of the Three Act Structure. The first fifteen percent of your novel, I believe, is the most important. It encompasses the Hook and the Setup of the First Act. If you’re wondering what they all are, and how it is going to make your story a best-seller––read below.

The Three Act Structure, defined by Reedsy, is “It digs deep into the popular notion that a story must have a beginning, middle, and end, and goes even further, defining specific plot events that must take place at each stage.”

Reedsy.

I’m going to do a part-series on how you can apply the Three Act Structure to your story but more importantly, focusing in on the specific stages, to help you entice the reader to keep reading past chapter one.

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