Today is the 2nd anniversary of me clicking that publish button for An Unexpected Turn. I cannot believe it has been two years. I STILL cannot believe I actually wrote a book. You'd think that after two years, it would have finally sunk in and settled into a solid fact in my head, but it… Continue reading Birthday #2 for An Unexpected Turn
Amazon Suckage As An Author
I've mentioned struggles in the past with being an indie author. I've even talked a little bit about my experiences with advertising specifically on Amazon. I'm now discovering another lovely and not often mentioned little beauty (oh, so NOT) that is the beast of Amazon. Ranking and search results. Or, to be more accurate, the… Continue reading Amazon Suckage As An Author
Free Book Reminder – Through 3/31!
Just a little reminder that my book, An Unexpected Turn, is free through the 31st in celebration of it's one year anniversary! Even if this isn't your type of book, please pass it along to someone you know that might be interested. As always, any reviews you feel like leaving are very, very much appreciated!
Amazon Deprioritizes Books
In an effort to ensure it prioritizes much needed products, Amazon has shuffled items not in those priority categories down the list when it comes to shipping. Among those getting dropped to a lower importance level are books. I have seen a lot of talk about how the current situation is impacting families with regards… Continue reading Amazon Deprioritizes Books
Best of 2019: Moments
Outside of photography and the books I read this last year, I thought I'd note a few of the bigger moments and highlights of my year, things that I did or experienced that I was really proud of or stuck with me as important moments. There will always be tons of those when it comes… Continue reading Best of 2019: Moments
Some Stats and What Next?
With my recent Amazon ad seeming to be a complete and utter bust, not to mention a huge waste of precious advertising dollars, I sort of feel like I've hit this insurmountable wall and I honestly don't know what to do from here which is insanely frustrating and discouraging. There are all kinds of parts… Continue reading Some Stats and What Next?
Book Sirens Listing Update
Just wanted to post a quick progress update on my listing with BookSirens. My book has been live with them for about 10 days now. I have gotten 2 readers download the book and both of them have posted reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon. For as small a range as my genre seems to… Continue reading Book Sirens Listing Update
It is official! My book, An Unexpected Turn, is now available through Kindle Unlimited! It took a few too many days to get to the point where I could list it, but I got there. Apparently listing is pretty much instant once you click enroll, so it is already out there and available for anyone… Continue reading Yes! Finally!
Perspective & Texture
As of this morning I'm still sitting in limbo on my book. The 24Symbols platform via Draft2Digital still has not managed to get me delisted 10 days after I put in my initial request. I have been off all other platforms with the exception of Kindle since about 8 days ago. I'm not so frustrated… Continue reading Perspective & Texture
Glitches and Delays
I had said the other day that I was going to try and get my book in Kindle Unlimited. In order to do that, I needed to remove the ebook from all platforms that weren't Kindle. I requested that my book be delisted on Draft2Digital on the 14th. It is now the 20th and 24symbols… Continue reading Glitches and Delays
I am in the process of delisting my book from all ebook platforms with the exception of Kindle so that I can move over to KDP select and be on Kindle Unlimited. I absolutely hated to do this because it takes away my ability to be in libraries, but I wasn't getting even that, so… Continue reading Making Changes
Quality of Work?
This is a subject that has been rolling around in my head for a while now and I've gone back and forth debating with myself over whether I wanted to post about it or not. Are we diluting the quality of our literature with the advent of self-publishing? Yes, I'm actually asking that as a… Continue reading Quality of Work?
Pretty and Painful
Life has felt kind of like I've been tossed into a food processor on high lately. That isn't even a really accurate analogy as it does not encompass all the extreme highs and lightning fast changes that bring crazy, insane lows. Sometimes over days. Sometimes it changes in as little as an hour or two.… Continue reading Pretty and Painful
I got notification that my book is finally, fully published on all the platforms I submitted to. One more publishing goal checked off. It's a small goal, but it is still a pretty awesome one. I am also probably going to have to place another order of the paperbacks for myself as all the ones… Continue reading Another Goal!
Looking For Reviewers
I am down to one paperback copy for this and a spot or two for another reviewer. If you or someone you know would like a copy (ebook or print) in exchange for providing a review, please drop me a note or pass this along! Every tiny bit helps, especially as a brand new author in the indie field.
TJ Fox: Sharing the Experience
On to the part of the book process that I dislike with a flaming passion. Pretty much begging for help. As a raging introvert that struggles with most any communication, this part is excruciating, but necessary. That said, I do need some help from anyone that is willing to step forward and volunteer to read my little baby and give me a review. Ideally, I’d like to see reviews spread out in various different places like Goodreads, Amazon, B&N and blogs, but I’m not going to be picky.
I am looking to get between 3 and 5 people willing to write up a review in exchange for a copy of my book. I’ll provide their preferred format, ebook for any platform I’ve published on or a print copy that I can mail to you. If you are posting to a blog, I’ll add a copy or snippet of your review…
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Lessons Learned: Week 1 of Being An Indie Author
In the little over a week since I clicked publish on my book, I have learned a lot about being in the indie author community and the overall environment around publishing a book on your own. Or at least, the pieces I have seen or attempted to interact with. Some of those lessons aren't even… Continue reading Lessons Learned: Week 1 of Being An Indie Author
An Unexpected Turn Availability
I am posting this for an easy share as it is a single link to all the various platforms An Unexpected Turn is available on. Even if it isn't a genre (women's fiction/family life) you normally read, maybe you have a friend that does and you'd be willing to slide this under their nose or… Continue reading An Unexpected Turn Availability
IT'S HERE!!! IT'S HERE!!! IT'S HERE!!! IT'S HERE!!! IT'S HERE!!! Nope. I'm not excited. I'm all calm and cool and not dancing crazily around the house like a little kid at Christmas. Not. At. All. *as I'm trying not to scare the pets with my squeeing like a loon* Book release goal #2 has been… Continue reading IT’S HERE!!!
Looking For Reviewers
On to the part of the book process that I dislike with a flaming passion. Pretty much begging for help. As a raging introvert that struggles with most any communication, this part is excruciating, but necessary. That said, I do need some help from anyone that is willing to step forward and volunteer to read… Continue reading Looking For Reviewers
One Goal Reached!
I didn't set a lot of goals when I decided to publish my book. The ones I did set were small and, hopefully, achievable. Today, I reached my first one. I am now officially in my local library's database and An Unexpected Turn can be checked out by anyone in its ebook form! Today is… Continue reading One Goal Reached!
March Was Good To Me
Normally I'd say you can't get much better than publishing and releasing a book, but... getting to celebrate 18 years with an awesome man ranks right the hell up there. And for that 18th milestone, that amazing, awesome man got me an upgrade for my camera that I've had for over 10 years. I haven't… Continue reading March Was Good To Me