It’s not all fannying about on Facebook…

I was invited to a small writer group, Chalk the Sun run by the very lovely Ardella Jones yesterday. The purpose was to share my experience of self publishing and although in the past I have been known to look like I am about to haemorrhage when I have to speak in front of others, this was actually fun.

Original image via Flickr Commons, courtesy of Casey Konstantin

There was wine, yes, but mostly it was just chatting about the ins and outs of getting your book out there. Tops tips…hmm?

  1. Write something everyday- It doesn’t matter what. If I’m not actually mid book, which recently is rare, but if I’m not, I will do a blog post, a long post on my reader group or a letter. Just to get some words down.

That was pretty much the nub. I mean there was a great many questions regarding the nuts and bolts of what I actually ‘do’ outside of writing to get my name out there,  with social media, relationship building, promotion, street teams, advertising, covers, formatting blah blah etc. Honestly, most of the information you can get from a decent Guide to…book, that’s certainly where I got most of my knowledge, well that, and at the cliff face.

I think I might’ve frightened them a little with how much work I put in outside of writing, but I have a marketing background and this is my business, my brand and my passion. So it isn’t a chore, it’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.

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I did think that had I sat in a room full of extremely intelligent and talented people before I published I might not have put pen to paper in the first place. Crippling insecurity and self doubt would have hindered for sure, but thats just me…or is it?

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I think the best advice is “Just keep writing”. Get it finished, get it our there and ALWAYS get professional help before you press publish.

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Oh…and be nice. It’s costs nothing and means everything.

xdee

 

 

On a Positive Note

I have the best readers…reader group…street team…friends.13427946_1743782949174209_8102842654121989593_n

The First Summer Indie awards run by Metamorphosis Publishing has just finished and it was such a close nail biting race. I had 3 books in the erotic romance category and with over 200 nominations I was pretty much blown away that in the end I had all 3 books in the top 4. You can see where this is going???

Yes, I was pipped at the post but honestly I would be nowhere near that post if is wasn’t for some amazing people…dedicated…relentless and a lil’ bit crazy. I couldn’t love you guys anymore if you were my own kids…actually thats not a compliment…most of the times I want to strangle my kids…so you guys win…hands down😉

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I have also had my first invite to a signing…now I’ve applied to signings and been accepted (Still some pending…come on LoveNVegas 2017) but this was my first invite invite…Leeds 2018 yay!!

I’ve written over 4k words today and I don’t have to cook dinner….Livin’The Dream❤

Thank you Thank you Thank you

xdee

 

How Cool is This?

I have been asked to speak at a small writer group in London about my first year as a self-published Erotic Romance author…I know…so excited!!! I mean it will be a quick talk because I get super fast when I’m nervous, and also I go so red, I look like I am about to haemorrhage but still…

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So what am I going total about…hmm well I did a rough…ahem, very rough list:

Points to cover (very roughly and not necessarily in this order)

* But you’re not a real writer…Self Publishing is vanity publishing…tell that to my bank account.

* Giving it your all…professional help (seeing the ‘would’ for the trees)…be nice.

* You are your Brand – Your covers, blog page, FB and other social media

* Visibility – Why Erotic Romance?

* Advertising and Bloggers…Street Teams and crazy people.

* Something for Nothing…why I gave away 30K plus ebooks?

* Book signings and beyond.

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And then the organiser suggested a fun writing competition to write an erotic scene..winner gets a free drink at the bar…oh did I mention it’s being help in a pub?…Well why else did I agree😉

I think the writing bit should be fun…the sex scenes are always the hardest to write…no pun intended…honest.

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I’m hoping I can join the group…they meet every month and in my favourite city, so an excellent excuse for a night out…like I need an excuse🙂

xdee

Step forward all those with great news…Hey Palmer where do you think you’re going?

Okay so what’s with the long and leading title? Well I’ve had a productive morning chatting with my very lovely PR lady and sorting out my release dates for my next 2 books.

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Now here’s the thing, you are not going to want to wait long for the last book…I don’t know why specifically…call it a hunch. Also, I don’t want to release the 3rd book in December, because…um it’s December. So a camel of a compromise has evolved with a late November and Mid January release dates for the next 2 books in the Disgrace Trilogy.

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I know it’s a bit of a wait but trust me…they are worth it…(swishes her hair like a well known shampoo commercial).

It’s also means I will have a good 5 months to get my teeth in to the next 3 projects I have been mulling…but more on those later…I don’t want to mess with your minds…too much.

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So keep your peepers pealed and look out for ARC  giveaways and competitions I will be running up to the release date.

Thanks guys

xdee

Winner!

I wanted to post this on my blog because I do quite a few giveaways on my Facebook group but not so many on my blog…I don’t think thats a huge deal because most of you catch me either here or there. This giveaway though was run through my subscriber list so you definitely had to be on there to win🙂

I also wanted to post the winner so you know I do actually pick winners…(well my children do) and it’s not some sneaky trick to get your details. I worry about this by the way so if you have won something and haven’t received it…it’s likely I forgot!

This was the prize and the winner is pughtwins2@*********.com I will drop an email to let them know.

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Got lots going on over the Summer and hopefully some exciting news to keep an eye out for.

Big Hugs

xdee❤

Out of the Loop-Thankfully

It’s taken a wee while to recover, I’ll admit that much but that’s an age thing. I mean seriously what was I thinking tagging along with the talented, gorgeous and much much younger LP Lovell, Laura Barnard and super friendly Jodi Maliszweski  and Vicki Watson until the early hours. I should know better…I do know better but I don’t get out much and it was the best fun.

I had an absolutely amazing time at my very first signing at the Essex Author Extravaganza ’16.

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I met some wonderful authors, Jodi L Perry, Donna Alam, the very very lovely Julieanne Lynch and so many more…too many to remember that’s for sure. But one thing that was so very wonderful for a newbie like me, how friendly everyone was, genuinely lovely.

So I am always a little shocked when I see posts on Facebook contradicting this behaviour in the book world. I think I am either not friends with those that wallow in negativity or I am just blinkered to the drama…for which I am eternally grateful. Life is hard enough…seriously! I love my on-line friends and despite my hubby iterating ‘The competition’ line I don’t see fellow authors like that. Now, that may well be naive but so be it…I fangirl as much as the next reader and will always be grateful for the help other authors have offered me and hope I am able to do the same. Although who would want that advice is a worry😉

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So roll on the next signing and gathering of like minded lovelies…I can’t wait!

 

It’s a numbers thing…

Gah I hate maths…

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Having spent a gruelling hour going over my ‘numbers’ it would appear I am an idiot to take my books out of the Kindle Unlimited programme. Over 60% of my income comes from there.

Whats was I thinking??

KU is where new readers don’t mind taking the risk on an unknown indie author such as me and it’s where veracious romance readers dwell…my kind of reader.

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So…I’m going back in…Not so much with my tail between my legs because I honestly like the idea of having my books available on all platforms but the cold hard figures have put paid to my best intentions. It’s not all about the money but sometimes it kinda is…

I don’t think this decision affects too many and with the Kindle app I think that number is pretty tiny but I am sorry, it’s just a no brainer…a girl’s gotta eat!

xdee

 

 

 

Gah…don’t hate me.

Okay this is a quick post because I can see how this might spiral. I am currently pulling my books from the Amazon KU programme, so I can offer them on all platforms…iTunes, Kobo, Nook etc. Well that’s great you might say!

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But because of the dates involved my middle book…Always a Choice is still enrolled in the programme until middle of July. Which means if you read it on KU then next one you will have to pay for because it isn’t in the KU programme…(not my fault just how the releases dates and contract with Amazon has panned out)…anyway it’s a cliffy so you might be pissed at this.

It’s not an intentional strategy to irritate, I am just trying to reach more readers. The net result is that you…if you choose to will buy the last book £2.99…but before you get really really pissed and …oh I don’t know leave a 1 star review, could you just maybe reflect that you have read or will have read nearly 1000 pages, taking something like 30 hours for…um £2.99!

I’m not trying to trick anyone but I am trying to make a living…I know shocking.

Much love and big hugs

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xdee