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Like many who enjoy the fantasy genre, Akers started reading it as an adolescent. He was fascinated with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He currently enjoys reading works by Dean Koontz, Heather Brewer, J.K. Rowling, and Rick Riordan. Akers enjoys creating a fantasy world with compelling storylines, while injecting humor and a touch of drama into the action as he did with his first book Terra Vonnel and the Skulls of Aries, which has received rave reviews. "I start every story with this thought: Where can I take my audience now? To me it's about the journey, the escape into a world filled with the fantastic and the unexpected. There is nothing like an adventure that takes you further from reality with every turn of the page." D.C. Akers was born in Texas and after spending several years working in accounting, Akers began to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a writer.

HAVEN: REVENGE OF THE VIPER – CHAPTER 1

Written by dcakers@dc-akers.com on February 7th, 2014. Posted in Haven News, Haven Shorts Series

HAVEN Wattpad Chapter 1Read Haven: Revenge of the Viper CHAPTER 1 exclusively on Wattpad today!

Revenge of the Viper is (Book #2) in the Bestselling series HAVEN, following A Stranger Magic (BOOK #1) which is available for FREE at Amazon.comBarnes and NobleKobo BooksIBooks/Itunes, and Smashwords. Make sure to LIKE/SHARE with your friends!

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J.K. Rowling Regrets Hermione-Ron Romance in Harry Potter

Written by dcakers@dc-akers.com on February 5th, 2014. Posted in Indie Writers News

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Well all writers regret something after a book has been published. But for J.K. Rowling it was a big one. In fact, I have always wondered about it myself. Hermione and Ron… why? I guess I wasn’t alone.

Seven years after the beloved Harry Potterbook series came to an end, author J.K. Rowling has revealed that she regrets turning characters Hermione Granger with Ron Weasley into a couple.

In a Wonderland magazine interview with guest editor Emma Watson, who played the brainy Hermione in eight films, Rowling admitted that she thinks Potter and Granger would have been a better pairing.

“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really,” Rowling, 48, told Watson, 23. “For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”

Read more here

HAVEN: A STRANGER MAGIC HITS #1 ON WATTPAD IN FANTASY AND MYSTERY/THRILLERS

Written by dcakers@dc-akers.com on February 3rd, 2014. Posted in Haven News

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Thank you to all the HAVEN FANS on WATTPAD for making HAVEN: A Stranger Magic #1 in Fantasy and Mystery/Thrillers! You guys are AWESOME!

Wattpad is the world’s largest community for discovering and sharing stories. It’s a new form of entertainment connecting readers and writers through storytelling, and best of all, it’s entirely free. With thousands of new stories added every day, an incredibly active community of readers, and the ability to read on your computer, phone, or tablet, Wattpad is the only place that offers a truly social, and entirely mobile reading experience.

HAVEN: REVENGE OF THE VIPER – COMING MARCH 1, 2014

Written by dcakers@dc-akers.com on January 31st, 2014. Posted in Haven News

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Get ready Haven fans, the Viper is coming! Haven: Revenge of the Viper (book 2) will be available March 1, 2014 at the following online retailers:

Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Kobo Books, IBooks/Itunes, and Smashwords.

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The Great War of Haven ended thirteen years ago but Alisa Dalcome is about to discover that the war did not end for her. Placed on Earth as a sleeper agent for the Majesty of Haven, Alisa had one objective—protect the portal keys at all costs. In the wrong hands the magical keys could jeopardize the safety of everyone on Haven. But Alisa’s relocation was more than just Majesty business; it was also a chance for her to escape her enemies, enemies that still wanted her dead. Alisa wasn’t thinking about herself when she left Haven, she was thinking about her children Sam and Sarah. The Great War had already taken her husband Rylan; she would be damned if she would let it take her children too. But what Alisa didn’t count on was her inquisitive son Sam and his friend Travis. Sam’s world has turned upside down after discovering magic is real. After barely escaping the caves Sam begins to piece together the past day’s events when he stumbles onto his mother’s secret past. With the clues mounting, Sam must dig deeper to uncover the truth that could change his life forever.

But Sam doesn’t realize that his mother’s past has already caught up with them. Hidden within the shadows nearby is Haven’s most malevolent predator—the Viper. A hunter forged from the blackest of magic, it watches, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Can Sam uncover the truth in time or will his mother’s past collide with the present placing them all in grave danger?

Revenge of the Viper is (Book #2) in the Bestselling series HAVEN, following A Stranger Magic (BOOK #1) which is available as a FREE download on Amazon! 

 

51YcfWk9BfL__SL500_AA300_PIaudible,BottomRight,13,73_AA300_Haven: A Stranger Magic Audiobook is now available at Amazon.com, Audible.com and ITunes! Listen to a sample today for free!

FREE GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a FREE Haven: A Stranger Magic Audiobook by simply entering your email address in the FOLLOW BLOG via EMAIL section in the right hand corner. Winners will be announced 02/01/2013.

Sam Dalcome thinks he is so completely average that no one ever notices him. Until he discovers a mysterious stranger outside his home. Bewildered, he tries to uncover the stranger’s intentions. But Sam is sidetracked when he and his friend Travis discover a secret passageway deep in the town’s quarry that leads to a hidden cavern. What they uncover next will not only change their lives forever, but will uncover the first clue to a deadly Dalcome family secret. Sam finds himself drawn into a world of mystery and magic he never knew existed, which brings him closer to a destiny he never knew was possible.

Haven Series:

Known as a place of refuge, Haven is a sanctuary for those with supernatural abilities. Decades of peace between the Witches, Vampires, Goblins, Elves, and Orcs is coming to an end. Now the once tranquil world is shrouded in deception and corruption. Dark secrets tear at the very fabric of their alliance giving way to an evil that stirs in the shadows. Exhilarating and utterly gripping, the Haven series is an action-packed journey full of suspense, magic, mystery, and intrigue.

Narrator: Lauren Harris
Studio Mix: Lauren Harris
Dark Times Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Satiate Percussion Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Lauren Harris

Lauren Harris does an amazing job bringing the #1 Amazon Best Seller to life.  Lauren is a fantasy writer, voice actress, and the co-creator of Parsec Award Finalist Pendragon Variety Podcast. She is also the fantasy review columnist for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. Her short story “The Incident of the Clockwork Mikoshi” will appear in the steampunk anthology Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences in late 2013. Her voice acting can be heard on Audible.com and fiction podcasts such as EscapePod and The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine.

Amazon’s #1 Best Selling Fantasy Fiction Novella is now available at Amazon.comBarnes and NobleKobo BooksIBooks/Itunes, and Smashwords.

If you already have a copy, get a new one! Each version (PRINT and DIGITAL) have been reformatted. You will love the new look. Also when you buy the PRINT copy of Haven: A Stranger Magic at Amazon.com you still get the DIGITAL copy in a bundle package for FREE.

A WRITER’S RESOURCE TO HELP SHOW AND TELL WITH DESCRIPTIVE WORDS

Written by dcakers@dc-akers.com on January 13th, 2014. Posted in Indie Writers News

CoverThis is a little something that I put together with several of my author friends and now it’s time to share.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned writer, most of us struggle with the age old battle of “Show. Don’t tell”.  But let’s face it—sometimes you have to tell and when you do, it needs to be in a way that captures the reader’s attention and draws them into the world you are trying to create. Coming up with descriptive words can sometimes be a challenge, not to mention knowing where to start.

Well now there is Word Bank. Word Bank is a great writing tool to help you, the writer, be descriptive whether you are trying to show or tell. Word Bank has been designed with the writer in mind; it’s a quick-no frills reference tool with an easy-to-use navigation list. Just select the word you are trying to describe from the table of contents such as “eyes” and get a wonderful list of creative ways to describe a person’s eyes. Then choose what you like from the list or mix and match to come up with your own descriptive style.

What makes Word Bank so powerful is that it’s created by many contributors, not just one person. Word Bank is updated quarterly at no additional charge for those who have already purchased it, so if you have fantastic descriptive words that you would like to share and have included, submission is just a click away.

P.S.

I would like to thank all the authors and individuals who have contributed to this project. Your endless hours of time, knowledge and ideas have culminated in the completion of this wonderful resource.

Always,
D.C. Akers

Smashwords Signs Distribution Agreement with Scribd

Written by dcakers@dc-akers.com on December 20th, 2013. Posted in Indie Writers News

scribdbuttonSmashwords today announced a distribution agreement with Scribd, which operates one of the world’s largest publishing platforms and online reading communities.  Scribd receives over 80 million monthly readers to their platform according to their website.

There are two distribution components to the Smashwords agreement with Scribd.  1. Smashwords will supply books to Scribd’s new ebook subscription service, where for $8.99 per month subscribers can enjoy unlimited reading.  2. Smashwords ebooks will also be available for individual sale to Scribd customers under our standard retailer terms.

Ever since Scribd launched in 2007, I’ve admired their publishing platform, their social reading technology and their commitment to content creators.  Scribd has built a massive audience of millions of readers, and these readers are now accessible to the 70,000+ authors and publishers that distribute with Smashwords.

Scribd’s roots are in community publishing. They’ve been a pioneer in user generated content, and in making it possible for content creators to share their works with the world.  Their platform makes it easy for people around the world to upload documents, presentations and books, and they’ve always done a great job of making the content discoverable, readable and sharable.

Back in October, I wrote a two-part blog post in which I named Scribd as one of the leading examples of the new breed of ebook subscription services that aim to do for ebooks what Netflix did for filmed entertainment and what Spotify did for streamed music.

Over the last year, they’ve developed a compelling subscription ebook service.  For a low monthly subscription of only $8.99, readers can enjoy a massive catalog of ebooks, and a frictionless reading environment where book price is not a deciding factor.  Readers can enjoy unlimited reading on-demand.

Visit the Scribd home page and it’s immediately apparent they’re positioning their entire business around ebooks.  They’re working to convert their 80 milllion monthly visitors to subscribers for your benefit.
Scribd is going to provide an incredible level of support to Smashwords authors, and I trust every Smashwords author will want to be involved and support their efforts.
Scribd reaches a global audience, serving readers in over 100 countries.
The terms we negotiated with Scribd are author friendly, generous, and closely aligned with our standard retail distribution terms.  But as you’ll see, they’ve thrown in some compelling twists as well.
For Scribd’s retail store, the terms are identical to our standard retail agreements.  Smashwords authors and publishers will set the price, there will be no discounting, and authors will earn 60% of the list price on all sales.  The first 10% of the book, from the cover image forward, will be the free preview sample, similar to most retailers.
For Scribd’s subscription ebook service, authors will earn 60% of the list price on all qualifying reads, and here they’ve added a cool twist.  With subscription services, the author or publisher earns credit for a full read when the reader reaches a certain trigger point, measured by the percentage of the book that is read.  The first 10% of the book is a free sample, similar to a retailer.  Excluding the sample, once the reader reads an additional 20% of the book, a full sale is triggered and the Smashwords author earns 60% of the list price, up to a maximum of about $12.50 per read.  In practice, what this means for most fiction writers is that after the reader reads more than the first 30% of your book, it triggers a full sale.  For some non-fiction writers, where your book’s content is more likely to be read non-sequentially, it means if the reader starts their reading deeper in the book at Chapter 10, a sale could be triggered after reading only 20% of the book (As an aside, this underscores the importance of authors building fully functional navigation into their ebooks so that all their book’s content is easily discoverable.  To learn how to upgrade your ebook’s navigation, check out my recent blog post and video, How to Add Navigation to a Smashwords Ebook).
Unlike any other subscription service or retailer, Scribd has sweetened the pot by added a secondary sales trigger for the author by providing credit for partial reads.  If the subscriber reads 5% more than the first free 10% but less than the additional 20% necessary to generate a full sale, this triggers a credit for partial read.  For every ten partial reads, which Scribd calls a “browse,” the author earns credit for a full sale.  Since most people read fiction from page one forward, this means if 10 people read just over the first 15% of your book but less than 30%, it’ll generate a full sale.  For non-fiction, where readers are more likely to read non-sequentially, they can read 5% of the middle of the book and trigger a browse credit.
Smashwords and Scribd have begun integrating our respective distribution systems and conducting test shipments.  If all goes as well as we expect, Smashwords books will start appearing during the month of January.
To qualify for Scribd distribution via Smashwords, the book must be Premium Catalog approved.
In addition to the sales opportunity represented by their subscription service and ebook store, Scribd has outlined some exciting plans to take their support of Smashwords authors and publishers to the next level.
Here’s a hint of some of what you’ll see from Scribd in the months ahead:

  • As part of this relationship, they plan create ongoing merchandising features dedicated to indie authors, showcasing and celebrating the amazing talent of the indie author community.  Smashwords will share our bestseller lists with Scribd, drawing upon our knowledge of your sales through the Smashwords distribution network (yet another reason to maintain full distribution with Smashwords!).
  • For a limited time, they’re planning to offer Smashwords authors who distribute to Scribd via Smashwords a free one-year subscription to the service so you can try it out.  Multiplied by 70,000 Smashwords authors, this is a $100 per author bonus, and an overall potential commitment valued at over $7 million.  Cool beans!  To qualify, make sure your books are opted in to Scribd by January 1.  The Scribd distribution channel will appear in your Smashwords Dashboard’s Channel Manager later today.
  • They’re planning to develop author profile pages that Smashwords authors can access and manage.
  • They’re planning to create analytic tools in which they aim to give authors unprecedented data about how readers are engaging with their books.  I’ll share more about that in the months ahead as their plans unfold.

Please join me in welcoming Scribd as the latest member of the Smashwords distribution network.  I’m looking forward to working with Scribd to grow our authors’ audience and sales in the months and years ahead.  I’ll send out an author/publisher alert about the deal later today.
Check out the Scribd blog which quotes Smashwords author Quinn Loftis.

HAVEN FANS PUSH HAVEN: A STRANGER MAGIC PAST TWILIGHT AND HARRY POTTER

Written by dcakers@dc-akers.com on December 19th, 2013. Posted in Haven News

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Well Haven fans you continue to blow me away! Being in the company of these great authors is simply amazing! Thank you so much for all your support!

DCA

Amazon’s #1 Best Selling Fantasy Fiction Novella is now available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Kobo Books, IBooks/Itunes, and Smashwords.

If you already have a copy, get a new one! Each version (PRINT and DIGITAL) have been reformatted. You will love the new look. Also when you buy the PRINT copy of Haven: A Stranger Magic at Amazon.com you still get the DIGITAL copy in a bundle package for FREE.

NEW AUDIOBOOK FOR HAVEN: A STRANGER MAGIC

Written by dcakers@dc-akers.com on December 9th, 2013. Posted in Haven News

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Haven: A Stranger Magic Audiobook is now available at Amazon.com, Audible.com and ITunes! Listen to a sample today for free!

FREE GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a FREE Haven: A Stranger Magic Audiobook by simply entering your email address in the FOLLOW BLOG via EMAIL section in the right hand corner. Winners will be announced 02/01/2013.

WINNERS: Sandy N. & Mark B.

Sam Dalcome thinks he is so completely average that no one ever notices him. Until he discovers a mysterious stranger outside his home. Bewildered, he tries to uncover the stranger’s intentions. But Sam is sidetracked when he and his friend Travis discover a secret passageway deep in the town’s quarry that leads to a hidden cavern. What they uncover next will not only change their lives forever, but will uncover the first clue to a deadly Dalcome family secret. Sam finds himself drawn into a world of mystery and magic he never knew existed, which brings him closer to a destiny he never knew was possible.

Haven Series:

Known as a place of refuge, Haven is a sanctuary for those with supernatural abilities. Decades of peace between the Witches, Vampires, Goblins, Elves, and Orcs is coming to an end. Now the once tranquil world is shrouded in deception and corruption. Dark secrets tear at the very fabric of their alliance giving way to an evil that stirs in the shadows. Exhilarating and utterly gripping, the Haven series is an action-packed journey full of suspense, magic, mystery, and intrigue.

Narrator: Lauren Harris
Studio Mix: Lauren Harris
Dark Times Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Satiate Percussion Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Lauren Harris

Lauren Harris does an amazing job bringing the #1 Amazon Best Seller to life.  Lauren is a fantasy writer, voice actress, and the co-creator of Parsec Award Finalist Pendragon Variety Podcast. She is also the fantasy review columnist for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. Her short story “The Incident of the Clockwork Mikoshi” will appear in the steampunk anthology Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences in late 2013. Her voice acting can be heard on Audible.com and fiction podcasts such as EscapePod and The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine.

Amazon’s #1 Best Selling Fantasy Fiction Novella is now available at Amazon.comBarnes and NobleKobo BooksIBooks/Itunes, and Smashwords.

If you already have a copy, get a new one! Each version (PRINT and DIGITAL) have been reformatted. You will love the new look. Also when you buy the PRINT copy of Haven: A Stranger Magic at Amazon.com you still get the DIGITAL copy in a bundle package for FREE.

TOP 5 IN PAPERBACKS WITH SOME FANTASTIC AUTHORS!

Written by dcakers@dc-akers.com on December 3rd, 2013. Posted in Haven News

Playing with the BIG BOYS

This is pretty cool, I had to share! Haven: A Stranger Magic hit #5 on the Best Sellers List with Mockingjay (Hunger Games), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Hobbit and Catching Fire (Hunger Games).

Thank you Haven fans!

DCA

AMAZON KEYWORDS: UNLOCKING THE POWER

Written by dcakers@dc-akers.com on November 22nd, 2013. Posted in Indie Writers News

This is a great bit of information straight from Amazon KDP themselves that I thought I would share. I know from experience that the right category and keywords make a difference. A few small tweaks like this help my book to soar from 2,331 to being #1 on the Amazon Best Sellers List in three categories. It’s a crucial step to building a strong foundation for your book. Remember, building an author platform is lot of hard work; its primary job once it has been built is to share, retain, and grow your customer base/readership. But you can’t build an effective author’s platform useless your target audience knows you exist. So concentrate on getting noticed for FREE—let Amazon help you do that. Become a master of category placement and keywords and your target audience will find you.

Metadata Guidelines

Providing accurate, descriptive title information about your story (known as metadata) helps create the best experience for our readers. Below, we have some guidelines to follow when providing your metadata. Kindle Worlds will not publish any submission with metadata that is meant to advertise, promote, mislead, or impair our readers’ ability to make good buying decisions.

Title

The title field should only contain the actual title as it appears on the cover of your story. Kindle Worlds will automatically prefix your title with the name of the World in the Kindle store. We will also append your title with “Kindle Worlds” and may include an indicator of the length for shorter works.

Titles are the most frequently used search attribute. Missing or erroneous title information may make it more difficult for readers to find your work. Customers pay special attention to errors in titles and won’t recognize the authenticity of your story if it has corrupted special characters, superfluous words, bad formatting, extra descriptive content, etc. Examples of items that are prohibited in the title field include but are not limited to:

  • Unauthorized reference to other titles or authors
  • Unauthorized reference to a trademarked term
  • Reference to sales rank (i.e. ‘best-selling’)
  • Reference to advertisements or promotions (i.e. ‘free’)

Series Title

A series is a connected set of stories. If your story is not part of a series, please leave this field blank. However, if your story is part of a series, enter the name of the series in the Series Title field. Identifying the name of the series helps customers find other titles that are part of that series in the Kindle Store.

Data entered into the Series Title field will be appended to the title on your story’s detail page. Because titles are the most frequently used search attribute, your series title name must adhere to title guidelines above.

Search Keywords

Search keywords can be a word or a phrase. Kindle Worlds allows up to seven keywords to be submitted, with a total letter count less than 100. We recommend that for the best results, you use phrases that are 2-3 words long. To determine the right search keywords for your story, we suggest you think like a reader browsing for a book. What are your target readers searching for?

As you consider which search keywords are right for your story, note that when a story has search keywords that are not accurate descriptors of its central storyline or are completely unrelated to its content, it can lead to unexpected or confusing search results and provide a poor customer experience. We do not tolerate search keywords that mislead or manipulate our customers. Examples of items that are prohibited as search keywords include but are not limited to:

  • Reference to other authors
  • Reference to books by other authors
  • Reference to sales rank (i.e. ‘best-selling’)
  • Reference to advertisements or promotions (i.e. ‘free’)
  • Reference to anything that is unrelated to your book’s content

Concept Art

Concept Art

Gallery quality print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1" border for framing.