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Part Two Of Self-Publishing With Kara Jorgenson

Check out the interview I did with S.C. Gregory on indie publishing (part 2)!

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Kara Jorgenson is the author of the Mechanical Devices Series and has obligingly answered some questions on Self-Publishing, but as this was quite an in-depth look at the process, we both decided it would be better split into two posts, so as not to overwhelm readers with too much information all in one go.

This post looks at Audio, foreign transalation, multiple platforms and generally asks those questions I’ve been dying to find out the answers to as well.

Here goes…

This is where it gets a bit more technical- Could you detail your experience getting an Audio version/s of your work?

Kara: To publish my audiobooks, I used ACX, which is a company owned tied to Amazon. On ACX, you can post a sample of your book and open auditions to voice actors. You can also search through clips voice actors have posted and ask them if they…

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May 12, 2017 · 10:12 pm

Guest Blogger: Kara Jorgenson

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Hey there all!!

As promised here is the interview with Kara Jorgenson, author of the Mechanical Devices Series and in my view a rising entreprenuriel star of the Indie Publishing scene….That’s just my opinion, of course, hopefully this blog will help you guys decide whether or not I’m right…?

Ok, here goes…

Basically, I wanted to delve a little deeper into the world of Self-Publishing and go a little further than previous posts and interviews I’ve read myself regarding the subject. This post is more about the intial drive that pushes people into Self-Publishing rather than Traditional and a look at the process, rather than simply asking why someone wants to Self-Publish and more about the various aspects of Self-Publishing.

Here’s a brief introduction to Kara Jorgenson and her work:

Kara Jorgensen is an anachronistic oddball with a penchant for all things antiquated, morbid, or just plain strange. While in college, she realized she…

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May 8, 2017 · 6:45 pm

Soup of the day: With Kara Jorgensen

Check out this interview I did with the resident Soup Witch!

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Hello! Mrs Albert Baker here, otherwise known as The Last Witch Of Pendle. Obviously there is no Pendle any more, since The Chronic Agronauts utterly destroyed it with treacle and sprats, but I’ve set myself up quite nicely here in Lancaster, running this little soup kitchen for the street urchins. There certainly are a lot of them and I’m always looking for helping hands to cook up and serve something delicious!

Helping me this morning is Steampunk writer Kara Jorgensen, author if the Ingenious Mechanical Devices series. Good morning Kara, thankyou so much for coming to help me in my soup kitchen today! Tell me, have you brought along some soup to share with us?

Here is a recipe for Irish beer cheese soup. http://www.aspicyperspective.com/irish-beer-cheese-soup/2/ I love cheese, and while I’m not a fan of beer, this soup is one of my favourites, especially in a bread bowl.

Mmm…

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Dead Magic, An Ingenious Mechanical Devices novel

Check out this awesome review of Dead Magic from Katie Meyer!

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Dead Magic is a superb read. Mostly because it doesn’t stop moving once you start it.

Kara Jorgensen decided with her fourth novel to revisit characters she’s already told one story for. Emmeline and Immanuel were last seen in The Winter Garden, but in Dead Magic, Jorgensen fleshes them out a little more and explores what comes after a life changing event.

Dead Magic is different from the ones that came before, at least for me, because it was more…thrilling. There were parts that had my heart racing because I had to know what happened next. The pacing was faster and drew me in more quickly. Jorgensen’s novels have always had an air of mystery about them, but this one really kept me guessing until the end.

What I like about Jorgensen’s steam punk novels is not only that they mix past, present and future with a little science…

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Indie Book Review: Dead Magic by Kara Jorgensen

Check out this 5 star review of Dead Magic from Kate M. Colby!

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dead Magic is the fourth novel in Kara Jorgensen’s Ingenious Mechanical Devices series. Since many of you may not have read the complete series, I will keep this review vague to avoid spoilers. If you would like to read my reviews of the other books in the series, I’ve included links to them at the bottom of this post.

Continuing the pattern established in previous books, Dead Magic leaves behind Eilian and Hadley Sorrell to once again focus on the lives of Immanuel Winter and Emmeline Jardine. Dead Magic marks the series’ grand entrance into the world of (you guessed it) magic. Though hints of magic have occurred throughout the other books, this novel dives deep into the rules of magic and its practitioners. Both Immanuel and Emmeline must learn to harness the magic within themselves as well as…

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Author Spotlight: Kara Jorgensen

I’m the featured author over at Justine’s blog! Go check it out and give her some likes.

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Hi all!

Today I’d like you to get to know steampunk writer Kara Jorgensen. I’m posting about her here to introduce you to her book series, Ingenious Mechanical Devices, and its newest release, Dead Magic. Check it out below, and show her some love!


The Ingenious Mechanical Devices series is a group of interconnected historical-fantasy stories set in the late Victorian Era where steam, electricity, and magic power the British Empire. The series follows six characters as they go into the world to find themselves and discover the mysteries of their world. Eilian and Hadley, the Earl and Countess of Dorset, forgo the life of an aristocrat to search for lost cities and ancient relics. Immanuel, a young zoology curator at the London Natural History Museum hides a magical secret, even from his companion, Adam. He shares a soul with Emmeline, a bratty teenage girl who can communicate with spirits. Together…

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Dead Magic Cover Reveal and Pre-Order!

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Ta-da! Dead Magic‘s cover has been revealed! I have been chomping at the bit to show you the cover for Dead Magic (Ingenious Mechanical Devices #4). I think this my favorite cover yet.

So what is Dead Magic about? Well, it stars our young, scarred scientist, Immanuel Winter, along with his dashing boyfriend and of course, his unwilling soulmate, Emmeline Jardine, as they face the forces of darkness once again.

Immanuel wants nothing more than a peaceful life as a scientist, but his happiness is short-lived when his past demons refuse to go quietly. As body-snatching spirits attack and creatures rise from the dead, he fears his sanity is slipping. Burdened with strange new powers, he struggles to hide them from his lover for fear of losing the only person he trusts.
But the woman who shares his soul has a secret of her own. Disillusioned with her life, Emmeline turns to a handsome suitor who offers her a world of limitless possibilities at an exclusive club. Rumors swirl of occult rituals and magic, and Emmeline soon fears he desires more than just her love.
Something wicked is heading for London that threatens to destroy everything Emmeline and Immanuel hold dear. And it wants more than secrets.

Add it to your Goodreads to-be-read list here.

And I set up a pre-order for Dead Magic. It’s official release day is November 10th, 2016! You can pre-order it here. You can read the unedited first chapter here.

Spread the word and tell your friends Dead Magic will be arriving, and its an entrance you won’t soon forget.

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The Courtesan’s Avenger (Desertera #2) Cover Reveal

Check out my friend Kate M. Colby’s cover reveal for The Courtesan’s Avenger. It’s gorgeous and I can’t wait to read it.

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Hello, everyone! Today, I’m pleased to present the cover and book description for The Courtesan’s Avenger (Desertera #2).

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A courtesan on a mission. A brothel ravished by greed. A murder to avenge.

Dellwyn Rutt loves her life as a courtesan. For years, she has enjoyed the simple pleasures and lavish gifts of her trade. Now she wants more: the title of madam.

But Madam Huxley, the brothel’s current proprietor, refuses to name a successor—a problem that is amplified by the legalization of adultery. As the new law sends lusty clients flocking to the brothel, Madam Huxley’s greed grows unchecked at the workers’ expense. Only one outsider seems to care: a self-proclaimed prophet who won’t rest until the unholy institution is abolished.

After weeks of abuse, Dellwyn desperately seeks a way to subdue Madam Huxley’s tyranny. But when another courtesan is murdered, Dellwyn must set her struggles aside and solve the…

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4 Reasons Why You Should Write Steampunk

I wrote a guest blog on Mariella Hunt’s website about why you should write steampunk. Check it out here!

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Before I get into my reasons for why you should try writing a story set in a steampunk world, I should probably explain what steampunk is. Honestly, there is no set definition for steampunk, but it tends to be a story set in a world reminiscent of the past but with anachronistically advanced technology, attitudes, fashion, or all of the above. Think of the movie Wild Wild West or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Many of these stories are set in an alternate version of the late-eighteen hundreds, but some are in a neo-Victorian future or something completely different that still hints at steampunk’s Victorian origins. The genre is open and growing and waiting for more authors to explore it.

Still unsure? Well, here are a few why you should write a steampunk story:

  1. Half of your world-building is already done. Even if your world is mostly from…

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Interview with Kara Jorgensen

Here is an interview I did with Sailing to the Moon!

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In celebration of #readselfpublished this month, we’re interviewing several successful self-published authors. Here’s our interview with Kara Jorgensen, author of The Ingenious Mechanical Devices series (which can be found here)

  • How did you get into writing?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always written stories. When I was ten, I started writing fan fiction and would slip the new installments to my aunt as she got ready for work. During high school, as things got hectic, my writing tapered off. It wasn’t until I was at college that I really got into writing again. I had originally began as a biology major, but one of my professors suggested submitting a short story to the university’s literary magazine. My story was accepted, and I never stopped writing after that. I became an English major in addition to biology and later went to grad school for creative writing. Now, I’m working…

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