Is there a right way to sell books?

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If there is, I don’t know it. And to be honest, I don’t want to know the right way to sell a book. I believe that a lot of the “fun” in this business is in the journey, is in the screwing it up, is in the getting it wrong and trying again tomorrow. I know there are probably thousands of books and manuals out there that will tell you all you need to know about every facet of the writing business. If you have the time to read them, I definitely suggest you read a few, and be sure to take a couple of notes, but understand not everyone’s situation is the same. There is no way that’ll work right for everyone. What’s “right” especially with a business like this one is going to be subjective. We as writers get to decide what’s right for us and if something doesn’t work, we have to freedom to try something else. This business is about trial and error or at least for me, it has been. It has been a lot of trying and failing and trying again. It’s been a little frustrating (Okay, really frustrating!) because I’ve always been the type that wants to get something right the first time. I can’t do that here. I’ve quickly learned to take every failure and false step as a lesson as to what I should do in the future. I’ll write it down, store it for later and be prepared for the next time the same thing happens.

This is probably not the most helpful of posts, especially if you were looking for some real advice. To tell you the truth, I’m just as clueless as the rest of  you, but as I grow in this journey I become a little less clueless. I’ve learned that I’m a talker and I like making connections with people. I also lose steam or motivation quickly if I’m not actively engaged or working towards a goal. This means querying numerous faceless people over the internet to review my book, or to sell my book to them doesn’t and hasn’t worked  for me. It’s also taking time away from writing which is a big no-no. I need to be writing. I need to be in people’s faces. E-mails are okay, but I believe I would be more effective selling Last Look Back if I’m able to talk face to face with the people I’m trying to sell it to. Hopefully, that way they can feel how much I love this book and they might like it, too. In 2015, I want to do more speaking engagements. I want to go to bookstores and other venues and spread Last Look Back around the world one person at the time. Like I’ve said in previous posts, one person is all I need. This might not work. I might mess up. But, even if I get it wrong as long as I get back to the fundamentals of who I am, then I am doing something right. Is this the right way for everyone? No. Definitely not. But it’s something, it’s me and for me, that’s a step in the right direction.

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Firmoo Blogger Awards

A long, long time ago, (okay it wasn’t that long ago), I was approached to do a review of a pair of glasses from Firmoo. Glasses that I am still LOVING, by the way.

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I LOVE THESE GLASSES!!!

You can see that review at the link below:

http://standingamongstars.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/mycam-friday-ep-2-firmoo-glasses-review/

Now, Firmoo is back again with the Firmoo Blogger Awards and I’ve been nominated. Individuals who have blogged a review of a pair of Firmoo glasses in 2014 have been entered, but I need your votes to win.
I’d really really REALLY love it if you’d click the link below and vote for me in the Firmoo Blogger Awards. The deadline is Dec. 14 and you can vote once a day every day until then. Every vote counts! Lots of love and thanks in advance.
http://www.firmoo.com/blogger-contest.html?vote_no=FBA0139
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Cyber Monday Sale: Last Look Back e-book for $0.99

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All day beginning at 12:01 am, the e-book for my book Last Look Back will be only $0.99. You can find the e-book here. Who knows when I will have another sale, so get it today before the price goes back up and you’ll even get a great book to read in the process. Can you find a better deal? Probably not.

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P.S. Just because I want to make sure you all can take advantage of this great deal, here’s the link again: http://www.amazon.com/Last-Look-Back-Lara-Sean-ebook/dp/B00OQUX8I6

P.P.S. Slight Change of Plans: It would seem that the internet does not like me and neither does Amazon.com. Because of a (eensy-weensy) error on my part, the $0.99 price will not go into effect until later today. Hopefully, it will be available around noon. To make up for it, I’m extending the Cyber Monday sale until Tuesday night at midnight so be sure to snatch up the e-book while you still can.

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!! *or* Nanowrimo’s finally over!

Last night, at approximately 5:06 pm I typed my 50,000th word and won Nanowrimo. *cue applause* Thank you. Thank you. It was an interesting journey and I was determined to do it since I didn’t quite make it last year. I was so proud of myself when I was directed to the winner page that I thought I would cry. It feels great to have this accomplishment under my belt and I’m looking forward to revisiting the project again sometime in January.

I hope this gives some sort of explanation as to where I’ve been. Nanowrimo is an arduous marathon and it took all of my brain power to accomplish it. It was just like a marathon. In the beginning, I did my best to speed through, but still paced myself. I was ahead of the schedule for most of the month and only took two days off. Towards the end, I really had to pace myself and then on the final day (yesterday) I sped towards the finish line and came out victorious.Winner-2014-Web-Banner

Now that Nanowrimo is over, it is time for me to get a much-needed rest. I plan to watch a lot of movies and just laze around. Consider it the calm before the storm because next year is going to be big for me and you all as well, my fellow rule-breakers. Can you say book tour? Can you say online writing class? Can you say Cyber Monday Ebook Sale? Oh! I’ve said too much already (lol). I have a lot of plans for this blog and since you all are faithful in sticking around, I feel it is only best to give you great things when you get here. As always you all will get more details as we get closer. There will probably only be a few more posts before the end of the year. Be sure to keep your eyes glued to screen, so you  don’t miss the updates for next year’s awesomeness.

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Thank you!!!

My virtual release party was a success. Thank you to everyone that watched. I greatly appreciate your support. If you missed it, feel free to watch the whole thing here:

The show was two hours of everything Last Look Back, so make sure you’re comfy. I hope you enjoy.

The release party is over and Last Look Back is officially available:

The Last Look Back paperback  is available on lulu.com for $9.99. Click here to purchase.

The e-book is available on amazon.com for $2.99. Click here to purchase.

Thank you in advance for your support. Seriously, thank you all for sticking with me and believing in my dream. I write for all of you and I hope that you enjoy the story that I have shared. Thank you so much. I love you all!!!!

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My outfit from the release party. It was a great experience and I’m glad I got to share it will all of you 

Tomorrow’s the Big Day

I’ve been working hard. I’ve been planning diligently. It’s all been for one day. Tomorrow at 7 pm EST, it begins. My Virtual Release Party for my first book, Last Look Back. I am incredibly and I can’t wait until tomorrow.

Here’s the link again:

I hope you’ll tune in.

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Book Release Countdown: 5 days and counting

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Wow, these last few weeks have gone by quickly. As we wrap up the final days until my book release party, I think it’s a good idea to give you all tips for writing books, so one day you all can be in the same place I am today.

First, I’ll start with the best advice I’ve received from favorite writer blogger, Kristen Lamb.

  • Omit needless words
  • Resist the Urge to explain
  • Value the reader’s time
  • [On receiving criticism/ haters]: Haters: We will darken the skies with our criticism. Real Writers: Then we will WRITE in the SHADE.

For more of her valuable advice, visit her blog here: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/

On the elusive muse:

  • Realize that the muse will not randomly appear and you cannot wait idly for inspiration. You must go searching for it with an aluminum bat.
    • I like using quotes for inspiration.
    • Pinterest is also good, but be careful, you might get trapped in the pinterest vortex.
    • Find pictures of people that resemble how you imagined your character. It helps to have a visual representation of your character that you can see and that’s not fully in your head. You can pick and choose features and determine what you like the best.
    • Go for a walk, journal in hand, and go looking for what inspires you. Maybe it’s a flower, a commercial, whatever it is write it down and stow it away for later.

On starting a novel:

  • Stop talking about it and just write.
  • Don’t wait for the perfect moment and just put the words on the paper.
  • If you can’t figure out how to begin, start wherever you’re most inspired. Start in the middle, maybe the ending. Wherever, just start writing.

For easier navigation: (This tip only helps if you type in a word document.)

Utilize the headings function in the upper right hand corner. Usually your words are highlighted as normal. Highlight your chapters as Headings instead. Using the find function of Navigation which is to the right of the Headings, you’ll be able to find your specific sections more easily instead of scrolling and searching aimlessly through the entire text.

This is especially helpful when you’re working on a long project like Nanowrimo and you want to start from where you stopped off, but you don’t want to have to scroll forever. It’s like having a virtual bookmark when you write. I can explain all of this in detail in a later post if need be.

On editing:

  • Understand that in most cases the last draft is often times not going to look anything like the first.
  • Don’t worry about it and just let the words flow.
  • The normal reader is not going to notice the little mistakes, so you don’t have to stress about every little mistake when you edit.
  • Read carefully.
  • Read more than once.
  • Then re-read again.
  • Read aloud.
  • Then have someone else read it.
  • And then read it one more time.

Your story may not seem perfect to you, but it is because it’s your story. Embrace it and share it with the world.

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Book Release Countdown: 1 Week Left

There’s one week left. I’m not freaking out. I’m calm.

Really, I’m calm.

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Yeah, I’m bringing this back.

I spent the entire day working on the surprises for the launch party and they’re all coming together nicely. This party is going to be amazing.  In case you didn’t know (seriously how you could not know by now, but) I’m throwing a virtual party to celebrate the launch of my book. The party’s next week Friday and will be hosted on Google hangouts on Air. Here’s the link: https://plus.google.com/events/ceeoejnagr8o3pf36i8dicqtcc4.

The party is going to be the best!!! And I’m not just saying. I’m looking forward to see you all there.

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