Thursday, August 11, 2011

Interview with E-PublishaBook

Check out my interview with E-PublishaBook. I must say I enjoyed it and the questions were very different from most interviews I've done in the past. Hopefully, you'll enjoy it.

K. L. Brady is the author of “The Bum Magnet”, which won the first prize of 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Multicultural Fiction, as well as the Third Place Grand Prize Winner for Best Fiction of 2010. Currently living in D.C. with her son, working as an analyst for major government contracting firm, she is also an active real estate agent with Exit Realty by day—and writes by night (often into the wee hours of the morning).

Experienced with both self-publishing, creating her own imprint and being published by one of the Big6, K. L. Brady as generously agreed to take the time to enlighten us about the ins and outs of the publishing world...[more here]

Monday, July 11, 2011

Publishing Consulting...

I just wanted to reiterate for everyone who comes in contact with this blog that it is imperative that you read the blog from beginning to end before asking questions. I created it to follow a natural progression within the indie publishing the posts in the beginning will deal with things you need to know at the outset, and things you need to know at the latter part of the process fall at the end of the blog. Nine times out of ten, your question has already been answered if you just take the time to read the whole thing. This is free, certainly less than the cost of a book, and it's my gift to indie publishers, my way of paying my success forward, however little that success might be at this stage.

This process can be daunting and confusing if you don't have a foundation. This blog was established to give you that foundation if you don't have it already. But it's no good if you don't read it. Please start from the first post and work your way down, it won't take that long and I guarantee you will learn more for free than you will taking some several hundred dollar seminar with someone else. So please take advantage of it. But please read the entire blog first.

Thank you so much for your following. :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Combatting the Stigma of Self Publishing - Article


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Are You Player Prey? 5 Ways to Break the Cycle

Are You Player Prey? 5 Ways to Break the Cycle

Hilarious New Relationship Blog!

Hello Everyone!

For those who might be interested, I just wanted to tell you about my new relationship blog, based on my debut novel, The Bum Magnet. It's called "Get off the Love Short Bus, SistaGirl Advice for the Lovelorn and Relationship Challenged!"

I started some time ago but got caught up in the marketing of my novel and couldn't keep it up. This time around I've got a great new line-up of regular features and the content should be funny, real, and non-politically correct. :)

I hope you'll follow and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks of the Trade - Author Websites

Saw this great article on what should go on author websites that I wanted to share with the crew. I like this article in particular because she breaks it down between what published writers should have on their websites versus unpublished writers. Check it out! I think you'll find it most helpful.

For those of you looking to set up a website on the cheap, my suggestion is I like their service versus the freeweb service and others because there is no unwanted, distracting advertisements! And you can incorporate advanced features like a blog, paypal, and video for FREE. And did I forget to say that it's FREE!

So set up your author website today and start building your audience!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Self Publishing Expo

It's back again. The Self-Publishing Expo. I've never attended but have seen the line-up of presentations and such. Seems like it may be worthwhile to attend, even if for just the seminars. Not sure I would spend the money on exhibitor space. Here's more information from Publisher's Weekly:

The third annual Self-Publishing Book Expo will take place October 22 at the Sheraton New York Hotel. The show will feature a forum for aspiring authors to pitch their book ideas to agents, editors, and publishers, as well as one-on-one manuscrpit evaluations, in which professional editors will sit down with authors to assess their work.

SPBE will also feature 16 panels on topics ranging from e-books, social networking, pricing, distribution, website building, and legal aspects of self-publishing. The keynote will be given by slef-publishing veteran Dan Poynter.

Admission to the exhibit hall, which will house offerings from various companies in the self-publishing field, will be free. Last year, the show drew over 450 attendees. For more information, visit

Monday, June 27, 2011

Pimp My Blog - Indie Author Spotlight

Hello Everyone!

I know it has been way too long since I've posted, but I've been crazy busy trying to finish up TWO novels before the holidays. With that said, if you've sent me your information and I haven't posted it, please send me a reminder (like our next featured author) and I'll get it up as my schedule allows.

Without further adieu, I present Douglas Carlyle!

1. Tell us about your book(s).

The book I released in December is titled, In Search of the Fuller Brush Man. It is mainstream fiction/family saga. In print, it is 446 pages in trade paperback. I self-published using Createspa
ce and the end result is outstanding. The e-book is also available for Kindle, but not Nook.

The back cover reads:

Sean Marcum is driven to find the meaning of his mother's swan song. The last words she wrote in her journal were, "Fuller Brush Man". She always communicated life's most important lessons via riddles, and he is convinced this is her finale. Sadly, Sean was never good at solving riddles, and his quest turns into an obsession, nearly costing him his marriage, and his life.

high school sweetheart, Kim, had a special bond with his mother. She was also a master at riddles. The one-time lovers have been married to others for more than 30 years. Kim's marriage has been picture perfect, Sean's not so much. Upon Kim's death from breast cancer, Sean receives a memoir she penned celebrating their failed relationship. Her book, The Road to Monticello, contains the secret to a long, happy relationship for which Sean so desperately searches. It is a lesson all of us should take to heart.

“My log line is: Two Women, Both Dead, Save Sean Marcum.” The book is very personal and somewhat biographical. To understand this, one must read my author’s note…

My mother died of pancreatic cancer on March 12, 1987. She kept a journal. In it, her last written words really were Fuller Brush Man. As far as I am concerned, I know what she was talking about.

I was fortunate to have had a relationship with a truly wonderful woman during high school and my first years of college. She died of breast cancer on June 30, 2010. Though we parted ways many years ago, I can’t help but think of how she, along with my mother, perhaps unknowingly, helped shape me to be the decent man, father, and husband that I am today. She married a better man than me, and raised a lovely family. Their life together will be a lesson of love in and of itself for all time.

I will never be able to thank these two women enough. And I can never again embrace them. But as a tribute to them, I hope all who read this book come to understand, as I have, the beauty of a long-term relationship.

My first novel, Boundaries, ended up being well over 200K words. I will rework it to make it smaller, or turn it into a trilogy in 2012.

This autumn, I will release my next novel, Vinegarone.

I will refer readers to my website for more information about these two upcoming novels.

2. How did you go about getting your book published?

Labor, sweat, tears, and more of the same. I was highly motivated to write the book. I had just finished my first novel. It remains to be published, but I learned a great deal about writing, and publishing. As for FBM, I knew the plot, theme, beginning, and end of the book. I completed the manuscript in about three months. Then, I spent about ten months editing, and trying to get an agent interested. I sent out query letter after query letter—all for naught. I attended workshops and conferences with agents. I had many tell me to send them material. Nothing.

Along the way, I entered the novel in the 2010 ABNA contest and was a quarterfinalist. I also entered the novel in contests with the Houston Writers Guild, and Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society. The novel did very well. Createspace sent me an email informing me of their product, and advising me I could get a free copy of the novel. When I held my completed novel in my hands, that was all it took. I have no regrets having self-pub’d.

3. Tell us about your marketing strategies.

I have a website,, and I participate in many, many indie author threads. I have contacted several newspapers that in turn published articles about me and the book. The book is presently sold in eight stores, and I am expanding my ‘local’ reach to include San Antonio, Houston, and Austin. The book also is for sale in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, which is one of the primary settings for the book. The other is the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest. I am trying hard to get into the greater Chicago market. That will be my focus after this March when I hope to complete my efforts in Texas (where I live).

The Kindle version of the book is selling, but not briskly. I have sold more paper copies than e-books. I look forward to when the e-book version picks up momentum.

I don’t use Facebook or Twitter. I am one of those grumpy, old hold-outs. I barely have enough time to market the book in my current manner. I don’t want to add more to my plate. I’m sure we could debate this subject vigorously, but you have to sit with me and have a drink to have such a debate.

I am also doing what I can to have my book reviewed, and to have people like you interview me. Here we are!

4. What's the best advice you could give to new writers who want to get published?

Never give up. Believe in yourself. And, be yourself. You do have to work hard to make your book look professional. You have to sweat the details. Commas, scene breaks, points-of-view, character development, consistency, spelling, punctuation. You have to get these correct if you want to compete. The first time you publish junk, that’s all you will be known for. Readers aren’t very forgiving, and the internet will transmit opinions—good and bad—around the world in a split second.

5. What are you reading? (I added this question to give every author the opportunity to lend to support to other authors coming up in the ranks like we are. :)

I don’t read a lot. In the past year, I have read books by Kit Frazier, Sandra Brown, and Paulette Jiles. Kit is from Austin, and a member of the Writers’ League of Texas. Her books are outstanding. I just happened to borrow a Sandra Brown book, and I found it very good. As for the narrative fiction by Paulette, she lives in my town, and has conducted some workshops. I like narrative fiction, though that’s not what I write.

I want to read good books by indie authors. I have spotted some on the indie threads. For me, being a NYT best seller is a kiss of death. I have been so disappointed by so many ‘great’ books. They are all hype, and no better than some of the indie novels that are available.

This past weekend, I bought Blind by Choice, by Suchada Kailey. My first novel takes place partly in Thailand. Her book will help me portray my setting more accurately.

Today, I chose Virtual Strangers by Suzanne O’Leary and Ola Zaltin to be my next read. Since I read so little, I choose very carefully.

For more information, please visit:

If you would like your work featured on the Pimp My Blog Indie Author Spotlight please send your responses to the following questions, as well as a jpeg of your book(s) and/or author photos to karla (at) klbradywrites (dot) com. Remember your responses should be geared toward both spotlighting your own work and helping others.

1. Tell us about your book(s).

2. How did you go about getting your book published?

3. Tell us about your marketing strategies.

4. What's the best advice you could give to new writers who want to get published?

5. What are you reading? (I added this question to give every author the opportunity to lend to support to other authors coming up in the ranks like we are. :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Support the Fundraising Auction for Author L.A. Banks!

I got the opportunity to meet the prolific, NY Times Bestselling author, L. A. Banks, at the Maryland Writer's Conference in April. She gave a presentation on becoming a bestseller. She was down-to-earth, funny, and let me tell you, she kept it REAL about the industry and how you can become a successful bestseller.

You want to know the secret? Work your ass off.

There's the secret. Hone your craft and write like there's no tomorrow. When you finish one book, don't rest on your laurels. Get out there and start the next.

I learned so much from her that day... and chatting with her after her presentation was over was such a THRILL. I had to pinch myself when I walked into a Target the next day and saw my book sitting on a shelf next to hers. It was such a surreal moment in my life. One that I will never forget.

Well, she's very ill right now, suffering from stage IV cancer. Her medical bills are mounting and she needs help.

Many authors, writers and literary agents have pulled together to host a fundraising auction on her behalf, similar to the Brenda Novak auction I support each year. They are offering a WIDE range of services and goods, such as manuscript reviews, literary agent consultations, query letter reviews, etc. etc. etc. Not only that, but you can bid on a chance to be in Zane's next books, boxes and boxes of young adult, romance and other adult books from publishers and a host of other goodies. There's even an all expense (or most expense) paid trip to the writer's conference in New Orleans.

And for the two individuals from this blog who win the highest priced items, I will give you a free consultation on your choice of ONE the following:

  • Review and provide detailed comments, line edits, and suggestions on your query letter
  • A review and line edit of your first five chapters of your work in progress,
  • Provide consultation and detailed suggestions on your self publishing business or marketing plan, OR
  • Provide you with a sneak peak copy of The Bum Magnet sequel, Got a Right to Be Wrong! (unedited)
To participate in the auction, please visit:

Auction ends in 10 days. Send the information about the item you won and price you paid to karla (at) Klbradywrites (dot) com and I'll pick the top two bidders.

Best of luck and please support this great cause.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ask K.L. on VYOU!

So you may notice a little addition to the top of my blog. I just set up a Vyou account which allows anyone to submit questions to me about the writing process, indie publishing, how to get published, advice about a publishing strategy, books I've published, books you've published, how to find an agent, who are my favorite authors, what I ate for dinner last night...and are the men in The Bum Magnet based on real people??? Hmmm...if you want to know the answer, here's your chance to ask. Forget that pesky comment box, just ask here! Eventually it'll be added to the Simon & Schuster page but you can get started right now and you can ask anonymously if you so choose! :) So, what question can I answer for you today?

Thanks for letting me know about the glitch...Here's the link

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pimp My Blog -- Cheap Indie Author Spotlight

Okay, okay. Enough about me me me. Let's get back to talking about you you you! Next up on the spotlight is Kristina Meister who would like to share her publishing journey with us. Welcome Kristina!

1. Tell us about your book(s).

As an author, my interests vary. I write lots of different types of things and in many different styles, but if I am forced to pin my work to a specific theme, I would have to say I am a memeticist. I heart philosophy in a big way. I trace ideas, how they propagate, and how to hack them, countermand, them, etc. What questions can I ask to force a person to reevaluate how they've always seen the world? There's a rational explanation for everything, but by no means does rational mean boring or stuffy. Sometimes rational means just as crazy as crazy.

My latest series takes Buddhist and Hindu mythology, links it with similar western myths of monsters and miracles, mayhem and messiahs in a sort of "universal monster apocalypse" story. "Craving" (available on all ebook sites) and the sequel "The One We Feed" trace the evolution of the character Lilith from normal woman, to the second Buddha, to a friendlier, more sarcastic and stylish version of Kali-ma, the Hindu Goddess of destruction and change. The books take advantage of the fact that the same things that frighten one culture, seem to frighten EVERY culture, indicating that perhaps something more sinister and pervasive is happening in the universe. Or it could just be us.

2. How did you go about getting your book published?

As you might have guessed, my books are rather experimental. They read kind of like the Matrix trilogy crossed with Siddhartha, and consequently, there's quite a bit of resistance in the publishing world to take a chance on something that is good, but may not sell. So, my agent, Laurie McLean of Larson-Pomada Literary agency, and I have embarked on our own social networking experiment. The publishing industry is changing, and the universality of information will soon make its filtering for "what is commercial" obsolete. To that aim, we are attempting to self-publish and promote. Laurie said something very appropriate when we began this endeavor, "I used to see e-publishing and standard publishing as two divergent paths, but the more I research, the more I see them as the parallel braces of a ladder, and at any point, you can cross from one side to the other, if you want."

3. Tell us about your marketing strategies.

Currently, we are in the early phases, but our overall idea includes guest blogging, contributing to different information oriented sites, and overall having a huge internet presence. It involves a lot of work, but it can be done. I will take advantage of Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and other sites to host online competitions, and attempt, at every stage, to stay in the open.

4. What's the best advice you could give to new writers who want to get published?

Don't get discouraged. Whenever you hear "No", go back to the work and critically examine it. View each "no" as a challenge to improve upon your art. If you truly and objectively believe there is no room for improvement, then forge ahead - the person you've approached is obviously not the representative for you. Keep writing, keep reading, keep improving. Insulate yourself from negativity and do what you love.

5. What are you reading?

I just finished the fourth installment of the Casa Dracula series by my friend Marta Acosta, "Haunted Honeymoon", and enjoyed it thoroughly. I'm also rereading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, and just cracked the cover on Julie Kagawa's "The Iron King"

Kristina Meister

Thank you, Kristina. Next up on the spotlight is Brian Drake!

For those who don't know. I'm hosting a Kindle Giveaway to commemorate Pub Day for The Bum Magnet. Please check out my Facebook Fan Page (on the right)!

2nd Annual Amazon Kindle 3G Giveaway
Plus a $25 Kindle Gift Certificate
Total Retail Value: $214

30 Days to Enter, 30 Chances to Win!

Here's How:

Step 1: Each morning during the contest period, I'll post one trivia question based on The Bum Magnet on my Facebook FanPage.

Step 2: Email your answer to Only one entry per day, per person.

Step 3: You can enter as many days as you want. The more questions you answer, the better your chances of winning.

The contest runs from March 29, 2011 to April 29, 2011
Winner Chosen in a Random Drawing.
The winner will be announced on April 30, 2011.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Business of Self-Publishing - Maryland Writer's Conference

Yesterday, I gave a seminar on self publishing at the Maryland Writer's Conference. Of course most of the information I provided can be found right here, but it's always great to engage people and answer questions. I had a really gracious audience which made the experience that much more enjoyable.

As promised, here is the full-size slide presentation. Click Here.

Thanks! We will now return to our regularly scheduled programming...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Bum Magnet - Back on the Market!

In case anyone wonders where I've been over the past few weeks. I'm gonna give you a quick update. And Pimp My Blog will return TOMORROW! So stay tuned for the next indie author spotlight.

I launched my YA Novel Worst Impressions, which is doing pretty well all things considered. I haven't had any books on the market in close to a year, so getting my sales up will take time. But the early reviews I've gotten from teen readers has me over the moon happy!!

Urban Teen Reads called it "Awesome!!!" (they added the three exclamation points) and "Amazing!" (only one there).

And another teen reader gave the following review.

Here's my daughters review:

This was so funny I was laughing most of the time I read this. I finished this book in just three hours. Liz was so funny. Her mom was over protective and her dad reminded me a lot of mine. The love story had a lot of drama and boyfriend stealing, and her sisters were funny too. But what I liked most was Liz, who was a good girl that loved her sisters who she thought were more pretty than she was. I give this 5 stars out of 5, because it was just so funny.

Her parent said: It's good for adults too! I read it with her. It's an Urban Romantic Comedy, so there's a bit of slang, but not too much.

And then another adult said: I'd give this 4.5 stars... Things I Loved: The story is laugh out loud funny in parts. Definitely full of humor but her humor is natural and not forced. It follows the Pride & Prejudice closely but not TOO closely--which is a good thing. The author really manages to bring a few new twists to the story--especially with the mother--and even managed to add suspense when I already knew how it would end.

Yaaaay! It's only 99 cents for a limited time on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords. After that, the price goes to a mere $2.99 so you can still afford it. :)

The paperback is coming out in April. :)

The big big news is that The Bum Magnet is back on the market, but this time it's in stores Nationwide! It has even been spotted on the shelves at Walmart which I was totally not expecting! So, now you can pick it up just about anywhere. Barnes and Noble, Borders (the ones still open), Booksamillion, and Walmart. If anyone has a Target sighting let me know. If anyone sees it on the shelf, please take a picture with it and send it to me on facebook. I'll post it on my page along with a shout out for one of your books if you're an author!

The best news is that for approximately five minutes, give or take a few seconds, The Bum Magnet made it to the bestseller list for Multicutural Romance!

#11,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
I couldn't believe it. On its first day back on the market. I used to live on this list as an indie author. I never thought I'd see it again so soon. I'm so grateful for anyone who has supported it. Please spread the word and pick up a copy from your favorite local or online retailer. Sales in the first weeks are so important and I would appreciate any kind of support you want to offer. Rom-Com not your thing? Buy a copy or two and donate them to your local library. :)

Thank so much for everything and I'll get back to Pimping Your Novels and offering more advice starting tomorrow. the way. I will be giving a presentation on The Business of Self Publishing at the Maryland Writers Association Annual Conference this Saturday, April 2nd. It's a one-day event and my presentation will be one of MANY great presentations offered during the day. If you're in the DC, MD, VA area, I highly recommend you attend. You can register at the door I believe. For more information, please visit

Friday, February 18, 2011

Pimp My Blog: Cheap Indie Author Spotlight

Hello Everyone!

My fifteen seconds of fame on my blog are over. Time to get back to the author spotlight, so I can focus on marketing and my next project for a few days. Next on the spotlight list is Stephen Brayton who has authored what looks to be a great thriller. Welcome Stephen!

1. Tell us about your book(s).

My eBook, Night Shadows, is about a Des Moines, Iowa homicide investigator teaming up with a FBI agent to solve the series of brutal murders. While dealing with personal problems, the unlikely duo find themselves battling malevolent creatures from anther dimension. The book will be released February 15, 2011, from Echelon Press. You can check out the details at

2. How did you go about getting your book published?

I met an editor, Mary Welk, at the 2009 Killer Nashville writers’ conference. She was actually interested in acquiring short stories for Echelon, but in our talk gave me permission to send in submissions for two novels. (By the way, the second novel, Beta, was also accepted for release in July, and recently four of my short stories were accepted.)

3. Tell us about your marketing strategies.

I met another author/editor at the 2010 conference and became part of her ‘posse’. Every week she seeks out various interesting blogs and websites and lets her posse members know about them. We then visit the sites, read the blogs and make comments. Social networking. Plus, I’m part of Facebook and Twitter (of course), and several mystery and author sites. I’ve also been interviewed for a paranormal radio show and have visited colleges for writers’ workshops. Plus, on my blog I do regular author interviews. Currently I’m interviewing Echelon authors, but will soon branch out to others.

4. What's the best advice you could give to new writers who want to get published?

Keep writing and don’t give up. Do your homework on publishing, especially small presses. Attend conferences for contacts. Edit, edit, and edit some more on your story. If you get accepted, promote fellow authors in that company.

5. What are you reading? (I added this question to give every author the opportunity to lend to support to other authors coming up in the ranks like we are. :)

I have hundreds of books in my library waiting to be read. I really like the old Shadow and Doc Savage series. Plus Queen, Stout, and Pelecanos are on my list of upcoming authors to read.

Thanks for the awesome post.

The next spotlight author is Kristina Meister!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Self Publishing...Again!

Hello Everybody,

So, I bet you thought since I got picked up by a publisher that I was through with indie publishing.

Not so much.

I've always said that if I have a book that I really believe in that doesn't sell, I'm gonna put it out myself and, once again, let my audience decide if it's something that they think is a worthy read. I've had this book on submission for several months now. For the most part, all the editors said they loved the story and concept but they didn't think there was a market for another Pride and Prejudice telling. I felt different...and so do many others as I found out by happenstance today!! A teen blogger who I just LOVE put the word out there on Twitter and she got quite a response...from readers...and a couple of agents and editors who requested my information. We'll see if anything comes of it.

As for me, I'm pressing ahead until a deal is in hand. So, I'll be back on the indie boards promoting the new book and hustling with everybody else. Initially, I'm only putting on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iPAD and we'll see what happens from there.

A few print copies will be printed for author review copies (ARCs) and maybe I'll sell a few at a festival or two.

With that said, here's my new baby.

Basketball phenom Liz Bennett just wants finish high school under the radar...and without constantly defending herself against false rumors about her sexuality. With two trouble magnet kid sisters and a mother obsessed with protecting her virginity, she’s already dealing with more drama than an Emmy-winning daytime soap opera. But when two popular new guys enter her life, she’s forced from the shadows and onto center stage.

Trent Whitman, Liz’s hot new admirer, pursues and woos her with his silver tongue and hazel eyes. When he turns on the charm, Liz turns off all common sense. Darcell Williams, on the other hand, is a star football player who sticks his cleats in his mouth every time they meet. As far as Liz is concerned, Trent is a dream and Darcell is a devil reincarnate.

During the Back-to-School dance, Darcell spews an oh-no-he-didn’t insult that cements Liz's contempt. Oh yes, their feud is on and poppin'!

Driven by spite and embarrassment, Liz instigates a series of misunderstandings that propel her into an inevitable confrontation with Darcell. But when a Bennett family crisis reveals Darcell’s and Trent’s true colors, will Liz’s pride prevent her from accepting each for who he really is?

WORST IMPRESSIONS is a humorous and uplifting coming-of-age tale about a girl who discovers that misjudgments are a two-way street best left untraveled. Loosely based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, this novel brings a timeless story to contemporary multicultural teens.

With that said, I'll keep you posted on the happenings!

Until then...Keep it real...and keep it real cheap!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Maintaining Control - Revisited

Hello Everyone,

So, I'm gonna take brief break from posting your novels to address an issue brought up by a follower.

A young lady called me (I won't reveal her name for privacy reasons) and explained that she published through Createspace and had been trying to get her book into a bookstore. The bookseller pulled her book up online and said while he'd love to stock it, he couldn't because they book isn't returnable. Those of you who've read this blog know that while I like Createspace, I'm against using their Expanded Distribution Program for this very reason. Most authors don't really understand the ramifications of signing up with this program until it's too late.

I cannot stress enough depending on your goals for your book, which often includes getting it shelved in bookstores--or at a minimum having book signings in bookstores--your book must be returnable. In this economic time, booksellers do not want to be stuck with a bunch of books that won't sell. If they don't sell, they want to be able to return them.

This requires you to ask the right questions when signing up with any POD company to print your book. Three aspects that are key to getting your books in stores: Price, Returnability, and Discount. The price has to be comparable to similar books in the genre and of the same length, you must offer a reasonable discount, and your book must be returnable. Therefore, here are key questions you must always ask BEFORE signing up with a POD company.

  1. What is your standard discount to booksellers? (If it's less than 40 percent, it is unlikely but not impossible, to get your book in stores. Standard discount is 50-55 percent).
  2. Can I set my own standard discount?
  3. Can I accept returns? (Lightning Source allows you to accept returns).
  4. If I can accept returns, does that option cost me anything? (With Lightning Source and similar PODs the option is FREE. Other company charge hundreds of dollars to allow returns. If you pay that, you're getting taken for your money).
  5. Can I set my own book price? And does that option cost me anything?
I go into significant detail about this issue here: Please check it out before you make any major decisions about publishing your book.

I'm off the soapbox now. New indie authors will be coming up beginning again on Monday!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pimp My Blog: Cheap Indie Author Spotlight

Hello All,

Next on the list is mystery maven Author Wendy Gager (W.S. Gager). Please welcome her to the Cheap Indie Author spotlight. And don't forget to ask questiosns! We can learn so much from each other's experiences. T

1. Tell us about your book(s).

I have two books out in the Mitch Malone Mysteries and a third scheduled for this summer. The first book, A Case of Infatuation, featured crime-beat reporter Mitch Malone. His rules are simple: He never lets the blood and guts he covers bother him. He always works alone. And he hates kids. Mitch breaks all three rules when he unwittingly agrees to smuggle a potential witness out of a suburban Michigan home while police investigate a mob-style-hit that's left two dead bodies. Mitch sends his intern (a real hottie, but nonetheless an interloper) to interview neighbors, hoping to throw her off, but when he finds the pint-sized survivor the killer overlooked, he decides she might be helpful. When the FBI accuses him of the murder, Mitch goes into hiding with the bombshell intern who doesn't talk and the precocious preschooler. Mitch works his contacts to regain his freedom from his roommates only to find they each hold keys to a bizarre story of disappearances, terrorists and the perfect hamburger recipe.

My second book is A Case of Accidental intersection. Mitch Malone hates hospitals, but when a suspicious traffic accident lands a comatose victim in the ICU, he must put that aside to find the truth. The surface looks smooth but the more the crime beat reporter looks the more bodies pop up including a private detectives. Can he get to the truth before the surviving victim is murdered in her hospital bed and an elderly witness has a heart attack? Will he get his exclusive printed before he’s the next victim? A Case of Hometown Blues is the third and Mitch returns to where he grows up and gets arrested for murdering the homecoming queen. In his quest to win a bet with the local news staff, he must get a big story but realizes his career maybe over if convicted. The police chief is his nemesis from high school and enjoys putting the screws to Mitch. Can he get his story, clear his name and get out of the town that haunts him?

2. How did you go about getting your book published?

My path to publishing was a bit different. I entered a contest sponsored by my publisher, Oak Tree Press. I wanted feedback on my manuscript from someone who specialized in mysteries and thought this would be a great way. Turns out I won the contest and A Case of Infatuation took the Dark Oak Mystery prize in 2008 and was published in 2009. My publisher runs a mystery, romance and cop tales contest each year. Deadline to submit is this summer so brush up your manuscripts. You can see more information at

3. Tell us about your marketing strategies.

This is the part that is the most difficult. I try to go to conferences and do speaking engagements to get the word out. I also have a blog,, and a website, Every Monday on my blog Mitch Malone, my main character interviews other authors. It is a lot of fun and I have gotten good feedback so far. I also try and do a lot with facebook but all the marketing really cuts into my writing time. I'm struggling to balance that.

4. What's the best advice you could give to new writers who want to get published? Start marketing yourself now. Get a author website and blog. Post things. Many publishers including my own look at your presence on the web before taking your work to the next step and offering a contract.

5. What are you reading? (I added this question to give every author the opportunity to lend to support to other authors coming up in the ranks like we are. :)

I just finished a book that was a compilation of mystery writers and put together by Jeffrey Deaver called Watchlist that featured chapters by some of my favorite authors. I have a huge stack of books to be read and received a Kindle for Christmas and have now loaded that. I'm trying to read every night for at least a half hour but it is tough. Some of my favorite indy authors are Marilyn Meredith, Sunny Frazier, J. Michael Orenduff, and am waiting anxiously for Holli Castillo's new book called Jambalaya Justice.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pimp My Blog: Cheap Indie Author Spotlight

Hello All,

We're back.The next brave author to volunteer her book for the blog is Elizabeth Kolodziej. She's written a tempting vampire tale and would like to share it with you.She also offers some great. Please welcome Liz and feel free to ask questions or leave comments.

1. Tell us about your book(s).

Vampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who was content with her life, but deep down craved more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her life and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more surprised to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind.

Faith finds out that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere. Especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty.

Now surrounded by a world full of mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems?

2. How did you go about getting your book published?

I self published my book through Eloquent Books for the paperback and published it myself through amazon, B&N, and smashwords.

3. Tell us about your marketing strategies.

Well there is actually a lot going on there. I have done blog tours, guest posts, I tweet, facebook, have my own website, advertise on sites like and nocturnereads. I have sent book proposals to places like B&N and Costco (B&N agreeing to buy 100 copies to put in their stores around the Delaware/Philly area), I am in the middle of trying to get up to 100 reviews of my book on amazon, goodreads, and other numerous sites. I am also trying to promote my work by submitting my short stories for anthology books. One of which I can proudly say was accepted. I try to get involved with as many book/reader conventions I can afford and get to. I have so many more ideas but some are still in the making. I am always trying to take every opportunity to talk about my book and let people know about it in any way possible.

4. What's the best advice you could give to new writers who want to get published?

Learn the business. There are two parts to this whole thing, the writing and the marketing/promoting. All of it is important because you can't have one without the other. I see too many authors who write a book and try self publishing it but think they don't have to tell people there book is out there. Get books on the subjects of this business and talk to EVERYONE you can about it. The writing community is such a big family, the closest and most giving I have ever seen, you can't be afraid to ask questions or ask for help. You won't meet many people that didn't have to start from the bottom and work their way up. They understand your dilemma.

5. What are you reading? (I added this question to give every author the opportunity to lend to support to other authors coming up in the ranks like we are. :)

I actually read more than one book at a time. I get crazy like that. Currently, Marked by Elisabeth Naughton, Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur, and Bitten by Kelley Armstrong.

Liz ^_^

If you would like your book featured on Cheap Indie Author, please contact me at karla (at) klbradywrites (dot) com for details!