I kicked off the tour on Saturday, and now I’ll have a stop each day through Thursday. Many thanks to Shannan Williams for hosting me today.
Please read the post and consider following Shannan’s blog.
I just ran a three-day free promotion on my book. It was both amazing and frightening as I watched the number of giveaways climb higher than I had expected. I was like a nervous mother watching my baby take her first steps (or so I imagine, since I don’t have any kids and all). So far the number of my actual sales has only been about 10 percent of what I just gave away for free! It’s like I just gave away part of myself, and I’m not sure if I’m getting anything back yet or not. Scary! Either I’m really stupid and just forfeit some hard earned and much needed cash, or this was a great idea and now that so many people have my book, they’ll all tell their friends and write up great reviews on my book’s page on Amazon.
So, here’s hoping the second is true, and that is why I need your help. If you are one of the people who took advantage of my book’s free promotion and you have enjoyed the book (or once you have a chance to read it, if you enjoy it), please say thanks to me by going to my book’s page and hitting the “like” button at the top. Then, if you loved the book, please write up a quick review. This will help me make some actual sales.
In case you somehow missed it… My book’s page at Amazon’s Kindle Store
I wrote the book because I love to write, but I would also love to spread the word more and make some sales. I know the book is amazing, but I need other people to know it as well. Word of mouth, Facebook shares, and good book reviews are some ways you can say, “Thanks for sharing your hard work and awesome book with me, Terri.”
And speaking of Facebook, if you aren’t my fan yet, go like my page now. I want so much for people to like me, to really, really like me!
Thank you for your support.
Or why buy a book when you can get it for free? Ok, so it isn’t really the same thing, but now that I’ve got your attention I want to share the limited time free promotion for my book. For a few days only Memoirs of an Ordinary Girl: the Middle-ish Ages will be available through Amazon’s Kindle… for absolutely nothing.
Why am I doing this? I don’t know. I guess with the holiday coming up next Thursday, I’m just feeling thankful and like giving.
Of course, you can always wait until the promotion is over and actually buy the book in order to show your thankfulness for my awesome writing talent. It’s up to you. Either way, I just want people reading it.
You can check out a few excerpts in some of my previous blog posts. It’s a quick and humorous read, I promise.
Self publishing= self promoting= a difficult equation (I hate equations anyway because I hate math).
My book was finished over two years ago, but as a teacher, I found the only time I really had to put into the process of trying to publish it came in the summer, and so each summer I would research and see that trends were constantly changing. I know this is usually true of most anything, but technology is changing the publishing world so quickly that I just couldn’t keep up with what I would need to do anymore, so I risked self publishing. I figured it was the only way I’d ever actually have time to publish my masterpiece.
Now I have to self promote, and that seems even harder. I use Facebook, this blog, and word of mouth, because that’s really all I have. The thing is, I know my book is awesome. I’m not usually the type to seriously brag, but why not do it when I’m sure of something? Yes, I’m biased, but it’s true. The book is funny, and real (well, it’s fiction, but it’s realistic), and covers a time in life we’ve all had to survive…middle school. I’ve also been told by some people who know me that reading the book is like listening to me talk, which means I managed to capture my “voice” in the book, something of which I am proud.
As of now, my book is only available through Amazon’s Kindle Store. So, of course I get people who say things like, “That’s cool, but wouldn’t you like to actually have it published- you know in a real book?” (…as if my book is the Pinocchio of the book world). Yep, that hurts. They might as well be saying, “You know you didn’t really get your book published. I wasn’t planning to read it anyway, but I just really wanted to pop your bubble in case you were proud of your accomplishment.” Thanks for the support people! How’d the book you wrote do? Oh yeah, that’s right, you didn’t write one! Stop tinkling in my Lucky Charms!
Yes, I would love to open up a real printed copy of my book, press my nose up to the pages and breathe in that new book aroma, and to fan the pages against my skin like feathers. I also have this secret dream that maybe someone will just happen to come across my book and I will get an offer for it to be printed. It could happen, right? Of course, there’s also the print on demand setup I’m thinking about doing. It’s still not quite the same, but some people told me they’re holding out because they don’t want an electronic copy.
For now, I really just want to promote my book as much as possible. Most of the people I know who are actually going to read it already have, so I need help from the outside. You can help by checking out my book (teaser included on Amazon page) and “like” my Facebook author page.
“If you don’t expect too much, you won’t be disappointed. This isn’t a ‘self-help’ book to boost your friend and/or money making abilities. In fact, I’ll teach you how to NOT throw the perfect party, how to NOT land the boyfriend of your dreams, and how to NOT be popular.”
Set in the early 1990’s, in this story the author retells the experiences of Drew Hotchner, an “extraordinarily ordinary” girl through Drew’s possibly wiser and honest adult self. Drew struggles not only with the unavoidable awkwardness of being in middle school, but also with having to start over again her entire social world after she experiences the culture shock of moving across the country. Through her humorous adventures in trespassing, accidental theft, and throwing punches at her best friend, the relatable Drew learns who she really is. And if you can admit you are also extraordinarily ordinary, just as Drew claims to be, that we all just want to know who we really are, and that sometimes we surprise ourselves along the way, this might be the book for you.