Quiet Refuge: Abigail Fairchild Book One Sample

November 11th, 2016 8:05 am | by Alex Ferrer | Posted in Book Samples

Prologue
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Shadows dappled the hallway; ambient light streamed in from adjacent rooms. Rayland Nichols paced, his mind raced as he searched for possible solutions. He would not take the fall for this, it was not his fault. The whole mess was out of his control. If anyone was to blame it was her, she didn’t follow the rules. Anger boiled in him. Where the hell was that idiot? He looked around for Lester.

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Blog #3

November 10th, 2016 6:53 pm | by Alex Ferrer | Posted in Notes

Hello world of readers. I’m about to publish my first novel. It took over a year to write it and I learned so many things as I went along. I started out thinking I could just write my story, but that’s the easy part. Then I had to research and read dozens of books on technique. I took a couple of online classes and joined a writers group that critiques your work. I even went to open mic nights for writers and read chapters to other inspiring authors. Finally, after re-writing it dozens of times I took advice from a friend and quit messing with it. She told me to set a deadline and stop redoing it. Okay, I’m there. Now I’m trying to decide if I should self-publish or take an offer from a hybrid publishing company. What that means is I pay for some of the services but I also come out with a better return on my investment. A traditional publisher pays up front, but trying to get one to look at the work of a first novel is difficult to impossible and if they do accept your manuscript it takes months to see and progress and the ROI is dismal. Of course they pay for everything, but you need to decide how much of your rights you want to sign over to them. The contract has got to be written in their favor, why would they write it any other way? That’s where a agent comes in, another layer between you and the return on your hard work, but necessary in most cases. Now again, it’s finding one that will read your work and represent it, and he or she also has a pile of books to go through. So, I’m making decisions that I will have to live with for a long time. Not so easy. Next post I’ll tell you about the book.


Blog #2

November 10th, 2016 6:52 pm | by Alex Ferrer | Posted in Notes

Making the decision to self-publish isn’t easy. There are so many hybrid publishers willing to take your money and do it for you. Sure, like anything else you can just throw some money at it and move on, but as an author I have a thing about control. It’s like sending your child off to kindergarten and letting the school board decide what’s best for them without any input from you. They say you can influence their procedures by being involved, but have you ever tried that?
Self-publishing is scary. Wondering if you have the necessary skills to do it right and knowing that once it’s out there your flaws will be exposed. Well, at least they will be my flaws, and if I’m careful and search out (and take) advice from others who have successfully accomplished what I am trying to do the odds are in my favor.
I started by putting a preview excerpt online at CreateSpace and next I will follow the advice of friends and experts to layout the book in the correct format and create the cover. This is fun stuff. Try it! Here’s the address for my preview of the book titles Quiet Refuge.