Thursday, March 29, 2012

Author Profile – Angela Addams



 Angela and I met via Twitter and I knew right away that she was my kind of smart ass.  I say that in the most complimentary way. I have no tolerance for weak, needy people and it was clear to me right away that Angela had a strong spirit.  We share an interest in the paranormal.  Mine manifests itself in horror novels and Angela explores her interest through romance books.  I read “Going the Distance” and I have to admit it was my first foray into the genre.  Addams does an incredible job of putting a twinkle in the eyes of her characters.  It’s almost as if she’s telling you the story in a corner of a dive bar with a jukebox cranking out old records at a volume that’s a little louder than it should be.  And lucky for you, the lights in Angela’s dive bar are dim enough that nobody will see you blushing.  The following is an interview I conducted with author, Angela Addams.

Going the Distance is more than a steamy story.  You develop the two main characters with issues that most people can relate to along with a sprinkling of Greek mythology.  Do you identify more with Steph or with Ronan?
Ha! Now that is an interesting question! Well, I think that at various times in my life I have behaved in much the same way as both of the characters actually. I mean, who hasn’t taken someone for granted in his or her life at one point or another? And I’m certain that everyone has been a doormat in a relationship at times, right? When I wrote it, I really wanted to capture a “real” situation that involved a couple who didn’t have everything all figured out and who were very rough both together and apart.

Do you have a writing routine?  A dedicated writing space?
I don’t really have a writing routine, especially now that I’m back at work. Time for writing is scarce at the moment. When I have a project or a deadline then I start writing once the kids are in bed. My dedicated space is with my laptop in bed. I have a wonderful writing loft that I never use and a second desk in the bedroom too, but I prefer to destroy my neck by typing away on my lap ;-)

Your bio says that you were “enthralled by the paranormal at an early age”.  How did this come about?
All I remember is absolutely loving a book called The Littlest Witch when I was a kid…loving it so much that my parents accidently “lost it” so they wouldn’t have to read it to me again ;-) That’s when it started for me; ever since then it’s been all about black and orange and everything Halloween ;-)

What has it been like writing for a publishing house, Cobblestone or Evernight?
It’s been awesome! I’ve learned a lot from my experiences with both pubs. All aspects have been eye-opening…editing, cover design, writing blurbs, etc. I’ve learned a great deal about all of the steps when it comes to getting a book out there. Invaluable experience really.

What role does social media play in the marketing and promotion of your books?

I use Twitter and sometimes Facebook as well as my blog to promote my work. I’ve also been known to do a guest post or interview on other folks’ blogs as well ;-) I think social media can be a great method for getting your work out there. I’ve met a lot of awesome people and connected with new readers by being able to interact on the various sites.
 
What are you writing now and what are your plans for it?
Well, I’ve got a few projects on the go, but my main focus is on the ms I’ve been working on with my agent. Other than that, I’m always thinking up sexy new stories to write…the world is a very inspirational place when it comes to erotic romance ;-)

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You can read my guest post/interview on Angela's blog here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Holy Sh*t

My writing career changed forever on March 14th.  This post explains why and what it could mean for other independent authors.  And if you like to read books, this affects you too.  It is concrete proof that legacy publishers are going the way of major record labels.  There are many indie authors that sell WAY more books than I do that are saying the same thing.  The message isn’t new.  My point here is that you can do this too.  This is not a “get rich quick scheme”.  You’re not going to get J.K. Rowling money just because you can upload a Word document to Amazon.  But there is plenty of the pie to go around if you approach it as a marathon and not a sprint.  And if you write good stories.

I found Carolyn McCray and the Indie Book Collective and entered The Seventh Seal as part of their FreePar-Tay Lucky Day promotion.  Over two dozen indie authors across genres locked arms and made certain books free from March 14th to March 18th.  We cross-promoted using Carolyn’s crafty matrix of titles that complimented each other and blasted our way into the Top 100 Amazon Free Bestsellers.  The FreePar-Tay books (the name of the promo run by the Indie Book Collective) took many #1 spots on the genre lists (The Seventh Seal held three of those #1 spots for the majority of the five days – Action/Adventure, Fantasy, & Contemporary Fantasy).  At one point, there were at least six of our books in the Top 10 Amazon Free Bestsellers List for ALL of “fiction”.  Even before entering the promotion, a one-hour webinar led by Carolyn provided me with advice that pushed my paid ranking on Amazon from around 500,000 to 25,000.  That means I went from about zero sales/month to 30 in two days.  McCray knew what she was doing.

Divulging exact sales numbers feels a bit like kissing and telling, but I can tell you that The Seventh Seal was downloaded thousands of times over the 5 days it was offered for free.  Yes, I know only 0.2% of those digital hoarders will read my book.  And yes, I know the free list rankings don’t transfer to the paid list rankings.  But the cumulative power of our collective reverberated throughout the customer recommendation queues and has kick started my career.  The book is climbing towards the Amazon Best Sellers Top 100 Paid list (currently at #350) and has broken into the first page (top 20) of the Top 100 Paid list for both Contemporary Fantasy and Action/Adventure.

Gotta get back to my stories...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

FREE ebooks!

Starting today and lasting through midnight on March 18th, you can get dozens of free ebooks for your Kindle. No catch, no strings. As part of the Indie Book Collective’s FreePar-Tay promotion, 25 authors (including myself) have locked arms to give away copies of select books, for a limited time. Get my novel, The Seventh Seal for free.

Those of you that live in Cleveland or grew up here will recognize our Rust Belt gem on the cover and hopefully enjoy the Easter eggs I left for you in the story. Enjoy it and then grab all of these other free books as well. Everything from horror, to thrillers, to sci-fi. Did I mention that they are all FREE?