Indie-Pendence Week Blog Hop Event & Giveaway

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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.

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63 thoughts on “Indie-Pendence Week Blog Hop Event & Giveaway

    Amber I. (@AwesomeSauceBK) said:
    July 2, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I have read the first 2 books and I am so excited to see the 3rd one coming out soon. I can’t freaking wait!! Such an awesome and sexy series. Its in my top 3 favorite Angel series. Anyways yay! 🙂

    awesomesaucebooks at gmail dot com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Thanks so much, Amber! Hopefully I’ll have a yummy new cover to debut soon. 😉

    erma said:
    July 2, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I’ve never read this series but it sound good.

    buffykennedy said:
    July 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I’ve heard good things about your series 🙂

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    BK
    buffykennedy[at]gmail[dot]com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by, BK!

    Kassandra said:
    July 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Covers draw me in to read the blurb 😉

    sionedkla@gmail.com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Oh, I completely agree with you. Covers are key! Give me a yummy, half-naked man, and I’m yours…lol.

    Vanessa The Jeep Diva said:
    July 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I’ve never red any of your books, thanks for the chance to win one.
    vanessa at thejeepdiva at gmail.com

    jovialvampyre said:
    July 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I honestly don’t pick up books based on the cover very often. It’s usually a recommendation that gets me to look. Don’t get me wrong – I love the covers but it’s all about the content. – Viki Sloboda

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Recommendations are the best, but I admit to being swayed by a good cover, and I’ve actually found some of my faves that way (for ex. Karen Moning and Teresa Medeiros).

    Claire Taylor said:
    July 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I hadn’t come across these books before, but they sound good. I have to admit book covers tend to grab my attention first – there are just so many

    darkmotive@hotmail.com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks, Claire! There are a lot of great books out there…and book covers!

    denisedyoung said:
    July 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I’ve worked as a newspaper and magazine copyeditor and writer for a few years, and I definitely agree that it’s important to have a second (or third…or fourth) set of eyes on a manuscript. It’s easy to overlook our own typos, with sometimes embarrassing results. And since most writers aren’t also graphic designers (though some are), it’s important to work with designers to create an eye-catching book cover–not to mention a clean but artistically designed website and any author swag you’ll need for giveaways, signings, or conferences!

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      It’s amazing how easy it is to bypass your own mistakes. Like the mind can’t see them at all, lol.

    BonSue Brandvik said:
    July 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    As an independent author, I agree with every point you’ve made. No one should expect they can do everything themselves, from creating the book to publishing it. Paying for services before you know if your book is going to sell can be difficult, but professional editing and cover art comes through in your final product, making success much more likely.

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Yes! You said it perfectly, BonSue. It’s well worth the investment and more than likely, if you have a good end product it will pay off.

    jennirv4967 said:
    July 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    would love to be enterd in the giveaway. 🙂 Thanks!
    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

    Suzan Lacey said:
    July 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Sounds like a good series! Thanks for running the giveaway!
    suzi1811 (at) fsmail (dot) net

    Yadira A. said:
    July 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Rosalie!
    I’ve read all of your Demon books and really enjoyed them, so I think now it’s time to try out your Angels:) Thanks for the giveaway!

    yadkny@hotmail.com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 2, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the Demons of Infernum, Yadira! My angels ain’t half bad either, lol.

    Levina G said:
    July 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I love reading fallen angel novels! Please sign me up for the giveaway! Sounds awesome! levinag1@gmail.com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      I’ve got you entered, Levina. Good luck!

    Stacey Brutger said:
    July 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    The covers look great.

    I really need to pick up my reading habits. Demons and angels are right up my alley.

    Stacey_dvn (at) yahoo (dot) com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

      That’s awesome, Stacey. They’re really fun to write about!

    Kelly R said:
    July 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    The cover looks great…Thank you for the giveaway..

    ronnkelly3@aol.com

    ronnnkelly3(at)aol(dot)com

    Julianne said:
    July 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I think self publishing will become more and more frequent in the future. I think it gives authors a little more freedom than a publishing house. Thanks for a chance to win one of your books.

    Darlene's Book Nook (@DarleneBookNook) said:
    July 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I totally agree with what you said about getting an editor. I’ve read some fabulous Indie books that were riddled with typographical and grammatical errors. It’s not enough to have some family or friends proofread your book. Some books need stylistic or structural editing, which is beyond the scope of a proofreader.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d choose the first book in the series, since you are a new-to-me author!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

      You are so right, Darlene. Editing is a must!

    DANIELA said:
    July 3, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Hi Rosalie
    I didn’t know about this series, but it soounds interesting.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Daniela.
    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

    Phyllis Marshall said:
    July 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Since I have been on FB (Feb this year) I have heard nothing but wonderful reviews on your books, Rosalie! I really have been meaning to get to them and just sit and stick my nose in, but I just never seemed to do it. What with life and work, my family, my cats…well you know how it is. But, I think after reading some of the blurbs on Amazon for your books, I will be starting with Blood of the Demon. Thank you for this giveaway. 🙂 Phyllis
    brandypm(at)optonline(dot)net

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

      So glad you’ve heard great things about my books, Phyllis! Hope you enjoy them. 🙂

    Denise Z said:
    July 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I think editors are the glue that makes the binding work. I recently read a work that could have been and incredibly beautiful love story, but it just really needed to be edited. I am not a picky reader when it come to typos or phraseology, so when it bothers me you know there is an issue 🙂 I love indie books and the word should be let and independent editor help, you get a better read. Thank you for sharing with us today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.
    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

      Denise Z said:
      July 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      See even in this short little paragraph I did not see my own error LOL

        Rosalie Lario responded:
        July 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

        I didn’t either, until you mentioned it, lol. 🙂

    bn100 said:
    July 4, 2012 at 12:34 am

    This sounds like a good series. Thanks for the giveaway.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Filia Oktarina said:
    July 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

    This series sound great and the cover book very yummy!! Must have it!!!
    Thanks for giveaway 🙂

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

    sionedkla said:
    July 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I have beta read for some authors that I have met through GR over the past year or so. I completely agree that another set of eyes looking through your work is a MUST. Not just for spelling or grammar. More so for story gaps and flow.

    Your work looks very promising! Would love to have a chance to read it.

    sionedkla@gmail.com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      You are so right! My editor’s input on story flow and believability of scenes has been invaluable.

    Trix said:
    July 4, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    These sound really intriguing! Thanks for the giveaway, and happy Fourth!

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Hope you had a happy 4th too, Trix!

    Megan@Riverina Romantics said:
    July 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Rosalie! I din’t realize that you indie publish this series. I really enjoyed your post and I have to agree to the points that you made. Covers attract the eye so they need to look good but you also don’t want to be a author who can’t write correctly.

    donnas1 said:
    July 5, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Sounds good. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

    Olivia Tan (@Leev_7787) said:
    July 5, 2012 at 3:18 am

    i never read this series yet. but thanks for the chance to win ^^

    Olivia
    sunshine_pinkystar(at)yahoo(dot)com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      No problem, Olivia. Got you entered!

    DeAnna Postell (@followthep) said:
    July 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I can’t wait to start reading! Thanks for the opportunity..

    Dpostell2(at)gmail(dot)com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Sure, DeAnna! Hope you enjoy the books. 🙂

    Kylie C said:
    July 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I new series for my TBR list! Thank you for a lovely giveaway. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

    Lisa Hackney said:
    July 6, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Thanks so much for the tips for what to focus on when considering independently publishing your work. Writing is something I have always enjoyed, but figuring out how to get published has always alluded me.
    I also look forward to checking out your series!
    Thanks again!!
    Lisa
    yankssssrule08(at)yahoo(dot)com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 6, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Writing is a completely different beast from publishing, that’s for sure!

    Gale Nelson said:
    July 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

    thanks for the giveaway. I love Indie authors!
    Gale Nelson
    pgan427@yahoo.com

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      July 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      You’re welcome, Gale. Got you entered!

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