Meet the Author: Reese Ring

Author Reese Ring

Reese Ring was the very first author to reach out to me when I first dared proclaim myself an author. She was my introduction to the indie author community, and she made an excellent ambassador. If you don’t know her, you should.

Reese’s current title is, ” On the Arm of a Player.” This is a story about a highly-paid escort in a quiet New England town who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation gone awry.

Though she’s always enjoyed writing, Reese said she really felt driven to write this novel. Her characters began “talking” to her one day and they were quite a strong and persistent group of individuals. Continue reading “Meet the Author: Reese Ring”

Judging a Book by Its Cover

The old adage tells us not to judge a book by its cover. While that may be good advice as a metaphor, people often do just that when it comes to browsing books. An eye-catching cover design can make the difference in whether a prospective reader even pauses long enough to read the book description. While a great cover may not sell a bad book, a bad cover could certainly sink a good book. I talked with two great cover designers who do a lot of work with indie authors.

Rebecca Treadway and Renee Barratt

Renee Barratt has  more than 20 years of experience in graphic design for print and web. Her exclusive focus on book covers started in December 2010. She  estimates she has completed 100 covers in that time. Most of Renee’s clients are indie authors, though she has a few small publishing companies she works with. She notes an increasing number of traditionally published authors are choosing the indie route.

Rebecca Treadway has been an artist for most of her life and started digital graphics ten years ago. She began officially offering book cover design services several months ago. She has two print covers and about eight e-book covers under her belt, with more on the way. Rebecca works exclusively with indie authors and says, “I intend to keep it that way.” Continue reading “Judging a Book by Its Cover”

Ah, Fatherhood!

As the song says, “It don’t come easy.”  My son Garrett posts a new article over on his own blog “I Am The Man Letters,” regarding the vicissitudes and tribulations of Fatherhood. Heh.

If you have kids, (or perhaps were one yourself) I’m sure you can relate. I’m trying to convince him to put these articles together into a book. I’ll ask you, my indie friends, to take a look and see if you agree.

Sneak Peek: Vickie Johnstone’s “Kiwi and the Living Nightmare”

Today, author Vickie Johnstone offers us a sneak peek at one of her new books in her acclaimed “Kiwi” series.

In book three, “Kiwi and the Living Nightmare,” the story begins with Amy, James and their little black cat tucked up in their beds on the week of Halloween. They all dream of a strange house in the woods in which resides a grey, three-legged cat, who begs them to help her. So, off the budding detectives go in search of the place, but inside they encounter something spooky… something that will do anything to stop them leaving.

This delightful book is for adults, teens and children aged 10 up. Here is an excerpt from Kiwi and the Living Nightmare:

“Let’s try upstairs,” suggested Kiwi.

“Ok,” said James, looking back at the window. The animals in the stained glass remained still. Cats, a forest, birds and a lake. Very colourful and beautiful. The cats had happy, smiling faces, the forest was very green, the lake sparkled in the sun and even the birds looked happy. All of them were robins with little red breasts.

“Come on,” said his sister. “We’re probably just a little bit tired. Maybe we can have a nap upstairs. There are bound to be lots of beds in this big house.” Continue reading “Sneak Peek: Vickie Johnstone’s “Kiwi and the Living Nightmare””