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Guest Post: Forgotten Self by Rachel Carr

Saturday, December 10, 2011
Forgotten Self by Rachel Carr

Seventeen year old Abigail has just finished her junior year of high school. Her relationship with her parents is distant, but she has a tight group of friends. Everything is pretty normal...except a little secret she's kept from everyone about her cousin, Kelly. But even this secret – which Abby more or less brushes off – will pale in comparison to what she's about to discover. A half-remembered car crash, a new boy at school, and an old friend with secrets of his own: Abigail's entire life is about to be turned upside down when she finds out that not only are angels and demons real, but she's a part of that world as well.

This is an introductory novella and book one of the Standing Alone series.

Why Self-Publishing is So Fantastic 

So. You've probably bought into the stigma that self-published books aren't usually very good.

Stop right there.

I was once like you. And then --- I saw a paranormal romance published onto Amazon. I read its intriguing blurb, I saw its cheap price (0.99), and I said: “What the heck, why not.” After reading it in three hours straight, I was hooked. I don't even know how many self-published books I've bought since. Enough to fill more than a few pages of my Kindle library.

Let's be honest, though. Self-published books can be bad. I've encountered my fair share of them – shoddy plot line, misspelled words, grammar that looks like someone beat it with a dumb stick. But you know what? There are gems out there. Once you can look past the typographical errors, you can really get into a great story. Just consider that these people can't afford editors. That doesn't mean they aren't fabulous story tellers.

These authors are people who don't want to go through the motions of traditional publishing. Or they're too scared. Or they just don't buy into it.

Me? Well, after consuming an unhealthy amount of these novels, I decided to write one of my own. I experienced the solo editing, cover-creating, publishing experience – not to mention the PR. It takes a lot of work!

These authors are putting themselves out there for you, readers.

And, I know, I know – a lot of you don't like ebooks. That's okay, too. This publishing area might not be for you. You might see them anyway, rarely. Once in a while these authors go viral and get picked up by a print publisher (in which case 0.99 won't really be a feasible price).

There is hope for the Kindle-less ones. Websites like Smashwords offer these ebooks in different formats like HTML (right in your browser), Word documents, Adobe, etc.

Well, there you are. Take a chance on a 0.99 ebook. Check it out. Who knows? You might find your “favorite series in the history of all time” by buying one.
Rachel Carr published her first ebook on October 14th, 2011. It is called “Forgotten Self” and is the first in a paranormal romance series. It is available at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords. If you have questions, comments, or if you just want to know which self-published books are good.

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