Tooting my own horn here! My new novel, ‘L.A. Ladies‘ is now ready for pre-ordering on Kindle. You can find it here and read more about Robin, a ghost-blogger who is re-starting her life after the death of her husband. (And–Yes!–a collie is a character in the novel.)
The paperback edition will published on February 18th, too.
Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! I love the new review of New Vampire Online, an untraditional tale of entrepreunerial vampiresPosted: February 7, 2014
Reviews–I love them! I want them. And I just got one for my new novel, New Vampire Online that really made my day. Here are a couple of excerpts:
“Annie Carroll’s ‘New Vampire Online’ is fresh, immediately addictive, unique and such a delight to read—it starkly contrasts most of the vampire-based fare that crawls out of the Kindle woodwork.”
And the reviewer finishes with this:
“Let me suffice it to say that if you like vampire novels that actually offer a fun reading experience without getting too bleak—something that succeeds in being a page turner without taking itself too seriously, then get lost in an afternoon (or a whole day) reading ‘New Vampire Online.’ Fans of the genre will not be disappointed.”
New Vampire Online, and its predecessor, New Vampire in Town, have been challenging to promote because both books are unlike the currently conventional vampire stuff. For example, my vampires don’t spends their days in stinky old coffins. Why do that when an electronically secured basement bedroom with a king-size bed and 500 count sheets are available! They deal with real life experiences in today’s world: replacing worn-out RV tires, old boyfriends who stir up trouble, reputations in the world on online vampires, appearances on daytime talk shows–to name just a few.
New Vampire in Town, a novella, is available for a mere pittance on Kindle: .99!! (And if you read it or New Vampire Online, please leave a review!)
This is a true story and it happened four days ago. My humorous vampire novella had been vanishing into Amazon’s sub-sub-basement. In fact, there hadn’t been one sale of it in about six weeks. Since I was writing every day on the next book in the series, New Vampire Online, I didn’t care very much. Well, I cared enough to look at my sales on Zon once a week. That’s when I noticed one sale. Then, out of curiosity, I searched using the keywords ‘humorous vampire mystery’ in the Kindle store and there it was. ‘New Vampire in Town‘ was listed as Number Three!! OMG! I can now advertise this novella as a “Best-Seller on Amazon”!!
After my initial excitement passed I realized what being Number 3 really meant: that the Kindle category of ‘humorous vampire mysteries’ has very very few sales and probably very very few readers. Oh sigh.
In David Gaughran’s very helpful book about marketing, Let’s Get Visible, he recommends seeking out smaller categories, niche markets, for books. Which is precisely what I had done. But he goes on to suggest that after a book has rise to the top of that category and begins to fall in ranking, switch to another category. Maybe I should do that. Or maybe I’ll stick to my plan of putting all my marketing support into the launch of the new full-length vampire novel I’ve almost completed. And maybe some readers of the new novel will also buy the previous one. That’s supposedly how things work.
Anyway, New Vampire Online, a humorous tale where vampires are the good guys–most of the time–and the female vampire is sometimes funny, will be published in January, 2014.
I don’t check the listings of my books on Barnes and Noble’s Nook very often. Most of my sales are on Kindle. A week ago, however, I checked B&N and found the first review there for my vampire novella, New Vampire in Town. It had 3 stars.
Oh no, I thought, she must have hated it. Do I want to look at what she said? Not sure. Be brave, I said to myself. Read it. So I did and I could hug whoever wrote the review. She gave it three stars because it was short. (The writer in me says–it’s a novella. Novellas are short.) And then the reviewer wrote : “I’d like to read more by this author” Nicer words this author has never read! So “Thank you” to whoever wrote the review. And hang in there. I am about half way through a full length novel based on the vampires, Cate and Conrad, and their efforts to live normal lives in this world. Cate gets into a web enterprise and, of course, that gorgeous vampire Jack the Surfer is still around causing problems in the new book.
Funny follow-up. I checked B&N to get the link, below, and discovered that Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot is listed right beside New Vampire in Town. I love it!
Here is where to find New Vampire in Town:
On Kindle, go here
On Barnes & Noble’s Nook, go here
On ITunes, go here
In a previous post I lamented that I had neglected to seek out reviews for New Vampire in Town. But something must be working. Maybe it is all the tweets. Maybe it is all the ads on my many websites. Whatever it is, New Vampire in Town has been as high as #2 and as low as #4 in the humorous vampire category on Kindle since it was release May 30th. (I still would like reviews, however!)
In the tweets I’ve begun to compare Cate to that madcap Lucille Ball. Lucy was smart, but ditsy and that is a good way to describe Cate, too. Both of them come up with funny, odd solutions to problems.
And as my thank you to all of you who have bought the book here is some more music mentioned in it. Conrad’s grandmother was Cuban and here is the music he remembers from visiting her in Cuba: La Familia Valera Miranda Well, at least that is what Conrad tells Cate. The truth and Conrad are not close friends!
When I published my first novel in January, I just uploaded the book to Kindle and told a bunch of friends about it. My lovely daughter-in-law also helped by telling her friends. I sold a few copies of this very sexy novel set in San Francisco during the summer of ’69. Since then I’ve learned that tossing a digital manuscript with digital cover out into the universe of digital books is like shedding one tear into the Pacific Ocean. It vanishes. This is the link to the first novel, now retitled, Playing for Julia.
So I set out to learn what I should have done.
In the past several months I read everything I could about e-publishing in several LinkedIn Groups, joined a wonderful, supportive indie writers’ group on Facebook (it’s closed to new members now), read Anne Allen’s informative blog, and read David Gaughran’s very informative new book, “Let’s Get Visible”.
Then I made up a launch-a-book list for my humorous novella, New Vampire in Town, and followed it. But I messed up one aspect: reviews. I thought I had to have already published the ebook before I could get reviews. As it turns out, I should have solicited reviewers well before the launch date. So if, by any chance, you read New Vampire in Town, please write a review!
For whatever it is worth, this humorous tale of contemporary lives of thoroughly modern vampires is selling quite well. Yesterday it reached No. 2 on the Kindle list of humorous vampire books. And the introductory price is effective through this weekend.
Oh, It’s also available on Nook and Kobo and will be in the iBookstore sometime in the next couple of weeks.