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It’s my 5th publishing anniversary or The One With All The Thoughts…

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2014 Me holding an ARC of ONE TWO THREE 🙂

It’s my fifth publishing anniversary or The One With All The Thoughts…First: “The One…” is a reference to Friends’ episodes, I’m not trying to say I’m The One with all the thoughts. That would be a looooot of thoughts 😉 It was either going to be that or It’s my fifth publishing anniversary and I’ll write a blog post if I want to (imagine me singing…or not…you probably shouldn’t, I have a speaking voice :-))

It’s been five years since this picture was taken.

Wow. Five. Years. The Chemical Engineer and I were living in Mainz, in Germany with Peter The Cat. I was working at the European Central Bank as Press Officer. We now live in Maryland with Plato The Dog and Bobbie Voltaire the Cat, where after going back into teaching, I am now writing and narrating. A lot has happened in five years, both publishing and non-publishing wise.

But first, a little or rather big shout-out to my parents who are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary today (June 26th,2019).  Forty-five years! And let me just say, it makes my heart full of  ❤

Dedication in ONE, TWO, THREE…

Now, when it comes to publishing.  In those five years, there has been tears and laughter, total failures and resounding successes.

Some days, I feel like I still have no clue what I’m doing. Others, it feels like I have somewhat of an idea. Publishing has been a roller coaster of emotions. And let me make one thing clear, I am able to do it this way thanks to the Chemical Engineer. I definitely don’t make enough for us to live off my writing. And I’m very grateful he still believes in me after five years.

Five years ago, I published ONE, TWO, THREE…

When I published One, Two, Three, I thought it was going to be an instant bestseller.

You know the kind…even though I since realized that many (maybe most; I’m not sure since I don’t have any hard data) of the overnight successes had actually been in the making for decades.

Anyways, I believed I would wake up the morning of the launch and thousands of copies would have sold. I would be hitting all bestseller lists. Producers would be calling me, begging me to adapt the story for TV. Bookstores would ask me to stock it because people would be asking for it.

On the first day, it sold less than the number of my Facebook friends. Way less. Way way less. And nobody contacted me to adapt it for TV.

But I am still writing and I am still publishing and I am still selling copies of One, Two, Three today. And someone made fan art from the story!

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Plus. the French translation got picked up as my option book with a French publisher.

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Signing the contract for the French version of ONE, TWO, THREE 🙂

It was retitled VIVRE, AIMER, DANSER… I love that cover!

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Amazon : https://amzn.to/2TS1Cfp
Fnac : https://bit.ly/2RqDS5o
Cultura : https://bit.ly/2FAJHX1

And I still receive emails from readers who tell me how Natalya’s story has moved them, and how it has helped them somehow, and how much they loved getting to know her and Antonio, and Becca, and James.

Since I published One, Two, Three, I published one novelette (One Dream Only – Natalya’s story 0.5), one novella (A Summer Like No Other – Em & Nick #1) and four novels (Always Second Best, Em & Nick #2, Love in B Minor, Fear Me Fear Me Not and See Me See Me Not).

You can find all my books on Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, B&N, Kobo

And you can also recommend them on Overdrive for your library!

Including this one that is available for pre-order!
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I published translations of all those books in many languages (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Dutch, Chinese…)

And I published bilingual copies of some for those learning languages.

And three of those French translations were picked up and published by a French publisher (available in French bookstores and grocery stores). I sold thousands of copies in France.

More and more readers have joined my cozy nook on Facebook. (Thank you!)

I went to writer’s retreats with talented writers and amazing human beings ❤

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Retreat

I participated in several authors’ events, and shared the stage with NYT bestseller authors and so many talented authors. 

I signed a guitar!

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I was featured in the Baltimore Sun.

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Recently, I got my first BookBub promotion for FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT. I’ve been trying for 5 years to get a BookBub 🙂 and I loved what they did for the promotion and how well it worked!

Some of my books are even available in audiobook! Like LOVE IN B MINOR which has been gathering wonderful reviews!

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Audible – https://adbl.co/2HzWTxN
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2S6WvuF
iTune – https://itunes.apple.com/…/love-in-b-minor-una…/id1450417078

I started producing my own audiobooks, like LA PEUR DANS LE SANG (and soon UN SEUL REVE).

I started narrating other people’s books, like this Learning French audiobook.

As well as other audiobooks for which I use a pen name…;-)

During that time, I also got diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (in October 2017). After finding out that I needed to change treatments, I also organized an auction to benefit non-profits who help young adults with cancer. I was blown away by the amount of support I received from the publishing community for the Let’s Do Something Good auction! I mean I even got a signed book from Jenna Fischer! And she retweeted me and tweeted me directly!

I am back in treatment now and it’s not necessarily easy (for many reasons) yet easier (in other ways), but let me tell you: the book I currently have on pre-order, TRUST ME TRUST ME NOT, means a lot to me.

You can pre-order it now!
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I can’t tell if I love one of my books more than the other, but I can tell you that writing Lacey and Hunter has been cathartic in a lot of ways. Being able to write has been emotional and hard and easy at the same time. Writing always is, but having Lacey trying to move forward, not knowing if she really can has been hitting a spot.

During these past five years, I didn’t reach a point where both The Chemical Engineer and I and our four-legged friends (see pictures below because how cute are they :-)) could live from my income. I loss some (especially at the beginning), I gained some (I actually make profits from my writing now, whoop whoop!).

I still dream of getting contacted by a producer. So if you’re a producer reading this, don’t hesitate 😉

But most importantly, I am grateful I get to write those stories in my head. Writing helps keeping me balanced even when it’s hard and frustrating, I find that it helps me.

I am grateful to my family and friends and everyone who helps me and cheers me on along the way (my talented and generous writer friends, photographer, cover designers, translators, editors and more).

And I’m especially grateful to my wonderful husband (who did get a Best Husband Of The Year Award last year or was it two years ago? :-)). Sometimes I have the feeling that I should do more, try more ways to sell more books (and I do), but even when The Chemical Engineer asks me for Excel sheets for the business side (and full disclosure: we bicker ;-)), I know he believes in me. And that means the world.

Look! Graphs 🙂 Number of books I sold. Trackerbox gave me those – they do not reflect the sales with my French publisher nor some of the translations and do not show the free ebooks (like Bookbub)…So the sales from A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER for example are a lot of paperbacks 😉 since the ebook is currently free.

And I’m grateful to YOU, dear reader, for taking a chance on my books…and for loving the characters as much as I do ❤

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Help, help: Posting reviews…

All my books

I hate asking for things. And I’m not very good at asking people for help. And right now my dog has snow fever (which granted has nothing to do with the topic at hand but I thought I should share 🙂 Luckily he’s cute and sweet.)

I know a lot of people have read my books and I’m oh so so grateful for it. I’m still amazed and cross my fingers to always be amazed by it. I’m still very nervous about it too but somehow I think that might go hand in hand. (excuse me while I try to make sure my dog doesn’t get attacked by my cat for barking – Peter the Cat doesn’t have a lot of noise tolerance).

Where was I?

For people to discover new books or new authors, reviews are still important. Maybe not because people read them but because there’s something the e-retailers seem to have in their magical algorithm that helps boost those books in front of more people. (The dog stopped barking for a second…he got distracted but he suddenly remembered that really I need to give him my undivided attention).

I know it takes time. But even two sentences can help. Even if you haven’t purchased my book (because you got it for reviewing on your blog on Netgalley, or you got it through a contest), you can still review it on Amazon for example.

You can find all my books on my Amazon author page (around the world). If you click on the link, it will take you to your amazon…

http://smarturl.it/ElodieAuthorAmazon

And if you’re not reviewing my book, because it was a long time ago and you don’t remember or don’t feel comfortable doing so for whatever reason, don’t hesitate to review an other author’s book 🙂

(now, Plato the Dog and Peter the Cat are all calm…chilling out and napping. Hmm, I can’t nap. I have to go cook…)

THANK YOU!

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Self-Publishing: Z is for…Zombies

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Zombies don’t really have anything to do with self-publishing. And no I’m going to come up with  some sort of fantastic analogy because well…my coffee hasn’t kicked in yet 😛

It’s more about writing and how watching zombies and discussing zombies with my husband are helping me with my own storytelling. We may have been known to get into big talks on how zombies are projecting our own humanity to us  (yes I know zombies are not real)  and how World War Z (the movie with Brad Pitt) really didn’t do justice to the concept of zombies.

Basically it is also a reminder that even the bad guys have a history…and…are zombies really bad?

The End.

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Self-Publishing: Y is for…You can do it.

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You can do it. You can decide your path. And it doesn’t have to be self-publishing, it doesn’t have to be one or the other. I think that’s the beauty of it – you can choose your own magic.

Yes, finding an agent might take more time, but if this is what you want: then keep going, keep writing.

Finding an agent doesn’t mean you won’t self-publish or can’t self-publish. Again, here, you can decide.

If you want to be traditionally published: I know it’s hard, I know there are many amazing books out there and only a few find an editor but if that’s your dream, then don’t give up. Keep writing.

No matter what path you choose. Writing will be hard. Writing will be easy. Writing will be like pulling teeth. Writing will be the only thing you want to do. Writing will be all those things and more.

 Join me tomorrow for W…

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Self-Publishing: W…is for Writing

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 To be successful at self-publishing (if you define success by selling lots of books and earning a profit), the common advice is that you need to be prolific.

To be prolific, you need to write, find the way that best works for you, find your groove. For me it doesn’t mean writing necessarily get any easier. Sometimes, words flow, sometimes it doesn’t.

I’ve said it before but “Writing keeps me sane while driving me insane.” I don’t feel as balanced if I spend too long without writing but I also can feel more anxious if all I do is write.  Luckily for me, writing is also about connecting to readers, finding new ways to reach out to people and let’s face it, I can also argue that my time on Twitter is for my writing 😛

Join me tomorrow for W…

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Self-Publishing: V is for…Value

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 How do you know what price to set for your book? How do you know if you’re going too high or too low? The price people are willing to pay might be different than the value the book has to you, but you also don’t want to lower the value of your book by pricing it too low.

Honestly I haven’t figure that one out yet. I think the ebook price of ONE TWO THREE was too high when I first released it…What I’ve noticed in the selfpub world is that authors seem to be pricing their books between 2.99 – 4.99 and then may do a sale when it’s down at 0.99.

KDP shows you what prices you could use and how it could affect your sales and profit. I do think at the beginning it’s important to gain an audience, so the promotions really do help in getting your book in front of people who may not have read it otherwise.

But anyways I’m rambling. Here are some articles that might help more than me 🙂

Join me tomorrow for W…

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Self-Publishing: U is for…Undecided

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This is going to be a short post. Undecided.This was me today, trying to decide which idea to work on since I have a few books planned to be published by the end of the year. I will need to write two books at once or to be a very fast drafter. But today, I hesitated. I wasn’t sure. Thanks, Riley for helping me out and for Katy, Jaime and Lola for keeping me accountable this afternoon 🙂

Join me tomorrow for V…

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Self-Publishing: T is for…translation

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When I first published ONE TWO THREE, many friends and family members in France asked me when it would be available in French. Honestly, I didn’t think of translating it or having it translated. Why? (1) As I mentioned before I didn’t really have a business plan, (2) my French is rusty to say the least…and then my entire family would most probably read it and what if my French really is sucky to the bone.

But then, after a few months and a lot of thinking, I’ve realized that it would be a good idea both on a personal and business level. Personally, I’d love to see my books published in French (and German) at least, and on a business level, it doesn’t require a big investment (except time and help from my family) and I may already have an audience.

Soooo…ONE DREAM ONLY, the prequel novelette to ONE TWO THREE as well as ONE TWO THREE will be available in French in the coming months. Exact dates and covers to be announced very soon.

ONE TWO THREE will be available in German also very soon.

I will be translating in French while a freelance will be translating ONE TWO THREE in German. I found her on elance.com and the agreement we came to was very satisfying to both parties.

Of course, there’s also editing and proofreading but here again I’m lucky enough to have talented people willing to help me. It’s an experiment right now and I can’t wait to see how it all pans out.

I’m excited. I can’t wait to share more info with you all soon.

You might also find those articles interesting:

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Self-Publishing: S is for…sales

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Sales. Such a scary word (see what i did here :P). As mentioned before, I have lost money on my first publication, and well…there were two reasons for it: (i) I spent too much money and not as wisely as I could have, (ii) I didn’t sell enough books. Two is more or less related to One.

I have sold 75 paperback copies of ONE TWO THREE. On Amazon, I sold about 120 ebook copies and my book appears a being “read in the Kindle Unlimited program” 40 times. I sold about 35 more ebooks on other channels.

Those numbers are not good, let’s be realistic. But…I now know why. Yes, of course, there is a bit of luck involved but mostly after spending a year getting to know and learning from other authors, I know I’ve done some/lots of things wrong, I didn’t dedicate my time to the business side of writing.

Why do i go on? because I still believe in my writing, in the stories I want to tell. Because the reviews of ONE TWO THREE were good (and from people I never met in my life) and because I have learned. I have a business plan now, I have what it takes and I believe in myself (most of the times, anyways).

And this myself is the truth.

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