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My Debut Novel Turns ONE!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAAAAAAYYYY to my baby, my first novel, THE WAITING ROOM 🙂

This experience has been scary, amazing, fun, self-deprecating, empowering…an insane rush of emotions, every step of the way. From collecting dust on my laptop for years, to finally being done and selling on Amazon and at BookPeople…I’m just so happy.

I also need to thank the people in my life who have been so supportive–my parents, namely. I’ve always had a passion for reading and writing, and they’ve always been there to support me. My best friends–geez, the whining and stress they’ve had to endure from me haha, thank you guys. My readers, the first people to take a chance and buy the damn thing, the reviewers and their lovely words–I cannot express how grateful I am for you!

So let’s celebrate!

I’ve been thinking about doing another wave of giveaways, and I feel like this is the perfect time.

First 25 readers to email me get a free ecopy (please specify if you’d prefer a Mobi, PDF, or ePub file)!

alyshakaye@gmail.com

My only request is that you please post a review on Amazon and Goodreads 🙂

I THINK I’ve made a publishing decision…

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If you read my post a few weeks ago, you know I have A Chance to Leave the Self-Pub World…

I think I’ve finally made a decision.

 

 

Drum roll please……………………….

 

 

 

I’m going to STAY put, self-pub, indie, unrepresented. Not gonna take the publisher’s offer. Not gonna sign the contract.

 

You might think I’m crazy. Here are the 3 main reasons for my decision:

1. The publishers that contacted me are extremely new and unheard of. They publish a LOT of erotica, which my book is NOT.

2. I worked really hard for my Amazon and Goodreads reviews and I didn’t want to lose them.

3. I’ve done pretty well marketing for myself, and after researching the publisher (and contacting their authors), I was led to believe that their marketing wouldn’t be any better than my own.

 

This doesn’t mean I’m not opening to signing a contract in the future- with a publisher more fitting for my novel and I. But if that never happens, I’ll be fine 🙂 The self-pub world IS pretty amazing, after all.

 

 

 

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WordPress Fantasies…

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Number 1 fantasy? Every person who follows me on WordPress writes me an Amazon review for THE WAITING ROOM.

[that would be over 1,100 people…]

Fantasy #2: every person who follows me on Twitter then writes a review as well.

[almost 3,000 people]

 

Fellow authors- do you have these daydreams as well?! I mean, I could go on and on…every single person who has liked my author Facebook page (btw, when I reach 500 likes I’m doing a signed book giveaway!), every single person who I’m personally friends with on Facebook…every single person who I’m actually friends with…every single family member.

WordPress friends- go ahead, make my fantasy come true, haha!

-Alysha 🙂

 

 

 

 

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When Book Bloggers Go MIA…

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Before THE WAITING ROOM was released to Amazon, I did what every self-published author does: I emailed an ARC to any lovely book blogger who was willing to give it an honest review!

Many of them have been my #1 supporters–not just posting blogs, but hosting interviews, sharing on Twitter and Facebook, re-posting on Amazon and Goodreads, and more. These people have shown me more love than some of my own family and friends (sadly).

But what about those other book bloggers?

…you know, the ones who promised an honest review but then…disappeared faster than underage college kids when the cops show up to a frat party.

I mean, I sent you an ARC, man! And a follow-up email!

Is this just something indie authors have to live with? Am I rightfully bummed?

 

 

 

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Bloggers Wanted: Blog Tour Time!

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Hey bloggers! Yes, YOU!

Interested in hosting me for part of my blog tour?

LOOKING FOR:

-bloggers interested in supporting indie authors

-bloggers who love turning pages!

-bloggers who think THE WAITING ROOM sounds like a good read 🙂


WHAT DO YOU GET?

-links to your blog will appear on my website, my author Facebook page, my Twitter, and here on my blog!

-the freedom to choose what exactly you’d like to feature on your blog (author interview, book review, promotional flyer reveal, etc.)

-the chance to support an indie author (karma, baby)

 

EMAIL ME: ALYSHAKAYE@GMAIL.COM

And check out the reviews so far on Amazon and Goodreads!

 

BioChem majors like THE WAITING ROOM too?!

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This review of THE WAITING ROOM made my day (which is amazing since I am exhausted and sunburned from a rather tiring beach trip)!

Check out this great book blogger:

Interview with Acclaimed Novelist Joyce T. Strand

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Fair Disclosure

I connected with Joyce through WLC (World Literary Cafe).

She had posted an amazing offer- an opportunity for authors to be featured on her blog!

Of course, I jumped at the chance. Joyce has written and published THREE novels (I know, jealous). They’re all on my Goodreads to-read shelf and I can’t wait to check them out.

Read more about her and check out my full author interview on her blog!

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Kindle Select Program- yay or nay?

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Self-publishing is sometimes the PITS, y’all.

Here I am, suuuuuper pumped for the release of my novel on July 1, completely expecting to make it available on multiple platforms. I mean, sure, everyone knows that Kindle is the best e-reader, but who am I to judge you Nookie fans? And you rare iTunes/iBooks/Apple lovers. And yes, even you, you Smashwords page-turners.

Let’s face it–authors don’t care HOW you read their books or HOW you buy their books–we’re just over the moon if you DO buy and read our books!

All of this is to say that I’ve been persuaded to try out Amazon’s Kindle Select Program. If you’re not a crazed self-published author, let me explain a bit.

The Kindle Select Program offers various *free* promotional deals to authors IF and only if the authors agree to sell exclusively through Amazon for the first 90 days. No Barnes & Noble, no Apple, no Smashwords, etc.

At first, I was outraged. I was very all-caps: MY NOVEL WILL BE AVAILABLE TO WHOMEVER WANTS TO BUY IT GODDAMMIT!

But then I was like…Oh yeah, this is my first novel. I am…a teacher. I am…poor. I…have nothing to lose.

Free promotion is kiiiiinda hard to pass up. This blog really helped me make up my mind- gracias, Karol.

 

So I am EXTREMELY sorry if you’re NOT a Kindle reader. This truly upsets me greatly. BUT, Amazon will still have the paperback available OR you can wait 90 days, when I will probably expand markets. Please share your own personal experiences and your thoughts on this decision.

And I hope you still keep an eye out for THE WAITING ROOM July 1 🙂

Kindle price: $3.99

Paperback: $9.99

 

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