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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Blog Tour: The Keeper's Curse by Diana Harrison

The Keeper's Curse
(The Keeper's Curse, Bk #1)
By Diana Harrison


After fifteen-year-old Emmy Rathers unintentionally summons a strange glowing cloud during a break-in, her mother rips her from her home, her father, and her world, forever.

When she lands in the rustic, militant land of Methelwood, she is told she's a crafter - a person who can perform magic by conjuring souls of the dead. But starting life over normally in the midst of grieving for the life she has left behind, while at the same time attempting to fit in in her new war-obsessed school, becomes impossible when she begins to hear a voice in her head. Complicating the matter further is the fact that the voice belongs to a boy at school named Breckin, who just also happens to be the most powerful crafter in the world, and the future ruler of Methelwood.

But that's not the worst part - suddenly Breckin's most hostile adversary is coming out of the shadows and trying to kill her. With no other choice, Emmy must travel deeper into this bizarre, dark world she is so unfamiliar with to find out why this is happening to her, and more importantly, how to stay alive.

Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Why I Chose Self-Publishing

While there is a little pretentious part of me that would love to have a twelve book deal with Random House (which apparently isn't Random House anymore because they merged with Penguin – madness I tell you!), I have to admit, self-publishing does have its own benefits as well.

Because I love lists, I’ll give you my biggest three reasons why I chose self-publishing (anymore than that, and you’ll probably fall asleep on me):

1)      I’ll start off with the obvious – you’re in complete control! If I want a blog tour, I’ll make one. If I want only certain types of reviewers dealing with my book, I can ask only them. If I want to just publish the word “SEX” written over and over across a hundred pages and sell it for $11.99, I can do that! (And I’d probably sell more copies than I am now)

2)      I get as much time as I want to grow a fan base. If you’re put in bookstores and your book doesn't sell within the first few weeks, you’re taken down. With self-publishing, I've got all the time in the world to gain a readership without the panic.

3)      This is the biggest one for me: I can write whatever I want. I’m not exactly “cool” – if I tried to write a paranormal romance, it would certainly turn into a comedy. Probably in outer space. I've never had an interest in writing about vampires, angels or dystopias, and that is perfectly okay! I sincerely believe that as long as you write a good book, whether it’s trendy or not, there’ll be people out there who will enjoy it. Self-publishing gives me that avenue.

… And that is why I’m sticking to self-publishing for now. I always try to remind budding writers – it’s never an either/or. There’s no “indie versus traditional” war – if you self-publish, it doesn't mean you've bitten some metaphysical bullet and you’ll never get traditionally published. If you become popular enough as an indie, you may get picked up by an agent or publisher and get to skip that pesky query process altogether. You just never know. For now, I’m just going to enjoy the ride, knowing that there are people out there finally reading the story that has been in my head for over eight years now.

Thank you for having me on your blog!

Author Bio

Diana Harrison is a proud Canadian, currently studying English literature at the University of Calgary. With a passion for books, magic, and teens, as well as being a chronic daydreamer, it is only logical that she is a young-adult fantasy writer as well.

You can friend her on Goodreads. You can also visit her website here.

Her debut novel, THE KEEPER’S CURSE, released in November 2012.

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