The sequel is almost here. Be the first to see it!

Title + Cover Reveal Coming to Your In-Box!

Why yes, it’s been over a year and change since I last posted. Funny how writing, editing, and wrangling three kids and a husband can interfere with a life. But trust me, I have been working, and the result is on the literary horizon. I promised the sequel to WORST-KEPT SECRET by the end of … Continue reading “The sequel is almost here. Be the first to see it!”

Pay to Play, Self-Publishing Style

My goal is 50 reviews. Can I do it?

I’m going to talk about reviews again. This self-publishing learning curve is all-consuming. I’m currently trying to finish writing another book (nonfiction, nothing to do with Sienna Cash’s work) but I’m still mired in marketing for WORST-KEPT SECRET. I’ll tell you something you may not know, particularly with fiction, and particularly for me: Marketing is … Continue reading “Pay to Play, Self-Publishing Style”

Review contest with author Kate Reigstad!

A review throwdown with a fellow author. It’s ON!

My author friend, Kate Reigstad, and I were lamenting talking about indie publishing. Specifically the topic of yesterday’s post: reviews. Was there a fun, unobtrusive way to get more? Light bulb: a review challenge. My book vs. hers. WORST-KEPT SECRET vs. FAST-FORWARD. Unlike me, Kate has written a few books. The most recent is FAST … Continue reading “Review contest with author Kate Reigstad!”

The Worst Part of Publishing a Book

The reality is this: people don’t buy books that don’t have reviews. It’s a maddening chicken-and-egg syndrome.

I’m going to confess the most embarrassing, make-me-feel-squidgy part of writing and publishing a book. It’s not putting yourself out there, saying “I created this art. Please experience it.” (Although that is difficult.) It’s not writing about sex. (Although that’s its own level of interesting.) It’s not even asking people to spend money to read … Continue reading “The Worst Part of Publishing a Book”

Why I Included a Soundtrack

In my book, after the copyright and before the dedication, you’ll notice that there’s a list of songs. A soundtrack. In general, I love the idea of soundtracks. Movies rarely do soundtracks the way they used to. The soundtracks of yore were much better, worked into movies to completely fit the corresponding scene. They were designed to … Continue reading “Why I Included a Soundtrack”

Why Did I Self-Publish?

It’s the question I get asked most often. Why forego the chance to sign with a major publisher by choosing to self-publish? At first I wrote Worst-Kept Secret with the absolute intent of self-publishing. But as it was edited and I rewrote it multiple times, I started to think, You know what? Maybe this is … Continue reading “Why Did I Self-Publish?”