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I THINK I’ve made a publishing decision…

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If you read my post a few weeks ago, you know I have A Chance to Leave the Self-Pub World…

I think I’ve finally made a decision.

 

 

Drum roll please……………………….

 

 

 

I’m going to STAY put, self-pub, indie, unrepresented. Not gonna take the publisher’s offer. Not gonna sign the contract.

 

You might think I’m crazy. Here are the 3 main reasons for my decision:

1. The publishers that contacted me are extremely new and unheard of. They publish a LOT of erotica, which my book is NOT.

2. I worked really hard for my Amazon and Goodreads reviews and I didn’t want to lose them.

3. I’ve done pretty well marketing for myself, and after researching the publisher (and contacting their authors), I was led to believe that their marketing wouldn’t be any better than my own.

 

This doesn’t mean I’m not opening to signing a contract in the future- with a publisher more fitting for my novel and I. But if that never happens, I’ll be fine 🙂 The self-pub world IS pretty amazing, after all.

 

 

 

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WordPress Fantasies…

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Number 1 fantasy? Every person who follows me on WordPress writes me an Amazon review for THE WAITING ROOM.

[that would be over 1,100 people…]

Fantasy #2: every person who follows me on Twitter then writes a review as well.

[almost 3,000 people]

 

Fellow authors- do you have these daydreams as well?! I mean, I could go on and on…every single person who has liked my author Facebook page (btw, when I reach 500 likes I’m doing a signed book giveaway!), every single person who I’m personally friends with on Facebook…every single person who I’m actually friends with…every single family member.

WordPress friends- go ahead, make my fantasy come true, haha!

-Alysha 🙂

 

 

 

 

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When Book Bloggers Go MIA…

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Before THE WAITING ROOM was released to Amazon, I did what every self-published author does: I emailed an ARC to any lovely book blogger who was willing to give it an honest review!

Many of them have been my #1 supporters–not just posting blogs, but hosting interviews, sharing on Twitter and Facebook, re-posting on Amazon and Goodreads, and more. These people have shown me more love than some of my own family and friends (sadly).

But what about those other book bloggers?

…you know, the ones who promised an honest review but then…disappeared faster than underage college kids when the cops show up to a frat party.

I mean, I sent you an ARC, man! And a follow-up email!

Is this just something indie authors have to live with? Am I rightfully bummed?

 

 

 

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Better Early Than Late: When pub dates go wrong…

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The Waiting Room on Amazon

If you’ve self-published, you probably know the exasperation of CreateSpace and Amazon.

In my case, I wanted to make sure my novel was out on July 1, the date which I’ve advertised everywhere. CreateSpace warns that the print process sometimes takes up to 5 days…so, of course, I uploaded 5 days before the 1st.

And then my book magically appeared on Amazon a day later. Friends and family excitedly posted on my Facebook and I deflated in my humid, Texas apartment.

“Well….better early than late!” My friend Nathan graciously pointed out. I drank three mimosas at brunch and decided to go ahead and let the world know: my book is available!

Here are the links, hope you check out THE WAITING ROOM 🙂

Kindle version:
http://amzn.to/TupzK9

Print version:
http://amzn.to/1ofMTXn

Book Giveaway!

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Get ready for tomorrow! FREE GIVEAWAY of The Waiting Room!!! Check it out:

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I started this blog a few months ago for me. It was just somewhere for me to put my writing in case I wanted someone to see it. I have almost 100 followers now (which might not seem like much, but I never expected it) and if that many people are interested in what I have to say, I think it’s time for me to give this blog a little structure and consistency.

So for the next two weeks, it’s going to be running on bare bones (I really do hope that’s a saying) while I get set up for a complete blog overhaul. Nothing major is going to change – I will still be blogging reviews, writing about reading and sharing teasers. What is changing is my goals, or rather now I’m actually going to have goals. Hopefully it will give me more direction in what I’m reading and what…

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

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Ah hometown newspapers, how I love thee.

This week, The Hays Free Press and The Wimberley News-Dispatch published articles about me and THE WAITING ROOM!

Check it out:

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Thanks again to these awesome news outlets for making me feel like a small Texas town celeb 😉

 

‘The Waiting Room’ Back Cover

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Presenting the back cover of my novel (coming soon!) complete with the book summary and author bio.

The Waiting Room front/back cover

I’m pretty happy with it 🙂 Although it was extremely difficult to write both the summary and bio…still might need tweaking.

Now, just waiting on the author website to be wrapped up along with the interior design. Stay tuned!

Authors Need Photos? Ugh.

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Author bio photos- gag me. No, I don’t want a boring as hell head shot. No, I don’t want to be reading my favorite book while wearing my glasses and sitting atop Poe’s grave.

C’mon, do I really have to have a photo at all? Turns out, yes. Unless you’re Salinger.

I’m not sure why exactly I was surprised by this, but I had zero professional pictures on Facebook. If my outfit was professional, I was holding a beer. If the background was a perfect mix of muted and artsy, my dress was revealing. If my smile said, “Hello, I am an author. Bitch.” then the background was undoubtedly filled with chaos. Le sigh.

There was no way that I was going to pay a photographer- so voila, Jennifer, my co-teach extraordinaire stepped up her game.

We headed to Castle Hill Graffiti–AKA the Hope Outdoor Gallery–and got some pretty amazing shots.

I do believe this is the winner:

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Yes, black and white. It somehow…looked…more…like someone who would write a novel and be serious about it goddammit. While standing in front of graffiti.

“Oh, look at me, I just wrote a novel and now I’m publishing it and I’m standing in front of Austin graffiti art to represent…art and stuff. ‘Cause I’m a writer. And I do that sort of thing.”

Keep your eye out for The Waiting Room, y’all. Should be out this summer! I mean, how can you pass up your own personal copy of that picture?!

Gotta’ Lub a Self-Pub

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***If you are an author/blogger/reviewer and you’re interested in writing a review for my novel once it’s printed, please message me and I’ll be happy to send you a free copy! Another way you can help out? Friends in low places (AKA awesome places)? Yes, please! Give me a shout.***

Yes, it’s finally happening!

I have dusted off the old novel (I really thought it might become one of those things people find on my laptop after I die) and submitted it for a proper edit. I started writing it when I was 20 and finished about three years ago, so the fact that this is finally coming together is a huge deal for me. It’s nerve-wracking to say the least.

I have some amazing graphic designers working on my book cover concepts (stay tuned for the options–I’d love to get your opinion and your vote). Pretty pumped!

And they’re making me an author website, whaaaaat?! I’m movin’ on up in the world.

 

Self-publishing is really the way to go these days. I interned at a huge pub. comp. in New York back in college and let’s just say…the market is bleak. Really depressing stuff. I watched every day as they shrugged off amazing novels only to replace them with pure crap (“This was written by Obama’s half-fourth-adopted cousin, so we can sell this and make millions!”). Plus, the writers get zero creative input and barely profit at all! After that experience, I was skeptical about any and all publishing companies.

So I started looking into the scary self-pub world.

I definitely could’ve done a LOT of this work on my own, but HELLO I also have a job wrangling 100 pre-teens every day…plus I do like to have somewhat of a social life. I also could have risked it and NOT paid for an edit…I mean, I WAS an English major, I think it would’ve been alright. But eh, why settle for alright?

 

Anyway, all this is to say that I’m ecstatic to get this process rollin’ and I’m happy you are here for me to share the journey with! Hopefully when the time comes, you’ll be reading The Waiting Room (check out the first chapter).

 

Be on the lookout for the book cover concepts, my upcoming author website/Facebook page, AND the book itself of course:)