Category: Personal Experiences
One week has passed since I released Hyacinth – book #2 of the Svatura series – and I could not be more thrilled with the results and feedback so far!!! Not to toot my own horn… however, I am currently head of the marketing department as well as the author. The differences between launching my second versus my first book have been very interesting … Read More Hyacinth – 1st Week Out
Wendy – my editor – and I are about half-way through our first round of content edits for Hyacinth. I will say that so far this is going much smoother than the first round of Blue Violet. With my first book, I had to do a lot of rewriting and adding and moving. Some key plot points – like establishing the tension earlier in … Read More My New Bad Habits
I’ve mentioned before that my favorite part of the book writing process is working with my editor, Wendy. Getting edits back from her is like opening a birthday present. (Geeky to think that? Probably.) You would probably think that my favorite part is writing the book itself. And I do love that part. I love getting all the ideas in my head on paper. … Read More What I Love About Editing
I am on track to publish my 2nd book – Hyacinth – which is a follow-on to Blue Violet. As I get closer to publishing, I’ve realized that this book launch will be different from the first one. And I may need to do more/other activities to promote the book when I release Hyacinth. With the launch for Blue Violet I did the following … Read More What’s Different About Launching a 2nd Book?
Ever since starting this journey in writing and publishing my own books I have discovered that I constantly feel like I’m in a state of “hurry up and wait.” It started this summer when I found my awesome editor and finally got serious about publishing my first book. First it was hurry up and wait through the various editing phases. And then it was … Read More 2013… I Can Hardly Wait!!!
As an author with one book published and one on the way, I have been extremely interested in the reviews I get on my first book through various sources – amazon, goodreads, book bloggers, etc. I have been pleasantly surprised to receive ratings mostly in the 4s and 5s for Blue Violet as well as a majority of feedback that has been positive. Had … Read More Bring On the Constructive Feedback!
I realize that it’s probably tacky to talk about money/sales/profits quite so publicly. However, as an indie author, I find this topic relevant and probably interesting to other indie authors out there. In addition, I want to ask my fans an important question related to my own books. So I’m taking a bit of risk by being very honest on this topic. I apologize for … Read More The Pricing Debate
This weekend I have a personal goal set to finish Hyacinth enough that it’s time to send it to Wendy, my editor. This is going to be a stretch as I’m trying to squeeze writing in between spending time with my family, working, homework and reading for my MBA program, and the holiday. The time pressure I consider to be necessary and somewhat unavoidable. … Read More Feeling the Pressure
Coming up with the titles for my books has been one of my favorite exercises so far. The title is one element of my books I did not research extensively like I have most of my self-publishing tasks. I based my title selection solely on personal preference. I was very deliberate about selecting the title for Blue Violet. I knew that it would be … Read More A Book Title With Meaning
I’ve just finished running my first free promotion on Kindle. Here are my initial thoughts on the experience (which far, far, far exceeded my expectations)… First of all – huge thanks to everyone who took advantage of the promotion and downloaded the book. I hope you enjoy it! And also a huge thanks to those who listed me, retweeted me, shared my FB link, etc. I really … Read More My 1st Free Kindle Promotion: How I “Sold” 6000 Books in 2 Days