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What to Read Wednesday and GIVEAWAY

17 Jul

Happy Wednesday and thank you for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday. Today I have author Krista Kedrick visiting. She’s written an interesting and informative post about why she went the self publishing route versus traditional.

Krista is also sharing a sample of her release THE DOVES OF PRIMROSE book 1 : Lacy.

And if that weren’t enough excitement she has a fabulous giveaway that you can enter…so check out the Rafflecopter link at the end of the post!

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Self-Publishing: Why I like it

As I’m counting down the days to my next class about the art of self-publishing – and I have to give a shout out to our library director Kendra you’re awesome! – I find myself wondering how I’m going to answer the questions that might come up. The hardest and perhaps easiest to answer is why did I decide to self-publish? And my answer is: It was the right thing for me.

I spent months researching all the traditional publishing companies, agents and author’s sites learning who, what and where. I wrote up the best query letter I possibly could, I polished my manuscript into a shiny, new penny, made a list and started submitting. After a few weeks I got back lots of no’s and a couple of send me mores. So I was excited – I’m sure you can imagine. After 3 years of writing, re-writing, editing, giving it to my critique partner, re-writing again, giving it to my friend, re-writing again and so on. This is it, I’m going to get this thing published!

And then… a contract arrived. I read it. It was both shocking and disappointing. They want what?! I wrote this thing, it’s mine and you want to pay me 15% royalties, that means they keep 85% for themselves and their marketing program of new authors is pretty lousy. The appeal of being published with a company was strong, very strong. But I as the creator didn’t have any rights after I signed my little name to the bottom. So I went with plan B.

Self-Publishing:

Lucky for me I had done my homework already in this department, because every time you search publishing companies, self-publishing everything pops-up. So I had read up and made notes- half a notebook full of notes. After a little more work I had a plan. Publish, Promote, The hard part was deciding which one to go with so I went with all of them! Hey – I figure the more places it’s available, the more opportunities for customers. I also made friends with Jan Fischer Wade http://www.shewrites.com/profile/JanFischerWade She has a wealth of information for authors on her blog. I urge you to follow her. I also have really enjoyed Lyn Horner’s site http://texasdruids.com/ as well. She also has a link to Writers in the Storm on her site that was equally helpful to me.

I have also spent years in the sales area and I liked it. There I said it – I Like Sales! I don’t have a problem talking to people, asking questions, striking up a conversation with anybody. It’s what I do – I’m genuinely interested in people. That’s why I write. But if you don’t like talking to people don’t rule out self-publishing. The internet makes it a viable avenue for authors of all kinds. Introverts and Extroverts. Between all the social networking sites and free sites for press releases it’s a gold mine for advertising. And most introverts have a community of sites, blogs, etc. that they actively participate in. If you don’t – Start. The more you’re name shows up the better.

Also your friends and family are wonderful promoters of your work. Have some cheap business cards printed up. www.vistaprint.com is a terrific site for all things promotion for a small investment. I got a 6 ft. banner printed up for $21. And 1000 business cards for $10. That’s pretty cheap marketing. Your friends won’t have any problem handing them out for you. Also get creative about it, leave them with your tip for your waitress, if you still mail bills put one in the envelope, in the bathroom of any store, your hair stylist bulletin boards. You get the idea.

Self-publishing for me was a way for me to indulge my impatient nature and to also tap into some of the other things that I enjoy. But I caution you about it. Awareness of you and your book may take longer, and there will be a period of trial and error but that’s true for everything -even publishing through a traditional publisher. One more place that was an eye-opener was http://www.vickydreiling.com/blog/ She has an amazing post on social media and sales. Read it. It was very informative. She spent years in Marketing and is very knowledgeable about it.

Self:Publishing – Go for it!! And Good luck!

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Lacy: The Doves of Primrose

By: Krista Kedrick

 

Blurb

Lacy Weston… or is it Campbell? Hell her husband took off so fast he may as well take his name with him. She is trying to run the historic family bed and breakfast out in the middle of the prairie while coping with her husband’s desertion, trying to keep up with her two best friends and oh yeah, the movie production that has landed in the middle of The Dove House and taken over, bringing former rodeo champion, famous actor and Lacy’s old flame with it.

The last thing Lacy needs…

Kyle McClintock is back in Primrose to shoot his latest western blockbuster and to see if the passion he and Lacy Weston had so many years ago could be reclaimed. Yes, he had ulterior motives when requesting his old hometown for the set, but he may get more than he bargained for. Strange happenings, hot tempers and Indian summer nights may prove too much for this cowboy.

Nobody ever said it was easy loving a Weston.

 

Trailer: http://youtu.be/D0F_JWgPHK4

 Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lacy-The-Doves-Primrose-ebook/dp/B00DCWJC7U/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1371345625&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=lacy%2C+the+doves+of+primrose

 

B&N:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lacy-krista-kedrick/1115620900?ean=2940016709284

 

 Krista

 

Author Info

Hi y’all! I’m Krista Kedrick and I’m a country loving writer. I write stories with the country way of life in mind. Yes, they have cowboys and cowgirls, ranches, tractors, dogs, children and your occasional bar room brawl, but in the end they are down home people who do the right thing and find a love more powerful and promising than your everyday story. Because that’s how we are. Everything is stronger, more passionate and long-lasting.

I write from my home state of Nebraska while living my dream life (well, almost). I have an amazing husband, two of the cutest daughters on the prairie and a Basset Hound who teaches me the meaning of the word “patience”.

Kick back and enjoy my books about the country life– but keep your boots off my coffee table.

 

Author Links

http://www.kristakedrick.com http://www.confessionsofacountrywriter.com (video/audio blog) 

https://www.facebook.com/KristaKedrickFans

https://twitter.com/KristaKedrick

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5106974.Krista_Kedrick

 

 

Rafflecopter Giveaway (2 Paperback/5 Digital)

Link to Rafflecopter Page, http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/NTIxYWM0YzhjYmFkNDc1MDkxYzA3ZDNmMjhhM2RjOjgy/

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2013/05/now-booking-tasty-virtual-book-tour-for_21.html

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30 responses to “What to Read Wednesday and GIVEAWAY

  1. myrahmcilvainMyra McIlvain

    July 17, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Thanks for the added kick on self-publishing. Great ideas. Good luck.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 17, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Thanks for coming by Myra!

       
    • Krista Kedrick

      July 17, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Thank you! Are you an author too? I won’t tell you it’s an easier road but so far I have enjoyed wearing all the hats so to speak.

       
      • ChristineWarner

        July 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

        I think an author should do what works best for them. And I see nothing wrong with going the traditional and the self publishing route. Why not have your options varied :)

        Thanks for coming by Krista and for your interesting blog post :) I’m excited to have you on What to Read Wednesday.

         
  2. divavixenqueen

    July 17, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Looks like a really good story. How many books will be in the series?

     
    • Krista Kedrick

      July 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Thanks for stopping by the blog! I hope you enter to win a copy of the book.
      There will be three for sure. Lacy, Emmylou and Scarlett. I am currently working on Emmy’s story. She owns the bakery in town and has felt like a doormat for men most of her life. Her hero really has to win her over

       
    • ChristineWarner

      July 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Thanks for coming by Diva!

       
  3. Tasty Book Tours

    July 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Thank you so much for hosting!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

      I’m thrilled to have Krista here…thanks for coming by Tasty Book Tours!

       
  4. KristaKedrick

    July 17, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Thank you very much for having me on your blog today Christine! I love the template! It looks like a journal and I loooove journals :)

     
  5. Lori Weller

    July 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Looks like a great story. Can’t wait to read it!

     
  6. Jennifer Lowery

    July 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Love your cover! Enjoyed reading about your road to self-publication! It’s nice to see writers have options now :) Can’t wait to read your book!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      I agree…love the options we have and that we can choose more than one :) Thanks for coming by Jennifer :) (and Happy Birthday)

       
    • KristaKedrick

      July 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you Jennifer! I designed it myself. I really hope you enjoy the story and thanks for dropping my to chat.

       
  7. J.A. Garland

    July 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Congratulations on publishing your book on your own terms!

     
  8. Lauren

    July 17, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Congratulations! Thank you for advising and sharing your knowledge.

     
  9. D'Ann

    July 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Good post! I love self-publishing, and I’m also very happy at Crimson! I have the best of both!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      You do D’Ann…and you’ve done a terrific job at both options…Congrats…and thanks for stopping in!

       
    • KristaKedrick

      July 17, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      That’s great D’Ann! I know several authors with Crimson and they love it. It’s so great to have these options in our career. I haven’t submitted to them yet but I may be doing that in the future!

       
  10. Donna D

    July 17, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I have wondered why someone would go the self-publish route instead of the traditional. In fact, it’s only been recently that I even knew what self-publishing currently meant. Thanks for some insight.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      July 17, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      So glad you gained some information Donna. Thank you so much for coming by.

       
    • KristaKedrick

      July 18, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      I’m glad it helped you even a little bit. The terms in the industry can be confusing and overwhelming and they seem to be ever changing. I’m so glad you stopped by!

       
  11. Calisa Rhose

    July 18, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I’m getting to this point. I recently won a free book cover so I just have to decide what to self publish, choose what cover I’ll need…and of course create the book for sale. lol

     
    • KristaKedrick

      July 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      That’s wonderful, Calisa! Book covers are such an important part since that’s the first thing that they see. I wish you luck on deciding what to put in between the cover.

       
  12. Joy Isley

    July 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I like these blog hops since I get introduced to a lot of new authors I have yet to read. Your book sounds like the kind I enjoy reading.

     
    • KristaKedrick

      July 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      They are so much fun to do too! I love being able to meet new readers who like the western/country romance. I hope you check it out and enjoy it. Thanks for coming by and chatting with me.

       

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