Frustrated Indie Writer

Frustrated Indie Writer

I am what you call an indie writer which means I publish my own books. I tried to work with a publisher, but it did not go well. I learned a lot from working with them, and from writing over the years. 

Now I am writing the last book in my series the Shadow Realm Chronicles and still I do not know how to market the book. It worries me sometimes that I have put all this energy into this project and because of that no one will read it. I recently got a review that was not the best and it made me think. Do I really know how to write? Are my books just crap? I know all writers have people who don’t like their books, and everyone has their own taste, but man that killed me. 

I found that when I write, I am less stressed. So that act of writing keeps me grounded and focused. When I am not writing, for any reason, I am more stressed and irritable. 

I also like being creative. My books series, I think is fun. It is the story about a family that is cursed and through generations they try and overcome this darkness. 

Book 1 The Shadow Realm Chronicles Maeve

Welcome to the Shadow Realm!

Many years ago, darkness tore apart the worlds. They called it the Great War, for it was massive and involved all the realms of all the worlds, save one. Enemies on either side grew their armies for battle with heavy casualties. New allies formed out of this bloodshed while old ones crumbled. The Great War might be over, but another one looms in the distance, and it all begins with a lonely mother named Maeve.

Maeve once was a loving mother and wife, but darkness transforms her into a creature of the night. The Vampire Lord Marius attacked her and turned into a vampire. Her husband, Hunter, fled with her infant son, fearing the monster she would become. Now she is a pawn being used by Marius and The Shadow King who wants to make her his dark Queen. How can she get back to her son and the family she left behind? Will she succumb to the darkness or fight for her son? Will she ever be able to forgive Hunter for leaving her to the mercy of Marius and the Shadow King?

Travel to the Shadow Realm, hear spellbinding tales, meet magical creatures, and join Maeve in the quest to save her soul.

Book 2 The Shadow Realm Chronicles Matthew

Return to the Shadow Realm!

Matthew, Maeve’s grandson, is the prisoner of the Shadow King. Killed by the King of the Faye, Matthew must fight to get back to his family and reunite all those he had lost. Can he, do it? Or will he allow darkness to enter his soul? Will Maeve intervene and save him? Will his wife ever forgive him for the dark things he must do, and will his son ever accept him? How far would you go to save your family?

Can Matthew overcome the darkness and return to his family or succumb to the darkness and become The New Shadow King? Travel to the Shadow Realm, hear spellbinding tales, meet magical creatures, and join Matthew as he fights for his family.

Book 3 The Shadow Realm Chronicles Justin

Journey with Justin as he learns about the magical world.

Take a journey in time, back before Maeve and Matthew returned, back to the time when Justin first met Lily and Nancy, back to when Justin did not know he was a magical being. Take a journey with Justin and his friends as they learn who they are, how they are connected, and what powers they have. Can they sense the darkness? How can a group of kids help prevent this impending doom and darkness?

Travel to the Shadow Realm, meet vampires, witches, and werewolves. Learn about the merpeople and the Faye. Help Justin and his friends learn who they are in this magical world filled with danger, darkness, and love.

Book 4 The Shadow Realm Chronicles Maurelle

Will Maurelle ever be able to forgive Matthew and herself? The search for Maurelle’s kids starts now!

For a young fairy named Maurelle life was wonderful. She was a princess, and she loved her family. But Maurelle did not understand the ways of the world and the darkness that dwelt in her father and others. But as she grew, that darkness became a reality not only for herself but her husband Matthew.

Will she find the courage to rebuild her family, to forgive her husband, and will she ever be able to forgive herself? If she can’t forgive herself, how will she ever be able to face her father and find her children?

Book 5 The Shadow Realm Chronicles: Annabelle (Coming soon)

Book 6 The Shadow Realm Chronicles: Carillon (Coming Soon)

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Thrice by Andrew D. Meredith

Thrice by Andrew D. Meredith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I heard about this book in a writing group I am in. The author was in it at one point, and he shared his book. I decided to read one indie book a month this year as I myself am an indie writer. I did not expect much from this book, but it was amazing. The way the other describes things and how the story captivated me, were intriguing. It kept me wanting to figure out who Leaf was and how and why he waws in Jovan’s care.

I highly recommend this book. I listened to it on audible and I was impressed. The author read the book and at first when I saw that I did not expect much, but the book sounded like it was done at a professional studio. I need to figure out how to do that.

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My Dreams

I have been writing for years. I started writing my first book in 2009 after I miscarriage my first child. It was published in 2008. It was horrible. So, I rewrote it and published it again under a new name in 2018. Then I started writing poetry and a paranormal book series. But I feel like none of what I write gets read. I learned a lot about writing and how to publish but it feels like nothing I do is right. Marketing is a struggle for me. I worked extensively with an artist for my book covers and editors to make my books perfect, but still, I can’t get them to see. At times it makes me want to stop but then inspiration hits and I want to write something new. Depression and anxiety definitely get in the way. When will I be able to say I made it? When should I stop and realize it is not worth it? When is enough, enough?

My dreams
Are they only Dreams?
Will they ever come to fruition?
Or are they only dreams?

How do you keep going?
How long do you fight?
Day after day and still no results.

My dreams?
Are they only dreams?


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Kindle Rewards

Okay so if you are like me, then you love reading and buying books. I swear it’s like candy to me. I recently found out that Amazon has this program called Kindle rewards. They just started it, or I would have loads of points. You get points for every book you buy and then you can redeem them…wait for it…. TO BUY MORE BOOKS. I KNOW RIGHT, AS IF I NEED MORE BOOKS!

So, check out this link. Oh, and check out my books. You can get my books now and earn reward points.

https://www.amazon.com/kindlerewards

The Shadow Realm Chronicles

Kick off this Halloween season with The Shadow Realm Chronicles!⠀

This epic supernatural romance series includes vampires, supernatural royalty, other realms, and so much more, making it the perfect series to read this fall.⠀

Maeve, a newly transformed vampire who has been abandoned by her family, is at the mercy of The Shadow King and her vampire master. ⠀

Matthew has been taken from his family to serve more powerful beings. He must obey and complete their orders in order to return to his family, but with each step, the darkness in his soul grows. ⠀

Whether you want romance, supernatural, or just an interesting story, make sure to grab your copy of The Shadow Realm Chronicles:

The Shadow Realm Chronicles: Maeve https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GNBLGVR

The Shadow Realm Chronicles: Matthew https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HKJ57FM

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Help With Marketing Please

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I need help marketing and none of my books are selling and I am at a loss. 

As a writer, we need to specialize in many things. We need to tell interesting stories, use proper grammar, have captivating covers and then market our books. I struggle with marketing. 

I have put so much time and money into my books that I don’t see a point anymore. It is not about making money; it’s about sharing my story. Of course, making money would be nice, but I want people to read my works. I want people to experience the worlds I have created. 

So, I am at a loss. I have many ideas for future books, but I am finding it difficult to keep going. I have a full-time job, and a family, and although I would love to stay at home and write, that is not something I can do right now. Plus, I love being a teacher. 

In the past, people have told me to make a Facebook page, put your book on these sites, and share your work. I have done those things and I am still not selling my books. What have you done to market your books? Have you hired a professional? I would appreciate any advice.

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Book Club Group

For anyone who loves reading and those who love writing. Poetry/fiction/nonfiction/ and anything else you want. Artists and writers are all welcome! Anyone can join!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/goodtothelastplot/

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Promoting Other Writers

I would like to start promoting other indie writers and any writers who really want a free promo on my blog. It just might take a while to get to everyone. If you have a book published, send me the blurb about it and the link with some promotional photos.

I can take them as comments, but you can also e-mail me at nancycarber@gmail.com.

I will be promoting on WordPress, Ello, and my own Facebook page.

https://nancyann.blog

https://ello.co/nancy_ann

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorNancyAnn

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The Creed Family

Our YouTube Trailer.

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