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Aug 6, 2012

Blog Tour: Author Guest Post and Book Excerpt: Blood Betrayed by Gabrielle Bisset Plus a Signed Cover Flats from the Sons of Navarus Series and a $10 Amazon GC Giveaway!


Hi my loves! How are you guys doing? I trust everything is going great with you guys. Anyways, I'm back again with another blog tour! This time Journey with Books is featuring the author of Blood Betrayed, Gabrielle Bisset. She's going to share her awesome thoughts to us. Plus there's a giveaway! Gabrielle will be giving away signed cover flats from the Sons of Navarus series and a $10 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter. 

Author Guest Post:

Mainstream/Traditional VS Indie Publishing
Thanks so much for having me here today at Journey With Books on this stop for Blood Betrayed's book tour. It's great to be here! 

These days, authors have the choice to try traditional publishing through NY or epubs, or indie publishing on their own. My Sons of Navarus series is indie published. I chose to go indie with this series mainly because NY doesn't seem convinced that vampires are interesting anymore, unless they're from a big author. I disagreed and published on my own. This isn't the first time I'd gone indie, though.  I have had one book, my first entitled Stolen Destiny, published traditionally. For that, I went through Siren Publishing. Since then, however, I've published all my books myself, including a sequel to Stolen Destiny entitled Destiny Redeemed, three novellas that make up the Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy, and the Sons books, Blood Avenged and Blood Betrayed. For me at this time, indie is just the way to go. 

This isn't to say traditional publishing doesn't have some benefits. I must hire professionals to help with a number of tasks, especially my editing and cover art, and I wouldn't have to do that if I didn't go indie. For some authors, those two issues alone are reason enough to choose the traditional publishing route. Professionals cost money, and sometimes they can cost a lot of money. 

On the other hand, indie beats traditional publishing hands down when it comes to royalties. As an indie, I make 70% royalties on my books $2.99 and up.  That's a lot more than traditional publishers offer.  
However, for me, what tips the scales in favor of indie every time is the freedom I have to pursue the topics I love and the way I love to present them.  I'm in charge of everything, from the way the book is presented to the cover art to distribution. It's a huge responsibility, but it's very gratifying to know I handle the presentation of my work. 

The Indie Revolution, as some are calling this change in publishing, has exploded recently and it's all very exciting, but when it comes right down to it, the choice to go indie is one that means a lot of work.  For me, though, it was the only logical choice to make with my Sons of Navarus series. Will it always be the only way I publish? I don't know. But for now, I'm a very proud indie author. 


Thank you Ms. Gabrielle Bisset for that informational Guest Post. I think both Traditional and Indies have their own pros and cons. To us readers, it doesn't really matter. As long as the book is good and well written, it would be loved and accepted.

This information is really good for those people who are planning on becoming great Authors. I wish you all the best.

Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: Gabrielle Bisset (May 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984724370
ISBN-13: 978-0984724376



Book Blurb:
I am everything forbidden. I am vampire.

Haunted by betrayal, Saint hides in the human world, giving his heart to no one and finding the only solace from his past in the arms of human women. Now as the Archons begin their takeover of the vampire world, this Son of Navarus has been marked for death. 

Summoned to defeat the Archons by the world that shunned him, Saint must face his past and Solenne, the woman he loved and lost a century ago, for only in accepting her will his body and soul finally find salvation. 

Book Excerpt:


"Solenne, can you find a woman who doesn't smell like she's been deep fried in animal fat tonight?"


Closing the door to the refrigerator, Solenne turned to see Saint standing at the kitchen's center island. Shirtless. Again. 


"Saint, do you own any shirts or do you need me to pick some up for you?"


Smirking, he raised his eyebrows in amusement. "Have we become a prude?"


Pushing past him, she sat down at the table and popped a grape into her mouth. "Don't you concern yourself with me, but dial back the Cro-Magnon act, can you?"


Leaning against the counter, Saint propped himself up on his elbows and rolled his eyes. "And the girl from last night?"


Solenne secretly enjoyed the thought of him repelled by Marie for any reason. Maybe he didn't drink from her. That would explain why he was being such an ass. Maybe he didn't sleep with her either. 


"Marie seemed perfectly fine to me," she said casually as she picked grapes off the vine. "Maybe you just weren't her type. Maybe she has more refined tastes in men."


"Yeah, that sounds right. A woman who smells like a French fry has refined tastes. Just find me a woman who smells like a woman should."


You'll be lucky if I bring you one at all.


Saint strolled past her after issuing his order as if he were the king of the castle. God, he was infuriating!  If she'd ever met a man who could push her buttons more than Saint, she couldn't remember him. Wouldn't have wanted to remember him, at any rate. 


It still amazed her how different he and his brother were. Teagan was smooth and so much fun to be around. And Saint? Always the darker, more sullen brother, he'd transformed into a shell of the man she'd met a hundred years ago, more detached and alone than anything else now. 


But behind his gruff exterior—behind the defensiveness—that vulnerable soul she'd known then must still exist. At least she hoped it did. 


It did no good to think about that now, though. She had a job to do, and at the moment that meant finding a human female to provide him with what he needed. 


Even if it felt like she was betraying everything she held dear in her heart the whole time she was doing it. 


Where to Buy:


Giveaway:
Gabrielle will be giving away signed cover flats from the Sons of Navarus series and a $10 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter. 

To make things easier just answer this question:
If you would be an Author, what would you choose? Indie or would you go to Mainstream/Traditional Publishing? Why?

Remember, that this is all just for fun.. (^_~)

Author Bio:
Gabrielle Bisset spends her days teaching college students American and European history, but by night she's an erotic romance author.  Her first book, Stolen Destiny, was released by Siren Publishing in June 2011, and since then she's released the novellas of The Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy--Vampire Dreams, Love's Master, and Masquerade--in addition to Destiny Redeemed.  In December 2011, she released Blood Avenged, the first book in the Sons of Navarus series about eight vampires who must protect their world against an enemy that travels among their kind.  Blood Betrayed is the second book in the series. She lives in Pennsylvania with her teenage son and a herd of pets. 


Links:
Website:  Gabrielle Bisset Romance  http://www.gabriellebisset.com/
Blog:  http://gbisset.blogspot.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002481284652&sk=info
Sons of Navarus Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SonsOfNavarusSeries
Facebook Fan Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gabrielle-Bisset/135134056553049
Twitter:  @gabriellebisset  https://twitter.com/#!/gabriellebisset
Email: gabriellebisset@gmail.com

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30 comments:

  1. Goddess Fish PromotionsAugust 06, 2012 7:46 PM

    Thank you for hosting Gabrielle today.

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  2. Gabrielle BissetAugust 06, 2012 9:32 PM

    Thanks for having me here at your blog today!

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  3. hi gabrielle!


    if i ever write a book, i think i'll go the traditional route first then goes indie

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  4. I believe I would start out tradinational route first just to wet my feet and then go indie. When you first start out you need to reach a very wide spectrum Would love to have been a writer when I ws young.

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  5. as long as a book is well written and presented i dont mind which 1 i read, but lately i have read more indie. i also think a good covers a must

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  6. Phyllis MarshallAugust 06, 2012 10:42 PM

    This was a very interesting post and I have to say that, although Mainstream might be more secure, I think I would say INDIE. I would want more control over the entire process and the ability to decided how many books I would want to put out, the covers, the storyline etc and that is not always an option in Mainstream.
    Thanks for a good post and the giveaway! Gabrielle, you rock!!

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  7. Phyllis MarshallAugust 06, 2012 10:42 PM

    This was a very interesting post and I have to say that, although Mainstream might be more secure, I think I would say INDIE. I would want more control over the entire process and the ability to decided how many books I would want to put out, the covers, the storyline etc and that is not always an option in Mainstream.
    Thanks for a good post and the giveaway! Gabrielle, you rock!!

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  8. Gabrielle BissetAugust 07, 2012 12:20 AM

    Thanks, Phyllis! :)

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  9. Gabrielle BissetAugust 07, 2012 12:21 AM

    Have to have a good cover, no doubt! I'm sure the Sons covers catch more than one eye. :)

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  10. Gabrielle BissetAugust 07, 2012 12:21 AM

    Thanks for stopping by, Sienny! Both routes have good things about them. :)

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  11. That was a very interesting post. Indie publishing sounds hard but super rewarding. I don't personally pick my books by publisher. I read whatever sounds the best and yours is up there.

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  12. INDIE would be the way I would go. It would give me more control of what I want to write and how to write it. I must say though, Gabrielle, your vampires are awesome! Love Saint! Cant wait for Terek!!!
    Gloria Esau

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  13. Gabrielle BissetAugust 07, 2012 7:27 AM

    Thanks Kaylyn!

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  14. Gabrielle BissetAugust 07, 2012 7:28 AM

    Thanks Gloria! It does give the author a lot more control of their books. :)

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  15. I would probably go Indie so I have more control or how my book is written. Thanks!

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  16. I love authors that published using idie and major publishers. There are many good writers in both. I can only imagine the amount of work that occurs once the book is written.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  17. I love authors that published using idie and major publishers. There are many good writers in both. I can only imagine the amount of work that occurs once the book is written.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  18. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your blog tour.

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  19. I can see lots of interesting comments in here.. Keep it coming you guys! And thanks for joining in this discussion. (^_^)

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  20. I agree that both Indie and Mainstream have many great writers. Thanks for dropping by.. <3

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  21. I agree that Indie gets more control on how you would want your book to come out but it also takes lots of work to do it. Thanks for dropping by. <3

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  22. Thanks for dropping by Kathy and I agree with you. I also don't pick the books I read based on who published it but rather on how interesting the plot is to me.

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  23. Hi
    I would go indie. I've met some indie authors and they are great.
    There are a lot of published authors that keep adding books to series just because they were contracted to write certain amount of books, but they lack substance. I haven't seen that happen to an indie author.
    Besides, being indie you keep the rights to your books and have more freedom,

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  24. Megan Riverina RomanticsAugust 07, 2012 1:47 PM

    I'd love to go the indie route if I was an author. While yes, there's benefits with going to with a big publishing house, I like the idea of having 100% control. It drives me crazy when a cover doesn't match the character(s)/story and that's often because the author doesn't have a say. I wouldn't want something that I made in a wrapper that I think is wrong.

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  25. Very informative post. Maybe both indie and traditional, depending on the type of book.

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  26. 70% is massive & having all the control must feel amazing.




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  27. they are some of the best i seen, cant wait for the next 1blood spirit, terek just looks so gorgeous on his cover too

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  28. Indie would be the way to go so you could have creative freedom which would be the whole point of writing a book. Then again the money of a big publishing house would be tempting...

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  29. Rebecca HipworthAugust 08, 2012 4:31 AM

    An enjoyable excerpt.
    Becky01x(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. If I were an author, I think I would go Indie so I could have total control over what books to publish, how many words, what kind covers to use.

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