Autographed Bookmarks – Swag Part 1!

One of the unexpectedly cool things about being an author is that your autograph is suddenly a prized thing.  I have a shelf dedicated only to books that are signed by the author, with bonus points if it’s not just autographed, but personalized.  Being asked to sign one of my books has never stopped being a major thrill, and a big part of why I love book signings so much…it’s the closest I’ll ever get to being a celebrity!

You can extend this magical touch into other media as well, and my hands-down favorite are bookplates and bookmarks.  I’ve talked about bookplates before (and have another post planned coming soon), so now let’s talk about bookmarks!

Books & Authors, Spring 2018!

IMG_1824Yesterday was the spring Books & Authors event at Leon & Lulu!  Despite the gnarly road construction and the lure of a gorgeous spring Sunday, people turned out in droves to support their local authors!

I will be the first one to admit I am very lucky…my day job requires me to do presentations and trainings on a daily basis, so I learned a long time ago how to turn nerves over public speaking and interaction into excited energy.  I’m one of the few people I know that LOVES public speaking.  I make eye contact and have no problem talking to total strangers that wander past.  I’d intended to put up a post before B&A about book signings and the tips and tricks I’ve learned, but the past few days were unbelievably hectic, so keep an eye out for that to come!

Now…on with the topic at hand!

Smashwords – Yay or Nay?

smashwords-logoI had someone ask me the other day on Instagram if I recommended publishing on Smashwords.  I’m going to cut right to the chase and tell you that my answer was a straightforward unabashed unqualified YES!  YES YES YES!  I’ll be honest…right now I’m selling more books through Smashwords than through Amazon.

So what IS Smashwords?  It is the world’s largest distributor of indie ebooks!  They distribute to Barnes&Noble, eBooks and Kobo (and technically to Amazon, but you don’t want to go that route since Amazon “isn’t able” to receive Smashwords’ entire catalog, uh-huh), in addition to many other channels AND libraries.  If you’d like to read Smashwords’ About Us, you can find it here!

Books & Authors 2018!

Yes, it’s that time of year again!  Time for the spring half of Leon & Lulu’s biannual Books & Authors event! This juried book signing has become a fixture in Metro Detroit, and I’m honored and thrilled to announce that I’ll be there for the second time, signing copies of both Pistils AND Sub Rosa!

Books & Authors is insanely cool on so many levels.  The store that hosts it, Leon & Lulu, is my favorite local business in all of Metro Detroit.  It takes “awesome” and cranks it up to eleven.  If you’re stuck buying a gift for someone who’s impossible to buy for, I promise you it’ll be in stock here.  They give back to the community on a non-stop basis.  The merchandise is…I can’t even describe it.  Eclectic, beautiful, varied…it’s like that one friend who is so unbelievably cool on every level but wears it with the ultimate je ne sais quoi.  If I were a baby store, I’d want to grow up to be just like Leon & Lulu.

Camp NaNoWriMo! April 2018

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All right friends, I’m feeling a bit more lucky this time around!  I was derailed off the regular NaNoWriMo last November by ill health, but Camp NaNo is a bit less intense.  And to say I’m excited about my planned project is an understatement.

Working title is Snapdragons, and in the series chronology, it’s a novella that takes place just before the beginning of Pistils.  What I’m most excited about, though, is that I intend to publish and offer it permanently for free…if you or a friend haven’t read any of the Pistils series, this will give you a good-sized sample and introduction to our gals Vivian and Parker!

If you’d like to keep track of my progress (and believe me, any support will be truly appreciated!), head over to Camp Nano-land and check out how I’m doing.  If you’re participating, add me as a friend so we can cheer each other on!

Scribbler Unboxing and Review!

Processed with MOLDIVThere’s an aphorism that goes something along the lines of “if something exists, someone somewhere has found a way to make p0rn about it.”  I strongly believe the same applies to subscription boxes…there are subscription boxes for every single conceivable thing under the sun.  They appeal to our love of opening gifts, getting things in the mail (!!!), and finding things that are tailored in some way to our tastes and preferences.  I currently subscribe to  four, and my husband has devised a way of telling how awesome/not-awesome the contents are by how loudly I squeal.  It’s called the “OoooOOOOoooh!” – meter.  My latest subscription is for Scribbler, a subscription box “for authors, by authors.”  The very first box was launched for the month of March, mine arrived yesterday, and I immediately broke the “OoooOOOOoooh!” – meter.  Unboxing pics and reviews (and so therefore spoilers, if you haven’t received yours yet) are below the jump!

Engaging New Readers with Bublish!

annie-spratt-303940-unsplashBack in the days when an agent was required to present your work to a traditional publishing house, there was a grim catch-22: in order to get published, you needed an agent, but to get an agent, you needed to be published.  It’s amazing that any of those many authors who were repeatedly rejected doggedly persevered anyway.  Indie publishing has evened the playing field somewhat, but we’re up against a new version of the same problem: to have successful sales, you need to have a readership, and to get that readership, you need to get your book read.

To do that, indie authors tirelessly work all the tools and references available to them, but one that I strongly believe is criminally underused is Bublish.  I think it’s the very nature of its unique features that make authors tend to pass it by, which is a shame, because it offers reader engagement like no other site, and can help you catch the eye of a reader-to-be.