Takeover Author Spots

I’m doing my first author take over spot tomorrow morning. I’m so nervous, but excited! Then in April I’m doing another one. Hopefully that will go a lot smoother than I’m anticipating the one tomorrow will go. πŸ™‚ I learned about takeovers from another author I befriended through FB. She’s been really helpful. Tonight I also signed up to have an agency “pimp” my book for me. Hopefully it’ll get me a few sales but we’ll see. The twitter publicity turned out to be bust. Oh well.

I also learned about doing teasers for my books. Gary’s been a huge help in that. He’s fast becoming a Photoshop expert! haha.

My real job has been nuts. I have a big standing committee meeting I’m hosting next week that I had to get the materials on the web for, please get travel arrangements finalized and the boss was on my back all week to get the quarterly newsletter out on time. Of course the web application I use to do the newsletter was giving me fits and wasn’t cooperating one bit, but low and behold, that damn newsletter got out on time!

But, the good news is that I got a couple of more chapters written in the new book and my proofreader/editor is hard at work on The Unexpected Submissive, so hopefully I’ll be able to get that one re-released soon. Cross your fingers! πŸ™‚

 

Blogging!

Blogging!Β  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!) πŸ™‚

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.Β  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.Β  Fun times! πŸ™‚

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.Β  My co-worker keeps telling me that I need to write a series. That that is the key to being discovered. Is she right?

 

 

 

I’d rather be writing

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.Β  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.Β  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. πŸ™‚

 

Does it suck or feeling sorry for myself?

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?Β  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?

 

Ah, Marketing

I love writing. It’s a passion and I try to do a little everyday. Since I’ve decided to self publish my books I’ve landed in the world of marketing hell. It’s a full time job in itself. It’s exhausting and sometimes downright confusing. Twitter, don’t twitter, Facebook, don’t Facebook. What’s a girl to do?Β  Sigh…I need to get back to marketing…