Book Rec: FAE – anthology edited by Rhonda Parrish

Book reviews aren’t my mainstay here on the blog, but I like to tell people about books I enjoyed, and I have to say that FAE is one of my favorite reads this summer. I read it just after it released, and weeks later, some of the stories are still sticking with me. This was a well-selected collection of stories about the Fae, and it made me restless and twitchy in the best way possible–the way I always feel when I’m reading about the Fae, which means the authors collected here got it right. I honestly liked all of these stories. I buzzed through the anthology in two days, which is unusual for me with anthologies. I have a hard time with short stories, both reading them and writing them, so I don’t read too many anthologies in general. Two things worked … Continue reading

Self-Pub 101: Lessons Learned (Part 2)

Stephanie A. Cain signing books at Robots and Rogues Bookstore

Last week, as part of my continuing series Self-Pub 101, I wrote about some of the lessons I had learned during the process of self-publishing my fiction. This week I’m continuing with specifically the pricing and marketing lessons I’ve learned. (Warning: This is a Very Long Blog Post.) Pricing One of the best things about self-publishing your books is that you have a lot of control over the price. This is especially true with e-books, though it is true to an extent with all books. CreateSpace, for instance, won’t let you sell your books at a price that doesn’t cover the production cost. But they will let you sell the book at a price that covers production cost without turning you any profit, if you really want to. Indie authors can play with pricing as much as they want. When I … Continue reading

Epic fantasy novella Sow the Wind now available!

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I’m pleased to announce that my epic fantasy novella Sow the Wind is now available for Amazon Kindle! I’ll also have print editions available soon. Synopsis Eighteen-year-old Gabriel Malnythe should be training for his inheritance as a warrior nobleman. Instead, he dreams of entering the clergy and devoting his life to philosophy. But fever takes the lives of his two brothers and Gabriel is pushed towards a decision he thought he could avoid. Should he accept his rightful place in the Elite Corps as one of Prince Justin’s guards and advisors? Or can he find a way to escape what others see as his duty? Each path demands a high price. If Gabriel refuses the Elite Corps, he may lose the Prince’s trust. But if he joins the Elite Corps, he fears he will lose himself. Click the cover to buy it! … Continue reading

Self-Pub 101: Lessons Learned (Part 1)

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This is the third in a series of blog posts where I talk about my experiences with self-publishing and learning how to be an indie author. This post in particular was prompted by a question my friend J asked me: “Did you learn anything publishing Stormsinger that you’ll do differently in future?” Did I ever. This is just a partial list, because I’m sure there are things I’ll think about after this is published. I’ll be doing a Part Two next week, and I’ll probably have Parts Three through Six after I’ve got a couple more books published. Cover art If there’s one lesson I learned about cover art, it’s this: Fall in love. Honestly, for an 8-hour e-book, I think Stormsinger has a great cover. I remembered a photo I had liked from a stock photo website. I cropped it the … Continue reading

Self-Pub 101: Online Resources for Indie Authors

I read a lot of blogs. Fortunately a lot of those blogs are things I first stumbled on in the course of my day jobs (which involve lots of social media marketing), and I can still make a good case for reading them at work. I use Feedly to aggregate all my blog feeds into one easily-checked list, which is a huge time-saver. For today’s post, I wanted to share some of the experts I pay attention to online on a regular basis. Agents I read agent blogs partly because I’m still open to being a hybrid author instead of straight-up indie. I also read them because agents know a lot about marketing and how to make a story stronger and what pulls readers in. Books & Such Literary Management – Several agents blog here with lots of great info on … Continue reading

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First Look Friday–To Sow the Wind

I’m super excited! In a couple of weeks I’ll have a novella, To Sow the Wind, available in a different world than the Storms in Amethir series, and just this week I got the final art from my phenomenal artist, Phuoc Quan! I’m going to tease you all with a glimpse of the art:

To Sow the Wind novella cover hint

Stay tuned for more information! To Sow the Wind has a planned publication date of August 3–and if you sign up for my newsletter here, you’ll be the first to see the full cover when it’s ready!

 

 

Get Stormshadow free on Digital Book Day!

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Everyone loves getting a free book, right? Well, what about lots of free books? Even better! So get your mouse-clicking finger in shape and check out Digital Book Day this coming Monday! Author CJ Lyons decided it was time to free the Bastille books for a day, so she organized Digital Book Day as a place for all kinds of authors to offer a single title for free for one day only. My book Stormshadow will be available there, as will my friend Laura’s book Con Job and many, many others. As I write this (several days in advance) there are almost 300 titles there in genres ranging from science fiction and fantasy to romance to mystery/thriller to nonfiction to historical to young adult to general fiction. It’s pretty safe to say there’s probably something for everyone. So go browse, but the links won’t … Continue reading

Book Signing Saturday

I have two events scheduled for this coming Saturday, so if you’re anywhere in central Indiana, you can swing by a couple of places to get a copy of Stormshadow and have it signed by yours truly! Local Author Fair, 10 am – noon Crawfordsville District Public Library 205 S. Washington Street Crawfordsville, Indiana Come find me and a bunch of other local authors (including my friend Laura VanArendonk Baugh) at the Pavilion behind the library building. If it’s raining, we’ll be signing books in the library basement. Robots and Rogues, 6 – 9 pm Robots and Rogues New and Used Books 531 Main Street Lafayette, Indiana Robots and Rogues will be open late as part of Lafayette’s monthly Mosey Down Main. There will be live music, food, entertainment, vendors, and I’ll be signing books along with Brad Lamar, author of the … Continue reading

Self-Pub 101: An Indie Author’s Introduction to Self-Publishing

I’ve mentioned before how I sort of fell accidentally into the self-publishing world. (Or, more accurately, how Laura VanArendonk Baugh pushed me into the self-publishing world.) I’ve never really talked about why I made the decision to go for it, what resources I used, what I wish I’d known beforehand, and what I’ve learned from the process. I have a close friend who is contemplating going the indie route with her LGBT urban fantasy novel, and she’s asked me some good questions that have me thinking about this. At the same time, I have another friend who has pointed a couple of young authors to me for advice, or at least commiseration. So I got to thinking, why not create a series of blog posts about my thoughts on indie publishing? I know I won’t be covering any ground that … Continue reading