Happy book birthday to me! My tenth published novel is now live in both ebook and paperback formats, and is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!
I know I’ve promised a post on promo materials, and that’s coming soon, but I’ve been absolutely swamped with design clients, and post-water-leak reconstruction around the house, and of course release day prep, so bear with me. I swear it’s coming.
In the meantime, I’ve been posting giveaway teasers over on my Facebook Author Page for the last two weeks, and it’s time to reveal the whole prize pack! Beginning tomorrow, this will be up for grabs via rafflecopter for The Stillness of the Sky blog tour! [Read more…]
Another week, another post. This time, we’re talking about the advertising costs associated with book sales. Admittedly, this is the part I hate. I don’t know many people that like the marketing part of selling books, honestly. I die a little inside every time I share a promo post on Facebook or tweet out a link to my book. Mostly, it’s because I don’t feel like being my friend comes with the requirement of buying my books. I know a certain portion of my social media network is there only to hear about my books, but… yeah. Really not my favorite thing to do, and I’m probably a terrible salesman, but I’m getting a little better with the not-throwing-up-in-my-mouth thing when I do promo.
So why do it? The things above are free. It doesn’t cost me a cent to tweet my book or post to my Facebook author page. I still do it, because how else will people find out about my books if I don’t tell them?
With the holidays upon us, I wanted to do something special for my readers to show my appreciation for all their support over the last few months. I came up with a little idea and rounded up a group of awesome authors, and here we are!
I know I said I was going to talk about editing next time, but after thinking about it for a few days, I thought there might still be some questions regarding hiring someone to do a cover for you. In the last post, I gave some tips on how to make the DIY method cheaper, but I felt like I needed to go into a little more detail about the process of working with someone else for the cover, especially for those just starting out.
Hey, guys! I’m very excited to be participating in the book tour for Pippa Jay’s When Dark Falls today. I know it’s been a while since I’ve given you a superhero fix, so if you’re looking for one, your search is over! Check this out: [Read more…]
So I introduced this series a little over a week ago, and I’m coming back to you with some preliminary data from my cost/recoup survey. Keep in mind that I’m pulling from a relatively small cross-section of the publishing writer population, so I don’t have access to huge amounts of data. For that, you should look up the Author Earnings Report headed by Hugh Howey, or look at findings from Digital Book World’s articles on past surveys they’ve conducted (they’re in the midst of collecting survey data again for those interested). I did take the DBW survey this morning, and after answering the questions, I was able to get a look at the collected responses, so I’ll include some of that here.