What was that you said about Book Reviews?

Wednesday’s webinar, “Book Reviews: The Cornerstone of Marketing Your Self-Published Book” was one of our most popular webinars ever! If you missed it, we’ve linked a recording of the webinar below.

Find out how many book reviews it takes before Amazon’s algorithms will recommend your book in the “also bought” category! (…and how to go about finding people in the Amazon system to review your books.)

We hope you enjoy “Reviews: The Cornerstone of Marketing Your Self-Published Book”, and don’t forget to sign up for our next free interactive webinar (Wednesday, March 12), “The Video Book Trailer: Bringing Your Book to Life.”

Webinar Video:
Book Reviews: The Cornerstone of Marketing Your Self-Published Book

As noted in the 11am webinar, here are links to help you in your search for indie book reviews:
The Indie Reviews List: This page provides links to where Indie books are reviewed
List of book review blogs on BlogNation




Webinar Recap: What Every Self-Publishing Author Should Know About Print-On-Demand

In our recent webinar, What Every Self-Publishing Author Should Know About Print-On-Demand, we discussed considerations to keep in mind when preparing Print-on-Demand (POD) books for sale. Among these were presentation, interior formatting costs, cover design hints, CreateSpace™ and Ingram Spark / Lightening Source set up fees, trim size and standard formats, and pricing your POD correctly.

In case you missed it (or want to watch it again!), you can catch the full webinar below.

Are you considering a POD book sale or have questions not addressed in the webinar? Let us know in the comments below.

2014-01-29 11.00 WaveCloud Wednesday Webinar_ What Every Self-Publishing Author Should Know About Print-On-Demand

WaveCloud to attend GENRE-LA™

January 29, 2014

Denver, CO – WaveCloud Publishing will be joining the biggest weekend of 2014 for Literary and Screenplay Writers in Los Angeles. This unique conference, GENRE-LA™, is for writers devoted to the craft and business of writing in specific genres such as: Thrillers and Mysteries, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Romance and Erotica, Y/A, Historical Fiction, Historical Nonfiction, Biographies, True Crime, Memoirs, Spiritual, Self-Help, LGBT, and Urban.

Starting Saturday February 8th, GENRE-LA™ will be hosting workshops, panels, seminars, and pitch-sessions featuring industry experts, educators, publishing professionals, agents and best-selling authors. Join WaveCloud Publishing CMO Bill VanOrsdel on Saturday at 2pm PST when he presents:

What Every New Author Needs to Know
(about self-publishing)
BEFORE Writing a Book.

WaveCloud will be available during the conference for one-on-one conversations about self-publishing and how we can help guide you through the process.  We hope to see you there!

About WaveCloud Publishing

As an author’s trusted partner, WaveCloud’s mission is to teach authors about the industry’s best practices for publishing success while delivering professional services to ensure authors reach their self-publishing goals. WaveCloud offers expert guidance and guarantees that an author’s work will receive the best possible treatment to maximize its success.


Bill Van Orsdel, Chief Marketing Officer
WaveCloud Publishing Corporation


Webinar Recap: Don’t Pay for eBook Conversion Until You Know These 3 Things…

If you’re an author and have ever asked yourself, “What formats do I need to upload my ebook to Amazon?” or “How can I make sure my ebook looks good?”, you’re not alone. Many self-publishing authors find themselves confused when it comes to preparing their manuscript for ebook conversion and distribution.

On December 4th, CMO Bill Van Orsdel hosted our very first in what will be a series of self-publishing webinars. In Don’t Pay for eBook Conversion Until you Know These 3 Things…, Bill unscrambled the industry’s confusing requirements for book conversion. The topics covered included; the 5 key formats for each distribution channel, which formats can be ignored, what to consider when formatting for print-on-demand books, and how to weigh Digital Rights Management (DRM) choices.

We had a great turnout, as many attended both the 11 AM PST and 5 PM PST session. Authors walked away with more knowledge and insight to help them move forward with book conversion.

“I just finished watching a seminar presented by Bill Van Orsdel on ebook conversion. It was outstanding. The material was very relevant and his presentation and insights are to be commended. Your company is promoting itself in a truly American Fashion. No gimmicks, no cons, and you’re not ‘predators’  like so many others… My thanks again! Keep up the good work.”      ~ Mike G.

Thanks to all of you who attended! We are excited and thrilled to help so many of you as you tackle the world of self-publishing. Helping writers become successful authors is our #1 priority.

If you were unable to attend or you would like to view the webinar again, the recording is now available on the WaveCloud YouTube Channel and on Vimeo.

Tell us what you think, request a topic you would like to learn more about, or ask questions about the information covered in this webinar at authorinfo@wavecloud.com. We’ll be happy to follow up with you.

Blogging NaNoWriMo: Writer hits 50,000 words!

Our favorite NaNoWriMo author, Angela W, achieved the nearly impossible on November 18th… she hit her 50,000 word goal! We are in awe of her dedication to her writing, her hard work, and the fearless way she tackled the NaNoWriMo challenge!  This is the update Angela sent to me after hitting her goal:

This week I learned that even though I had my whole novel planned out, notes taken, plots figured out, and had the ending planned to a T, it doesn’t always go the way you think it should. The characters controlled my novel. They had different plans for the way their story took shape. What I planned to happen flew out of the window. The character that I wanted to “go crazy” didn’t. The character I least expected did. That twist of events added a whole new idea to their world.

We are puppets to our characters. They control their own world. We just share their story.

I’m a huge Layne Staley fan. This week, I gave a nod to my favorite musician in this novel. An idea to one of his lyrics found its way into my novel.

Hats off to you, Angela… amazing work you’ve done. (Especially considering you got rid of the first 1,300 words you wrote and started over.) You ROCK, and we are looking forward to your update this week!

Blogging NaNoWriMo 2013, Week Two

In 12 years NaNoWriMo has gone from a small group of 21 writers to a program that, over the course of this year, will involve approximately 400,000 writers worldwide.

At NaNoWriMo.org, over 300,000 participants are signed up to formally challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel this month. The organization also runs Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July with roughly 20,000 participants, and they have a Young Writers Program for writers aged 17 and under during November NaNoWriMo. These young writers set personal goals instead of hitting a 50,000 word count goal, and last year they had 80,000 participants. Eighty Thousand young people actively took on the challenge of improving their writing and embracing their creativity. NaNoWriMo.org helps people, young and old, discover things that they might not otherwise see in themselves. Not only does this challenge develop better writing skills and habits, but it gives an opportunity for goal setting, personal accomplishment, and success through hard work. This is so much more than just writing.

Let’s get an update about our favorite NaNoWriMo 2013 writer, Angela W. Following her journey is fun, and this week she proves she is tougher than the flu!

This week has definitely tested my dedication as a writer. Flu Season is going around and I happened to get a day of it. I missed two days of writing, and last night I caught up and actually wrote enough for four days. I got caught up in the moment and let the words flow.

The funniest word I used this week was numpty. Since there was a scene in my novel, of London, I thought I would choose a word that a person from London would use. I also wrote my very first murder scene. It was rather sad watching my sweet, loving character get shot, but it had to be done to move the story along. No one ever said that writing was easy, and I am a strong supporter of that.

Thank you, Angela. Hoping you continue to find ways to challenge yourself with new situations in plot development. Way to knock it out of the park when you started feeling better and let the words flow!

(Also, I had to look up “numpty.” Oh, the irony!)

WaveCloud Joins Big Names In Self Publishing This Weekend!

November 7, 2013

Denver, CO – On Saturday, November 9th at Hotel Pennsylvania in NYC, WaveCloud will join other exhibitors such as BiblioCrunch, Indie Reader, Kirkus Book Reviews, Kobo, LuLu, Publishers Weekly, and many more for the 2013 Self-Publishing Book Expo. Celebrating the 5th Anniversary, aspiring and published authors will come together to learn more about self-publishing success and how to market their book. Other attendees will include industry leaders that will host a variety of seminars and panels for authors to choose from and attend. This will be a great event to network, meet other authors and industry leaders, and gain insight about self-publishing success.

WaveCloud’s chief executives, Scott French and Bill Van Orsdel, will be available at Booth #2 to engage in one-on-one conversations about self-publishing and the industry’s best practices for already published and aspiring authors alike. Stop by, meet the guys and learn how WaveCloud can help you maneuver through the process of self-publishing

Self Publishing Book Expo, SPBE 2013, SPBE NYC, www.selfpubbookexpo.com


About WaveCloud

As an author’s trusted partner, WaveCloud’s mission is to teach authors about the industry’s best practices for publishing success while delivering professional services to ensure authors reach their self-publishing goals. WaveCloud offers expert guidance and guarantees that an author’s work will receive the best possible treatment to maximize it’s success.

Bill Van Orsdel, Chief Marketing Officer
WaveCloud Corporation

NaNoWriMo 2013 Kickoff Party!

WaveCloud had a lot of fun kicking off National Novel Writing Month with the Denver Nanos! Thank you so much for sharing the evening with us over at the Innovation Pavilion.

Good luck to all NaNoWriMo 2013 participants on making 50,000 words.
We’d love to hear about your writing adventure in the comments!

(Click on thumbnails for full resolution pictures)

(Check our blog daily during November for encouragement calendar updates!)

WaveCloud attends Digital Author & Self-Publishing Conference

WaveCloud is pleased to be attending the Digital Author & Self-Publishing Conference in Los Angeles, CA October 12 and 13, 2013.

What is the Digital Author & Self-Publishing Conference all about? From their website:

“The Digital Author and Self-Publishing Conference is a full weekend focused on the new paradigms for authors in an increasingly digital world where the publishing giants are Amazon, Apple, Book Baby, Smashwords, and other digital resources, rather than the “Big Five” Publishers. The conference offers highly informative, educational and inspirational sessions tailored for today’s authors, presented in a progressive manner, so you learn all weekend.”

April So and Sean Peery look forward to meeting and talking with aspiring authors and published writers, publishers, and agents that stop by the WaveCloud booth. Stop by and discuss future projects, WaveCloud author services, and the future WaveCloud sees for authors.

April will be tweeting a few updates, look for @WaveCloudBooks  on Twitter with the hashtags #WCWC and #AS.

We are sharing the pdf’s that we’ll be handing out on USB to authors at the conference. We hope you find them helpful, and when searching for a trusted partner to help implement your creative vision you remember WaveCloud.

WaveCloud Self Publishing Services PDF

WaveCloud Guide To Bringing Your Book To Market PDF

Need Some Motivation? Check Out These Great Novels Born Out Of NaNoWriMo!

If this is your first year participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) you might be a bit intimidated by the 50,000-word goal. Sometimes a little motivation is all you need. We have compiled a list of some great novels written for the NaNoWriMo challenge from years past. Check them out over the next couple weeks to give yourself a little confidence as you prepare to start writing!

Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater RhodesPersistence of Memory ebook cover

Published in 2008, Persistence of Memory is by popular YA  (young adult) author, Amelia Atwater Rhodes. In this novel, Erin is a sixteen-year-old suffering from various mental health problems, one of which creates another personality. “Shevaun” is Erin's vicious alter ego and is threatening to ruin Erin's life. Soon however, it becomes apparent that Shevaun is actually a vampire who doesn't like being attached to Erin. So much so, that Shevaun is determined to fully destroy Erin and break the link between them.

From the Ashes by Jeremy Burns From the Ashes ebook cover

A thriller that takes a page from favorites like Di Vinci Code, From The Ashes by Jeremy Burns is a fast pace thriller that tells the story of grad-student brothers Jonathan and Michael Rickner. When Michael is found dead and Jonathan finds evidence to suggest something other than the “suicide” that authorities have labeled it as, he teams up with Michael's fiancé Mara as they uncover the truth behind the research that got Michael killed. Delving into a past conspiracy involving J. Edgar Hoover, the Rockefeller family and Nazi Germany, Michael and Mara soon uncover more than they ever could have imagined. “…Jon and Mara must navigate a complex web of historical cover-ups and modern-day subterfuge, outwitting and outrunning their all-powerful pursuers as they race through the monuments and museums of Manhattan in a labyrinthine treasure hunt to discover the last secret of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., before their enemies can bury the truth – and them – forever.” – From The Ashes

Self Storage by Gayle BrandeisSelf Storage: A Novel ebook cover

Self Storage is a journey of self-discovery by Flan, a young housewife who buys and resells items from abandoned storage units while her husband works on his PhD. When Flan wins the bid on a mysterious box that contains only an address and a note with the word “yes”, she embarks on a journey to find her own yes in life. It leads her to unexpected places and gives her the desire to discover the stories of those around her as well. Flan finds herself intrigued by her Afghani neighbor, which comes with disastrous consequences. Brandeis' story intertwines Flan's journey with Walt Whitman and the impact of societal views after 9/11.

Water for Elephants by Sara GruenWater for Elephants (mass market e-book): ebook cover

Yes, this wonderful book originated from NaNoWriMo! If you haven't had a chance to read it, it is an ideal choice for a little writing motivation. Set during the Great Depression, Water for Elephants tells the story of Jacob Jankowski, a young veterinary school student who, after the death of his parents, finds himself with no prospects and runs away with a circus. There he quickly becomes integrated into the circus life of the 1930's and is made the show's veterinarian despite never finishing school. The show's very married starlet, Marlena, catches his eye and Jacob must battle with his feelings toward her.

Something Strange and Deadly ebook cover Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Another young adult pick, author Susan Dennard burst onto the scene with this debut novel written for National Novel Writing Month. The Dead are rising in Philadelphia and sixteen-year old Eleanor has a feeling her missing brother has a hand in it. Teaming up with the Spirit-Hunters, a group hired to protect the city from the Dead, Eleanor works to stop the Dead and save her brother. This is an enchanting steam-punk tale of zombies that combines romance and adventure. A great motivator for your own debut novel!

In His Eyes by Emmie Dark In His Eyes ebook cover

When Zoe Waters' grandfather suddenly passes away, she finds herself back home, trying to sort out the estate. Deciding what to do with the old vineyard proves difficult when Zoe's old high school boyfriend Hugh wants to buy the place. Hugh and Zoe had a bad break up when Zoe left town all those years ago. When Hugh discovers he wasn't told the truth behind Zoe's leaving, they must come to terms with what happened, who is really to blame and whether or not they can learn to trust again. A pleasant yet realistic romance, In His Eyes is another great example of what great work can come out of NaNoWriMo.

Now get to writing!