This has been a year of many changes for me. Previously signed with five publishers I am now down to two as a result of one going bankrupt, one not paying me properly and one where the contract simply came to an end. So far in 2015 I have had to negotiate for reversion of rights from three publishers. All while continuing to meet existing contract obligations and to write new stories. It has been a very busy and stress filled year.
The thing and endings and clearing things away is that it creates room for new things, often better things. My experiences this year led me to start my own small publishing company, Belo Dia Publishing.
Belo Dia is Portuguese for Beautiful Day.
Often friends will hear me say, “Every day we are alive is a beautiful day.” Every day is a gift. It is this thought which permeates everything I do at Belo Dia. My intention is to publish books which have happy endings and books which uplift in some way.
I’m getting the back list up and published for the remainder of this year and will turn to publishing new works of fiction next year as well as a poetry anthology. Expect to see many more books put out by Belo Dia.
Here is my new logo. I’m thrilled with the way it expresses everything I intend Belo Dia to be.
With two cover artists and one formatter, we are well on our way. I’ll be taking on an editor for the new stories. So many beautiful things to look forward to and beautiful things to share with you soon. Stay close. Another beautiful new day is just over the next hill.
The five-minute book review and why you should write one.
Why should you write a five-minute review? Why am I asking you to write one?
Because you liked the story. Because it helps the author. Because it might lead to the author having another story out which you might like as well or better. Because if you don’t you may not find another book by this author. Or a book similar to this one, in the same genre or writing style. Authors sometimes switch to other types of stories and low reviews and low sales are one reason why.
Reviews are getting harder and harder to get. I am hearing this from traditionally published authors as well as Indies and hybrid authors like myself.
Have you ever had a favorite food, brand, or store? Maybe it was one of your favorite things but suddenly the store no longer carries the food or brand or the store is no longer in business. I’ve had this happen to me. It left me wondering what happened when I liked it so much.
This can happen to books and their authors as well. Books need reviews. Fewer reviews mean fewer sales. That hurts authors. It hurts their books. And it hurts you, the reader, because that author you like, that book you like, and they may not stay around long if you don’t support them.
Can you speak up for the things you like? And I do not mean clicking like on your face book feed. I mean taking five minutes out of your day to write a short review, which basically says hey I liked this book. A few sentences. One paragraph.
So you’re not a “book reviewer”. Well neither am I. But each of us can say in simple language hey, I liked this book. Or hey I liked it but I wish it had more of this thing. Or I am not sure what to think of this book. Or even this was not my cup of tea but it was well written. Or even I didn’t care for this book and this is why. Just the honest truth of what you think of the book. That’s all. One simple review. A few sentences. Five minutes.
One sentence. I liked this book.
Two sentences. I enjoyed this book. I hope to read more by this author.
See how easy that is? Simple. Might take you less than five minutes.
Five minutes. You can do it. I bet you can even write a better review than one of my examples.
And if you do write a short review, I thank you for it. On behalf of every author and every book you review I thank you for it. We need you. We love you. We appreciate you.