A BIG thank you to my lovely cover reveal volunteers

I just wanted to do a quick post to thank the ten lovely people who took part in my cover reveal yesterday for my new novel Reunion of the Heart.  Drum roll please…

Adrian J Smith

Amy Leibowitz

Emily Witt

K. L. Schwengel

Kate Frost

Kate Sparkes

L. S. Engler

Mishka Jenkins

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Secret Lives of Fiction Lovers

Thank you all so much for your help in this.  I really appreciate it.

If you’re not on this list – or even if you are! – do please visit these great bloggers’ websites.  They’re fantastic and really worth a look. That’s it from me now.  Have a lovely weekend!

The Butterfly Storm on Kindle Countdown!

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Just a quick post to let you know that a good friend of mine and fellow writer Kate Frost has put her wonderful debut novel The Butterfly Storm on Kindle Countdown until next Saturday.

It’s available now on Amazon UK and Amazon.com. It’s the perfect summer read. Catch it while you can!

Meeting her new agent

Hello and welcome to my contribution to this week’s WIPpet Wednesday.

Thank you so much to all of you who gave me suggestions for the title of my novel.  In case you didn’t catch my earlier post, some weeks ago I did an Amazon search for Reunion just to double check that there wasn’t too similar a book with the same title. Unfortunately there was so I needed to come up with another title.

I was  stumped but Xina Marie Uhl and Kate Frost separately came up with the title Reunion of the Heart.  I really like it.  Seeing as it’s a romance I think it’s a great title as I want to ground it in the romance genre if that makes sense.  I needed a title that people who were wanting to read in that genre would be able to find and recognise it as being a romance.

So a big thank you to Xina Marie and Kate!

Back to the main event.  Continuing my spate of generosity in terms of length of excerpts I share, here’s two paragraphs from chapter five of my novel for the 5th February.  I’m hopping about a bit with my excerpts.  This one is a bit further on from last week’s.  My MC Anna, who’s an author, has just walked in to her new agent’s office.

She glanced surreptitiously around her.  It was the same office his predecessor Geoffrey had used but it was a lot different now.  It looked a little as though World War Three had hit it.  There were half emptied boxes on the floor with their contents spewing out.  The books on the shelves which lined three walls of the room were arranged haphazardly, some standing vertically, others lying horizontally in piles waiting to be arranged properly. And Peter’s desk.  That was a work of art in itself – a work in disorderliness.  Anna couldn’t even see the desk through all of the papers and books that covered it.  She smothered a smile as he rooted around his desk trying to find something.

‘Ah ha.  Here we are,’ he said brandishing the piece of paper in his hand like a sword.  ‘Before we start I should reassure you that I’ve read all your books and thoroughly enjoyed them.’  Anna felt her face flush with pleasure.  Peter went on, ‘These are some of the notes that Geoffrey gave me which relate to you and to how things are with your work.  But in all honesty, I’d rather hear from you.  What stage are you at with your current work in progress?’

Hope you enjoyed that. :) If you don’t already take part in WIPpet Wednesday and would like to, simply post on your blog an excerpt of whatever you’ve written lately which relates to the date.  Then add your details here.

Thank you K. L. Schwengel for hosting.

Ups and downs on the self-publishing journey

I’ve been experiencing the different sides to being a self published author since I published my debut novel The Inheritance in September.

It was selling quite well to begin with and I was really encouraged. Then it slowed right down. I wasn’t doing very well in the US until I did my free promotion over 5 days from the end of October to the beginning of November. I had nearly 9500 free downloads during that time, the vast majority of them in the US.

But after that I came back down to earth with a bump. My novel was selling much better in the US than before the free promo, but worse in the UK. My sales in other parts of the world weren’t good either. Eventually my sales dived again and now I find myself selling one or two copies here and there.

Well I guess one or two is much better than none! It is quite disheartening though. I do feel that The Inheritance is a bit tricky to place in a genre, which could be partly why it’s not selling hugely.

And then I had a couple of bad ratings on Goodreads. Although they were unaccompanied by a review, for some reason I felt worse than when I read a review with the same rating on Amazon. But as my writer friend Kate Frost says, bad reviews come with the territory.

Bad reviews can be a little hard to stomach though after you’ve worked so hard on something. Although as my husband said, it’s not necessarily because my writing’s that bad, it’s just that it wasn’t to someone’s taste. As Kate also said you have to take bad reviews with a pinch of salt, just as you might a five star review which raves about a book. You don’t  know if they’re being fair or not.

I guess I’ve just got to keep my chin up and keep trying, promoting The Inheritance when I can and not being too downcast that it’s not selling that well.

How do you deal with disappointments in this self publishing journey?

A brief WIPpet for Wednesday

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Hi all. I have a confession to make. I haven’t done much work on Reunion lately. BUT I have an excuse – I’m applying to lots of free promo websites in preparation for The Inheritance being free on Amazon for 5 days.

It may not sound like it, but it’s actually quite a lot of work and time consuming.  When I’m not doing that or blogging I’m working/doing housework/walking and looking after the dog and soon the hours are just gone.  My husband’s got it right when he says there are simply not enough hours in the day!  I do plan to get back to working on Reunion every day though, a.s.a.p.

The days of my free promotion are Thursday 31st October to Monday 4th November. I’m looking forward to it and actually enjoying working my way through the list of free promo websites, from my good friend and fellow author Kate Frost, which list those books that are free to download.

If you haven’t already bought The Inheritance, you may like to get yourself a free copy… Anyway enough of the shameless self promotion, back to the main topic in hand today which is the excerpt from Reunion I’m sharing.

Seeing as it’s 23rd October today and I’m feeling mean, I thought I’d share with you just 25 words from chapter 10. My maths goes like this: 23 (for the day) + 2 (from 2013) = 25. And to be extra mean I’m not telling you where in the story this excerpt comes from except to say that the viewpoint is, as usual, my main character Anna’s. Here you go:

For some reason in that moment she almost came out of herself, seeing her own life as a stranger might – a movie script playing out.

So there you have it. Aren’t I cruel??!! If you’d like to take part in WIPpet Wednesday all you have to do is post an excerpt of whatever you’re currently working on writing-wise on your blog. The only rule is that it has to relate in some way to the date. Then add your details to this linky. Thanks goes to K. L. Schwengel for hosting. :)

Interview on Laurey Buckland’s blog

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Well this is the penultimate day of my blog tour to promote my debut novel The Inheritance. And today I’m being interviewed by the lovely Laurey Buckland on her blog.

Since I approached her with the request to feature on her blog, Laurey has been nothing but supportive and friendly. She’s the author of the wonderful novel A Girl’s Guide to Fairy Tales and if you enjoy a funny, witty romance then this is the book for you. I’ve read it and really enjoyed it.

Please do take a look at the interview and Laurey’s blog. It’s definitely worth a visit.

If you missed any of my blog stops, you can find the details here. I hope you’ve enjoyed my blog tour so far and that you’ll join me again on Sunday when I finish up with an interview on Kate Frost‘s blog.

If you’d like to buy The Inheritance it’s on Amazon UK and Amazon.com. I’m also on Goodreads and you can contact me on Twitter via @ElaineJeremiah.

My blog tour links

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In case you’ve missed any of my blog tour dates this week as part of my promotion of my debut novel The Inheritance, you can catch them as follows:

Saturday 14th September: Kate Frost
Monday 16th September: Joanne Phillips
Tuesday 17th September: Jade Reyner
Wednesday 18th September: Briana Vedsted
Thursday 19th September: Martin Lake
Friday 20th September: Laurey Buckland
Sunday 22nd September: Kate Frost

I hope you’ve enjoyed my blog tour.

If you’d like to buy The Inheritance it can be found on Amazon UK and Amazon.com.  I’m also on Goodreads and you can contact me on Twitter via @ElaineJeremiah