Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I never thought I’d be…

In 2010 while waiting to begin the editing process on my first book, which will soon to be republished as “No Other Choice: The Naomi Chronicles, Book One”, I discovered that ‘Real Simple’ the one magazine I subscribe to was having a contest. Those who were willing to write about themselves and a ‘real life issue' could enter, and although I didn’t know it when I wrote this, rereading it, I realized that in many ways my life mirrored my heroine's because until I married Ron, I had ‘no other choice’ either.

If you’ve ever felt like I did, this post is for you. If you know someone who’s going through difficulties, this post is for them too

I never thought I’d be…

            The 50’s were a time when girls seemed to grow up emulating their moms. Because my mom pressured me to be like her, I thought I’d never become the person I wanted to be. I believed that being an authentic individual was not the norm. And according to my mom, I was far from normal. Knowing she disapproved of me left a hole in my heart. All I wanted was to be was to be loved for who I was and whom I would become. And I was but not by the woman I needed love from. For me love came in special packages labeled grandma and aunt. Nowhere was there a package of love labeled mom.
            Mom was the woman whose house I slept in and from whose house I escaped every morning when I ran next-door to spend the day with grandma. I was certain that mom would have treated me better if she weren’t worried about my baby brother who’d been born sickly and seemed to worsen everyday. As altruistic as I wish I could have been, her concerns took a back seat to my need for love, which grandma and my aunt met. My days were filled with grandma’s love, my nights with my aunt’s who shared a bedroom with me.    
            Whenever mom found fault with me, I would remember the unconditional love they lavished upon me. Where my mom did not seem to understand me and wanted me to be a miniature version of her, their love helped me believe that my life was as close to perfect as possible.
            When I was seven, that illusion shattered. My aunt married and grandpa bought a home which was hours away from us. The day they moved I cried so hard I couldn’t say goodbye to my grandma. I remember waving as I turned, and entered mom’s house. I walked to my room, thought about school ending in a few weeks and wondered what summer would be like now. During dinner, I discovered it would be far worse than all the school years of my short life put together. The principal had told mom that I would be held back since I hadn’t learned much during my years of school.
            It took a trip to the ophthalmologist’s office, a pair of glasses, and a summer with a retired schoolteacher who taught me every shortcut she knew, for me to pass the proficiency test.
            The first day of that new school year is as fresh in my memory today as it was the day I lived it. Mom drove us to school and parked the car in front of the main building. I saw large block letters on its façade and read, “Thomas Jefferson Elementary School,” for the first time.
            When school ended, mom picked us up and drove us home. Upon entering the house, she called me into her bedroom and took a book titled, “Why Johnny Can’t Read” from her bedside table. “We won’t need this any more,” she said nodding in my direction. Her message was easy to understand. I was to become what she wanted and give her no more grief or create another situation where she had to visit the principal’s office.
          I was certain life couldn’t get any worse. But, I soon discovered that I was wrong. Dad told us we were going to move to another city. It was hours from where we lived and further away from the women whose love had succored me. His job required that he travel but he was certain we could manage without him. Aware that I was going to be alone with mom who viewed me as my brother’s keeper, I became fearful.
            My angst motivated me to learn. By the time, I graduated the seventh grade I was on the honor role and remained an honor student throughout my school years. However, I felt a fraud since I didn’t learn anything. Rather I memorized everything as a hedge against failure.
            At home, I struggled to be subservient to my mother’s wishes: an unhappy, plump version of her, whom she reviled whenever the feeling hit her.             
            After graduation, I searched for myself through a series of jobs. A year later, I met and fell in love with a man who loved me. He envisioned a future for me where I could grow into the person I was desperately trying to become. I grabbed hold of him and all he promised.
            I entered Beauty College; grateful for the money my aunt had left me, which allowed me a future of my own choosing. For 18 months, I toiled away, aware that I was sacrificing a comfortable life for a life worth living.
            The date of my Cosmetology State Board test drew near and so did my wedding. Mom had tried to dictate every aspect of my nuptials. My fiancé interceded and I walked down the aisle in the white wedding gown I had chosen, rather than the off-white suit mom had insisted would do. From the moment I spoke my vows and my husband affirmed his, I felt loved and free to be me.
            Our first years were spent settling down, beginning a family, and growing together. When my thirtieth birthday drew near, I thought mom and I had achieved a sort of stasis in our relationship. That illusion proved false when I entered college. Mom had urged women to go to college. Yet, she seemed angered by my attending and vented her feelings, alternating between accolades and putdowns. As painful as this was, I was buoyed up by the fun of actually learning, my husband’s support, and our daughter’s encouragement. I was becoming an authentic me.     
            When I look back, I remember many were eager to hear about everything I was learning but it was mom who prodded me for more information. She’d bait me with a question, hoping I would say something she could take umbrage with, and then she’d pounce. Since attending college gave me information that she did not have, I believe she felt one-upped by me.
            However, by the time I had completed half of my studies, what she thought didn’t matter. I had fallen in love with learning. And, the girl who couldn’t read was working at the tutorial center with students who had learning disabilities and a few like me, who feared failure.
            Before I graduated, I began working with women who had experienced abuse in childhood. I helped them see, as I had, that everything makes us what we are. We are over-comers!
            And mom…as the years passed, her life took a turn towards senior dementia. Because her demands affected my dad, my husband and I moved them close and spent as much time with them as we could.
           On one particularly difficult day, dad was pulling their car into its assigned parking spot when mom yelled, “You’re parking in the wrong place!” Her arms flailed at him as she screamed horrible things.
            I put my hand on her shoulder.
            She patted it and calmed down.
            Then I said, “It’s really hard being you.”      
            She looked at me and smiled. “Now you understand.”
            From then on, I uttered those words whenever the need arose. They reminded her that I understood her. That as hard as I had fought to become me, I knew it was time for me to pay attention to her. 
            Several years later dad died and mom was diagnosed with cancer. She was in constant pain. As the end of her life drew near, she sternly forbid me to visit. I knew she wanted me to remember her at her best. It was hard not saying goodbye to mom but I acquiesced to her wishes.
            When she died, I knew that we had come to understand, forgive and enjoy each other. Yet, I felt a sense of loss for the mother she hadn’t been. I was, however, finally at peace with the woman she was.  
            After the memorial, stories shared, and pictures viewed, my brother and I found a quite place and talked.
            “You know what mom called you?” he asked.
            I shrugged.
            “She called you a saint…Saint Paula.”
            I believed this was the final, unwanted, but not totally expected putdown.
            “And here’s why…” He enumerated what she meant. I listened as he shared all she had seen and never commented on. When I thought he was done, I began to rise. Then he added, “She said she admired your wanting to be yourself even when she tried to stop you.”

When I look back on becoming the person I wanted to be, I realize we never fully understand who we want to be until we see who we don’t want to become. Each of us faces the choice, to self-actualize or not. In the process of becoming me, I fashioned a life I could truly call my own…thanks to my mom. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

NOW #99Cents! Purple and the 'Commonality of Individuality'

Known to be the color that symbolized imperial power, royalty, or a high office, for centuries purple was the hardest color to make and therefore the most expensive to buy. Used as both a literary device such as ‘purple language’, which is profane or shocking and often juxtaposed to denote excessively ornate language, today the use of the word ‘purple’ can denote  extremely  potent marijuana buds  that have a purple hue to them. 
This uniquely set apart color, sought after, admired, and thought for some of as the highest order of 'noblesse obilge', was for previous generations of the wealthy or people of high social rank identified within their circles as a color that unified them in an unvoiced tenant taught to those who founded our country: that those who have should help those who do not. 
Purple, that blending of red and blue which creates any hue between violet and red, is a perfect metaphor for America, the 'melting pot' of the world. Coined in the 1780's, this melting- together metaphor denoted the transition from a heterogeneous society to a more inclusive one because people living close to each other 'melded together'. For the most part various ethnicities found a way to blend into a common culture where their differences were recognized as a uniquely American asset that one might call which made the United States strong. 

Currently 99 Cents, 'The Purple Pitch Seduction of America: Inalienable Rights' is at:
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About the Author
Paula Rose Michelson began her writing career at fifteen when this reluctant teen was told by her mother that she would be writing a weekly ‘Teen Scene’ column for a San Diego paper. Thinking it a joke, Paula soon discovered that her mother was serious when she found herself researching events she did not attend so she could write about them. Weekly, when asked if she’d like to read her Friday column, the teenager shook her head and from that day to this wonders if she made it all up. Now lauded as an author of merit for writing about choices, their consequences, and her passion for becoming that’s found within each book and is the one word that defines her, Paula said, “Where would any of us be if it weren’t for choices made and lessons learned?”

Known as the author of the LAMB Ministry 7X7 Recovery books, and by fiction lovers as the author of sweet Christian romance with a Messianic twist and a hint of history, her ‘Naomi Chronicles’ are a continuation of Naomi’s faith journey which readers fell in love with when they read Books 1 & 2 of the ‘Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing’ Saga.

A Messianic Jew, the wife of Chosen People Ministries Field Missionary, and Lutheran Pastor, Ron Michelson, and one who writes to fulfill the Great Commission, Paula has seen God change lives when people believe in and call upon Him. This mother of two married daughters, Paula is the grandmother of seven.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Holiday in Bologna is a Five Star Delight!

Product Details

"A hauntingly beautiful love story that will weave its way into your heart and not depart!

I must admit at the onset of this review that I'd had a couple of rough weeks, and knew that I need to escape. Aware that a Lindsay Townsend novel would take me away as no other author of romance does, I was blessed to discover that ‘Holiday in Bologna’ had much more to offer than a brief love tryst, which, I might add is one of the reasons I love this authors work!

This time I was thrust into the life of a young woman, who while eager to connect with the family that disowned her late father, travels to a foreign country, finds herself falling in love, yet wonders if what she is feeling is love or a longing to belong. Within this family of strangers there is danger, tension, need, and greed. But will Heidi's yearning heart’s desire prove true?

Will Marco and Artemisia be revealed or will Stefano allow all he has worked for, even the family that chose him to lose everything, or can he overcome his being different than they are, help him understand that he is loved, and love in return. And if he does, will he chose Heidi, and will she say yes?" - Reviewed by author, Paula Rose Michelson

When asked about this Strand Mainstream Romance, Lindsay Townsend said, "I spent time with my husband in Northern Itally and we both fell in love with the region. Writing "Holiday in Bologna" is my homage to the city. The incident of  hearing someone play the bagpipes in one of the gardens as we climbed to the sanctuary of San Luca really happens, to!"

Kindle: amzn.to/1wNwHji

Image of Lindsay TownsendAbout the Author
Lindsay Townsend's books are mostly historical romance set in medieval England, ancient Rome or ancient Egypt and also writes romantic suspense and historical mysteries. 

Paula Rose Michelson's Comment

I love Lindsay's sweet romance’s and recommend them to you. Since this author also writes more explicit books for those who want more realism, do read a sample to make sure the book you've chosen is the one you'll enjoy!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What Happens When…

As promised when I left you hanging at the end of my September 19th blog titled, “Paperback, Kindle, E-book, or...”, I’m picking up where I left off…or to state it more eloquently, or not, I’m going to dish the dirt about what happens when…To make this easier for me to write and you, the reader, to understand I’m talking about what happens after you, me, or any published author pulls the plug on the publisher. And believe me there are tails aplenty. For example, the publisher may tell you that though the contract is terminated your book or books whichever the case may be will still appear on the booksellers website since they have a right to keep it there and may need to if readers want to resell the book you wrote through the same dot com they bought it, and of course they have a right to do that.

However, there are those publishers who may insist that they cannot remove the book they published from your author page since it was the dot com that put it there.

Checking with the on-line bookseller and you may be told that since they didn’t publish or put the book there the publisher that you no longer have a relationship with has to do this.

At this point you might want to buy a gun and go hunting for…But, I suggest you remember that when all else fails one needs to overlook the issue and forge ahead as if it didn’t exist.

For writers like me who thought being published was the easy way out my last comment may seem absurd especially when they remember that they pulled the contract so they could do just that…be in charge. However, being in charge of something you cannot change but desperately believe you can robs you of achieving what the publisher could not.

Therefore, it is critical before you consider becoming part of the paper chase rather than an author whose paperbacks are selling well, that you realize that leaving one situation does not insure that the next one will be better. It does however, insure that what you do with the pitfalls you experience along the way will either break or make you. And here, as Pastor Leland would say, “Is the golden nugget!" For I now know this isn’t about becoming an author it’s about becoming authentically you no matter what! 

Paula Rose Michelson's "The Purple Pitch Seduction of America: Inalienable Right", is, fo a limited time only 99 Cents at: http://amzn.to/1syZUvX 

Linda M. Donnelly called this political satire, ”A unique and entertaining perspective of the United States’ political scene as viewed through the lens of religion, pop-culture, and the authors personal experiences presented in a thought-provoking look at our country yesterday, today and possibility tomorrow.”

About the Author
Paula Rose Michelson began her writing career at the age of fifteen when this reluctant teen was told by her mother that she would be writing a weekly ‘Teen Scene’ column for a local San Diego paper. Thinking it a joke, Paula soon discovered that her mother was serious when she found herself making phone calls and researching events she did not attend so she could write about them. The difficulties of being edited by a mom, who was trying to show her that she could write, made this task stressful. Weekly, when asked if she’d like to read her Friday column, the teenager shook her head and from that day to this wonders if she made it all up. Yet years later, when lauded as a writer of merit for writing about choices, their consequences, and her passion for becoming that’s found within each book and is the one word that defines her, Paula was heard to say, “Where would any of us be if it weren’t for choices made and lessons learned?”

Known by those in recovery as the author of the LAMB Ministry 7X7 Recovery books, and by fiction lovers as the author of sweet Christian romance with a Messianic twist and a hint of history, her Naomi Chronicles are a continuation of Naomi’s faith journey which readers fall in love with when they read Books 1 & 2 of the ‘Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing’ Saga.

A Messianic Jew, the wife of Chosen People Ministries Field Missionary, and Lutheran Pastor, Ron Michelson, and one who writes to fulfill the Great Commission, Paula has seen God change lives when people believe in and call upon Him. This mother of two married daughters, Paula is the grandmother of seven.

Monday, September 22, 2014

“Granted Redemption” Now One of Amazon’s Top 100 Free Books!

Wow! "Granted Redemption" by Katie Mettner now ranked #64 in the free Kindle Store of the top 100, #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Medical, and #7 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Inspirational. This free download period runs through Wednesday so download your ebook today!  http://amzn.to/1qmMBvk

I love this book, and I'm thrilled that you can download Katie Mettner's "Granted Redemption" for free from September 22-23!    

About Granted Redemption

Psalm 23: Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death...

A lifetime ago Grant Harris was an Australian  surfer at the top of his sport, until one wave  changed everything. Fifteen years later, Grant has become bitter, lonely, and disillusioned. Hoping to jump start his career he accepts a position in Duluth Minnesotan, with no way of knowing how quickly his life is about to change. 

A lifetime ago Carla Coffers was a runaway teen with no family, money and no hope for a future. Fifteen years later, she's a successful business woman as owner of Carla's Kinky Cafe', on beautiful Lake Superior. Her friends think she's got it all, but Carla still yearns for the one thing she never had. 

A cup of joe, a car, a confession and a cross come together to grant them redemption from their past and hope for the future

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Get your free download of "Granted Redemption" by Katie Mettner September 21-23!

If stranded on a desert island for life, and I could only pick one book too take with me, I would choose “Granted Redemption!” 

This amazing read deserves 10 stars! I could not put this book down due to the author's deft hand, which showed that what others take pages to explain she does effortlessly! 

I urge each of you who like to read romance to read/review this book.  I do need you to know that if you're looking for a squeaky clean Christian read, this isn't it. But if you want to read about people that are so real they leap right off the page, people who fear yet yield to their needs and find God in the process, this is a novel you don't want to pass up!  As an author who reads/reviews "P" or "PG" books, I would say "Granted Redemption" is VERY "PG” for it's a book I would defiantly want to see made into a movie because it illustrates so clearly the impact of life as many wounded people know it. Yet shows that people can chose to do more than just survive!  http://amzn.to/1p8BWFi

About the Author
Image of Katie Mettner
Katie Mettner grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Now married and the mother three children, her books have inspired many.  Her stories are a reflection of her love for family intricately woven with life experience. When the gales of November blow early you can find her at the computer with a cup of joe, listening to Michael Bublé and working on her next amazing spicy Christian fiction. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Paperback, Kindle, E-book, or...

For those of you who read to review, or read to enjoy the drama of making the 'right' choice about self, partner, or regular publishing my seem moot since either way you get to read what's out there. For writers who long to be published, like me, once the all too often regaled publishers one thought would read and love their work, nixed it without a second thought, the plethora of options can be daunting...more so now because people are buying less of almost everything, and reading - that armchair spot of yesteryear - isn’t as entertaining to the newbies as is was to the you's and me's. 

Given the reality that most new authors books won't have a press release blitz before they are published unless the author does that for their book, and the staggering number of good to great books that go unnoticed every year, one wonders where to publish and what form their book should be published in. And that's where we're going, so hop on if you'd like, and tell me what you think after you've read this post. 

Since I became an author before Amazon's Create Space or Kindle were widely touted, as in, I'd never heard of them, and because 24 months after my first book was published, some well-known authors with longstanding relationships with their publisher were voiding contracts so they could self-publish, I'll start with Amazon's Dynamic Duo!

Of course, any one checking both Create Space and Kindle out would know that these two entities, though affiliated with Amazon, aren't Amazon. I mention this because it's important no matter who you publish with whether it be hardcover, paperback, Kindle, or a company like Smashwords who publishes in many e-book and other non-paper formats whom, figuratively speaking of you're jumping in bed with!

I, being an author because Messiah commissioned me, wanted to have my faith stories published in paperback. After a few years of hoping the publisher who published my book would market it, I  became an Indie Author. I now handle the PR and decided to publish my book on Kindle. Urged by the dear that formatted my e-book for Smashwords, I did that as well and discovered that doing as she suggested meant that my book could appear on more than 50 online booksellers as well as some lending and other libraries. 

With the publication of “Beginning Anew: The Naomi Chronicles, Book One,” I was a happy camper. Publishing was a breeze and I loved being able to market both my paperback and e-book as well as lower the e-book price so readers would check this book out.

 When I published my first LAMB Ministry and Purple Pitch books, I discovered that what I'd learned while writing a 'Teen Scene' column when I was fifteen is still true: readers drive that market, good writing is important, but most important of all is getting the book into the format that readers prefer. Based on sales of both my fiction and nonfictions, I know that I'm like most of today's readers, for I like them, prefer an e-book unless...But more about that next time.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Though it’s the Anniversary of 9-11; Ukiah Here I Come!

God is good, all the time! I love saying, writing, and singing these words because they are true! Yes! These six words are true all the time!

If the words sited above were not true, knowing that tomorrow it will be exactly 13 years since the Twin Towers and Pentagon were hit by al-Quida terrorists, and thousands of people died. That a few hours later United Airlines flight 93 crashed while passengers tried to take control from the al-Qaeda hijackers, thus choosing to crashed the plane to stop the terrorist from hitting the Whitehouse, or The World Trade Center, which is what information gathered at the crash site revealed they would hit; I would stay home.   

But God did not call those who believe in Him to fear! He, God Almighty, called us to faith for in 2 Corinthians 5:7, we read...we live by faith, not by sight. Furthermore, I take comfort for in Psalm 64:10, which tells me to...rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him...

Because of these two Scriptures, I can exclaim though I now realize that I will be flying on the 13th anniversary of 9-11, that I will go where I am called, and do as I am asked to the best of my ability, so Ukiah...and Barbara T. Marshall, here I come!

I do not go because I asked to be interviewed for Barbara's amazing "Love Your Life Ministries" television show, and I am not speaking at her annual donor thank you event because I am a great orator.

I go because I was invited to speak about things that are near and dear to my heart. My prayer is that when speaking, people see Messiah, and when sharing with Barbara about being a Messianic Jew, she experiences what I did. For having sat under godly teachers, I know that it was when Ron became a field missionary with Chosen People Ministries that we both began studying the Bible from a Messianic perspective. God gifted each of use a greater understanding of Yeshua's (Jesus's) teachings and biblical events. Since then each of us has been called to share what we know: Ron is now a Lutheran Pastor, and I, as many of you know, write because of God's anointing fiction and nonfiction that points to Messiah.

Please pray that as I speak, teach, and interact with those I meet, they will see Messiah (Christ). Until next time, may God's blessings and His shalom, which transcends all understanding be yours. And please join me in praying that America makes t'shuvah, which in Hebrew means 'to turn' to God again.

About Paula Rose Michelson

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Celebrating 'The End' While Beginning the Beginning

Though I recently realized that some of my published author friends were now Indie Authors, I didn't think I’d do that!

However, becoming aware that my publisher wasn’t able to, or interested in doing what I had the time and desire to do for my work if it were Indie published, I pulled the plug and as of yesterday am fully in charge of my work!

Had I done this sooner I wouldn’t have to rewrite the beginning of the first two books that comprise Naomi’s faith journey…On the other hand, if I had done this sooner, I would be at a loss as to what to do.

This was the perfect time to do what had to be done! 

Being accountable to God for what he entrusted to me, and grateful that Messiah sent me the blessings of the amazing cover art for all six books that Karen Arnpriester designed as well as helping me understand while reading the info posted on Julia (proofreader) Gibbs website that I didn’t need an editor, I needed a proofreader! And then when I was about ready to self-published He sent me the addition blessing of Marti, whose expertise in formatting for Kindle and Smashwords allowed me to praise God even more!

So how did I make the transition? It was easy and hard. Easy because I’d already been blessed several times by these women who, like that cord of three strands spoken of in the Bible were committed to ensuring that their work added value to mine. Hard because I knew that signing the Termination Letter meant no going back.
And I’m blessed to share that since February 1, 2014, I’ve published three Indie Author books of mine and each one is doing better than my books that were published by a publisher.

Throughout this blog, I’ve posted the six covers for the Naomi Chronicles. I hope you like them and would appreciate it if you posted a comment about your publishing situation too.

Indie Books by Paula Rose Michelson are: 

Christian Recovery -
How Did We Become Angry? Lamb Ministries 7x7: Biblical Recovery for Women Suffering from Trauma & Abuse, Book One

Authors Short Memoir - ‘From Why Johnny Can’t Read’ To “See Paula Write”

Essays Political/Cultural – The Purple Pitch Seduction of America

Christian fiction with a Messianic twist and a hint of history:
Beginning Anew: The Naomi Chronicles, Book One

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Experiencing the Ying Yang of Indie Author Land

Until recently writers who wanted to be published, the really serious ones who'd done everything right were finding their queries to publishers unanswered. If a manuscript was requested, it was perhaps relegated to the circular file, i.e. the trash can. They faced the stark reality that though many had told them their work was amazing, the publishers who created the marketplace by what the published didn’t see the merit readers did. For publishers publish what they believe with sell. And promotion, as all authors can attest is what makes a bestseller or places a great book in the recycle bin.

Yes! It’s true; some publishers will pick up a book, so…Since this is a compare and contrast post, I’ll call this the ‘Ying Land’ part of being published. If you’re lucky enough to have written a manuscript that hits a publishers, “Start the PR right now!” hot button, your work and you will be treated as any perfect diamond that’s fully formed, has exquisite luminosity, color, cut and was found without searching, and acquired without a fight. In Acquisitions Land, your work, to paraphrase scripture is ‘that pearl of great price’, so the publisher must acquire your work!

Authors who spend their days in ‘Yang Land’ experience the opposite. These writers’ may have labored more diligently and for more years honing their craft than “Yang Land’ writers did. Most likely they’ve attended more critique groups, workshops, conferences, and if the truth were told might know that the reason they and their work haven't received the ‘Yang’ treatment isn’t about its merits but about the current and forecasted marketplace trends, ie sales.

With the advent of self-publishing a new phenomenon is now gaining traction because Indie Authors, many of whom until a few years ago were those very authors courted by the top publishers, and many of which had very successful and financially rewarding experiences as an author published by such and such firm have now discovered that as an Indie Author, they have control of and higher earnings from their work. These authors fully experience the ‘Ying Yang of Indie Author Land’.

Still readers desiring a great book, and writers longing to be published, wanted to have a book that’s been published by a recognized firm, thus leading some unsuspecting authors into contracts where they lose all rights to their work, except the bragging rights of having been published by…without knowing that a loss of all rights is worse than being Partner Published by a vanity press who for money will let one keep their rights and give them a very expensive book. And the unsuspecting reader, who having tossed their latest purchase into their circular file, will try an Indie Author's work. 

So we see as publishers have, that those who love to read, and those who write are 'Experiencing the Ying Yang of Inie Author Land' because publishing options leveled the field for authors who now have the ability to do what is necessary when all else fails and challenge the status quo by choosing to affirm the value of their own work by not waiting for a publisher to contact them. Writers able to affirm their work this way have created a unique situation where publishers are offering contracts to those Indie Authors whose books they probably would have rejected but whose sales show that the readers love them.

This shift within publishing happened because readers voted by purchasing what they liked. With the advent of Create Space, Kindle, Smashwords, and a slew of others too numerous to mention, writers have other options, which I’ll explore in my next post.

This shift within publishing happened because readers voted by purchasing what they liked. With the advent of Create Space, Kindle, Smashwords, and a slew of others to numerous to mention, writers have other options, which I’ll explore in my next post.

Paula Rose Michelson is the author of “How Did We Become Angry? LAMB Ministries 7X7 Biblical Recovery for Women Suffering from Trauma & Abuse”, “The Purple Pitch Seduction of America: Inalienable Rights” , and ‘From Why Johnny Can’t Read’ too “See Paula Write’.

For a limited time this author's E-books are are selling for 99 Cents at:  
Barnes&Noble http://bit.ly/XpBOdV