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What Dreams Are Made Of

I am grateful and blessed to be able to share that DUALITY¬† has been named a 2019 IAN Book of the Year Awards Finalist in the category of Fiction: Paranormal/Supernatural. The ability to coherently state how amazing an honor this is escapes me. DUALITY is my first novel and to have it (and me) recognized in such a way is a milestone I’ve longed dreamed to reach. Some of you may know that my intention…

Cask of Wonders

While organizing my closets in preparation for a huge new project, I came across the same 18-gallon tote that I’ve been moving from place to place for quite some time. Sure it’s set up a bit different now. It was once a large cardboard box before I decided that all cardboard needed to be replaced with plastic totes. But, the contents have not changed. The tote contains dozens of spiral notebooks and even loose pages…

The Moral of the Story – Expanded Distribution’s Downside

Allow me to preface this by saying that I didn’t realize things would end quite this way. When I began discussing Expanded Distribution several posts ago, I had not yet actually experienced it firsthand. In fact, it was because of my own research into options for Expanded Distribution that the topic became of great interest to me, and I decided to submit both Duality and Vitae into the program AFTER I began discussing it here.…

The Ups and Downs of Book Sales

We’ve gone over a lot in my most recent blog posts. We’ve discussed the many ways that we, as independent authors, have to multitask during the creative process. We also talked about the different tools used for book promotion. Most recently, I went over Expanded Distribution and what goes into making sure that your novel, should you want to, qualifies for that process – as well as how the price of your novel could factor…

Vitae – The Soundtrack

I previously shared the unofficial soundtrack to Duality with you. Now, here’s the one I put together for Vitae… Sleep – Poets of the Fall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlshWg3isxQ When Your Heart is Weak – Cock Robin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uchROwTaNWc Sanvean (I Am Your Shadow) – Lisa Gerrard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xpkRj99FH0 Waiting for the Night – Depeche Mode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyrpRzdvp5U The Night We Met – Lord Huron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtlgYxa6BMU Erase/Rewind – The Cardigans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dwe8GWwmjOk Light and Shadow – Vangelis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUzIbphUL0Q Sweetest Perfection – Depeche…

Duality – The Soundtrack

As mentioned in a previous post, music plays a big part in my writing. As such, everything I write has an unofficial soundtrack; crafted around characters in the book, their feelings and motivations, as well as happenings within the book itself. This is the one I put together for Duality. I’ve listed the original artist(s), but not the name of the character or the setting to which the song was attributed – so as not…

The Skinny on Expanded Distribution

If you’ve been following along, you already know that I’ve been providing input on various things – including pricing your novel, different tools of the trade, and how to multitask. In my previous post, I mentioned that I’d get a bit more into Expanded Distribution…and here we go. Some of you might wonder what Expanded Distribution is. Putting it plainly, it’s slightly different from just uploading your novel to Amazon, Lulu, etc…, and I provided…

Pricing Your Novel – What’s the Big Deal?

Though this shouldn’t need to be said I’ll say it anyway… This is my blog. These are my thoughts and opinions. This isn’t gospel, nor is it carved in stone. I am sharing what I’ve learned and experienced with you. Your own experience might be completely different and it isn’t necessary for you to agree. Now… I’ve discussed before the things that we, as independent authors, must do to aid in the creation and maintenance…

More Tools of the Trade

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. None of the companies responsible for the products mentioned here have given me a damn thing in exchange for a mention or review. These services are used by me, loved by me, and will continue to be my go-to for the foreseeable future. There has been a fair bit of discussion online within Twitter’s Writing Community asking for suggestions to help in the creation of ads.¬†As I mentioned…

Master of Multitasking

Those of us within the Writing Community of Twitter, as well as the writing community as a whole, transcend myriad categories that vary depending on the stage of our writing careers, whether we’re independent authors or signed to an agent and/or publisher, genre – you name it. At the moment, I am an independent author. In my specific situation, because it can differ for other indy writers, this means that I am solely responsible for…

That Just About “Covers” It

The publication date for Vitae is fast approaching. No, I’m not quite ready to disclose when that’ll be. Trust me, though, you’ll know as soon as I’ve finalized the date. What I am willing to share with you right now, though, is the final cover. I’ve gone back and forth quite a bit with the design. Admittedly, most of the changes would likely only be noticed by me or by those who pay attention to…