Blogging! What the heck am I suppose to blog about? My books, my day, my life in general? Is anyone really interested? LOL.
I’m pretty private by nature so telling a bunch of strangers about my day or life is a little daunting. (If anyone actual reads this thing!) 🙂
So I guess I’ll start with this past week. It’s been really busy. As I mentioned before this marketing bit of being a self published author is tough! I got a big of advice from another independent author about getting bloggers to review my books. She said it was a good way of getting my name and books in front of a lot more people than just the folks on twitter and the few people who aren’t related to me on Facebook. So I’ve been busy looking online for romance bloggers and figuring out how to convert my books from word and pdf docs to epub. Fun times! 🙂
I’m about ten or twelve chapters into a new book. I know where I want to end up with the book but getting there is a struggle right now. My characters just aren’t talking to me.
When I wrote The Unexpected Submissive and A Dangerous Love, the stores came to me so easily and it just flowed out of me. That’s not happening with the new book and The Alphas’ Bliss was a little slow going also.
I keep reading other author’s blogs and most talk about how fast they write and how easy it comes to them. I’m a bit envious of that. My co-worker keeps telling me that I need to write a series. That that is the key to being discovered. Is she right?
Well all the edits and the revised cover and back have been completed and I’ve republished. I’m doing a little marketing as far as tweeting about it,but that’s about it. I’m sorta hesitate to invest anymore money on the twitter publicity as I didn’t see any real sales come out of The Alphas’ Bliss publicity.
I’m looking into trying to get both ADL and TAB reviewed by online romance bloggers. I hear from another author that it can really help get my name out and my books in front of more people, so I’ll give it a try. Wish me luck!
I’m sitting her at the 9 to 5 but I’d rather be writing. I work as an office manager for seismic data data center and everyone always says how exciting that must be. It’s really not. Even the people who are looking at and archiving the data don’t find it all that exciting. It’s just a bunch of squiggly lines on the screen. I always get asked “When is the big one gonna hit?” I just smile and say, sooner or later. I’m the office manager people, not a seismologist. Hell, even the seismologist can’t tell when or where the next earthquake will hit.
So, yeah, I’d rather be writing. 🙂
Does my latest release suck? I can’t seem to get anyone to write a review for me and 10 people have downloaded a sample from smashwords but no one has bought the book. On one Canada site, my book has gotten 106 views but again, no one has bought it. Is it the cover? Is the description not doing it justice? Or, did I truly write a terrible book? Or, am I just in a mood and feeling sorry for myself? The book was released two weeks ago and I’ve sold 40 copies. Should I be satisfied?
I got a gig on Channillo.com to write a series. I’m using the book I wrote last year, A Dangerous Love as my series release. I’ve made some content changes and hope folks will like the improvements.
Once again though I have to market myself to get followers and subscribers. Wish me luck!
Some say I took the easy way out on deciding to self publish my books. If only they knew how hard it was to get just one sale, I think they’d change their mind. Marketing isn’t my forte and I find it very difficult to do. I’ve paid for a reasonable amount of publicity on twitter and Facebook, but my sales haven’t increased. It’s very disappointing. The other aspect is trying to get people to leave me reviews. I’ve sold about 40 books so far and have gotten 1 review. It was three stars so that made me happy. 🙂 I didn’t go into this blindly and I knew it would be hard work but I guess I was expecting some sort of payback, not necessarily monetary but a good review or two or three! Reviews will help get my name out there so I guess I’ll just keep my fingers crossed more people will see fit to review my books.
I love writing and even if I decide to not sell another book, I will continue to do it.