I am thrilled to announce that Talented has been delivered to the Kobo and should be available for purchase for just $2.99 in the next day or two!!!

Sophie

Today marks my first full week as a self-published author!  I originally decided to post Talented directly to Barnes and Noble so that it would be available immediately for sale, and thus far that decision has been advantageous.  Why?  For several reason:  1)  I have changed the synopsis three times since posting, and the book has been updated almost instantly, 2) I have changed the cover art three times, and while the changes took a little longer to implement, they too were made within a few days, 3) The sales data is available within hours of the sale. 

 In order to sell Talented for the Kindle, IPAD, Sony E-reader, and several other readers, I decided to use Book Baby.  While I have been very happy with Book Baby, I was a little hasty in my original submission and making changes to the synopsis and cover art is taking time to make.  Additionally, the sales data won't be available for a while so by the time I release Caged next month I won't know whether the money I paid for the aggregator service was worth it.  Will I use Book Baby again for Caged?  Yes.  But this time I will also submit directly to Amazon so that I can better track what the sales and appeal of the books.

What have I learned?  Well, I've learned, what should have been obvious the first time around, MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS EXACTLY HOW I WANT IT BEFORE I SUBMIT.  Ha ha ha, I know rookie mistake.  This time I will run the synopsis by several of my trusted advisors (friends) and possibly some harsher critics.  The cover art for Caged is already in the works, unlike last time where I waited until the last minute!  So, I am confident that I will be able to see several drafts before making a final decision. 

My marketing team (close friends) has a lot of ideas for giveaways and promotions for Talented in the coming weeks, SO STAY TUNED!!!  Currently, for just 1000 points on Book Buzzr, you can win TALENTED!  So far we have had one winner, but there are plenty more copies available before the giveaway ends!

So, what else have I learned?  Sales take time, overnight success is rare.  The first sale was a very exciting day for me (January 10, 2012 will forever be marked on my calendar), but every sale since has been (almost) as exciting!

Finally, I have learned that without my bestfriends this wouldn't be possible.  They have worked almost as hard as I have to help me with everything from minute story details to massive overhauls in the plot to marketing strategies and cover art ideas.  They have endured late night phone calls and frantic emails in order to make Talented and the subsequent books possible.  So, for their continued help/advice/aggravation, I thank them - AGAIN. 

Sophie    

This week I'm at hard at work on the story edits for the third book in the Talented Series, Hunted.  I actually wrote the first draft as part of the NANO competition back in November and have been itching to get started on the revisions.  Of course, once I read back through the rough draft I realized how much work it really needs, but editing is half the battle, right? 

Caged, the second book in the Talented Series, is currently with my editors/trusted friends, and I'm eagerly awaitng their ideas on how to make the story better.  The wonderful artist, Laurel Dabbs, who did both the sketches and final painting for the Talented Cover is currently working on the cover for Caged, and I anticipate having that to share by the end of this month!!! 

I have others working on the website to make it look better/more fun, web design is not my forte.  I also plan on having several giveaways for Talented shortly for anyone interested in scoring a free copy!!!

When I have spare time, or need a break from Talia's world, I have been outlining some ideas for upcoming series.  Nothing too concrete yet, but who knows what my brain with develop :-)

Well that's it for now, hopefully more to report in the coming weeks!

Sophie

I am pleased to announce that Talented is on sale on Amazon.com for the Kindle for just $2.99!!!  The cover art has yet to be updated, but it should be in the coming days!!!!!

The new cover art for Talented has arrived, and it looks AMAZING!!!  Thank you so much to Laurel Dabbs for such a wonderful painting!!

Edits and Cover Art underway for CAGED!!

TALENTED is ONLY $2.99 on the IPAD!!!

I am thrilled to announce that Talented is available for purchase for just $2.99 for the Nook on Barnes and Noble!  Comments, good, bad or otherwise (:wink: :wink:) are always welcome and appreciated!!!!

 I want to start off by saying, "Hi!", and thank you for taking the time to visit my site, and, hopefully, for reading Talented! 

A little bit about me . . .

I started writing when I was in middle school, mostly poems and short stories, which my mother embarrassingly reminded me about in front of my entire family at Christmas dinner.  But Talented is the first full length novel that I've managed to put on paper, err rather computer.  It was actually my third attempt at writing a novel, the first two sounded good in my head, but didn't translate so well to print; maybe one day those ideas will come around too! 

The idea for Talented started several years ago when I was studying for final exams, and desperately needed an escape from reality.  Over time, and with lots of suggestions from very patient friends, the story developed into what is now, the first book in my Talented series. 

I decided to go the e-publishing route because I am an immediate satisfaction kind of person.  When I did my homework on the amount of time it takes to take a more traditional path, several realities hit home:  1) I might never find an agent willing to represent me, 2) No publishing house might want to put my book in print, 3) It's a very long process - and that is just the short-list.  I love to write and create stories and characters that, I hope yall will enjoy as much as I do, so I decided that the best course of action for me was to self-publish.  I recruited a handful of close friends and family members, some more willing than others, to help me with everything from holes in the story, to technical edits, to cover design.  The debt and gratitude that I owe to each and every one of them I cannot adequately express. 

Writing is not my full-time job . . .

But it sure seems that way. Despite the countless hours that I spend lost in Talia's world, I do have a day job.  Thankfully my flexible hours and work-from-home option, allow me to embark on this great adventure.

During my free time, I try to travel; I am slowly making my way through 1000 Places To See Before You Die.  I love to read, so I make sure to squeeze in a book or two a week.  My stories develop best when I'm running, which is good because it forces me to exercise!

Random parting tidbits about me . . .  

I am an obsessive list maker.  That being said, the fun for me is in the actual making of the list, so I create several each day, detailing all my good intentions, but I rarely get the satisfaction of crossing through the items to indicate that they were done.  I love old rap music, and have been known to bust out random lyrics when my brain goes off on a tangent in response to something someone said.  I quote obscure movies and revel in the odd looks people give me when they don't get the reference.  Speaking of obscure movies . . . my sisters nicknamed me T-bit when I was still a baby, because they swear there is a movie with a character named T-bit Timbuktu, but despite numerous Google searches, I've yet to verify that such a character exists.  Despite being a "jock" for my entire life, I am extremely uncoordinated.  The only souvenir I've brought home from several of my trips abroad is the gravel in my knees from falling while running.  And because I consider myself to be fairly athletic, I operate under the delusion that I will be great at any new sport I try.  In recent years, I've been proven wrong time and time again.  When one of my guy friends tried to teach me to play golf, the attempt ended in tears - his - when I nearly broke the head off his club. 

 Well, I guess that's it for now!  Check back in the coming weeks for excerpts and updates on Caged, the second book in the Talented Series . . . coming Spring 2012!

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