Introducing a new WIP: CTLL

Sunday, June 16, 2024

 Hey folks! Today I wanted to drop in and chat a bit about a new fantasy project I'm working on, eyeing a September 12 release. I've been wanting to work on this one for a little bit, so now that I'm actually working on it, I'm beyond excited to share. A cover reveal will be coming in July, so keep your eyes peeled. BUT what exactly is WIP codename CTLL?


*A side-story from one of my other fantasy novels
*Features pirates
*A storyline that battles evil strongholds 
*A female main character that gives up her titles to help someone
*A male main character that has to turn his life around ala "Flynn Rider to Eugene Fitzherbert" style (and I am BEYOND. THRILLED. to write his character)
*Enemies to lovers trope

And an aesthetic collage for those interested...below! All images are from Pinterest.



ANNOUNCING: WHERE THE LAST VERSE ENDS by yours truly!

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Hey everyone! So I've been sitting on this one for W A Y Y Y Y too long, and I can't wait to share. This is a fun little contemporary novella, and I had a blast writing it. I hope you'll enjoy it too! Introducing...



Where The Last Verse Ends: A Christmas Novella. 

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All Kylie White wants is a quiet Christmas in her hometown of Bethlehem. But when she returns home jobless to crash at her parents' place, she has to face the past she left behind. All chaos breaks loose: well-meaning friends setting her up on blind dates, a secret admirer, small-town rumors, and when things couldn't get worse, Kylie crosses paths with Dustin James: Bethlehem's favorite homegrown musician and the one person she never wanted to see again. 

Kylie is faced with a choice: she can unravel the past and step into the next chapter of her life, or she can keep running away. But when the truth splits open, can she choose to let go of her own hurt?

Where The Last Verse Ends is a hopeful, fun story celebrating friends, family, forgiveness, second-chance romance...and a Christmas miracle or two.


Releasing NOVEMBER 5, 2024!

You excited? The cover reveal and Kindle preorders will be July 25, 2024 (Christmas in July ;) ) So mark your calendars, folks! This is a super-cute little story that I've been holding onto for almost a year, and I can't wait to finally share.



COVER REVEAL: UNTIL KINGDOM COME

Sunday, June 9, 2024

 Hey everyone! Today I'm excited to share the cover for Until Kingdom Come, which is also available for preorder now. Check it out below!


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War is coming. Persecution has arrived. The New Beginning is a breath away.

In the aftermath of the worst natural disaster the world has seen, the survivors must persevere. Safety is no longer a guarantee for Marked and Unmarked alike, creating a deadly scramble to simply survive. As Tarik Azrael prepares for the war to end all wars, anyone without a Mark is gunned down for a reward: simple provisions to live another day. Desperation breeds dangerous insanity.

While the final violent birthing pangs of the Second Coming rock the world, Tikvah and her motley family makes one last radical attempt to follow the Sealed man's orders and serve Adonai. The cost will be steep. But the battle will be won.

We all look up to the clouds.
Take a breath that catches.
And fall to our knees in awe...

UNTIL KINGDOM COME is the final installment of the Midnight Hour series.


Arriving August 20, 2024. Preorder for $0.99 now HERE.



REVIEW: FROM DUST TO SKIES by Hannah Gaudette!

Friday, June 7, 2024

 Hey everyone! I had the exciting opportunity to read a short story collection by Hannah Gaudette, From Dust to Skies, which is available NOW! 

The collection features a group of stories spanning the pioneer spirit of the 1830s through the peril and tensions of World War II. 


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From author Hannah Gaudette comes a collection of short stories spanning history from the US Westward Expansion to WW2 in the forests of France and the skies over England.

See these perilous times in history through the eyes of those who walked through them. From a child on a wagon train to a young soldier fighting in France, an array of perspectives fills the pages as each compelling story draws you on an emotional journey through history.

“I read this book in one sitting. From Dust to Skies is a stirring collection of stories, spanning over three time periods, where each family learns powerful lessons about forgiveness, sacrifice, and hope. A beautiful read not to be missed!”
-Caitlin Miller, author of The Memories We Painted and Our Yellow Tape Letters


From Dust to Skies is available now. Click HERE to order and HERE for Goodreads!


MY REVIEW: 

I expected I would like these short stories, but I didn't expect to be completely bowled over by some of the deeper themes interwoven so simply into these stories. How Gaudette presents the harshness of life through the eyes of a child, through the struggle and victory and triumph and fear over some of the most difficult times our ancestors saw, or through a very simple object that represents something much deeper--I absolutely loved this little collection. If you're looking for an impactful yet quick read that will leave you turning around to re-read, you'll want to check From Dust to Skies out soon!


Oh, and you probably want a cover reveal, right? 




FREELANCE FRIDAY #6: PUBLISHING PLATFORMS PROS & CONS

Wednesday, June 5, 2024



I can’t share an exhaustive list from every platform possible, nor do I have personal experience with every platform. But below are a few of the most popular publishing platforms, complete with basic pros and cons to help you choose or consider a new path! 

 

KDP:
60% royalty rate across the board; with a 40% royalty rate for expanded distribution options. For ebook, you can choose between a 35% or 70% royalty rate depending on what price you’d like to set your ebook at. Uploads and changes are completely free for life. Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is very user-friendly and straightforward from start to finish.  KDP offers platforms for paperback, hardcover, and Kindle.


CONS: No expanded distribution for hardcovers (yet); no option to create dust jackets or clothbound options (yet). You must select expanded distribution to allow your book to be discoverable by other markets including libraries. You cannot open up paperback or hardcover preorders.

HOWEVER: While your paperback book will not be made available for preorder, you can now order author copies and set your paperback to be published on release day automatically. It’s a step in the right direction. 


 

IngramSpark:
There is a 70% royalty rate across the board.
Although IngramSpark claims to have a wider distribution options, you may be surprised to find out that they use the exact same distribution system that KDP offers. The difference is that some businesses would rather buy directly from IngramSpark than to buy from Amazon. 

You can do ebook, paperback, and hardcover, including dust jackets.


QUALITY CONTROL: I will say that I have heard a lot of good things about product quality from IngramSpark, but when I tried IngramSpark for myself, I had more problems with three orders from Ingram (covers misaligned, printing errors, colors just didn’t look good) than I had printing upwards of 30 books through KDP. It may have been a one-off, but I do know a few other folks who have had similar problems.  

 

CONS:
Recently, there have been a rash of problems with IngramSpark regarding unexplained charges, royalty rate changes, and more. Amazon and IngramSpark do not play well together, which can actually limit your availability. It costs significantly more to order author copies and print books through IngramSpark; they charge handling fees, higher shipping costs, and higher print costs as well. They have absolutely terrible customer service (very well-renowned at this point) and IngramSpark is one company where you will need technical support at one point or another. I personally had to contact them repeatedly regarding the setup of one book, until I delisted it from IngramSpark. The user interface is not very friendly for beginners. I will add that it took three months to receive royalties from an October 2023 release, and that was even dispersed over an additional three months. A stroll through Reddit confirmed that this is typical for new releases.


HOWEVER: Quite a few people skip IngramSpark for paperback/hardcover, but upload their ebooks to allow for broader distribution. This eliminates quite a few of the issues that folks typically experience with IngramSpark, and may be something for you to consider as well. 

 

LuLu:
80% royalty rate; free uploads for paperback and hardcover; global fulfillment is available, including through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others. They offer free ISBNs if you plan on only publishing through Lulu. Authors can publish black and white, full color, or even graphic novels, but these may be at an additional cost.

CONS: Some concerns about copyright infringement and other issues have plagued the company’s name in the past. Lulu has fluctuating fees so authors may not make as much as expected with their sale price.


Barnes & Noble:
70% royalties for ebooks and 65% for print books; free uploads; paperback, hardcover, and ebook options available, as well as many different options such as dust jackets, case laminate, etc. There is NO exclusivity for B&N, so you can publish anywhere you want.

CONS: Limited reach, as B&N does not offer distribution to Amazon or other websites, and limited formatting options which may be a concern.

 

What should you choose? I think that’s ultimately up to each individual. There are practical things to consider, such as royalty rates and your personal publishing goals, which you’ll need to evaluate and possibly re-evaluate as you continue on this professional journey. However, just because you choose one platform for a project does not mean you must stay exclusively with them forever. Don’t be afraid to expand! 

What should you NEVER choose? If a press requires you to pay for consideration, for “publishing packages,” or promise to get you mass exposure, run as fast as you can. Those are vanity presses, and no matter how good the deal seems, they are dangerous territory to tread into. 

 

KINDLE EDITION NOW LIVE: SUSTAIN!

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

 Today's the day--Sustain for Kindle is now live!



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Sustain: to uphold, to nurture; patiently enduring...to persevere.

In this devotional, we'll find...

  • Ways God helps us through trials
  • The importance of using pain to grow closer to God
  • Case studies of biblical characters whose testimonies point toward a God who does incredible things through suffering
  • Why we must submit our will to God's daily
  • Ways we can find gratitude in the midst of trouble

With daily readings, Bible verses, starter prayers, and questions designed to deepen your relationship with God, this devotional shares numerous Scriptures that promise God's sustaining strength in our lives even when He feels far away, while challenging various lies the world has taught us about suffering. Included is a five-week study guide for individual use or groups.

Click HERE to order your copy today -- on Kindle, paperback, or hardcover! 


All royalties from this book will be donated to Fire Now Ministries, a local outreach and evangelism effort. You can follow them on Facebook HERE and even tune into their weekly Thursday Bible study livestreams, no matter where in the world you hail from! 

If you can share about the devotional with someone, I surely hope that you do--it's my prayer that this book reaches who needs it most! 


Thank you so much to everyone who's already snagged a copy, be it in person or via preorder, for spreading the word about it, and offering so much support through the writing and publication process. I definitely didn't plan on releasing another devotional so soon after my first one, Back To Him, but it's been a fun ride and I hope this little book helps someone draw closer to God too.