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I have several friends who are indi publishing their work. I am trying to comprise a list of their sites to help boost the signal.



http://www.starcatcherpub.com/

http://jjwestendarp.blogspot.com/


This is a list I will be updating regularly.

And here is a freebe

Return to Redlin. This is the bit from the site:

Ginger returned to Redlin after her failed marriage and buried herself in a calm life, working for the Senior Center during the day and as a clerk at the Gas and More at night. But when the high school bad boy, Derrick Weston, returns after ten years to attend his grandfather's funeral, things take off in ways she didn't expect.

Old rivalries and new robberies put the two in close contact -- whether they want it or not.


I read this story and couldn't stop till the end, which was satisfactory (everything was wrapped up very nicely, good solid plot) and saddened me. I wanted more of these characters. The characters are well written, I have this urge to ask Zette what happened next. :P Anyways, if you want a lighthearted romance which will leave you smiling I highly recommend this novella.
necia_phoenix: (Default)
I have several friends who are indi publishing their work. I am trying to comprise a list of their sites to help boost the signal.



http://www.starcatcherpub.com/

http://jjwestendarp.blogspot.com/


This is a list I will be updating regularly.

And here is a freebe

Return to Redlin. This is the bit from the site:

Ginger returned to Redlin after her failed marriage and buried herself in a calm life, working for the Senior Center during the day and as a clerk at the Gas and More at night. But when the high school bad boy, Derrick Weston, returns after ten years to attend his grandfather's funeral, things take off in ways she didn't expect.

Old rivalries and new robberies put the two in close contact -- whether they want it or not.


I read this story and couldn't stop till the end, which was satisfactory (everything was wrapped up very nicely, good solid plot) and saddened me. I wanted more of these characters. The characters are well written, I have this urge to ask Zette what happened next. :P Anyways, if you want a lighthearted romance which will leave you smiling I highly recommend this novella.
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Two new posts at the wordpress site, can't seem to figure out how to cross post from wordpress to lj
I know there is a way. Until I figure that out here is the site. Which is still under construction.
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I now have a wordpress blog on my new website here. I am still fiddling with it, trying to get it to do what I want it to do. Like crossposting here. I am still doing research and sorting through my shorts trying to figure out which one will get the first boot out the door. I have set a launch date and I have my hubby's full support.

I am excited. And I think what appeals to me the most is the concept that I write what I want, not to please an agent or an editor. If I craft a good, well-written story it will find readers. :P Yes, I KNOW there is a vast amount of marketing to get the word out. I have been researching this stuff since last fall, quietly taking notes, considering the pros and cons and what impact each publishing method can have. The successes of certain indi authors are impressive, but not really something I am focused on. Keeping my rights to my intellectual property... THAT is what concerns me the most.

I've been reading Dean Wesely Smith's blog. Go there, cruise through it. For those numbers types check the math of it all.

Another thing I want to mention, flist if you have things, self pubbed or not, that you'd want me to link to feel free to drop me a note here or over at the other blog.

Life is starting to speed up on my end so I have to close this out. Take care all.

Been busy

Jul. 5th, 2011 10:20 am
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I've been doing research in the Indi publishing route, taking notice of the pros and the cons. I've been reading the series from Dean Wesley Smith about the changes in the publishing world and I've been working really hard on editing and typo checking my stuff.

I think, after careful consideration of what I write and what is being sold on the shelves, that at least some of my work would do better in the self publishing environment.

What this means:

Some of my stuff I will sell independently instead of going the familiar routes of agent --> publishing co.

Why do it this way?

Many reasons, I think it boils down to this; I am a control freak. I don't WANT to give the rights of MY intellectual property over to a corporate entity. I want to be in control of where it sells, how it sells, the pricing, etc.

This does not mean I am not going to submit, nor try to pick up an agent. The joy of the world we live in is the number of options available to those willing to work for it.

Which brings me to the issue of quality. I am far from perfect as a writer. I have issues I am constantly striving to improve. Typos, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, storytelling in general. I can improve. I am improving. I will continue to improve.

I am looking for another first reader, I have three. I think a fourth would round it out well. Checking for grammar, story structure, issues that I don't see because I am too close to the project. And the typo checks. Oh man that really frightens me, having typos. Go fig.

Do I plan on getting rich this way?

No.

Do I hope it helps me find a reader base?

Sure.

I understand there is a lot of negativity out there directed at self/indi publishing. I am reading all sides, and I think the more I read the more I feel that this is a direction I want to try, because when it boils down to it I want people to read my work. Hopefully some might even enjoy it ;). I would rather it be enjoyed than have it languish in some editors drawer, on some agent's desk among the thousands of other stories which many deserve to be read, enjoyed and read again.

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