I’m delving into the world of indie publishing. Some authors go the quicker route and use a source like 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.



I’m flying higher than a kite because today is my big day…





It’s been a long three years, with the past nine months being truly a labor of love. I’ve spent every spare moment poring over author/publisher decisions covering areas including revisions, beta readers, more revisions, editing, and you guessed it…more revisions! I worked with my artist from my book cover concept to the final product. There is even a map of LUNADAR I sketched and put the original in a frame to take with me on book signings. I envisioned the details of my book trailer and found a company to produce it. I worked on all the legal stuff to set up Story Catcher Publishing, including setting up my accounting system, bank accounts, tax ID, business name, etc. Then I went to work on promotional items like postcards, banners, sell sheets, and I’m finalizing my media kit. I’ve labored over marketing…sending out flyers, letters, postcards…gave away free copies of the ebook, set up an educator’s Pay It Foward program, created the TWELVE WEEKS OF LUNADAR freebies giveaway, and awarded prizes for members of my LUNADAR STREET TEAM who left an honest book review of LUNADAR on Amazon. I’ve lined up book parties and book signings, with many more to come. I’ve even gone so far as to create props to include on classroom visits. I’ve covered all my bases and then began a countdown to when my “baby” would become a reality.

Now that LUNADAR is finally here, it’s time to give YOU, my lovely followers, some book “birthday” presents to help celebrate this grand occasion…


audio book




The winner from week three of my TWELVE WEEKS OF LUNADAR forgot to leave their name with their entry form, so I will simply call them Mr. ART (from part of their email address). Congratulations and look for an email from me real soon on how to receive your prize!


LUNADAR cover jpg




Just in time for the paperback release, my ebook edition is on sale through mid-November for only $1.99.

Here’s the Amazon link…

That’s more than 60% off the regular price! And what a great Christmas present LUNADAR would make for those fantasy loving Kindle readers…;)


Week Four




With cooler weather heading our way, what better way to treat yourself after a long day of working on your “to do” list than by stopping by your local fast food place and letting someone else cook dinner for you? Week three prize of my TWELVE WEEKS OF LUNADAR is a $20 gift card to Wendys. It’s as simple as clicking on the pile of presents to the right of this blog post and entering for a chance to win! The winner of week three will be announced next Monday and all entries of each week will also go into the Grand Prize Drawing for a chance to win 12 copies of different fantasy novels, including an autographed copy of LUNADAR: Homeward Bound from yours truly!

There will be more exciting announcements and even more giveaways as we head into the holidays, so be sure and check back often! Now to take a moment and catch my breath before I start work on the final book in this trilogy…LUNADAR: Candra’s Revenge!







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), ebook and print edition is now on sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers around the world.

2 thoughts on “AN INDIE AUTHOR’S JOURNEY: Happy Book Birthday!

    • Thanks Janet! You, of all people, know what a huge learning curve I faced and the many challenges I overcame to make LUNADAR a reality. It was worth it, and now I’m gearing up for phase two of Story Catcher Publishing’s future…;)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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