Book Review: “The Successful Author Mindset” by Joanna Penn

The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer’s Journey by Joanna Penn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As usual, Joanna Penn knocks the ball out of the part with her insight into the author mindset. We are pretty hard on ourselves as creatives, and Penn dives right in to give us some good ole fashioned inspiration, truth, and literary courage! It’s not all boo-hoos and balms, though.

Penn also dishes out some tough love and real talk on how to make a career as an indie author, urging us to keep our goals clear, to define success for ourselves, and to literally get your ass in a chair and get those words on a page.

What I love most about the book is that it’s super organized and to the point. Whenever I’m feeling overwrought, doubtful, or just plain lost on my own creative journey, I can easily find a passage in it that will give me inspiration. Kind of like the Book of Psalms… but for psycho, self-deprecating writers and angsty creatives! Yes, it is like a Bible, y’all… I took it there.

Loved this book and look forward to reading the rest of Penn’s non-fiction (and fiction) series!

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Rock on, READ on,
<3 Colby

Book Review: “Supercharge Your Kindle Sales” by Nick Stephenson

This is a book review BACK POST, fam! Because I’m relaxing on my Xmas vacay in Florida, and knocking out some of my book list! Here’s the latest review on a great non-fiction book that’ll totally ramp up your Kindle sales if you follow the advice! A great and necessary read for indie fiction authors wanting to make a living.


superchargeyourkindlesalescoverSupercharge Your Kindle Sales by Nick Stephenson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

AWESOME advice, paired with some amazing actionable steps. And the greatest part? The book is short, sweet, and low on “fluff”, which helps us to get to the meat of the material and apply the advice ASAP.

Nick Stephenson knows his stuff, and he provides some wonderful insight into the issues of keywords, categories, lead magnets, and other book selling hacks that can really raise an author’s sales and profile on Amazon. Highly, HIGHLY recommended. Plus the book is totally FREE!

Also, check out Nick Stephenson’s amazing “Your First 10,000 Readers” course. There is a free mini course for you to try before you can then upgrade to the major course. I’ve taken both, and I can’t recommend Nick’s courses highly enough. I feel so confident about my author career for this coming 2016, and I have Nick to thank for it!

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Write on, rock on, READ on,
<3 Colby

Ask the Author GoodReads Event + New Hot Giveaway!

ask-the-authorHey creatives! Today is the kick-off of our FIRST “Ask-the-Author” Event at The Fantasy Portal GoodReads Book Club!

And the first author up to bat? ME!

Join our book club and participate to ask me anything and EVERYTHING you want to know about my writing process, creative inspirations, current projects, future plans, or even some personal stuff, to your leisure!

I’ll be fielding questions all the week long, from Monday, Sept 15 until Sunday, Sept 21!

ALSO, as a warm welcome to both our Book Club and to the Ask-the-Author Event, I’m launching a very special, limited time giveaway!

Check it out below!


September’s Limited Time Giveaway!

Participate in The Fantasy Portal Book Club’s Back-to-School Bash, and Enter to win some AWESOME prizes!

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Giveaway ONLY lasts from Monday, September 15 to Monday, September 22 (until 11:59 PM), so ENTER NOW!

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September’s “Back-to-School” Bash Blog Tour!

Back-to-SchoolFor the month of September, my blog tour theme is “Back-to-School” Bash! I’ll be featuring all sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and paranormal books that fit the following criteria:

  • Written for New Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Children’s Level, or any “school-age” audience (no General Adult fiction please!), AND/OR, 
  • Take place in a school or educational setting

Wanna submit your book for a special feature on this blog tour? Read all the instructions below!

How to Qualify for the “Back-to-School Bash” Blog Tour!

Your book must:

  • Be independently published.
    • Here’s a definition of what I consider to be independently published work or authors: “Independent book publishers include small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.”
  • Be in the sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or paranormal genres
  • Be professionally edited, well-written, and have a professional cover
  • Be written by, for, or about a New Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Children’s Level, or any “school-age” audience (no General Adult fiction please!). OR, the story must take place in a school or educational setting!

Other important notes:

  • Whether or not your book will be admitted to the blog tour is at my discretion and is also dependent on overall book quality, cover quality, and available space.

How to Submit Your Book!

These are the three things I’ll need from you:

1. Your Author Media Kit, which can include any or all of the following:

  • love support indie authors booksAn author bio
  • An author pic
  • A book blurb
  • A book cover
  • A book trailer (If you have links to embed videos (for a book trailer or what not), feel free to include the links in your press kit as my blog is fully equipped to accommodate all types of media!)
  • An excerpt from your book
  • Book reviews or book review excerpts
  • Supplementary pics, banners, and/or illustrations to put into the blog post (or to put into your book excerpt)
  • An author interview
  • An audio reading from one of your works
  • A series listing or series book cover gallery (if you have multiple works and want to advertise not only your new book, but your prolific career and backlist as an author)
  • Links to your website and social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, GoodReads, Google+, Blogger, Tumblr, Instagram, etc)
  • Buy links to where your book is for sale
  • Suggested post tags and hashtags for when I post the blog on my website AND for when I advertise the blog through my social media outlets (i.e. #urbanfantasy, #weneeddiversebooks, etc)
  • Any other cool or unique materials that you feel put your book in a cool light!

Please send these materials in either Word or PDF format.

What you send in your media kit is up to you, your comfort level, and what you think would put your book in the best light.

2. State very clearly in your email what specific GENRE your work is in.

Don’t just say it’s fantasy. Lol! If it’s a Young Adult epic fantasy romance, then let me know! The more specific, the better, and the easier it is to assign categories and tags to your book so that it can find its niche audience.

3. Send #1 and #2 to colbyrrice@rebelragdoll.com.

Whether you’ll be featured or not, I’ll get back to you on the status of your post!

Thanks all, and I look forward to hyping up your stuff!

Keep it indie,
<3 Colby

PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY of The Fantasy Portal!

fantasyportal3DfinalcoverAnother awesome giveaway, guys! And this one’s a real treat. 🙂

Recently, three authors and I have released a four book fantasy bundle called “The Fantasy Portal”, and now, we’re offering you a FREE copy of the Fantasy Portal Bundle in PAPERBACK!

Hold over 1,000 pages of urban, epic, and paranormal fantasy in your hands today!

That’s four weighty, kick-ass tomes for you to add to your physical book shelves.

The giveaway is running from August 15 – November 12, 2014.

There are only FIVE paperback bundles available, so enter as soon as you can!

Keep it indie,
<3 Colby

Brave New Souls: Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers of the 21st Century

BRAVENEWSOULS LOGO DVDAs a part of the running theme of #WeNeedDiverseBooks month, I’m delighted to present an eye-opening documentary about the amazing and arduous journeys of successful Black creators through the comic, publishing, tv, and film industries. The documentary is called “Brave New Souls: Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers of the 21st Century”.

The producer and filmmaker, Brandon Easton, thought it was about time to shed light on how creators of colors are actively building a counter-narrative against the presiding stereotypes that African Americans do not read, write, or create works within a sci-fi and fantasy context.

Check out the BRAVE NEW SOULS documentary today, and have your world expanded!

About the “Brave New Souls” Documentary

BraveNewSoulsDVDcoverThis documentary explores the thoughts, goals and inspirations of a new generation of Black creators in graphic novels, television, cinema, literature and digital media. Producer / director Brandon M. Easton wanted to shine much-needed light on new Black writers whose contributions and market awareness have been buried under the onslaught of the myriad of entertainment options in the 21st century.

Brandon also wanted to provide a window into their creative process and expose both aspiring writers and potential fans to incredibly imaginative, witty and sophisticated storytelling that challenges your perception of reality.

Brave New Souls explores the various creative industries and their spearheads through 8 compelling chapters:

Chapter 1: Inspiration — 2:46
Chapter 2: Breaking In — 7:01
Chapter 3: The Politics of Being a Black Creator — 10:14
Chapter 4: Starting a Business — 17:48
Chapter 5: Where Are the Fans? — 24:30
Chapter 6: The Industry — 33:01
Chapter 7: Writing for Rookies — 48:05
Chapter 8: The Future of Black Speculative Fiction — 54:30

Check Out the Awesome Trailer for Brave New Souls!

BUY Brave New Souls TODAY!

Get your copy for just $7.99 at GumRoad by clicking the logo below:

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And it’s also coming soon on Amazon Instant Video!

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About Brandon

BrandonEastonprofileBrandon M. Easton is a professional writer, screenwriter, and educator based in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Easton is a graduate of Ithaca College and Boston University’s prestigious Screenwriting program. With over fifteen years of experience, Brandon has penned articles for the Boston Herald, Crashpad Magazine, and a variety of other publications. After teaching in NYC public schools for six years, he decided to go for his screenwriting dreams in Hollywood and eventually scored a writing gig on Warner Bros. newThunderCats TV series and Hasbro’s new show Transformers: Rescue Bots.

Brandon produces a popular podcast titled Writing for Rookies – the only show dedicated to comic book and Hollywood scriptwriters. His published work includes Arkanium and Transformers: Armada for Dreamwave Productions, a column for Blacksci-fi.com, and Shadowlaw, his newest major project that was released in January 2012 to much acclaim and an immediate sell-out from Arcana/Platinum Studios.

Shadowlaw garnered coverage in publications/outlets like USA Today, Wired, Forbes and Ain’t It Cool News. Easton has been named the new writer of the international franchise Armarauders as well as a guest writer for the new Watson and Holmes comic series. In 2012, Easton signed a multi-graphic novel writing deal with LION FORGE COMICS, a new transmedia company debuting in April, 2013.

Easton recently won the 2013 GLYPH AWARD for BEST WRITER because of his work on the Shadowlaw graphic novel.

In 2014, Easton was nominated for five GLYPH AWARDS for his work on the WATSON AND HOLMES comic book series as well as the MILES AWAY original graphic novel. In May 2014, Easton won three Glyph Awards: STORY OF THE YEAR, BEST WRITER and the FAN AWARD.

He was also nominated for an EISNER AWARD for his work on Watson and Holmes issue #6 for BEST SINGLE ISSUE in 2014.

CONNECT WITH BRANDON AT:

His TWITTER
His BLOG
His IMDB Page

August’s “We Need Diverse Books” Blog Tour!

weneeddiversebooksHi all! A quick announcement to all readers and writers: this month, I’ll be doing an eclectic blog tour that will feature DIVERSE sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and paranormal works.

Want to know what counts as “diverse”? Want to submit your work? Check out the guidelines below!

How to Qualify for #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Your book must:

  • Be independently published.
    • Here’s a definition of what I consider to be independently published work or authors: “Independent book publishers include small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.”
  • Be in the sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or paranormal genres
  • Be professionally edited, well-written, and have a professional cover
  • Be written by, for, or about people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ, and more!

Other important notes:

  • Books featuring protagonists who belong to these particular groups are strongly desired. (But not a requirement, so long as the work itself is about or written by someone in the aforementioned groups.)
  • Whether or not your book will be admitted to the blog tour is at my discretion and is also dependent on overall book quality, cover quality, and available space.

How to Submit Your Book

These are the three things I’ll need from you:

1. Your Author Media Kit, which can include any or all of the following:

  • love support indie authors booksAn author bio
  • An author pic
  • A book blurb
  • A book cover
  • A book trailer (If you have links to embed videos (for a book trailer or what not), feel free to include the links in your press kit as my blog is fully equipped to accommodate all types of media!)
  • An excerpt from your book
  • Book reviews or book review excerpts
  • Supplementary pics, banners, and/or illustrations to put into the blog post (or to put into your book excerpt)
  • An author interview
  • An audio reading from one of your works
  • A series listing or series book cover gallery (if you have multiple works and want to advertise not only your new book, but your prolific career and backlist as an author)
  • Links to your website and social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, GoodReads, Google+, Blogger, Tumblr, Instagram, etc)
  • Buy links to where your book is for sale
  • Suggested post tags and hashtags for when I post the blog on my website AND for when I advertise the blog through my social media outlets (i.e. #urbanfantasy, #weneeddiversebooks, etc)
  • Any other cool or unique materials that you feel put your book in a cool light!

Please send these materials in either Word or PDF format.

What you send in your media kit is up to you, your comfort level, and what you think would put your book in the best light.

2. State very clearly in your email what specific GENRE your work is in.

Don’t just say it’s fantasy. Lol! If it’s an epic fantasy romance, then let me know! The more specific, the better, and the easier it is to assign categories and tags to your book so that it can find its niche audience.

3. Send #1 and #2 to colbyrrice@rebelragdoll.com.

Whether you’ll be featured or not, I’ll get back to you on the status of your post!

Thanks all, and I look forward to hyping up your stuff!

Keep it indie,
<3 Colby

GRAND OPENING! Colby’s Bookstore is Now Open for Business!

It is with the utmost delight that I’m announcing the OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING of Colby’s Bookstore!

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Having my own online store really feels like the ultimate definition of being an independent author and publisher, so I’m thrilled to finally be able to sell my work directly to all fantasy and sci-fi lovers, and especially to my fans! 🙂

More About the Store

colbyrriceAVATARbannerYou’ll find that both the browsing of the store and the checkout process is super easy, and I’ve also included “Bookstore Product Categories” in the sidebar for those of you who are looking for a particular book format (audiobook, ebook, or print), a specific genre (from sci-fi to fantasy to all their subgenres), or a specific title or series!

The Store will contain all my novel series, including some great non-fiction titles for writers and readers that you don’t want to miss! Pre-orders, coupons, sales, and specials will also be coming soon!

Check out Colby’s Bookstore here!

Shopping, Payment, and Your Account

amazonpay paypalcreditcardTo manage and personalize your shopping experience, you can toggle between your Shopping Cart and Your Account.

Your Cart will keep track of all the items you want, and you’ll also be able to see what you’re buying in the sidebar (but only after you place an item into your Cart)!

Your Account is where you can create a sign-in name & password, view your recent orders, and manage your shopping profile. At your Account page you can also re-download any electronic files you’ve already purchased and change your information at any time!

**Your information is super secure as I only accept PayPal and Amazon Checkout at this time.**

Troubleshooting

The store is glitch-free and super easy to use. BUT if you’re having any trouble with the store at all, need a re-send of a product, need a refund or an exchange, have any questions, or you just want to say hi, shoot me an email at colbyrrice@rebelragdoll.com.

I will get back to you immediately, I promise!

Thanks so much for checking out the store, and happy shopping!

Keep it indie,
<3 Colby

Delving More Deeply into Ghosts of Koa with Michael T Bradley!

DBDsquareSo, unfortunately, Digital Book Day has passed, my dear readers, but it was an awesome run! We gave out tons of free books and hopefully made you all super amped for our next promotion, which will open around the holidays! If you want to stay updated on when the next Digital Book Day will be, SUBSCRIBE to the DBD Newsletter!

No worries, we won’t be spamming you. We just want you to have all the free stuff you want when you want. 😉

But where there is a post-DBD void, there is still hope! We’ve got more free stuff to give you and some cool stuff goin’ on, mainly the fact that I was:

Interviewed by Michael T. Bradley, Narrator of the Ghosts of Koa Audiobook!

GhostsofKoaAUDIOCOVERFINALSo, omg, I get to spend nearly an hour with my actor, Michael T. Bradley, who is equal parts hilarious, witty, and talented. And yes, I know. His voice is husky and HOTT (purr)! Even my boyfriend is jealous of Michael, as well he should be. But before you throw your panties & thongs onto Mr. Bradley’s proverbial stage, ladies, please know that he isn’t here just as ear candy!

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Michael T Bradley, ladies! Keep calm… and throw panties.

Michael is a PHENOMENAL actor, who has narrated multiple audiobooks and has even been a voice actor for Namco (huge video game company for those of you not in the know). He is very hirable and a joy to work with, and even when you yourself suck at returning his emails (ahem, like yours truly), he’s still all over your project, giving updates, feedback, asking questions, and delivering the goods. I’ve learned a LOT from him about audiobook production and about my role as an author in the process, and I loved working with him!

Check out Michael’s ACX page and HIRE him: Michael Bradley’s ACX Page.

Important note: he’s fantastic with fiction narration, but as I seriously doubt he’s available for phone sex hire, please keep your requests clean, ladies. 😉 Or not. He might like it, can’t speak for him.

Okay, let the panty-throwing continue! ::SQUEAL!::

Check Out the Interview!

Michael asks some hard frickin’ questions, but somehow I survive. We talk about lots of stuff, including but not limited to what GOK’s about, where The Books of Ezekiel series is going, where the inspiration for the ultimate baddie, Sal Morgan, came from, and a discussion on Yonic imagery… which is a classy way of saying “things that remind us of penis and vaginas”.

Actually, Michael’s the classy one. I would have just as easily called it “cock and coochie chicanery”, but fortunately Michael is more of an intellectual than I. Either way, have fun learning more about the engine under the hood of Ghosts of Koa, and don’t forget to pick up the audiobook  through our free giveaway (below)!

Or of course, you could also be a doll and buy it at AMAZON, AUDIBLE, or ITUNES!

 

Ghosts of Koa Audiobook Giveaway!

The audiobook giveaway has been extended to MIDNIGHT on Monday, July 21st, so don’t miss your chance to win a FREE copy!

Just participate below, and also don’t forget to check out the audiobook excerpt (teehee!) from Ghosts of Koa: The First Book of Ezekiel!

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More FREE ebooks! Digital Book Day has been EXTENDED for another 24 hours!

DIGITAL BOOK DAY has been EXTENDED for another 24 hours!!

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Apparently, this promotion is so hott and so internet-destroying that we had to extend it just so that you all had more time to get all the books you wanted!

So yeah, again, we 407 bestselling indie authors in the genres of Sci-fi & Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Romance, YA, General / Historical Fiction, and Non-Fiction all got together and asked:

“HM! How do we make our readers even MORE mega happy?”.

And we answered, “FREE STUFF for yet ANOTHER DAY!”

So, yes. 407 FREE books all for your summer reading pleasure, my friends. Check us out by clicking the banner above or clicking HERE, and enjoy!

Time’s limited, though, so get your free ebooks before midnight tonight (07/15)!

P.S. This promotion is so hott and getting so popular that the Digital Book Day website occasionally conks out. Please be patient and keep visiting for your free books!

Happy reading, and of course, keep it indie!
<3 Colby