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😉

ffya

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…

.1eb34547ece58a155e704bbc9b316594-d32jpic

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.

200

 

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.

toc 1e new teaser

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.

c884ef44f9f25d8b7bfe8ed9beb50db4

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.

disgrace sq

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.

863b8f9e5a4c0d06d4458c2c2ac07dad

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.

13606477_206518156415766_7715349537884590623_n

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.

prof pic

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😉

b222282fcc8d69ade1c21cd676c64a2b

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…

8cc3421e94fc2def30b3ac648580ec8a

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.

ac88d5b1489d31f3bd138863af51e8fb

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!

giphy

 

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

524403

 

xdee

To KU or to not KU that is the question??

Hmm and this gets trickier by the day for me…I make the same from a sale as a ‘lend read’ so it’s not the money and don’t get me wrong I love the idea of KU. As an avid reader myself I could see how it might save me money and the theory behind it is sound and fair for all…reader and author.

ffya

But…there’s always a but…the theory has been hijacked by “Internet Marketeers”.

Gqj8crM

There have been many post much more in-depth than mine that go into the nitty gritty, but basically KU is a big fund that gets divided up according to how many pages people read of your books. The big ass loop hole here is that the ‘Marketeers’ can and do upload books with bumpf…there may well be a story at the beginning…may.  But page after page after that is bumpf…the book is sometimes translated into several languages…other books crammed in at the end that bear no relation to the title…all to bump the total number of pages read…up to 3000 pages because Amazon has put a cap on that.

The upshot is the “Marketeers…or arse-wipes” which I think is the technical term, make money…a lot of money out of the fund that is for all the genuine indy authors.

e17921a12ce28543bebd7427cf91a40d

 

 

But it’s ok because surely if you complain…give it a one star that sort of thing Amazon will take it down…possibly I’m not sure but the fact is there is nothing to stop them changing the cover…tweak the title and upload again…see that horribly spiralling circle of dwindling fund and poor quality books…yeah that is not so good for the reader or authors.

All of my books are in the KU programme but I have begun the process of removing them…mostly because I want to try the other platforms but in the back of my head I worry that keeping them in is supporting a flawed system…Now I’m a minnow so Amazon won’t give a rats arse about my books and they are the biggest player by far so I will probably end up putting them all back at some point. I just hope when I do this situation is addressed because ultimately I believe it gives Indy authors a bad name.

And if there is one thing I have learnt this year is that Indy authors rock!

CKsK6wQUkAEHOh-