Questions people ask. #PoweredByIndie

This month, Amazon are celebrating independently published authors , so I thought I’d interview myself to answer some of the most frequent questions I get asked.12314448_10153686960716380_7381684065390461169_o
If you have your own questions, don’t hesitate to let me know, and I’ll add them (and the answers) to the bottom of the list.

How do I find a publisher for my novel. Do you have any tips?
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Competition: Win a trip to the south of France!

dsc03919Let the Light Shine – Launch competition.

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To thank everyone who is intending to grab a copy of my new novel, Let the Light Shine, (published on the 30th September, 2016) I’ve decided to run a little competition.
Enter, and you can win up to seven night’s accommodation in my self catering apartment in Nice (www.nice-flat.com
) for two people, plus £200 towards travel costs, plus a signed copy of Let the Light Shine.
Nine runners up will each win one signed copy of Let the Light Shine.

ENTRY (From the 30th September at 00:00 until the 14th October 2016, at 23:59)..

To take part in the competition you need a facebook, twitter or Instagram account, and you need to befriend me (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexandernick ) or follow me (Twitter: https://twitter.com/authornick or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authornickalexander).
Feel free to invite your friends to join in and if they win all you have to do is convince them to invite you along!
You also need to purchase either a paperback copy of the Let the Light Shine or a Kindle copy on your Kindle/iPhone/Smartphone.


To enter, you’ll need to take two photos of your paperback copy of Let the Light Shine, or of your electronic reading device (Kindle/iPad/Smartphone) clearly displaying:

PHOTO #1: The cover of Let the Light Shine .

PHOTO #2: The beginning of Part Four: Let the Light Shine.

THESE MUST BE ACTUAL PHOTOS OF YOUR READING DEVICE TAKEN IN SITU,
NOT SCREEN DUMPS, SAVED IMAGES FROM ELSEWHERE, OR PHOTOSHOPPED IMAGES.

Images suspected of being Photoshop or of having otherwise been manipulated to combine separate images into a single photo will be excluded.

You may post one pair of photos for each of the 14 days of the competition, ie you may enter up to, but no more than, 14 times. Multiple entries on any one day will be disqualified.


TO ENTER ON FACEBOOK.
These photos MUST be posted to your timeline with PUBLIC privacy settings. The post above each photo must state the following text:

“I’m reading Nick Alexander’s new novel Let the Light Shine, and I’m hoping to win a holiday for two in Nice as well!”

I, Nick Alexander, must be tagged in each of the entered photos and the tagline text otherwise I will not see the photo and it will not be included. If you don’t know how to do this, ask the neighbour’s kid. To tag me you will need to be my friend on Facebook and not simply follow my author page.
You can find me here: https://www.facebook.com/alexandernick

Non-public or untagged photos, or photos where the cover/chapter pages are illegible, or entries where the tagline text is missing, will not be considered for entry.

TO ENTER ON TWITTER

These photos MUST be tweeted to me @authornick. The post associated with each photo must state the following text:

@authornick I’m reading Nick Alexander’s new novel Let the Light Shine, and I’m hoping to win a holiday for two in Nice as well!”

You must tweet each of the photos @authornick otherwise I will not see the photo and it will not be included. If you don’t know how to do this, ask the neighbour’s kid.

Untagged photos, or photos where the cover/chapter pages are illegible, or entries where the tagline text is missing, will not be considered for entry.

TO ENTER ON INSTAGRAM

These photos MUST be adressed to me @authornickalexander. The post associated with each photo must state the following text:

@authornickalexander I’m reading Nick Alexander’s new novel Let the Light Shine, and I’m hoping to win a holiday for two in Nice as well!”

You must post each of the photos @authornickalexander otherwise I will not see the photo and it will not be included. If you don’t know how to do this, ask the neighbour’s kid.

Untagged photos, or photos where the cover/chapter pages are illegible, or entries where the tagline text is missing, will not be considered for entry.

JUDGING.

– Photos will be judged by Lolo and myself based on how aesthetically pleasing they are. Extra marks will be given for the quality of the photography, and how amusing/quirky they are.

– Photos may contain props, people, pets, monuments, or anything else you can think of to make your photo stand out, as long as the cover image and chapter title are clearly visible.

Out of all available posts, Lolo and I will each choose five favourite photos (though only one favourite entry from any single person) and each of these ten winners will receive one copy of Let the Light Shine, signed by me, dedicated to the person of your choice, and delivered to your door by mail.

– From these ten winners, one overall winner will be drawn at random from a hat, and this winner, the “overall” winner, will receive the following additional prize:

Up to seven nights accommodation in my holiday flat (www.nice-flat.com) in the centre of old Nice, France plus a non-negotiable contribution of £200 (or €230) towards travel costs for one or two people.

This sum will be reimbursed to you in cash on arrival in the apartment, either in GB pounds or in Euros depending on the winner’s preference.

Anyone unable or unwilling to travel to Nice, or unable to climb the stairs to the apartment, or not wishing to claim this prize for any other reason may choose an alternative prize of one £200/230€ Amazon gift voucher, however, this choice must be notified within 7 days of the close of the competition, and before flights have been purchased or dates in the accommodation confirmed.

Additional Terms and Conditions:

1. This prize draw is open to residents of the European Community aged 18 years or over, except personal friends or family of Nick Alexander. Continue reading

It’s out tomorrow! Sample #10

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As Penny joins the others in the lounge, Victoria is saying, “Apparently, they all come over here for the benefits, and that’s what’s really got to change if we don’t want them all coming over. Either that, or we need to get the control of our borders back.”

“Um,” Martin says, in a non-committal manner.

Despite Sander catching her eye and vaguely shaking his head, Penny asks, “So, who’s this then?” Continue reading

3 days to go. Sample #8

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They are walking along the seafront, restricted to a gentle amble by Marge’s presence. It’s a bracing October day, sunny and bright, but with icy gusts of wind that bring tears to their eyes. Because Penny is so behind schedule, and because Martin and Victoria are concerned about inconveniencing everyone with their visit, Martin has insisted on taking everyone out for lunch. Continue reading

4 days to go. Sample #7

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The next morning, Penny has barely stepped out of the shower when she hears Sander call out, “They’re here! They’ve arrived.”

She gasps – she’s way behind schedule – then wraps a towel around her middle, and runs up the three stairs that separate their bedroom from the main bathroom. As she passes Sander’s studio, she ducks in and joins him as he looks out of the window. Below them, Martin’s BMW is shuffling back and forth into a seemingly impossible parking space.

“Kiss?” Sander asks, turning to face her. Continue reading