It’s a new year but the same old me. In this month’s letter I talk future books, books on sale, author spotlights and more writing and publishing tips!
This year I have a lot of writing goals. Most importantly, I plan to release books three and four in my Paranormal World Series and another spin off novella focusing on Felix and new female character whose name was mentioned in prior books. All of these books will be closing out the soul mate saga. However, I have more stories to tell in this world with more characters! Look for Mystic Awakenings cover reveal and arc request next month!
Speaking of books, this month I have two promotions in my series. Mystic Journeys, book two, is available, along with several other fantasy novels for a free read until the end of the month.
And the start of the series, Mystic Bonds, will be on sale for 99 cents until January 24th!
Check out these new fantasy reads this month!
Saving Eden by K.R.S. McEntire
Sixteen-year-old Angela and her father are the last survivors on earth. She dreams of adventure and romance but only finds it in books. In the confines of her garden paradise, she’s untouched by contaminants that caused the rest of humanity to mutate into murderous beasts or die. But staying in the garden sure gets lonely.
When a seventeen-year-old boy stumbles upon Angela’s home with news about a thriving community, his presence upheavals everything she knew about the world. She dares to leave her garden for the first time to find a better home.
In the authoritarian society that she finds the line between man and mutant is murkier than she expected. Secrets from Angela’s past reemerge, and she learns life outside the garden isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Her father is in danger, and the men tasked with protecting the settlement are extremely fond of murder. With their lives on the line, can Angela create one last happy ending in a hopeless world?
Fans of dystopian societies, post-apocalyptic futures, diverse characters, fantasy, and coming-of-age adventures with heart will fall in love with this post-apocalyptic fairy tale.
Find out more here!
Snakes and Shadows by Amy Hopkins
Not everyone can see the ancient beings from myth and legend as they slip through the veil.
Penny Hingston can’t just see them… she’s best friends with one.
Perhaps that’s how Penny and Boots landed a recruitment letter for the Academy of Myth and Legend.
Who’s Boots? She’s a serpent. Not just any serpent — she’s a Rainbow Serpent, an ancient Australian Dreamtime legend come to life. It’s actually not so unusual these days. Mythical creatures are tumbling through the Veil every two seconds. The Academy not only teaches its students how to fight the bad ones, but to protect the good ones as well.
That’s why Penny joined. She’s only there to make sure Boots stays safe. Once she figures out a plan, she’s out. At least, that’s what she’s trying to convince herself — and her new friends, including Cisco. It’s only a coincidence that Penny blushes when he talks to her, really!
It’s exciting to be recruited as one of the first wave of students at the Academy, but it’s no joke. There’s the classes, of course. And then there are poltergeists, bigfoot hunting expeditions, and psychotic gnomes. Just staying alive is a challenge.
But together, Penny and Boots can face anything. And they will. No matter what happens.
Find out more here!
Publishing 101: Budgeting
This is the side of indie publishing that gives me the most heart burn. Spending money. But as the saying goes, you have to spend money to make money. Here’s the quick and dirty of your larger expenses to know what to expect.
Put money in a good editor – This takes most of my budget but you want a clean product. This can make all the difference in the type of reviews you get and continued readership.
Get a good cover artist– Don’t skimp on this. A great cover can make all the difference in you getting people to even click on your book to read what it’s about.
Marketing– How much you spend is all inn your comfort zone and we’ll talk marketing options in future letters. For now, just know that you should save money for this part of the book process. This is an ongoing expense. Even when you make great sales, you can’t stop marketing so people won’t forget about you and to keep letting others know what you have out there. It’s easiest to just set a monthly budget of what you are willing to spend in marketing and adjust based on your sales and what forms of marketing have given you the biggest pay off.
Till next time and as always, if you’ve read my books I am always appreciative of a review on Amazon. I read them and they help me grow as a writer and know my audience better. Thanks!