One Year Anniversary! #indiewriter #amwriting #RRBC

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It’s my one-year anniversary with Rave Reviews Book Club!  I’ve just renewed for another year with them because 1.  the exposure can’t be beaten  2.  I’ve gained readers and reviewers through them  3.  I am part of a network of authors on Twitter who all help each other build a platform and gain exposure.  All of this is really priceless, especially for an Indie author.  I’m still new and still learning things almost daily to help my author promotion and platform, but this book club has really helped.  I’ve been featured as book of the week, invited as a guest on two blog radio talk shows, part of a Book trailer party that got my book video seen, and have been welcome to many other opportunities, some which I haven’t tried yet, but I may do so this year.  (There are a writer’s conference and the Spring Blog Party that I have yet to try).  If you’d like to know more about this Book Club and author’s resource, go to http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com and see if you might want to join!

There is also another anniversary worth celebrating here.  It has been one year and one month since I self-published a book!  I’m still writing and getting ready to publish another, but I’d like to thank all of the helpful people I have met through various Facebook and other online groups as well!  I’ve learned invaluable lessons such as where to get attribution-free photos, how to use Canva, what are some alternate e-book publishing venues, and how one actually writes a good blurb.  I’m still working on that one!  I love the camaraderie among indie authors, and though self-publishing is a time-consuming venture, I plan to continue!  Look for news in June regarding my new release, a time-travel novel, and the Facebook event I have planned.

Along with the self-publishing journey, it was a year ago in January when I started blogging here at WordPress.  I am so thankful for the bloggers I have met who share other writers’ material and posts and offer regular chances, such as Jackie’s “Echoes of My Neighborhood” at acookingpotandtwistedtales.com and Daniel Ray’s Re-blog opportunities at dreambigdreamoften.com.  That and the many writing prompt opportunities, as well as the #weekendcoffeeshare, have helped me to meet more writers, network, and learn more about sharing my writing in multiple ways.  Thank you, fellow writers!

 

#Instafreebie Get your copy of Made for Me, #sci-fi romance e-book

For a limited time, get your free digital copy of the book one reader calls, “A fun romp in the future.”  Made for Me is a futuristic, sci-fi romance about an unusual relationship.  Sign up to get your free copy now!  I would love to get reviews of this book as well, but you are not obligated.  You will be signed up for my author newsletter, which, to be honest, comes around once every few weeks.  It won’t be overwhelming, I promise, and I have some interesting things in the works that you may want to hear about!  Go to this link:

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Thanks for supporting an indie author!

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Made for Me, Book 1, sci-fi romance

The Author’s Trail Part Deux #indiewriter

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I did it!  I got my self-published book, Made for Me, a sci-fi romance, on the bookshelf at a local independent bookstore!  It is pictured with the manager, well, his arm.  He said I could post the photo on Facebook, but I didn’t tell him it would be all over the web.   So I’ve cropped this one. At any rate, I thought it would get tiring just posting photos of myself with my book and I’m trying to catch various other people with it.  But, I digress.

Made for Me is now on the Local Author shelf at The Book Nook in Jacksonville, Florida, Lakewood area!  Next stop, well I’m working on that, and I need to do more research on our other indie bookstores and maybe even Barnes and Noble.  However, this is a step up and it took some nerve to market myself, make that call, and just go in there.  Yet, I did it!  The manager was very nice and friendly and explained their consignment process.  So, this is a first in many other steps I will take as an author.

The sci-fi romance, Made for Me, is also available for order at Amazon at the link https://www.amazon.com/Made-Me-Its-chemistry-isnt/dp/1520250215.  It sells for $6.99.  You get a deal if you spend $25 or more on books there so you won’t have to pay shipping costs.  That’s how I do it, anyway.

In other news, I have been able to get the video of my author presentation mentioned in a preview post.  It was taken on my mother’s phone and she doesn’t have a Youtube account.  Yet. I’m working on that!  I had to take some time and sign in to my Youtube account from her phone, load it, wait, then edit.  I was waiting for a day off and finally found the time.  Here it is if you’d like to see it and/or have about seven minutes to spare.

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Free download of Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes

A young woman misses her dad.  A journey with her mother to fill the space proves unsatisfying. Venturing out on her own, many discoveries are made, and rules are broken.  But that’s nothing new for Norrie.  After all, aren’t some rules worth breaking?

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Read about Norrie and her journey in Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes, which is available for free download today through 3/19. A #futuristic #scifi, coming of age novella, hailed as “fascinating and thought-provoking.” Read about Norrie, an average girl with three sets of parents, and what she learns from her search for truths about two of her fathers.

From Reader’s Favorite review:  “Reading Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes by Pamela Schloesser Canepa was a fascinating and thought-provoking look into the future. It is a great novella regarding the prospect of androids having a place in society. As I am very interested in science-fiction that is conceivable and relevant in our reality, I found this book to be a fantastic read. This story gives the reader a perspective that seems outlandish, but is it? Once thought of as far-fetched and implausible, automated machines and drones are already in use and humanoid robots are being used in experiments.”

Available on Amazon,  use Universal Link: https://bookgoodies.com/a/B01GNNCHHQ

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See things through someone else’s eyes, literally and figuratively.

The Author’s Trail #indiewriter

She breezes through town, agent by her side, dazzling us with her witty words,  leaving all spellbound with her talent and clamoring to purchase and devour her material.   That’s how the dream goes, anyhow.

Then, she is off to the next destination, a new group, new venue, ready to rock the crowd.  Wait, that would be a rock star’s job.  Well, I did tell you it was a fantasy, right?  That anyone would hail an indie author in such a way is truly the stuff of folk tales.

My author’s trail is more like a slow trek on the Oregon Trail.  Luckily I still have my day job, or someone might be starting to starve.  I should probably add that being employed full-time forces me to do a balancing act and sometimes shuffle the writing and self-promotion to the bottom of my to-do list.  😦  However, I am learning the benefits and reaping the rewards of speaking to groups about my books.

Mind you, I have only spoken to groups of people that know me personally.Once at my own church Artist’s/Talent Fair, and recently at my mother’s church, where I knew at least 80% of the audience. I had an invite to go to a high school during their Literacy Week, but a family mishap forced me to cancel.  Still, I’ll take two out of three and have faith there will be more, along with the gumption to make it happen.IMG_0095

First presentation ever!  April, 2016.  Amateurish, I know.  Don’t judge! 🙂

For my second presentation, the crowd consisted of people from my mother’s church who have known me since my twenties, but most haven’t yet read my book.  Why?  Some people don’t read on Kindle.  But three months ago I got my first book, Made for Me, a sci-fi romance novella, published in paperback through Amazon’s Direct Publishing program.  I also brought a few extra paperbacks to the presentation, you know, just in case.  Like magic, five people are now reading my book who haven’t before.  You may think, “Five?  Big deal.”  Every reader is a reward to me as an indie author, even if they are people that know me.  It’s one more chance at word of mouth.  Every review is another reward.  Count every small step forward as a victory.  On top of that, it was just touching to see many people that I haven’t seen in years.  I also got some great feedback about my presentation and some interesting questions were asked.  Yes, I carried an outline for my speech.  It helps. 🙂

I know my next steps, I know who I need to contact.  My next goal is to speak at public libraries.  However, I can’t tell you when.  I am working on writing and editing another book, working full-time, and parenting, and I’m sure there’s something else.  But it will happen!  I won’t put it off too long.  Sometimes I want to make it happen all at once, but it won’t.  At any rate, I may be feeling older, but I am still young.  I’m going to do this, and perhaps the plan is where it all starts?

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Here are two of my biggest supporters!  Mom’s reading my paperback, Made for Me.  Bixby has sat beside me many times as I wrote this book and others.  If you’re interested, Made for Me is available in Kindle edition or paperback at Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Made-Me-Its-chemistry-isnt/dp/1520250215  I’ll soon be working on converting the second book in the series to paperback as well.

 

 

 

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I’m Going to be on BlogTalk Radio..listen after the fact or during!

I’m going to be on another BlogTalk Radio show! Sat., 1/14, at 1:00 Eastern or 12 CST.  It’s all through the Rave Reviews Book Club. Check here for info: http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/rave-waves-blog-talk-radio/beyond-the-cover-with-host-

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marlena-smith/                            Sat., 1/14, at 1 pm ET or 12 CST, tune in to Beyond the Cover BlogTalkRadio show, where I discuss my second sci-fi novella!  Use this link Saturday to access the online talk show: http://bit.ly/2iXj43u

Sci-fi Ebook on .99 promo! Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes, #scifi

 

 

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Download Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes for just .99! Ends 1/03. http://amzn.to/29sMhAA #scifi #ebook #.99 (In the U.S., but will be on promo in UK starting tomorrow).

It is rare that I post a blog entry two days in a row, but I wanted to share this with you all.  You see, I felt more at home writing this story, as it didn’t have to stay in the confines of a romance genre.  I would love to have this work seen and read by many more people.  You’ll love following Norrie to see where she goes!