Archive | December, 2012

Self-Publisher’s Letter to Friends & Family

27 Dec

Previously, on Indie Year One (totally pretend I said that in announcer guy voice) I gave you a list of 22 things to do if you wanted your self-published book to be a success.

I got some notes about the list, but I actually got more than one about #21:

Send an email to friends saying how excited you are about this. Share that you’re nervous about doing it without the assistance of a publisher and that their support has been invaluable. I gave my Invisible Posse each a copy. I know what you’re saying, this costs me money and gets me nothing – Dude, say thank you. Always say thank you.

I’m a big believer in saying thank you obviously. If someone works on the book, they get a copy.

But, beyond your writing circle is another circle of supporters: Your friends and family. Those people who have a vague idea that you sit around writing stories, but don’t know much beyond that.

How do you kindly let them know how they can help? I thought I’d give you a little something to work with.

Dear FRIENDLY FRIEND,

I wanted to thank you for all the support you’ve given me while I wrote and published The Last Single Girl. It meant a lot. Knowing that people believed in me enough to be curious — or nosy in our friends’ cases 😉 — kept me going when the writing got hard.

Several people have asked how they can help me get started on my way to success. Well, a housekeeper and personal chef would be nice, but I’m thinking that’s not what any of you had in mind. Instead, I put together a crash course in Help An Author Friend Out. Anything you feel like doing is appreciated times ten… but, like everything in our friendship… there’s no pressure.

So, here it is:

Obviously people know buying the book helps, but gifting it does too if you know someone who would like it.

And, telling one person about The Last Single Girl grows my circle by a huge percentage. Plus, you won’t believe how many people will buy a book because they “know one of the author’s friends.”

If you’re more into clicking on things to help, check out the amazon page. There’s several ways you can click my page to make me more searchable:

  • You can “Like” the book at the top.
  • If you scroll to the bottom, you can select tags. I’ve already set up tags for:  Contemporary Romance, Humorous Romance, Online Dating, Chick Lit, & Romantic Comedy. Readers have added ones they think are accurate too. Clicking each of those will help strangers find me!
  • At the top of the page you can click on my name. It brings you to my author page on Amazon. On the top, right-hand corner you can hit the “Like” button. You like me, right? 😉

While I don’t suggest friends and family giving me a review (I know you’ll be tainted by your undying love and devotion) if one of your friends lets you know she loved it, suggest she review the book or at least click the star rating she thinks it deserves on Amazon or Goodreads. People really do check those out.

Obviously since I’m entering Struggling Artist World, I’ll be doing all my marketing on the cheap. Helping me out by RTing tweets or linking to contests I throw is great. I always appreciate someone hitting that RT button.

As to the matter of defending my honor: It’s coming. That dreaded bad review is bound to happen. I know what it’s like to watch other writer friends get undeserved bad reviews… Here’s hoping mine is undeserved too! But please, don’t defend my honor. We’ll all rise above and if it deflates me to tears, well that’s just one more reason for us to get together for brownies and margaritas. Every reader has the right to like or dislike every book. My wallet has been saved by more reader reviews than I can say, so I know it goes both ways.

Review sites are a writers best friend online. If you have a favorite site and I didn’t stalk… I mean beg… I mean ask them if they’d like to review SINGLE GIRL, let me know. If you know them, feel free to suggest me. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that but think I really need to get my (spreading from all that time writing) bottom over there, let me know! My writer and reader friends often know wayyyyy more about their favorite sites than I could.

And, just like those darn SAT questions, this paragraph is the None Of The Above answer. While all of those things will help to move me forward, you already helped to get me here. There’s not enough thanks in the world for all of my friends and family for that.

I attached my cover so you don’t have to head over to amazon to check it out, but here’s the link if that’s easier: The Last Single Girl.

Now, about those brownies and margaritas…..

Luuuuuuvvvveeee Caitie

Remember, these are your friends and family. They are not your professional network. Anything they do for you is a favor of love and should be appreciated. Yes! We all have folks we thought would help us out more — or in different ways — but that’s out of your control. You need to just be thankful for everything you’re given and turn that thankfulness into Thank Yous.

We often forget to let everyone know that we appreciate them and that they don’t need to become a marketing fiend for us to know they’re supporting us. Keep it light. Keep it friendly. Let them know nothing is expected.

I highly recommend NOT spamming your entire email box. Send this to only the people who support your writing life or asked. This is true for a couple reasons.

  1. Don’t be that guy – No one loves a spammer.
  2. Don’t write a letter telling people how much you appreciate them if you don’t. False feelings doesn’t make a good friend…or a book sale.
  3. It. Looks. Bad. People talk. Don’t steal the special friendness of the email by letting a friend hear through the grapevine how much you “appreciate the support” of that chick you haven’t seen in three years

So, there it is. A way to get started with your friends and family letter. That wasn’t so painful, was it?

Now, go forth and publish!

~Caitie~

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It’s in His Kiss – Christmas Freebie!

23 Dec

Merry Christmas!

I am a huge lover of Christmas. The music, the lights, the parties, the seeing people you love… the presents!

And so, to celebrate Christmas this year, I’d love to give away It’s in His Kiss to anyone who hasn’t bought it yet.

KISS is available on Amazon US FREE on Sunday the 23rd. May it give you a break from the shopping madness! 🙂

it's_in_his_kiss_200x300[1] (2)It’s in His Kiss

Jenna’s been letting life pass her by as she works on her career. But, when she needs to do some research of this kissing kind, things may get a little more heated than she expected.
Research has never been so fun.

WARNING: This 11k novella has no vampires, shape shifter or scorching sex, but it might make you snort your diet Coke out your nose.

You can check it out on Goodreads
Read the first scene HERE

I hope your holiday, no matter what you celebrate, is a joyous one.

~~Caitie~~

THE LAST SINGLE GIRL

20 Dec

It’s out! It’s out!

After all the work and then waiting for edits and work and then waiting and then work, it’s finally out! Sarah is so cute. I feel for her even as I laugh at her attempts to find the right guy… or one she can pass off as the right guy for New Year’s.

Hope you fall in love with her as she takes on eLove.com and the many adventures it brings her!

The Last Single Girle

One month.

That’s all Sarah has to find a New Year’s Eve date or earn the honor of being the last single girl in her inner circle. Actually, in all her circles. So with four weeks to find Mr. Right and a frienemy already counting her out, Sarah joins eLove hoping that – just like the perfect purse – the internet can help her find the perfect man.
 
The problem is, love isn’t always where you think you’ll find it and Mr. Right may not be the one with the shiniest profile.
 
 
 

THE LAST SINGLE GIRL is available on Amazon US
You can check it out on Goodreads.

Rock Star Crushes – Book Giveaway!

13 Dec

We all have one. You know what I’m talking about. That guy… the rock star. Even if you weren’t one to pin Tiger Beat to your wall (I don’t think I’ve ever even opened a fan mag), you probably still have a singer who makes you swwwwoooooooonnnn.

It could be his voice or the way he moves or the songs he writes, but whatever it is it got your attention and it’s not letting go.

Personally, I have always loved Bono — even at his most sell-out-over-the-top ridiculousness. I know I’m not alone 😉

But, I got to thinking about rock stars and why we love them after reading Elyssa Patrick’s One Hit Wonder for the third time (yup, it’s a new release and I’ve read it three times. It’s so fun!)

And so, I just can’t help myself! I need to give it away to some other lucky reader!!! You NEED THIS BOOK. No. Really. I’m not kidding. I know I jest a lot, not this time.

So, tell me who your rock star crush was growing up… or maybe even now for a chance to win!

I’ll be drawing for it Friday night.

The Last Single Girl ~~Cover Reveal~~

4 Dec

Check it out! I’m so darn excited about my new cover. It was done by Go On Write which has quickly become one of my favorite websites to peruse.

A few quick things for those who have been asking since I’m still working on the blurb:

  • This is nota Theories in Love book so no Jenna or her gang
  • It is loosely connected (which you’ll how see in later TiL books)
  • It’s about 22k — or, in NY Publishing speak 90ish pages — or, if we do the math, just under 2 hours of reading fun (hopefully *grin*)
  • When is it coming out you ask? It heads off to the final editor this weekend. If everything goes well, it should hit Amazon the week of the 17th (assuming Amazon doesn’t do wacky things to it and boot it back)

So, you want hints, huh? Well, here you go: What would happen if you had four weeks till New Year’s Eve to find a date as your ultra-competitive nemisis mocked your singleness and your best friend sunk deeper into wedded-bliss? Online dating you say? If you’re Sarah Gable online dating can lead to only one thing. Ridiculousness. But can it lead to Mr. Right, too?

And so, the new cover for The Last Single Girl *drum roll*

The Last Single Girle

Ohmygosh… I just bounced around my office again looking at it. I totally love this cover. I think it grabs the feel of the Big Night Out, but — since the book is set during the holidays, but not about the holidays — still has the light, girly feeling of my heroine.

I really hope you love it as much as I do. I want to build it out of a giant cardboard box so I can hug it.

That wouldn’t be weird, right?

~~Caitie~~

When The Next Books Are Different

3 Dec

Anyone who has read It’s in His Kiss know that there’s a certain level of… wackiness to it.

Jenna is a bit over the top. Completely by accident. That is probably what makes her so loveable. She doesn’t know that she’s just a weeeeee bit absurd (and to all  you people saying Jenna is me, I say… Um, can we quit asking that while I call her absurd? Maybe just for today? *shifty eyes*)

Plus, on top of that, KISS is 11k words (OR, in NY Publishing speak, 45 pages). It’s easy and enjoyable to read wackiness for an hour (yes, I went and researched Average Reading Speed to figure that out. I am that nerdy.) But, bring that on for a full novel, for 2-4 hours, and it gets exhausting, repetitive, and — yes — boring.

So, while the next three projects (Dec, Jan & Feb – woot!) are still fun and quirky, they aren’t as over the top. Luckily, Jenna has a part in the second two so there will be her sweet, wacky presense… and yes, Ben will be around to even her out. Thank goodness for Ben.

But that brings us to a question. When you’re first story does well and it has a very specific tone, how hard is it for readers to accept a slightly different tone?

Do I worry? Yes. The next story, a 20k holiday novella titled The Last Single Girl, still has zaniness, but Sarah, our beleaguered heroine is much more on her game than Jenna. I’m excited to share her story, and love her for her ability to plow forward through adversity and … well, a lot of craziness I’m not going to spoil here.

I think that’s one of the scariest things about the next book, Single Girl is still funny, still tongue in cheek, still has some absolutely absurd situations, but Sarah navigates them instead of not seeing them and walking straight into them where they blow up on her.

Okay, maybe there is some blowing up. Ridiculousness blowing up is a favorite of mine!

So, the best you can do with any story when it’s done, is love it and set it over there *points* where it can live forever in it’s happy little cover… and understand that the next story might live next door, but every household is different.

~Caitie~