Monday, December 16, 2019

It's My Birthday! Want to Help Me Celebrate?

It’s my birthday! *cue the confetti*

Today I turn 36. I had a lot of plans for 35; a whole list, in fact. The top item on my list: go to Scotland. I was so sure 35/2019 would finally be my year to visit Scotland. It didn’t happen and while I’m disappointed, I feel like I know why it didn’t happen (it’s a whole big internal, personal thing that gets a bit woowoo...maybe a topic for another day?).

There were a few other things on my list I didn’t do (like get another tattoo - I just can’t find any local artists whose work I’m interested in/trust), but there were many I did accomplish, and that’s what I want to focus on. I’m also focusing on the now and what 36 and 2020 will bring. With that being said, I’ve been working hard at getting back on track with my writing career. One of the goals I accomplished this year was writing and publishing my contemporary romance, Maybe You, in June. I also revised an old shelved manuscript, Hung Up on You, which will be coming out on January 14th (four weeks from tomorrow, aah!). I’m already working on my next project, and have several others lined up. My goal is to end 2019 strong and start the new year even stronger.

But...truth time here: my book sales are abysmal. I’m basically an unknown author, even after eight years of publishing. I’m incredibly grateful for every sale, for the people who spread the word about my books, and for the people who have been so supportive. In a way, my crappy sales numbers this year are my own fault because I slacked big time when it came to actually marketing my books until recently. I was inconsistent, but I’m working hard to change that. I want people to find my books and read them, I want to build a following of loyal fans, I want people to recommend my books to their friends, and I know I need to put in the work in order for any of that to happen. I feel like the people who do know me in the book community know me more as a bookstagrammer and someone who recommends other people’s books. Every time I post about my own books on bookstagram, I inevitably get people - even people who have been following me for awhile - saying they had no idea I was an author.

So for my birthday, I’m asking for a bit of help. If you’ve been curious about my books but haven’t read any of them, maybe you could buy one today? You can find the complete list of them here - they’re all $2.99 or less, and all of them are available on Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, and Nook. Or if you have read them and enjoyed them, maybe you’d consider gifting one to a friend? If you can’t spare the money (believe me, I get that!), maybe you could share one of my book-related tweets or Facebook posts? Or one of the Instagram posts I’ve shared about my books? There are so many things you can do to help, and not just me, but for all other authors too.

If you’d really like to make my day, the thing that’d make me happiest is pre-ordering my upcoming contemporary romance, Hung Up on You. I have a goal in mind (a modest number that some people would probably laugh at, but that would mean a lot to me), and it would be incredible to meet that goal today. Think you could help me out? Hung Up on You is just 99 cents to pre-order!   



If you're reading this, thank you for sticking around and thank you for your support. Here's to an amazing year ahead for all of us.


2 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday!

    I feel you on the low sales. Mine are limping along, too, and I gotta get better at marketing so I can change that.

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    1. Thank you! It's a struggle, isn't it? My plan going forward is to schedule a bunch of promo posts on Facebook and Twitter so I have no excuses about forgetting or anything like that. I find it hard to remember to do it daily so...hopefully that'll make a difference!

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