Revamping a Brand

So, 2016 was a bit of a slump for me in my e-book sales, and I definitely didn’t sell any paperbacks (I don’t think, if any were sold it was probably less than five). I know a big part of that is that I don’t market as I should. I also think that the novels probably need a vamp up. I recently re-did the covers, so I’m going to leave them as they are for now, but last night I worked on a new blurb for KILLING MEMORIES:

Ecover_finalstela Ramos knows she will die a lonely virgin spinster with donut glaze on her face. She’s resigned herself to this fate, but the women in her life have other plans. Soon, there are two men standing before her: the first is a desperate gynecologist with personal space issues, and the second is a handsome high-fashion photographer who claims that they’ve known each other for years. Estela becomes easily lost in the steady gaze of the photographer’s jade-green eyes, but knows she won’t get anywhere if she can’t forget the pains from her past and truly believe that someone would be eager to love her just as she is.

It’s shorter than the previous version and I hope a little more engaging. Thoughts?

I think the next one I might tackle is AROUND THE WORLD TONIGHT. That blurb is a little long and perhaps a little clunky. The sales for that one haven’t been that great since I published it in 2015. I might even consider redoing that cover on that one as well. We shall see.

Rebranding is hard. I should probably think of it on a larger scale. Revamping my facebook page… maybe even this blog (the home page has been the same for a while), maybe even revamping TATIANA MOORE. I don’t really know how to do this, though. I’m not yet at a point where I would try to hire a company to review and make changes for me, but that is always an option. I need to start small and try to put more effort into this process myself first. I’m currently looking for cheap advertising to help promote my books.

Update on the YA novel: 229 pages 77,622 words (about 90%) complete.

My Year Toward “Traditional” Publication & Better Indie Marketing

I almost forgot that I made a resolution to write one blog post a week (on Fridays). It is Friday, so here I am.

Sorry if this comes off as a ramble—I guess part of the blog challenge for this year will be to actually have some sort of plan for what I want to say. I suppose we can start off with my plans to pursue traditional publication with my NaNoWriMo novel, GIRL X, as well as my attempts to “market” my Indie publishing side. Maybe I’ll throw in a few snippets of the paranormal YA novel, which has the working title of REAPER HIGH (trust me, this will change as the scope of the novel has changed since I started it in October, but I thought I’d share that working title ’cause it makes me roll my eyes each time I open the file! Ha!). Maybe I’ll find writing prompts to share and will free write. Possibilities are endless, it seems.

Ya’ll… I am so bad at self promotion. I’ve had my work published online since 2012 and I’m only NOW taking advantage of Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing, which has forced me to take my books off other platforms for 90 days–sorry) and have decided to spend $100 dollars on a “per click” ad campaign through Kindle. So far… my ad for KILLING MEMORIES has run 5610 times, and 42 people have clicked on it (thanks people!!), and 1 person has bought it (yay! Thanks if that was you.) Hopefully more have downloaded it through Amazon Unlimited (they’re FREE if you’re a subscriber) and my “page read” numbers will continue to stay up. So far, I’ve spent $6.30 in advertising for 2017 and probably will get about .37 cents on that one purchase. I don’t know if this is worth it at all, but at lease I’m doing more than just sitting there wondering why my sales dropped so much in 2016. My goal for this year is to amp this up a little more. I need to look for some blog attention. I need to get myself back on the map. Time to DO something.

Another resolution was to write one page a day. Well, we’re 5 days into the new year and I’ve written 50 pages. So… I guess that goal is working out well.

The road to traditional publishing is on hold this month (and probably next) as my NaNo novel is out with a few readers for feedback. But once I have it back and have a good final draft, I plan work on my query letter and synopsis. A writer buddy of mine recently told me that most authors have to query 100 agents before they find one who is interested. I’m trying to not let this deter my goals, but……. :c|. It’s so much easier to not deal with the hassle and just self publish, but… I’ve always wanted to be in mainstream bookstores. I won’t know if I can until I really, really try.

#stampingoutlaziness

Needless to say…

…I’m a terrible blogger. Maybe 2017 will be a new year for my blogging. It already feels like the start of a new year with my writing.

It all started with the NaNoWriMo challenge back in November. I shocked myself by completing the draft of a literary novel (I hit the 50,000 word target and had a mostly complete 1st draft at that point). I’m really proud of the draft and think it’s a decent story. My writing process has changed from where I was when I wrote the first draft of KILLING MEMORIES back in 2006. I feel like it’s more purposeful and direct. The story is more complete by the time I’m done with the first draft, and the editing overall is lighter than it usually is. I like to think that’s a result of so many years writing (and my degree). It’s been a decade since I wrote that first novel, so I guess it’s probably about right that novel #8 would feel the strongest.

Gosh, it feels good to be writing again.

I’m going to try to pursue the “traditional” publishing route with this new one. I often think that I dove into self-publishing because I can be incredibly lazy when it comes to big, overwhelming projects. Again.. maybe 2017 will be the year of putting in actual work to take my writing somewhere.

So, some preliminary writing resolutions:

  1. Write one page a day
  2. Submit “Girl X” (my NaNo novel) to agents for consideration; give this process an ENTIRE year (or more) before stopping
  3. Finish KM3 and KM4 paperback edits
  4. Finish a draft of Book I and II of the YA series I began this year
  5. Blog once a week (on Fridays)! <–needed to make this one specific ;c)

Let’s see what 2017 brings.

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