When I first became an author, one of the most vital resources I found to get my books out there and connect with readers was Goodreads. I loved that you could join or create groups to connect with other readers who liked the same kinds of books, find new books through friend suggestions, review books, … Continue reading Goodreads yanks giveaways from small-time authors, and I’m mad
I remember when I first started publishing my books, my marketing focus was on the whole wide world. With the internet at my disposal, it made sense to me. I could reach anyone, anywhere, and sell to hundreds of thousands of people without ever having to leave the comfort of my own home. My first … Continue reading Getting personal with book selling
I'm trying out the Kindle Countdown deal, and so far, so good. It's reached #27 in its category, and I've had more downloads in one day than I've had all month! Of course, a little bit of advertising doesn't hurt... 😉 If you'd like to download The Road to Hope for yourself, here's the link: … Continue reading The Road to Hope ~ 99 cents!
A year ago, I was gearing up for the release of "A Symphony of Cicadas." And the anticipation to actually publish the book was killing me. In fact, my patience was so thin, I published it a week before the date I announced it would be released. Here was my official announcement. Isn't that newbie … Continue reading How to launch a book
This week alone, I've been approached by a half dozen people who were curious about writing books - from the actual writing of the story, to how to get it into the hands of readers. To have people look at me for these answers is kind of incredible. I mean, I remember a year ago, … Continue reading So you’ve written a book. Now what?
I recently sent my poetry book, Everything I Am Not Saying, to a Kindle Book Reviewer to review my book. He warned me that as a poet himself, he was a very tough reviewer. I admit, I balked a little. But I told him to please go ahead and read it, and then give an … Continue reading A review on my poetry book that left me stunned
I saw a homeless guy the other day on my way out of the Trader Joe's parking lot, the same guy I always see there. He was holding a sign, and I never really took the time to read it. But on this day, I did. It read: Karma Bank. Make a deposit. Anything helps. … Continue reading Depositing into the karma bank
I joined Twitter on May 1, 2009. I then proceeded to Tweet a little here and there, talking to an invisible audience who never really seemed to respond back. I eventually lost interest, and just stopped Tweeting altogether. Fast forward to now, with a published book under my belt. In efforts to get my book … Continue reading How to engage on Twitter as an author