Thursday, August 16, 2012

Going Indie - don't whine.

Aw, Liberty Belle has had her first 5-day free session and is well pleased at the results.
So she is taking a few weeks of rest before her next promotion.
It's already started, but we'll talk more on that later. 

So what have I learned on my Indie adventure.

  • Watch the grammar. If possible hire an editor. While most have enjoyed Liberty Belle, a few have been put off by grammar glitches. Yes, I do engage in comma abuse. Am working on it. Found an online site - Grammarly which I hope will help me better my grammar skills.
  • Be gracious to all who comment and review.
  • I am excited by the reviews and thrilled that readers are enjoying the story.

Now for the point of this post.  DON'T whine.

Indie authors are often not eligible for contests, book fairs, writer groups, can't get books in bookstores etc. Why, you might ask? Well, in all honesty, there are Indie books that aren't quite ready for public consumption. But then again the readers are able to figure that out for themselves.

Don't whine.
What separates Indie Authors from the old self-published stigma is that Indie authors have made a choice. No longer are we publishing because there was no hope of getting published unless we paid the big bucks and filled our garage with self-pubbed books.

Now, Indie Publishing can be a first choice. For very little money, we can put our books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and they can sit online with the traditionally published books. 

Be excited about your book. Market and promote where you can. 

But don't whine.

In time, things will shake out. Indie Authors will come together and sites will be formed where readers can get quality Indie books. This is a new frontier in publishing. 

Hold your heads up Indie Authors and don't back down. 
Hone your craft and put out the best books you can.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Free Days are over - now what?

Liberty Belle did well in the Kindle Free list.
 She made it to the #3 spot on the Top 100 Free Kindle List.
I'm still amazed. 

Now? I'm watching the sales and library lends.
Not a landslide, but more than I have had before.

And I'm not letting grass grow under  my feet.
I started a new promotion. 
Where is Liberty Belle Contest.

Win a Kindle Fire (or $200 Amazon Gift Certificate)
See Details here:

And most importantly - I am working on the next book - Golden Dreams.
Due out in September.

Because when all is said and done with free days and promotions,
What stands is that I am a writer and that is what I do.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Liberty Belle is free today.

Thats right, I'm trying my first Kindle select Free days 
August 1 thru 5, 2012

How is going? I think good. We shall see what the end results are. 

Free Day tips so far
Have what you want to say and your links on your FB and twitter before you decide to post.
Have your FB groups and email loops lined up 
Respond to those who let you know they helped.
Keep a list so you can help them too.
Have fun.

I am sure I will learn more things as I go along and I'll let you know how it goes.

Liberty Belle is freestyling on Kindle August 1-5, 2012.
 Help her get into the top 100!