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Importance of an ISBN for your Book

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In my previous articles I explained how to write a novel, and the publishing options. So, you have now written your masterpiece, are thinking of self-publishing it and even got a perfect cover, but you ask yourself what the small 13-digit barcode is you see on the back of books. How important is it?
The International Standard Book Number may not look significant, but it is as important to a book as a passport number is to a person. Without it, your book will not reach a worldwide audience, as the ISBN helps with distribution and marketing of the book. Distributors, retailers and most bookshops will not sell or market a book with no ISBN.

 

How to get an ISBN

ISBNs can be applied for by the country you live, as each country is responsible for issuing them. Nowadays they are applied for online and cost around £89. However, self-publishing companies, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble supply their own. But beware if you are going to give your self-published book to bookshops, only the self-publishing companies can sell books with their own ISBNs. Therefore, you will need to purchase your own.
For example, in the UK the official agency supplying an ISBN is: http://nielsenbook.co.uk/isbn-agency/.

 

What’s the point of an ISBN?

It identifies specific editions, titles and formats of that particular book. It also identifies the publisher. For example, the paperback, hardcover and the eBook will all have different ISBNs. A specific publisher can also be identified.

 

Are barcodes included with your purchase?

A barcode will also be included with your order. There are two ways to have it applied to the back of your book. Either, by your printers, or KDP and Barnes & Noble give an option to place it automatically. However, they will always place it at the bottom right (which is the standard). If you wish for the barcode to be at the bottom centre, then your printers will need to place it manually.

 

What do the numbers on an ISBN stand for?

The first three numbers are always the same— 978 or 979. Then there is the registration group (country), next the registration element (publisher), then after that the publication element (title and format) and lastly the check digit.

 

The history behind ISBN numbers

In 1965, WHSmith, the largest book retailer in the UK, created Standard Book Numbering (SBN), as a way to organise books in its new computerised database. By 1968 the ISBN was used in the US and became widespread around the world.

January 1st 2007, ISBNs contained thirteen digits— compatible with Bookland/ European Article Numbers, which have thirteen digits.

Waiting In The Night by Timothy Moonlight

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Meet Timothy Moonlight, Author of Waiting in the Night the new exciting addictive suspense Novel Released on July 5th, 2020.

Now, Timothy, I understand your novel is an audiobook & e-book. Tell us more about yourself and your book
Understand this about me, the most important element when I write a novel is coordinating unexpected surprises for my fans. Readers should expect the unexpected. Waiting in the Night is a suspense crime novel. The following best summarizes the opening pages: a terrorized little girl who wakes to her mother’s screams, a horror writer who discovers that some things are best left unwritten, and a pair of detectives who are facing life and death while battling an invading drug cartel. In the grip of real danger, trust is as valuable as life itself. It’s too bad they’re both keeping secrets from each other. These different characters share one major problem: evil is hunting them all.

What inspired you to write this book?
The audiobook bonus content that I included after Brian Callanan’s narration discusses the history of the book. Here’s an interesting fact. I wrote the first draft over 20 years ago. It was called The Waiting Game back then. The book has changed drastically from its original concept. The bonus content in the audiobook goes into more detail.

What was the main challenge you faced when creating your book?
This novel took many turns before it was completed, including one point where it almost failed. Really, it would have been a disaster, but I can point to one particular action that saved it. It was hard to go through with, in fact, I’m comfortable saying that it was the lowest point in my writing career, but I’m much stronger now because of what I accomplished. I discuss all of this in the bonus content of the audiobook, but to sum it up, the novel wouldn’t have been as strong as it turned out to be if I hadn’t been obsessed with making it better.

How do you stand out from your competition?
I write page-turning suspense and I take that title very seriously. I’ve had readers consume my books in one day (over 500 pages!) To me that is pure craziness. I always think, wow, it took me a year to complete this project and someone devours it in a single day, lol. It’s difficult to process, but I’m also grateful that people enjoy my work that much. My goal is to keep you turning the pages and keep you wondering about what is really going on in the story.

Are you a huge reader yourself? And what do you usually read? Any favorites?
I’ve always been a huge Dean Koontz fan. I read my first Koontz novel and was introduced to the thriller genre when I was around 14. I wrote my first novel when I was 15, but have never done anything with it, and probably never will. I mainly stick to thrillers and have read Koontz, Stephen King, and more recently, Harlan Coben. My favorite book is Dean Koontz’s Seize the Night. If you’re reading this Mr. Koontz can you please return to Moonlight Bay? Thanks!

Waiting in the night

Tell us, what is your next step as an author?
I’m going to continue to write my series, The Penny Prelude Secret. The first book, Harrowed Dreams, is only available to my email list currently, but who knows, one day I may make it available to the rest of the world. It’s an intriguing first book about a woman who doesn’t know who she is, but quickly discovers the importance of her dreams. I suspect I’ll continue to write that series until it’s finished, so if you’re looking for more Penny, don’t worry, she’s on her way.

Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring indie authors?
Never give up on your dream, but realize that the difficulty of the task you’re undertaking. I underestimated how much of my time marketing takes up. Zealously guard your writing time. Set a schedule and get it done, because when you publish, you have to make time to market your work, or it’ll just sit there and not move unless you help it along. If you’re having trouble staying on task and meeting your writing goals, keep a daily word count journal. You’re the only one who can write your story. This really helped me when I started out and it’s still something I do today. If you’re passionate about writing, you’ll make it happen.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
I do want to say that my work is always professionally edited and I also hire a professional narrator for the audiobooks. Currently, the audiobook is 40% off right now if you use the provided link. You can also listen to the first chapter for free at the bottom of the sales page. The e-book is exclusive to Kindle and is available in Kindle Unlimited. Thanks so much for letting me on to talk about the book.

That’s awesome, thank you Timothy Moonlight for those great insights! We all wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing your next piece of work.
Waiting in the Night audiobook is available now on Soundwise at only $17.99. That’s half off the new release price, check it out:

40% Off the audiobook: Waiting in the Night click here.

 

Method to My Madness

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Meet Rohini Kottu, Author of Method to My Madness the new exciting poetry collection Released on the 28th June 2020.

-Now, Rohini, I understand your book is a print book as well as an ebook. Tell us more about yourself and your book

My Book is a poetry collection based on real life stories and experiences of people whom I came across a period of two years. Their stories have been presented in the form of poetry. As an aspiring psychologist, the process of writing this book was very enriching. It offers me an opportunity to understand people and their perspectives.

-Interesting! What inspired you to write this book?

People and life in general, inspired me to write this book. I wanted to share the stories of people we walk past but barely notice.

-Great message! What was the main challenge you faced when creating your book?

I wanted to present stories in the form of poems. So the most difficult part of writing this book was to stay authentic to the story and achieve poetic effects at the same time. I wanted each story to be true to itself.

-Sounds pretty difficult! How do you stand out from your competition?

My book is a blend of observations, stories and poetry. I was not writing about my feelings or myself but about others, which is a little difficult to achieve with poetry. It was only possible because I thoroughly and objectively analyzed each story I came across, before writing down the lines.

-You are a hard worker! Are you a huge reader yourself? And what do you usually read? Any favorites?

Yes, I am a huge reader. I enjoy fiction as well as nonfiction. I prefer thrillers but this preference keeps changing. And as a poet, I do read poetry too. My favorite poem is “Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost.

-I am a big fan of thrillers as well! Tell us, what is your next step as an author?

I dream of releasing a poetry book that really combines the domain of mental health with poetry.

-Interesting! Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring indie authors?

All I can say is believe in yourself and your craft. The right audience will find you.

-Very that! Is there anything else you would like to add?

Yes, it is amazing to see the tremendous support that I have been receiving as an independent author. And hence, I would really like to thank all my readers!

That’s awesome, thank you Rohini for those great insights! We all wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing your next piece of work.

Method to My Madness is available now on Amazon Kindle at only $1, check it out:

 

The Opus Pocus: 1001 Arabian Nights Audiobook

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Meet Matt Parry, author of The Opus Pocus: 1001 Arabian Nights the new, exciting children’s audiobook set to classical music, released on the 1st July.

Now, Matt, I understand your novel is a musical audiobook. Tell us more about yourself and your Audiobook
Hello Vigilante360, great to chat to you! So, about the book: it’s actually a piece of classical music transformed into an audiobook for children aged 7-11, designed to help them discover the magic of classical music, and it features the voices of two British stars: Brian Blessed and Rory Bremner. The story is my take on the 1001 Arabian Nights, so the characters might be familiar – Princess Scheherazade, Sinbad the Sailor etc – but the story is a modern, funny version of this classic tale. About me: I’m a musician, music educator, and helping kids discover classical music is my passion!

What inspired you to make this book?
Precisely this: helping children discover the magic of classical music! Being classically trained (I studied at the Royal Academy of Music) I’m a huge fan of this music but I couldn’t see a modern, fun series dedicated to helping kids discover this incredible sound-world, which sadly is often seen as being ‘stuffy’. So I wanted to do something similar to what Horrible Histories has done with history.

The Opus Pocus: 1001 Arabian Nights

What was the main challenge you faced when creating your Audiobook?
Recording the orchestral music: Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. That’s right: there’s a full orchestra playing all the way through the audiobook, underscoring the story!

That is not an ordinary work to play orchestra all the way through audiobook, How do you stand out from your competition?

There just isn’t another fun, children’s series set to classical music. There are some educational books etc but kids need something FUN to get them hooked first.

Are you a huge reader yourself? And what do you usually read? Any favorites?
I go through periods of reading a lot of classic fiction (Hemingway and Joyce are favourites) then having a break and reading science, politics and history. Asterix is my favourite children’s series!

Tell us, what is your next step as an author?
As a self-published author it’s promotion, promotion, promotion! You have to accept that, but the process is so interesting these days: each of us has a global market at our fingertips (literally) so reaching an audience is this paradoxical combination of being both very easy and very hard! But it is certainly possible. Creatively my next steps are to finish the production of a graphic novel to accompany the 1001 Arabian Nights audiobook (illustrated by a spectacular artist called Faye Simms) and to write the next two stories from The Opus Pocus: Swan Lake and The Mountain King…

Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring indie authors?
I think I would say this: if you really want to develop an audience you have to accept that the promotion of your work is as big as actually writing it, but the good news is 1) you love writing so you would do it anyway regardless of how big your audience is and

2) if however you really do want to build an audience then that involves telling your story and thinking creatively about how to get people to engage with your work: exactly the skills you already have as an author! So go for it and remember that any setback is feedback, not failure. Learn from it and try again.

Check the below trailer :

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I did want to mention also that we’ve started The Opus Pocus Club, which is free for children to join. They’ll receive a welcome message from Brian Blessed, the 1st Chapter of the 1001 Arabian Nights audiobook, plus more fun, free stuff to do with classical music and creativity every fortnight. We’re on a mission to bring classical music to thousands of new, young listeners and we’d love you all to join us – so we’ve created this accessible and completely free club! Something that we also feel is especially important at the moment, during these challenging times for parents, teachers and families. Check it out via our website below…

That’s awesome, thank you Matt Parry for those great insights! So hurry up kids to join the club and get the first chapter of The Opus Pocus: 1001 Arabian Nights, We all wish you the best of luck Matt parry, and we look forward to seeing your next piece of work.

The Opus Pocus: 1001 Arabian Nights is available now exclusively from www.TheOpusPocus.com at only £9.99, check it out:

The Opus Pocus: 1001 Arabian Nights – Double Album MP3

Is Life Worth Living

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Meet Collette Scandrett, Author of Is Life Worth Living the exciting Poetry book Released on May 6, 2018

-Now, Collette Scandrett, I understand your novel is both an ebook and paperback. Tell us more about yourself and your book

I published this book a few months before my mom died as a way of distracting myself from everything that was going on with her medically. The book expresses things I went through during that time as well as everything I had gone through in the past. It is a reflection of things we experience in life including, love, heartbreak, friendships, and death.

-That is very inspiring! What inspired you to write this book?

I wrote this book as a way of expressing things I was going through. I have never been a big talker so this was my way of expressing myself.

-Self-expression is one of the major drives of aspiring authors. What was the main challenge you faced when creating your book?

The main challenge I faced in writing this book was finding a way of linking all of the poetry I had written over the time span. Since I just write as it comes to me there was no real theme. I had to come up with a theme and a good way for the book to flow

-Interesting! How do you stand out from your competition?

I stand out from the competition as I express things in my own voice. I feel that every writer has their own voice and different voices can appeal to different audiences. I think that every writer is great in their own right and I just write to express and hope that others can identify with the work and get something from it.

-Agreed! Are you a huge reader yourself? And what do you usually read? Any favorites?

I am typically a huge reader although I have not had a lot of free time lately. Typically, I read more of the classics as well as some African-American writers. My favorite books are Speak and The Completed Collected Poems of Maya Angelou.

-Cool! Tell us, what is your next step as an author?

I am currently working on getting my book into some colleges and universities as a part of their curriculum. My next step is to continue the editing on my memoir that is set to be released at the end of August. From there I will continue to work on just getting my work out there.

-Sounds like an exciting plan! Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring indie authors?

I would just say that you have to stay not only focused but be aware how much time and money it takes to be an indie author. I would say that it is worth the money to get a cover created as it is something that draws in the audience along with the blurb.

-Yes Covers and Blurps are a major factor in purchases! Is there anything else you would like to add?

Although some people may not be a fan of your work it does not mean that it is not good. Sometimes some people are the wrong audience for your work. You have to make sure you appeal to the right audience for your work and don’t take things personal when people are trying to help you improve and appeal to a broader audience.

That’s awesome, thank you Collette Scandrett for those great insights! We all wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing your next piece of work.

Is Life Worth Living is available now on Amazon at only $2.99 on Kindle, $6.99 for paperback, and free with Kindle Unlimited, check it out:

 

The ickabog is coming

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The Ickabog is coming in november, an original fairy tale by J.K. Rowling will be published in 10 November in hardback, ebook and audio format in the English language with editions in other countries to follow soon after.
The ickabog

The story :

 

The kingdom of Cornucopia was once the happiest in the world. It had plenty of gold, a king with the finest moustache you could imagine, and butchers, bakers and cheesemongers whose exquisite foods made a person dance with delight when they ate them.

Everything was perfect – except for the misty Marshlands to the North which, according to legend, were home to the monstrous Ickabog. Anyone sensible knew that the Ickabog was just a myth, to scare children into behaving. But the funny thing about myths is that sometimes they take on a life of their own.

Could a myth unseat a beloved king? Could a myth bring a once happy country to its knees? Could a myth thrust two brave children into an adventure they didn’t ask for and never expected?

 

The Ickabog was first serialised this summer on The Ickabog.com, during which children around the world were invited to send in their own illustrations of the story and its colourful characters. You can see some of them here. After an incredible response, the winners of each artwork competition will see their illustration  in the published book.

Also now you can read the chapter 40 to chapter 64 (the final chapter) are made available to read here (Note : These chapter are available to read only for two weeks from now) later these chapters will be removed on Wednesday 6th August and international translations will be removed.

J.K. Rowling will be donating her royalties* from The Ickabog to The Volant Charitable Trust to assist those who have been particularly impacted by coronavirus.

Pepper Jo Senses Snow

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Meet Jenna Hinkel, Author of Pepper Jo Senses Snow the new exciting children’s picture book Released on May 5, 2020.

-Now, Jenna, I understand your novel is both a printed book and an ebook. Tell us more about yourself and your book

I am a lifelong reader and lover of children’s books. Pepper Jo is my first published book and has I am beyond thankful to be on this journey. Readers will follow Pepper Jo as he ventures out of his cozy igloo to discover one of Mother Nature’s most amazing experiences. This rhythmic story follows an adventurous, young penguin who uses his five senses to explore outside. Each page focuses on one of our five senses and children are encouraged to jot down their findings along the way. It is a short story with bold and unique illustrations. Our main audience is children from babies to kindergarten age.

-That’s amazing! What inspired you to write this book?

I live in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado in the USA. We are surrounded by snow nine months out of the year. I am always entranced by the smallest details of a single snowflake to the vast beauty of a wintery mountain view. I wanted to write a book that encouraged kids to go outside and explore the world around them.

-That is a noble and beautiful message to be delivered through a children’s book! What was the main challenge you faced when creating your book?

It has always been a dream of mine to publish a children’s book. The feeling of the unknown was daunting. I had my story. I had my illustrations. Now I had to get it out into the world. I hired a publishing service to guide me and baby step after baby step we made it to the publication date and released Pepper Jo into the world. For a long time, I lingered on the final details of the illustrations because I was afraid to feel the vulnerability of releasing my book to readers. I am so glad I braved forward! Now I am hooked and I plan to publish many more in the future.

-That’s good to hear, keep up the good work, it always pays off at the end! How do you stand out from your competition?

Pepper Jo Senses Snow and forthcoming books in my Sensing the Seasons Series, focus on science for very young readers. As adults, using our senses is something we do every day without much thought. As children, this can be an exciting way to focus on and learn about something new or something we never gave much attention to. Parents can use these books to hone in on details in their child’s world and truly explore Mother Earth. I have included bonus pages at the end of Pepper Jo called Exploring the Snow Together. These pages are full of fun activities that parents or teachers can use with the kiddos in their lives to explore the snow even further. Once this mindset is opened, adults and children can follow this framework to learn about many of the wonders around them.

-That is very smart and insightful, I am sure many parents would find this method highly effective. Are you a huge reader yourself? And what do you usually read? Any favorites?

Yes! I have always enjoyed a quiet moment with a great book. Even as a young adult, I have found myself in books stores, at libraries sales, thrift shops and garage sales searching for and stashing children’s books. I have always loved the simplicity yet strong messages that children’s books often offer. I would sit and thumb through the stories and illustrations for as long as possible. Now that I have my own children, reading on the couch is a daily practice. We will call it “research” for this amazing journey I am now on. I do squeeze in the spare minute to read mostly uplifting and inspiring books as well.

-That’s an awesome family tradition, all homes should do that! Tell us, what is your next step as an author?

I am in the process of completing the second book of my Sensing the Seasons Series. Readers will be able to follow a new character who also uses her five senses to discover another fantastic wonder of the Earth. I am thrilled to continue this series and look forward to writing and illustrating more in the near future.

-That sounds very exciting! Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring indie authors?

My best advice would be to just keep going. Keep taking the small steps forward. You will look back and see just how much they all add up over time. Use the amazing resources in your community and beyond to get your book in the hands of readers. Stand behind what you have written and be really proud of it. That pride and passion for your work will propel you forward.

That’s awesome, thank you Jenna Hinkel for those great insights! We all wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing your next piece of work.

Pepper Jo Senses Snow is available now on Amazon at only $3.99 for ebook, $9.99 for paperback and 14.99 for hardcover, check it out:

 

How to Publish your Book

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In my last article I discussed writing a novel. What I didn’t mention is that it is only the tip of the iceberg. There is an old saying, ‘A book without an audience, is not a book’.
As the internet has become more advanced new publishing options are born.You have completed your manuscript, hired an editor and got it proofread. So, what’s next?

Traditional Publishing

In the traditional way the chances of getting your book published is lower than winning the lottery! However, getting published by a traditional publisher in no way guarantees a bestseller, but certainly gets your book more exposure.
So, what is your first step? You need to find a literary agent and write a proposal letter included with your posted manuscript. Your letter and manuscript need to stand out from the rest as literary agents receive thousands every week. They have an important decision to make. They may recommend one they feel will be an investment for the publishing company. Therefore, if the first page does not grab them, the literary agent may well not bother to finish reading it.

If the literary agent does recommend you and the publishing company takes you on, then chunks of the story will get chopped and rewritten. They will make sure your book has a professional cover (in which you have no say regarding the design), and then maybe two years later you will have a book that will be distributed and marketed.

However, apart from the long wait, there is another drawback. As the publisher has assigned the rights to your book, you will lose some of the ownership and the percentage of the royalties will be low. However, as it is a traditional publishing company, they will make sure you have plenty of exposure and your books will be at the front of the bookshop’s shelves.

Vanity Publishing

While traditional publishers make a profit from selling books, vanity publishers (also known as subsidy publishers) make money by charging the author for publishing the book. Both parties then share the profits when the book is sold. However, the book remains in the publisher’s possession and the author receives 10-15 % percent of the royalties. Therefore, we can say that vanity publishers are shrewd. They know the author has worked hard on polishing their manuscript and is feeling dejected by all the previous rejections. So, they will send a congratulations letter saying that the manuscript has been accepted. Then they will charge a hefty sum. They will do minimal distribution and little marketing, and why do they need to? They have already taken the author’s money, which is their prime motivation.
So why do people go down this road? Frequently many authors are first-timers, not knowing the difference between traditional and vanity publishing, having erroneously been led to believe how self-publishing works – or they were not at all familiar with the publishing market.

Self-Publishing

This is the fastest and easiest way to publish your book. As it is very difficult to go through a traditional publisher, this is the route preferred by most authors. The self-publishing company helps set up the paperback, eBook or hardcover, but the author remains their own boss. They must do everything- and I mean everything- from making sure the manuscript is well edited and formatted, the book cover is professionally designed, and once the book is published, it is the author’s duty to promote and market. However, the up-side is the royalties are much higher- as high as 70%.

Here are the top ten best self-publishing companies for authors:

  1. Kindle Direct Publishing
  2. Barnes & Noble Press
  3. Apple Books
  4. Kobo
  5. Lulu
  6. Ingramspark
  7. Self-Publishing School
  8. Reedsy
  9. Publish Drive
  10. Draft2Digital

There are many other self-publishing companies in this increasingly popular field, enabling many authors previously hidden in obscurity to have an opportunity to shine.

 

Soul Pursuit

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Meet Chip Tudor, Author of Soul Pursuit the new exciting Christian Detective Novel Released in March of 2019.

-Now, Chip Tudor, I understand your novel is in three formats: paperback, ebook and audio book. Tell us more about yourself and your book.

I began writing as a freelance copywriter. For over 10 years, it was my full-time gig. When I was hired as a pastor, I started writing faith-based books. I’ve written four, faith-based books that are non-fiction. Soul Pursuit is my first fiction novel. It’s about Jack Sterling, a former Navy SEAL that is hired as a bounty hunter to apprehend a war veteran fugitive that jumped bail. At the same time, Jack experiences his own spiritual quest. He ends up in a dual pursuit: Searching to find a brother in arms and his own soul.

-Very Impressive. What inspired you to write this book?

I really enjoy reading mystery and detective novels. I especially enjoy the Spencer Detective series by Robert B. Parker. I admire Parker’s crisp style of writing and especially his witty dialogue. I wanted to imitate his style and see if I could write an entertaining, inspirational book with a Christian message that was not preachy, but realistically woven into the story.

-That’s a smart approach. What was the main challenge you faced when creating your book?

The hardest part for me was figuring out the story, piecing it together so that it made sense and had a natural flow. And then write the first draft. I had to force myself to write at times when I didn’t feel like it. But when I finished the first draft, I knew I would complete the book. I just had to rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

-I faced the same challenges when writing my novel myself, it can be an overload sometimes but I believe eventually it proves fruitful and worth it. How do you stand out from your competition?

There is a lot of Christian fiction—especially Christian romance and Christian mystery. I don’t think there are many Christian detective novels. Also, a lot of Christian fiction is targeted to a female audience. Soul Pursuit is written to appeal to men. I’ve had both men and women tell me they enjoyed reading it.

-That’s a great competitive advantage, to be able to appeal to both genders and reach more audience with your message. Are you a huge reader yourself? And what do you usually read? Any favorites?

I am an avid reader. I enjoy mysteries, thriller/adventure and detective novels. Robert B. Parker is my favorite detective novel writer. I also read a lot of non-fiction titles around the Christian life. And books on writing. I’m always trying to improve my craft.

-Great! Tell us, what is your next step as an author?

I invest a lot of time marketing the books I’ve written. One of the ways I do this is by maintaining a blog. And that requires writing regular content. I am also working on my next fiction novel in the Jack Sterling detective series. So these things keep me busy. And oh, did I mention I’m also a pastor? So, yeah, there’s that too.

-Very Impressive! Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring indie authors?

Persistence. Keep writing. Keep reading. Keep looking for creative ways to market your books. There are people with more writing talent than me. People that are more successful as writers. But I am determined no one will be more persistent. And when someone tells me something in one of my books spoke to them or helped them in some way, it’s the motivation that keeps me going.

Yes I believe that is the main reason why most authors write. Awesome, thank you Chip Tudor for those great insights! We all wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing your next piece of work.

Soul Pursuit is available now on Amazon and Audible at only $12.95 paperback, $8.75 ebook and $14.95 audio book. Check it out.

 

You can request a free code (only for first few) for this audiobook in exchange of review, if you wish to have code send the details of your name, location (US, UK & AUS) and title of this book from right corner whatsApp. 

Island Drama by Keithra Deveaux

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Meet Keithra Deveaux, Author of Island Drama: The Life of Three Women – a Bachelorette, a Wife, and a Divorcee, Living in the Bahamas by Anne the new exciting Women’s Fiction Novel Released on the 26th of January 2020.

-Now, Keithra, I understand your novel is both a printed book and an ebook. Tell us more about yourself and your book

Island Drama is set within the beautiful islands of the Bahamas, which is where I’m from. For the most part, Island Drama is based on real life events that occurred throughout my life. My life experience probed me to find a way to empower teenage and young adult women of my generation to believe in themselves and create opportunities to achieve their goals and dreams. And so, I wrote ‘Island Drama’.

-Sounds pretty interesting! What inspired you to write this book?

My inspiration came from the burning desire to inspire young women to push towards their goals and dreams despite any circumstances they may face just as the characters in my book have.

-That is admirable! What was the main challenge you faced when creating your book?

The most difficult challenge for me was; wanting to give up and quit writing. There’s always that thought in the back on your mind that no one will read your book or who cares about your story so why write it?

-Yes that is a common obstacle among new writers, but you know the first advice any established author gives to an aspiring new one is to keep writing and never give up. How do you stand out from your competition?

Although my book is listed as Women’s Fiction, it is easily relatable to real life experiences especially in the Caribbean and Western world.

-Are you a huge reader yourself? And what do you usually read? Any favorites?

I’m not particularly a huge reader but when I do read I love fantasy, anything that can put me into a different world or dimension. My all-time favorite is Harry Potter.

-Yes J.K. Rowling is very popular among authors. Tell us, what is your next step as an author?

My next step would be to start on the sequel of ‘Island Drama’ to finish telling the story. The last words of the current book says, “To Be Continued…” I want to bring awareness of the current book and the future sequel(s). By doing so, I would have touched many lives and inspired many young women.

-Very cool! Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring indie authors?

Yes, if just the thought of writing a book came across your mind at any point in your life – pursue it. It won’t be completed over night but as long as you hold yourself accountable to your desire then you will see the finish line. Start and don’t quit!

-Agreed! Is there anything else you would like to add?

Yes, it has been an honor writing ‘Island Drama’ for the world to read and it will be an honor to have as many readers touch my book. I will know then that I will be one-step closer to fulfilling my purpose, which is to inform, inspire, and initiate change by empowering young women.

That’s awesome, thank you Keithra Deveaux for those great insights! We all wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing your next piece of work.

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