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Why I Love To Give Free Stuff
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Why I Love To Give Free Stuff

I’ve been giving stuff away lately, and I have to admit, it feels pretty good! And I’m not even concerned about getting anything back. That’s the best way to give, isn’t it? Pay it forward and all that. So when I give I try to do so with pure intentions and hope karma does the rest.Free Works, ApparentlyI was pleasantly surprised this month when I had my “free days” on Amazon. My first book, Unexplained, had almost four thousand downloads! I had run some promotions on social media and a few newsletters, and it seems to have paid off. All three of my Higher Elevation Series books are in Kindle Unlimited right now, and the sales and page reads have been ...

Making Peace With Unfinished Stories
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Why I Love To Give Free Stuff

How many unfinished stories does the average author have?I recently took inventory of all the stories I’ve written, and was surprised to find how many I had started and not finished. I have published three novels so far, so finishing a draft in general is not a problem for me. Some stories seem take hold of me and I can’t rest until they are done, and others, not so much. But that pile of unfinished manuscripts has been staring at me almost as hard as my TBR (to be read) pile, and it made me wonder if there was a common thread, a particular reason why those stories didn’t get finished. Was there something wrong, or is it normal to have a backlog of unfinished work?The ...

When It's Time To Change Book Covers
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Why I Love To Give Free Stuff

Rebranding a book or a series is more common now than ever before. From Indie Authors to small presses to large publishing houses, changing the cover of a book is a marketing strategy which can breathe new life into sagging sales. It can also cause the book to appeal to a different audience, bringing in new readers. Some authors or publishers do this periodically, just to keep their product packaging fresh and on trend.The StrategyBut there’s another reason you may want to change your book’s covers. While I loved the original covers of my Higher Elevation Series, once three books were published I got some feedback which indicated there was some confusion as to what genre they ...

Facebook Groups- Why Authors Need One
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Why I Love To Give Free Stuff

If you have spent any time on Facebook lately, you may have noticed a proliferation of Groups. Groups on Facebook have evolved as a way for people with common interests to share information. They can be private and closed, or they can be open, but most require you to request admittance. Simply press the “+Join” button on the group’s page, and a member of the group will add you. (I have not heard about anyone being rejected and not added, so I’m not sure what happens in that case. If anyone knows, please share).A Great Tool For AuthorsGroups are a great tool for authors. If you don’t have your own group page just for your readers, set one up as soon as possible. ...

Is Silver The New Grey? Older Heroes & Heroines in Fiction
Monday, May 01, 2017
Why I Love To Give Free Stuff

There’s a growing trend in fiction, and it’s not grey, but almost. Silver is in, with older fictional heroes and heroines (not in their twenties) in romance novels, and even in some other genres, too. Which makes sense when statistics show a significant portion of readers who read books regularly are women, and over the age of fifty-five, as shown in this recent Book Bub study. Many readers enjoy stories with characters who are more like them, who have more life experience and are facing problems and challenges they can relate to.Several social media pages or groups have emerged to provide a place for those interested in reading or writing romances featuring mature or ...