Wynne Frost and the Soul of Remorse
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I agonized over the decision but eventually concluded the way to go was to self-publish. There were several reasons for this. One, frankly, is that every time I go to Barnes & Nobles I see the piles of books that went from new releases to the sale table in 6 months and it depresses me. The authors don't own the publishing rights (so I understand) so they can't sell the books themselves if they don't get a second printing, etc. I would look at those books and think what a bummer it would be for me to walk in and see my book on the "reduced" pile.
Secondly, I read EVERYWHERE that authors are expected to be building their platforms and doing marketing -- whether traditionally published or indie published -- so I felt I was going to have to do a lot of work either way. And even to GET the attention of an Agent/Publisher you have to have built a platform first so it was going to be down to me in the end.
Third, I my book spans genres which makes it harder to peg and market so I felt that would discourage traditional publishers. Maybe it wouldn't, but in order to find out I'd have to expend a huge amount of effort and energy to research agents, learn about their preferences, follow them on social media, find out their submission guidelines, etc. I decided I would rather expend that energy building my own following.
On the Indie-positive side, obviously, the potential is there to be able to write what you want and sell it. The publishing and distribution outlets exist and Indie books are selling more and more and are gaining respect, etc.
I build websites for a living so I could handle that aspect, and I have friends and contacts who could provide other services. I felt confident I could produce a legitimate, professional work. I'm a good researcher so I figured I could, over time, figure things out and once/if I did, I'd be in charge of my own destiny. I like that idea quite a bit.
My weakness was that I just couldn't see how to "build a platform" in advance of having a book to focus on. I know, ideally, I'd have created all kinds of "buzz" before releasing the book but I couldn't see why anyone should care. Since my goal is a series and I'm nearly done with my first draft of the second book I decided I would release my first, start building a platform around it, then have something of a launchpad for the second book. I could learn about how to get reviews, how to create a street team, how to use social media as an Author, etc. I have contributed to some political blogs over the years -- now I could start tying them into my identity as an author, if that makes sense.
This is my first submission for a review. Its scary! But I'm glad to have the opportunity. Thanks!
I did two drafts of my novel and gave it to my selected readers, then did a final draft after they responded. My husband (and business partner) has been doing print design and content editing for 30 years -- he acted as my editor. He works in InDesign so was able to handle the layout of the physical version of the book, and generate covers for ebooks. I do HTML/CSS and was able to handle the conversion from my manuscript to an epub.
I am open to anyone who, reading the description, might be interested in reading my book. Having said that, I liked Steve's column: Space Werewolves of the Planet Sex (A Message Fiction) and know exactly what he's talking about. My book deals with thorny topics and IS politically partisan. But I tried very hard to avoid being preachy. I want the story to carry people. I'd like to know if he thinks I succeeded.
Review selection has been put on hold site-wide. Expect an explanation from Amy before the end of August.
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After dying unexpectedly in the middle of a radio broadcast, Dash Fordhyme, Emperor of Hate Radio, comes to a painful realization: he’d blown his life and has some explaining to do to the souls upstairs. Instead of immediately returning to the spirit world he decides to haunt his best friend, right-wing pundit Reve Tierney. Seeking help, conservative (and spooked) Reve connects with Dash’s liberal (and estranged) sister Barbara. Meanwhile, Wynne Frost, a psychic career counselor who works with Democrats in Washington D.C., is helping (among others) a disillusioned republican congressional aide, and a young black woman who is trying to decide on a career direction. As all their lives begin to converge in a collision of politics, partisanship, love and metaphysics, they are observed with fascination by Xe, a soul who has lived many mental lives and is preparing for his first physical incarnation on Earth.
Just-dead hate-radio jock Dash Fordhyme begins haunting rightwing pundit Reve Tierney, precipitating events involving (among others) a liberal knitting designer, a psychic career counselor, a republican congressman and his aide, a progressive evangelical minister and a group of immortal soul guides. A serio-comic treatment of today’s political and religious divides.