Since I last posted

Since I last updated this blog in Feb, a lot as kept me away from updating. First, and probably the most time consuming was that in late February I got really sick which kept me pretty much bed ridden for a good while but it’s not all doom and gloom, I have also been really busy with my own YA novel and I hope to soon have a couple big announcements to post here.  I also am being a beta for a great YA novel that I wish I could tell you more about but I need to ask the author if I can talk about here first.

I also am very happy that Catherine Ryan Howard is bringing out a book about self-publishing called Self-Printed (but thew title may change). As soon as that book hits either Amazon UK or The Book Depository I am getting it, if you want to know more you can found more info here & here.

I am also really happy to announce that I am interviewing Marcia Colette and that interview will be posted as soon as I get back her answers.

That is all for the time being but look out for the interview!

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Birthdays, Blogs, Fear Street & Strange Fate

Yesterday I received a Kindle 3 (which is perfect), I haven’t given it a full test drive yet but it is just so pretty that I want to keep in the bx and admire its beauty. I have had a Kindle 2 that I bought from eBay but that had a faulty screen so even though I liked it I never really saw the Kindle’s full potential. I also got E63 phone which I have used a little bit and I have to say that it is by far the best phone I have ever used. It’s sleek, easy to use, and the best thing is that it has Facebook, Youtube & Adobe PDF Pre-installed. The camera is also good but I haven’t really tested that out yet but when I do I will post the results. If you haven’t guessed and why would you because I haven’t mentioned it but yesterday was my birthday and I feel so loved by all the people that have given me birthday wishes. Thanks to you all 🙂

Recently, I had an heart to heart with my sister regarding my writing & what direction I want to take in regards to publishing my novels. I am still going the Indie route but the problem I was stressing over was the paperback edition of my novel which I hope to release early next year. But my sister pointed out that I really should focus on the ebook edition since that will be released first, which I did hope to release 31st October but due to me putting the cart before the horse I really don’t think that will be possible but I will try to get out the ebook edition before December.

Even though, I still have a lot to do before the ebook is released I have also achieved a lot due to the fact of my obsessing. I have purchased my domain name & now my website is in the first stages of been designed, I have decided after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing what to name my series, my book cover is coming together and the mock ups look amazing. There is still a long way to go but I am getting there. My sister as being my rock through all this and I can’t thank her enough for all the help and support she is giving me.

Blogs You Should Read

In deciding to go the Indie route I have been reading some blogs and these are my choices that you should check out.

1: The Book Designer – This is a great book design site with loads of helpful posts. A must read for anyone interested in book design, fonts & typograpgy, publishing.

2: A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing – This is the blog of author Joe Konrath and he writes informative & thought provoking blogs about his success with ebooks.

3: Self-Publishing Adventure – This is the blog of Indie author Sarah Ettritch and is very helpful for indie authors from Canada as she gives a Canadian perspective.

4: CATHERINE, CAFFEINATED – This is the blog of Irish Indie author Catherine Ryan Howard and you should check out her section entitled Self-Printing.

5: POD, Self-Publishing & Independent Publishing – This is the blog of Irish author Mick Rooney and his blog is a goldmine of information and reviews associated to all things POD, Independent or Self-Publishing.

I also want to mention a blog post about ebook pricing from Moses Siregar III which is another thought-provoking and well worth a read.

And lastly on the blog front I want to mention a blog called Shadyside Snark. It is a cleverly & snarky review site for novels from R. L. Stine YA series Fear Street. You should also check out Fear Street as well which is along the same vein. If you were/are a fan of the series and you feel nostalgic then you should take a walk down memory lane and these witty reviews.

Strange Fate Update

For any L. J. Smith/Nightworld fans I have been checking out the release and I am sad to announce that it has been pushed back again to July 2012 for both US & UK release.

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