The Next 1000 Miles

What to Get Your Author for Xmas

Hint #1: It’s Free!!

Answer: A Review

It may not seem like much, but to Indies, it’s almost better than currency. A review or a rating on places like Amazon, GoodReads, a blog or any venue of social media is like seeing the storm clouds part and sun shinning directly on us. As an Indie, my name is not out there; I can’t get into chain book stores; and I have a fan base that consists mainly of friends and family for the moment. The only thing that will help me continue my passion is having more people interested.

Think of a new restaurant that’s opened in your town. If you went there and the food was somewhere between good and great, would you tell others? If you don’t, how will they know? Same goes for books on an almost secret society scale. There are so many to choose from, no one will ever see them without guidance or persistence. We need our readers help or we’ll surely wither away.

So, for Christmas, rate the books you’ve read. Save a writer!

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A Time to Live, The Next 1000 Miles

I Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

Like TLC mentioned in their song, or the Rolling Stones before them or even possibly The Temptations, we all drop our dignity in lieu of the things we want. Hence my post today…

As an author, I have more thoughts than I have free time. My sequel is already complete. Yes, complete! The issue is, I just released my first novel only two months ago and those royalties / popularity / ratings are starting to ramp up, but slowly.

As an Indie, I rely on myself for everything and as much as I love being patient, I have an itch when it comes to getting things completed for people, especially fans!

So, I have started a crowd funding project to help get the major things covered get this ball rolling. My hope is to get funded for the amount in order to push a book out by February. I hope that if you have time to take a look and have an interest that you’ll help me keep living my dream.

Please feel free to check out the link below to find out more and the prizes that go along with them!

Indie Go-Go



 

The Next 1000 Miles

Full-Frontal Honesty

So, in the Indie world, there are two kinds of authors: Published and Working to be Published. And just to be clear, Indie mean Independent, so you’re doing this all on your own as your own personal publishing house. That said, keep in mind more successful Indie artists will have agents and publicists still working for them, but they are the CEO & President of their decisions.

Keep this in mind, publishing is hard, but worth it. If this is your true passion only two things will stand in your way, time and money. There aren’t any other justifiable factors.

Full disclosure, thanks to some helpful friends and insights, a spent a total of about $1300 to get my first book up and out there. I am certain it could be done for less, but the main thing I would tell anyone looking to publish, double your budget for marketing. I had (have) no marketing budget beyond social media and giveaways. I’m hoping to change that for the next book [tune in later for more on that].

After being submersed in the publishing world for the past couple of months, here are some insights to help you on your way:

  • Join/Look for book clubs. Best place I’ve found is on Goodreads.
  • Social media…just start getting out there. Befriend anyone and everyone with similar interests.
  • Beta-Readers, start with friends and family then try branching out. The more eyes you have on your story, the more input you’ll get. [Note: betas are not editors and should not be treated as such. They are more for content and flow.]
  • Invest in a good cover. (Lord some of the books I have come across look like someone created it on their smart phone from 2007)
  • PAY FOR EDITING! This is the same principle as selling your car and not cleaning it. I wouldn’t get in a filthy, smelly vehicle to test drive it anymore than I would continue reading a broken-English mess paragraph after paragraph.
  • Get to know authors and ask questions. There is more to a book than simply putting it on paper and authors who are out there know plenty. We’re a community in an ever-changing world. Let’s stick together before we get picked off one at a time.
  • Be prepared to hunt for Reviewers right after your editing phase is done. Reviews = Sales
  • Look into Giveaways. Why just hand out copies to anyone? Hold contests to draw in a crowd, get interest. Those that don’t win may just go on to buy your book anyhow.

I’ll have more tidbits for you later! Until then, feel free to email me your questions.

A Time to Reap, Journey of 1000 Miles

A Time to Reap

Pemberton Academy is not just a school, it’s a gathering place for the children of the future that are afflicted with Temporal Displacement and Telepathy; in short, time travelers and mind readers who have been diagnosed with this “disease.” The Academy is not all as it seems after an explosion nearly takes one of its classmates, but not before Carter Gabel rescues her by using an unknown symptom related to his described illness. An unsanctioned group called the Program begins taking notice as the two classmates exhibit stronger abilities when they are together. Carter’s sense of reality begins to unwind as he learns more about his estranged father’s involvement with it all.

Carter will have to overcome the past of his father leaving, the present of an unknown adversary hunting him down and a future that seems to change with each decision he makes. He will have to learn who to trust out of the people in his life if he wants to conquer the looming notion that the government may be hunting him down because of his developing abilities.

A Time to Reap, Journey of 1000 Miles

Puzzle is Almost Complete

It’s been a little while since I posted anything writer info related. I originally started this blog posting helpful hints and things to look for on my journey a few short months ago. It’s been very eye-opening and now that my puzzle is almost complete, I see the picture and cannot help but reflect.

Maybe published authors can share their thoughts here, but for me I just can’t believe a dream that has taken me nearly a decade to decide on and another year of off again on again effort has produced.

I know I’m not going to simply add my book to Amazon and instantly become famous. I know that being a complete Indie author will not have any perks. I know I still crave a literary agent and a publishing contract. But, you know what? Fuck that noise, I DID IT!

I have found friendships and inspirations along this journey and we are on mile 998 right now. Two miles to go! Editing is almost complete, the proofreader gets it next. Then I have a date with a formatting company to get digital and paper-bound alignment. A couple of tax preparations, then it’s release time.

Truly, I hope anyone who takes the time to read this knows how much I appreciate it even if you don’t click a button letting me know you were here. And anyone passing by or curious, I would love it if you gave my book a shot to see if you or someone you know might like it. Free samples are available under the Stories tab above.

Thank you all!!