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 #4 – Spotlight on The Pendant Trilogy

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Today I have something special to share with you. Part of being a self published author is finding more self published authors to chat with, support, and even promote. I absolutely adore being in the indie book world and I love all the new authors I’m meeting over the wonderful world wide web. Just like writing duo Sarena and Sasha Nanua, young twin authors who wrote and self published The Pendant Trilogy.

I’m just about finished with book 1, The Gemstone, and I am loving it! Not only am I enjoying the book, but I really love the unique way Sarena and Sasha write, and the fact that they are a team. Such young talent deserves recognition.

ssSarena and Sasha Nanua are teenage twins living in Ontario. They love reading books in their spare time and enjoy science fiction and fantasy novels. They have been writing books since they were nine-years-old. The Gemstone is their first novel. You can visit them online at www.thependanttrilogy.com

 

 

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The Gemstone – One gemstone that changed her life… Now it was almost before me. My breath quickened as I struggled to let go of the necklace. I even stood to pull the box with me, but the ribbon of the necklace reddened my wrist like a hot coal and I cried out in pain. Suddenly all I heard was my breath-in, out. The figure moved quicker and quicker, closer and closer…
The figure was now above me, drifting over my head, and then it tumbled on me with the force of gravity.

And then with a whimper, I fell unconscious as darkness surrounded me.

ARICA MILLER is thrilled to begin her sophomore year at Hill Valley Private Arts Academy. Little does she know that the prestigious school holds more hidden secrets than she’d anticipated-especially with the headmistress. After she accidentally comes into contact with a mysterious gemstone necklace, she receives strange hallucinations that connect to her family’s past. Arica soon realizes that this is no regular necklace, but a necklace that contains power beyond her knowledge. And that’s not all. Her world unwinds as she is absorbed with knowledge of a world of sorcery.

All dating up to Halloween night, Arica must face suspicious friends, monstrous creatures, and the truth of her family’s connection with sorcery. But worst of all, she must face a powerful enemy keen on only one thing: the gemstones – Goodreads synopsis Continue reading

Self Published Sundays #3

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Today is all about process.

So sometimes it helps to talk to other writers about how they write so you can get an idea of some do’s and don’ts in the writing world. Everyone is different, so that’s something that should always be remembered, and no two authors should write alike (hopefully)

It’s also not even totally about knowing what not to do and what to do, but it’s a good insight to know how another writer gets in the zone so you can battle writer’s block. Or I could just be totally wrong and maybe you don’t want to know how someone else gets in the writing groove. Personally I do, and I’ve spoken with several aspiring writers, as well as a few published writers, and have received some great tips.

So my writing process is a mess. I have no rhyme or rhythm to it, I just do it. That can be a problem in the editing process, but for the actual writing process it’s a pretty decent technique I think. I never stop writing, even when it doesn’t make sense. I have this thing with punctuation, I don’t like it. I often will write three paragraphs or pages with no punctuation and then I’m kicking myself because I have to go back and fix it all. Who likes a book without punctuation? I’ve read a couple and they weren’t bad books, but I just don’t think it’s something I can accomplish. Maybe someday.

I normally write at late night. I work during the days and am still in school at 25 years old, so the wee hours of the night are my time to shine. There are some nights where I’ll write from 11:00 pm to almost 4:00 am. Not so good on the whole sleep schedule thing, but it get’s the job done.

Music. I’ve heard many writers say they won’t listen to music because it distracts them, and I’ve heard others say that music drives them. For me personally it can be both. I listen to the Creativity Boost playlist on Spotify, and I absolutely love it. Sometimes, though, I love it a little too much. I can get really into the songs and start singing my heart away and even stopping myself for a dance break. This is where the staying up all night to write thing comes in handy because then I have no one awake to judge me. Another thing that can stop my writing process while I’m jammin’ to some tunes is that I’ll hear something I really like and have to go look up every other song that artist has produced. BUT if I write in silence, I’m utterly lost. It’s a love hate relationship to say the least.

So that’s some stuff. My process is my process and it works for me, so ya know. If you’re a writer I’d love to hear what your writing process is like. Who knows, maybe we could help each other out. I may not have a ton of advice to give, and I’m not a totally successful author (yet) but if there is one thing I can say to you it is this: keep writing, never stop, even when it doesn’t make sense because things can always be fixed in editing and who knows what amazing things you might write while rambling away at the keyboard.

See ya next week readers and writers ❤

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