Excitement in Book World!


I thought I’d share a couple pieces of exciting news going on in my world of writing and self-publishing…

First of all, I am giddy as hell because Amazon announced they are now granting self-published authors the opportunity to advertise their upcoming new eBooks for pre-order sales! Pre-orders sales have been a huge–HUGE–edge that published authors have over the self-published authors at Amazon. Leveling that playing field somewhat is fantastic news for us little guys. (Within the past few months, Smashwords offered self-published authors the ability to put their eBooks up for pre-order sales at B&N/Nook and iTunes books. You go, Mark Coker! )

And the second piece of fun news? The fourth book in the ongoing series of The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod is going to soon be up for pre-order sales at Barnes & Noble/Nook and iTunes/books. It will be available on Amazon/Kindle, too, but that will take another month or so.

For Anabel fans, here’s a sneak peek of the new book cover. I’ll keep you posted when Adieu to Destiny is available for pre-order sales. I am sure Ms. Wheeler-Dealer Axelrod will want to offer a pre-order promotion you simply can’t pass up! :}

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The WINNER of the Name the Beta Reader Group….




Congratulations, Melissa Weaver!!  Love that name! I have sent you an email to talk prizes. ;}

I will post more about Bel’s Book Ninjas and how to sign up to be a BBN beta reader for the fourth book in The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod in a few weeks.

My thanks to everyone for contributing and joining in the fun to name the beta readers–you guys are some kind of creative peeps!

Tracy Ellen



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Update! Name the Anabel Axelrod Beta Reader Contest

Hello, Everybody!

Wow–there were some fun, creative names submitted in this contest over the last week! Being a dirty-minded woman, I have to admit it’s tempting to name the new Anabel Axelrod Beta Readers the “MastaBeta’s”, as so kindly proposed by my even dirtier-minded friend. I don’t think that’s as bad as “Vi-brator-Betas”, which she was really pushing for when we were sitting outside in lawn chairs last night at 2:00 am! (It works best to say “Vi-brator-Betas” in a southern accent.) I am also fond of SpankMeBetas, BUT, I have a sneaking suspicion some people may not want to admit they belong to such a group. I want everyone to be PROUD to be associated with me, not slouching and cringing in dark corners.  ;}


Here is a recap of the list of the wonderful entries posted on FB and my blog:

Anabel’s BetaBelles

Bel’s Book Babes



AWOLing for Anabel


Junior Jurors

Bel’s Bookworms

Anabel’s Sparklers

Little Black Bag

Anabel’s Ass-kicking Authorettes (in training)

Anabel’s Coffee Clutch

Axe AnaBelles

Bel’s Betas

Review Gurus


Pact of Pontification



Bel’s Bunch

Bel’s Book Ninja’s

Anabel’s Avengers

Anabel’s Bookstore Babes

Anabel’s Bitchy Book Ladies

Axel Readers

These are all great, and I thank each and every one of you for taking the time to enter your ideas! I’ve narrowed it down to four, but am having a heck of a time choosing the ultimate winner. PLEASE assist indecisive me by commenting on your top choice from the four listed below. One vote, per person. It’s totally okay to vote for your own. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday night, August 13. I’ll be the tie-breaking vote, if necessary, as well.

Here are the four choices for the Anabel Axelrod Beta Reader Group contest, in no particular order. Cast your vote now by commenting on FB or blog post!

1. Axe AnaBelles

2. Fanabels

3. Bel’s Book Ninja’s

4. Anabel’s BetaBelles



🙂 Tracy Ellen



“Name Anabel Axelrod’s Beta Reader Group” Contest!



I’m starting a beta reader group for my upcoming fourth book in The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod series. The group needs a seriously cool name before I can go any further. Sounds like a good time for a contest to me!

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1. “Name Anabel Axelrod’s  Beta Reader Group” Contest will run from today–Sunday, 8/03/14 through next Saturday, 8/09/14.

2. Submit your entry by replying on this FB post or by commenting on this BLOG POST. (A multiple entry winner, if chosen, would be determined by the first time/date it was posted.)

3. “Name Anabel Axelrod’s Beta Reader Group” contest winner will be selected by me next Sunday, 8/10/09. I will post the winning name on both FB and my blog, and notify the winner by personal message or email.


Open to the world at large! The winner will receive an autographed paperback of one of my books of their choice, (US only) OR a $15 gift card to Amazon or B&N (US/International)

Oh yeah,  what the heck IS a Beta Reader Group?

In my case, Anabel Axelrod’s beta reader group will be people who are interested in reading my new, fourth manuscript in TAoAA when I am about halfway done. After reading, they would answer some questions to share their insights, viewpoints, and suggestions with me regarding the newest book. (Never fear, I will post more on the exact details regarding this new beta reader group later on–after the naming contest!)