Download Sejal for Free for Kindle

Sejal: The Walk for WaterThis week only you can download my novelette, Sejal: The Walk for Water for your Kindle for free.  Check it out on Amazon here.

Of course, you can always download Sejal for free, but this is a convenient way to get it directly on your Kindle.

Sejal is always a tough thing for me to promote.  I’m not interested in making it a best-selling book, I just want more people to be aware of the water crisis in India.  Sometimes it’s hard to keep those lines straight, and know what’s appropriate and what’s not when promoting a book like this.  I don’t want it be about me, not even by accident, so I too-often default to not push the book.

I hope that the Kindle giveaway will expose more people to the story.  If you can help by sharing the link, http://www.amazon.com/Sejal-Walk-Water-Brad-Pauquette-ebook/dp/B00B2WZ0L4/ that would be fantastic.  Together, we can expose more readers to the water crisis and facilitate action on this issue.

My friend Heather Shaw, who is an extremely talented writer, left a review on Goodreads.  Here’s my favorite excerpt: Before I read this book, I knew, in theory, that clean water supply was a problem for people around the world. But now I have a face, a village, a story to help me translate those statistics into a human reality. Though Sejal is a fictional character, she and her village are vividly imagined and intimately described. As with all excellent fiction, the reader identifies with Sejal’s humanity and shares her experience, and you cannot come to the end without caring deeply about the life-changing significance of a single well.

I hope this is true for lots of readers, and I hope it inspires real action.

If you’ve already read Sejal, please consider leaving an honest review on Goodreads.com or Amazon.com today (click the links respectively to find the book).  Community reviews are a great way to expose new readers to books that you find important, whether it’s this one or other great books you’ve read.

Thank you so much to everyone who has read Sejal, and even more so to folks who have taken action and/or given financially to resolve the water crisis in India and around the world.  A single well makes such a huge difference for real live human beings, and it starts changing lives immediately.

Download and share Sejal: The Walk for Water for free on Amazon through Friday.  Thanks for your help.

The Self-Publishing Handbook

The Self Publishing Handbook by Brad PauquetteIt’s my pleasure to announce that Columbus Press has released The Self-Publishing Handbook: Five Key Steps to Professionally Publish Your Book.  The book is available from all major retailers in print and e-book formats.

I’ve been working as a publishing consultant since 2008, for lots of different types and sizes of publishers.  Self-publishing is a mixed bag.  It can be done right, but it’s often done very wrong.

I’d like to see more people self-publish right.  The authors who are most successful approach self-publishing as a business, they’re starting a tiny publishing house.  Like any micro-enterprise, success is dependent on research, product quality and contracting the right experts.  This book helps potential self-publishers apply these principles to the world of publishing.

Self-publishing is nothing new.  Classic authors like James Joyce and Beatrix Potter were self-published.  What’s new is that today you can self-publish with virtually no investment.

Even as recently as 10 years ago, self-publishing required the investment of thousands of dollars for professional printer setup, print runs, etc.  Most people do a little research and commit themselves to excellence before they spend that kind of money.  But today, with print-on-demand technology and e-books, self-publishers can now “publish” a book with no investment.  You can literally upload an unpolished Microsoft Word document from your computer, and see your “book” for sale on Amazon a few hours later, at no cost to you and with no quality control.  As a result, lots of people are jumping into self-publishing without taking the time to put together an effective product and an effective business strategy.

I hope that more people will read this book and decide to self-publish right.  Even though they can do it for free, I hope they’ll commit themselves to producing an excellent, professional piece of literature that can stand up in the free market.

You can find The Self-Publishing Handbook on Amazon.com here, or look for it from your favorite retailer.  Columbus Publishing Lab is also offering a free PDF of this book, find that offer here.

If you get a chance to read the book, please leave an honest review on Amazon.com and/or Goodreads.com.  Thanks!