Presidents’ Day Sale

This week all my books shall be free!!  February 20-24!  EVERY.  SINGLE.  ONE.

Over on Amazon, you’ll find Bethany Caleb, The Art Kids, and Hitchhikers all free for Kindle!

If you visit Smashwords, you can find Dreamwalkers & Scavengers (Wolf Point #2 & #3) for free with the coupon codes.  Hitchhikers and The Beast (Wolf Point prequel) are always free on Smashwords, and you can download the mobi (Kindle) editions here as well.

Happy reading!

 

P.S.  I just finished the first final draft of the second Wolf Point prequel, The Madman, and hopefully I’ll have it available by the end of this week!

book clubs and week-long freebies!

I’m so bad at promoting my own books.  This week (March 23-March 27) The Art Kids is free on Amazon Kindle.  Go download!

Tonight I’ll be appearing at my first book club discussion of one of my books!  My coworker Sue read Bethany Caleb after the author panel I did at the library back in December.  She loved it and had her book club read it, so tonight I get to make my second official author appearance.  It’s a little scary – what if everyone hates it??, but Sue has been so positive about it that I’m feeling pretty good.

All month long there have been people coming into the library and saying, “Oh, Katie, you’re the one who wrote that book!” which has made it all too clear how little into self-promotion I am.  When I self-published my books, I didn’t put much thought into promotion.  I did some Goodreads giveaways, and offered up free copies to some review groups, and occasionally do free days on Amazon.  I liked that it was all online, and sort of anonymous.  I had this secret life as an author.

When I was a teen I read this book by Christopher Pike called Master of Murder, about a teenage boy who wrote bestselling novels, only he wrote under a pen name so no one knew it was him.  Everyone at school thought he was a loser – meanwhile, he had legions of fans of his novels.  Something about this scenario appeals to me…

more writing soundtracks

I’ve added a few new playlists over at 8tracks:

You can get an idea for the track listings on the book pages, although because of 8tracks’ rules I can’t always include every song I listened to while writing.

new year’s resolution and 2013 stats

This year’s resolution is to write 500 words a day – that’s 1/3 of what I normally churn out a day during Nanowrimo, which makes it much more attainable.  I have several other writing-related goals for 2014:

  • to finish and publish Dreamwalkers
  • to finalize the print edition of Hitchhikers and offer a giveaway or two
  • (if goal #1 happens) to finish and publish Scavengers
  • and to possibly finish some of my other works-in-progress, including Blood Countess and another new WIP that I haven’t even added to the site yet!

So far, on this the 5th day of the new year, I am only now sitting down to write.  It was sort of excusable for me not to be writing, given that on the 1st I was traveling, had to work on the 2nd-4th which included a blizzard.  But I probably could have written.  And I didn’t.  Not good!  I am vowing to catch up!  Which means putting my “Teen Wolf” marathon on hold for the moment…

My other, non-writing-related goals:

  • be able to do a handstand away from the wall and hold for 10 seconds (I am close to being able to hold it next to the wall, the next step is to move away!)
  • be able to do more than 3 straddle ups in a row (in aerial silks)
  • practice yoga more often
  • read down my Goodreads to-read list (currently I have 148 books “to-read” which is kind of ridiculous)
  • sew more of my own clothes

In general I want to live the lifestyle that makes me happy.  When I’m not writing I get grumpy.  I want to be able to do things and not get bogged down in mindless activities like playing Candy Crush Saga or feeling like I “have” to do certain things.  I enjoy my alone time and I need to allow myself to have time for myself.  My writing will hopefully benefit most from it!

In a major procrastinatory event, I decided to make a spreadsheet to see how many copies of Bethany Caleb, The Art Kids, and Hitchhikers have been downloaded or sold.  Even though I’d been checking the various reports on Kindle Direct Publishing and Smashwords, I was amazed by the results!

  • 101 copies of Bethany Caleb
  • over 200 copies of The Art Kids
  • 825 copies of Hitchhikers – WHAT!!!

 

If you didn’t read my post comparing KDP and Smashwords, I think these totals say it all.  Bethany Caleb and The Art Kids are only available on Amazon, which accounts for a little less than half of the total downloads of Hitchhikers, which I published via Smashwords, making it available to ebook outlets such as Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Sony.  Barnes & Noble is a biggie.  Granted, Hitchhikers was free for all of 2013 and the other two were only free for approximately 15 days scattered throughout.

Although, if you look at “royalties” rather than downloads (e.g. when people actually paid money for my work!):

  • 6 copies of Bethany Caleb
  • 21 copies of The Art Kids
  • 3 copies of Hitchhikers

For me, it isn’t really about earning money at this point.  I just like knowing that somewhere out there, people are reading my work.

 

 

 

Kindle Matchbook

Thanks to Kindle’s new Matchbook program, if you buy a print copy of The Art Kids or Bethany Caleb, you can get a free download of the ebook editions!  From what I’ve read this is retroactive so if you have previously bought print editions you’ll be able to get the free download now.  Also, until October 5th, both books are free to download for Kindle.

I’m waiting to receive the proof copy of Hitchhikers – once I do, that book will also be enrolled in the Matchbook program, and I’ll be doing some giveaways!  If anyone out there is interested in writing a review of Hitchhikers, the book is available as a free download for most devices over at Smashwords (or you can also get it free on Barnes & Noble and in the iBookstore), or if you contact me, I can send you a print copy as soon as they are ready.

reviews! and a comparison of KDP & Smashwords

A couple reviews of The Art Kids can be found on the blogs Offbeat YA and Joana in the Sky with Books!  If you are a big fan of Christopher Pike, definitely check out Offbeat YA – she’s reviewed a bunch of his books.

Hitchhikers ebook cover 4You may have noticed that I finally got Hitchhikers up on Smashwords (link via the cover on the right).  I decided to go with Smashwords this time around because I wanted to offer the book for free, and also to offer more than just the Kindle format.  Looks like I’ll have to upload the book to Kindle Direct Publishing if I want it to be available on Amazon itself, but you can download a kindle-compatible format (.mobi) via Smashwords for now.

I published Bethany Caleb and The Art Kids back in May via Kindle Direct Publishing.  I enrolled in KDP Select, which allows you to offer your book for free for 5 days during the 3-month exclusive enrollment period.  Formatting and uploading the book was super easy.

I published Hitchhikers a few days ago via Smashwords, which allows total freedom in setting the price and also offers multiple ebook formats and will also will distribute to multiple online retailers, including Apple’s iBooks and Barnes & Noble.  The formatting process was a little more difficult, but it does seem like it would be easier to then use this Smashwords-formatted document for the Kindle format.

There have been 89 total downloads of Hitchhikers already.  Of course, it’s free, so that helps, but to compare: during my first free promotion of Bethany Caleb & The Art Kids (1 day), there were 18 & 34 downloads respectively.  I had promoted this free download as an event on Goodreads as well.  During my second free promotion (2 days), there were 13 & 45 downloads.  I’ve officially “sold” a handful of each title.

So far, I’m liking Smashwords a lot.  I like being able to control the price, and it certainly helped publicize the book at first because their front page shows the newest uploads.  Now I can just hope that some of those 89 people will review the book…