Monday, March 26, 2012

April Madness 2012 BIAM Writathon is Just Around the Corner!!!

It's that time of year again!!! Not only are the pear trees blooming and the wild flowers are profuse in beauty, it's time for the Eighth Annual April Madness BIAM Writathon!!!

If you're in need of a boost back onto the writing wagon, April Madness might be just what the doctor ordered. Or the muse, to be more precise.

To find out more about my yearly writathons, visit my website and click on Book in a Month: Anne Marie-Style.

Come on and join the fun, and let's get a big chunk of writing done during the month of April. You'll be glad you did. (And so will your Muse.)

Happy Writing!!!

Anne Marie   :)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Adam's Temptation Nominated for TRR's Best Contemporary Romance in 2011!!!

Okay, this is too cool. Out of the blue, I received an email saying Adam's Temptation has been nominated by TRR reviewers for Best Romance – Contemporary Romance (2011) at The Romance Reviews (“TRR”). 

OMG!!! What an honor!!! 

Adam's Temptation is my Beauty and the Geek romance with a handsome professor hero and a cute spunky heroine. I call it my lighthouse story, because I love lighthouses and of course, I had to set a romance in one. *grin*

The Romance Review


Please vote for Adam's Temptation for Best Contemporary Romance of 2011 by The Romance Reviewers. 

You can click on the above button or go here to vote:

Scroll down until you come to Contemporary Nominees and PLEASE VOTE!!! Voting is open from March 16-31. You can log in with your Facebook account. That's what I did.

Thanks for your support!!!

Happy Reading and Writing!!!

Anne Marie   :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Promo, Marketing and Sales! Oh my!!!

I'm a firm believer in the maxim: The best promo is to write the next book. So that's what I focus on--writing more books. I also focus on enjoying the process and having fun. If I have fun writing my books, readers will have fun reading them, right?

I only do bare-bones promotion. When I publish a novel or novella or short story, I send out announcements on FB, Twitter and my mailing list. I make an "announcement/book page" on the Book Bazaar thread on the Kindle Boards. I post the cover, blurb and excerpt on my blog and my website with links to buy from whichever site the reader chooses. Then I move on and start writing the next book. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat.

Marketing is more important than promotion, IMO. A great story (or a cute little romance, in my case), a catchy title, a professional-looking cover, an enticing blurb, a brand, an excerpt that makes the reader want more, clean copy and formatting--these are all things within my control to some extent. I can set these things in order when publishing the book, then move on and start the next project.

That's not to say these things can't be tweaked or revamped along the way. Last December, I revamped all my covers and some of my blurbs. Now my books have a unified look;  an "Anne Marie Novark" brand, if you will.

Pricing is also marketing (at least, IMO). You have to find your sweet spot. I've finally gotten to the point where I can charge $2.99 for my novel-length works and $0.99 for the shorter works. I have the first book in The Diamondback Ranch Series at 99 cents to make it easier for readers to try it out. I have 2 or 3 more books to write in this series. Readers are actually wanting these books ASAP. Life is good. *grin*

Another marketing tool I take advantage of and put into place when publishing is including links in the backs of all my books for all or most of my other books. I want to make it as easy as possible for readers who enjoy reading one of my books to be able to find and read another as soon as they finish.

An additional marketing tool I put into place is including the blurb in the front matter of my books. Many times, readers load their eReaders with many many titles. I want them to easily remember why they chose one of my books when they begin searching their stored list of books for something to read. I want them to see my title, read the short blurb and think: "Oh, yeah! This sounds good!" then start reading.

Keywords and categories are extremely important marketing tools. You need to figure out which search words and phrases readers put in when looking for books like yours to read and make sure you tag your books accordingly. I've played around with keywords and categories for months. Finding the best combination helps Amazon's and B&N's search engines and algorithms to place and position your books, so they do a big chunk of your marketing for you. Automatically. Technology is a great thing, isn't it? 

Here are a few ways I've gotten my name "out there:"

*  I've written articles for my RWA Chapter Newsletter.
*  I've taught online workshops.
*  I host two BIAM Writathons a year. (April Madness 2012 anyone?)
*  I leave comments on blogs that I read. (I actually need to do this more.)
*  I participate at the Writers' Cafe on the Kindle Boards and have clickable book covers in my signature.
*  I have links to my website and blog in my email signatures.

I publish my titles across as many platforms as possible. The more titles you have out there all over the web, the bigger your digital footprint, and the better chance you have of readers discovering your books.

Naturally, luck plays a part in being discovered. I think people can help make their own luck by writing more and more books and adding to their arsenal.  We're in this for the long haul. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Ebooks don't go stale. Keep writing, so when you finally get lucky, your readers will have an impressive backlist to read from their new favorite author.

Happy Writing!!!

Anne Marie   :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

New Release: Portrait of a Gentleman

I'm pleased to announce my first new release of 2012!!! Portrait of a Gentleman is the third book in my Damsels in Breeches Regency Novella Series. This story is a little more intense than the other books in the series. The tone is similar to my full-length Regency novel, Midnight My Love. I laughed and cried while writing Abigail and Nathan's story. I hope it pleases readers who love Regency Romance.

Here's the blurb:

Thankful for the chance to leave London and escape the unwelcome advances of an ardent suitor, Abigail Prescott accepts an invitation to Brydmoor Castle to paint the portrait of the reclusive Viscount Devlin and his small son. A young widow in straightened circumstances, she soon finds herself ensconced in his home and the object of his unwavering attention.

Nathan Holt vows never to marry again. He's done his duty and has an heir. But when Abigail Prescott comes into his vicinity, the daily presence of her in his home becomes a temptation too hard to resist. Unable to deny himself any longer, he begins his seduction of her in earnest, only to find that once will never be enough.

Here's the excerpt:

Candles flickered in their holders, the shadows dancing on the walls and across the massive stone hearth in the Great Hall. It was late. Abigail had been restless lying in bed and decided to come downstairs. Perhaps she could add some of the finishing touches to the nearly finished portrait of Nathan and William.

"Couldn't sleep?" The deep voice echoed in the vastness of the hall.

Abigail gasped and whirled around in time to see Nathan emerge from the shadows. "You frightened me," she said, her own voice breathless in her ears. Warily, she watched his approach; his firm tread loud in the hush of the night.

He walked straight toward her, his eyes holding hers in a look as old as time itself. Her stomach plummeted and her skin tingled against the silky fabric of her nightgown. Since she'd seen him last, he'd removed his coat and neckcloth and his shirt was unbuttoned at the throat. He'd obviously not gone to bed yet, late as it was.

Standing before her, he took the paintbrush from her limp fingers and set it on the table next to the easel. "I couldn't sleep either," he said, his voice low and rough. "All I could think about was . . . this."


Portrait of a Gentleman is available:

All Romance

Happy Reading!!!

Anne Marie   :)