Sanan’s new epic fantasy “Shrouded Sky” from Sky Warrior Press will be available soon! It is the first in a new series. Visit her page here under Authors for links!
Sylvan Dreams, the second in the Maple Hill Chronicles series by Elizabeth R. Alix, is now available on Amazon.com in both Kindle (e-book) and paperback formats!
Ruari Allen shares his grandfather’s passion for woodworking, but ominous dreams suggest he has also inherited an obligation to a thousand-year-old fey master who won’t take no for an answer. Meanwhile, Marianne Singleton is trying to understand her newfound abilities to see ghosts. Their fledgling relationship is tested when Ruari loses his beloved woodworking skills. Together, they undertake a desperate journey to Scotland where the past is very much alive…
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Book 2 of the Maple Hill Chronicles, “Sylvan Dreams” is in its final stages of rewrites! I am aiming to release both the hardcopy and eb00k through Amazon by December 31st. Here is a sneak peek at the cover and a draft of the back jacket blurb.
Ruari Allen developed his passion for woodworking under the tutelage of his Scottish grandfather. Since his grandfather’s death, he’s been stuck in a rut, earning his living as a handyman for a realty agency. His blossoming relationship with Marianne Singleton is the only bright spot. Ominous dreams indicate that his grandfather’s life was not what it seemed and that Ruari has inherited more than he bargained for. When his woodworking skills desert him, Ruari and Marianne makes a desperate trip to Scotland to reclaim them.
Elizabeth R. Alix, Mark Rounds, and Sanan Kolva will be attending Radcon February 17-19, 2017 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco, WA. Tons of pro guests, artists, writers, cosplay experts, scientists, fans and others will be there! It’s a great way to spend a weekend: panels, dances, masquerade, dealer’s rooms, gaming (computer, role play, board, military, cards and more), art show, hall costumes, movies among other events.
I just finished reading The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock. It was sweet and tart like a granny smith apple and poignant like reading someone’s diary. I loved it. It’s about Celia Door’s freshman year in high school after a truly crappy middle school experience when her parents split up and she was bullied. Freshman year she reinvents herself as Celia The Dark and explores poetry as a means of expression. Then a new guy comes to her school and entrusts her with a secret. It is a tender friendship with an unexpected ending. I totally cried. I’m a parent and I ached for Celia. Read it! Give it to a middle schooler or high schooler you know who’s having a rough time.
If you want to self-publish, the best thing you can do is educate yourself about what’s out there. If you sign up for things or subscribe for things, download their Terms of Agreement and read it! Talk to other writers who are ahead of you in the process and see what worked for them and what didn’t. You may be able to avoid some pitfalls while making your own. It’s a process. Don’t be discouraged!
Here are some of the resources used by many of the writers on this website. They are organized by category. Also please go to Kayla Dawn Thomas’ website for more! She has a podcast link for writer’s resources as well.
For the process of writing: There is no one ‘right’ way. Everyone’s process is a little different. Figure out what works for you.
Being able to travel without actually going there is very important when you’re writing. Google Earth is a favorite resource. You can “see” places up close, you can calculate distances using different transportation methods (flying, driving, biking, walking, etc.), and do all kinds of armchair travel.
As writers we deal in words. Sometimes we need just the right shade of meaning or need another word entirely. Online dictionaries and thesauri are very helpful. If you are a paper person or don’t have great Internet, going to a used book store and buying a BAD (bigass dictionary) is another alternative.
For the process of publishing:
Finding editors, beta readers, artists: Try Good Reads. They have a number of forums that may help you find resources.
Formatting: The Book Designer by Joel Friedlander is a great resource. They have recently updated their site. They have advice on fonts, spacing, tools, goals, all kinds of things related to writing and self-publishing.
Jacket blurbs are very important! Here are the key points to include. Have a friend read it over and help you if you don’t think you have the knack. You can check out this website to see more on writing blurbs. Be sure to cover the following:
- Who is your main character?
- What do they want?
- What/who stands in their way?
- What will he/she do, or what must he/she do in order to get what they want?
- What’s at stake if they fail?
For promoting your work after it’s published:
Having a giveaway in the form of a business card or book mark or postcard to give people who are interested in your work but not ready to buy it yet is very helpful. Put your title(s), your contact info, and any relevant info like a jacket blurb and a cover picture if it is for a specific work. I have used Overnight Prints. They are fast and relatively cheap and have deals on a regular basis. You can format your card on line by typing and by uploading images as needed. They also have a live chat function that allows you to speak to a rep if you have trouble. Here’s the link.
Going to places where your fans and readers are likely to congregate is also important. If you write genre fiction, there is very likely a convention you can go to and promote your work, meet other writers, artists, publishers and learn more about the craft. If you are familiar with conventions, try and get on panels where people discuss specific topics. This may be a little hard to do without an “in” to the convention but email them during the planning phase and offer your expertise.
Get reviews for your work, both from your readers and from professional reviewers. Do a search for self published work reviewers and you’ll likely find a few sites that specialize in reading and reviewing self published work. You may have to pay for them to read, give feedback and promote your work, but having that pro review (as long as it’s kind to you) is worth it.
A panel called “Ordinary Publishers, Extraordinary Stories: Writing and Publishing in the Digital Age” will be held at Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA on Tuesday April 19, 5:30-7:00 pm. Kayla Dawn Thomas, Elizabeth R. Alix, Mark Rounds, Nathan Barham, A.M. Nelson and Tracy Young will discuss the challenges of writing and self-publishing in the digital age. Topics including how to write a novel, editing, cover art, formatting, and working with Amazon.com will be covered. The panel is free of charge but the room is small so show up early if you want a seat!
The authors hope to have copies of their works for sale at this event. See you there!
A.M. Nelson is writing a new Young Adult fantasy novel about a girl named Amy and her little brother Peter. It takes place in present day America and is the first of an epic good versus evil trilogy. She hopes it will be available later this year (2016) and we’ll keep you posted!
Fans of Kayla Dawn Thomas’ quirky Jenna Ray series will be delighted to know that the fifth installment “Staged” will be coming out soon! Here is the jacket blurb–and the cover!
“Following a brutal attack and at the insistence of her friends, a stitched-up Jenna Ray takes a temporary hiatus from Wayward Husband Wrangling until her safety can be assured, which leads to a guard dog at her side and a job at Madison Park Regional Theatre.
Suddenly with some free time on her hands, Jenna concocts a plan to redeem her best friend Bethany’s exotic dancer fiancé, while slowly learning to trust her long time love interest, Thad, with her heart.
Of course, just when life begins to settle into a comfortable rhythm, Jenna’s snarky sister crashes onto the scene, and a major life decision will put Jenna’s newfound trust in Thad to the test.”
Staged is the fifth story in the Jenna Ray series. To catch up on the rest, please visit the official Jenna Ray website. The complete Jenna Ray Collection will be available in paperback and for Kindle Spring 2016. Be sure to sign up for Kayla’s newsletter to stay up to date on release dates!
Here’s a peek at the cover!
Nate Barham is working on book three of the “Alora’s Tear” series. It will be called “The Voice Like Water” and be available summer 2016. We’ll keep you posted!