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Books written by April L. Hamilton.

 
Nonfiction



Tech Education/Reference

Fear your gadgets no more! Author and Digital Media Mom site founder April L. Hamilton is on a mission to help ordinary consumers better understand their devices and get more and better use from those devices. The Digital Media Mom's Guide To High Tech In Plain English provides over 100 tips, tricks, troubleshooting techniques, answers to specific tech questions, money-saving ideas, and clear, step-by-step instructions compiled from the Digital Media Mom website into this one volume.

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The Digital Media Mom's Guide To High Tech In Plain English is available now in Kindle format, for the Kindle, Kindle Fire or any of the Free Kindle Reader apps.




Memoir

In early 2010 I learned I had a "suspicious" mass in my right breast. Two days later my husband of 18+ years announced he was leaving me. This meant I'd also soon be unemployed since my job at the time was as Office Manager for a business my then-husband and I ran together. This book is for anyone who's facing a similar upheaval, whether it's divorce, unemployment, a health crisis or anything else that has essentially bulldozed your life.

Read an excerpt.

To Hell And (Hopefully) Back is available now in Kindle format, for the Kindle, Kindle Fire or any of the Free Kindle Reader apps.


The Indie Author Guide
The updated and revised edition of The Indie Author Guide: Self- Publishing Strategies Anyone Can Use, is now available from Writer's Digest, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders and Booksamillion, as well as other booksellers.

From the back cover:

This book offers aspiring self-published authors a roadmap to success by giving them exclusive insight to the latest technology and step-by-step instructions for making the most of it. With eBooks, print on demand and the power of Web 2.0, authors and micro-publishers finally have the means at their disposal to publish their own books and go indie, just as filmmakers and musicians have done before them. This book takes you through every stage of the self-publishing process, including illustrated, detailed, step-by-step instructions on publishing options, getting organized, creating your own brand, DIY formatting for POD, editing and revising, designing your own book cover, publishing for the Kindle, publishing through CreateSpace, publishing to other eBook formats, promotion methods, and HTML.


From Concept to Community
From Concept to Community tells the story of the highly successful launch of Publetariat, the premier online news hub and community for indie authors and small imprints. The site got over 7,000 hits in the first 24 hours following its launch, and achieved an Alexa traffic rank in the top 2% of all websites worldwide in a matter of weeks. This book shares the specific strategies used to plan and execute both the site and its launch to maximize early exposure, the steps taken to ensure the site will continue to grow in popularity, and the gotchas to avoid when launching any new online community. Available from:

Amazon - trade paperback & Kindle
Barnes & Noble - trade paperback
Smashwords - multiple ebook formats

 
Fiction



Social Media Novel

Overshare is a totally new kind of "book". It's sort of like an epistolary novel, sort of like a graphic novel, sort of like a traditional novel, and yet, not quite any of those things. It's unlike any ebook that's come before.

Overshare tells the (fictional) story of Michael Ayres, a young man embarking on a year filled with far more changes and challenges than he can handle. Michael's story is told entirely in the form of his own, public updates to various social media sites, where he reveals much more about himself and what's going on in his life than he intends or realizes—often as much through what he doesn't post, as what he does. The reader sees Michael's "Faceplace" updates and images, his friends' responses to them, his "twiddle" updates, and his blog posts, just the same as if they were being viewed online on real websites.

Overshare poses the question: given how easily the reader can see Michael's life unraveling, despite not knowing him personally, how easily can the reader's social media followers open a window into the reader's own life as well?


(Note - due to the graphics-heavy nature of this full-color ebook, it's strongly suggested the reader view it on a Kindle Fire device or in any of the free, full-color Kindle Reader apps (available in the Kindle store). The book still works on a black and white reader, but the experience is far richer in color. Also, note that on a Kindle Fire device, tapping any of the images twice will enlarge them.)

Read an excerpt. Available exclusively from Amazon - for the Kindle Fire or any of the free Kindle Reader apps.



Dark Comic Mystery

Cinder Torley is an intelligent young woman who yearns to escape the stifling yoke imposed by her small town upbringing and unhappy marriage, but that doesn't mean she killed her husband. When he goes missing one night, Cinder quickly learns who---and how few---her friends really are in this darkly comic tale of dueling schemers and incompetents. The sheriff thinks this might be his only ticket out of back-country law enforcement. Coffee house barista Clark Norris knows a sordid, true-crime story could jumpstart his stalled writing career. Glamorous correspondent Bailey Weems sees a ratings bonanza that can make her a cable news star. And as for Velma and Naomi, who may or may not be part of the notorious Manitoba Six Canadian crime ring, they're only in it for the black market Phen-Fen. The surprising truth about what happened to Cinder's husband will lay waste to all these agendas, but will it prove Cinder's innocence?

Read an excerpt. Available from:

Amazon - trade paperback & Kindle
Barnes & Noble - trade paperback


Adelaide Einstein by April L. Hamilton
Comic Fiction, Chick Lit

Adelaide Binchley is probably the only forty- something housewife and junior college dropout ever to be nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physics, and she's certainly the only one whose career was launched by a bedpan. When Addie meets Physics professor Jakob Pankowicz, she discovers that having just one person see a greater potential in her, and believe in her even when she doesn't believe in herself, is all she needs to escape her self-imposed limits. In this hilarious and touching novel, as she navigates the rough territory created by her teenage-feminist daughter, borderline delinquent son, philandering husband, and the friends in her embroidery circle, Addie finds when one person selflessly reaches out to another, that gesture has the power to change the world.

Read an excerpt. Available from:

Amazon - trade paperback & Kindle

 


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