Sunday, September 9, 2018

AN INDIE AUTHOR'S LAMENT






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 When I started my Aledan Series long before there was an Amazon, I went the traditional route. I sent out four-hundred-page manuscripts typed and double-spaced with what I hoped were brilliant cover letters. I hit slush piles with my book in most any traditional publisher that would look at science fiction.

The Aledan Psion wasn’t right, didn’t fit their criteria, wasn’t commercially marketable, blah blah blah to the tune of some twenty-nine rejections. That was before postage went up. Finally, one small press publisher offered to publish my book at his startup company. But that never happened. What I had written was science fiction romance with heavy emphasis on the relationship between the hero and heroine. 

I wrote several more novels both romance and science fiction romance then finally put them on the shelf after so many rejections. Then I discovered Kindle Direct Publishing. I could publish the books myself.

I took The Aledan Psion off the shelf and remastered it, updating the premise and characters for the twenty-first century. There was no funds for editors and proofreaders. Like most, I am a better editor and proofreader of other people’s work than my own.

Being an Indie author with finite resources, I must do my best to edit my own work. I found even line by line editing I still missed the kind of errors that annoy readers. So, I added a subscription to the Grammarly add-in for MS-Word which catches grammar errors, awkward sentences, and many typos. 


I generally edit everything I publish three times, reading it for content, running it through Grammarly, and proofing it one last time. But I was still not getting everything.

A writer friend told me to read it out loud. That didn’t work so well for me. I needed someone to read it to me. They have a speech to text program built into Windows now, and it’s decent. I already knew about another writer who had a text to speech program to read books. I just needed to find one I could afford.

I found Word Talk via google. The best part is it’s free. It’s never a good sign when a reader mentions your need for an editor in a review. When it happened before, I went back to the word version and scoured the text for typos, missed words, wrong words, and awkward sentences. Then I uploaded a corrected version.

It seems that there are some readers out there that jump at the chance to leave a bad review. I publish my author email address in all of my books now so readers can contact me directly with editing issues. I will recheck it and send a corrected copy to the reader.

Vyken's story was not changed with the re-edit, but I believe I have produced a much cleaner and more enjoyable read. The revised Vyken Dark is now live.

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by Christine A. Myers



Monday, September 3, 2018

JOLT SOMBER Read for ARC Review and Feedback


Jolt Somber was the name the cyborg picked for himself. He was created to be a killer and his creators reinforced his killer instinct by flooding him with feel-good endorphins. For eighty years he fought the Mesaarkans at Vyken Dark’s side. He and four genetic cyborg brothers returned to Earth to help restore civilization after the war had ended.

Jolt is supervising demolition in the ruins of Farringay to build a new starport. The war left Earth in ruins with cities ruled by overlords with gangs of thugs as enforcers. Violence against women is rampant. 

When Jolt finds his one genetic female mate used and left for dead by gangers, the pleasure he takes in avenging her could have unexpected repercussions.

After what males had done to her, would she ever accept Jolt as her mate? 

 NOTE TO REVIEWERS: This is a steamy cyborg romance intended for adults. Release day is set for October 1st. Please let me know before this date if you have an unfavorable opinion of the story or how it is written so I can consider revisions before the release date.

 

Monday, August 27, 2018

SEPTEMBER RELEASES AND SPECIALS

Dear Readers:

I have teamed up with three other SFR author to bring you even more great stories in addition to mine. I am not just promoting their books that I am presenting. I have read and enjoyed each book and I hope you will too. Most all our books are available on Kindle Unlimited. The Aledan Series will be on special through September. Just click on the series picture to find them all.

Thanks for reading.


This week, A.J. Daniels is releasing her latest book in the Dark Worlds Series Vampire Bloodlines. If you haven't had the chance to read this series, now is the time. The Prequel is free and Book One of the series will be 99c for a short time.. Or  read free on Kindle Unlimited. Find all her books at AMAZON
Jolt Somber will be released in October and Available for pre-order in early September. Now is the time to request ARC copies. Contact me to get on the list at the email address below..
Still available, the first two entries in my Cyborg Awakenings series. You still have time to read them before Book 2 of the series comes out in October. Find all of my books at AMAZON
Don't forget to check out T.J. Quin's most recent release, a mail order bride romance. I certainly enjoyed it. I hope you will too. Available on Kindle Unlimited. Find all her books on Amazon at this link:  AMAZON.

Clarissa Lake's sizzling Farseek Mercenary Series is complete with the recent release of Argen's Mate. She is currently reediting the series to be released as a box set in late Fall. Dreadnaught One's journey may be over, but she thinks there are still more Farseek Warrior Stories to be told.Find all of Clarissa's books at AMAZON
Clarissa Lake also has two steamy cyborg mail order bride romances that were released earlier this year. There were some editing problems in Rader's Bride, but the book has been reproofed since the review that mentioned the problem. Find these and all her books at AMAZON
Below are three promotional sales I am participating with my books. The Art of the Arcane Sale Starts now. Christa Maurice's Starts September 1st and runs through September. Just click on the banner and find out more.