L.G. Keltner is stopping by today on her blog tour to celebrate her new book, A Silent Soliloquy. Take it away, L.G.!
I’d like to thank Lori for letting me take over her blog today! While I’m here, I’d like to talk a little about my publishing journey.
It feels surreal that I’m finally doing this. The idea of self-publishing my work has been on my mind since I started blogging, but I kept chickening out. Sending A Silent Soliloquy out into the world feels a bit like walking outside naked during broad daylight, only a bit more legal.
I wrote A Silent Soliloquy and revised it multiple times. I was afraid to let anyone see it. Those who’d read my work said it was good, but the fact that I’d never gone through with publishing anything before intimidated me. It was one thing to share stories on my blog. The idea of preparing my manuscript for publication, sending it out beyond the friendly backyard that is my blog, and marketing it seemed downright daunting.
Then my husband read my book. He finished it in a matter of hours, then he proceeded to praise it. I know him. If he hadn’t really liked it, he would have told me it was good and left it at that. Instead he kept talking about it. He knew I’d been considering publishing it and that I would need cover art to make that happen, so he asked someone he knew to draw something up. I loved it, and before I knew it, the ball was rolling. I guess I just needed that extra nudge, and family support means everything.
Once I had that nudge, I studied what my fellow bloggers had done. I considered their advice. That’s crucial. Don’t be afraid to seek advice from those who’ve traveled this road before.
I got my book ready for Amazon. Having decided that I wanted as wide a distribution as possible, I decided not to enroll in KDP Select. The exclusivity requirement didn’t work for what I wanted to do. Who knows if that was a good decision or not? I guess I’ll see.
After that, I set up a print edition through CreateSpace, and I went on the fun journey of formatting it for Smashwords. Getting into the Premium Catalog is no easy task, but it’s a necessary one to reach the maximum possible audience. It was worth the effort I put into it.
Now here I am on the marketing leg of this journey. I’m engaging on this blog tour because it seems to work for other self-published writers, and I’m having fun with it so far.
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Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Length: 28,000 words
Cover Art: Devross
Release Date: July 6th, 2015
TIPPIE was created to be a weapon. By all appearances, she’s an ordinary girl of 18, and she uses that to her advantage in her work for The Facility. What no one sees is that there’s another girl buried deep inside. She can’t speak or control the movements of the body she inhabits. As TIPPIE’s silent passenger, she can only observe. She uses the details she learns from TIPPIE’s work to reconstruct the stories of other people’s lives. It helps her feel a little more connected to the world she can only watch.
When TIPPIE’s work leads her to David, a young man with a haunted past and information that The Facility wants, TIPPIE uses her skills to earn his trust. The silent girl beneath the surface knows that TIPPIE is only going to hurt him, but she can’t help but feel for him. Those feelings only grow, but she knows all too well that TIPPIE’s work will soon come to an end.
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L.G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband. Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six. Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good.
Her non-writing hobbies include astronomy and playing Trivial Pursuit.
You can typically find L.G. lurking around her blog, on Twitter, or on her Facebook page.
Sometimes it takes the encouragement of our spouses.
I’m glad I could find it in the iBookstore, LG!
That encouragement is definitely important sometimes.
Congratulations on the new release! Looks like a good one.
Thanks for having me over today! It means a lot!
Sounds like you have wonderful support from your family and bloggy buddies. I wish you every success, it sounds great.
Yes I do, and thank you!
The story sounds intriguing. Love the cover too. Wishing you the very best of success!
Your journey sounds a lot like mine. My husband was fully behind my efforts too, but he refused to read the book until it was published. He’s odd like that. Good luck, you seem to know the direction you want to go and are seeking the advice of other talented people to get there! Wishing you nothing but success!
Husbands can be odd at times, but that’s all right. As long as they’re supportive.
Congrats on the new release! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!
That sounds like a really interesting read. I’ll have to make a note of it so that I can check it out sometime. It’s interesting to hear about the journeys other creative people go through. Ihave that same fear of not wanting to show my work to other people. It leaves me feeling oddly vulnerable. I haven’t yet got to that point where I feel fully ready to put myself out there.
I does sound like an intriguing storyline. It took me a long time to get over that fear of sharing my writing, and I still get nervous sometimes when sharing new work. The more you do it, the easier it gets, though.
I hope so. I did a writing course last year where we had to share our short stories and for some reason it made me really nervous even though all of my feedback was positive. The anxiety I get can affect the quality of my work because sometimes you need feedback to improve – I keep telling myself my work will be better if I do. I think It’ll be a case of just gritting my teeth and pushing the publish button regardless of what my doubts are telling me.
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Sometimes you just have to do that. It will be worth it. 🙂 Good luck!
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L.G., I love the storyline for your book – it sounds like a great read. I’m glad you’ve found the support you needed to get your work out there! I wish you all the best with your book launch.
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I think it will be an interesting read. I’ve added it to my TBR list.
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