Special Women…and FREE Books!

I know, I know. You can smack my hand if you feel the need. I’ve been very remiss in blogging. All I can say is, I’ve been busier that a three pecker puppy. Sorry, is that wrong to say? More about my bizzy-ness later.

I received a note from an author friend who I greatly admire, and it hit me that one of the great things about publishing in these times is the amount of support we get from other authors. Indie authors, in particular, are some of the most open, welcoming people you’ll ever meet. I think it may have something to do with a shared solidarity. Not necessarily US(indies) against THEM (traditional) but more of an Us for THEM- THEM being the READERS.
There’s a lot of angst in the traditional publishing business these days. I think they’re floundering, trying to figure out who suddenly staged a coup when they weren’t looking. I think they view indies as invaders. I kinda don’t think the indies care, though. We’re more concerned about what our readers think than anybody else.
Small presses also encourage a congenial atmosphere. They’ve had to do things differently to step out of the Traditional shadow and make a name for themselves. That means depending upon all aspects of your business (authors, editors, readers, reviewers) to build each other up. I really believe I’ve landed in an ideal situation for my publishing career. My owner at Decadent goes out of her way to promo my indie books, and I promo Decadent any chance I get, because of the great guidance I’ve received from her and the editors there. I genuinely believe I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my experience with Decadent.
SO, on to the bizzy-ness, then I’ll tell you about some fantastic FREE books.
In July I released A Needful Heart . August 28th I released Tempt Me, Book 2 of The Awakening Society, and the culmination of the question I asked readers in Book 1 (which is now FREE!!)**** side note- Amazon decided to raise the price on TAS. Grrr. So, here are some links to other outlets where it IS free. SmashwordsBarnes and Noble– and at the time of this posting Kobo was down. Sorry about the inconvenience folks.**** September 21 I release Love On The Line through Decadent, and I also may release the first in my as-yet-unnamed wounded veteran series. I’m working on the second book of Love on the Line, and may have a Christmas story percolating as well. So you can understand why I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to my blog recently, right?
So, to make it up to you, I’m going to tell you about some awesome free books from indie authors I admire. They were the first taste of indie publishing I got, and made an incredible impact on me. Feel free to pass this information on.
Donna McDonald sent me the note that inspired this blog, and lucky for you she has a couple of free books you need to check out. Very different series’, but each wonderful in their own right.

Dating A Cougar in the Never Too Late series.

 

The Demon of Synar in the Forced to Serve series.

Masters at Arms in the Rescue Me series.

All three books are super fantastic and deserve to be read.
So, you’ve got 4 free books now if you follow the links! Happy reading and stayed tuned for more to come!

 

 

 

 

Indie Writer Professionalism….

I’m amazed all the time at how little some writers know about the writing business. It’s one thing to miss out on a social networking site or something like that. But when people don’t even know where they are distributing their books, or if they actually need an editor or not, those are significant issues that need addressed.
We live in the age of information. Literally, we have every answer we will ever need at our fingertips. There are pages and pages of instructional information on how to do everything, including write and publish books. There should be no excuse for a writer not to be completely informed of their BUSINESS.
And that’s how you have to look at it. As a business.  If you are actively pursuing publication, actively submitting to publishing houses or individuals, actively promoting your own work, you are running a business. The idea of publishing your books is to reach customers and create revenue. Business.
If you scribble notes here and there, but have never actually completed anything, or submitted to any publishing houses, writing is probably a hobby for you. If you throw a few things together, it sounds good and you create your own cover- with no input from anybody- you are a hobbyist writer who shouldn’t be putting their work out. I don’t want to be harsh, but there are absolutely people who have put books out that shouldn’t have.
If you submit and are accepted to a publishing house, you will be edited until you are sick of it, then you will be edited some more. You will have a professionally designed cover created specifically for your story. Your story will be formatted to correctly fit any e-reader device. It will be ready for the public to read.
Why would you not take the time to make your book look and BE as professional as possible? 
-Be your own critic, and be realistic. Not everything you create is wonderful and beautiful. Honestly, until it goes through several revisions, it’s probably barely readable.
-Join some kind of critique or writing group, and use them. An honest opinion from a person that is not emotionally invested in you is precious. In other words, use somebody other than relatives and friends to criticize your work. Whether they realize it or not, they will never give you the truth because they want to spare your feelings.
-Take the steps necessary to represent yourself and your work to the best of your ability. Hire people to help you with things you are unfamiliar with. Do everything you can to DISPROVE the stigma that all indie writers carry. PROVE that you are a writer of worth, and have pride in your work. Enough pride that you have done everything you can to present a perfect product to the public.
I apologize if I sound a little preachy, but it’s hard to overcome the stigma that all indie writers put out crap, especially when some of those same writers are perpetuating the stereotype.

List of Editors for Hire for Indie Writers

When you self-publish, it is vitally important to present a well-crafted piece of work to the public. Self-pubbing has a negative connotation, thanks to all of the crap that’s filtering onto the net that hasn’t been refined or controlled in any way. If you are proud of the work, you need to take the time to make it the best it can be. Even if you are a good editor, you still need people to go over your work to spot mistakes. Below is a list of editing professionals I’ve compiled over the past couple of years. If you visit my website here, I have compiled a huge list with cover artists, formatters and editors.

My editors at one of my e-pubs, Kate Richards and Valerie Mann, have created an editing service called Wizards in Publishing. I can say honestly that they have made me a much better writer. And I’m so tickled they are offering this service now. They also format and upload if you need help that way.
I also have experience with The Authors Red Room. Literally, for the price I paid, 2 separate editors went over my work, and I was very pleased with the result. They had my ms turned around within just a few days.

Bev Harrison- 
bevharro@bigpond.net.au   1 cent per word with $75.00 minimum fee.
Although she runs specials.
Anne Victory-
Cathy Donaldson 
www.cathydonaldson.net
-edits
Bev Rosenbaum 
www.bevkatzrosenbaum.com  does critiques
Eliza Knight  http://elizaknight.com/      
Wendy Ely-  http://creativemanuscripts.blogspot.com/
also a multi-pubbed author.
Caro Carson www.carocarson.com/
The Midnight Line editor   Has edited for
Catherin Kean, Kresley Cole, Susan Grant
Blair Bancroft- editsbybff@aol.com
New as of 03-25-12
Found these on Women’s Lit Café: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/forum/24
Huge list of editors.
http://www.kristenweber.com/faq.html
– on the expensive side, but Big 6 experience.
This is not a comprehensive list, of course. These are just names that I’ve run across or heard people using. Be sure to investigate any service provider as thoroughly as you can.
If you have a suggestion, please please leave a comment with your recommendation.

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