My new boxed set release, Jade Calhoun Series, is 67% off at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon for a limited time. I’d love your help in spreading the word. Here’s the deal:
Tweet, Facebook, Blog, Google+, or anywhere you have social media (forums of any kind) about the limited time sale. Email me Dkchase12 @ gmail.com with the subject line JCS. In the body of the email mention all the places you spread the word. For each unique place you get one entry. Friday (4/6) morning I will pull two winners, both will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Fellow author, Red Tash, is hosting a Trick or Treat Bash in celebration of her new release, This Brilliant Darkness. And the grand prize is a NEW KINDLE to be delivered before Halloween. You have seven more days to enter. There are other prizes, such as amazon gift cards, and free books.
Red has a number of ways to enter. See her site here for all details. When you’re done finding out all the ways to enter come back here and post on any blog post: Red sent me. http://www.redtash.com. That’s good for one entry.
Good luck! And don’t forget to check out Red’s new book.
I’m exhausted. Tomorrow is Greg’s birthday and I plan to force him to take the day off to go do something fun. Usually this is not an issue. If I say, “Hey I think we should take the day off,” then he’s usually all for it. But it’s been raining for two weeks straight, and neither of us are crazy about driving in torrential downpours. At the very least I will drag him off dinner somewhere.
Besides the fact, that it is indeed his birthday, and I’d never let it go uncelebrated, the truth is I need to get away from the computer. I torched for six hours tonight and it was a joy to just sit there and work. But here I am back at the computer doing publishing stuff.
Yesterday was an emotional high. The book got here. It’s gorgeous. I love it. I held it in my hands. All that lovely stuff. Then I uploaded files for Kindle, PubIt!, etc. I spent all day doing that. Then I got an email this morning about a typo on the first page. The first page! No less than five people have proofed this book and it was professionally edited. We all missed it. Every single one of us. I don’t fault anyone. No one can catch everything in a full length novel. But my high fizzled into a “Oh my God!” I already ordered the first round of books. What if there are a ton more?
I don’t really think there are a ton more. Greg did find one on page 76 today. It was very minor. Again something easy to overlook. The great thing about self-publishing is I can reload all those files with the changes. Not really that big of a deal. But still all of the work to get here and it being my first book, I am just exhausted. Mentally worn out.
Oh, I know. All books, even the ones from New York have typos that slip through. It happens all the time. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, it happens.
On the other hand, I am so thrilled with positive response y’all have had to this book. I can’t thank you enough for believing in me. Thank you for sharing in the excitement. It’s meant the world to me.
It’s official. I have secured an editor and a book designer for my paranormal romance, Haunted on Bourbon Street. My final draft will go to my editor in mid May. This means I am shooting for a July release date. A release date, that sounds so official. Squeal!
I am nervous and super excited at the same time. If you’ve paid attention at all to the publishing world you know things are changing and fast. With ereaders steadily rising in popularity, more and more people are moving to the ebook format. I myself got my NOOK in December and I’m pretty sure I’ve already bought more books this year than I did all of last year. It’s so easy. Just turn it on and the whole book store is in my hands and I don’t have to worry if the title is in stock. It’s amazing.
With that in mind and the ability to publish to Amazon’s Kindle format and Barnes & Noble’s PubIt, it makes it so much easier for authors to get their work out there without waiting years to find an agent and/or a publisher. I don’t have stars in my eyes over the recent Amanda Hocking news-the self-publishing phenomenon who made almost two million dollars in one year self-publishing. I know it’s hard work and Amanda’s story, while no doubt she worked very hard for her success, is not even remotely normal. Still, there is a future for self-published authors and I am no stranger to marketing my work or finding an audience. I’ve been doing it for ten years with the lampwork business.
So wish me luck on my newest endeavor. I’ll be sure to let you know the exact release date and the status of the rest of the series. And for my bead followers, don’t worry, you can still find me at my torch everyday.
P.s. For those of you without ereaders just yet, I will also be releasing a print version.
While I think his delivery is a little over the top, he touches on many of the reasons I decided to self-publish. That’s not to say I’ll ever rule out traditional publishing. A writer can do both and there are benefits both ways.