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Traditional Publishing…Self Publishing…That Is The Question?

Self Pub vs Traditional Publishing

I finally did it! I finally purchased copies of my novel to send to a publishing house in New York City! This publishing house has been waiting for my novel for a few months now and I’ve been pushing it off. Mostly, I’ve pushed it off because of nerves and all the “what if’s”. What if I don’t get the deal…what if I do…what if I don’t have an agent to help me…do I want to go traditional publishing? I’ve been under a lot of stress thinking about it but I told myself that I CAN’T push it off any longer! If it’s meant to be, it will be…if not, it wont. I can’t procrastinate any longer.

So here we go!

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2014 Is Here…So What’s Next?

2013 is gone and 2014 is just beginning! I’ve had some amazing things happen in 2013 that I’ll never forget, but the most memorable was publishing my first novel. Back in 2008 when I began writing Awaken, I never would’ve thought I would call myself a published author.  It’s an incredible feeling! I’ve worked many years for this accomplishment and I have many of you to thank for making my dreams become a reality. Thank you to all my fans, friends and family who keep me going everyday and who love my story as much as I do.

So the big question is…what’s next for 2014!?

A LOT! I have a lot of goals and visions for this next year! Of course the first on the list is finish Lost and publish it! For those of you who don’t know I’m editing Lost right now and I hope to publish in the spring. If you haven’t picked up a copy of Awaken (the first novel in The Awaken Series) you can CLICK HERE to get your copy on Amazon or CLICK HERE for B&N.

I’m going to be sending my novel off to some publishers who have expressed some interest in Awaken. **Dramatic pause, as I bite my nails** And one of my goals of this year is to possibly query some agents and publishers and see where that takes me. This will be my first time doing all of this so wish me luck!

Another resolution that I have (something that I’ve neglected in 2013) is blog more! This sounds easy, right? WRONG! Scheduling times to sit down and blog is a lot of work and it’s not always easy. I do miss writing out what’s happening in my life and talking about where my novels are at. However, marketing and blogging is a full time job and sometimes it’s really hard to find the time. I’m turning it around and you should see more of me this year! So I better here from you as well! 😉

2014 I’ve told myself that I will start to do book signings. I’ve had to turn many of them down last year (life was just getting in the way) but I do plan on attending book signing and I’ll let you know when and where I’ll be so you can come out and see me!

Something else that I’ve told myself will happen this year is have book 3 (in the Awaken Series) all done and edited. I know it’s a lot but I think I can do it. I have so many novels in my head and I can’t wait to start writing them but I need to focus on this first series before I start diving into more novels! However, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t begun to write some of them last year *wink, wink*

And last, is read more this year! You would think that all I do is read, but that’s not the case. As much as I love reading (and as big as my TBR List is) finding time to read is very difficult to do when I work full time, write my novels and have a family. Time is scarce. However, I’ve already started on my reading list and I can’t wait to read all the novels that I have on my bookshelf!

So that’s it. That’s some of my goals for 2014. I’d love to hear your goals! Make sure you comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

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Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Title: Branded
Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Release Date: June 28, 2013
Genre: Mature YA/NA, Dystopian
Blitz Host: Lady Amber’s Tours

Banded

Book Description:
Twenty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.
The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

Author Bios:
Abi Ketner Is a registered nurse with a passion for novels, the beaches of St. John, and her Philadelphia Phillies. A talented singer, Abi loves to go running and spend lots of time with her family. She currently resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her husband, triplet daughters and two very spoiled dogs.

Melissa Kalicicki received her bachelor’s degree from Millersville University in 2003. She married, had two boys and currently lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Aside from reading and writing, her interests include running and mixed martial arts. She also remains an avid Cleveland sports fan.

Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

Links:
twitter @abiandmiss.com
website and blog http://www.abiandmissy.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AbiandMissy
goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17402117-branded

Branded Book Trailer:
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtM0cwRMqLM
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Bitter Angel LIVE on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Bitter Angel

 

Title: Bitter Angel

Author: Megan Hand

Release date: April 1, 2013

Genre:  Contemporary/Thriller

Age Group:  New Adult

Event organized by: AToMR Tours

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17181920-bitter-angel

Book Description:

Torn between two realities.

A choice that will mean life or death.

She won’t know anything… until she wakes up.

College sophomore, Lila Spencer lived Friday night twice. She doesn’t know how or why, just that she did. As if she split in half and went in two different directions.

Out clubbing with her friends, Heather and Nilah, the girls rock it out and party hard. What begins as an innocent night will lead to a deadly fight for their lives, and Lila might be their only chance for survival.

In bed with her boyfriend, Jay, Lila is safe and warm as she drifts to sleep in the arms of the man she loves. Until she is sucked into a horrifying nightmare of her friends’ deaths.

As the sunlight warms her face on Saturday morning, the two scenarios collide. But there can be only one outcome. Will she wake up in her warm bed with Jay by her side, devastated and grieving for her friends? Or was she there to save them?

The answer is just the beginning.

 megan hand

 

 About the Author

At twelve, Megan decided to write a novel. A month later, she quit. A reading junkie by nature, she started writing again in her twenties as a way to get the voices out, because who wouldn’t want to create a Real Living Person out of thin air? Megan also plays the piano and sings. She teaches little kids and takes pictures of pretty butterflies. She eats way too much chocolate, is sort of a mad scientist with her blender, and spends an unhealthy amount of time LOLing on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and very smiley son. Bitter Angel is her first published novel.

Author social media links:

Website: http://meganhandwrites.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/meganhandauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6868683.Megan_Hand

Twitter: @MeganHandWrites

Excerpt:

As Nilah hooted and woohooed, it took less than a minute for her Infiniti G35 to reach illegal speeds. Her hollering was a painful side effect of her birthday high. If she weren’t driving, she’d have probably stuck her head out the window and let her ears flap in the wind. From the front passenger seat, Heather was blowing on her French manicure, even though her nails were way past dry.

I leaned forward from the back, an elbow on each of their seats. “Where is this place again?”

“We went there once,” Nilah reminded me. “It’s near that Fourth Street Park place we went to last time, but we’re going to dinner as soon as we get into town. I made reservations at the most expensive seafood place I could find.”

Grimacing, I sank back into the plush, heated leather. I’d never been a very big seafood fan, but it was Nilah’s birthday. Her day, her rules. We’d always had that tradition for our birthdays—we got to pick where we ate, what we did, and go wherever we wanted on our special day.

I sighed, already missing Jay. At that moment, I began to daydream that I was clawing my way out of the car, curling into a ball, and rolling to a stop on the concrete. Then, magically uninjured of course, I’d race back to him.

When I came to my senses, however, I was overcome with a very strange sensation. Like I didn’t have to imagine it.

Because I was still with him.

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Awaken Is Live On Amazon & Barnes and Noble!

After a few years of having a dream, taking the time to write it down and then working day and night…I’ve finally (as of yesterday) am living that dream. Awaken (my novel and the first book in the Awaken Series) is now live on Amazon & Barnes and Noble!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR COPY ON AMAZON

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