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Share the Love for Your Favorite Author

Heather headshotAll month long we’ve been sharing the love of books and our favorite indie authors with our Share the Love Scavenger Hunt. If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you know that the authors are sharing some too and that means FREE books!

Most of us become authors because we have a story to tell. Before we were writers, we were readers, and even now the writers I know are passionate fans.  The discussions and debates over books in a group of writers can get downright…lively. So, if you ask us what we think about a book or an author, we’re happy to tell you! And that is the best thing any reader can do for an author they love – Tell someone!

With that in mind, I thought I would share a few tips on how YOU, dear reader, can share the love with your favorite authors.

Share a Review
This the most powerful way to shout your love from the rooftops and tickle your favorite author’s fancy. A review is a public declaration of your affections. It not only cheers your author on to greater things, it sells books! That’s right – YOU have the power to help your author succeed. In the end all the work we put into our books is still worthless if our readers don’t share their enthusiasm with other readers. We rely on you to tell friends and family and anyone on the street with an iPhone or Kindle that we have a story worth reading. A positive book review is even better because it’s permanent and posted for all to see. Book reviews sell books!

While I was preparing for this post, I hopped over to Amazon to check out the changes they’ve made (They’ve recently nixed “likes” and “tags” which used to be easy ways to help readers find your favorite authors.) I stopped by the Amazon page for A Light In the Darkness and found a new review had been posted. My heart began to race and I nearly squealed with delight (yes, I really do this!) A new review filled with thoughtful opinion and cheerful enthusiasm can carry me afloat for the rest of the day and drives me back into the arms of my worrisome “work in progress” so that I struggle through another round of edits just to satisfy the desires of my readers who leave comments like, “I can’t wait for her next book in this series!!” Want to see more books from your favorite author? Leave a review telling everyone why they should read the author’s book and end it by cheering them on to keep writing. At the very least, maybe your review will help sell a few more books, pay another bill or even fund the next book in the series. Remember, reviews sell books!

Share a Link
Do you follow your favorite authors online? Another simple way to share the love is to join an author’s Facebook page, Twitter following, and blog and then share the links with friends. This is twice as fun when you are a fan of indie authors because most of us have a lot more time on our hands for fan interaction than the big names do. As a matter of fact, even when we don’t have a lot of time, we are likely to respond because most of us opted for indie status in hopes of connecting with our readers in a more personal way than traditional publishing allows. We’re fan girls (or boys) too, for the most part, so we get it. You want to know what’s up with a certain character or when the next book is coming out? Wonder how they were inspired or why the book writing is taking so long? All of that is usually shared in social media if you’re keeping up. So, if you have groupie tendencies, join the fun. Then, share the love by retweeting or sharing links to the posts that fascinate you and might interest your book loving friends. Who knows, you might even become actual friends with your favorite author! Wouldn’t that rock?!

 Share the Love
Now that you know how to share the love with your favorite author, it’s time to get busy! Come back later for today’s Share the Love Scavenger Hunt clue! 

 

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YA Author Club: Barnes & Noble

YA Indie CarnivalHappy Friday! This week in the YA Author Club we’re all chatting about our experience with Barnes & Noble. I had a bit of trouble putting into words how I felt about this topic, so I snuck over to the blogs of my fellow club members, Bryna Butler and T. R. Graves, and scoped out their responses to this week’s question: What has Barnes & Noble ever done for you? Reading through their responses I am finally able to put my thoughts into words.

Nothing. I suppose that’s only one word.  Allow me to elaborate. When I first published A Light in the Darkness, I was thrilled to see my book listed on Barnes and Noble’s website. To me, that was the pinnacle of success – having your book listed at Barnes and Noble. I live just down the street from our local B&N store and I have many a time walked past their large Nook displays. It was easy for me to dream of all the Nook sales that would soon be pouring in now that my own book was available for their high-end device. Then, a week went by and then a month. No sales. It has now been six months and I have sold a grand total of two books on Barnes and Noble’s site. TWO!! 

Ahem. Where was I? Oh yeah! Disappointed. I was deeply disappointed. That is not to say that my book hasn’t sold. That would be different. If my books weren’t selling I would think “maybe I’m not such a great writer after all.” But that is not the case. I have had some success at Amazon and it seems to be growing, increasing momentum with each passing month and each new title I place out there in the market. No, this is a problem with Barnes and Noble and how they do business. You see, Amazon makes it easy for everyone to buy, sell, interact, and enjoy ebooks. They have multiple ways to encourage us as writers and you as readers to know each other, to share with our friends, and to recommend new writers to one another. On my Amazon author page you can even see a snippet of my blog or host a discussion about my work. I can even add a calendar of events showing where I’ll be for book signings or author talks. It’s remarkable and yet so very simple as though Amazon brought us together. “Author, meet reader. Reader, here is the author you were searching for. Say hello. Chat. Buy a book or two. Tell a friend. We’ll be right here when you need us.”

Oh wait. This was about Barnes and Noble. Well, you can see that I’m clearly not impressed with them. So, why are my books still listed with B&N for Nook? Well, remember that little discussion about KDP Select? The gist of it is this: I want my books to be available to as many readers as possible. I am willing to lose out on a few dollars here or there in commissions in order to be certain that the reader who is searching for my book can find it when and where she needs it and be able to enjoy it on her (or his) device. If I can’t place my book in their hands, then it seems to me that writing it was a bit pointless (not to mention the hundreds of other hoops I’ve jumped through to get it published.) So far my books are available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, and in print on Amazon. (You can find them here.) Sony will be next, I think. If there is a platform where you would like to see my books, please let me know. I’m doing my best to get into your hands. I promise.

And if you love Nook and buy a lot through Barnes and Noble, please let me know that, too. I appreciate hearing from all of you!

Happy reading!

Heather

Share the Love Scavenger Hunt

Books for a Buck!

Today begins an event so epic, so colossally awesome, I could hardly keep it secret. But now it is finally here! I will shout it from the roof tops!

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Bestsellers * Award Winners * Hot New Releases

 30 authors offering 35 titles at an amazing 99¢ price (limited time offers)

That’s right, the Books for a Buck blog hop has arrived! For two days a crew of incredible authors have lowered their prices, placing their bestselling titles at 99cents – for TWO DAYS ONLY! Snatch these up while you can, readers! Some of my favorites are listed on there and I’m going to add the rest to my kindle. Don’t use kindle? No problem! Just choose the author you’re interested in and follow their link. Their books will be listed on their website along with all their available formats. My YA fantasy books, A Light In the Darkness and SEEN, are both listed this weekend at 99cents for the hop and you can find them in all major retailers which I keep listed under the My Books tab.1st books

 Want to check out the other incredible authors featured in this Books for a Buck blog hop? Here are the books listed by category:

Young Adult

Defy the Stars by Stephanie Parent (romance/verse)

Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton (paranormal)

Seen by Heather Sutherlin (fantasy)

Sally Singletary’s Curiosity by JM Cataffo (fantasy/mystery)

Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry (contemporary)

Duplicity (Spellbound #2) * 1st book NOW FREE! * by Nikki Jefford

 New Adult/Upper Teen: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Treason (Grimoire Saga #2) * 1st book NOW FREE! * by S. M. Boyce

The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear by M. Pax

ReVamped by Ada Adams

Troll Or Derby, a Fairy Wicked Tale by Red Tash

Neverlove by Angela Brown

Flight (The Crescent Chronicles, #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Vaempires: Revolution and Vaempires: Zombie Rising by Thomas Winship

What Kills Me by Wynne Channing

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford

New Adult/Upper Teen: Contemporary Romance

Preservation (Preservation, #1) by Rachael Wade

The Unloved by Jennifer Snyder

Make It Last by Bethany Lopez

My Paper Heart by Magan Vernon

Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Horror

Day of Sacrifice Omnibus by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Fall for Me by K. A. Last

The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton

Reunion by Jeff Bennington

Red Fox (Experiment in Terror #2) * 1st book FREE! * by Karina Halle

Guardian Of Fate by L.J. Kentowski

Ember’s Curse by Gena D. Lutz

FEARLESS by Tawdra Kandle

 Science Fiction and Fantasy

Perfection Unleashed by Jade Kerrion

To Ride a Puca by Heather McCorkle

Contemporary Romance and Chick Lit

The Reunion by Elizabeth Aloe

The Game Changer by Marie Landry

Broken and Mending by J.B. McGee

What are you waiting for? Go grab some great books at fabulous prices! Oh wait! I almost forgot today’s clue for the Share the Love Scavenger Hunt. Here it is:

Visit the hop and you will find
a few new reads that are one of a kind.
Come back and tell us about one that looks nice
The best part of it is, they’re all just the right price!

Want a bonus entry? Share the love by telling your friends on Twitter or Facebook about the Books for a Buck bloghop. You can use the buttons below to help you out. Then, remember to post it here so we’ll know to award your bonus entry. Happy Hunting!