Tuesday, June 3, 2014

In Case You Missed It

If you’re a returning reader of this blog, chances are good you already know I’m a writer. I’ve written everything from magazine articles to stories posted online to full length novels, one of which I’m proud to say was the winner of the Reader View’s Literary Award for best romantic fiction novel.

Last year, I decided to venture into the world of e-publishing. Considering how long I rebelled against something I saw as a passing fad and not the trend it’s become, this was quite a shock to some of my friends, family and fans.

A number of things played into my decision, the biggest being that e-readers are here to stay whether I like it or not. As I have often said about other things, the train was coming down the tracks. I had a choice. Either get on the train or get mowed down. I opted to get on the train, starting with the release of my first young adult novel, Like You Mean It.

When I released Like You Mean It, the story had already been available on Wattpad for more than a year. It was for that reason that I opted to make the story a free download. It didn’t seem right to start charging readers for something I previously offered them for free, though I know of some authors who do that. Since it was a free novel that was basically a re-release, I didn’t put much promotion behind it. I mentioned it on my Twitter feed and my personal Face Book page as well as my Wattpad page, but that was about it.

Last week, I released my first contemporary romance novel that’s available in electronic format only. This Time, the first in a four book series, is actually a spinoff of Like You Mean It. All the players are there, but fans are given a more intimate look into the mind of Justin Jacobs, who was one of the most popular characters in Like You Mean It.

This time, all puns intended, I’m putting more effort into my promotion. I’ve solicited requests for reviews, started a Face Book fan page, purchased social media ad space and am going to be embarking on a book blog tour. Whether or not this will increase my fan base remains to be seen, but I’m going for it. After all the work I’ve put into this novel, as well as the other three books in the series, I think it deserves a little more attention than I’ve given others in the past.

So, in case you missed it, my first contemporary romance novel is here. If you loved Like You Mean It and want to see what happens next, if you’re a contemporary romance fan, or if you just believe in supporting indie authors, and can spare ninety-nine cents, I hope you’ll check out This Time. All you have to do is click this link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/441464.

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