A New Addition to the Family

Yes, yes–I haven’t been around much lately. But that’s because I’ve been so busy birthing The Moreva of Astoreth. And I’m happy to say I’m now the proud Mama of a brand new book! TMOA went live on Smashwords on November 1, 2015. Since then, I’ve been working hard to get it into other distribution channels. It’s available on Amazon in both print and e-book form. It’s available on Kobo, and will soon be available on Nook as well. I’m keeping my eye out for other distribution channels (I’m working on Ingram right now) and when I find ’em, I’ll put ‘er up.

As with any kid, once you have one, you have to raise it. That means looking for opportunities to market your work. And there are lots of ways you can do that, many without leaving the comfort of your desktop. But it’s not necessarily easy. Book reviewers are flooded with authors clamoring for them to review their work. Some require payment (which is not always feasible if you’re on a budget). Personally, I don’t  think there’s anything wrong with paying for a review, as long as it’s an honest one. And face it, the big publishing houses have long-standing relationships with outfits like Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly, so the chance of an indie getting into their main review magazines is well-nigh impossible. Kirkus will publish a review for a price–and like I said, nothing wrong with that–but the price is steep. That’s really my only beef with Kirkus and how they treat indies.

Then there are the contests. Some you have to pay to enter, others not. Some are expensive, some not so expensive. But even if they’re not expensive, add ’em up and the price tag can be high. Another route is to try to get your book into bookstores, especially indie stores that may have a section for local authors. Barnes & Noble has a program for small presses to get their books into their bookstores. They set some pretty high hurdles, but it can be done.

The point of this rant is to say that if you’re an indie, and you want to stand a chance of being noticed, you have to work extra hard, go that extra mile, in order for it to happen. I found that out with my first book, The Underground. Of course, part of what made The Underground difficult was that it’s a cross-genre science fiction/parnormal urban fantasy. But the lessons learned from that venture have not been lost on me, and I’m better equipped to handle this go-round, especially since TMOA is straight science fiction. By the way, TMOA has been compared to works by Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. LeGuin. I’m in august company!

But you want to know the best part about birthing a book? When they grow up, they’ll never ask for the car keys…

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