So I changed my book covers.

I’ve been reading a lot about how important it is to always be aware of the market and to not be overly stubborn and precious about your work. I loved the retro feel of my old covers and I really thought they worked with the series, but they just weren’t selling the way I knew they could. So I went back to the cover artist and asked her to work with me on something that looks more like the other books in my “categories” (women’s fiction/contemporary romance/humorous chick lit) and we came up with the above. My daughter has deemed the first one “too much butt” and I’ll admit I felt a little hesitant about making such a big leap, but it’s been a great choice so far. The book is moving again, and at one point, I hit the top 2,500 on the Amazon Kindle charts, so…I think it was a solid decision.

I also put out the first novella in the series, which offers some backstory about Jake, Christmas Key’s only cop and Holly’s ex-boyfriend. It gives some perspective on how a guy like Jake ended up on a tropical island full of old timers and expats, and hopefully sheds some light on how he and Holly fell for one another. It’s a much shorter read (only 20k words), but I’m working on the third full-length novel in the series, so I thought it was a fun little in-between story.

I’ve also punched up my advertising big-time and gotten some good results. I can’t attribute the jump in the Kindle charts entirely to my new covers (though I think they helped), so after my promo run ends in a week or two, I’ll do an update on the results. It’s cost me a few bucks, but I think the returns are good.

In the meantime, Wild Tropics is in a multi-author Halloween promo through Monday night for just .99, so if you’re interested in checking that out (or finding some other great Halloween reads this weekend), click HERE to grab a book or two on the cheap. And if you do, don’t forget to help out my fellow indie authors by leaving a review! Happy reading!

When a head-pounding summer cold leads to creativity.

After two weeks of fun travel (first a road trip to eastern Washington and Idaho, then a 5-day adventure in Austin), we’ve come home to more hot, dry weather, and lots of Kleenex, cough drops, and stuffy noses. Our front room is Barbie Central right now, and my butt has started to mold into the chair with my laptop glued to my lap. I just want to breathe again! Yesterday, out of sheer boredom, Holly discovered iMovie on my phone, so she’s been hard at work piecing together silly videos with sound effects, and then–just this morning–she made a book trailer for Iris.

Now, I know book trailers are controversial in the indie pub biz, as people either go all-out and pay for amazing introductions to their books, or they make semi-crappy ones that aren’t really worth the time and effort. Making a book trailer for Iris was definitely not something I’d considered sinking time or money into, so I’m putting this out there strictly for fun, and because I admire creativity (especially in my own child!) Holly did an amusing job of finding Barbies to represent the various family members in our book, and she tried to bring to life some of her favorite scenes (like Peanut Butter chasing Skelly over the top of the fully-loaded Thanksgiving dinner table, and Iris with her camera), and–as always–I was amazed at how quickly a young mind adapts to and absorbs technology; I’ve had iMovie on my phone for a couple of years, and I had no idea I could make movie or book trailers (not that there’s a lot of call for that in my daily life!)

Anyhow, here’s to (hopefully) our last day of being sickos confined to the house, and to the fruits of a boredom-creativity-technology combination. Cheers!