Right now, as I write this it’s 53 degrees (Fahrenheit, for any in the Celsius zones). It’s a drizzly day. Kinda raw, but better than the outrageously cold March we had, after an unusually warm January and February. But, that’s New England for ya. Anyway, I didn’t come here to discuss weather.
So, for those interested in my books, I “revamped” my vampire series covers (first 3 books, Book 4 will be out in May)! I did them myself, as I do all my book covers. Fortunately, this time, I had the help a very nice and talented designer, Mariah Sinclair. She didn’t do the covers for me, but she advised me in making them better. Here are the covers for my Fate of the True Vampires series now…
The reason I needed to redo these covers was because, a) I wanted them to stand out and tell the story better, and because, b) They are a series and should LOOK like a series, despite the books all being set in various times and geographical locations.
I think I got the mood pretty well.
I also did a little renewing of Book One for Beyond Every Mirror.
All of this is because I really NEED to sell more books and make my brand as an author. Now for my “vent.” Part of this came about because I am on disability and have VERY limited income or resources. I am no spring chicken, but would love to get off state aid (which gives me pretty much nothing) and actually LIVE my life before it’s too late. Unfortunately, marketing books so people will buy them costs a LOT of money and I have no idea at what point I will actually make money… Writing is pretty much all I know (besides acting… but other than a short movie I was in last year that will be out this spring, I am not in a position at the moment to travel to auditions). Henceforth, I write!! It has taken me a couple years (and a lot of money wasted that I couldn’t afford to waste) to learn what works and what doesn’t in book marketing, and I am still trying to figure it out because it keeps changing!!
My biggest gripe is that some of my best free marketing vehicles are now charging… The biggest being Goodreads!! I am very angry with them right now. Every new book release in the past, I have run to Goodreads to do a giveaway. They were free, you just had to pay for the books you mailed to winners. I loved it!!! It worked. Now… they want over $100 to do a giveaway!! When all you make is about $500 a month and you have more than $600/month in bills, that is a LOT of money!! So, when I released Blood Moon in February (my first released self-pub in a year due to unforeseen terrible circumstances), I went straight to Goodreads to do a giveaway. Imagine my shock when they no longer offered free giveaways! O-M-G! And it wasn’t like they had any inexpensive options, either! Yep, their cheapest (which, as stated above, is far from cheap) is $119 to start… the next package (there’s only TWO) is $599.00! If I had $600 to spend on a giveaway, I wouldn’t need the giveaway.
There are other examples, but this one is the best example of a company gone greedy (don’t get me started on Amazon). Isn’t there ANYONE out there willing to help authors with major financial burdens who want to write and sell books to get OUT of their major financial burden?
Stay tuned as I will be doing LIVE giveaways on my Facebook site (which you can find here).