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Writing from the Dark Side

Heh! I started out calling this blog post "Blogging from the Darkside" and then went to "Writing from the Darkside" and then went on to finally arrive at "Pubbing from the Darkside".  This little tidbit of information should be able to give you a little hint over what has been happening at the Oliver Homestead since I last posted.

Big News! I am part of a great collaboration with a collection of Writers who decided that if a romance book should be done, it should be done by us! Hence, the beginning of what is now know as Welcome to Serenity Harbor, Maine.

This is huge! This is ginormous! All of the books are set around the fictional coastal Maine town of Serenity Harbor. We didn't limit genre, only that their characters fall in love in Maine.

For me, this was a return to something that I love... well, yes... it was a return to writing. I've blogged a little bit about some of my struggles with illness that left with being unable to write for a whi…

Congrats to Diane Amos!

Winner of a 2012 NECRWA Beanpot Award for Promise Me Forever! I wish I could have been there to congradulate you in person!
And for those of you following my Independent Publishing posts... I haven't forgotten! Stay tuned for the results of my first Amazon Free Promo. Coming soon! 

Free Today! Stealing Darkness!

Check it out! Stealing Darkness is a FREE read today! And, if you like the story, please take a moment to "like" Stealing Darkness on the Amazon page!

http://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Darkness-Paranormal-Novella-ebook/dp/B007SH9IHO/ref=lp_B001JP4FUG_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1333975074&sr=1-3

Minn Sterling ran away from Crescent Lake to escape the pyschic legacy left to her by her mother and to protect her heart from the man she was too scared to love. But when three women are mysteriously killed and the only connection the police have is her psychic link to the killer, Minn has no choice but to face her fears and run back into the arms of the one man who believes in her enough to catch the killer.



Yeah!

Independent Publishing: Part 3: Amazon Kindle Continued

Disclaimer: This is part 3 of my Independent Publishing Series and Part 2 of my Epubbing through Amazon Kindle section. I've talked about the prep and I've talked about everything that goes along with it, including loading your baby up on the Amazon KDP Dashboard. In this post I'll talk about the second part of the Dashboard and I'll talk about the Reports tab on the Dashboard. If you haven't read the first post I'd suggest you start there at Independent Publishing: Show and Tell: Part 1. My reason for putting this information out there is to help anyone else looking to make their way through the process of publishing their work. I am not anti-Traditional publisher, in fact, this process has made me ever more aware of just how much they do and the time and effort involved in bringing a work of the imagination to the masses. If you have any questions I would urge you to take a look at some of the links listed on my Independent Publishing page and, as always, you…

Independent Publishing: Part 2: Getting started with Amazon

Disclaimer: If you read my first post then you've already read my disclaimer. If you haven't read the first post I'd suggest you start there at Independent Publishing: Show and Tell: Part 1. My reason for putting this information out there is to help anyone else looking to make their way through the process of publishing their own work. I am not anti-Traditional publisher, in fact, this process has made me ever more aware of just how much they do and the time and effort involved in bringing a work of the imagination to the masses. If you have any questions I would urge you to take a look at some of the links listed on my Independent Publishing page and, as always, you can email me at Teagan@TeaganOliver.com and I will try to help or point you in the direction of help. As I said before,What I don't know could fill a book, but I still might be able to lead you in a direction where you can find your answer

Where to Publish?
My list grows every day as I learn of new avenues…

Independent Publishing: Show and Tell: Part 1

Disclaimer: I'm in no way an expert. But what I am is someone who is traversing my way through the ipubbing journey and I think it's important to share some of the information that I've learned so far. These are the things that I've done, good or bad. My intention is to create some resources for others who are interested. So if you don't see the answers to what you want now you have two choices, you can email me at Teagan@teaganoliver.com or you can wait to read on in the series. What I don't know could fill a book, but I still might be able to lead you in a direction where you can find your answer.


PRE-IPUBBING
Where to start? Logically, it starts with a product to sell. Have you got one? Perhaps you have a book that you have gotten the rights back on and just don't know what to do with it. Or maybe, you have a long back list of books that you've written and polished (polished being the operative word) and want to get them to market. Where do you start?

What Do You Fear?

Fear is perhaps the biggest motivator in our lives. It can also be the thing that stops us the most. I haven't met anyone yet who doesn't have some sort of fear. Some are controlled by their fears more than others. Some look at fear as a challenge, an obstacle to overcome. And some use fear as a wall to hide behind.
I write about fear a lot in my books. Usually to a varying degree depending on the type of story. But for Stealing Darkness, the fear was very real and very immobilizing. Minn Sterling isn't afraid of the psychic gift she inherited, but she is afraid of the psychological cost that comes with such a gift. She's afraid that she'll end up like her mother and that she won't be able to handle the gift. And she's afraid that she'll never be able to find the man behind the murder of three women. Murders that she can hear, but can't stop.

I'm sure there are those that would find this kind of ability illogical. But I believe that we all have …

Stealing Darkness, A Darkness Paranormal Novella

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Stealing Darkness
A Darkness Paranormal Novella
Format: Kindle Ebook (Kindle PC format)
ASIN: B007SH9IHO

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Minn Sterling ran away from Crescent Lake to escape the pyschic legacy left to her by her mother and to protect her heart from the man she was too scared to love. But when three women are mysteriously killed and the only connection the police have is her psychic link to the killer, Minn has no choice but to face her fears and run back into the arms of the one man who believes in her enough to catch the killer.

Another Run at the Hill - BIAW Challenge April

I'm not sure if the saying "another run at the hill" is a Maine thing. Probably not, but it is something that my father always said when he was making another attempt at something. BIAW?! Never heard of it! If you're a writer then it's a smaller version of NANOWRIMO challenge that takes place each April. I've posted about it before, but I thought it worthy to post about it again. Each month Book-in-a-week.com revves up writers by giving them a self-imposed challenge to meet for one week. It can be as little as 10 pages or as much as... well, as much as you can write and not have to be committed to a hospital for lack of food, sleep or sanity. My challenge for this month is 35 pages. That's 10 more than last month and I made last month by a page. Doesn't sound like much to the average person, but I've found out a few things about the BIAW challenge that make it worth the effort.

1. It's a week. Not a month. I tend to lose motivation for pages w…