Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What to do...What to do?

Well, my first book is now out for purchase as an eBook and I find myself asking, "What now?" There are so many options as to what to do now I have found myself stumped and a little confused. So this is where I start doing my homework. I have also asked my husband to come up with some marketing strategies for me since he is currently taking classes in PR and Marketing.

I will even admit I am not the best at selling something and I'm okay with that, but I don't want my work to suffer horribly because of that which is why I've been reaching out to my husband as well as his Marteking teacher who does this professionally and my publicist. I'd like to think the current marketing plan is working pretty well considering the sales for yesterday are better than I even expected for its first day on the world wide web.

Did I fully understand how competitive the urban fantasy market is before starting this venture? Yes. Surprisingly, even the agents who represent fantasy as a whole are hard to get to even raise an eyebrow, let alone close the deal on your work which is one reason I have flocked to the eBook community. Even now, as I publish my book to the Nook at this very moment, I find myself as excited as I was yesterday when I went to work and gushed to my team lead about how my book was now published. As soon as it is up for sale on the Nook I'm hoping this will boost my chances of success in the publishing market. Heck, I may even go to Amazon next. Who knows?

Monday, April 29, 2013

"Flowers of Evil" Contest!

I have decided, in celebration of the publishing of my book through e-book format, that whomever is the first to buy a copy will get a professionally bound and signed copy from me! I will be announcing the winner soon!

"Flowers of Evil" Now Availabe for Purchase

Looks like I overshot the date at which my first novel, "Flowers of Evil" would be available for purchase in e-book format. Looks like it's available as of NOW!. Everyone don't forget to purchase your copy today and help spread the word. Follow the ashes.....

Sunday, April 28, 2013

"Flowers of Evil" Availabe for Purchase Tuesday April 30th! Spead the word!

Hello All!

"Flowers of Evil," the first installment of the Executioner trilogy will be available for purchase in e-book format on Tuesday, April 30th. Make sure to purchase your copy and follow the ashes....


Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Struggles of Author-dom!

As if being a college student, renovating a home built in the 1950s to look more like a home from the 2000s and being a writer in itself weren't hard enough. Finding a great agent who is as enthusiastic about your work as yourself and the large fan-base you've already created is even more-so. Not to brag or anything, but I believe my work to be quite brilliant. At least, that's what my husband and brilliant publicist Jennifer Butler say along with my beautiful mother and adoring friends, but of course they're all biased, right?

I would sure hope not since this market is so tough to break into, even with an absolutely wonderful manuscript that is obvious it will sell like hot cakes and go flying off the shelves. All I know is, I've been writing the "Executioner Series" since 2005 and finally have a finished copy of "Flowers of Evil," sitting on my computer I am happy with and I've only had one nibble out of all the queries I have sent. Seems like I'm exaggerating, but sadly I'm not. This is a tough market and you need to develop a thick skin and need to be able to handle rejection because, even with a kick-ass manuscript, you will be seeing a lot of them. Even one of my favorite authors, Stephen King, faced the same dilemma.

While, yes there are some individuals who get an agent or publisher without even trying, most of us need to work really hard to make ourselves known hence, this blog. Yes, I may have adoring fans already, but that doesn't count for beans unless you can somehow prove it to an agent or publisher. Yes, I have a great publicist with whom I plan to accomplish my ultimate goal. Yes, I have an outstanding and original manuscript. Will all of these things be my recipe for success?

I sure hope so.

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