Self Publishing Chronicles: The cheap & easy way to turn your book into an Audiobook

A few months ago I self published my first novel, and my 3rd book this year. With each one I did some things differently, tried publishing on different platforms, tried different marketing tricks out to see what works and what … well, didn’t so much. One of the things I…

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How to Tell Your Story and Give Life to your Novel

I haven’t written much lately because Sideways and Backwards, my novel, went live on April 15, and I was furiously working up to that. Followed by a much-needed refresher break afterwards. While this wasn’t the first book I self published, it was the first one I did under my name, and the…

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How to Give Away an Audiobook as a Preorder Freebie

The story of my novel release continues.  This week I officially launched my Preorder Push.  If you don’t know yet, preorders are useful because they all count towards your first week of sales at once, which can help push you into the charts.  Obviously this isn’t a long term marketing strategy –…

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How to Self-Publish a Book in a Week

Yep, in case anyone is wondering, I do indeed have a lot of creative projects on the go right now. It’s been a study in project management keeping them all going, to be honest, and I’m truly glad that some of them are wrapping up soon.  It will free up…

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Self Publishing and Blog Tours

I’m going on tour y’all!  Blog tour, that is.  I’ve ponied up the money to hire a blog tour coordinator.  Later on in March I will be on a blog tour that’s being coordinated by Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.  It’s a company that specializes in, as the name would…

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From Draft to Shelf in 6 Weeks

A few weeks ago I was reading a book in the bathtub. This isn’t a new occurrence.  Reading in the bathtub is one of my favorite luxuries. What happened during that particular bath, though, was kind of a big deal. I’ve been ruminating for a while on different projects I…

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The Self Publishing Journey: Learning about Preorders

For the past 8-ish months I’ve been on a Writing and Publishing Journey where I’ve been taking all the things I’ve seen in my time in LibraryLand, am mixing it with courses I’ve been doing on my own (like Tribe Writers from Jeff Goins) and am coming up with the…

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Writing About Reading and Writing: The Netgalley Experiment

I’ve posted before about my experiment with my own memoir, Fragile, and Perfectly Cracked, my story of giving birth to a stillborn son as well as dealing with subsequent infertility problems.  It was a labor of love for me to get this out there.  I’m currently working on my first novel,…

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Writing about Reading: Community Self Publishing

Sometimes I feel like a zeitgeist. When I was 11 I started putting granola in my yogurt. Suddenly in a few years Dannon is selling little prepackaged granola pots stuck on top of plain yogurt. My 14 year old self thought I should have patented the idea. I’m feeling a…

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