Imagination and Real-life Combine to Promote New Book

They say that a web presence can be a real asset when promoting a book.  Anne Milstead (me) has a limited web presence on Facebook and very limited on Instagram, however, triciamanly (also me) has a fairly large presence on such sites as ModtheSims,  SimFansUK, and Cinda’sSimStyle.  For 11 years since my son, NedtheHead  gave me the Sims2 game for my birthday, I’ve been hooked on building houses for imaginary families trying to work their way up to the top of their careers.  You then package these houses to a file and upload to one of the above sites where fellow “Simmers” browse through screenshots of your houses and if they like one, they download it into their own game for their own Sims.  It’s amazing fun!  I don’t say it to boast (well, maybe I do) but I have a combined total of 1,988,912 downloads of my houses.  Just imagine if that were book sales!  Anyway, for my latest effort, My Talking Dachshund, I decided to combine my two lives by building the setting for the book, my own house and a neighbor’s in Peoria, AZ.  I built a Sim facsimile of both houses, put in a lot of effort by creating custom walls, floors, and furniture. I also downloaded other “Simmers” files, namely a custom dachshund by Munchie, realistic palm trees by Alex Stanton, and dining chairs by LadyAngel  to make my lot better and then uploaded the final result with explanation of the setting and links to my book. Hoping to get at least a lot of views!  Mod the Sims has more than 2,000 on line at any given time!

Everyday Arizona resized

By the way, my book is available in Spanish, Mi Perro Salchicha Hablador, (translation help from the neighbor who lives in the white brick house and from another dear friend) and it is available in Kindle for only $0.99!

Sims2 forever!

New attempt at self-publishing with “My Talking Dachshund”

For a while now I’ve been blogging about supposed conversations with my dachshund, Puppy.  We spend considerable time together on the sofa and taking walks, so I’m the most qualified to convey what must surely be his thoughts and opinions to you in my next book, “My Talking Dachshund.” .  My niece, whose name I will shamelessly drop, Sarah Fine, recommended I look into Createspace for self-publishing which I did.  Lo and behold, they have templates to download to provide just the right margins for the size book you choose, and they have cover templates to let you design your cover for yourself on line.  This is perfect for me since my first book, “Puppy, the Navy Seal Dachshund” cost me an arm and a leg and has since sold 39 copies (with grateful thanks to the 39!)  CreateSpace is completely free although they will help you design your book if you wish.  I wanted to learn how to use this site, not only to publish my book, but  because some students I’m working with will need to publish their work.  CreateSpace will be perfect for that.   The book is now in the proofing stage.  Then comes marketing and distribution, my favorite! new book cover