Thoughts on Digital Self-Publishing (DSP): Industry Shifts. You Should Too.
As Jenny the Bloggess recently pointed out, there are no “rules” for successful digital self-publishing. Many industries have a proverbial mailroom, a place where you “do your time” while learning the ropes and making connections, providing ambitious/determined/persistent/tenacious individuals a path to the job they actually want. Most professional creative arts don’t have anything as concrete as an actual mailroom – typically, your career begins with some manner of audition, upon which the industry either accepts you or it doesn’t, and if it doesn’t you have to decide whether to try again – but there have always been ways for new artists to boost their chances of breaking in. Musicians can move to Nashville and play coffeeshops. Stage actors can garner credits by working their way up through community theaters and small companies. Artists can gain exposure through local galleries and art shows. Read more...(2070 words, 4 images, estimated 8:17 mins reading time)
Title: The Raven Boys Author: Maggie Stiefvater Publisher: Scholastic Publication Date: September 18, 2012 Page Count: 416 Where I got it: Publisher for Review Where you can get it: Amazon How much: List Price 18.99 Format I read it in: Finished Hardcover
Title: The Iron King Author: Julie Kagawa Publisher: Harlequin Teen Publication Date: February 1,2010 Page Count: 368 Where I got it: Library Where you can get it: Amazon How much: List Price 9.99 Format I read it in: Ebook
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home. Read more...(460 words, 2 images, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)
Title: Abandon Book 3: Awaken Author: Meg Cabot Publisher: Point Publication Date: July 2, 2013 Page Count: 336 Where I got it: Publisher via Netgalley Where you can get it: Amazon How much: List Price: 17.99 Format I read it in: eARC
Oh. My. Gosh! I was so excited to sign up to be a part of this, and then even more excited to get chosen for my first choice, Amanda Hocking. I am not going to lie. I had major, complete and total fangirl moments many days since receiving the email. It happens that I received a copy of Lullaby in the mail the same day as I got this email, and my copy of Lullaby came signed from The Book Depository. Ask my husband, I was dorked out for the whole day. Read more...(1695 words, 1 image, estimated 6:47 mins reading time)
Title: Adela Arthur and The Creator’s Clock Author: Judyann McCole Publication Date: July 24, 2013 Page Count: 346 Where I got it: Author for Blog Tour Where you can get it: Amazon (more options below) How much: List Price 13.99 print, 4.99 ebook Format I read it in: Ebook My Thoughts: ★★★★★-1/2
I was really exciting to get to tour this debut novel from a new, young author who has the desire to bring the magic of the books that she loved as a child to the forefront of the literary world for other young people to enjoy. Read more...(950 words, 3 images, estimated 3:48 mins reading time)
Title: Wake Author: Amanda Hocking Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Publication Date: August 7,2012 Page Count: 320 Where I got it: Christmas Gift Exchange Where you can get it: Amazon How much: List Price 9.99 Format I read it in: Hardcover
Fall under the spell of Wake—the first book in an achingly beautiful new series by celebrated author Amanda Hocking—and lose yourself to the Watersong.
Gorgeous. Fearless. Dangerous. They’re the kind of girls you envy; the kind of girls you want to hate. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Lexi and Thea have caught everyone’s attention—but it’s Gemma who’s attracted theirs. She’s the one they’ve chosen to be part of their group. Read more...(753 words, 1 image, estimated 3:01 mins reading time)
Title: The Runaway King Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen Publisher: Scholastic Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Page Count: 352 Where I got it: Scholastic for review. Where you can get it: Amazon How much: List Price 17.99 Format I read it in: Finished Hardcover
A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the highly anticipated sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen’s blockbuster THE FALSE PRINCE! Read more...(632 words, 1 image, estimated 2:32 mins reading time)
Untimed is an action-packed time travel novel by Andy Gavin, author of The Darkening Dream and creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. Read more...(695 words, 2 images, estimated 2:47 mins reading time)
Title: The False Prince Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen Publisher: Scholastic Publication Date: April 1, 2012 Page Count: 352 Where I got it: Received from Scholastic for review. Where you can get it: Amazon How much: Hardcover 11.44, Paperback 6.29, Kindle 2.80 Format I read it in: Paperback
THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end. Read more...(613 words, 1 image, estimated 2:27 mins reading time)