My Interview with Don Massenzio

I want to thank Don Massenzio for interviewing me and posting it on his blog. He did a great job.

The interview was posted on his blog Tuesday morning, April 5. Unfortunately, we were traveling from Tennessee to Alabama and I didn’t get his email letting me know it was happening until just a few minutes ago (9:15 p.m. April 6, Central Time U.S.A.)

If you would like to learn a little more about my novel, Mending Fences, or about me as an author and person, you can read the interview at https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/page/2/.

Let me know what you think.

Goodreads Author!

Goodreads Author!. Kevin Cooper, aka The Story Reading Ape has landed an author interview at Goodreads! He has written several great books and has updated his bio. Be sure to check it out. Find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too.

5 Things You Should Never Say to an Indie Author

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This post re-blogged from Sarahbeth Caplin, author.

This post can apply to a variety of people, not just authors. Some of it also applies to traditionally-published authors. Bottom line: ignorance of the publishing industry is a daily reality that drives us crazy at best, and makes us wonder why we bother writing at worst.

5 things you should never say to an indie author:

When are you REALLY going to get published?

Somehow, despite the fact that my book is available on a number of online retail sellers – most notably, Amazon and Barnes & Noble – some people are still under the impression that no agent = not ‘really’ published. If someone’s books are available for purchase and they earn a royalty for each, guess what: that means it’s been published!

On that note…

How much do you make?

This is a rude question to ask anyone, period. If you mean to ask how much royalty I earn, the answer would be 70%. But as for my monthly earnings? Yearly? That’s none of your business.

How’s the writing hobby going?

Any allusion to writing as anything but a career, be it a hobby, a past-time, or something that’s ‘just for fun’ is offensive. It takes time for an author to build a solid platform and readership. We’re working our butts off to try and stand out among the thousands of other authors who churn out a new book every few weeks or so. According to one source, that comes to roughly 10,000 self-published books per year. You may think we’re crazy (and we probably are), but please respect our dedication to what we do.

Why don’t you just get an agent?

There’s no such thing as ‘just’ getting an agent; it’s a lot more complex than that. I haven’t ruled out the possibility of querying someday, but I’m enjoying being my own boss for the time being.

Why don’t you get a real job?

As previously mentioned, building a platform is one of the hardest parts about being a writer: in my opinion, it’s harder than writing the book itself. Very few people enjoy overnight success. Since I’m in this for the long haul, I expect it will take years before I can expect my books to pay the bills. But there’s nothing else in life I’d rather do, so I’m willing to accept disappointments and failures along the way to achieving my goals. There is no shortcut to anything worth doing.

But here are some things you can do to help your favorite indie authors…

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Sorry For Delays

Just a quick note here. We are traveling and have limited internet connection. It connects and may stay connected for two hours or it may dump out after ten minutes. Very frustrating and keeps me from being able to be consistent with my posts. So please don’t give up on me if you don’t see a post for a couple of days (except Sundays; I don’t post on Sundays).

Please do leave comments. I’m very interested in the ideas of other people, as well as their experiences. Sharing is how we learn from each other.

Have a wonderful day! More this evening.

An Unexpected Sunrise

I’m a night owl, or late night bear, whichever wildlife you prefer. I love both animals. But I digress. Last night was one of those typical nights in which I just couldn’t get comfortable. I tossed and turned, thought about my grandkids and their struggles, and tried to ignore aches and pains. At close to 5:30 this morning I gave up and got up. I turned on the pre-set coffee pot, made myself a cup of Red Zinger tea, turned on my computer, and took my husband his coffee and I-pad. As I sat down at my computer and looked out the window, the colors of the dawn began settling on the leaves of the trees. There is nothing quite like the color of dawn gold outlining tree leaves. What a beautiful way to start the day. Hope your is wonderful.