Category: Publishing


Help! I’m addicted to rank checking and I can’t stop! It all started when I ran a freebie weekend for Elissa Blue. I broke into Amazon’s top 100 free books. Yes, I did take a screenshot to prove it. No, I can’t find it within myself to be ashamed. My hypercompetitiveness kicked in then and there. Now every time my rank goes up, I am giddy with glee, and each time it falls I am battling despair. I know it’s not healthy. I know I need to quit. Checking one’s rank multiple times a day is OCD at best, and egomaniacal at worst (no, I’m not a psychologist, I just like to throw around terms from DSM-5 because it’s fun). But seriously, somebody please impart some wisdom to help break my ranking addiction! :/



I’m an LDStorymaker! :)

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Have you ever looked at a group with longing and hoped to one day be part of it? That’s how I’ve felt about LDStorymakers for a long time, and tonight, I officially became one!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I am so bubbly joyous! Two of my favorite authors belong to the group (Janette Rallison & Robison Wells), so it’s like hanging out with famous people! Next year I hope to attend the writer’s conference and hobnob in person. Until then, chatting online with those who have created some of the best books I’ve ever read is going to be amazing! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Going global :)

Thanks to Ingram, Elissa Blue is now available to bookstores around the globe! If you don’t find it in your local bookstore, you can ask them to order it. I hadn’t realized that bookstores mostly just order from a single distributor, and it’s not Amazon. Ingram is the world’s biggest wholesale book distributor, and the company all of my local bookstores use; hopefully yours, too! So if you’re like me and still adore perusing the shelves of your local bookstore and that delightful booky smell, keep an eye out for Elissa Blue! ๐Ÿ˜€

Geeking out :D

I’ve been using WordPerfect since version 5.1 (that’s DOS, boys and girls!), even got pretty proficient in 6.0 and 6.1 as a professional word processor before grad school, but I have NEVER done anything so complex and awesome as the book cover I just finished in X8. Sure, the codes weirded out, gave me random black lines, forced page breelissa blue cover wrap for blogaks, and disappearing graphics, but I persevered! And many hours later, my cover is ready for publishing! Wait, you say, didn’t you already publish a paperback version of Elissa Blue? Yes, I did. But I’ve learned that publishing through Amazon and Barnes and Noble online doesn’t help you get your book in physical bookstores. For that, you need a distributor everybody uses like Ingram. Also, Amazon and B&N help you with templates and formatting for your cover. Ingram just wants a PDF. And BAM! I did it! ๐Ÿ˜€

International Giveaway! :)

As promised, this book giveaway is international! United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India, and New Zealand are all included. ๐Ÿ˜€ If I left your country out, let me know in the comments, and I’ll make sure the next giveaway includes yours as well. If you don’t have a Goodreads account, it’s easy and free. I adore Goodreads and use it to choose 90% of what I read. I am also a Goodreads Librarian. ๐Ÿ˜Ž If you would like to enter the giveaway for 1 of 5 signed copies of Elissa Blue: Book One of The Winged, click here:ย



I have lovely childhood memories of visiting the local library every week and checking out enormous piles of books that were almost impossible to carry. Books were some of my favorite adventures; still are, though now my enormous pile is digital. If you are a fan of paperbacks, I have good news! Elissa Blue is now available (or very soon will be) at Hood River County libraries, Salt Lake County libraries, and the Brigham Young University Library in Provo. Hopefully, it will be cropping up at other libraries as well. If you would like to help that process along, just request that Elissa Blue be added to your local library. Thank you in advance! ๐Ÿ˜€elissa blue copies on shelf


Meme-tastic :)

I’ve never marketed a book before; I really don’t know what I’m doing. However, I developed a love of meme making during the last presidential campaign, and it’s really hard to stop. So I’ve redirected my meme creativity into marketing. Wanna see? I don’t know how effective they are as far as advertising, but I’m having fun. ๐Ÿ˜€ elissa blue meme ku reviewselissa blue meme reviews on black



Amazon Giveaway!

I’m giving away 3 paperback copies of my book Elissa Blue! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Anyone in the United States 18 and older is eligible (sorry my international friends; next giveaway will include you). At the end of next week, Amazon will let you know who won and mail out the prizes. Good luck to you all! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Oh delightful readers, you have no idea how big I’m grinning when I read your reviews! Thank you so much for taking the time to both read my book and review it! To those of you who contributed snippets from the meme below, please consider this gratitude plus! Plus what, you ask? I don’t know…chocolate? A hug? Thanks for helping me get my book out there. And if you do manage to track me down, chocolate or a hug are yours. ๐Ÿ˜€elissa-blue-meme-reviews

Amazon publishing rocks!!

amazon-paperbacks-ebDear Amazon, you are awesome in so many ways, but today, it’s because of the lovely package you sent me! Glossy paperback covers of my book! Not to snipe at Barnes and Noble, but dang, yours are prettier! Thank you Kindle Direct Publishing! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh yeah! And remember that $25 Amazon gift certificate giveaway for those of you that post links to your review of my book? Lol…nobody has posted a link. I haven’t decided if this means I get to keep the gift certificate or if I should just choose one of my reviewers to reward on March 1st. I am taking suggestions. Or one of you could just post a link to your review and be the automatic winner! ๐Ÿ™‚