I'm taking part in a Kick off the Summer Promotion with some other authors, and my novella Bet On Love is FREE on Amazon until June 24th!
I'm really excited. I've seen many authors try this and I can't wait to see the kind of result I get. I'm telling you, it gives you something to focus on - and while I can't see the exact number of downloads, I am able to see MY little story climbing up the ranks.
I've gotten comments on FaceBook, and emails from people who had already purchased both Bet On Love and Santa Wore Combat Boots, and they want to know when my next book will come out. A couple times I had to sit back and basically slap myself. In such a short time, I have fans! And they aren't my family members. Fans for my novellas. I feel like I've started small, and that they will follow me on to my full length romances! To have people ASKING for your next book....wow, I'm still in shock.
I know this is what we all work for, but I tell ya when you've been trying and trying and trying, have had sooo many "close calls" through traditional publishers, to actually/finally get this kind of recognition by self publishing my stories, is HUGE. And just between you and me and bloggerland....the evil side of me is saying "Ha! You losers! Her stories ARE good!"
So good in fact, I'm sharing this 5 Star review I received yesterday, thanks to this promotional effort:
WAIT TILL YOU GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS, YOU WILL NOT WANT TO LET GO!!, June 21, 2012
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This review is from: Bet On Love (Kindle Edition)
This book is the best ever! If I had not gotten it free, I would have payed for it without a doubt! The only thing that I will complain about is that I wish it were much much longer since I am in love with the characters! This author is the BEST EVER! Can't wait to read any books she has to write, I will make sure to check often if she has any new books for me to read. Can't wait to get my hands on Santa Wore Combat Boots!
Yes, I saved this on my computer and I think I'm going to print it out for good measure and to keep me motivated. I've often felt in limbo because I still want to be in that traditional publishing world along with my self published works. I do think it's a sma rt move, if you get with the right publisher who understands what you want and can see the benefits to you being in both places.
But after these last couple days I see the importance of my continuing to produce my stories in a timely manner to keep my readers happy and wanting more! (eek! I have readers!!) I can't wait to see what happens when I DO put a full length romance up. I'm kind of feeling the pressure, though, and hope I can deliver with my romantic suspense, Twist of Fate - which will be coming soon.
I made the decision, there are NO Classes in my future this fall. I'm putting that on hold so I can keep my fanny in the chair and write! Let's face it, with 3 kids and a day job I'm lucky to get an hour a night to write. I can't let that get taken up with reading and writing for class work like I did in the spring. I HAVE to write!
This promo and review have done their job and given me the fire I need to start cranking stories out again like I used to. While I've had some new ideas, I'm eager to finish some of my 'old loves' because those characters need their stories told. I'm feeling focused and ready for action. It's going to be a challenge to get those full lengths out there - but I'm up for it. Just another reason to tackle finishing some of the partials I'd started, move them forward and get them done!
Go forth and try different types of promotion. Don't be intimidated by anything no matter how big or how small. ANYTHING is worth a try in this business. All it takes is a little positive feedback from different sources to recharge you and send you on your way to success!
I'm feeling the power, people!!! Who's gonna ride my crazy train to the finish line! There's a party car...and beverages will be served!!!
have a wonderful weekend everyone, stay cool and stay safe!!