My New Years gift to you!

Hello Black Wing Readers

While you will be busy dipping your cookies in milk and unwrapping your holiday gifts this week, I have one prepared just for you.

In celebration of the upcoming 2020 year, I will be giving away an advance free copy of The Conflict on January 1st, 2020, all you have to do is join my newsletter! You can unsubscribe afterward or stick with me for the entire journey of The Black Wing series!

We are close to the end of 2019 and what a journey! I reached new readers from Australia, and Pakistan this year, and finally settled on a book cover for The Birth (I obsess over my book covers a little too much.)

The Epic High Fantasy series continues to mend friendships, overcome unrequited love, but can they confront the conflicts in Eden Boarding School?

Jack makes the front cover in The Conflict.

Sneak peak from The Conflict

Chapter 10: Jack


The second-grader turns quicker this time in hopes she will find a boy hiding from the bushes. She wondered if she was being teased once again by Timothy, but this voice was softer and childlike.

“Up here,” the voice said.

But there is nothing out of the ordinary, except a rustle in the branches, the second-grader leans over the rail to look at them thoroughly. One of the branches from the coniferous is swaying up, and from the weight it carried.

“I can’t see you,” said Merla. “Where are you?”

“I’ll show myself if you promise not to hurt me. ‘They’ said you’d hurt me, but you won’t hurt me, would you?”

“I couldn’t hurt anybody,” admitted Merla. Sure, Timothy has upset her long enough to enjoy the idea of pulling his hair or biting him like she bit the guards, but she was afraid of trying out of fear she wouldn’t be allowed to stay in Eden.

 After another long pause, another rustle in the branches shakes near until it stops. Merla inches further from the rail, she uses the bench to get a closer look until a black bird flutters to her face that causes her to step off and fall into the ground. The black bird stands on the wooden rail and caws in response to her fall.

“I scared you!” The bird drops his neck towards his talons to release a long cackle.

Merla rises to her feet with her heart pounding from the fright, she leans towards the bird to see if he can really talk, but the crow flutters to the opposite rail.

He wanted her to respect their distance, even if Jack had little privacy to give to others. The seven-year-old didn’t know he watched her bask in the sun in the morning before flying to the city.

“I’m Jack,” said the young crow who started twirling in and out of the gazebo.

“My name is Merla.”

The bird now hops around the rail like he was marching in circles. His attention towards the black-haired girl remains in one eye, and the other at his surroundings, for his parents are unaware he crossed the bricked wall.

“I didn’t know birds could talk.”

“I certainly can, but this is my first time talking to a human crow.”

“A crow?” repeated Merla. “I’m not a crow.”

“Really?” said Jack, who cocks his head sideways. “You smell like a crow to me.”

“That must be it,” said Merla. “Am I a crow because I have wings?”

Her best-kept secret is also her worst, not once can she control the jet-black wings, except that she had to embrace herself. The bones as like a knife under fire, it melted her flesh to tear open. Merla inches her chin over her shoulder to look at her back, not a single feather has sprouted — not since her fall into Chela Island.

Chapter 10 continues in The Conflict

Paperback vs E-book, and what I learned.

I was just getting my feet wet in the self-publishing world in 2015, and thought paperback was the goal–I mean we all want to see a physical copy of our book! But then I learned there was a lesson I missed that self-published authors knew before me.

Bookstores anyone?

Unless you’re book is going to be in shelves for the public to pick up and purchase, your visibility is at risk. As a self-published author, we are not so lucky to have Barnes and Noble to display our work, but with sites like Amazon, Ingram Spark we can go international.

How paperback is done right

I met author N. J. Hanson at a con and saw several of his books laid out on his table. He attends many events and personally reach readers by showcasing his books to the public.

I’m currently reading his book ” The Kingdom of Dadria: A Lamb Amongst Wolves ” available here.

Don’t confuse your preference for paperback or e-book with your demographic, because you might be better off holding the paperback until you are done with your e-book version. Your e-book downloads can let you know what kind of sales you might make for your paperback. But it’s risky to think new readers will pick up your paperback from a whim.

Print sales still make the most

In her article, Physical books still outsell e-books — and here’s why Handley, reveals printed books are cashing in the most in 2019

“Publishers of books in all formats made almost $26 billion in revenue last year in the U.S., with print making up $22.6 billion and e-books taking $2.04 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers’ annual report 2019. “

This is excellent news in terms of my love for physical copies, but as a self-published author, I have reached more readership because my book is a download away. In a little over a month, I reached over 600 downloads because it doesn’t cost anything to give your book away for free, and I couldn’t do that solely on paperback–not for free. E-books give readers a chance to know who I am, what I write.

How I publish now and the pros and cons for e-books

I now write to publish for e-book and leave paperback for last. What I like about this is I can still celebrate that my e-book is now in print! The excitement doesn’t disappear when you wait for paperback!

For printed books, the sky is limit with bleed settings, you can stretch your images without having slanted or cut off images (and as long as you’re following the print guidelines)

One of my complaints about e-book is you can’t get extremely creative when you’re formatting. Not when there’s the Kindle format (mobi), e-pub, pdf, lrf, pdp, etc. On the positive side, Kindle recently allows your image to bleed to a certain degree, and that is a helpful tool for those who like to show visuals!

Publish for e-book but expect to have a paperback format, and don’t get me started on audio books.