Video #5: Audio book cover reveal for THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM

(Partial transcript) Hi, everyone! I’m Mary Gray, young adult author of marygraybooks.com. Some of you know that I’ve jumped into the foray of audio books. I wanted to make THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM available on audible.com, and that meant hiring a voice actress through ACX. I have signed with a magnificent talent, and she is recording the audio book even now. In the meantime (and I hadn’t entirely realized this when I began this endeavor) I’ve needed to create a new cover for THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM…

Video #4: Interview with Katie Coughran | Shifting to the Indie Author Mindset

Hi, everyone! I’m Young Adult author, Mary Gray, of marygraybooks.com and I’m here today with the multi genre author, Katie Coughran. She is the multi-genre author of YA fantasy, Inheritance Aflame, the Cookie and Broden chapter books, and Happy Scoops, a clean and quirky romance. I met Katie last summer while my family stayed with my husband’s parents in Washington, and when I thought I was helping her learn about learning how to land a traditional writing deal, she’s turning out to be one of the key…

Video #3: Cover Reveal | OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE | Be an Advance Reader

Hello, everyone! I’m YA author, Mary Gray, of marygraybooks.com and I’m here to reveal the cover of my upcoming novel, OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE, which will be published at the end of April! OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE is about a young executioner who falls for the daughter of a woman he had to kill—and the daughter who wants to murder him. It’s a Young Adult gothic romance, in the vein of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd or GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers. Feel free to visit…

Video #2: Interview with Vanessa K Eccles, Executive Editor of The Faithful Creative Magazine

In this interview, Vanessa is kind enough to answer the following questions: Can you tell us more about your writing background? What inspired you to start THE FAITHFUL CREATIVE magazine? What have been some of your obstacles, and what are your dreams for this magazine? Tell us more about your books and where we can find them. Don’t forget to buy a copy of this beautiful magazine at http://www.vanessakeccles.com/thefaithfulcreative.html!

Video #1: Why I’ve Gone the Indie Author Route

Transcript (paraphrased): Hi, everyone! This is young adult author, Mary Gray, and I’m here to tell you why I’ve chosen to go the indie author route. And when I say indie, I mean an independent author—one who hires cover artists and editors instead of doing what I’ve done in the past—that is, working with a literary agent to sign with an established publisher. In this video, I’ll: -Share a little about my publishing past -Talk about the biggest myth regarding traditional publishing that I discovered…

January Reads

{{unknown}}January has been a funny month. I lost a literary agent, but with that same person have been growing a great friendship. I’ve turned in a revision to a good publisher, and am also exploring the indie author route. I’ve been writing and editing manuscripts, and amidst all of this, have been reading some great books. So, I thought I’d share them with those looking for a great read while we’re still in the winter months. The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown My sister, Cammie, suggested I…

When Envy Creeps Up

I was eager to dive into my manuscript today, but after peeking at social media, the sticky threads of doubt and envy held my back. It wasn’t anything overpowering, but I could feel the oozing influence of envy, like tar, bubbling a little too quickly inside my head. Suddenly I felt incapable of moving forward–even though I’d just finished studying spiritual messages. But I didn’t want to apply my mind to my work the way I knew I should, because I wasn’t a “real” writer. I’d never…

While We Wait

{{unknown}}I’ve noticed a theme while talking to several friends and family members lately. A theme of desires. Many of us yearn to work on the right path in the right place. This applies to students or employees, who, week after week slave away to obtain that ideal position within a classroom or company. This applies to the underprivileged, couples who want children, those suffering health setbacks or relationship plateaus, to missionaries. This applies to artists and writers who want more than anything to find the…