Another Round At The Crow Bar: #30 June 2019


Hello friends and fans!

Welcome to my 30th newsletter!

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Another Round At The Crow Bar: #29 May 2019


Hello friends and fans!

Welcome to my 29th newsletter!

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Leaving Amazon


As of 14 November 2018, I am no longer supporting Amazon.com or distributing my books to them. That’s it, I’m done! Bearing in mind, as an indie author, it’s incredibly difficult to get sales (even when distributing through Amazon via my publishing platform, to be brutally honest), and despite that, most of my sales still come from Amazon channels – this is a matter of conscience for me. More

Are Indie Published Authors Really “Published” Authors?


There used to be a perception years ago that a writer who made use of self-publishing services was not a published “proper” author. In fact, back in the day, such authors who paid for publishing services were dismissed and criticized (often harshly) as ‘pretenders’ and wannabes, and the presses that offered such services were laughed off as ‘vanity press’ publishers.

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Year-End Message 2016


christina-engela-2Hello fans!

December 2016. This is the end of a very busy year for all of us I’m sure – and for me it meant recovering from the blow of losing a publisher, and going back to indie publishing… reformatting, editing and republishing my own books – RECOVERING – and becoming determined to never again put my writing freedom in the hands of someone else! As a writer it’s been an exceptionally difficult year – not just in terms of recovering to the point where I was before August 2014 when I signed on to that publisher, but to be far better!

It was also a rewarding one in terms of what I have learned and how I have grown! In the time during which my book’s fates were in the hands of others, I learned more about the publishing industry, formatting, cover design and marketing than I knew before. I also gained the irreplaceable friendship and loyal support of a few – most prominently Wendy K. Gloss – whose personal support and her efforts to market my work have proved decisive! In fact, she is probably the only reason you know about my writing, or about me.

That said, this difficult and complicated year is now, finally, at an end. More

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