Welcome, my friends, to the new month of February 2013!  Up to this point there has been a lot going on in publishing and I have given my very best to keep up, though I know I am still missing a lot.  I know, I’ve been busy with family, marketing, writing, etc…  And yeah, I really got into those Facebook games (mostly casinos) that I swore I would never play, but some are really fun and a good distraction from some of the daily grind.  But anyway…  This is going to be another good month for us with all the fun holidays coming, especially Valentine’s Day and celebrations for Black History.   For this month, I would like to start showcasing more indie artists from various areas of entertainment and I think I may have a few coming up very soon.  But as always, on the top of my list is what is going on with my indie author friends and colleagues.  Keeping this introduction short, I will let you move on to the latest news.

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This week’s “Shout Outs!”

International Travel/Adventure Author Teresa Roberts for sharing her news and adventures. Creative Paths to Freedom

Amber Jerome-Norrgard   (“9:17 am”) & Helle Gade  (“Silent Dreams”) on their new releases.

Congratulations to all of the Finalist in the 2013 AAMBC (African Americans on the Move Book Club) Literary Awards.  Voting has already begun. http://aambookclub.com/vote-now-for-the-2013-aambc-literary-awards

Super congratulations to Charity Parkerson http://www.charityparkerson.com/  & Melissa Craig http://melissacraigauthor.wordpress.com/ for their Honorable Mentions in the Columbus, Ohio 102nd International Women’s Day Celebration Event!  http://iwdcolumbus.webs.com/vote-4-our-nominees

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In other news:

A comment left on my blog I thought worth sharing:

“I mentioned previously I think the next chapter of the indie ebook revolution will be written by literary agents. It’s starting to happen. In the last few months several literary agencies began working with Smashwords. I look forward to welcoming others in the months ahead. Today I posted a presentation at Slideshare titled, The Literary Agent’s Indie Ebook Roadmap to review the opportunity I see for literary agents and their clients. As I mentioned in my prior post on agents , literary agents can add a lot of value to the publishing process. They’re the trusted author advocates charged with helping authors maximize the commercial potential of their works. A great agent brings passion, smarts and relationships that can multiply an author’s success several-fold. Literary agents represent some of the most commercially successful authors and author estates. In the presentation below, I share my ideas for how literary agents can better serve their clients by adding e-publishing services to their clients services mix”. – Normand McCormick

I honestly don’t know who this person is and could not find a link or email that actually worked to contact them.  The comment was very interesting to me and I would like to read more about what they were saying.  Oh well, maybe they will comment again.  😀

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“U.S. Indie Author Nominated for the 2012 Australian Romance Reader’s Award!” Stats.

Online results for my article on Charity Parkerson’s Australian Romance Reader’s Award Nomination shows it has been reviewed, tweeted, and/or shared over 200 times since January 17, 2013.

Briefing Wire Press Release Website: http://www.briefingwire.com/pr/us-indie-author-nominated-for-the-2012-australian-romance-readers-award  (123 views)

Muchrack.com: http://muckrack.com/hatchiekid – (93 views)

Blog: (37 views)

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“The Crush” is slowly climbing up the charts on Smashwords at just under 400 downloads in two weeks.  I am happy to report that it is also listed in Popular Smashword Books on Goodreads.com   http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/smashword. As much as I would like to release the ebook on Amazon, I find that I cannot unless I change the price, which is something I do not want to do. So as it stands, the book will remain only available through Smashwords and their Affiliates, so please help me keep the word out about it because this story will always be free as it was meant to be.

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Coming this week:

What’s coming up for this week?  I have no idea.  Could be just about anything.  I am still waiting to hear back from a few people, so whatever comes through I will be here to share it with you.  (Smile)

In closing…  As always – big hugs, much love, and great success to you all. ~ Tracy J.

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