Questions, Answered!

It’s National Author’s Day!

Ellie the Author tagged me in a challenge for this special day and since I’m a better writer than speaker, I thought I’d do a blog post instead of a video, to answer her questions. Here are my answers. Thanks, Ellie, for including me!

How did you get started writing?

Within a period of 10 months, in 2012-2013, I lost 4 people in my life. 4 people who passed away from completely unrelated events, 3 of which were sudden and unexpected.

It shook me, hard.

At the time, I was working a good, solid job managing a medical clinic, but even though I was appreciated and treated well, it was a job that I just sort of fell into through the course of my career in healthcare administration, and I had lost my interest it.

Because of these shocking losses, I began to think about how short life actually is, and how tomorrow is never guaranteed.  We all know this in our logical minds, but sometimes, it takes a horrible loss or life event for it to truly sink in on a deep, cellular level.

I thought about all the things I told myself I’d like to do “someday”.  One of those things was writing a book.  I had recently recaptured my childhood love for reading and was reading a book every few days until there finally came a point where I said to myself, “I want to write a book of my own.”  If I didn’t do it “now” I may never have had the chance.  Because I could be gone tomorrow. 

So, I sat down in front of a blank Word Doc and started typing. I didn’t have a plot outlined.  I didn’t know where the story would go.  I didn’t know anything about the characters yet. All I had was a scene in my mind. 

Six months later, the first draft of The Fine Line was finished. 

Writing this first book was not easy. I am not a prolific writer. It took time, effort, and determination. It was emotionally draining because I felt like I was living through what the characters were experiencing. And if you’ve read it, you know it was a roller coaster of emotion! At the same time, I learned what it means to be truly passionate about something because when I was deep in the writing zone, hours would pass like minutes.

Writing and publishing The Fine Line was intense, scary, and exhilarating. It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life!

What got you to where you are at in your career?

I’d love to say I’m happy with where I’m at in my writing career. Hopefully someday, I’ll get there. But the reality is…I’m far from where I’d like to be! 

I made mistakes when I published The Fine Line.  I knew I wanted to self-publish, but I didn’t know how to market effectively. Looking back, I would’ve waited to publish until I had a few books already written because once I hit publish, I became immersed in trying to get this book in front of readers.  I spent so much time and energy on marketing that I no longer had any time or energy for writing.  And because I didn’t have any books to publish in the near future, The Fine Line lost momentum fast, and I became discouraged.  

I didn’t expect the outpouring of love from the readers who did read this book, and at the same time, I didn’t expect the harsh, downright mean, criticism that came with it either. I also didn’t expect the shame or backhanded remarks in my personal life that came my way because of the genre (steamy romance) that I like to read and write.

Unfortunately, my mind fixated on the criticism and judgment more than the love, and I convinced myself that I suck at writing. This made it quite difficult to finish my next book because instead of focusing on the story, I focused on what readers would think of the story and whether or not I was writing a book that would not just be “respectable” but that would also sell, because, at the end of the day, I asked myself how could I possibly justify spending this level of time, money, and energy on something that had no ROI? Full disclosure…self-publishing, done right, has upfront costs, and at this point, almost seven years later, my ROI is still in the negative.

The bottom line is, I’ve been GTS, you guys! Goin’ through shit. For the last several years, to put it as vaguely as possible (because some things need to stay personal)…I’ve been struggling. In a whole slew of ways.

But this damn passion! I LOVE writing! I can’t get the stories in my head out of my mind and I really want to be able to write them! I know there are many supportive readers out there who are patiently waiting for my next book. (Thank you to each and every one of you!) And I know that if I just get over my insecurities…I can have a successful writing career.

I’m currently working on my writing confidence. Here’s to hoping this year’s NaNoWriMo will be the push I need to get back in the game.

Where do you want your career to go?

I’d love to be able to make a living from writing, but at this point, I need to set small goals for myself. Expecting my books to the source of my income gives me a feeling of overwhelm and ultimately paralyzes me. Eventually, I’d like to publish at least 3 books per year, but for now, my expectation has to be one that my mind perceives as attainable.

So, I’m challenging myself, this month, for NaNoWriMo, to write 500 words per day. I’m challenging myself to focus on the story I’m telling, not the opinions of readers (whether they be positive or negative). And, to make it happen, I’m challenging myself to LIMIT MY TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA!!! Lol. 😉

What now?

I’m going to be working hard to bring a new story to you. In the meantime, I could really use some cheerleaders! If you’re interested, there are so many things you can do! Here are some ideas:

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*Words of wisdom, encouragement, or advice are always appreciated. Please feel free to leave a comment below.

Thank you all for your support while I try to get my sh*t together and get the words written! I love you all!

It’s Been a While

I haven’t written anything for quite a while. It’s been years, actually. I let my inner critic and the judgement of others get the best of me. One thing led to another and I just quit, telling myself this path–writing books and publishing them for others to read–wasn’t for me. I allowed myself to believe I didn’t have a thick enough skin, and worse, that I wasn’t that good at it.

But the writing bug never left me and a few weeks ago, despite the aforementioned setbacks, I decided to give it one more shot. Why? Because I never stopped thinking about they way hours pass like minutes when I’m deep in the “writing zone”, living the lives of the characters that I dream up and writing their experiences.

I remembered that writing is FUN!!!

It may be a while before I publish anything. And I may use a pen name moving forward if or when I do.

But, you guys, I AM writing.

Thank You. No Strings Attached.

Dear friend,

Today is Thanksgiving in the US…a time to reflect on what we’re grateful for and what’s most important in our lives.

As I think about the most important parts of my life, YOU come to mind.  And I want to extend to you, my deepest THANK YOU.  No selling, no strings, just THANK YOU.

THANK YOU for the time you have invested in reading what I’ve written.  THANK YOU for supporting me in all the many ways you have whether it be sharing my stuff, leaving reviews, or personally reaching out to me. THANK YOU for encouraging me to keep writing.

And if you are someone whom I’ve been blessed enough to know personally, THANK YOU for your friendship.

You mean the world to me.

Love,

Alicia

Happy New Year! Here’s Something to Keep You Warm!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2017 has been a blast!  Now it’s time for a new year, which means new goals and a fresh start!  What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?  Leave a comment to let me know!  One of mine, of course, is to write you all some more heart-pounding love stories!

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Year in Review

Upcoming Event

Chloe’s Spiked Cider Recipe

THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me this year.  You INSPIRE me!  I appreciate you for being with me on this crazy, wonderful “authoring” journey!

Love, Alicia


Alicia’s Year in Review:

2017: The Year of Book Signings!
This year, I had so many wonderful opportunities to meet some pretty darn awesome readers and authors during the following book signings! A HUGE thank you to the organizers of these incredible events!
Wicked in the Quad Cities, North Iowa Book Bash, Wisconsin Author Festival, New Berlin Local Author Fair, Writers on the River, Brew City Book Signing

My husband and I completed some home renovations over the summer, including our front porch. Our little cleaning project turned into something much bigger when the power washer chipped away all the paint on the porch! It was hard work, but definitely a blessing in disguise because a power washer would’ve never given us this end result.

My 12-year-old son read about the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse in one of his science books a couple of years ago, and ever since, he’s been determined to see it in full totality. How could I say no? So, we set off to St. Louis, Missouri this summer to see the eclipse and the gateway arch! It was definitely a fantastic experience that we’ll never forget!

My BFF got married in Playa del Carmen, Mexico last month! It was such an honor to be a part her wedding day. We had some super fun times, and although I missed my kids, I definitely didn’t mind leaving the cold Wisconsin weather behind!


Upcoming Book Signing Event:

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My next signing event will be at the North Iowa Book Bash in Clear Lake, IA on April 7th. I hope to see you there!


Chloe’s Spiked Cider Recipe:

If you’ve read The Fragile Line Series, you know that Chloe made some delicious spiked cider to take to Matt’s family’s house on Christmas.

Here’s her recipe to keep you warm this winter!

SPIKED SPICED APPLE CIDER

prep time: 5 mins
cook time: 6 hours
total time: 6 hours 5 mins

This semi-homemade spiked apple cider uses store-bought apple cider infused with cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and citrus. Right before serving it’s topped off with your favorite whiskey or bourbon for the perfect comforting winter cocktail!

Serves: 20

INGREDIENTS

1 gallon apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
4 star anise
4 tsp. whole cloves
2 oranges, sliced (plus more for garnish)
2 lemons, sliced (plus more for garnish)
1 liter of good whiskey or bourbon (Chloe uses Cherry Whiskey 😉 )

INSTRUCTIONS

Add apple cider, cinnamon sticks, star anise, whole cloves, oranges, and lemons into the slow-cooker. Turn the heat on low and cook for 6-7 hours.

Before serving, take out all of the whole spices, oranges, and lemons. Pour whiskey or bourbon in. Stir and serve.

End of Summer News + Incredible Book-lover Giveaways!

The summer is coming to a close!

My kiddos go back to school this week and I’ll be back to writing. To be honest, I’m torn between feeling excited about getting back into a writing routine, and missing my kids while they’re at school!

We’ve done a lot this summer, including water park & beach trips, campfires & smores, picnics & park visits, fairs & festivals, and more (see below for pics from our eclipse trip!)

What was the highlight of your summer? Are there any books that you’ve read recently that you can’t stop thinking about? Leave a comment to let me know!

And if you’re looking for something sexy, fun, heartbreaking, heart-mending, and sweet, I invite you to give The Fine Line, or The Fragile Line Series a try (if you haven’t already)!

Until next time,
Alicia

PS, Keep scrolling for the giveaways!

The highlight of the summer was hands down the 2017 Great American Eclipse. My (science-loving) son had been talking about this for 2 years, ever since reading about it in one of his science books. So glad he was able to experience it!

We traveled to the St. Louis, Missouri area for the eclipse trip…about a 6-hour drive from Milwaukee. It was just going to be me and the kids, but I was delighted when my mom asked to join us. We had a great time!


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Have You Heard? The Series is Now Complete!

THE FRAGILE LINE: PART THREE
IS AVAILABLE NOW!!!

Please note!  The Fine Line, and The Fragile Line series will be getting a cover overhaul soon!  If you’d like to make sure you get a book with the current cover, now’s the time!  The current covers won’t be available much longer!

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 “When love is real, you stop being selfish.”

When Logan spoke those words to Chloe months ago, she didn’t understand them. But she gets it now.  She’s in love with Matt and will do anything to make sure he has the life he deserves.  After making one of the hardest decisions of her life, Chloe tries to start fresh.  She wants to be the person that Matt needs but she’s got a long way to go.  Change is never easy.

Matt knows the facts when it comes to his relationship with Chloe.  The timing sucks.  It’s all moving way too fast.  And they’re not ready for it.  But he loves her like crazy anyway.

If Chloe and Matt have learned anything from their pasts, it’s that love isn’t always enough to hold a relationship together.  Will the love they have for each other be strong enough to last?

*It is necessary to read The Fragile Line: Parts One and Two before starting Part Three of this invigorating, three-part, New-Adult Romance series.

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The Fragile Line: Part Three has been re-edited as of December 21, 2016, by Eda Price Editing.  This is a newly enhanced, revised version.



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Today is the day! The Fragile Line, Part One is available NOW!  I can’t wait for you to get to know Chloe and Matt…I had so much fun writing them!  Below is a little teaser from Chloe, and keep scrolling down to hear from Matt.  Yep, this book is told from both of their POV’s!  (Then, keep on a-scrollin’ for the giveaway).


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Synopsis

Recommended for ages 18+ due to strong language and sexual content.

Chloe McCarthy thought she had found the perfect guy.  Someone just as detached as she was when it came to love and commitment.  Someone who never pressured her for more than just sex.  But when she gets a little too comfortable with their arrangement, and he rejects her for someone else, it triggers heartbreaking memories that leave her questioning her resolve for a commitment-free life.  In a moment of self-pity, she calls on the one person who she knows will make her smile.

Matt Langston lives a drama-free life, and he wants to keep it that way.  Chloe McCarthy?   All drama.  Which is why he needs to stay away from her.  A mechanic by day and bouncer by night, he tries to focus on work, but the more he tries, the more she creeps into his thoughts and his dreams, until he realizes that he needs to get her out of his system once and for all.

The Fragile Line is a spin-off to The Fine Line, told in an addicting three-part romance novella series, with each part building on the last.  The series may be read alone, however, reading The Fine Line first will provide a further introduction to the characters which may enhance the overall reading experience.

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Excerpt from Chapter Six:

“Is it everything you hoped it would be?”  Chloe asked, as I took a bite of the most delicious bread I have ever tasted.

This bread was so good that the garlicy, buttery, orgasmic masterpiece of flavor in my mouth forced a long moan out of my throat.  “Oh, yeah.”  I mumbled with the bread still in my cheek.  “This is fucking incredible.”

The dark wooden table of our window booth was dimly lit by an overhanging lamp with a red shade.  For a small restaurant, Ricci’s had an inviting, casual atmosphere complete with old-time Italian music.  At this time of night, there were only a few other diners scattered about.  I would imagine the place would be closing up soon for the evening.

She leaned in and whispered, “What if I told you I know how to make it?”

That caught my attention…enough to stop chewing.  “Don’t tease me, woman.”

She leaned back and huffed in exasperation. “God, why are you so macho?  The name’s Chloe.  CH-L-O-EEE.”

I chuckled.  “If you say so.  I’ve gotta hear this.  How do you know how to make the bread?”

“I dated one of the cooks when I worked here.” She shrugged and took a bite of bread.

Should’ve known that.  But really?  Was that all she was going to give me?  “And…did the recipe just osmose from his brain to yours on a date?”

She gave me the stink eye.  “I told him I’d only go out with him if he gave me the recipe.  So he did.  And we went on a date.  And that was it.”

“Lemme guess.  He wasn’t your type.”

She shook her head.  “I don’t really have a type.  I like variety.”

I nodded with raised brows, keeping my mouth shut about the fact that she just fed into her promiscuous reputation.  Was she doing it on purpose?  Did she actually want people to think she was easy?  She seemed okay tonight.  Why did part of me want to believe her rep was BS?

“What about you?” she asked.  “How come I never see you with any girls?”

“I could ask you the same thing.  Why no steady boyfriend?  You’re sexy as hell.  If you dropped the bitch act, you could easily land some dude if you wanted to.”

There went my word vomit.  So much for keeping my mouth shut.  Luckily, she didn’t seem offended this time.

Instead, she forced out a humorless laugh. “Yeah, just not the one I want.”

I cocked a brow.

She rolled her eyes and took a sip of her lemonade.

“Maybe it’s not an act,” she continued.

I nodded in thought.  “Or, maybe it is.  You seem pretty cool now.  Not clingy or—” What’s a nice way to say ‘easy’? “—overly accessible.  It’s a nice change.  You should do it more often.”

Her face scrunched up.  “Maybe I just don’t like you.”

“Or.  Maybe you like me more than you think.”  I winked.

The waiter came with our plates, a Sirloin Marsala for me and a spaghetti with meatballs for her.  After grating Parmesan cheese over her plate, he asked the typical waiter question, “Is there anything else I can get for you two?”

I answered instantly, “More bread.”

The kid, who must’ve been fifteen or sixteen, eyed our full basket of bread, then looked back at me with a quizzical look on his face which kind of pissed me off.  I mean, I would’ve eaten it all up already if he wouldn’t have been so quick with our meals.  And I wanted leftovers.

“Please,” I said calmly.

“O…kay?  I’ll be back with that in a minute.”

Dipshit.

The steak was even better than the bread.  It literally melted in my mouth.  Chloe laughed when I moaned again at the taste, and I smiled, knowing that my mission for the night had just been accomplished.

We savored our meals quietly for a few minutes before she broke the silence, continuing our conversation.  “Maybe I’m not interested in anything serious with anyone.  Maybe taking what I want and being…less than nice…is the best way to make sure they don’t get all googly with me.”

“What the hell does ‘googly’ mean?”

“Come on, you know.”

I shook my head no.

“It’s the lovey-dovey look in someone’s eyes.  Whether it’s a boy or girl, man or woman, we all do it.  It’s the way someone looks at you when they want you to think they’re falling for you.  They look at you with ‘googly-eyes.’”

“Ha!  You seem like an expert.  Maybe your nickname should be ‘heartbreaker.’”

“Yeah, right.  I’ve only gotten that look from one person.  And I’m not the one who did the heart breaking in that situation.”

I nodded in understanding.  It couldn’t have been Logan.  He’s never felt that way about her.  My curiosity piqued.  “First love?”

“Yeah, I guess you could say that.”

She continued stuffing spaghetti into her face as if this conversation were over.  I cleared my throat to get her attention.  It worked because she looked up from her plate with a WTF look.  “Go on, Pink, spill it.  You know you want to.”

She laughed again.  Just a small one, but a laugh nonetheless.  It took her another moment before she finally started to talk.

The Fine Line – Confine Tra Amore e Amicizia

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Now Available in Italian!  Thank you so much to my translator, Erika Arcoleo, for making this possible!

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Quando Liv Evans,  una ragazza  con la fobia per le relazioni, con una storia segnata dall’abbandono di tutti quelli che la amano, crea un legame con Logan Tanner, un gareggiatore clandestino che è stato tradito da qualcuno di inaspettato, tutte le sue paure sull’amore e la perdita, tornano in superficie. 

La liceale, Liv Evans, segue una sola regola: Niente legami.  Ha perso così tanto nella sua vita ed è determinata a non voler commettere lo stesso errore di sempre, perdere chiunque lei ami.  I ragazzi sono solo una distrazione piacevole, e una relazione stabile è qualcosa che vorrebbe definitivamente evitare.  Ma la sua determinazione nel vivere un futuro lontano dal dolore viene messa alla prova quando incontra–e crea velocemente un inaspettato legame–con Logan Tanner. 

Logan è sempre stato uno spirito libero, ma da quando un grande cambiamento nella sua vita ha avuto luogo, lasciandolo dubitare dell’integrità delle persone che lo circondano, ha portato quello stato a un nuovo livello.  Imparando nel modo peggiore che la vita è troppo breve per le preoccupazioni–e che non ci si può fidare delle donne–Logan ha scambiato le gare clandestine per un lavoro stabile. Quando Liv entra nel suo mondo, tutto quello che credeva di sapere sulle donne e sulla vita cambia.

In The Fine Line, Liv e Logan scopriranno se è possivile per il vero amore avere un futuro o se la storia è destinata a ripetersi.

“Liv, svegliati,” Logan sussurrò
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How to Market Your Self Published Book

I’ve recently taken on a new business opportunity that has to do with helping people reach their goals.  Writing can be such a solitary experience sometimes that I had almost forgotten how exhilarating it can be to work with others and help others with their challenges.  I’m so glad that I have been reminded how important it is and how good it makes us feel to encourage others!

So, I have decided to take the experience to my writing/authoring world.  Since the time I started writing my first book, two years ago, I have had many people ask me about book marketing for the self-published author.  Today, I’m going to share a few things that I have learned from my own experience in self publishing a fictional novel.   If you have any questions about the topic after reading this, please feel free to comment below or send me an email.

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First, it’s important the the book have a magnetic, genre appropriate, professional looking cover (because let’s face it, readers DO judge books by their cover) and professional editing.  (Your mother or best friend do not count!)  After that, the synopsis (or blurb) needs to fascinate the reader to the point where they HAVE to read the sample.  One way to do this is to look at other covers/blurbs in the same genre and see what’s successful and what’s not.  And, of course, the sample has to intrigue and entertain the reader so much that they’ll just have to keep reading (which means, hello book sale!).  With all the competition out there, excelling at these will set his book apart from the millions of other books readers have to choose from before making a purchase.  Also, it is important to research pricing and set the book at a competitive price.

Next, it’s important to be active on social media.  An author website  with a bio and links to his book is imperative.  If readers like your book, they are going to want to be able to connect with you and steer their friends toward you.  You don’t have to participate in every social media outlet, but you should be active on at least one or two…whatever you’re most comfortable with and whatever you’ll be most active on, whether its a blog, facebook, twitter, etc…

Having an Amazon author page is beneficial.  If readers see your book on Amazon, and want to know more about you, they can find out more on your Amazon page.  Your page can be set up through Amazon’s “Author Central,” here:  https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/landing?ie=UTF8&ref_=ntt_atc_dp_pel_1

One thing that has really worked well for me in getting reviews is asking book bloggers to review (or promote) my book.  If they can’t review it, they might do a spotlight, author interview, guest post, or simply share your book on their social media pages.  You should have a “promo packet” ready with the book cover, author photo (if you have one, it should be professional-looking), buy links, links to your website/social media pages, and have excerpts & teasers (photo teasers are more captivating than plain text) for them to share.

If they agree to a review, gift them a free eCopy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Never ask them to buy it.  It’s important to read their review policies before submitting a request and to follow their policy to a “T.”  Also, the more personalized the request, the better.  For example, if the reviewer noted something in their “about me” section, make a comment about how you relate to it in some way.  Definitely, address each blogger individually, by name.  For example, instead of “Dear blogger,” say “Dear (or Hi) Jane.”  They pretty much pass on copy & pasted requests and mass email requests sent to multiple bloggers.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to ask nicely.  Never, ever be pushy, or make demands.  Be extra courteous.  Remember that they help us promote our books for FREE and do it in their spare time because they are passionate about reading.  They are never obligated to do anything for us, ever.

In your request, tell them who you are, why you are contacting them, the books genre, how long the book is (in pages or word count), and include a super-short (but totally intriguing) synopsis so they have an idea of what your book is about.  They only accept books they think they might enjoy.  Never send the book before they agree to review it.  If they see an attachment, they will most likely delete your email without even opening it.

To put things into perspective, when I published The Fine Line, I emailed 427 bloggers.  This means I spent time on 427 blogs, reviewing each review policy, and about-me section.  It was time consuming, but SO worth it!  Most of them never responded to my request.  133 of them agreed to review my book.  I sent an eCopy of my book to all 133 of them.  Of that, only 83 of the bloggers who said they would review my book actually reviewed it.  It’s important to accept that not everyone does what they say they will do, and move on.  Never express your dissatisfaction.  Some reviews were phenomenal, and some were absolutely terrible!  It’s important to never ever respond to, or comment on the terrible ones.  Even if it kills you to not give that blogger or reviewer your two cents.  It’s just not professional and it could hurt an author’s career.  🙂

I kept a spreadsheet of all the bloggers I emailed, to keep track, and I highly recommend doing that.  That way, you’ll know for next time which ones you’ll want to contact again.  The header looked like this:

Blog Website Date Request Sent Request Format Response Date Action Review Status Misc Info

And if you are crunched for time, there are many book bloggers that will organize a blog tour for a fee.

Here are a couple of good articles about approaching book bloggers for reviews:

 
 

Goodreads is another place to reach out to readers for reviews.  There are some groups on Goodreads specifically designated to reviewing.  Again, the idea is that the reader is gifted the book in exchange for an honest review.  Always be kind and courteous.  Never pushy, desperate, or demanding.  And again, understand that not everyone who says they will review the book, does it.  It sucks when they don’t do what they promise, but unfortunately it’s just part of “the game.”

 

If your book is already published and you are looking to get more exposure, running a sale or discount on your ebook could boost sales.  If you decide to do this, it’s important to plan the sale at least 30 days in advance, and you must effectively promote the sale.  I wrote a blog post with links to many different websites that help authors promote their ebook discounts, and many times book bloggers will help with promotion. (Aren’t they awesome!  Seriously, I love them!)  Here it is: https://aliciakobishop.com/2015/03/23/promote-your-ebook-sale-or-discount/

 

Lastly, keep writing and publish more books!  If a reader likes your book, they’ll be looking at your back-list to see what else you have out there.  (This is something I, personally, need to get better at!)

 

Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords, has two really good (free) eBooks about how to market your book.  I highly recommend that you read them!  Here they are:

 
 

I hope this helps!  You are welcome to comment below or email me if you have any questions.  🙂

Promote Your eBook Sale or Discount

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In light of my recent sale on The Fine Line, I have become quite familiar with many websites that help indie and traditional authors promote their discounted books.  Today, I’d like to help other authors by providing a detailed list of book promotion websites.  If you know of any other good sites, please leave them in the comments!

If you are planning a sale, it’s always a good idea to contact these sites well in advance.  I advise at least 30 days, but many will accommodate you in a week or even a few days.  My book has been promoted on some of these sites and have seen some really good results!  However, I have not worked with all of the sites listed below, therefore I advise that you do any research you feel necessary before paying for any service, to verify that you will see results.

Please note: These are not book blogs or book review sites.  They are mostly book sale/freebie subscription sites.

These sites will promote your book for free or at a low-cost (many of these websites offer free promotion without guarantee or a guaranteed promotion for a fee):

Sweet Free Books

Booklover’s Heaven

eBooks Habit

Read Cheaply

Reading Deals

Ebookasaurus

The Midlist

Free & Discounted Books

Choosy Bookworm

Awesome Gang

eReader News Today

People Reads

Black Caviar Book Club

The Fussy Librarian

Just Kindle Books

The eReader Cafe

Book Static

eBook Soda ($10 fee)

New Free Kindle Books

Books on the Knob

Addicted to eBooks

Kindle Boards

Book Goodies

These sites will promote your book to a large audience for a fee (ranging from $15 and up):

Masquerade Crew

Free Kindle Books & Tips

BookBub

Free Booksy

Kindle Nation Daily

World Literary Cafe

Bargain Booksy

Kindle Mojo

Book Bear

Book Gorilla

Digital Book Today

Hot Zippy

Good Kindles

Indie Book of the Day

Book Sends

eReader IQ

Ask David