Saturday, December 3, 2011

Published Again -or- Who Wants A Free Book?

One of the hardest things for a writer (okay, so maybe it's just me) is to let yourself be finished with a story. Perhaps it's just me, and my perfectionism, but being okay with "it's done enough" is very difficult. After having spent months (or years) getting to know your characters--like your children--you have to send them out into the cruel world to fend for themselves. This is difficult. You wonder if they're ready to fend for themselves. Can they walk on their own yet? Have you given them the tools they need to survive? The only thing you can hope is that you have prepared them enough to stand up for the things they believe in and help others that need it.

Every parents has to allow their children to leave the nest and fly on their own, and every writer has to do the same with their stories. But, unlike parents, authors are also supposed to promote their books after the book is sent off in order for their "children" to fulfill their life's purpose. Whether the book is published traditionally, independently, or by the author him/herself the book needs to be promoted and marketed.

When my first book was published, I--like many authors--thought I could just sit back and let the royalties just roll on in without any work at all. This, however, didn't happen. All that time and effort of writing my first book netted less than $30 in royalties in the last eight years. My second book--which, because of the birth of my son a few months after its release I was not able to adequately market--did even less in sales. I could make excuses about not having time (which I didn't), not having the resources (which I didn't), and not having all the same tools we have now (which we didn't), but frankly the main reason I didn't market the book is that I didn't know how. So, I learned about marketing, created all kinds of social media accounts, author pages, and everything else I needed to help promote this book as much as I am able to on my limited budget.

Part of that marketing is, of course, making the book available to people who will pass the word along. So, in honor of the publishing of "Karis," the first in the "My Life as a Superhero" series, I am giving out 25 free e-copies. Please just comment with your name, email, and format (Kindle, Nook, etc.).

If you like the book, feel free to leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, really anywhere. It makes all of our blood, sweat, and tears worth it to hear that someone liked our story.

5 comments:

  1. I haven't downloaded an e-reader app for my iPhone yet. Is it available on iBooks? Or would I need to go with Kindle or Nook?

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  2. Yes, yes it is... at least, I can get you an .epub file. We're still working on getting an ISBN for the iBookstore itself, but the file should work. I'll DM you over Twitter the link and coupon code. :-)

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  3. Would love to read it and promise to leave a good review. Don't have an e-reader yet (still working on Santa for that!), but if you have a PDF, that would be great!
    Rebecca
    rrgreene62(at)gmail.com

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  4. Thanks, Rebecca! I will send that right away!

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  5. I can read an Epub or PDf...whatever works best for you.. I love finding new authors and helping them out!
    http://familyreads.blogspot.com
    twinmomx5 At Gmail dot com

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