Posted on September 2, 2015
I’m delighted to announce that my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, was recently awarded a bronze medal at the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards in the category of Contemporary Romance. Thanks, Readers’ Favorite!
Posted on April 02, 2015
I am so happy to see my debut novel, SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love, currently ranked #49 on Amazon’s Bestseller list (#19 for Romance and #1 for Fantasy Romance). It is also ranked #8 on Barnes & Noble’s Bestseller list. Thanks to BookBub for recommending it — I love you, Bookbub. And thanks to all of you for your support — I love you too!
Sebastian 🙂 ❤
Posted on January 15, 2015
I’d like to thank everyone who has read my book, written a review, and helped spread the word. Thanks to you, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love has reached a milestone that is personally very gratifying: 500 reviews on Amazon (and counting).
Sebastian Cole ♥ 🙂
Posted on November 04, 2014
For a limited time, buy select Nicholas Sparks books in Portuguese from FNAC and get a free copy of Uma História de Amor Eterno, the Portuguese version of Sand Dollar. For more information, click here.
Posted on October 01, 2014
Posted on 09/05/14
Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is now available to borrow from libraries at Overdrive.
Posted on August 09, 2014
The award-winning novel by Sebastian Cole, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, is now available at Smashwords, Google Play, and Scribd.
Posted on July 19, 2014
That was the question I was recently asked. And here was my response:
The answer may vary depending on whom you’re talking to: a traditionally-published author or a self-published author.
When approaching literary agents, the first question they might ask is how many books have you sold. A self-published author might then start backpedaling, explaining that their books are only available online, not in the general trade. For me (a self-published author), I’ve sold 14,000 SAND DOLLAR eBooks online in comparison to selling… ahem, well let’s just say, a lot less of the paperback version online. My paperback sales are somewhat embarrassing to mention, especially to a literary agent, who may be looking for sales of at least 20,000 paperbacks, if not more. On the other hand, selling 14,000 eBooks is a decent number — at least for me, anyway. Since I’ve had success selling eBooks, I suppose that is where my best chances lie for continued success, especially if I ever want to make USA Today’s Best-Selling Books list of the top 150 books sold each week.
My best chance of making a bestseller list is to run a 99-cent promotion while using companies like BookBub and others to promote my book. The last time I did this, I sold 3,000 eBooks in a week, which was pretty good, but not good enough to make USA Today’s Bestseller list. Perhaps I’d have to sell double that number in a week to make their list.
So to answer the question, I suppose I’d rather sell eBooks, and in particular, I’d like to sell them when I’m running a promotion.
For me, it’s not about the money. Book sales aren’t great enough for me to make any substantial amount of money. And I’m seemingly years away from recouping my initial investment. Perhaps one day that might all change if my career as an author ever takes flight, however. Pursuing your dreams, if you can, makes the journey so worthwhile, regardless of the outcome. Only time will tell…
On a separate note, here’s my horoscope for today (July 19, Leo): “Very soon the spotlight will swing back around to you. Take advantage of this time. You still have the privacy and peace you need in order to reinvent yourself and hone your act.”
Posted on June 14, 2014
For a limited time only, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is now only 99¢ at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo. Have a great Father’s Day weekend, everyone!
Posted on March 08, 2014
Congratulations to all of the winners of my Goodreads book giveaway for Uma História de Amor Eterno. Thanks to everyone in Portugal and Brazil who participated!
João Marcos Batista Fonseca
— Sebastian Cole 🙂
Posted on March 04, 2014
Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is now available for Kobo eReader devices. Also available for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and iTunes.
Posted on February 20, 2014
I was very proud to read the first review of Uma História de Amor Eterno on Mil Estrelas No Colo. Click here to read the review in Portuguese, or click here for the English translation. I am blessed to receive such rave reviews. I’d like to thank everyone who has read my book, and for the warmth and hospitality I have received from my friends in Portugal. 🙂
Posted on February 16, 2014
My publisher in Portugal, Editorial Presença, published a press release announcing the release of Uma História de Amor Eterno (the Portuguese version of Sand Dollar) at the same time it announced their rerelease of P.S. I Love You. It is such an honor for me to be mentioned in the same sentence as Cecelia Ahern. Thank you Editorial Presença!
Posted on February 16, 2014
Congratulations to the 10 winners of the Valentine’s Day SAND DOLLAR Book Giveaway:
Crystal Sparks Herman
Holly DeBenedetto Carullo
Rhonda Gayle Nash-Hall
I hope your day was filled with love!
— Sebastian ♥
Posted on February 14 2014
♥ Valentine’s Day Book Giveaway ♥
The first 10 people to wish me
a Happy Valentine’s Day on Facebook
will receive an autographed copy of my debut novel,
Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love.
Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day!
— Sebastian Cole ♥
Disclaimer: Wives, ex-wives, girlfriends, ex-girlfriends, and relatives of Sebastian Cole are ineligible [shrugging]. The remainder of the population, however, is good to go!
Posted on February 04, 2014
Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is now available for the Nook.
Posted on February 01, 2014
I am pleased to announce that my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, has been chosen as a silver winner in the Romance category of the Feathered Quill Book Awards.
Posted on January 29, 2014
Uma História de Amor Eterno, the Portuguese version of Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, will be available at WOOK in Portugal starting on February 4th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Pre-order your Portuguese copy today!
Posted on January 24, 2014
Valentine’s Day is only a few heartbeats away. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate this special day than to cuddle up with your loved one…and a good book, of course! Book Reporter is giving readers the chance to win one of their five Bookreporter.com Valentine’s Day prize packages, which includes one copy of each of our featured books and some delicious Ghirardelli chocolate. Enter between now and Tuesday, February 11th at noon ET for your opportunity to be a lucky (and beloved!) winner. If you’re feeling frisky, share with us your all-time book character crush. Don’t be shy, we all got ’em! We’ll post your literary loves and lusts, along with the five winners, on Valentine’s Day, so be on the lookout!
Book Reporter’s featured Valentine’s Day titles are:
CIDER BROOK: A Swift River Valley Novel by Carla Neggers
I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU by Erin Lindsay McCabe
LOVE IS A CANOE by Ben Schrank
LOVE ON MIMOSA LANE: A Seasons of the Heart Novel by Anna DeStefano
LOVING CARA: A Love Under the Big Sky Novel by Kristen Proby
ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes
SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole
SEX AFTER…: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes by Iris Krasnow
THE SWISS AFFAIR by Emylia Hall
UNLIKELY LOVES: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer S. Holland
A WELL-TEMPERED HEART by Jan-Philipp Sendker
WHAT NORA KNEW by Linda Yellin
Click here to go to Bookreporter.com’s entry form
Posted on January 15, 2014