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.

Getting close!

I’m just over 210 pages into this paranormal YA novel draft (that’s around 71,000 words). So, I’m feeling “on track,” so to speak to completing the first draft. I’m going to shoot for no more than 85,000 words for round one, which means that I need to start wrapping up the end of the first book. I definitely need to add a lot more to this one to help build this world I’m creating. I’m used to writing long novels, but I just need to make sure that none of it drags–I tend to have slow openings.

 

High Queens & K-Dramas

Has anyone ever noticed how quickly Friday comes back around? I love Fridays. I get to wear jeans to work and therefore feel super comfy (I wish every day was jean day) and I get to start my weekend at 3:30. **insert jazz hands and fists in the air and happy dancing**

It’s been a strange week. I’ve wanted to go to bed at 8pm every night and the last two nights I’ve had little headaches. I just drastically cut carbs out of my diet, so that may be the cause (body’s slowly acclimating to carb starvation and instead of processing the fat that I have stored it kind throws up its hands and says “we done for today!”). At any rate, it’s just been a weird all around week. The good news is that I’ve managed to write a page (many more, actually) a day and have about 154 pages to this YA novel I’m working on. I’d say I’m about halfway through at this point and am planning it to be a two-book run. I have some more outlining to do, but I’m feeling pretty good about it. I’ve also decided to go ahead and self publish, so the likelihood of a 2017 publication is pretty high. **more jazz hands**

What’s the difference between my YA writing and my adult romantic-comedy writing? Nothing style wise, in my opinion. My YA stuff tends to lean more toward the supernatural/paranormal genre. And the characters are younger… This one is about a 17.5-year-old girl who didn’t know her mother was the High Queen of the Dead (thus making her a princess). Her mom is murdered for fleeing the kingdom and the girl is dragged back to the Kingdom of the Dead. Hopefully at that point there is political upheaval, a fight for the throne (etc.), a fight for the heart (aww!), and someone should probably die. Maybe. The main character’s name is Eva Cass and the main “hero” is Lee Yong-sun, a long, long dead Korean warrior. [Yong-sun, according to my copious amounts of internet research (ie, five minutes or so) means “Dragon in the first position”–kinda cool, right?]

Guys… I watch a LOT of Korean dramas (k-dramas). I mean…… tons.

You should as well because they’re amazing. A little formulaic. But what makes romance novels so damn good? The formulas. That feel goodness of a happy ending. Now… not all k-dramas have happy endings. A few, circa 2005 – 2011-ish, have horrible endings. Still, they’re all really good in their own way. Want to start your addiction (**I’ll be your drug dealer**) look for “Faith” which stars my secret boyfriend, Lee Min Ho. Image result for faith lee min hoThis was one of the first k-dramas I devoured. I then went and watched everything that he was in, cause… hello <–!). In seriousness, it’s a great show (16 to 20 episodes, I can’t remember). A couple things to remember when watching: K-dramas are like any other soap opera done by any other country… they’re a little cheesy at times. A little unrealistic. And a lotta dramatic. (The romantic comedies are pretty cute!) So… once you can get past some of the quirkiness (do you know how many times I’ve yelled at them to walk faster?!) you’ll be hooked. I promise.

Anyway, so hopefully I have a fun YA novel coming this year, and hopefully all you lovely Estela and Moo fans will give it a shot.

Oh, and Killing Memories is going to be free on Amazon tomorrow for one day only. Spread the word! I’ll try to remember to tweet and post.