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Part 5 of Midnight Magic is in review with Amazon. The miniseries is going well. I just had a give you a teaser of the poet scene with Droskyn Rothstein and Emily Erskine. The wizard and his wisdom heat things up in part 5. Some of the loose ends from Past in the Present are finally explained. It's getting good. I can't wait to write the next part. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think when you finish it.
Self Publishing Show
Most of you know that I don't have money. I don't earn much past what I must have to pay my bills. Sadly, I am not an everyday millionaire. Nor am I likely to ever become one. I don't make more than gas money from my stories each month.
I write because I love it, for my dedicated long time readers, and with the hope of meeting more people who need to escape into the dream from time to time. Sure, I would love to be able to write full time all the time, but unless or until that becomes my reality, I will remain content with just being able to write.
Having said all of that, I must admit that I am always seeking knowledge about the field of self publishing. I stumbled over the Self-Publishing Show on YouTube. (I am not a paid spokesperson nor have I ever purchased anything from Mark Dawsen and company.)
I have watched a few episodes, but the one with author Force, made me rethink a few things about what I am doing to market my books. I honestly believe that this is where I fail. I am not a carnival barker or a natural born salesman so I have to seriously work at all of that. I believe I might be making a couple of mistakes not giving away more free stories. Also, I really must pay for ads.
I have dabbled in them a bit, but am just not comfortable with them. It is the expense that bothers me the most. I have only recouped the money one month, but I just broke even. I think I need to let the ad run longer and add more money to it. Where will the money come from? Even though I know something I can try, I once again lack funds to implement it. Sigh. I will get there. I am sure that I am getting closer.
I have tried doing this a bit before. It's not easy turning a book into an audio format. Especially a paranormal romance with a serious amount of heat involved. The sizzle between the pages can get pretty serious and reading it aloud is not so easy for me. I have committed and crafted one audio scene from A Pack Forms. If you would like to check it out, it's on YouTube. Hit the like and subscribe button. I am going to attempt to get a bit more stuff like that out in the future. I am still debating the format for that kind of stuff. If anyone has an idea, let me know. I will check it out.
Okay, so Eli doesn't actually say that line until Midnight Magic, but it is still cool. I just think this would make the coolest cell phone cover. I would so put my tiger on clothes and bookmarks. I have never been able to get Printful to work on my site and there is no one to call to get help. It is all automated but the videos are all out of date so I need to investigate another vendor. Sigh. That aspect of the dream is standing still at the moment. How I wish for more time. Bear with me, and I will figure it out. I use Weebly for my website and blog. If anyone out there has an idea that would allow for print on demand items or knows how to fix my Printful and would share, I would gladly hear you. Drop me a line somewhere and I promise I will check it out as soon as I can.
The Authorwalk Continues
I am currently writing Strange Visions and still working on a story in the Lyons Gate miniseries as well as Dragon Wedding. Dragon Wedding is a book like The Library. It seems to be stuck in limbo land. I think I have to write more of Strange Visions to be able to 'see' what happens next in Dragon Wedding. I really am a total pantser and I swear I don't know what is about to happen yet. When the characters find out, I will write it down. LOL.
I have work to do. Thanks for taking a moment to step into the behind the scenes of the dream. If you read, please be kind and leave your review. All authors will love you more for it. Have an awesome weekend. I will catch up again next week.
Welcome to Ophelia Kee Speaks. This is a blog chronicling my independent author walk. The journey into the dream has been a life-changing experience as I try to become a full-time writer and leave the professional world behind me. In my blog each day, you will find information on the ‘behind the scenes’ for writing contemporary adult fantasy fiction and paranormal romance stories set in the dream. I will speak on topics detailing with my writing, publishing, promotion, and marketing as well as social media dealing with my books, book trailers, book launches, book art, music, audio, and video, as well as shameless self-promotion. I am not an expert and am not claiming to be one. I am simply one writer offering a glimpse of my struggle to become a successful independent author. Thank you for considering my words. All rights reserved.