Category Archives: Self publishing

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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Keeping track of a busy month…one author’s to do list!

May has seemed exceptionally for busy to me, but I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have a busy month! What makes May different is that I have several projects going for several books, as opposed to multiple activities going … Continue reading

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How you can use MailChimp star ratings for newsletter subscriber maintenance

Did you ever notice that MailChimp gives your newsletter subscribers a star rating? The stars rank your subscribers according to their engagement with your newsletter. The higher the rating, the more engaged they are. 1 star is a negative rating. … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes: what actually happens when you a release book

You want me to do what on release day? Nooooo…. On release day, I dance to a frenetic beat, a la “Maniac” from the movie Flashdance. (See it on You Tube here) I clear my calendar for the day and … Continue reading

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FYI for authors: updating a published book–it’s not as easy as you think…

Recently I updated Naughty Words for Nice Writers, a sex scene thesaurus I originally published  two years ago. Revising the book itself was easy; re-publishing the updated version hit some snags. I thought I’d share my experience so you’ll know … Continue reading

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How I keep track of expenses for my taxes #WriteTip #TaxTip

Don’t hate me, but I have all my writing/business tax data collected, categorized, added up, and ready to take to my accountant. I discovered years ago if I kept track during the year, the end of the year was a … Continue reading

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