Hello Everyone! Wow… this week flew by! It’s Saturday again, not that you will find me complaining about that! Lot’s going on, last weekend found me at my city’s annual Boat Regatta where my After School kids entered their 13 ft boat which they crafted themselves!Well, we won the first race sailing all the way to the semi-finals but unfortunately we did not ride the wave to victory in that second race…(How ya liking all these water/boat references?:) But all spirits were high as one of my fifth graders put it so eloquently” We didn’t win, but we finished as a team!:)
I couldn’t have said it better myself! But this I can say, I am glad to be back speaking with you, and I am excited about todays guest!
Today as a Bewitching Books Tour Host I will welcome Author Renee Pace, she will be a guest post and I will review her YA title Off Limits
So let’s get started!:)
OFF LIMITS Summary/Review
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Renee Pace is a multi-published author who likes to tackle real teen issues in her nitty gritty series. She calls Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada home. Mother of four she juggles writing, deadlines and her children’s hectic schedules. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada, the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia, and the Society of Children Writers & Illustrators. Her first nitty gritty book, Off Leash was a 2011 semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. Her second book Off Limits tackles poverty and sexual abuse, and for her third book, Off Stroke debuting May 2012 Pace writes about young love and prejudice.
The year Indie authors took control of their creative art.
For me that was 2011. When I wrote Off Leash it finalled in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest but still I couldn’t find a publisher. Did that deter me? Not really. Why? After five years writing romance novels I had learned a lot about the publishing industry. It’s not all rosy. What did I have to lose if I went the Indie route? Not much. The books I’d written were sitting on my computer and they certainly weren’t doing anything there.
Going Indie was a learning curve but the best thing I discovered is this wonderful, cooperative Indie author community on-line where authors share marketing tips, how to self-publish, and we’re frank about royalty talks. What one author finds to work for marketing we share with the loop. No longer are authors out for themselves instead we know working together helps all.
Was I scared going the Indie route? Sort of. But I have to say I love learning something knew. I like the camaraderie of my fellow Indie authors and I do like the control I have over my books. Like many Indie authors I pay for a professional cover artist and editor.
Off Limits might not have sold millions by the big six but those same big six publishers are certainly paying attention to the power of Indie authors. Indie authors are becoming game changers. If you don’t think that’s the case ask yourself why the big six are courting the most popular Indie authors and getting them to sign on the dotted line. They’re also doing this because a number of authors with those big six publishers are also jumping on the Indie author band wagon to take control of their destiny.
I’d love to hear from other Indie authors. Are you happy being and Indie author? Do you think Indie authors are reshaping the publishing industry?