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From Traditional to Indie Author

Some people think that indie authors make a lot of money from their books, or that they have a lot of money to self-publish.

Not entirely true.

Indie authors don’t get paid much for their books because some people would rather buy a $25.00 – $29.00 book written by a traditionally published author, plus the tax from the chain store that they purchased said book from. Indie books aren’t priced nearly as high and some of us aren’t found in large chain stores. However, it takes some leg work on our part to get our books on those shelves and at times, we aren’t always accepted.

Some people sneer when you say you’re an indie author as they think that anyone who self-publishes their work writes complete rubbish.

Not entirely true.

It is true that some of those who self-publish their work may skip the steps it takes to publish a good book, which can give the rest of us, who go through the checklist of things to do before publishing, a bad rep; editing being the first on the checklist.

There are many reasons why a lot of us authors are going the self-publishing route.

  1. Royalties – You don’t have to go through another person to get your royalty check. There were times when I didn’t receive a royalty check. And when I did, it wasn’t much to brag about. With self-publishing, you can receive a higher percentage of royalties than you would at a traditional publishing company. So, yes, the royalties are much better as an indie author. You’re not getting a smaller percentage.
  2. Marketing – I paid my publisher money to market my work for me and it was a waste of money. As an indie author, you do all the marketing yourself. True, it may cost a bit of money, but you can choose where to market and how much to spend. There are places that are free, and there are places that will charge you. I may be doing all the work marketing my work, but I know it’s getting done. Plus, I was doing most of the leg work when I was a traditionally published author anyway.
  3. Cover art/illustrations – A lot of times, authors don’t have a say as to what the cover looks like, or has a limited choice. As an indie author, you will have to find someone to do the book covers for you.
  4. Editing – At times, you would have to cut out a lot of things out of your work, or would be asked to redo a lot of things, or change up characters. As an indie author, you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to. However, it is highly suggested to find yourself a good editor to fix all of your grammar and punctuation.
  5. Pricing – As a traditional author, you don’t have the capabilities of setting and changing the price of your book as you would as an indie author. Plus, I can choose to publish as both, an ebook and a paperback. Whereas, I wasn’t allowed that opportunity as a traditional published author.

Basically, as an indie author, you are more in charge of what happens to your work and how much you get paid for it. But, not all of us publish complete rubbish. We’re the mom-and-pop to the big name brand chain. We need your business just as equally, if not more. We have a family to take care of, too, lol!

Bad editing and or book covers is what gives self-publishing it’s awful reputation. As the saying goes, ‘You have to spend money to make money’. As an author, traditional or indie, you’re spending money to make money. If you’re not spending money on services that molds and shapes your work into perfection, then you’re not making money.

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Chaos, the first book in my young adult series Supernatural Realms, comes out 27 March. I will be running promos for it for two weeks. Be sure to subscribe to my website, or follow my author page on Facebook.




Quite the Note Taker

I’ve always been a well prepared note taker when it came to working on a story. I keep a notebook on my nightstand for that moment when I have a break through in my story, or a thought comes to mind on a writing project I’m working on. I would jot notes down in it while in line at the check out, or in between my college classes.

I have a HUGE stack of notebooks and folders full of every note that I had scribbled down or typed up while I was working on a story, song, poem, short story. I even have a collection of diaries that I had scribbled in right after I graduated boot camp (US Navy).

I love thumbing through those pages and discovering stuff I’ve forgotten about, or finding notes that I had been looking for when I needed them for a writing project.

Presently, I am working on putting together a compilation of these short stories and poems of mine that I have found. Most of the ones that I have put together, I had written while I was in college. It’s something that’s keeping me busy until the first book Young Adult Fantasy Fiction Series, Chaos – Supernatural Realms, comes out next month (27 March).

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Many Blessings,


One Word Photo Challenge: Black

I thought this one was going to be hard as we have so many colorful things here at home and I usually snap pictures of things with color, but I did find some pictures with black items in them. For more information on this photo challenge, please check out Jennifer Nichole Wells blog.


Flightless bald eagle, Little Rock zoo.


Chimpanzee at the Little Rock zoo.


A black leopard…yes, it’s a leopard and not a panther (which everyone confuses the two. You just can’t see his spots really well). Little Rock zoo.


Leopards at the Little Rock zoo.


His name is actually Black Cat and he’s the sweetest kitty.


One of my favorite shows Supernatural has this very awesome car, 1967 Chevy Impala.


Antique sewing machine from 1917-1920


My daughter in a canoe at the Memphis zoo


Taken at the Memphis zoo

Part of what I’m writing about


The novel I’m writing is a Fantasy Fiction, with supernatural characters such as Faeries, Weres, and Shifters. I’m sorry I don’t write about vampires, not my forte, though I have read some books about them. I am a huge fan of the supernatural and read a lot of fantasy fiction. It seems like almost everyone has a way of describing their characters in their own uniqueness, while some writer’s supernatural characters have the same qualities, looks, styles, and what have you as other writers. I myself like to come up with my own characters styles and make them different and unique.

Another thing I’m working into my novel is that these supernatural beings come from somewhere. I’m writing about portals, Faerie magic, and Faerie secret societies. I also talk about the difference between Weres and Shifters. I actually did a little research on these supernatural beings. I was curious where they came from, what they are, what the real stories say about them. It was more of a curiosity than me wanting to use this information as a reference.


The story starts out in a small town in Arkansas. Why did I pick that particular place and state? I’m familiar with it. I lived there for several years, so I’m more comfortable using it as a reference. To make it a little easier and mostly accurate, I went to the local museum and did my research on the town and the surrounding local cities; my dad went with me. I’m a history nut, so this was actually fun for me. Not to mention the curator was more than helpful. He walked me around the museum, pointing out certain things that may interest me, then he found several books for me to look at talking about the town I was writing about. My dad and I poured over these books, making copies of the more important pages. It was interesting reading about all the things that the town used to have, such as a tire store, to which my dad and I found the building still standing, but has been noticeably vacant for years.


Call me picky, but I dislike reading a book and seeing something that is inaccurate, well, only if it’s major and not on purpose. There are a lot of books that have inaccuracies that are done on purpose, you can spot those instantly and see that they were done for a reason…those don’t bother me. I cannot think of any books right off hand, but I do remember a movie I saw that called sailors, soldiers. That irked me so much. I’m a sailor, not a soldier! I actually screamed that at the TV too. Sailors and soldiers are two different things and two different military branches.

There’s quite a bit in my novel that I didn’t know about, so I asked people I knew that would. For instance, I don’t hunt, so I wouldn’t know what type of gun would be used to shoot a deer. I have a few relatives that hunt, so I asked them. Since one of my characters is a Sheriff and there are a few murders in my book, I wanted to make sure that the tools that I use are up to date and also how I have my characters do things in a crime scene. I have a few relatives that were cops, and a sister in laws dad who is a cop, so I asked them to help me out.

Elf on the Shelf


I went to Barnes and Noble yesterday…old habits are hard to break; it’s next door to Toys R Us, the place I was actually destined to stop. I walked around the shelves, stopping by the Science Fiction, as always, and found a few Doctor Who books, as well as a few Supernatural books (also a TV show; both are my favorites). I picked out a Doctor Who book and started to look for Torchwood, they had several books the last time I was here, but I wasn’t able to get one at that time. I looked all around and even asked, but no luck, they were only on e-readers. No worries, I’ll just check Amazon and see what I can find.


I continued walking around and ended up in the main center aisle where all the eye catchers are. Up front are the huge displays with the New Releases, then the tables with Best Sellers, and then the small tables with the holiday selections. I wasn’t interested in holiday selections, so I walked right passed it. Something familiar caught my eye. I turned, and there was a small display of the Elf on the Shelf. I let out a small laugh. There are two ornaments out for this little guy and two different books. I didn’t find the Elf on the Shelf itself, though I wouldn’t have bought it anyway, or would I?


I’ve been reading about this little guy here and there and I know the Elf on the Shelf is supposed to keep an eye out around the house and report all naughtiness back to Santa, that’s the whole purpose. But, the funny stories parents share about the things they do with their Elf on the Shelf, had me laughing. Some share pictures, which were too funny. Some of them were like pulling pranks on their own kids. It’s almost better than watching the Jimmy Kimmel YouTube challenges. I thought to myself, how much fun this would be if I had more than one child. Actually, with my one child and the shenanigans she gets into, it would probably be a lot of fun…probably too much fun! My grandpa was well known for his practical jokes; maybe I too should get an Elf on the Shelf and have a few laughs myself. Many of my friends and some family members are getting one or already have one.

How long has Elf on the Shelf been out? Do you have an Elf on the Shelf?