So now that I have my first published novel, now what? If I’m being honest I’ll admit that I’m stalking it on Amazon waiting for the first review and looking at how many copies have been downloaded or how many pages have been read with the KDP select. Yesterday was a particularly good stalking day as I had over 100 downloads with it being free for 24 hours. I was soooo excited to think about 100 people adding it to their kindle!!! But you’re thinking: But it was free.Yeah, I’ve never gone into this with the thoughts of making $$. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against it, I’m just a realist. And there is nothing more humbling then to see that you are #130,000 in paid downloads. YEAH-I was #224 yesterday in the Contemporary->Romance->Humor so celebrate the little things and know that you have absolutely no control over how the book does.
So now comes the daunting task of asking book bloggers for reviews…I’ve had a few responses, but one thing is clear: Book bloggers are absolutely inundated with book review requests and it could take months. They too have day jobs and try to fit in all the reading, blogging and then reviewing. Some of the site names are pretty funny. (smartbitchestrashybooks, redcheeksreads, shamelessbookclub)
I let most of my friends know about the book a couple of days ago with the
threat, suggestion that they don’t tell my mother-in-law, father, co-workers, religious friends. Cuz let’s face it, you don’t want certain people reading Erotic Romance (especially if you wrote it). It’s definitely not for everyone and I totally respect that. Most of my friends were hilarious with their responses asking what other juicy secrets I had (because most didn’t even know I wrote, let alone had a book publishing dream) and a few just went radio silence or got a little weird or abrupt with their responses. I’m trying not to take it personally. I will focus on the positive (same with the reviews once they start coming in). That reminds me, I need to stock up on wine!!