A Time to Die, A Time to Live, A Time to Reap, The Next 1000 Miles

Balance

As much as I try to stay to a certain day a week to post, I will inevitably have one or two of “these” weeks. Going from so much involvement and interaction with my cover reveal last week, wrapping up two giveaways from Goodreads and getting an updated proofing of my book had me going every direction, with no clear intent mind you.

Planning, as boring as it sounds, is necessary. Knowing when, how, where, and most importantly WHY an author does something is really the cornerstone to moving forward. My lack of planning has been rectified by great friends, family and fellow authors willing to pitch in before I tumble over a cliff.

For anyone not on the Internet last week, here’s a quick shot of the next cover:

A Time to Die

I know what you’re thinking…

Annnnd, you’re right. Thank you…or you’re welcome. Both.

After the week started winding down, I found myself trying not to seek your attention without a real purpose. I love sharing and chatting and liking all the things you do, but I’ll still try to limit myself to a couple posts a week, a few random pics and all the updates on the new book as possible. Otherwise…

…itchies start setting in.

For anyone still reading and interested in stats, I had 1,626 people register to win A Time to Reap and 743 register for A Time to Live. That’s over 2,000 entries!! I was sitting back like…

So, if I see you out there, don’t be alarmed if you get an attack hug.

If you are reading this and want a copy of your very own, there are links on the titles above in two different formats, Kindle and Paperback! Until next time, peeps!


 

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Ends of March

Well, March has propelled at rocket speed and the majority of things that took place are still pinballing around in my brainbox. I was very fortunate to work with two authors on my first video interviews, Kate M. Colby & Shannon A. Thompson. Like anything new, I am learning the ropes and with each interview I hope to get better and more refined. I’ll have three chances to do so in April with authors, Zachary Chopchinski, J.B. Salsbury & Jacqueline E. Smith. So please, go subscribe and make me look popular.

Interview with Kate M. Colby

Interview with Shannon A. Thompson

There were also some mighty fine reviews going on for both A Time to Reap and A Time to Live. Please have a moment to go out and see what others are saying. See if you’d like to give the book a shot and pitch your two cents in.

Also, A Time to Live has one day left to register to win one of two free paperback copies, signed by yours truly! Go click and give it a shot, what’s the worst that could happen? You might have to spend a couple bucks on an awesome book later?

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Time to Live by Jonas     Lee

A Time to Live

by Jonas Lee

Giveaway ends April 01, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

A Time to Reap, The Next 1000 Miles

Reviews = Life

Well, I was a part of two different Giveaways that concluded yesterday. The first was the AEC Stellar Event. A bunch of authors pitched in and there was fun and prizes galore. No punch and pie though… virtually maybe…

Secondly, Goodreads has a Giveaway program for authors to submit their books for fans to click on and register to receive a free hard-copy version of the book. No need to purchase or commit to anything, just straight up enter and move along.

Now, if you don’t already know, Goodreads is like a Social Media site for book lovers. You can catalog all your reads, rate them, find ones to add into a “To-Read” category and bunch of other options. Additionally, you can join/create reading groups, enter your favorite books into Listopia and harness your favorite quotes from authors.

Authors love this site and can equally dislike it. Mainly, we have no power here, the readers do. We are at their mercy, which is good as long as you have a strong fan-base or a wonderful book. For newcomers like myself, I drifted in a sea of wanting to get people to notice my novel and at least add it to their “To-Read” pile. Low and behold, the Giveaway was completely worth it.

I went from having my book out there for almost two months with a generous 68 wanting to read it to having now 395 glorious souls looking at the chance in just under a week. My sincere hope is that, somewhere down the line, at least a small percentage of these folks will choose to pick up my book.

Exciting times are ahead. Thank to everyone who has ever clicked a like, read through a post or picked up a copy. You are making my dreams a reality!

A Time to Reap (The Legend of Carter Gabel, #1)
606 people entered.
2 people won.

The Next 1000 Miles

Your Fan-Size is So Big (part 2)

How else can you persuade people to follow you on your journey? The most you should ever really be is yourself. It’s the easiest thing in the world and most satisfying when you actually have fans. Have people who want to follow you for you or your work.

That said think of these items:

  • Giveaways
    • On Goodreads, I went from 60 to 115 adding my book in four days
    • Nothing is free, so don’t go in thinking you can have hundreds of fans without giving away a few free copies now and again. It’s promotional and those that don’t win, still might buy.
  • Review Groups
    • There are other Indie authors out there looking for reviews and notice too. Find them and offer a book swap for reviews. Those without the time won’t but you’ll catch some that will want to.
  • Book Clubs
    • Find local ones. Find them on Goodreads. Find them on Google +. See who would be interested and if it’s a last ditch effort, offer digital copies.
  • Local Resources
    • Local bookstores, libraries, businesses. See who would accept your book on consignment or if there is a local paper to read your book. If you’re doing YA work, contact High School librarians. See if your local library would want to host a Q&A.
  • Social Media
    • Try to hunt out groups in your genre. Genre-related author groups are great, but you’re looking for fans not colleagues. See what groups are chatting about, join in, find out more. Then down the road, you’ll know what people are looking for and it just might be what you’ve written.

Granted these options are not totally free. But beyond shipping charges and the cost of any paperbacks, it’s the next best thing. And yes, I know I didn’t keep this short and sweet like part 1. Still, I included bullet points and that has to count for something.