16 October 2012

Gwen Gardner/Angela Brown "Characters Support Self-Publishing"

The ParanormYA Blog Tour has arrived at this stop. I've enjoyed getting to know the authors and their creations in following along on their tour. And now for the people, characters, I've been waiting for:

Characters Support Self-publishers

Indigo Eady (Givin’ Up The Ghost) sits at her bedroom desk at PIP Headquarters. Soft morning light filters through the window across the paper she’s scribbling on.

Abigail Bishop (Neverlove) enters the room. “What are you doing?”

“I’m making a list of pros and cons of self-publishing.”

“Oh? What does it say?” Abby leans over Indigo’s shoulder and reads.

Pros of Self-Publishing:

In charge of project, start to finish
Control over cover art
Control over editing
Be your own boss

Pros of Traditional Publishing:

Join the New York Pub Club
Feel validated, earn respect
Want the same things, be accepted
Be the same as “real” authors

Abby leans over and points at the last sentence. “Hey, what’s that supposed to mean? Real authors?”

“It means,” says Indigo, “that some people think because you don’t go for the big publishing houses that your writing sucks. That you’re not a real writer because you’re not traditionally published.”

Abby snorts. “Well, we know that’s not true.” She sits down on the edge of the bed and leans her forearms on her knees.

“We sure do,” Indigo agrees, twirling in her chair to face Abby. “I mean, we wouldn’t be sitting here, house-sitting PIP Headquarters if Angela Brown and Gwen Gardner weren’t real writers.”


“And the truth is, neither of them even queried our - I mean their - books.”

“No.” Abby shakes her head. “Look at the Pros of Self-Publishing list. It’s all about in charge of and control over. They’re control freaks. That’s why they self-published.”

“Yeah,” Indigo agrees. “Control freaks.”

Abby gasps. Her hazel eyes widen.

Indigo’s hand jumps to her heart. “What? What is it?”

“I just had a scary thought.”

“Crap. Don’t scare me like that.” Indigo shakes her head.

“No, seriously. Listen.” Abby catches Indigo’s gaze with her own.

“Go ahead. I’m all ears,” says Indigo.

Abby continues. “What if they aren’t real writers?”

“Yeah. That would suck, but...”

“ Don’t you see? If they’re not real writers, then that means...”

“...we’re not real!” Indigo finished.

The girls stare at each other, blue eyes locked with hazel.

Indigo pulls out a drawer and riffles through it, spilling the contents out haphazardly.

“What are you looking for?” says Abby, coming to stand beside her.

“Markers. Aha! Here they are.” Indigo spreads the rainbow of colors across the desk.

“What are we going to do?” asks Abby.

“First, we’ll make posters, then...”

“...we’ll protest! They’ll be forced to admit we’re real.”

“Exactly,” says Indigo.

Are you a self-publisher? What do your characters think about it?

 Purchase Angela Brown’s Neverlove at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Amazon FR,and Amazon DE.

Angela Brown's Bio

Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home.  She's a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness.  Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary - mostly young adult - fill her growing library of books.  Mother to a rambunctiousdarling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: "you may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." ~ Mahatrma Gandhi

Purchase Gwen Gardner’s Givin’ Up The Ghost at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Gwen Gardner's Bio

Running, writing and reading are my favorite things. 

I am also a dreamer. 

Have you ever told yourself that "some day" I'm going to travel or write or whatever it is that you are passionate about but can't do right now for whatever reason? You can go for years and years and keep telling yourself that "some day" you'll do it. Too often "some day" never comes. But mine did. I am a former Administrative Manager and Vice President of a successful swimming pool plastering company - until I woke up one day and realized that my "some day" had arrived. I quit my job, moved to the mountains and began to write. Crazy, I know. But even crazier? Is when you get to the end of your life and realize that your "some day" is too late. Life is much too short for that! So the adventure has begun. 

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