Great news! I've been invited to contribute as a guest blogger for The Paper House, a self-publishing company based out of New Jersey. They have multiple guest writers for their blog (which has a general theme of writing and publishing), so if you visit their site to read my post, be sure to check out what everyone else has written!
Today, I'm sharing my publishing journey, with what I've learned, what I'd like to do moving forward, and what advice I'd give to anyone just starting out in the publishing process. You can read all about it here: https://www.thepaperhousebooks.com/post/not-all-who-publish-are-lost
I'll be posting for them every so often, but each time I do, I'll be sure to share a link here in case anyone is interested :-). In the meantime, stay safe, stay tuned, and I hope to have more good news to share soon!
For immediate release:
Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome.
Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Young Adult - Romance book
"The Heart of Everything" by Lynn Wallace, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1098302680.
Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.
Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Heart of Everything is a work of romantic fiction penned by author Lynn Wallace for young adults, which also contains some paranormal and Christian themes. The plot centers around Emer, who believes that she is a pretty normal young woman headed for a normal life. So when she is suddenly kidnapped and informed that in a previous life she has had different lovers and been an elfin priestess, shock sets in pretty fast. Getting to know the vampiric Alex and Jesse, the literal son of the devil, has its perks, but her handsome kidnappers also set Emer on the path to truly knowing herself, and with that comes the obligation to use her remembered powers to defend them all from danger.
Author Lynn Wallace has created a compelling romantic narrative that her YA and NA readership are certain to really enjoy. I liked the combination of Christian and supernatural themes at play, keeping the story firmly fixed in the realm of redemption with a classic and well-executed battle of good versus evil underpinning the tale. Emer is well developed as an emotive heroine who reacts fairly realistically to the shocking situation she finds herself in, and her relationship with the two men in her life builds gradually and endearingly as the plot unveils itself. The twists and supernatural moments of the storyline are described with cinematic language that really makes those scenes pop. Overall, The Heart of Everything is a read which is certain to beguile and entertain anyone who picks it up."
You can learn more about Lynn Wallace and "The Heart of Everything" at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-heart-of-everything where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.
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First of all, happy belated Easter! To celebrate a season of hope in the midst of this pandemic, I've created a coupon code valid for 20% off on my BookShop page! It can be used on either digital or print copies of the book, and it's good until 4/30/2020. Just use "EASTER2020" at the link below!
Also, I now have a profile on LinkedIn! You can connect with me through the button below:
That's all I have at this time. I hope everyone is staying safe!
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!