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Innocence Lost Out Now!!

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After The Event – Book 3 is out TODAY!

You can pick it up here

Here is the teaser trailer!

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Staying in KDP Select

Hey All,

I recently read a fellow author’s post, Brian J. Jarrett, in which he talked about why he is putting some of his back catalog on KDP Select.  I recently decided to re-opt into KDP Select and decided I should probably post something on this too.

My situation is different than Brian’s in that my work has always been exclusive to KDP. I published in late June 2014 and immediately signed up for Select in the hope that KDP’s promotions would help convince readers to give my work a chance. Shortly thereafter Kindle Unlimited rolled out. My intentions initially were to opt out of Select once my 90 days were up so I could get my books on other platforms but the combination of KOLL and Kindle Unlimited caused me to reconsider.

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My 1st book (After The Event) is only .99 cents which means I make .35 cents for every purchase. But every time it is borrowed (either through KOLL or Unlimited) I make around $1.50 +/borrow. This month I have been averaging 200 borrows a week for book 1 alone. So for Book 1 you can see why I hesitate to remove it from Select.

My 2nd book (The Remnants) is a bit different. It is $2.99 so I’m making around $2.07 for every purchase.  So every time the book is borrowed I actually get less than I would had it been purchased. But at the same time I’m getting the book into people’s hands while still making $.  As Brian pointed out Hugh Howey recently posted about this dilemma

So those are my reasons. While I hate that there are people who won’t have access to my work because of the exclusivity I have to do what I think is best for my “business”, and at this time KDP Select benefits cannot be ignored.

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Innocence Lost Available For Pre-Order Now!

Hey All,

Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that Innocence Lost – Book 3 of the After The Event Series is available now for Pre-order!

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You can also check out the teaser trailer

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Innocence Lost Cover Reveal

Hey All,

Just wanted to swing by and reveal the cover for After The Event Book 3 – Innocence Lost

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The book is currently in the care of my editor and I’m hoping to get it back in the next week or so.  I’m hoping to put the book up for pre-order here shortly with a release date of mid-October. Naturally I will be posting once it’s available for pre-order and when it is released!

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Hey all,

Just wanted to drop a quick post to let you know how things are going on my self-publishing adventure.  For those of you who have followed me during this journey you will notice I never really listed any expectations/goals, and that’s not to say I didn’t have any, I just didn’t have any based on solid information.

My main focus was on finishing After The Event & The Remnants, getting them formatted for KDP and then releasing them. Well, while I was waiting the 24 hours for both books to be pushed through and put onto Amazon I decided to grab a poster board and list a number of goals. Those included 1st book sold, 1st 5 star review, 100 books sold, 250, 500, 1000, etc, etc. I also wanted to have a fire lit under me to push me to work hard & market the book so I put a date behind when I wanted to reach those goals. 

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My main goal was to have SOLD 250 books in 2 months and 500 books in 3 months. What was that based on you asked? A whole lotta nuttin. I just thought that would be a solid amount of books to sell in 2-3 months for a newbie.

I released After The EventThe Remnants on June 27, 2014. The first couple of weeks I was selling around 5 books a day, which I thought was wonderful. I ran a KDP Select promo giving away After The Event for 3 days (July 17th-19th) and after that things started to get crazy. I went from around 5 books a day to getting into the high teens. From there I started averaging 20 books a day and this last week I have averaged 30 books a day!

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So by July 20th I had easily sold over 100 books.  The 250 goal fell soon after. AND I just checked this morning on August 7, 2014 I had officially sold over 500 books! At my current rate I will have sold over 1,000 books in less than 2 months!!

This post is by no means meant to be a humblebrag but actually a thank you.  My self-publishing journey has very much been a JOURNEY and one I did not take alone.  Every person out there who checked out my blog, left an encouraging comment, or offered me advice helped push me to this point.  So THANK YOU!

And as one journey ends another begins. After The EventThe Remnants are just two books in a planned seven book series, so needless to say I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m looking forward to it. Thank you again to everyone who has, and continues to follow me.  I couldn’t, and still can’t do it without you!!

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Selling Books N Stuff

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Well I have officially been a published author for a month now.  To say the last month has been a whirlwind of emotions would be an understatement.  I have gone from a nearly paralyzing fear just prior to hitting that publish button, great high of selling my first book & getting my first 5-star review, to the extreme low of having a day where I didn’t sell anything and having someone tell me “it just wasn’t their kind of story”.  Through it all those two books have remained on Amazon and are slowing moving their way up the sales rankings.

One of the biggest things I have learned is that the # of books I sell usually correlates to how active I have been on twitter.  I have had one day since I published where I didn’t sell any books and that also happens to be the day I didn’t get on twitter.  Since then I have begun using HootSuite to schedule tweets to make sure that even if I get busy at my real job, I’m still getting the word out.  AND it is working.  What I sold in my first week I easily surpass in a day now.

I signed up for KDP Select based on advice from other indie authors and I have already witnessed the benefits.  I gave away After The Event for free for 3 days and as I hoped I gave away hundreds of copies, but what I had not been expecting was what happened the following week.  After The Event then began to sell in a day what I used to sell in a week and now 2 weeks later is still going strong.  Also since Kindle Unlimited was introduced the # of times my books have been borrowed has increased over 100%.  I’m still waiting to see what the payout will be per book borrowed and that will have a great deal to do with whether I remain enrolled in Select.  Once I know I will write a follow up blog with my reactions and future plans.

Writing a book and getting it published was a crazy journey and now that I’m actually published and selling books, a completely different journey has begun.  Thank you to everyone that has followed along and for everyone who has given my books a chance!

Back to the grind!!

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After The Event – Available for FREE

I wanted to give you all a heads up to let you know that on Friday July 18th &  Saturday July 19th After The Event is going to be available for FREE!!  You can pick up your free copy HERE or if you want to check out the trailer you can below.

I’ll also post a blog soon going over how the first couple weeks have went (spoilers, surprisingly well), and how the Kindle Select Promo went (so far mind-blowingly amazing).

As always I appreciate all the support and thank you everyone who has picked up the book!

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