Monday, February 25, 2013

Looking Beyond Writers' Conferences

After I'd written the first three chapters of Watched, on the advice of my awesome sister, I went to a local writers' conference, Storymakers. It was awesome and overwhelming.

 In truth, it changed my writing life.

So, now, it's six years later and I'm a bestselling author of the Watched Series, and I'm teaching classes at those conferences. But guess what? I've discovered that there are other conferences that can change my life even further and I'm not talking about writing conferences.

I was invited to speak at BYOB-Build Your Blog Conference in Utah. It wasn't because my blog was so awesome-because it's not. It was actually to help teach a how-to class on eBooks. I thought it would be fun and maybe I'd pick up some new readers. In truth, I was blown away. Not only did I learn a ton and pick up new readers, but I also made a ton of new connections with a bunch of bloggers and bloggers are more than fun,  they are amazing.

This is huge because guess what? Most bloggers are readers and bloggers love to spread the word when it comes to things they like. At writers' conferences we are all writers and hopefully readers, but we all run in the same circles. By attending other types of conferences, like blogging conferences, you can expand your base of fans in an enormous way. So, check around, what conferences are held in your neck of the woods? Are there any that will broaden your reader base? If so, jump on the chance and spread your wings, learn new things and meet new people. Most of all, have fun!

What conferences have you attended that aren't writers' conferences?

Selling Beyond the Reader

So now you figured out you are a publisher? Well figure out ways to sell your stuff beyond just to the end reader.

YES, making money selling your books to readers is great. But the big returns also come when you sell your Subsidiary Rights! That means all the other ways to sell your book. Large publishers have been doing it for years. It's one of the main reasons having a Literary Agent and a Traditional Publisher seems appealing even to an Indie Publisher because entry into the untapped markets of Subsidiary Rights sales isn't easy at all.

Here's some tips from John Kremer, author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Book


The sale of subsidiary rights is a major source of money for traditional book publishers.

John Kremer states the reasons why publishers should pursue these:

Rights Income will help pay for printing and promos
Make money on your books even before they are released
The sales of these rights increase buzz about your books
The sales of these rights give credibility to your book
More sales create additional sales for other titles
The more sales in this area makes it easier to get booksellers to pick up the book
Movie and TV rights will increase sale of your released book and subsequent books from the author

John Kremer gives tips on selling these rights:

Create a contact list to include buyers for, serial, audio/video, reprints, book club rights and more by category.
Cold call, email, postcard mail these sources to let them know of your upcoming book
Send out review copies with marketing plans, media kits to these prospects
Approach more than one lead at a time
Follow-up with call or face to face visit
Take your time and prepare for the unexpected
Feature rights for sell on your publishing focused website
Get a rights agent that works with publishers

When an author signs a contract with a publishing house, they generally grant the publisher ‘volume rights’ within certain territories. This gives the publisher the right to publish the book in certain formats. The royalties relating to hardback, paperback and sometimes trade paperback (a larger paperback format) editions will be spelled out.

There will be clauses in the contract covering all the other rights. These are the ‘subsidiary’ rights granted to publishers and can also be referred to as sub-leases.

DO YOUR RESEARCH - THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX - and pursue other ways to sell your books.

By: LM Preston, YA and MG author,

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Three Indelibles Featured by Apple iBookstore

New this month, Apple iBookstore has an ongoing Breakout Books promotion to showcase emerging indie authors who have "built up loyal followings of readers who love their work."  iBookstore editors chose sixteen titles to feature yesterday, three of those coming from our talented indelible crew, all of which happen to be FREE at the moment.

These books are HOT!  Download them now to show your support. You can learn more about the promotion by visiting Smashwords blog.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

BONES: The answer to Everything! Well not really.

So I was procrastinating coming up with my blog topic because I am in a writing pickle myself. So whenever I get stuck I turn to one of my many series of crime dramas and begin watching them from season 1. Which brings me to what is currently in my DVD player.

and in my humble opinion, probably the best.

One of the reasons I love Bones is because it is produced by Kathy Reichs who is an American Crime Writer and a forensic anthropologist, just like her character Temperence Brennan. So I think she is living the ultimate dream. Kathy writes books about what she knows and also produces a show based on her books. 

So I will answer some of my most frequently asked questions, using direct quotes from Bones Season One.

So let's get on with the Interview....

How do you juggle your writing career with being a mom?

SEASON 1: 11
Stacey: How do you juggle twin careers as a best selling author and crime fighting scientist? 
 Well I do one, then the other. 

ME: Many people know that I'm a mom of young twins who are almost 5 and they take a lot out of me and sometimes my brain feels like mush, but I'm also heavily involved in my church and run a kids choir and do huge musicals in the Spring. So I'm juggling being a mom, pastor's wife, choir director and best selling author. Well, like Bones said. You do one and then the other. Schedule time out of your busy day for yourself, for your kids, for your family and then for your writing career. If you can't do it each day then give yourself a few hours over the weekend. It is truly impossible to do it at the same time, you must do one then the other.

Can you give me writing advice?

Stacey: Do you have any advice for budding authors out there?
Bones: Well the first thing they should have is an idea. And then...well first they need something to write with... uh they know that. Well, obviously you need a writing instrument. I'm just not sure.... which should come first?

ME: I think they go hand in hand. If you want to be a writer always carry around something to write with, a notebook, journel, iphone etc. For when you get those epiphany's in the middle of the shopping mall while pushing a stroller full of kids, diaper bags etc. I've lost many a great idea's, plot points and even character names, because I didn't have something to jot down my idea, then when I get home it's too late. I don't remember it. It's the same with dreams. I have the most awesome dreams but if I don't write it down in the morning...poof it's gone by midday.

What is the meaning behind the color of this....Did you choose that location because of the signifigance of.....etc. etc. etc.

Goodman: All writers reveal more of themselves then they intend on their page. 
Booth: You know, I’ve gotta tell you, I never bought all that English 101 stuff. Sometimes a river is just a river.

ME: Yeah, um I write for relaxation and to release creative energy. Sometimes something someone is wearing or a place that a scene takes place is just that. I'll get some really deep technological question about how the Fae planes work in my book or how is travel possible exactly...and truthfully that is what magic is for...the unexplained. A river is just a river.

What is your favorite writing snack?

Zack: I have something for you.
Angela: (sighs) Is it chocolate? 
Zack: No. 
Angela: Then I find my interest has flagged.

ME: Chocolate and coffee are my habit of choice. So much so...that I think I need to go to a coffee-aholic anonymous group.

Who do you base your characters on?

Booth: I have a question regarding the FBI in your book. Who do you base brilliant and insightful Special Agent Andy Lister on? 
Dr. Goodman: Oh, for God's sake.
Booth: 'Cause, you know, I'm pretty sure it was me.

ME: Yes, I do base some characters off of people in real life...but not like you think. I love taking the names from reality tv characters and putting them in my books. Sometimes if I can't think of a teachers name or someone for a certain profession. I will use the name of a friend or one of my high school teachers. So far I have names and villains from the Bachelor, Criminal Minds, My Dad and Uncle, and a few friends. But they are not based on the people in real life, just the name.

Can I get an advance copy and read your book? I promise not to tell anyone about it?

Booth: Can I read your book?
Bones: After it comes out.
Booth: Not before?
Bones: No.
Booth: I let you drive.

ME: Sometimes authors do need Beta Readers, but they usually have a select few that are trusted friends or fans that have been with them from the beginning of a project. Usually it's anywhere from 3-5. I have 3, and it will be awhile before I grow it to more.

So that was fun and it was all from Bones Season 1.  I could spend all day answering questions from my favorite shows, because in reality that is where we get inspiration. And will help me get through a writers block. Maybe next time I will pick a different show and a different season.But now back to Bones...

I really only loved the show until my favorite King of the Lab- Intern Zack Addy left. As much as I love  Booth and Brennen and the other Squints it's just not the same.  Though I still watch it, but only after there is nothing left in my tivo, and only if i'm still having a terrible writers block.

Chanda Hahn is the author of the popular Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series which includes UnEnchanted and Fairest which have topped the ebook charts in 5 countries. She also has a passion for writing YA epic fantasy. She's been a children's librarian, children's pastor and costume mascot. She lives in the beautiful but rainy northwest that is Portland Oregon with her husband and twin children.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Introducing My First Middle Grade Novel!

It's been a few days since I released my first middle grade science fiction, Jump Boys: SOS and I'm still giddy with excitement! I swear I almost feel more thrilled over this release than I did over my very first book. I'm not sure why, exactly--maybe because Jump Boys is only the second book I ever wrote and I wrote it for my boys. This was a story for them, and now it's a story for your kids, too.

It's available as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo, with print coming soon. You can add it to Goodreads, too!

A dare gone terribly wrong.

An SOS from another universe.

A threat from right next door.

Thirteen-year-old twin brothers Jayce and Val are about to jump the multi-verses on a dangerous dare, but true danger is closer to home than they realize.

The Jupiter Prime colony has been orbiting the stormy gas giant for nineteen years and all anyone wants is to get back to Earth. Sent to preserve the best and brightest of the population, a grievous error in the Prime’s navigation coordinates sent the colony to an alternate dimension with no way to return to the Earth they call home.

In a society where technical expertise is valued above all else, Jayce and Val are among the most privileged—until they uncover their uncle’s plot to claim dominion over space and time. While attempting to rescue a lone girl from a post-apocalyptic earth, Val will come face to face with space pirates and Jayce will lay his life on the line for the sake of his brother and the little girl who holds the key to time itself.

Don't forget IndieReCon starts TOMORROW!

Ali Cross is the sensei of the writer's dojo where she holds a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin' husband, two sparring sons, one ninja cat, two sumo dogs and four zen turtles.

She's the author the a young adult paranormal romance Desolation seriesFind Ali online: Blog |Facebook Twitter

Friday, February 15, 2013

Growing An Indie Small Press - Your Own Way

You heard that saying, "Rome wasn't built in a day."

Well it's true about ANY business and most businesses take about 3 years to show what their true potential is. Three years to know it's market, to fine-tune it's product and to be comfortable with who they are.


When we started our small independent press I was super excited. But my partner made it clear that we would take it slow. Create a business milestone for each year. Our goals for our first year are different than many small presses or indies are that you see around on the internet who start off as mainly small or indie ebook publishers. We had big dreams of breaking into the 'trade' and establishing ourselves as a small press that had books in bookstores, libraries, and other outlets.

How did we do that? Well we joined Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and started networking, learning how to build in that direction. We had to give our business a presence of its own and Phenomenal One Press was beginning to gain that. In addition we decided to wait before presenting our company's product to the trade via Publishers Marketplace and Foreign Rights fairs because we wanted to have more products available for presentation when bringing up our publishing page on Publishers Marketplace, PubMatch, and pursuing subsidiary rights or Foreign rights sales.

Another friend of ours started theirs small indie publishing company focused on the end consumer (reader) market and started publishing their content or books in only ebook formats since that format was cheaper for publishing. Then they waited until their books gained popularity before offering Paperbook formats. Since then she now offers her book in hardcover formats and audio books. But she added a format each year.


Most serious businesses start with a business plan - or goal sheet for what they hope to accomplish. Ours was initially a tall order for our first year. Produce 2 books in non-competing genre, promote them and become known in our regional area as a small press. You know what ... we did it. Not only that, we did more. But the great part was, independent book publishers were becoming more visible and there was a realization that they all weren't bad.

Also, with being a member of IBPA, Maryland Writers Association and Mid Atlantic Book Publishers Association I began meeting people who owned small independent presses like mine or that 'self-published' like we were doing and they found considerable success and acceptance within their markets by doing so. That was the support that our small independent press needed.


This year we are starting our two-year establishment plan. We finally think we are ready to present our products more seriously to the trade. Now we are on Publishers Marketplace. And this year will be pursuing sales of our books for Subsidiary Rights and Foreign Rights. Which we've been studying up on for the last year.

Also, now I am the Vice President of MBPA (Mid Atlantic Book Publishers) and I believe whole-heartedly in sharing the knowledge. And am working with our board members to have a Subsidiary Rights Fair we are planning for June 2nd the weekend before BEA to prepare our members for the coming Foreign Rights Fairs coming up later this year. Our president, Mary Shafer did an amazing feet and invited some very knowledgeable people to our meeting to teach us about pursuing these exciting avenues towards sales.

Now we are walking taller. We've come a long way. In the next year we are hoping to add additional authors to the fold. 2013 proves to be exciting. But we still have some growth.

SO, if you SELF-PUBLISH, start a SMALL PRESS or want to,

Goals on how you are going to grow your business? If you don't join others that can help you, mentor you, and encourage your business. And remember, a PUBLISHER is someone that edits, prepares, and presents items for sale.

by: LM Preston, Middle Grade and Young Adult author,

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Present for Indelibles Followers!

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FOR Today Febuary 14th-15th you can download a free copy of PURGATORY REIGN, all that I ask is that you leave an honest review everywhere you see it.

Also, I want you to know that somebody - we, the Indelibles & LM Preston Loves You!!!

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Today, share this gift, and tell somebody that they are loved!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Indie Life

Hi all! Addison Moore here today with an Indie Life post. What exactly is an Indie Life post? Indie Life posts are meant to share personal experiences, to encourage, to inspire. I hope I can offer you a little of that today.
A couple of years ago, a month after acquiring my dream agent to be exact, I made the decision to go Indie. At the time it seemed an odd decision. I had tried for years to get an agent. Over a decade ago I had a another literary agent who was too busy being sued by her other clients for nonpayment so I bowed out of that contract. Fast forward seven years, and much toil and sweat later, I finally landed another agent, my dream agent. After having a frank discussion with her regarding the slow state of publishing I was discouraged and decided to go a few books on my own. I wanted to put out a plethora of novels, but in the traditional world I was ten years into my career with the books I had already written and each of those would take years to filter out to the public.
I put out my first self-published book in March of 2011. It was a young adult series I had dreamed of for years and was told it would never work, that young adult probably wouldn’t work for me. (Which I found ironic since I’m emotionally stunted at seventeen.) In July of 2011, after having two books out in the Celestra series, the books were optioned for film by 20th Century Fox. The deal was announced in January of 2012.
In December of 2012 I put out my first New Adult book, SOMEONE TO LOVE. New Adult is a genre long frowned upon by the publishing industry and thanks to a group of pioneering Indies is now an official genre and rightly so. What’s more exciting than the college years? The movie industry has been making films about that era in a person’s life for years and only now are an entire slew of books being written on the subject. It’s very exciting to be a part of this amazing genre.
In January of 2013 SOMEONE TO LOVE hit the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller lists. I was severely humbled, completely overjoyed, and extremely happy to be an Indie.
I still have my literary agent. I still believe both Indie and traditional routes are great roads to travel, and although one road my not be right for everyone I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a foot in both pools. Being an Indie has opened a lot of doors for me. I know that if I could do it, so can you. I’m not special, or the greatest writer, or even a rebel, I’m simply a person who tried to find an alternative method to get my books out there and met a lot of nice people along the way.
The bottom line is I love to write. My mantra each day is; Twenty-six letters, ready, set, go. 
I’m glad I get to write at the pace which suites me best, and self-publishing has allowed me to do that.  
I hope you found something from my personal experience that encouraged or inspired you.
Here are a few parting words I would love to share; Don’t ever give up. Don’t ever let a rejection stand in your way. Don’t ever stop trying. If all else fails, write another book. Write for your life. You deserve a great one.

Addison Moore is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children, and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading. Addison’s Celestra Series has been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox.

Feel free to visit her blog at:


Friday, February 8, 2013

Sometimes You've Got to Be Brave

Last week, the Boy Scouts of America announced they were considering an end to their ban on gay scouts and leaders.  Later, they delayed making a decision on the topic until their national meeting in May.

As a long time supporter of gay rights, (and actually LGBTQIA rights-a newer term inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning, Intersex and asexual people), this story caught my interest. Although controversial, It seems obvious to me that this antiquated policy should be put to rest.

After all, according to the Scout Law is:

A Scout is:

Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,

Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent

When BSA teaches boys to be trustworthy and loyal, shouldn't those values apply to how they treat themselves? Shouldn't they be expected to be honest about who they are (or who their parents are) without fearing retribution from an organization that enforces those values?

See, there's another reason I am interested in this story.  In March, I will release the fourth book in The Soulkeepers Series which includes an important character who happens to be gay. When the plot line, which began in Weaving Destiny and continued through Return to Eden, came to fruition in an early draft of Soul Catcher, some people in my life warned me that the book could alienate a portion of my fan base. The world of the Soulkeepers is based on Christian mythology and, in fact, when I introduced Ethan in Return to Eden, I did get a few comments by readers who weren't happy I'd added a gay Soulkeeper even in a minor role.

I considered the feedback, considered changing the story as I had imagined it, or stopping the series after the third book, but in the end, I couldn't do it. The more I thought about Soul Catcher, the more I knew in my heart that the book wasn't about my character being gay, it was about my character being human. The Soulkeepers has always been about self-acceptance, tolerance, forgiveness, redemption--human qualities that bubble to the surface when a diverse group of teens have to fight for their lives in the battle between good and evil.

Writing the story I envisioned took bravery.  I had to follow my heart. I had to be true to my art and to myself. But isn't that what LGBT teens have to do on a daily basis?

I sincerely hope BSA makes the inclusive choice. It might be easier to maintain the status quo but  doing what's right is rarely the same as doing what's easy.

Sometimes you've got to be brave.


G.P. Ching is the author of The Soulkeepers Series, The Grounded Trilogy, and a variety of short fiction. She specializes in cross-genre paranormal stories, loves old cemeteries, and enjoys a good ghost tour. She lives in central Illinois with her husband, two children, a brittany spaniel named Riptide Jack, and a very demanding guinea pig. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Cover reveal for VOLITION by Lee Strauss!

Book 2 in the dramatic PERCEPTION Series coming April 16!

What doesn't kill you ...

Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with her captor turned rescuer, Noah Brody.

They're in love.

Or at least that’s what he tells her. Her memories have returned but her feelings are dreamlike—thin and fleeting. Her heart can’t be trusted. Just look at what happened with Taylor Blake.

Senator Vanderveen’s new team of cyborg agents are in hot pursuit, and a reward for their capture is broadcast nationwide. Record breaking cold and snow hinder their escape. Someone dies helping them.

And their fight for survival has only begun.

Mark to read on goodreads. 

To celebrate Lee Strauss is giving away a $200.00 Amazon, Nook or itunes gift card!

Read on to find out how to enter.

VOLITION is the exciting continuation of Noah and Zoe's story from Perception.

 Eternal Life is To Die For

Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.
Her brother Liam is missing.

Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t.  He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.

Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn.  She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

 Want to read PERCEPTION? It's available on Amazon, Kobo, itunes, and Nook.

About the author:


Lee Strauss writes historical and science fiction/romance for upper YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff under the name Elle Strauss. To find out more about Lee and her books check out her facebook page. Follow her on Twitter at To find out about new releases sign up for her newsletter at

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