Opinions, Please!

Hiya peeps! I have a dilemma, and I would love your help!

I’ve asked a couple of times on social media, but my actual question seems to get missed. So, I’m going to try an actual blog post, with a simple poll at the end.

Like many indie authors now-a-days, I started out as a reader, blogger & reviewer. I still have my reviewer services, and have a whole little corner of the internet dedicated to that, and I’m really proud of it!

Ever since I became a published author, however, I’ve encountered a problem I hadn’t anticipated: reviewing and promoting other author’s books, as an author.

I decided to publish my books under a pen name, although it’s a minute difference: Rose vs Roze (my pen name). Still, I have my author stuff pretty separate from my book review world, and that blog. I don’t know if that was a smart move, but that’s how I set it up.

Now, as I try and get more social in the author circles of the book world, I’m starting to get more and more review requests, to my author platforms.

My question, is this: Do you review books as an author, if you’re already an established blogger/reviewer? Esp with a separate pen name?

As an author, would you prefer a review to come from an established reviewer, or a fairly unknown author?

I definitely plan to respond and reply to all requests sent to my author platforms, I just don’t always know the best way to respond! I’m used to reviewing as Desert Rose Reviews, because that’s just my norm for reviewing, and it’s comfortable. However, if it isn’t something that bothers other people, maybe I should start reviewing as Author Roze?

Should I just leave it up to the author? If you received a reply from an author saying they’d rater review on their reviewer platform, apart from their author pen name, would that be disappointing? Would you be looking forward to the review coming from another author?

Basically, it’s kind of a poll:

1) It wouldn’t bother you to be re-directed to the reviewer platforms, and not have a review by the author platform specifically – either way, you just want a review.

2) You’d rather be reviewed by an author, than a reviewer, if given the option.

3) You’d rather be reviewed by an established reviewer, than a fairly unknown author.

4) You’d like to have both platforms cited in the review, showing the diversity of the person reviewing.

I’d really love to hear what you guys think, because I want to be the most helpful I possibly can to the book community!

Thanks in advance!

~Roze/Rose

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Maybe in July?

Hiya guys!
So, in my last post I was super excited about starting Camp NaNoWriMo…
Ten days later, and I haven’t written anther word since that first day.
*facepalm*
The luck in my schedule seems to go in waves, and at the moment, I just don’t have any lucky mojo going. Between other projects popping up taking time I don’t have to spare, and some family issues that have to be resolved this month (of course) I doubt I’ll improve my word count much beyond today.
I’m so bummed!!!
Maybe I’ll get to do the one in July?
 

Camp NaNo Starts Today!

Hiya guys! Happy April! Can you believe how fast 2017 is going? I can’t! April is always my fun-month though, because my it’s my birthday month! =D

 

 

I’m excited for this month for another reason though, as if birthday fun wasn’t enough. It’s also the first of the two Camp NaNo writing sprints! I’m super excited!

 

 

I’m going to shoot for getting this manuscript finished before the month ends, or at least most of the way done. Once I do that, I should have that published this Summer! Whoot!

 

 

Let me know if you guys are joining in, and if you are, good luck! =D

 

 

Wish me luck!

 

 

 

Claim Your Freebies!!

Hiya peeps! Hope you’re having an awesome weekend so far! Any fun plans?

The guys finished up a VW Baja project they’ve been working on for a while, and I got their YouTube channel set up! Phew! Lots of work, man, lemme tell ya.

What I’m super excited about though, is finding & figuring out Instafreebie! I’ve been wanting a way to share my books with people, and I can’t believe it took me a year to figure it out!

I uploaded Desi Pere first – since it’s free everywhere anyway, why not?! I want to be able to give that one away, which was the main reason for setting it as free in the first place.

What I really wanted a free distribution system for, though, was Being Brooke’s B.F.F. I want to set that as free on Amazon as well, but I don’t have it up anywhere else yet. Once I finish the ePub edition of it, I can upload it to the Nook publishing site. They are just such a pain!

Til I get it uploaded there and set to free on Barnes & Noble, I can’t price match on Amazon, which is the only way to have it set as free for Kindle readers. I have it available for KU, so some people could get it for free (several already have), but still, it’s not the best option. #frustrating

With how busy I’ve been, it’s been on the back-burner. The problem is, though, that I can’t give it away, or have it set to free!

Enter, Instafreebie!!

I actually already had someone claim a copy of Being Brooke’s B.F.F. and two people claim copies of Desi Pere, and it’s been up for less than a day! I also haven’t shared it yet, either (this is my sharing post, lol) so I don’t know who grabbed a copies, but thank you! I hope you looooove them! =D

If you’d like to pick up a free copy of either book, please click the cover below, and it’ll take you to that book’s freebie claim page!

 Desi Pere  Being Brooke's B.F.F.

Thanks a bunch, and be sure to let me know not only if you claimed a copy, but if you’ve used Instafreebie!

I’m so excited right now, omg. I need chocolate or something.

Friday Update!

Hiya guys! TGIF!! =D

This week has been a rough one, and I’m glad for the weekend! Hopefully it’ll be a good one. *crosses fingers*

I didn’t get much added to my current manuscript, but really, that’s probably a good thing. All the more to work on for Camp NaNo! =D

I’m finding the need to focus on some happy things this weekend, and try to have some fun. This month (at least for me) has been quite stressful, and I need a break!

What are your favorite ways to relax after a stressful week? Especially when you’re saving for a big purchase and have basically no fun-money? Lol!

Let me know your favorite ways to relax, and even better, what are you up to this weekend? =D

Camp NaNoWriMo?

Hiya peeps! Happy Saturday! Hopefully you’re having a wonderful weekend so far. =)

So, how many of you have heard of Camp NaNoWriMo? I hadn’t until last November, with the better known NaNoWriMo competition. Apparently, the same group also hosts writing events in April and July, known as Camp NaNo! Being a fan of this type of event/group, I’m joining in this year.

It’s basically the same thing as the November competition except you can set your own word count! They have it set as “anywhere from 30 to 999,999 words, hours, lines, or pages” for each writer. So if you don’t want to write something as long as 50K words, you can set it shorter. If you want something longer, you can set the goal as high as you want, and write to your heart’s content!

It’s also cool, because they place you in “tents” with several other writers, and it forms a kind of short-term writers group! It’s a neat idea, and it seems like it’ll be fun.

Check it out – registration is still open, and it starts in April! If you want to do it in a few months, you can participate in the July event, with all the same perks!

I’m going to be working on the book I already started, and not actually enter it at the end, since it was started before hand. I’ve found though, that the short-term goals provided in the competition setting really help me focus, and get a book pumped out quicker.

So, I’m still working on that one I mentioned in my last post, and can’t wait to see how it turns out! Hopefully I’ll actually be able to get it done. O.O

Wish me luck, and if you join in for Camp NaNo, let me know in the comments below! =D

I’ve Started Another Book!

Hiya guys! It’s another Monday – oh my! Any fun plans for this week?

I’ve got exciting news, and I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to share it!

I’ve started a new book!

Whoot!!!

It feels soooo good to be back into a writing groove again. I missed it so much, and with life getting stressful again, I definitely need an outlet.

The book I’m working on now, is one I started several years ago. It is an idea I came up with probably five or six years ago, and actually wrote the first two chapters about three years ago. I let it drop though, needing to focus on some family issues. When I started writing again, it was for NaNoWriMo ’14, and that resulted in Desi Pere, which turned into the Swirling Secrets series. Still can’t believe I’ve got four books published. O.O

Well, I’m not nearly done writing yet! This book is going to be awesome! It’s a young adult paranormal fantasy, instead of an urban fantasy like my last series. It will most likely have a sequel, although I’m honestly not sure yet.

I’m a little over 10K words into it so far, and I have no idea how long it will be. I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated, and will most likely need some help picking a title, so keep an eye out for that post!

Wish me luck, y’all!