May 16, 2011

Guest YA Author Stephanie Void

Yes!!!  The secret is out.  Some of the best visitors are those that stop by here, but then, I am quite biased.  Why else would I be getting requests from authors that they would like to stop by, visit and tell us about their newest book.  Today, we have just such a guest.  So, please help me in welcoming YA author, Ms. Stephanie Void !!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephanie Void has been writing since she was 14. She enjoys exploring new places, painting, singing, coffee, tea, and energy drinks. She’s a black belt and teacher of Shindoryu Aikijutsu; she personally assures you all the fight moves in this book are actually believable ones she may or may not have tested. She’s a Louisiana native who now lives near Boston.
She loves hearing from readers; you can contact her at her website: stephanievoid.com.

GUEST POST
7 Reasons To Self Publish
1) TIME FRAME- I can get a book available to readers in a fraction of the time a publishing house would. Publishing houses can take up to 2 years to get a book on the shelves. All I have to do is put it together in the proper formats, and I’m done.
2) DISILLUSIONMENT- After reading some pretty terrible books and finding out that some of them were almost immediately snapped up for publication, I’ve largely lost my faith in the publishing industry as a quality filter. If I can’t trust publishing houses and agents to screen out the sub-par fiction, then what are they for?
3) CONTROL- I can design my own cover (I’m a graphic designer) if I want, and can keep the book the way I want it. It’s 100% MY vision, not that of an overstressed editor.
4) OWNERSHIP- The books are mine. If I want to give you a free e-book, I can.
5) MONEY- Amazon gives me 70% of the cover price. My royalties from a publishing house would be a mere fraction of that. I can charge you less and still make more money. We both win.
6) STICKING IT TO THE MAN- Being indie makes the rebel in me smile.
7) CHANGING INDUSTRY- People don’t just buy books at their local bookstores anymore. Now there are e-books and e-readers, even I-Pod applications that let you read books on the go. And sales are going up. This is the future.

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ABOUT THE BOOK
Synopsis (borrowed from author's website):
Running from Secrets

Running from Secrets is a young adult (or YA) fantasy e-book. If you like dark fantasy about possessed queens, wind chimes with a secret code, naked paintings, mysterious professors, gutsy girls, and even a Dark Lord.... you're going to LOVE Running from Secrets.

Bethany has never felt as alone as she feels in Linwood—until she dreams up Chime, a woman on the run because of a magic crime she didn’t commit. The dreams get more and more urgent, so Bethany tries to banish them by writing them down, only to discover she’s stumbled into the role of unwitting controller of Chime’s world.

Chime is real here, and so is the possessed queen, minion army, mysterious professor, Vault Five, wind chimes with a secret code, child’s rhyme that can kill, the naked painting, and other things Chime’s story leads her to.

She has to fix the story without erasing Chime and her world, because if she erases Chime, she will die as well.

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3 comments:

kavyen said...

I love her. I read "Running from Secrets" and thoroughly enjoyed it. Great interview!

Rebecca said...

That is a great guest post! I've always wondered about the benefits of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing and now I know! I thought #7 was the most interesting about how reading is changing with the times and e-books are the future. I'll def. be checking out her website for more info. Thanks for sharing, Cheryl! :)

Jessica S. said...

I love reading all the posts about e-book publishing, because it inspires me to do the same! I don't have the free time available to really publish, and I never liked the idea of not being able to be involved in the cover. New follower! ^_^