Who Won Amelia’s Legacy?

Amelia's Legacy FRONT Cover (2)Drumroll, please!

Paula Osborne, you have won a copy of Amelia’s Legacy!

Thanks, everyone who commented on the post, and don’t forget, there are two more book giveaways still available.

Comment on one or both of these posts for a chance to win:

Go here to leave a comment for a chance to win Maria I. Morgan’s fun book, Louie’s BIG Day (children’s book).

And if you like science fiction thrillers, Bonnie Doran’s Dark Biology here.

You can be a Winner, too!

What Does it Cost to Self-Publish a Book?

**Disclaimer-all sites that I discuss in this piece are pulled from random google searches. I have not used any of these services and claim no knowledge about their services. I use them strictly for you to get an idea of cost.



Self-publishing or Indie publishing has garnered a lot of attention lately and for good reason. It is now possible to publish high-quality books yourself. There is a plethora of editors, cover designers, and people who will format the book and help you market it. The question is how much will all this cost?

You’ve written a novel and want to make it the best that you can. What are some services and prices offered?


Bubble Cow. Yes, the name intrigued me so I went there. For a line edit, an overview, and an eBook cover design, they charge $17 for every thousand words.

The Book Butchers. The tagline was good. Go to the site to see it. 6 cents a word gives you their best service which includes overview, edits, grammar checks, eBook formatting, etc.

I googled Christian editor and found Where the Map Ends. Jeff Gerke offers a full edit for 5 cents a word.


WordZworth Their basic text service is $1.98 per page.

Go Published Their formatting runs from $100 to $120 on a novel.

Cover Design

Alpha Advertising They offer packages for book cover design from $449 to $949.

99 Designs Their design run from $299 to $1199.


Okay, when it came to prices from a publicist I couldn’t google a particular price. Most said to contact them and they would see what your needs and budget would allow. The one marketer who had a price for premiere marketing advice and help quoted $7500 to $25,000.


So how much will it cost to self-publish a book? Whatever you are willing to put into it. If you are serious about self-publishing, I would read self-published books, find covers, formatting, and editing that looks professional and check into them.

Research. Research. Research.

That would be the key. How many of you who have self-published spent too much money? Had a good experience? Share what you’ve learned with us…

A New Winner plus More Chances to Win…

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Our latest winner on the Writing Prompts Blog is Katie Clark! She’s won Bonnie Calhoun’s latest release, Thunder.



There are several chances to win a variety of books on our blog right now. Go here to learn about Betty Thomason Owens latest release, Amelia’s Legacy and comment for a chance to win.

How about a children’s book? Go here to leave a comment for a chance to win Maria I. Morgan’s fun book, Louie’s BIG Day!

And if you like science fiction thrillers, check out today’s interview with Bonnie Doran here. She’s giving away a copy of Dark Biology.


Take a few moments to encourage an author and possibly win a new book!





Bonnie Doran



Today we welcome science thriller author, Bonnie Doran, to 3 Questions Wednesday!


(1) What is your favorite book? [Bible excluded]

Bonnie: I have so many! Here’s one: Ringworld by Larry Niven. Classic science fiction.


(2) If you could walk into any book, what literary character would you want to be?

Bonnie: Hermione from the Harry Potter series. Smart, sassy, helps others.


(3) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Bonnie: Scotland.


Thanks, Bonnie, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday! Bonnie would be happy to give away a copy of her novel, Dark Biology. Please leave a comment to be entered.


dark biologyDark Biology

Renowned vaccinologist “Hildi” Hildebrandt has set her sights on beating her brother to a Nobel Prize, and the opportunity to conduct experiments on the International Space Station might just provide the means to obtain that goal. Chet Hildebrandt should have had that opportunity. But now he’ll teach a lesson to them all: his hot-shot astronaut sister, his philandering hypocritical father, and the CDC for not properly appreciating his work. One vial of a virus purloined from the CDC labs and released at his father’s marriage seminar should do the trick, without hurting anybody. After all, it’s only a mild influenza strain… Or is it?


Bonnie Doran’s heart is in science fiction. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, and Sudoku puzzles. Her husband of thirty-one years is a Mad Scientist who owns a 2,300-pound electromagnet. They share their Colorado home with two Siamese cats. Her science thriller, Dark Biology, released October 25, 2013, from Harbourlight (Pelican Book Group).

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Cari Schaeffer

20140428_144615The Writing Prompts Crew gives a shout out to author Cari Schaeffer.


(1)  Welcome Cari! You’re the latest contributer to the Writing Prompts Crew. Tell us a little about yourself.

Cari: I am a current wife and mother and a former RN, Chef, and business owner. I have always had a love for words and for reading a great story, so now I hope to write great stories.

(2)  How did you become interested in being a writer?

Cari: I actually have always admired those that can weave a good tale; I “published” my first story in elementary school. I belonged to a group called Young Authors. I not only wrote a great mystery patterned on the Nancy Drew books that filled my head at the time, but I also illustrated it and made the cover out of the most hideous floral contact paper ever to touch cardboard. I was very proud.

3)  Can you tell us three unique things about you that we may not know?

Cari: Hmmm….that’s a good one. I would say that first of all, unlike most American women, I don’t weigh myself very often. As a matter of fact, I think the last time I weighed myself was…maybe in February? March? I don’t recall. Secondly, even though I am a former Chef, I like to eat hot dogs. Yes, you heard me correctly, I like hot dogs. With ketchup, no less! Thirdly, I like to study people. The words people use tell me very little; I prefer to watch not only facial expressions, but body language and where people choose to sit in any social setting. These non-verbal methods of communicating reveal a lot about a person. It reveals not just how they feel about themselves and what type of personality they have, but also how they feel they fit into the environment around them.

Cari Schaeffer has worn numerous hats in life. She proudly wore the uniform of the US Air Force. After serving, she worked as a critical care RN for almost a decade. She also owned her own Personal Chef and Catering company for six years. Finally, she chose to turn her attention back to her family.

Closing her business hasn’t made her a couch potato. She cooks at the weekly Wednesday night dinners for her church, and volunteers at the Cross Talk Café in support of the Celebrate Recovery church ministry on Friday nights. She has volunteered her time as a Mentor Mom for two MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups. When she’s not busy in the church doors, she’s happily entertaining people in her home.

She not only has a passion for writing, but also for serving. She views writing as a form of service for people from all walks of life. Jesus used story-telling to convey life principles, why can’t we do the same?

She lives in southern Illinois with her ridiculously patient husband of twenty four years, three children, and her two Chihuahua guard dogs, Snoopy and Stanley. Faith, Hope, Love, and Chocolate is her first novel.


bookxRun, run, run… Run away. That’s what Faith Strauss has done for twenty years. She was destroyed by one tragic event. An event so horrific, she didn’t share it with anyone, not even her husband. She buried it deep inside, where it can’t hurt anyone. If God is good, then where was He? Why didn’t He stop it? How can she trust Him ever again?

Run, run, run… She’s not good enough. Never has been. Never will be. She could lose it all again, if she’s not careful. She married, had children, and carved out a life for herself. But Fear is her ever-present companion, always reminding her never to reach too far, or too high. Run, run, run… God has another plan. A plan that she never saw, even though she has walked it her entire life. Will the unexpected exposure of her secret and the truth behind it restore her or destroy her all over again? It’s time to stop running.

Thoughts on Self Publishing with Ethan Bethune

Here to talk today about self-publishing at Writing Prompts, I’d like to introduce my friend Ethan Bethune. He is a captivating poet, photographer, and he aspires to publish his first book at the start of the year.


As children we kept journals. We wrote essays for things like 9/11. But I never thought I’d fall in love with writing. Now I write poetry, essays, and short stories. Some for my younger brother and sister, who are special needs children.

Now onto the self-publishing bit. 15 years ago it probably had a lot of stigma around it. I don’t know for sure, but I do know that if you self published, it was pretty obvious because your book was the one that looked like a government food label. And it screamed that you had important things to say, but no one would listen.

But today I will probably be using this indie publishing. It just makes sense. I’ve talked to publishing companies or houses. They on a good day, only ask for your college tuition or left lung…mere Micro fees.

With self publishing, I get so many options that still allow me to have control, or outsource the ones I don’t like ( such as cover design, editing, book binding, etc.).

The biggest thing is it’s affordable. Because it’s printed on demand while being available online as well, and still purchasable globally anywhere from Canada, to our cousins across the pond, to the girl next door on her way to Barnes and Noble.

So for me it just makes sense. I mean, my first book of essays and poetry titled Bleeding Ink is not the easiest thing to get published. I will likely also publish an era series I’ve been posting on my website, titled lettres-de-guerre, War letters, just because it’s hit so well.

With social media as a marketing platform, writing should be fun. I’ve watched artists self publish. And their books were unavailable on Amazon, but using Twitter and all forms of networking to push their book, they’ve sold thousands of copies.

15 years ago? Not the case. I know self publishing or being any kind of indie artist can be overwhelming, but the important thing I think, is that we make good art, regardless of what form we use. So just make things. Because people will read it. These are the stories we leave behind not only for our children, but for everyone.

For more of me, just checkout Regarding Samuel | A writers blog.

Louie’s BIG Day! By Maria I. Morgan

Maria headshot LLBDToday we welcome Maria I. Morgan…


Have you always wanted to be an author? If not, what made you decide to write, and how long have you been at it?

I’ll put it this way – I’ve always enjoyed writing. One of my English professors in college pushed me in that direction, but I continued to pursue a degree in the health field. It’s neat to look back and see the doors God opened for me to continue to express myself through writing even when it wasn’t my full-time job.

A little over 5 years ago, I bumped into a girlfriend I hadn’t seen in a while, and she encouraged me to start a blog. I began without clear goals or direction for my writing. I took some writing courses and found the courage to pursue publication.


What’s it like writing a children’s book?

It’s both fun and challenging. I loved coming up with the initial storyline and cast of characters for “Louie’s BIG day!”. But I wanted the book to be more than just a cute story.

My goal was to share some important biblical truths in the book, and give parents/grandparents the opportunity to discuss them with their kids.  So I included a few simple application questions at the end to stimulate conversation about God’s purpose and plan for each of us.


What project are you currently working on?

I have a few things on the table right now. I’ve written the next book in the Louie-the-Lawnmower series: “Louie & the Leaf Pile.” Now it’s time for Sherrie Molitor (http://sherriemolitor.wix.com/sherriemolitorart#!books/cnec) to work her magic with the illustrations.

I’m currently editing my devotional/Bible study, “Outrageously Fruitful.” And I’ve got another children’s series about a traveling frog that is in the development stage. Never a dull moment!


What’s your favorite marketing strategy?

Oh, such a good question. This is my first published book and I am still learning. Developing a team of ‘Insiders’ (people who agreed to read my manuscript and leave an honest review on Amazon) has really helped. They’ve also been fabulous about letting their friends know about the book release through social media.


Have you ever had a funny experience connected with being an author?

Actually, I do remember one…I had written an article to pitch to a specific magazine. When it was rejected, I was really disappointed and started submitting it to other publications.

When I finally DID find someone to publish it (without pay), I waited eagerly for my copy of the magazine. When I got it, I thumbed through the issue looking for my article. Imagine my surprise when I located it – only to see the by-line with someone else’s name attached!

It was an excellent lesson in humility! :)


Thanks, Maria, for dropping by! For a chance to win a copy of Louie’s BIG Day! leave a comment below!

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Louie is a bright red lawnmower who used to live at the hardware store with his friends: Ruthie Rake, Eddie Edger, Bobbie Blower, Terri Trowel, and Henri Hose. Recently he was purchased by a man and his wife and now he’s on his own.

Louie misses his friends, but it’s time to find out if he can do the job he was made to do. Join Louie for his BIG adventure and discover the surprise that awaits him at the end of the day!



Maria I. Morgan was born with an active imagination that shows up in her endearing stories for children. Originally an inspirational author and speaker for adults, Maria has widened her circle to include kids. She lives in the muggy South with her husband, two retrievers, and two Maine coon kitties – the perfect mix to fuel her creativity for years to come!

(You can find her devotionals and download a free copy of her eBook, God Speaking, at http://www.mariaimorgan.com)

Connect with the author:

Website: www.mariaimorgan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriterMariaIMorgan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariaimorgan

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mariaimorgan/


Connect with Louie:

Website: http://www.mariaimorgan.wix.com/louie-the-lawnmower