Friday, December 30, 2011

2012

So I've decided to not make any resolutions for 2012, because I never do them. 
So instead this year I have ideas, or goals I would like to do. 
Here is my 2012 list.

1. Enjoy my one year anniversary of my marriage and every moment before and after spent with my husband.
2. 10000 downloads/sales of my books.
3. Publish four full length novels.
4. Make my first attempt at humor writing.
5. Lose 10 pounds (as per usual this time of year)
6. Spend time making others happy, specifically those two friends who are getting married!
7. Reach 1000 followers on twitter.
8. Have people follow my books and really love the characters inside them.
9. Read 25 novels.
10. Make a career change (towards writing more, being stressed less)
11. Love my puppies every day.
12. Spend time with family and friends.
13. Take one trip out of the country.
14. Laugh more, cry less.

Here's to a fabulous 2012! Cheers! -B

Friday, December 23, 2011

Reveal: One week update

So I've decided to keep you posted on how my indie published novel Reveal is doing, one week out, one month out... so on an so forth. I know a lot of you who read my blog are indies yourself and maybe waiting to take the publishing plunge once you see how it goes for someone else.

First point of advice, don't. Selling books is total luck.

Read what other people say, it's important, but press publish as soon as your work is the best it will ever be. 

In the first week since Reveal has gone live I've gotten eight reviews all four and five stars with one three star that was still a very positive review. I've been featured on twelve blogs, all highlighting excellent things about my book. I've probably had more than 75 RTs about the book. There's been three giveaways, one with more than 100 entries. And I have sold 12 books.

I started with the price at $2.99- what I intend to sell it for. I then dropped it to $.99 for the holidays. It will be available at this price through the new year. January 2nd the price will go back up. We'll see how this special promotion goes.

So far, I don't know that I've been particularly lucky. I wish I was luckier actually. I promised Santa on Kindle Boards that if I made it into the top 10,000 on Kindle I will find a reindeer and kiss it. That is a serious promise... (goes to find zoo lists), but one that I doubt will happen, I only have two days to make that happen.

In three weeks I will tell you where I'm at. By then my current WIP will be more than half done, perhaps totally done.

The best advice anyone can give you is... keep writing. The more books you have out there the better chance you have at getting noticed. Just make sure you love them as much as the first book you put out, just for different reasons. My goal is to put out four books next year. I'll let you know how that goes.

For now, I have my fingers and toes crossed.

Thanks for all your support!
B


Friday, December 9, 2011

Reveal Blog Tour: Yep, I wrote a book

You wrote a book?

So when I look at people and tell them what I do for a living, for the first time in my life on December 16th I can say, I'm an author.

I started writing books in the fourth grade, I won a big local award and I'm actually using one of the characters from that story in my book. I continued write, just not like before, school, sports and other activities got in the way.

And then college happened and I hardly had time to eat and sleep let alone write a book. Showering became a things of the past.  Again ideas were thrown around, but it didn't really happen.

Then I started working a full time job, and although I'm dedicated to my writing, I just can't do it like some other authors can. There isn't any 6am writing happening in this house. The only thing I'm doing at 6am is looking at the inside of my eyelids.

So I was teaching 2nd grade, loving it and then my school had to do massive layoffs. I lost my job and decided I needed to do something with my time.  What pray tell does a teacher do without work and a whole summer to stare at a screen with no jobs available on it?  Write a book and in my opinion a freaking good one at that.

My inspiration

I know I'm supposed to write some sort of long winded tale about how I've always wanted to become a geneticist, but if I did I'd be lying. I barely passed 8th grade biology (the only class I ever got detention from). So why genetic mutation? Why Cryptids?

Honestly? And you can't mock me! I was watching a Bones episode on the Chupacabra and said, "Hey what is that?" And so says Google, "a cryptid." So then I look at hubs and say, "I'm going to write a book on crytpids." And God bless him he says, "Good luck." And so began my journey to write Reveal and Ignite.

I really like to write

So much so that I'm trying to make my job flexible so that I can write more. I have plans to put four more books out in 2012, not all centering around Shay and her cryptid background.  So friends, just wait and see, there's a lot more in store for you.



Get ready for the blog tour starting NOW! Tomorrow visit
for my guest post on Indie Writing and a review of Reveal!
 Also there will be a super giveaway!

xoxox
B