Does anyone else feel like Fall just hit with a sledgehammer? The weather shifted, everything started getting colder and book release dates started cropping up faster than weeds in my lawn. My friends in the Stiletto Gang have several new releases. Debra Sennefelder put out the fashion / Halloween themed mystery What Not to Wear to a Graveyard (see her post here) and we’re still celebrating the late summer releases of Debra Goldstein’s latest Three Treats Too Many and the newest Stiletto Gang member Gay Yellen with Body Business.
My next book releases in October, but that just means that all the marketing is happening now, now, now (use your used car salesman voice for the last part). Marketing for most authors, including me, is a somewhat painful process in which we attempt to interest the greatest number of people in our precious book baby. The Cinderella Secret is book 2 (of 4) in my Deveraux Legacy series. With a series, book 1 sets the tone and while marketing can be increased for subsequent books – if an author did a terrible job on book 1 then book 2 doesn’t have much of a chance. This kind of high-stakes “hope you got it right” marketing pressure is what drives many authors to hate marketing. We’re already responsible for inventing these characters, putting them through hell, hopefully letting some of them make it out with a happy ending, and now we’re responsible for making them a success in the world? It’s too much! My poor babies deserve more! But, of course, we saddle up and go out there and do our best for our imaginary book friends because we really do love them. Fortunately, it is a bit easier with assistance from friends, marketing professionals, and having some pretty sweet giveaways and incentives in my back pocket.
The Cinderella Secret: Hot-shot lawyer Aiden Deveraux holds the key to unlocking the dark secrets of Ella Zhao’s past and Ella holds the key to Aiden’s heart. But a murderer wants to stop those secrets from ever seeing the light of day and Aiden and Ella may have to trust each other with their secrets if they want to make it out of this fight alive.
Release Date: 10.19.20
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This week has been a bit of roller coaster ride for my writing. I received some very excellent news which them prompted me to move up several items on my to-do list, which further caused me to do the thing that I had been dreading… Call Apple Support to fix a problem with my Apple ID. I have had three different people on my “case” and have now been bumped up to a “Senior Advisor.” In short, my problem has been deemed an actual problem (hmm… like I said at the beginning?) and I have been moved away from the people that tell me to do things like “spell out North, instead of putting N.” and “try clicking ‘add’ 4 times really fast.” Which is probably good because I was starting to make notes for killing off a customer support specialist in my next novel.
But all of this has left me feeling more than a little bit blocked. I want to do one simple thing, but suddenly the simple thing spawned multiple problems and multiple frustrations. Usually when I’m feeling frustrated I can dive into one of my writing projects to escape, but unfortunately I’m feeling blocked on many of those as well! Book #4 of the San Juan Island series is holding until I can figure out who finds the body. I’ve got it narrowed down, but I’m not sure who would be the best person. My sci-fi version of Beauty & the Beast for the Galactic Dreams Anthology series is with my co-writers and I don’t want to write the next section without their input. And The Lost Heir, my Deveraux Legacy novella is with my beta readers. So what’s the solution to this thorny issue? Here’s what I came up with…
Step 1: Go blackberry picking
Step 2: Make pie.
Step 3: Eat pie.
It may be the long way around for pie, but it is a solution to a very thorny problem.