Hello everyone! I have good news and less good news.
First of all, the good news: The Heart of Everything is indeed available again as both an eBook and a paperback! Both versions can be purchased directly from me using the link below (this link is also listed on the Books tab):
The less good news: only the Kindle version is available on Amazon right now. The paperback will not release on Amazon until May 1st (no idea why - this is Amazon's decision, not mine). You can purchase the Kindle version or pre-order the paperback on Amazon here. In the meantime, I'll continue doing social media posts (featuring more of the novel's highlights!) on Saturdays during April as we countdown towards the Amazon release!
I am still hoping to publish another book later this year (not the sequel, sorry - I finished the first draft, but there's still a lot of editing to go on that one! ><). Nothing definite has been decided, but I'm hoping for a late summer/ early fall release date. I'll share details on what that book will be once once a day is set!
That's all for now - I hope everyone is staying safe, and if you get bored, just take advice from an author and read more books! ;-P
Good news on the re-release of The Heart of Everything! All the files have successfully been turned over to BookBaby, and both the eBook and print-on-demand versions are in production! It's now just a matter of sitting back and waiting for it to be available once more!
How long will we have to sit and wait, you may ask? Now that's the tricky part ><. As of right now, the eBook is scheduled for release next week (March 4th) and the print version is scheduled for release at the end of next month (March 25th). That means that even if the listing appears sooner, it will only be available for pre-order until the set date. Which is still a great thing, because pre-ordering insures that Amazon/ other stores will have enough copies available to ship out on the day the book is released!
However, all of that only holds true if nothing goes wrong. And while I don't foresee any issues with the re-release of the print version, we are running into some issues with the eBook. The new eBook can't be listed on Amazon until the old listing is taken down - yes, my book still shows up as "available" on Amazon. No, it's not supposed to be there. I am working with Covenant Books to get that rectified as soon as possible. If you can, please wait for the re-release at the end of this month before purchasing - anything that is sold now goes into Amazon's (or the bookstore's pockets), and I don't get a cent. Besides, the re-release will actually be cheaper, so if you can wait a few more weeks, you can actually save yourself some money!
I have even more great news! Victoria TX is about to hold their first annual Book Festival, and I've been selected as one of the open mic readers! I'll be reading a never-before-seen short story at 1:45 pm on Saturday, March 7th, at the Museum of the Coastal Bend! Come out to hear something new, and stick around after the readings are done to say hello! I'll have free bookmarks available, and I'm happy to sign any copies of my novel you'd like signed!
And in other news... I finally got a royalty check! Only took over a year XD - it's still exciting though! The exact payout is covered up not because I'm suddenly a millionaire (haha, wouldn't that be something) but because the number is actually on the smaller end ><, and I don't want you laughing at me for being excited over it :-P. (Sigh) It's the simple things in life that make me happy, and knowing that enough people enjoyed my book for me to receive something back is a very nice feeling indeed :-D.
That's all the news I have at this time! Just bear with me a few more weeks, and by the end of next month, we should be able to celebrate the successful re-introduction of my first novel back into the world! (And then maybe we can talk about another book ;-P.) In the meantime, stay tuned to social media - I'll be sharing some of my favorite parts from The Heart of Everything as we wait for the end of March!!!
Hello all! I have big news today. Sadly, it's not that I'm releasing a new book (yet ;-P). Drumroll anyway, please... I'm switching to self-publishing! :-D
After much deliberation, I've decided that using a traditional publisher (such as Covenant Books) just isn't the right path for me at this time. There are a lot of factors that went into this decision, but among the biggest were cost and control over my work. So now I am making plans to transition to the use of a self-publishing service - in particular, I'm looking at BookBaby to help me continue to share my stories with the world.
What this means is that there may be a gap in the availability of The Heart of Everything. My contract with Covenant ends at the end of this month, and I will need to collect my work from them, then turn around and share it with BookBaby so they can re-enable the printing and distribution of my book. I don't know how long this gap might be, when it will start or even if there will be one. I just want everyone to know that if my book disappears from Amazon or doesn't seem to be available anymore, HAVE NO FEAR. It will come back, I promise!
The great news about this switch is the many advantages it holds for both myself and my audience. The distribution range with BookBaby is much wider - not only will my books be available online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but also through other online retailers such as Walmart, Powell's Books, and Books-A-Million. They use some of the largest distribution networks, so it will still be available in stores - it's up to the store to decide to stock it, though (don't be afraid to ask your local bookstore to get it for you!). My books will still be in eBook form as well - and more than just Kindle or Nook!
The other great part is that I can set the price! Which means I'll be able to share my stories at reasonable, market-comparable rates, and not what a publisher thinks I should sell at.
I'm hoping this will be the start of an amazing adventure. As soon as my first novel is transitioned and available, I will post another update with all of that information (should be within the next month). And *hopefully* sometime after that, I'll post again about when the next book will be coming out ;-).
Thank you again for your support and stay tuned for more exciting news!
American Book Fest is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community. Each year, they sponsor the "Best Book Awards" competition. I was feeling optimistic and hopeful... so I entered!
Alas, I did not win :-(. However, The Heart of Everything will have a 5-month listing on their website, so that counts for something! Congratulations to those who did win and best of luck to all those who enter for next year! Be sure to visit their website to check out all the different books in the competition, as well as to see my listing (you'll find it under "Cross-genre"). :-)
Thank you to everyone who attended my first book reading! It wasn't a huge crowd, but hey, we have to start somewhere! The reading itself went well and there were a lot of great questions/ discussion from the audience. I hope to see more of you at future events! ;-)
Library address is 302 N Main St, Victoria, TX 77901.
Thank you to Jeremiah Fox for the custom-made flyer :-). Any and all coastal Texas folks, be sure to attend if you can!!! I'll be reading chapters 1 & 2, so if you're still not sure if my book is for you, come and find out! :-D
The Goodreads giveaway ended just last night, and the winners have already been chosen! Congratulations to Megan from North Dakota and Shaylee from Texas!!! WHOO-HOO!!! A signed first-edition copy with commemorative wooden bookmark will soon be on its way to each of you! I promise I will get them in the mail soon... thank goodness Amazon boxes come in so many sizes and are reusable! XD
Fun fact about this giveaway: there were OVER 1600 PARTICIPANTS!!! Wow! That just blows my mind. Thank you so much to everyone who entered - it's great to see such interest being generated for my book :-). Those who didn't win, be sure to buy a copy instead - you know you still want to read it!!!
Stay tuned for more upcoming events and as always, keep reading!
Great news! I'm doing a giveaway through Goodreads starting this coming Monday, July 22nd! Two lucky winners will receive a signed, first-edition copy of The Heart of Everything, plus a commemorative bookmark! The giveaway ends August 21st, so be sure to enter before then!
I realize it's been a bit slow around here for the past several months, but never fear! Events featuring the book or me (or both :-P) are up-and-coming!
First of all, I've already started the wheels turning on doing a book reading (or some sort of book event) at the Victoria Public Library this coming fall. I'm also hoping to arrange a book signing or two at Barnes & Noble sometime in the future :-D.
Second, I'd like to do some book giveaways online through Goodreads and Amazon! If you don't have your copy yet or would like one for a friend, be on the lookout for those in the next couple of months!
Third, there is the possibility that maybe - just maybe - another book could come out next year O_o. That depends on a lot of factors though, so I'm not making any promises just yet... but one of those factors is how well the current book sells. In other words, spread the word! The better this first book does, the easier it will be to convince my publisher to print a second one ;-P.
Last, thank you for your continued support and as always, keep reading :-). Stay tuned for more details!
I'd like to use this update post as an opportunity to say thank-you to my publisher, Covenant Books :-). Without them, I'm not sure I would have gotten the chance to share my stories with you, and that would have been a very sad thing!
Covenant Books is a small publisher when compared with the major players in the book world (Penguin, Random House, etc), but they do publish anything and everything. One of the reasons I submitted my novel to them was because they are accepting of works containing religious material, and I wanted to be sure that I could share my stories just the way they are - just the way God gave them to me ;-) - without having to cut out what is probably the more important elements of the story. They have been extremely helpful and supportive throughout the entire publishing process (a big thank-you to my publication assistant, Robert, who made sure I didn't get lost or overwhelmed!), and I would highly recommend them to anyone seeking to publish a book of their own. For more information about Covenant Books, visit their website here (covenantbooks.com). You can also visit their New Releases page to see what other great books they've published!
In particular, visit my book page on Covenant's website! This page has links for all major buying options: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes (you'll also find a link on the Books page of my website). While you're there, watch the promotional video they created just for The Heart of Everything, which you can also view here on YouTube.
Last but not least, Covenant Books recently featured me in their blog of new books! You can check it out here :-).
Again, thank you to my awesome publisher and a great publishing experience! Here's to many more in the future! :-D
Stay tuned for more updates on The Heart of Everything as well as other author stuff!