Sunday, 27 July 2014
At approximately four-thirty this morning it hit me like a ton of bricks. The only real time I see someone promote an indie authors book is normally around the time of the release, during a blog tour or release tour. I never really see anyone promote anyone besides themselves outside of this time.
I told myself after an author that I once knew failed to show interest in a fellow author, who helped promote her, that I would never be that way towards the people I've grown to care about. I've signed up for most of their cover reveals and blog tours, but I always did very little. A quick promotional act to make myself feel better. So I can tell myself that I did my part, and that is that.
But I haven't done my part, not even close.
I personally believe that indie authors write because if they didn't they would explode. They don't write to become famous, or to make a ton of money. But who, or what is stopping us from continuously promoting books that we've enjoyed reading?
So I would like to take a moment here to give you a list of people that I would like to apologize to. David James, Helen Boswell, Christopher Waltz, Rachel Walter, and most of all Dani Morales.
These five people have all written wonderful novels, and I believe that the only time I've promoted them were during cover reveals and blog tours. I never took that extra step to help promote them after all of this. Not even the simplest tweet letting people know how awesome their novels were.
I have decided to take it upon myself to promote each of these authors, and all of the other indie authors that I have read more often. And during the next little while, I will be making a blog post, every week with a new author. Or just a new book from an old author.
We as indie authors are not going to get out name out there if we're not willing to take the time to help each other. An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth.
As today is a Sunday, I'm going to say the first promotional blog post will be put up by Wednesday. So stayed tuned. You may just find a book that you might just like to read.
Christopher T. Chapman
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Available this September, BETWEEN THE STARS AND SKY is a vivid contemporary novel from Young Adult author David James. Lyrical and romantic, BETWEEN THE STARS AND SKY is a heart-stopping, contemporary read for fans of Maggie Stiefvater and David Levithan.
SYNOPSIS: "In the small, lakeside town of Huntington, the Firelight Festival marks the end of summer. A time to laugh, to live, to love. And for Jackson Grant, it is a chance to begin again.
But there is a darker side to the Firelight Festival, a deadly tradition known as the Firelight Fall. A secret game. A legendary lie. A test of bravery. Those who fall risk everything, and Jackson is on the edge. Until he meets a girl who pushes him over.
For Jackson, falling for Sarah Blake might be as dangerous as jumping in the Firelight Fall. As summer burns away, Jackson and Sarah ignite an unstoppable love game. For her, his heart is on fire. And soon, Sarah shows him life, saves him from loss, and opens his heart to an infinite and wild love found between the stars and sky."
FIND THE PLACE WHERE LOVE IS INFINITE
David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer duet, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH'S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. A Legend of the Dreamer anthology, SHADES OF THE STARS, was released July 2013, and includes the exclusive novella, THE ENCHANTER'S FIRE. The final book in the duet, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in 2015. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. David enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. Visit David’s blog at djamesauthor.blogspot.com and facebook at facebook.com/djamesauthor to learn more about his novels.