Archive for the ‘Self Publishing’ Category

Amazon, Hachette, The New York Times, and Me

August 14th, 2014 | Blog, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 10 Comments

I wish she'd stop writing all those stupid emails and play bally with me

I wish she’d stop writing all those stupid emails and play bally with me

I’ve been following the power struggle between Amazon and Hachette with great interest. It’s so complex, with so many issues, and involves so many positions, voices, opinions and high stakes that I can’t take sides nor do I want to. I don’t have a dog in that fight. But I did have a thought about it. I sent my two bits to the New York Times, and my letter to the editor appeared in the August 14th paper:

To the Editor:

I’m one of the

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Would You Like a Free Copy of Unforgettable: Short Stories?

April 22nd, 2014 | Blog, Self Publishing, Short Stories, The Reluctant Self-Publisher, Unforgettable: Short Stories | 2 Comments

unforgettablecover153I’d like to send you a copy of my new book of short stories–either the paperback or a Mobi or epub file which you can “sideload” to your Kindle or Ipad.  Free. No strings attached.

Well, there is one small string.

I’m looking for readers and reviews.  So the catch is if you like the stories, you give me a review on Amazon, and maybe Goodreads. Why reviews? Because reviews–good ones, that is–bring more readers, who write more reviews, which bring more readers . . .

I published Unforgettable: Short Stories in February. Unlike The Answer to Your Read More

How to Market Your Indie Book–Or Not

March 18th, 2014 | Blog, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 18 Comments

Browsing through the February 2014 issue of the IBPA’s (Independent Book Publishers Association) magazine, Independent, I came upon an article by Joanna Penn, called “Content Marketing.” I didn’t know what content marketing was. Could it mean you were peaceful and satisfied with your marketing efforts? Not possible.

Anyway, I do know who Joanna Penn is.  She’s a whiz at book marketing, as evidenced by her Amazon #1 best seller How to Market a Book.  Her website for writers, TheCreativePenn.com (nice, huh) was voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for writers for three years running. She’s definitely … Read More

Announcing UNFORGETTABLE: Paulette’s New Collection of (Old) Short Stories

February 19th, 2014 | Blog, Self Publishing, Short Stories, Unforgettable: Short Stories | 11 Comments

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00025]I’m happy to tell you that Unforgettable: Short Stories,  my new collection of (old) short stories, is now available for purchase as an ebook and print-on-demand paperback on Amazon.

To the best of my memory, I wrote these nine stories between maybe 1990, when my father died, and 2005, when my mother died. They’re autobiographical Miriam Batson stories again, my persona from the earlier stories in Feeding the Eagles.  They follow Miriam into middle age, as she navigates the decline and death of loved ones, her own aging, and once again, the inevitable losses of life.

I didn’t … Read More

My Adventures in Song Lyric Copyright Permission, Part II: in which I meet a Prince and a Lord(a)

November 5th, 2013 | Blog, Copyright, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 11 Comments

TATYQ_Alden_Front121412_ver2In the first, hair-raising episode of “My Adventures in Song Lyric Copyright Permission,” I had “discovered” that I had lyrics from not one but nine songs in The Answer to Your Question for which I did not have copyright permission.

Make that ten, given that I had a whole song in the novel.

I immediately changed all the lyrics to just the song titles, which are not copyrighted, and sent the corrections to my formatter, 52novels.com, then uploaded the revised files on Amazon.

But that left the whole song, “Who’s that Knocking at My Door,” to which I … Read More

Doobie Doobie Doo: My Adventures in Song Lyric Copyright Permission

October 24th, 2013 | Blog, Copyright, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 19 Comments

Coming this January--SANS LYRICS--to an Amazon store near you . . .

Coming this January–SANS LYRICS–to an Amazon store near you . . .

I made a mistake.

I know, I know.  You’re shaking your head in amazement.  Paulette made a mistake?  She usually makes so many of them, how could she make just one?

Well, it was kind of a doozy, so I want credit for that.

Last January when I self-published my novel, The Answer to Your Question, I thought I’d done everything right.  I wanted to handle the publishing as professionally as a real publisher would.  I thought I had!  I was feeling pretty cocky.

Since I figured … Read More

THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION Wins Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Award in Suspense Category

October 4th, 2013 | Blog, Novel Authors, Self Publishing | 43 Comments

“And next, The Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book of 2013 in the Suspense Category goes to . . . THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION, by Paulette Alden!”

Little old moi won?!

Little old moi won?!

I jerk awake when I hear my name. I had dropped off during the announcement of other awards— “Best Indie Logo that Doesn’t Involve An Animal”; “Best Indie Absolute-Last-in this-Series–I Promise!”; “Best Indie Thriller In Which No One Gets Killed”; “Best Indie Romance In Which No One Gets Laid . . .”

“Did they say me?” I frantically ask my husband sitting next to me. “Did I … Read More

A Vacation, a Reading, a Giveaway, a Finalist, a T-Shirt, a New Book . . .

September 16th, 2013 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, Self Publishing | 8 Comments

Hi, everybody,

Outer Banks: I could walk for miles and miles

Outer Banks: I could walk for miles and miles

I’ve been running around on the East coast the last couple of weeks, visiting the Atlantic south and north.  First was the Outer Banks, which I’d always wanted to visit, and loved, and then on to Maine, for Miles and Alan’s wonderful wedding in Belfast, and then to two islands, Isle au Haut and Vinalhaven, to visit friends.  Lots of lobster; in fact, I’m lobstered out for a while.  This trip required four layovers in the Newark airport–oof-da.  It was good to get home, although the house was hot, … Read More

Bookbub and Me: Feel the Power, Feel the Love

June 20th, 2013 | Blog, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 12 Comments

the answer to your questionI’ve been MIA from my blog and I’m glad to be back.  I’ve had my hands full teaching a Stanford on-line course in the book-length memoir.  The class was wonderful, I adored the students, their projects are fascinating, and where else would I get to engage with such interesting, accomplished people. But when the class ended last Friday, I was happy to get my so-called life back.

The other thing that has kept me too busy these past weeks is promoting my self-published novel, The Answer to Your Question.  If I don’t do it, who will?  Not only is … Read More

The Reluctant Self-Publisher Reluctant No More

February 22nd, 2013 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, Self Publishing, The Reluctant Self-Publisher | 12 Comments

Reluctant No More

Reluctant No More

Last Wednesday night at Subtext Bookstore in St. Paul, on a cold winter night (13 degrees), I had the publication reading for THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION, the novel I recently published.  I had done a series of blog posts called “The Reluctant Self-Publisher,” noting my reservations about self-publishing.  But now I’m reluctant no more. I’m so glad the novel is published, even if I had to do it myself.  I’m even happy about that.  The reading confirmed for me that it was the right thing to do.

I was so pleased with the … Read More