I’m delving into the world of indie publishing. Some authors go the quicker route and use a source like CreateSpace or Kindle Direct to immediately get their books out there.

There’s nothing wrong going that route, but I’ve decided to take a different path.


So, the old time joke goes like this…


And the punch line?


That’s how I feel about the next step in my publishing journey. I think I have the printing issues solved (I’ll know this week) so now I can move on to the next phase.


For some authors…and publishers…there is nothing more terrifying  than trying to promote one’s book after all the blood, sweat, and tears a writer puts into the story itself. And it can seem overwhelming what direction to start.

I’ve chosen to look into potential book awards to see if LUNADAR: Homeward Bound qualifies for any of them. There are tons of sites out there but I’ve only listed a few below. Maybe I’ll get lucky and be able to announce later of yet another accomplishment to add to this author’s writerly resume…


Authors Talk About It Book Contest

BookLife Prize in Fiction


eLit Book Awards

EPIC eBook Competition

Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards

Global eBook Awards

Independent Press Award

IndieReader Discovery Awards

International Beverly Hills Book Awards

International Book Awards

International Excellence Body, Mind, Spirit Book Awards

IPPY Awards

Kindle Book Awards

Midwest Book Awards

National Indie Excellence Book Awards

Nautilus Book Awards

Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Publishing Innovation Awards

Reader Views Literary Awards

Readers Favorite Contest


The Ben Franklin Awards

The Eric Hoffer Award

The Firecracker Awards

The International Rubery Book Award

The Living Now Book Awards

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Self-Published Book

USA “Best Books” Awards

The WISHING SHELF Independent Book Awards [UK]


LUNADAR cover jpg


Ruler by day, a reluctant pirate by night, 18-year-old Princess Ariana fights for her subjects in the waterfall city of Lunadar. In a kingdom surrounded by fairies and mermaids, and ravaged by deadly Drundles, only a chosen few are trusted to guard her daughter, Candra, as the secret heir to the throne.

But it only takes one ill-fated meeting for Ariana to suddenly be plunged into an escalating web of secrets found in her father’s journal, a deadly kidnapping, and an ever-weakening resolve to turn her back on the call of the merman’s song.

With Ariana’s world falling apart and the future of Lunadar at stake, how will she bring her father’s murderer to justice and fulfill a deathbed promise to protect Lunadar’s legacy?



International best selling, award winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy) from Story Catcher Publishing ebook edition is now available at Amazon and other online retailers, with the print edition coming out late fall 2018.

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