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Cross-Marketing With Musicians

There is more than one type of indie out here (working hard on) living the dream.As creators of novels, and as marketers, managers, and bloggers-in-chief for those novels, we self-published authors understand the steep realities an artist faces when pursuing an audience. We know many doors are open to us, and many more are being built in our wing of the “House of Artists.”It’s time to walk down a different hallway, and look for new and interesting ways to connect…

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The Author As Zombie

The day before 'Ava' was released, I finally left my writing cave (a bright, sunny room, actually) and carefully sneaked back into the world. I needed tea, desperately needed tea, but didn’t want anyone to knock me out of my mental “place.” I gambled on Starbuck’s, hoping the coast would be clear of anyone who knew me by name. I don’t remember ordering or paying. I do remember focusing on that last piece, that one small but critical gap in…

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A Self-Publisher’s Dilemma

I suppose it is a little unusual to be posting parts of an email I received from Amazon KDP. But I know I’m not alone in the challenges I’m facing with launching a self-publishing career and feel it is important to document all these bumps along the way, as there may be fellow self-published authors who are now facing these same issues.In fairness, I suppose it is important to point out that a whole host of challenges like the two…

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A Self-Publisher’s Dilemma

I suppose it is a little unusual to be posting parts of an email I received from Amazon KDP. But I know I’m not alone in the challenges I’m facing with launching a self-publishing career and feel it is important to document all these bumps along the way, as there may be fellow self-published authors who are now facing these same issues.In fairness, I suppose it is important to point out that a whole host of challenges like the two…

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To KDP Select Or Not To KDP Select

It’s time to decide.I have paid attention to KDP Select since its launch at the beginning of this year. Over the past six months, I’ve posted my own initial questions about the monetary structure of KDP Select in a blog post, and listened to and shared the experiences of fellow writers I admire and trust, including Collette Scott. Hundreds and hundreds of the e-books that I downloaded when they were temporarily free are now sitting on my Kindle, waiting to…

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The Waiting Game

Waiting for the first feedback on a debut novel is nothing short of torturous. I'm ten days in, and I have received exactly one comment thus far. I'm flat out thrilled to have that feedback on the story, the plot, and the characters. At some point, the reader will be posting it on Amazon. Until then, and since it's the first, the very first reader review, I am posting it here on my blog. Ashley! I just finished Ava about…

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Industry Interview: Entrepreneur Merry Miller

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with musician and entrepreneur Merry Miller. Enjoy!Musician and entrepreneur Merry MillerQ: Welcome, Merry! For those readers who are meeting you today for the first time, would you please take us through your evolution as a businesswoman, musician, and entrepreneur?Merry Miller: Absolutely and thank you for contacting me! I always enjoy reading your work. I never desired to be an entrepreneur but I always had a passion for creating things, a…

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And So It Begins…Typo Edition

The final version of ‘Ava’ came in at 111,414 words. I stared at those pages so many times you would think I could recite the novel by heart. Come to think of it, maybe I can. I certainly can tell you everything about the story, the characters, the setting, the past and the future of the Priyas.What I can’t tell you is the location of the typos. I wanted ‘Ava’ to be perfect for all those kind readers brave enough…

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Cool Stuff, June 3, 2012

Here are links to some of the articles I tweeted this week. All have some connection to publishing, writing, authors, e-books, etc. Enjoy!"Ridley Scott optioning an indie novel" http://ow.ly/bgdVQ @RidScott @hughhowey #indiepub #books #fiction #movies #film #author #scifi"Twilight's Stephenie Meyer Sounds Off on Fifty Shades and Her Hunger Games Casting Choice!" from @eonline http://ow.ly/bged0 #books #film"The Amazon Effect" from @thenation http://ow.ly/bgent #selfpub #indiepub #readers #writers #authors #books #novels #revenue #marketshare"Interview: Hope Tarr of Lady Jane's Salon" from @USATODAY http://ow.ly/bgf82 @HopeTarr…

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Author Interview: Carmen DeSousa

Bio: Carmen DeSousa is a Florida native and currently lives in South West Florida. Her first published novel, "She Belongs to Me" achieved bestseller status in "paid" romantic-suspense right next to Nicholas Sparks and J.D. Robb. Look for "Land of the Noonday Sun" spring of 2012, "Difficult Decisions" fall of 2012, and "Split Decisions" December 2012. Her novels are sensual but not erotic, gripping but not graphic, and filled with romance, mystery, and suspense. Author Website Twitter Amazon Facebook Goodreads…

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