Here is some good books to choose from for this weekend to read. Download one or two and enjoy.
Recently I was asked, which one did I find it better to do, self-publish or submit to an epublisher? I think that question has been answered to death. It really boils down to the individual, and how it meets their needs. Most authors by now know the pros and cons of both. I personally love self-publishing because I’m in total control of every aspect of my book. So, why then did I recently submit a story to one of my epublishers?
I’m published with several epublishers. Every once in a while I’ll submit a story to them, and if they offer me a contract, great. It not only gives me a break from having to deal with everything, but once the book is released it brings new interest to my older releases with said epublisher. New readers every day are discovering epublishing sites, and some of my books have been out there for over ten years.
I’ve also been thinking about asking for the rights back to some of my older books, so that I can republish them myself, with the thought that readers who shop at indie sites don’t necessarily shop at epublishing sites. Again, thinking about putting new eyes on my older stories. Why let them just sit there, and what can it hurt?
And especially not novels! I absolutely cringe when an author announces that she/he has just published a new book or novel, and it turns out to be a 20,000 word novella. I used to be bad at that, too, until I began to think about it. I have a few full length books out there, but recently most of my published stuff are short novellas, or stories. When I think of a novel I think of a three to four hundred page manuscript. A book like the few I have out around half of that. But a story? Could really be anything depending on who you are and what you believe, but it’s short to me. It’s a matter of opinion, and this article reflects mine.
I’ve taken to calling my newer published works as stories. Don’t get me wrong, they have plots, character building, and lots of steamy interaction between the hero and heroine, but it wouldn’t be fair to call them novels. It’s amazing how many short stories I’ve read, under 15,000 words, where the author says, “I have a new book out!” LOL. So when I review those little gems, I call it as it is, a story, and I swear, some of them are just scenes! I mean it. But that doesn’t make them bad. I really enjoy most of them.
I choose shorter books because of my lack of time. As a writer, that takes precedence over pleasure, unless you’re talking about my family and friends. They always come first!
My latest story is my first erotic paranormal, The Mating Ritual. It came out this month, and is roughly 25,000 words. Told in the heroine’s POV only, it’s her story. Below is a blurb, and the links where you can check out an excerpt.
Blurb – Toni, a woman on the run for her life, finds safety with the descendants of a legendary creature living deep in the mountains. An ancient mating ritual with their leader, Cormac, protects her from being claimed and mated by the other males. She gradually falls for him, but can she give up her old way of life to stay with him in the mountains?
This is the second year I have participated in #BEA and I am glad I found the page to sign up.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
My name is Vinny O’Hare and I have been blogging since around the end of 1999 I guess. I started out mostly blogging about sports, I guess just like most guys. I have a few websites in the sports genre, mostly NASCAR based. My main blog is Awesomeracefans.com. For some reason most of my sites have the word awesome in it. It is a tribute to my favorite band “The Dollyrots” who have a song called “Because I’m Awesome”
I am also a photographer and I started making books of my photography and I enjoyed the process and knowing that others can enjoy the pictures makes me happy. I am in the process of setting up a photography website now where I will be selling my books eventually.
Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.
Currently I am blogging from just outside of Phoenix Arizona. This is my home while we are rebuilding the house back in Queens NYC. The Hurricane got us good! Back in NYC we live near the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge which provides me a great background for my photography. If you are ever in Queens NY you have to go there. It is very peaceful watching the birds and other animals.
I can spend hours there and just sit without taking pictures. It really is a gem in the city that most people don’t know is there. It is about an hour by subway from downtown Manhattan.
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far this year?
I am re-reading Sammy Hagar’s book “Red” I read it last year but he has since come out with an updated version and added a chapter to it. Since I read it right before the hurricane I kind of forgot some of the details of the book. It isn’t what I expected, It is a good book about businesses and life. Sammy is quite the businessman.
Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
Funny that I come across this question as I was just revisiting a post that I wrote a while ago about being in the right place at the right time. You have to plan if you want to be in the right place. It is amazing the results you can get by planning a little bit.
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?
I like the way the community helps each other out. Being in the Indy publishing world I get to visit a lot of websites by people that don’t know how to make a website. I can offer them SEO advice and help them rank better for their books. I love helping authors get sales for their books. I believe it comes full circle.
To raise awareness I usually change my site colors to pink for the month of October. Although it makes some of my sites look crazy as pink isn’t part of the over all color scheme it is the least I can do to raise awareness.
This year I am also walking in the Avon walk for a cure for breast cancer in my hometown of New York City. I will be walking 39 miles over 2 days through the streets of NYC. You can make a donation to the Avon Walk for Breast cancer here.
Here is a short video which gives you all the reasons why I am walking with the affiliate marketers give back team.
Tell Us About Your Blog
Up until recently I reviewed nonfiction and children’s book but I just recently devoted myself to nonfiction only although I cover from children’s up to adults. Besides book reviews you will also find occasional book giveaways and book/reading related posts.
Why Did You Start a Book Blog?
I started reviewing books occasionally in 1999 when I was 16 and moved them onto amazon.com and then in 2003 I found book blogs and started a blog. My blog has had many incarnations since then as well as periods of less activity mixed with more activity. It’s now one of my 4 active blogs and I’m working on balancing posts on each.
What Kinds of Books do You Review?
As I stated before, only nonfiction although I will review some other books occasionally on one of my other blogs. My most common topics are parenting, health, psychology, lifestyle, animals, science, technology, education, sociology, cooking and life.
What Formats of Manuscripts or Books Will You Accept for Reviews?
Print book only
How Do You Like Authors to Contact You?
I prefer email contact but please refer to my PR page FIRST: http://www.smsnonfictionbookreviews.com/p/pr-friendly_31.html
That webpage will lead you to my email.
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