Archive for April, 2012

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My KDP Experiment (part 1)

April 16, 2012

First off, let me start this post by apologizing to all the people out there who don’t have Kindles. It was a tough choice to take The Tears of Elios off the other sites and make it exclusive to Amazon for 3 months, but I’m going to try and explain why I did it. I promise, when it goes live again at B&N and other sites, I’ll give y’all a special deal. 😉

Second, those that know me well are probably asking why I sold out to Amazon, a company I normally have very few kind words about (and yes, I live in Seattle, the home of Amazon). The answer lies in this article.

I originally published The Tears of Elios in early October 2011. Sales during the first month were modest, earning me $128.51. Big money, I know. Then they tapered off… SIGNIFICANTLY. I only earned $15.24 in March 2012 for that book ($11.10 was from sites other than Amazon).

I had gotten great reviews, praise for the cover art, etc. I was at my wit’s end as to why sales were plummeting after 6 months, rather than increasing (which is what my most people experience with self-publishing). I also had another book coming out in April (A Soul For Trouble), and I didn’t want it languish like Tears was doing.

What I lacked was exposure. KDP Select was launched in December, flooding the ebook market with free titles and burying my title under the “rubble”. Books enrolled the KDP Select program stood in a  favorable position when it came to the Amazon ranking algorithm (see the article for more details). Therefore, more people saw your title, more people discovered your book, and more people were likely to BUY your book.

So, after witnessing dismal sales of this title in March, I decided to take it off other sites and enroll it in the KDP Select program to see if I could benefit from Amazon’s skewed algorithm structure. I enrolled my book on April 4 and listed it for free from April 10-12. I ended up giving away nearly 14,000 copies for free during those three days. I was ranked #1 in both the Free Fantasy and the Free Fantasy Romance Kindle lists, and made it as high as #25 on the overall Free Kindle list. Talk about exposure! 🙂

Then,  I watched and waited to see if it would help boost sales for both Tears and my other titles. I’ll post some hard numbers at the end of the month (My KDP Experiment, part 2), but let’s just say the results are good so far – enough to where I don’t regret the lost sales I would have gotten (or in my case, wouldn’t have gotten) from the other sites. And, I’ve had the added benefit of hearing from new readers whose emails make me glow with pride, and I’m looking forward to working on the sequel to Tears later this year.

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Release day!

April 3, 2012

It’s release day for my Award-Winning Fantasy Romance, A Soul For Trouble!

Book 1 of the Soulbearer Trilogy

When you’re a witch named Trouble, chaos follows.

Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, but this is getting ridiculous. When an insane stranger is murdered at the inn where she works, Trouble becomes the next Soulbearer for the disembodied god of chaos, Loku. Yes, it comes with the ability to channel the god’s limitless power, but at the cost of her sanity — literally. Now she has a sexy but cynical knight claiming to be her protector, a prince trying to seduce her to his cause (and his bed), and a snarky chaos god who offers a play-by-play commentary on it all, whether she wants to hear it or not. To make matters worse, a necromancer wants to capture the soul of Loku for his own dark purposes, and the only way he can get it is by killing her first.

A Soul For Trouble is available in Print and Ebook from the following sites:

Print: Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Create Space

Ebook: All Romance Ebooks, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon

Excerpt

Reviews

From RT Book Reviews:

“Book one in the Soulbearer trilogy, this fantastical romance is completely different from the myriad of others out there. It’s a great book that pits Trouble against Chaos — two characters that all readers will want to visit again and again!” — 4 1/2 STARS

From Reviewer Angel Graham:

This fast paced story will keep you on your toes, turning pages, cheering the good guys, booing the bad guys and pondering which category  Loku, the God of Chaos fits.  Wondering who will claim the love of Trouble” — 5/5 STARS

From Booked Up Reviews:

I was drawn in to this book from the opening scene… I love these characters and I think it’s going to be a great series….I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I hope isn’t too long of a wait until we get the next book in this magical series.” — 5/5 STARS

From Underworld Love Addiction:

“This was a very unique story with some great characters… I thoroughly enjoyed this story as well and can’t wait for the sequel.  I say that so calmly now.  I may possibly have had a slightly larger reaction to realizing I was at the end of the book and would now have to wait months to find out what happens next. I highly recommend this story” — 4.5 STARS

From My Book Addiction Reviews:

“A SOUL FOR TROUBLE is a fun book and an easy read… I shared Trouble’s frustration with her too honorable, sexy knight; knew her confusion about the prince’s intentions and affections; and felt her fear over facing an unbelievably strong foe with an army of undead soldiers. The book left me anxious to see what happens next!” — 4/5 Stars

Awards

FIRST PLACE, Greater Seattle RWA’s 2009 Emerald City Opener Contest, Paranormal Category

FIRST PLACE, Yellow Rose RWA’s 2010 Winter Rose Contest, Paranormal Category

THIRD PLACE, RWA FF&P chapter’s 2009  On the Far Side Contest, Fantasy Category

THIRD PLACE, OVRWA’s 2009 Enchanted Words Contest, Paranormal Category