Today on my blog I am welcoming Linda Rainier to the Indie Spotlight.
A kooky introverted New Englander with a fervent love of history and literature. I fell in love with storytelling at a very young age and am always looking to connect with others who love to read. Wife to an incredible man and momma of two fur-babies and amateur photographer.
Hi Linda. Welcome to the Indie Spotlight!
What made you decide to publish your book(s) independently?
It took a lot of consideration to go the independent publishing route. Ultimately, I wanted to get my story out there and have a say in how it was presented. After researching the pros and cons of indie publishing I realized that in each of the scenarios, if I would be doing the lion’s share of marketing and promotion then independent publishing was the best option.
What are the benefits of being an indie author?
I find that being an indie author allows me to tell the story that I want to tell and have the final say when it comes to the cover and how to edit. Honestly, it is a lot more work but, in the end, I know that the final product is what I wanted it to be. I can work directly with the editor and know that I am communicating effectively.
What challenges do indie authors face?
The biggest challenge so far has been standing out in a pool of very talented authors. If you are a reader then you have so many choices of great authors. Finding a way of connecting your story to the people who want to read it is difficult. Also understanding the industry and all of the options available to you can be pretty daunting.
There must be a lot to learn about marketing your book when you first take the plunge into publishing something. What advice would you give to aspiring indie authors?
Tell the story that you want to read. Don’t let the process lock you up. Your first draft can be rough and that’s okay because you can rewrite and polish it, just get something down on the page and revisit later. Also think about what you determine success to be. Success is different for everyone and even what you initially view as success may change over time.
What have you learned from being an indie author?
The art of self-promotion. In getting someone as excited about your words as you are. Being able to communicate effectively with limited time and characters. You need to practice your elevator pitch and have it ready at a moments notice.
What can we look forward to seeing from you next?
I am currently working on the third book of the series.
Thank you so much for joining me today on my blog, Linda. I wish you every success with your current and future projects!
After a brutal and unnatural death, Emma is reborn as a Fury, a descendant of the mythological deities who were tasked with the judgment of man. They are tasked with protecting the delicate balance between humans and the paranormal world.
In the world of the Fury there is no room for the frivolity of human nature; no room for compassion or a need for love. To fall victim to such volatile emotions leads only to ruin and suffering.
In the shadows, darkness rises, threatening to destroy the tightly controlled world of the Fury. Emma must survive an intricate web of deceit and betrayal as the questions mount.
With the aid of her guardian, David, they must find a way to beat back the evil that threatens to devour them.
Will her hope of finding her place in this world be dashed by the insurmountable odds? Can she control the overwhelming emotions which threaten to tear down her carefully constructed walls?
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Digging Two Graves
After surviving the brutal attack on the Hallow, Emma dares to dream of a new life, far from what she’s grown accustomed to.
Her dreams of normalcy and a second chance for love are sidelined as she encounters new lives to protect, and a perilous scheme.
Hidden foes fueled by vengeance, plot to destroy the Fury and everyone Emma cares for. They are determined to break her spirit, steal her hope, and leave her alone once again.
But have they underestimated the true power of the Fury?
Emma must embrace her vengeful nature as they careen towards a bloody showdown.
Will anyone escape this fight for their lives, unscathed?
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Raina Nightingale has been writing high fantasy since she could read enough words to write stories with the words she could read. She loves dragons and magic and beautiful worlds, complete with mountains, storms, stars, forests, and volcanoes! She also loves compelling and realistic characters. DragonBirth is her first novel in her High Fantasy setting of Areaer.