Sunday, January 8, 2012

Off The Grid now a Kindle exclusive: KDP Select

Today I enrolled Off The Grid in Amazon’s exclusive program, called KDP Select. The program is Amazon’s way of luring authors away from other ebook platforms since you are required to make your work exclusive to Kindle for the duration of your enrollment.

Amazon’s KDP Select has its pros and cons and so many other indie authors have chronicled them, that I won’t waste your time explaining it in detail. Simply stated my Nook sales have lagged way behind my Kindle sales, so I won’t feel a massive revenue loss in the exclusivity agreement. Also, rumor has it that Apple will launch a self-pub platform soon, so I want to get my 90-days with Amazon over with to prepare for their launch – whenever that might be.

Part of the program allows for free-giveaway days, which doesn’t sound like a great benefit to an author, but as an unknown, it makes sense to get yourself out there no matter the costs (or lack of it). More books sold/given away means more reviews and exposure. Can’t get enough of that.

I’ll announce the giveaways days very soon. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

December Cover Art Contest winner - Lani Wendt Young

Congratulations to Lani Wendt Young for winning the December Cover Art contest on Shannon Mayer's blog, Wringing Out Words. While Lani won by a landslide, I'm pretty sure Off The Grid was a close second - but the exposure was simply awesome!

Please check out Telesa by Lani Wendt Young.  

When Leila moves to her new home, all she wants is a family, a place to belong. Instead she discovers the local ancient myths of the telesa spirit women are more than just scary stories. The more she finds out about her heritage, the more sinister her new home turns out to be. Embraced by a Covenant Sisterhood of earth's elemental guardians - what will Leila choose? Her fiery birthright as a telesa? Or will she choose the boy who offers her his heart? Daniel - stamped with the distinctive tattoo markings of a noble Pacific warrior and willing to risk everything for the chance to be with her. Can their love stand against the Covenant Keeper? 

A thriller-romance with a difference. If you enjoyed Twilight, then you will be enthralled by Telesa as it blends the richness of Pacific mythology into a contemporary young adult love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.

A Message from Lani Wendt Young: 
I  was born and raised in Samoa, in the South Pacific.  I went to university in the USA and New Zealand, studying English Literature, Women's Studies and  Education. Back in Samoa I worked as a secondary school English teacher for 7 years and did lots of writing in between for the local newspaper and for myself. My short fiction has been published in Samoa, NZ, Australia and the UK. My collection of short stories "Sleepless in Samoa" won the 2011 USP Press Fiction Award.  My story 'Beast that Came from the Sea' was one of 24 Winners in the 2010 Commonwealth Short Story Competition and has been professionally recorded and broadcast in over 50 countries.  I also write stories for children that are used in primary school reading programs.In 2009 I was commissioned to research and write the narrative non-fiction book 'Pacific Tsunami Galu Afi'about the devastating tsunami which hit Samoa, American Samoa and the islands of Northern Tonga. The book was funded by the Australian Govt Aid program and all book sale profits go back to tsunami survivors who were interviewed for the record. My book 'TELESA The Covenant Keeperis the first in a YA fantasy/romance/thriller series.  I'm married to Darren Young (who is probably the most patient and most hottest man alive) and we have five children ranging in age from 4 to 16yrs. We now live in New Zealand where I try very hard never to leave my hermit cave. I blog as a slightly demented Domestic Goddess at  Sleepless in Samoa.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Off The Grid featured on Kindle Author's Blog Jan. 2

Off The Grid is the featured sponsor today on the Kindle Author's Blog. The posts include an excerpt from the book - one of my favorite scenes from the novel. You can also check out an interview with me about writing and the book.