A self-published author's diary, Books, cover, Giveaway, writing

The One With The Giveaways: win a book by L. Penelope and a book by Mona Shroff…

As part of my “A Self-Published Author’s Diary” podcast, I am chatting with authors on Fridays. And whenever possible, I am giving away a copy of one of their books. On Friday, April 30th, I talked with award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author L. Penelope and this coming Friday (May 7th), I will share my conversation with contemporary romance author Mona Shroff.

My newsletter subscribers automatically get 5 entries in each giveaway, so don’t forget to subscribe (readers’ newsletter or weekly self-published author’s emails) Plus you’ll help me choose the cover for #TheLeftoverBride…

**** Special pre-order price of $0.99 Amazon, iTunesKobo.****
Add it on Goodreads.

A second chance romance set during the holiday season in a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: full of laughter and heartwarming moments (and some sexy moments), checklists, family dynamics, a stubborn cat, and a rescue dog.

All Sorcha O’Connor wants for Christmas is for her life to turn into a Hallmark movie—but sexier.

Ryan Sawyer has a few things on his wishlist. First, he wants to stay away from Swans Cove. Second, he wants his NHL career back. And third, he wants Sorcha. Always has, always will.

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    The behind-the-scenes of self-publishing and writing with Elodie Nowodazkij, author of first kisses, second chances, things that scare the crap out of her and things that make her laugh out loud. Elodie’s been self-publishing since 2014.

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    Ep. 13 – Feature Friday: Talking with Mona Shroff about writing romance, a baking contest and receiving "the" calls. A self-published author's diary

    Talking with contemporary romance author Mona Shroff (author of THEN, NOW, ALWAYS & THEN THERE WAS YOU) about the time she met Martha Stewart (and almost met Matthew McConaughey), her writing process, receiving the calls from her agent and book deal and how falling in love isn't the solution for all our characters' issues. Do you want to win one of Mona's books? Enter the giveaway here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc23/? I also mention the Books for Hope auction: https://www.booksforhope.org/ The KidLit Community is coming together to raise money for the Covid crisis in India!  Bid on Signed Books, Book Swag, Editor and Agent Critiques and more and help raise money for the Unicef USA India Covid Relief Effort! Do you want to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
    1. Ep. 13 – Feature Friday: Talking with Mona Shroff about writing romance, a baking contest and receiving "the" calls.
    2. Ep. 12 – Before the cover reveal (how to engage readers…maybe) and random thoughts about social media.
    3. Ep. 11 – Feature Friday: Talking with L. Penelope about writing, publishing, patience and perseverance…(and cheesecake)
    4. Ep. 10 – My top 3 self-publishing mistakes (and keywords…)
    5. Ep. 9 – The One With The Flashback Friday (and Q&A)

    As always, thank you for reading and listening!

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    #THELEFTOVERBRIDE, Books, cover, writing

    Help me choose the cover for #TheLeftoverBride…

    You may have heard (literally because I have a podcast…:-)) that I’m releasing #TheLeftoverBride on August 18th, 2021… #TheLeftoverBride is already available for pre-order at $0.99 (it is a special pre-order price). You can pre-order it on: Amazon, iTunesKobo. And you can also already add it on Goodreads.

    **** Special pre-order price of $0.99 ****

    A second chance romance set during the holiday season in a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: full of laughter and heartwarming moments (and some sexy moments), checklists, family dynamics, a stubborn cat, and a rescue dog.

    All Sorcha O’Connor wants for Christmas is for her life to turn into a Hallmark movie—but sexier.

    Ryan Sawyer has a few things on his wishlist. First, he wants to stay away from Swans Cove. Second, he wants his NHL career back. And third, he wants Sorcha. Always has, always will.

    Do you want to help me choose the cover?

    I have two versions of the cover and in a couple of weeks, I will ask my newsletter subscribers to help me choose...If you’d like to help me choose, just subscribe to my readers’ newsletter before May 15th.

    You’ll also receive exclusive access to a bonus content page with bonus scenes, audiobook excerpts and more!

    A little sneak peek…

    I’ve shared a few excerpts already (including on Goodreads in my status updates).

    The first sentences…

    “Dear unknown-reader of the future, or alien archiving information on the human race (I have so many questions for you), Christmas is in the air. Well, not Christmas per se. But buttery apples and cinnamon and maybe ginger?”

    Meet Ryan…aka #HockeyHottie:

    In the past year, I got caught on video bitching about Stevens and how he’s handling the team. I punched my “sperm asshole donor” at a black-tie event. And I was involved in a fight that almost kicked our team out of the NHL.”

    Trouble seems to follow me. Or maybe, as Sorcha told me once, it’s not that trouble follows me; it is that I am trouble. But the way she said it all breathy and with that secret sexy smile of hers? It didn’t seem terrible then.

    Oh and did you know I have a podcast?

    “A self-published author’s diary” is available now!

    The behind-the-scenes of self-publishing and writing with Elodie Nowodazkij, author of first kisses, second chances, things that scare the crap out of her and things that make her laugh out loud. Elodie’s been self-publishing since 2014.

    You can listen to it on SpotifyApple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and more

    Ep. 13 – Feature Friday: Talking with Mona Shroff about writing romance, a baking contest and receiving "the" calls. A self-published author's diary

    Talking with contemporary romance author Mona Shroff (author of THEN, NOW, ALWAYS & THEN THERE WAS YOU) about the time she met Martha Stewart (and almost met Matthew McConaughey), her writing process, receiving the calls from her agent and book deal and how falling in love isn't the solution for all our characters' issues. Do you want to win one of Mona's books? Enter the giveaway here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/35c42cc23/? I also mention the Books for Hope auction: https://www.booksforhope.org/ The KidLit Community is coming together to raise money for the Covid crisis in India!  Bid on Signed Books, Book Swag, Editor and Agent Critiques and more and help raise money for the Unicef USA India Covid Relief Effort! Do you want to ask me a question about self-publishing or my writing or my books? Leave me a voicemail here: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message As always, you can find me on social media (@enowodazkij on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @elodienowodazkij on Tiktok). More info on my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
    1. Ep. 13 – Feature Friday: Talking with Mona Shroff about writing romance, a baking contest and receiving "the" calls.
    2. Ep. 12 – Before the cover reveal (how to engage readers…maybe) and random thoughts about social media.
    3. Ep. 11 – Feature Friday: Talking with L. Penelope about writing, publishing, patience and perseverance…(and cheesecake)
    4. Ep. 10 – My top 3 self-publishing mistakes (and keywords…)
    5. Ep. 9 – The One With The Flashback Friday (and Q&A)

    As always, thank you for reading and listening!

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    A self-published author's diary, Self publishing, Self-pub corner, writing

    The One With The Flashback Friday (and Q&A)

    This article is available as podcast episode on my podcast: “A Self-Published Author’s Diary”. My podcast is available on SpotifyApple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and more

    Before starting, I am very excited to share books I should be receiving very soon. I ordered them on One More Page Bookstore’s website and I loved the commented that those books are great choices. 🙂 I agree of course but it was a nice touch to see those words as I opened my email…

    IN A BOOK CLUB FAR AWAY by Tif Marcelo

    From the author of Once Upon a Sunset and The Key to Happily Ever After comes a heartwarming and moving novel following three Army wives—estranged friends—who must overcome their differences when one of them is desperate for help.

    WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce.

    From the author of Once Upon a Sunset and The Key to Happily Ever After comes a heartwarming and moving novel following three Army wives—estranged friends—who must overcome their differences when one of them is desperate for help.

    I’m currently still reading CINDERELLA IS DEAD (and loving it). Next, I have a loan from the library: PRETTY LITTLE WIFE and then I’ll read those two. 🙂

    On another note: Did you know you can send me audio messages for my podcast via the message button on anchor.fm? That means you can also send me questions. Don’t hesitate. Or you can leave me a comment or send me an email (authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com).

    Over the years, I’ve given quite a few interviews to bloggers, reviewers, even journalists (like the wonderful Brittany Britto when she worked for the Baltimore Sun). I still remember driving early Sunday morning to several gas stations to get copies. And yes, it hangs over the computer in our office.

    I’ve also written quite a few blogposts so for a little flashback Friday, here are some of the questions I’ve received most often over the years.

    What was the inspiration behind ONE TWO THREE?

    If you do not know ONE TWO THREE was the first book I published. The tagline to that book is: When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love.

    I used to love dancing ballet as a kid, and I won a writing contest to go see the Opera de Paris. We saw the dancers train, it was magical. Those moments stayed with me. Then, one day, I was talking about the movie Center Stage on Twitter and Natalya’s voice came into my head. At first, all I knew was that she was seventeen and an accident had killed her hope of becoming a professional ballerina…The accident turned into a car crash that also took her father’s life…

    Her voice was full of longing and full of hope and I had to tell her story.

    Tea or coffee?

    I drink both. If I had to choose, probably coffee.

    Dog or cat?

    I will not choose.

    Are your characters inspired by people in your life?

    Ummm, yes and no. No and yes. Some things might be inspired by real life. The mom’s perfume in ONE TWO THREE is Chanel 5 which might be the perfume my dad has gifted my mom for many years. And the mom in ONE TWO THREE is named Natalya which is my mother-in-law’s name.

    In FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT the main character’s name is named Erin like one of my nieces and the book is dedicated to her. There may be a beagle mix in FMFMN. I have a beagle. In one novel, I think I named a dog Friday. And Friday was a wonderful lab. In A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER, you meet Svetlana…which is my husband’s aunt’s name.

    The siblings dynamics (the healthy ones), the ones I get complimented on a lot is inspired by both my sisters who I love very much and are amazing.

    Oh and my husband will tell you he has inspired a lot of my characters.

    And so much more. Really, I could share a lot more. So again it’s not really a moment, it may be a feeling or it may be something specific or an Easter egg.

    In three words: what do you enjoy about self-publishing?

    Flexibility, control and creativity.

    When you think about writing, what three words come to mind?

    When I think about writing, the three words that come to mind are: balance, patience and love.

    And I am so so happy to let you know that in the coming Fridays, I will share interviews with wonderful writers at different stages in their careers. Some are traditionally published. Some are hybrid. Some are self-published. Some are not yet published…Some may not even think about getting published…

    Next week, I will be chatting with the wonderful L. Penelope.

    And on the podcast episode, you get to listen to a short preview of the chats I will have with L. Penelope, Mona Shroff, Katy Upperman and Megan Carter….

    As always, thanks for reading and/or listening!

    Don’t forgot that if you want to support me and my writing, you can pre-order #TheLeftoverBride on AmazonKobo, iTunes or add it to Goodreads!

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    Ep. 9 – The One With The Flashback Friday (and Q&A) A self-published author's diary

    You can ask me questions about self-publishing, writing and/or my books by sending me an email authorelodienowodazkij@gmail.com or you can also send me a message via the anchor.fm website. I'll be answering those questions on the podcast! I'm also announcing Spotlight Friday with amazing writers!  The books I mentioned are: IN A BOOK CLUB FAR AWAY by Tif Marcelo. WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce. All links (including to sign up to my newsletters) as well as partial transcript are available on my blog: https://elodienowodazkij.com/2021/04/23/the-one-with-the-flashback-friday-and-qa/ Social media: @enowodazkij Add my next book (rom-com) #TheLeftoverBride on Gooddreads. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support

    A self-published author's diary, Books

    Guess who has a podcast? And a new book!

    Guess who has a podcast? Me! I do. 🙂 And guess who is ready to share more about her next book?

    Me! Yep, I have a podcast! And I am about to share more information about my next book.

    I am so very excited to share with all of you my very new podcast: A Self-Published Author’s Diary.

    You can listen to it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and more!

    Please subscribe, rate and review, it really helps.

    It already has several episodes available…including an interview…with…The Chemical Engineer!

    My podcast also a trailer…which you can watch below!

    On today’s episode I not only interview The Chemical Engineer, I also share about Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Awareness Week and talk about the Ulman Foundation and their conversation with Tamika Felder. They talked bout her experience with cervical cancer and what led her to inspire others to share their stories as well. They also talked about racial disparities in healthcare and other factors that impact AYA cancer care and will continue to share part of that discussion on their Instagram throughout the month. The Ulman Foundation means a lot to us as Megan, Director, Service & Care Delivery at the Ulman Foundation, was part of our support system during my treatments for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

    If you’d like to know more about the behind-the-scenes of launching a podcast, you can read one my recent blog posts on the topic (or listen to it on my podcast). And don’t forget about signing up for my weekly emails about self-publishling if you’re interested in receiving the links and the topics I am discussing in the podcast directly in your emails.

    ANNNNNNDDDD BOOOOOOOK NEWS!

    I might be *slightly* excited about this.

    Are you ready to (a) read more about my upcoming novel #THELEFTOVERBRIDE, (b) pre-order it maybe (you can do so on Amazon , Kobo, iTunes, (c) Add it to Goodreads, (d) Join the first readers group (just subscribe to my newsletter as I’ll send more info in the coming weeks)? 

    I have set the pre-order date for August 18th, 2021. Why? Because it’s my birthday. And I’m going to turn 40. And I feel like releasing a book would be a pretty awesome way to celebrate. I’ve started writing this book in December 2019, not long after my autologous stem cell transplant. It has been a book that has been taking me so long to write and revise. It’s going to be the first book (original) that I’m releasing since September 2019. 

    And as an indie author, I get to decide my release date. Plus, that will give me time to draft the second one in the series and the prequel short stories and start drafting MISS ME, MISS ME NOT (the story of Nadia and Gabriel will be coming your way soon-ish).

    Here’s the summary for #THELEFTOVERBRIDE:

    A second chance romance set during the holiday season in a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: full of laughter and heartwarming moments, checklists, family dynamics, a stubborn cat, and a rescue dog.

    All Sorcha O’Connor wants for Christmas is for her life to turn into a Hallmark movie—but sexier.
    Ryan Sawyer has a few things on his wishlist. First, he wants to stay away from Swans Cove. Second, he wants his NHL career back. And third, he wants Sorcha. Always has, always will.

    When wedding dress designer Sorcha O’Connor got stranded at the altar and went viral as #TheLeftoverBride, she lost everything: her fiancé, her thriving business, her glowing reputation, and her dreams. To forget the upcoming first anniversary of that fateful day, Sorcha is ticking items off her “31 Things to Do Before the 31st” list and creating new dress designs—working day and night to get her life back on track. Not on her list? Falling for her former best friend —at one point more than best friend—hockey star Ryan Sawyer. Especially since he’s now known as the #HockeyHottie; Sorcha’s got enough hashtags for a lifetime.

    Ryan Sawyer skated out of Swans Cove right out of high school. And since then, he stuck to the one item on his wishlist he could control. He busted his ass, making sure he always had the perfect excuse for avoiding Swans Cove: hockey. But thanks to his injured shoulder, rumors about his uncertain future at the Washington Angels, and his mother’s birthday, he’s back for a quick visit. His publicist was crystal clear—Ryan’s got to lay low and avoid stirring up trouble or risk losing his spot on the team. But he can’t stop thinking about Sorcha, the redhead who knows him better than even his therapist. Ryan wasn’t there for her when she needed him most, and for that, she might want to shred him with her dressmaker’s shears, though… Maybe he could just pass by and say hello?

    When Sorcha’s former #RunawayGroom becomes the Most Coveted Bachelor in America, virtual eyes focus on Sorcha again. This time, Ryan’s not going to bolt—even when Sorcha blurts out on national TV that both she and Ryan are working on their so-called “Happy Lists”…together.

    Will the spotlight finally work in Sorcha and Ryan’s favor? Or will their past—and their hashtags—get in the way of their Happily Ever After?

    A week after it releases, I will move it to Kindle Unlimited, so make sure you pre-order it on your preferred platform.

    Do you want to to read and review an early copy? Just sign up for my readers’ newsletter and I’ll send more information in the coming weeks.

    As always thank you for reading!

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    bilingual books

    Lernst du Englisch? Are you learning German? The one with a new bilingual book (zweisprachiges Buch)…

    Eine zweite Chance (Teil 1)A second chance (Part 1)

    (Bilingual book: German – English / Zweisprachiges Buch: Deutsch – Englisch).

    Lernst du Englisch? Are you learning German?
    This book can help you with that: one page in English, one page in German …
    Dieses Buch kann dir dabei helfen: eine Seite auf Englisch, eine Seite auf Deutsch…

    Amazon.de / Amazon.com iBook – Google PlayKobo – B&N

    EINE ZWEITE CHANCE TEIL 1 (Kapitel 1 – Kapitel 25) – A SECOND CHANCE PART 1 (Chapter 1 – Chapter 25)

    Manchmal ist eine zweite Chance nicht das, was man erwartet.
    Manchmal bekommt man eine zweite Chance auf die Liebe.

    Die siebzehnjährige Ballerina Emilia Moretti ist es leid, immer nur die Zweitbeste zu sein. Und sie wird der Welt beweisen, dass sie es verdient, Erste zu sein. In der kommenden Show der Hochschule für Darstellende Kunst. Für ihre leiblichen Eltern. Und im Herzen fürf den Kerl, den sie liebt.
    Aber als nichts so läuft wie geplant, muss sie erkennen, was es wirklich bedeutet, Erste zu sein.

    Der achtzehnjährige Nick Grawski will nicht mehr den Regeln seines Vaters folgen. Er wird beweisen, dass er dazu bestimmt ist, ein Tänzer zu sein – kein Anwalt – und er wird sich nicht von Em fernhalten, nur weil sein Vater es verlangt. Selbst als ihre Welt einstürzt, auch als er herausfindet, dass sein Vater nur versucht hat, ihn zu schützen, auch als es härter ist, für einander da zu sein als sich zu verlieben.

    Sometimes, you don’t expect a second chance.
    Sometimes, you get a second chance at love.

    Seventeen-year-old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best. And she’s going to prove the world she deserves to be first. In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase. In the eyes of her birth parents. And in the heart of the guy she loves. 
    But when nothing goes the way she planned, she’ll need to realize what it really means to be first.

    Eighteen-year-old Nick Grawski doesn’t want to follow Daddy Dearest’s rules any longer. He’s going to prove he’s meant to be a dancer—not a lawyer—and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it. Even when her world goes down to shit, even when he finds out his dad may have been trying to protect him all along, even if being there for one another is harder than falling in love.

    Grab your copy now and keep reading 🙂

    Amazon.de / Amazon.com iBook – Google PlayKobo – B&N

    Other bilingual books (German/English) – Andere zweisprachige Buecher (Deutsch / Englisch)

    In diesem einen Sommer / A Summer Like No Other

    Lernst du Englisch? Are you learning German? This book can help you with that: one page in English, one page in German …Dieses Buch kann dir dabei helfen: eine Seite auf Englisch, eine Seite auf Deutsch…

    Sie ist die kleine Schwester seines besten Freundes. Er ist der größte Casanova von allen. Sie sollten nicht zusammen sein. Aber dieser Sommer ist zu verlockend. 

    She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.
    They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.

    Amazon.de – Kindle (US) – Paperback – iBooks – KoboGoogle Play

    Alles für einen Traum / Only One Dream

    Alles für einen Traum / Only One Dream (Zweisprachige Ausgabe: Englisch-Deutsch): Bilingual Book: English/German (German Edition)

    Lernst du Englisch? Are you learning German?

    This book can help you with that: one page in English, one page in German …Dieses Buch kann dir dabei helfen: eine Seite auf Englisch, eine Seite auf Deutsch…

    Amazon around the worldBarnes & NobleGoogle PlayiTunesKoboHugendubel

    She thought she was on her way to the top…
    Sixteen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya has one dream and one dream only: becoming the best ballerina ever. Dancing’s always been who she is and she’s working her hardest to land the main role of the School of Performing Arts’ end-of-the-year showcase. But…will she make it?
    Within a week, Natalya’s life will be changed forever.
    Prequel novelette of One, Two, Three

    —–

    Sie hatte sich schon auf dem Weg zur Spitze gesehen…
    Die 16-jährige Natalya Pushkaya hat nur einen einzigen Traum:
    die beste Ballerina zu werden, die es je gegeben hat.
    Das Tanzen hat schon immer bestimmt, wer sie ist und sie würde alles tun, um die Hauptrolle in der jährlichen Abschlussvorstellung
    der School of Performing Arts zu landen.
    Aber…wird es ihr gelingen?
    Innerhalb einer Woche ändert sich Natalyas Leben für immer.
    Prequel der Novelle Eins, Zwei, Drei

    Live, Love, Dance / Leben, Lieben, Tanzen

    Amazon.deKindle – Paperback – iTunes – Kobo

    Lernst du Englisch? Are you learning German? This book can help you with that: one page in English, one page in German … Dieses Buch kann dir dabei helfen: eine Seite auf Englisch, eine Seite auf Deutsch…

    Sie hat alles verloren. Kann sie noch an Liebe glauben? She lost everything, can she still believe in love?

    Keep reading…:-)

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    bilingual books

    Are you learning Spanish? ¿Estás aprendiendo inglés? The one with the Spanish / English edition of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER.

    A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER/ UN VERANO COMO NINGUNO (Bilingual book: Spanish – English / Libro bilingüe: Inglés – Español). Available now!

    A Summer Like No Other / Un Verano Como Ninguno

    (Bilingual book: Spanish – English / Libro bilingüe: Inglés – Español).

    Are you learning Spanish? ¿Estás aprendiendo inglés?

    This book can help you: you will find the story told in Spanish on one side and in English on the other …Este libro puede ayudarte con eso: Encontrarás el cuento narrado en español en una página y en la otra en inglés …

    Amazon (Kindle / Paperback) – iBook – Google Play Kobo – B&N Scribd

    Ella es la hermana menor de su mejor amigo. Él es el donjuán más seductor de todos.  No deberían estar juntos.
    Sin embargo, este verano es demasiado tentador.

    She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.  They shouldn’t be together.
    But this summer’s just too tempting.

    Grab your copy now and keep reading 🙂 Amazon (Kindle/ Paperback) – iBook – Google Play Kobo – B&N Scribd

    And have you already picked up “One Dream Only / Todo por un sueño”?

    One Dream Only / Todo por un sueño

    (Bilingual book: Spanish – English / Libro bilingüe: Inglés – Español).

    Are you learning Spanish? ¿Estás aprendiendo inglés?

    This book can help you: you will find the story told in Spanish on one side and in English on the other …Este libro puede ayudarte con eso: Encontrarás el cuento narrado en español en una página y en la otra en inglés …

    Amazon (Kindle / Paperback) – iBook Google PlayKobo B&NScribd (also available on Overdrive)

    She thought she was on her way to the top…
    Sixteen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya has one dream and one dream only: becoming the best ballerina ever. Dancing’s always been who she is and she’s working her hardest to land the main role of the School of Performing Arts’ end-of-the-year showcase.
    But…will she make it?
    Within a week, Natalya’s life will be changed forever.
    Prequel novelette of One, Two, Three…
    ***
    Ya se había visto en el camino hacia la fama…
    Natalya Pushkaya, de dieciséis años, tiene solamente un sueño: ser la mejor bailarina de todos los tiempos.
    Su vida siempre ha sido el baile y está trabajando incansablemente para conseguir el rol principal en el espectáculo de fin de año de la Escuela de Artes Escénicas.
    Pero… ¿Lo conseguirá?
    En una semana, la vida de Natalya cambiará para siempre. 
    Precuela de la novela “A La Cuenta De Tres”…

    Keep reading…:-)

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    A Self-Published Author’s Diary: What is that “back matter” you speak of?

    Updating the back matter of my book…what do I even mean when I say that? Let’s talk a closer look, shall we?

    Important: If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’ve already gotten the full version in your email. Make sure you check your promotion tabs in gmail as this is where I received mine. 🙂 This blog post is a truncated version of what my newsletter subscribers have received, meaning I share more information with my “A self-published author’s diary weekly email” subscribers. You can subscribe here…When you subscribe you will receive access to past issues as well. 🙂

    A. Update the “Little message to my readers”

    In almost all my books, I have “A little message to my readers” at the end (I’m sharing that letter with my newsletter subscribers – don’t hesitate to subscribe here and I’ll make sure you receive it :-)) This email is not only thanking readers for their time (which I do truly appreciate)…I mean did you know there are more than 48 million books on Amazon. And while it seems very hard to get yearly data on how many books are being published each year, an article on PublisherWeekly based on Bowker’s data indicated that the number of self-published titles jumped 40% in 2018...So, yep, I am super grateful readers did pick mine up in an ocean of almost endless possibilities…

    My “Little message to readers” aims to encourage readers to:

    • leave a review. Why oh why do I ask for reviews? Because reviews really help other readers discover new authors. Annnnnnd….it also helps get more visibility. Reviews don’t have to be raving for this to be true. One of my first review one of my best-selling book basically says, “this book sucks.” But the overall rating for that book is a 4.3 out of 5, so that means that even though someone clearly didn’t like it very much, it doesn’t deter other readers to pick it up. Sometimes, those bad reviews actually help other readers pick a book up. One of my low rating review for ALWAYS SECOND BEST mentioned it wasn’t the equivalent of an Oscar-nominated book but rather a Danielle Steel novel. And let’s face it, this was actually a pretty big compliment to me, because I’d love to have Danielle’s Steel career and her books are beloved by millions…Another one noted that my Gavert City series reminded them of Lifetime movies…which, again…yes, please! Those reviews actually helped me gain more readers and even narrow my marketing.
    • susbscribe to my newsletter: Subscribing to my author’s newsletter is very very important to me. Why? Years ago, I remember hearing how important it was to have your readers’ emails because you can contact directly with them. And I’ve seen in the past few months how true this is. Algorithms change and people may like your page that are also no longer interested in your books…So the audience might be slightly skewed…In a newsletter, if someone doesn’t open your emails for months or years, then you can remove them from your audience but even more importantly, they receive the news directly into your inbox. You don’t rely on boosting a post or crossing your fingers you’ve understood how to use social media, especially when changes are implemented about who sees what and what posts are given priority.
    • Follow me on social media. You might think, wait, you just mentioned how important it is for you to grow you subscribers’ list. True. But for people who might not feel like they want to receive an email from me, then they can check out my social media. It is true that social media definitely isn’t one of my forte (and I’ll go into details about that at another time) but if someone likes my page, I can at least have one more opportunity to interact with them and build a link with them and maybe, they’ll love another one of my books.
    • Create a connection. By adding a little message to my readers, I may create a first connection with a reader. And maybe they will follow my BookBub page or maybe they’re going to be more enclined to recommend one of my books. I do believe they’ll pick another one up if they loved the one they read but maybe they might remember that little message and talk to someone about the story they’ve just read…

    B. Update the “Other books by” and maybe the sample at the end.

    C. Make sure all the social media info + newsletter info is correct, as well as the short bio info had been updated, if needed: I mean for a while there, I had the wrong link to my Facebook Author Page. I had updated the handle for my Facebook Author Page to match my other social media but hadn’t updated that info into my books…DOH! By the way, if you’d like to like my Facebook Author Page it is: www.facebook.com/enowodazkij

    So what am I doing.did I do this week? (I’m starting to write this on Monday and will update it throughout the week…)

    1. Upload the bilingual version of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER (English/Spanish) onto Google Play and contact Kindle Direct Publishing about the metadata of that kindle book. I have chosen to list the language as “English” (I cannot list two languages for those books right now), but they got back to me saying the metadata indicated the language was Spanish. I just double checked using Calibre and it still says “English”…so trying to figure out what is happening and if I could indeed list this book as both English and Spanish. Once that it is resolved, announce the book on my blog and on social media. –> I did the first part. Still need to announce the book…
    2. Do some promo for the audiobook of SEE ME, SEE ME NOT. Share the full bloopers to my readers’ newsletter (if you’d like to subscribe to that one, you can do so here…) –> Did that and also shared one deleted scene of Megan singing.
    3. Finish formatting the ALWAYS SECOND BEST bilingual books (German/English) and review it. I have made some changes to the ASB manuscript and I have to make sure it is updated in the German version as well.–> I have formatted the first part of the bilingual book and am currently interviewing some proofreaders to ensure everything is correct before uploading it on all platforms.
    4. Enroll my French Gavert City series into Kindle Unlimited. –> Well, I did update the back matter for some of my books and enrolled LA PEUR EN PLEIN COEUR in KU, buuuuuuttt I need to wait for
    5. Finish this round of revision fo UNNAMED PROJECT (Actually it has a name. A name I kind of love) –> Still working on this. I really need to focus on this next week. It will be my main focus so that I can finally send it off to my wonderful wonderful critique partners. I started writing this book
    6. Announce ONE, TWO, THREE in Italian and boost one of my Facebook posts. I did! Yay. I’ve announced it on my blog and I’ve also announced it on my Facebook and boosted one my posts. I’ve shared a video on Instagram which you can also see below.

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    A Self-Published Author’s Diary: Let’s start, shall we?

    Good morning…I don’t know why I start with “Good morning”. Especially because I’m writing this post (and email) during a stretch of several days. Like, right now, when I’m adding this sentence, it’s evening here.

    Plus, you may be reading this in a lot of different places and time zones…But anyways, here is it is “Good morning”: the sun is shining through the window, Plato the Dog is snoring on the couch and I have a lot of things on my to-do list. Including starting this weekly email…which will also be available in French.

    If you’re interested: you can sign up here. for the English version and here for the French version…I’ll be sharing parts of this newsletter on my blog but I might not share it on my blog every week, while when you sign up for my weekly email, you’ll receive that weekly email directly to your inbox…

    Why start a weekly email about self-publishing?

    After all, I am not one of the big names nor am I making thousands dollars a month and the main reason I am able to still focus on my business is thanks to my husband and his job. I mean, granted, there’s also a pandemic and due to my stem cell transplant, I’m still considered to be in the segment of the population that needs to be extra careful. But I am able to take all necessary precautions thanks to my husband and his job. Others might not.

    Anyhow.

    I’ve been sharing some behind-the-scenes in my Instagram stories but (a) the reach very much depends on the algorithm and I don’t post regularly enough on social media I think to make the algorithm work in my favor, (b) After not being on social media very consistently over the past several years, it sometimes feel I need to start from scratch, (c) this might be helpful and/or entertaining and/or interesting to my readers, (d) I am currently changing the way I am working on my publishing career, (e) And yes, since I will also be talking about my books, maybe I might gain a few more readers. :-), (f) sometimes it feels like I’m talking in a void…

    And did I mention there is a pandemic and that I haven’t interacted face-to-face for more than 15 minutes with more than 4 people (counting my husband) in almost a year?

    And at least, when I write a blog post or a newsletter, it feels like my words may reach someone,

    I feel the same way about writing my books, but there’s no instant gratification when it comes to writing novels or even short stories. I don’t publish them right away. There’s an entire process behind them.

    I do receive emails from readers and I need to print out them and make an album out of them, because reading them always makes me smile.

    And I know that for some authors, where I am at my career is a place they long to be. And for some other authors, they wish for something different. It’s all about expectations and I guess where you are in your writing journey.

    Some self-published authors who started publishing around the same time I did have quit (for many different reasons – have I mentioned how lucky I am for my husband and his support?). Other self-published authors have risen to the top of the charts, mostly due to their hard work and business savy and marketing strategies and yes, a bit of luck. But honestly, that bit of luck wouldn’t be anything without the hard work they’ve put behind the scenes and the amount of novels they have written that are so good readers can’t get enough. And some are like me, continuing to write and publish, trying out different avenues and strategies, readjusting their goals…

    See? I am musing right now. Thinking out loud. Typing…out loud? I thought about starting a patreon or a podcast, but writing seems to be my favorite mean of expressing myself and sharing information. Don’t get me wrong, I can talk, talk, talk about a lot of different subjects. And since I used to work as a press officer and an adjunct, I am used to and enjoy presenting on a variety of topics. And I am good at it. But…musings in writing? That seems more like something I can do on a regular basis. And I might read this out loud and actually add it as an audio file at some point.

    What do you think? Would you like this as an audio file too? Let me know 🙂

    What I am currently working on:

    1. Switching some of my French-speaking, German-speaking and maybe Portuguese-speaking books to Kindle Unlimited. Why? I haven’t published a new original book in more than a year and so the sales have been dwindling on all platforms and I am getting the rights back on some of my German and Portuguese translations. Plus, by looking at the overall sales and revenues in the last three years for my books in French, I did have a jump in revenue a few months after the hype of release week when I put those books in KU. By the way did you know that Kindle Unlimited has a different name in France and there’s a whole legal story behind it about the right of publishers to set e-book prices and there were quite a few articles about it back in 2015. I found this fascinating and will definitely read more about it. The TRUST ME, TRUST ME NOT French version has also never been in the French equivalent of Kindle Unlimited soooooo…waiting for the other platforms to delist LA PEUR DANS LE SANG, LA PEUR DANS LES YEUX and LA PEUR EN PLEIN COEUR and off they go into the French equivalent of KU.
    2. Working on two new bilingual books…I had a lot of foreign-languages editions of my books up on Babelcube. And I got a lot of the rights back on those books. And my revenue currently comes mostly from my bilingual books. So this means, I need to format, format, format and publish, publish, publish. I’m currently working on the English/Spanish version of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER and the German/English version of ALWAYS SECOND BEST.
    3. Started Mark Dawson’s class on Ads for Authors: I have been wanting to take this class for years. Literally, years. It is definitely an investment. But it has already helped me, when it comes to my newsletter and making efforts to expand my newsletter subscription in other countries, such as France, where my books have been selling the best – especially as I’m currently drafting several stories. Some of which I am planning to release this year.
    4. Trying to find ways to reach more audiobook listeners. Megan Carter narrated FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT and SEE ME, SEE ME NOT and those audiobooks are good. Really, they are really good. She’s an amazing narrator and I am so so looking forward to have more listeners discover those books. You can just listen to the samples (FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT sample and SEE ME, SEE ME NOT sample). From a self-publishing/business perspective, I also want to make that Megan gets her fair share of downloads. We did a Royalty-Share Plus contract on ACX, meaning that I paid her a lower rate PFH (per finished hour) but we share the royalties on the books. So for me: I want to (a) recoup my investment, (b) make a profit, (c) make sure Megan also makes on this book at least what she would have earned if I had paid her her regular PFH rate.
    5. Going wide with the audiobook of A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER: what does going wide mean for an audiobook? That means that instead of listing my audiobook via ACX (which is the Amazon platform and only makes it available on Amazon, iTunes and Audible), I am using Findaway Voices and it will be available in libraries, Google Play and so many more places.
    6. Back to training my dragon…I bought a copy of the Dragon Naturally Speaking back in 2016 and didn’t use it a whole lot. As I am currently writing short stories (ghosts! witches! vampires!) with Susan Dennard’s story-a-month challenge and want to write a prequel novella to the rom-com I’m finishing revising, I need to draft faster. Drafting faster means getting the story out faster because I have noticed that I do much better in revising if I figure out the novel as I draft it. Yes, I am now more of a plotter than I used to be but there are still areas that I discover only once I have the story drafted.

    So, this is what you might expect in my weekly email. More info about what I’m reading about the self-publishing market, results in some of my marketing methods and trying out different platforms…Some random thoughts about going wide / Kindle Unlimited, writing methods.

    I’ll be sharing more about training my dragon (the transcription …), the ups and downs of self-publishing, more of a glimpse behind-the-scenes…and I’ll be crossing my fingers that, that way, I can connect more with readers and writers and people around the world, wondering about self-publishing or my experience with self-publishing…after all some people still find this blog by looking up ideas on self-publishing from years ago. A lot of things have changed in the self-publishing landscape. A lot of them haven’t. I’ll share with you how I think I became somewhat of a success in France with my self-publishing books (it has to do with a lot of luck and timing).

    Okay, that’s it for now.

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    Audiobooks

    The One With The First Review for the SEE ME, SEE ME NOT audiobook: “Tragic and glorious story…Wonderful narration.”

    The first review of the SEE ME, SEE ME NOT audiobook (Available now on Audible –Amazon iTunes) calls the story “both tragic and glorious”. And notes that Megan does “a wonderful job as the narrator.” (side note from me: she does, she really really does.)

    Her sister was kidnapped years ago. He just escaped a doomsday cult. Their terrifying pasts won’t let them go. Will they be able to save the people they love before it’s too late?
    Available now on Audible – Amazon iTunes.

    This is also the moment I discovered I can record my screen directly from my Samsung Phone…so here is the video of me sharing the review on my Instagram stories earlier today…Keep scrolling for the full review and for all the excerpts I shared from the audiobook as well as its trailer!

    And here is the full review:

    The first thing that drew me to this book was the title. I found it intriguing. As the tale unfolded, I thought that the story was going to be about two teenagers finding love even though they were carrying baggage from their pasts. Then the author added a layer of complexity to the story by weaving in the life of the sister, who had gone missing. I found the characters to be believable and the story to be both tragic and glorious. Megan Carter does a wonderful job as the narrator. I requested this audiobook from Audiobooks Unleashed and have voluntarily left this review.

    Have you already seen the SEE ME, SEE ME NOT audiobook trailer?

    SEE ME, SEE ME NOT Audiobook trailer…
    Download your audiobook now on Audible – Amazon iTunes.

    Her sister was kidnapped years ago. He just escaped a doomsday cult. Their terrifying pasts won’t let them go. Will they be able to save the people they love before it’s too late?

    While still struggling with the crushing horror and guilt over her sister’s unsolved kidnapping years ago, seventeen-year-old Tessa strives to achieve some balance in her life: she cares for her mom, goes to school, works two jobs, and dreams of getting into a college music program. And she’s even reconnecting with her old crush Luke, who stumbled back into town with a sad smile and plenty of secrets. As another fake psychic tricks her mom into giving her lots of money for very little info, part of her still hopes they’ll find Mellie.

    Seventeen-year-old Luke didn’t plan on setting foot in Gavert City ever again–even if thinking about Tessa helped him during the years he spent in his stepfather’s doomsday cult. His stepfather could track him here. He could find his little sister who escaped with him. He could make his life hell again. But it’s not like he had a choice. Now, he only has to keep his mouth shut and work his ass off to make his older sister proud. She’s still stuck in the cult with their mother. Maybe he can even find a way to get her out of there too.

    Mellie doesn’t remember what it’s like to be with her family. They forgot her anyway. They don’t care. Jeremiah said so. And he knows. He knows everything.

    As Luke and Tessa’s terrifying pasts are more linked than they ever realized, will they be able to save the people they love before it’s too late? 

    SEE ME, SEE ME NOT Retail Sample.


    If you missed Megan’s interview that I posted last week, you can listen to it below and if you keep scrolling, you also can listen to all the samples I’ve shared from FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT which Megan also narrated. 🙂

    Three Questions for Megan

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    When subscribing to my newsletter, you will receive the Newsletter-Subscribers-Only page on my website which includes the first complete chapters of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook, the first ten chapters of the SEE ME, SEE ME NOT audiobook, the full bloopers, an exclusive bonus scene narrated by Megan, and so much more.

    Have you already listened all the excerpts & bloopers of the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook?

    FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT is a suspenseful romance for fans of Criminal Minds. In 17-year-old Erin’s small Texas town, a killer is on the loose. And when her best friend, Nadia, disappears, Erin and Nadia’s brother, Dimitri, race to rescue her — but can they unravel the mystery before it’s too late? Grab your copy now: AmazonAudible.comAudible.uk Audible.de Audible.fr iTunes. You can also gift it.

    If you’d like to try Audible, don’t hesitate to click on my referral link here for an Audible Free Trial.

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    FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences from Chapter 1 to Chapter 10..

    Audio: FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences (Chapter 1 to Chapter 10)

    FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT first sentences from Chapter 11 to Chapter 15…

    Audio: First sentences: Chapter 11 to Chapter 15

    Have you already listened to the recording bloopers Megan agreed to share? Warning: even her bloopers sound amazing. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you have access to the full bloopers. 🙂

    Audio: Bloopers Part Two.
    Audio: Explicit bloopers (Part 1)

    Samples/Excerpts from the audiobook:

    Audio: The One Where The Killer Speaks Once Again.
    Audio: The One Where Dimitri Gets A Prank Call (or a Call From The Killer?)
    Audio: FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT retail sample.
    Audio: Dimitri’s POV – An Almost Kiss
    Audio: The Killer Speaks Again
    Audio: The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
    Audio: Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
    Audio: The Killer Speaks…
    Audio: There’s romance in the air…
    Audio: A little excerpt from Erin’s POV (Chapter 2)

    And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

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