First, for my Goodreads peeps (and anyone else who enjoys reading heartwarming, small-town romance stories), I’m pleased to offer the first book in my King’s Valley Romance series for FREE. If you’ve already read it, tell a friend! If you haven’t read any of my books, here’s your chance to take the King’s Valley series for a test drive and see if you like it. The book is available at Amazon and many other digital retailers around the world, including Kobo and Nook. Enjoy! Now that the King’s Valley series is complete, I’ve been writing the outlines for a new series that is set in Montana. These stories have been in my head for a couple of years now. Because, you know, I actually live in Montana. They’re fun and sweet and very romantic, of course. Read more details here.
The rest of this blog post is boring stuff that I assume only other indie authors might be interested in, but feel free to read on if you’re curious about what goes on behind the scenes…
I’ve been super busy during these past three weeks since I completed the last book in the King’s Valley series – Annie and Jake. I’ve fallen into a schedule of taking one to two months to write and edit a book, then almost a full month of working on all of the nitty-gritty things that most indie authors have to do on their own. The bulk of my time was spent designing new book covers for the King’s Valley series – a much-needed makeover. I’m so pleased with how they’ve turned out! It’s too early to gauge the impact on sales. I’ll post on that when I have a few months of data to share, as well as a post about my experience using Amazon Marketing Services. I am so done with Kindle Unlimited. That’s another post that will have to wait until September.
I’ve also re-designed my website, twitter banner and created a ton of promo items such as ads, bookmarks, rack cards, media kit, etc., Once, a long time ago, I spent almost a full year working towards a certificate in web design. I bailed on that when I decided to pursue a professional career in event & entertainment management instead. But I am so grateful I took classes in Illustrator and Photoshop all those years ago. For indie authors with a limited budget, I highly recommend trying out these software programs through the Adobe Creative Cloud. Typically, I sign up for a month or two of access and then cancel the service until I have a stack of design work to do again. Even if you don’t have experience with Adobe software, there are a bunch of helpful how-to videos on YouTube as well as on the Adobe site. Here are some great videos / sites that I recommend:
All that said, I’m very eager and impatient to get back to writing my books. A couple more days to go and then it’s back into the cave. Not a dark and dreary cave, but one filled with light and color and plenty of space for all of the characters inside of my head waiting for their story to be told.
Have a happy summer!
P.S. Don’t forget to order that FREE book!
P.S.S. If you can’t wait until September to hear from me again, follow me on twitter!