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Indie Publishing: The good, the bad, and the downright hideous

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Featured, General, Writing Tips | 7 comments

Greetings everyone,

This blog post has been a long time coming. Heck, any blogs from me have been a long time coming, but *cough* I digress. This is something that I have been commenting on in various Facebook groups, and quite passionately so.

Let’s discuss publishing, and in this case, indie publishing. Although, truth be told, I’ll be touching on both. I will hold no punches in what I am about to say, so brace yourself… reality is coming.

I’m sure you have all heard of indie publishing. Heck, it’s probably why you’re here right now, right? Because you’re an indie author, an aspiring author, or maybe you’re a traditionally published author, and you’re just curious as to what this post is about. Or maybe you just stumbled here, or like funny animated GIFs. In any case, welcome 🙂

As a side note, there is a really good blog about the ugly truths about book sales, and it follows a traditionally published author. But again, I digress.

Back on topic. Indie publishing is essentially self-publishing, but with less stigma.

We live in a wonderful world of technology, where you can surpass the traditional publishing world to publish your amazing novels that should be best-sellers in the NY Times and take over the world! I mean, it’s the stuff of dreams, right?

Yes, it sure is the stuff made of dreams. So, you can now publish your own book! That manuscript that you slaved over, finished so proudly, and are ready to share with readers world-wide, can now be released!

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Legends of Marithia MEGA Competition – eBooks, Art Entry, and Creative Entry

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Exclusive Content, Featured, General, Legends of Marithia Series | 1 comment

Greetings to all of my existing readers, and newcomers who are interested in getting a hold of Legends of Marithia: Prophecies Awakening (2014 Edition)

To celebrate the release of the 2014 edition, I’m going to run a massive competition with different entries. You can get your hands on some sweet prizes.

So, what’s going on? Look below and enter one or many of the competitions available.

Good luck, and I look forward to the many entries.

Have any questions? Feel free to comment on this post, or to contact me via the contact page or any of my social media channels

COMP EXTENDED UNTIL 12:00AM 28th February 2014

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Writing journey – Graphic Novel stalled and great progress on books

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Featured, General, Legends of Marithia (Book 1) Uncut and Extended | 0 comments

A quick note. I have some good news and some bad news in the world of Marithia.

Unfortunately, the graphic novel is not going ahead for Legends of Marithia. This is partly due to the artist being unavailable, and also due to not having funds to get this done. If/when this changes, I will let you all know.

The good news is that I finished the rewrite of Legends of Marithia: Book 1, and just like all of my books, it has been updated and published through Amazon Createspace, and is available now, on both paperback and kindle.

You can read a preview of the new edition here, and the novel is already available. My next target is to rewrite Legends of Marithia : Book 2, into a 2014 edition.

Great things are to come, and as always, I appreciate the support of my fans and trust you enjoy the journey to Marithia

 

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Tuneup Media v2.4 review and comparison with Rinse my Music (EDIT note for v3)

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in General, Technology | 8 comments

This may seem a bit odd, that I am reviewing music library cleaning software as an author. However, for the many of us who write books, we also like to listen to music. Personally, I write my books on my bus trips to and from work, on an iPad (I know, the horror, right?), but music goes hand in hand to get me in the mood.

I happy to be a music lover with an extensive collection of songs that I have refined over the years.

Without digressing too much, allow me to share the horror story of when I tried a competitor to Tuneup Media, Rinse my music.

Now, I love the idea of set and forget. I’m busy doing many things, so having software that promises to clean up my collection, and I can be busy doing other things, definitely appealed to me. I thought, I will set this thing to a surety level of 80% and hit RINSE.

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An update from the world of Peter Koevari

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Author Update, Featured, General, Legends of Marithia 3, Legends of Marithia Series | 0 comments

Greetings to all of my readers, friends, and fans.

You have probably been wondering where I have disappeared to, and what has been happening with things such as the next instalment in the Legends of Marithia series. Well, I can tell you that I have been absent, but incredibly busy.

So, you may ask, what have I been so busy with? I’m glad you asked, really!

Although I have not had the time to blog yet, and I really need to make that, I am actually writing two books simultaneously. Legends of Marithia 3 has taken great shape and is sitting at around 45,000 words. Still quite a while to go, but in the midst of writing the third and possibly last instalment in the series, another idea was scratching away at my mind. My latest project was born, and it is a sci-fi novel that will be absolutely amazing. I pledge to live up to that promise.

Writing two books, studying, working full time, and having some downtime is a major challenge, and one that I may just write about for those who are struggling with time management. But then again, don’t we always struggle with that?

Sometime in the near future, a preview of Legends of Marithia 3 will be posted for fans to sink their teeth into. My proofreading team sure has their hands full, as I take turns between writing in the world of Marithia, and a futuristic world.

I have also re-kindled my love for the game of Magic the Gathering, but that is another story, as is my writegoal addiction reward of Real Racing 3.

There will be more blogs, but I focus on my craft first, and it will all be very much worth the wait. Legends 3 will be a firecracker finish to this storyline, and when the new sci-fi book is published, prepare to be blown away.

Blog and talk soon, and you can also find me on facebook and twitter.

Peter Koevari

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How I got more than 80 reviews of my indie books

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Author Update, Featured, General | 2 comments

It’s funny how often I find myself looking for answers on the internet and on my social networks that can help my books gain publicity, readers, and hopefully some reviews. This post is going to discuss what I have been through so far, attempted, and worked on to get my books to where they are now.

So, you may be wondering, where are my books now? Depending on what channel you look at will give you a different answer. I can proudly (hand on heart) say that in everything I have done, that I can hold my head high to say that I took no shortcuts and I never asked anyone for anything outside of their honest opinions in their reviews.

As it stands, I have 80+ reviews on Goodreads, and 58 reviews on Amazon.com. Some of them are posted in both, and some are not. Most of them are favourable, many are critical, and I have a few “haters” in the mix as well. However, Legends of Marithia 1 is averaging 4.2 stars on Amazon, and Legends of Marithia 2 is averaging 4.5 stars.

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