A Merry Indie-pendence Day to You, Too

Should I feel guilty for taking “Independence” – (an actual word) – and “Indie” – (an accepted abbreviation for that word) – and mangling them together in this wise?


But I’ll save my shame for the end of the post. Because before then, I plan to be all kinds of shameless. Promote while the promotions are going on, I always* say.

*(Never before. Never again.)

For real though, it seems like just about everything promo-worthy is happening at once. Such as…

1 – #IndiePrideDay

That was the hashtag going around Twitter, Saturday past. And so I, being the occasional opportunist I am, whipped up a couple of promotional images to share, and spent some time browsing to see what other indie authors had to say for themselves/their work, despite my unfortunate allergy to community.

Also, as of Saturday…

2 – “The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale” is Half-Price!

…On Smashwords, as part of their Summer/Winter Sale (through July 31st). I should maybe come up with a special promo image for that, too? We’ll see if I bother. In the meantime, if any of you guys or people you know like e-book bargains, check out the whole catalog … or go straight to nabbing your copy of “Ballad”.

And hey, let me know if you pick up any good titles, over there. I’m terrible about actually reading the e-books I’ve already got on my Kindle app (because not even sorry, I’m a hard copy girl), but that probably won’t stop me buying more, if the price is right and the premise intriguing.

Speaking of discounted prices: According to a little notice in my inbox…

3 – Society6 is Hosting a 4th of July Sale!

Society6 Merch

Pictured here, my own personal “Without a Minstrel” mug and “I See You” pillow

Today and tomorrow, everything is 20% off – plus free shipping! So if you fancy any of the merch in my shop, now’s a fine time to get yourself a little something.

And since we’ve got something like an Independence Day theme going, let’s wrap things up with a 4th (of July? Get it? Yeahhhh) and final item. Don’t forget:

4 – Outlaws 2.5 is Available for Pre-Order!

Just a bit over a week ‘til “Truly Great Words Never Die” releases onto Kindles everywhere.

…provided that those Kindles’ owners did right by themselves and purchased a copy.
Truly Great Words promo 04

It’s only 99 cents, and more than worth every penny. So order yours today! Or, I dunno, at least tell somebody else that the book exists, maybe? I’m not feeling the shame yet, but I tell ya, self-promotion is a lot less fun than that holy grail of indie artistry:

Word of mouth.

Stay independent, y’all,

~ Danielle






What’s in Store

…Alternatively titled “Talking Shop” or some equally sinful pun.

But seriously, have you ever found yourself browsing around these little online shops full of the most gorgeous and/or fandom-related whatnots ever? Gosh knows I’ve done. …and then whimpered in frustration because I can’t afford even a fraction of all the cool stuff I covet. (Since, y’know, basically all of my money goes to books.)

Well, to those of you in the audience who do let yourselves cave and purchase such things, may I direct your attention to a new little side project of mine:

The Ever On Word e-store on Society6!

The idea started out basic enough: Got a novel coming out soon (4 weeks and counting down, whaaat!), gotta try to gain visibility and drum up some hype. And in my experience, one of the best ways to catch the eye is to use eye-catching stuff. (Go figure.) A well-chosen book quote is good. A colorful and/or otherwise visually dynamic book quote? Even better. So there I was, fooling around with creating just such a collection of images to spread around my social media sites, when I think, hey, these are pretty! Y’know where else they’d be pretty? On a mug.

"There is a lot of overlap, I've found, between the truth and the impossible." -- Marion Hood

“There is a lot of overlap, I’ve found, between the truth and the impossible.” — Marion Hood

Or a tote.

"Would you believe I blew in on the wind?" -- Allyn-a-Dale

“Would you believe I blew in on the wind?” — Allyn-a-Dale

Or even an iPhone case, why not?

"Here I am, new world. Wherever I am, I'm here." -- Allyn-a-Dale

“Here I am, new world. Wherever I am, I’m here.” — Allyn-a-Dale

And canvas prints! Laptop sleeves! Stationary cards! Sweet little squishable throw pillows! THE WORKS.

To date, I’ve got three designs up in my shop, with plans to add more in the lead-up to #BALLADofAaD’s release, and beyond. And it won’t just be Outlaws of Avalon merch. You better believe I’ll be combing my other works for great quotables, too – “Inspired”… the Wilderhark Tales… basically anything else to which I’ve got copyright claims.

So please, browse away! And if you see something you like, buy away! Unless you’re broke like me, in which case, welp, at least spreading the word is free. ;D

Got a fave design so far? Have any quotes from my previous stories you’d love to own on a travel mug or some such? Lemme know in the comments!