Well, it’s officially been one week since Coming Home hit the ebook market, and I think I’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to trying to explore marketing opportunities for it. It can be a wee bit challenging to get folks to read your book if they don’t even know it exists, so it helps if you can get reviewers to read it and post reviews on their sites and/or blogs for the world to see.
…But it turns out it’s also a wee bit challenging to get reviewers to look at your book when A) they’re swamped with review requests, B) they don’t know you from Adam, and C) you have no famous relatives with which to impress them. Mom swears we’re descended from Robert the Bruce, famed medieval king of Scotland, but apparently that doesn’t carry much weight in the publishing industry. Hmph. Go figure.
But I have been fortunate enough to line up a few upcoming guest spots on some other blogs over the next few months, and one reviewer has just agreed to review my book in the next couple of weeks, so yay for that! (Unless, of course, she doesn’t like the book, in which case…suddenly I’m feeling a little queasy. Don’t mind me; I’ll just be over here curled up in the fetal position for a while.)
You think I’m kidding, don’t you?
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go ask my parents if they’re absolutely positive we’re not related to J.K. Rowling.
I’m thrilled to say that my publisher, Crimson Romance, has offered me a contract on a second manuscript I submitted to them. Yahoo! I’m so excited! The working title is The Bargain, but I don’t know if it will keep that or not. Too early to say. Now if Barnes and Noble will just make my first book available online, I’ll be all set… 🙂
Well, it’s finally happened! My very first book ever to be published has been, well, published.
It’s ready-to-buy now on Amazon and iTunes, and it should be ready any day now at the Barnes & Noble website, too. I think I probably bought the first copy myself, and it was both weird and wonderful to read my own book on my Kindle. I’m tingly all over! Either I’m thrilled, or I’m coming down with something.
Now I have to sit back and bite my nails over whether or not any reviews get posted, and if they do, whether any–except maybe one from my mother (love you, Mom!)–turn out to be positive. Sure would be a bummer if it turns out my writing makes people want to scratch their own eyes out or something rather than read another word of it, eh? Ahem. Perhaps I’m stressing too much about this…
Anyhow, it was very exciting to see my book listed on the web page for USA Today’s New Contemporary Romances. If you scroll a little more than halfway down, there it is!
I have to say, I’m having a lot of fun today with all of this… 🙂
The Harlequin Junkie website has just posted a spotlight on ten Crimson Romance novels, including Coming Home, at this link, and it includes a book giveaway. It looks like you can enter to win one of five two-book packages. The offer expires in a couple more days, so if you’re interested, hurry on over and check it out. Nothing better than free, right?
Have a good one!
The Book Pushers website posted a question/answer format bit about me and Coming Home today, which I really appreciate. Thanks Minnchica! Here’s the link if you would like to check it out. Feel free to leave feedback!
In the meantime, spring has sprung, and my vacation has started, so if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go collapse on the couch. Have a good one!
It’s almost time for my book, Coming Home, to make its official “debut.” Pretty cool. What’s also pretty cool is that tomorrow I’m supposed to be featured on The Book Pushers website in their Debut Author Feature. I’ll post a link as soon as I confirm that it’s really and truly up and running and not just, say, some weird mix-up in which they’ve gotten me confused with Danielle Steel or someone like that. You know, because Danielle and I get confused for each other all the time…
My publisher, Crimson Romance, also just emailed me to say that another website, Harlequin Junkies, is going to be spotlighting ten of the Crimson Romance titles, and mine is one of them. Pretty cool again. That post is supposed to be March 23rd.
Every little bit of marketing helps, right? And speaking of marketing, if you read the book and you like it, I’d be grateful if you could post a review on Amazon and Goodreads. If you don’t like it, then, um…never mind!
Another screenplay of mine, Heroes For Hire, has made it to the quarterfinals of the 2012 All Access Screenwriting Competition. Yay! It’s the first time this particular screenplay has placed in a competition, so I’m really happy, even if this is as high as it goes. Heroes For Hire is sort of a fantasy/comedy/adventure story, so it’s a world away from The Bloodline. Think something more like Galaxy Quest, which is a quirky comedy that I, for one, really enjoy. If you’re at all a Trekkie and you’ve never seen that movie, you should go rent it. It’s very cute.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂
I’m tickled pink today. There’s a web page at Amazon.com with my book on it. Eeee! I’m a little giddy right now. Good thing I’m sitting down.
So I must really be an author now, because it says “Christine S. Feldman” with the word “Author” in parentheses after my name. And if you click on my name, it brings up an official Author Page. Check it out at this link.
I realize this is probably a lot more exciting to me than to anyone else, but I hope you’ll forgive me for prattling on about it. I’ll try to restrict myself to mostly just babbling endlessly about it to my husband. He has to forgive me. I’m pretty sure it was in our vows.
Coming Home is also available on iTunes, and I think it will be on Barnes & Noble’s website in about one more week for Nook users. How cool is that?!
Okay, I’ll stop now. 🙂
The results are in for another screenwriting contest I entered, the 2012 Screenplay Festival. They have a Grand Prize Winner and five Honorable Mentions in each of five categories: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, and Thriller/Horror. My screenplay The Bloodline is officially one of those five Honorable Mentions in the Thriller/Horror category, so I’m very happy about that! Don’t know if it will lead to any actual contacts who would be in a position to do anything with the script, but it’s still pretty exciting. I’m thinking about rewriting it as a novel and seeing if the screenwriting contests it’s won might make it a little more intriguing to publishers. We’ll see…
Hey, I just found out that my screenplay The Bloodline has made it to the quarterfinals of the Writers on the Storm screenwriting competition! Yay! The next round of placements will be next month, and in the meantime it’s just pretty cool to make it this far. Here’s a link to the blog listing the results, if you’re interested in checking them out. It’s the March 4th entry on their site.