Monday, September 29, 2014

Everything I've ever learned about becoming a bestselling author...

There is no magic spell. There is no secret knowledge. There is no special marketing strategy. 
I can't tell you how to become a bestselling author because NO ONE KNOWS HOW. Just think about it. If there were some magic formula, everyone would be doing it. OR whoever had the formula would be hoarding it in a secret underground location.
But that formula doesn't exist.
I hate math. I really do. I don't keep track of my sales numbers. I couldn't tell you how many books I sold on x day during x time. Sometimes I think that I should keep track of these things, but there are web sites for that (booktrackr). In general, I avoid math as much as I can. But then I see these authors making marketing and selling books into some complicated mathy thing that makes me want to run and hide under a rock.
Some people thrive on the numbers. It makes them feel secure. That's fine. Rock on, numbers people. And then there are those of us who get totally overwhelmed and want to give up before even starting.
Well. I'm here to tell you that writing isn't complicated. Becoming a bestselling author isn't as complicated as people seem to want to make it.
When I sat down to write My Favorite Mistake, I wasn't thinking about whether or not I should invest in a BookBub ad, or when the best hour to tweet a teaser graphic was to get the most views, or what I should price the book at.
I was thinking about the story. Nothing else. I was too consumed by the story to think about anything else. I did nothing but write for weeks. I drank a lot of Monster and didn't get much sleep and didn't see my friends. I didn't think about marketing. Not even after I'd finished the book and had it edited. I had no plan. I didn't make teaser graphics. I didn't solicit blurbs from other authors. I didn't even have a professional cover. I made one myself. I formatted the book myself. I put it up on Amazon and figured whatever would happen, would happen.
I'd tried marketing strategies before with my other books. I'd done ARCs paid advertisements and tweets and all sorts of things. None of them worked. But then, out of the blue, the book started to sell and people started messaging me about how much they loved it. I was shocked. How could this book sell with no marketing plan? I'd done the opposite for this release than I had for any of my previous releases.
And then the book REALLY started to sell. And my mind was officially boggled.
I'd done nothing special to sell this book. For all intents and purposes, it shouldn't have sold as well as it did.
But then I did and I realized that the main reason for a book becoming a bestseller has absolutely nothing to do with me. Call it luck, call it timing, call it lightning striking. Whatever it is, I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER IT. The only thing I CAN control is the quality of the book. Write the best story I can. Write something that burns in my heart and my head and that makes me feel like I'm falling in love for the first time. And I can control the editing and the cover and formatting and price. But that's it. The rest? Not up to me.
Sure, I wrote a romance (which is always popular) in an emerging category (new adult). But there were a lot of other people doing the same thing at the same time. If I released the same book now, would it have done the same? No, I don't think so. That's not to say anything disparaging about my book, but, as I said, a LOT comes down to timing. When a certain genre or category is "hot." Usually, by the time something becomes popular, it's almost too late. This is NOT to say that you should write to a trend. If you're trying to force yourself to write something that's not true to who you are just to try and become a bestseller, then you're going to have a rude awakening.
I HAPPEN to like writing books that HAPPEN to be popular. I'm lucky. See that word again? LUCK.
I didn't choose to write romance. It chose me. I truly believe that I don't choose the stories I write. They choose me.
Once again, I'm very LUCKY.
Bottom line: I wasn't trying to write a bestseller. I was writing the story I couldn't get out of my head. The rest was luck, timing and a lot of stuff you can't quantify. So don't set out to write a bestseller. Set out to write the best book YOU can. The rest? Not up to you. So let it go. *insert Frozen singing here*

And here's a gif of a hot guy in glasses. For Reasons:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

UnWritten release day contest to end all contests. For real, y'all...

Do you like books? Do you like signed books? Do you like signed books that you don't have to pay for? THEN LOOK NO FURTHER.
To celebrate the release of UnWritten, I'm doing a MEGA AWESOME SUPERFANTABULOUS GIVEAWAY!!!
I've been collecting signed books everywhere I go and I'm giving them away to YOU. Yup. YOU.

There will be NINE giveaway packs with different books in them. You will not get to choose which one you win. *GIVEAWAY IS US ONLY. IT WOULD COST ME A LOT OF MONEY TO MAIL THESE OVERSEAS. SORRY. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER IF YOU ARE NOT FROM THE UNITED STATES. THANKS*


Giveaway Pack #1: Since I Saw You by Beth Kery (unsigned), Beauty from Pain by Georgia Cates (signed), Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker (signed)

Giveaway Pack #2: Flesh and Blood by Kristen Painter (unsigned), Angel Burn by L. A. Weatherly (unsigned), Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover (signed), Nash by Jay Crownover (unsigned)

Giveaway Pack #3: Bang, Fading and Falling by E. K. Blair (all signed)

Giveaway Pack #4: All You Need Is Love by Marie Force (unsigned), The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken (unsigned), Frayed by Kim Karr (ARC, unsigned)

Giveaway Pack #5: Poughkeepsie and Return to Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia (both signed), Dirty Angels by Karina Halle (signed)

Giveaway Pack #6: Of Metal And Wishes by Sarah Pine (unsigned), Charmed Vengeance by Suzanne Lazear (unsigned), Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards (unsigned), Control by Lydia Kang (unsigned)

Giveaway Pack #7: Anew by Chelsea Fine (signed), Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover (signed), Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (unsigned)

Giveaway Pack #8: What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor (signed), Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (signed), UnWritten by Chelsea M. Cameron (ARC, signed)

Giveaway Pack #9: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover (signed), Red Hill by Jamie McGuire (signed), Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle (signed), The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter (signed)

*phew* 

I KNOW. I KNOW.
Just follow the Rafflecopter below to enter!

Monday, July 7, 2014

UnWritten is on its way! (Also, a of sexy man in a kilt)

Greetings from across the pond! Well, I'm across the pond if you're currently in the US. Or Canada. Or South America. You get the idea. I've been in Edinburgh, Scotland for the Romance Author & Reader event, but I'm headed home to the states tomorrow. I've done three book signings in three weeks, and, as the Scots would say, I'm knackered.
But I got my stuff together enough to upload UnWritten to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes. I'll update this post when the links become available. The paperback will take a little white to get done, but hold tight and I'll have that soon as well. If you aren't familiar with this story, it's a New Adult Contemporary Romance about a tattooed children's librarian/romance novelist and a British single father. I KNOW.

Oh, and here's a picture of Stuart Reardon holding one of the ARCs of UnWritten. Yeah, that happened. Oh, and I don't know what he was wearing under the kilt. Should have asked.

Barnes and Noble:
Kobo:
iTunes:
Paperback:


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Upcoming releases!

I realized that I should probably post about my upcoming releases. Because I have them in my head, but you can't read my mind. I mean, you can't, right? STOP READING MY MIND.

Deep Surrendering, Ep. 4-June 19
UnWritten-July 10
Deep Surrendering, Ep. 5-July 17
Dark Surrendering (Sloane and Ryder's book)-August(ish)
Deep Surrendering, Ep. 6-August 21
Silence (Whisper Trilogy, Book Two)-August/September
Deep Surrendering, Ep. 7-September 18
For Now (Rules of Love, Book Two)-September/November
Surrendering to Always-September/November
Deep Surrendering, Ep. 8-October 16
Deep Surrendering, Ep. 9-November 20
Deep Surrendering, Ep. 10-December 18
Listen (Whisper Trilogy, Book Three)-December

There might be one or two more, depending on how much I can do. But I won't say what those are until I'm sure I can get them done. But this is what I'm shooting for. We'll see. I've already had to push things back. All of these dates are subject to change.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

RT 2014!!!!!!!


I am OVER THE MOON to be heading to RT Booklovers Convention 2014 in New Orleans, LA next Tuesday!!!! It's my first time for this convention and I'm scared/excited/freaking out/hungry for beignets. If you're coming, you should find me! Here's my schedule:

Tuesday, May 13:
8:15-10 pm- Never Have I Ever… New Adult Pajama Party (I'm hosting the Water Pong event, along with Abbi Glines and Jay Crownover! Throw on your PJs and come see us! I'll probably have swag and maybe some books to give away)

Wednesday, May 14:
I'll be heading to panels and workshops and events all day. If you see me, say hello! I'll be carrying around swag with me, so chances are good of getting some :)

Thursday, May 15:
More panels and workshops and parties!

Friday, May 16:
More shenanigans!

Saturday, May 17:
11-2 pm- Giant Book Fair signing. I'll be hanging with the New Adult authors and will have the following books for sale: Deeper We Fall, Slowly We Trust, For Real and Sweet Surrendering. I will NOT have copies of My Favorite Mistake or My Sweetest Escape, so if you'd like to have those, or any of my other titles signed, PLEASE bring them with you. I will also have swag at my table, and maybe some giveaways ;)

6:30-7 pm- FAN-tastic Day Party! (come hang out with me and other authors, get some food, an amazing goody bag and maybe some extra prizes from me)

Sunday, May 18:
Recovering from everything and hitting up some of the last panels.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

THIS POST CONTAINS A NUDE PICTURE OF BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH!

It doesn't. But I got you to click on it, didn't I? 
CLICKBAIT.
Anywho, while you're here, you might as well read about what I've got coming up, because there are a LOT of things. A LOT.
On Thursday, Slowly We Trust (Fall and Rise, Book Three) will be available in ebook form and soonish in paperback!

Audrey Valdez didn’t mean to fall for Will Anders. He isn’t her type. At all. But his goofy smile, Star Wars quotes and athletic body make it impossible. She's lived so long in the darkness and Will is like the sun. He makes her laugh more than she has in years and cares for her more than her own family. 

But there are things about Audrey that Will doesn't know, things he can't know. She tries to push him away, but he just ends up getting closer to her, and to her secret. Is the risk of losing him forever worth the chance a being with the only person she's ever loved who has loved her back?

And I have it on good authority (mine) that it will be at the introductory price of 99 cents! AND if you've never read the first two books in the series (Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn), those *might* be on sale as well…

And have you SEEN the cover for UnWritten, coming this June?

Blair Walton isn't your average tattooed children's librarian. She's also one half of bestselling romance author, Scarlet Rose. Along with her bff Raine, she spends her nights writing books so steamy, she's afraid they would shock her Southern conservative grandmother to death, if she knew about them. Blair and Raine keep their smut peddling ways a secret from everyone, including family.

On deadline for their latest book and out of ideas, Raine suggests (demands) that Blair find a guy and "do some research." It just so happens that Blair has a guy that's ready and willing. Declan Bennet has all the qualifications: He's British, looks fabulous in a suit and gets bonus points for being a single dad. But what started out as a research project quickly turns into something much more. Someone else is writing this love story and Blair has completely lost control. But will Declan still feel the same way when he finds out the truth about Blair and her secret motives?

What do you think? You can add it to your goodreads shelf HERE.

AND the third episode of Deep Surrendering is coming out on May 15!
Are you ready for MORE Fin and Marisol?

Oh, and here's a picture of Benedict Cumberbatch. Not naked. 



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Win some crap (it's not crap, actually)! (also, My Sweetest Escape is on SALE!)

Do you like to win things? I know I do. But you're going to have to work to win things. Give something to get something, yes? Okay, ALL you have to do is leave a review of Deep Surrendering on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo or iTunes. You get one entry per place posted. Just come back here and comment with the LINK (just telling me "I posted on Amazon" DOES NOT COUNT) of your review. (This contest is US only. Sorry :( It would cost me too much to mail this overseas)

Okay, let's get to the prizes. Because that's why you're here, right? That good stuff. Okay, let's do a prize pack with a copy of Deep Surrendering, Sweet Surrendering, Surrendering to Us and a $25 Amazon gift card. How's that sound? Giveaway is international and will run until April 17, when the next installment will be out! Now get to it. CHOP CHOP.
Here are all the links to make it EVEN EASIER:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Kobo
iTunes

Also, My Sweetest Escape is on SALE! For less than the price of a drink and a croissant at Starbucks, you can have DUSTY SHARP, the sexy, beat-boxing, doorbell-loving, kitten-owning hottie. WHAT A DEAL:
Amazon
And here's a stock image of a sexy guy I found today. I want to haz him.