Women in Horror: Donelle Pardee Whiting (Pt 1)

I’m not going to do an interview for this. I already know Donelle. Not only is she my Editor-in-Chief (so I’m probably going to get slapped around for doing this post without her final “OK”), she’s one of my best friends.

I started Stitched Smile Publications in January of 2016. I’m proud to say that in a genre-world dominated by men, this company is mostly women. It was not intentionally created that way. I was merely blessed with finding that many talented women who wanted to help me. I put out a call, the women answered. (By the way, men. There’s always a call for help out there if you’d like to even the playing field!)

Donelle is not only a fantastic editor. She’s an awesome writer. She co-authored Strigoi: The First Family and Strychnine, with Michael S. Freeman. She also has a short story in Unleashed: Monsters Vs. Zombies, and will have more coming up this year. I’m excited and honored to have her, and her works as part of the Stitched Smile Publications catalog.

One of Donelle’s strongest points is how good she makes the rest of us look. Indie publishing is filled with editing snafus and with Donelle’s help, we ensure that all of our books get combed through for all the nits and bugs. No one’s perfect … but bestie comes damn close.

Donelle has worked as a investigative journalist in the past and it gives her that curious edge that I love about her. She’s constantly poking for the “Why” and the “Who” of our work. She analyzes it down to the basic word structure, but also loves it from the reader’s point of view. She listens to the author’s voice and helps them fine tune it until the voice is strong and polished.

At SSP, we call Donelle, “The Gate Keeper” (better looking than Zuul, by a landslide) because nothing passes until she’s got every nook and cranny shined up, cleaned up and ready for print. That amount of pride and respect, not only for the author, but for me and SSP as a whole, is hard to come by. It is one of the million reasons I love her.

Editors don’t get enough credit. So I’m beginning this February’s Women in Horror with an homage to the amazing Donelle Pardee Whiting. Keep tuning in and find out more and if you can’t wait here’s a link to keep you tied over.

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See you Feburary 1st! Keep it scary.

 

NEW RELEASE! “The Unfleshed: Tale of the Autopsic Bride”

This is LIVE, NOW! Paperback is coming in a few days but it is live for ebook from these two links.

The first link will have universal carriers as they are added (but may take a little while)
http://www.books2read.com/unfleshed

The second is your typical Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MR8L757

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: Amazon We Have A Problem!

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In the pursuit of the American Dream, authors of the Indie persuasion are being held back and consumers are being censored.

Listen, I get it OK? One rotten apple ruins the bunch and people are going to do stupid things to get ahead. Like have fake reviews on their books, for a start.

Thank you Amazon.com but I think we got this!  We don’t need you to police our words or our readers. We’re quite certain that we’re capable of reading reviews and using your “Look Inside” feature. We don’t need you to put a bubble of protection around us and ensure we don’t get “hurt” by reading a book with 300, 5 star reviews we didn’t dig deeper on. It is on our own shoulders if we don’t use your features, already put into place, to see if this really is a book we’d enjoy.

Oh! And guess what else you’re doing? You’re effin’ up the algorithm! How? Well, it’s quite obvious (to a mind with an IQ over 25) – if you read a book that has 300, 5 stars and you come to realize it’s a sham you can (gasp) review it or return it.

I know, right? What is that all about! It’s ingenious!

Adults, adulting is amazing!

(rolling eyes)

OK. I think I’m breathing normally again. The point is this. All the readers who complain about getting a bad book should be reviewing it, and/or returning it. Amazon needs to keep their assumptions in a neat little locked box and stop messing with the algorithm of economy. They take down reviews of people who have the same address?? As if people can’t live in the same building (college dorm? shared house? roommates?) and review a product separately. I’d like to see this kind of behavior happening on a Harry Potter book. Four siblings and two parents and only one can review? Opinions aren’t “hive minded”.

How about the algorithm involved in the struggling small business?

You’re promoting monopolies. You’re adding a censor on what the public wants to read because we aren’t making you millions (yet) individually … but I’m afraid you’re missing out on the millions we make collectively for you (even the bad books). And because of that, I’ll be encouraging all my authors who self publish, all the Indie publishers who are ethical with their business and editing practices, and all my readers who truly love the authors they’ve discovered … to go someplace else. Heed my words. Readers are loyal. Very, very loyal.

Today it may only be five books. Tomorrow it’ll be 10. Eventually, the movement will catch on and you’ll be feeling the dent in your deep, Big Brother pockets.

I hear Google knocking and perhaps Barnes & Noble. I’m sure they’d be happy to pick up where you guys are lacking.

Sort your sh!t out, Amazon. Until then, my business will go elsewhere. I prefer to support small businesses and communities, not corporate monsters.

#smallbusiness #indiewriters #indiepublishers #amreading #amwriting #GoogleBooks #writers

The Year in Review

With the beginning of the year coming to a close very soon, I’d like to pose a challenge. Think about your year in review and think about where you’d like to be by next year.

Now, write your answer down somewhere you’ll have to look at it often.

Leave it alone and just focus on that goal, how it will change you, and what benefits you will get from it.

Tomorrow, write five things you’ll do to make that goal happen.

The next day, write five obstacles you foresee that will distract you.

And the day after that write five ways you’ll overcome those obstacles.

Keep this project by your mirror or computer. Wherever you’ll see it most often. Hold yourself accountable every day. These habits will help you keep your eye on the prize. It’ll make you hungry. You’ll reach small successes and crave more until eventually success is a main course instead of a dessert.

Remember you can do it and you will.

Skull Fetish

I think you’d like this story: “Skull Fetish (WIP)” by unsaintly-author on Wattpad Skull Fetish

Her parents murdered in front of her, Fay and her sister were taken and used in a governmental scheme of creating the perfect assassin. Sister unknowingly pitted against sister to test the strength of the memory wipe and chip installed in both girls’ brains at a young age. What will happen when they come face to face?

The Unsaintly – Best Sellers in Historical Thrillers

You’ve seen The Exorcist. You’ve seen The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Maybe you’ve seen The Rite.

Now meet Isabel, the daughter of Louis VIII and the Blanche of Castile. Go through the experience first hand. Be introduced to Marciel, the fledgling angel who must record her experience for the Great Book. Walk with him as he sheds his feathers, giving up everything he knew.

The Unsaintly is the prologue to a series where Shakespeare meets The Exorcist and weaves terror into an elegant but tragic tale.

The Unsaintly will continue with epic battles of biblical standard, creatures from the book of Revelations mingled and set against those created from the dark mind of Author Lisa Vasquez

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For those of you that have been waiting for the FREE version of The Unsaintly — Here it is!

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This is the prologue of the series where the lines of truth and fantasy blur — Where the book of Revelations comes to life and the riveting, epic battles of the apocalypse grip you until you question everything from Heaven, Hell to the fate of your very soul.

If you post a review, please let me know!

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