Indie Authors and Publishers – Need Your Help! Become a Contributor to Indie Directory and Advice Book

I’ve been compiling a directory and advice book  that will be changing and being updated every year about indie-friendly vendors that we use for those who want to go their own way, be an independently-published author, rather than traditional.

Having been in writing and publishing for many years, I’ve made it a point to at least try out any and all vendors (book blog tours, blast services, advertisers, pr or promotions companies, brand marketing companies, contest sites, review sites like Kirkus for indies, book trailers producers, website developers, workshops, and more) who cater to indies and in some cases, traditional publishers.  I’m still trying out new vendors every season to see what works for me and what doesn’t since it’s a constantly changing publishing environment. And like some of you,  I’ve innocently tried and used services, only to be find them ineffective or worse, targeted by indie-haters for using these services, which I had not known anything bad about.

There are so many companies out there that claim they can help you become a bestselling author or something like that and will charge you thousands of dollars to get you there.

Luckily for me, before these companies became more prominent, I was already established as a top-selling author in my niches on Amazon before trying these companies so in a way, but I wanted to try them out as an obligation to stay on top of the publishing environment.

And especially in the indie atmosphere, there are vendors out there that you should be aware of, as well as those, who by using them innocently as a client can cause you to be bashed by indie-hating bloggers or trolls because they find the way indie vendors market books, to be distasteful.  But as an indie author or publisher, we don’t really know until we tried their services, right?

Need Your Suggestions and Recommendations for Indie-Friendly Vendors and Service Providers

Just because some vendors and services didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it didn’t work for you. And there are so many other services that I haven’t heard of or tried.

So, if you would like to help your fellow indies out and provide the vendors you found exceptional some recognition, please send me:

at kailingowbooks (at) aol (dot) com:

1) Your recommended vendors – their contacts or links

2) Why you recommend them – did they provide results for you in any way, etc.

3) Beware list of vendors and brief comment on why

You will get credit in the acknowledgement of this directory, a chance to put a brief bio in,  and a sense of helping the indie publishing world and authors out!

 

 

 

 

Catch Me LIVE on Television August 7 on CBS as I’m Interviewed on my body of Work!

I’m honored to be recognized by the news media and community as being a “successful” fiction author, who has always had a social conscious.

Now I’m being recognized for my huge collection of books, including my latest ones which are designed to push buttons as well as be entertaining.

Catch me LIVE on television (yes LIVE) on August 7 at 2:44 pm PST on CBS’ Channel 9 as I talk about my latest books, some of my more popular series, and more!

 

We’ll be talking about some of the issues brought up in my YA Contemporary and YA-Mature/New Adults

Loving Summer Series

Saving You Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy)

 Never Say Never (Never Knights Series)

 

 

Voice of Logan – Excerpt from The Wolf Fey

As promised, we’d like to share an excerpt from The Wolf Fey’s audio book, as voiced by teen actor Jonathan von Mering, who has extensive credits voicing the voices of game characters.

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The audio book of The Wolf Fey is now available on Audible.com and Amazon.com.

Excerpt from The Wolf Fey Audio Book

We’re excited about having Jonathan play Logan in The Wolf Fey. He is a real teen, over 6′ 2″, talented, and mature beyond his age like Logan is. 

BEAUTIFUL BEINGS World Premiere Book Release in 2 more Days – 7/18!! Check out the Official Trailer & Contest!!

Get Ready for Beautiful Beings releasing on Monday July 18!

Beautiful Beings releases on Kindle on July 18

Releases in Paperback on July 25

Official Trailer:

Here’s the Description:

An ethereal exclusive boarding school with unearthly beautiful students…

Lux, a rebel girl, who has been seeing demons and angels since she was two…

Asher, the bad boy on a motorcycle who sketches angels…

Brax Kingsley who instantly captures Lux’s eyes when she moves into the neighborhood…

And the Hatchett twins whose parents were murdered, leaving them a ridiculous fortune…

All brought together…all part of the puzzle behind the Beautiful Beings.

Contest!

Sign Up and Like the Facebook Page of Beautiful Beings at:

http://www.facebook.com/BeautifulBeingsSeries

At 6:30 pm PST, Monday, there will be a drawing from the fans on that page to win one of these prizes and a surprise prize. The announcement will be made on that Page, but the contest will be hosted on Twitter – @kailingow:

A Crystal Angel Wing Necklace

Or A Signed ARC of Beautiful Beings


Summer Wishes (DESIRE #1.5) by Kailin Gow will put the “D” in “DYSTOPIAN” – Releases on June 30!!

Hi Everyone,

I’m really excited to bring you Summer Wishes (Desire #1.5) as a DESIRE novella this summer.  If you like Dystopian and YA, you will like Summer Wishes. Where DESIRE tells the story of the perfect utopian society in the year 3010 through Kama Johnson’s eyes, Summer Wishes shows you the cracks in this society in one of the most shocking ways.

On JUNE 30th, Summer Wishes will be released

as an exclusive ebook on Amazon Kindle.

Get this, for the first 3 days, Summer Wishes will be FREE on Amazon, so get it and get it quick before you forget.

It’s my GIFT to you for the Summer for being well, you, my loyal readers and friends.  If you have any doubts how much I love my readers, know that I will not charge an ebook above $9.99 no matter how much marketing dollars and how much time and effort I put into writing the book.  At the same time, because there is significant marketing and because I have to pay a staff who help me with graphics, editing, production, etc., these books will be priced a little over .99 which would be reasonable.  Anyways, read… 5 REASONS WHY to find out how I am committed to this.  So…this will be a blog for another day.

KIRKUS REVIEW of DESIRE by KAILIN GOW

Hi Everyone,

I want to pass along a statement from theEDGEbooks.com about KIRKUS REVIEWS.  I’m proud to be one of the first authors to be reviewed by an actual independent Kirkus reviewer in their KIRKUS REVIEWS Indie program, which provides the fastest professional review service for publishers and authors.

Here is what my publisher, theEDGEbooks.com have to say about KIRKUS REVIEWS Indie:  http://www.theEDGEbooks.com

Reprinted here:

TheEDGEbooks is proud to obtain a review from KIRKUS REVIEWS of DESIRE through their new KIRKUS INDIE Reviews program. Rather than having to wait to receive a review from Kirkus, through this program, a review from Kirkus can be possible within weeks. It is a program theEDGEbooks is proud to be an early adopter of and feels KIRKUS Reviews is providing a valuable service to Indie authors, publishers, and those otherwise would not have a chance to be reviewed prompty by this publication.  TheEDGEbooks.com strides itself on being at the forefront of new publishing services and change.  In this service, any publisher and author can elect to publish or not publish the review on Kirkus and can use their reviews in any way to market their books.  Due to branding decisions, theEDGEbooks.com chose to not have Kirkus publish this review in their indie section, hence it will not be found on Kirkus. However, an actual Kirkus reviewer wrote that DESIRE is:

“The first book in a fantasy romance series featuring a heroine who must choose between two very different men and two very different destinies.”

The rest contains a bit of a spoiler in a book full of surprising twists and turns so pick up DESIRE to learn for yourself what it’s about.  And then Summer Wishes (Desire #1.5) will really put the “D” in Dystopian for you.

Summer Wishes releases June 30, 2011.