Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesday Links

Hi Everyone!

I haven't posted many new self-publishing-related links lately. Most seem to repeat the same thing over and over again, and others, well, come from people who are *sadly* misinformed.

But here's one of the "good ones," from Libbie Hawker and The Seattle Vine.

She references a video posted by John Green, which you may want to check out. I didn't mention anything here about it, because I love John Green and, well, I was kind of disappointed in his whole "you didn't write that" attitude.

If you make it all the way to the end (it's long!), I appreciated this little reminder:

"Remember what you forgot decades ago: that in spite of what you’ve conditioned authors like John Green to believe, there are only two figures without whom Bookworld cannot survive: readers and writers. Everybody else is, in the end, expendable. Get out of the way of ebooks. Readers want them. Offer more variety. Readers want it. Listen to reader feedback. They are your consumers."

Also, from Michael J. Sullivan: "Let's Stop Comparing Apples and Oranges."

Warning: there are numbers, and, if you're anything like me, they will make absolutely no sense to you. Scroll down to the bottom, though, because there is a "Bottom Line"  and this final thought:

"So, self or traditional has equal chances of success or failure. Which one an author should choose will come down to their goals and abilities. There is no universal “right” choice…just one that will best fit a particular author at a particular time, and as the hybrid movement continues to grow, I think we’ll find that what may have been the “right choice” at one point in time may mean “going the other way” later on. A savvy author keeps their eyes and options open and flexibility will be the thing that works the most in their favor."




Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Indie Life: Letting Go

After you hit "publish," sending your story out in the world, it's important to let it go. Don't stress about reviews; don't worry about how the world will take it--if it will be accepted. Turn your attention to that next project.

Those reviews will only drive you crazy. Rankings and sales data--the daily ups and downs and highs and lows--will only make you nauseous.

Get your story written, make it the best it can possibly be, publish it, then leave it alone.

Because you never know which story will "hit," or when a story's "time" will come.

Indie = Letting Go and Looking Forward

Because being Indie doesn't have to mean going it alone.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Hot New Releases!

May releases by Indelible Authors
Debt Collector 6 & 7
by Susan Kaye Quin

Episodes 6 and 7 of the future-noir serial Debt Collector by Susan Kaye Quinn have been released, as well as the Volume 4-6 collection. Try the first episode, Delirium, for FREE:

What’s your life worth on the open market?
Delirium (Debt Collector 1) FREE on  Amazon, KoboSmashwordsiTunes.

Touching Melody
by RaShelle Workman

  • Inspired by real events...
**Due to its heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for ages 17+**

Praise for Touching Melody:
  • "I loved this story of two lost souls, toughened up and emotionally closed off by their circumstances, who opened up to each other and themselves through music." ~ Stacey Wallace Benefiel, author of Crossing
  • "Touching Melody is a haunting love story filled with thrills, chills and secrets that keep the pages turning right up unto the breathless finish." ~ Kate Ashton, author of Every Little Piece.

Maddie Martin's first weekend at college is nothing like she's used to. It's wild, like the wilderness on which the University of Bellam Springs sits. Roped into going to a fraternity party, she literally runs into Kyle Hadley. The boy she's loved since she was nine. The boy she promised all of her firsts to. But that was before his father killed her parents.

Determined to stay away from him, she throws herself into her music. Practicing piano eases her heavy heart, calms the sadness, and pushes away images of Kyle's face.

Until it doesn't.

Her music professor asks her to play a duet for their annual Winter Gala. Doing so means she'll be assured another full ride scholarship. It's an opportunity she can't pass up.

But Kyle is the other half of the duet. And that means hours and hours of practicing.

Weeks of seclusion - just the two of them. And it's more than just music. It's passion like Maddie never believed was possible.

The inevitable happens. She falls in love with him all over again.

But, will loving him be enough to erase all the hate in her heart for his father? Can she look at him, and not see the evil in his family tree?

And maybe it's all a set up. Maybe Kyle is only pretending to care so he can finish what his father started, and kill her too.


Collateral Damage
by Katie Klein


True love can blossom in unexpected places. This is Parker pretending not to care. . . .
Parker Whalen and Jaden McEntyre are a wrong fit from the start. Jaden is driven and focused, Harvard Med School within reach. Parker has a past—a reputation—and the rumors about his mysterious habits abound. So there’s no reason why, when they're assigned to work together on a project in English, they should discover they have anything in common, or even like each other, and they definitely shouldn't be falling in love.

What they have? It isn't real. Because the truth is, Parker Whalen is a liar. This has never mattered…until now. Because lying to someone you care about—someone who matters, someone who believes in you—that's when people get hurt. And Parker is about to hurt Jaden in the biggest way imaginable.

COLLATERAL DAMAGE is the companion novel to CROSS MY HEART, which spent more than 100 days on the Amazon Teen Top 100 Bestseller List in its first year of release, and was a 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best YA Fiction. COLLATERAL DAMAGE, a 76k word/300 page novel for Young Adults, is CROSS MY HEART told from Parker's point of view.
**Though this is not a series, the author highly recommends reading CROSS MY HEART before COLLATERAL DAMAGE**
Rated PG-13 for violence, adult language, and some sensuality.
The Seer (Desolation Diaries #2)
by Ali Cross

She's always been the one protected, shielded from the darkness in the world. But Miri wants to be as capable and strong as Desi and James. She wants to control her visions so they can actually be of use, actually give her friends an advantage over the dark.

When her visions reveal an enemy fixated on James, Miri must face the evil alone, and risk everything to do it.
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TAKING BACK FOREVER (Book 2 of The Kindrily series)
By Karen Amanda Hooper

Release Date: May 31, 2013
Starry Sky Publishing

*Recommended for ages 15 and older due to mature content.*

Forever is worth the fight.

Maryah erased all memory of her past lives, but she couldn't erase her soul mate Nathan, or his undying love. Now, Maryah and Nathan have a second chance at a future together, but first Maryah must remember the person she used to be and embrace her supernatural gifts--more than one kindrily member's life depends on it.

Maryah's power is Harmony's best hope of finding her kidnapped soul mate, Gregory. But Harmony isn't big on asking anyone for help, and she's tired of waiting, so she's taking matters into her own hands. Heaven help anyone who stands in her way.
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