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Minor Setbacks..

Well, then! Welcome to another episode of “Change Is The Only Constant” or, if you prefer, “Planning Is For the Weak” (insert sinister, maniacal laughter in the background here).

This blog is primarily a personal one. I strive to make it a window into my world rather than just another “writing blog”. However, being that I am a writer, there will always be an occasional industry related post that goes beyond the scope of “Hey I have a new book coming out.” It is time for one of those posts.

Many independent authors, including myself use Amazon’s Createspace and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP for short). Essentially this is who does our printing and fills orders when you order through Amazon or request it at a bookstore. For as long as I’ve been publishing books, this has been a very accessible way for writers of any genre to get stories into your hands. We all have developed systems for how to get the words on the page, formatted, create covers, upload files, and, of course release books. Then, we also publish to KDP to allow you to read on Kindle. While the format process is different, it has been a relatively short jump from one to the other to allow our readers to have a seemless experience.

In the past 6 months there have been all sorts of rumors floating in the community about Createspace becoming obsolete and KDP taking over the print version option as well. We all know that the kindle, and e-readers in general, have revolutionized the way people read books today. That this change would eventually happen was really not that far of a stretch. Change is a constant in this industry. You have to learn how to roll with the punches and adapt. It isn’t even limited in scope to what a publisher or printing-house is doing. From trends in what people are reading, styles, topics, and delivery methods to how we reach people in terms of marketing; it can be entirely overwhelming.

Two days ago, the official email came from Createspace. They are indeed merging with KDP. Surprise!! (or not…) The question becomes, how does that affect readers or potential readers? And how is that going to affect my current deadline and release?

This is where many authors are frustrated. Some are even in a bit of a panic about it. Which I find isn’t helpful at all. But, I digress.

There are many things happening behind the scenes with books that readers are never honestly aware of. For most readers, if you’re looking to buy a paperback in the next few weeks, then, your best bet is to buy direct from an author. The Amazon listings for print copies are likely to go down and be unavailable through the transition. Many of us will have to reformat or do new covers resulting in a second edition. Signed copies are great gifts or collectibles. Many authors have stock on hand, even if it is limited, to fill those orders. They’re usually very happy to do so. There is something fun for us about inscribing and signing a copy of a book we’ve written. Most of us dream of having a steady stream of readers who want those signed copies. So, by all means, buy direct from your favorite author’s website. That on hand stock may be your last chance to have the original cover on your shelf.

Yes, I have copies on hand to ship out. You can get them on my website at www.annebelleauthor.com where there is a red button that will change to blue when you hover taking you to a Square Shop where those can be purchased. Yes, you’ll pay shipping. But, if you’re ordering gifts for friends and more than one copy, contact me direct and I’ll give you a bulk ship rate as opposed to paying per book for shipping & handling.

Otherwise, there isn’t much else to say on that except that there will likely be some changes in pricing as the migration happens. Yes The Secret of the Storm will have a new cover going forward, but, that won’t happen immediately. I’m still trying to finish its sequel to release in October and right now, my full attention needs to be on that manuscript and formatting etc. So, I’ve mad the decision to ride out the glitch-filled migration for now. I’ll finish and release this new book and then I will fix all of the transition-related necessities.

Now the GOOD NEWS is that we’re only two days away from the cover release for the new book! I am so excited about this one. Elora and crew really have their hands full in this new installment. So, I hope that you’re just as excited about all of the launch-related things as I am.

Cover reveal is happening on the 1st of September. The book will release in mid-October with some pre-order options available. And I’m scheduling events for online and offline launch celebrations. More news on that later! For now, just bear with me through this craziness.

In the long-run, I think this will be a good change and I hope that it will help to streamline the process of putting books out there.

In the meantime, I’m extending my e-book sale to help keep readers happy. Currently all of my e-book novels are available on kindle for $4.99. You can find those by shopping Amazon and my Amazon Author Page.

Thank you all for being so supportive and encouraging as I attempt to make all these things happen. I sincerely hope that you all enjoy Elora’s story and continue to follow along. I have so many things in the works for you. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us.

If you have questions or concerns you can always email me at annebellewrites over on gmail . Just allow me time to respond since I am in the middle of a tight deadline. It might take a me a bit to come out of the cave in order to answer but, I will.

Okay back to work for me.
Have a great day everyone!

And for my fellow indies… just breathe! Don’t panic. Let them sort it out and then make adjustments. This too shall pass and we shall overcome this hurdle just as we have all the others before it.

Posted in The Writer's Life

The Best of Plans…

Monday and Wednesday nights of my week have quickly become gaming nights. This means I actually get out of the house and drive about 40 minutes to a game shop in Tyler called Geek World and play with a group of people on Mondays and on Wednesdays, I am the GM or Game Master for a new group of players in the same shop. This is a new adventure for me and an excuse to get out and be more social. I am such a hermit by nature that I have to force myself to get out more. And I tell myself that it is good for me and my career as a writer. Tonight was a bit of a wash though.

I was actually on my way to the shop. I enjoy the drive over actually. But I was on a main highway and someone had a blow out before I came through this stretch. There was debris of what seemed like a shredded tire all over the road. There was nowhere to go to get away from it either. So, I had to drive through and hope for the best.

The best, is not what happened. I was met with the unmistakable flapping of something smacking the wheel well of my little car on the passenger side. So, I pulled off onto the shoulder and was thinking my lucky stars that I had a towel in the back. I was hoping that I just had a piece of all that rubber stuck in my wheel well and I could pull it out and be on my way. For a moment it looked like that. Of course, then I tried to pull on the mass of wires and rubber and I realized that the tread of my tire was peeled back. Yep, my tire was shot. And my car doesn’t have a spare, only this stupid little inflator kit.

I called Dad. He came and put the spare he had in his on. We actually drive the same make of vehicle. His is just a few years newer than mine. Otherwise the only defining features is his Harley Davidson sun screen and decals. But he got me on my way. And the tire shops were closing by the time I could make it to either Tyler or back to Gilmer. And given that game night usually means I am getting home closer to 11:00 pm I decided it was best not to risk it and to just go home and call it a night. I’m going to be running another game on Wednesday I know. So, I played it safe.

Honestly, this gaming thing is good for me. I’ve met new people and discovered something that I enjoy. Honestly, I don’t know how I didn’t discover this when I was younger. My teenage years might have been much more interesting if I had. All I can really say is that it isn’t anything like what we all thought it was growing up.  Showing my age a bit here but, I grew up when there was the whole “satanic panic” thing going on. What people failed to realize is that something like Dungeons & Dragons is a collaborative story-telling effort that can teach valuable lessons if monitored and played correctly. I won’t wax philosophical about it but, I will say that I definitely have seen the appeal now and have happily delved into the adventure.

So things didn’t go as planned. I did get some things accomplished though. This includes some extra editing and writing time which is a good thing. More of the same tomorrow is on the agenda. Of course, so is getting a tire replaced, map making, graphics design, and recording. Lots to do so I need some rest to do it all and it is already 3:45 in the morning. Boy it will be a late start to the day for most. But, I’m a night owl if you haven’t figured that out by now.

So, readers, tell me what’s going on in your world. What creative endeavor are you undertaking at present?

Posted in Lessons Learned, The Writer's Life, Uncategorized, Updates

The Busy Bee Emerges…

This writer is happy to be back in the game. Sometimes you have to step back and just figure crap out. A lot has been happening here at the studio. So I have lots to share and some that I cannot. But, I am working furiously and even picked up a little something new to have a little more fun instead of my life being solely about the work. However, rest assured, my life still revolves around stories and amazing characters. As usual, of course.

So what have I been up to? NOW AVAILABLE

Let’s start with great progress on the next Slauson’s Cove book. I’ll be making some announcements and a cover reveal post about that soon. So, don’t forget to subscribe so that you’re in the loop when it happens. And if you haven’t read The Secret of the Storm, I’ll make a post when the price goes live but, you’re going to have a limited time opportunity to pick up the ebook /kindle editing for under $5.00 USD. Pricing should be changed any time so you can keep an eye on My Author Page for that to drop.

etherlogo.jpgThen I started something new to not only promote my work but also that of other indie authors. I’ve stepped into the world of narrations online with a channel I’m calling Ether Realms. You can hear the start of one of my own short stories by going to the new channel. I’m also featuring another author’s work. Serena Mossgraves sent me a great short that I wanted to present. And I am open to submissions from other indie authors and have room in the current schedule to add a few. So if you’re interested in submitting to have your story narrated and some promotion then by all means check out the website at www.etherrealmsmedia.com and check the submissions page.

By way of a new hobby, I’ve finally taken a bit of a plunge. Why I didn’t get into this years ago, I’m not sure. However I admit that I’m ecstatic to have come upon table top role playing games now.

We all know how introverted I am. Most of my life is spent behind the computer screen and microphone. I’m writing, editing, creating graphics, editing audio tracks, recording and so forth all the time. More often than not this is into the early morning hours. But getting out with people is rare, unless family forces the issue. I’ve been interested in tabletop games and board games for a long time. However, being an introvert, I don’t meet many people who want to play. Enter the internet and local game shops. It took me very little time to find a group starting up and an invitation to join and learn. Next thing I know, I’m setting up my own session to be a Game Master. So I’ll be posting about the adventures from time to time.

Let me just say that I love this! It is immersion story telling with others. You never know what they are going to do. Playing in a fantasy world you can imagine that there are some great moments to be played out. Some players, just as in life, are braver than others and willing to take huge risks, while others play it safe to avoid being killed off in the game early on. But the exciting thing is that you have no idea what you’re going to do until you do it and you’re unravelling more of a mystery each time you take a turn and listen to what characters know or don’t know.

Now, I am currently playing and DMing for Dungeons & Dragons 5e. This is my ground zero for the gaming world. But I’ve managed to get connected with a great group of people to play with at a local Gaming Shop. If you’re struggling to be social and looking for a fun way to interact with other people and get out of your own shell. I reccommend it whole-heartedly.

With that, I’m going back to the work today. I’ll be pausing tonight to work on prep for my Wednesday night debut as a DM. But I am excited about it. And that’s a win!