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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 🙂

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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.

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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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Self-Publishing: R is for Reviews

RReviews are so important for authors, being on Twitter, on Goodreads, on blogs and especially on online retailers for many reasons – here are just a few:

  • Before a release, it amps the anticipation, might bring a buzz.
  • it really helps the visibility of books on online retailers. There are algorithms that are used on Amazon for example which could make your book show up in their ‘also recommended’.
  • Reviews can drive sales (and not only good reviews…)
  • Readers might be more inclined to read a book if they know people have already read it.
  • Certain advertising  or reviewing sites are only considering books with a certain number of reviews.

Thank you, thank you so much for everyone who’s taken the time to review my books. THANK YOU ❤

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Self-Publishing: Q is for Quote (motivational quote)

QQ is for…Quote (motivational quote) or in this case quotes…:) I just finished drafting and revising my NA thriller YOU ARE MINE and it is both exhilarating and super scary. That also means I need to go back to other projects, including an overhaul of another thriller and finish drafting a companion novel.

That’s where the quote from Stephen King comes in…

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And then, there’s this one because I think sometimes we don’t necessarily see the amount of work people with lots of success or lots of luck or both have put in or are putting in. We get distracted by the “what ifs” or the “why not me” and this quote captures how I feel about this.

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Self-Publishing: P is for…Platform

PP is for…Platform.

P could really also be for Peter The Cat and Plato The Dog. Those two are the cutest, even though Peter the Cat whom we rescued 3 years ago from a shelter is not taking kindly to Plato The Dog whom we adopted from a rescue three months ago. They’re fine when they’re sleeping 🙂

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But again, I’m here to talk about Platform. I think if you’re self-publishing, you do need to have an author platform. At least a website with your books and your bio.  It helps to give some credibility and to spread the word easier. And you do need to interact with potential readers somehow, but the key is to do what you like, to be genuine. I love all the interactions I have through this blog, my Twitter, Instagram and my FB page. But I haven’t gotten onto Tumblr because I’m afraid I’d spend too much time on it 😛 I don’t only talk about my books but about my life: my hubby, my writing, my reading, my dog and my cat, sometimes about the European Union. And I’m having fun interacting with people there. And I made some great friends thanks to those social media.

Once more as is needed in the self-publishing world, It’s also important to keep informed about the new

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Self-Publishing: O is for…ONE TWO THREE

OO is for…ONE TWO THREE

ONE TWO THREE is the first book I self-published and the inspiration for all those posts.

I queried this book, received amazing feedback and close calls from agents but never a “yes”. My beta and critique partners loved the book. Other readers also loved it, even remembering it a year after reading it. That’s when I decided to choose my own magic. I also wrote a post on how I understand why agents didn’t sign me at the time. I have no regrets, I am learning and I can’t wait to publish the companion novels of ONE TWO THREE, my new NA series and the translation of ONE TWO THREE in French and German.

Here’s more about ONE TWO THREE (it’s currently on sale at $0.99 on amazon)

Official coverPERFECT CHEMISTRY meets SAVE THE LAST DANCE in this story of tragedy and hope, anger and forgiveness.

Last year, seventeen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.

But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.

At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present. Keeping him an arabesque away proves to be a challenge for Natalya and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell. When upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.

Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?

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