• Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    In-depth Analysis or Something

    NO REST FOR THE WICKED releases next week!!! In other exciting news, my first blog review went live yesterday. You can read it RIGHT OVER HERE @ thegenreminx.com – (Spoiler-Free). Okay, with the debut on the horizon, I thought it would be fun to discuss my reasons for going the indie route and the factors that most likely influenced my decision. ^_^ The initial thought, in true me fashion, was very random. I literally woke up one day and decided to “give it a try” with a small project. But seeds never sprout up out of nothing. Of course, I was frustrated with the traditional route (agent, big publisher, bookstore),…

  • Indie Author Life,  Writing Journey

    The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Six

    NO REST FOR THE WICKED┬ácomes out in two weeks!! OMG! ­čśÇ MONTH SEVEN I’ve learned a lot about timing these last several weeks. For one, I realized that had I known what I was doing, I could have released my book a month earlier. But you know what “they” say, I rather have too much time to prepare than not enough. It’s like when I’m traveling, and I have no idea where I’m going, I like to leave early in case I get lost along the way. A girl gets lost sometimes. This month, I decided to go with IngramSpark instead of using NookPress. (I know, right! Less than one…

  • Indie Author Life,  Lists,  Writing World

    Most Popular Book Categories & Genres

    It’s hard to find conclusive information on this topic, but this is what I’ve found in my research. Going by physical shelf space in chain bookstores, which I guess is largely Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, these are the most popular categories: General Fiction (includes mystery, suspense, and thrillers) Non-Fiction/Religion/Inspirational Romance (including historical romance) Historical Children’s (chapter books to middle grade) Science Fiction & Fantasy Young Adult Biographies Travel Foreign Language Graphic Novels Horror According to TheRichest.com, the following genres make the most amount of money: Romance/Erotica Crime/Mystery/Thriller Religious/Inspirational Science Fiction & Fantasy Horror According to Amazon, and here is where things get more interesting, sales breakdown in the following…

  • DIY (Do It Yourself),  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    The DIY Publishing Diary: Volume Five

    MONTH SIX This was a busy month! Since my last update, I’ve gotten to hold physical copies of my books in my hand, and the energy coming off of them feels so good! ^_^ I got proofs from Createspace and NookPress. NookPress uses Ingram/Lightning Source as their printer. In case anyone was wondering about the print quality differences between the two, here are my thoughts: The┬áprint quality in general is┬ávery, very similar. Createspace flattened my interior graphics a little, which made them look a little textured. This doesn’t bother me,┬ábut NookPress/Ingram didn’t do that. Createspace uses slightly lighter ink and heavier paper, which means the books weigh an ounce more…

  • Announcements,  Books,  Cover Reveals,  Indie Author Life,  Novels

    Cover Reveal: No Rest for the Wicked!

    Whoo! It’s shiny cover reveal day at The Narcissistic Rose! ^_^ First some shout-outs to Xpresso Book Tours, the participating bloggers, and my writing friends for being awesome and helping me spread the book love today! ^_^┬áThe cover was designed by the great team at NajlaQamberDesigns.com – referred to me by fellow indie author and writing genie Jodi Perkins. ­čśÇ Fun side note: I’m usually the kind of person who has all kinds of fun brainstorming mock covers for my projects. I quite literally have cover ideas for nearly everything that’s currently in the brainstorming phase. On this story, however, I had no idea what I wanted. Not only that,…