A year ago life as a writer was fairly easy. We were at the top of our game. I know I had three books stay top ten on Amazon for weeks and mad amounts of invitations and deals and whatnot flooding in.
The way things were going I was never going to take a book deal.
Then late fall, early winter, I noticed a subtle drop in things, ads and sales and new likes on Facebook or Twitter, but I didn't worry. I figured it was the season.
Then I started to notice that my Facebook ads were getting less and less views for more money. I went from over a million views on a lot of things to 12,000. That is still a lot of people, but compared to a million, it's not even a drop in the hat.
My growth as a seasoned writer with a great readership was dwindling a little and sales started to decrease. I figured it was just that there were so many more authors who had joined the world of literature and we would all see a slight drop but nothing serious. The more the merrier and such. Readers like selection.
Then spring it and it didn't pick up, like it always does. Summer hit and the numbers were down. I am fortunate that my numbers being down is still a great income that I can live on comfortably, but it meant less extras. Less giveaways, less author conventions, and less promotion.
For me all of this couldn't have hit at a worse time, my child had been gravely ill and I had taken a lot of family time and moved twice and my husband's career had brought up to the arctic, so I was already doing less as an author. I had been hoping my numbers would carry me through my family's hard time, and it did, but with no real growth. I had sort of faded a little.
Industry is all about growth and being Indie that growth comes from you and me. I didn't have Atria or Random House or Amazon or one of the other major houses backing me, making me look like a star and paying the extra for promotion. I had you and me. And it was enough.
Then Amazon did its KU KOLL program.
That was sort of the end for a lot of people.
I know my sales dropped again, still in a range where I could write and be at home, but a LOT of authors had to throw in the towel and get real jobs. I have managed to get the Amazon Bestseller SuperStar award all three months thus far. So that was something.
But in the end when sales didn't pick up, it was sad for me to see the people I had come up with decreasing publishing numbers or even just quitting altogether and going back to the real world of work and schedules. Even sadder to see the new authors really struggling, even with good books. If I had to start in this climate, I wouldn't have ever tossed my hat in the ring. I would have stayed with a real job. There is no certainty that we can sustain even where we are now, as Indies.
That changed my mind on a few things.
Being indie for starters.
For me the two and half years of doing this have really paid off. I waited out the deals and the offers and the agents, got what I wanted in an agent and now I have the book deal I want too. It has paid off and I am grateful because you and me are the only people who got me there, here.
I am where I want to be and I don't have to worry as such about being solely Indie in such trying times.
Because to be brutally honest, I don't know what to do about the Kindle KU KOLL program. I am so super confused about that one. I don't have an answer I'm afraid. I want to be everywhere but it pays to do KU KOLL. But dos it pay enough?
Also, I don't know what the face of Facebook will be like in a year's time but I do know if they don't start realizing they have to give back to us who press promote and buy ads, then we will walk away. We will take our business elsewhere. We have that option now.
A new site where if you follow me or friend me, you will see what I post. No more clicking yes to get notifications and clicking you want to see my ads and praying you catch a glimpse of my next giveaway or promotion.
If you follow or friend me and you will see it all. Simple and easy.
So head on over, friend me, or if you just want to follow, then follow me. I will be posting all giveaways and all contests and all teasers and all promotions on TSU. Facebook has lost me a little bit right now because they have asked for too much and not given back at all. If and when they change back, I will consider using them again, but for now I will be posting everything TARA BROWN related HERE!
In good news though, I have hit the one million sales mark internationally. I actually hit it a while ago, I just didn't know. So that was awesome and made me feel really amazing. So thank you for all that you done. Leaving reviews, recommending my books, promoting me, and such. Thank you so much.
If you are a new writer, please try not to be discouraged, keep trying and keep working at it. You never know how things will turn out. I believe the economy for book sales will improve. This is a growing period and it is bringing change and that's always a challenge. But if you stick with it I think those changes will be coming to an end here soon.
Love and hugs,
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Monday, 8 December 2014
What's next in all the TB series you love??
The Single Lady Spy Series will wrap this year. First book will release January
Sebastian will get his say in Linger, part of The Lonely novels
The Light Trilogy will wrap January
The Seventh Day will wrap by the Fall of 2015
First kiss will have its sequel and ending with this book
The Blood Trail Chronicles will end in 2015
Finley will see her happiest ever after in White Girl Wedding
The Erotic fairytales will all be published by spring 2015
The Roses ends this year for good.
Her Side is the second and final novel in the Thin Ice novels. It has some of the characters from For Love or Money and My Side in it
I will have firm dates when I have them. As you know life is fluid and the best laid plans are often interrupted. I will try very hard to finish these as quickly as I can.
Thank you so much!!!
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Sunday, 28 September 2014
Random hot dude who has to play someone in the movie?
Who I imagine as Jake
Yes, you read that right. Born the movie. I know I have said a thousand times I would not want a movie, but you all have said a billion times you would, so I am joining your team.
If you would like BORN made into a movie or TV series, please go to this spot and rate this book trailer for BORN. I imagine if you rate low the odds of the movie being made are low, so bear that in mind.
Go and like the book trailer and the more likes the more likely it is the get picked up. It's that simple.
One more hot guy because it's Sunday? Okay
If you just want to watch over and over go to YouTube, I loaded the trailer for y'all
Hugs and smooches,
Friday, 15 August 2014
Yesterday my dog bit me in the head and I made an excuse for him.
Two weeks ago he bit my cousin and I made an excuse for him.
A month ago he attacked my cousin's dog and I made an excuse for him.
Last night I let him sleep in my daughter's room like he does every night. I had made so many excuses for him that I believed it would be fine. He was a sweet little beagle with an adorable face who I made excuses for.
Like a ducking moron.
When my daughter got up this morning she came into my office where I was writing a novella for the single lady spy series and told me her iPad landed on her face when she was reading. I knew instantly the dog bite on her face, the one that had broken the skin and had bled, was not caused by an iPad. But she made up a story, just like I had been doing.
None of us wanted to face the fact our beautiful beagle, Mr. Beagle as we referred to him, was sick and getting meaner by the day.
But today I ran out of excuses and I stopped trying to make them. Today I put on my big girl panties and took my lovely dog to the vet and did the responsible adult thing to do. I put my dog down. My dog that I snuggled with every day. My dog that slept with me when my kids were gone. My dog who I believed would always be there.
I made a horribly hard choice and let him go to that peaceful place I personally believe in—squirrel hell.
Rest in peace Mr. Beagle and screw you adulthood. I hate being the adult in the room most days and I really hated it today.
My daughter is fine by the way. And her tetanus is now up to date again...
Thanks for letting me vent in an unprofessional manner.
Friday, 25 July 2014
Yes, you heard me right, I lost my virginity. My anthology virginity.
When I was a girl I was entered into various poetry anthologies but this is my first fiction one.
8 novels for the price of one, and right now it's all on sale for under a dollar—.99 cents to be exact.
My book is Blood and Bone, a psycho-thriller-romance of doom. It's probably my best novel ever. It twist and turns and keeps you guessing until the very end. Then, and only then, are you allowed to see behind the curtain.
And what's waiting for you on the other side is insane and remarkable. I am very proud of this novel and I desperately hope you enjoy it.
I really hope you love it.
As I have said many times with this book, it's not a romance, it's a ride!
Thursday, 24 July 2014
This is one of those books that you write and then step back and shake your head, because there's no way you should have been able to come up with something to insane.
That's all I can say. Anything else will spoil it.
If you see a review with spoilers, avoid it.
Read with a friend, support might be needed.