Five Fall Favorites: Indie Published

 

 

*rubs hands together* Okay, now for the best one yet… Oh, wait. I’ve already put my top five Indie books scattered among the other four days… Now what? I guess I’ll have to go with some other favorites. After all, I read so many Indie books, that I have WAY more than five. So here goes. As close to year order as possible. Meaning the one that isn’t contemporary fiction is stuck at the end and the others are randomly placed.

Her Imaginary Husband by Lia London

When I first saw this book, I wasn’t sure what to think. A teacher who pretended to have a husband. How weird is that? But when I finally read it, I found it to be really actually pretty cute and funny. If you want a clean, funny, non-romance to read, this is probably a good pick for you. Did I mention that Nikki’s not very good at lying?

Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe

Dandelions. They are annoying weeds that pop up everywhere. But they bring such joy to a child’s heart when they lovingly pick a bouquet of flowers for Mommy and with growing excitement take the bouquet to her and receive an indulgent smile. But not all mother’s have that indulgent response. Not for the first bouquet nor for any that may or may not come later. Some children are told to reach higher than a simple weed and their enthusiasm for their dreams fade and die. This book tells such a story and brought me to tears more than once. Read the full review here.

Not Abandoned by MacKenzie Morganthal

I finished this book a few days ago. Talk about intense! This book is about human trafficking. It is a tricky topic to write, but MacKenzie did a great job with each tricky spot. Her book told the story in a way to be readable and still PG-13 (due to the topic, not the content). I look forward to reading her next book in the series. A full review of the book will be coming sometime next week.

Kate’s Innocence by Sarah Holman

A bomb in the college, the FBI getting involved, and being wrongly accused. Could her day get any worse? Kate is an average college girl who just wants to finish college. Then she’s accused of planting the bombs and all the evidence stacks up against her. Only one person seems to believe all her protestations and he will do whatever it takes to clear her name. But will he trust God to help? I loved this book a lot! And there’s a second book in the series now, too! You can read my review of this book here.

Red Rain by Aubrey Hansen

Now we jump ahead about a hundred years or so to the future. A future where Christians are in something similar to internment camps. Until Philadelphia and her father are suddenly called to go to Mars. This is a short book that only takes about an hour, maybe a little more, to read. It’s light science fiction meaning there isn’t much science you have to try to understand, but there is plenty of adventure.

Giveaway

We are also running a giveaway! In the basket is:

  • Signed copy of Dylan’s Story by Rebekah A. Morris
  • Signed copy of Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts
  • Signed copy of Kate’s Innocence by Sarah Holman
  • Signed copy of The Twin Arrows by Kate Willis
  • Signed copy of Journey to Love by Amanda Tero
  • Coffee Nut M & M’s
  • Packets of Apple Cider
  • Cute Fall Mug

2nd place winner (if we get 75 people entered) will be the winners choice of 3 kindle books (Choices from what’s in the basket to make things easier. Unless winner already has them.)

3nd place winner (if we get 100 people entered) will be 2 kindle books (Choices again will be from the books in the basket.)

You can enter the giveaway here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/6113ead99/?

Self-Publishing: How to Choose What’s Right, pt. 3

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This is the last post in my self-publishing series. I hope you enjoy it. My apologies for the accidental posting yesterday. I somehow accidentally scheduled it for yesterday instead of today. Enjoy the guest post about Interior Formatting!

The Art of the Interior

Greetings, fellow writers and readers! I’m Aubrey Hansen, a newlywed living in south Chicagoland. My list of credits includes owning three cats and a snake, being a self-published speculative YA author, being Faith’s friend, and co-owning Penoaks Publishing. Through Penoaks my husband and I make our living helping other indie authors get their books ready for publication. Our specialty is interior formatting.

Wait, what’s interior formatting?

Sadly, many authors don’t understand what is involved in interior formatting, which causes disasters for indie publishers because interior formatting is such an essential step of the book production process. Interior formatting, often referred to as “layout” or “interior design,” is the art of arranging the body of the book for printing. Pick up any paperback book and look at the chapter titles, page numbers, etc.; all of that had to be styled by hand from the author’s original manuscript. Even ebooks need interior formatting to ensure the text shows up properly on your Kindle screen. Some layouts are more elaborate (like a cookbook with pictures) and some are simple (like a mass-market paperback), but every book needs to be formatted before it can be printed. Continue reading

Self-Publishing: How to Choose What’s Right, pt. 2

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Today’s Self-Publishing post is part 2 of 3 in the “How to Choose What’s Right” posts. Today I will concentrate on editing and proofreading, as well as a few marketing tips I have learned. As always, feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to answer them.

Editing and Proofreading-What’s the difference?

When I first got into publishing I thought that editing and proofreading were pretty much the same. Then I heard other terms being bandied about: Line editing, copy editing, content editing, and proofreading. So, what is the difference and why are some more expensive than others? Continue reading

Self-Publishing: How to Choose What’s Right, pt. 1

Sel-Publishing Post 3 Today is the third post in my Self-Publishing blog series. If you missed the first two posts find them here and here. Today’s post is the first part of three discussions on what to pay for and what to do for yourself.

How to Choose What’s Right pt. 1

AKA: What to do for yourself and what to pay for?

ISBN numbers- free or paid? For ebook only people, this is irrelevant since ebooks have ASIN numbers rather than ISBN numbers. However, if you do a hard copy of your book, you will need to have an ISBN number. Createspace (Amazon’s affiliate for self-publishing your hard copies) offers a free Createspace assigned ISBN. This is personally what I have used for each of mine. You can also choose Createspace’s $10 Custom ISBN option which allows you to use your imprint name. If you want to have yourself listed as the publisher rather than Createspace, the $10 option would be the way to go. Continue reading

Self-Publishing: How to Get Started

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Welcome to the second week of my Self-publishing series. Last week I talked about what some of the differences between traditional and independent publishing are and why I chose the indie route. This week I’ll share some of the first steps on how to get started on publishing your book.

What are the first steps?

With everything, there is always a place you should start. So, when your getting published (indie or traditional), what is the first step?

I’m so glad you asked!

Step #1

paper-535969_1920My answer is write. Write, write, write, and write some more until you are TIRED of writing, and your characters, and your writer’s block, and everything else, and your story has come to an end, then you can stop. Continue reading

Self-Publishing: My Journey

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Today begins a five-week blog series on independent publishing how-tos and tips. Today, I will start with my reasons for choosing the independently publishing route vs. the traditionally publishing route as well as share a little bit of my journey along the way.

Indie vs. Traditional

Duel

The indie publishing and the traditional publishing worlds have both changed a lot even since I first seriously looked into getting published in January 2013. For one thing, indie publishing is much more popular and for another, it isn’t that much different than traditional publishing anymore. Continue reading