Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May IWSG and Other Fun Stuff!!!

IWSG This week I’m co-hosting IWSG along with Fundy Blue, M.J. Fifield, Loni Townsend, Bish Denham, Susan Gourley and Stephanie Faris. Be sure to take a moment and stop by these awesome co-hosts blogs and give them a little love. 

I’ve received numerous emails from readers upset thinking that Salem’s Daughters has ended. They didn’t like seeing Debbie Stevens end this way and made sure I understood their frustration. But there’s no need to fear, a sequel will soon be here. I recently posted a teaser chapter on my blog HERE


Then I thought, hey, I should put a teaser chapter at the end of all my books. So I did. I placed the teaser chapter from Salem’s Daughters sequel at the end of Salem’s Daughters, a chapter from Salem’s Daughters at the end of Escalation, a chapter from Escalation at the end of Opening and a chapter from Opening at the end of Breakthrough. 

Steve’s Monthly Celestial Calendar Newsletter and Other Fun Stuff I started a monthly newsletter a while ago and a hundred people signed up on the initial announcement with dozens more joining in the weeks following. Things got off to a pretty good start but soon got lost in the hustle and bustle and business of life. 


But I’m bringing it back! Folks, this is a really cool newsletter. Trust me. If you liked me science and astronomy posts and the Fun Facts and Did You Know series, you’re going to absolutely love this. 

Each month will list incredible astronomical events for that month, incredible sights you can see from your back yard with the naked eye, a decent telescope, or a good set of binoculars. And there’s a section called Kids Korner and Young People to help engage our youth with just how cool our universe is. 

To begin receiving your monthly newsletter you can sign up right here right now:
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Question Do you have teaser chapters from one book at the end of another book? And do you read teaser chapters when you see them?

63 comments:

  1. I'll read teaser chapters sometimes. Depends on the book and whether I enjoyed it. And the time... I can stay up pretty late reading, and sometimes I really just need to go to sleep.

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  2. That's a good idea to include those teaser chapters.
    Signing up for newsletter!

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  3. Great idea...keep 'em comin'.

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  4. Great idea to include the teasers because it will make people want more.

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  5. I think the teaser is a good idea! Let's the reader know the series is continuing.

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    1. Yolanda, I think the reader has a right to know what's on tap next since they invested time to read the first installment.

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  6. Its a good idea to include the teaser chapters. Signing up for the newsletter now.

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  7. Sometimes I'll read the teaser chapter, but always a good idea to include them I think!

    betty

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    1. betty, I have to say more often than not I do not read teaser chapters. Even if it's from Stephen King or Dean Koontz. I might. But usually I move on to my next book on my TBR List.

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  8. Usually, I do not read a teaser chapter. When I reach the end of the book, I determine if the main character survived to fight another day. A carefully crafted cliff hanger is OK with me.

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  9. I think teaser chapters are a great idea. I think I have excerpts at the end of my short stories...I can't really remember. Life is just too busy these days. Glad there'll be a sequel to SD! Thanks for co-hosting IWSG! :)

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  10. Hi Stephen - great idea re the 'teasers and tempters' - that's fantastic that you'll be adding to Salem's daughters - excellent reception to the book ... and then your email .. I'm about to sign up .. cheers Hilary

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  11. Happy to hear that your readers let their frustration be known, which means you have faithful readers that enjoy what you're writing. Your idea about putting teasers at the end of each book is also great. Wishing you all the best with your newsletter and your new sequel.
    Shalom,
    Patricia @ http://www.patgarciaandeverythingmustchange.com/2016/05/the-second-milestone-iwsg-article-may-4.html

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  12. Awesome that your readers want more and you have a sequel planned.

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  13. I'm often lured into buying another book by reader teasers chapters at the end of a novel. Sounds like your going to be very busy throughout summer! Great post!

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  14. I can't recall ever having read a teaser chapter, though I've seen them in many a book. Glad you have a lot of readers who want them. If you have a successful series I can see where the readers may want them to see who the main characters are going to be in the next one or what's going on in the next one... Thanks for hosting.

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  15. A lot of authors add teaser chapters. That's on my to-do list for this summer.

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  16. Yup. I think the teaser chapter is a MUST. (Not saying I got wise and made that happen. Need to do that still...)

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  17. I will sometimes read teaser chapters, if I can buy the book if I like them.

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  18. Teaser chapters are brilliant. I always read them, then wait impatiently for the next book to come out. Thanks for co-hosting IWSG this month!
    Mary at Play off the Page

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  19. Yes, I think teaser chapters are a great idea. Good luck with all you are setting out for yourself, Stephen.

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  20. I don't read teaser chapters anymore. It's just too frustrating to get into a story and not be able to continue for months. You end up rereading the beginning anyway when the book comes out. Having typed that, I would have no qualms about putting a teaser section in one of my books.

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  21. I'll read the teaser chapters, especially if I'm a bit undecided about continuing the story's journey. Congrats on keeping Debbie's story alive and for co-hosting this month.

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  22. I do like teaser chapters! It's like getting a 'next time on...' at the end of a great TV show.

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  23. Teaser chapters are a great way to hook the reader for the next book. I have to leave it up to my publisher whether to add the teasers...if I have another book ready for teasing. Love the energy on your blog. Thanks for co-hosting!

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  24. I like teaser chapters, but I only read them if I'm not sure I want to read the next book. It helps me decide. If I'm sure I will read/buy it then I don't bother with the teaser. I'll just wait. :)

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  25. Sadly, I can't get my next novels published that fast, or I would add a teaser chapter. I love it when my favourite authors do. I want to go out and get the book now! Hi Stephen. Thanks so much for co-hosting.

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  26. I love the idea of the free chapter of the next book at the end of a novel. I am often snagged by that, go right over to Amazon and purchase.

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  27. I always include a teaser chapter at the end of my books. Sometimes, it's for a previous book. Some of my fav authors include a teaser of a future novel that's not finished because it's different from the finished book. Best wishes, Stephen, and thanks for co-hosting this month.

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  28. Sounded to me like you had a potential Misery situation. lol Smart idea, though! I love trying to spot meteor showers and seeing the planets out. I'm signing up now! :D

    Thank you for co-hosting.

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  29. Most of my books have teaser chapters. I always read them if the author includes them. Thanks for co-hosting today! :)

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  30. Teaser chapters are usually fun to read. I know I've enjoyed the ones I've read. Good move!

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  31. I did that with my novella series, put a teaser for the next book at the end. It made sense, like a teaser to get people excited for the next book.

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  32. I don't read teasers. Sorry...or not. ;-) If I like the book, I'll just turn around and buy the next one.

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  33. I definitely read teaser chapters, especially when I fall in love with the character :)

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  34. I do have teasers at the end of my books. I put in the first chapter. I will read teasers if I loved the first book.

    Thank you for co-hosting this month, Stephen.

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  35. The only problem with teaser chapters is having to wait...for the rest of the story:-)

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  36. Teaser chapters are a great idea! I've only done it for my thrillers, I should go back and do it for the other books too. Thanks for the reminder and best of luck with your new release!

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  37. You know...I was a little upset by Debbie's outcome at the end too. I am thrilled you're writing a sequel. Putting a teaser chapter at the end of your books is a great idea. Smart.

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  38. Yes I read teaser chapters. No I don't have any. Signup for the newsletter, sounds cool. Good to know you are writing a sequel. I think teaser chapters are a good idea.
    Thanks for co-hosting,
    Happy IWSG Day,
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  39. Sometimes I read teaser chapters, sometimes I don't. If I know by the end of the story I might not be reading the next book, I might not read the teaser chapter.

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  40. Thanks for hosting (smile) Blessings!

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  41. It's good to hear there's a sequel because I'm excited to see where the story goes. I think you can't go wrong with teaser chapters if they're good enough to make the reader go straight on to that very book.

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  42. LOL, Stephen! Your "..put a teaser..." sentence had my eyes spinning; but then I find the lyrics "I was looking back at you to see if you were looking back at me" in the old country and western song enough to make my eyes spin on a day I'm tired! And I'm tired today! Love the sound of your newsletter. I used to share NASA's "Astronomy Picture of the Day" with my third graders before I retired from teaching. Thanks for co-hosting the IWSG today! And, yes, I do read teasers in books! good luck with yours!

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  43. The teaser chapter at the end of a book is always a good idea. If I already know I'm going to read it, I skip it, but if not, I'll check out that teaser. It often leads me to the next book.

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  44. Thanks for co-hosting today! The fact that readers were so upset about a story’s ending is always a good sign. Congrats on that. As for me, sometimes I’ll read a teaser chapter(s). Depends on how much I enjoyed a book and also if I know the book is a series, I’m compelled to read the whole thing.

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  45. My publisher does that in most of my books. I always read them. Signed up for the newsletter.

    Susan Says

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  46. I must admit that I don't read the teaser chapters at the end of books.

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  47. I sometimes read teaser chapters - but it can be frustrating if the reat of the book isn't out yet.

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  48. I'm astronomically-challenged. LOL
    So I need to learn more about these things.

    Thank you for co-hosting the IWSG this month, Stephen.
    Writer In Transit

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  49. Thank you so much for hosting. I usually read teaser chapters. Unfortunately, I haven't included any in my first book, because the second book was still in limbo and I tend to rewrite the first chapter the most. So I didn't want to publish a teaser chapter and when I release the book, it's been cut. I do crap like that.

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  50. A teaser chapter is a great idea, I hope you see the benefits :-)

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  51. Yes I put a teaser at the end of a novel. Just started doing that with my last book. And yes I pretty much always read the first chapter as well. Great idea! Thanks for co-hosting this month!

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  52. Teasers are good to whet the reader's appetite, so I think they're a good idea.

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  53. If there is a teaser chapter in the book I will read it. Sounds like a good idea to me.
    Thanks for co-hosting this month, Stephen.

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  54. I really enjoy teaser chapters or part of the first chapter at the back of the book. I know there is more and it's already being written!

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  55. It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. Teaser chapters are awesome!

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  56. Teaser chapters almost always make me get the next book. Can't wait to see the newsletter!

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  57. I always read the teaser chapters. I enjoy them.

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  58. I signed up! I love astronomy. Ironically enough, I fall asleep most nights listening to the 'sounds of space', the audio interpretation of electromagnetic transmissions. It's really kind of neat. Thanks for helping on the IWSG.
    I don't offer sample chapters per se, but I do generally end each story with a short epilogue. Something that ties the concluding episode with the following episode.

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  59. I love teaser chapters and often buy the next book. I also love astronomy and signed up for your newsletter, but don't think I can see many stars here in Chicago. My daughter did get up at around 3 in the morning to look at the stars when she was studying astronomy in high school. She said she could see a few.

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