Indie Authors-Where We Stand Today

I give credit to Amanda Hocking for being the spark that ignited the indie movement. Some of you may disagree, which is fine. If anyone has read her blog you know her beginning was simply work, luck, some business smarts, and not afraid to take a risk. In a manner of speaking she opened the door for the rest of us, and we have followed.

Along the way many changes happened in traditional publishing and the indie movement. Some have been good, and some well… you know the answer to that one. Amazon is growing in leaps and bounds, spreading its fingers and dipping them into many pots. Indies and self-published authors have gained respect. However, the astigmatism that we aren’t equal to traditionally published authors still remains upfront and personal in the eyes of many. We have gained a foothold and it is up to the serious to continue to deliver their best works possible. No one is sure where it will all end. I, for one, will keep trying to gain the respect of my readers and entertaining the idea of success.

And just what is success? To some it is fame, the big bucks, and to others it is the recognition that they have arrived by means of publication in any format. I am saddened when I see so much time being wasted on the finger-pointing scale. In any business there is upheaval and at times a step back to see where one can make things better. Writing is no different. After all it is a business and the writer is the brand, the end product. 2014 is likely to bring about changes that no one saw coming, and we’ll roll with the punches(sorry for the cliché). It is time to just sit down and continue to write and not worry about free books, the $.99 deal, the giveaways and the gimmicks. Yes, we need marketing tools at our disposal, but it is time we came up with a plan that brings us to the next level.

Three years ago there were 4 million writers in the USA alone looking for a publishing deal. I’m sure that number has probably doubled by now. Don’t go looking for the next big thing, no one knows what it is anyway until it smacks you in the face. Think Harry Potter, and Twilight. There was absolute no way of predicting either of these success stories. Write what you love, love what you write and I really believe success will follow. My mother used to tell me,” You can do anything , or be anything in this world that you want, I just can’t tell you how long it will take.”

 

WiDo Publishing signs Ken La Salle (Article Reprint)

WiDo Publishing™ Finds Magic with Hybrid Author Ken LaSalle

SALT LAKE CITY, UT March 5, 2014

Ken La Salle (d)Good relationships take a certain kind of magic to succeed. Even if it’s just a metaphor, sometimes you need magic. But what if all you’ve got is the wrong magic? Alex and Stephanie split up after years without magic and, when Alex finds a box of stories Stephanie never finished, he decides to finish them for her to try and win her back. Suddenly, the stories begin to come true in the worst possible ways. Mind-numbing fogs roll in, killer forests appear, everything begins to fall apart! When the wrong magic is all you’ve got, can it be enough?

When WiDo submissions editor, Allie Maldonado, read Ken LaSalle’s ”The Wrong Magic” she knew she had found the right kind of magic. She loved the idea, the writing style, and the marketing potential of such a book.

“It’s got romance, humor, sweetness and a touch of fantasy and whimsy. I thoroughly enjoyed Ken’s manuscript and didn’t stop reading until I finished. We are so glad he chose to sign with us,” Maldonado says.

Ken LaSalle is a prolific writer of many genres,  an author and playwright whose play After You Fall  recently had a staged reading at Wild Rumpus Productions in NY and is scheduled for another with Stripped Scripts in Santa Barbara. He writes prodigiously, with work out in ebook format, paperback, and audiobook, including narrating and producing his own audiobooks.

LaSalle has this to say about his work: “I tend to self-publish a lot because of the freedom it affords. The downside to self-publishing, however, is that it limits the audience you can reach as a writer. So, I was looking for a small publisher with a wide reach. After looking at some of the books released by WiDo, such asDrinking from a Bitter Cup, I was pleased to see the size of an audience The Wrong Magic might enjoy. Then, too, WiDo Publishing made an effort to work with me, which really counts for something in my book.”

“Our contracts are fairly standard but we will always try to work with a writer if we can,” Maldonado states. “Ken and I are both happy with the results, and we at WiDo ™are excited to get his new book ready to go and on bookstore shelves hopefully by the end of the year.”

Author and playwright, Ken La Salle’s passion is intense humor, meaningful drama, and finding answers to the questions that define our lives. Ken La Salle grew up in Santa Ana, California and has remained in the surrounding area his entire life. He was raised with strong, blue collar roots, which have given him a progressive and environmentalist view. As a result, you’ll find many of his stories touching those areas both geographically and philosophically. His plays have been seen in theaters across the country and you can find a growing number of books available online. Find out more about Ken on his website at www.kenlasalle.com.

http://widopublishing.com/wido-publishing-finds-magic-with-hybrid-author-ken-lasalle/

2014 Brings Change

Starting January 2014 there will be some changes to my blog There will be set days for guest posts, and I will do an author page to highlight fellow writers and their projects, plus a weekly update on the publishing world. If you are an author and would like to participate please feel free to message me on FB http://www.facebook.com/Aronjoiceyafantasy. Since I am a writer of Fantasy I would like to highlight that genre, but all genres are welcome. Times are changing, it is becoming more exciting by the day, and it is time to step it up.

We all have our headshots and promo pictures out in the cyber world. For something a little different add some personal photos, lets get our readers to know us on a different level. Remember only jpegs that you feel are safe should be considered. We still like a bit of privacy. You may send monthly updates for your page(pg13 please) to keep your fans in the loop. Any questions please message me at FB.

Eventually I will have a referral page for editors, illustrators, designers etc. This will be a handy reference for any writer.

Thanks once again for your support.

Making It Through

My freshman year in the writing world

It has been a little over a year since I ventured forth into the publishing world. I have always written, but this was my first attempt at fantasy, and a trilogy. Like many, I thought I just needed to write. Ha on me! The journey has been stressful, fulfilling, adventurous and educational. This what I have learned.

Write every day whether you are sad, happy, or just don’t give a damn. Something will come from it, and sometimes it is a pleasant surprise. I really knew so little about all the attachments that come with this craft. I am disciplined. Coming from a Catholic, military family, I had little choice. What I hated as a child I am thankful for as an adult. I have been fortunate to make online friends in my field, share in their experiences and learn from them. I’ve been given free tutorials on things I didn’t know existed and applied them to my writing(s). I have felt kindness and love, developed relationships with some who I believe will be in my life forever. I have cried for those who lost a loved one, or gone through a personal trial, and survived. I have been given the gift of laughter until my sides hurt.

My fellow writers may be somewhat reclusive, however they all bring something to the table and are quick to pass the plate. How grateful I am to be where I am today. I don’t write for money as there is little to none. I write to share my heart.  I salute all the writers out there in every country who have the courage to pursue their dream, and the tenacity never to give up.

Yes, there are trolls out there too. Those nasty, spiteful creatures who have nothing better to do with their lives than cause pain. How sad, I could almost pity them, but I don’t. There are publishing companies that are ready to take advantage of newbies and clean out their wallets. Shame on you! There are professionals(?) that make one question if they understand the meaning of the word.

Life is one hell of a ride and writing is no different. My first year has been full of lessons some good and some heart breaking. All in all I can’t wait for year two. I’d like to thank anyone who has ever liked a page, commented, given me a review(good or bad) followed me on the social networks, helping me realize dreams do come true.

Authors Promote Yourselves

And Now for Something Completely Different

Like many Indie authors I find I spend more hours than I have social networking. On a daily basis I try to brainstorm and figure the best way to have my work reach new readers. It is difficult, although I’m sure for many writers this task is easy, but not for me. The fact that I am so technically challenged has a lot to do with my lack of motivation. I am a high energy person and don’t give up easily. When I face a technical glitch my circuits overload and my nerves become frayed.

I receive Publishers Weekly and I suggest that if you are a writer and don’t subscribe, please do so. You can glean out information that will propel you forward. The other day upon receiving my issue I found two wonderful articles. You will find the links below. I was so inspired and excited I wanted to share. Writers are forming their own small book tours visiting libraries and schools, holding panel discussions and promoting their work. These two articles are related to YA authors, but any genre of writers can form their own small group and use what these ingenious artists did.

My first step will be to make a flyer and post it at my favorite library and at the same time book one of the available meeting rooms. I will call out to my fellow writers and hope that we may join together and tour our city and schools, maybe even set up readings. Of course we will have our books with us, maybe bookmarks with our websites and email addresses and forms to be given should anyone like a presentation at a specific event.

I don’t know about you, but how better to interface with new readers  and support your fellow writers. Besides, I think it could be fun! So if you are wondering what the next step could be to building your platform think about this idea, you have nothing to lose.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/56367-previewing-the-nyc-teen-author-festival.html?utm

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/56361-seattle-ya-authors-organize-grassroots-tour.htm

Traditional Publishing & Self-Publishing

This is a reprint from All Things Considered/ NPR Feb.5/2013

All credit and information regarding this article belongs to NPR

Why Traditional Publishing Is Really In A ‘Golden Age’

by NPR STAFF

February 05, 201311:46 AM

How healthy is the traditional publishing industry? Not very, says Mark Coker, founder of the self-published book distributorSmashwords. On Monday, Coker told NPR’s Audie Cornish that “over the next few years, traditional publishers are going to become more and more irrelevant.”

Hear Mark Coker’s Full Interview:

But Michael Pietsch, soon-to-be CEO of the traditional publisher Hachette Book Group, disagrees. “I think we’re in a golden age for books — reading, writing and publishing,” he tells Cornish. “And the ways that publishers can work to connect readers with writers now are the kinds of things that publishers have dreamt of doing since Gutenberg first put down a line of type.”

Pietsch joins Cornish to discuss how marketing sets a publishing deal apart from the self-publishing model.


Interview Highlights

On why writers pick publishers over self-publishing

“For marketing. They want someone who can help them take what they’ve created and get it everywhere. And the business of publishing has become much more complex. You’re not just selling books to local bookstores. You’re selling them to independent bookstores; you’re selling them to bookstore chains like Books-A-Million and Barnes and Noble; you’re selling to Costco, to Target, to Wal-Mart, to Urban Outfitters, to this huge, complicated physical book network, and at the same time on all the digital retail platforms that are out there. You want your book … in these places in prominent ways and displayed at the time the publicity is happening, and that’s what the publisher orchestrates. A publisher, when it’s going well, gets that book in the front of the store, on the home page of the website at the moment that that writer is sitting down with Audie Cornish on All Things Considered to talk about her book.”

Michael Pietsch is currently executive vice president and publisher of Little, Brown and Company. He’ll become CEO of Hachette on April 1.

Courtesy of Hachette

On what has changed in the traditional publishing industry

“What has changed in a really exciting way is the ways you can get people’s attention. It used to be one book review at a time, a daily review, maybe you get into Time magazine. Now there’s, with the Internet, this giant echo chamber. Anything good that happens, any genuine excitement that a book elicits can be amplified and repeated and streamed and forwarded and linked in a way that excitement spreads more quickly and universally than ever before. And what I’m seeing is that really wonderful books — the books that people get genuinely excited about because they change their lives, they give them new ideas — those books can travel faster, go further, sell more copies sooner than ever before. It’s just energized the whole business in a thrilling way.”

On his upcoming transition from editor and publisher at Little, Brown and Company to CEO of Hachette

“The best advice I’ve had is from our CEO in France, Arnaud Nourry, who [is] the chairman of Hachette Livre, who said, ‘Don’t try to be your predecessor. You have this job because of who you are and the skills you have. You’re a publisher, you’re an editor, use those skills in this position. Don’t try to pretend you have 35 years of experience in supply chain management.’

“… I’ve been an editor, editor-in-chief, publisher, and in every step I’ve learned more about the finances in the business and where you can make money and where you can save money and where a business grows. At the same time, this is a moment when the questions … — can writers publish themselves, should they publish themselves, are publishers necessary — are in the air constantly, and it is important for Hachette to have the person running the company be someone who answers that question immediately.”

Writers’ Contests late November/December deadlines

Here is an extensive lists of upcoming contests. Since the holidays are fast approaching this will give you time to submit. This will be the last Contest post until January 2013. As always this Blog does not assume any responsibility for offers, or errors connected with these contests. Please review each carefully before entering.

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The Richard Wilbur Poetry Award
The Richard Wilbur Poetry Award is a national competition for book-length poetry collections. The author of the winning manuscript receives $1,000, and the manuscript is published by the University of Evansville Press … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-01-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 02-November-2012

2013 UNT Rainer Maria Rilke Prize
An annual award of a $10,000 award recognizing a book that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $10,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $0.00
Added: 02-November-2012

The Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize
The Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize is awarded annually by Writers & Books for an outstanding unpublished book-length collection of poetry. The poet will receive an honorarium of $1000 … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 02-November-2012

Bright Hill Press Full-Length Poetry Book Competition
The first place winner of Bright Hill’s 18th Annual Full-Length Poetry Book Competition, chosen from finalists by a nationally-known poet, receives a publication contract with Bright Hill Press and $1000, publication in print format … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 02-November-2012

12th Annual A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize
The A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize is awarded to honor a poet’s first book, while also honoring the late founder of BOA Editions, Ltd., a not-for-profit publishing house of poetry and poetry in translation. Winner receives a $1,500 Honorarium and book publication … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,500.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 02-November-2012

Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize
Each year Bear Star Press awards the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize ($1,000 and publication) to a writer living west of the central time zone. The contest also serves as our best pool for finding new voices … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Added: 02-November-2012

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest
This contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone. First-place winner receives $500 … (more)
DEADLINE: 01-13-2013
PRIZES: $500.00
ENTRY FEE: $10.00
Added: 19-October-2012

Kore Press Short Fiction Chapbook Award
Kore Press will award a prize of $1,000 plus publication of a chapbook publication for a short story written in English. This competition is open to any female-identified individual writing in English … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $15.00
Added: 19-October-2012

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards
Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts. The winners will each receive a publication contract and will be awarded a $2000 prize and $1500 honorarium … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-17-2012
PRIZES: $3,500.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 19-October-2012

The C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize
The purpose of the C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize is to honor a great poet of the 20th century by publishing the best possible poem we can find on annual basis. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-16-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $15.00
Added: 19-October-2012

Perugia Press Prize for a First or Second Book by a Woman
Poet must have no more than one previously published book. Chapbooks and books in other genres do not count. First-place winner receives $1000 and publication … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-15-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 19-October-2012

19th Annual Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
Sonnets must be original and unpublished. No translations. Writers may enter as many sonnets as they wish. Sonnet sequences are acceptable, but each sonnet will be considered individually … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-15-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $3.00
Added: 19-October-2012

The Walt Whitman Award
The Walt Whitman Award brings first-book publication, a cash prize of $5,000, and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center to an American who has never before published a book of poetry … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-15-2012
PRIZES: $5,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $30.00
Added: 19-October-2012

The Story Prize
The Story Prize is an annual book award honoring the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction with a $20,000 cash award. Each of two runners-up will receive $5,000. Eligible books must be written in English … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-15-2012
PRIZES: $20,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $75.00
Added: 19-October-2012

The 6th Annual Micro Award
The Micro Award is presented annually for a work of prose fiction written in English, of any genre, not above 1000 words in length. The author of the winning story will receive $500 US … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-31-2012
PRIZES: $500.00
ENTRY FEE: $0.00
Added: 04-October-2012

The Willow Books Literature Awards
The Willow Books Literature Awards recognize literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds. The winner of prose will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and the winner of poetry will receive $1,000 … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-15-2012
PRIZES: $2,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $30.00
Added: 04-October-2012

2013 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize
An award of $1,000, plus publication of a chapbook by Hill-Stead Museum, and an introductory reading at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival preceding one of the featured poets during the 2013 season … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-01-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $30.00
Added: 24-Aug-2012

The New Issues Poetry Prize
Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have not previously published or self-published a full-length collection (48+ pages) of poems. Prize is $2,000 and publication for a first book of poems … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $2,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Added: 17-Aug-2012

White Pine Press Poetry Prize
The award consists of a $1,000 cash award and publication by White Pine Press. Manuscripts must be between 60 and 80 pages in length. Poems must be original … (more)
DEADLINE: 11-30-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Added: 17-Aug-2012

Ruth Stone Poetry Prize
An annual poetry contest. First place winner receives $1000 and publication on Hunger Mountain online. Two honorable mentions receive $100 and publication … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-10-2012
PRIZES: $1,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $20.00
Added: 17-Aug-2012

The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Some or all of the poems in the collection may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks, or anthologies, but these must be identified. First-place prize is $2,000 … (more)
DEADLINE: 12-31-2012
PRIZES: $2,000.00
ENTRY FEE: $25.00
Added: 17-Aug-2012