Panic, Planning, and Publishing

HmmmPreviously on Betsy’s blog…

Betsy has just published her third book, Believing It, and the publishing experience was more than a little stressful.  Part of that has to do with the fact she decided to put the book out right when she was scrambling to finish her taxes.

But it was also stressful because Betsy can be something of an idiot.

Harry, the white Gerbil who has the unenviable task of Guiding Betsy on her Quest to become a successful indie author has a few thoughts on the matter.  He’s in Betsy’s brain now, looking for her.

“Believing It” is LIVE!

My friends, I am pleased and proud to tell you that Believing It, the latest book in my “Welcome to Hardy Falls” series is LIVE!  LIVE, I TELL YOU!  Maybe I’m not alive at this point, but the book is birthed and out in the world!  And it is now available as an e-book wherever fine e-books are sold.  This is book 0.5 in the series, so it is the prelude to Handling It (book 1).

Without any further ado, here’s the information!

Sometimes you just need a second chance to get it right.

Categories and Key Words

fairytaleAs I come to the end of the editing process for my new book, Believing It, I’m pointing the rudder of my wee little ship towards the rocky shore of publishing. That means getting the manuscript formatted and up for preorder on all of the various book sales sites.

And it means I’m thinking about sales categories.

And since this is what I’m thinking about, this is what the blog post is about. Take that.

You wouldn’t think coming up with sales categories would be complicated, would you? But au contrair, mon ami. Categories, genres, and keywords can drive you a little crazy.

Checking In

penguin waving

Well, I just looked at the date of my last blog post and good golly Miss Molly, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Sorry about that. I’ve actually been busy working on writerly things. As opposed to just telling you I’m working on writerly things when really I’m eating myself into a sugar-coated coma.

Okay, maybe there have been some sugar-coated coma moments happening because – peanut butter ice cream.  And maybe some diabetic moments. And a few mental, emotional, and spiritual breakdown moments.  But mostly I’ve been working on writerly things.  So I thought I’d write a quick post to tell you-all what’s been going on, writerly-wise.

Digital First: The Socratic Dialogue. Sort Of.

Hello, Blogosphere! It’s good to see you!hello, blogosphere

Why am I here again?

Welllllll, because you love me. *blink, blink*

Right. That must be it.

No, no. *chuckle* I asked you to come here today because I had a thought.


Erm…Oh. *chuckle chuckle* You’re so darned trendy, Blogosphere.

You betcha. So, what’s up? Time’s a-wastin’. I’ve got places to go, people to see, rantings to rant.

Well, see, here’s the thing. Some of the blog posts I have planned seem like they’re going to be a little, well, dull.


A Few Thoughts About Publishing Today

books1Some people tend to romanticize publishing.  I might even have been guilty of it a time or two myself.  But publishing is, at its core, a business.  And it’s a business in the middle of transition.

I think there are really three big issues forcing the change – digital publishing, the corresponding rise of self-publishing, and the decrease in the number of bookstores.

Brick and mortar bookstores are closing, print runs of books are down.  At the same time, book distribution is moving to the Internet, thanks in large part to big book-selling websites and popular digital ereaders.  Advances in technology have also made it much easier to self-publish.  Self-published books appear on websites next to those that are traditionally published, available in print through print on demand, competing for reader attention. More and more established authors are self-publishing at least some of their books.