#TNEEVegas Confessions, WIP’s, the Goon Squad, and some super-fun #giveaways! #lasvegas #amwriting

Phew!  This has been a LONG month, but not in a bad way.  Busy is good when you do what I do, so, you’ll hear no complaints from this camp!  Aside from the Virtual Tour of Speak of the Devil and the Batman v. Superman trailer, I have yet to do a real blog post update since before the month of April kicked off.  I have a lot to bring you all up to speed on.

Jena Sig XXX

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This is a LONG one.  No, like, REALLY LONG.

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Have I mentioned how much I missed you guys????  For realsies.

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This is way too many post-script inscriptions.  This has officially gotten out of hand.  Okay, I stopping now.

In this post:

  • My trip to Las Vegas and how things *really* went down at The Novel Experience Event…
  • WIP Update – Dance With the Devil, Bad Wolf, and my filthy little romance…
  • Authors After Dark Spring Registration Drive (and GIVEAWAY!!!!)…
  • DVD Boxed Set GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!…
  • Goon Squad Street Team applications are now open!
  • Plus some other stuff I can’t think of right now!…

 

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I’m going to be signing at #TNEE! They’re still accepting author and attendee registrations!!!

A premier author-signing event, don’t miss the experience!

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As the need for new events grows, we grow with them. Romance Ink, Inc, a literary non-profit that brings you Authors After Dark has come up with a new event to fill a growing need in the publishing industry.

The Novel Experience Event is the best parts of other more expensive events (signings, parties, and craziness) without the prices. TNEE offers general attendance to readers for FREE with an option to purchase VIP tickets for a very affordable price.

At The Novel Experience, ALL AUTHORS, traditionally published, self/indie published and small press will be signing alongside each other without the politics and issues that have come to rule the signing events of other conventions. With the world of publishing changing so rapidly, events are lagging behind. TNEE is the answer to the need that has recently cropped up.

Readers want what they want – BOOKS and we want to give it to them. Think of TNEE as a one stop shop! Readers will be able to get their reading fix and still be able to party with the authors and publishers they have come to love, in the genres they love.

TNEE includes a VIP preview for all VIP readers to get books signed earlier than the regular signing and exclusive events! Saturdays feature a massive signing and then another night of parties and merriment.  

KEEP READING FOR THE LIST OF
FABULOUS AUTHORS SIGNING AT TNEE
AND REGISTRATION INFO!

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How to Spend the Rest of Your Life Working Your Ass Off – OR – The Reality of Self-Publishing

Yesterday, I read an article an author friend of mine posted on Facebook. The article was from 2013 and was written by an author who was once traditionally published, and when faced with his next manuscript being rejected by many traditional publishers, decided to turn to self-publishing. What he found was what many of us indies face every day. Big news outlets who once reviewed his prior works wouldn’t give him the time of day on his indie title.

You can read the original article here. For the purposes of this post, I will paraphrase the basic message of his article with this image:

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Dont get me wrong, I feel for the guy, but, I also think it’s about time for a lesson on the realities of self-publishing. The odds of him ever seeing this are pretty much nil, but I thought this might be a good time to bring some things up for new authors and authors who have their heads filled with delusions of overnight success falling in their lap with no work involved.

Self-publishing, or being an indie author, is a LOT of work. If it isn’t, you’re one of the very rare, very lucky ones who will probably one day start shitting gold bricks. Congrats to you. For the rest of us mere mortals, making our books a success is not nearly as easy as clicking ‘publish’ and watching our sales rank soar.

Let’s start from the very beginning, yeah? I know everyone has a different life and a different situation, so I cant speak for every indie out there. What I will do is give you a glimpse into my life and what I go through to hit the publish button.

 

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