Happy Monday Morning everyone! – Updates
Monday morning is supposed to be blah, right? The weekend is over, back to the grind. Yadda Yadda.
Well not here, not this week, not this time.
I just sent Broken Stone to the editor. Yup, we’re almost to the finishline. Once line editing is complete, I’ll review, fix, polish, and send it off for final proofreading. We’re that close. Just a few weeks to go =)
I’ve also sent Severed Stone out for line editing, and I’m hoping to release it a few weeks after Broken Stone.
And, even more exciting, I’ve started writing Valencia’s story. So far it is going very well, so I have high hopes she will cooperate (riiiight) and her story will become a reality instead of just an idea. I think she has a lot she wants to say.
So what can you expect over the next few months?
Broken Stone by May 31st (hopefully a little sooner)
Severed Stone in June
Jaded Stone – I’m not sure, August or September maybe.
Let’s talk ARC’s and Reviews for a minute.
News stories abound about authors and shoddy review practices. And shoddy is exactly what they are. But what a lot of people don’t realize, is WHY those authors are so desperate for reviews. No, shockingly it isn’t to feed their egos. Many promo sites (ENT, POI, BookBub, etc) where readers find new books require a certain minimum number of reviews, of a specific average. As newer, relatively unknown books, we are desperate to get our books in front of readers, and these sites can do that.
A blog tour and a library thing giveaway really helped me, because I was able to get enough reviews for Cornerstone to qualify for some of those promotions, but not every author knows about them, or has as much success.
Why am I telling you this? Because I hope it will help you understand why authors count on your reviews. I do firmly believe that at their core, reviews should be for readers. They help put the right books in the hand of readers who will enjoy them. But when sites use them to qualify books as a requirement to work with an author, authors come to depend on them just as much as the readers who they were designed for.
What am I asking of you? To take a moment and leave a review for books you read. I’d be most grateful, and other authors will be too.
As an author, I love being able to bring readers discounts and promotions. Reviews help me bring those discounts, because they let other sites feature those discounts.
If you’d like a review copy of any of my books, please ask. I’m more than happy to provide them. (Just include a link to wherever you review at – blog, goodreads, amazon – I’m not picky, as long as you review somewhere.)