Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Fun Facts: How Much Do You Know About Indie Authors and Self-Publishing?

Happy Friday, everyone! If you're in the United States, it's the beginning of Labor Day Weekend - we hope with good weather to round out this summer. Two interesting reads came across my Facebook Newsfeed this week, both related to self-publishing. Now, many of you probably know that I am what they call a "hybrid" author, meaning I'm both published with a traditional press and I've self-published, or indie published, other titles. I have much to say about both experiences, but that I'll save for another post. Today, let's just say that while I do believe that attitudes are changing toward indie authors, many readers do think that DIY publishing is less than authentic. I will say this: for those who do it right, nothing could be further from the truth. Check these out:

12 Things You Should Know About Indie Authors Before You Snub Them

What It Costs To Self-Publish (I actually take issue with the very low figure given to Cover Design. In my opinion, covers sell books. Yes, yes, I know we might not like to admit that, but it's true. I've seen many covers on indie published books that LOOK amateurish. This is definitely one place you don't want to skimp.)

Have a great day and a spectacular weekend, everyone! Go out and buy an indie-published book!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Mentionables: Oh, How We Love Those Reviews!

Good morning, readers! I know I've said it before, but reviews are so crucial - and so appreciated - by authors as we strive to set our books apart from others. I checked my books on Amazon last night and was thrilled to see that

(A) The Promise of Paradise hit its 100th review (!!), with the last 4 being these:

"Loved it"
"This is a cute love story I can absolutely relate to"
"A great story, great characters, and great location."

and (B) Beacon of Love had a lovely 5-star review posted as well:

Thank you, thank you, to all of you who leave reviews. It means so much!