Update: Since there were so many wonderful commenters, I’d like to choose two winners for the Indie-Pendence Week Blog Hop Giveaway!
The winners are Kylie C and Phyllis Marshall! I’ll contact each of you separately by email.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in this giveaway!
This week GraveTells is celebrating two of our most basic and most important rights: freedom of press and freedom of speech, with its Indie-Pendence Week Blog Hop! This topic is of particular importance to me, as an indie author, which is why I’m happy to participate and offer a giveaway (keep reading for details)!
So what is an indie author, you might ask? Well, opinions vary, but to me that’s an author who is self-published or published through a small (indie) press. Both forms of publishing serve a crucial role in my writing career, and I can say that I’m truly happy to be indie published!
For those of you who are writers and have considered the self-publishing route, which is the path I chose with my Fallen Warriors series, there are two crucial things to concentrate on: editing and cover art.
Some self-pubbed authors feel they can get by editing their own work, or having close friends or family read through their work to provide their commentary. I personally feel that any self-published book must be treated with the utmost professionalism, and that includes professional editing services. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, though some editors do. Bottom line, I think it’s worth some monetary investment to have a set of professional eyes look over your manuscript before letting it out into the world.
Cover art is just as crucial as editing, and much attention should be given to the look of a cover. I’m of the same opinion with a cover as with editing services: it’s well worth the monetary investment to have a professional deliver a good product to you. But don’t just rely on them; you should have a pretty clear idea of what you’re looking for by the time you approach that cover artist. Browse through book covers that have caught your eye. What did you like about them, and how can you incorporate those elements into your own cover? If it’s a series, how can you brand it so your readers clearly know what series the book belongs to? All these are matters of consideration when searching for a cover artist.
To celebrate Indie-Pendence Week, I’d like to offer one of the books in my Fallen Warriors series to one blog hop follower. Winner’s choice of:
- For Love of an Angel (Book 1)
- Angel’s Desire (Book 2)
- For Want of an Angel (Book 3, tentative release date August 30, 2012)
To enter, just leave your name and email addy in the comments section!
The contest runs today (July 2nd) through July 6th. I’ll pick the winner and announce their name as an update to this post the following week.
Oh, and don’t forget to visit all the sites participating in the blog hop! You can find the full list over at GraveTells.