Answer Questions, Win Books!

It’s on! That’s TRR’s Mega Anniversary and Valentine’s Party and my novel, You’ll Be Thinking of Me, is part of the fun. Go to TRR, register on the site, and answer a single Q&A (you’ll find the answer in the Amazon link) for a chance to win an ebook version of my novel. (This is the last chance!) Lots more Q & As and lots more prizes from other great authors! So, enter now!

TRR Poster February 2016

Answer Questions, Win Books!

It’s on! That’s TRR’s Mega Anniversary and Valentine’s Party and my novel,You’ll Be Thinking of Me, is part of the fun. Go to TRR, register on the site, and answer a single Q&A (you’ll find the answer in the Amazon link) for a chance to win an ebook version of my novel. Lots more Q & As and lots more prizes from other great authors! So, enter now!

 

TRR Poster February 2016

The Romance Reviews Contest and Giveaway!

It’s on! That’s TRR’s Mega Anniversary and Valentine’s Party and You’ll Be Thinking of Me is part of the fun. Go to TRR, register on the site, and answer a single Q&A (you’ll find the answer in the Amazon link) for a chance to win an ebook version of my novel.  Lots more Q & As and lots more prizes from other great authors! So, enter now!

TRR Poster February 2016

Last Day for Goodreads Giveaway!

Only 1 more day to enter to win 1 of 2 free copies of “You’ll Be Thinking of Me,” so enter now!

“I was not expecting to have my mind blown…from all the twists and turns, but that was what I got—and I LOVE IT!”

“A compelling story, interesting characters and great writing…this was far from your basic boy meets girl.”

“Two likable and charming main characters and one off-kilter stalker, the journey into their hearts and minds will have you on the edge of your seat.”

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Zabar’s “Story Basket” Giveaway!

This could be yours! (Along with a signed paperback copy of “You’ll Be Thinking of Me.”)

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WOOHOO!!! Enter now for the chance to win this fabulous gift basket, appropriately dubbed the “Story Basket,” from Zabar’s—the New York gourmet shop, where the main characters in “You’ll Be Thinking of Me,” Mick and Rachael, have their serendipitous meeting. You’ll also get a signed copy of the novel, so you can read all about it! Click the link below to enter! And thank you to the very generous Darynda Jones for hosting the giveaway!

This giveaway  will end December 17th 2015 at 6pm EST! One winner will be chosen, so good luck!!!

Publish Digital or Tree Book? Does it Matter?

there is a difficulty in marketing something that has no physical presence.” That’s from a recent article on The Bookseller website. I’ve been mulling it over and I’m not so sure I buy that. The latest Amazon numbers would indicate the opposite—that ebooks make up a huge percentage of both dollar sales and number of books sold. One thing that’s not up for debate is the price appeal of digital, at least for books from indies and small-to-medium publishers, which typically sell for anywhere from FREE to $3.99. (“You’ll Be Thinking of Me” currently sells for $2.99.) Since Amazon stopped discounting sale prices of books from some of the big publishers (typically referred to as The Big 5) the price tag of their e-books has risen and sales seem to reflect that. In fact, in 2014, 54% of the bestselling ebooks on Amazon were from small or medium publishers like mine, indies made up 18% and only 19% were from the big publishers, like Simon & Schuster or Macmillan. When voracious readers see that a hardback book from a large publisher can cost upwards of $28 and an ebook of a lesser known publisher or author costs $2.99, guess which one many readers are willing to lay out their hard-earned money for and which one they’ll check out from the library?

That said, from an author’s standpoint, there are advantages to having a physical book that you can hold in your hand, show-off, sign; Goodreads doesn’t allow giveaways of ebooks; several book reviewers are sticking to “real books”; and you can’t go to booksellers or book festivals and show everyone the fabulous book you’ve written. Unless you want to carry around your e-reader.

And I know for a fact there still are plenty of tree-book fans who don’t have an e-reader and have no plans to buy one. I’m a huge fan of real books myself. And it’s not a generational thing. My daughter has a disdain for e-readers (even though Mom’s book is an e-book).

You’ll Be Thinking of Me will be out in paperback later this year and I’ll join the ranks of authors with “real” books, but my publisher has already warned me that physical books don’t sell well. It’s the e-books, they say, that fly off the virtual shelves. Still, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m looking forward to holding it my hands, showing it off, waving it at people at the mall, flashing it at those lucky passengers sitting next to me on the plane, hawking it to the receptionist at the doctor’s office and offering (begging) to leave a copy in the waiting room, tucking it under my pillow at night.

Reading is reading, you may say, but you can’t do any of those things with an e-book. And I’m looking forward to having the option of making a spectacle of myself (and my book).

Audiobook Adventures

As soon as my ebook came out in January I started working on creating an audiobook. I went with ACX.com, an Amazon company. I have to be honest—before this, I’d never listened to an audiobook before, so when I listened to potential narrators’ voices, I wasn’t sure what I was listening for. But, after going through several auditions on the website, I discovered that just like a writer’s voice can make or break a story (and what appeals to me, might not appeal to you), the same holds true for a narrator’s voice. Within a sentence or two, I was “nope, not for me or my story.” I listened to samples from a long list of narrators (called producers) and finally found a young actress (Marissa Pistone), whose voice I found appealing and I felt like she sounded like my character. Then I recruited a friend who listens to a lot of audiobooks on a long commute to and from work. I sent her the audition and she agreed with me—I had found my “Rachael,” the MC in my story. Everything with ACX is done online. I’ve never met Marissa, never spoken to her on the phone. We communicate via emails on the website. She submitted each chapter as it was completed, I listened, and if something was mispronounced (the names of places or even difficult names—like mine!) I would send her a phonetic spellings via email and she would rerecord it and edit the existing chapter.

The verdict? I think it sounds fabulous! I found myself getting interested in my own story as if I didn’t know what was going happen next. Audiobooks are a completely different experience than reading and I think I’m a convert!

Stay tuned for the announcement to come soon that the audiobook of You’ll Be Thinking of Menarrated by Marissa Pistone is available!