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.