Sunday, June 25, 2017

This week in ShoreIndie: June 26-July 2

It's Week 3 of the Editing Round. This week's events, targeted at emerging indie authors, include two AskAuthor chats and five giveaways! Scroll down for details and to enter today's giveaway.

Please note: Giveaway winners will be announced on Twitter the day after the giveaway ends. While the majority of our giveaways are open to the entire ShoreIndie community, one of this week's giveaways is only open to authors who submitted to the contest. All other events are open to all writers everywhere. Contact us on Twitter @ShoreIndie with questions.

Monday, June 26 - AskAuthor Chat at 6pm ET
Join science fiction and fantasy author Ruthanne Reid and ShoreIndie editor Jeni Chappelle on Twitter's #AskAuthor hashtag for a conversation about Ruthanne's experience as an indie author. All are welcome to join the conversation and ask questions!

When Ruthanne Reid was a child, her friends were imaginary. Being an adult meant writing them down and introducing them to other people.

Proudly self-published since 2014, she's led convention panels on world-building and taught writing classes on finding the writer's voice. Her blog posts are shared by real live people, and her Twitter following is a pretty darned fun one.

Ruthanne has lived on both US coasts but currently dwells somewhere in the middle, loathing the hot summers and avoiding cholla cactuses. In the meantime, she writes a lot while dealing with Potential Multiple Sclerosis (or fibromyalgia or something) and looking way cute in cotton hospital duds. She's happily married, is owned by two cats, and has little else to say in a third-person format.

To learn more (and begin an ordinary conversation), subscribe to her free email newsletter or send her an email.

Connect with Ruthanne:  Website   Twitter   Facebook

Editor's Note: I fell in love with Ruthanne's eerie scifi novel The Sundered a few years ago and asked her to write a guest post on her definition of success as a writer. So when I started thinking about indie authors I wanted to invite to join ShoreIndie, hers was one of the first names that came to mind. Five days after the official launch of her latest book, HALF-SHELL PROPHECIES (March 2017), it already had 26 reviews (and a 4.8-star overall rating).

Ruthanne has also generously agreed to let us run a giveaway of three ebook copies and one paperback copy of HALF-SHELL PROPHECIES! This giveaways is open to all readers internationally, except where prohibited by law, and closes at 11:59pm on June 26th.

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Tuesday, June 27 - 24-hour Giveaway
Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook by Helen Sedwick*
This giveaway is open exclusively to authors who submitted to the 2017 ShoreIndie Contest. It is open midnight to 11:59pm ET on June 27th.

From the book description on Amazon.com:
Writing and publishing a book is a significant investment. Writers should not be losing money (and sleep) by hiring the wrong self-publishing company or getting sued for copyright infringement. Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook will help writers safely navigate the legal minefield.
*This giveaway is run by the ShoreIndie Contest. Neither Helen Sedwick nor her publisher are in any way affiliated with this contest.

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Wednesday, June 28 - 24-hour Giveaway
How to Market a Book (3rd ed., ebook) by Joanna Penn*
This giveaway is open to the entire ShoreIndie community from midnight to 11:59pm ET on June 28th.

From the book description on Amazon.com: 
How to Market a Book is for authors who want to sell more books, but it's also for those writers who want to think like an entrepreneur and build a long-term income. It's for traditionally published authors who want to take control of their future, and for self-published authors who want to jump-start a career.

There are short-term tactics for those who want to boost immediate sales, but the focus of the book is more about instilling values and marketing principles that will help your long-term career as a writer.
*This giveaway is run by the ShoreIndie Contest. Neither Joanna Penn nor her publisher are in any way affiliated with this contest.

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Thursday, June 29 - 24-hour Giveaway
30 minutes of marketing brainstorming with Cynthia T. Luna
This giveaway is open to the entire ShoreIndie community from midnight to 11:59pm ET on June 29th.

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Friday, June 30 - AskAuthor Chat at 5pm ET
Join mystery author and ShoreIndie Judge Bill Cameron and ShoreIndie editor Carly Hayward on Twitter's #AskAuthor hashtag for a conversation about Bill's experience as a hybrid author. All are welcome to join the conversation and ask questions!

Critically-acclaimed mystery author Bill Cameron is the author of the dark, gritty mysteries County Line, Day One, Chasing Smoke and Lost Dog—featuring irascible Portland homicide cop Skin Kadash. His first young adult mystery Property of the State, introducing troubled yet resourceful Joey Getchie, was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016: Teen.

In 2012, County Line won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Northwest Mystery. Lost Dog was nominated for the 2008 Rocky Award and was a finalist for the 2008 Spotted Owl Award. His short story, “The Princess of Felony Flats,” was nominated for a 2011 CWA Short Story Dagger Award. Bill’s short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Portland Noir, Murder at the Beach, Killer Year, and First Thrills.

Bill lives with his wife in Oregon. He is an eager traveler and avid bird-watcher, and likes to write near a window so he can meditate on whatever happens to fly by during intractable passages. He is currently at work on the first in an adult mystery series set in central Oregon.

Bill tweets @bcmystery. Be sure to check out his website, www.bill-cameron.com. 

Editor's Note: A hybrid author of adult and young adult mystery novels, Bill also writes short fiction, some of which has been included in anthologies edited by Lee Child (yes, THAT Lee Child - the bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers). We recommend checking out the interview Bill did with Sentence to Paragraph about his latest book, Property of the State (2016, Poisoned Pen Press), for an engaging discussion about how to capture the modern teen voice and writing about social issues without the book becoming a polemic.

Bill has also generously agreed to let us run a giveaway of PROPERTY OF THE STATE. One lucky winner will win either an ebook (open internationally) or a paperback (open to US & Canada residents only) of his YA mystery. This giveaway is open from midnight to 11:59pm ET on June 30th.

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Want to know what's coming up in the weeks ahead? See the Editing Round events calendar, which will be updated as needed.

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