My Top 10 of 2017

So I’m a little bit behind the ball on this one, but I still wanted to chime in with my Top 10  reads of 2017. It feels like a crime not to do this and I hate that I’m a little delayed. But better late than never! Now, I realize not all were released in 2017, but 2017 is the year where I read it … so that’s why it’s counting.

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New Year Giveaway!

bookbubgiveawayHappy 2018, everybody!! To get things started off on the right foot, I’ve teamed up with 15 other romance authors to give away a $160 Amazon gift card. That’s a lotta dough to buy you a lotta books. WOOT WOOT!!!
You can’t win if you don’t enter, so here’s all you need to know!
Just follow me and the other participating authors over on BookBub. That’s it! It’s really that simple.
• Register for your #FREE BookBub account if you don’t already have one https://www.bookbub.com.
• Follow all of us!
• Enter right over here
GOOD LUCK!!!! ❤

Last Chance for #FaLaLaLaFreebie!

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It’s your last chance to pick up An Unforgivable Love Story for FREE on Amazon and enter to win a $250 Gift Card in the #FaLaLaLaFreebie Giveaway!

You can find details on how to enter to win the $250 Amazon Gift Card and one of five *sets* of signed paperbacks (An Unforgivable Love Story by yours truly, Marry Me For Money by Mia Kayla, Hope Over Fear by JA Derouen, Feel Again by Faith Andrews and Finding Me by Stephanie Rose) over at the pinned post on my Facebook page!

The Freebies and the giveaways end tomorrow (12/9), so don’t wait!! Good Luck!

An Unforgivable Love Story is FREE for a Limited Time!

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Guess what!!! An Unforgivable Love Story is currently FREE until Saturday (12/9/17)! I’ve never put any of my titles for free on Amazon and I’m super excited to introduce so many new readers to Simon St. John. Download today and help spread the word!!

Plus enter to win a $250 Amazon Gift Card and a set of signed paperbacks on my Facebook page in the #FaLaLaLaFreebie Promo!!!

 

 

 

Don’t miss these amazing freebies from my friends!!!

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Email Best Practices for Authors

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So you’ve built yourself an email list of readers, fans, bloggers and book enthusiasts. Congratulations! I bet you’re ready and excited to start talking to them via email, aren’t cha?!

Well … not so fast.

Before you start creating your next great email campaign, there are a few things you should stop and think about first.

002-natureI wanted to take a moment and ground ourselves in some high level email best practices for authors. I’m not going to address list building today, because let’s be honest … there’s no easy, fast way to build a quality list that engages with you regularly and has the metrics to prove it. These things take time, strategy and mad patience for nurturing the relationship.

And that’s really what email is all about … growing and strengthening your relationship with your readers.

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Let’s Get Naked: An Amazingly Awesome Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be partnering with the team at Naked Winery along with Mandi Beck, Rachel Van Dyken, J. Kenner and Kyra Davis to bring romance readers this awesome giveaway, just in time for the holidays!

In my opinion, nothing beats a glass or red wine and a good book. Unless, of course, it’s two glasses of wine. So in addition to an eBook of choice from me, you can also win ALL OF THIS AWESOMENESS from the Naked Winery!!!!

Naked Winery Holiday Giveaway

 

The prize package includes: 1 Foreplay Chardonnay, 1 Climax Red Table Wine, a Wine Key, 1 Naked coffee mug, a pair of women’s pajama shorts, a red hydro flask (40 oz), and an eBook of choice from yours truly, valued over $200. Contest closes 12/8.

Click Here To Enter!!

So You Want To Be A Beta Reader

The following article was posted last year on the Indie Chicks Rock website, but there is a lot of valuable information that it’s worth repeating here. So if you’re a casual reader who has ever wanted to be a beta reader for an author you love, spend some time checking this out!

One of the most crucial parts of the writing process comes with beta reading. For authors, it’s anxiety-ridden. For the reader it’s exciting to get to read an early draft of a manuscript. And when beta reading is done well, it can be a lot of work.

All of us Indie Chicks have had our fair share of awesome beta readers … and unfortunately some not some awesome ones, too. So we wanted to share some candid thoughts with you on beta best practices. Oh hell, that sounds so corporate … let’s try that again…

So we wanted to share some candid thoughts with you on how you can avoid being a crappy beta reader and become an author’s best friend. 😉 Because let’s be honest … if you beta our book and really help us out, we’ll be begging to work with you again.

That’s much better. Let’s begin, shall we?

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Book+Main Author Fireside Chat

Updated March 12, 2018

Gather ’round author, dear author friends. Let’s chat about Book+Main for a few. I know many of you are wondering, I signed up for a Book+Main Author Account … now what?

Well, let me be one of the first to say, welcome to Book+Main, fellow author! We’re excited to have you onboard and look forward to getting your account verified.

If you haven’t already taken a few minutes to read through my How to Use Book+Main post, I would recommend doing that first to ground you in the below content. And I know that it’s long, but it’s worth the read if you’re considering the platform.

But before I start talking about the ins and outs and perks of being an author on Book+Main, there are a few very important things to keep in mind.

This isn’t Goodreads. It’s not Facebook. Nor is it Wattpad. And it’s certainly not Twitter either. It is not a place for giveaways and sale alerts. And all of this is a very good thing.

Trust me. 

We already have an abundance of channels to help us tout new releases and sales and giveaways and run ads and blog posts and trailers and blitzes and promotions and takeovers and live videos and signings and audiobooks and book tours and virtual parties and paperbacks and everything else our little author hearts can dream up. (Phew! That was a lot for one breath.)

But what we don’t have is a safe and unsaturated place, just for our little bibliophile selves to eat our hearts out and devour scenes and discover new and unknown books and authors without any preconceived notion.

23031463_458977547829710_7840311375626942871_nBut at the intersection of Book+Main (did ya see what I did there?!) is that exact utopia. It is a content-based platform, and your stories are at the heart of it all.

I like to think of Book+Main as a little digital library, sitting on a peaceful cloud, with readers browsing through an anonymous card catalog based on subjects, where they get to read snippets hand-selected by the authors themselves.

Book+Main will give you the opportunity to match up with prospective readers in an unbiased environment. As an author, you control the content that they see. You decide which metatags to leverage to help them find you. You determine how to put your best foot forward.

You don’t have to fight an ever-changing algorithm. And you don’t have to worry about getting lost in a sea of dredge. It’s simply you and a sea of readers, waiting to connect.

Sound like something that interests you? It should! So read on to learn more about becoming a Book+Main Author …

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How To Use Book+Main

23031463_458977547829710_7840311375626942871_nThe brand spankin’ new platform for bookworms, Book+Main, is finally live!! HOORAY! So now what?

For starters, it’s important to understand that the whole premise behind Book+Main is that authors are the content creators and the readers are the curators. There are no ads, no algorithms, and no spammy “BUY ME NOW!” posts. It was our founder’s vision to deliver stories in their purest form and get them in the hands of new readers. If that doesn’t excite your little book nerd heart, I’m not sure what will.

You’ve registered and logged in … and unsure of what it all means. There’s so much to discover, where do you even begin?

Well I’m here to help you make sense of this game-changing platform. Let’s dive in, shall we?

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