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Aug 02, 2014 06:44AM

26989 The Consequential Element by Dee Ann WaiteGood morning! I wanted to let everyone know that for this weekend only, THE CONSEQUENTIAL ELEMENT in being offered for free on Amazon at amzn.to/17qT2an. It has gotten very positive 4* & 5* reviews both on Goodreads and Amazon. You can read an excerpt at http://bit.ly/1zESwn1. Here is a short synopsis:

What if you were given a chance to finally exact revenge on the murdering bastard who stole your soul so many years ago, but then had to choose: his life or the life of someone you loved? One of them would die.

When Danni Montgomery - a survivor of a rebel raid on an African village fifteen years earlier - had been rescued from the grips of Obasanji, the rebel leader of that army, she'd thought she'd lost her soul forever. Now, a new fear lurks within the confines of her world.

Danni receives a cryptic letter written by her uncle Roland, her only living relative, who has mysteriously disappeared somewhere deep within the African Congo. The letter speaks of a fantastic discovery, one that will change the fate of the troubled United States from China's imminent attack. A rare earth element known as Promethium, the missing element needed for the completion of Viper 6, an unprecedented stealth missile that will shift the position of world leader back to the United States.

Now, Danni is leading a team of mercenaries of her own, led by the charming and all-to-perfect Kayden Moreau, on a journey into the harsh, remote corners of the Congo. A journey where Danni makes a phenomenal discovery of her own. While searching for her uncle and his remarkable find, Danni comes face to face with the demon of her nightmares, and learns he is the only one who can help find her uncle and save her country.

Consumed by hatred, Danni must make a choice. Will her desire for revenge prove stronger than she can bear?
26989 D.J. wrote: "Dee wrote: "My book is available for FREE on Smashwords, and for .99 on Amazon (only because I can't figure out how to make it free on Amazon without joining Kindle Direct Publishing)."

Dee, check out this thread if you want to get your book on Amazon for free. A lot of people have had success with it and you don't need to be in KDP Select.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... "


Thanks D.J.!
26989 Moonlight Reader wrote: "If you are going to go pro, then it is up to you to put out a product that is worthy of the name. Even if it costs you money you never get back. "

Very well stated, Moonlight Reader. I agree with your entire comment. I am a pro pet photographer as well as a self-published author.

The investment in the education and photography equipment needed to get my business off the ground, along with marketing and advertising, was significant. It took some time before I actually saw a profit. Most of the funds were either going back into the business - as you mentioned, trade shows, continuing ed, etc - or for marketing. I'd say it was a good 2.5 years before I was able to build a promising client base and to start putting some of that money in my pocket. I no longer advertise my photography. My clients come strictly by word of mouth now.

I am completely aware that for my writing career I will need to invest the same, if not more, amount of work and money in order to build my writing business. Too many authors feel they need to place a dollar value immediately on their work in order to validate the time and effort they put into creating it. I think this is the wrong first step. The first step should be to build a customer base, a dedicated following of people who like what you have to offer. Readers, like myself, are hesitant to spend their money on unknowns. I know that when I lay out money to purchase a book it is usually for either a known author, or for an author that was recommended to me by a trusted reader friend. I do read a lot of indie published novels, but I either get them when they are free, or again, I will spend up to 2.99 on an unknown if they have been highly recommended to me by a trusted reader friend. I wouldn't expect anything else from my readers.

It took me over two years to write my novel and I did invest in the quality of it; i.e., copyediting, professional proofreaders, etc., continue to acquire education, attend seminars, conferences, and the like, and you know what? My book is available for FREE on Smashwords, and for .99 on Amazon (only because I can't figure out how to make it free on Amazon without joining Kindle Direct Publishing).

Again, very good points Moonlight Reader.
26989 Lena wrote: "Nowadays, it seems like there's more emphasis on starting out with BANG! Action. Go time">

I completely agree, Lena. I've always loved the classics, but nowadays I find that when I open a book what grabs me most is the 'jumping right into it'. I know many people are against Prologues, but I like them because they let me know what to expect further in. So, even if the story starts a bit slow, after reading the Prologue I'm more apt to stay with the book a bit longer in anticipation of the coming events. But sometimes the use of a Prologue can backfire on the author where I'm concerned, because if the Prologue was great it sets the story up for higher expectations by me, and if those expectations are not met within a suitable time, I have been known to stop reading the book altogether.

In today's world of books, they are so plentiful that I find I'm not so willing to waste my time on something that isn't holding my interest. Time is valuable, and when I decide to spend it reading a book, I must enjoy that time. Once it's gone, it's gone forever. I want a great memory to take away from that time spent.

26989 You don't need to spend the next 17 posts explaining to me that your book is different. That you hired an editor, that your book is too edgy/unique/genre-busting for traditional publishers, that you didn't submit your book for publication because you wanted total editorial control. We - the ubiquitous reader - have heard it all before, and we largely ignore your explanations because they are mostly self-serving blather. They may or may not be true, but they do not matter because they are a cliche.

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Moonlight Reader, you make a great point. I've SP'd my first novel, and I'm going the traditional route with my second. Either way involves great deal of marketing and selling my own book. All of what you mention above are techniques we authors use to try to sell our books, and I get you...it isn't working. I've done better than some with sales, but I also despise having to "push" my book on people, so I don't think I do as well as I could.

Honestly, I truly do want to know what would get a reader to consider my book without having to stumble upon it. How can I bring it to your attention without being too pushy? I'm not arguing your point, I truly am interested in your, and anyone else's response to this question. I think this is a great post question "What Stops You From Reading Self-Published Novels?" I was excited to hear what readers had to say.

I've been floating around several groups "spying" so to speak, and as unfortunate as it seems, many readers are put off by SP authors. I have to admit, I've been put off by quite a few as well. I don't want to be "one of them". I write my books because I love doing it. I admire many, many, many of the traditional authors, buy their books frequently, follow them via social networks, etc. This is something I truly enjoy, and I like to learn from readers how I can go about sharing this with you without "getting in your face" about it. I'm afraid without having a huge publishing house behind me promoting my books, I'm a bit at a loss of how to get the word out without offending.

By the way... I can be just a reader without speaking about my books if that keeps me in the loop with readers. :) I do love to chat about other authors/books/movies and such. Books are so very important. I got my kids involved in them, and now my grandkids. What great experiences we get to share.

Thank you all for reading!
26989 I'm an avid reader, and though I do read the traditionally published, I also read a lot of self-published as well. My first novel was self-published and my second is with an agent. I approached self-publishing as if I were going traditional; i.e., a weekly critiquing group, beta readers (3 unknowns, 1 sister, and 1 friend), and then two different copy editors. Even after all of that, I still have readers now and then point something out that was missed. Talk about frustrating! But as soon as something is brought to my attention I pull it down, make the necessary corrections and then upload it back online. I also make the changes to my hard copy. With all that said, when I read a self-published author, I expect the same loving care in their work that I took in mine. An error here or there is understandable, but consistent errors, plot holes, inconsistencies, etc. will make me close or delete the book very quickly. Also, I agree with the overall consensus regarding book covers. Very important! Great post. Glad the subject was brought up.
Jan 30, 2014 12:37PM

26989 The Consequential Element by Dee Ann WaiteThe Consequential Element
amzn.to/17qT2an

Hi everyone. My name is Dee Ann Waite and I'm the author of THE CONSEQUENTIAL ELEMENT.

This book plays to the full range of emotions; the characters and storyline are so real you feel as if you're reading non-fiction. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll become angry, and you'll become enlightened. Danielle Montgomery proves that women not only survive but emerge as victors from the battles of life. A strong, moving, and emotional ride on a fast paced, action packed, thrill ride from the streets of Boston to the jungles of the Congo.

Amazon reviewer: "...Think of the Bourne books but with a more coherent plot. Ms. Waite combines African rebels, CIA types, spies, double agents, a mysterious and important mineral, random psychopaths and mixes them up into a very good mystery...there is also very good prose. I was reading a female SF writer - award winning - before I read this book. Ms. Waite's prose is just as good, if not better, than the award-winning writer and, to me, her characters are more realistic."

Another reviewer: "A very well written, well researched novel with a heroine who is both strong and vulnerable. The author takes the reader to the Congo with a fascinating story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's action-adventure with a hint of romance. Dee Ann is an excellent story teller..."

This book has been reviewed both on Amazon and Goodreads and has received all 4 & 5 star reviews. Check it out for yourself! The eBook is on sale now for just .99.

Thanks,
Dee Ann
Website: www.deeannwaite.com
Blog: http://deeannwaite.blogspot.com
Twitter: @deeannwaite1
Jan 30, 2014 12:27PM

26989 My name is Dee Ann Waite and I'm the author of THE CONSEQUENTIAL ELEMENT.

My most recent Amazon reviewer said: "...Think of the Bourne books but with a more coherent plot. Ms. Waite combines African rebels, CIA types, spies, double agents, a mysterious and important mineral, random psychopaths and mixes them up into a very good mystery...there is also very good prose. I was reading a female SF writer - award winning - before I read this book. Ms. Waite's prose is just as good, if not better, than the award-winning writer and, to me, her characters are more realistic."

Another reviewer said: "A very well written, well researched novel with a heroine who is both strong and vulnerable. The author takes the reader to the Congo with a fascinating story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's action-adventure with a hint of romance. Dee Ann is an excellent story teller..."

amzn.to/17qT2an
The Consequential Element The Consequential Element by Dee Ann Waite
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Jan 30, 2014 12:20PM

26989 My name is Dee Ann Waite and I'm the author of THE CONSEQUENTIAL ELEMENT.

My most recent Amazon reviewer said: "...Think of the Bourne books but with a more coherent plot. Ms. Waite combines African rebels, CIA types, spies, double agents, a mysterious and important mineral, random psychopaths and mixes them up into a very good mystery...there is also very good prose. I was reading a female SF writer - award winning - before I read this book. Ms. Waite's prose is just as good, if not better, than the award-winning writer and, to me, her characters are more realistic."

Another reviewer said: "A very well written, well researched novel with a heroine who is both strong and vulnerable. The author takes the reader to the Congo with a fascinating story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's action-adventure with a hint of romance. Dee Ann is an excellent story teller..."

amzn.to/17qT2an
The Consequential Element by Dee Ann Waite
Jan 30, 2014 12:03PM

26989 I just interviewed one of our Goodreads members, Jan Marquart who is the CEO of The Author Network, and author of 11 books including A Writer's Wisdom. She asks the question Is Your Manuscript Ready and provides insight on how to be sure it is ready. Great advice with helpful resources to help writers along their journey. Read it at www.bit.ly/Jh2FLQ. Thanks!
26989 Hi Jen, I have a little something different... an action adventure thriller. This book plays to the full range of emotions; the characters and storyline are so real you feel as if you're reading non-fiction. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll become angry, and you'll become enlightened. Danielle Montgomery proves that women not only survive but emerge as victors from the battles of life. A strong, moving, and emotional ride on a fast paced, action packed, thrill ride from the streets of Boston to the jungles of the Congo. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... Check out the strong Goodreads reviews, as well as the more than dozen 5* reviews on Amazon. amzn.to/17qT2an
Jan 21, 2014 03:30PM

26989 I absolutely love the classics. I was a dreamer, a visualist, and would get lost in these classics while reading under my old Weeping Willow. Reading the classics help to round me out as the writer I've become, and the writer I strive to be. I agree with you, Justin; Poe, Twain, Dickens, Hawthorne or Shakespeare - read their work, take it in and enjoy it for all it's worth.
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May 24, 2012 05:45PM

26989 Welcome Emma!
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May 19, 2012 10:39AM

26989 My name is Dee Ann Waite and I'm a writer. Hmm, sounds sort of 12-step, ya think? Anyway, I've written my first novel, The Consequential Element, which I will be e-publishing with an estimated launch date of June 28th, 2012. I'm nervous. I have hopes and dreams for this book. Does anyone have any particular advice on e-publishing? Have you been there/done that? Would absolutely love to hear from you. Thanks and best wishes to you all.


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