Blog Thoughts from Amber, On Writing

Paying it Forward…

I was reminded of this concept today by an author who is coming into his own in the eBook world, having made an excellent showing in December (which, I’m sure,  will only be the tip of the iceberg for him).  Aiden James has a new novel out, Blood Princesses of the Vampires (Dying of the Dark #3), that I SWEAR is stalking me.  It’s everywhere I turn: in my “customers who bought…” widget on my amazon page, above or below me on the new releases top 100, and most recently, on a blog about the best vampire kindle books ever (which is ironic because mine doesn’t have vamps).  At any rate, I decided to shoot him a quirky email telling him all about how I thought his book was etched into my subconscious because it was everywhere I turned.  Much to my delight, he wrote me back.

Ever since then, he’s been a wealth of information and advice, all too ready to share the highs and lows of his own self-publishing process.  Today he offered to post the links to my novel, Caged, on his facebook page, which goes out to authors and fans alike.  Maybe I’ve become a bit cynical in my older years, but I was floored that someone (who some might view as my “competition”) would be so willing to help.

The traditional publishing world is brutal.  It’s cutthroat and takes no prisoners, but it warms my heart to know that those of us brave enough to think outside of the box and take advantage of the digital publishing world MIGHT just see the advantages of sticking together to promote each other.  It puts a smile on my face.

So to thank Aiden, I’m writing this post, complete with links to his amazon page so that you can show him so love in return.  It takes a big person to want to help the little guy.  Aiden James is a big person indeed 🙂



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