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Blog Tour: The Rampart Guards - Guest Post

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Title: The Rampart Guards
Author: Wendy Terrien
Publication Date: February 26, 2016
Publication Date: Camashea Press

After his mom disappears, Jason Lex and his family move to a small town where he has no friends, no fun, no life. Things get worse when he’s chased by weird flying creatures that only he can see–Jason thinks he’s losing it.

But when Jason discovers new information about his family, he’s stunned to learn that creatures like Skyfish, Kappa, and the Mongolian Death Worm aren’t just stories on the Internet–they’re real and they live unseen alongside the human race. Many of these creatures naturally emit energy capable of incinerating humans. An invisible shield keeps these creatures hidden and protects the human race from their threatening force, but someone, or some thing, is trying to destroy it.

Unsure who he can trust, Jason is drawn into the fight to save the people closest to him, and he finds help in surprising places. Confronted with loss, uncertainty, and a devastating betrayal, Jason must make a gut-wrenching decision:

Who lives, and who dies.

Write Your Path to Publishing

Today’s publishing industry is…what’s the word? Challenging? Complicated? Crazy? Or perhaps it’s all of those things?

When I started my writing journey, I was solid in my belief that I wanted to be traditionally published. That was the best way to do it, the most credible way. The professional way.

And I’m not here to declare that I was wrong and traditional publishing is dead. But I will say that I was na├»ve and uninformed. And in the years it took me to write THE RAMPART GUARDS, things changed.

While I wrote, and revised, and reworked my story, I also researched the publishing industry. I learned how first I needed an agent, and then that agent needed to sell my book to an editor, and then that editor had to sell it internally to get the book on the publisher’s schedule, and get marketing dollars allocated. And I learned that each of those steps are challenging, especially that piece about the marketing dollars if you’re a new author. And when you make it through those steps, it’s likely you’ll wait 18 months to two years before your book hits the shelves.

But you’ll be traditionally published. Big win, right? Absolutely. You’re work has impressed a lot of people along the way and now it’s out in the world. Congratulations all around. And you get a few things that come along with being traditionally published:
  • Access to wide distribution
  • An advance
  • Professional editing, formatting, and cover design
  • Marketing (though this is less and less a given)
There was a time when self-publishing couldn’t compete with the above benefits. But as I mentioned, things have changed.

Self-publishing has grown and morphed and evolved, and now an author can choose to produce a product that meets, or even exceeds the standards set by the traditional publishing industry, and the consumers of those products.

Working with IngramSpark means the author has access to wider distribution because their books are included in all of the same catalogs that carry traditionally published books, allowing any bookstore to order and sell your book. Access is expanded beyond Amazon, and those bookstores where an author may be able to negotiate space on the shelves.

The Internet gives authors access to highly skilled professional editors, interior layout designers, and cover designers. Authors can hire publicists that focus on the industry, who have access to bloggers and reviewers that will help get the word out about new books. And authors can purchase professional reviews that, if they’re positive, provide credibility and distinction.

And yes, all of that costs money that one wouldn’t have to pay on the traditionally published path. But you get a few benefits if you choose the self-publishing path, or as I like to call the individual professional approach--the indie publishing path:
  • Access to wide distribution
  • Professional editing, formatting, and cover design—and control over same
  • Publish on your own schedule
  • Determine your own pricing
  • Paid monthly
  • Make changes when you need to / want to
As I studied the benefits of the two paths, and tried to unravel the secret of a successful novel, I came to a bottom-line conclusion: write a great story that the market likes and a book will be successful. There’s nothing that says a book must be traditionally published to be well received. And there’s nothing that says self-published or indie published books must be limited to small audiences. Numerous examples in the industry have demonstrated that a good story benefits from word of mouth, and that translates to success.

When I reached that conclusion, I chose the indie publishing path for THE RAMPART GUARDS. But I’m still not here to preach that indie publishing is the way everyone should go. Indie publishing takes work and focus and time. It’s a business path as much as a creative path, and that doesn’t work for everyone. But I do hope all authors are exploring their options and choosing what works for them. Both traditional publishing and indie publishing are powerful, sound, and credible options if you do it right.

Now go forth and write a great story.

Author Bio

has been writing stories since she was in grade school. Her debut novel The Rampart Guards (February 26, 2016) is the first in her intriguing urban fantasy series.

Inspired by an episode of Bones that suspected a killer to be a fabled chupacabra, Wendy was fascinated and dove into research about cryptozoology - the study of animals that may or may not exist, or cryptids. Pouring over stories, videos and photographs of creatures others had seen all over the world, Wendy developed her own story to share with middle grade, young adult and grown-up readers.

Raised in Salt Lake City, Wendy graduated from the University of Utah and soon transplanted to Colorado where she completed her MBA at the University of Denver. Having applied her marketing expertise to the financial and network security industries, it wasn’t until a career coach stepped in that she fully immersed herself in her passion for writing. Wendy began attending writers conferences, workshops and retreats.

She regularly participates in two critique groups and i s the Secretary of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and a member of Pikes Peak Writers and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I n 2014, she was a finalist in the S an Francisco Writer’s Contest and in March, will release a novella in the anthology Tick Tock: Seven Tales of Time.

Wendy lives in Colorado with her husband Kevin and their three dogs: Maggie, Shea and Boon. All three of her dogs are rescues and Wendy is passionate about promoting shelter adoptions. If you’re ever in Colorado, you may even be able to spot her by her “Adopt a Shelter Pet” license plates.

Author Links:
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