The 38th Annual People’s Faire is next Saturday, Aug. 27. I will be in space 59 (see map), selling my books. Please stop by. Featured books are my latest publications, 25 Days of Christmas, an Advent Journey, and Lines, Poetry in Notion. 25 Days is in print; Lines is on order. I will be selling 25 Days and taking orders for Lines. The books are $7.50 each.
These are chap books of poetry. 25 Days of Christmas, an Advent Journey, is just that. It contains 25 poems written in the acrostic style using familiar Christmas words and phrases. Lines, Poetry in Notion is a collection of poems I’ve written on my blog or simply for the pleasure of writing.
Think of how you feel about getting up in the morning to splashes of glorious color in the sky, or how you feel about your faith, your partner sleeping beside you, or the quirks of life that make you smile… or cry. That is the essence of Lines, Poetry in Notion. Poetry is for everyone. Yes, even you. It tells a story from beginning to end, in many verses or in one. It speaks to the heart and stirs the mind to contemplation or tears, or anger, or love, or any one of a dozen other reactions that invite you to explore something about yourself.
25 Days of Christmas, Poetry of the Season contains poems in the acrostic style with the first letter of each sentence based on the title. The poems were shared on my One Roof Publishing blog in December. A friend asked if the poems would be available in printed format. The seed was planted and has grown to be this small offering of celebration. Merry Christmas, Christ is born!
I will also have special People’s Faire discount prices for my other books, $15 Saturday only, regularly $21.95. This is a great time to buy Finding Family. a story of what happens to a widow whose quiet life is interrupted when her estranged niece, Annie, arrives on her doorstep with three children and a dog of questionable breeding in tow. From the moment they blow into her life on a windy fall night and Krank the dog pees on her carpet, Lilly Irish begins a life-changing journey. Annie and her children are looking for a home. Will they find it with Lilly?
Other books on sale include The Ballad of Bawdy McClure, Future Imperfect and Not Just Another Day.
Being an indie author means you are smart enough to pay for the things you can’t do, and knowing what those things are.
As an indie author I feel compelled to share a little about what that means. In these days of print on demand publishing, success isn’t marked by whether you can get a big time publisher to validate your writing by buying your book, although that is a powerful statement in itself. Success is based on how many people read your work. If you sell on Amazon, that’s easy to track, assuming your book can be found among the hundreds of thousands of titles vying for readership. Yes, it is daunting, so when I ask you to buy my book online it’s not for the money (royalties are minimal), it’s for the count, to get a sense of whether my marketing message is reaching readers. Reviews are nice, too, even a couple of lines add up to a review.
I also have my books available on consignment in Las Vegas at Tome of the Range, Tito’s Gifts and Gallery and WarDance Designs and Gallery.
So, what does it mean to be an indie author?
Being an indie author is not for the faint of heart. Listed below are a few of the things you need to know how to do if you want to give it a shot. You notice I don’t say, “If you want to be successful.” Success in writing is a crap shoot whether you are indie published or traditionally published.
And that’s just the beginning. Then you will need to promote the heck out of your book every way you can think of: press releases, book signings, posters, bookmarks, post cards, business cards, author website, tricks of the trade at Amazon, getting people to read and review your book… and anything else you can think of.
Being an indie author is truly a do-it-yourself way to get your book published. It means you are smart enough to pay for the things you can’t do, and knowing what those things are. I don’t abide by this edict, I’m too cheap, but it’s good advice anyway.
Oh, and by the way, self-publishing isn’t free, but what in life is?