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Sanity 365

Well, it’s been one year since I was let go from my job. I felt like it was certainly appropriate to put up a blog post to celebrate the fact that I’m not dead and that the heartbreak and depression didn’t kill me. I’m alive! I cried more in the last year than I ever care to again. I found the deepest places of depression that I didn’t even think existed. I contemplated more drastic solutions than I ever thought possible. However, I am glad to say that those people didn’t break me and they didn’t take me.

I recounted my feelings on my YouTube Channel in the Stages of Chaos series. I hoped by doing those videos that I would find some peace. I felt broken, lost, horrified, betrayed, and ripped apart. All of those feelings boiled under the surface with each passing day of 2014. I had all of this education and training and nothing to show for it except insurmountable student loan debt. What’s a forensic psychology degree matter if you can’t use it, right?

I even was lured to a job interview last summer just so the individual interviewing me could find out what was going on with my past employer and what the legal proceedings looked like. I knew immediately when I walked through the door that they had no intention of hiring me and that the minute I walked out, the interviewer would be on the phone filling my previous employer in about everything I shared. This is why I DIDN’T share. That small voice inside my head that tells me when someone is lying spoke quite loudly that day. In fact, this suspicion was confirmed just this month when that same agency who decided I wasn’t good enough to hire last year called me again after I posted something on my Facebook about how I’d survived 2014 and the job loss. They were going to dig some more to see if I would violate the legal agreement that was settled upon. I didn’t fall for it and told them that they would have to pay me at least $25 an hour for drive time and compensation for my degree. I don’t think I’ll hear from them again.

I stand by the suggestion I’m about to give you… Always have a good attorney on hand. That’s as far as I’m going to go with that. The one thing I will say is even when you receive retribution, the damage you sustained is still there. You still find yourself picking up the pieces, trying to start over. I did this many, many times, crying myself to sleep. In fact, there are times I still wake up, sweat and tears pour, from reliving all of it in my sleep.

Starting over for me really began in December. That’s when my life turned around. I must give credit where it’s due. My parents helped keep me from being homeless all summer. My best friend kept me from giving up. My husband gave me the inspiration and ability to pursue a brand new path. My retirement and a settlement as well as my ability to manage money helped keep me from completely sinking and my brains kicked in when I went back for my State Tested Nurse Aide License and then again when I worked in a pharmacy for a brief period of time.

Looking back on all of that wretchedness, I can smile. I am still angry, don’t get me wrong, but I found hope. I found a new purpose. I published another book. I have my own radio show. I teach wonderful, talented young people. I still have the love and support of my family and TRUE friends. I still don’t get paid for my radio show. I still don’t make a lot of money off of my books. I actually laugh when I think of some of the interrogatory questions that were asked: “Is it true that you are a paranormal investigator?” “Is it true you have your own radio show?” “And you don’t get money for your radio show or your books?” No questions were asked about my character, my leadership, or my ability to do my job.

All in all, I thank those dastardly individuals for taking up arms against me. You brought me right to this spot where I’m standing. You brought me right to the place I needed to be. I never thought I’d write another book or create another word, yet I am. You should really be careful when you anger an author (that’s all I’m going to say on that front as well).

So, I tip my hat to you and I bid you well. Remember that the old saying still holds true, “What goes around comes around.” Karma has a profound way of collecting debt, so when you look back at what you did to me and all of the pain you inflicted, remember that someday, when you least expect it, you’ll have to pay the piper. You think what you did was right. You think what you did was acceptable and justified. People that aren’t wrong, don’t offer up any sort of retribution. Remember that, too.

Some have said that I let the thoughts of all of this eat me up; that I shouldn’t dwell on it. I don’t dwell on it, but as is true with any trauma, the circumstances creep in whether we like it or not. I am better now for the most part. Most days are better than others. Each day is certainly better than the one before. I actually feel somewhat liberated. I don’t have to watch what I say or if I voice my opinion too strongly. I don’t have to worry about being “called in on the carpet” for saying what I think. I don’t have to punch a time clock and worry about walking in from lunch two minutes late and who will tell on me. Those things I absolutely don’t miss. I don’t miss the backbiting and backstabbing; the whispers and spying. So, really, I am in a much better environment.

My husband said that if I really wanted to be successful I should work for myself. So, that’s what I’m doing. I loved working at the pharmacy. I was so thankful that they saw things from my point of view and hired me. But, working for myself is where I need to be and it’s exactly what I need to be doing. I help out at a local school from time to time, which also fulfills a desire I didn’t have time to pursue.

Losing my job forced me to change. It forced me to go through a growth spurt I wouldn’t have gone through otherwise. It helped me appreciate things more. It revealed the people who were really my friends and the ones that were too scared of the powers-that-be to even think of talking to me. It showed me who was loyal and who really didn’t care. It opened my eyes to so much more. So, even though I thought the situation may do me in, it didn’t do that at all. It gave me muscles and helped me root into the world I was meant to be a part of all along: publishing and creative design.

Please join these lovely ladies for tomorrow’s show!

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Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’

049Howdy folks! It is amazing as I look back on this past year how the wheels of fate have been turning. There were many times I thought that everything was at a stand-still, when actually, things were proceeding exactly as they should.

It has been quite some time (again) since I posted and I apologize for that. Blogging doesn’t seem to be a hot topic nowadays. It could just be me though.

Anyhoo, I wanted to let you know about some exciting things that are happening! Of course, that is usually what I use my blog for; announcements and venting. So, tomorrow kicks off my book tour for 2015. In the morning, at 8:30 a.m., I will be featured on Community Corner with Barb Pratt. My hometown radio station, WNXT AM, has invited me on to talk about my books as well as Ozwind Publishing.

Tomorrow night I will be attending the Portsmouth Public Library’s Spring Author Expo beginning at 6 p.m. If you are local, you can visit my Amazon author page for directions and location. I will be signing books and promoting Ozwind.

I will post more dates for signings and appearances as they draw closer.

11074484_10205659068109837_6927604007353647784_nAt the end of March, the BETWEEN WORLDS SERIES released and I am proud to say, things seem to be going well. I reached a milestone today, in fact.  THE FINE LINE ranks at 247,461, VOICE OF THE DEAD ranks at 261,674, and THROUGH GLASS DARKLY raised to 254,292. This is a first for me having all three books above 300,000 in ranking on Amazon! I really hope one day they will climb to the top 1000 and then 100. But I will certainly take this for now! THANK YOU READERS!!!!

ozwindMay 1st is another important date. Ozwind Publishing LLC became official as of April 1st. We’ve received our business license and have been busy setting up templates, contracts, and other essentials to make our business run smoothly. Ozwind is a “hybrid” publisher. We ARE NOT a vanity press nor are we a traditional publisher. We are a “hybrid” because we accept submissions and line those submissions up with entrance criteria. If it fits, we offer contracts and publish work for a fee. The fees are extremely reasonable and are at or under market value. To learn more, please visit the website at www.ozwindpublishing.com.

As most of you know, I have been co-hosting The Paranormal
Hour
with Willow Cross and Kelly Abell. I was approached this week about doing my very own show. I happily agreed. Starting June 3rd at 10 p.m. EST, and the first Wednesday of the month thereafter, I will thingsthatmatterbannerbe hosting my very own late-night, call-in radio show sponsored by World of Ink Network. When Marsha Casper Cook​ approached me about what kind of show I wanted to do, I knew I wanted something with variety. So, we will be talking about a broad spectrum of topics such as weight loss, Bigfoot, aliens, romance, spiritual health, and much, much more! The show will touch on THINGS THAT MATTER to each of us! However, I need your help to make this happen! I need YOU to call in to discuss the topic of interest for that particular show! Links will come up so that you can listen to the show live!

The first season of The Sundry Series is ending on my YouTube Channel as of June 9th also. If you’d like to get caught up on those, you can visit my channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/traceefordauthor

For now, I believe, that’s it. I welcome comments and feedback. So, if you actually do read this blog, please “like” or say something. That way I know that I’m not typing to dead air.

Have a great one!

facebookBecause my titles have some element of darkness, I thought it was fitting for me to be “back in black” as a title for this blog.

Ozwind Publishing, LLC  and I are proud to present the Between Worlds Series. We would like to thank our partners for such dynamic covers and back-of-the-book summaries. I am eternally grateful for a job well done and am pleased to present this dynamic trilogy to you!

The books are available NOW through Amazon, Kindle, and Smashwords. The first book, The Fine Line is coming back out as a 2nd edition and the ebook is available on Smashwords for FREE!

We know that many of you have been waiting for the last book in the series, Through Glass Darkly. The wait is over!

Covers, synopses, and buy links are below. Social media links for Tracee are included below as well as her bio.  THE FINE LINE and VOICE OF THE DEAD are $12.00 for Paperbacks. THROUGH GLASS DARKLY are $14.50. Ebooks are $1.99 each, and as mentioned, “The Fine Line” is free only on Smashwords!

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2nd edition

$1.99 Kindle

Free on Smashwords

$12.00 Amazon

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There is a fine line between the world of the living and the world of the dead, and Robin Hillard and her handsome husband Dr. Matthew Gregory are about to cross it. After the two meet in the ER of the local hospital, Robin and Matt begin a whirlwind romance. Matt surprises Robin when he proposes to her in the midst of the beautiful Pikeview Manor, the home that Matt has just purchased for them to begin their lives together. What the newlyweds are unaware of is that by walking through the front door they have walked between the worlds. The couple begins to hear strange noises, find objects moved, and they see the shadows once hidden within the majestic house.Robin has dreams of the past, while Matt struggles with the line between science and the world of the unseen. Matt’s young daughter Olivia begins speaking of the little girl that she plays with in her room, and of the darkness lurking within every board, nail, brick, and tile of the house. The family’s love and strength is tested as they realize that terror is not imagined…its real!

 

 

 

KINDLE: http://www.amazon.com/Fine-Line-Between-Worlds-Book-ebook/dp/B00V7ACJ2O/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1427385660&sr=1-4&keywords=tracee+fordSMASHWORDS: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/530522 (FREE)

AMAZON (PAPERBACK): http://www.amazon.com/Fine-Line-Between-Worlds-Volume/dp/0692413596/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

 

 

 

FORMERLY IDOLUM

$1.99 Kindle, Smashwords

$12.00 Amazon

Dr. Lauren Harris is a brilliant nationally respected forensic psychologist with a secret. She is an empath who can emotionally connect with the spirits of dead, seeing through their eyes, and giving tHaunted Castlehem a voice. When she is called upon by the FBI to help track down and stop The Phantom, a hedonistic serial killer, she is confronted with the one thing she has always feared when she meets Agent Nicholas Bennette.The two find it difficult to work with each other at first due to their differences and the sexual tension building like wild fire between them. As Lauren connects with The Phantom’s victims she finds herself trying to make sense of the visions feeling overwhelmed with the knowledge that so much has been left undone in their lives. She learns that the dead will no longer be silenced when they have a voice through her.  As the body count rises and a passionate romance begins with Nicholas, Lauren discovers that she has been targeted by The Phantom, and she is frightened to learn that she too has left much undone in her life as well.

 

KINDLE http://www.amazon.com/Voice-Dead-Between-Worlds-Book-ebook/dp/B00V7MU762/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1427385699&sr=1-1&keywords=voice+of+the+deadAMAZON PAPERBACK: http://www.amazon.com/Voice-Dead-Between-Worlds-2/dp/0692413626/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427393261&sr=1-2

SMASHWORDS:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/530610

 

 

NEW RELEASE!

$1.99 Kindle, Smashwords

$14.50 Amazon

Olivia Gregory, whom we met in the The Fine Line, the first book of the Between World’s series, is all grown up, and despite her stable upbringing, makes life choices that lead her down a very destructive path. Attempting to run from the horrors of her past, these choices lead her far away from her family and the safety of Pikeview Manor.After a near death experience, Olivia is forced to 11039514_10153108166348959_639178523_o (2)look through the glass darkly and her life takes another dramatic turn. Influenced by a special companion, Olivia becomes a cop in the K-9 division. One fateful April afternoon, she stumbles upon the hanging body of a murdered young girl—one of a soon to be long list of victims of the Tic-Tac-Toe killer.

Along with her smoking hot partner, Daniel Knight and Dr. Lauren Harris-Bennette, a nationally respected forensic psychologist and the key crime solver in The Phantom murders, Olivia is drawn into a case that could cost her everything.

 

KINDLE:  http://www.amazon.com/Through-Glass-Darkly-Between-Worlds-ebook/dp/B00V7M1MZ2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1427385728&sr=1-1&keywords=through+glass+darklyAMAZON PAPERBACK: http://www.amazon.com/Through-Glass-Darkly-Between-Worlds/dp/0692413642/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427393261&sr=1-3

SMASHWORDS DOWNLOAD: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/530535

 

 

 

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BIO

Tracee Ford has been telling stories her whole life. Tracee dreamed big and worked to make her dreams come true by becoming an award-winning novelist revamped10363602_10205210472015215_270108344208148385_nand now founder of Ozwind Publishing, LLC. Tracee is a member of the Paranormal Romance Guild. Her first novel, The Fine Line, won a Reader’s Choice Award in 2013 and her second novel, Idolum: Visions of the Undone, was nominated by PRG for Best Paranormal Romantic Suspense novel of 2013, and secured and won second place.

Tracee has walked many paths in her life as a playwright, director, and a puppeteer. She has also delved into the darkest parts of our society and culture with the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Psychology which she earned from Shawnee State University and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota. Tracee’s interest in the paranormal, her life experience, and education has given her a keen insight into the shadows that haunt our society making her a brilliant author of thrillers and suspense. Tracee is excited to expand her writing by exploring other genres inspired by her love of such classics as L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind. Tracee Ford is ready to take your hand and lead you on fantastic and thrilling new adventures.

Links

Websitehttp://traceeford.com

Bloghttps://traceeford.wordpress.com

YouTube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/user/authortraceeford

Social Media connections

https://www.tsu.co/Author_Tracee_Ford

https://www.goodreads.com/httpgoodreadscomTracee_Ford

http://www.shelfari.com/traceeford

http://www.amazon.com/Tracee-Ford/e/B00AXL5538/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1418653415&sr=1-2-ent

https://twitter.com/FordTracee

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AuthorTraceeFord

https://plus.google.com/+TraceeFord

Ozwind Publishing, LLC is proud to present the Between Worlds Series by Tracee Ford. Ozwind Publishing, LLC would like to thank our partners for such dynamic covers and back-of-the-book summaries. The books will be available on SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH through Amazon, Kindle, and Smashwords. The first book, “The Fine Line” is coming back out as a 2nd edition and the ebook will be available on Smashwords for FREE!

I know that many of you have been waiting for the last book in the series, “Through Glass Darkly,” The wait is almost over!

Pictured here are the beautiful covers as well as the synopses.

Paperbacks will be $12.00 each, Ebooks will be $1.99 each, and as mentioned, “The Fine Line” will be free only on Smashwords!

There is a fine line between the world of the living and the world of the dead, and RAbstract backgroundobin Hillard and her handsome husband Dr. Matthew Gregory are about to cross it. After the two meet in the ER of the local hospital, Robin and Matt begin a whirlwind romance. Matt surprises Robin when he proposes to her in the midst of the beautiful Pikeview Manor, the home that Matt has just purchased for them to begin their lives together. What the newlyweds are unaware of is that by walking through the front door they have walked between the worlds. The couple begins to hear strange noises, find objects moved, and they see the shadows once hidden within the majestic house.

Robin has dreams of the past, while Matt struggles with the line between science and the world of the unseen. Matt’s young daughter Olivia begins speaking of the little girl that she plays with in her room, and of the darkness lurking within every board, nail, brick, and tile of the house. The family’s love and strength is tested as they realize that terror is not imagined…its real!

 

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Dr. Lauren Harris is a brilliant nationally respected forensic psychologist with a secret. She is an empath who can emotionally connect with the spirits of dead, seeing through their eyes, and giving them a voice. When she is called upon by the FBI to help track down and stop The Phantom, a hedonistic serial killer, she is confronted with the one thing she has always feared when she meets Agent Nicholas Bennette.

The two find it difficult to work with each other at first due to their differences and the sexual tension building like wild fire between them. As Lauren connects with The Phantoms victims she finds herself trying to make sense of the visions feeling overwhelmed with the knowledge that so much has been left undone in their lives. She learns that the dead will no longer be silenced when they have a voice through her.  As the body count rises and a passionate romance begins with Nicholas, Lauren discovers that she has been targeted by The Phantom, and she is frightened to learn that she too has left much undone in her life as well.

 

 NEW RELEASE!!!!

11039514_10153108166348959_639178523_o (2)Olivia Gregory, whom we met in the The Fine Line, the first book of the Between World’s series, is all grown up, and despite her stable upbringing, makes life choices that lead her down a very destructive path. Attempting to run from the horrors of her past, these choices lead her far away from her family and the safety of Pikeview Manor.

After a near death experience, Olivia is forced to look through the glass darkly and her life takes another dramatic turn. Influenced by a special companion, Olivia becomes a cop in the K-9 division. One fateful April afternoon, she stumbles upon the hanging body of a murdered young girl—one of a soon to be long list of victims of the Tic-Tac-Toe killer.

Along with her smoking hot partner, Daniel Knight and Dr. Lauren Harris-Bennette, a nationally respected forensic psychologist and the key crime solver in The Phantom murders, Olivia is drawn into a case that could cost her everything.

 

 

Ozwind banner (2)I want to announce that Ozwind’s website has been updated with pricing plans and publishing options. Please click here to visit the site or you can read the options below:

*Ozwind accepts submissions from May 1 – July 31 and again during the time period of November 1 – January 31*

The information below applies to individuals wishing to become an Ozwind Author.

  •  Submissions must be in electronic format.
  • Submission must be in Microsoft Word format.
  • Please use 12 pt font, Times New Roman with 1” margins.
  • Include a synopsis and first three chapters of your work. If you are submitting poetry, include at least three poems for evaluation.
  • Please include the following information in your query:
    • Word count
    • Genre
    • Target audience
    • Legal name
    • Pen name (if applicable)
    • Contact information

 

  • Once your submission is received it will be reviewed by our acquisitions department. An assessment will be completed based on subject matter, suitability, and marketing.

 

  • If the work is accepted for possible publication, you will receive a letter asking for the full manuscript so further assessment can be completed.

 

  • Please allow 4-6 weeks for review.

 

  • You will receive a letter regarding your acceptance if Ozwind chooses to publish your work.

 

  • If your work is accepted, you will receive a contract as well as the pricing agreement. You may add services such as a book trailer. There is a base package, but you can add or subtract from that package based on your personal vision.

 

  • If your work is accepted, you will receive a contract as well as the pricing agreement. You may add services such as a book trailer or banners. These are “add-on” costs to the base package. Adeposit calculation will be included in the letter of acceptance. The deposit is due upon receipt of the invoice. You will then have the choice to pay for all services up front or space out your cost in three payments. If additional services are added, those costs will be billed appropriately.

 

  • We accept Paypal, credit cards and money orders. We do not accept cash or checks.

 

  • All authors publishing under Ozwind receive 60% net royalties

 

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Quality is everything to us! Your vision is also what matters! We want our authors to be completely satisfied with the options we have and we want readers to be happy also. Essentially, we want the best product for all ages. So we accept children’s books, teen, young adult, and adult centered works.

 

Specifically, Ozwind accepts to following works for consideration:

 

  • Children’s books
  • Christian fiction
  • Romantic fiction
  • Humor
  • Science Fiction
  • Crime
  • Horror
  • Adventure
  • Contemporary poetry
  • Women’s fiction
  • GLBT

 

*We do not accept erotica, material depicting explicit rape, explicit child abuse, or bestiality

 

You must be 18 or older to submit for publication

 

To Contract Services Only

 

If you would like to use any of our services, simply send an email through the contact link letting us know which options interest you. We will send a quote. If the terms are agreed upon, we will then forward an invoice. A 20% deposit is due upon receipt. You may choose to pay up front or be billed in three equal payments.

 

This option allows you to SELF PUBLISH. You will not be considered an Ozwind Author.

 

The submission window never closes for indivudlals wishing to contract specific services as a self-publishing author. Below are the general guidelines for submissions:

 

  • Submissions must be in electronic format.
  • Submission must be in Microsoft Word format.
  • Please use 12 pt font, Times New Roman with 1” margins.
  • Include a synopsis and first three chapters of your work. If you are submitting poetry, include at least three poems for evaluation.
  • Please include the following information in your query:
    • Word count
    • Genre
    • Target audience
    • Legal name
    • Pen name (if applicable)
    • Contact informatio

 

 

*You must be 18 or older to contract services

 

 

Self Publishing Services

 

Editing………………………………………………………….$1.25 per page

Print Cover………………………………………………………………………$95

Ebook Cover………………………………………………..$80

Ebook Formatting up to 75,000 words………………………..$115

Print Cover…………………………………………………..$95

Print Formatting up to 75,000 words…………………………..$165

Marketing……………………………………………………..$100

Web Design & set up…………………………….Prices starting at $210

Web Management………………………………..Prices starting at $35.00 billed monthly

Formatting for more than 75,000 words………………………$35

 

*All services require a 20% deposit. You can also choose to pay for all services up front. Otherwise, you will be billed in three separate installments.

 

Ozwind Author Bundle 1
For Ebook & Print Book

$980

 

Package includes formatting for an ebook and print book up to 75,000 words, copyright protection, marketing, cover design for both ebook and print, editing, and uploading under Ozwind Publishing, LLC.

All authors receive 60%

 

Ozwind Author Bundle 2
for Ebook

 

$730

 

Package includes formatting for an ebook up to 75,000 words, copyright protection, marketing, cover design for the ebook, editing, and uploading under Ozwind Publishing, LLC.

All authors receive 60%

 

 

Ozwind Author Bundle 2
for Print Book

 

$755
Package includes formatting for a  print book up to 75,000 words, copyright protection, marketing, cover design for the book, editing, and uploading under Ozwind Publishing, LLC.

All authors receive 60%

 

 

Ebook  & Print Formatting above 75,000 (each 10,000 words)………………………………………………………………………………………………$35

 

Graphics or images insertion

Up to 10 images………………………………………………………………………………………$60

11-30 images…………………………………………………………………………………………$90

30+ images…………………………………………………………….Please contact us for a quote

 

*All quotes are for one work. Multiple works will need to be quoted

 

 

Add-On Services
Web Banners…………………………………………………………….$20          
Book Teasers………………………………………………………………$20
Book Trailers……………………………………………………………$170          Marketing………………………………………………………………….$100
Web Design & set up…………………………………………………..Prices starting at $210          
Web Management…………………………………………………….Prices starting at $35.00 billed monthly

 

 

 

 

ozwindI have some pretty exciting news! Ozwind Publishing, LLC is opening the submission window as of May 1st. In the spirit of taking things slow, however, we are only keeping it open for three months.

Ozwind will not be a traditional publishing house. We aren’t a vanity press either. The submission guidelines will allow us to accept quality work from individuals wishing to publish. Our mission is to support authors in following their dreams.

We will offer services and publishing options for a fee. We will offer options for those that want to totally self publish. We will also offer options for those that want to come under Ozwind’s umbrella and be published as an Ozwind Author.

So, right now, Ozwind is accepting applications for editors. The editors we want on our team will be innovative and organized. They should have the ability to combine developmental editing with copy editing. They will be paid per job.

The deadline for applications is April 10th. Please send your information to ozwindpublishing@yahoo.com.

The website will be updated soon with pricing options, so keep an eye out for that.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Most of you already know that last week I became an “indie” author. In doing so, I decided to do something not only to protect my work, but also to create credibility for the books I write. So, I am forming an LLC. Ozwind Publishing, LLC will be the designated representative for my novels as well as Jayme Ronan’s. We are meeting with the powers that be next week to ensure legal formation of this dream-come-true.
Ozwind banner (2)Ozwind is not a traditional publisher and it is not a vanity press. I’m not saying that it won’t grow into something larger, but right now, I’m starting small and slow. I’ve seen what wild, unbridled growth can do to a company. I’ve seen how it can destroy the personal touch of a business. I do not want to do anything half-way. So, Ozwind will not be accepting submissions for some time. I don’t want to leave a legacy of disorganization and empty promises.

I know that some might feel that the creation of this “business” is a waste, but actually it is quite wise. It is a legal way to protect your property as well as to provide a point of reference to my work. It seems that, locally, people still expect an author to be associated with a publisher. They haven’t made the leap to the indie world nor do they understand the discipline it takes to be an indie. So, in order for me to keep local interest, this needed to happen.

ozwindI want to thank Select-O-Grafix for creating my banner and logo for the website and Facebook page.

So, now, the next thing…

In April, my books we be available. BETWEEN WORLDS will be a trilogy. THE FINE LINE & VOICE OF THE DEAD (formerly known as IDOLUM) will go up immediately for sale in April. THROUGH GLASS DARKLY will go up for pre-order, more than likely. My goal is to schedule at least one local appearance each month starting in May and running up until the end of November.

After BETWEEN WORLDS is finished, I will be working on an anthology of paranormal stories which will hopefully be released in October. KACONS OF DARKNESS will be further down on that list. I’m not sure if it will be a stand alone or the start of a series. But, since I have the freedom of choice now, I don’t feel the pressure of having to make a decision right away.

There you have it! If you would like to learn more about Ozwind, please visit the website and the Facebook page.

Have a wonderful day!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: No more PDMI

Hello everyone. I am blogging today to make a formal statement about a very important change that has happened within the last several days. As most of you know, my books have been published by PDMI Publishing, LLC since April 2013. That relationship ended Thursday, February 19, 2015. Due to irreconcilable differences, I am venturing out on my own as an author and possibly a publisher. This means that the books that were published under PDMI, THE FINE LINE and IDOLUM, are coming down off of Amazon and various other purchase sites. Because all rights are back in my hands, thankfully, the books will be reworked, redone, and re-covered. They will be released as 2nd editions very soon.

I am currently working with a very competent and creative company (I will not name names yet). Our first production meeting showed great promise. The books will be an official trilogy. They will continue to be the BETWEEN WORLDS SERIES, but some titles will change. However, due to the nature of the extreme content (i.e., haunted houses, demons, psychic abilities, serial killers, heroin addiction, adult situations, language, sexual references, and near death experiences), they will stay in the eighteen and over age range for readers. It would take months, if not a year, for me to revamp and rewrite each and every book to make them teen/YA friendly. The plots themselves are adult and very dark in nature. So, once THROUGH GLASS DARKLY (TGD hereafter) is published, it will be the last of the series and readers won’t have to wait another year to read it. It will be done sooner rather than later.

sinkin3To give you a bit of insight as to how I came to this decision, I think it’s important to understand that while with PDMI, I made some wonderful friends. No situation is all bad. My work with them up until the last year has been solid and they delivered on the two books that I put out with them. However, TGD was taking quite a bit of time in the process. October to February was nothing but waiting on edits. There were several passes of edits and I just happened to start reading through the “final pass” to find 130 errors. They were careless mistakes and things that would have caused devastation to my credibility as an author. In fact, the most glaring mistake that comes to mind is parentheses within the actual text manuscript with suggestions for edits. I can’t imagine if that would have remained in the copy. So, I addressed my issues with the publisher, and in doing so, here I am. It takes a strong person to smile as they take the blame for someone else’s mistakes. But, all in all, I was happy to be leaving PDMI, so as I said, no situation is all bad.

I won’t do a formal review of the company today. In fact, I would encouraged you to do your own research. The other night, as I waited for a response to my complaint, my business partner and I started finding horrible, gut-wrenching reviews of PDMI and their business practices. So, if you’re interested, you might want to check out what the BBB (Better Business Bureau) has to say as well as other review sites.

What I will say is that they started out on the right track. They were personalized in their approach and I think they genuinely cared. However, I feel that has been replaced with the desire to grow fast and we all know that growing too fast can cause growing pains.

logo.bigThe truth is, I hold no ill-will toward them. They did a huge favor for me. They gave me a lifeboat so I could get off of a sinking ship. I called them out on something and they disagreed. Happens all of the time. I count myself blessed to be able to go out on my own, still maintaining my creative works and freedom, and get those works back out there for readers. The publishing world has changed so much that a traditional publisher isn’t always the answer. At first, for me, the idea fit like a glove and then the glove got to small.

Even while with the publisher, I was marketing my own work, especially in the beginning. They currently have a very capable marketing volunteer that does a wonderful job. But, when I first started with them, I was the front woman for my own books. So, really, I’m not new to that. Now I have allies in the writing world that can help with marketing as well as other things necessary to help me become successful and most of all, to teach me. I have an editor that I am now free to use because I am not under contract with anyone. I have a talented web designer and web manager. I have a formatting person and a cover designer. What more do I need?

I am not the greatest writer on the planet. I am not a best seller. However, I do know that my writing is important to me. If the people who are reading my books or those that are following me would have gotten TGD with those sorts of atrocities in it, it would have been career suicide. I would have been more than ashamed. I will say this: the situation regarding the errors and the complaint was completely turned around on me as if it were my fault. I guess I was supposed to be quiet about it. That’s not who I am, especially when a fourth grader could hemorrhage all over the manuscript with a red ink pen. Like I said, all is well and I start this morning with hope and a new direction (and the possibility for at least 70% of my royalties when the books sell). It is an opportunity for me to learn and grow as well as to make new friends and find new allies. For that, I am grateful.

 

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**Libel: a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation.

In this blog, I have presented nothing that is false as I have the appropriate documentation to substantiate my claims. Freedom of speech is alive and well.  For anyone that is offended by my opinions, I recommend that you quit following my blog. Keep in mind this isn’t a formal review yet.

INVENTORY SALE! BOGO EVENT

vdaysaleI am running a special sale until Sunday night, February 15th. I realize that I have no new material out right now, and I am working on that. However, I’m trying to clear my inventory, so I’ve decided to offer a BOGO event. I do this a couple of times a year now. If you are interested, please email me (see ad) or private message me on Facebook.

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