Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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For those of you who have not yet found me on Sound Cloud or Itunes I am making it very easy for you.

Here is the link for Sound Cloud Indie Author Yvonne Mason

You don’t want to miss all the latest updates I have posted there. Also if you go to Itunes under podcasts and type in Yvonne Mason you will find my podcast there. All of my podcasts are downloadable for sharing. So please share. It helps me as well as my fellow authors who I promote on a regular basis. Among some of them are  Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc and Sheri Ann Wilder Richerson    and Rick Powell  and last but not least Thom  Futrell you will find that I have read some of  their work on my podcasts. As indie authors we strive to promote and help each other in order to be successful.  So please go show these artists some love. Friend them – follow them and learn things.

November 25, 2015 Posted by | Author, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Place Where Indie Authors Gather and a Place where Readers Can Books to Read

As indie authors we have to find creative ways to promote our craft. We have set up a fan page on facebook that is full of authors from different genres. There covers are posted, their sites are posted and their events and reviews are being posted. If you are looking for new authors- this is the place to check out and like add it to your favorites. It is a continual work in progress as more and more authors are added. You want to be a part of this wonderful site. It is a great way to support your favorite and new authors. A place that you can post your questions to them- your reviews- a place to interact with authors like never before!! So come on join us!!!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Indie-Authors/376923009089301?ref=hl

March 13, 2013 Posted by | websites for authors | , , , , | Leave a comment

We as Self Published Authors are Not Leaving – That Genie is Out of The Bottle

The blog below was put on a friend of mine’s blog site, the information was taken from http://www.acreditedonlinecolleges.com

The article basically wants to know if Traditional Publishers really have anything to fear from the publications by self published authors. This article plain states that there are over 700,000 self published authors to 80,000 traditional authors – that means self published authors out produced traditional authors two to one if they only publish one book a year. We are hated that is a given. Traditional publishers hate the fact that we have cornered the market by making the net our friend, we are told we can’t write, we can’t market, we don’t know how to be edited and that we don’t have decent story lines.
News Flash! This is what is happening in the traditional publishing industry. Their authors are made to churn out several books a year same story line, same characters same drivel as they have been doing for years. The publishing house gets rich because they have brainwashed the reading public to believe that no one writes like their “well known” author. Another news flash. The content, editing and characters have become boring, dry and uninteresting.

The Genie is out of the bottle and we are not going anyplace. We don’t have to depend on a box bookstore, a distributor, an agent. We have broken that ceiling. Those of you who still believe that traditional authors are the only way to go are missing out on great reading. Your Loss! We are not stuck writing one genre, over and over again we are as diverse as there are subjects. We are dictated to about who to write about, how to write it or when. We don’t have to crank out one book after the other in order for the House to make money. We can take our time and do it write.
So those of you who think we are not worthy of your time- You Lose! We are not going anywhere we are here to stay. All the whining, crying and bitching is not going to make us gone. Oh and no self Publishing is not out of control we are in control for the first time and we are here to stay!

http://www.leelofland.com/wordpress/9-signs-self-publishing-is-out-of-control-opinion-or-fact/

9 Signs Self-Publishing Is Out of Control: Opinion, or Fact?

To paraphrase the immortal words of Truman Capote, there’s a difference between writing and typing. And, to put it gently, we can say with a good amount of confidence that most self-published books were typed, not written. Because communicating with letters assembled into words is a skill most learn by the age of 5, and because written communication has become so ubiquitous in American life, everyone now thinks he’s a writer. Until recently, the publishing industry had been our sea wall, protecting us from a tidal wave of boring life stories and dreadful novels. But now, the ease of self-publishing threatens to drown us all in mediocrity. Here are nine signs the situation is out of control.

1. The estimated 700,000 self-publishing authors around the world

In a world of 6.8 billion people, 700,000 trying to make it big by self-publishing may not seem very significant. But compare it to the number of books traditionally published in America each year: 80,000. Of those, one author says, “most of them [are] not needed, not wanted, not in any way remotely necessary.” Assuming the U.S. makes up just one-tenth of the market (almost certainly a low estimate), AND assuming each author has the decency to self-publish only one title, that means self-publishers stand to nearly double the number of books published in the world every year.

2. The 20,000 titles Lulu adds each month

Lulu is a self-publishing company that has been in business since 2002 and is generally regarded as the leader in the field. One need look no further for proof that self-publishing is getting out of hand than the Lulu web site that reveals the company publishes 20,000 titles for unpublished authors every single month. The site shows no signs of slowing, as 12,000 new “creators” sign up every week, and the number of titles is growing about 10% each month. But as the founder of the company says, the average run is “less than two.”

3. The many seriously considering whether self-publishing is a bubble on the verge of popping

Basically, an economic bubble is created when a good is bought and sold at a much higher price than it is really worth. For example, the dot-com bubble burst when traders realized Internet companies had no way to justify the hundreds of millions of dollars at which their worth was being valued. Pundits are now looking hard at the massive popularity of self-publishing and asking: How long until self-publishers realize tens of thousands of them have grossly overvalued their products and the market crashes?

4. The huge influx of companies to the industry

The dilemma of finding a publisher is no more; say hello to the dilemma of choosing which publisher is right for you. From Author Solutions to Author House, from Booktango to BookSurge, there is a plenitude of publishers from which to choose to help you produce your book. But there’s also an entire sub-industry that has sprung into being from the self-publishing movement: the “how to self-publish” manual industry. Like any “get-rich-quick“-style book, these books will always sell better than the vast majority of the books they encourage people to self-publish.

5. The giant number of ebooks available for free

Millions of titles are available for free download in various formats. The average price of a self-published Kindle ebook for titles in the Top 100 on Amazon was $1.40, and this price is trending downward. Although many of the free titles hosted by companies like Amazon are books in the public domain, a huge mass of them are self-published titles that first-time authors are giving away for free in the hopes of receiving exposure. This means that deserving works are buried in the pile, and there is just too much for customers to sort through.

6. The respected voices advising everyone to self-publish

As if self-publishers needed any more encouragement, many visible commentators are using their platforms to breathlessly urge everyone who considers themselves a writer (which is basically everyone) to self-publish. On Dec. 13, 2011, USA Today featured a story about self-publishing success story Michael Prescott, who is “threatening to change the face of publishing” with his enormous success. “It’s a gold rush out there,” Prescott proclaims in the article. Over at Techcrunch.com six weeks later, traditionally-published and self-published author, blogger, and investment guru James Altucher was advising every entrepreneur to self-publish a book, basically anointing books the new business cards in the process.

7. The 4.2 billion words published by Smashwords

As one of the first comers to the new self-publisher industry, Smashwords alone has published more than 80,000 books since being created in 2008. It took one company less than four years to match the annual total of traditionally-published books in the U.S. To date, authors have smashed a whopping 4,242,989,557 words into their self-published books.

8. The number of copies of self-published books that are selling

On average, authors who self-publish sell 100-150 copies of their book. Considering the average Facebook user has 130 friends, this is right in the wheelhouse for explaining who is buying most self-published books: friends and family of the author. Of course, as this is an average, there are a handful of breakout self-publishing authors who are keeping the number elevated and making up for the thousands of writers who sell 50 or 25 copies, or worse.

9. The eight out of 10 people who think they have a book in them

If there’s any doubt self-publishing is already out of control, millions of books could potentially be in the pipeline for self-publishing in the near future. The New York Times has reported that 81% of Americans think they have the makings of a book in their brains, and that they should publish that book. An estimated 25 million novels and how-to books have already been written by Internet users in the U.S. but have yet to be published. If just 1% of those authors self-publish, the country’s annual book publishing by traditional means would be instantly tripled.

*Today’s article brought to you by http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.com

May 11, 2012 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Do We As Humans Hate Change?

Why do we hate change so much? That question is as old as the world. I have my own theory.

We hate change because it requires us to rethink the way things have been in the past. We hate change because it requires us to rethink our mindset about the way things should be. Let me explain.

For years the publishing industry has condition us to read books written in a certain way. They have also conditioned their authors to write in a certain way. In other words if you read a James Patterson novel you will see that each book has the same story line, the same type of character and the same setting just different cities. This never changes. The reason is simple, by doing this he can crank out three books a year with no effort on his part. The publishing industry is happy and he is happy. It is a win win.

He is just one of many who come to mind. I have been reading books since before I started school way back in the day. The more I read the more the story lines stayed the same. As much as I enjoyed the late Robert B. Parker he also wrote the same thing over and over and over again. Different day same plot, same everything.

See how this is working? We are conditioned to accept the same thing over and over and over again. These authors get caught in a rut because it is demanded by their publisher. It is easy money because subtly the reading public is sucked into the swirling madness of the publishing industry. We never see it coming until …. well most of us never see it coming at all.

Now, this brings me to another point of this blog. The movie industry. The same thing happens here as well. The same old tired plots whether it is action, or romance or whatever, we are conditioned to accept what is thrown out there as gospel. When someone like a Tim Burton and a Johnny Depp dare to take a “classic” and rework it most get their panties in a wad. The reason is simple. They have been conditioned to accept the “norm”.  I have heard well no one can do it like Jonathan Frid.

Hello! Tim Burton knew this. That is probably why he chose to take it in a new direction.  Please people, think for yourself. Stop living in the past, there is nothing there. Stop living in a vacuum. Yes, Dark Shadows is a classic, but remember it was redone several years ago with a new cast and trust me it was not the original by any stretch of the imagination. The few episodes I saw were stilted and not well done. There was no passion.

The point of this blog is this.  While there is nothing new under the sun, there are always new and inventive ways of changing things up. For instance there will always be crime stories true crime, fiction crime, etc. But do we always have to read the same plot line the same tired trip from first page to last? No, we don’t that is why when you read my books be they true crime or crime fiction you don’t have a clue as to what you are getting. I refuse to be in that box. My true crimes are raw, explicit and un -sanitized.  I refuse to sugar coat anything that is done to the victims. They deserve better. Yes, I have been criticized for it. My answer to that is simply don’t read my books if you can’t stand the facts.

My crime fiction is the same way. It is what it is. You will not sit and turn the page bored out of your skull. Because you don’t know what the next page will bring. You can only guess and most times the guess is wrong. This is called change. This is called thinking outside the box. This is called taking care of your readers. People who read my books can say anything they want about them. But the one thing they can’t say is they were bored, that is unless they refuse to understand why I write the way I do or they are just plain stupid. And I have had a few of those comment but we all do.

I would much rather read a book that I had no clue where it was headed than to sit down start one and less than half way through the book know how it will end. I do this all the time with shows on TV I know how it will end because they are all written the same way.

This brings me back to Dark Shadows- we all know Barnabas is a Vamp that is a given what we don’t know is how is he going to handle the 21 century. That is what will make this excellent. We know that Johnny Depp brings a new dimension to the Character and we know that Depp is Depp no matter who he plays.

So instead of trashing what you don’t know embrace what you do and run with it. You won’t be sorry, remember “Twilight-” Who says Vamps can’t handle the sun?

April 24, 2012 Posted by | yvonne mason | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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