When I published my first book, I wasn’t a newbie to public critiques. I worked for a newspaper and wrote a column on parenting - two places where trolls live in the comments section. I knew how horrible people could be, and had developed a somewhat thick skin over it. Don’t get me wrong, it never feels good when someone publicly blasts your parenting decisions or even your children. But you just have to keep reminding yourself that trolls feed on creating a reaction. Delete, and move on. It's different with reviews, though...
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
My cover designer shared the inside scoop on how her art for Come Here, Cupcake came to be. This is a total must-read for a behind-the-scenes look at the book's gorgeous cover! Here's an excerpt: My marvelous and amazing friend Crissi Langwell is an author, with a few books under her belt already, and for … Continue reading Behind the cover of Come Here, Cupcake
My book actually won! Forever Thirteen earned an Honorable Mention in the Young Adult section of the contest. That's like 2nd place in its category! And the fact that they chose my book out of thousands of others is a pretty huge honor. So to celebrate, I am continuing my sale for Kindle readers. You … Continue reading Forever Thirteen named a winner in the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards!
A few months ago, I sent my book, A Symphony of Cicadas, to the "21st Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Self-Published Book Awards." I had high hopes of placing, but mostly I was anxious about the promised commentary from the judge. Well, I didn't place. And I'll admit, I was totally bummed out. I forgot all … Continue reading What the judge had to say about A Symphony of Cicadas