A self-published author’s work really only begins once she’s written the book, added a cover and formatting, and found the appropriate channels for selling it. Then the work of telling the world (and not just the friends and relatives) begins. Where to market it? How? How much to spend? How do you know if it the expense was worth it?
Actually, I think the answer to the last question is the easy one. Have you cleared expenses (formatting, cover, editing) and made a profit?
That aside, the name of the game is marketing. I’ve tried various sites at various price points (Fiverr, Free Kindle Books and Tips,Smartbitchestrashybooks, Dear Author to name a few) with up-and-down results. So, on to the next one, ereadernewstoday.com.
I’ll be advertising T’s Trial for 99 cents there on Friday, May 22. In the meantime, the Kindle edition is already at 99 cents and will be through Tuesday. So, here’s hoping the best marketing can work now: word of mouth.
There is no marketing better than the recommendation of a fellow reader. And for that, I thank you.
Bo’s Beauty went live this weekend for both Kindle and Nook. In it, I’m able to not only give the remaining bachelor band member his romance, but also help Fletcher, the band manager, come to a resolution with his first love. He’s chased her all over Australia, but will he be able to catch her in California? As to Bo’s Beauty, she’s proving to be elusive as well.
Ian’s Image, the fifth of my Bone Cold–Alive series, is now available for download for Kindle and will be available for Nook and at CreateSpace soon.
“He should have been a concert violinist…
Ian Murray shucks the McMurray name the night he leaves Portland, Maine, and his family. His dreams weren’t theirs. He may return periodically, but they never acknowledge what he’s become, a top musician in the top rock band. He may have made a fortune, but money can’t buy the one thing he longs for.
She was never his equal…
Bostonian cellist Phillipa Gray envied Johnny McMurray his talent on the violin, the way his music teased her on her summer trips to her grandmother’s. Their families drove them apart once, but when she hears the sweetness of his strings again, the years fall away.
Life isn’t fair and sometimes the time isn’t right. Can they look beyond Ian’s image, not to the way it once was but the way it should have been all along?”
It’s a rocky road to love for Ian and Phillipa. Each family thinks the other beneath them. During one fateful summer week, Ian and Phillipa find themselves at “home” and find that staying apart was easy. It’s being together that could prove the most difficult.
I’ve started the new year with a new book! Ron’s Run is available in the Amazon Kindle store. While it is the fourth in the Bone Cold–Alive series, I believe it stands on its own. The back cover copy:
“Guilt drives him away…
Drummer Ron Gregory isn’t responsible for the tragedy which encompasses his family when he’s a teen, but they make him feel like he is. He runs away… to New Orleans, to gambling, to a life of irresponsibility. It’s a sorry combination, easy living and bad luck. Now he’s broke, in danger, and hiding at band manager Levi Fletcher’s Texas cabin.
She shouldn’t feel guilty…
British fashion photographer Bettina Montgomery is shocked to learn that her biological father is Levi Fletcher. Temptation may drive her to his cabin, but her quick reflexes give her the photo of a lifetime: a nude Ron Gregory! She won’t give it up until he straightens out his life, even if that means risking her heart all across Texas.
Which will be surrendered first: the photo, her secret, or the end of Ron’s Run?”
I hope you download a copy and enjoy!
I have the covers for my next two books in the Bone Cold–Alive series, Ron’s Run and Ian’s Image.
Drummer Ron Gregory has gambled away most of his wealth and then, just when he decides to straighten out his life with one final payment, he’s tricked into almost losing not only his livelihood, but also his manhood. It takes fashion photographer Bettina Montgomery to push him into righting a series of past wrongs. And if there’s love along the way? So much the better.
Ian Murray began life as Johnny McMurray, but when his family spurned his growing love for the girl the next door, he changed his name and redirected his talent. Even now as a top musician in the top rock band, he can’t earn their respect. But when Phillipa Gray, the girl next door, shows up again, he decides what’s past is past. There’s a future they both deserve and should never have been deprived of. Now he just has to convince her.
I was absolutely overwhelmed when the five day free period was over for T’s Trial. Over 4000 copies were downloaded!
Selfishly, I hope these translate into four-figure sales for the rest of the series, C’s Comeuppance and Tib’s Temptation, currently available. Coming soon: Ron’s Run, Ian’s Image and Bo’s Beauty.
Realistically, I know that I download a free book and then may take months to get around to reading it. So, it may be a while before things get cranking up. In the meantime, it’s write!
T’s Trial is now free through Sunday, September 14, on Amazon Kindle and Kindle app. I hope you download and enjoy it and want to know more about the rest of the band. The series consists of six books, with three of them now available.
I’m proud to announce that Tib’s Temptation, the third book in the Bone Cold–Alive series is now available for download at Amazon. CreateSpace should follow shortly.
From the back cover:
“He is invisible.
Game Warden Tib Wilson moves smoothly through the community he serves, raising no eyebrows now that the woman he loves has found happiness with another. But his complacency is about to end with the arrival of a tall blonde with an attitude.
She is desperate.
Assuming the job as head of media for the Bone Cold–Alive organization less than a week before Eddie C’s wedding is a headache SC Ward could have done without–if she wasn’t so desperate. Finding herself a stone’s throw from the end of the world is bad enough, but being attracted to a good man–the game warden, no less!–is a complication any woman could do without.Welcome back to Jinks, Texas, where the weekend is in full swing. There’s fuel aplenty for the gossips, but everyone’s eyes are on Tib’s Temptation.”
And of course, the ever important–and gorgeous–cover!
The second of my Bone Cold–Alive novels, C’s Comeuppance, is now for sale on Amazon. It will be in print through CreateSpace as soon as I approve the proof, probably in less than a week.
I’m still debating on whether or not to make it part of the Kindle Select program, wherein it can’t be for sale anywhere else for 90 days. I’ve done that with the first in the series, T’s Trial, because I want to offer it at a greatly reduced rate in September, hopefully after I get the third one up, Tib’s Temptation. I’m just waiting on a cover tweak for it.
In C, we have the story of the other Samuels twin, Eddie C, bad boy and womanizer, egocentric to the heavens. He feels that brother T has deserted him by marrying–and being happy!–so he’s made a nuisance of himself. T challenges him to get his own life and C sets about doing that, first of all tangling with real estate agent Jemma Lovelace, then going back to California for a misbegotten love affair with former fling Abby Sander. Things don’t go well for C in California and he returns to Jinks, Texas, determined to find the happiness his brother has.
C has to jump through some hoops before it all straightens out and the Fates have more than one surprise in store for him before he gets his final comeuppance and happiness.
The back cover blurb:
“A lost man…
Eddie C Samuels’ world has crashed before, but nothing to compare to his twin brother Eddie T finding the redeeming love of a good woman. C makes a nuisance of himself until T challenges him to live his own life.
A trapped woman…
Realtor Jemma Lovelace finds the man on the opposite side of her desk both appalling and obnoxious. He says he wants a house, but it soon becomes apparent he’s seeking a home–and he has her in his sights to obtain it.
Will they be each other’s salvation–or ruin?
Welcome back to Jinks, Texas. Just as life settles into a new normal, Eddie C disrupts it again–but this time he may get his comeuppance.”
I published T’s Trial yesterday on Amazon. It’s exciting to be updating and tightening the novels I’ve previously written. I can see not only how greatly the technology has changed but also how my voice has strengthened and become more concise.
I’ve already reviewed and had professionally edited the next two in the Bone Cold–Alive series, C’s Comeuppance (previously Jemma’s Heart) and Tib’s Temptation (Sara’s Soul). You can see that I’m changing the emphasis from the heroine to the heroes and the covers will most definitely reflect that.
Please check out the book–literally if you’ve already read it! I’ve put it in the Select Program so it’s available for the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.
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