Self Published Sunday #6 – #IndieBooksBeSeen Special

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My apologies for not posting for a full TWO WEEKS! Can I blame life? Is that a legitimate excuse? … Well it’s what I’m blaming, so there. But today I’m really excited about my post! I’m here to tell y’all about #IndieBooksBeSeen! This movement was started on Twitter by the talented indie author Mark Shaw. Mark wrote The Keeper of the Wind (which was such a great story) and being an indie author he decided he wanted to do something other than sit around and hope his books sold. So he created the hashtag to help get the world aware of indie books.

It started on July 1st when indie authors shared pictures of themselves with their books or posters of their books. Anything that could show the world “Hey, I wrote this, and I’m dang proud!” It was a truly fun day and I felt really connected to a lot of self published authors after that.

Well the madness did not end, and thank goodness. Mark kept it going and other indie authors got involved. Soon #IndieBooksBeSeen was a part of my life and I know I’m not the only one. Anytime I’m posting anything about my book, or my work, I use the tag. On Twitter, Instagram, even Facebook. Heck you remember if you entered my Heavy Hearts giveaway, I even put the tag in the entry tweet. It’s pretty safe to say it’s something that is important to me and I’m so excited it exists.

Since July 1st Mark has put together Booktuber review hauls, he’s encouraging authors to make book teasers that he and other authors are finding shops that will display them, and there is even a website! If you are looking for any good indie books to read, or indie authors to follow, or heck even if you are an indie author looking for advice or want to join the movement, look up the #IndieBooksBeSeen hashtag on Twitter and visit the website to find it all. Continue reading

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Self Published Sundays #5 + Giveaway

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Today should be called ‘Self Promotion Sunday’ because I’m totally going to take this time to brag about my book. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you know that this week I finally got my paperback copies of Heavy Hearts and they are finally on sale! I can’t explain the feeling of holding your own book in your hands for the first time, but lets just say it’s better than being able to eat all the chocolate (or whatever sweet you like) in the world without gaining a single ounce. Yeah, it’s that good.

I used CreateSpace, an Amazon company, to get these paperbacks made and aside from having a few cover issues it was pretty painless. The first cover I uploaded wasn’t the right size, I also accidentally picked the wrong size for the actual book itself. So I ordered my first batch of proofs and 3 totally jacked up copies show up. I was so mad at myself. But I figure now if I ever make it big these crappy proofs will be worth some money.. HA! So I did keep them and signed them. I gave one to my mom cause she reads in the bathtub, so if she ruins it it’s no big, and the other two I’ll probably give away for fun. We’ll see. Once I corrected the mistakes I had made I ordered only 1 copy on the off chance that it was messed up again, and when it came I cried. Not because it was wrong, or wasn’t what I was expecting, but because it was finally here and it made it all feel so real. I felt like a real author now.

Yes, Heavy Hearts had been on eBook for nearly two months, but this was just so much better. First thing I did was run to my bookshelf and take pics

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So to celebrate the release of my very first book being on sale in paperback I’m going to have a giveaway right here! This giveaway will include a signed paperback copy of Heavy Hearts, and some Heavy Hearts swag including: bookmarks, stickers, and buttons.

It was Blaise Pascal who wrote “The heart has its reasons which reason knows not,” and that couldn’t be more true for love-struggling Lucy Whitten.

This romantic time jumping tale takes you back into Lucy’s past and spiraling into her present where three men all confess their undying love to her. When she finds herself caught in the center of this epic love triangle it takes a heavy heart to decide whose heart to love, and whose hearts to break.

If you just can’t wait to read this book then you can purchase it here: Heavy Hearts

You can also buy the paperback and eBook on Amazon! But if I could ask that you purchase the paperbacks from CreateSpace. I only ask because it benefits me more, and as an indie author in order to produce more things, like hardcovers and more swag/signed copies, I have to fund that all myself and trust me when I say it isn’t cheap. Having said that, as long as people are enjoying my book I don’t care where they get it from. I didn’t do this to get rich quick, I did this to hopefully make people feel the same way I feel when I read my favorite books.

Find me and my book on Goodreads and also follow my personal website for all info on Heavy Hearts, future writing, and my life. One exciting thing about the paperback copy is that it include the first chapter of Finn: A Heavy Hearts Novella which is the first of three companion novellas I’m writing from each guy’s POV. I’m really excited about it. I haven’t picked a definitive release date, but Finn’s story is finished and ready to go. I’m thinking the beginning of October will be good. So that is something you’ll want to look out for if you enjoy my book.

Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive from the beginning. You all know who you are and I love you so much.

Stay tuned for more Self Published Sundays and more on Heavy Hearts! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below:

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Self Published Sundays #2

So today I’m going to chat about the first ever self published book I had read. Even though the book was littered with typos I was still amazed by the fact that someone just went ahead and made that book without the help from any publishing houses whatsoever. So once I had that in my hands I was like “Hey wow… I can actually do this” (self publish that is).

The only three self published paperback books I own are sold from Amazon, so I assume they are using Createspace to create the copies (of course I could be wrong). That’s what I’ll be using. They make it nice and easy. They print the books on demand as the orders come in, so I don’t have to pay for a bunch of copies myself and hope that I can sell them. I’m almost to that point folks, bare with me. My point to this is that although the books aren’t as cool as some paperback are, or feel as nice as some, they are still nice quality; so that made me feel good about it.

Arena One SmallOnto the book. After I was going through a serious book hangover from Insurgent a friend suggested I read Arena One which is book #1 of The Survival Trilogy by Morgan Rice. Like I said up top, the typos were there, but if you can look past that then it is a fantastic read. I got a more of a Hunger Games vibe than Divergent vibe, but it cured my hangover so I was grateful. I was only 6 chapters in before I decided to purchase the second book Arena Two so I could continue seamlessly.

After reading it I looked up Morgan Rice to see what kind of success she had as a self published author. I don’t know if you’ve read anything by this author, but she has like a million books! Her three series are The Vampire Journals (11 books), The Survival Trilogy (2 books), and The Sorcerer’s Ring (15 books). Each and everyone of these books is self published. I am dying to meet this lady and shake her hand. That’s a seriously impressive thing to accomplish.

If you like fast paced, action packed, survival books then give Arena One and Arena Two a try. I’m still waiting on the edge of my seat to see what happens, but I can’t get any kind of word on when Arena Three will be out. I’ve even emailed the author, and no dice. Hopefully it comes out soon because I need to know what happens!

On a final note. I’ve been a self published author for a little over a month now. I got myself some business cards and book swag (buttons and sticker… still waiting for the bookmarks) and things have been going pretty good. I did an interview on Mainstream Passionista and we also gave away a copy of my eBook. If you haven’t already, check out Heavy Hearts on Amazon today! See ya next week readers ❤

Self Published Sundays #1

spsHey fellow readers, writers, and all around book nerds. Thanks for checking out my first Self Published Sunday post. It’ll be a weekly thing where I chat it up about the joys of being a self published author. Sine this is the introduction post I’m really just going to touch base on my first book Heavy Hearts. I self published HH a month ago with Amazon KDP and it’s been quite the experience.

A little back story: I have wanted to be a writer since I was little. I used to write these weird little stories about talking animals, usually dogs, and the little girl (me) who they loved. Let’s just say I was really into The Wild Thonrberrys. I’ve always had a thing for writing, and even if it was bad I did it anyway. I won a short story award in 7th grade English, and that same year I had a god awful poem about Christmas published into one of those books of poems from kids of all ages in different schools around the country. I just love to write. It’s the main reason I became a blogger too, I get to write daily and I adore it. But enough about that boring nonsense…

I started writing Heavy Hearts over a year ago and I wasn’t planning on taking it anywhere serious. I was writing it as a joke for a friend who wanted to read a story about a “Love Square” rather than a triangle – like most stories have. So I started it and just couldn’t finish. Once I was finished I had wonderful friends who read it, gave me feedbakc, helped me edit, and encouraged me to work on publishing. I reached out to literary agents to try and go the legit publishing route, but I got back rejection after rejection and it was discouraging. I know I should’ve kept at it and tried harder, some authors get rejected hundreds of times before they find one who will say yes, but I really just wanted people to start reading my book. So I started researching self publishing and found Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). Amazon makes it SO easy for an indie author on a budget. It was literally just all about uploading the word file and the cover art and BAM! I was a self published author. Felt amazing. Continue reading