Helpful Tips for New Indie Authors

Helpful Tips

I noted in my prior post that it’s been a year since self-publishing my first romance novel, and I have to admit that my journey on becoming an indie author has been an enjoyable one. Throughout the year I’ve received so much useful writing advice and information; all which has helped me grow as a writer.

In this post I’m giving back in hopes of helping others; my advice for new indie authors starting out would be, have patience and stay committed. Everyone has hopes and dreams of becoming rich and famous, but realistically there’s a chance that might never happen. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed in what you love doing, and what I mean by that is whatever you’re passionate about just stay focused on executing your goal from start to finish. When you can accomplish that then you will always succeed by coming out on top.

Lastly, one final point I’m going to share is do not burn yourself out. I did that writing my first and second novel by not allowing any downtime in between — that was such a bad idea and a big no-no. Nowadays, it’s mandatory that I take breaks in between writing projects. Trust me, even something as small as doing nothing for a weekend but being idle will do you a world of good.

Just remember when it comes to your writing routine make sure you choose a non-stressful schedule that works best for you. All things considered, being an indie author is great, and the best part for me is there’s no one to answer to because I’m the boss!

Talk to you soon,

R. Lynn

Website: www.rlynnarchie.com
Email: info@rlynnarchie.com

Why Is It Like Pulling Nails To Get A Book Review?

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Come December 2014 it will be two years since I began writing. All in all, I’ve enjoyed sharing my thoughts and stories, but one thing I’m still struggling with is getting book reviews on Amazon.

It puzzles me because my books get a decent amount of sells. In addition, even with giving away free copies I still only manage to get between five to ten reviews. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the ones that take a moment of their time to leave one. Yet, I remain amazed when I see other self-published authors such as myself getting huge numbers of reviews and it really peaks my interest in learning what their secret is in achieving such a productive response?

I do know that Goodreads is a good source and they have groups that offer read for reads or book swaps in return for an honest review; unfortunately, with my busy schedule that option just won’t work for me.

Honestly, I don’t think readers realize just how valuable their input is for authors. Their response helps a lot because it reaffirm if an authors book have gone in the right direction or not. In reading up on this topic I came across a few great tips that readers should know:

  • Don’t be afraid of being honest. Do, however, remember to be helpful (and not mean). Don’t just say “it sucks” but tell everyone why it sucked.
  • Don’t give away the ending of the book. You can allude to it very vaguely (“the ending surprised me”) but don’t say specific plot details.
  • You’re not being graded. Write a review as long or short as you want. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece of art—think of it more as a conversation or what you might tell people you know about this book.
  • Make sure that you read the book before you review. This seems like it should be obvious but… it’s not.

I can only speak from my standpoint but if you’ve experienced the same or can shed some light on the question I would love to hear from you.

R. Lynn

 

Beat the Heat Summer Giveaway

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Today, Friday June 27 through Sunday June 29, stop pass and visit Facebook giveaway threads from 76 amazing authors (25 per day). There’s a wide variety of genres and writers… something for everyone; you don’t want to miss out!   All you have to do is click here!

See you there:D

R. Lynn

 

Here it is …Full Cover of Trial of Marriage 2: Sacrifices

Update:  It’s final live – Click here

Here it is! The cover for Trial of Marriage 2: Sacrifices, the second book in the TOM series. The book is available today, June 6th.

You definitely don’t want to miss this amazing new installment in the series! On sale from 6/6 to 6/8 for .99 cents, here’s the link.

 

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Prioritize Your Time

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I have been working hard to get Trial of Marriage 2 completed, and it got me to thinking about when I decided to take the gigantic step into the world of self-publishing. The things I know now, I wish I knew then because the journey would have been a lot smoother and less stressing then it was back then. Do I have any regrets? No, I do not, but I would have done things differently. Nonetheless, over the past year, I have learned so much, which is why I try to share as much as I can about some of the things I encountered.

Early on when I started blogging one of my articles touched base on where does all the time go? With work, projects and writing on my agenda, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything completed. Throw in family and unexpected things that come up, yes it can get quite challenging, but I figure as long as I am being productive in my daily routine and accomplishing something, it’s good enough for me.

I do try to follow “working tips” as best as I can, but as stated in the article, Work Tips:  How Do You Prioritize Your Day? “Much of what consumes our days tend to be tasks that are urgent – a last minute emergency – for OTHERS.“ Can you share what you do to stay on track during the day?

I hope you have a great weekend folks!

R. Lynn Archie

Website:  www.rlynnarchie.com

Book Review: Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost Planet

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First let me say this is not romance book, but science fiction.  Every now and then I do like reading something different.  I have to say that “Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost Planet” was an enjoyable read. The book is about fifteen year old Jack Finnegan, an average teenager who has had his share of childhood problems and inadequacies.

And, it’s in this fifteenth year that a radical change transforms his life. It is an adjustment that centers on Jacks’ school acquaintance Anna Shepherd, Mr. Shepherd (Anna’s dad and Jack’s teacher) and Mr. Green (another teacher). People he thought he knew; however, what a surprise for him when he learns they are not what they betrayed themselves to be. Also, if that is not enough to comprehend, Jack has to deal with unsavory Deathlord aliens who are wreaking havoc and destroying anything and everything that crosses their path.

I like the growth that Jack’s character achieves along the way turning him from a laid-back teenager into a more focused and responsible individual. The things Jack endures are more than he ever could have envisioned. In this book, you will come across zombies, different alien races, spaceships, a princess and more.

I would put this book in the young reader’s category only because of the dialog used; I think a pre-teen/teenager would have a deeper appreciation for it. Nonetheless, if you are an adult that enjoys reading science fiction stories with lots of action, adventure, and bits of humor thrown in here and there, then this story is right up your alley. It was a fun read, and I’ve already referred this book to a few young readers.  For more information on this book you can visit http://matthewkadish.com/.

Until later,

R. Lynn Archie

website:  http://www.rlynnarchie.com

Love vs. Career: Pre-Release Copies

I’m excited to be releasing my new interracial romance eBook Love vs. Career. I’ve gained so many followers over the months that I wanted to do something to say thank you. As a result, I’ve decided to give away twenty free pre-release copies to the first ones to respond during the week of July 15th. All you have to do is click here to email me or use info@rlynnarchie.com. In the subject field, put “Pre-Release Copy” and in the body please state if you would like a PDF, Mobi, ePub, or Kindle format. Take a look at the description below.

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Marissa Andrews thinks her life is on target after graduating from college summa cum laude and landing her first successful marketing job. She feels happy with her dream job, along with light-skinned, caramel hunk James, her older boyfriend “slash” boss. Things for her are not looking too shabby.

Unfortunately, everything praiseworthy does not always stay that way. And, when James’s freshly college graduated daughter Becky steps into the picture and starts working for her dad, with her comes nothing but trouble, topped off by a nasty attitude. The strong woman that Marissa is factors into a decision to walk away from a job that she loves because the drama isn’t worth it.

It is a move that brings unexpected consequences into her life. If there is one thing that she has learned from her partnership with James, it is that work and personal relationships entwined are bad karma, and definitely should not be combined. A golden rule that she vows to live by from here on out.

Only, one thing she does not know is that sexy green-eyed entrepreneur Roaman Stuart is about to make her acquaintance and put that promise to a test.

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~Read a Chapter Sample~

“Marissa, calm down!” James shouted trying to take control of the situation. She was pissed because the three main accounts she managed, he wanted handed over to his daughter Becky.

“Today is the day I’m either going to quit or lose my job. There’s no way in hell I’m letting those accounts go to your daughter! Do you realize all the time and energy I put into signing those companies? I’d be a fool to let them go — and let me throw in you’re the bigger fool for even suggesting such a thing!”

“Excuse me, but I am in the room. Don’t speak as though I am invisible!”

Marissa ignored Becky and continued her enraged explosion. “Look, I understand she’s your family, and how proud you are she graduated from college, but she doesn’t have the knowledge to keep these accounts afloat.”

“Marissa, I made this decision …”

She quickly cut him off. No way was Marissa interested in his explanation. “Your decision James? To what, ruin this company? She’s new to this profession and has much to learn. Give Becky some of my smaller accounts and let me mentor her so that she can learn the ropes.”

“Mentor? I don’t need mentoring. Listen sweetie, my dad is your boss, as well as CEO of this firm, so he can do what the hell he wishes! The fact that you’re sleeping with him means nothing, so turn yourself around, and retrieve the files he asked for, pronto!” Becky demanded.

Marissa wanted to knock the sarcastic smirk off of her hot pink stained lips. Marissa prided herself on being able to handle stressful situations, but this arrogant hussy made her blood boil. It took a lot of willpower to not grab a hold of Becky’s scrawny neck, and strangle the living hell out of her. She wanted to reason with James, but if he was going to allow his daughter to talk to her in such a disrespectful tone, then this was not the workplace in which she should stay. Marissa had graduated from Reuters, the top university of her field. Not only was she valedictorian of her class, but she graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in business and marketing. That alone made her heavily sought out with offers from multiple firms that wanted her on their team. Out of her top three job offers, it was James’s employer, Wayne Advertising and Marketing (WAM) that she decided to accept. At the time, James was only an executive director; however, he carried himself with dignity and ran the company respectively. WAM was highly sought out for its work and expertise. About two years after she became a part of the company, the founder, Mr. Wayne, decided it was time to semi-retire being he was getting up in age. James had been such an excellent protégé Mr. Wayne promoted him to CEO, a move that permitted James to oversee the agency in his absence.

“Becky, please step out and give Marissa and I a moment to talk.”

She eyed Marissa evilly as she slowly walked out the office. Her long, silky black weave with cherry red highlights swayed back and forth as she strolled out and closed the door behind her. Marissa knew her hair was fake because Becky changed the length and color just about every other month. Plain and simple, his daughter only worried about being a fashion whore. The sleeveless black mini dress she wore was not at all professional attire. It had a sexy dress quality with a triple-layered short skirt and a surplice neckline that displayed a sassy, stylish look. The dress was perfect for clubbing, not so much for the office.  As long as Becky looked sharp she knew that James wouldn’t say anything. He stepped in front of Marissa and held her waist as he looked down into her angry brown eyes. She was not the typical girl he dated because not only was she gorgeous from head to toe, but she had brains. He had dated many women of all different races, but this African American beauty had an influence on him that he thought was not possible again by any woman.

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Love vs. Career officially goes on sale July 26th, and will be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.