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!
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?
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.”
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.
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?
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, Madefor 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.
Good morning, everyone! The Weekend Coffee Share is a blogger’s community post where we share with each other our goals, our projects and progress, thoughts and musings. As T.S. Eliot would say, the “butt-ends of our days and ways.” Sounds negative, I guess, but it gets to the nitty gritty. What is the end product of our goals and aspirations? Well, I suppose I could share just about dreams, but I’ll give some reality too.
If we were having coffee this weekend, I’d tell you some good things. Coffee makes me feel positive, unless I am already in an anxious mode, which I’m managing lately, but still, I limit myself to one cup to avoid a problem. Lately, I’ve been posting on the new Niume site, working hard to share and get those views. Maybe I’m working too hard. I posted a prayer for Lent, which is, I suppose, a free verse poem. It is posted here on my WordPress and on my Niume site. I haven’t been doing much with my “works” in progress as a result of the new site (which needs to change), but there is a positive.
On my Niume site, I dedicated myself to writing every third post about a futuristic story of love in an age of government over-reach and neglect. Yes, it sounds paradoxical, but it’s really not. It started here on WordPress with a Valentine’s Day entry for a Flash fiction post, so they are all titled “A Date to Remember,” and things are happening on various dates in the future. At any rate, these characters will meet up with Norrie in the future; she is the warrior/heroine in my Made for Me and Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes series. And boy, is she ever going to prove a valiant warrior. By the way, I mean “warrior” metaphorically. In that sense, sometimes I am a warrior. So, out of the Niume posts grew another fiction idea for my future writing. I have so many, it’s like spinning plates on my hands and feet. I’m a moody sort, so I can pick up whichever one fits my fancy on a given day. The key will be, finishing one, then another. Only then will I have met my goal. Perhaps I should write out my goals and give myself deadlines.
Two weeks (or one week) ago, I started a GoFundMe for my old friend from high school, Wendy. She has Lupus, RA, MS, and a few other illnesses and the treatments, even with co-pays are outrageously high cost. Well, there have been 11 donors and 80 plus shares on social media. I feel like it is thriving and so far there has been a helpful amount donated. However, it’s not enough to get her and her husband out of the hole. I am still circulating it on social media. It was one of my promises for Lent to set this up and give it, up front and center, a place on my social media. Please visit it if you feel so moved! https://www.gofundme.com/sxfp7s-wendys-medical-fund
Yesterday, after being on the computer for too long, I took a walk on some trails with my son and my dog. My twenty-year-old son is a little non-verbal at times. I feel he is going through a difficult time but keeps it all in. However, these walks are quite a positive note in our lives, and research agrees that outdoor exercise keeps a brain healthy. He and our dog are right at about the same pace. I love it!
A brief pause.
Sometimes I get writing ideas while out on the trail or during yoga. None lately, though. I seem to have the ideas and I need to just flesh them out, make them work. I have Spring Break coming up. That should prove to be a fruitful time!
Speaking of writing, I was invited to speak at my mother’s church at one of their weekly dinners about writing and the books I’ve published. I’ve known some of these people, as I attended there in the past. It was heartwarming, and a few told me afterward, “You had the attention of everyone.” This was such a positive, and since my book is now in paperback and many of them don’t read on Kindle, I was able to sell many of them my book in paperback. Four of five, but still, that’s more books than I’ve ever sold in one day. I need to seek out libraries next for these talks while working on my new material. So, I have enough to keep me busy until, I don’t know, maybe 2062. 🙂 I’m getting engrossed with writing at the present and forgetting to tell the world I am a published author. Such is the life of an indie writer. My life!
Book 2, sci-fi coming of age novella.
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This is my debut as an author on Smashwords! I’d love it if you checked out my site and maybe downloaded a free short story! A review would also be greatly appreciated for this paranormal/detective story, “The Truth or I’ll Shoot,” at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/651691
I just had to do this, even though it required some self-schooling on formatting. But it’s a great feeling to conquer something new! Why should I miss out on a whole other publishing venue? It’s free to publish. You don’t need an agent. They distribute to Nook, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, etc. I’m in! So, the plan is, when I publish from now on, I will publish on Kindle and Smashwords. I’ll probably even get my already published books on there when their 90 day enrollment is done. Can you tell I’m excited?
In just a few days, I’ve had 26 free downloads of my short story. This is good news. Users of Smashwords are meeting me as an author for the first time. I’d love to get a few reviews of my story, though, and that might also serve to help my visibility on Smashwords before I publish my next book, a novelette, to both Smashwords and Kindle in August. (Yeah, that’s really soon. You’ll be hearing more about it in a week or two)!
So, why not give this mysterious, paranormal story of an odd family legacy a try? It’s around 2,900 words, and free. I’d really appreciate a review. Let other people know I’m worth giving a look. Again, you can find the free story here on Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/651691