With Spring comes renewal and energy and opportunities, and that’s possibly one of the reasons so much is happening at the moment. Regardless of the cause, it’s certainly exciting – and as a result, this has been another incredible week.
Indie/self-publishing has been a big focus this week. Jeremy Rodden – author of the Toonopolis series – visited the blog yesterday to share a wonderful and thought provoking article: “Self-publishing: It’s the American Way“.
In the wake of bestselling author Jodi Picoult’s recent interview with theDaily Beast, wherein she declared ‘DO NOT SELF PUBLISH’ as her recommendation to aspiring authors, many independent and self-published authors have been up in arms in defense.
As a self-published author, I have often advocated self-publishing as an option to my fellow scribes. In fact, I think self-publishing is a great example of things being done the ‘American Way.’ And wouldn’t it be wrong for Superman to have fought for it all these years if we didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to live it? (Granted, Superman recently renounced his American citizenship but that’s a different story.) [Read more...]
Just a few years ago, readers paid little attention to books published by independent (indie) authors. Self-published books were considered second rate, not worth the investment of hard-earned cash. Today, with attractive eBook prices and quality that rivals that of books published by New York houses, readers are turning in droves to indie-authored books. In fact, more than half the top 20 books on Amazon’s current Kindle’Movers and Shakers‘ list-hot books rising fastest up the Amazon sales ranks-are indie or small press published.
Why then, given their popularity, are so few indie books available on bookstore shelves? [Read more...]
Rounding off on the indie publishing aspect, I appeared on Her Circle this week with the article “Indie Publishing: 7 Mistakes I Won’t Make Again”. It wasn’t an easy article to write – nobody likes to recount their failings! – but I feel it’s always important to know where you went wrong so you don’t make the same mistakes again.
When I published In Leah’s Wake I had no idea what I was doing. I could barely get out of my own way. I’m grateful that, despite my dumb mistakes, readers and book bloggers gave my novel a chance. Today, as the number of books competing for attention increases, and the quality of indie books continues to rise, with many indie books rivaling those published by major New York houses, I might not be so lucky. [Read more...]
I’ve also been talking about balance this week – home, family, work, writing! It’s not easy, and I visited Ladies Who Critique to share my secrets. Why not stop by and find out how I balance – or if it’s really just an illusion…
Like most female writers, I constantly struggle to find balance. Years ago, I attended a writing seminar that featured one of my favorite authors, Alice Hoffman, as the keynote speaker. Here, I thought, was a woman who did it all-and did it well. I was shocked when Ms. Hoffman talked about the difficulty of striking a balance. ‘My kids,’ she said, ‘think I don’t work.’ [Read more...]
My tour with Orangeberry Book Tours has now finished and this final week certainly didn’t disappoint – I had two incredible stops! My character Leah Tyler, from In Leah’s Wake, was invited to talk about her goals at the incredible blog Writers and Authors, while Ritesh Kala invited me to his wonderful blog and asked the question “Fame or fortune?” – now that’s always a thought-provoking one!
Today is the final day to enter the pre-event competition for the In Leah’s Wake Book Club Week. To enter, visit the page and submit your question, character summary or discussion topic – it’s incredibly quick/easy and you could win a $100 Amazon gift card. If you run a blog, don’t forget to share the address so we can link back to you when you publish your question. And thank you to the supportive and amazing bloggers who have also given the event a shout out this week: Booksie’s Blog, Kelsey’s Book Corner, A World of Words, Book Bags and Cat Naps and Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf.
In the coming week I’ll be preparing for the In Leah’s Wake Book Club Week, plus upcoming tours with Chick Lit Plus. I’m also being interviewed on Blog Talk Radio by Inside Scoop and the Book Bloggers’ Collaborative this week.