Friday, May 27, 2011

Virtual Angels

While people rarely shock me, I have been amazed and awed by the kindness bestowed upon me by Memrie from darkangel88, her followers, their followers, and so on.  I connected with Memrie on Goodreads, a phenomenal website for people who love to read or write. Afterwards, she graciously tweeted about Warriors of the Cross and provided the free e-book coupon code to her fans. Then, she posted a link for Warriors of the Cross on her website.

The results of her actions were instantaneous and astronomical.  Right now, Warriors of the Cross is one of Smashword's top 5 bestsellers, AND it is one of the top 1.6% of all e-books being sold per Nielsen BookScan results.

Without a doubt, Memrie has found her calling when it comes to social networking and cultivating interest in new books/authors.  She has made a tremendous impression on me and is a leader by example.  Memrie is a new virtual friend of mine…one I hope to have for years to come.  My resolution is to repay Memrie (and her follower's) thoughtfulness dozens of times over with my own random acts of kindness. 

Besides Memrie, I have met many generous people this week.  All of them have been willing to help me achieve my goal of catapulting Warriors of the Cross to Amazon's Top 100 List.  While impossible to mention each of them by name, I have tried to send a personal response to each of them, ‘friend’ them, and add their sites to the list of blogs I'm following.  To each person adding Warriors of the Cross to their list of books ‘being read’ or their list of books ‘to be read’ and to those who are blogging, tweeting, and talking about Warriors of the Cross, I want to say a heartfelt 'Thank you'.  I really appreciate everyone's interest.

Friday, May 20, 2011

♥♥♥This Is Just One Of My Favorite Things♥♥♥

Everyone knows my favorite band is Kings of Leon.  They have a hardcore edginess embedded with all kinds of religious connotations.  The combination is always perfectly balanced and absolutely refreshing. 
Having grown up with a Pentecostal grandmother, I find these three sons of a Pentecostal preacher - along with their cousin - to be familiar and authentic.  The first time I heard them, I went on ITunes and bought every album they'd ever done.  To date, I have not been disappointed in even one of their songs. 

Their lyrics are about sex, drugs, life, and God.  No subject is left untouched.  They've worked hard and made it big.  After watching several documentaries on them and their accomplishments, it is obvious they deserve all the great things coming their way.

Enjoy one of my favorite songs, Use Somebody, while I get back to editing Guardians of the Cross:

Saturday, May 14, 2011

If You Love Louisiana...

While commuting to and from Houston this week, I listened to Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11, Dead Reckoning (twice).  Since I have read and listened to the first ten books numerous times, I suspect I will read this particular one several more times.

Having been born and raised in North Louisiana, I always have a strong sense of home and family - like I do following a trip back to LA - after reading any of the Sookie Stackhouse Novels.  There is something about Sookie (the way she talks, the things she does, and her inner thoughts) that perfectly aligns with the good folks in that area of the state.   

Honestly, if you love Sookie, you will love this edition.  This is important because there are many, many people rating Dead Reckoning poorly because they are upset with the price of the electronic book.  I appreciate every one's opinion on this subject, but believe the rating should be limited to the story, its characters, and the writing.  People with complaints about the price of the book should write a letter or email to B&N or Amazon or Ace Hardcover instead of watering down the rating process by using criteria that have nothing to do with the quality of the book. 

I should also say that I may be the minority, but I love Sookie AND Eric together.  I hope the series ends with them eternally bonded (through love and not blood)!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day and 'A Job From Hell'

As I have said, 100% of my time is devoted toward writing, editing, publishing, and marketing The Warrior Series.  As a Mother's Day gift to myself, I took a few hours this weekend and read Jayde Scott's A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends).

After reading this paranormal adventure, I have a whole new appreciation for the day-to-day monotony of my own job. 

Even though A Job From Hell (Ancient Legend) is embedded with vampires, fallen angels, and demons, Jayde Scott has done a great job at creating an original story-line that will keep readers coming back for the rest of the series. 

I have no intention of giving away the plot, but I will say that this book exemplifies the worst case scenario of a new job.  Amber quickly finds out her new boss is a monster (literally), and it's all uphill (periodically, downhill) from there.  With, A Job From Hell (Ancient Legend) there are lots of different characters for readers to obsess over; and a fresh heroine to act as a role model for young girls (even if at times that means she shows them what NOT to do); and, a new source of good vs. evil vs. good & evil.

Congratulations to Ms. Scott on an awesome accomplishment.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Giveaways and Promotions - Amazon & Goodreads

I am slowly but surely learning the self-publishing ropes of marketing and advertising.  So far, I've done little as it relates to the mass marketing of Warriors of the Cross.  On May 24, 2011, I will rectify that situation and begin advertising in earnest. 

First, I have a banner ad that will be featured on KindleBoard as their Banner Ad of the Day.  Let me say that keeping this under 50 kb was challenging at best.  I really wish I could have included more of the book's beautiful design, but after 20+ renditions, this was the best I could do with my limitations. 

*See the bottom of the blog to view the add, and thanks to the free services offered by Live Banner Creator & Bannersketch.

Second, I have an ad campaign set to begin with Goodreads which will include a targeted ad showing interested people a blurb of the book and a link to Warriors of the Cross' Goodread's Page.  If you like reading, this website is a great place to connect with fellow readers and hear their opinions of books before you spend your hard-earned dollars purchasing them. 

Third, I am having a 10-book promotional giveaway meant to generate reviews.  This will be held and managed by Goodreads from May 24-June 24.  Entering for these giveaways with Goodreads is as simple as clicking your mouse twice, and there are hundreds of giveaways to enter.  Go to Goodreads Giveaways for more information.

In preparation for each of these events and for Guardians of the Cross' release, I've decreased the price of Warriors of the Cross' eBook to $0.99.  This change should go into effect within the next 48-72 hours. (Sorry, there is not a lot I can do about the price of the paperback, and the price is now $10.44 @ B&N.)

Hopefully, all of this will help to garner interest in Guardians of the Cross, which is scheduled to be released early in July 2011.