Been a while since I’ve been in touch. The good news is The Little Book That Could will soon cross into the thousands of books sold territory, and the production of the audiobook version is soon to be completed. So if you’ve been waiting to listen to the novel unfold, you’re going to get your chance.
One more thing I could still use a little help with, though -- Reviews!!
Oooops. Just noticed some of those links aren’t properly opening in the previous update. If you’re interested, copy and paste them into your browser! That should work. Sorry. Tech dork.
Good morning and Happy Anniversary to Women Like Us, because today is one year since Pub Day!
Here’s a look back at me holding the book for the very first time. I still pick it up, leaf through it and find it amazing that it actually exists.
A lot happened around this little book in the past year. Here are a few of my favorite things.
It made it into the top 100 of its top sub-genre on Amazon (still pushing to get it into the top 10, though).
Some nice folks did interviews with me about the book. Here’s a couple, in case ya missed them.
Also, the book made The Malibu Times!! This may not seem like a big deal, but we lived in Malibu for a short while, and First Point Malibu is still a favorite surf spot, so it just makes me smile. Here it is--
We’ve given away many signed copies on Goodreads (a favorite thing to do...in fact one is going on now so go over to Goodreads so check it out) and given some away to our nearby free Local Libraries too.
The push to the thousand mark in print and ebook sales is getting slowly closer. That was always a sort of goal on this book but, you know, if we go well into the thousands that’s good too. Don’t stop spreading the word, people! Sales happen when marketing happens but reviews are still so vitally important. If you’ve read and not reviewed, please leave a few words on Amazon (remember I still donate 10% of my royalties to the Beagle Freedom Project so helping with sales helps free more beagles). Remember you don’t have to say anything more than "Great book" (or "Crappy Book" works but we prefer great). Here’s the Amazon link--
Meanwhile, the biggest recent news is that an audio version of the book is in production right now!! It’s being narrated by a wonderful voiceover actor, Yolande Clark. I’ve heard the first 15 minutes and it’s amazing. The audible version should be available around September. Stay tuned.
Finally, just to demonstrate how it’s not all sunshine and daffodils, in doing some research for this post I came across this really not nice review on some blog...ouch!!
You gotta take the good with the bad, huh?
Thanks all for the support. Seriously. And Happy One Year Since Pub Day Women Like Us!
Hi! Long time no update! But here’s a little bit of news!
Yep, an eBook sale! If you haven’t purchased Women Like Us and you read on a Kindle or iPad, what are you waiting for?
And if you have read the book, and you haven’t left a review on Amazon, please do so. Doesn’t have to be more than just a few words, but the more reviews the better.
Oh, one more thing: If you haven’t read about our beagle Derric’s book about his journey from Laboratory experiment to Freagle (free beagle!), here’s that link. Check it out, why don’t ya?
So that’s it for now. Happy Reading!
Hey! Long time no update. But happy new year to all, and I thought I’d give thanks one more time to everybody who helped make a scene like this happen (this was at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena shortly after the book was published. Pasadena is largely where the novel is set, so pretty appropriate, huh?)
The book often sells nicely when it’s promoted on one or another book-buying site (especially eBooks) and I’m so grateful to be able to hold it in my hands. That feeling never seems to wear off. If you have read the book -- whether you liked it or not but preferably you liked it! -- please leave an Amazon review. The more reviews there are, the more the book gets promoted on Amazon. Here’s a link to the page. Just scroll down to Write a Customer Review. It can be as brief as a sentence.
Also in 2016 my novella Falconer was published in four parts on Nikki Finke’s Hollywood Dementia, with amazing artwork by John Donald Carlucci. In case you missed it, here’s a link. Nikki recently made a deal with HBO to develop properties that were published on the site, so keep fingers crossed!
But it’s a new year and on to the new. Two things to report on the book front. I’m in the process of finishing up edits and revisions on Celia at 39, a new novel, one that falls more into the Chick-Lit category. Here’s a little blurb about it:
Celia Bernhart thought she had her life all figured out. She should, right, because she’s turning 39 in a week. She’s a success in her career. She’s about to marry her longtime boyfriend Barry. But then a package gets mis-delivered to the house she and Barry share -- Actually, it’s the right address, but it’s nearly forty years late! Celia becomes determined to deliver the package to its rightful owner, but when she does it turns her very well-ordered life completely upside down.
We’ll most likely be trying to go down the more traditional publishing route on this book since it falls more neatly into a genre. Stay tuned for more -- hopefully good news -- about this.
But if you’re interested in supporting another Inkshares book, read on. Many of you know that we have not one but two beagles, George and Derric. George was adopted as a puppy from some folks who couldn’t handle him, but Derric’s adoption story is very, very different and, frankly, a little more disturbing. We came to Derric from a wonderful organization called the Beagle Freedom Project, which negotiates to get animals being subjected to laboratory tests freed. Until we had stumbled on the Beagle Freedom Project, we did not know that thousands of beagles were spending their lives in cages in labs all over the world. There are some who think these animals can’t make the transition from lab life to freedom, but Derric has a different story to tell, and that’s what this book is about. In fact he’s helping me write it. Click the link below to read more about this new book, and please follow its progress. Even better pick up a pre-order if you can.
So that’s it for now. Thanks again, and I hope everybody has a happy and healthy 2017.
Hello followers of Women Like Us! Long time no update, but a couple of things to report, plus something new.
The book continues to sell. Of course not in the massive numbers we’d all like, but I consider every sale a good sale, and every reader a good reader. The book sells best when it gets promoted on one of the sites that blast out emails to eBook buyers so that’s where marketing efforts are being focused. Book giveaways also help. Over a thousand people entered book giveaway number one on Goodreads, and three winners were chosen (two in England!). Another giveaway is going on right now. It ends tomorrow so why not share the link below if you know anybody who might be interested.
In the meantime, don’t forget that Amazon Reviews are critical to helping sales If you’ve read the book (and liked it...or even if you didn’t), please head over to Amazon and leave a review. We’re up to 31. 50 is better! Or go to Goodreads or Barnes & Noble -- whichever you prefer. Or, copy and paste and leave reviews on all three. No harm in that. Here are the links:
And here’s the link to the Bookreads Giveaway:
Now on to something new. Some of you are aware that we adopted, Derric, a beagle who was rescued by the Beagle Freedom Project. Well Derric has a story to tell, although I’ll be taking it down and translating it so you can follow along. Here’s the link to Derric’s book on Inkshares. No, it’s not launched for pre-orders yet. Not quite ready for that, but you could follow along if you’d like. We’d both appreciate the support. That’s it for now.
Thanks all. Below is the Beagle link. Click it and let us know what you think!
Hey! Long time no update. But there’s a couple of cool things I thought you might like to know about since the book was published. First up this nice interview that fellow author Michael Haase did with me for Renderosity Magazine, along with a review. The link is here, and here also is a link to Michael’s upcoming book that you should check out.
Meanwhile, over at Goodreads, something like 1400 people entered a Women Like Us giveaway. The three winners were selected and books have shipped. Two went to England so, like I’ve said, this book travels more than I do (it’s also been to Cabo, and now Scotland!)
Women Like Us is on the shelves at Vroman’s in Pasadena, Book Soup and Skylight here in LA -- so cool to see it on shelves. Even better would be if they sell out!!
Lastly, a request. As some of you know, Amazon reviews can be key to selling books, and reaching certain numbers of reviews only boosts the book’s profile. So 50 reviews is one great number and 100 even better. We’re currently at 24 on Amazon so if you have read the book and haven’t left a rating/review, please do!! Here’s the link to the page to make it easy.
Ok, I think that’s it for now. Thanks everybody for the support of the book. Keep spreading the word!!
Do yourself a favor and pick it up now. The read of the summer! LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!