Saturday, 29 October 2011

Self-Publisher’s Diary – Favorite Authors

By ES Lark 

If you’re a writer, you’re bound to have a long list of authors you buy from. Nothing beats the feel of a new book, no matter if it’s hardcover, electronic or a paperback. So, what does this have to do with favorite authors? I don’t have just one. Now, if you ask what authors (among my favorites) have inspired me, I have two who have inspired me most of all.

The first author I admire a great deal is Bruce Coville. I was first introduced to Bruce’s books when I read Into the Land of the Unicorns back in the 7th grade. I was actually running in what we called “The Reading Olympics.” I had to read a certain amount of books and then report back during a number of challenges with other schools. It’s kind of like a spelling bee, only a lot more severe. We ended up winning second place in our region with me reading “Into the Land of the Unicorns” as well as “A Wrinkle in Time.”
I credit Bruce Coville and the entire Unicorn Chronicles series for where I am today. I started writing religiously in the 7th grade after Bruce infected me with worlds of fantasy. I wasn’t ready for the story to end, so I started writing stories of my own.

And then came Mercedes Lackey—The Black Gryphon to be exact. You know the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” right? I didn’t even read the blurb on the back. I bought the book just because there was a gryphon on the cover. It was way above my reading level as well (I was only 11 or 12 at the time), but still, I fell into her world. With that said, Mercedes Lackey is one of the first authors to have introduced me to gryphons.

There are other authors I enjoy, but the two listed above are the most significant for me as both a reader and a writer. Out of all the books that have graced my bookshelf, those two are the ones I’ll never get rid of. Even if the spines have started to fall apart from overuse.

E. S. Lark is the author of fantasy fiction such as The Waking Grove and Trueblood’s Plight. You can learn more about her and the worlds she creates by visiting her website at


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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
Paperback -
Smashwords -

2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
Paperback -
Smashwords -

3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
Smashwords -

4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
Smashwords -

5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
Smashwords -

6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
Smashwords -

7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle -

9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
Amazon Kindle -

10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
Amazon Kindle -

11. Elevenses from Around the World
Amazon Kindle -

12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

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Dealightfully Frugal

Blog-A-Licious - The Few, The Proud, The Wife


My Soul Slippers

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Blog-A-Licious - Pretty All True

Pretty All True

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Rediscovering Domesticity

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Raising Amelie

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