Monday, November 17, 2014

Is Becoming An Author a Business Adventure? Giveaway Winners!

After releasing Wickedly They Dream with that wonderful cover I decided to change the cover on my first book. If you haven't seen it yet, here it is. Now they look great together as a series.

Created by Melissa Stevens: The Illustrated Author

I'm drawn to books by their covers and blurbs. Are you?  

Let's talk Business: To acquire a table at a local or not so local Book Fair, it costs money. And when I read how author's travel all over the place for book signings, I'm amazed. Is there an easier way to promote books without doling out money? Do you find book signings help? Are Book Fairs the way to go? I'd like your opinion.

This past week I noticed 2 author's who are quitting their day jobs to write full time. Mainly because these author's are taking in enough royalties to sustain them. How awesome is that?!!

I often wonder if I'll ever recoup my expenses between book covers and advertising. I've been reading about book promotions, and once you become an author it's like tackling any other business situation. You must put money into it to make some headway and get yourself established, and hopefully some day--a profit. 
Although, I'm not holding my breath! 


Without further ado, I'd like to announce the 
Winners of my GIVEAWAY.

$25.00 AMAZON GIFT CARD: CHRISTINE RAINS

Ebook of WICKEDLY THEY COME: TAMERA MCINTOSH

Ebook of WICKEDLY THEY DREAM: LONI TOWNSEND

**CONGRATULATIONS**

ALSO I'D LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE OUT THERE IN BLOGSPHERE THAT HELPED TO PROMOTE MY BOOKS!!
I'M ETERNALLY GRATEFUL. 
YOU ARE ALL WINNERS IN MY EYES and 
I'D LIKE TO HUG EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!
Thank You from Cathy







11 comments:

  1. The new cover is awesome! Your illustrator is very talented.
    I haven't done many in person events but I wouldn't want to pay for those.
    And I'd be terrified to quit my day job. Too much pressure.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. Yes it would be terrific pressure!

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  2. Congrats to the winners. :)

    I prefer digital book ads, personally.
    Minimal expense, and they reach a lot of people.

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  3. Both covers are awesome! I generally don't sell a lot of books at bookstore events. Book fairs tend to work better. If you're a well-known author, bookstore events are the way to go.

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  4. The denim look on your covers really does it for me!
    Congrats to the winners!

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  5. I love the covers. They really pop. I hope that you see a corresponding boom in sales.

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  6. Writing is definitely a business and being an established author means promoting and advertising that business even in our sleep!
    I would love to quit my day job so I could write fulltime but at the moment, it just ain't happening! Congrats to those authors who can!
    I've dished out SO much money for the sake of my children's book. I've had the most success with press releases, school visits and word of mouth. I advertised on Facebook and will NEVER do that again. NOT WORTH IT!
    Book signings help but don't really put a dent in sales unless you are backed up by a publishing company or publicist or go to a very popular bookstore.

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  7. Woot! I won!

    That new cover looks spectacular. Great job!

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