It’s my Book Birthday, and just in time for the big celebration, InD’tale Magazine’s September 2014 issue gave me a 4-Star review. Yea! THE 25th HOUR released on August 27, 2013. Check it out. You can read the review HERE.
Finally, it happened. I attended my very FIRST published author book signing. WooHoo! Here’s the scoop…
My good friend and multi-published author, Carla Rossi, and I drove up to Denton, Texas, to attend the North Texas Book Festival. We arrived the night before, so we had a chance to scope out the town.
Denton is picture-perfect, small town America, complete with the town square at the top of the hill. The old courthouse with its century-old charm dominates the shopping district. At Cartwright’s Ranch House, right on the city square, I enjoyed the best catfish dinner, ever.
We claimed our author table, and with a signing veteran at my side, the day couldn’t be lovelier. I learned so much with Carla at my side. We sold some books, traded with other authors, enjoyed pizza provided by the good folks at NTBF, and I won a door prize.
Best personal moment? Signing my paperback for a total stranger. Natch! True, I’ve signed bookmarks for people I’d never met before, and blogged about it. (See Sept. 24th, “Jaye’s Moment of Fame” for a quite unexpected and funny encounter in an airport.) But, signing the paperback novel is an experience akin to holding your newborn baby. The heart swells with joy at what you have accomplished, and pride with how well it turned out, thanks to a great publisher.
Best professional moment? I met fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, Angel Christina Archer and her author friend, Sabrina Fish.
They drove down from the Oklahoma City area.
I edited Angela’s debut novel, The Woman On The Painted Horse, which is an awesome story. Angela is a very talented author! (What, you didn’t know I’m also an editor? See the “News” tab on this website.)
Having learned a few new tricks—including what to bring and not to bring—I’m off to fine tune my travel kit for future book signings. Happy Dance!
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion and misinformation floating around in Cyberspace about what constitutes a Amazon Best Seller. I made the list, for a few weeks in August and September of 2013, but my #46 was in just one section of the entire market–not the overall list. I managed to capture a screen shot of my debut novel on the Time Travel Romance list. Yea, me! As proud as I am about reaching that marker, the purpose of this post isn’t about me or my book’s ranking. It’s about not diluting the pool of authenticity on these lists.
Think of it like this. In 2010, an earlier version of my book made the finals in a very prestigious contest, but it didn’t win first place. The acquiring editor ranked it in first place, but another industry professional ranked it lower. I suppose I could tweak my promotion efforts and say that I’m an ‘Award Winning Author’ because of the editor’s ranking, but that wouldn’t be the full truth. And, to say that my book won, when it actually didn’t, would take away from the book that did take home first place. Authors that claim they’re Amazon Best Seller’s, when they’re not, works the same way. What are the specifics of making that list?
It’s quite simple, really. If your number is 100 or less in any one category, you’re an Amazon Best Seller in THAT CATEGORY, only. If your number is 100 or less in OVERALL BOOKS, then you’re an Amazon Best Seller, period. And, to be sure, books that are downloaded at FREE do not count as SOLD books–even though the ranking looks good–they are not included as a best-SELLER. Get it?
Anyone can check the status of a book on Amazon. They tell you how it’s selling if you scroll down the page. Look for the current rank. If it’s on a specific genre’s Best Seller’s List, you’ll see something like this:
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #60 in Books > Romance > Regency
- #61 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Historical Romance > Regency
So, this particular book ranks as an Amazon Best Seller in Regency for both Books and Kindle eBooks, but it’s not an Amazon Best Seller because the overall rank at #4,688 which is greater than 100. Next, we have an example of a true Amazon Best Seller. Notice that the OVERALL and PAID ranking is #5 and Amazon tells you that, right up front. This particular book is also ranked #1 in three categories. This author has true bragging rights, and I’m sure we all strive for such grand stats.
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #1 in Books > Romance > Romantic Suspense
- #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Mystery & Suspense > Suspense
- #1 in Books > Romance > Contemporary
As proud as I am of my debut novel, THE 25th HOUR, I cannot claim it’s an Overall Best Seller. But, I’m thrilled to have made the list in my genre. Here’s a link to the screen shot of my #46 (folks, that’s less than 100 by 54 points. WooHoo!) and I’d love to make that with all my books.
Thanks for your support!
Captain Bulldog (aka: Hubby) and I were at O’Hare Airport in Chicago about to catch our flight back home to Houston. We had just moved into the queue for the 2nd Group to pass through the last check point before boarding. A petite flight attendant got in line right behind us. Captain Bulldog, never being one to not notice a pretty lady, questioned her about having to stand in line. She laughed and guaranteed that she belonged in Group 2, just like us—no special privileges for flight attendants heading home.
That’s when the pretty flight attendant noticed the bouquet that I cradled in crook of my left arm as if the flowers were a precious sleeping baby. She said, “What beautiful roses. Is it your birthday or something?” I grinned and replied, “No, it’s not my birthday, but a very good friend and one of my critique partners, Pamala Knight, gave them to me Saturday evening in honor of publishing my first novel. Pamala lives in Chicago and I’m in Houston, but we both belong to The Lalalas, an online critique group, so we got to see each other while I was in town.”
Well, the pretty lady ‘ooh’ed’ and ‘aah’ed’ that I had written a book and she was so excited to meet a real author. At that point, C.B. reached into his travel bag, produced one of my bookmarks, and handed it to her. (I’m telling you, it was as if he’d been doing that his whole life. I was astounded at how quickly he reacted.) The flight attendant handed me a pen, right then, and asked if I’d sign the bookmark. (Picture me; experiencing my first autographing to someone I’d never before met. Oh my!)
I asked her name. It was the same as my sister’s so I knew I’d need to get the spelling correct. She grinned and said it was with just one “n”, Diane. (Sis uses two n’s.) I asked Captain Bulldog to turn around, handed the bouquet of roses to Diane, and then used Dear Hubby’s back as a hard surface on which to write, and signed the bookmark. At this point, I began to notice the crowd behind us was now paying attention to our conversation much like that old commercial “When EF Hutton talks, people listen.” I did my best not to lose my composure. Hubby’s grin said it well enough for the both of us. LOL!
So, on to check in. As I stepped onto the plane, I was waylaid by the crunch of people just inside the galley next to the captain’s cabin. The two flight attendants noticed my dozen roses, still cradled in my arm, but I now viewed them more like a trophy. “Is it your birthday?” I grinned. Big time, grinned. “No, a friend gave them to me.”Then, Diane’s voice from three people behind me yelled, “She published a book! The roses are for her book!”
That’s when the line went Full Stop. No forward movement. The two flight attendant’s eyes sparkled like tree lights at Christmas. They both asked several questions at once about my book. Not wanting to hold up the people behind me, and knowing the attendants were at work, I told them I’d give them bookmarks as soon as I found my seat.
The lady who had been listening to my original conversation with Diane back in the airport yelled, “May I have one, too?” Still grinning, I nodded “Yes!” to her and moved along. That lady turned out to be Michelle.
As I found my seat, I thought, OMG! Was this really happening? I felt light-headed, but somehow, I held it together. Danged if I’d let myself pass out and miss my ‘moment of fame’. Ha!Before the flight took off, I found Michelle in her seat and she was already searching Amazon on her cell phone for my book title. My seat mate, Elena, wanted a bookmark as well. Oh my! And, once all three flight attendants: Cindy, Janet, and Bosiana (pronounced, Bo-Shawna, and she’s from Poland!) had served refreshments and were taking a short break, they finally got their questions answered about how I came up with the story, the setting, and how long it took to write. And, they each got their signed bookmarks.I ask you. How much fun can a debut author have in one day? I mean, really? LOL!
So, if you ever need a bump in your publicity, just book a flight and get in line with a dozen roses. But, keep those bookmarks handy!
Good gracious, I’m over-the-moon excited. Here’s the link where you can buy the eBook, http://tinyurl.com/oqzhqm3, or simply click on the book cover!
Heart locked by guilt, widower Alexander Reed, a War of the Rebellion hero-turned-rancher, attempts to disprove the transient woman’s story, labels her a charlatan and intends to dismiss her, but his precocious daughter has already claimed Sheridan as her new mother.
When the villain renews his quest for wealth and vengeance, Sheridan and Alexander must combine forces to defeat the crazed killer. This time, and no matter the cost—Alexander vows to protect his family. Will Sheridan’s stalker claim his due, or will she find sanctity within the family of her heart…before the window of time fades forever into the 25th hour?