First 1-Star Review

Hey everyone! I just wanted to say that I am still working on getting these repeated issues with WordPress on my computer fixed. However, I just moved into a new home and do not have wi-fi yet, so therefore cannot work on fixing the issue at the moment.

But I wanted to bring up a concern. I noticed that I have a 1-Star review on Preservation and yet the reviewer did not bother to explain why. I understand that my writing is not for everyone, but as an author, I am always striving to get better. And how can I do that when there is not a single critique?

I’m not frustrated at the fact that it was 1 star. Not at all. Haters gonna hate 😁. But if you are going to the trouble of reviewing something that took 2 years to write, give me the courtesy of explaining why it was so horrible in your opinion. Maybe there is something I can work on. Who knows?

Does any other writer/author feel this way?

KDP Finally Worked

I am finally FINALLY (and I mean finally this time) happy to say that Book 2 of The Wanderer Trilogy is available for purchase in size 12 font that matches the format of Book 1. The Chapter font is the same Courier New that Purpose is, and the same single-spacing as the new version of Purpose that was just recently released. Breathing a sigh of relief is an understatement at this point, but everyone can now enjoy the fruits of my labor! πŸ™‚

So where do I go from here? I have been getting a lot of requests to do an audiobook version of Purpose and Preservation for people who dislike reading or do not have the time to sit down and read an entire novel. While I may wait until the release of Book 3, it is an option that I am exploring. My fiancΓ© and I are in the early process of purchasing our first home and would like to find some space to have an office to write and record audiobooks. That would be ideal, anyway. πŸ™‚

But for the time being, I’m taking a little bit of time off before starting Book 3: Prowess to come into it with a fresh mind. It won’t be but for a few weeks, but work will begin shortly! Thank you again to everyone who supports my work! The best thing you can do to help me build on my dream and keep me writing is by writing reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other outlets where you purchase my books. This boosts my place among other writers and gives me a good handle on what you all are enjoying about my writing! Thank you again πŸ™‚

A Surprise for Your Patience

Happy evening to everyone! I am happy to finally announce that Preservation is in Hard Copy via Amazon within the next 72 hours (currently pending review). I will be posting the link on the Bookstore page as soon as it goes LIVE.

As with any craft, I am learning to format my books properly. While the cover formatting software has changed on Amazon since Purpose was released, I have spent a number of extra hours to try and make the 2nd book as close to the 1st as possible. Self-publishing and a tight budget really restrict options, so it isn’t the ‘perfect’ final draft that I always envision. My hopes and dreams of becoming financially stable as a full-time author will only be realized by continuing to write and release books. Everyone who supports me truly takes a place in my heart as each sale gets me one step closer to achieving my goal. I deeply thank you! πŸ™‚

As such, I have decided to reformat Purpose and re-release it in both eBook format and Paper Copy at a discounted price. I changed everything to ‘single-space’ with a space between each paragraph, so that has drastically reduced the amount of pages for each book. As long as the woman who formatted the cover isn’t terribly busy, you can expect it very soon! If you don’t already own a copy, get ready to purchase a cheaper version than the original edition.

Now that Book 2 is complete, you know what the next steps will be… writing Book 3! I am very excited to wrap everything up, bring everything together, and fill it will suspense and plot twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Once this is complete, I will be working on my next projects (a small book of short stories *possibly* or the beginning to the outline of a fantasy series).

Again, I appreciate your support from the bottom of my heart! Please check back for an update on Preservation‘s official release date along with a link on the Bookstore page.

Quick Update on Preservation

Good Morning All!

I wanted to give you a quick update on Preservation and its release. I started to transfer everything into Scrivener yesterday, hoping that it would only take a short time to get everything translated properly. However… before Scrivener, I have to copy stuff into Microsoft Word and then move it from there into Scrivener. As I try doing this, my computer (which had a paid version of Office on there) uninstalled Office and is now forcing me to pay yearly for something that was paid for a few years ago as an older version.

Needless to say, I am slightly frustrated at the whole idea of paying yearly for software that I simply use at the very end of my writing process. So I boycotted paying $100/year for Microsoft Office and decided to type everything out verbatim onto Scrivener. So, it means that I will be delayed a few days on releasing Book Two of The Wanderer Trilogy. Copyright is already in progress, so at least that’s some good news! πŸ™‚

I’m hoping to get the eBook copies uploaded later this week as those do not require additional formatting. The hard copy on Amazon should be available within the next week or two. Thank you all so much for bearing with me if you are eagerly waiting my newest book!

Self Publishing

Self Publishing

So, you’ve finally made it! You now have a nicely-polished novel. And, boy, are you proud! AND YOU SHOULD BE! Not many people make it to the finish line and writing a 70K-100k+ book is very arduous.

Now what? Well you could either go the Traditional Publishing route or you could Self Publish. I’m going to make a case for Self Publishing because that is the choice I made forΒ The Wanderer Trilogy.Β I want to cover the reasons I’m Self Publishing and help you make the best choice for your literary work of art!

Benefits of Self Publishing – (In my opinion)

There are a number of reasons I want to Self Publish. The good news is that it’s super easy and more widely accepted than it used to be. In the time of technology, the newer generations tend to read the News, Social Media, and (yes) even Novels on e-format. However, there are some of us Millennials (like myself) that are Purists when it comes to books. I always prefer to hold the copy in my hands. And now, with Amazon CreateSpace, you can sell hard copies of your book through Amazon.

To me, Self-Publishing allows a whole additional layer of creativity. Publishing companies have certain ‘formulas’ that they desire. Some will want you to change your book, and the constant battle to just have ONE company say “yes – we want your book” is way too stressful. Not to mention, you have to adhere to different manuscript formats for each company. It’s pointless, it’s outdated (in my opinion), and adds to the stress already compounded from putting your book out there.

Making sure you have the best book that you can is part of the reason you want to use Beta Readers, contracted Editors, and Freelance Cover Designers. Without breaking your bank, you want to have the “Best of the Best” or close to it. Because you don’t have an entire company providing these services, you have to pay for them yourself. However, you won’t be forced to use a specific editor, cover designer, etc.

If you decide to traditionally publish your novel, the amount of money you will make per book will decrease. I’m not sure the exact percentage, but with Self Publishing, you can make roughly $2.00 per book compared to less than $1.00 with Traditional Publishing. Once you gather a following, you can up the price of your books and make a few more bucks! The way I think about it… if I have $20K in Student Debt (*sad face*) and ~15,000 people purchase my book in either eBook or hard copy, minus taxes, I would be able to pay off my debt! That’s really not that many people πŸ™‚

On the flip side, traditionally publishing a novel leaves the company to do your marketing for you. They take care of getting your book into stores. Sure, you make less per book, but you don’t have to market your book alone. If you choose to Self-Publish, you also have to self-market. This means going to bookstores, libraries, boutiques, and random people to sell your book. You’ll want to practice your pitch and be open to rejection. However, you can negotiate with the store owner to benefit both parties. It’s hard work, but it could work out well for you!

I know… on the surface Self-Publishing seems like hard work. But, you are putting in the work to market your novel on your Blog (like this one) and creating fans from the get-go. You’ve already put in the work for your book, what’s a little more elbow grease? If you are willing, youΒ exclusively reap the benefits.

 

Where to Self Publish

I have already mentioned Amazon for the #1 most important place to publish your book. With any of these websites, you have to format your book a specific way. Using Scriviner, you can easily convert your book into popular formats accepted with the Big websites.

  1. Amazon (CreateSpace) – CreateSpace also takes care of the hard copy of your book.
  2. Smashwords – this website is exclusive to eBook format for independent authors. I also believe this publishes your book to smaller eBook websites to get the best coverage without having to know every url.
  3. Kobo – similar to Smash words.
  4. iTunes – this is to get your book on iBooks. If you end up recording an audiobook, I would also publish that here.
  5. Barnes & Noble – this uses the same format as Kindle from Amazon.

 

I really hope this helps! If you have the extra $$$, I would use a Book Printing website (like BookBaby) and print out a few copies of your book. Then, go around to your local libraries, bookstores, etc. and drop off/sell a few of your copies! Any outlet you can think of to sell your book is KEY! πŸ™‚

 

BEST OF LUCK!