Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight- Darkness Sleeping: Origins of Morgana Le Fay by Jen Pretty

This week in the Author Spotlight is an indie author and personal friend of mine, Jen Pretty.

Magic won’t abide innocence…

…and Morgana’s time of innocence is long past.

Searching for a home, Morgana treks through the wilderness to find the convent where she plans to spend the rest of her days. Circumstance or maybe destiny has other plans.

Accompanied only by her horse, she races away from certain death and straight into the jaws of fate looking for a land she knows only by name: Avalon.

Magic and power come with deadly consequences and she will have to decide if she is ready to risk everything to get what she needs, or accept her punishment and never find her birthright.

Morgana knows one thing: something dark is sleeping inside her…

…and waking that darkness may be the only way to save her life.

What early reviewers are saying:

“Captivating”

“An exciting and entertaining read”

“Excellent take on an old theme”

Here’s the link to Jen Pretty’s webite for more information about her and her other books. https://jenprettyauthor.com/?fbclid=IwAR3mODavye_NqQ1t0hh0ctrc_k3XQcy7AXpDo_yQU8axepF0pCX1iGVnJts

https://booksovereverything.com/2019/10/13/review-darkness-sleeping-by-jen-pretty/

Self-Publishing

Soon to be Published!

Wow! What a long day it’s been. Long, frustrating and exciting at the same time.

My idea of thinking ahead may have been the cause of the setbacks I encountered this afternoon. I decided to use the KDP 5×8 template as I intended to release my written work as a paperback as well as an e-book. I figured by doing so I wouldn’t have any issues with spacing or the overall layout if I submit my final document set to their template.

The document was sent off for approval and when I had the chance to preview it; I noticed that the spacing between the paragraphs had changed as well as the page numbers on the Table of Contents were off. There were a few blank pages inserted at random so the pages that were all out of whack. It took four hours to figure out how to fix that mess. Most of the spacing issues had to do with the footers and having to delete the section breaks and removing the page numbers only to add them back.

The one positive note about having to go through all of that is that I caught a few more minor mistakes that Grammarly missed. I had to use Microsoft Word to work out the changes and saw the minor errors that Grammarly didn’t pick up. Unfortunately, I had already submitted the e-book version before those last minute changes were made. Once that goes live, I’ll have to update the e-book to avoid any possible negative reviews. At least the paperback version will be error free, so that is a bonus.

I ordered a Proof Copy which should arrive in a few days. I’m pretty excited to see the end result and share a picture with all of you.

Once both versions are live and ready to sell; I’ll post a link. ~ Hannah

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Self-Publishing

A Lesson in Self-Publishing

As a self-published author, I have done a bit of research to ensure that I am setting myself up for success. If you are a new author, like me and you don’t have tens of thousands of followers or any significant fan base then we have to do a bit more work to make sure we launch our first book properly.

I’m not claiming to be an expert, especially since my first book is pending. I’m taking this opportunity to share what information that I have learned in the event that you are considering the same avenue for your first book.

With technology making huge advances in the last 30 years, many services are automated and many processes are much easier and more efficient. Gone are the days where an author needed to have an agent which acted as the middleman between the author and the publishing company. They are not gone completely, but I can see where the role of an agent will no longer be needed in the foreseeable future.

For me personally, I have decided to use the services offered through KDP, Kindle Direct Publishing. If you already have an Amazon account, great! If you don’t, no worries it’s very easy to set up a new account which you will need should you also choose this route. The great thing about using KDP is that you will have the option to have your book available in an e-book, paperback (which they print on demand/eco-friendly) or an audiobook. What’s great, is that you don’t have to pick one or the other, you can choose to have your book available in all three formats.

What are the perks of each format and why should I consider more than one medium? I’m glad that you asked!  An e-book is becoming very popular since the rise of smartphones, tablets and e-reader devices like Kindle, Kobo and Nook. For your customers that love to read, but don’t have the space for their collection, an e-book is a great option. It’s easier to carry one device with a 100 books downloaded than it is to physically carry 100 books. Besides, this format appeals to the bargain shopper. Most e-books are considerably less than a traditional paperback.

A traditional paperback format is also a great choice. Many readers love having a tangible copy in their hands. They love the way the pages feel and how the pages smell as they are flipping through them. As I mentioned earlier, KDP offers print on demand which is alleviates wasting paper and resources. Amazon will not have boxes of your book just sitting in their warehouse collecting dust.

Audiobooks are becoming popular for many reasons. There are many commuters that enjoy listening to an audiobook while they travel to work or for business. If you write children’s books, you will be a hero for many parents during the long car rides. Those with a reading disorder now have a means of enjoying your book or it may encourage them to read along.

There are many other self-publishing companies out there, do your research and choose one that suits your needs, your budget and doesn’t compromise your creative rights as the author.

To be continued…. ~ Hannah