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text 2017-04-21 13:33
InD'tale Magazine needs RONE Award judges

Publishers, editors, bookbloggers, authors; come one, come all! We're looking for #RONE2017 judges. Winners of the voting rounds go to the judges, so bookish peeps, this means YOU!  Free books to read, a scoresheet to fill out, and no review to write. Plus, you get to claim you were a judge for the prestigious RONE Awards! Fill out the application today! 

 

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text 2017-03-05 05:00
To be an indie author now - is to be a joke

This is my canned interview (you ask the questions and you answer them) on Smashwords, one of the self-publishing sites where my books are available https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/raglin

 

Anyway, I finally updated it and thought you might want to take a look at it. It begins with this question:

 

What motivated you to become an indie author?

 

I became an indie author because I couldn't get traditional publishers to publish my work.

 

That probably is the reason most writers became indie authors.

 

I published my first novel, Saving Spirit Bear in 2010 with an E-publisher after my attempts with traditional publishing houses had failed. At that time E-Book publishers were on the rise, hungry for content and they were eager for at least two more books from me.

 

Over the next two years they published Loving the Terrorist and Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients to complete my ECO-WARRIOR series.

 

Environmental fiction (Eco-fi) proved not to be a big seller with them, their catalogue being geared more to erotica, werewolves, vampires, and erotic werewolves and vampires. My stories were contemporary romances with a subplots that addressed an important environmental issue.

 

Since sales were not exactly stellar with my E-publisher and my contract with them was restrictive as to how I could promote these books I decided to investigate self-publishing for my next novel, The Big Picture - A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic if my attempts at acquiring a traditional publisher failed.

 

They did, and so I became an indie author.

 

Since then I have self-published three more novels: Forest - Love, Loss, Legend, Abandoned Dreams and The Local Rag and two plays: Harry's Truth and End of the Rope. When my contract ended with my E-publisher I yanked my first three novels and re-released them as self-published works.

 

Have they done better? No, but they haven't done worse and it's been more fun.

 

WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT BEING AN INDIE AUTHOR?

Glad you asked. I can offer promotions, sales, giveaways - I have total control over marketing my work. No sales, but still total control. And I like the creative aspect of publishing - the page design, the cover design, choosing fonts, all that stuff.

 

WHAT'S NOT SO GOOD ABOUT BEING AN INDIE AUTHOR?

There are now too many of us and unfortunately most of us don't write well, and that's putting it mildly. So for you, the reader, it's almost impossible to tell if an indie author is worth reading or just a waste of $3.99 (the price of my e-books).

 

I know this because I make a point of reviewing the work of indie authors (see my YouTube channel Not Your Friend, Not Your Family Book Reviews)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH45n8K4BVmT248LBTpfARQ

 

This is frustrating not only for you but for me and it's only going to get worse. With no gatekeepers and so many sites making it easy for anyone to publish anything, self-published, indie authors have lost all credibility.

 

To be an indie author now is to be a joke.

 

This state of affairs has made me rethink my role as an author - indie or otherwise.

 

I love to write, I love the research that goes into developing my characters, plots and settings, but I also want to connect to readers. The likelihood of this happening, of making this connection with readers in any significant way for an indie author is virtually nil.

 

After seven years, and seven novels and two plays I'm going back to the old fashion way. I submitted my last manuscript, East Van Saturday Night - Four short stories and a Novella to a traditional publisher and am now waiting for a response. If I get rejected, and I likely will, I'll send it to another one, and another one and so on.

 

I don't need to self publish to enjoy the writing and the research and this method of getting my work out there is not fulfilling my other need - connecting to you, the reader, in a meaningful way.

 

So it's back to the future for this author.

 

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.

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Smashwords 2017 Read an E-book Week Promotion

March 5 to 11

Thousands of free and discounted

 

E-books Authors and Publishers enroll now at

 

https://www.smashwords.com/dashboard/sitewidePromos

 

Promotional catalogue at

 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1)

 

My free E-book as part of the promotion, FOREST - Love, Loss, Legend

 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/515038

 

Other discounts from my bibliography at

 

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/raglin

 

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review 2017-03-02 19:27
Terrible things happen when a storyteller falls in love
The Storyteller - Andrea Tomić

read in January 2017

 

 

I recieved a digital ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Big thanks to author Andrea Tomić!


"This story is for all of you who sometimes feel like lost souls, sitting in sofa next to the window, covered in the warm blanket while you are reading familiar, and yet unknown words.(...) And you will learn soon enough that terrible things can happen when a storyteller falls in love."

This is a story many of you had already heard before. Two people who can't be together fall in love. As the author heself said, this story is a cliche. Oh boy, but what a beautiful one. What makes this one stand out is not only a little bit different take on a usual story, as Daniel and Rachelle are both very aware of their situation. What Tomić does here is take the essence of your average cliche romance and mocks it while putting our main characters in the same situation.
This is beautiful story about two people who really loved eachother. It is filled with a rollercoaster of emotions, characters you will love and hate and, most important of all, good story. Or stories, as we get to read those Daniel tells Rachelle.

This book is not for those who look for something new and revolutionary, because it isn't and it isn't even trying to be. This is for "dreamers, lovers and lunatics." This is for all of you who are looking for an enjoyable, emotional read and for those who are still looking for love that can be found in fairy tales.

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text 2016-04-24 05:52
SELF-e connecting indie books, libraries and readers

 

Out of the blue came an email inviting me to participate in the third Thursday Self-e Twitter chat focused on international authors in indie and self-publishing.

 

How come I wasn't invited to the first two? Never mind, I wouldn't have participated anyway just as I'm not planning to participate in this one, but I am interested in indie and self-publishing and who and what is SELF-e?

 

SELF-e is a discovery platform powered by Library Journal designed to expose self-published ebooks to more readers via the public library, locally or nationwide (that means the US).

 

Authors whose ebooks are selected by Library Journal for inclusion in our SELF-e modules can use a digital badge promoting their inclusion to potential readers who may choose to purchase a copy of the title and/or to purchase other books by that author via retail channels. Ebooks that are not selected by Library Journal will still be accessible to local library patrons via state-specific modules.

 

Okay, what's the catch, as in how much are they going to charge?

 

But wait, there is no cost to participate, and distribution via the SELF-e platform is royalty-free.

 

What they do ask is if your book is selected you give them a non-exclusive license to make your ebook available to public library patrons via subscribing institutions in the public library market, including subscribing public libraries in your state.

 

My local library is currently carrying my six novels, which they actually purchased (a thousand thank you's) but, hell, I would have donated them.

 

Authors and their publishing service providers/future publishers are not restricted in any manner from promoting and selling their ebooks to any market (including the public library market via other vendors).

 

This information comes off their website which has yet to be updated to let authors know they are now also accepting international titles.

 

So why is Library Journal doing this?

 

Forgive me if I'm sceptical but there's an entire industry of sycophants who's sole purpose is to rip off vulnerable, delusional, hopeful and yes, stupid new authors. Is LJ the exception?

 

Apparently.

 

They claim their primary directive is connecting indie books, libraries and readers.

"Libraries are driving a new era of ebook discovery for indie authors and small presses. SELF-e helps develop robust local writing communities and keeps libraries at the center of the indie book movement."

 

Visit their blog http://self-e.libraryjournal.com/blog/to see the latest SELF-e news and events.

 

Submit your books at self-e.libraryjournal.com

 

Stay Calm, Be Brave, Watch for the Signs

 

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Book Giveaway Win a copy of

THE BIG PICTURE, FOREST or ABANDONED DREAMS

Enter at

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway

 

 

Video book reviews of self-published authors now at

Not Your Family, Not Your Friend Video Book Reviews: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH45n8K4BVmT248LBTpfARQ

 

Cover Art of books by self-published authors at

https://www.pinterest.com/rod_raglin/rod-raglins-reviews-cover-art/

 

My novels, FOREST – Love, Loss, Legend, The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic and Abandoned Dreams are available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU and as e-books at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/raglin

 

The ECO-WARRIORS series:

Book 1, Saving Spirit Bear – What Price Success?

Book 2, Loving the Terrorist - Beyond Eagleridge Bluffs

Book 3, Not Wonder More – Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients

are available as e-books an paperbacks at

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU

 

More of my original photographs can be viewed, purchased, and shipped to you as GREETING CARDS; matted, laminated, mounted, framed, or canvas PRINTS; and POSTERS. Go to: http://www.redbubble.com/people/rodraglin

 

View my Flickr photostream at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78791029@N04/

 

Or, My YouTube channel if you prefer photo videos accompanied by classical music

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsQVBxJZ7eXkvZmxCm2wRYA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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