AN INDIE AUTHOR’S JOURNEY: And The Winner Is…

 

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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.

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I was lucky enough on Saturday to participate in a ten author, costume themed book signing event at The Book Market in Sevierville, Tn.  This writing life sometimes feels like going to the Oscars. You put your heart and soul into your story, and then one day you are invited to attend a group celebration of your book, along with other authors. And when you walk in the door of that bookstore and see a stack of your novel displayed for the world to see, it’s like someone just gave you that shiny gold statue for a job well done. And at that moment I could tell myself…

I’M A WINNER!

 

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I’m a visual writer and love adding visuals to my book display when I go on author visits. I had a replica of the Cup of Notari holding skull pencils to give away, a small resin treasure chest with pirate coins, a limited edition whale tale statue, a replica of King Midar’s lost journal, as well as some STORY CATCHER PUBLISHING business cards, and some promotional postcards for my young adult fantasy novel, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound.

 

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I also got to hang out with a couple of my critique partners. Here is Rick Starkey, fabulous author of BLUES BONES. His middle-grade novel is about voodoo and blues music. He jammed on that cool guitar when he wasn’t meeting people, and even showed me a magic trick which came pretty easy to him since he owns a magic shop in Gatlinburg.

 

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This is the sparkly Debbie Dadey, another of my critique partners. I want to be like her when I grow up. IF I ever grow up. She writes lovely chapter books for children and has sold MILLIONS of copies of her BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS  series and now her MERMAID TALES series. She looked regal in her lovely mermaid costume.

 

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Here we are…Rick, Debbie, and myself…all dressed up and having a blast as a character from our books.

 

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Here are some of the other authors who attended the book signing event. I met all of them earlier this year during the Rose Glen Literary Festival but now I was “one of them”. 

 

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Here I am chatting with Fayla Ott. She has written some Christian romance novels before but her latest book, AFFLICTED, is a historical fiction about the Salem Witch Trials. We discovered we had much in common…both ran a martial arts school, both were hybrid authors, both came from Louisiana. It was fun sharing our publishing journeys with each other.

 

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But by the end of the day, I could look around and see we are ALL winners because we shared a common goal…sharing our stories and a love of books with others.

 

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Just before it was time to pack up everything, this young lady stopped by my table and was so excited when she found out there were pirates and fairies and mermaids and evil creatures in LUNADAR that she ran to beg her dad to let her buy it. It made my day to see her eagerness to read my story and it helps validate that I am EXACTLY where I should be in my writing journey…

 

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***WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!***
***WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!***

 

I’m happy to announce the winner of week five of my TWELVE WEEKS OF LUNADAR free giveaway! Stuart Field has won a beautiful moon and stars necklace. Thanks for following this blog! Congratulations! Look for my email on how to get your prize…

 

Week Six

 
***DON’T FORGET! It’s week six of THE TWELVE WEEKS OF LUNADAR giveaway and this week you get a chance to win another audio book shown above! Just click on the pile of presents to the right of this post and choose how you would like to enter the FREE giveaway. Winners will be announced every Monday in my INDIE AUTHOR’S JOURNEY post, so enter the FREE giveaway and check next Monday to see if you’ve won!

 

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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?

 

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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), is now available in ebook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

 

 

 

AN INDIE AUTHOR’S JOURNEY: Book Marketing, Phase Two

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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.

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I’ve had a number of accomplishments this past week. Here are a few:

  1. I reached the magical double-digit book reviews on Amazon for LUNADAR: Homeward Bound. This allows me to work on rolling out Phase Two of my book marketing. Many of the low-cost book promotion sites I plan on using require at least ten Amazon reviews before participation is allowed.
  2. My ebook can now be found all over the web in places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million and Google books, but also on Itsi.com (an educational store), Book Shout, Booktopia, Goodreads, Basic Books, TygPress, and dozens of international online retailers. It’s kind of amusing to see LUNADAR: Homeward Bound listed in so many other languages.
  3. With the official print release set for October 15th, my book is available for pre-order right now through most online retailers. 
  4. My LUNADAR Pay It Forward FREE Giveaway for educators and librarians is in full swing with a number of schools around the country already participating, with a chance of their schools winning one of five autographed copies of my book as well as maybe one of my FREE school visits! To learn more, click on the link.
  5. It’s week two of my TWELVE WEEKS OF LUNADAR. Last week’s winner of a set of cool bookmarks is Ariel (aka author R M Archer). She will be receiving her prize sometime next week. This week’s FREEBIE giveaway is a faerie house. To enter the TWELVE WEEKS OF LUNADAR giveaway, just click on the pile of presents to the right of this post.
  6. I have a few author events in the works such as a costume themed book signing at the Book Market in Sevierville, Tn on Saturday, October 27th from 11-4 pm; McKay’s Bookstore on Tuesday, October 30th from 9-11:30; and I’m finalizing a possible book signing at Barnes & Noble in December by partnering with one of my local elementary schools. 

 

Next week I will share my list of 25 free or low-cost book promotion and marketing sites any poor gal should use when trying to get the word out about her latest book…

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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?

 

donna

 

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 edition, is now available from Amazon, with the print edition coming October 15, 2018.

 

AN INDIE AUTHOR’S JOURNEY: Who Likes FREEBIES?

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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.

 
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With just three weeks before the print release of LUNADAR: Homeward Bound, my FREE giveaways are really ramping up and YOU get all the goodies!

 

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I’m currently in the middle of my LUNADAR Pay It Forward giveaway. It’s open to all educators in the continental US serving middle through high school, as well as any school librarian who would like a FREE ebook copy of my young adult fantasy novel in exchange for leaving an honest Amazon review by Friday, November 2nd. Anyone leaving a review by the deadline will be entered into a FREE giveaway for a chance to win one of five autographed copies of my book and maybe even a FREE author visit to their school!

 

Week One

 

TODAY also starts my TWELVE WEEKS OF LUNADAR. Based on the Twelve Days of Christmas, each week there will be chances for anyone to win the weekly prize. Just click on the picture of the gifts to the right of this post and choose how you want to enter. The more ways you enter, the more chances to win one of the weekly prizes. By the twelfth week, just before Christmas, ALL entries from the previous weeks will be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE…twelve fantasy novels, including two autographed copies…one from me. and another from an author friend of mine.

 

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And for anyone in the area of Tanger Outlet in Sevierville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 27th, 2018, I will be participating in a TEN AUTHOR book signing event from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Book Market Warehouse. They will be giving away a large basket of goodies, including autographed copies of books from the participating authors. I will also be giving away some swag goodies at my author table and will autograph any purchased copy of LUNADAR: Homeward Bound.

Be sure to enter as many giveaways as you can, and keep checking back for more goody giveaways as the holidays roll in, including a tentative book signing at Barnes & Nobles in December!

 

donna

 

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 edition, is now available from Amazon, with the print edition coming October 15, 2018.