Mon 30 October 2017

Writer Workshops - Mount Pleasant High School

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Routine, General and tagged with Indie Authors, Writer Workshops

Four Writer Workshops in one day - Supporing our Next Gen Writers

terran chronicles universe blog In March of this year I was invited to speak at the Michigan Reading Associations 61st annual event. It was at this event where I met Andy Schoenborn, a teacher of literacy at Mount Pleasant High School.

We immediately clicked, and are now great friends. Many of his ideals on life are similar to mine, as is his passion for writing and reading, in particular, science fiction.

Andy did not wait long to ask if I would be willing to attend his classes, to see what his students are doing, and to perhaps, inspire them. I was honored, and naturally, I said yes!

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Sun 24 September 2017

Terran Chronicles - Where does the time go?

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Routine, General and tagged with Indie Authors

Sept 2017 already - So much to do

terran chronicles universe blog I can’t believe it’s been six months since the last blog!  What used to be monthly event, became quarterly due to our hectic schedule. But now, it has been far too long! Well, #TeamTerran plans to address this issue, and return to regular blog posts. At the very least we are planning one for each quarter, with more in-between if something special arises.


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Tue 04 April 2017

March Madness for the Terran Chronicles Universe

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General

Speaker at the MRA, met great people and released a 6th novel

terran chronicles universe blog March is a crazy busy month for us at #TeamTerran.

First of all, we released the fifth book of the series, 'Voknor Diaries', along with its companion short story, 'Sharz Affect'. To top this off we released the 'Initiation Series' compilation, which includes the five main novels, five short stories, and two journals. At around 600,000 words, this is a massive eBook. This book released at an absurdly low price, for the event, and though the month of April, will be incrementally raised until it reaches its final price point.


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Wed 18 January 2017

Planning Ahead and Embracing Change

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General and tagged with Strategy, TeamTerran, Michigan Reading Association, Terran Chronicles - Series Two, Terran Chronicles Initation Series Compilation

 Terran Chronicles Universe Update - Looking ahead to 2017

terran chronicles universe blog I hope you all had a great Christmas, and have started 2017 safe and sound.

2016 has been a fantastic year for #TeamTerran. The year saw many of our plans fall into place, along with the commencement of new ideas; some rather long term ideas.

Here is the summary of the many projects that have been ongoing throughout 2016!

The 'Print Book' project was completed in 2015, thus giving us all of 2016 to review the success of those efforts. A complete year of statistics is important to us, and showcases the ups and downs of sales trends. The print books continue to do well locally, with a few selling here and there via Amazon. All in all, this has been an excellent experience, and one which has taught all of us at #TeamTerran many valuable lessons.


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Wed 07 September 2016

9/11 - Day of Infamy! Fifteen Years Ago

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in World at War and tagged with Day of Infamy, Sept 11, 911, 9/11, World Trade Center, 9/11/2001

 Fifteen years since 9/11, a September never forgotten

terran chronicles universe blog On September 11th of 2001, nineteen terrorists hijacked four large passenger aircraft. Two of these were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one striking each building. Another was flown into the Pentagon, with the final plane crashing in a field in Pennsylvania.

This day will forever be etched into the minds of, not only Americans, but of many people belonging to Western democracies.


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Tue 28 June 2016

Mamluk - Book Release

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing, eBook Marketing and tagged with Self-Publishing, marketing

 Mamluk – Emergence

terran chronicles universe blog It is the middle of 2016, and Team Terran have achieved another milestone. Mamluk is complete!

It was mid 2013 when Mamluk was first conceptualized, and then shelved as my focus shifted back to the Terran Chronicles Universe. This proved to be a great decision, as my brand continues to gain recognition thanks to the yearly release of a new novel in the series. Even though the writing of Mamluk was on hold, I was still able to discuss various elements and features with a handful of close friends, and make notes.


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Tue 29 March 2016

‘What Lies Beyond’ - Turning 50

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General and tagged with Indie Authors

Half a century of living and following my dreams

terran chronicles universe blog I was born on December 31st, 1965, thus at the end of last year, I turned 50!.

I do not feel 50, but then what is it supposed to feel like? I am fairly fit and healthy, to which I have to credit genetics, as I exercise rarely. I also eat all sorts of junk food, but then what writer does not eat junk food? My nemesis is chocolate, and cookies, along with soft drinks.

On the fitness side of things, I am able to run down the beach, or walk for miles, with the only issue being my knees which creak and groan. They, like many of my joints, are becoming painful as time wears on. The price to pay for adding another year to my life's history I suppose.


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Tue 08 December 2015

Terran Chronicles 2015 Recap and 2016 Plans

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General and tagged with Self-Publishing

How was 2015 and where is Terran Chronicles going in 2016

terran chronicles universe blog 2015 has been an amazing year for the Terran Chronicles Universe. Team Terran has been busy.

The fourth book of the series, 'Alliance', along with its companion story 'End of Times', were released.

The first four books of the series are now available in print, via Amazon and CreateSpace. The short stories have been bundled with the main novels as bonus material. The only works not in print are the two journals. They will not go into print until the third Journal, 'Golward's Findings', is written. The current plan is to bundle these three stories in one book. This third Journal is slated to be released soon after book seven, so it will be a while. Even the title for book seven is a closely guarded secret at this time.

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Tue 10 November 2015

Read, Rate, and Review

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing, eBook Marketing, General and tagged with Reviews, Self-Publishing, social media, marketing

Author Feedback and the importance of Reviews

terran chronicles universe blog Reviews are an integral, and often important, part of most people's purchasing decisions. In the past, we would ask friends and family for their opinions on various things. These days, with the explosion of the internet phenomenon, we are able to get the thoughts and opinions of more people, sometimes a lot more people.

Massive companies spend vast amounts of time, effort, and energy, in capturing these reviews, so as to inform their customers that not only do they think their products they are selling are great, so do thousands of others. Amazon is one of these companies, and their eBook Kindle program is world leading.


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Wed 14 October 2015

The World Did Not End

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing, General and tagged with Self-Publishing, marketing

Making a Positive from a Negative

terran chronicles universe blog Well here we are; it's October 2015 and the world did not end last month as so many people had predicted.

The same can be said for indie authors, artists, musicians, and others who are deemed to be non-professionals in their hobbies or work. When a person posts a bad review of their work, the stars will still shine in the night sky, and the sun will still rise the next day. This also applies to work that is released, and then after the fact, mistakes are noticed or brought to their attention. The world will not end!

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Mon 21 September 2015

A Day at the Races

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in eBook Marketing, General and tagged with marketing

Demolition Derby Day

terran chronicles universe blog Demolition derbies are a blast to watch. Cars of all shapes and sizes race around a confined track, mashing into each other. Each driver attempts to keep their car running, so that they can cross the finish line first. Many cars get swept to one side, and end up stuck in protective mounds of dirt. Yet others find themselves hit so hard, that one part or another fails, rendering their vehicles 'out of the race'.

This year I paid special attention to one particular vehicle. Half Fast Racing's car number seven. Jeff and Austin own, operate, and drive this thing that barely resembles a vehicle anymore, around these tricky, and sometimes dangerous tracks.


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Mon 03 August 2015

Alliance release - Are you ready?

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing, eBook Marketing, General and tagged with marketing

Terran Chronicles - Initiation Series

terran chronicles universe blog For this month's blog, I shall indulge myself, and talk about the Terran Chronicles Universe.

The fourth book of the Terran Chronicles Universe releases on August 5th. This is a global release, such is the power available at the hands of the meekest of authors. The eBook version of this story will be available on Amazon, iTunes, and Smashwords on this day. Nook, Kobo, and Flipkart, will follow shortly thereafter.

Alliance took more than two years to write, and is my most ambitious effort to date. Many of the questions raised in the earlier books are answered, while new ones are raised. A new race is tentatively introduced, with but the barest of hints as to their origins, and even less is revealed about their current whereabouts.

What follows is a brief overview of what has transpired, and of what is yet to come.


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Wed 08 July 2015

Writing Genre - What’s yours?

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General and tagged with Indie Authors

Authors and what they write

terran chronicles universe blog There are numerous categories in the literary world, seemingly an almost endless list. Starting off with the basics, all works are designated as either non-fiction or fiction. We assign a suitable age range to the work, and then from there, the options continue.

Fact based books range from historical and scientific journals, to autobiographies, and cover a wide range of topics.

Fiction is broken down into many subcategories. Some of these include; Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, and Thrillers. Romance is the most popular, with Mysteries/Thrillers and Nonfiction coming in close together at second and third. Science Fiction and Fantasy are next, followed by Children's books and Literary Fiction who are also close in sales.


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Mon 01 June 2015

Embedded Marketing - Product Placement - Get Results with the Right Company Part II

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General and tagged with marketing

You need the right team behind you and that should include John Fluke

terran chronicles universe blog "Product placement is the subtle, or sometimes not so subtle, inclusion of merchandise in a movie, photograph, or even in a book."

 In February of this year I touched on JoDee Randall's company, Show Style Brands, and how she has successfully placed products in many television shows. I also mentioned her extensive list of contacts, and many friends.  John Fluke, the CEO of Placed4success, is one of these people.


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Wed 29 April 2015

'Religious Freedom Restoration Act' - What were they thinking?

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in General

Let us return to a unified country

terran chronicles universe blogFirstly, I do not in any way intend to offend anyone, however, this blog deals with a volatile and touchy subject.

Secondly, I wish to state that the views expressed in this blog, are my own.

Finally, I am, and always have been, an advocate of equality for all, no matter the person's race, gender, religion, or any other measure which separates one human being from another.

Those who are reading my Terran Chronicles Universe series will begin to notice that I have incorporated my own personal message into my work, one of unity.

With all that being said, I shall begin.


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Tue 14 April 2015

April is a special month to me

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Reviews & Ratings, Self Publishing, Routine and tagged with Self-Publishing, social media, Indie Authors

Reflecting in the month of April

terran chronicles universe blogThe month begins with a volley of 'April fool's' jokes. Some of these puns are extremely witty and well thought out, others not so much. But rest assured, between Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and all the other social media that exists, we will get to see many of these practical jokes get played out. I rarely create any April fool's hoaxes, but who knows what the future holds.

In the Southern Hemisphere, April marks the beginning of Autumn, or Fall as it is better known in America. Conversely, for the Northern Hemisphere, April marks the end of Winter, and return to warmer weather. I relish these warmer days as I get to ride my motorbike along the scenic roadways of Northern Michigan.


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Tue 24 March 2015

Technology Detox in 5570 miles over 15 days

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Routine and tagged with Technology Detox

Laying down the miles to free the mind

terran chronicles universe blogTechnology Detox - What would you do to get away from your many screens and refresh your life? Well... I tried a 5570 mile road trip, and what a success it was.

Escaping our ice covered home in Mansitee with our bikes, and then riding them all over the Florida sunshine state certainly invigorated me.

I'd like to share some of our vacation's highlights with you.


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Sat 07 February 2015

Embedded Marketing - Product Placement - Get Results with the Right Company

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing, eBook Marketing and tagged with marketing

You need the right team behind you.

terran chronicles universe blogProduct placement is the subtle, or sometimes not so subtle, inclusion of merchandise in a movie, photograph, or even in a book. An early example is in the novel, 'Around the World in Eighty days' where various transport companies made efforts to be mentioned.

Advertisers have constantly sought new and innovative ways to get the goods and services they represent in front of as many people as possible. While radio created some fresh prospects, the advent of television opened up a whole new medium. Advertisements began to appear before, and after, the shows played. It did not take long for advertising agencies to realize that other opportunities existed, thus embedded marketing was born. The latest movies are filled with numerous examples, ranging from the beer or soft drink that is being consumed, to objects which are in the background. When an actor opens up a laptop, the brand is often displayed, prior to the viewer seeing the movie related content on its screen.


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Tue 27 January 2015

Recap of Terran Chronicles 2014 and what’s coming for 2015

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing and tagged with Self-Publishing, Indie Authors

2014 was a great year for Team Terran

terran chronicles universe blogThe short stories, 'Jie's World' and 'Emma's Legacy', were completed and released. Emma's Legacy is the second of three special Journal style works; it offers an insight into events far in the future.

2014 saw a behind the scenes transition for the Apple/iTunes versions of my work. The major reason for going direct was to gain a greater control of my eBooks on the iTunes platform. We were successful. Release times have dropped from weeks, to days.

Another major initiative for 2014 has been the start of the conversion process to print versions of the Terran Chronicles Novels. We are using CreateSpace, an Amazon company, for these books. As a part of this process the main novels' associated short story is being included with each book.

Book One, 'First Contact', with 'Johnny's Jaunt', is now available in print.


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Tue 23 December 2014

Amazon’s CreateSpace

Posted by James Jackson. This article was posted in Self Publishing

An Indie Author's Experience of 'Going to Print'

terran chronicles universe blogMany authors want to see their books in print form. This used to mean sitting around and waiting for a publishing company to 'discover' their work. Along comes the digital age and with it, the time of the 'indie author'. Individuals suddenly gain the ability to self-publish their writings, which has seen a measurable drop in print book sales. But the days of books are far from over, and in keeping pace with this ever changing market, Amazon's CreateSpace allows indie authors to self-publish in print.

Firstly though, what is an indie author?


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