It’s been quite an exciting month so far.
First it started with this wonderful surprise we had this morning. There was this e-mail from our Chinese translators. Not really saying anything but just providing a link. We clicked it and there it was: because—well, it’s now
As you know, we started the translation process for because back in January 2015 and now the Chinese version is available on Amazon.cn (and soon to be released to other retailers in China). It is so cool to see Chinese characters tell the story of Robert Sanchez. (Even though I can’t understand but my wife does, so now maybe her mother and some of her family can read it.) And it already has been reviewed by a Chinese reader (happily 5 stars as well). Man, how grateful and fortunate I am!
It was quite a learning-full and such an interesting process working with these editors and translators. The thing that made me feel most grateful was working with these individuals who showed such incredible passion about their work: translating the book with such integrity as if they were writing the book themselves.
So thank you to the folks over at fiberead.com, especially to Habby (project manger), Huang Zhi (editor) and translators Xujing, Amy, Li Qiu and Daisy. Without the team, because wouldn’t have been available in the most populated country on earth.
The next thing that happened comes from the amazing work my wife has been doing at getting our book into libraries across the country (and a few outside of Canada), including those in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver! Next Saturday, October 8 at the Brampton Public Library, I will be doing my first public talk as an author, celebrating the 2016 Indie Author Day. It’s funny how nervous I feel. Even though I’ve performed on some of the biggest stages but this feels more raw and real than any of those experiences. I’ll tell you how it goes.
Dear Readers: Here are October’s books in our Independent Publishing Showcase. Some books are on special promotions while others may be your next favourite read. Please check them out and scroll down to enter for a chance to win $25 PayPal cash or Amazon gift card. Thank you for supporting indie authors!
FOR INDIE AUTHORS
There is no fee to add your book to this list and you can list one book per month. This is our way of paying back to the indie publishing community that guides and supports us. We can use our collective social media networks to help all participating authors reach the widest audience possible by following these steps:
- Click the blue Upload button above to add your book by providing the required details
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Enter to win one paperback of because, from now until November 15, 2016.
The vengeful ghost of a murdered girl stalks the innocent. A forbidden passion ignites in the dark. Secrets of the past that doom the present rise with the dead at Eden Lake.
For Nikolai and Alexei, their summer job was a break from real life, a last deep breath of freedom before returning to their family and the arranged marriages waiting for them. But the peace of the summer is shattered when the ghost of a brutally murdered girl begins to kill.
As the boys struggle to put the spirit to rest before it kills again, long-suppressed desire flares, despite the deep taboos of their upbringing. Gifted with the sight, Alexei has lived his life knowing something dark hunts for Nikolai, and their love holds the key to saving him or damning him forever. The choice may not be theirs to make.
Respecting time, values and needs
Design by: Virginia
Romance can lurk where you least expect it. Even in the depths of the Irish countryside.
Political reporter Finola McGee is not the romantic type. She leads with her chin, shoots from the hip and takes no prisoners. When living on the edge loses its appeal, she escapes Dublin to run the local newspaper in a small Tipperary town. An easy job, friendly neighbours, lovely countryside, and fresh air—what’s not to like?
But the rural bliss doesn’t last longer than a weekend. Finola soon finds herself mixed up in a hornet’s nest of conspiracies. And when Hollywood rides into town, a certain heartthrob adds a further twist to an already complicated romance…
Always wanting to learn something
Design by: Virginia
Inspired by the 100 Shades of Red Album, this contest is about capturing the beauty of the autumn season. This is your opportunity to showcase your photos and get a chance to win $25 PayPal cash or an Amazon gift card.
- From now until October 31, 2016, you can add your photos (up to five at a time) that you own to this contest. Please submit high quality autumn-related photos and those that are unsuitable will be deleted. Click Upload below to start.
- Until November 15, 2016 all visitors to the site can vote for the photos and you may ask your friends to vote for yours by sharing your photos or this page. A person can vote on each photo once by clicking the heart icon on the top left corner of the photo.
- The winner will be selected and notified by email on or before November 18, 2016.
Now let the fun begin!
Click here to enter the Independent Publishing Showcase – October 2016 Contest
Return someone’s lost article
A Guide for those interested in starting a career in law enforcement. This book will help you understand the the hiring process from choosing an agency and the initial application right through to academy graduation day. And even what to expect during your first few months as a member of the thin blue line.
It is true how time just doesn’t stop for anyone as no matter how hard you try to live in the moment and cherish each day, it still becomes yesterday. And so it has now been two years since I ventured—hand and hand with my incredibly gifted loving wife, Virginia—into the publishing world. Since last year, I’ve been very fortunate to have experienced more wonderful and exciting adventures: Like getting closer to having the book translated into the language of the most populated country on earth. Like seeing my book comes up on the searches in libraries. Like getting raving reviews from readers and supportive messages from friends…I’ve been blessed to have had so many new doors opening up for me—just because I wrote a book.
It has been another fruitful year. Virginia has been busy creating contents for our web site visitors and members. You can see some of her work here and here. We worked together (but really, she was the one who brought my vision to life) to produce the ‘because I listen’ workbook, which has been an invaluable tool to many participants in my workshops. Now you can sign up for a free copy here.
We have also organized a number of promotional opportunities to help other authors to gain a bit more visibility for their books. These activities required a lot of time to do and gave us tons of fun too. But more importantly, it was our way of paying forward to the indie publishing community that guides and supports us.
As every artist knows that without an audience, we are just singing alone in the wind. We all need that someone to hear, to see, to read, to share our creations. In saying that, I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate you all—whether you are a family member, a friend, a reader, a site visitor, a fellow author or someone who re-tweet my messages occasionally, like/share my posts or participate in my book giveaways. I really wanted to show my gratitude to so so so many of you that have been incredibly supportive. Please let me say thank you—thank you for making me feel it was all worth it. May you all feel that same blessing you’ve given me.