Lift Launch!

So Saturday, April 21st, was my launch party at the Book Nook & Java Shop. I had my nervous breakdown the Tuesday before (Would anyone come? Would I sell any books?) Well, I had no reason to be nervous.

I spoke for roughly twenty minutes on Coney Island, carousels, and writing Lift. My hubby recorded me; it’s on YouTube (L. M. Ransom Lift). I took some questions, and then sat down to sign books.

And ran out of copies before the end of the line. Never expected that! I wasn’t expecting the amount of people who came, either. Friends, family, a coworker, my hubby’s coworkers, and people who I didn’t know. It was a terrific turnout! Everyone was encouraging and excited, and I had an awesome time. It was more than I could’ve hoped for, which isn’t surprising. God has blessed everything about Lift.

My next event is Saturday, May 26th, from 4-5 pm, at Gales IGA in Hart, Michigan. I’m looking forward to it; I doubt I will have any anxiety, now that I have the launch party behind me.

Here are some pictures!

Launch Day!

It’s finally here: Lift officially releases! This day has been a long time coming; I’ve wanted to be an author for a long time now.

If you’re in the vicinity of Montague, Michigan this afternoon, I will be at the Book Nook & Java Shop from 4:30-6 pm, talking a little about Coney Island carousels and the inspiration behind Lift. I will also be selling and signing copies of the novel, which is the first in the Flying Ponies trilogy.

This picture was taken at the Grand Rapids Museum this past March. The horse is an armored charger from their 1928 Spillman carousel. They are one of my favorite types of carousel horses. This particular one will serve as inspiration for one of the Flying Ponies in the second book in the trilogy, Tilt.

Have a blessed day and hope to see you this afternoon!

Launch Day Approaches…

We are now T minus four days from launching Lift, first in the Flying Ponies trilogy. It is a great feeling to be here, this close, but I have to admit to you – a little frightening, too.

As an indie (independent) author, my book isn’t debuting with all the fanfare a Big 5 book would get. There are no ads in glossy magazines, no write-ups in the New York Times, and no appearances on Good Morning America. It is, however, getting a launch party at the very cool book store, the Book Nook & Java Shop, on Saturday. It has three very nice reviews on Goodreads, and it has a KILLER cover. I mean, have you seen it?? So what is so frightening?

The fact that it might not sell well.

You see, indie authors, unlike Big 5 ones, pay for different book services. I have an outstanding editor and publisher, but I also pay them for their help. Now, when my book sells, I don’t owe them anything, whereas a Big 5 author owes money out of their sales to both their publisher and their agent. It is a big decision whether to go indie or Big 5; I have been nothing but happy and content with my decision to be an indie.

However, this also means that Lift needs to make back enough to publish the next book in the series. And so on and so forth. To be completely honest, I’m not really that worried, though. Or at least, I try not to be. I have felt blessed by God from day one of this journey, from the first inklings of the story up to right now as I write this. Still, it’s good to remember that I want writing stories to be a business.

So, overall, I’m super excited about Saturday. I’m excited to share Lift with others. I’m excited that God has blessed me with some writing talent.

And I hope to make some money. Oh and by the way, the gorgeous carousel horse below? He is a Charles Looff original, circa 1900. He was once part of Marianne Stevens’ carousel collection, and is now for sale since she passed away. You could own him, if you have $49,500 lying around.

He is also the model for Penumbra, the lead horse of the Flying Ponies Grand Carousel, featured in Lift. The photo is not mine, unfortunately. It is borrowed from a carousel website.

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Official Copies Have Arrived!

A big box of books arrived this afternoon – a big box of Lift copies! They look amazing! I can’t wait for them to find homes and book shelves.

I admit that I need to reread it; we did extra editing after receiving the ARCs, and now the story is a bit different. I’m currently reading Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker, so I haven’t looked through the official version of Lift yet.

The book launch party is Saturday, April 21, from 4:30-6 pm, at the Book Nook in Montague, MI. Hope to see a lot of people there! Lift will also be available on Amazon as a soft cover and a Kindle book, and libraries and schools can also order it through Ingram.

What’s Happening Next

So as most of you know, Lift is now available as a Kindle pre-order, and the soft cover ARCs are in my hands. Three have been sent out to others. One will go to someone who will review it for our local paper, and one is staying right here with me. So what comes next?

The release party is being held April 21, from 4-6:30 pm, at the Book Nook & Java Shop, in Montague, Michigan. The book will be available from Amazon on that day as both an e-book and a trade paperback. I am also going to have the book available from other distributors; most notably from Ingram, from whom most libraries order their books.

The second book in The Flying Ponies trilogy, Tilt, is complete. I won’t look at it for 6-8 weeks or longer. When I do begin going through it, I will be looking at how it flows and what changes need to come about. When it’s as far as I can take it, it will be sent to my editor, Kat Szmit, and together we’ll mold it until it’s ready.

In the meantime, give or take a month or two, I will begin writing Spin, the final book in the trilogy. Once The Flying Ponies is finished, I’ll begin work on the next story, which I’ve already started notes for.

The writing life is busy, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Lift Off!

So just a quick announcement: Lift has been completely edited, and emailed to my publisher. After she reads it, I may have to make some more edits, but even so – Lift has left the desk! It has been a huge undertaking. 

Writing a book is largely a lonely endeavor. It’s just you, some notes, and a blinking cursor. Lift was started in August 2016 and completed in February 2017. It then sat for six or seven weeks before I began the initial edits. My husband, Ryan, was a huge help in the final editing round. He caught things that I hadn’t noticed. 

Now Lift begins the next part of its journey. I am beyond excited to work with K. R. Conway of Wicked Whale Publishing, and to see where this writing venture takes me. 

Welcome to Author Life

It’s official, folks: I have signed my first book contract. I signed with Wicked Whale Publishing, and it’s amazing owner, K. R. Conway.

I found Ms. Conway through the website, Netgalley, when I was given an ARC of the first book in her series, Undertow. After devouring the YA fantasy in a few days, I put my review on Goodreads and also sent her a message, telling her how much I had enjoyed it.

This began a back and forth conversation that has continued, on and off, for around three years. After finishing Lift, I chose to publish independently. Ms. Conway’s small press, Wicked Whale, puts out wonderful books, and I decided to publish Lift with her.

Signing this first contract was surreal. I honestly wasn’t sure I would get this far. But thanks to very supportive family and friends, it happened. I am hoping Lift will be available by mid-winter.

I look forward to sharing my first YA fantasy novel with the world. The prequel to Lift, entitled Whirl, is available for free here, under The Flying Ponies page.

I hope every one of you has a blessed weekend. wp-image--2046665310

Big Things Happening

Yesterday two big things happened: I got to see some concept cover art for my first novel, Lift, and this website is now officially my own domain. It is beyond exciting to know that my career as an indie writer is actually moving forward.

The cover art is gorgeous. It hasn’t been decided if it’s what we’re going to use, but just seeing it is amazing. It means that the novel is much closer to a reality, more than just a document on my computer. I will be finishing up my fourth round of edits in the next week, and barring any unforeseen problems, will be sending it to my publisher. 

As for the website, I have added a Flying Ponies page for that series, with the prequel to Lift added as sub pages. Whirl is the story of a young woman who meets a man with an extraordinary carousel.

There is also a Treasury page where I will be posting short stories set in the land of Pentallia. The stories will feature characters from my Pentallian Archives series. 

I feel blessed by both things that happened, and blessed to live where I do. This was the view off my front deck this morning as I let our two Dachshunds out. I hope you have a look around my site, and a wonderful day.