June 27, 2013

Ilyon Chronicles Inspiration Anniversary

I was looking in my journal yesterday and realized, today is a big deal. Today marks the two year anniversary of the first spark of inspiration that became Ilyon Chronicles. Crazy how far it has come since then. Just this morning I wrote the first kiss scene of the series, something I’ve been waiting almost three whole books for! ;) I'll always look back at that moment of inspiration as a milestone in my life, because this is seriously the coolest project I've ever worked on. In honor of that moment and how far I’ve come, I've decided to have a little weekend long party where I share bits of information and story snippets on the Ilyon Chronicles Facebook page. Also, if you have any questions about the series, I'd be happy to answer without giving away too much information. So, to join in and check out what I’ve posted so far, just head over to the page. It’s going to be all kinds of fun. :)

Ilyon Chronicles Page

June 21, 2013

Where Do I Start?–eBook Now Available!

kindlefireOkay, this is a little late in the day thanks to bad weather keeping my computer off and then having to make a last minute correction, but the eBook version of my indie publishing overview is now available! It’s really kind of crazy having published something non-fiction. Everything to do with publishing has become so much of a habit to me that I didn’t think about how much there is to it until I went to write it down. It turned out to be so much more work than I thought, but I think I’ve covered all the basics and really hope it can help someone just getting started in the realm of indie publishing.

Here are the links to the Kindle version and the Smashwords page where you can get it in any other eBook format. It will start to show up on other eBook retailers within the next few weeks. The paperback will be available in the next couple of weeks as well.

eBook – $2.99

June 13, 2013

Indie Publishing Guide

About two and a half months ago, I announced on Facebook that I was taking a big step and writing my first non-fiction book about indie publishing. I never thought I’d ever write anything non-fiction, but in the last year I’ve been approached by multiple to-be indie authors asking for advice. I really love to help with publishing since I’m very passionate about it, but there is SO much information to cover and emails can get really long. My mom suggested an email to use that covered all the basics or have a page on my website. So I sat down to do this one afternoon and realized it was just too much for a  website. That’s when I decided I should just try to write a short book about it. I worked on it on and off since then and now have it finished at about 9,500 words. It’s not a comprehensive guide detailing every little part of publishing, but it will give you an overview of how I approach publishing and answers all the questions I’ve been asked in the last year. With working really hard on Ilyon Chronicles, this project has been at the back of my mind so I’ve neglected a lot of pre-release marketing of any sort, but I’m quite excited to share the cover.

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I’m working on the final edits for the book and plan to have it available in eBook form for $1.99 in the next week or so. I wasn’t sure if I’d make it available in paperback, but then I thought, why not? :) So I’ll be working on that as well. Looks like it will come to be about $4.99. Here is the table of contents so you can get an idea of the topics I cover.

1. Why choose indie publishing?
     —Indie Publishing Pros & Cons
2. Publishing
     —Book Printing
3. Book Creation
     —Cover Creation
     —Interior Formatting
     —Converting to PDF
     —eBook Formatting
4. Copyright
5. ISBN Numbers
6. Marketing Tips
     —Word of Mouth
     —Pre-Release Marketing
     —Blog & Website
     —Social Networking
     —Marketing Materials
     —Book Trailers
7. Taxes & Business Expenses
8. Resources
9. Conclusion

I’ve really had a lot of fun putting this book together, more so than I thought I would, and I really hope it can help anyone who might be wondering where to start in indie publishing.

June 05, 2013

99¢ Indie eBook Sale and Giveaway

I'm participating in a big indie book sale! 39 books, including Every Tear, A Captain's Heart, Finding Faith, Courage, and Trust, are all on sale for 99¢ from June 5-12! Also, be sure to enter the $100 Amazon gift card giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Here are the books in the sale:
By Luke Alistar
By Kendra E. Ardnek
By Katie Lynn Daniels
By Molly Evangeline
By Ophelia - Marie Flowers
By Elisabeth Grace Foley
By Jennifer Freitag
By Jessica Greyson
By Aubrey Hansen
By Sarah Holman
By Abigail J. Hartman
By Holy Worlds
By Rebekah Jones
By Elizabeth Kaiser
By Jacob Lauser
By J. Grace Pennington
By Jordan Smith

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June 03, 2013

Paperback Amazon Book Sale

I can’t say how long it will last, but Amazon has discounted all seven of my books. If you’ve been thinking about getting a paperback copy, now is the time the grab one before the sale is off. Here are all the links and the discount amount.

Pirates & Faith
The Pirate Daughter’s Promise$9.99 $8.99 (save $1.00)
Every Tear$13.99 $12.18 (save $1.88)
A Captain’s Heart$12.99 $11.69 (save $1.30)
Finding Faith$11.99 $10.79 (save $1.20)

Makilien Trilogy
Truth$12.99 $11.69 (save $1.30)
Courage$13.99 $13.29 (save $0.70)
Trust$12.99 $11.43 (save $1.56)