Print on Demand books
I found this video on what happens when you or I order a print copy of a book from Amazon. Click here
New Review 4 out of 4 stars.
"Historical fiction readers will be impressed with the attention to detail this book carries. It stays in tune with the timeline right down to the dialect. I will also encourage romance genre readers to give this book a try. It will not disappoint."
See the complete review from Online Book Club.
Happy New Year
B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
This year, I received an early Christmas gift when I was notified that my latest novel, Never Waste Dreams, has been awarded an indieBRAG Medallion. It’s a special recognition because I now carry this honor on three of my independently self-published books. Here’s why I’m so proud to be chosen as an honoree:
B.RA.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation
Independently published authors are invited to nominate their books by submitting them to a selection process. This entails an initial screening to ensure the author’s work meets certain minimum quality and content standards. If the book passes the preliminary assessment, it is read by a selected group of indieBRAG’s global reader team members. Each book goes through an evaluation phase and is judged against a comprehensive list of relevant literary criteria. If a book is considered worthy, it is awarded a Medallion and listed on their website.
I’m a reader as well as an author. While many of my own reading choices are written by traditionally published authors, I’ve found some first-rate books from many independent authors.
If you want to find some good reads in a genre you enjoy, I encourage you to check out some recommended books from indieBRAG
book club feedback
Several years ago, I had the privilege of being the invited author to a book club to speak about my novel, Never Waste Tears. Last week that same book club asked me to discuss its sequel, my latest novel, Never Waste Dreams. Both times allowed me the opportunity to hear how readers perceive the words I write.
When I get involved in developing my characters, they become real people in my mind. But, of course, I have my favorites: Mathew, the abandoned child, or Carl, the man who found him. Maybe it was Hannah, the woman who thought of Mathew as God’s blessing. However, when I asked the club members who their favorite character was, I was surprised when one said she liked Anna the best. Even though Anna didn’t have her own voice in the story, I found it rewarding to hear a reader’s insight into Anna’s personality. It led to further discussion on the traits of some of the minor characters in the book, too. That involved strengths and weaknesses, including the topic of forgiveness.
That was an eye-opener for me. I’d written a story where a whole lot of forgiveness was needed for a variety of reasons. Many in the room shared the emotions they felt for the individuals in the book. While most agreed that forgiveness helps the forgiver the most, it’s not an easy thing to do.
Because life doesn’t always give us a reason for where it takes us, I often leave my readers the opportunity to come to their own conclusion about the outcome of a situation. Besides, our personal life experiences can lead us to a variety of findings. For instance, did the princess lead the man she loved to another fair maiden or his death in the story of The Lady or the Tiger? I remember that short story because the author, Frank Stockton, never revealed the outcome of the choice made.
Thank you, Andover Book Club for having me as your guest. You help me become a better writer.
Never Waste Dreams Promo
Mark your calendars so you don't miss this promotion. Order it here.
review of never waste dreams
I want to thank author Jim Potter for his review of my novel Never Waste Dreams. You can read his thoughts on his website at sandhenge publications.
my thoughts on marketing
Nancy Julien Kopp supports and shares her thoughts on writing. She recently asked me to guest post on marketing my self-published books. See it on Writer Granny's World.
From "You Read it Here First"
Christina Hamlett asked to interview me for her blog. This is from the interview.