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Hot New Tuesday Releases

Barbara Vey -- February 18th, 2014
I spent my last day in Florida at the beach. A perfect day.

I spent my last day in Florida at the beach. A perfect day.

 

I feel like signing, “The Party’s Over.”  This afternoon  I head back home where 7 inches of new fallen snow await me.  But I’m not complaining.  I got to hang out at the beach yesterday in 80 degree weather and met with several hundred authors while I’ve been down here.  Thanks for the memories Florida!  Now, here’s what I’ve got waiting for me at home.

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A Matchless Romance by Christi Barth (Carina Press)

No Such Thing by A.M. Arthur (Carina Press)

Demon by My Side by Victoria Davies (Carina Press)

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.A Proposal at the Wedding by Gina Wilkins (Harlequin)

Alone with You by Debbi Rawlins (Harlequin Blaze)

Lassoed by Fortune by Marie Ferrarella (Harlequin Special Edition)

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The Sheikh’s Last Seduction by Jennie Lucas (Harlequin Presents)

The Lawman’s Honor by Linda Goodnight (Harlequin Love Inspired)

Yours Forever by Farrah Rochon (Harlequin Kimani Romance)

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The Prosecutor by Adrienne Giordano (Harlequin Intrigue)

Secrets at Court by Blythe Gifford (Harlequin Historical)

Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis (Grand Central Publishing, Mass Market)

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The Blush Factor by Gun Brooke (Bold Strokes Books)

Tumbledown by Cari Hunter (Bold Strokes Books)

Wingspan by Karis Walsh (Bold Strokes Books)

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Lovely Little Liar by Gloria Gay  (Boroughs Publishing Group)

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Sweet Temptations Boxed Set by Cara Maris

The Fall of a Saint by Christine Merrill (Harlequin Historical)

The Temptation Of Laura by Rachel Brimble (eKensington)

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Bottom Line:  I guess I’ll just fall back on “Spring will be here soon.”

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- September 11th, 2013

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I look at my to-be-read pile and I think I need a nice long European cruise where I do nothing but read and eat and kick back to enjoy the fact that it’s hard for people to disrupt my reading if I’m on a ship!  And, now that I have my passport, I’m ready to sail.  Here’s what the WW Ladies got off their tbr piles this week.
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Dog Collar Crime by Adrienne Giordano

 

Read by Heidi

Lucie Rizzo is feeling down since she lost her banking job, and had to move back home. It’s home that she wants to stay far away from, with her mob-infested family. While trying to re-group, she has started a dog walking business and looking into her own doggie clothing/accessory line, Coco Barknell. All of a sudden, she is being attacked and her dogs are getting kidnapped! Lucie has to turn to her on again-off again man, Frankie Falcone, to help her get her dogs, and find out why these attacks are happening!! With everything going on, she also has to see where is her heart is at for her job, her family, and her love life.

I don’t know what I loved most about the book…. Lucie and her mob family OR Frankie and his mob family OR Roseanne, Lucie’s best friend OR the mystery of who is the doggie napper is OR the wonderful dogs themselves!! And since it’s set in Chicago (my hometown!), it’s even sweeter!! It has the right mix of love and mystery, with a sprinkle of puppy makes it a book to fall in love with. Plus, out of all the dogs in the book, I think Otis is my favorite!

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Banquet of Lies by Michelle Diener-1

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Giselle poses as a chef, trying to remain invisible as she tries to find her father’s killer and keep hidden a political document he gave her.  As the mystery turns dangerous, Lord Aldridge becomes curious about his new chef and his attention puts her into danger.

History and intrigue make up this beautifully written novel of spies, romance and danger and I love historical intrigue!  The added bonus is that Giselle is smart and courageous and extremely clever.  It reminded me a bit of Downton Abbey insomuch as how the drama of the servants and the drama of the upper class tie together for a fuller story overall.

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Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta-2

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iCade is 17 and a survivor.  She finds out she was an experiment and that she has a brother that she must save.  She bands together with a crew of interesting characters in the hope of finding her brother. But, those who created them have their own agenda and they will do anything to stop her, or have her.

 

This YA futuristic story reminded me a bit of Serenity, but with young adults and a different kind of mission. This was a little more gritty than most YA futuristics I’ve read.  I like how Cade is forced through circumstances to be a loner, but has to overcome that in order to band together with this crew to save her brother.  I think many young adults, and adults, often feel isolated and find it difficult to socialize and this story really addressed that transition for Cade in a way that was part of the story itself.  There’s a lot of good vs. evil and adventure along the way. Fascinating and intriguing.
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Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman-3

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Widow Lily Winter travels around the world to Australia to find a long lost twin sister she’s just discovered exists.  Lily’s daughter has moved out leaving Lily alone and lonely, so the enticement of finding  a sister she had no idea she had gives her good reason to overcome her terror of flying.  Once there she discovers more about herself and about her sister as she also finds a chance to fall in love again.

 

I adore Lily! Her mother is not very loving, yet Lily is.  This is an inspirational romance, very sweet and emotional.  Love conquers all is layered in a way that reveals to us how many different kinds of love there is and how all love is important.  I experienced a roller coaster of emotion while I read this book.  Lily’s need for love and connection gives her courage and it was truly moving and uplifting to read!

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Would Be Witch by Kimberly Frost-4

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Tammy Jo Trask discovers that she may have actually inherited the family witch powers after all. When a locket carrying the family ghost is stolen she has to get help from the man she is forbidden to contact.  A powerful, magical man on a LOT of levels!

This book reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse series in that it is funny, paranormal and the main character is a hoot! The only other author I’ve read that was like that is Angie Fox with her Demon Slayer series. Kimberly Frost was new to me, but I love a good laugh and gave this a try and boy was I happy I did!I  There’s a lot of magical mishaps that had me laughing out loud and Tammy Jo’s personality made pretty much everything fun.  Captivating, humorous and highly engaging…I’m still smiling.

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Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles-5

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Meredith loves books written by Nora Roberts and is criticized by her estranged husband for wasting her time on such nonsense. He ascertains that the failure of their marriage was in part due to her unrealistic expectations derived from the pages of these novels. Meredith rises to the  challenge and lives her own fantasy, demonstrating the real value of fantasy is more than entertainment, but rather a human need to experience life on one’s own terms, giving both hope and desire.

In Ava Miles’ story she contemplates the value of fantasy in everyday life.  To me, this only serves to enrich one’s life and reminds me that life can be what you make it including finding love like in the pages of a Nora Robert’s story.

The winner of Dianna Love’s giveaway yesterday is Beth aka Scifibookcat .  Please email Cassondra @ authordiannalove.com (no spaces) and put Honeymoon to Die For in the Subject line.  Congratulations.

Bottom line:  They may have to bury me with my tbr pile, but I’ll go out happy!

Authors Recommending Books

Barbara Vey -- September 5th, 2013

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Welcome back to our new regular feature, Authors Recommending Books.  Want to know what authors read in their spare time?  Check it out here.  Want to know what your favorite author is reading?  Ask it in the comments section and I’ll try to get the answer for you.  Good books aren’t always just new books as you can see here.  Authors can send their recommendations to maggiemaepw @ gmail.com.

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The Best ManJeanne Adams recommends The Best Man by Kristan Higgins.  Kristin blood_trinityhas a knack for pulling the heartstrings even as she gets the reader involved with her quirky, funny and fabulous characters.  You get to know the town, the family and feel a part of every story she writes.

Tracey Devlyn highly recommends Blood Trinity by Dianna Love and Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love the entire Belador series! Evalle is bad ass and the sexual tension between Evalle and Storm keeps me turning the pages.

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Shirley Jump highly recommends Carolina Home by Virginia Kantra. I love everything she writes! She never fails to make me cry!

Tonya Kappes recommends It Takes a Witch:  A Wishcrafter Mystery by Heather Blake.  Heather  delivers a page turning mystery with many subplots that tie right into the main plot. Blake has built a magical world full of whimsical characters and creatures with a fun loving witch family in the Enchanted Village. Blake will have you wondering who did what and laughing all at the same time.

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Leaving HavenAllison Leotta recommends Kathleen McCleary’s Leaving Haven.  The first chapter starts with a woman leaving a much-wanted baby at the hospital, and the rest of the book goes back in time to reveal why she did it.  This is an emotionally charged and incredibly plotted story about friendship, love, betrayal, and consequences.

Adrienne Giordano recommends Flashpoint by Suzanne Brockmann. Flashpoint is part of the Troubleshooters series and was the first book I read by Suzanne. After reading it, I went back and read each book in the series and love her flawed characters.

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English GirlMarilyn Baron recommends The English Girl, by Daniel Silva sign-off-320(Suspense and Foreign Intrigue). I love Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon character—master assassin, art restorer and spy—and this novel may be the best yet in his series. Mystery, mistresses, mayhem and great writing. This book has it all.

Mary Buckham loves Patricia McLinn’s, Sign Off. The debut of a new mystery series the finely developed characters, whip-sharp dialogue and setting put this on my keeper shelf.

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Lady AwakenedBeauty and the Bounty HunterAngie Fox recommends Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin (who also writes as Lori Handeland). Sweet, sexy and funny – with a plot that knocks westerns on their ear. I never knew what was going to happen next and I loved every minute of it.

Jeannie Lin says “The last book that blew me away was A Lady Awakened by Cecilia Grant. A widow in a desperate situation enlists a young nobleman to provide her with an heir that she can pass off as her late husband’s. The emotion between the hero and heroine built page upon page and felt so achingly real that you believed and hurt for them through every moment.

The winner of yesterday’s wonderful gift basket from Nancy Naigle is Crystal Fulcher.  Congratulations!  Please contact Nancy at nancy @ nancynaigle.com to claim your prize.

Bottom Line:  “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” ― Jane Austen

Boxed Set Madness

Barbara Vey -- August 21st, 2013

The hottest thing I’ve seen around lately is the boxed set of ebooks.  A group of authors get together to sell one of each of their books in a set, but the neat thing is that they don’t even have to be the same genre.  Some of them are, but others offer the readers a taste of different genres.  Readers come out winners because for usually under $1 they can own 6-10 books, sometimes written by award winning authors and find some new ones to read at the same time.  The upside to this is the opportunity for authors to have the set sell so well that it hits the NY Times Bestseller list.

I asked a few of these groups about the experience of getting these books out there with so many different personalities to work with.  Representing their goups are Dianna Love, Debra Webb and Jana DeLeon.

BV:  Why did you pick the group of authors you did?

DL:  With the exception of one person who was invited because she’d built a substantial following and wrote in our genre, this group of authors had some prior connection to someone in the group.  We’ve met each other over the years through publishing and at events.  The key element was to have a group authors who a) have an established reader base because they all publish quality stories, b) were savvy businesswomen who would step up to get the word out about the set and c) great personalities (no whiners or divas). Plus each of our authors truly cares about her readers.

DW:  When putting together the Dangerous Desires box set choosing the authors to invite was an easy task. Not only are they good friends but they’re all amazingly talented authors! Most are veteran writers who have a decade or more in the business!

JD:  The Indie Voice is more than just a group of authors who collaborated on a boxset. We are a ten-member LLC dedicated to promoting indie publishing and authors. Four of the members met at a conference and decided to start an author support group. The other six members were recommended by existing members and voted on by the group. We wanted authors who produced high quality work and were interested in or already making a big splash in indie publishing. Most of us write romance or a romance hybrid, but some of us also write in other genres, so we’re not genre specific.

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BV:  How is it working out?

DW:  The project went together smoothly! The hardest decision was the cover art. We went through a couple of versions before we got where we wanted to be. Working together has been a joy!

JD:  Absolutely fantastic! It’s an incredible group of women with so many ideas between us that we’ll never have time to execute them all. Being in the group has elevated all of our writing and motivated us to push our careers to another level. The boxset sold so many copies that we hit the USA Today list two weeks in a row and the New York Times list at number seven.

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DL:  We have an author dream team.  The enthusiasm for this project has been amazing and there’s a high level of expertise for anything needed.  If a problem arises, everyone jumps in from all directions with a solution or suggestions.
 
BV:  What’s in it for the reader?

JD:   When we released our boxset, readers had a chance to pick up eight full-length novels for only .99. That’s a great opportunity to try a broad sampling of authors for a very low price. We also have a weekly newsletter that provides sales information on indie books as well as reviews of indie books. We want to promote high-quality indie works

DW:  The readers are at the heart of why we decided to publish this project. All involved are multi-published authors. Every book we have the luxury of writing and publishing is because of the readers. We wanted to show our appreciation by offering five full length novels and two bonus novellas for a low price. We’re planning to do this a couple of times each year from now on. With the future projects we’ll be writing new stories that will only be available in the collections.

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DL:  The reader gets a chance to read “new to them” stories that have been vetted, because we picked the best books for this project.  On top of that, the reader takes home a mother lode of ten full-length novels for pennies.  THE PERFECT TEN box set is available on iTunes, Nook and Kobo and Amazon for 99¢ . Plus we have events planned this week, like The Perfect Ten Facebook Party on Thursday with tons of giveaways all day.

BV:  What’s the benefit to the authors?

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DL:  Authors have always gone into anthologies to reach new readers.  This is like a mega-anthology except that instead of shorter novellas ALL of our books are full novels, everything from romantic suspense to urban fantasy to romantic mysteries to paranormal and even a sci-fi young adult bonus book.  We’re introducing all our readers to each other’s books.

JD:  Exposure. Readers that might have never bought an individual book by an author in the boxset, read the book in the boxset and went on to buy other books by those authors.

DW:  As established authors each of us has an audience of readers who enjoy our stories. Publishing the box set allows us to provide our readers with the opportunity to try new authors at a really good price. Any time an author gains a new reader it’s a huge benefit. Working together we can reach out to folks perhaps we haven’t reached before.

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BV:  What has the experience been like (good and bad)?

DW:  This has been a terrific experience with a group of ladies who are kind and generous and, as I said, huge talents

JD:  The experience has been incredible. We are all now New York Times bestselling authors, and we acquired many new readers. The only downside is finding the time to execute all the new ideas generated by the group.

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DL:  We’re right in the middle of our launch week and we’re having a blast.  Our box set screamed up the rankings the first day and is still climbing.  We hope to reach the #1 spot.  The readers are posting everywhere to say thank you. What’s not to love about that? :)

BV:  Would you do it again?

JD:  Our boxset, To Die For, was a temporary release only and pulled from sale after a month. We have already discussed doing another boxset soon. We have completed two other collaborations since the release of the boxset. The first collaboration is Summer on Seeker’s Island, a romance anthology set on a fictional tropical island off the coast of Florida. The second collaboration is a non-fiction work called The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing, which provides indie authors a blueprint of information needed to develop a successful indie career.

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DL:  In a heartbeat if it was with this group of authors.

DW:  Absolutely, look for My Evil Valentine next February!

BV:  Please feel free to offer any other things I may have missed in my questions or that you think may be important or interesting to the readers.

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DL:  These box sets normally are on sale for a very short time, so readers should buy as soon as they see it or risk missing the deal.   There’s never been a better time to be a reader.

I’ve ordered all the sets for my e-reader and plan on giving a few away as gifts (thoughtful, fun and the price is right!).  Even you can win a set.  Just post a comment and we’ll give away one of each set of boots to three different readers.  Winners posted tomorrow, so check back.

The Perfect 10Dianna Love, Sandy Blair, Misty Evans, Adrienne Giordanno, Mary Buckham, Alexa Grace, Tonya Kappes, Nancy Naigle, Norah Wilson, Micah, Caida

Dangerous DesiresDebra Webb, CJ Lyons, VR Marks, Vicki Hinze, Peggy Webb, Kathy Carmichael, Regan Black

The Indie Voice (Name of group of authors, not title of box set) – Tina Folsom, Dorien Kelly, Jana DeLeon, Colleen Gleason, Jasinda Wilder,Debra Holland, Denise Grover Swank, Theresa Ragan, Liliana Hart, Jane Graves

Bottom Line:  Food may fill your tummy, but a full e-reader will fill your soul.

Self-Publishing Packs ‘Em In At RWA

Barbara Vey -- July 24th, 2013

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At RWA in Atlanta, one of the hottest author tracts to follow was the Self-Publishing Tract.  This group of workshops, geared to authors thinking of publishing on their own, was standing room only.  Interest came from authors in all stages of their careers. 

This is feedback from several authors (both traditional and Indie published). The tract was developed by #1 NYT bestseller Barbara Freethy and loaded with top speakers.

Thoughts from New York Times bestseller Dianna Love:
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As a hybrid author (I’m published by a New York publisher and I’ve self-published a new book series), I am always looking for ways to improve my craft and my business.  During this conference, I learned things from highly successful Indie authors in this tract that I can actually use for both my traditional publishing and my Indie published books. That’s due to the outstanding line up of speakers for this tract who shared their learning curve and insights.  In the packed standing-room-only room for #1 NYT bestseller Barbara Freethy and NYT bestselling phenom Bella Andre’s Top 10 Tips for Self-Publishing E-books workshop not a word was uttered until someone asked a question.  No one wanted to miss any information shared by the two dynamic speakers who were beyond generous with their knowledge and self-publishing experience.  There is too much information to share here, but rule #1 is “write, write, and write some more.” If content is king in developing a publishing strategy then a connected series is queen, and quality is the foundation for that empire.   One repeated mantra is that Self Publishing is a marathon, not a sprint.  Putting out one novella to “test” the SP market is like tossing a baited hook in one corner of a massive lake and assuming you’re going to land on the mother lode of fish the first time.   (I highly recommend getting this year’s conference recordings.)

During the Beyond the Basics in Self-Publishing: Audio, Foreign Translations, POD, and More workshop, bestselling authors Bella Andre and Tina Folsom shared what they did right and mistakes they’d made (sometimes very expensive) in their drive to expand their audiences with audio and translations.  Even though Tina’s native language is German and she has resources (friends and family in Germany) who can beta read or listen to her books, she still had to battle to end up with a top notch translation, but it can be done.  Bella explained how it’s important to do more than have the audio talent you choose to read a scene of your book, especially if you have more than one POV (point of view) and your books include sex.  She suggested that the final audition include a read of the male POV, female POV and a sex scene, because you may be surprised at how different these can sound even with an excellent reader.   Additionally, there were presentations by Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords.  If I had to sum up all these workshops and chats in one sentence I’d say it was the most engaging, energetic and entertaining (at times) tract I’ve ever attended at RWA.

*Dianna’s latest Indie book is HONEYMOON TO DIE FOR and her next traditional release is RISE OF THE GRYPHON.

Thoughts from USA Today bestseller Adrienne Giordano:opposing_forces-190x300

As an author emerging from my sophomore year of being published, I’m in learning mode as it pertains to the business side of publishing. Whether you’re a traditionally published or indie published author, the self-publishing workshops at RWA (particularly ones given by authors) were outstanding this year.  In the Metadata, Keywords and Back Matter workshop given by Courtney Milan, she stressed the importance of information that comes after the book’s end (back matter).  She suggested looking for indie pubbed authors who are performing well and studying how they’ve handled their back matter (buy links, newsletter sign-up information, Twitter and Facebook links, etc.).

Courtney also discussed the importance of front matter (everything that comes before chapter one). She mentioned that with print books people browse through the review quotes in the front of the book to help them decide whether or not they will purchase the book. With digital books, people may have already purchased the book so the review quotes don’t necessarily need to be in the front. Eliminating the review quotes in the front will get the reader to the start of the book much sooner.

During Self-Publishing for the Professional Author, featuring Julia Coblentz (Barnes and Noble), Mark Coker (Smashwords), Jon Fine (Amazon), and Mark Lefebvre (Kobo), the panelists briefly discussed price points. Mark Coker referenced a Smashwords study that indicated more books will sell at a price point of $2.99 and $3.99 rather than $1.99. With all the talk about price points, I found this bit of information helpful. I think RWA’s self-publishing tract this year was filled with useful information that will help me with both my traditionally published books and my indie published books.

*Adrienne hit the USA Today list with her Indie publication and her latest traditional book release is OPPOSING FORCES.

Thoughts from Amazon bestseller Nancy Naigle:wedding

Here’s a little bit from my experience with the self-publishing track. I was not expecting to see such a strong self-publishing track at RWA, but it sure was a nice addition. I even overheard people saying that the workshops were more beneficial for their career than meeting with an editor or agent. That’s saying something! The track included information on everything from personal experiences to release schedules.

One of the last two sessions I attended on Saturday afternoon was THE NEW HYBRID AUTHOR with Steena Holmes, Lauren Hawkeye Jameson, and Deidre Knight. No different than our financial portfolios…keeping your investment spread across a diverse set of options always makes for a stronger platform. These gals have been there and done that with traditional and self-publishing and I left feeling good about the prospects for those of us choosing that path to own the flexibility of our cash flow and growing our readership with the different formats.

The last session I attended was a PAN (Published Author Network) session that wasn’t listed as a self-publishing one, but sure applied. GIVING TO GET: Creating Free Digital Content to Promote Your Print Book. The interesting thing about this panel was that with traditional publishers we don’t always have the ability to leverage free content or special sales to drive sales. Authors Victoria Alexander, Donna Kauffman and Sally Mackenzie shared some of the innovative ideas they’ve tried from baking cakes and engaging readers with recipes, capsule summaries of your books, and character interviews. Video seems to be an increasingly popular addition to social media as a way to reach readers.

*Nancy’s latest Indie book is OUT OF FOCUS and her current traditional release is WEDDING CAKE AND BIG MISTAKES.  

Thoughts from historical romance author Tracey Devlyn:Checkmate-My-Lord-Cover-Draft-Mar-2012b-1-182x300

A year ago, indie publishing was not even on my radar. I knew myself well enough to know that I needed a team to publish my books. Working a full-time day job didn’t leave enough hours in the day to write and manage all the rest. Well, the last few months have opened my eyes to just how accessible Indie publishing really is for authors now. I went to this year’s RWA conference with the mindset to learn everything I could about the other side of publishing. The new SP tract did not disappoint.

In the From Ground Zero to Best-selling Author in Two Years: the Indie Revolution workshop by New York Times bestselling author Liliana Hart, I learned Indie pubbed authors should kickstart their careers with five different products (short stories, novellas, novels, serials, box sets) + one in the hole. Publish your five items one month and then publish your “one in the hole” the following month. This strategy helps boost your rankings with vendors on 30-day cycles. Once you’ve jumpstarted your career, keep publishing product as often as possible. Ms. Hart strongly recommended to price your stories with a mindset of making a living and to remember that what we do has value. She said an author isn’t going to live off $.99 or $1.99 books. Use lower prices as a marketing tool only. Readers will buy books in the $4.99-$5.99 range.

Other words of wisdom:
Authors need social media to succeed. Some sites she suggested are: Twitter, Facebook, Kindleboards, Goodreads, Shelfari, Wattpad, Triberr, Amazon Author Central (complete as much as possible—for every country!), and Pinterest.
Newsletters — author’s best friend
Blogging — kinda over
Street Teams – her biggest sellers (super fans)
Best Paid Ads – Pixel of Ink, eReader News Today, BookBub

Everything Liliana Hart discussed in her workshop can be found in The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing .

Audio publication was a big topic in the Beyond the Basics in Self-Publishing: Audio, Foreign Translations, POD, and More by New York Times bestsellers Bella Andre and Tina Folsom. Ms. Andre believes audio books are the fastest growing segment in the business.

Audio books – very lucrative part of Ms. Andre’s business; finding the right narrator is key and the hardest part; make sure the sex scenes aren’t read in a super creepy way; audio book covers are designed separately because of their square shape; average cost is $250-350 per finished hours — most novels are 7-9 hours
Translation – German, French and Brazilian Portuguese are the biggest romance sellers.

In Courtney Milan’s Metadata, Keywords and Back Matter workshop, she recommended that indie pubbed authors use http://bookshow.me for Amazon worldwide redirect. Adding your book’s ASIN number to the back of the URL (http://bookshow.me/ASIN) will redirect readers to the appropriate Amazon website (UK, Canada, etc.) for their particular country. Use this feature on your website anywhere you have “Buy” links.

Kboards.com – where Ms. Milan learns a lot of her new and progressive approaches to Indie publishing
Book description – focus on adding “keywords” to your book’s description to help with Amazon searches
Using Bitly to shorten URLs – helps authors keep track of what social media and posts are attracting readers. Customize your Bitly URLs for each social media venue.

*Tracey is co-founder of the Lady Jane’s Salon in Naperville, IL (a division of the New York LJS) and her latest traditional release is the highly acclaimed CHECKMATE, MY LORD.

Bottom Line:  “I don’t believe there has ever been a better time to be a writer.” ~ Barbara Freethy

Lady Jane’s Salon in Naperville

Barbara Vey -- June 12th, 2013
Dianna Love, Kate Meador, Kristan Daniels, Valerie Bowman, Adrienne Giordano, Tracey Devlyn

Dianna Love, Kate Meader, Kristan Daniels, Valerie Bowman, Adrienne Giordano, Tracey Devlyn

I traveled down to Naperville, IL yesterday to attend the Lady Jane’s Salon romance readings.  Lady Jane’s was started in New York, but now has salons in various states.  This is a terrific opportunity for readers to get the chance to hear authors read a portion of their books.

Lady Jane’s Salon is run by authors Tracey Devlyn and Adrienne Giordano and held at La Chocolat du Bouchard in the upper loft.  While no liquor is served, there’s plenty of coffee drinks and chocolate.  Perfect for listening to a romance read.  Tuesday night’s event was sold out.  While you don’t purchase a ticket, admission is one gently used romance novel or $5.00 to benefit Celebrate Differences a local not-for-profit organization committed to supporting individuals and children with disabilities.

There was a great mix of authors with  Kate Meader, Kristin Daniels, Adrienne Giordano, Valerie Bowman, and Dianna Love.  Kate (a debut author) read from Feel the Heat about a hot chef, Kristin’s book was My Tye, an erotic suspense, Adrienne read from Opposing Forces, a romantic suspense, Valerie’s book, Secrets of a Runaway Bride, is what she calls, “A racy, Regency romp.” and Dianna Love read from her Slye Temp series, Nowhere Safe, suspense.

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Readers enjoying Lady Jane’s

After the readings I did a chat with Dianna Love and readers from the audience had a chance to ask questions.  Since Dianna collaborates with 3 different authors on varies series, the one question that’s always asked is how they manage to write the book together.  Dianna explained that the process is different with each author.  One likes to have them both write and then send their sections to each other to add or subtract things, another prefers to do plotting then write sections before switching and making changes, while the other author likes to have verbal conversations while writing the books.  “You just have to find the right balance and compromise,” says Dianna.

With the room filled to capacity, there were a lot of giveaways and a booksigning.  Readers left with arms filled with books and great memories asking when the next event would be and promising to return.

Bottom Line:  I’m reading to plan a Readers Road Trip in August to come to the next one…let me know if you want to come.