Posted on 09/05/14
Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is now available to borrow from libraries at Overdrive.
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 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 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 December 15, 2013
Congratulations to Brenda for winning the Sand Dollar photo contest with a picture of her and her dogs! First prize is a Kindle Paperwhite. Second place was a tie between Renee Stewart being incognito and Beth on the Love train. Renee and Beth will each receive a $25 Kindle gift card. Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest! Great photos!