Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't updated the blog much this week, but on Monday I had to go in to the doctor because I'd been having dizzy spells and feeling super tired. Turns out there was fluid on my inner ear causing some equilibrium issues. Yuck! I'm still feeling a little bit off today, and this week has been mostly about resting and trying to get healthy. I also found out today that the reason I'm so tired is that I'm severely deficient in Vitamin D. Fun! No, no, not fun. At least I know there's a reason behind it, which means it's fixable. I already take Vitamin D supplements, but now I'll be taking a prescription strength Vitamin D for a while to increase my levels more quickly.
My work on DEMONS FOREVER has really just begun. I haven't actually written a word of it yet, to be honest, but that doesn't mean I haven't been working on it. Mostly, I've been going over my notes and working on the story-line. I think of all the books I've written so far, this one makes me the most nervous. Knowing the series is coming to an end is difficult. I want to make sure to wrap up all the loose ends. I want to answer all the questions that need to be answered. And I want to give all of the fans of the series an ending they can love. It's extremely important to me that this be one of the best (if not THE best) books in the whole series. That's a lot of pressure to put on myself!
Anyway, I hope you'll keep up with my progress as I go along. Once the rough draft is complete, I'll start revisions (which for me, usually means nearly completely rewriting the book), then critique, then formatting, and then finally publishing! Getting excited about DEMONS FOREVER!
Life has been so busy with the release of Shadow Demons that I haven't had time yet to post my June Sales Numbers. I had a fan ask me why I was posting my sales numbers, and I wanted to just talk about that for a minute. When I was first thinking about self-publishing, I spent a lot of time reading the blogs of other self-published writers. I was so grateful when they would post their sales numbers so that I could see what was possible. I decided to share my own sales numbers for that specific reason and also as a public record of one self-published author's journey to success.
- Amazon Kindle Store: 1704 US sales + 93 UK sales + 1 DE sales = 1798
- Barnes & Noble: 518
- Smashwords: 4
- Total: 2320
- Amazon Kindle Store: 1323 US Sales + 54 UK Sales + 0 DE sales = 1377
- Barnes & Noble: 363
- Smashwords: 2
- Total: 1742
- Amazon Kindle Store: 1180 US sales + 37 UK sales + 0 DE sales = 1217
- Barnes & Noble: 291
- Smashwords: 1
- Total: 1509
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I have a friend who was telling me about her brother's short film, called STOP. I kept meaning to watch it, but just finally got around to it today, and WOW. I should NOT have put it off, because it totally blew my mind. OMG, this short film is amazing! I wanted to share it here today, because I think it's the type of things fans of the paranormal will like to see. It's only a few minutes long, but it still manages to tell a great story.
Now, I'm back and getting into writing mode again. I thought I would give a quick update on everything that's going on. First of all, SHADOW DEMONS is on Fire!!! It's been holding steady between 400-500 in the Kindle store for the past week, reaching a top so far of 413! I couldn't be more excited! I'm sending out a huge thank you to everyone who supports the Peachville High Demons series and has bought the book. I've gotten such great reviews that several of them have actually brought tears to my eyes. I feel so incredibly grateful for all the support and love and messages from fans.
DEMONS FOREVER, the 5th and final book in the Peachville High Demons series, is now officially underway. I want so much for this book to be an amazing ending to a great series. The thought of saying goodbye to Harper and Jackson and all these amazing characters in my head makes me sad and scared. I want to do the series justice with the right ending. That being said, I am going to dedicate so much of my life over the next couple of months to making sure this book is the best possible ending to the series. I'm not going to give a specific month or date for the release at this point, but I can say that I plan on getting it out at some point this Fall.
Finally, I will leave you with a photo of the view from our amazing room at the Aria hotel. Isn't it amazing? And this is only one of the 3 giant windows in our suite! I took a video of the room, so hopefully I'll post that when I get home!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I'm coming home on Wednesday, so you should definitely see more posts from me after that.
I also wanted to say a very heart-felt thank you to everyone who has already purchased Shadow Demons! Your support means the world to me. I've already gotten several good reviews, which makes me so incredibly excited! The book flew all the way up to #615 in the Kindle store in the first couple days it was out and has stayed steady in the 600-700 range. I couldn't be more grateful for all your support! Thank you!
It has been brought to my attention that both Books 1 and 4 had formatting errors in the Nook versions that led to pieces of chapters getting chopped out. I've found the problem now and have uploaded new, corrected versions of the books to the Barnes and Noble website. If you have a Nook and have already purchased these books, you can follow the instructions below in order to re-download the freshly corrected copy to your Nook or Nook for PC app.
- Go to "My Library"
- Scroll to the book on the top menu, then on the bottom scrolling menu, select "Item Details and Options"
- Scroll down to find "Archive", then click "OK"
- Wait as the book is archived.
- Once it is, go back to select "Item Details and Options" in your bottom menu.
- This time, choose "Unarchive" and then "Download" the book back onto your device.
- Now you should have the updated version of the book.
- Go to "My Library"
- Under the book, there should be a + sign with the word "Options". Click on the + sign to bring up the menu under the book. Choose "Remove Local Copy".
- Now the world "Download" should appear. Click on Download to download the corrected copy of the book.
Shadow Demons is now officially on sale in the Barnes & Noble Nook store!!! It just went live a few minutes ago, and I am so excited (and nervous!). If you have a Nook and have been waiting for the book, here is a link to the download page:
Oh my God, this is the best feeling in the world! Shadow Demons, Book 4 of the Peachville High Demons series, is finally finished! I feel really good about the final version of the book and am so glad I took the extra time it needed to come together.
Just a quick post in case anyone was waiting for a free chapter from Shadow Demons this week. I won't be posting a chapter this weekend because the book will be coming out in the next couple of days! Yipppeee!
Labels: Shadow Demons
This is what my life is like on the eve of a new book release. Crazy Town. Last night, I met with my critique group (until 1 AM, so thank you guys for staying so late!) and there is some serious work to do to whip this book into shape. They all agreed that this book is great, but there are a few scenes that aren't quite working. After they all left, I combed through each of their notes, page by page and transferred all of their comments to my master document. For each scene that needs rewriting/tweaking, I put an orange flag.
Then, around 3:30 AM, I sat back and took inventory of what's working and what needs help. 15 orange flags. Not all of that is major issues, just some things that need to be looked at or made slightly stronger. That's where I am today. I woke up early, met with my personal trainer, went to lunch with my amazing husband, and now I'm in my chair, ready to kick some ass.
- Fix the 15 pages/scenes that need work.
- Go through the book again from start to finish, polishing and reading through for consistency.
- Format the book for upload.
- Upload the book to Kindle, Smashwords and B&N!!
- Once the book is uploaded, it typically takes 24-72 hours for them to officially list the book for sale. I have no control over this final part of the process, but I promise to post on twitter, facebook and here on my blog as soon as the books are live in each store.