Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Here it is...

The semi-announcement. :)

First, I've gotten several questions all surrounding the release of the second book in the Exceptional series. The plan is late Fall 2012. It will be either November or December, and it will be on the 15th. [I'll explain that part later]

I promise I won't keep you in the dark about details surrounding the release of Book #2. I'll add some teasers from some of the chapters, and be sure to include the synopsis and book cover as soon as I can!

For my other big news: I have another book coming out before Exceptional.

At first, I wasn't sure how I was going to work in the timing of each book, but with the way things have played out, this other book is going to be finished and ready this summer. I actually had half of it written before I wrote and finished Exceptional, and then I stepped away from it for a little while. I write best this way, going back and forth between stories so that my mind can take a mental break from characters and plots.

I can tell you that it is more along the lines of paranormal, with romance, and it will be yet another YA book, maybe even more so than Exceptional. I need to think of a better write up on it soon, and give it a name, so I can give you [the reader] more information.

Negatives

I don't expect everyone to like my book. At all. In fact, I expect bad reviews. I am not surprised when I see 1 and 2 star reviews, and I am always interested to read the written reviews to see what exactly a reader didn't like. Was it my writing style? My characters? Spelling and grammar? The story?

"What can I improve on?" I ask myself this when I read through reviews.

What I don't expect or appreciate are attacks. Attacks on the community of self-published authors [using my book as a forefront for this] and accusations with no proof to back them.

If you don't like self-published authors, don't read them! You are just going to get yourself riled up. I have a certain disdain for horror stories, therefore, I do not read them.

Don't make accusations that you cannot back up. To clear the air... NO I do not troll Goodreads promoting my book nor do I ask my friends to do the same. If someone posts in a Goodreads group or chat about my book, they have done it on their own. When I post on Goodreads, it is either in the author section of a group, or completely unrelated to my book.

I was a reader before I became an author.

I debated with whether or not to post this, but sometimes it is better to acknowledge the problem rather than ignore it.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

News

For starters, Exceptional is finally available in print form! I am having trouble getting Amazon to list it as one book and give both the print and Kindle options, but until then you can find the hard copy for purchase here. As I've said before, Exceptional will not be available for Nook until June, but I promise to have it up on PubIt! the first second that I am able to.

March was a very busy month for me. I am a photographer and a mother, so sometimes reading and writing takes a back burner to the rest of my life. I have also found myself feeling a lot of self-doubt and wariness over the past several weeks, but I'm slowly pulling out of my slump.

I have an interesting announcement to make soon, one that will be unexpected and was a surprise to even me, so be on the look out.

I appreciate all of the encouragement, and questions, and kind words from everyone. I read each and every review and email and take to heart what you have to share and recommend. Several of you have started recommending some other self-published authors and I'm so thankful for all of the new books I have found!

I find that I write best when I am reading the most.



Look for my announcement soon!