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Yani- Urban Fiction Authors- Urban Fiction Books & Freebies/Freeloaders

Hello everyone and thank you for visiting my blog. I’m still not over Prince checking out on us but with life comes death and we all gotta go some time. I just wish God had done the sensible thing like get George Zimmerman and Donald Trump the fuck outta here and let Prince continue to contribute great music style and history to our culture. But as the saying goes, if wishes were pigs…

You know, being the author of urban fiction books and African American erotica as well can be exciting but exhausting all at the same time, especially for self-published authors. While it is fun to have the final say over cover designs, release dates and the price of paperbacks and ebooks, it is EXHAUSTING! I’m positive I put in 20 hour days. But what is more exhausting is dealing with people who do not respect my craft! Why is it strangers show more support than a lot of family and friends? Why is it that I can play a game of Ruzzle with someone thousands of miles away and mention my books to them and they run out and buy them but family sitting right here along with so called friends expect to get a book FOR FREE! Da Fck?? So you can spend money on weave, cases of beer, alcohol, and the latest whatever but you can’t fork over $15 to support your daughter/sister/cousin/home-girl etc?

While I see nothing wrong with free urban fiction books as that is a tool used to gain more readers and reviews on sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads and others, an author, a self-published author at that, cannot afford to give out numerous free copies of his/her book to friends and family. We still gotta eat! Do folks realize how much it costs to print copies of these books? It’s not cheap! Do folks realize how much it costs to market and promote our work outside of social media? It’s not cheap! At the end of the day, if it don’t make dollars, then it don’t make sense. I’m not talking about the people who have bought books in the past and are hoping for a gifted copy. I’m talking about people who expect a free copy every single time a book drops on the strength that “we grew up together” or “that’s my blood”. Yeah, but will that pay my bills or for these next batch of books that have to be ordered? You know you can’t roll up in Hibachi’s or Outback Steakhouse and say “Hey, the manager is my bff from back in elementary school, let me get a t-bone and some mashed potatoes on the house.” It’s not going to happen. So, put some respeck on my craft and genuinely show support. Otherwise, wait until I am doing a giveaway and hope that you are selected. If not, pay like you would pay the next man/woman for their services.

Alright, rant over! LOL

So! Readers are LOVING A Thug’s Life Revisited! That is always good to hear. For those of you who are new to my blog, A Thug’s Life Revisited is my newest novel that I wrote in NINE DAYS! It is a spin-off to the Amazon Best Selling Urban Fiction Book series A Thug’s Redemption and it starts off with drama, suspense and thrills and doesn’t slow down not even in the end. Everybody is loving that book and just about everyone who has gotten that book so far has read it in one day! They couldn’t put it down. Every page that was turned had readers on the edge of their seats! It’s amazing how my readers have become so attached to Jamal, D-Ball and Andre. They love those characters as though they are related to them or are the best of friends with them. LOL! So I thank you for your support.

Now I know many of you are Kindle Unlimited subscribers and I don’t knock you for that. For readers it is a dope program. But for me, I ask that if you are going to purchase any of my books in ebook format to please purchase from my website at www.theauthoryani.com/ebooks.html. In the near future, I am going to be implementing a big change in the manner in which my books are distributed and I will post a blog entry explaining why I have chosen this route. While Prince’s death was devastating, I’ve learned something from the way he conducted business and I think it is time that I step away from what most of the other self-published authors are doing and focus on doing something more unique.

Intrigued? Well you should be! Stay tuned as there will be more to come!

Team Yani Affiliate Program is now Open!

Team Yani Affiliate Program is now open! I’ve created an affiliate program for people who would like to network with me and earn some money while doing so and to also network with other authors who have blogs and websites who wouldn’t mind link exchanging and earning money for any readers who purchase books from my site after finding me on their site. I think it’s an awesome way to spread the word about your business and a great way to network with readers, authors, bloggers and publishers.

So how does Team Yani Affiliate Program work?

The “Team Yani” Affiliate Program pays you money for every customer that you send to TheAuthorYani.com that purchases eBooks or paperback novels. You can send customers to TheAuthorYani.com from your website, email or other advertising you use such as social media networks like Facebook, twitter, etc. When those customers purchase novels from TheAuthorYani.com, you will be paid at 25% per item purchased. Which means if a customer visits TheAuthorYani.com from the link you placed on your website and they decide to buy five paperback novels at $15 per novel for a total of $75.00, you will receive a commission of $18.75!

 

How does the “Team Yani” Affiliate Program work?

As an affiliate, you will put creative buttons, banners or links on your website and/or blog, email or social media posts. When someone clicks and visits TheAuthorYani.com and purchases a paperback or eBook, you will receive 25% of any item they purchase! If you recruit any affiliates who signs up under you, you receive an additional 10% of any purchases from customers they sent to TheAuthorYani.com! For example, if you recruit another person who signs up, naming you as a referral, and they sent a customer to TheAuthorYani.com who spends $250, you receive $25.00 of that amount just for recruiting that affiliate! (That amount is NOT taken from the affiliate you recruited, they still make their 25% commission)

1)      Enroll in the “Team Yani” Affiliate Program by filling out the attached application and emailing it back to teamyani@theauthoryani.com.

2)      Post the links and/or banners and buttons made available to you once your application has been accepted

3)      Earn affiliate credit from the traffic and sales generated from the links, banners and/or buttons added to the sites, or social

 

Will commissions for Affiliates ever increase?

Yes, there is room to increase your commission. For affiliates who are sending the most traffic to TheAuthorYani.com that results in total sales of over $500 in a month, your commission will be increased to 30% per novel or eBook sold. For affiliates sending traffic that results in over $1,000 in sales per month, your commission will be increased to 35% per novel or eBook sold! For example, if all of the traffic you’ve sent to TheAuthorYani.com resulted in $585, you would receive your 25% commission for the first $500 which is $125 and for the remaining $85, you will receive a 30% commission of $25.50 for a total of $150.50! If the traffic you sent to the site resulted in $1,200, you would receive $125 for the first $500 earned, $150 for amounts $501-$1,000 and $70 for the remaining $200 which is a total commission of $345!

How do I get started?

Simply fill out the application below and click submit. Your application will be reviewed and a response will be given in 24 business hours. Once you’ve been contacted letting you know that your application has been approved, select one of the affiliate banners (or feel free to design one of your own) and attach it to your website. You can also place your affiliate link in Facebook, Twitter or in your emails.

Visit the page on my site at Team Yani Affiliates and fill out the application. I’ll review it and get back to you within 24-48 hours. If your application is approved, you will be given a banner or link to post on your website, blog and/or social media accounts. Let’s work!

Amazon Kindle Book Freebie- Love’s Deadly Masquerade

Love's Deadly Masquerade
Love’s Deadly Masquerade

Good morning readers! I wanted to make sure I got this blog post up bright and early so I can make you all aware that Love’s Deadly Masquerade is available on Amazon Kindle for Free! Yes, I know so many readers out in the world enjoy not only a good read, but a FREE good read! Let’s Get Love’s Deadly Masquerade into the number one spot for Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense and Psychological! Are you team Yani? (Scream Yes!) What do we want? (screams- The Number 1 Spot on The Best Seller’s List) When do we want it? (Screams- NOW!) So let’s go Team Yani! Tweet and retweet #TeamYani #LovesDeadlyMasquerade #Freebie to help spread the word so that this book can sit in the number one spot where it belongs! Tweet and Retweet with those hashtags and encourage your fellow readers to one click, read and be sure to leave a review. I can’t stress how important it is for readers to leave a review for an author after they’ve read the book whether you liked the book or not. Good feedback most definitely leads to more sales because it makes the next reader curious about the story that was written. Sometimes, bad feedback can have the same effect because readers may want to know if they’ll feel the same way (depending on the detail of the bad feedback). But bad feedback (depending on what’s said- sometimes it’s constructive, sometimes it’s just pure hate!) can help a writer perfect his or her own craft to turn out an even better book next time.
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<<<Click that!! So I hope you all will help me get Love’s Deadly Masquerade the exposure that it needs! Lets go hard for this book. It rocks. You know it, I know it, let’s make sure the world knows it. #TeamYani people! (Arsenio Hall fist pump!)

Download Love’s Deadly Masquerade on Amazon Kindle between today and Friday for free!

Updates, Book Specials and MORE!

The Author Yani
TAY- The Author Yani

Hello everyone and thanks for check out my blog. I have so much to catch you all up on since it has literally been just about nine months since the last time I made a blog post. I have to do better. I have been quite busy with a few things going on. For starters, there is a new edition to my family. On September 11, 2014 at 2:54am, I gave birth to a precious baby girl. She weighed 7lbs 2oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. She has been such a joy these last seven months and her big brother and big sister absolutely adore her. I named her Dallas and she is just awesome. I call her Lil’ Foot because when she was first born, she had the cutest little feet and the name just stuck with her. Now when I say to her “Look at my Little Foot”, she just starts grinning from ear to ear showing all of her gums. Yes indeed she is a joy. Since I started this blog post speaking of one of my children, I might as well do an update on them all. Demetrius started kindergarten this year. And it’s so funny because my oldest, Destiny, started school on September 8th. My water broke during the evening of September 10th and then my son started kindergarten September 15th. So as you can imagine, there really was no resting for me at all. But that is quite alright because I’m used to it. But anyways, he cried and it almost tore my heart to pieces. Quite a few times I wanted to scoop him up from the line and take him back home with me. He didn’t do the fall out screaming and crying, it was the way he would look back at me with those big brown eyes becoming all teary and it looked like he was saying, “Please don’t leave me.” Ugh, it killed my soul. But maybe two weeks after he started, I took him to school, he hopped out the truck and haul assed to the school yard. I’m like well damn Demetrius! No hug, no “see you later mom”, just took off running so he could be with his new friends. That’s my little man, always looking to help, always asking if there is anything he can do for me.
And lastly of course, there is my mini me; Little Miss Destiny. She is still playing the piano, participated in two talent shows playing John Legend’s All of Me in the first show and getting a standing ovation. I was so damn nervous I didn’t even realize that I wasn’t recording until she was playing the second first. And it was so dope that the kids in the auditorium was singing along with her as she played. It was like seeing her put on a show for a concert. The last show she participated in, not only did she receive a standing ovation (I remembered to record) but she took first prize over 18 total performers. That was so dope… but then I was summoned to her classroom because prior to the show she had some behavior issues… and wrote “REVOLUTION” on one of the damn chairs. SMH. The only thing I could say to myself was she’s been watching too many Black Panther documentaries and too many Tupac interviews. That girl loves her some Tupac. Like mother like daughter.
Now! On to the book updates!! A Thug’s Redemption has a new cover that was designed by me. Though I designed the last cover, I absolutely HATED IT!! But this new over right here is EVERYTHING!!

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When I first finished it, I couldn’t stop staring at it. It looks so much better than the previous book covers and I am definitely going to stick with this one.
In an earlier blog post I mentioned how much I detest the idea of selling my books for .99cents. Especially since every last one of my novels are full length novels over 300 pages, vividly written with awesome story-lines and great characters. While I am a new author, the quality of my work is much higher than .99cents. Unfortunately (and I say this with the utmost respect) I am working with a great promoter and marketing specialist who advised me that because I am new and A Thug’s Redemption has not reach the popular status that it deserves, it would be in my best interest to do a .99 cent promotion for a month and promote the hell out of it. She tried to make me feel better by reminding me that because it is the first of a trilogy, not only will sales increase for that books, but the sequels as well. So far she is correct, but I still don’t like the idea of selling my work so cheap. You can imagine that I can’t wait for the month of April to be over so I can go back to my regular price LOL. Sorry readers, but my work is too good, it’s like I’m selling myself short. And while I know readers want to save money, at the end of the day this is a business I am running, the object is to make money and the goal is to be able to take care of my family. A lot of readers don’t understand what comes with putting a book out; the cost of ISBNs, barcodes, copyrights, editing, printing, advertisements, marketing, promotions and travel expenses for book signings out of town. So unless fifty thousand people are buying an ebook for 99 cents every month, it is not financially smart to sell a book for .99 cents.

I did try some new sites to promote my book with and I must say they did not generate the results I was looking for. In a later post, I will list the names of those advertisements that I used for those who want to give them a try. What may not have generated the results I was looking for may not be the same for the next person so, Good luck!

Sisters With Purpose

I am now the host of BRPP’s Sistahs with Purpose blogtalk radio show and I must say, for the last couple of weeks, the show has been HOT, HOT, HOT! We have had discussions on interracial dating, how to uplift the Black Man and get him back to be the leaders of our households and communities, and last week we did a show on side chicks which sparked a lot of conversations as well as a new radio show I will be hosting on Saturday nights called “Erotica Unmasked”.Erotica Unmasked

My partner in crime for Sistahs with Purpose which airs every Wednesday night from 9pm-11pm EST, is my sister who goes by the name “Why Yet” and my partner in crime for “Erotica Unmasked” will be So F’n Buttery who is a long time childhood friend of both myself and Why Yet. That show will be airing Saturday nights from 8pm-10pm. So before you leave for the club or while you’re getting fancy for a night out with the fellas or a night out with your home-girls, be sure to tune in to the spicy chats we will be having

Tonight on Sistahs with Purpose, we will be interviewing Author Yara Kaleemah where she will be telling us all about her awesome books as well as her new company SWAG which stands for “Strong Women Achieving Greatness”. Join the Event Page to post comments and questions and call in 773-897-6297 to speak with this amazing young lady. As usual there will be open mic, laughs and lots of love.

That is all for this blog post today. In my next post, I might be nice enough to share a sneak preview of a new novel I am working won. I know many of my readers were looking forward to my BDSM/Fetish novel “Ebony Femme Fatal” but I had to take a small break from that one. I don’t like to force my writing. Stay tuned for more! Peace!

If you haven’t already, 1 click A Thug’s Redemption and see what life is like for Jamal as he tries to survive the mean streets of North Philly. One act of revenge, one regrettable mistake puts Jamal in a dangerous position that could cost him his freedom, his brother’s life and the life of his girlfriend. But to protect the ones that he loves and put the wrong things right, he will do whatever it takes… even if it costs him his own life. For readers who enjoy a suspenseful, erotic drama, check out Obsessive Intimacies. “Sex, secrets, lies and obsession; Markel and Tierra have it all, love, successful careers, great marriage and most importantly, family. But when troubles on the inside become knowledge to the wrong people on the outside, secret affairs quickly turn into a deadly obsession.” Read these incredible Amazon Best Sellers on Kindle or paperback. Visit www.theauthoryani.com/purchase.html to purchase your copies. Free shipping on ALL paper back orders through paypal. Be sure to tell a friend!