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I hope everyone is doing well on this Wednesday almost Thursday.
Only nine days until the release of the sixth in my accidental roots series -- finally Ira gets to share why he was such a grumpy man-ho. Pre-order is up and running on Amazon for Ira and Cam's story, why wait? Click on over!
You've also probably seen the MASSIVE BLOG TOUR announcements on Facebook and Twitter and the cover reveal of Unforgivable, in a word: Gorgeous. Enough about that for now. I will continue daily updates of where you can read a little more and enter for a chance to win a copy of As Sure As the Sun...plus a few more in the Booking Room FCBK group (see that handy link?)
The really big, really scary, news is that I am taking all of my books off of KU. In future, I may not publish using KDP at all but will instead use Draft2Digital, which is an independent distributor where I can load to several storefronts (ie: BN, KOBO, iBooks etc.) from just one place. I tell you, writing books is a lot of administrative work. If you are considering self-publishing I cannot recommend them enough. Their help dept. is responsive and amazingly helpful!
Therefore, as of May 18, the very day Unforgivable is live, all Accidental Roots novels will be out of KU. I imagine I will lose some readers, although I hope not. But, as a small author/publisher, I cannot afford to have my livelihood dictated to by, basically, a bully.
Strong words? Yes.
This morning I received this notice:
The email is at best ambiguous, and since I only advertise through AMS (amazon marketing services), Facebook/Instagram and two newsletters, I am not sure where to look to find these 'bad readers'. This past month I added a Bookbub ad and another newsletter. This notice refers to March, not April. None of those things happened in March.
What did I do? I expanded my AMS advertising, I messed with my keywords and tried to figure out what the hell optimal SEO is. Aside from the KDP content review team mysteriously declaring my earnings (not insignificant in March, for me anyway) illegitimate, they seem to think I will be able to wave a magic wand and discover what has happened. Yes, I have written back asking for more information. No, I do not expect to get it.
I am extremely lucky to have a partner who supports me and my writing, who even after today says: 'Go work on the next book, I'll buy you dinner and drinks.' I don't know what I'd do without him.
Ironic that I was already planning on taking my books out of KU at the very least. This little notice has just spurred me on. I will absolutely continue to offer my books in mobi (Kindle) format - no need to worry there. Another thing freedom from KU will allow me to do is run more promotions of my books. So if you like instafreebie or things like that stay alert!
Thank you so much for joining me on this journey, bumpy rides and all, readers are the best and I love you all.
As I was saying before I rudely interrupted myself days ago...I'm working on a new thing. I've written about half of the first book - maybe a little less, we'll see after it comes back from a trusted source who will yay or nay it. It's a mishmash of urban fantasy and paranormal romance and whatever else I find to throw in there.
The three book series is tentatively titled (until I hate it so much I have to come up with something new) Codex Obscura in which a 'bibliophile changeling with sticky fingers unwittingly saves the day', and is set in the Pacific Northwest. How's that for a premise?
This is a stretch for me genre-wise and my writing muscle is feeling it. One of the things I have done is start a Pinterest board to help with visuals, not something I've used before but I'm having a lot of fun researching various ideas and am looking forward to sharing these new characters when I can! I'm still trying to figure out the purpose of Pinterest (as well as Tumblr) but maybe it will help me keep focus? What do you use Pinterest for? Tumblr? Any hints?
Also, you know, promo....if you have gotten this far...I am offering a chance to win a free copy of River Home, all you have to do is follow me on Amazon!
I'm sitting here at a kitchen table, not mine, mesmerized by the inexorable push and retreat of huge waves as they smash into the little beach not even forty feet from me. It's nasty out there today, the hovering clouds are at least 50 shades of gray (cough). Hardy seagulls glide along the wind, they seem to be fishing but I am not sure for what in this weather -- there were brown pelicans out yesterday.
Wow, I am very lucky to be able to escape the day to day grind, to be embedded for a little while, with fellow authors who I can bounce ideas off of or just work quietly alongside.
'River Home' is out in the world and it seems readers are liking it. There are still a few review sites to come so keep your eyes out -- thank you so much for 'liking' and 'sharing'. I've been trying to post reviews on my facebook page but you might just as likely find links on my Twitter feed or Instagram.
So, you wonder, what's up next?
I have a lot of things going on right now, there are definitely outlines for two more Accidental Roots novels -- I've been working on #6 this weekend. With luck and persistence, I'm hoping to have it out to readers around mid-April. Unless...
Unless the paranormal-urban-romance-fantasy I have also been working on takes over my life. Then that one would be next. I'm not opposed to taking a little break from Accidental Roots so I can let the characters steep for a little while. We shall see.
So, this really is a blog about nothing, except that I am glad to see folks loving Nate and Miguel...I'm glad to be writing this weekend and mother nature is pretty freakin' awesome.
River Home Preorder Available now AMAZON
Six days and Miguel and Nate will be in your hands and out of mine. Their trip has been a fabulous one for me to be a part of, I sincerely hope you enjoy reading River Home as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Spread the word far and wide, you, readers, are my best advertisement and I appreciate every effort you make on my, and other indie authors, behalf. Between us we have shown the big publishing houses that readers are starving for diversity in reading material -- yay! Now we need to keep the momentum going forward.
Have a great week, a happy valentines day (if you celebrate) and ....keep it real.