“The Wolf’s Moon” BEST SELLER by Patrick Jones FEATURED on Indie House Books

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The Wolf’s Moon by Patrick Jones, Book 1 of The Linden Chronicles

    It has been one year ago today that my novel, “The Wolf’s Moon”, was launched. After a year, one might expect the memory of that day to have faded – at least a little. It has not. Everything from my first cup of coffee that morning to the cup of black tea before retiring, are still vivid in … Continue reading →

My New “Engagement Area of Learning” the Past Two Months

Digital Book Today is very approachable for the author. Kudos to Anthony Wessel

The Linden Chronicles

By Sandra L. Jones, wife of The Author of “The Wolf’s Moon,” Patrick Jones

I start my writing career with this article dedicated to Anthony Wessel, CEO of Digital Book Today.

He believed in me, in us.  Sometimes in life, you meet people that are cornerstones in your pathways through the maze they call life.  My husband wrote a book.  Great!  How could I possibly have ever known what this self-publishing platform had in store for us, as my whole career has been in the medical field!

Anthony Wessel featured “The Wolf’s Moon” by Patrick Jones on his website.  The book had received just enough reviews and a rating of 4.2 to qualify for the interview questions.  We were so excited!  It was the very first “Featured Article” that we had!!  We had an incredible response on our free Kindle days thanks to the popularity of Digital Book…

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My New “Engagement Area of Learning” the Past Two Months

By Sandra L. Jones, wife of The Author of “The Wolf’s Moon,” Patrick Jones

Anthony Wessel

Interview with Anthony Wessel by Gale Martin

I start my writing career with this article dedicated to Anthony Wessel, CEO of Digital Book Today.

He believed in me, in us.  Sometimes in life, you meet people that are cornerstones in your pathways through the maze they call life.  My husband wrote a book.  Great!  How could I possibly have ever known what this self-publishing platform had in store for us, as my whole career has been in the medical field!

Anthony Wessel featured “The Wolf’s Moon” by Patrick Jones on his website.  The book had received just enough reviews and a rating of 4.2 to qualify for the interview questions.  We were so excited!  It was the very first “Featured Article” that we had!!  We had an incredible response on our free Kindle days thanks to the popularity of Digital Book TodayJumping Man Jumping up and down, we concluded that the process was now complete – WRONG!  Therein begins the book cover saga.

Anthony humored me during the entire process (bless his heart!) in my excited state by taking the time to listen.  He emailed me once and said, “By the way, I hesitate to mention this but…you may want to think about the book cover because it needs some work.”  Here we thought we had the best thing since buttered popcorn!  What could possibly be wrong with this work of art??  Little did we know that this journey through Book Cover Design 101 would take a year to get to this point!!  The first impression of the reader was The Author’s key objective in bringing “The Wolf’s Moon” to life.  Anthony Wessel suggested that I should write an article on the steps that we went through in this process in order to contribute our learning experiences to others within the writing community.

The Wolf Moon by Patrick Jones

BTW…It’s FREE for Valentines Day Feb 13-14

Key considerations we used were as follows:

  1.  Listen to any feedback that is given to you during the self-publishing process.  Someone once told me that feedback is a “gift.”  That is important.  No one has to take the time, so if they do…pay attention.
  2. Follow through with the task you have been given, learn and read everything that you can on the topic.  There are a multitude of resources from experts in the field, like Anthony Wessel.
  3. If you are not happy with the result…that is OK.  This self-publishing platform is a continuous learning project.  The more you study, the more it makes sense.
  4. Doris-Maria Heilman with 111Publishing told me something very true.  “It is a marthon, not a sprint”.
  5. Chad Savage, CEO of Sinister Fonts emailed me after I thanked him for the free fonts and said  that the only payment he wanted was for me to believe…with all my heart.  I thought that was really special.

Simple thoughts, one would think.  Except sometimes you need someone to bring it to your attention. You are too close to it. The good news is that the solution is usually simple!  When I used to troubleshoot instrument performance, I learned to always start at the beginning.  More often than not, the solution was simple, like plugging it in!  Someone else once told me that you have to do something 10 times before your brain puts it to memory (I think it takes me 20!).  But it works.

Interview with Patrick Jones, author of “The Wolf’s Moon”

Great interview with Doris-Maria Heilmann of 111Publishing

Savvy Writers & e-Books online

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Patrick   thank you so much for taking the time today for this author interview. Let’s dive right in:

What inspired you to start writing?
I have written since I was a kid.  I wrote a mystery novel in High School.  My classmates liked the story but it, like everything else, wound up in the circular file cabinet.  Mrs. Ruth Morrisey, an English Lit teacher, encouraged me to write, while my family said I would starve.
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How did you get the idea for the novel?
One day I sat with a pen and paper and just started writing.  Sandy, my wife, was giving a lecture at a seminar so I decided to kill some time.  The more I wrote, the more it took on its own life.  “The Wolf’s Moon” went from a doodling, to a short story and ended as a novel.  I only wrote what…

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Indies Unlimited Book Brief – The Wolf’s Moon by Patrick Jones

Indies Unlimited Book Brief The Wolf's Moon by Patrick Jones

Please click here for a link to “The Wolf’s Moon” Book Brief

The Wolf’s Moon” is featured today on Indies Unlimited.  This site is very accessible to the Indie author in every aspect.  Beginning or seasoned, or simply somewhere in between, informational blogs about tips and tricks for the Indie author are provided by a staff of experts.  I particularly enjoy their featured “Like Fests” where the author can connect to other authors through various social media outlets.  This is a great group of people that has gathered together to promote each other as well as share their successful stories so that others may gain from their journey through the self-publishing platform.  Interacting with the members provides an interesting mix of personalities from every genre.  Challenges are often posted as a means for the author to improve their writing skills and talents.  Everyone is welcome and the site is very well maintained by the administrators.  We have been listed in the “Freebie Friday” category as well as the above “Book Brief”.  In fact, the administrators approached us to inform us that this opportunity was available to pursue.

A terrific site to interact with others and share mutual interests!  I highly recommend this site to connect with!  It is also interesting that we are featured on the weekend of the Wolf Moon cycle!  If you didn’t get a chance to run outside last night to view the moon, it will still be there tonight!!   Take care!

Ink Blot Test

The Wolf's Moon by Patrick Jones

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Let’s Do an Ink Blot Test for those of us who are HAPPY it is the brand new HOWL FOR FRIDAY event!!  It just seems an appropriate activity for the day!  I think it looks like two wolves dancing in the moonlight.

What do you think?

The Wolf’s Moon BEST THRILLER NOVEL by Patrick Jones

An animated book trailer promo

Soon, “The Wolf’s Moon” will be a year old.  Our first book signing (for some reason I don’t care for the term…”book launch”) was in February.  It was an overwhelming success; I almost ran out of books!  Most of the town of Bourbon, MO turned out.  My wife and I were to be there at Blazers Pub and Grill for two, two hour sessions.  We ended up being there from 11 am until 8 pm.

My wife, before the signing, started a webpage for the book.

The Sunday after, she certainly had enough to put on it…and then some.

I am a huge football fan and that Sunday was Super Bowl Sunday.  For me, it’s a day of watching pregame hype, snacks, drinks, more snacks, drinks and finally, the game.

My  wife, on the other hand, sat in front of the computer doing something and laughing every couple of minutes.

Just after the coin toss, she shoved her laptop in front of me to watch the video that she worked on all afternoon.

It was cute and I said so.  Sandy did not, after watching it over and over with the volume up as high as it could go, think it was as good as she could do.

She went back to work.

At that moment, I knew truly in my heart that God was male in gender and he too loved football as much as I do.

Other than for some giggling she was quiet until the first half was over.

Then, she shoved the laptop back in front of me asking me to watch it again.

I did, and the changes made it better.  She still wasn’t happy with it, luckily half-time was over and the game was back on TV.

I learned a long time ago than one can watch a football game without sound, but on Super Bowl Sunday you not only get the game but the commercials as well.  Most are amusing, some down right funny and others, well…

That Sunday, I couldn’t say which were which.  My wife was so excited by what she was doing that I had one eye on the game and the other on her laptop.

Finally, as the game ended and the Superbowl trophy was held high, Sandy did the same with her computer.

As hundreds of millions of TV viewers watched the trophy passed from hand to hand, I watched my wife do her own victory dance.

For the next hour, maybe two, I watched the cartoon video, at full volume.  Not once, or twice but close to three dozen times.  Because of my love of this woman, I sat there agreeing a possible Academy Award was not far off.

In truth, I did and do love it but every so often she gets on a jag to play it over and over.

On those days, I search my memory for anything I did wrong.

With all that said, go by The Linden Chronicles and take a look in the right sidebar.  It is cute – once or twice.