I’ve got Stella Telleria on the blog today who recently self-published her book, Across the Wire, a paranormal universe novel with a dystopian undertone that looks great and sounds awesome. Let’s have a look at the book first, but then Stella is going to talk about her reason to self publish in a witty, hilarious guest post – oh and you can also enter to win a copy 😉
When Mia Mitchell, a hardcore but lonely former Marine, steps into an alley to pull some thugs off an unlucky foreigner, she walks into a fight she expects. What she doesn’t see coming is the foreigner making her a job offer any sane person would refuse. So, she takes it. She thinks she’s headed for some third-world country; instead she’s mysteriously transported to an Earth-like parallel world. That’s a mad left-hook.
Mia discovers a matriarchal dystopia where freedom doesn’t exist and fighting for it means execution. Lethal force bends all to the law; women fear for their families and un-wed men suffer slavery. Mia’s job is to train an underground syndicate of male freedom-fighters for a violent revolution. However, the guys don’t want a pair of X chromosomes showing them the way.
Eben, an escaped slave, is encouraged by Mia to become a leader among the men. But when he turns his quiet determination on her, it spells F.U.B.A.R. for cynical Mia. Their unexpected connection threatens more than her exit strategy; it threatens the power struggle festering with in the syndicate.
Haunted by nightmares and post-traumatic stress, unsure who to trust or how to get home, Mia struggles to stay alive as she realizes all is not what it seems.
Guest Post by Stella Telleria
Why I Decided to Self Publish
by Stella Telleria
Giselle, Thank you for hosting me on your blog. I’ve heard so much about you through another blogger I feel a sort of ease at being in your internet presence. Pfft! Who am I kidding? I’m so excited to be here I feel like a monkey going through a caffeine apocalypse while holding a pair of cymbals.
Just think about that for a second…aaaaaaand we’re back.
The decision to self-publish my novel was not one I took lightly. I know many authors who only self-publish their work. Some feel it is their stance against a draconian paradigm while others want to retain full rights to their work. On the other hand I know many authors who are adamant they want their work published in the traditional manner. Some feel this is the truest test of their writing ability— to be chosen from a sea of hopefuls.
It sounds a bit like a story in its self, right? To be the fabled chosen one with cool sidekicks, gadgets, and shiny new tights, or the trailblazer who’s unsure of the adventure ahead and only has their wits to guide them. Either path has its merits.
But I know which MC I’d choose. It’s just a shame they got stuck with my wits. *shakes head* Poor misguided soul.
I confess to holding no definitive answer to this argument that has spurred many a hot debate in chat rooms across author forums. All I know is why I chose the route I did. I wanted to move forward
Like any decision, there are pros and cons to everything. But one thing is certain, the publishing industry is changing; make no mistake about that. More and more authors are making the move to self-publishing, and I’m not just talking about new authors. Well established authors are making the jump over to the indie side of publishing.
But enough about other people, I made the move because I felt I was so close to making it. Quite a few agents told me my writing was really good and my concept was intriguing. Agents requested pages and full manuscripts, and so did a publisher. These are all great signs, but in the end I waited for almost a year and a half to hear back from agents and publishers who treated me like a number. I’ve yet to hear back from some.
I know I’m as insignificant to the traditional publishing world as one more snowflake is to Mount Everest. That is why I chose to self-publish. I wanted to move forward. I wanted to get my story out there and have people read it. I wanted readers to become part of my odyssey and hopefully love my characters as much as I do. That’s why I write. I want to share.
Thank you for letting me share it with you.
About the Author
All my life I’ve dreamed of stories or have had my nose buried in one. I live in Edmonton, Canada with my husband and my weird sense of humor.
I love old war movies, dystopian fiction, and any story with action, a good plot, and characters I’d get into a fight at the pub for. Not that I’m a brawler or anything. Unless you think that out-of-print book or vintage piece at the thrift shop is going home with you instead of me. Then, my friend, the gloves are off.
The lovely Stella Telleria has offered up 10 ebook copies of Across the Wire for giveaway to my readers.
- Open internationally
- Giveaway ends November 20th, 2013
- Full contest terms and conditions found on Rafflecopter