Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Writers' Wednesday: Notes on Promotion

Hello writers! You probably know by now that I try to share information with fellow authors whenever I can. Today, two pieces of info when it comes to marketing and promotion that you may find interesting:

1. Make sure you have a newsletter. Time and time again, I have read this piece of advice as one of the best. It costs very little (even free, depending on the subscription service you use and how many subscribers you have) and it's a great way of connecting with readers. I recently switched from YourMailingListProvider to MailChimp (cost reasons) and have been happy with how user-friendly MailChimp seems to be. I also recently ran a contest through Fresh Fiction, on the recommendation that it was a good way to gain subscribers -- I had 985 people enter the contest/subscribe to my newsletter, and when I sent out a new edition this past Monday, a few things happened:

A. 2 addresses bounced as spam (I had been warned about this but was relieved to see that the spam addresses were so low).

B. 28 people unsubscribed. That's not great, but that still means that I have over 900 new subscribers for my newsletter.

C. I had a nice sales bump of Cocktail Cruises yesterday and today, which I will attribute at least in part to the newsletter mention and also to my second point of today's post...

2. Don't hate the bad reviews. I'm running a blog tour right now of Cocktail Cruises, and while most readers have really enjoyed it, yesterday's did not love Sex on the Beach (#2 in the series). Among other things, she didn't like the heroine (even though she admitted that once the heroine started to change thanks to the hero's influence, she liked her a lot more). At first, I cringed. I mean, we want everyone to love our babies, right? But then I thought, OK, well everyone has an opinion. And when I had a sales boost yesterday, I thought perhaps at least some of those purchases came from people who read the review and maybe wanted to see for themselves. Remember, readers often buy books just because other readers are talking about them -- not necessarily saying good things, but just talking.

Write on, friends!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Mentionables: Time for a Cover Reveal!

Okay gang, here it is, the cover for my upcoming novella, SETTING SAIL, which will be available ONLY as part of the Passionate Kisses 2 Boxed Set until mid-2015. Do you love it??

This story takes place about 3 years before the first book in the Cocktail Cruises trilogy, Tequila Sunrise, and introduces readers to Toby and Bryce (among other characters) before they became heroes in their own books. I LOVED writing this story and can't wait to share it with you all! It's romantic and a little more on the sweet side, and I think the cover captures the mood perfectly.

A quick peek: 

When real estate agent Jason McClintock discovers his billionaire client's latest target is the historic diner owned and run by his high school crush, Pearl DeVane, things get more than a little complicated. Does forging a successful career mean giving up everything from his past, including the only woman to ever steal his heart?

Haven't preordered your copy of the Passionate Kisses Boxed Set yet? Here are all the links: 


Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Fun Facts: Covers Galore!

Have you "liked" the Passionate Kisses Facebook page? If not, you're missing out on new cover reveals that have been happening all this week -- sneak peeks at the 10 new stories coming your way as part of our Passionate Kisses 2 Boxed Set in February. I'm swooning already at what my fellow authors have in store...can't wait to read them all!

Just in case you haven't found us yet on Facebook, here's the link.

Enjoy all the beautiful covers!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Writers' Wednesday: Join Me For a Release Party!

Hey all, just a quick note: I'll be helping host Wendy S. Marcus's Facebook release party for her new book, Loving You Is Easy, TODAY from 4:00 - 4:30 pm EST. I'll be chatting, posting some yummy pictures to drive away those winter blues, and giving away both books and gift cards!

Please pop in so I'm not too lonely over there, OK? Here's the link: FACEBOOK RELEASE PARTY!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Monday Mentionables: It's Time for a Cover Reveal!

Woo hoo! Happy Monday, everyone! I'm THRILLED to share the news that the ten Passionate Kisses authors have teamed up to bring you another boxed set filled with sweet-to-sizzling contemporary romances, this one releasing just after Valentine's Day in 2015! Of the ten stories, FIVE are brand new releases, never before seen anywhere else! Want to know more? Follow the link below to read the full blurb. Now without further adieu, here is our gorgeous cover. I love it!!

Don't want to wait to order it? You don't have to! You can preorder at Amazon today! (more retailer links coming soon -- stay tuned!)

Friday, December 05, 2014

Friday Fun Facts: You're Invited to an Author Event!

Happy Friday, everyone! If' you're local to the Mid-Hudson Valley, NY, tomorrow (Saturday) there's an author/illustrator event you won't want to miss at Thrall Library in Middletown, NY! The morning session will feature children's and Young Adult authors, and the afternoon will feature adult fiction writers.

And yes! Yours Truly will be there in the afternoon, from 1-4 pm, on the second floor in the Community Room. I will have a limited number of copies of Cocktail Cruises: The Collection for sale, so if you're looking for a great, signed holiday gift, stop on by and pick up a couple!

Hope to see you there :)

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Writers' Wednesday: Congrats to All Contest Winners!

Thanks to all who entered the Rafflecopter giveaway celebrating the release of the Cocktail Cruises Collection

Here are the winners: 

$20 Amazon Gift Card - Linda B.

E-copy of The Opposite of Wild by Kylie Gilmore - Jody F.

Audio Book of Sink or Swim by Stacy Juba - Linda L.

E-Copy of Hard as Ice by Victoria Barbour - BrandyDM

E-Copy of Tequila Sunrise by Allie Boniface - Catherine L.