First to give back to my community, I joined a boxed set where I donated a week of my time to write out an all new House of Morgan Story that will be included in Somewhere Out there. I’m also giving away to authors and readers so keep scrolling to read more, but first I want to this set that releases August 21st. I have no answers for big issues like immigration. But I went to Catholic school from first grade to law school with a few years at a private undergraduate university, and I was always taught to let my morals be my guide in life and one of those morals believes that families need to be together. Parents raise their children and the government should not be interfering with the best interests of this. The government has no business taking children from their parents who were only seeking a better life. And I don’t care when or where it started, but as a mother I don’t even know what I’d do if someone tried to take my children from me. So I happily donated a new story and set the story in one of my known series to give back. 100% of all proceeds go to charity to help in the reunification.
It’s $3.99 and you get a to also help families and you get a collection of different types of stories, from contemporary romance (me and others), science fiction/ fantasy, horror, mystery and children stories.
You can preorder this set now.
(Apple also promised me to help promote the set so special shout out to Apple Books for caring about families.)
And if you want to help with spreading the news, we have giveaways!
Second to give back, I want to mention on my blog at least once that on June 27th I made a vow to myself to start really giving back to my author community. I won’t use the blog month but on my Twitter and Facebook Author Page I started a daily routine to post one marketing tip a day as a thing to do. I want to continue this for 365 days so authors see that if you take one small step a day, it can help in your business. I’m not doing this to make any money. There is no course I plan on upselling to anyone. I just know that I learned ALOT from my author community both online and in person. So it’s a way to just give back to how I learned so I offer a hand to another author. Part of me wishes I had time to teach still as I was a high school teacher for a decade and I loved being in my classroom. But life moves on so that’s not on the radar unless it’s a workshop at a conference.
You can follow me to get the daily note of something to do or not. Totally up to you if you’re an author.
Tip of the day… find your lowest selling book and make a change. Changing the blurb is free. Ordering a new cover costs money but might be worth it. I recently changed the title, cover and blurb to make the series more marketable and now the series is doing better than ever.
Newsletter growth. I’m constantly checking my Facebook ads for newsletter growth and wondering if a different ad might work better. Don’t just settle for one that’s working… another might work better. So today it’s tweak a Facebook ad day.
Today plan for the future… write out a new blurb, order a new cover and be ready to go for your plans. Don’t wait till the last minute and get these basic things done long before they are due.
And if you’re an author and want to talk to me in person about this stuff, I’ll be presenting at the Heart of Denver’s September meeting and I’ll be doing a workshop on Florida Romance Writers Fun in the Sun Cruise Conference. I’ll be attending RWA conference and NINC conference as an attendee, but if you want to meet up at either of these author conferences, message me… I love sitting and talking to authors. I know I listened hard to everyone I found had insight. I drove for hours to pick up Barbara Vey to bring her to meetings to talk and drove her home, and she’s super nice and I totally picked her brain as just one of the things I’ve done in the past to figure out marketing when I never sold anything in my life before becoming an author. I’ve been too shy at major conferences to approach some of the people I really wanted to so don’t feel shy to message me. And besides my usual roommates for conferences all ditched this year so I’m flying solo, so I’m honestly more free as many of old roomies all went on cruises, headed to Greece, or just decided not to come for personal reasons.
Now to give back to my readers, Hidden Gabriel is FREE! This used to be a book that I called Winter Peril. It won Kindle Scout. And this is FREE to readers this month. And it’s also proof of my author stuff. It’s important to revisit the cover and blurb and make changes. This used to look very different!
I’m trapped. I won’t get out of this house until the snow melts on this mountain. And I never thought broody was sexy until I met Gabriel.
Erica Mira heads to an isolated factory in the depth of winter where a a storm destroys her car. She fights her way to chalet up the mountain in snow so deep she might die.
But despite mysterious occurrences in the mysterious chalet with strange cries and noises that influences her actions, she becomes intrigued with her host and only other person the imposing home, the broody, wealthy mysterious Gabriel Murphy.
His dark moods and the strange occurrences in the house lead her to discover a terrible secret that he had hoped to hide from her forever. Erica will need all her courage, love and smarts to triumph and let her win a happily-ever-after.