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Joshua Cartwright

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  1. Hi, This will hopefully be useful. I am releasing my paperback through IngramSparks as well as Amazon and Ingram kept demanding that my PDF format was PDF/x=1a:2001. Whaaaat? After some research I found out this is an Adobe format - and it seems (I stand to be corrected) that it comes with Acrobat Pro which I don't have and is jolly expensive. You can get a free trial of Pro but if you are releasing more than one book then.... So, after digging around a bit Ifound this: http://www.image2pdf.com/ If you have just an image for a cover, plug it into this - select 2001 on the settings page and voila! You have an Ingram compatible cover. I just submitted mine. However, if your designer has given you a PDF you will need to convert it to an image first, I used a JPEG. Use this: https://smallpdf.com/pdf-to-jpg and then use the first website I listed. It's free and seems to get the job done. Joshua
  2. Honestly, I would say for me it was a waste of money. I got one new review (from contacting someone else who did a release) and the playing of an extract on a radio station. I spent a lot of time crafting the release, press packs etc. Perhaps biblical fiction for children is not that review worthy - although I would have thought some periodicals would have looked at it. Interestingly, someone else released biblical fiction on the next day - and they didn't do well either as I asked them. I think perhaps controversial or political books might do well.
  3. Calligram - when a word or words are made to look like the thing they describe. So, the word 'apple could be squashed in the shape of an apple'
  4. Hello all, First, thank you for the people that reviewed Jesus and Me: One Child's Friendship with the Son of God. If anyone else wants to, please contact me. It's for children aged 8-12 and the cover is below. What I was wondering is : Has anyone had any success in getting their books/support materials into Christian schools? If they have, could they share what they did (that worked) and if it's a longer chat than that then please message me, we can skype and perhaps I can type up for the group afterwards? In anticipation, Joshua
  5. Thanks Chuck! It's only a 30 minute read - would you like to read it and give me a fair review on Amazon? Joshua
  6. Hi V.F. Lord, As others may agree, one can never have too many reviews! Thank you. I would be happy to have your honest review on Goodreads and Amazon if possible. It's a short 30 minute read and I wonder if I maybe a bit cheeky and ask you to turn it around on the same day? I ask because life is busy about about 50% of the people that agree to review end up getting too busy with life. Then I feel like a review-stalker... I will send you a link to your messenger on here in a couple of hours. Huge thanks in advance. Joshua
  7. Hi all, this book is out now. Would anyone like to review? There are six 5 star reviews already!
  8. Hey brothers and sisters! Do you want to read something different yet incredibly inspiring! Out today: Jesus and Me: One Child's Friendship with the Son of God. Show your child what friendship with the Son of God can be like! https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1527241971/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=jesus+and+me+joshua&qid=1560712654&s=books&sr=1-1 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07RJYHW7C/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2 Get a copy today on Kindle or Paperback! **SPECIAL OFFER *** If you are prepared to take the 35 minutes to read this and leave a fair review, contact me and I will send you a PDF. You must be able to review on Amazon.
  9. Okay, one week in. I've had nine new visitors, eight from the USA and 1 from England.Most are in major population centres like Atlanta, Chicago, New York etc. My media pack seems to have been downloaded only one but there were 25 page views from that lot of the two pages I most wanted people to visit. As of yesterday, I had one request for a soundbite from a North American Christian radio station for broadcast this Saturday. So, at the moment the cost has been about 6.50 USD per click and one contact (which techically until I see people reviewing the book) has cost me 68USD. However, the way to think about this is that even if one broadcast gets picked up by other stations, things could still kick off. I'll keep you posted.
  10. So, my press release has been out for three days and I've had no email contacts. It was hard not to feel discouraged but I also tracked where it was being viewed through my wordpress site. I use statcounter which enables me to see where in the world people are visiting from and what they did. So as of Friday morning UK time there have been seven unique visits mostly from East and West USA. There have been downloads of the book extract as well. That works out (so far) at about 8 dollars per click given the cost of the release. If I get some good publicity I'll need to sell 31 kindle books to cover my costs. I will let you know in a few days how things are going and what v worked when I get feedback Joshua
  11. Hi all, I found these Christian podcasts and this one on 'why successful people like to fail'. I listened to it and it contains some useful thoughts for writers as we can be too hard on ourselves. http://www2.ignitinghope.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/158-Why-Successful-People-Like-to-Fail.mp3
  12. Hello brothers and sisters. I've just sent a press release via christiannewswire.com. I will let you know how it goes and if anyone else has done the same, please share.
  13. Mine is going to be a sci-fi called 2619: Beta That is just SO cool.
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