It's funny what a kind word or gesture can do. A friend calling you awesome when your feeling down can put a smile on your face. Someone holding a door for you instead of slamming it in your face can make a difference. Someone contacting you to say they really enjoyed the novel you wrote can brighten your day, week and month. Someone saying please and thank you goes a long way.
Tax season has come and gone. This is the first time I’ve been a self-published author during tax season. My tax person informed me that self-publishing is a business—which I already knew. My tax person also informed me that I now own my own business. I guess I never looked at it that way before. I’ve sold a few books but not a massive amount—not enough to say I own my own business. My tax person helped me see it in a new light. I am now proud to say I own my own business. I am also proud of what I’ve accomplished so far. I’m sure other self-publishing authors feel the same way.
I love to write and since I couldn’t find an agent to represent me I decided to represent myself by self-publishing. I have to say it’s frustrating at times coming up with the money to pay editors and proofreaders and cover artist. It’s also rewarding when people take time out of their busy schedules to leave reviews on my work. Reading a review where someone really enjoyed my novel makes me know it was all worth it.
Now that I have thrown myself into the world of self-publishing I can see what other self-published authors go through. I just wanted to give a shout out to them for all their hard work. I have great respect for self-published authors and for the great work they are doing.
Thanks for reading.
I'm new to self-publishing and have been experimenting with marketing and advertising. I have decided to enroll in KDP Select for the next 90 days. I will no longer be able to showcase my novels on iBooks or Kobo, and they will only be available in paperback form at Barnes & Noble. Even though that is the case I am still excited to see what my results will be joining KDP Select.
I have read other blogs where authors have done similar experiments. Some have done great worldwide and others have done great just using KDP Select.
Once my experiment is over I will post the outcome. Maybe my experiment will help other new authors decide where they should showcase their novels. Ninety days goes by really fast, so it will be over before you or I know it.
Just a quick blog. Thanks for reading.
Smashwords is running a month long promotion. My novel, I WISH I COULD REMEMBER YOU, will be offered on their site for free. My latest novel, EXTINCTION OF ALL CHILDREN, will be 50% off. The promotional sale starts July 1 and ends July 31.
At checkout use coupon code: FB99R for EXTINCTION OF ALL CHILDREN. Use coupon code: GV22F for I WISH I COULD REMEMBER YOU.
Hurry before the discount is over. Happy reading!
I'm excited to announce my next novel has been released. Extinction Of All Children, is a young adult dystopian/fantasy novel and I'm happy to say it is out now as an e-book. The paperback edition will be released in a few days. You can find it on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and Createspace.
My last novel was adult romance/women's contemporary fiction so I was excited to write something in the young adult genre.
I really enjoyed writing it and I hope anyone who reads it will enjoy it as well.
My month long blog book tour for my novel, I Wish I Could Remember You, is over now and I'm sorry to see it end. If was fun to read reviews from bloggers even if some reviews were not the four star or even three star review I was hoping for. What I did take from this experience was how to not let bad reviews get me down. Everyone has different tastes which means not everyone will like my novel.
Now on to the results. I didn't see many sales from this blog tour but I did gain a few reviews. I would have liked to have seen both but I will take what I can get, so I'm happy to have the reviews.
Would I do another another book tour? I probably would but next time I probably wouldn't go for a month long tour. It was a bit pricey for the amount of book sales I received and the reviews I received from it.
But I would do maybe a one week, or two week tour, which would be cheaper.
Would I go with BookBear again? Yes, I would. They promoted my book on Twitter and Facebook and in their newsletter like they said they would. They also put my novel in front of bloggers to review like they said they would. The organizer of my tour was Alice, and I have to say she was wonderful to work with. Anytime I had a question or concern she emailed me back right away and took care of my problem. She went above and beyond many times, so I would go with their services again.
Well those are the results of my blog book tour. Thanks for reading.
My month long blog book tour starts May 9, 2016. I did research on the internet regarding blog tours. I looked at several blog tour companies while trying to decide which one to go with. It was hard finding reviews for some of the companies but I finally decided to go with BookBear. I have read articles that blog tours have been good for some authors but other authors not so much. I wanted to take the plunge and see for myself. I guess it can’t hurt because any exposure at all is good, but if you hear me screaming it means it’s not going so well. lol. I will write another post once the month is over to let you know how well it goes and if it helped me gain any sales. If not like I said before exposure of any kind is always a good thing, so I will be happy if I just receive a few reviews out of it.
Have you ever worked on a manuscript for months and months and thought you had caught every mistake or error? After you received feedback from your editor or beta reader you realized you had more work to do. Sometimes when this happens to me I have a tiny temper tantrum in my head. I think why did I ever try to write a novel? What made me think I could do this? I have to take a small break (by small I mean a few days—lol) and then I can get back to writing and making changes. Sometimes a break is needed so I can adjust my attitude and get back to doing what I love—writing.
My first novel was released a little over a week ago and I am excited but a little overwhelmed. Now I have to learn to advertise and market my novel. The whole process brings me back to being overwhelmed. If anyone knows any good tips for marketing and advertising let me know. If I find any good resources I will do the same for you.
Thanks for reading my first blog post.
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