Friday, January 27, 2012

Wild Aslyum: First look!

So some of you know I'm currently working on Capture as well as writing 
a second shorter series, the Asylum Volumes.
Here's a special preview of the first book's cover! Book will be released in May, 
stay tuned for special previews and details.
Please let me know what you think, leave a comment
or tweet at me!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday Words: Tips from Indie Authors Part 2

More AWESOME tips from great authors!

@colintaber and Rachel Forde
It would have been good if I'd joined up on Kindleboards sooner.
There's lots to learn here, perhaps not all of it good, but overall it's worth it. There's certainly some great people here to meet and fantastic reads to discover.

Dara England
I wish I'd realized self-published ebooks can actually sell. If I'd known that, I'd have started down this road a year sooner than I did. But no, I was envisioning only a tiny handful of sales, hardly enough to be worth the effort, and I was very wrong about that.

Nick Steckel
I wish I'd done my research and known what the norms were for Kindle before just diving in and publishing. I also wish I'd known to edit my books and have them professionally edited before publishing them. Of course, the former would have taken care of the latter.

Laura Lond
I wish I had known about KDP back in 2009. I would not have wasted a year on querying agents and publishers, would not have signed with a substandard publisher, would not have to pull the book and re-do it myself. I'd probably be earning far more right now, too.

M. G. Edwards
I would say...balancing writing with marketing (social media) is key. It's really easy to spend too much time building a following on social media (like Kindleboards) and too little actually writing.

I echo the comments about agents and sending paperback copies to reviewers all over the world. So true. I wasted a lot of time and money. As far as promoting, I really like the power of free. Setting my book Ain't No Sunshine for free for a month garnered the most sales from anything I have ever done. I also like giveaways on LibraryThing. I consider those priceless advertising that you don't even have to pay for.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this little experiment!

Come on back on Friday for a special announcement!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Post Free: For Writers

So after reading a TON of data I decided to make REVEAL free in order to help it's viability spot and hopefully gain more readers since it's a series. I have a small audience in YA SciFi Fantasy and I needed to get my book in front of more of them.
I initially had decided to go free only for one day, but after I enlisted the help of ENT I realized we had a problem because for some reason, the link was wrong. So Ignite, my free short story went ballistic for the second time this month with over 2k in downloads and I added a free day to REVEAL because ENT said they could promote REVEAL the following day.
ENT posted REVEAL on Friday and within a few hours I had over 2500 downloads and was solidly 200 free in the Kindle Store and 3 in YA SciFi Fantasy.  I ended the two day run with over 3300 downloads total.

Day 1 after promo ended: At first my rank went to some crazy number like 277,000 and then it dropped pretty quickly to 13,000. I had approx 25 sales yesterday at $2.99 making it my best day yet. I peaked at 3,894 and I was in the Top 100 YA SciFi Fantasy for most of the day.
Day 2: I've only sold 2 books today and I applied for a YA promotion to keep my spot in the top 5,000 in the kindle store.

This week I should have two ads running which I hope will continue my sales and solidify my spot in the Top 100.

Final thoughts, I think the going free trend works better in adult fiction, and not right before a weekend. My cover, blurb and reviews are all solid and so far every reader I've heard from has been more than pleased. Hopefully those 3k people who downloaded REVEAL will be hooked by the ending and read CAPTURE in March.

YA writers, similar results? Or am I way off target?

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Did you know that I have a little gift for my cryptids out there?
REVEAL is free today and tomorrow!
Please tell EVERYONE you know!
Here's a link, just in case you need it...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday Words: Tips from Indie Authors Part 1

Current WIP: Capture (Book 2 in the Cryptid Tales)

I asked a bunch of authors what they wished they had known prior to getting in the writing business, here is what they had to say:

My tip: How to stay motivated in writing
Take an hour a day and focus on what you need to do.
1st 15mins Outline: Have a general or detailed idea depending on the type of writer you are of what you're going to write that day
Next 30mins Write like your hands are on fire: Do not stop, do not read it, do not edit, just write
Lat 15mins Reread and edit, this will save you time later during the big editing phase
The more that you've accomplished the more you'll want to sit down and write

Wish I hadn't spent as much time promoting when I published my first couple of books and had spent those precious hours writing instead. A lesson hard learned, but a mistake I won't make twice. Being prolific is healthier to the longevity of a writer's career than the number of one's twitter followers.

I wish I hadn't spent time emailing agents, especially doing the research to look for good matches and adding personal touches to the letters.  What a pointless exercise that was.

R M Rowan
I wish I'd known that setting deadlines for yourself is important - even in self publishing.

I wish I knew how much fun this was going to be. I would have done it sooner.

I think it was my sixth ebook when I finally learned that supplying an untapped, but hungry niche, is the surest way to earn steady sales. I realized that I had to marry my passions with starving audience's needs in order to build a sustainable business model. Trying to write the next best seller in a crowded market led to finding out the hard way that "results are not typical, individual results may vary.

Todd Thorne
I'd say that it's all too tempting to believe success equates to cold, hard numbers of sales. Especially when starting out. In reality, success is when you keep pursuing your passion for writing.

I'm going to agree with Kevis. I used to spend a lot of time worrying about Twitter, blogging, doing giveaways, whatever. If I had spent all that time writing, I could have probably gotten another book (or two!) out last year. And I would have saved hundreds of dollars on giveaways.
Also, don't send paperback copies of your book to every blogger you can find online. Shipping costs are outrageous (especially to those little reviewers in places like New Zealand), and you can get plenty of reviews just by sending out ebooks. While I treasure the relationships I got from that expensive mistake, there were much more profitable things I could have done with the money.

I wish I had known how important a good editing team is for an author's work. That would have saved me a few 1-stars, worry, fretting, and stress with my early releases. However, without the income and fans from those early releases, I probably wouldn't have had such a strong opening on my first fantasy book; many people who read my earlier stuff became "True Fans" and continued into my new books. So, it's not a regret by any means. I would have done things a little differently knowing what I know now to improve my current situation, but I can't complain too much.

My writing career is a bit short to have "shoulda-woulda-coulda's" but I think the idea I most agree with is not focusing too much on promotion, and just relentlessly putting pen to paper or finger to keyboard and maintaining the passion to create and write fresh ideas.

Christopher Bunn
At the end of the day, a healthily-selling book usually depends on good writing. Constantly hone your craft. Do not be complacent and assume your growth as a writer is done. Immerse yourself in literature that is miles better than your own writing. Just like you should strive to find quality friends to better yourself (among other things), search out quality literature. I guarantee steady immersion will improve your writing.

Check back next week for Wednesday Words to read more tips from great authors!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Reveal: One Month Update

I promised I would continue to update you all on how the sales and writing is going so here we are, one month after REVEAL was released.
During it's first month out to the public Reveal has sold over fifty copies.  Mostly from people I don't know, because my close family and friends who support me don't have ereaders.  According to other writers fifty copies in your first month is pretty darn good.  They say most writers sell about ten books their first month.  So if I go by that, I'm doing excellent.  However in the past week I've sold hardly any books, which is why I'm trying a new experiment... I intend on listing REVEAL for free, for one day.  I will only do this if I can get 75 likes on my facebook page, which I'm actually very close to since I started this little experiment by gaining almost thirty likes. (Look to your right, click the button, click the button...)
I have gained a few people on my subscription list as well, who would like to know about new releases, if you would, just hop on over to that tab!
CAPTURE is also going quite well with over 10k already done and a week ahead of me filled with writing time!  I hope to have it completely finished by the end of the month, a whole month ahead of my schedule. When finished it will probably be only slightly longer than REVEAL wish was exactly what I was looking for.
I've also picked the title for the next book in the series, ELEVATE.  Wait until you see why it's named that!  You're going to freak out! (I hope)  I'll give a you a little hint, get ready to meet some new cryptids... ooooo right?!?
Ta ta that's all for now!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cryptid Chat

Don't forget tonight at 9PM EST is my #cryptid chat! Twitter chat with me! One lucky winner will take home an ebook of Reveal!
See you then!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Facebook Frenzy!

Hey everybody!
So here's the deal. A lot of people have been requesting that Reveal go free for a day... and what my readers want, I try to give them!
So I've decided that if I get 100 likes on Facebook I will put Reveal up for free FOR ONE DAY ONLY. I'll try to announce a few days beforehand when it will be. I'm hoping it will be before the end of the month. *wink wink*
Will you help? Here is the link. Leave me a comment and let me know if you "shared it" and I'll give you a special shout out!

Also here is a new review for Ignite my free short story! Remember if you've read either of the books and liked them, please let your friends know by rating them!


P.S. Wednesday Words will be back this week!
P.P.S. Capture is 25% done! Are you excited for April?

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year, New Start

So I decided to do a little updating around here... I like the purple don't you?

Here's the other fun thing I got to work on today- my description for Reveal.

High school senior Shay Tafford leads a less than normal life. Hiding her ability to speak to ghosts from her family and friends is one thing, but discovering there’s a beautiful boy named Hugh who has the same gift is an entirely different problem; especially when she’s been crushing on him for weeks. Since her life’s not already chaotic enough, her only confidante- a boy ghost- has disappeared as thoroughly as her father did twelve years ago. With Hugh’s help, Shay must find the answers she needs in order to save the people she loves from disappearing- forever.

I have to thank JessicaDStampe for helping me write such a fab description! What do you think?

Also I got a bit of fan mail today, you know I love hearing from my readers, so I've added a contact me button over on the right! Click, write, send!

Until next time,