A Little Warning & Apology Okay, this post is going against my usual humble style and I'll just preface all this braggy-sounding content by letting you know that all these amazing rankings were only in the Amazon Kindle Free Store (as opposed to the Paid Store) and so don't quite count as much. Plus, I … Continue reading Making It to Number One on Amazon (sort of)
Before I get to the nitty gritty of the good, the bad, and the ugly of making a paperback with Amazon's KDP Print program, I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to all for your heartfelt condolences regarding the passing of my grandma last week. It was great to share a little bit … Continue reading Testing Out Amazon’s KDP Print
This Valentine's Day I'm showing my fantasy series a little love. I've forgone the box of overly-packaged, overpriced chocolates and sappy cards, and have instead opted for a little makeover...not for me, but for my books. What in the world am I rambling on about? Cue drum roll...... The first three books of the Osteria Chronicles … Continue reading Happy (Re)Launch Day to the Osteria Chronicles!!!
Egad! Is it really the end of January already? Apparently time not only flies when you're having fun, but also when you're hard at work (which kind of makes that saying a bit pointless, if you ask me). It's been a crazy busy month. At times has been a tad overwhelming and the old Doubt … Continue reading Checking Up On Those 2018 Writing Goals
This month has been all about debating with myself over one single aspect of my writing/publishing future: whether or not to try out KDP Select. While I do like what I'm hearing and reading lately about the potential exposure this program can create for my books, do I really want to feed the monster that … Continue reading The Amazon Angst
I know you've all been on the edge of your seats anxiously awaiting the results from last week's book cover survey. Unfortunately, as most US election officers will attest to, trying to cajole people into casting their ballots is not a simple matter. To top it off, those of you who did vote (THANK YOU!) … Continue reading Book Covers, Instagram, and the Scientific Method
Part of the Book Marketing Makeover I mentioned last week has involved taking a long hard look at the books in my Osteria Chronicles series and accepting that, although the books themselves are well written, the covers and descriptions don't quite cut the proverbial mustard. So, over the past several weeks, I've been studying other … Continue reading The Marketing Makeover Begins with a Book Cover Survey!
Since today's post is about my books sales, it could very easily take on a rather dismal tone. But since moaning and groaning isn't the point of this week's indie author musings, I promise I'll try to keep it as upbeat as possible without going all Pollyanna on you. Because even though I'm starting from … Continue reading Time for a Book Marketing Makeover, aka “My Book Sales Suck”
That title sounds a bit biblical, doesn't it? Don't worry, I won't be spouting fire and brimstone in this post. However, in an effort to hone my author brand and steer readers more toward my fiction, I will be going a bit Old Testament on my firstborn...book, that is. A Look Back In the beginning--oh, … Continue reading Killing Off My Firstborn