It’s Release Day!!!

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Yay!  Release Day is finally here for Winging It, and it’s already gotten a couple of wonderful reviews on Amazon.  Now that’s the way I like to start a book release day!

There’s an excerpt up over at Read Your Writes today, plus the original reviews that were cross-posted to Amazon can be read at Tome Tender and A Reader’s Review, but here are a couple of highlights:

“…If you’re looking for an uplifting, laugh-out-loud fast read Winging It is definitely for you! It really stands out from many other rom-com reads in a very punchy and vibrant way. And, it will leave you wanting more!”

“…a short but fabulously funny tale of the adventures of a feathery flight from incarceration and the heroes who braved just about every mishap imaginable! Fast, furious and never without humor, Ms. Feldman has created one of the best feel good reads I have ever read!”

If you’re interested in reading the book for yourself, it’s available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and it should be appearing on iTunes, Kobo, and other major ebook retailers shortly.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!  🙂

Better Than Christmas Morning!

Okay, maybe not BETTER than Christmas morning, but for a writer, Release Day is pretty dang close.  Can’t sleep the night before, bound out of bed bright and early in the morning, and wake up one’s poor significant other by shouting, “It’s here!  It’s here!”  I’m so glad my hubby is patient.  🙂

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Anyway… It’s here!  It’s here!  Release Day for All’s Fair in Love and Weddings!  It’s finally gone live on Amazon here, and it’s already garnered some lovely reviews.  Check them out at these blogs:

Bookworm Nation

Aleksandra’s Corner

Tome Tender

GenGen’s Book Blog

They certainly put a smile on MY face.  And on that note… Happy Release Day to all, and to all a good night!

Write Some, Market Some, Repeat

I used to think that once I wrote a book, the hard part was done.  If you’re an author, you’re probably laughing as you read that sentence; I’ll give you a moment to recover…

Sure, writing is time-consuming, emotional, and fraught with perilous eyestrain–although at least papercuts are less of an issue these days, thanks to the modern age of computers–but as far as the whole publishing process goes, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Nowadays, of course, there’s all sorts of stuff you’re supposed to do with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and maybe even eHarmony, I don’t know…), and that eats up a lot of time–especially if you get distracted by a certain Grumpy Cat (HE’S JUST SO CUTE!).  And in between bouts of social networking, writers are also supposed to be, you know, writing.

Plus if you’re venturing into self-publishing, there’s also the tiny matter of learning the technical aspects of the ebook business such as cover art design, proper formatting for manuscript submission to online distributors (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.), and determining pricing strategies that find a happy medium between pricing your book at “dirt cheap” and “who does that writer think she is, Kafka?”

Needless to say, I twitch a lot more now than I used to.

So I’m busy, busy, busy, but at least it’s a good kind of busy.  I’ve formatted the 1st of my Heavenly Bites novellas for Amazon and Barnes & Noble (hopefully correctly–release day will be a nail-biter), am nearly done with the 2nd novella, and am chomping at the bit to get to novella #3.  I’ve contacted 139 bloggers and/or reviewers, which I feel pretty good about until I remember advice in a self-publishing guide that advocates contacting 500; then I just sort of wheeze and fall over.

I’ve gotten a couple of reviews back on novella #1, Pastels and Jingle Bells; they liked it! Yippee!  Here’s hoping that trend continues.  If you’d like to check out these advance reviews, you can click on these links to read them at Goodreads and at Romance Reviews Magazine.

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Okay, off to work on that happy ending for novella #2…

Do Reviews REALLY Matter? (Hint: The Answer Is NOT No…)

When you’re a relatively new and struggling author, reviews of your books are VERY important.  Well, maybe they’re important if you’re a wildly successful author, too, but I don’t have quite the same personal insight into that perspective as I do the former.  I’ll let you know if that changes anytime soon.

Bottom line is…reviews matter.  And I’m talking about reader reviews, too, not just reviews from professional book reviewers or organizations.

Reviews tell a writer that somebody was interested enough to pick up his or her book and actually read it, which feels incredibly wonderful!  Unless, of course, the reviews are unflattering, in which case I suppose it feels more like a kick to the gut–or maybe someplace a little lower if they’re especially harsh…

But the point is, somebody read the book!  Yay!  Writer’s existential crisis averted!

But there’s a lot more to reviews than I first realized, and maybe more than you realized, too.  Until recently, I had no idea that books on Amazon only became eligible to participate in the Kindle Daily Deals once they earned at least 10 reviews, and this is important to an author because Kindle Daily Deals are seen by tons of readers and represent an incredible opportunity to become known to the general public.  Eligible doesn’t mean a shoe-in, but it’s a start.

There’s more, though…

Rumor has it that there are other promotional opportunities on Amazon that an author can’t become eligible for until he or she earns a certain number of reviews, like the “If You Liked This Book You Might Like ______” or “Buy This Book With That Book” for a special discount price.  And once you reach 75 or 80 reviews, I think you win a car.  Or something.  The details are a little fuzzy right now…

But anyway, reviews definitely matter.  They don’t have to be lengthy reviews that analyze subtext and note similarities between the work in question and Anna Karenina or anything like that.  They just have to be honest.  And hopefully respectful, even if the reader didn’t particularly care for the book.

So please make a writer’s day and leave a review!  And if you want to compare his or her book to Anna Karenina, you go right ahead.

Pretty Please With Sugar On Top

I just found out from my publisher today that books on Amazon can only become eligible for the Kindle Daily Deal promotions if they have at least 10 reviews, so I thought I’d fall to my knees and beg a favor of people out there who have read Coming Home and would be willing to post a review on Amazon.  (By the way, you’re looking positively gorgeous today…and have I mentioned that I just love what you’re doing with your hair?  Say the word, and I’ll be happy to lay on the compliments a little thicker because I can kiss up with the best of them…)

Coming Home has 8 reviews posted so far, so it just needs a couple more.  Reviews don’t have to be lengthy; just a couple of lines would work great.  Like “This book changed my life.  If everyone read it, we would finally see world peace.”  Or, you know, whatever you want to write.

Unless, of course, you hated the book.  In which case…

Never mind!  🙂

Upcoming Promotional Opportunities

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.