Paperback Rewards

Posted Sonlight Press Blog, Gabby Wells - Book 1, Gabby Wells - Book 2, Gabby Wells Novel

In a digital world, writing can sometimes feel like I’m moving ones and zeros in a virtual world where nothing is real.  Even when I’ve finished the book and output it into various ebook formats, it still doesn’t feel like I’ve completed my goal until I hold the paperback novel in my hand. This week […]

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Don’t Let Pride Diminish Your Opportunities

Posted Sonlight Press Author, Author Blog, Faith

Many years ago I worked in television for a bit and, like everyone else, started out at the bottom. I was a runner/gopher for over a year.  That meant I had to feed the crews, get lunches, run errands, etc.  Some people may think that would be a waste of time or “below me,” but […]

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Word Count & First Draft Finished

Posted Sonlight Press Author Blog, Faith, Gabby Wells - Book 1, Gabby Wells Novel, Marketing, Novel, Word Count, Writing

The first draft of Kneel & Prey has been completed. If you’ve been following along, this isn’t so much a first novel, as a reboot. 🙂  The first novel, Water & Blood, became the fifth novel.  The second first novel, The Homecoming Incident, was scrapped and will be offered later as a bonus.  So the […]

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The Cost of Independent Publishing

Posted Pete Bauer Author, Blog, Gabby Wells, Marketing, Novel, Writing

Independent publishing is substantially cheaper than its ever been.  With Amazon and other distributors offering to distribute your ebook for a small fee and print your print book on-demand with nearly zero up front costs, publishing your book on your own has never been easier. However, to be taken seriously in the market and compete […]

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Word Count and Finding Your Voice

Posted Pete Bauer Gabby Wells, Marketing, Novel, Novella, Word Count, Writing

I finished the first draft of Lost & Found this week and the writing process for this novel allowed me to finally find the correct voice and tone for all of the Gabby Wells novels.  It was weird to me that it took two novels (that have since been trashed) and three novellas to find […]

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Writing as a Business

Posted Pete Bauer Author, Gabby Wells, Marketing, Novel, Novella, story telling, Writing

Whether you are independently published or traditionally published, the majority of the ownership for your success falls on your shoulders.  It is up to the author to write good stuff, build a fan base, establish beta readers and street teams and marketing plans. It’s why real writers treat writing as a business.  It’s where the […]

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Where Credit is Due

Posted Pete Bauer Gabby Wells, Novel, Writing

I once read that successful people surround themselves with people who are strong in areas they are not.  I continue to do this in the creation of the Gabby Wells novels. As I’ve mentioned on this blog, my history is writing screenplays, but am migrating my way into novel writing.  This process hasn’t been easy […]

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It Drives Me

Posted Pete Bauer Author, Blog, Faith, Gabby Wells, Marketing, Novel, Screenplay, story telling, Writing

I like to challenge myself.  And I like to learn new things. These attributes have come in handy as I’ve focused on writing novels. When I was a kid, I was enthralled by movies.  One summer in particular, the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark was playing at a local dollar theater.  Back before DVDs […]

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Podcast 02 – Author Jeff Strand

Posted Pete Bauer Author, Marketing, Novel, Podcast, Social Media, story telling, Writing

Jeff Strand, author of over 20 novels, including the highly successful Andrew Mayhem Series and A Bad Day for VooDoo shares his approach to his comedy-horror novels, the changes to distribution and his latest release, Dead Clown Barbecue. Many thanks to Jeff who suffered through a cold while recording the podcast.  He’s a trooper. Enjoy the […]

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Publishing Options

Posted Pete Bauer Faith, Gabby Wells, Novel, Writing

Out of the plethora of publishing options available today, we’ve ranked three that fit the best. Our Gabby Wells novel series is about a teen sleuth who, along with solving mysteries, must also deal with the high demands of her faith.  These stories are not written in a preachy sort of way. Though most people […]

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