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Two weeks later, results.

Hey, guys.

Two weeks ago, I promoted my book, Building Celebration House, for free with a Bookbub promotion. I thought I’d share results.

To date, I’ve given away 20,475 copies. Not bad. I’ve sold about 910 books. The second book, Stay at Celebration House, has sold almost 500 copies. The third book, Return to Celebration House, has sold just shy of 400 copies. I’m not shopping for a beach house in Hawaii, but I’m happy with these numbers, as it shows that if people read the second book, they’re likely to follow up with the third. Yay!

I sell my books on all e-book platforms, including Kobo. So, checking those numbers, my books are now being enjoyed by readers all over the world, including South Africa and countries whose name I cannot pronounce (Vanuatu?). Here’s a map of where my books sold this month:

global map

I’m humbled. People in lots of places where I’ve never been are reading my books. That feels so great! Now, I’m working with PublishDrive to make my books available in China. I’m told it’s a huge market. We’ll see. (I may shop for that beach house after all).

If you intended to download Building Celebration House for free – and I encourage you to do so – please hurry. The book will soon go back to its regular price of $1.49.

Meanwhile, I work on answering all of the awesome emails I received and writing the next book, The Courtship of Merle Walker. It’s a romantic comedy that takes place in England. (Think Colin Firth). I’ve been working on it since the Royal wedding last May. Fingers crossed, I’ll have it finished in February.

God bless, and thanks for reading.

Annette

 

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Building Celebration House is free!

Building Celebration House is currently free on all ebook platforms: Amazon, Nook, Kobo, iBook, and GooglePlay. So, if you’ve read the book and enjoyed it, please gift it to a friend or family member who loves to read and may like it.

CelebrationHouse_Book1On Sunday, Jan. 13th, the book will be featured by Bookbub, who will send an email to 1.9 million readers in my genre, women’s fiction. I’ve been lucky (or perhaps persistent) enough to have two previous promotion. The book was featured in May of 2017 and 40,000 readers downloaded it. The promotion in April of 2018 resulted in 32,000 downloads.

So, fingers crossed for that level of success again. And, toes crossed that readers will enjoy the first book enough to buy Volumes 2 and 3, Stay at Celebration House and Return to Celebration House.

Thanks for reading!

Annette

 

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Vegas!

Hey, guys.It’s been way too long since I’ve blogged!
I’ve just returned from Las Vegas, where I attended the 20 books to 50K conference. It was amazing! I’m so glad I attended. It’s reaffirming to sit in a room full of people and know that they too have imaginary friends. I am not alone!
One of the coolest sessions I attended was a 45-minute speech by Dean Wesley Smith. He’s well known in the indie-author community. His speech entitled, “Writing Into the Dark,” really resonated with Susan, an author sitting next to me. She writes romance science fiction, and she told me she had just recently won her five-year battle with a traditional publisher to get back the rights to nine books. Nine! Now, she’s polishing and publishing them herself. Each book will be released 30 days apart. This is the same publisher whom I pitched “A Year to Geno” with at a writers conference last month. Hmm. Maybe I won’t submit my book there. Maybe I will revise the book, allow my copy editor to hone it, and then republish it with a new cover. Yeah. I like that idea. This cover will have a basset hound in it.
There’s so much to take away from the conference, but I guess to sum it up best, I would say: don’t give in to fear. Dream big dreams. Believe in my writing. Don’t be afraid to tell the story I want to tell. Does it fit the scaffolding of a romance? Um, probably not. Tell it anyway! Those are lessons worth a trip to Vegas.

Hands and arms inside the cart: Why I rejoined Facebook.

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The closest I’ve gotten to the Eiffel Tower so far.
Paris Las Vegas
I caught an Uber from the conference to the Vegas strip. Here I pose outside Paris Las Vegas.

 

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My spiritual sister and anything else I ever needed

From left: Sara, Guy, and Annie, who sent me this picture. Annie wrote, “Sara is 95 and my best friend for over 60 years. My husband, Guy, is in the middle. We were at Sara’s birthday party when this picture was taken two weeks ago. She and her husband, Travis, were our back yard neighbors in 1957 when we bought our first little house. They stayed with our little girls when our son was born and were what we call our kids’ Baptist Godparents! Travis died five years ago. Our daughter named a son Travis. This couple was friends we traveled with, had meals with, babysat when needed, loved our kids when natural grandparents were not there. Sara has been my spiritual sister, and anything else I ever needed. She is fun and still going strong. She plays the harmonica and sings in choir at her church, a remarkable woman.”