Of Surveys and Updates

Well.

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We haven’t talked for awhile.

I apologize that I’ve almost completely disappeared from the internet over the past few weeks. School leaves me nearly zero time for writing or blogging (not to mention sucks away my motivation for it), so it may be a little while before I’m back to my normal pace of weekly posting. In the meantime, though, how would you like some updates and things to do while I’m gone?

First, you can help with a survey on books and authors. A friend of mine from Kingdom Pen is gathering info from book-loving teens about reading and books and all other literary things. That sounds fun, doesn’t it? It is. So, if you’re a teenage-ish bookworm, click on this link and take the survey! Many thanks to you.

Well, once you’ve done that (don’t worry, I’ll wait), allow me to thank you for participating in the Indie e-Con Book Awards. It was fantastic to see authors and readers come together on the internet to talk about some of our favorite things. I didn’t get to attend that much thanks to school, but I know everyone had fun.

And while we’re on the subject, let’s chat a little about Alen’s WarThat is to ask, how in the world did you like it? I’d love to hear your thoughts! I like talking about my books. By the way, if you really really liked the book, go ahead and rate or review it on Goodreads or Amazon. I love reviews, so thank you kindly.

Finally, some things to compensate for my unprecedented appearance. Have you been to my Resources page? That’s where I’ve compiled a lot of helpful articles and blogs, as well as some books and videos. You should check it out. For now, I recommend the Write About Dragons channel (by Brandon Sanderson!) if you want some brilliant writing advice, or the Rafflecopter blog if you want some tips on marketing.

And I promise I’ll be back within five weeks at the very worst. It’s almost the end of the school year, guys. Hang in there!

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Cover Reveal, Survey, and a Giveaway

The title says it all. Next week we’ll be back to a normal posting schedule, I promise; but for now, we get some new goodies for Alen’s War!

Cover first…

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Ah, I fooled you, didn’t I? (sneaky Sheriff of Nottingham face) I said before that the color scheme would probably be deep red, but then I turned around and made it soft green. That wasn’t a lie. I initially did want a red cover to match Agran’s flag, but while I was playing with colors, the green really stood out to me and contrasted well with the ship. Oh, and it wasn’t as scary as deep blood red.

Inevitably someone is going to ask the question, so I’ll answer now: Yes, I designed the cover myself, but I had a lot of sound input from other artists and the useful features of Paint.net and Picmonkey.  Who said an indie cover had to be expensive?

And that brings us to my second announcement. I need your help with a new blog series: Q&A on indie/self publishing. I don’t pretend to be an expert self-publisher, but other new authors and interested readers are always asking me the many questions that I had to answer myself when I was publishing Son of Ren. Obviously it’s a hot topic. In order to write about it, I need to know what questions to answer, so if you have a question about self-publishing, post it in the comments or email me through this page. Thanks in advance for your help!

Finally, the fun part- the giveaway. It opens on Friday, and you can enter by following me or tweeting a message to your friends. Here’s the link. Good luck!

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