Category Archives: Self publishing

Bracing for a whirlwind 2018, what I expect this year…

As I write this, I am sitting in the calm before the storm.  2018 is showing every indication of being a category 5 hurricane. I had high hopes this year of writing/publishing only four, maybe five books. You know, cutting … Continue reading

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2017 in review: a surprising renaissance year…my best ever….

The year in review blog is my annual report to myself. Compiling and analyzing the data give me insight and direction to move forward. 2017 was a pivotal year for me. It was a surprisingly great year. I’m calling 2017 … Continue reading

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What I learned in 2017 part 3: follow the crowd…except when you don’t

“Minding your own business” is bad advice when it comes to publishing. You can learn a lot by keeping tabs on your fellow authors. You’ll find out what genres and tropes are hot, what kinds of book covers are trending, … Continue reading

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What I learned in 2017 part 2: It really IS about the book #writetip

When authors ask “what can I do to promote my book?” publishing industry professionals often reply, “write a good book.” It’s easy to dismiss that advice as trite. Of course, you should write a good book! What ELSE can an … Continue reading

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What I learned in 2017 part 1: Get my ducks in a row!

When you make a mistake, you learn what not to do. But when things go right…you learn what to do. Knock on wood, I had a very good year. Soon, I’ll post my annual year in review, but for the … Continue reading

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For my 8-year authorversary: 12 Truths About Publishing…

Eight years ago this month, I received my first book contract! Intimate Submission was accepted by Black Velvet Seductions, which kicked off my publishing career. Since then, I’ve published more than 30 books, worked with five different publishers, went Indie, … Continue reading

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Where to advertise your free book…part 3 of a series

Welcome to part 3 of my series analyzing the results of a two-month free campaign. If you want to know what I did and how I did it, please refer to Part 1 and Part 2. In today’s segment, I’m … Continue reading

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Free book promotion analysis part 2…

If you’re just tuning in now, you should read part 1 of this 3 part series on my free book promotion. If you’ve already read it, on with the show…. After the success of my  free book promotion of Stranded with … Continue reading

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Analysis of a free book promotion: what I did, why I did it, & the results…part 1

I’m probably one of the last Indie authors to drink the make-your-book free Kool-Aid. I knew the strategy behind a free promotion: give away a book to sell more books. But, I didn’t know if it would work for me, … Continue reading

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The numbers game: weird author behavior–checking the stats…

As an author, I like to know how I’m doing, if my books are selling, if readers like them, if my promotional efforts are paying off. Fortunately, authors, particularly indies, have a lot of data at their fingertips. I “check … Continue reading

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