Regina Y. Swint
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"Thanks, so much. That is helpful. I was afraid of as much about the sales through those particular outlets.  I, too, have a certain level of concern about the behemoth that is Amazon, but I'm trying to work within the systems that I…"
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Petrea Burchard replied to the discussion 'Ingram Spark: Good or Bad?' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"This could be just me, but I'll tell you my experience. I used Smashwords. It's free and very easy. I had a designer put the book into InDesign before I uploaded, so it looks professional and not just a pdf uploaded from my…"
Sep 27, 2013
Regina Y. Swint replied to the discussion 'Ingram Spark: Good or Bad?' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"That's great to hear, Petrea.  And I agree that online chat is just as useful and phone contact. In fact, I prefer online chats to phone contact help (unless they have the call me back feature), because it usually takes too dang…"
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Petrea Burchard replied to the discussion 'Ingram Spark: Good or Bad?' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"They were very helpful. Charming, sure. Some services have online chat, which works out as something between a phone call and an email. I've found that to be useful at times with services other than publishing."
Sep 26, 2013
Regina Y. Swint replied to the discussion 'Ingram Spark: Good or Bad?' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"Petrea, That is so cool. I can't imagine why all services don't have live help, at least for a few hours a day. Guess it all boils down to money and costs to run a business. But I hate the thought of not talking to a live person,…"
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Petrea Burchard replied to the discussion 'Ingram Spark: Good or Bad?' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"I was surprised to find that CreateSpace had live help, and they were very responsive! They have a system on the website where you can click to have someone call you. You choose "right now" or "in five minutes." And they do!…"
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Regina Y. Swint replied to the discussion 'Ingram Spark: Good or Bad?' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"Hi, Petrea, Yes, it's another one of those little branch outs from big Ingram.  I have both a Lightning Source and Ingram Spark account.  The Ingram Spark account does the e-books, but the regular Lightning Source doesn't. …"
Sep 26, 2013

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Who I am:
I'm a writer, also serving in the U.S. Army, and owner of a new publishing house, New Renaissance Ink, LLC. I'm here to learn, share, and to become better at my craft. I'd also like to learn to write screenplays. I have tons of ideas in my head. Hopefully, I can help others, too.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
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Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
The Other Side of 30
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Blog Posts
Services I offer to other writers:
I can offer honest critiques and feedback to other writers. Once my publishing house is on its feet, I'll be accepting and considering work for publication.
I found out about She Writes from:
Reading an article by publicist Lauren Cerand

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The Backspace Writers Conference Experience ~ Smells Like Success Waiting to Happen

Posted on June 9, 2012 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

I recently attended the Backspace Writers Conference in New York City, from 24-26 May 2012, and I'd recommend it to anyone who can find the time and money to invest in it.  I believe this is true for those who are looking to self-publish or go the traditional route.

This was my first conference, and I met a lot of other first-timers, too, including one my fellow…


Eye on the Prize ~ Keep Reading, Writing and Reaching!

Posted on March 3, 2012 at 3:00pm 2 Comments

It's a sad reality that sometimes, the people from whom you expect to get the most support and encouragement will be the ones who will be the wet blankets at your picnic.  If not that, then choose the cliche most to your liking.  Wet blanket at your picnic, rain on your parade, or just plain naysayers to everything and anything at which you put forth some effort.  Maybe they don't even realize they're bringing you down, and maybe they do.

And unfortunately, that includes family,…


Weird, Creepy, Socially Inept...Writers and Others

Posted on February 6, 2012 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

I guess I just don't understand the creepy weirdness of some people.  Some creepy weirdness, I get.  I am, after all, an artist.

I tell myself that perhaps a few generations ago, it might have been the "in" thing to be a complete social recluse of a writer.  It made the authors mysterious, and by extension, some kind of cool.  I suppose.

In the days of writers and artists like Poe, Fitzgerald, Hemingway,…


Take Your Writing Seriously, So That Others Will, Too

Posted on January 15, 2012 at 4:00pm 21 Comments

Here is your main take-away from this post:

Serious writers should strive NOT to be junk peddlers.  Self-published/Indie authors have the worst reputations for being junk peddlers. 

If you're going to make a business of your writing, it's very important that you do your part to change that perception.  Do your best to make your writing worth someone's time and…


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At 10:21am on May 5, 2012, Judith Marshall said…

Doing some clean-up today.  Did you ever write a review of my book?  If so, where?  And if not, I'd appreciate a line or two on Amazon.



At 4:48pm on April 24, 2012, Rebecca Lane Beittel said…

Hey Ry,

I haven't been on SheWrites much lately.  Been busy doing my own "thang" I suppose.  I'm curious as to what my SheWrites friends are up to, writing-wise, though.  Right now, I'm waiting to hear back from 2 agents who have requested my full manuscript of The Time Minders.  I'm still working on Kingdoms of Blood & Magic, but not as diligently as I should, since I've been querying/submitting for the TTM, doing scads of tutoring at my daughters' school and work for our church's youth group.  How about YOU? 

At 1:56pm on February 24, 2012, Jessica Vealitzek said…

Hi Regina - did you see Maria Murnane is speaking at Backspace? We'll have to remember to check it out. 

At 7:07pm on February 20, 2012, Carol Hand said…

" My past is where my writing gets its energy..."

I think that's true for me too. Sometimes I like to play the "What if" game with myself, "What if I hadn't moved in with that boyfriend when I was 18," "What if I had gone straight to college instead of going straight into the work world," "What if I hadn't gone to college," What if I had never had my kids," "Would life be much simpler?" "Would I still be the person I am today?"

I have made mistakes, like everyone else, I have regrets for those mistakes, but I wouldn't change a thing about how my life has transpired up until now. It's made me who I am today, and I like me. :o) I love my kids, I have a good job, good family and friends. I wouldn't change the good or the bad about my past because my life experiences have changed me in positive ways. I have a stronger faith, I am more compassionate, less judgmental, and wiser, and humble enough to say I'm still learning. Also, I discovered how much I love to write, and am more creative than ever. I feel my past has shaped that.

So I'm with you, I hope I'm never so 'well adjusted' that I can't look back. :o)

At 7:57pm on February 19, 2012, Carol Hand said…

Thanks Regina. I'm a seriously green beginner here. Any tips, or links to guide for beginning writers are welcome. I must say, I'm not a beginner writer, but a beginner non-technical/non-audit related writer. :o)

At 9:46pm on January 24, 2012, Lisa W. Rosenberg said…

Thanks Regina!  And also for the comment.  I'll post about the conference on the thread I started.  I thought I did already, but I'm losing track of where I write what!  Does that happen to you?  I like your site by the way! 

At 8:07am on January 9, 2012, Deborah Batterman said…

The New Renaissance Ink website looks great, Regina. Now that I feel days away (literally) from finishing my novel, I can take some time to breathe . . .and catch up. Best Wishes for a Fruitful New Year.

At 12:17am on December 22, 2011, Andrea Heiberg said…

Thanks! Only great chats with great participants, right? Have a good journey and a Merry Christmas.

At 9:28am on December 16, 2011, Judith Marshall said…

Belize, Wow!  Lucky you.

At 6:56pm on December 15, 2011, Judith Marshall said…

Hey, Regina.  Did you finish "Husbands May Come and Go," yet?

Happy Holidays!




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