Cover Design by Cathy Helms, Avalon Graphics
TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY and I’m celebrating. With you. I hope. Will you join me for the party? I’d love to offer you a piece of cake. If I could it would be either German chocolate with a little extra coconut, or a white, whipped topping coconut cake. Pretend you can smell the sweet aroma of cake baking in your home and taste its warm, moist flavor on your tongue as it comes out of the oven. Yum. I love cake!
I’m celebrating something else too. BIG NEWS: No, I’m not pregnant.
After deliberating for months, I’ve decided to self-publish my adult suspense novel, CACHE a PREDATOR.
But wait, why? I thought you had an agent? Why not wait for a traditional publisher?
I could, but my agent, Diana Flegal, couldn’t rep me on this title. She can only represent Christian fiction and this novel contains a not-so-fun topic–pedophiles–that makes it difficult to publish in the CBA market.
Is it an anti-Christ book? No, some of my characters pray. But not the sex-offenders. Although they should!
Why didn’t I search for an agent in the secular world?
Diana didn’t nix me from approaching other agents in the secular market, but I decided if I was going to be successful with a traditional publisher I needed to learn the ins and outs of marketing on my own. Even if a large press buys my YA and children’s books they’ll want to make sure I join them in their marketing endeavors. What better way to prove to them that I understand marketing and can be successful?
Benefits of becoming an Indie Author
I’ve always been a bit of an entrepreneur, someone who loves to manage an entire business. I’ve done it before. So, I thought, why not give it a try with publishing?
I’ve connected with a group of Indie Authors (Indie authors are those authors who self-publish) at Melissa Foster’s WORLD LITERARY CAFE. They’re amazing at showing newbie authors the ropes. They care about each other and they’re not all about promoting themselves. I love that! They’ve taught me about things like FB parties and Tweet Teams–things I never knew existed.
What this means for you
Because you’re here and interested in becoming a published author, you’ll get to ride on the wings of my fingertips here and learn along with me. I promise the ride will be different from one at Universal Studios, but it will probably leave your head spinning. I’ll share my self-publishing journey so if you decide to self-publish you’ll have realistic expectations about what it takes to become an Indie author. I hope you’ll make RANDOM your go-to learning site and ask questions.
Below is a list of things I’ve been doing, things that are necessary parts of self-publishing, things I’ll be teaching you. This is just the beginning. Each one of these topics is a huge undertaking, each one will take a different post.
- Write a back cover blurb
- Create book Cover
- Create a book trailer
- Have the book formatted
- Establish an LLC
- Bowker, ISBN
- Link a button at your FB page – My Book
- Website or blog
- Twitter, Tweet Deck, and Tweet Teams
- Email list–How to make an incentive for one
- FB party
- Twitter party
- Blog tours
- Post cards
- Kindle KDP Select. Is it for you? Why/why not?
- Indie Bound
- Where to find Indie bookstores
- Make an Amazon Author Page
Cache a Predator
This novel will be available on July 30 at Kindle. (It’ll be available soon after in paperback.) I’ll have a FB party JULY 30 from 6-10pm. I hope you’ll join me for my very first one and take a chance at winning some prizes. The Release Day Diva will be my right-hand “fun” party planner and assistant. (Yes, there really is a person like this. She’s a published author too.) Please FRIEND me at FB HERE if you want an invite. It might help you learn how one of these works for when it’s YOUR turn. (And it will be.)
I wrote this suspense novel, CACHE a PREDATOR several years ago during NaNoWriMo the FAST DRAFT way–over 50,000 words in less than 30 days. At the end of that month I had the bare bones. Back then I called it THE MUGGLER, then it became CACHE A FALLEN LIMB. It’s gone through many title changes, but even more rewrites.
In between the rewrites I submitted it to the ACFW Genesis contest where it semi-finaled. (However, the book has been rewritten since then. It wouldn’t be classified as Christian Fiction the way it’s written now.)
Multi-published author and editor, Susanne Lakin, chopped this novel into pieces while wearing her critique hat. Months later, and after many rewrites, I sent it back to her for the final edits.
Getting your novel professionally edited is the NUMBER ONE and most important part of self-publishing. You MUST print the best book possible because if you don’t your readers might not buy your next book.
What one reader said about this book
My most recent reviewer, Jane F. Stewart, said this:
“I am an avid reader who reaches across a broad spectrum of all types of literature and this one really caught me up and kept me going. One minute I was mad; another minute I was sad. One minute I was laughing; another minute I was crying. I had to force myself to put it down so I could get some sleep. I started it late in the afternoon and finished it early the next morning. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on such an incredibly emotional rollercoaster. I am now officially a fan who will be waiting (impatiently) for the next novel by this author.”
Will all my reviews make me cry like this one did? Nope. At least, probably not in a positive way because I won’t please every reader, but that’s okay. I feel confident that I wrote and edited the best book I could. My hope is that this novel will raise awareness for child advocacy and maybe more readers will become CASA volunteers. (A nonprofit network supporting and promoting court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent environments. These volunteers protect children’s rights.)
What’s it about? Here’s Cache a Predator’s Back-Cover Blurb
Officer Brett Reed will do anything to gain custody of his five-year-old daughter, Quinn. But when the man-hating judge grants Brett’s drug-addicted ex-wife custody and slaps him with a protective order for losing his temper, he fears for Quinn’s safety. Who will protect her now?
When Quinn is found abandoned on the streets, Brett’s worse nightmares turn toward a dark path. The child is placed in a temporary foster home until Child Protective Services can complete an assessment. It should only take a few days.
But a lot can happen in a few days.
Especially when there’s a deranged psychopath on the loose, someone who’s attacking pedophiles, someone who wants to protect children like Quinn, and someone who’s planting body parts in geocaching sites.
Cache a Predator is a novel about a father’s love, justice, and the unhinged game of hide-the-cache.
Do you want to be invited to my FB party, JULY 30? If so, sign below or friend me at FB HERE. There will be prizes!
Also, if you would like to host me on your blog during my tour, please let me know!