...the illustrator. Bong Redila created the pictures for Maggie's Christmas Ride and they are FANTASTIC! He really brought the characters to life. Take a look at Bong's website for a closer look at his work: http://www.bongredila.com/
My first interview will be posted tomorrow, February 4th, on the Land of 10,000 Words Blog. If you want to read it, here's a link:
I'll be at the Bloomington Writers Festival and Book Fair at the Bloomington Art Center from 10 to 5 on Saturday, March 23rd. Stop by my table to see a free demo of the eBook, grab some candy, or just stop by to chat. I won't be staffing the table for the entire day, but my gregarious husband and stepdaughters will be filling in when I'm not there.
Do you live near Chanhassen, Minnesota? I'll have a table at the Carver County Writer's Fair on Saturday, April 6th. It takes place at the Chanhassen Library. Several of my fellow Chanhassen Library Writers Group members will also be there selling some of their published works. There's no pressure to buy. Just stop by and see what everyone is up to. Is there a future author in you?
One of my fellow writers, Dan O'Brien, does a FANTASTIC job of scheduling public readings by local authors. Several of us will be doing short readings on Friday, February 22nd, starting at 6 p.m. at Dunn Brothers in Chaska. Come and see what it's all about.
If you're interested in having me speak at your
I am in the process of starting my own publishing company, Floating Raft Press, LLC. By the end of next week I should be registered with the state and ready to go. Here's the plan: Maggie's Christmas Ride is currently available as an eBook only ($2.99 through http://www.meegenius.com ). I'm taking the same illustrations and duplicating the layout to create a print edition. It will be published through my label, Floating Raft Press, LLC. I am using Create Space for the actual printing and also for their awesome expanded distribution services. This book will be POD (or print on demand) so that I don't have to come up with a bundle of money up front to print a bunch of books. The POD thing is also great because there are no warehousing costs. They literally print a book every time one is ordered. Through Create Space's expanded distribution, the book will be available through Amazon and through major book sellers in case your local bookstore or Barnes and Noble wants to stock it.
Why offer it in print?
If it's selling well digitally, why offer it in print? It's a good question. A lot of authors are now offering eBooks only because of the lower production costs and low barriers to entry. Since my book is Christmas-themed, it will probably only sell at Christmas time. While I'm sure some parents will buy the book for their children, I also expect gifts to make up a large portion of sales. But you can't "gift" an eBook. At least, not yet. And I have such a short selling window (October through December) that I'd like to boost visibility of the title in every way possible. So that means having physical copies of the book around. I'm hoping it will be an impulse purchase for Christmas shoppers with young children on their list.
A few more details.
I would LOVE to print a hardcover edition of the book, but unfortunately, that is not an option at this time. If it looks like I am building a large demand, then I may be able to justify the costs and not lose money with a hardcover. Until then, it will be a softcover print edition with a laminated cover. I'm still working out all the details, like trim size and bleed, etc. But it's pretty exciting stuff. Also, I have to thank MeeGenius for being okay with my doing this. You will see their cute owl logo on the back cover with info about the eBook. Can't wait to get it all rolling!
If you'd like an email alerting you when the book is ready to purchase, just send me a note at email@example.com
One thing most people don't know about me is that I have something called spasmodic dysphonia. It's a voice disorder. I get botox injections in my larynx to help me keep a smooth speaking voice.