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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Do what you love and strive for your dreams!

Do what you love and strive for your dreams…that’s what I always tell people when they say they’re too busy. I know life can take over and it’s very hard to find the time to do what you’re passionate about, but NEVER give up! Even if it takes you a little longer to achieve your goals – you have to at least try. And that’s what I’m doing. As most of you already know, I still work a full time job and have a family. Finding time to write my novels is very difficult when I have a full life with lots of responsibilities. So whenever I have a spare moment I try to write! I’ve started bringing my computer to work and on my lunch hour I’ll tuck myself in the back room and keep writing.

Quote: “Miracles only happen to those who never give up.” – unknown

Writing

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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FUN FACTS FRIDAY!

FUN FACTS FRIDAY!!! So this is a little fun…I’m going to post some interesting facts about the Awaken Series every Friday. The first fact that I will post today is about a song that inspired one of the scene’s in book two! The song is by Red and it’s called Lost. This scene in book two is a very intense scene and is PERFECT for my novel! I can’t give any hints about what’s in the scene but listen and maybe you can try to guess. 😉

Awaken Paperback News!

Awaken Synopsis:

Three things run through my mind at this very moment…

ONE, my life as I once knew it will never be the same.

TWO, the person I’m in love with might not even exist.

THREE, the deception that has unfolded before me has the power of life and death.

Sixteen year old, Breanna Davis, has heard the saying; life isn’t always what it seems…well, that saying rings true now more than ever. As horrifying visions appear before her, revealing tragedies that will forever change the fate of those she loves, she realizes that she may be the only person who can stop them from becoming reality.

Amongst the chaos of this new discovery, Bre is faced with a stranger, Eve, who moves in on Bre’s friends and begins to follow her every move. As Eve’s true motives begin to surface, Bre must fight against, not only the visions, but the dangers Eve holds close.

There is another secret kept- Collin, a boy held captive in Bre’s dreams, the boy she is secretly falling in love with but isn’t sure he even exists. As she tries to make it work with Austin, an old friend who could possibly be more, Bre battles against her feelings for Collin.

Bre is faced with an almost impossible decision, to choose her life or follow her destiny. If she doesn’t intercede, people will certainly die. If she does, her own life could be at stake. In the end, if she fails, she’ll lose everything.

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Empyreal Illusions: Book One of The Inferno Unleashed Series

Today is another cover reveal! This is my good friend Jake Bonsignore who is publishing his first novel in July! Check out this awesome cover!!

Empyreal Illusions: Book One of The Inferno Unleashed Series

Author: Jake Bonsignore

 Genre: YA Fantasy / Dystopian

Release: May 29, 2013 (e-book); July 2013 (paperback)

Book Design: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17841328-empyreal-illusions

Empyreal Illusions by Jake Bonsignore (E-Book Small)

Blurb

A Thin Line Separates Justice From Revenge….

Fourteen-year-old Breena Taljain’s dreary existence in the slums of Purgaire comes to a sudden end when a chance encounter with a criminal mastermind known as the Patriarch goes horridly wrong. His assault on her for refusing to pay for her mother’s addiction leaves her comatose and teetering on the edge of life and death.

Galbrecht Atalir is a washed-up doctor struggling to overcome his inner demons through alcohol and aggression. He never quite recovered from the unsolved murder of his family seven years prior. When he discovers Breena as his newest patient, he knows at once that the Patriarch is the one who eluded him for almost a decade.

The medicine Galbrecht gives Breena draws her into a heavenly paradise. When it ebbs away, though, the recurring trauma plunges her into treacherous hinterlands. There, Breena must learn to find power in courage, hope, and love to overcome fiends of hatred bent on permanently ending her existence.

With justice burning in his heart, Galbrecht begins a race against time to seek out the Patriarch in the underworld before Breena loses her struggle against the ever-darkening terrors of her mind….

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