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Help, help: Posting reviews…

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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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