Writing is only the beginning…

For the most part, I can honestly say I love self-publishing. But as I clean up the first draft of Dying to Forget, I’m reminded again how much of a pain in the booty doing it all yourself can be. Formatting is just not fun for me. Not a little bit – not in any way.

Last year my laptop went to wherever laptops go when they die. For the sake of this post, you can totally pretend that Little Miss D is sitting on top of a cloud, looking down at me and waving her power cord in my direction while laughing, ‘Bwahahahaha…you will never find another laptop like me!’ Since then I’ve been using the hubby’s laptop for Photoshop (and my new little Acer for writing only) and because we don’t want to overwhelm it with all my previous writing stuff, we haven’t downloaded ALL the software programs I was using before. Like Word. I’m a creature of habit, and when hubby informed me that his laptop didn’t have Word, but I could download Libre Office for free, I nearly had a heart attack and died. Dead. Totally factual story.

To skip ahead, I did start using Libre and for the most part, it’s pretty much like Word. I’ve been satisfied. Welp, today while working on the formatting of the newer version of DtF, I realized that any corrections I made to the original document (previously done in Word) didn’t translate exactly in Libre. Like quotation marks. For the print version of this book, I want smart quotes. Basically the opposite of what Libre tossed up there for any of my quotation changes, which is the non-curly version. Totally fine for an ebook, but kind of ‘meh’ for print. OMG, people. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to fix this tiny issue. I mean, in Word, you just ‘select all’ and go into your Tools or wherever, and make the adjustment from one type to another. I remember doing it before, and once I figured out how to do it, it wasn’t hard. Um, this same function wasn’t easy to find in Libre. I had to Google just to find out WHERE this function was.

Tools > AutoCorrect Options > Localized Options > Single Quotes and/or Double Quotes/Default or U201B or U201C = Trish going WTF?

No doubt there’s an easy way to do this, but even after putting in the changes, I couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t work for the whole manuscript. Nothing changed. Even after going online – again – and searching articles for the best way to switch all quotation marks to smart quotes in Libre, I was unable to do so. Which, BTW Libre, why can’t you just spell that option out instead of throwing up number codes to confuse the hell out of people who don’t speak ‘tech’ as their first language? Huh? Huh?

As apparently many other users have, according to my Google search, I ended up having to do the ‘find and replace’ option. For each damn quotation. For. Each. One. It took me over an hour to click through every highlighted quotation mark to make sure there weren’t some sneaky bastards in there that didn’t match the rest (actually there were only a few actual quote marks that needed to be changed and that took less than 15 minutes, and though none had to be changed, there were a buttload of commas to check, because the style was different. SO MANY COMMAS). An hour doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but when your right hand, or more directly put – your right pointer finger, is consistently going click-click-click-click-click-pause-click-click for over 60 minutes, it’s maddening. And that was just to fix this one particular formatting issue. There be more. O.O

Little Miss D is laughing her keyboard off from atop that little cloud in the sky. I just know it.

My point? I’ve come to the conclusion that there are too many commas in my work. I’m a recovering Comma Whore addict, I admit. I’ve gotten SO much better. But I think my next book will either be one ginormous run-on sentence or a billion fragment sentences. Which do you prefer, Readers?

Commas – I don’t like you.

Formatting – I like you even less. Pretty much close to passionately hate.

Anyway, I need to take a break to feed the children before I hit up formatting in the doc again. First I must do hand exercises so my fingers don’t go into shock and just fall off in revolt.

‘Nope, we’re done. Take your business elsewhere.’ – Poor Fingers.

See, self-publishing isn’t all roses, people. Writing is only the beginning. It does take time – lots of it, and work – lots more of it. I suppose it’s my time to start outsourcing for these things. lol

Poking the One Star Review Bear

Every published story has the potential to rack up fabulous negative reviews. The wonderful thing about fiction is that each reader will come away with a different experience, and not all will be positive. I know this because I have a nice little collection of 1 star reviews I’m going to share with you today. I’m not one who reads my negative reviews over and over. In fact, unless it’s the first book in a new series, I won’t bother reading reviews lower than three stars. I’ve learned since publishing my first book that there are readers who enjoy being nasty. If you know me personally, I don’t like nasty people. Even after publishing ten books, some reviews confuse the hell out of me. Because…well…why be nasty? I don’t know the answer to that, and I never will. It’s probably best if I never find out, too. I value my sanity.

So, below is a highlight of some of my favorite one star reviews. I have commented for the first time honestly on each. It’s true, I think most of them are funny, even if they don’t make sense or don’t represent the book I wrote. They’re published reviews, out there for all to see. Which makes them fair game, y’all. Fair game.


I HOPE YOU FIND ME

Over half of the reviews for my first book are 5 stars. For me, I’m happy with this. I know IHYFM could have been a complete flop. I got lucky, because as a writer, damn have I grown since publishing this title. I won’t lie or pretend I wasn’t nervous about what people thought, so eventually I broke down and used the balls I didn’t really have, and read the negative reviews. And you know what – I totally survived. Here are some good ones:

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‘Laura M’, thanks so much for the compliment about Zoey, the dog, and the talent comment, um, I think? But I do have to point out something inaccurate in your review. To say that Riley “lusts after every guy she meets” is actually not true. You’re not the first to say this, so it makes me laugh now. There is one man she is interested in, romantically speaking, in IHYFM. Just one. And there are others she grows to care about, because that’s human nature.

For the other readers that didn’t finish the book and totally missed the point about Riley being one of the only women alive in the story and what that would mean for her safety and well-being: There are men that actually DO lust after her – for very different reasons. Let’s face the truth about human sexuality; if there are more men left in a Dystopian world than women, how long would it be before some of those men would try to take advantage of that situation? Especially if most of those men are asshats. I mean, there’s a shortage of ladies in this series, sad to say, and that limits the playing field for all the men – be them good or bad. The real world can sucketh big time, and so does this made up one. If you have a handful of bad guys around one woman, shit’s going to get real. Which is kinda the point of the story. Riley is stuck in a rather difficult situation – on more than one occasion – because she does the opposite of what some readers have assumed – she doesn’t get it on with every man she comes across. She’s a mother who lived longer than her kids and can’t handle that, so for a long time she pretends it didn’t happen. Not everyone reacts the same way to grief. If you wanted to slap Riley across the face a few times while reading the first book, then good. So did I.

For those who have read the second and third books, they can really see Riley’s character arc come full circle. I mean, Riley can kick some ASS, right readers? Anyway, ‘Laura M’, I would love for you to read the rest of these books to see how Riley evolves as a character. She has flaws, which is how most fictional characters should be if you want to see any improvement along the way. She is far from perfect, and pretty much in denial for the first two books – all done on purpose. She’s a character who makes a lot of mistakes, so she can learn from them. That’s all I’ll say about that. *wink*


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OMG. I love this one! ‘ilbob’ thanks for taking the time to let me know that you didn’t get this story, and quit before you were done. I’m not being sarcastic, either. I do appreciate your review. Can I help you understand a few things, since it seems you were confused? Let’s start with the ‘chick’. She has a name, so we’ll call her Riley. *wink*

If you read up to the hotel part, and a little beyond it, you’d know that everyone in downtown San Diego was dead. I mean…rotting in the streets kind of dead. There was no fighting over canned food and bottled water. Whatever necessities they might need are free game. It’s like Christmas during the apocalypse! But sadly, the safety of being in a city with all those amenities doesn’t last forever, which is why they leave. Does that help you? I hope so.

Let me reiterate that this is a fiction story, and some things have to be played with to make it work. The purpose is to entertain. *double wink*

Female Fantasy. I’m not sure what that is, really? Riley stabs and kills someone with a spoon down the road, and rips someone apart with her bare hands. I bet you’d really like that side of Riley.


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“Utter dreck” sounds kind of awesome, but it’s not. I had to look this one up initially because though I had a feeling of what ‘dreck’ meant, I’d not actually used it myself in a sentence at any time in my life. Dreck = grime or impurity. One of the synonyms for dreck is actually ‘excrement’. I do know what that means, so if I can translate this literally, this particular ‘Kindle Customer’ thought IHYFM was complete shit. *giggle*

This review is slightly off, because in the book Riley is described as being the pretty girl-next-door type, not “gorgeous”, and if you said that to her face, she’d laugh. But since she has a vagina, the guys want her. She totally lucks out with the main male character though, I’ll give you that one. He definitely thinks she’s gorgeous. But then again, there’s slim pickings in this post-apoc world.

Greenhouses are totally a real thing, by the way. As are resort lodges. And penthouse hotel rooms. If most people in the world died, these places wouldn’t *poof* and disappear. They’d still be around, waiting for lucky people to happen upon them. I’m not lying – they’re really out there – Google ’em!


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After those reviews, you might think this book doesn’t sell at all after a few years have gone by, but it does. I took this screenshot yesterday to show that despite these negative reviews, readers have enjoyed it. So, as long as those readers want more Find Me books, I’ll keep writing them.


DYING to FORGET

This was the second book I wrote, and also my first attempt at writing in 1st person, present tense. That’s not easy to do, and honestly, I’d say from a writer’s perspective, I failed in a lot of ways. But readers who aren’t authors or editors actually love this book. Oh, the irony. lol

Dying to Forget was hard to write (for many reasons – technically and also emotionally) and I’ll be the first to admit there are mistakes. What’s frustrating as hell is that I know better. But I didn’t hire a literary fiction editor. And editors are there specifically to say, ‘Lookit. You’ve started five paragraphs with the word ‘I’. Knock it off. And hello, you know the difference between ‘too’ and ‘two’, so what the hell?’

I’ve been telling myself that I needed to go back and have this book cleaned up, but readers kept eating it up and demanding more in the series, and honestly, I didn’t have time till recently to ‘fix’ and ‘write’. So, for those who read DtF when it first came out and thought, ‘OMG, the typo’s!’ I hang my head and apologize. I learned the hard way about how self-publishing has its downsides. Just because you think you can do it all yourself, doesn’t mean you should. Recently the book has been re-proofed and is being formatted for release. Writers – pay for editing. It will save you lots of grief later.

However, even though this title needed to be cleaned up, it’s my best-selling book. *scratches head* The subject matter is heavy. I mean, deep. Suicide is not something to be taken lightly, and I don’t. There’s been readers who don’t seem to grasp the point of the story, and have gone as far to publicly reprimand me in negative reviews for glorifying suicide. Those same people don’t know that I lost a family member to suicide, and I know exactly how it feels to go through that. I’ve suffered from depression. I’ve been the victim of sexual abuse. I know people who have self-harmed. I’m not an idiot who is clueless on these topics. So, yeah, it lights a fire under my ass to have a reader assume I chose the subject matter out of the air and thought I’d simply have fun writing about something controversial. That is not what happened.

There’s nothing romantic about suicide. It’s final. And the characters in these books learned that the hard way. Piper Willow was created to evoke something other than depression from the reader: hope. If someone takes away more than that after reading her story, it makes my heart swell. Even the little things can make a difference in our lives, like how Piper helps a character improve her own self-image in order to temporarily feel better. Will straightening your hair keep you from killing yourself? Hell, no. But could seeing yourself differently help you feel better, and the tiniest bit less suicidal? Maybe. This series is ALL about the what if’s.

Readers are passionate about this one. As it should be. *wink* So let’s read some of the worst of the worst reviews, shall we?


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Yes ‘Kelly C’, this is a series. There are three books, three novelettes and a fourth book in the works. There will most likely be more. A ‘three part series’ is actually called a ‘trilogy’. Kind of different rules for the two, in my opinion. The length of this book is acceptable for its genre as part of a series. In fact, there is no set ‘rule’ to establish how many words a book in a series should be, because writers, just like readers, are different. Imagine that! As a reader myself, I know that every one of us has different reading preferences. Some read fast, some read slower. Some like short books, some like long ones. Some like reading a series, others like the stand alone with that HEA at the end. I’m not that kind of writer, y’all, and that’s why on the book cover and the product page, readers are clearly informed that this book is part of a series. If you take up the six currently published titles (three are novelettes, intentionally short and listed as so) you get a whopping total of about 184 thousand words (give or take a few thousand). WOW would that be a ginormous YA book. And the ‘series’ isn’t done, so this number will only climb. If I waited to publish a book that is part of a series just to make it a certain length, it would never get published. And that would be a shame.

When I made the decision to make this book free, it was so that readers could get a taste of the series and decide if they wanted to read on (like with IHYFM). If they don’t like the freebie, they won’t keep reading, right? But some do, because I think they secretly DID like the freebie, and honestly, in the world of ‘give it to me now, and give it to me free’, sadly this is not the first time I’ve had someone complain in a review that they had to actually pay *gasp* for the rest of the books. How dare I pay my bills! If a reader doesn’t want to pay the $3.99 for the second and third books in this series, I encourage them to get a library card. I have sales often. I give away ARC’s and gift copies to readers who personally message me that they can’t wait for payday so they can’t keep reading. But writers shouldn’t be shamed for actually making money off their work. We deserve to. Plain and simple.


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‘Amazon Customer’ – I am so sorry you found this book inappropriate for your tennis. This YA series and tennis have nothing to do with each other, so I get your confusion.

Unfortunately, both rape and cutting are things that happen to our youth all the time, which is so damn sad. The research that went into this book was painful. The series is not all about rape and cutting though, in fact, it’s about redemption, forgiveness and hope, and anyone who survives the first chapter has a better chance of experiencing that.

I need to note…something really amazing happened after this book was published. Real people shared real stories about their rapes, self-harm struggles, suicide attempts and loved ones lost to suicide. These amazing and brave people made me realize this story is much more than just a YA Fantasy tale to them. I didn’t write this book with the intention of saving a life, or keeping someone from self-harm, but I am SO glad some people felt a connection with Piper Willow. As a writer, there is nothing more humbling than the real life stories I’ve heard in reaction to this series.

I’ve had parents reach out and ask me if this subject matter was appropriate for their teen and my answer is always the same – only YOU know your kids, so read it first. Parents have reached out to say thanks for giving them a platform to discuss these topics with their kids. And that’s awesome. It’s hard to bring up suicide and rape with your child. I know, I’m a mom. So you see, each family is different and that is okay. Fiction books aren’t just about entertaining, they can mean so much more to certain people. I am so blessed that the Station books have done this for some.


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This review is a stellar example of a reader not paying attention to what they are purchasing/downloading. The Station series is listed in the Teen and YA genre, and the description on the product page mentions the main character being a teenager. These kind of reviews are actually irritating as hell, because the reader felt dinging it with a one star was an appropriate reaction to the fact that they don’t know how to read a book description. Let’s laugh about this and move on…


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Ah, this one is kind of like the ‘dreck’ review with the little ‘drivel’ barb at the end. The underhanded punch to the writer gut is always fun, yes? lol Oh, oh! And let’s do the ‘spoiler’ thing for those potential readers to see, because that’s even MORE fun than name calling. *wink*

Joking aside, to the actual point of this review; it’s the reader’s opinion, one they are allowed to have. But ‘Redaim’, there have been several teens that have sent me private messages with their story, things like, ‘Thank you for writing this book. It kept me from cutting myself today.’ Or…’I read this book on a whim when I was depressed and thinking about suicide. Now I feel I’m worth living.’ Every time I get a message like this I cry. I would never, ever call these brave kids ‘dumb’. Would you?


If you read this far, you might think I’m a crazy, ranting brat. I really don’t want to be. In fact, I want you to read this post and be able to laugh along with me at some of the negative reactions to my work and perhaps see them in a different way. When I posted How to be a Jerk Reviewer, it was to make light of a sensitive topic for writers and each of the reviews above could fit into one of the Jerk Review topics.

Writers, look. None of us want negative reviews. It’s not like it feels good to have your work called ‘dreck’ or ‘drivel’. Readers have the right to feel however they want about something they read. The question is, do writers have the right to react to their reviews? Why or why not? I never respond to negative reviews where they are posted – I learned that fast after responding to a highly critical review from one of my friends. LOL I think it’s unprofessional to use Amazon, B&N or even Goodreads as a place to dissect my reviews – but right here – this is my blog. Maybe readers need to be reminded that writers are not robots, but real people who might actually read their public reviews. And yep, reviews are public, so when you post an intentionally hurtful one, be prepared to have your review criticized by other readers, and even other writers. It’s only fair. *wink*

In conclusion, I love my stories. Not because they are perfectly written, I know they aren’t, or perfectly developed worlds, but because they are my babies. And there are readers that love them. This is what every writer wants. Yeah, negative reviews are part of the job. I felt from the beginning it wasn’t a good thing to read them, and I don’t dwell on the ones I have. Some have helped me grow as an author and learn things the hard way (i.e. hiring an editor). But hit me below the belt just cuz, and eventually I’ll speak out about it. Writing is what I do, after all. And the older I’m blessed to get, the more I realize that censoring myself is not for the greater good.

There’s a stigma in this industry that writers should put their work out there and then let whatever happens happen without a reaction. I can tell you this is impossible to do. Writers should have the right to correct reviews with inaccurate information, or address/explain/chat about the issues readers bring up. There’s a bit of a ‘Sssh, you wrote this, published it, now don’t you dare talk about what others might say…’ attitude in the writing community. At the risk of poking the 1 star review Bear, I really want to know…why?

Writers and readers are beautifully connected: both love stories. Let us all remember this the next time we write a book or write a review. xoxo


Happy Wednesday, y’all!

Self Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

 

Self Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing – who comes out on top? Did you even know there’s a difference? Some don’t. Others do and choose one side or the other to publish their writing. Neither side is perfect – both are equally flawed with their pro’s and con’s and struggles and rewards. As a writer who hopes to publish a book, choosing which way to go can be a daunting challenge. Recently, while perusing my way through the Twitterverse, I stumbled upon a writer who says this in their profile:

 

I’m a writer who believes in traditional publishing. I just cant pat myself on the back, call myself a writer, then self publish my own book.

 

I laughed. I admit it. As a self-published writer I know how hard it is to do it all myself. I’ve never even attempted to go the way of traditional publication: submitting my work to dozens if not hundreds of agents or publishers with the hope that someone would ‘bite’ and take me under their wing, then rip apart my work with an expensive editor until it fits perfectly into the mainstream genre box they deem appropriate. And then one waits for publication date – and it doesn’t always come. If it does, the publisher, designer, editor, etc…gets their cut of the profits, leaving the author with a fraction. Of course, on the flip-side, having an editor go through your work, a publisher to market for you and someone to professionally design a book cover are ALL great points.

 

Self-publishing is exactly what it sounds like – it’s a do it yourself job or hire help. I’m not an editor, nor am I a graphic designer, so I NEED help for those things, but the creative input is there to be a part of the process every step of the way. After writing, editing, formatting, creating, designing, publishing and promoting/marketing – the Self-Published Author is exhausted. Though most times – pretty happy. I would say that all writers deserve a pat on the back for simply writing a story. Not every person writes a book, tho many WANT to. Far less actually release the book they wrote to the public. Publishing is a big deal, period. As it should be. So, back to the point on that very little and simple Twitter profile bio – loads of successful books have been written and published by Self Publishers. I know several very talented Self-Published Authors. We don’t do this merely for a pat on the back (tho sometimes to remain sane, one simply must acknowledge their hard work and remind themselves that they are doing what they love – their way). Again, the flip-side of this publishing coin is that anyone and their mother can publish a book if they wanted to, which means those who shouldn’t write are actually publishing EVERY DAY. Don’t let the ones that probably shouldn’t release a book diminish the fact that there are thousands of amazing self-published books out there waiting to be discovered. I personally think it’s much harder to do it all yourself and be successful than hand your work over to someone else and hope for the best.
 

Remember Indies (Independent writers) make up some great stuff. Give them a chance, and you’ll see that Traditional Publishing isn’t the ONLY way to do it and have fun. Happy Reading!

Release Day for ‘Dying to Remember’ is finally here!!!

The next installment in The Station Series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Trish Marie Dawson, takes readers on another lively journey through the after-life adventures of eighteen year old Piper Willow.

Piper has new challenges to overcome, new names to learn and is faced with a new Station occupation. Did she make the right choice – choosing to stay at the Station and become a Volunteer? Does she really want answers to the questions that never leave her mind? How did the Station come to be? What lies beyond? Who is Andurush and what, exactly, does he want with Piper?

She must ask herself once again if she has what it takes…but this time it isn’t about saving lives, it’s about discovering what lies beyond death. Would you want to know?

 

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A taste of ‘Dying to Remember‘…

If I thought the exceedingly happy mood that has me perched atop my favorite velvet throne would last very long I’m mistaken after I enter the Ones building. Niles is standing near the counter talking to Laney. I know the moment I see him that he is there to give me news about my volunteering status. Poof goes my throne.

“Hey, Piper. You really are a popular girl today,” says Laney with a tight smile.

“I guess so,” I try and laugh but it sounds more like a vocal seizure.

“Piper, I came to collect you,” Niles says, all business.

“Collect me?” I try and laugh again, but the sound is simply unpleasant so I snap my mouth shut to avoid any more verbal diarrhea, and nod a goodbye at Laney while moving back outside with Niles.

I allow my eyes a few seconds to readjust to the brightness around us. He places an arm loosely around my shoulders as we begin walking and says in a comforting tone, “Before I tell you where we are going and who we will be speaking with, I need you to understand you aren’t in trouble. You’ve done nothing wrong, okay dear?”

I don’t trust my voice so I only nod.

“I’m taking you to see the Mentors and…” he pauses to glance around us, and only when he seems satisfied that no one is close enough to hear, he continues, “…and the Keeper.”

I don’t know what this means. The look on my face must further establish my confusion but Niles only nods and continues to usher me around the fountain, which is currently teeming with teens of all ages, until we reach the Staff building.

Finally, just as Niles opens the door in front of us, I find my voice, “What’s the Keeper?”

“I can’t tell you, but you will see, don’t worry, dear. Remember, you aren’t in trouble, okay?”

We walk down the empty hallway and go through a door into a room that looks nothing like the one where Mallory and I met for the first time in person. This staff room is shaped more like an oval, with no corners on the walls and there are no tables or chairs. The center of the floor dips down a good two feet, creating a sort of recessed bench that matches the curved shape of the room. This is where the Mentor’s sit in a circle. I get over my intimidation of them instantly as my eyes widen at the sight of the other person sitting with them. A man at least a good foot taller than anyone else stands and nods at me. His clothes appear to be all white but it’s hard to tell at first, because the man is glowing.

 

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What Does ‘Indie’ Mean To Me?

The word ‘Indie’ is short for ‘Independent’. As an Indie Author I don’t have any obligations to a large organization or corporation. In other words…I’m not affiliated with a publishing house. In really simple terms: I’m on my own. But not really. The Indie community is a large one, whether it be Indie music, Indie art, Indie writers, etc…you can find a massive network of support as an Indie. And you can also suffer severe backlash as well. Us Indie’s have to stick together to support each other and do what it is we were put here to do…share our work the way we want to share it with YOU.

Struggling to self-publish or self-market falls on the shoulders of the Indie Author. It’s a challenge we all face: finding our niche of readers, getting our material out there for them in cost-effective ways, and marketing like mad from our little in-home offices. We rely on each other, we rely on family and friends, but when it comes down to it…the Indie Author MUST rely on him/herself. It’s a lot of hard work, sweat and tears people. It’s a job that many cannot do. It’s a title to be respected. And it’s one hell of a ride!

The article What Is An Indie Author? on the blog How To Successfully Self-Publish hits some fine points about the difference between ‘Indie Author’ and ‘Self-Publisher’. You should read it if you think the two might mean the same thing…because even though they may be flat-mates, they don’t have the same definition. Many Indie Author’s are both. I am. I wouldn’t change all the hard work for the world, either.

I’ve always been a reader. I have my favorites and surprisingly that list excluded Indie Authors until I became one myself. Why? I simply didn’t know all that was out there! So this post is just a crash-course for those that are where I was a year ago…just a teeny bit clueless to how large and important the Indie Author Community really is. Just for fun I want to list some Indie Authors here. They are a part of my Community and they are here to serve YOU – the READER. Help support the Indie Author Community by checking out some of these hard-working Indie Authors below (in no particular order):

Miranda Stork, Tara Wood, Karli Rush, Stacey Taylor, Kristie Haigwood, Patti Roberts, Ella Medler, Dawn Torrens, G.H. Monroe, Helen Watson, Danielle D. Smith, Carolyn Wolfe, Katie Jennings, Shiralyn Lee, Rue Volley, J.M. Zuniga, Christina Moore, Jessica Bradshaw, Maxi Shelton, Jonas Hyde, Wolfe Dietrich, Douglas Pratt, Shayne M., Nicola Rhodes, Rebecca Ratliff, Brandi Ratliff, Nicole Hill, Shelly Hammond, Kevin Hammond, Kaitlyn Deann, Kym Grosso, Bon Rose, Stuart Laing, Mark Turner, Barry Allen Gibbons, Vickie McKeehan, Joanna Lee Doster, Emily Walker, and Wodke Hawkinson…just to name a FEW. Please, if you’re reading this and you are an Indie Author not on the list – give a shout out in a comment!

Indie Authors work hard to compete in an industry that is brutal. BRUTAL. We are the little guys. We fight for our rights, we strive to give our readers what they want while sharing the story we need to tell, and most of us don’t get rich doing so. Because for the average Indie, every sale is like Christmas. Every positive review or feedback is like winning the lottery and being told we have a new fan…well, that’s the cherry on top of it all. When I’m struggling with my writing I go to my Indie friends so they can remind me, “It’s not crap, it’s unedited awesomeness”. I put this reminder on my computer when I need it. My Indie friends are what propel me forward a good deal of the time. So…don’t be shy, get to know a few new Indie Author’s and see what magical place they take you to. I bet you’ll enjoy the journey.

And as always…Happy Reading!