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Contest: Need your help!

As an author with a book recieving four stars or more from a review on InD’tale I’ve been included in their 2012 RONE award!

This first step of the award is important and I need your help! If you think Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic should win this award, please vote for it! I only get this week for votes, so please don’t forget. You can vote by registering on the site or without registering by using their email form. Details are on this link:

Thanks for your help!

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Virtual Release Party Host: Indie Book Blog



Please visit the Indie Book Blog, featuring Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic today! Stay tuned for the Indie Book Blog’s review of  Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic. (You know I’ll post a link for you as soon as it’s ready.)

Also, visit the Indie Book Club on Goodreads by clicking the crest above. I’m a member!

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A Quiz: Will you like traditional or self-published books?

What kind of reader are you?
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Are Self-published Books a Good Choice for Readers?

When you look for a book, do you want something popular? Do you want to read all the latest and coolest stories? Or do you want something that pushes the boundaries?

If you translated your buying experience with SP (self-published books) versus TP (traditionally-published books), you might say that TP books are like major brands purchased at a national chain store, such as Cheerios. Conversely, SP books are like a farmer’s market bag of organic rolled oats. Both have their benefits and their drawbacks. Which cereal would you choose?

There are several things to consider when choosing whether to pick a TP book or go indie: Continue reading

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Going Traditional?

I thought a lot about my next upcoming book, How to Win Friends and Influence Magicians, and what I was going to do about publishing. It was long enough to be accepted by publishers, so should I go Traditional? I was feeling pretty bummed about my lack of success with my indie sales, and wondering what to do about it. Also, we are dipping into our personal finances to pay for editing, etc. but I’m not paying that back.

Pros for Traditional Publishing:

  • I could conceivably put in $0 for writing and submitting to publishers, with the right group. (no editing ahead of time, which is risky, and with one that accepts digital submissions).
  • I would get their expertise and possibly their sales channels.
  • I would get paid so I could be not sucking money out of our finances.

Cons for Traditional Publishing:

  • I would lose all rights to my manuscript
  • I would have to wait until accepted, then wait until they published it–delayed gratification–possibly years.
  • I would have to change the book to their specifications.
  • I would have to accept their terms and would be limited by the deal I originally made.
  • My work would be priced by them, not by me, so I would have no say in how much it would cost my readers to read my work.
  • I might be required to do more than online promotion, which would take time away from my family.
  • I really want to self-publish because I enjoy it.

So after talking to my hubby, we decided to keep self-publishing for now. Money speaks loudly but not more than time and convenience.

I was feeling really moody about the decision still until I read an article by another self-published author who said that she wasn’t really getting steady sales until 2 or 3 years after she started. That opened my eyes a bit. I have been “published” for only 6 months! I’ve been blogging for only a year, and really my whole platform is only a year old. I don’t need to be fretting about low sales yet. So I’m not going to.

How to Win Friends and Influence Magicians will be published by me this summer!


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New Review:The Warden Threat: Book #1 of Defying Fate

The Warden Threat, Book #1 of Defying Fate

by D.L. Morrese

Genre: Science Fiction

See my new review of The Warden Threat here:

Or you can just go buy it here:

Buy on Amazon: (ASIN: B005MAWTUM)

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Excerpt from the book: 

From the back of his mount, Donald saw another group of peasants gathering this year’s potato crop from the dry, cracked soil. Sweat dripped from their greasy hair and stained their worn and patched clothing. “Find out about the commoners,” his mother had told him. “They are our people and it is our duty to see to their needs.” What many of them needed most, an involuntary thought suggested, was a bath, and he immediately felt guilty for it. The Faith taught that the gods determined the fate everyone. If this was so, these peasants could no more change their role in life than he could, as much as he might like to, and he felt guilty for this thought as well.

The people toiling in the field to the right of the dust covered road looked up briefly as Prince Donald and his guide passed. The prince lifted a gloved hand to wave in what he thought was a regal manner. A young girl waved back briefly before returning to her knees, plunging her dirt covered hands into the soil.

His guide stopped unexpectedly after another mile and stooped to examine the road. Donald reined in his serviceable but otherwise unimpressive mount. “What do you see, Kwestor?”

The ranger replied in a slow monotone. “Dirt, mostly. And a pair of wheel ruts.” The older man’s heavy, well-traveled cloak hung limply on his shoulders in the still air, hiding his movements from his current employer. “Probably a farm wagon but I could make up something more exciting if it would make you feel better.”

This wasn’t the first time Kwestor teased him about his not so secret desire for adventure. Donald wasn’t naive enough to think they might encounter dragons or evil wizards. He knew the stories in his library back at the castle were fiction but he still held out some hope for the possibility of finding a damsel in distress in need of rescue by a brave and heroic prince. Just once would be enough. Then he could go back to Greatbridge and fulfill his duty as the nominal head of whatever noble cause the queen might find worthy of the third son of a king.

Without standing, the scout looked up from the road, held up two fingers and motioned to the right toward a thick patch of woods.

“What is it?” Donald asked anxiously. “Are there two brigands waiting ahead in the woods?”

“No”, Kwestor replied without turning. He drew out the single word, delivering it slowly and deliberately, his voice hinting at some underlying sadness or perhaps disappointment. “I’m going over there to take a poop.”

The staggeringly mundane nature of what the man said shocked the prince for a moment. A simple statement about an act so routine it was seldom commented upon smashed through the prince’s worldview like a brick through a stained glass window. He found himself lost for words but felt he must make some sort of reply. Eventually he blurted out, “You’re a rather crude man aren’t you?”

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Awesome Indies

I want to give a shout-out and a big thanks to Tahlia Newland, a fellow crusader for independent books. She has honored my work by adding me to her new page, Awesome Indies!

Awesome Indies is a brand new list of books that she and other authors and editors can unreservedly recommend. The idea is to honour the Indie authors who produce a high quality product and to direct readers towards the Indie Gold that lies hidden amongst the avalanche of available books.

Click on her link to see the Awesome Indies, read their great books, and maybe suggest a few yourself!

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