It’s sometimes easy to forget that I’m not writing just for my own guilty pleasure. By putting my writing “out there,” I’m including others—inviting others to my private party. Not acknowledging the subscribers to my newsletter and readers is sort of like inviting people to my barbecue where there’s a ton of food because I like to cook, but not hanging around to chat.
I got a new review today on Stuck With You. I’d been warned not to interact with reviewers. I was told its “off-putting” (which sounds a lot like a pudding made with sour milk.) But this reader e-mailed me to tell me she left a review, so I felt it only polite to write her back and thank her…and send her a coupon for another one of my books. Yeah, I do stuff like that. That’s one of the main reasons I don’t have paperback books—I end up giving them all away and it costs me money. But e-books are easy to share, so I love that.
Here’s the review:
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This was the first one of Kristy’ s books for me. It was a lighthearted, refreshing romance, and had me rooting for both Whit and Andie to find their way to each other. I highly recommend this book and would love to see it start a series.
So, to all the new subscribers, to all those who read my books and write reviews—thanks for joining me. I’m having a wonderful time and I hope you are, too. And if you like what I’m dishing up, please tell your friends. The more the merrier.
Last September, I set a goal to have something exciting happening in my writer’s world each month. Every single month I need to have something to share in my newsletter and something to promote. I use this list of promotional sites. And yes, it takes me a long time, but it’s worth it. Someday I hope to make enough that I can justify hiring a virtual assistant.
Publicity Blogs To Notify For Promos (Free, Bargain, Regular Price as well as National and International):
http://addictedtoebooks.com (day of)
http://www.amazon.com/forum/meet our authors/ref=cm_cd_tfp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx2UYC1FC06SU8S&cdThread=Tx26GH5ZWBDFOMN
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHI3UVVZdTZkWUo3d2w3aDExbXk5MEE6MQ – gid=0
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dDZHTlg2cUlySDF3QUN6Z2RISlV1Umc6MQ – gid=0
mailto:email@example.com (Kindle Fire Dept)
Since that decision, my sales have grown from a trickle to a nice stream. (I’m shooting for a deluge.) My books now make more in a week than I used to make in an entire year.
In September, I published Beyond the Pale, the final book in my Beyond series. I really do love this story, but I was afraid others wouldn’t “get” my ending. Fortunately, everyone who has read it tells me that they love it. It’s sort of out there. I love it, but I’m okay if it causes a lot of head scratching. So far, it’s only gotten glowing reviews. (But it only has three. If anyone wants a free read in exchange for an honest review, please let me know.)
And my novel The Rhyme’s Library, a 2013 Kindle Book Review semifinalist, was free for five days starting August 3rd. This resulted in more than 15,000 downloads and more than 100 sales of my other books. This was a turning point for me.
In October, my novel Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent was published in a boxed set of YA paranormal stories. The Authors of Main Street released our bestselling Christmas on Main Street in November (it’s still available, but only for a few days.) In December, my short story Anywhere Else was included in an anthology of 101 short stories by indie authors and I published The Highwayman Incident.
I dropped the price of A Ghost of a Second Chance to .99 cents in February. Since it’s the first book in my Rose Arbor series, it’s increased the sale of my other Rose Arbor books. In March, I hope to publish my novel, The Cowboy Encounter, the sequel to The Highwayman Incident. But seeing how my stepmother died and I leave for her funeral tomorrow, that release date has been pushed back. Because life and death sometimes get in the way of my writing. And that’s okay.
This summer, people I love got married, my twin daughters left for missions to Taiwan and Uruguay, a grandbaby was born, another was conceived after 3 failed pregnancies. I went to Asia, Colorado, Nevada, Washington and Utah. (Okay, Asia was in May, which is technically the spring, but still.)
I love that I live in this modern age of book publishing that allows me to still have the career of my dreams and have it fit in with my sometimes busy, always wonderful, amazing life. I’m so grateful–not just for the writing and publishing part, but for the readers who have come for the ride. Thank you.