Matthew 17:20, my favorite verse. "... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Press Release for Abandoned Hearts Study Guide

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**                                                                  

New Approach/Purity Study Guide for Youth Groups

February 17, 2012

Local author, Regina Tittel, has again caught the interest of the public eye. Her latest written release, co-authored with her husband, Jerad Tittel, is a study guide that supports abstinence until marriage. This guide is designed as an optional tool to accompany Abandoned Hearts.

Regina's debut novel, Abandoned Hearts, wowed fans across the United States with her ability to weave an edgy, suspenseful tale, and tackle important issues in a meaningful, yet, non-intrusive way. The study guide is built on this platform, taking each student back into the story to relate to the characters and their actions in a way that is thought provoking and life-changing.

As one youth leader commented, the study guide is fresh and new and will be a useful tool in the hands of youth leaders everywhere as they challenge their students in the area of purity.

The Abandoned Hearts Study Guide Packet can be purchased through the following local stores and her website:  Hastings, Cape Girardeau, MO; Neveah Faith, Fredericktown, MO; The Oasis Bookstore, Farmington, MO; www.reginatittel.etsy.com

For larger orders of five or more, contact Regina personally for a discounted price at www.reginatittel@gmail.com

Regina is also available for interview.


Regina Tittel


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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Benefits of Publishing a Free Book

If you download Smashwords free Marketing Guide, you'll read that offering a book for free will greatly boost your sales. An author/friend of mine proved this to be true. In less than a month, her free book received 10,000 downloads and even after she repriced her book, her sales continued to rise, selling as many as 27 a day.

I'm now trying this method with my short historical, Love For Lenore. Though it's only offered for free right now at Smashwords, Amazon will soon catch on and reduce the .99 price to free. Already, I've noticed an increase in sales at Smashwords with my other novels. In the book blurb for Lenore, I encouraged the consumer that if they liked this author's voice, to check out her other books, Abandoned Hearts and Unexpected Kiss.

Some of you may be thinking you can't afford to offer a free novel, I'm here to tell you, you can't afford not to. Even if it's only for a month, you'll make more money in the long run. Also, who says you have to offer a full-length novel? I wrote Love For Lenore simply for this reason, to offer it free and draw more readers to my other works. How long does it have to be? Lenore is only 10,000 words. In the first day alone, 148 Smashwords users downloaded a copy of this short-story.

Here's what I recommend, go to Smashwords, download Love For Lenore and take notes. Notice how I easily wrapped up a complete story in such a short way, then do the same!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

How to Format

The making of my study guide.

This was not for the faint of heart. I found out too far in to this project that my heart couldn't call faint. Shucks. It was a lot, I repeat, a lot of hard work. But if you purchase this study guide, you will see it was well worth it.

To start with, I opened the preferred clipart in photo shop adobe. Since a bleed to edge 6x9 document needs a 6.125 x 9.25 format, I copied the middle of my clip art (without the scroll work) and stretched it to fit. I then pasted the chosen full clipart on top to the size that would allow me to keep any of the scroll work from being cut off. This took a lot of trial and error. I would save it and load it into createspace's interior reviewer and check how close I was.

But I'm jumping ahead. I pasted the clipart on top of the enlarged background clipart. I also saved this two ways. One as right side, then I flipped it horizontally and saved it as the left side. That gave the nice effect of the scroll work coming out of the binding on both sides. Note: I saved them as jpegs, high/8.

From there, I opened my study guide in word document, I selected 'insert picture.' Depending on which side of the document I was saving this to would determine right or left picture. I had to do this to every page, individually. I'm sure there is an easier way, but to have the right and left pictures, this was the only way I found to work with what I had.

After the picture is inserted, click 'wrap text' in your tool bar then, 'behind text.' This enables your pre-typed words to show over the top of the picture. If a text box doesn't show over it, click on the edge of the text box, then click 'grouping' and choose 'order,' 'bring to front.'

I saved this finally as a pdf.
The study guide will be available for purchase through my website www.reginatittel.etsy.com some time next wee.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Writing Historical v/s Contemporary

I am currently writing a short historical that I plan to offer for free. I've never written historicals before but the comments of my crit partners leave me to believe I'm on the right path. One of them, Mildred Colvin, mentioned the difference is being able to imagine yourself in that time period. So yes, I see a covered wagon, women in long dresses, and oil or candles are used for light.
Also something to remember is the pattern of speech. If you've read many historicals, they often pronouce most all of their words rather than using contractions. That's a hard one for me to transition to, but I'm trying.

If you have any other suggestions of the difference between these two types of writings, please leave a comment.