The Paranoid Writer

When Life Gets in the Way

Photo Contest For Brownie Fix

Mmm. I'm Havin' a Brownie Fix.

Want to win a $20 Starbucks gift card? Want to win a free copy of my book, Brownie Fix?

Enter the “I Want My Brownie Fix” contest. Take a photo with the words “Brownie Fix” in the description or in the picture and tag “Ellen Cardona” or post on my Facebook fan page at

Whoever has the funniest picture, wins. Deadline is Friday, September 9th. Now who wants some Brownie Fix?

August 30th, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Launch Date: September 12th, My B-Day

Here's My Book Cover

Launch Date.

It was almost a month ago when I took Brownie Fix back into my hands, and now I have set the day of my birthday as my launch day for Brownie Fix. I love this book, and I can’t wait to share it with the public. The book is ready to go, and the final versions for paper back, iBook, Nook, and Kindle are either processing or waiting to be uploaded to bookstores, like Amazon and Nook. Sometimes, it’s a week wait, and sometimes, it two days, but I wish I could snap my fingers and have it all appear at once.

I planned a two-week time window before the release so that I could market Brownie Fix with a contest and a sneak preview and send the version to book reviewers. I’m not a marketing person, but all I did was my research, and I found some great ideas from blogs and websites. I plan to post my ideas, what works and doesn’t work, so that I can pay this favor forward to other authors. I want to succeed with my book, and I want other authors to succeed, too.

It’s going to be fun ride, people. Let’s have a blast.

August 29th, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

The Lovely Mountains

Three weeks ago, I had to make a tough decision. My publisher and I parted ways, and I decided to self-publish. Really, all roads in the last year have pointed me in this direction. When I was under contract, I learned more and more about self-publishing, and I watched it become hotter and hotter.

Over the summer, I started to learn about formatting for paperbacks and different ebooks.  When the time came for my publisher and I to go our separate ways, I was ready to take the plunge.

Two weeks later, my Kindle version is ready to go, and my paperback proof is on its way to my house to look over for mistakes. All I need to do is correct if there are errors, which there will be a few, and then it’s ready. My Amazon page is ready to go, and I’m waiting for confirmation for a “Search Inside” option that will help the readers look anywhere in the book before they buy.

My iBook and Nook are almost ready to be uploaded and approved. Actually, they’re ready, but my picky computer guru wants to tweak it a little.

Really, it has not been easy to learn about different files and different formats and fix the bugs, but it helps that my other half is a computer genius and wants to see me succeed. I’ve been living on a huge learning curve these last two weeks, but I love the outcome. All the formats of Brownie Fix look great, and the process of formatting will be easier when my next book comes out. In other words, I’ll know what I’m doing.

There’s a reason why mountains are thrown in our way. Sure, we can give up, curl up in a fetal position, and blame everyone else, or we can climb. It’s tough, and it hurts, but we climb because that’s how we grow. I know I’ve grown with some lovely mountains in my way this last year, and I’ve learned how strong I can be.

I don’t want to be complacent and watch life pass me by in a series of “I could have.” I cannot wait until I can finally tell everyone that Brownie Fix is ready to go.

August 23rd, 2011 Posted by | Not Giving Up | no comments

New Book Trailer

Check out my Book Trailer for Brownie Fix.

The release date is coming at the end of August.

August 20th, 2011 Posted by | Believing | no comments