Freebie

Just popping by to let you know that The 30th Day will be offered for free on Amazon’s ebooks site this weekend, March 5-6.  You can find the book easily through my Amazon author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/carolevans

A big thanks to all of you who have read it and passed the word (and even the book!) along to others.  You rock!  Thanks also to those who have reviewed it, although I have heard that some reviews aren’t showing up on Amazon’s site.  Here’s a tip about what seems to work best on that score:  If you go to your Amazon account page and bring up recent purchases, then review the book from there, it should successfully go through.  In any case, there is no need to stress over it if it doesn’t show up.  Please just know that we are grateful to all of you for reading.

Dawny and I are busy with departure preps and goodbyes since we will be leaving our winter roost soon.  We plan to get back to our normal blog postings soon, too… whatever “normal” is…  She says normal is about 30 cookies per day…  Who am I to argue?

From the Rooftops! The 30th Day!

Time to yell it from the rooftops:  The book is here!

Before going off on all sorts of self-congratulatory and excited tangents–trust me, they are waiting in the wings–here is the basic information on the book for any reader who would like to check it out:

Title:  The 30th Day.  Found at Amazon’s Kindle ebooks, or via either of these links:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C7KMHOC or http://www.amazon.com/author/carolevans.

If you do not have a Kindle device, there are apps that you can get so that you can read their books on many other devices, including iCloud and iPads, various other phones and tablets, etc.  Warning, warning!  Unabashed self-serving plug:  If you like the book, it would be lovely and very useful (for search rankings) if you would be so kind as to provide a positive review.  Thanks in advance to anyone willing to oblige.

Soooooo, I am now a published author.  Self-published, yes, but published nevertheless.  Rather than feeling meek because a grand old publishing house isn’t behind me, I can feel swell because, not only am I an author, I am also a publisher (Dawny is handing out measuring tapes for anyone who would like to measure my swelling head).  My 25 foot house-on-wheels now also serves as a publishing house.  Like, Wow!!!

After going through this process with Kindle Direct Publishing, I feel nothing but amazed gratitude.  The process takes a bit of attention and care, as well it should, but it is fairly easy and streamlined.  For any aspiring authors out there (and I know there are at least a couple who read this blog), all I can say is go for it.  Write your piece and put it out there.

Kindle Publishing is like a great equalizer.  Anyone can have their say on the grand stage.  Anyone can share their stories, their dreams, and their wild and wonderful imaginings.  I guess it’s sort of like the literary version of Youtube.

Enough of the grandiose silliness.  Bottom line, I hope people can enjoy this story that my friend, Rebeccah, and I have created.  Rebeccah is the heart of the tale.  She is real.  Very real.  I met her and her husband at this campground a year ago and that is when I became acquainted with the edges of her story.  They were here again this winter when I returned, and we delved deeper.

The day after my return, Rebeccah and I sat at my dinette, Dawny slumbering peacefully on her chair, as Rebeccah spilled her words, thoughts, inspirations, and occasional bursts of outrageousness and I did my best to keep up on my laptop.  With a few breaks, we have met daily for three months.

Rebeccah is the heart.  I crafted the flesh and the frame.  God brought us together.

May you enjoy the result and, more importantly, may you find a blessing in this little contribution to the literary world.

(Post’s photo is of a self portrait by Rebeccah, “Between Sand and Sea and Sky,” done on a discarded cheese platter.)

Countdown

Countdown to a real book!

In early December I posted that I was feeling strangely excited about arriving at our winter RV home this year.  Now I know why.  Actually, I figured it out shortly after our arrival.

Last winter I met a wonderful couple, Joy and Tony (names I gave them for their blog posts).  I wrote two posts devoted to them (Boxes, Both Miraculous and Mundane, March 6, 2015, and the poem Old Friend, March 14, 2015).  They are here this winter, too, and Joy and I have made a book together.  It is a novella, accounting one woman’s courageous and inspiring life journey.  It is her journey.

We started working on the story the day after my arrival.  We both knew it was right.  The project, the timing, and each other.  Because I love story telling, and she had more story to tell.

Even before setting out on my RV adventure, I had hopes that maybe, perhaps, hopefully, God-willing I would be able to write something like a book at some point.  (I also wanted to relearn the guitar, but that went nowhere!)  A friend of mine made me aware of Kindle self-publishing some time ago, and it made a lot of sense.  It puts the power into the hands of the primary players (the authors) rather than the archaic, convoluted, tortuous maze authors often have to navigate in the traditional publishing world.

Anyone can write and upload a book to Kindle.  The audience is worldwide.  What more can you ask for?  Well, marketing for one thing.  With a self-published book, the marketing is largely up to the author, and social media is a key element.

I have avoided Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and whatever else is out there so far.  As a fine, upstanding, stalwart citizen of IHVU (Introverted Hermits Vaguely United), I get exhausted and frazzled by too much social interaction.  The mere idea of keeping up with tweets and friends-who-I’ve-never-met-and-never-will-meet and whatever else the multitudes have to offer and to take, makes me want to crawl way deeper into my cave.  Well, that’s a great place to think.  And write.  But not to experience.  And not to share.

I created Aging on Wheels before I set out on my journey in mid-2014 with the long range goal that if I did manage to come up with a book, I could perhaps promote it here, on my very own blog.  Meanwhile, the blog took on a life of its own, becoming a friend in a way.  A journal, a diary, a place to share my thoughts and practice my writing.  A place to record the meeting of new friends, reconnections with old friends, and to chatter about some of the things I suspect we all have in common.  As a solo traveler, even an introvert likes to chatter to someone other than the dog sometimes.

It’s odd, but although the blog is out there for the whole world to see, should anyone in the world choose to look, it has felt like a safe place.  I think that is largely due to the kindness of my visitors, who give me space, consideration, and love.

In the vastness of the cyber-universe, there aren’t a lot of people who follow Aging on Wheels.  But please know that I am grateful for all of you who do.  I am particularly thankful for those of you who have expressed appreciation for my writing and for those who have encouraged me to continue.  Most of all, I deeply appreciate all of you who are and who have become friends.

So, to all of my readers here, please pardon my blatant plug for this upcoming book.  I do hope some of you will read it and enjoy it once it is published.  If any of you feel moved to provide a review of the book, that would be truly helpful, too, since reviews help the book rank higher in search lists.  It should be released by the end of the month.  And, trust me, I will keep you posted on the exact date, title, and other details!

Meanwhile, I am busy studying the finer points of formatting for Kindle and how to download a product that my friend and I will be able to be proud of.  It turns out that the process isn’t totally simple and brainless.  But it’s a wonderful challenge, and it feels like a terrific beginning.

It’s pretty nifty getting to enjoy new beginnings at this stage of life. 🙂