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Russell Blake’s steps to success

Here’s some inspiration to those of you Indie writer’s struggling along. Know that it’s possible, and it can all turn around almost over night.


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Myth, where truth and lies mingle among friends and enemies

I’m happy to announce the arrival of my second novel in the Guardians of the Word series – MYTH. Now available on Amazon and coming soon to Smashwords.

I’ve written before about the Indie journey, about not going it alone and how rewarding it is to be able to say I did it! Of course, I didn’t write the book without help. The idea for this book came quite a number of years ago when I was beginning to realize I hadn’t found the start of the story! I wrote the middle first, moved toward the end a few books later and arrived almost at the end when I realized, there were more stories to be told, necessary for the overall plot of the series on the front end.

I was sitting on the couch in my home in Montgomery, Alabama – talking to my now ex-husband about the story and about Maralt. Bad guys need their due, their moment in the sun, and so Myth was born to fill that necessity. I didn’t really want to go there, at first. I wasn’t interested in getting inside the mind of a truly evil person. After all this stuff has to come from inside my head, and I don’t consider myself an evil person. I’ve actually never met an evil person – bad yes, but not evil. A number of friends suggested I really dig into it, the things that make a good person fall into darkness. So with that advice in mind, I plunged right in, and the result is the birth of a conflicted soul who takes the hand of malice into his heart. That is Maralt. Myth is the story of how he got there.

Myth is also the continuing story of Dynan and Dain Telaerin, twin brothers who always get along and have never said or done a bad thing to each other. All it takes is one seemingly sweet Lady at Court to come between them.

Ok, that’s enough teasing, now for the link –

Myth on Amazon

Stay tuned. Book 3, Telepath, is in edits and well on its way to join the first 2 of the series on your bookshelf!


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Self-publishing – Things I’ve learned since getting on the publishing merry go round!

I took a substantial break from blogging in October to work on finishing up the rewrite of Myth, the second book of my series, the Guardians of the Word. I rewrote the first book of the series, Chosen, and published it over the course of a year after having finished the entire 7 book series in 2010. Yes, there are 6 more books to come…or maybe 7 more, depending on how they get broken up to work in both ebook and print formats. I like the size of Chosen in print and most people who’ve read it, feel it’s the right length, both story-wise and the physical size of it. Myth was going to be over 120K. That’s a substantially larger book than the first. I didn’t like the feel of it, and when I took a hard look at what I had, decided to cut it about halfway, added some, subtracted some and after a solid month of steady working on it, I have another book to publish. It’s ready. It feels right, and I can’t wait to get it back from my beta readers who are kindly giving it a once over to see if they feel the same way I do.

Publishing Chosen took a full 3 months. Publishing Myth will take about one. Why? It gets easier to pull it off the second time through the process.

The first time publishing on my own, and I mean really on my own, without the advice of anyone other than KDP, Createspace, and Smashwords, the learning curve was much steeper. I made a lot of mistakes, struggling with the cover, getting the cover completely wrong, and then finally settling on the one I have now – except I’m about to change it too if I can ever get the damn program to work. (curse you GIMP, curse you!) I didn’t have any idea what I was doing, what the process was or how much effort it would take. The difference, of course, is now I do. I understand how to format the book for different outlets. I understand how long it takes for Smashwords to upload the document file, the cover, the bio and get my book out into the world! I’ve worked with KDP and Createspace now, so I’m more familiar with their requirements. It has been all around much easier this time to get to this place in time with Book 2. So if you’re on the fence about publishing, my advice? Go for it, but don’t go it alone.

Most importantly, I’ve found since publishing Chosen, the most amazing group of supportive authors in Indie Writers Unite on Facebook. Got a question? About anything? Just ask. Someone there will know and tell you. Generally, several members will have the answer you’re looking for, and several more will chime in with some from of encouragement or other. Just the other day, an Indie author came in feeling a bit down about crappy sales, not sure what to do, feeling blah about the whole experience. Some fifty or sixty posts later, she had a new blurb if she wanted, new mockup covers to choose from and the advice and encouragement of a huge number of people who’d all experienced the same thing at one point or the other.

It is critical to the Indie writer to find such a group. A place to go when feelings of defeat rear up. A place to commiserate how tough it is to do this Indie thing some days. A place where you won’t feel like you are the only person in the world experiencing this wild ride, the ups and downs, completely by yourself. No one knows everything there is to know about this business, from the technical aspects of it to marketing. Having a support group to ask questions of will make the publishing journey much easier, which is the main point. Being Indie doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.


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