Punch-Drunk Indie: A Gratitude Party

“If serotonin is the Zen-master among neurotransmitters, dopamine is Pollyanna, responsible for the highs of infatuation, new love, joy, self-confidence, and motivation.” — Deborah Bloom, Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer

I’d have to add publishing decisions to Bloom’s list. As if I wasn’t stoked enough about Girl Boners! 😉 Sadly, they aren’t on today’s menu. Welcome to #ThrillerThursday, the day I feature whatever else I find thrilling.

Those of you who read my post on self-publishing with an agent know that I’ve been deciding whether to do just that.

The moment I spotted “consider self-publishing” in my agent’s email a few weeks ago, giddiness filled my belly. I felt as though I’d been clocked on the head by the love monster—woozy, butterfly-filled and punch-drunk in LOVE. My inner Pollyanna took over, proving the Zen-master obsolete. I’ve learned to listen to my gut, and it was screaming.

I knew I shouldn’t make such a huge decision on the spot, so I researched like crazy, thought and dreamed about it (when sleep was possible), until I had all of the answers and affirmations I needed. Soon, my brain had caught up with my gut and I braced myself to run around yelping officialize my decision.

Then…Sandy struck. The largest Atlantic hurricane on record blasted the Northeast with 85 miles per hour winds and torrential rain, flooding streets and buildings, cutting power and taking lives. That morning, I sat huddled on the sofa, watching the news with suffering from what felt like a nation-wide emotional flu, making my indie decision seem trivial. But I was also inspired.

Atrocities like Sandy show us how connected we all are. They also bring out incredible strength, resilience and compassion. While I’m still head over heels with with my  choice, Storm Sandy brought me back down to Earth and enlarged my gratitude in one gargantuan, if pain-staking, fell swoop. I suppose that’s positive on another level; I can share my decision without screaming so loud your ears hurt. (You’re welcome. ;)) So without further ado…

To say I’m stoked is a major understatement. More will follow on the specifics, but for now, I’d like to invite you all to party with me “pimp and promote” style, a term coined by the fabulous Chuck Wendig, with a slant toward gratitude.

In the comments below, post two links you’re GRATEFUL for:

1) Pimp out one of your own links, such as your Amazon author page, Facebook fan page or a blog post.

2) Promote someone else’s book, blog, author or fan page.

This is a fun way to gain and give exposure, particularly if you take the courteous route by checking out others’ links. (No one wants to party or promote solo. Ask any indie. ;)) Post now and pop by later, or check out others’ links before posting your own.

I’ll start by pimping my interview with David Freed, author of the Cordell Logan mystery series. David is a spectacular writer and person I’m grateful to call friend. He’s also an award-winning journalist, dog lover and pilot with a wicked sense of humor and a passion for Mexican food. (What’s not to love???) For more fun, connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

I’m honored to promote one of my favorite indie-divas, Steena Holmes. Author of the award-winning best-seller, Finding Emma, Steena is as sweet as the chocolate she adores, and as supportive and driven as Megan, the indomitable mother in her novels. She’s also a mother of three, wife to one and a talented graphic and book cover designer who’s doing a brilliant job on mine. (Yeah-hoo!) To learn more, check out her wonderful website.

Your turn! Share, share away. I can’t wait to explore your links, and hope you have as much fun as I plan to. Thanks in advance for brightening my day, and as always for your support. *raises glass*

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  1. Thanks for the opportunity, August, and a huge *Squeeee* for your decision! I’ll look forward to hearing your journey!

    I’d like to pimp our group blog, Writers in the Storm – http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/ It’s a craft and inspiration blog for writers.

    The promote part is easy – my new favorite author, Sharla Lovelace. Ate up her first novel, The Reason is You, and just got her new one – Before, and Ever Since. She’s going to be NYT, people – do yourself a favor and read her! Such a funny, quirky voice. http://sharlalovelace.com/

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    • Great picks, Laura! Writers in the Storm rocks, and I appreciate the intro. to Lovelace. Her blog and books seem fab. 🙂 Thanks for the support!

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  2. Welcome to the indie world, August!

    Here’s the link to my author profile on Amazon. It’s the easiest way to find all my books. http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004U1M9EK

    And for my promotional link, I’d like people to check out Merry Farmer’s blog. She’s an amazing romance author who makes history fun and interesting. I don’t usually read romance, so the fact that I look forward to each new release says a lot. http://merryfarmer.net/

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    • Thanks, Samantha! Feels a bit like a hard work-filled paradise. LOL

      Great choices. I “liked” your author page, and hope partygoers will, too. Merry is a gem. Off to check her latest. 🙂

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    • Samantha, good promote choice! I love Merry’s blog too – she always has fascinating, historical posts

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  3. August, YAY! I’m going the self-pub route as well (and will be making some announcements related to that shortly). I’m glad to see you so excited about your decision!

    Hmmm…to pimp: I’m getting close to the end of the Interactive Serial I’ve been writing (new installment went up today!) so for anyone who hasn’t been reading it, this is perfect coffee break/lunchtime material. http://withoutsushi.com/tell-me-a-story-an-interactive-serial/

    To promote: I am loving Rhonda Hopkins “Authors Give Back” series, and am especially proud of my girl Tiffany A White’s contribution: http://rhondahopkins.com/2012/11/06/authors-give-back-tiffany-a-white-and-st-jude-childrens-research-hospital/

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  4. Congrats, August! Wish you much success.

    As for the pimpage, I’ll pimp my new website. It’s got all the events for my INTO THE DARK Charity Raffle as well as buy links. http://www.stacygreen.net

    As for the promoting, that’s tough. So many great books and authors out there. I’ll have to say the Writers Guide to Epublishing is a GREAT resource for indies in all stages of their careers. http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/

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    • Thanks, Stacy! Best wishes with your soon release, too. Off to check out your raffle and that guide—may be just what the indie-doctor ordered. 😉

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  5. mgmillerbooks

     /  November 8, 2012

    Yeah-hoo! indeed. Can’t wipe the grin off my face. Big decision, yes, but the right one, and you’re going to do so well with it. IHS will be the cause of many a sleepless night, guaranteed.

    Pimp:
    https://augustmclaughlin.wordpress.com/tag/bayou-jesus/

    Promote:
    http://www.janmorrill.com/

    Party:
    Since it’s too early for a cocktail, I’ll raise my glass in a toast to you this evening. I guarantee that too.

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  6. I’m going to pimp my friend Stacey Joy Netzel.

    I was honored to work with Stacey on the paranormal anthology Tales From the Mist (in which both of our short stories appear). Stacey’s story in Tales From the Mist is called “Beneath Still Waters.” It is one of the best stories in the anthology.

    http://www.amazon.com/Tales-From-The-Mist-ebook/dp/B009KRKTIW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1352387782&sr=8-2&keywords=tales+from+the+mist

    “Beneath Still Waters” deals with witchcraft, reincarnation, and urban legends. It’s one of those stories you’ll keep thinking about long after you read the final sentence.

    Stacey has now written a follow-up novella to “Beneath Still Waters” called “Rising Above.” “Rising Above” is now available on Smashwords and is coming soon to all the major e-tailers.

    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/252168

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  7. Congratulations! I can’t say I’m surprised, welcome to insanity.

    I’ll pimp iTunes because they’ve given me a huge break:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/reckless-nights-in-rome/id566489082?mt=11

    And I’ll promote a superb political thriller by Dale Amedei which should be in the best seller lists and I see a film in it’s future – I’m never wrong about these things:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Anvil-Craftsman-ebook/dp/B006K9Q4W8/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1352388022&sr=8-1

    And I’m raising a skinny latte to you and a glass of wine this evening!
    Woo Hoo!

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    • LOL Thanks, CC! I love how I continually choose one zany path after the next. (So little has changed since childhood. ;))

      Reckless Nights is on my Kindle, and Amedei’s thriller sounds right up my alley. Enjoy the heck outta that latte!

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  8. August 🙂 The London Affair was one of those books for me. My then agent shopped it to everyone and their brother. We got great feedback, but Women’s Fiction was taking a dive, so in the end no takers. I took the self-publishing route, and I’m grateful because otherwise it would be languishing on my computer, which wouldn’t be good. It was one of those books that just had to be written.

    For the ‘someone elses’ book I’m grateful for…a friend of mine, Mary Buckham, has written a writer’s handbook titled, Writing Active Setting – Book 1. I just started reading it and wow! Already it’s charged up my writing 🙂 I highly recommend it to those who want to give a punch to their story.

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  9. Your faithful coach/editor is with you all the way on your self-publishing journey! 🙂

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  10. Congrats on taking the plunge, August! I’m betting you’ll be very successful as an indie writer, and you’ll love the process!

    I’d love people to check out my books page on my website, with links to the major eetailers for all my Saturn Society romantic time travels: http://www.jenpowell.com/books.

    And I’m always up for pimping friends, int this case, my in-real-life friend Jim Winter, who writes crime fiction with a touch of humor and snark: http://eviljwinter.wordpress.com.

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  11. Yay!!! I’m so pleased for you, August. No doubt, you’ll have smashing success as an idie writer.
    For the pimpage, here’s my LOST AND FOUND page with the trailer, links to books, reviews, et al: http://www.shojai.com/Lost-Found
    And I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if folks would VOTE for OPERATION FREEDOM PAWS for CNN Hero of the Year–a woman who partners shelter dogs with vets needing PTSD assistance animals. Moving video you have to see, plus info here:
    http://www.petarmor.com/operationfreedompaws/

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    • Yowza! Powerful trailer, Amy. Is that your pretty actress voice? Nicely done.

      You know I’m a sucker for all-things-dog… Both links, priceless! 🙂

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      • Thanks August! Yes, that’s my voice for the trailer. Add a bit of southern syrup since “September” is a Texan. *s*

  12. WOO HOO! I’m so excited for you and I know you’ll see success in this new journey – of that I have no doubt 🙂 I can’t wait to read your book and pimp it out for you!

    You are a sweetie … and I’d share my chocolate with you any time!! One day we’ll have to meet up 😉 Thanks for pimping my new book – I’m so excited and can’t wait for it to come out in the spring! I’m going to pimp Finding Emma – I love that I’ve been able to donate proceeds from the paperback copy of each book to MCSC – http://www.mcsc.ca. Here’s a link to for the paper copy (and of course it’s available in Kindle). http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Emma-Steena-Holmes/dp/0987856863/?tag=cr0229-20.

    And … I would love to pimp out D.L. Snow – she has a Thief of Hearts series out that I loved. Think fairy tales told with a kick-ass heroine 🙂 http://www.amazon.com/Thief-of-Hearts-Wanted-ebook/dp/B0077IUP12/?tag=cr0229-20. And the first book is free 🙂 Gotta love a deal like that!

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    • I might snowshoe to Canada to share a choco-fest with you, Steena! 😉 Thanks for the awesome, ongoing support.

      Tough to beat kick-ass heroine fairy tales. Must check out!

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  13. Congrats! I think I might have mentioned that Lisa and I are going the indie route too (though we haven’t made any official announcements yet).

    I’ve never been very good at promotion, so I’ll just point people to my favorite post on my blog last month where I asked how much responsibility we should take for others’ actions (and used a Star Trek example 😉 ) http://www.marcykennedy.com/how-much-responsibility-should-we-take-for-others-actions/

    I want to pimp Diane Capri’s interview of Melinda VanLone today. These are two fantastic ladies, and they’ve come together for a fun interview announcing Melinda’s December release “Stronger Than Magic.” http://dianecapri.com/2012/11/diane-capri-reveals-melinda-vanlone/

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    • I love our Star Trek examples, Marcy, and I don’t even think I’ve ever seen a full episode. 😉 *ducks tomato bombs from Trekkies*

      Thanks also for sharing Diane and Melinda’s joint post. (Love them!) Such a fun series featuring top-notch writers.

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  14. I’m so excited for you August! This path is full of unexpected bumps but it sure is worth it! Even if I have an opportunity to publish traditionally later on, I’ll never regret taking the self-publishing path because of all the things I’ve learned about the business and industry. Plus, it has pushed me and challenged me which I think is the best way (for me, anyway) to improve in the craft.
    I just know you’ll have a fantastic journey in self-publishing and I can’t wait until your book is available!

    As for promotions, I’m gonna pimp out my Amazon Author Page:
    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009UVRRAG

    And I’d like to do a two-for-one promotion next. Diane Capri’s Reveal series totally rocks. Its an awesome opportunity and Diane does a fantastic job with these posts. Today she is revealing Melinda VanLone. The cover of Melinda’s novel is just as awesome as the story – trust me! Here’s the link, http://dianecapri.com/2012/11/diane-capri-reveals-melinda-vanlone/.

    Here’s to great success on your new publishing path, August!

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  15. Very cool, August. I believe you will enjoy self-publishing. I do love a little pimpage, so I’ll share a link to my site, with all my books:

    http://thesolomonpress.com/

    I’ve got 4 books out, and am working on the next one. My best-seller is The Violet Collar, though I am partial to The Gypsy Queen. Strong love stories, both.

    Thanks for paying it forward, here, August. I’ll return the generosity at my first opportunity

    =)

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    • “I do love a little pimpage” should be in a thought bubble above your photo. Awesome! 😉

      Impressive link there, Samuel. All my best wishes.

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  16. Congrats and welcome to the party! I have had so much fun with my journey as a self published author after having been traditionally published three times. I am excited to read your book. I will pimp my latest memoir, Hearts on the Line. If anyone wants a good laugh, it is about my life as a Beverly Hills Matchmaker!
    http://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Line-elusive-pursuit-angels/dp/1477473181/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352393964&sr=8-1&keywords=marla+martenson

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  17. Yay for your decision, August! *hugs* I’m keeping my options open for all avenues, and I know I’ll be going indie for at least some of my stories. So I support your choice–big time. 🙂

    For “pimp,” one of my blog posts talks about something I’m really stoked/proud of: A beat sheet for romance stories. 🙂 http://jamigold.com/2012/11/write-romance-get-your-beat-sheet-here/

    For “promote,” one of my favorite bloggers is Janice Hardy, and she had a phenomenal post about how to think conceptually when it comes to what we want to accomplish with our scenes. As a pantser, I *love* this idea that I can plan something at the high level without actually plotting it out. 🙂 http://blog.janicehardy.com/2012/09/what-concept-plotting-your-novel.html

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  18. August! Thanks for organizing this party!

    I LOVE YA BOOKS is hosting a contest/fundraiser to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Donate and you could win 1 of 2 huge packs of books! And you’ll be helping the people in Hoboken, NJ, one of the places the storm hit the hardest. Check it out: http://www.iloveyafiction.com/lets-raise-money-for-kids-in-nj-contest-and-fundraiser-in-one/

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  19. Congrats August. Hope you enjoy every step of the way.

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  20. Congratulations, August! 🙂 Your excitement and enthusiasm for your fantastic decision shines through your post. I’m so happy for you! 🙂

    Pimp: My sites are http://www.ellenmgregg.com (blog; in flux, but active) and http://www.coursesofhealing.com

    Promote: My boss is a newly published author, a mother of four, and a killer knitter: http://www.lisabouchard.com

    Thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

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  21. Coleen Patrick

     /  November 8, 2012

    Yay! August! I think I’m getting a buzz from the punch drunk vibes, Love it. 🙂 So excited for you.

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  22. High five, my friend! (And chest bump too if you up for it.) So happy for your news, and as I’ve said before, I have no doubt that you will shine as an indie author. You’ve got my full-pimping support! And I just love how you announced your news … so clever!

    Pimp:
    I’m going with my new book trailer for my novel, Little 15, which as you know just got banned from a literary event! http://youtu.be/CL4WZXydYfY

    Promote:
    Christie Tate, one of the best bloggers around. Please check out her award-winning cheeky posts that are not only thought-provoking, but will leave you rolling on the floor in stitches – gauranteed. http://www.outlawmama.com

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  23. August: I am thrilled for you! I had a feeling this is what you might be announcing — and what had to do with some of what was going on when we were emailing. Deadlines, etc. So I couldn’t be happier for you! I think you will be a hit. Mazel tov.

    I’d like to pimp my Tingo Tuesday. I do them on the first Tuesday of each month, and whoever leaves the best fiction or non-fiction comment gets a month of linky-love in my side-bar. Check out this month’s entries. They are fantastic. People have until November 30 to enter. But do it now! 😉

    http://rasjacobson.com/2012/11/06/tingo-tuesday-tell-me-about-your-grief-bacon/

    Meanwhile, I want to promote a relatively new blogger, ateachablemom: her post http://ateachablemom.com/2012/10/24/hiding-in-plain-sight/ is really cool. I know I have been sitting on a gift. And I feel strangely ashamed of it. But she is giving me permission to write about. So I will. Eventually.

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  24. prudencemacleod

     /  November 8, 2012

    Hey August, welcome to the indie world of freedom and control. Here’s a couple of links for you folks to check out.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/PurpleRavenBoutique?ref=seller_info

    http://powderriverediting.blogspot.ca/

    Let me know about release date so I can help promote.

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  25. Congratulations, August!

    I’m certain you and your agent have made the right choice, and we’re going to have a blast, watching you determine your own happy fate. These are exciting times in publishing, with self-publishing turning into a kind of Gold Rush. I’ll stake my claim right now that you’re tapping into a life-changing vein of pure gold here. Good luck, and keep us in the loop!

    Pimp: booksandboxing.blogspot.com

    Promote: http://rioyouers.com/books/westlake-soul/ I read a lot of books, and WESTLAKE SOUL is not only the best I’ve read this year but also the most powerful and most surprising. Rio Youers receives a lot of attention — and awards — from the genre crowd, but WESTLAKE SOUL has absolute breakout mainstream potential. I (and basically everyone I know who’s read it) am trying to get the word out, though, as his publisher, the small yet excellent CHIZINE, doesn’t have a ton of bucks to market the thing. AMAZING BOOK!

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  26. Karen McFarland

     /  November 8, 2012

    I am not pimping or promoting today because my Hubby is still in the hospital after an eight hour surgery Tuesday. But I saw your post and had to pop in to tell you how happy I am for your decision August! I know you gave it thoughful consideration before leaping and I am so excited for you! I wish you all the best! 🙂

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  27. Elena Aitken

     /  November 8, 2012

    Um….YAY!! Congrats on your decision. You’re not going to regret it.
    I haven’t…
    I was totally going to Pimp, Steena. Cause not only is she totally awesome, but we’ve also become IRL coffee buddies. And I LOVE that.
    But since you took her…ha ha…I’ll promo another one of my real life writing peeps. Leanne writes a super funny blog Ironic Mom. and her first book (which I’ve had the super good fortune of reading) titled “Don’t Lick the Minivan” is coming out this spring. Check her out. http://www.ironicmom.com
    And…I’ll pimp myself. Check out my facbook page. I’m gathering likes and newsletter subscribers because there’s going to be some fun news coming very soon!
    https://www.facebook.com/elenaaitken.author

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  28. Welcome to the self-publishing world!! Good luck on your continued journey… I’m so excited for you!

    I’d like to promote so many, but I can’t help but think of my book Football Sweetheart first. It’s still “new” to the publishing world and I want to market it as much as I possibly can! It’s available on Kindle and Nook now, with the paperback edition due out later this year…

    http://www.tiffanyawhite.com/

    As far as pimping another artist, I want to give a shout out to author Shelly Williams and his book Washed in the Blood. I blogged about “The Kiss and Kill Murder” last year and the post continues to receive hits every single day. For anyone who loves to read true crime, I highly recommend this. It’s a quick and easy read about a murder in Odessa, Texas in the 1960s. Hopefully one day soon the production talks will cease and we’ll have an opportunity to see Betty’s story on the big screen.

    http://tiffanyawhite.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/friday-fabooolousness-%E2%80%93-the-%E2%80%9Ckiss-and-kill-murder%E2%80%9D/

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  29. What a great idea, August!

    Okay, to pimp myself: Here is my blog/website: http://christayelichkoth.wordpress.com/. I just came out with my first science fiction graphic novel, Hollow, on Oct 1, 2012, self-published! There is a link at the bottom of my home page to find it on Amazon or you can click on the Graphic Novel tab to read a summary and find out where it’s being sold in stores.

    To promote: I can’t NOT support fellow author Jessica Therrien and her first YA fantasy novel, Oppression, which came out this past spring. It’s the first of a trilogy and personally, I think it’s better than Hunger Games. http://jessica-therrien.blogspot.com/

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  30. Congratulations, August. You will have suck a great time self publishing and making the decisions for yourself.

    I’m going to highlight Louise Behiel who also belongs to my local chapter. Louise writes fabulous books and does an awesome blog. http://louisebehiel.com/

    And I’ll pimp my Amazon Author page 🙂 http://www.amazon.com/Sheila-Seabrook/e/B0076ALJ2K/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_2

    Thank you so much!

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  31. Hi August, congrats on making a decision and being super stoked about it plus a ton of folks will support you! (me included!) I will follow your journey as I may do this for my sequel – not sure yet. Thanks for opp to pimp and promote ! 🙂

    I’d like to promote my wonderful editor and dear friend, Kathryn Craft. She goes above and beyond in her service! She also participates in a fantastic writer resource blog with a team of other editors called The Blood Red Pencil:
    http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2012/11/countdown-to-book-2-pitching.html
    Her editing website is: http://www.writing-partner.com/
    Plus she has spent 10 years revising her book over and over based on much feedback to finally land an agent and now a book deal. She is a force to follow and one who never gave up to make her dream happen!

    And here is my debut paranormal suspense novel, A Human Element, that NY Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry says “is an elegant and haunting first novel. Unrelenting, devious but full of heart” and Intl Bestselling Author MJ Rose says “be utterly absorbed by this riveting debut that had me reading till the wee hours of the night. A thriller star is born.”
    Book: http://www.amazon.com/A-Human-Element-ebook/dp/B007IIIZUO/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_2
    And my website (where I have guest authors on and have a Writers Corner:
    http://blog.donnagalanti.com/wp/

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  32. Congrats August! I am sure it will be a hit!
    I am late to the party and am expecting company so will promote The Undead, Revived, Resuscitated and Reborn by Clay Morgan for all those zombie lovers out there!
    http://www.amazon.com/Undead-Revived-Resuscitated-Clay-Morgan/dp/1426753454

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  33. Congratulations, August! As others have said, you’re going to love the freedom and control of self-publishing, plus you have an agent to help you learn the ropes. Awesome!

    For mystery lovers, I will pimp Shannon Esposito’s new cozy mystery with a paranormal twist, Lady Luck Runs Out, A Pet Psychic Mystery http://www.amazon.com/Lady-Luck-Psychic-Mystery-ebook/dp/B009L72SIU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1352420019&sr=1-1&keywords=lady+luck+runs+out

    And I’ll promote my new release, Celebrity Status, A Kate Huntington Mystery. My official launch starts Monday but it’s already out as an e-book http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WQ9AMW and for the first time, I’m doing POD (wahoo!) so it is available in paperback as well http://www.amazon.com/Celebrity-Status-Kate-Huntington-Mystery/dp/0615722539/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352420344&sr=1-6&keywords=Celebrity+Status

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  34. wonderful choice, August. I’m sure your book will sell like crazy. no pimping here. life is crazy right now.

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  35. Congratulations, my darling! This is very exciting news indeed. I can’t wait for your book to come out so we all can read it!

    Let’s see… I’ll promote a fabulous new book I just read by Jillian Stone called, ‘The Seduction of Phaeton Black’. It’s a bit steampunk, which I didn’t realize I liked! You can find Jillian at http://www.gjillianstone.com/

    Again, congratulations!!

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  36. August, I look forward to your progress and wish you the very best as you brave these new waters. You rock!

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  37. Congratulations, August, and welcome to the “club”. How exciting! I’m in that loooong lineup awaiting your book launch!

    I’m in the process of revamping my blog, so I’ll pimp that and hope for some feedback on the new look. http://patriciasands.wordpress.com/

    And to make everyone’s day sparkle, I’ll suggest they hope right on over to the fabulous Tameri Etherton’s blog which simply never disappoints! http://tamerietherton.com/2012/11/06/trust-your-gut-or-you-might-get-screwed/

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  38. August, Congratulations!!!! You’re going to love this indie life, and you’re going to be GREAT at it!!

    I’d like to promote CC MacKenzie, one of the most giving authors on the planet. Such a good writer, so much fun, so willing to share! http://ccmackenzie.wordpress.com/tag/ccmackenzie/

    And since I’m not pimping — I’d also like to promote Jillian Dodd and for the same reasons. http://jilliandodd.net

    Both of these women have made my own indie journey ever so much better than it would have been. Thanks for this opportunity to publicly appreciate them!!

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  39. Thanks for sharing your decision! Congratulations.

    PIMP: Recent fabulous interview about British vs. American English with Donna Newton: http://julieglover.com/2012/11/07/british-invasion-donna-newton-chats-about-english/

    PROMOTE: Recent anthology released by Catie Rhodes, Rhonda Hopkins, and other wonderful writers. I haven’t gotten to read all the stories yet, but check out TALES FROM THE MIST: http://www.amazon.com/Tales-From-The-Mist-ebook/dp/B009KRKTIW

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  40. Congrats on your decision, August! I know you’ll be a huge indie success. 🙂

    I’d like to promote CC MacKenzie’s blog – it’s hilarious! http://ccmackenzie.wordpress.com/

    And her books – they’re all great reads! http://www.amazon.com/CC-MacKenzie/e/B007WKC36A/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1352484763&sr=8-2-ent

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  41. Raani York

     /  November 9, 2012

    I’m REALLY happy for you August! And of course I do expect word when the book’s out so I can get it! I’ll do whatever I can to support and promote!! You’re such an unbelievable talent!!!

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  42. Congratulations on your decision, August. I’m hearing more and more success stories on self-publishing and I have no doubt we’ll hear them from you, too. Love this idea of gratitude!

    PIMP: http://janmorrill.wordpress.com/ (and thanks for following!)

    PROMOTE: http://pamelafosterspeakerwriter.wordpress.com/ (for a wonderful dose of humor and wisdom!)

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  43. Kourtney Heintz

     /  November 10, 2012

    Congrats on the decision to go indie! I can’t wait to hear more about the process! 🙂

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  44. Raani York

     /  November 11, 2012

    Hi,

    You got the Reality Blog Award from me. Check out my page:

    http://raaniyork.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/reality-blog-award/

    Just copy the pic, answer the question and nominate as many as you want. I figure the “rules” had been lost somewhere on the road. LOL

    Have fun! And Congratulations – you really deserve it!!

    Hug
    Raani

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  45. Congratulations, August! Best wishes to you!

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