Weekly Roundup #4

Weekly Roundup #4

Weekly Roundup #4

Weekly Roundup – February 18th, 2020

Welcome to the fourth edition (two weeks late, family emergencies and the like) of “weekly roundup”; a new weekly blog post discussing the latest updates from my own writing adventures, the world of literature, Twitter, and more.

As the weekly roundup segment grows, so too will the type of discussions had here.

Before we start, go ahead and register for my bi-weekly newsletter to get all the latest and greatest updates.

Self-Publishing Journey with Amazon

Quick Note: Over The Creek is on Amazon. Woohoo!

Self-publishing with Amazon has been….an interesting journey, to say the least. First, the excitement following the official publication on Amazon. Second, a few friends and family purchase and receive the book. Third, checking the reports section of the Kindle Direct Publishing dashboard.

Still checking.

More checking.

Where are the accurate numbers?

Waiting GIF

Long story short: there is no clear answer from anyone at Amazon why the reports are not showing accurate and updated data/earnings from books sold.

Needless to say, this has become infuriating because many other authors are experiencing the same issue.

I wasn’t expecting my first ever children’s book to sell hundreds or even thousands of copies. Hell, wasn’t even expecting more than a couple dozen in the first few months. I’m grateful for the amount of sales I’ve received so far – it’s truly validating. Not to mention Over The Creek is currently a 5-star reviewed book.

Do I find somewhere else to self-publish? There are alternatives to Amazon like Ingram Spark and other services. However, Amazon is currently the most “notable” retailer and option.

The downside?

If I’m selling a color-printed book at roughly $15 a copy, that’s only $5 in royalty earnings.

Talk about a steep cut.

Take the good with the bad, right?

Finding My Way Into Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble is a giant bookstore franchise with stores all over the United States and beyond. Being published is just one part of my dream as a writer – books being sold at Barnes & Noble is the other part of that dream.

Happy to report that a Barnes & Noble store here in Surprise, Arizona happily agreed to order a few “test run” copies.

Over The Creek will officially be sold in a B&N store later this week.

Dance Gru

That very same day, I announced the wonderful news on several Surprise Facebook groups.

The response was more overwhelming than anticipated. News of the book release garnered 200+ “Likes.” What’s more is several dozen people have stated they want to purchase a copy for either themselves or for their family members when it arrives. Furthermore, I will be setting up an “Author/Signing” event at the same store.

This has given my writing a new life, if I’m honest. The response has made me feel validated as a writer.

Look out for more on Twitter news of the author/signing event and more.

Find Me On Twitter

Come find me on twitter! 

On Twitter, not only do I work to promote my book, but share other writers’ works as well. Using the hashtag “#WritingCommunity”, I like to connect with other writers, asking various questions, keeping things lively and engaging. Just last week alone, I earned 800+ followers.

If you want me to showcase your work on this blog, subscribe to my newsletter above or leave a comment below.

Conclusion

That’s it for Weekly Roundup #4.

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Weekly Roundup #3

Weekly Roundup #3

Weekly Roundup #3

Weekly Roundup – January 28th, 2020

Welcome to the third edition (a day late, but oh well) of “weekly roundup”; a new weekly blog post discussing the latest updates from my own writing adventures, the world of literature, Twitter, and more.

As the weekly roundup segment grows, so too will the type of discussions had here.

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Featuring Three Authors from #WritingCommunity

Quick Note: We are now just past the first week Over The Creek has been on Amazon. Woohoo!

This week, I’d like to highlight three authors who posted their work in my “birthday tweet” asking fellow authors to drop a link to their work in the thread. There were a countless number of responses, thankfully, but only focusing on three this week.

The Sapphire Eruption (The Sword’s Choice – Book 1) by I.M. Redwright is the first  book on our list.

Synopsis: Four kingdoms in a fragile truce around the Void. Four weapons, each emblazoned with the sacred power of one of Earth’s elements—air, water, fire, earth. Each weapon forged with the mythic power to choose the heir to its throne.

In a lost village in the Aquadom, young Noakhail arduously trains to learn the art of the sword. As a baby, on a day the sky turned red, Noakh was chosen to be the Ascendant Phoenix, king of Firia, the Fire Kingdom—a fate he remains unaware of. His parents missing, he lives as an outcast with Lumio, his stepfather, until the day Lumio gives him one of the two legendary fire swords whose powers have chosen Noakh to be the heir to Firia. For the time has come for Noakh to return to his homeland to claim the throne.

Even as Noakh begins his ascendancy, a bevy of young, impatient princesses in the Aquadom—the queendom of water—perform the daily sword ritual: one day the water sword shall choose which princess will become the Lacrima, the rightful heiress of the queendom. Everyone expects the honor will fall to the eldest sister, Katienne. After all, she is just like her mother the queen. But will she be the sword’s choice? And whomever the sword chooses, how will the new heiress address the rising threat of Noakh’s ascendancy?

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Swords Choice Book 1 by I.M. Redwright

Synopsis: Sheldon is an adventurous young turtle and is always swimming too far off and getting into trouble.

Find out what happens when he gets swept out to sea!

This book conveys a powerful message to young children and adults about the growing global problem of ocean waste and plastic pollution in our seas and on our beaches.

I hope this inspires and encourages you to do your bit for the environment by recycling or joining a beach cleaning group.

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Turtle Trouble by Stuart McDonald

Synopsis: An entertaining romantic comedy for fans of Outlander, Scottish Highlander romance novels, and the Middle Ages.

Do you enjoy the writing of Diana Gabaldon, Karen Marie Moning, and Julie Garwood? Or tenacious female leads like the Bride (Kill Bill), Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games), and Kat Stratford (10 Things I Hate About You)?

Read The Future Bride to discover why protagonist Brigid MacDonald embodies the qualities of each of these women.

Twenty-one-year-old Brigid MacDonald spends her days working at a coffee shop, hanging out with her BFF Selma, and avoiding the low lifes she usually meets at bars – until she suddenly finds herself in a strange castle, in another time, being dressed for a wedding ceremony she didn’t consent to! Of course Brigid steals a horse and flees, but the jilted groom and his brothers aren’t giving up so easily. Unprepared for life in the wilds of Medieval Scotland, Brigid must trust her life to a Highlander named Ferghus.

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The Future Bride by J.G. MacLeod

Find Me On Twitter

Come find me on twitter! 

On Twitter, not only do I work to promote my book, but share other writers’ works as well. Using the hashtag “#WritingCommunity”, I like to connect with other writers, asking various questions, keeping things lively and engaging. Just last week alone, I earned 300+ followers.

If you want me to showcase your work on this blog, subscribe to my newsletter above or leave a comment below.

Conclusion

That’s it for Weekly Roundup #3.

Check back every Monday or Tuesday for a new roundup post and more.

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Weekly Roundup #2

Weekly Roundup #2

Weekly Roundup #2

Weekly Roundup – January 21st, 2020

Welcome to the second edition (a day late, but oh well) of “weekly roundup”; a new weekly blog post discussing the latest updates from my own writing adventures, the world of literature, Twitter, and more.

As the weekly roundup segment grows, so too will the type of discussions had here.

Before we start, go ahead and register for my bi-weekly newsletter to get all the latest and greatest updates.  

Reading, Reading, and More Reading

Quick Note: We are now just past the first week Over The Creek has been on Amazon. Woohoo!

The day after my book was published through Kindle Direct Publishing, I was inspired to write another 32 page children’s book to which I may illustrate myself.

If you want to be a better writer, read. Read, a LOT. Right?

That seems to be the general consensus among numerous writing communities both on and off the media so it holds some kind of weight.

Dan Gutman is a children’s book author I have been reading a lot of this week and last. Almost his entire series can be found at my library nearby right now. I highly recommend his work.

Find Me On Twitter

Come find me on twitter! 

On Twitter, not only do I work to promote my book, but share other writers’ works as well. Using the hashtag “#WritingCommunity”, I like to connect with other writers, asking various questions, keeping things lively and engaging. Just last week alone, I earned 300+ followers.

If you want me to showcase your work on this blog, subscribe to my newsletter above or leave a comment below.

Conclusion

That’s it for Weekly Roundup #2.

Check back every Monday for a new roundup post and more.

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Weekly Roundup #1

Weekly Roundup #1

Weekly Roundup #1

Weekly Roundup – January 13th, 2020

Welcome to the first edition of “weekly roundup”; a new weekly blog post discussing the latest updates from my own writing adventures, the world of literature, Twitter, and more.

As the weekly roundup segment grows, so too will the type of discussions had here.

Before we start, go ahead and register for my bi-weekly newsletter to get all the latest and greatest updates.  

Social Media

Social media is a powerful tool for building a personal brand i.e. marketing your self as an author. Twitter is one such powerful marketing tool at your fingertips. These last few weeks I’ve been posting and engaging with others regularly, which helps grow your list of followers. While having a large following is wonderful, it means nothing if you have low engagement. Engagement is key because it says “I’m real, authentic.” Communicating with your followers and with what they care about builds authenticity and authority, both.

Follow me on Twitter today: @CoffeeStricken

Self Publishing on Amazon

Last night, January 12th, 2020, with the help of a fellow author, I submitted for review a children’s book I wrote called Over The Creek. Over The Creek was written by yours truly and illustrated by Sarah Arrowsmith (@LadyArrowsmith).

Honestly? It took me a WEEK to figure out how to put everything together for submission. It was such a headache I was beginning to contemplate quitting writing all together. Nonetheless, I persisted and now the book is in the “IN REVIEW” stage on Amazon. Of course, I’ll be updating the entire process on Twitter (don’t forget to follow me there).

Conclusion

That’s it for the debut Weekly Roundup post.

Check back every Monday for a new roundup post and more.

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