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Six Question Saturday with Krista Wagner

Here’s our author for today’s Six Question Saturday!

Krista Wagner is a 70’s product of Southern California who lives with her Marine Corp veteran husband, three very entertaining children, and an indispensable faith in Christ. She has four published novels, two thrillers, one middle-grade fantasy, and a YA realistic fiction. Continue reading “Six Question Saturday with Krista Wagner”

I, Interviewee

I’ve had several interviews and discussions with other authors so far this year. Here’s a wrap up.

March 31. Author Lea Doué interviewed me for her author spotlight.

April 6. I had a long conversation on joint author promotions (and many other topics) with Elena Page and Marti Dumas. It was tremendous fun and had some great moments. You can find the video here. Continue reading “I, Interviewee”

Six Question Saturday with Kandi J. Wyatt

Here’s our author for today’s Six Question Saturday!

Even as a young girl, Kandi J. Wyatt had a knack for words. She loved to read them, even if it was on a shampoo bottle! By high school Kandi had learned to put words together on paper to create stories for those she loved. Nowadays, she writes for her kids, whether that’s her own five or the hundreds of students she’s been lucky to teach. When Kandi’s not spinning words to create stories, she’s using them to teach students about Spanish, life, and leadership. She has written a stand alone Christian Historical Fiction, The One Who Sees Me, and the Dragon Courage series which contains five books and a prequel. Continue reading “Six Question Saturday with Kandi J. Wyatt”

Six Question Saturday with H.L. Burke

Here’s our author for today’s Six Question Saturday!

H. L. Burke is the author of over 15 books of whimsical fantasy set in magical worlds. Her stories range from MG to upper YA and feature dragons, heroes, and lots of snarky wit. She lives wherever the military finds it convenient to send her husband with her two super-hero-princess daughters, a truly excellent cat, and a sneaky German Shepherd. Continue reading “Six Question Saturday with H.L. Burke”

Going Wide, Part IV – Distributors

Part IPart II ~ Part III – Part IV

If you have decided to go wide and don’t want the hassle of managing individual accounts at every single retailer, or if you want to publish on Google Play right now while new accounts are frozen, you’ll use a distributor for at least some of the retail channels.

Let’s talk about the three prominent options: Smashwords, Draft2Digital, and Pronoun. Caveat #3 is a doozy, so make sure to read all the way to the bottom. Continue reading “Going Wide, Part IV – Distributors”

Six Question Saturday with A.R. Silverberry

Here’s our author for today’s Six Question Saturday!

A.R. Silverberry writes fantasy adventures for children and adults. His novel, WYNDANO’S CLOAK, won multiple awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Awards gold medal for Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction. THE STREAM, his second novel, was honored as a Shelf Unbound Notable Book, and was shortlisted in ForeWord Review’s Book of the Year Awards. He lives in California, where the majestic coastline, trees, and mountains inspire his writing. Continue reading “Six Question Saturday with A.R. Silverberry”

Going Wide, Part III – Distributing Your Books

Part IPart II ~ Part III – Part IV

Now that we’ve talked about wide vs narrow and MOBI vs EPUB, I’d like to turn our attention to retailers and distribution channels.

You probably noticed at the end of Part II that I’d planned to cover the actual creation of MOBI and EPUB files in Part III, whether through an application or as an online service.

Two posts in a row on file types? What was I thinking? Continue reading “Going Wide, Part III – Distributing Your Books”

Going Wide, Part II – File Types

Part IPart II ~ Part III – Part IV

Starting now in Part II, I’ll talk directly to you the author about the mechanics of going wide. (Don’t ask many how many parts there will be… I’m a pantster). It’s a pretty broad topic, but I think I can boil it down to a few base topics. I’ll start with the really exciting stuff… file types!

Continue reading “Going Wide, Part II – File Types”

Going Wide, Part I – Wide vs… Narrow?

Part IPart II ~ Part III – Part IV

There are roughly fifteen “I don’t mean this” jokes about going wide. None of mine are that funny, so I’ll jump right into the author-speak version of what going wide means: the distribution of an ebook across multiple retailers.

First things first. Why is this a question? Why would an author (and I’m focusing particularly on indie authors who have to make lots of decisions like this) go “narrow”, if going wide is an option? Why would an author purposefully choose to limit ebook sales to a single marketplace, when potential readers are distributed across many different retailers?

Continue reading “Going Wide, Part I – Wide vs… Narrow?”

A Land Sun-Kissed

Being a writer, struggling to find words for stories only to discover the real struggle is to find an audience, has its frustrations. In some ways, it winds up acting as a metaphor for all of life.

Here’s poem I wrote on the topic. It started as a vent. Where’s my audience? Where’s my success? As though I were owed these things. I’d like to think it became something a little more.

Continue reading “A Land Sun-Kissed”