Thursday, March 7, 2013
Stolen Brides Series sale alert: "Super-sexy and highly recommended" TIMELESS is just 99c today! Books 1 & 2 of the series are on sale for $2.99 each, so it's a great chance to grab the whole trilogy and save. Hurry - limited time only! Deal available at:
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
1. I will make changes. Indie publishing involves lots of trial and error. If your sales are stale, it's time to refresh something. Update your covers, modify your prices, revise your book descriptions. Don't just grumble and complain to your indie friends. Try a creative new approach.
2. I will be brave about pricing. This isn't 2009. The .99 - $2.99 price range isn't the sweet spot that it used to be. It's great for a limited-time sale to boost your visibility, but not for every day. Readers have gotten burned by bad books at cheap prices, and they're willing to pay a little extra for higher quality. Nudge your list price into the $4 - $5 range and you might be pleasantly surprised by the results. My sales improved in 2012 when I made that jump.
3. I will send out a newsletter. Your e-mail newsletter is your most important promotional tool. It feels much more engaging and personal than any Facebook post or Tweet. This year, make it your goal to get the email address of every person who visits your website, blog or Facebook page. (You can subscribe to my newsletter by using the handy box at the top of this page.) Set a regular schedule and send out a newsletter at least once a month. Use a newsletter service (I love MadMimi) to make your mailings inexpensive and headache-free.
4. I will not be afraid of reviews. The number of reviews on your book is more important than the number of stars in each review--so even one-star reviews serve a purpose. Having lots of reviews improves your algorithms, increases your visibility, and encourages readers to sample your work. When it comes to reviews, more really is better. Every time you receive a fan email or see a book rave on your Facebook wall, ask that reader if she would be willing to go post a review.
5. I will spend less time on social media. I'm using my smartphone to tame my Twitter addiction this year: I set the Alarm/Timer app every morning and limit my total social-networking time (email, Facebook, Twitter, all of it) to 30 minutes. When the alarm goes off, I shut down my browser and spend the rest of my day writing. Facebook and Twitter are (gasp!) not essential to your success. Barbara Freethy says she only had about 2,500 Facebook followers when one of her indie titles made the New York Times bestseller list. Indie superstar Bella Andre admits that she's not a social-networking queen. So how have these authors sold millions of ebooks? Keep reading.
6. I will write and publish more. Nothing sells a good book like another good book. The more titles you release, the more hooks you're dangling in the water and the more readers you'll catch. Make it your priority to write and publish more this year--more books, more novellas, more short stories. Release something new at least every six months. Spend less time online and get back to doing what you do best: creating memorable stories that readers will love.
Do you have any writing & publishing resolutions for 2013? What do you plan to do differently this year?
Monday, November 26, 2012
|Sizzling paranormal romance from the bestselling
Publishers Weekly hails as “exciting” and “innovative”
The wait is over: Timeless is on sale now at ebook stores everywhere. Get your copy today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, or All Romance eBooks.
Timeless (Stolen Brides Series, Book 3) is a fantasy romance filled with adventure, poignant emotion, and characters to cherish. A mysterious warrior kidnaps Lady Avril de Varennes from a trade fair and sweeps her away to Asgard Island, an enchanted paradise where all is not what it seems... because the Asgard warriors are keeping a secret from their new brides.
When I reclaimed the publishing rights to this book in 2011, I literally got tears in my eyes. I had always wanted to make Timeless something special--but I never even had the chance to finish it the first time around. Dell “crash-published” the original paperback edition, cutting six weeks off my deadline and eliminating all my revision time. (Get the behind-the-scenes details in "The Making of Timeless: The Story Behind the Story," one of the bonus features included in the ebook.)
The 1998 paperback edition arrived in bookstores with only two sketchy love scenes, a hero who came across as overbearing and manipulative, and closing chapters that felt rushed and unsatisfying. Getting the rights back meant that I would finally have the chance to fix all that.
For this new ebook edition, I deepened the hero’s emotional journey, added new love scenes (which might just burn the e-ink off your e-reader), and slowed down the hero and heroine's "sharing our painful pasts" revelations. Originally crushed into just seven pages, those conversations now take place over two full chapters. I also added a glossary, which my Dell editor had refused to include because “it would make the book seem too much like a fantasy novel.” (Psst, it is a fantasy novel.) You'll find the glossary in the bonus materials at the back of the ebook.
At long last, Timeless is the steamy, emotional fantasy romance I always wanted it to be. Have I mentioned lately how much I love being an indie author?
Special bonus for newsletter subscribers: To celebrate the publication of each new ebook, I send out an e-mail alert the minute it goes on sale, so my newsletter subscribers can snap it up for just 99 cents. This "Hot New Release Sale Price" is my way of thanking loyal readers for their support, and it only lasts a limited time. If you haven't subscribed to my newsletter yet, sign up today so you won't miss out! You'll find a handy subscription box at the top of this page.