Getting to Know Your Fellow WG2E-Land Peeps

Happy Monday, WG2E-Land!

I thought it might be fun (and informative too) if we took a day just to get to know each other!

After all, we average over 3,000 unique visitors a day here at The WG2E! Very cool, right?! And we all come from different points along our Indie Epublishing/Self-Publishing Journey.

Some of us have been doing this for a couple of years or longer. Others are just starting out, perhaps with their first Indie Epublished book. While some of you might be “just thinking about it.”

We’d love to hear about your Indie Epublishing Journey! And we’d love to learn more about YOU too!

Feel free to tell us about yourself, your Indie Epublishing Journey and link to your website or Facebook, Twitter, etc. (If you put more than one link in your comment, that’s fine, but be patient as I’ll have to go in and get it out of our Spam Filter.)

For all the scoop on me, check out my new cyber home – D. D. Scottville

It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land Peeps! We want to get to know you! Fill us in…

P.S. We’ve also got a fabulous group – The WG2E Street Team – who help each other promote and have all kinds of authors-helping-authors ideas and activities. You can join them here:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WG2EStreetTeam/

The Best of WG2E-Land Wishes — D. D. Scott

D. D. Scott is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble Top 100 Bestselling Romantic Comedy and Humorous Mystery Author. She’s also a Writer’s Go-To-Gal for Muse Therapy and Indie Epublishing, the Co-Founder of The WG2E- The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing, and the Founder of The RG2E – The Reader’s Guide to E-publishing.  You can get all the scoop on her, her books, her Online Classes and Live Workshops, plus juicy tidbits too from her new cyber home…D. D. Scott-ville.

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Comments

  1. Sibel Hodge says:

    Great intro, DD!

    Hello, everyone! For those who don’t follow my monthly blog here on WG2E, this is my journey that I wrote about for WG2E almost two years ago:
    http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/welcome-to-the-wg2e-sibel-hodge.

    God, where’s the time gone since then! It’s been an amazing time!

    My Facebook page is:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sibel-Hodge-Author-of-romantic-comedy-and-comedy-mystery-books/246194485016 or website: http://www.sibelhodge.com/

    Happy Writing! :)

  2. Hi there, I’m an epub newbie from Australia. Just about to release my first novel, a romantic suspense titled, Finding Trust. (It’s a full length novel around 140K words).

    The novel just came back from the editor this week, cover’s done, and I’m just about to do the final edits and send off to be formatted.

    My website should be finished in the next week or so as well.

    So I’m looking to launch early March. Getting very excited now!!

    Nat

    • Geraldine Litz says:

      Love romantic suspense. Just finished one of my own. Let me know when it is out there!

      Geraldine

  3. Hello, everyone. I’m a Canadian author and self-published my first book in 2010. I’ve released six more books since then. I usually write science fiction and fantasy, but my next book, which should be available within the next few weeks, is a mystery. When I’m not writing within worlds that I’ve created, I set my books in Canada (I use Canadian spelling, too). You can find out more about me and my books at http://www.sarahettritch.com.

    I visit WG2E almost every day. Thanks to everyone who contributes here.

  4. Rena George says:

    Hi everybody, and thanks to DD for this chance to mix and mingle. I’m a Scottish exile now living on the beautiful Yorkshire coast, in England. I write 50,000 word pocket novel romances for DH Thomson, who publishes, amongst other things, the People’s Friend magazine. The ‘pockets’ later publish as Large Prints and go into libraries in the UK and abroad.
    I’ve been an Indie Epublisher for over a year, with five books in Amazon Kindle and two more on the way.
    Finding your brilliant blog was my lucky day. The support and inspiration you give to all writers is amazing.
    Thanks to all the advice I’ve read here, I’m becoming more competent at promoting my books.
    If any of you fancy paying me a visit, my website/blog is at http://www.renageorge.com/blog. You’ll be most welcome. xx

  5. Jill Hughey says:

    Hi, thanks for this wonderfully informative site. I write historical romance. I self-published my first one in November 2011 and am going to release my fourth next month. (No, I’m not that prolific. I had two on the shelf gathering dust.) I’d love some visitors at my blog http://jillhughey.blogspot.com, where every Saturday I have a different author share an excerpt of a first meeting. I am on Facebook under jillhugheyromance, and I tweet @jillhughey. Thanks!

  6. PJ Sharon says:

    I feel like I’m at a party, D.D. All these introductions! I’m one of those WG2E Street Teamers and I couldn’t recommend the group more highly. I’ve learned so much from anyone and the support has been invaluable. I’ve been Indie published for a little over a year and have four YA/New Adult novels with another coming in June. It’s a tough and busy road, but I’m hoping it will eventually pay-off if I keep the “marathon-not-a-sprint” philosophy. Readers can find me at http://www.pjsharon.com, follow me on twitter @pjsharon or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pjsharonbooks.

  7. First of all, thanks so much for this wonderful blog, D.D.! It’s a great opportunity for us indies to not only interact with each other but to learn important aspects of ePublishing, as well! You definitely know how to “pay it forward”.

    As for me: I’m a thriller novelist and I also write books on writing. I have fifteen titles in eBooks and seven in paper—and my book Novel Writing Made Simple is FREE in PDF on my website for a limited time, NOW!

    I’m also an independent editor and ePublishing consultant and I live in the Kansas City metro area with my golden retriever, Jazmin (a.k.a. Jazzy Brass — her stage name). I’m a “Master Instructor” at Johnson County Community College and for the National Academy of Railroad Sciences, and I’ve taught novel writing for several community colleges. I’ve worked for more than twenty years for the BNSF Railway, and I’m a former US Marine Recon Scout, Super Squad team leader, parachutist and troop handler. I enjoy SCUBA, sailing, snow skiing, taking his golden retriever Jazzy Brass to the dog park and sharing time with my kids and grandkids (although I do far too little of the last).

    Please come check me and my work out at my blog/website: http://GordonKessler.com!

    Thanks again, D.D.!

  8. Tamara Ward says:

    Hi! I’m an Amazon bestselling mystery writer. I live in NC, and all my social media links can be found at my blog: http://www.authortamaraward.blogspot.com. I’m enjoying getting to meet all of you.

  9. Hello, WG2E Land, and thank you, D.D.!

    I published my first book, a random YA novel (random, because I’m not a YA writer, but the book demanded to be written), on December 21. My second book, the first in a twelve-book series, will be published later this week.

    My website is http://www.ellenmgregg.com, and my social networks are easily accessible from there.

    Peace and blessings. :-)

  10. I’m self published and wouldn’t change it for anything. I write in two genres, historical western romance and scifi romance. I’m very prolific having published 10 books in 18 months. You can find me and my book on http://www.cynthiawoolf.com or on my blog where I interview authors http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog. I can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CynthiaWoolf and I tweet @Cynthia Woolf. Thanks for this opportunity.

  11. Hi everyone!

    Here’s a little about me: I published my first book, a humorous mystery called INTO YOU, in July of 2012. Published my romantic-comedy chick-lit series, CARPE DiEMILY, in November of 2012. Sales of that one have been phenomenal (pinching myself!). Just published my spin-off of the Fifty Shades series yesterday (it’ll be up on Amazon today). It’s titled FIFTY SHADES OF FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (50 Shades in the REAL World!). All of my books are comic fiction that are guaranteed to make you laugh, provided you have a sense of humor. :D One of my books, CARPE DiEMILY (Part 1) just made it to the Top 20 Free in Amazon Kindle store yesterday — woo-hoo! This is such an exciting journey. I’m honored to be on it with y’all!

    Riley J. Ford

  12. I just signed a contract to publish my first romance novel. It should be out in early summer. Thanks you all for such a great site. I come here every day.

  13. Dale Amidei says:

    Thanks for the opportunity, D.D.! I produce thrillers from inside the Perimeter here at Single Candle Press. My debut title “The Anvil of the Craftsman” (Dec. 2011) is currently customer-rated in the top half-percentile of Amazon Political Fiction. Information about all my novels and works in progress can be found at http:///www.daleamidei.com.

  14. Wow! We’re from all over the world, aren’t we? I’m a bit surprised and impressed!
    I’m from Arkansas, USA. I write YA adventures set in other worlds (fantasy) and I’m getting ready to publish my fourth book. I started publishing last summer after years of querying and I’ll never look back! What a joy it is to find myself among kindred spirits here on WG2E.

    If you are interested in my work or curious to know a bit more about me, you can find me at HeatherSutherlin.com where I have all my books listed and a rambling page titled About Me.

  15. Thanks for inviting us to introduce ourselves! I’m from Kansas, USA. I’m entering the self-publishing world with a non-fiction local history book about a murder that took place in Burlington, Kansas in 1925. I received a lot of positive feedback on it from traditional agents and editors, but no one wanted a “small” project. A successful kickstarter campaign has provided the funds for professional editing, design, and all of the stuff needed to make it library worthy.

    I’m a local history junkie, cemetery photographer and mama of rescued guinea pigs.

    This blog made self-publishing feel accessible. There is A LOT of information out there in internetland, and just trying to comb through it to find what is current and applicable is daunting. I’m so glad I landed here during a search.

    Nice to meet you all! More about me here: http://dianastaresinicdeane.wordpress.com

    This

  16. Seeley James says:

    DD, you have been a blessing and a guiding light to many indie authors! Thank you for devoting so much time and effort to this great site.

    I’m a lover of serious mystery/thrillers. I review big names and indies alike on my site. PLUS, I am author of The Geneva Decision, first of the Pia Sabel Series. Everything you might want to know about me is on my site SeeleyJames.com

  17. Judith Lown says:

    Thank you for your boundless generosity, DD. My first traditional Regency, A Match for Lady Constance was published by Avalon, which was purchased by Amazon last year. So it has been re-released as a paperback and e book. My second is A Sensible Lady, published as an ebook from efrogpress. I live in North San Diego County with my husband, John; an ex-racing Greyhound, Bingley; and a Greyhound-Scottish Deerhound mix, Magic.

  18. Great idea, D.D.! I write both solo and in collaboration with my DH. In addition to my Dance ‘n’ Luv series of contemporary romance novels – two of which have been Amazon Contemporary Romance bestsellers – I will soon be self-pubbing the second of my trad pubbed mysteries (still in rights reversion negotiations).

    I am one of the regular bloggers here at WG2E. I created the WG2E Street Team with D.D. and captain it together with Tamara Ward. We have a wonderful core group of slightly crazy, but sweet and loyal writers always ready to support, share and make each other laugh.

  19. Alison Pensy says:

    Hi everyone, I am a Brit living in the back of beyond in Missouri, USA. My little piece of heaven on earth :-) . I am the author of Amazon bestselling Custodian novels. They are YA urban fantasy set in England where I grew up. I will be releasing the 4th book in the series in a couple of months. I also write romance under a pen name. Just last week the 1st book in the YA series was chosen by Apple to be featured in the US launch of their new Breakout Books List in the iBookstore. My website is http://www.alisonpensy.com/

    I have been writing since 2006 but didn’t actually self-publish until Dec 2009 when I got disheartened with the whole query/reject process. I’ve never looked back since :-)

    It’s great to meet everyone. There is such a diversity of people here. The world is becoming smaller and smaller.

    Thanks, also to D.D. I have been reading and commenting on this blog for well over a year now and what I have learned from all the bloggers has been priceless.

  20. Merry Bond says:

    We have such a wonderful and diverse group here — it is definitely one of the best things about WG2E!
    I write Regency-set Paranormal Romance and have just come out with a new novella, Storm on the Horizon. You can find me at http://www.meredithbond.com.

  21. Julie Day says:

    I live in London, UK, where we have just had snow but not as much as you guys in the US. I have been an indie author for just over a year and loving it. At the moment I am recovering from a stomach bug which had me in bed most of yesterday. I write teen/Y fantasy and adult magical romance. Anyway, you can find me online here:
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@juliedayauthor
    Facebook: http://facebook.com/JulieDay
    Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/julieday40
    My website: http://www.julieaday.co.uk
    My blog: http://www.julieaday.blogspot.com

    Can’t believe there are so many of us indie authors now.

  22. What a great idea, D.D! I live in Pittsburgh and have been writing for a while–everything from greeting cards to essays to feature stories to web content. My day job is the executive editing for two community magazines, but novel writing has been my aim all along. Last year, I published a romantic comedy, St. Anne’s Day, and a Christmas romance, A Shepherd’s Song.

    This year, I’ve got a romantic suspense entitled Cape Cursed slated for late spring.
    Come visit me at: http://www.thewritinglane.blogspot.com

  23. Good morning, and thank you for the opportunity to share. My name is Michelle Grey and I write romantic suspense. My first novel, Dangerous Ally, was indie published in January and I’m enjoying some great reviews on it. (It’s so much fun to find out that people actually like it!)
    My second novel (with related characters) is titled Game Changer and it’s scheduled to be released in June.
    My critique partners and I are sharing our journey at http://www.threewritersofromance.com and I also tweet @Michellegrey13 and am on Facebook: authormichellegrey
    Thanks again!

  24. Thanks for the chance to do this. My first e-books, “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” and “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless” were published on Amazon in October. I’m hoping to get them on the other formats soon. My print romance, “Tempting Jonah,” was sold to small press in 1999. I have also sold more than sixty short stories. I write sweet contemporary romantic comedies with quirky characters. Think “Gilmore Girls” meets “Taxi.”
    Right now I am trying to learn the ins and outs of indie pubbing while negotiating a very sluppery slope of bad things happening to good people (me and my parents).

    http://www.amazon.com/Nancy-Goldberg-Levine/e/B009RV0N50/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
    My blog, Laugh With Me, nancygoldberglevine.wordpress.com
    Link to the latest short story: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/?p=12927

  25. Forgot to mention I live smack dab in the middle of the USA–Omaha, Nebraska. Cold and windy here.

  26. Greetings! I am traditionally and self-published. Llewellyn Worldwide, the oldest and largest New Age publisher, started my journey in 2000 when they released the first of four instructional books on spiritual/psychic development. More recently, I have entered the world of mystery writer and self-publisher, having released the first in the Cassadaga Book Series one year ago. Now there are four books: Walking Behind the Moon; Dancing In the Sun; Flying Above Venus and Nightingale’s Nightmare, just released in January 2013.
    I love writing (marketing, not so much). This has been a great site for guidance!
    http://www.elizabethowens.com https://www.amazon.com/author/elizabethowens

  27. Zoe Dawson says:

    Hi everyone! I live in Raleigh, NC. I, too, was so glad I stumbled onto this blog. I’m a traditionally published author with Harlequin under a different pen name, but a newbie to self-publishing. When I first started reading this blog, I only had ideas. I decided last year right around this time that I wasn’t going to wait around for contracts. Even though I work full-time, I wanted to write more. Now I have the first two books in my humorous Going to the Dogs series out and the other two slated to release this summer and fall. I intend to write across genres as the talented and brilliant DD recommends and I’ll be working on a Urban Fantasy this fall. I’m also writing a six book romantic police procedural series with Entangled Publishing. So I got my wish. Lots of writing. You can find me on my website http://www.zoedawson.com, blog http://zoedawsonauthor.blogspot.com/ or Twitter https://twitter.com/ZoeDawsonAuthor

  28. Victoria Noe says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    I write nonfiction, about to publish the first in a series of small books about people grieving the death of a friend. Each book takes a different topic (anger) or situation (9/11, AIDS, workplace) and will culminate in a book about people who made major life changes after their friend died. Next year I turn my attention to a full-length book on men grieving their friends. Believe me, it will be a surprise to most women, and maybe even a lot of men!

    I also write freelance articles and review books on BroadwayWorld.com.

    My articles and social media links can be found on my blog, http://www.FriendGrief.com.

    Normally I live in Chicago, but in NYC right now for a conference and to visit my daughter.

  29. DV Berkom says:

    Hey everyone–wow–it’s great to read everybody’s ‘bio’ here! Thanks so much, DD for this terrific site. I tend to lurk rather than post on most blogs, but I definitely read this one every chance I get. As for the particulars:

    I write the bestselling Kate Jones Thriller Series and romantic-suspense series featuring ex-assassin Leine Basso. My first ebook went live in October of 2010 and I haven’t looked back. I am currently a full-time writer (as of last July) thanks to self-publishing :-) and have met some fantastic people online and in person as a result. Love, love, love the indie community and am so happy to have found others who feel the same.

    My website is http://www.dvberkom.com for more information.

  30. Bob Northam says:

    Hello everyone,

    Been reading your posts for some time now and appreciate the opportunity to interact.

    Published my first book around the middle of last year. It’s called “The ABC’s of the Big D: My Life on Dialysis.” Now I know what you’re all thinking. You’re all thinking about unpleasant medical procedures you’d rather have done than read about someone being treated for kidney failure.

    But my book takes a humorous point of view of the trials and tribulations of dialysis patients. Don’t think that’s possible? Well, guess you’ll all have to read my book. (Clever eh?)

    Anyway, my compliments on running such a great site. Very informative without being preachy, and actually fun to peruse.

    If you should develop an instant burning curiosity to check out my book, here’s the amazon page:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-ABCs-Big-Life-Dialysis/dp/1477574263/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360600348&sr=8-1&keywords=bob+northam

    Of course, it’s available in both paperback and eBook via amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.

    Oh, I also have a blog, which I’m sure you will all find informative and entertaining, even if you know squat about dialysis:

    http://bobntx1.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/hello-world/

    Thanks. Hope you’re all doing great.

  31. Forgot to say that I live in Cncinnati, Ohio, where the two e-books are set.

  32. JamieSalisbury (@JamieRSalisbury) says:

    Great idea as usual DD! I’ve been e-publishing for almost two years now. I write romance, historical and contemporary, with five books out at the moment. Currently I am working on the first full length novel for a series, which will be romance, but with some mystery/thriller thrown in.
    My web site is http://www.jamiesalisbury.com
    It has links to all my other sites like my blog, twitter, FB, etc.

  33. Gail Kushner says:

    Hi everyone! I have always wondered how psychic ability worked. Psychics have told me things that they had no logical way of knowing. I followed this fascination and began interviewing psychics about what they knew and how they they knew it. After 20 interviews, I thought this would make an amazing book, so I wrote “My Psychic Search: discovering what psychics do, what psychics know, and how they can help us improve our lives.” Last year, I self-published a paperback book, then I uploaded it to the Kindle store.

    I have a website about psychics and about my experiences as I delve into this world. I blog about all I’m learning. The website can be found at http://www.MyPsychicSearch.com. You can find the blog on the site.

    Have any of you had interesting, intuitive moments? I’d love to hear about them!

  34. Thank you for the awesome site and fabulous information! Wow, your followers range far and wide. What a great community.

    I’m a newbie and will be epublishing an urban fantasy novel in October of this year. My site will be up by July. I look forward to following the folks here. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/kimberlee.maclean.7
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kimbermaclean

  35. Laina Turner says:

    Great way for us to share. I started indie pubb’ing seriously in 2011 starting with my first book, Stilettos & Scoundrels, and now have several across many platforms. It has been a fun yet at times frustrating journey but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Sign up for my mailing list by Thursday and get a free copy of my newest release, Cupids & Crooks a novella, which launches that day! http://www.lainaturner.com.

    I have learned so much here and am grateful to have such amazing peers!

  36. Doug Welch says:

    Great idea D.D.
    My name is Doug Welch. I’m an author living in Southern California. I’m 69 years old and writing is my retirement occupation. I self-published my first book at the end of 2010 and I’ve written four novels since, for a total of five novels. I’ve also published a short story. I like to dabble in all genres, so I do science fiction/fantasy, romance, and am currently working on two more novels, one of which is a mystery/detective.
    Although I have website, blog and a Facebook page, to keep things simple I’ll list two. My website is http://www.dougwelchebooks.com/ , and my Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/dougwelch.author
    I do nearly all the tasks associated with self-publishing; writing, book covers and formatting. The only thing I hire out is editing.
    D.D it would be interesting to sift through all the replies to your post, to see if your responders have thing in common. It might make the nucleolus of a new book on self-publishing.

  37. Hello friends in WG2E land! I self-publish non-fiction legal self-help books under my real name (which is not some ancient Mesopotamian goddess of the underworld) and epic fantasy under this name (which is where I have all my fun so my stodgy lawyer buddies don’t know I live an active fantasy life). I also moderate the Free E-Books community on Google+

  38. Cheers everyone! I’m almost ready to self-publish my first paranormal romance about modern day ghosts. I also blog and am on twitter. Look forward to connecting with new folks! Here’s my facebook page -http://www.facebook.com/cynthialuhrsauthor

  39. Deborah Jay says:

    Wow! What an eclectic bunch :)
    Thanks for the invite to intoduce ourselves. I’m a part-time writer in the UK, with 2 non-fiction hardback books in print (on horse trainingm which is my day job), and several novels in various stages of development.
    I’m planning on indie publishing (my agent didn’t find a buyer) an Epic Fantasy in June – cover is underway and I’m editing it – again! Just feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the decisions to be made. I’d planned on putting it out last year but found there was too much I didn’t know.
    I also have an Urban Fantasy, first draft, that will go to my agent first as I’d like to try the hybrid model and find out what works best for me.
    Thanks also for the invite to join the yahoo group – my application is in.
    @DeborahJay2

  40. Waving to DD & this great group! Find me at: elaineracochase.com all my ebooks & audio books are there with links.

    I also host The Authors Corner – every Thursday nite on trianglevarietyradio.com 8PM EST – always need authors of all kinds to interview…just email: elaineracochase@gmail.com put your genre in the subject line… #1 on triangle network; #5 on all of blog talk; over 95,000 listeners!

  41. Alex Lukeman says:

    Hi all, quite a group. I write a thriller series about a small covert unit that reports to the US President. I live in Northern California. You can find all my links on my website at http://www.alexlukeman.com

    The internet is an amazing thing…

  42. Bettye Griffin here, writing from Southeastern Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee. I write romance and women’s fiction, went indie even before being dumped by both my publishers and am loving it! My websites are http://www.bettyegriffin.com and http://www.bunderfulbooks.com .

  43. G. A. Donaldson says:

    Hi DD and all! Thanks for the opportunity to tell my story. I’m from a small town near Melbourne, Australia. I’m a comedy writer for cartoonists, entertainers, and professional speakers, but now writing web content and fiction. I have just recently epublished two collections of short stories and two short stories, which are literary, horror, and humour. I’m working on a novel in the genre of comic mystery, and plan two novella’s in the genre of futuristic fantasy and various short stories in these same genre’s. i’m also working on a website which should be up soon. I have learnt so much since I’ve been here…I can’t stop reading the articles here!!

  44. Geraldine Litz says:

    Hi! My website is being created so won’t send you there yet. I am a retired teacher and now I teach online at several colleges. I love to read and write! I published on Amazon a children’s book entitled The Foxes’ New Family based on a true story of foxes at my son’s house. It has been popular and I hope those with a child in your life will try it. I am writing another children’s book and just finished a romance book which I hope to have out there in early March entitled Fire and Ice. It has been fun but I am still trying to learn how to market them! I am married, live in Georgia with two sons, their wives and 5 granddaughters. I am enjoying reading your posts. Mt Facebook for now is http://www.facebook.com/JerryLitz.