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From Zero to 109,000 in 12 Months: KDP Select and Me

One year in! Wrote a press release today. It's a bit of an unpaid ad for Amazon, but hey. Amazon is heaven's gift to writers in my experience. So, thank you, Amazon, and here's my heartfelt hooray for KDP Select!

One Year In: Reflections on a Roller-Coaster Ride

A year ago today, I finished “Just for Now: Escape to New Zealand,” my third book, with a sigh of happiness. Here’s what else was happening that day: 1)   I was sick. And in pain. And getting ready to spend a week in the hospital, get a 9" scar down the center of my abdomen--goodbye, two-piece swimsuits—and find out whether…

Coping With Rejection

I wrote this Guest Post for my current blog tour (Welcome to Paradise). This one is for the writers out there. “Dear Author: Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately . . .” And your heart sinks again. You tell yourself that Gone With the Wind was rejected 38 times. That over a hundred publishers turned down Meg Cabot’s The Princess…

I Hated This Book! Or, Coping With Negative Reviews

This is one of the most common issues on writers' forums. And that's kind of surprising, isn't it? I mean, surely writers know that, once you put your book out there, it isn't "yours" anymore. The power has shifted to the reader, and every reader has an individual response. You can't sit with them, looking over their shoulders as they…

My KDP Select Experience: Thoughts on 92,000 Downloads

Well, my "free" period for "Just This Once" ended January 8, 2013, with a total of 92,297 downloads over five days. The book was #1 in the Kindle "free" store for almost 3 days, and in the top 10 for a lot of its run. Why? I'm still not sure. I had had pretty good success the other times I'd…

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