Greetings, Earthlings.

Welcome to my blog. For a long-winded explanation of what you’ll find here, check out the FAQ. If you’d rather not slog through several pages of increasingly-ridiculous dialogue, keep reading.

So six years ago, I wrote a book. It’s about alien abduction, romance, flashy laser gun battles, aliens with a shaky understanding of logic and morality, and a high school girl named Eris trying to find her way back home to Earth. After innumerable edits and revisions, Imminent Danger and How to Fly Straight into It is finally ready for publication. Since traditional publishing houses are wary of first-time authors, I’ve elected to go the self-publishing route via iUniverse. This means I have to pay them money, instead of them paying me, but that’s the price you pay for self-publication.

This blog is about that book. Well, currently. If people like the book, and buy the book, then I’ll hopefully make enough money to afford publishing a sequel. And then another sequel. And so on. Maybe start a different series entirely. But right now, the focus is on Imminent Danger.

It isn’t published yet, so you can’t buy it right now. But it should be ready to go by the end of Summer 2012. Check back here every few weeks to learn of any new developments. And if you’re an author looking to self-publish, I’ll be describing each step of the self-publication process as it happens to me, so stay tuned.

Talking to people is awesome. As such, you should definitely talk to me. Leave comments, email me, facebook me, anything you want. Honestly, it doesn’t even have to be related to the blog. Read a good book lately? Tell me about it! Heard a hilarious, slightly inappropriate joke? I’m all ears (not literally – that would be strange). I have a Facebook page for the book that you can also check out. If you really want to get in touch with me, I suppose that stalking me down and slipping creepy letters under my door is also an option, but I’d prefer that you take the electronic route if at all possible.

I’m new to all this, so if you think of ways to improve the blog – polls, book excerpts, contests, videos, whatever – please let me know. Oh, and for people new to WordPress.com, there’s some sort of Subscribe button you can press that will let the site email you whenever I write a new post. I promise I’ll keep them to two or less a week so that I don’t spam your inbox.

I look forward to meeting you!!!

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Categories: Blog-related, My Works, Random, Self Publishing, Writing | Tags: , , , | 10 Comments

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10 thoughts on “Greetings, Earthlings.

  1. Thank you for visiting my site. I am excited to see what you are writing and so is my son who is a fan of anything aliens. In fact, in my spare time and bouts of writer’s block, I am working on my own sci-fi book called Zombies vs Aliens, but its more geared toward the alien aspect. Again, please feel free to email me with any questions you have regarding the Iuniverse process and before add-ons they will offer throughout: some are good, some not so much. author@tanialramos.com I will follow this blog and your progress…and btw, there is a place where you can choose not to receive email updates from certain blogs so it doesn’t fill your mailbox. then you only see them when you go to “reads” on the homepage.

    • Thanks so much for the offer of help – I’ve actually already taken you up on it! Expect an email coming your way shortly. Although I swear I won’t spam your inbox, lol. Also, I saw on your blog that you’ve just received your first shipment of books – that’s so amazing! I can’t wait to know how that feels.

      Zombies vs Aliens sounds awesome! I was never really a fan of zombies until I started playing Plants vs Zombies – amazing game, btw, if you or your son have never played it. I don’t know how old your son is, but my favourite alien book when I was a kid was My Teacher Is an Alien by Bruce Coville. So you might want to check it out 🙂

      • My son is 17, his favorite pseudo Aline book is The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy. I don’t consider it alien per say, but he does. He also loved Daniel X by James Patterson…so did I. And we play plants vs zombies on xbox, but it is my boyfriends daughter who is the big zombie fan, so I work on this book as a culmination for them both.
        Feel free to pick my brain. I wish I had someone to talk with when I was going through the process, but that is why I wrote my blog, so people know what to expect and to let the world know if Iuniverse is real or a fraud…so far it is real, but I have heard others complain. Although, some of those others really seem to be expecting waaay too much without putting in any work. And some get very upset when they don;t win awards then potty mouth the company. I was just happy to be published and in stores, the awards were an amazing bonus–I won’t lie–but I never expected them. I was happy with the little things and thrilled when bigger opportunities arose.

  2. Hi, I hope your book is a big seller! I can tell it has to good as your blog is. I’m reading a couple of books right now, 1 is the Hunger Games, which I really love! Thank you for the follow as well!

  3. Hi, I am very happy with reading your great blog! I can see how you’ll be hugely successful with your writing. Thank you for the like! Keep writing and good things will happen!

  4. atothewr

    Love your book description. I am surprised it got passed up since it is so original.
    I wanted to say thank you for following both of my blogs and checking in from time to time.

    By the way, your blog looks great, you’ve done a good job on it. Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks! I personally think agents should be jumping for the chance to represent me, but sadly this is not the case, lol.

      • atothewr

        I wish agents were a little more open. I don’t know why they seem so stand offish all the time. I’m taking a chance with a local publisher. Maybe that will crack some doors open. How has the self publishing thing worked for you? I’ve got several things on Kindle right now with very minor sales.

        • I’m still cutting down the manuscript, so I haven’t actually “published” yet. It’s my understanding that self publishing only works if you market market market the heck out of your book. So I’ll be doing that in a few months, and I’ll report back with results 😀

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