Greetings and Salutations! The John F. Allen Author Online Store is Officially Open!
Effective immediately and just in time for the holidays, anyone interested in purchasing books from me directly, can use the NEW John F. Allen Author Online Store to do so!
The Online Store allows you to choose from any of my titles, get them with personalized signatures and mailed directly to your door! Credit card transactions are processed through PayPal and fulfilled by me personally. Payment, postage, and label printing are all automated.
This site sells physical book ONLY. Should you desire to purchase an eBook, please visit Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo at the links provided below. Simply click the eBook provider of your choice.
COMING SOON: Author exclusive products! Stay tuned to my Facebook page for details!
Books make TERRIFIC holiday gifts and Fantastic stocking stuffers!
The NEW Online Store will make personalized book mailings easier and much more efficient.
With the Holiday Season just around the corner, I thought I’d share some Popular Holiday Gifts Ideas for that special author on your list!
1. BUY THEIR BOOKS!
It might seem obvious, but just purchasing an author’s book(s) is a gift in and of itself. It helps to compensate them for their hard work. Look for their latest releases and snatch them up. Continuous compensation for their compositions keeps authors composing! And, as an added bonus, give their books out as gifts to others during the holiday season. Books ALWAYS make EXCELLENT stocking stuffers!
2. CHECK THEIR EVENTS!
So, checking an author’s Events Calendar is a good way to see where they’re scheduled to appear, and you can go meet them and get your picture taken with them while giving them gift number one on this list! Visit the author’s website or the publisher’s website and you should find an Events Calendar there. I mean, who wouldn’t like to have a SIGNED COPY of their book, right?
3. GIVE THEM LOVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
Do a Google search or if you’re already on your favorite social media platform, seek them out and give your favorite author a follow/like! It won’t cost you a dime and the more followers/likes an author has, the more traffic they’re likely to get to their social media platforms, which translates into more potential buyers of their books! Plus, following your favorite authors helps you develop a relationship with them and interact on their posts. This could even net you exclusive bonus content that other folks won’t get. So, follow them on Facebook and/or like their author page, follow them on Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest. And while you’re at it, be sure to subscribe to their blog, newsletter and their Amazon Profile. This is the gift that keeps on giving for sure!
4. HYPE THEM UP!
Now that you’re following them on social media, share their tweets, Facebook posts, etc. In fact, why not tweet or post your reaction to their book(s)? If their latest novel was a must read, then SPREAD THE WORD! Encourage your fellow readers to go out and pick up their copy. And, if you’re feeling uber generous, go all out and support their Kickstarter/Go Fund Me, etc.
5. POST REVIEWS!
When you read an author’s book, they really would appreciate it if you let them know what your thoughts on it was. This is helpful for various reasons including: general feedback for improvement, knowing what you liked about their work. Knowing what their readers think of their work can be rewarding. The best places to leave reviews are on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Also, your review doesn’t have to be like the ones written by professionals, and it doesn’t have to contain a great amount of details either. Just be honest and let them know what your genuine thoughts are. Mention what you liked, how those things made you feel and if it triggered any memories or stirred any thoughts. When other visitors to Amazon and/or Goodreads see the reviews an author has, it often helps them to decide on purchasing the author’s work for themselves.
Regardless of what gift you decide to give, just be sure to give from the heart. Every little bit helps and the author on your list will truly appreciate the effort. Spreading a little holiday cheer with a good review and helping to share the love, because SHARING IS CARING!
Seventh Star Press is proud to reveal the new cover art by Enggar Adirasa for the new short story collection The Best is Yet to Come by John F. Allen! A Kindle pre-order window is now open, so reserve a copy today! The Best Is Yet to Come will be available in print and eBook formats on October 17th!
Featuring ten stories collected for the first time ever, The Best Is Yet to Come, presents nine years of creativity spun from the mind of John F. Allen. Action and adventure are ever present in these stories, but be prepared for some drama, horror, fantasy and science fiction as well.
This volume includes a holiday story, “An Ivory Christmas,” featuring Ivory Blaque, Allen’s bold heroine from his acclaimed urban fantasy series The God Killers, and the center of his literary universe, The Ivoryverse.
Also included are:
“Forest of Shadows” the debut of a fabled, ancient warrior named, Jaziri, Prince of Kimbogo Province.
You may want to think twice before venturing out into the dark woods of rural Indiana in “The Legend of Matchemonedo.”
A young, set assistant of a 50’s science fiction serial gets to embark on the journey of a lifetime in “The Adventures of Star Blazer.”
A young woman in late 1970’s Indianapolis, learns to be careful what you wish for in “HoodRatz.”
When a woman struggles to care for her ailing father, she discovers the truth behind her troubled past in “The Sweetest Autumn.”
Long ago, a noble samurai finds forbidden love with a beautiful, ebony skinned princess in “The African Princess.”
A mysterious, military operative is sent on a covert mission in Egypt, when he encounters an alien monster bent on revenge in “Lazarus.”
Forty years ago, a young boy discovers that family means everything in “The Chocolate Malt.”
The Best is Yet to Come also features the special bonus short story, “Witch Way is Up.”
This year will mark my 7th consecutive year as a vendor at the InConJunction Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention! This convention holds a special place in my heart because it’s where, as an author, I “cut my teeth,” as it were. I promoted my very first novel, appeared and moderated my first panel as an author here and was welcomed with open arms. I met quite a few authors I admired, and developed long lasting friendships along the way. The people who run this convention are amongst the most loyal and dedicated group I’ve encountered yet, on my writer’s journey. Please plan to attend and visit me there!
WHERE: Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 E 21st St, Indianapolis, IN 46219, just off Shadeland Avenue.