Pronoun Publishing

When I decided to self-publish my books, I spent a lot of time checking out different companies that offer services to indie authors. The prices, as you might imagine, ranged from a couple of hundred dollars for basic services to thousands and I just don’t have that kind of money to shell out right now.

And then I ran across a new company called Pronoun Publishing.

I was skeptical about them at first, mainly because they claimed to offer a lot of great services for FREE. Now, I like free stuff. Everyone likes free stuff. But, this was my book. My baby. The thing I had spent 2 years of my life creating. And we all know that free doesn’t always mean good or reliable.

So, I hesitated. I bought books on formatting and publishing without help. These books, and some blogs I read, all said it was easy to do-it-yourself and heck I’ve always been the do-it-yourself type, so sure I’ll give it a shot. Then I started reading in what little spare time I have.

That’s when I decided to take my chances and go with Pronoun. And I’m very glad I did.

Pronoun has created an interview style method for formatting and publishing your book in digital format. (Right now they don’t offer print publishing) The process is easy, quick and flexible. By flexible I mean that you can stop at any step in the process, return to an early step and revise as needed. Something I had to do a few times.

Once your book is formatted and proofed and you’ve agreed to the terms (which are excellent) you submit your book for publication. Pronoun then takes over and distributes your manuscript to all the major e-book publishers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google and Kobo.

You’re probable asking yourself how big a commission Pronoun takes. The answer is: $0.00. Yes. It’s true. The service is entirely free on their end.

What about rights? All yours. Forever. The only thing they ask is that as long as your book is being distributed by them, you do not publish through another party. But, this only applies to the e-book version. You can, if you choose, publish a print version through a service such as Create Space.

In addition to all this, Pronoun will track your books sales, earnings and rankings which you can check daily on your author page. This is my page: D. W. Kavanaugh

If you’re thinking of going indie, or even if you’re an established author with a slew of books, check out Pronoun’s services for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

 

TA-DAH!

Procrastination

As I was lying in bed this morning I had the crazy idea that I was going to take the day off. Go out, do some shopping, have lunch and just generally goof off. But, alas, a newly published author’s work, it seems, is never done.

Book 1 in the Merivale series, The Demons We Cherish, is now live on Amazon.com, Apple iBooks, Google Play and Kobo. Barnes & Noble will be live in the next few days.

Amazon and Google Play offer free samples of the book so you can read the first 3 chapters on your e-reader of choice. And, for the next two weeks, the book is priced at 0.99 cents.

To save you an extra click or two on your mouse, here’s a quick sample from the first chapter:

It was a well known fact that Charles and Myrtle Bosworth were not a happily married couple. Their legendary battles were often the primary entertainment for the residents of the nearby town of Littleton. As a result, predictions of Charles or Myrtle’s imminent demise were common throughout their sixty-odd years of marriage.

     What none of the townsfolk expected, however, was that husband and wife would both die on the same night.

     Rumors and speculation ran through the town like wildfire. At least half the town had driven out to the mansion in hopes of learning some interesting tidbit about the death of the town’s most prominent citizens. Their cars lined the long gravel drive and filled the overgrown swath of ground that was once covered by lush green grass.

     A small creature name Billy hid in a patch of tall grass near the large stone fountain that was once the centerpiece of the mansion’s circular driveway. The little Hob stood a touch over two feet tall from the top of his pointy brown cap to his gnarled feet encased in leather slippers. His round eyes were set close together over his hooked nose and shone bright and black as marbles.

     Billy stretched his pencil thin neck searching the crowd around him while listening to the human talk that bombarded his sensitive ears. After a few minutes he spotted his quarry. Weaving and ducking past the feet and legs of the townsfolk, he found a new hiding place inside a clump of fennel. From this new vantage point he could see and hear the three old women known as the Pidgeon sisters.

     “I told you. Didn’t I tell you, Philomena? If I said it once I said it a hundred times. I said one of these days they would kill each other. Didn’t I?”

     “That you did, Rose Marie. That you did.” Philomena quick bright eyes fixed on one of the mansion’s third floor windows.

     “I remember you saying that very thing many times.” Louise Pidgeon straightened the pillbox hat perched on her frost colored poof of hair. “Sheriff,” she called in her bird like voice, “Yoo-hoo, Sheriff.”

          Billy was pleased to see Sheriff Max again. He had been a good and trusted friend to Mrs. Myrtle’s son Charlie and her granddaughter, Miss Gemma. Billy hopped back a step to avoid being stomped on by Sheriff Max’s shiny black boot then craned his neck to catch a glimpse of the big man’s tanned and freckled face. He did not look happy.

I hope you enjoyed this bit enough to click the link and learn more.

PUBLISHED! (Almost)

I’m told it takes 1 – 10 business days for The Demons We Cherish to hit all the digital retailers. In the meantime, I get to ask people for early reviews. Oh goodie!

I’m a serious introvert, as most authors tend to be, so it’s hard to ask people to say nice things about me and my work. If you would like a FREE review copy of the book (Mobi or ePub only) and promise to leave a review when it is officially published just leave a comment and I’ll send you the link. Thanks!

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Book cover for paperback version of The Demons We Cherish

On the Road to (Self) Publication

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There it is. My eBook cover. And print cover once the spine and back cover are completed. It seems I caught my cover designer at a bad time because it’s taking her weeks instead of days to finish it. But, that’s okay. I’m still twiddling with final edits, so no point in rushing the artistic process.

And, just in case you might be curious about the plot, here’s the back cover blurb:

The grandparents are dead and one of them was murdered.

Their adopted granddaughter, Gemma Leighton, doesn’t have time to mourn the two people who made her childhood a misery. That is, until she learns they made her the executor of their will. But, returning to Littleton means she must confront her nemesis, Thurgood Pruitt, the treacherous demon obsessed pastor that controlled her grandparents.

Taking up residence once again in the huge 187 year old mansion with its secret tunnels and twisted family history isn’t going to be easy for Gemma. She quickly discovers that the place is infused with an ancient magical power she never knew existed. And, before she can figure out how to stop the mansion from playing tricks on her guests, she finds clues that point to her grandparent’s real killer. The only problem is, no one is going to take the word of a magic mirror.

Yeah, it needs work. In my defense, it’s the first blurb I’ve ever written and I only had a day to work on it. I should have started working on it at least a couple of weeks before I requested the back cover design, but, I didn’t. Oh well. I’ll tweak it some more and hopefully my designer can plug in the changes.

There’s a lot more to self-publishing than you might think. I’ve been going a little nuts trying to line up all the parts and pieces involved, and of course, real life has done everything possible to make the process even more difficult. The end result is that my original publication date has been pushed back by about a month. What’re ya’ gonna do?

Time to get back to work on the next book.

Homesick

Got into a conversation with a friend about northern Humboldt County. My husband and I have a house in the Humboldt Hill area two miles south of Eureka. We lived there for eight years and then decided to pack up and move to the Felton area so my husband could work full-time. We do plan to go back when he retires in five years, but sometimes it’s hard to wait. I love the north coast. The fog, the slower paced way of life, the beaches, the wildlife, the forests. I love all of it.

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Driftwood beach
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Typical foggy day
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Hawk taking a break in our backyard
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View of the bay