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Heather Elizabeth King

Author of Dark Fiction

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Doomsday - Season 1 - Coming February 2016

Indie vs. Traditional

First let me preface this by saying publishing houses never twist an author's arm and make them sign a publishing contract. That decision is the author's. But once the author signs that contract they are giving up some aspects of creative control. For ins…

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The Making of an AWESOME Release Day!

I've been indie publishing for about a year now and I've learned a lot! Since October 2014 I've released 4 books. By December 2015 I'll have released 6. It's been a busy year.

All of the research I've done since October 2014 shows that the best plan to have followed would have been to focus o…

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Insights From the Baltimore Book Festival

 

This past weekend I went to the Baltimore Book Festival. As always, I had a great time! Over the past three years I've gone  I've picked up a few insights on ways to have a successful signing/appearance at large festivals. Here are a few of the things I learned.

1. Candy is always nice…

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Becoming a successful Indie Author!

Today I read Joanna Penn's book, How to Make a Living With Your Writing. If you're an indie author, this is a book you'll want to check out. She covers topics that I've been considering, but not quite sure how to implement.


It's offered FOR FREE right now, so you'll want to check it out IMMEDIA…

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Crazy! Overwhelming!

It's been a crazy year! I'm not sure what I was thinking when I started making so many life changes. 

At the end of 2014 I purchased a home. I also decided to make the shift from exclusively working with publishing houses to being a hybrid author. I rele…

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Indie Publishing - Proofing My First Paperback

Front & Back Cover

I'm proofing my book! Digitally for now. I have an actual paperback coming in the mail. I'm going to have to push back publication of the print version, but I'd rather do that than risk selling a book that doesn't look the best it can possibly look.

I…

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Indie Publishing - Adventures with CreateSpace!


I just finished formatting my first indie paperback. Whew! Feels like I had a workout. It's so nice to wait for the box of books to come in the mail from the publisher! LOL!

A few things that I had to consider that I hadn't thought of before:

1. Book Size - You'll notice the ebook is about 314 pa…

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Luna Bay - paranormal erotic romance

During the day I work as a Business Analyst. Last week we had our birthday lunch for the month. I'm new to the team so many don't know I write fiction. One of my co-workers asked what I write, I said paranormal mysteries and paranormal romance. At paranormal romance, she burst out laughing. She'd ne…

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Paranormal Mystery/Urban Fantasy Writers I Adore!

Get a glass of wine, put on Kim Waters, and get ready for some good reads!
I'm a huge fan of paranormal mysteries/urban fantasies, so I thought I'd share a few of my favorite authors here for anyone who is looking for a great, paranormal read.

Kim Harrison - http://www.kimharrison.net/
She writes …

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Why Indie Publishing?

Paranormal Mystery

 

A question I get asked a lot is, why I choose to indie publish despite having written for traditional publishers.

There's nothing wrong with traditional publishing. In fact, there are many awesome perks.

  • Publisher pays for cov…

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It's Out!!!

It's here! Zoe Matthews, the Undead Ghost, and the Demon is here! I'm so excited.

This book is close to my heart. Well, all of my books are close to my heart, but this one is especially close. It's a mystery, it takes place in my home town, and I was able to incorporate some of my favorite things…

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Horror & Cozy Mysteries: The Common Denominator

marketIf I had to pick 2 of my favorite genres to read & write that would be horror (NOT of the Saw variety) and cozy mysteries.

These are two genres that seem completely different. On the one hand you have some supernatural force strutting it's diabolical stuff all over town and wreaking havoc, on the o…

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New Release from my friend Adriana!!!

It’s All About the Research

Authors of erotic romance often get teased about what kind of research they might delve into for the sake of their books – it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it…**snicker, giggle, knowing wink.**

The research my husband and I engaged in for this spicy …

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Late night scouting

Ward BuildingOne thing about writing, when you're writing a fantasy in a word entirely of your creation, places in the book look exactly how you want them to look. No questions asked because you've created that world and everything in it. But when you're writing in another genre and using a location that exists,…

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Author Shame

You're a published author and you're at a writer's conference, mingling with your peers when someone asks the question, "So what do you write?" You say erotic romance, and receive a look that makes you feel like you've just admitted to a pastime of killing babies. Among certain groups, admitting to …

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More Than Writing

Writer's Block 1

One thing many would-be writers don't account for when they dream of seeing their name on the NYT Bestsellers list is the fact that to sell books you have to do a lot more than write a great book. You have to know how to sell that book. The publishing house (if you have a publishing house) isn't …

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Keeping it Real

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I recently finished reading Stephen King's On Writing for a second time. This book is a great resource for writers. I've been writing professionally for about ten years now, and it reminded me of some…

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VIrginia Festival of the Book

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Super excited today to go to the Virginia Festival of the Book! Tonight I'll be at a panel featuring a brilliant urban fantasy author, Kim Harrison (http://www.kimharrison.net/). I'm going to miss tomorrow…

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New England Crime Bake

 So I've done it! I've registered for the New England Crime Bake in November! This will be the first mega conference I've been to since the 2007 RT. That was a great experience because I not only went, but I got to be on 2 panels. Since restarting my writing career as Heather Elizabeth King and leav…

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