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Calling all sons and daughters!
I’m excited to announce a fun and different type of contest I’m running for Mother’s Day.
Do you have an awesome, inspiring, funny, quirky, intelligent, or accomplished Mom?
Does she deserve to have a character in a book inspired by her? Do you think she should be immortalized in the written word forever?
The Door Keeper revolves around a mother/daughter bond and the legacy that surrounds family. So to honor my story and mothers worldwide, I’ve decided to write a new character based on one of your moms.
Anywhere on social media, tell me 5 reasons your mom deserves to be a character in the sequel to The Door Keeper. It can be a normal post, a picture, or a video. Just make sure you tag me to be entered. (Feel free to use the hashtag #doorkeepermom so you can see other entries.) On Sunday, May 14th, I will choose a Mom to become a new character in the next book.
I will also send whoever I chose, a signed copy of The Door Keeper, so they can catch up to their big debut as a fictional character. 🙂
I’m so excited to get to know your mothers over the next 10 days! Enter early and share this post to give other people the opportunity to submit their moms. I plan on sharing some of the entries on my blog, so yours could be featured.
Who knows, if more than one speak to me, I may decide on more than one winner!
I’m so fortunate to have people in my life who are willing to answer questions and have conversations with me that loop around and around in circles. I am so grateful the people around me are so patient.
I spoke with several author friends this past week, some of which are self published and still working hard to find their groove, and some who are a published through traditional publishers ,and still working hard to keep their groove.
I think the important thing to notice is no matter what avenue you take, you have to work hard. The good news, is that I am willing and ready to do that.
So that being said, I have decided to self publish The Door Keeper so I don’t lose momentum.
The good news is there will be no lapse of time the book isn’t for sale on Amazon. I’ve already uploaded it to Kindle and Kindle Unlimited and this week will transfer the paperback to Createspace. (Who was already printing the book.) If anything, the only difference you should see is the price decreasing a bit. (With no middle man, you save money!)
For the sequel, I will most likely attempt to sign with an agent and try to sell it to a traditional publisher once it’s completed. But I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.
Thank you all SO much for your support and kind words about The Door Keeper. I hope you continue to buy it, read it, and recommend it to your friends. 🙂 Thank you specifically to Bonnie Clark, Melanie Dale, Jennifer Blaske, and Jennifer Schuchmann for listening to my rambling and speaking wisdom and truth into my situation.
You can continue to buy the book HERE, and it is now available on Kindle Unlimited. Thanks again, and if you’ve read the book and haven’t left a review yet, don’t forget to do that.
I’m so excited to move forward in this direction! Cheers to the many possibilities. *clinking coffee mugs
I’ve been dreading writing this post. A week has passed since I woke up to some upsetting news. My publisher, Royal James Publishing, closed it’s doors last Tuesday.
After being available for purchase for 2 months, The Door Keeper will be pulled from Amazon and Barnes and Noble effective immediately. The good news is that the publisher was very happy with TDK and how it was selling. Her decision to close had more to do with how the overall business was doing. But still, a big time bummer.
So, I’m back to square one. Well, not completely at square one at least. I have a beautiful cover, the writing went through a round of editing (although, I think it could use some more), I got some great reviews, the book is formatted for e-version, and all rights remain with me.
I don’t have any regrets. I knew signing with Royal James was a risk, and I have learned SO much since signing my contract. Lessons that I will absolutely use moving forward. It’s just difficult when you have been building momentum and suddenly have to halt everything. So the big question is, what am I going to do now? What’s my next step?
After seeking some counsel from author friends, I’ve decided to restart my search for an agent. An agent would be able to help me know where to go from here. An agent could answer the questions that I have: Do I self publish TDK and work on selling the sequel? Do I shelf it and attempt to sell the first and second together? Or do I just start over and re-sell the TDK before doing anything else with the sequel?
For friends of mine, I have about 30 copies left I can sell you from the trunk of my car. 🙂 To those of you I’ve already talked to, thank you so much for your kind words and support. It means so much.
I’d love any input you guys may have for me. As in most of my short writing career, I’m in unchartered territories here…
What do y’all think? What would you do if you were in my position? How do I move forward from here?
Thank you everyone! What a fun couple of weeks. Thank you to everyone who voted & in so proud of the cover that Meghan created. She deserves all the recognition!
The March Book Cover of the Month bracket has just wrapped up. This was a very tough bracket from my point of view. We had some heavily-supported authors and some tight races. We didn’t break a ton of records, but still had a solid month. We had a total of 2,808 votes. The last round had 190 votes. It was a pretty close contest, but someone has to win.
The March Book Cover of the Month is…
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Let’s look at the stats!
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Hey everyone! I was thrilled to learn over the weekend that The Door Keeper’s cover was entered into a cover bracket!
Thank you to M.L.S Weech for including my beautiful cover art designed by the talented Meg Brim.
Everyone go to the CONTEST and vote to send The Door Keeper to the Sweet 16!
Vote and share with your friends! (And see some of the other beautiful covers there are in the fantasy genre.)