I can't tell you how excited I am that KDP has added the manage series feature for independent authors to be able to group their works together. I took advantage of it last night and grouped several miniseries together. Check these first five titles out! The rest are coming as I revise and publish!
Draoithe: Tantalu *Prequel
Draoithe: A Pack Forms Volume 1
Draoithe: The Council Volume 2
Draoithe: Magic Calls to Magic Volume 3
Draoithe: Dragons Come Volume 4
Draoithe: The Ruiri Complete and other miniseries will be grouped together soon!
As you all know, I made a mistake when I first began publishing the books and uploaded my manuscripts as 8.5x11 books as I was learning. I continued it because that size is much less expensive to produce, but have caved to the belief that the 6x9 size is the accepted standard book size. So if you collect the paperbacks and want the standard version, look for Draoithe: The Ruiri Complete Volume 5 edition 2 along with it being added to the Draoithe Series Saga on Amazon. This is exactly the same story only it is in a differently sized book. All of the parts were already 6x9. so it made sense to offer both especially when the 6x9 allows for expanded distribution and the 8.5x11 does not.
Draoithe Magic Calls to Magic Part 1 is FREE from Oct. 29-Nov 2. Be sure to grab your FREE copy before the hourglass drops all of its sand! Vampires arrive at Draoithe and the dream is no longer all about shifters! If you grab a copy, let me know what you think. Or better yet leave a review if you can. I love to hear what you think.
Behind the Scenes
The day job does suck the energy to write and focus on my books. I do so wish that I had the luxury of being able to dispense with it, but at least I do something I'm good at that I can take pride in even if it's no longer what I would choose to do. Sigh... Merch is still a sore point. And that's why I'm pushing back once again on any kind of audio/video book or podcast. I want to do all of that so much, but there is only so much time in a day, and I still want to write. So... If it matters to anyone, I have added nearly 10,000 words to the last title in the series. No, the other 'last' stories aren't finished, but that's okay because I write the scenes as they come to me, not necessarily in the right order. LOL. I do see the end, so I guess I'm working with the results in mind to be able to obtain the goal. I am taking a week off from publishing new titles so I can get the series organized correctly on KDP! Wish me Luck! No Negotiations will begin publishing next weekend! Gaspard Gautier is back!
Teaser Excerpt from the WIP
Saoghail Elias stepped into Enrith as the new Ri tuaithe. He was too young and dumb to be able to do the job. He knew it. His father hadn’t given him an option.
He'd pissed the man off. No real surprise there. How was it his fault that King Elias’s mistress preferred his cock to his father’s? Whatever. Only he was in nowhere and seriously missed the court.
The old king of Enrith died. His son was a bastard and only six years old. The snot-nosed brat wandered around the castle irritating the men at arms crying over his dead father. He would have to do something about the kid. He should’ve killed the boy and deleted the threat, but Vadi was just a kid.
None of Elias’s men at arms were happy to have been shipped off to the backwater castle on the edge of Connacht. The kid wasn’t faring well at the hands of surly men. Saoghail sure as hell was in no mood to babysit the boy. Murdering the little guy felt far too gruesome, though.
Saoghail sighed. Forget the kid, what was he doing there? He was a second son. He knew next to nothing about running a castle...
Okay I have to run away and get some work done. Happy Halloween and enjoy the weekend! Remember to be kind and leave a review when you read!
Draoithe: Midnight Magic the complete miniseries Volume 17 is now available as an ebook and is coming soon in paperback. This is a monster 12 part miniseries that encompassed nearly 110,000 words. I write long, but I edit short. Compiling the parts to create the novel is arduous, tedious and requires the use of two computers to get it published. It's a crazy affair, but I got it done. I hope you enjoy Julian's Story. It's a bit entwined with a couple of dragons, a wizard and his wisdom, and as always there are cameo appearances from other characters in the saga.
Julian Gypsun used to be a young man on his way to becoming a contractor. Everything changed when he died and was resurrected as a wizard’s familiar. He was immortal and far better off physically than he had been as a human. Still, he was trapped with his life chained to a giant of a wizard who had no problem abusing him in every way imaginable. Julian was powerless to stop it without ending his own existence. That is until he was yanked bodily through his own portal, transported to Draoithe, and assigned to babysit the visiting dignitary, Amazon Warrior Princess Zephyra, and try to convince her that her people should ally themselves with Luke and Draoithe. That sounded easy, but it wasn’t. He liked her. He had no clue how to act on that. Best to avoid that altogether. Keeping her safe just might equal his death. (Please see her warrior princess title.) She was old and so far out of his league. Worse, she liked him and was determined to have him. He can’t even consider that. She has no idea how broken he really is.
This story is heartrending, funny, steamy, and just lovely at the end. It has become one of my favorites. If you side with the underdog, then this is the paranormal love story you need to read from the saga. This was also just the perfect image for this excerpt. Drake is midnight green. Lorelai is midnight blue. I am Super in love with Pixabay free images. Now that it's finished and all published, I'm kind of sad that this story is done. I had a lot of fun writing this one. As you all know, I never pay for reviews so I will humbly ask that if you read any of my works or any other indie author stories that you please be kind and leave your review. It's okay if you read and don't like it. Just be kind and state why. What turns one reader away from a story is often the exact reason that someone else will choose to read it. All reviews are good reviews if they are honest and kind.
Shameless Self Promotion
My Author Walk
I want to try something. I make money from Kindle and the Amazon platform. It is not more than gas money and sometimes not even that much. (Full disclosure, I have never earned more than $75 in a single month. At this point, I am a hobby indie author who would love to be a full time author, but the day job is a must. At my age, it will likely be that way until I retire if I ever can. LOL) But I have never enrolled The Thread in the exclusive program. I mean I give that title away as a pdf from my website so... I think I am going to publish it wide and see what happens over the holidays. It is only $.99 to buy as a short read e-book. It's the prologue to A Pack Forms. I am just curious about the level of response I might get on say Google Play as they have recently made quite a few changes to their platform. I am still not willing to run Google ads nor do I run Amazon ads. Facebook at a dollar a day is all I can afford to risk. If I am going to publish it there, I might as well post it to Kobo and Barnes and Noble. Let's see what happens.
I am still working on video books and podcasts. I will definitely make some noise if I ever get it released. If I ever get merch figured out, I still want to do that too. If I only had more time, money and less day job. LOL.
Gotta run. The housework still must be done on the weekends! If you read, please be kind and leave your reviews. I catch up with you next weekend.
Draoithe: Midnight Magic Part 12 is posted to Amazon! It will release this weekend! I am super stoked to be publishing the end of this 12 part miniseries. Julian gets the girl, and she's a hell of a warrior with a mission. The saga isn't over but you have Julian and Zephyra's love story. I shall endeavor to get the complete miniseries compiled into one volume up next weekend for everyone, who like myself, can't stand to start a series and then wait for the next part. Let me know what you think if when you read. I love to hear from you so ask the questions, offer the suggestion, and make the comment.
Give Away of the Weekend!
Draoithe: Weaver's Tale is FREE! This weekend. Araack Kniid the spider shifter king of the longest purple bought a lie in his youth. It tainted his life and bled out into his kingdom causing a wasting effect that could see the destruction of his realm. Will he slide irrevocably into the fade as he faces the obstacles of a long life, or can he discover the truth and save both his realm and himself before it's too late? Pick up your copy of the first part of this novella short read set in the dream. It goes back to regular Price after Midnight Oct. 19th so don't wait.
In other Publishing News!
The duet short read Draoithe: Still Waters has been revised and the new improved cleaner version is now available from Amazon. Meet the Fin knight Leevi Tykander. He journeys far from home seeking his lost betrothed only to find her deceased and his true lifemate in a crazy medical torture facility run by Peter Elliot. Can he overcome his grief and confusion and claim the beautiful coastal wolf shifter Sophia? She was turned by injection and needs his help to navigate immortality. But crossing the friendship line could push the sexy Fin man away as he struggles to discover his own place after her rescue.
The short read trilogy, Draoithe: Smoke of the Fire has been revised and updated for a cleaner read. The red dragon, Fuego, has drifted through the centuries feeling nothing. He even swears fealty with no hope of having emotion return to color his life. Meeting the fire mage Scarlett changes everything, but the passion that sparks between them might literally burn down the house. Can he learn how to love her and claim his Valkyrie or will their love affair rain fiery destruction onto Draoithe?
Social Media News!
The latest and greatest Storyboard previews and book trailers can be found at the OpheliaKee channel. Head over to YouTube and subscribe to watch new story material. Video Books are in the works and podcasting is still being toyed with. I would love to go faster, but I do have the day job I must slave away in. So bear with me and my crazy indie author journey. I think I might have it this time. It has been a long year trying to learn how, but I might have gotten it. I hope y'all will check it out and let me know what you think.
The continuing Author Walk
I wish I was successful enough to be able to live in the dream. Sadly, that is not yet my reality. Who knows? It may never be my reality, but it is the ultimate writer's goal for me. Considering that, I want to speak on the subject of hard work.
I am a tiger with the soul of a mule. I have worked hard my whole life. Even if I'm not working for someone else, I'm always working for myself. I spent almost 10 months fully immersed in the dream and still have not learned all I need to know. What I can say is this: Self-Publishing as an entirely indie author has been an enormous challenge and a hell of a lot more work than any day job I have ever had. Even now that I am technically only a part time indie author, I still likely work harder at that than I do my professional career. (Part of that is due to the fact that I have been in my profession for over a decade and I have only been a published indie author for a couple of years now.)
Self-publishing is easy. It is so easy that I wonder why I didn't do it sooner. There are quite a few step by step tutorials out there to explain how to upload a book to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, ibooks, and Kobo, so I will leave that to others to explain. Suffice it to say that when I first began publishing it was not quick. (It actually took me three days to upload one ebook, LOL)
What I have spent the most time on learning is marketing and promotion. This is an enormous field with tons of information and avenues of approach. I don't profess to understand it all. I might actually need to get a specialty degree to even begin feeling as if I had any expertise. Here's where I am at the moment:
*Everything I do for free I label as promotion.
*If it costs me money, I consider it marketing.
I don't have a lot of money so I do far more promotion that marketing. I do have a $1 a day ad on Facebook that runs all the time. I also spend money on marketing through Awesome Gang on occasion and take advantage of their email list. That's about it in the spend category. (I have learned that I can drive traffic to my website via Pinterest, but I have left off doing that as it did not result in increased book sales as my books are all on Kindle. It seems that there are too many clicks to make in that.)
I craft my own storyboards, create my own story excerpts, build my own book trailers, and post my links on social media all myself. I did recently purchase a tool called KDROI to help me with posting my FREE books to Free promotional sites. All the Pinterest pins, Tumblr and Instagram images and Facebook and Twitter posts are pretty much me. (I have tried using some help posting to social media from Writers Pay it Forward and All Authors with varying degrees of success. I have left off that in favor of the ads on Facebook purely due to lack of funds.)
My current belief is that paid advertising is an absolute necessity if you want to get your books out to a wide audience to grow your brand and increase sales. I am no heavy hitter like Ms. Force who can run Google ads with confidence, but I do know that advertising plays a very serious part in the success of self-published authors. I also believe that until I finish my first series, that sinking money I don't have into marketing is not something I am willing to do.
The Draoithe Series Saga is nearing completion. When I begin to write and publish the next works is when I will begin investing in more marketing. I want a lot of titles available on my website before I try spending money. That way readers will know there is a lot to choose from when they consider my stories. If they like them, there is more as well as different stories.
I also want a wider variety of free promotional materials available for readers to review on social media sites and my website. If there is a total dream experience in place including podcasts, video books, book trailers, storyboard previews and excerpt/quote cards available in multiple venues, I truly believe that will aid me in making my dollars go further. So to that end, I continue to write the blog and offer insight into the behind the scenes of Draoithe and my experiences as an Indie Author.
Enough of my crazy life. As always if you read, please be kind and leave reviews. I will write again next weekend. Don't forget to grab that FREE short read Draoithe: Weaver's Tale.
The publishing of Midnight Magic is coming to a close. I am waiting on Amazon to review part 11. This miniseries has twelve parts. The end is near. Part 12 will release next weekend. So that means that the full volume will come out in two weeks. If you have been waiting until all parts were published or you wanted only to read it as a novel, the wait is nearly over. If you pick up any part of the saga to read, let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from you.
Draoithe: Dragons Come volume four has finally launched the 2nd edition as a 6x9 paperback. For those who don't know, I am pure indie and do all of my writing, publishing, and marketing on my own. When I first dove into the deep end of self-publishing, I had no idea what I was doing, but I could do it. I did it all wrong and made a ton of mistakes. When I could not figure out how to publish the books as 6x9 standard paperback book size, I decided to simply publish them as 8.5 x11. It was fine like that. I was learning. (They are kind of cool that way.)
Only being a non-standard size meant that they were ineligible for expanded distribution and the wrong size for the book shelf. So I decided something needed to give and I had to break down and publish the stories as a second edition in the size they should have been. So as I go through the early stories and let Grammarly aid my editing for a cleaner story, I am also reformatting to release the stories in the proper book size. Volumes 1-4 and the Prequel are now complete. Just a few more to go. LOL. #don'tfearmistakes
Just the Facts
SELF PUBLISHING vs Publishing House - Look At The Numbers.
This post is a follow up to a recent discussion I was involved in. IT IS
I read this article on Linked-in the other day explaining the breakdown in earnings between traditionally published and indie published authors. Needless to say, indie authors earn way less than traditionally published authors. That's okay. Because it is offset by the fact that there is no need to suffer through query letters and rejections. As an indie author, I can publish as often as I like, as many titles as I want and best of all readers can simply read to their heart's content. There is no waiting until the publishing house is ready, or giving up any of my rights as the author to sell or promote my work however and whenever I see fit.
So what if I don't get a big payout up front? I'm happy with waiting for my royalties. Advertising is entirely up to me and I don't have the added stress of needing to meet artificial deadlines or the potential hassle of losing the contract due to low sales or something else outside my control. It might not be the way to go for every writer, but so far, my authorwalk is still indie all the way. (Also I secretly enjoy publishing and the creative side of marketing even if I am not good at it and have limited marketing funds. LOL)
Mark the Calendar!
Weaver’s Tale Part 1 will be FREE October 15-19. Just in time for Halloween. Grab the first part of the 4 part miniseries, meet Araack Kniid, the warlock spider shifter, and Calvin Birchard, the wizard. Both men spend years learning and improving themselves in their desire to be worthy of a mate. Old lies and impossible fantasies must be overcome in order for them to finally have a life worth living. Step into the dream and meet the rulers of the Longest Purple.
Author's note on Weaver's Tale: My mother said, "Just don't go adding spiders to the saga." Vampires and angels were okay, but spider shifters were just too creepy. Sadly, the scenes began to play out in my head immediately. I knew Araack Kniid and Calvin Birchard right away and sat down to write exactly what she said I should not. No disrespect, Mom. I had to write this novella length miniseries because until I write a scene that I see, I can't get it out of my head. Almost Noir, but not quite. This one is a fast paced read set in the Netherworld. Adult content and themes. Happy Halloween!
Working on the video book for The Thread! Still no fixed release date, but I am super excited! The project is rolling along. I am hoping to have it up by Christmas. If you are not subscribe to OpheliaKee on YouTube, you might want to take a moment and hop over and set yourself up to get notified when the video books come out. Book trailers and ads are posted there already. Check it out and please give feedback. I love to hear from readers.
Merch is still a big fat no go. GRRR.... I am not giving up, but the tech does sometimes seriously stress me out. Patience. My authorwalk has taken me in strange directions many times before. That's okay. I will prevail or die trying. Lol. So overdramatic. Debating a wikipedia page next too. So long as we are being extra...
Enough of the silly business. I gotta get back to writing, editing, publishing, and marketing. If you have questions or comments hit me up. As always if you read, please be kind and leave your review. Indie authors especially will love you for it.
I had to take a short trip to El Paso to visit family for an important event. I was only there for two whole days, but I remembered exactly why I do not wish to live there again and will only visit for short trips. The dryness of the place is simply too much. There are a few people there for whom I will still walk through fire. I would prefer if that was not necessary, but you do what you have to do for the ones you love and who love you. While I was there, I was able to publish Part 10 of Draoithe: Midnight Magic. As nice as my Note 8 is, getting the proper embed codes to link through and publish a book is still pretty difficult compared to what my laptop is capable of so I finished the link through in Part 9 after I got back.
Being Back in Florida, I realized that writing short is better for publishing due to editing and revising, but it's also better for producing video books as well as for podcasting. It takes a while to record just one chapter. Recording in parts makes it easier to correct mistakes as well. I don't like to fly, but it did allow me to get to my destination quickly. I prefer long stories, but short stories aid my ability to get a novel length idea ready to publish.
I won't lie and say the flight was perfect. I never feel that way after flying. It always makes me extremely tired. Jet lag is real and debilitating.
Like jet lag in my real life, I don't want my enthusiasm for writing and self-publishing to become stale like old air plane air nor do I want to stress over the money they aren't bringing in. So I am continuing in my hunt to find reliable methods of promotion to the masses. Lack of funds for that endeavor are always shocking. I am looking forward to more paid advertising and adding merch to the website. I am still on track to craft the video book and begin production on a podcast. Add in my real life professional career that still pays my bills and you can see how easy it is to blow off the books and never finish the saga.
I can't allow jet lag to stop me, so I decided to write the blog even though it might need serious revising edits. LOL. I am too sleepy and must get other things accomplished today despite the awful jet lag.
If you read, remember to be kind and leave your reviews. Until next weekend,
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