Here is some good books to choose from for this weekend to read. Download one or two and enjoy.
Where Awesome Book Readers Meet Awesome Writers
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?
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.