Monday, April 10, 2017
Many of my reader favorite's will be showing up in a new form with the Lovestruck line! For Kicks, Just One Spark, Drive Me Crazy - which has to be re-titled because they'd already used that title. I'm thinking Lust in Translation.
What has me excited - beyond being able to polish and revise those stories - is the opportunity to finally put out Just One Touch (Derek & Kate), and Just One Word (Tyler & Jeannette). The McNally's need more happy endings. Maybe we'll even find out why Mike is so grumpy.
Not My 1st Rodeo stories are coming back as well. The first set in May, the second in June. And more to come! Who else needs to sign up with http://notmy1strodeo.com/? Uncle Ben is about to be an empty-nester at 34, he needs a new start. And Jacy's cousin needs to lose his flaky fiancee. Maybe Ray's mama sees how well her 'helping' turned out for him and signs up Rowdy.
The possibilities never end...
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Sunday, April 02, 2017
Ah, March. Where I planned to toss 40 bags, declutter my life, practice yoga every day, and work on building my newsletter. I did exactly as I said... I forgot. ADD, you are so predictable.
Not all of it. I did try a yoga pose every day, finding the new limits my muscles have post surgeries. Some poses are a hard no, others I hadn't been able to attempt in years.
I started to declutter... but there is a lot of clutter and it is easy to get distracted. I've decided to keep up with the '30-day' declutter challenge, and embrace that it will take me as long as it takes. I'll get a sticker for each assignment. I love stickers.
I did much better on the 40 Bags in 40 Days, In fact, I still have a few days left. I managed half the bags - including 4 bags of books! My office closet hasn't been this organized since we moved in. My desk is another story entirely. I'm continuing to declutter, which means I'll have more bags heading out. I just won't keep count.
Keeping up with the Social Media 12-month Challenge is something I touch in some way every day. I read a ton about newsletters and gathered tons of opinions. Some say bigger is better (ha!), others think organic (ha!) is the only way. Some give things away to their newsletter list, some think that invites freebie seekers, not readers. It's enough to make your head spin!
30 days wasn't enough time to try all of the tips I wanted to, so more newsletter tips and tricks later on when I can see what works.
I think this is the longest I've stuck with any New Year's Resolution. It's kind of the way to go, trying a new challenge every month and learning more about something I should already know. I set myself up for a win with this!
I'll still be working on my newsletter in April, but I'm also trying to figure out instagram for the Social Media 12-month Challenge. I'm not sure if it will be effective as a marketing tool, but a sixteen-year-old explained why everyone is approaching it wrong... and it made sense! I'm taking his advice and it's working like he promised. I won't know if it has any RTI until I have a new release. Fingers crossed.
What 30-day challenge to try... considering I'll spend a week at a writing retreat this month. That means a healthy eating or sleep or exercise isn't something I'll succeed at. Hmmm. Since I'm working on instagram, I'm doing a #Bookstagram challenge. No, I don't actually understand what it is or what's going on. But this April, I intend to find out!!
What challenge should I take on next month?
Friday, March 31, 2017
Deciding what to do next is harder than I expected. Some authors have been incredibly successful with self-publishing. The urge to go indie is strong. And so is my sense of self-preservation. Publishing a book is an expensive endeavor, and with a deep backlist, I'd have to sell my minivan just to pay for covers and editing and ISBNs and ad placement and marketing and and and. Not to mention I've tried it, and the results were meh.
And speaking of answers... I've taken some reader letters and woven in answers to the questions some of you had.
- When do David & Sophie get married?
- Are we going to get more Kelly?
- What about Curtis's brother?
- Where are Megan's parents?
- Do Gemma & Danny have their own book?
- Is something going on with Nyla & Diego?
- Did you forget about Carly?
- Who is this mysterious Jack and what does he want from Ava?
If you want to know, keep your eye out for Invested in Love!
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The Under the Caribbean Sun series is getting a reboot - new covers, new content, new stories.
And maybe a new title for Caribbean Christmas. Readers see Christmas and expect snow and Santa. This one turns up the heat.
Caribbean Caress or Caribbean Christmas?
Monday, March 27, 2017
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