Oregon Author Published book 'The Eve Chronicles" about Oregon

Diane DeVillers
Posted June 5, 2018 from United States
The story of a remarkable journey to Oregon

Someone asked me about why I have so many blogs and this is what I told them.

The first social media I opened up was twitter, then facebook. I am an author and just published my first book of a fictionalized memoir called 'The Eve Chronicles" by Diane DeVillers. I self-published it and needed a way to market the book and so I have nearly 20 social media accounts where I post ten or more posts about all kinds of subjects, like links to stories about strong women, or politics, animals, place in the world. Then every dozen of those posts I put in a link to my book page on amazon.com. I opened others wordpress, live journal, wordpress, MS Connection, digg, worldpulse an international women's blog and many others. So I signed up to get emails from sites I like, women's news sites, animal sites explore.org where they have animal cameras set up, and I take these posts and write a short blog about them and then post it, then find a picture in my computer or to pixaby where you can get free pictures. It takes lots of time but it drives people to my site. I also made my own webpage on wix.com where my books are listed. Check out my author page 

Check out my books and my author page

https://smile.amazon.com/Eve-Chronicles-Diane-DeVillers/dp/0943247691/re...  Go way down to "More about the author" and below that a blue link Visit amazon's author page Diane DeVillers. 

Its three books in one paperback book 'The Eve Chronicles" or if you like ebooks look for "From the waters of Coyote Springs" 'Felix and Eve" and "The Arrangement" they tell the story of a young women who leaves her life in Wisconsin and goes to Oregon to work as a forester doing timber stand inventory for the Forest Service. The group of 5 foresters live in their camp with trailers and tents down by Coyote Springs in the Wallowa Mountain in eastern Oregon. The men in the crew tease Eve relentlessly but it doesn't take long before they call her "Queen of the Comeback"  "Felix and Eve" is when she moves to the coast and lives in Gold Beach with an elderly man who needs a caregiver for the summer as he recovers from by-pass surgery. He's a cranky old dude but he takes a shining to Eve, they play cards every night and he tells her about his former life when he worked for the notorious gangster Al Capone back in the day.  "The Arrangement" ebook is about the now-retired Eve who has bought property on Moon Mountain in Eugene, Vinnie her neighbor, whom she let set up his yurt in her backyard. Vinnie is in love with Eve but remains silent. Every year Eve gets the same letter with a skeleton key in it. She takes off down south to Catalina Island and cares for her former lover who has a debilitating disease called Multiple Sclerosis. She stays there for the summer while Sid's wife takes a much-needed vacation. Sid and Eve reminisce about their past.  As you can tell I am still on my shameless self-promotion tour.

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Urmila Chanam
Jun 06, 2018
Jun 06, 2018

What a wonder woman you are! Marketing your book, running blogs and social media pages is an innovative way to raise a dialogue on key issues of interest. Thank you for sharing your approach so many of us can benefit by learning from you. Keep sharing sister the world is watching you.

Love
Urmila Chanam
India
urmila.chanam@yahoo.com

Diane DeVillers
Jun 06, 2018
Jun 06, 2018

thanks so much for your warm comments, we are all each other's sisters, and you are so far away but your reaching out touched me, I'm glad someone is reading my posts. My heart goes out to you over the miles across the oceans and we are brought together in spirit.

Tarke Edith
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018

Hi sister you are wonderful ,for it took courage for a woman like you to do all these things, sis l will folow your footsteps

Ndimofor Aretas
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018

Hello Diane, Congratulations on your achievements. You are really taking matters into your own hands by undertaking the process of self promotion. I am glad that you are getting people to your site.
I am having trouble getting to your author's page. Can you send me an alternative link in your reply?
My first Textbook was recently published for me by Spears Media Publishers based in the United States.
Here's a link: http://spearsmedia.com/product/crystallography-mineralogy/

I look forward to reading your books. I read a lot of Personal Development books and I believe no knowledge is useless.
Just to add, did you know that BOOKS actually has a full meaning?
I came up with the following full meaning for BOOKS = Best Of Others Knowledge and Skills!

Diane DeVillers
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018

Thanks for the encouragement, I am having problems with my Amazon link, so here is the link. I will look at your link. Let's stay in touch if you read my book please give me input.

Diane DeVillers
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018

Wow, what an interesting topic, to get students interested in the earth history. Good luck, now what are you writing? Keep writing.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018

Hello, Diane,

You are living my dream of writing a book, though I want to write a nonfiction. I always admire authors with rich imaginations, and that is you a novelist!

Self-publishing is a huge feat. Congratulations to you. Your hardwork will pay off as you have been sowing seeds for harvest today.

As a wanna-be author, I am soo proud of your accomplishment, sister! Write on!

Diane DeVillers
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018

There is nothing stopping you from self-publishing, for now just write the book and when the time comes to self-publish all you need to do is for the ebook you need to find a format person that takes the book file and makes it look like books look on ebook.s I downloaded the formatted file to Smashwords, they send it to nearly all the sites like Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, songy, libraries. The format only cost me 140 dollars, on the smashwords site it will give you format people for you to contact. EZ Pee-zee.
And if you want to have your ebooks on Amazon you download the format file of your book to their site. KDP or Kindle Direct Publishing where they want to sell you on going with their KDP select which you pay for. You just bypass that offer and just download it yourself.
If you also want to have a paperback book, SW takes only ebooks but amazon can list both the ebooks and paperback book. Again they want to sell you on having them print your paperback book with strings attached, I choose to go the route of finding a publishing company who had my book printed with Lightning Source. My publisher was UCS Press but they may be getting out of the business to concentrate on projects like miniseries and movies. But I could ask them who they would recommend doing the paperback version,
To send your file to a publisher and printer it must be in Microsoft word file which the publisher would change into a PDF file which means the file can't be changed. Then it goes to the printer
Another way is to send your word file to a regular publisher and submit it to see if they want to publish it, this may take time, i got tired of waiting and did my own self publishing. But if the book is good enough they will give you can advance and take over marketing the book. But this will take time.
And remember before sending it anywhere, I'd get it edited from an editor which will check punctuation, spelling, (even though you abc checked or have grammerly a free dictionary spelling app you download on your computer. An editor will find so much more mistakes, like words that are spelled wrong but are still words. Like the word cloth, or clothe the spell check won't catch if it's the wrong spelling.
There are also other companies that do ebooks and amazon is the best bet, they have an author page where you type in your profile and short and long summaries of the book, and the picture of your cover.
Just save my name, and when you get the book written I'd be glad to walk you through it. Until then write the dang book

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018

Wow! Thank you for these wealth of information, Diane! You have no idea how giddy I am at this moment.

THANK YOU SO MUCH! Yes, I am going to write it. You already have a space on my acknowlegement page!

Thank you!

Diane DeVillers
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018

Try and set a set time for you to write and stick to it. I heard that if you only write 15 minutes a day you can have a book in a year. What subject of book are you writing? Glad to send you off into a frenzy of writing energy. You go girl!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018

I guess I needed focus. I have been journaling everyday. There are so many topics I want to right about, but I want the theme to be inspirational. It would be more on real-life stories and what lessons we get from them. I'm thinking it will be a compilation of these stories. Like Chicken Soup for the Soul. Of course that book series have not captured the stories of the rest of the world.

Great idea on writing fot 15 minutes.

Nonfiction is a challenge. It reveals so much of the author. Fiction is hard for me at that moment. Fictionalizing memoirs like what you do could be a future project.

Thank you so much, Diane!

Diane DeVillers
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018

Chicken SOup book is exactly what you are writing. It's a good guide. Also you could try and find a name and write a short summary of what the book is about Then do the long summary. Have others read some of your stories and get feedback. Sometimes someone outside of you can see where your strengh lies. A title of the book is super important. And keep rereading what you have written, read it outlous helps. I am so thrilled that we are writing each other so lets continue. WHen I have some time I will send you some of my short stories subjects. WIth fictionalized memoir you can be the character who receives all these stories, have the inspirational matter come to you in the form of other people telling you the story and some things that happen to you. You are in the drivers seat of what you want to write.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jun 09, 2018
Jun 09, 2018

Wow!!! Thank you for these insights, Diane. You have no idea how happy I am reading your advice!

nelsa nabila
Jun 08, 2018
Jun 08, 2018

Wow!!!
Diane this is awesome. It shows how resilient, focused and enthusiastic you are about what you do. I am sure this has not only built your confidence but has enabled you to impact many lives.
Thanks for sharing this amazing story.

Sinyuy Geraldine
Mar 23
Mar 23

Hello Diane. I'm so happy for you. Your stories are fascinating. I love the principal character Eve. Such a determined woman! How do I get my own book published here?