Happy Birthday Mum

Today would have been my mum’s 82nd birthday. As I mentioned in my previous post my mum loved birthdays and two years ago for her 80th she was thrilled when folks around the globe send her oodles of cards and well wishes.

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She was also thrilled when in the summer of 2016 I brought her a copy of a little book of silliness, TEA AND DARK CHOCOLATE which I created just for her. You see my mum although she read my P.A.W.S. books was never so fond of the darker themes in the books. But this collection of short stories and poems thrilled her and she read them over and over.

So in honor of my mum I’ve put my little collection on sale this month for just 99 cents for the ebook everywhere!

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Hi everyone it’s my birthday!

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To celebrate I have ALL four of my P.A.W.S. Saga books on sale for just 99 cents/99p each!

So here’s your chance to catch up on my series and give me a little present (and reviews would be awesome too!)

Pick up your copies on Kindle today (or free on Kindle Unlimited).

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Meet Whiskey!

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Hi everyone! We have a new family member. Meet Whiskey! She and Miri are slowly getting used to each other. I even caught them sniffing noses yesterday (though sadly I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture.)

Anyhoo, in honor of our new kitty I’m running a little contest over on my P.A.W.S. page on Facebook. Hop on over and leave a pic of your furry friend for a chance to win an audio book of my kitty story, Cecilia’s Tale, narrated by the ever-awesome, Fiona Thraille.

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Giant P.A.W.S. Sale!

Giant P.A.W.S. Sale

Hey folks, it’s almost the end of summer here. Hey, my kid actually went back to school last week. Anyhow seems like a good enough time as any for an awesome huge P.A.W.S. Sale. So starting today you can pick up ALL 4 books in my series for a steal!

P.A.W.S. – 99 cents/99p

Argentum – 1.99

Umbrae – 1.99

Londinium – 2.99

PLUS Come out and hang with me tonight at 8pm ET online at the I love YA Book Event on Facebook for some fun games and giveaways.

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Second Chance – Because every animal deserves a second chance at a furrever home

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Every year seven million companion animals enter animal shelters and are later euthanized. Here at Rock and Roll Saved My Soul, we want to help decrease that number. We believe every pet deserves a second chance. This anthology is a collection of stories about rescue animals, strays, and the animals that have saved us. All proceeds benefit Pet Partners. Together we can save lives and help animals everywhere get a second chance.

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I have two stories in this anthology that releases today. One about my current kitty, Miri Billie Joe and one about my old companion who sadly crossed over the Rainbow Bridge a few years back, Cecilia (or Cici as we liked to call her).

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Please pick up a copy to read their stories and the other wonderful stories of rescue animals and come by to FB later today for a special event with the authors of the anthology. I will be hosting from 7-8pm Central time and will be giving away some audio book copies of Cecilia’s Tale.

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Second Chance release event on Facebook.

 

 

Publishing 101

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I participate in a bunch of writing groups on Facebook and every couple of weeks a newbie writer usually joins and asks a general question about the best route for publishing. I’ve answered this question so many times online that I decided to make a blog post about it for others who may just be starting out on their publishing journey.

First of all – if a so-called traditional publisher wants you to pay them money, run away. In publishing money should flow to the author, not the other way around. There are a lot of vanity and subsidy presses out there and in general that is not a good way to go. The main advantage you get from traditional publishing is not having to pay for editing, covers, illustrations, etc. If they are charging you might as well pay directly to editors, artists, etc and retain control over your books.

Among genuine trad presses there are different kinds. On the top tier are the big 5 and to get into those and other high quality large distribution publishers you will usually need an agent and the process is likely to take a while, but it may well be worth it for you to at least try. Send out some queries to agents, see if they bite. If they don’t you can still apply to smaller presses or self-publish.

And now we come to small press. Small press is generally good for those who don’t feel comfortable doing everything themselves. Usually you don’t need an agent and you apply directly and have more chance they’ll accept you. But the problem is there are a gazillion small presses out there and a lot of them are not very good, so definitely do your research if you go this way. Check the books the publisher has published and get someone to look over any contract you’re offered.

I began my publishing journey with a small press, that has since closed its doors and today I self-publish. I’m happy both with the start they gave me and with the control I have today over my books. At the beginning I knew nothing about publishing, so the small press was a good way to start. I learned so much in the last few years from other indies in various groups I participated in both in real life and on Facebook that now I feel confident self-publishing and would only go back to trad if it was with one of the big boys.

Remember though it is your journey and your book, so what worked for me may not be the same for you. Good luck and happy writing!

Obligatory promo at bottom of post!

P.A.W.S. is still on sale this weekend for 99 cents/99p. If you don’t already have a copy here’s your chance.

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