Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Thank You, Readers!

Holy heck, it has been a whirlwind these last few months.

Among a flurry of life changes, all 1 of my loyal readers (hi, mom!) might have caught onto the fact that I released a BOOK at the end of March. That book is, of course, Overshadowed, and I have been absolutely delighted (and, admittedly, a little shocked) by its reception.

Since its release in late March, it has sold just shy of 200 copies in addition to the tens of thousands of pages read through kindleunlimited. It's gotten 14 ratings - all positive - across Amazon and Goodreads. Given that, as an often doubtful, debut self-published author, I was expecting to maybe sell ten copies and earn a handful of 1-star reviews to cry over, it's safe to say I'm flying pretty high over these results.

Now that I'm back from my great-I-released-a-book-but-now-I-have-to-adult-for-a-while break, I can say things are only looking up from here. Case in point: I am happy to announce that as of yesterday afternoon, print copies of Overshadowed are available at Bookshop Santa Cruz! *cue squee*

photo courtesy of santacruzlife.com

To be placed among the shelves of my favorite bookstore - the place where I'd spend countless afternoons during college - is a dream come true. I'm so excited to be working with the awesome staff over there. And that's just the tip of the iceberg for my Overshadowed plans. 

Obviously, I owe all of this modest success to my readers. So if you have read, are reading, or are even considering reading Overshadowed, I thank you sincerely - from the bottom, middle, and top of my heart (that's a lot of love, guys). Seriously. Without readers, my dream of being an author just wouldn't be possible. So, thank you!

For those of you who like reading fiction and non-fiction, craft-based discussions, you might be interested to hear I'll be starting a new series of posts this month titled Composing Story. These posts will delve into the details of major storytelling pillars such as plot, character, narrative thrust, and medium. I'll also be launching a new series of author interviews, with the first one coming out this month! With who? Well, that's a surprise, and you'll have to come back to find out! (She's totally worth coming back for. Trust me.)

So thank you, dear readers and possible burgeoning fanbase, for stopping by to give this update a look. I hope you come back to witness all the new series posts soon! :)

8 comments:

  1. So excited for you. Congrats on both publishing and for doing so well. And to be in an actual bookstore? THAT'S AWESOME!!!

    I'm looking at publishing in June and I so know where you're coming from with the debut author hoping to sell 10 copies thinking.

    I haven't started reading for the year yet(that sounds so weird, but I don't start reading until a certain point in the year because of busyness), but I'll have to look up Overshadowed and see what it's about!

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    1. Thank you, Kristen! Best of luck with your release in June. It's scary stuff, but one thing I'm definitely seeing in my own experience is that you get out of it what you put in. And there's nothing like hard work to stave off some of those debut author jitters!

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  2. DANG! I had no idea you'd put this out already. Dang you. I totally would've shared this all over. I loved it when I read it on Scrib.

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    1. Yeah, it was a bit of a quiet release, haha! Your critiques really helped clean Overshadowed up; I'm glad you liked reading it. :)

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  3. I just finished Overshadowed and absolutely loved it! I will be giving it a 5-star rating on Amazon for sure! :) I loved the story and the characters and can't wait for the next book! I'm a huge fan of Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction (especially in the Lesbian genre) and this one ranks in my top 5!
    BTW, how soon can that be expected? Sorry, no pressure but I couldn't help but ask. ;)

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much, Tiff! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you for letting me know and for leaving a review; it really means a lot. :)

      I'm aiming for the sequel to be released early next year! Zero pressure of course, but if you'd like updates on the second book, I'll be announcing news and some sneak peak/advanced copy giveaways through my mailing list in the future! :D

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  4. Grabbed me a copy so that I can read the finished product. I'll be writing up a review as soon as I can corral a few reading hours.

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    1. Aw, thank you! I hope you enjoy it! :D

      I really appreciate all the time you put into critiquing the work. Your feedback definitely helped pull it together into something I'm proud of.

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