It’s a brand new year and so it’s time for the annual blog post. I’m going to make the wrap-up portion fast because honestly, my 2016 wasn’t much better than most people’s, but my 2017 is going to rock.
2016 books I wrote:
A Lush Rhapsody
Racing to Rhapsody
Cade’s Loss (the first in my brand new California Cowboys series)
Half of a standalone hockey romance (you’ll see more about that in a bit)
2016 books I released:
The Heir (originally released as Speaking Greek)
A Lush Rhapsody
Racing to Rhapsody
Things that worked:
Not a whole hell of a lot, and most of the things that worked initially didn’t by the end of the year, including Facebook ads, free first in series, marketing co-ops, BookBub submissions, and Facebook ads (yes, I said that twice, it totally warranted repeating).
Things that I neglected and came to regret:
Reader groups, backlist books, my subscriber list, and networking of every variety.
So, live and learn, 2016 was a bad year, moving on now.
What you’ll see from me in 2017:
MORE BOOKS! As in I’m going to have nearly twice as many new releases as I typically do. These will include two Powerplay novels, two Rhapsody novellas and a Rhapsody novel, three California Cowboys novels, a standalone hockey novel, and my top secret start to a new series in a new genre that I know you’re going to love!
MY ALL NEW READER GROUP! I’ve been part of the fabulous joint reader group I have with four author friends, Divas Ink, for the last few years. But aside from a small group of reviewers, I haven’t had a reader group just for me. So, I’ve remedied that and Selena’s Squad is growing every day. I would LOVE for you to join. I’ve promised all the members that I won’t post more than once a day (sometimes less) so they aren’t inundated with notifications, and that I’ll always keep it fun. I give out advance copies of my upcoming releases, as well as other stuff (a lot of which are things the group has said they like to win), I ask for the group’s help with things like cover designs, and I do things like live videos just for them. If you’re interested in joining, here’s the link! http://bit.ly/joinselenasquad
SALES ON BACKLIST TITLES EVERY MONTH: Every month I’ll put one backlist title on sale. Whenever possible that will be linked to the month’s new release. So, this month POTUS, the third Powerplay book, is releasing, and to celebrate I’ve put The Kingmaker, the second Powerplay book on sale for $0.99! See? Easy! But you need to belong to my reader group or subscribe to my newsletter if you want to be sure to hear about each of those monthly sales as they happen. http://bit.ly/subscribetoselena
WEEKLY GIVEAWAYS ON MY AUTHOR PAGE: Every Monday I post a giveaway on my author page (pinned at the top), and every Friday we pick a winner, so make sure to check in each week so you can enter. http://www.facebook.com/SelenaLaurenceRomanceAuthor
SEXY FIVE STAR READS: Every one of the books I’m releasing this year will stay true to what I’m known for—Putting the Heat in Happily Ever After. Whether it’s politicians, rock stars, cowboys or billionaires, my books give you sexy stories with characters you can relate to and happily ever after endings. In 2017 I have a really stellar team working with me, including Linda Edits, Proof Before You Publish, BKR Editing, Sweet ‘N Spicy Designs, Premade eBook Cover Shop, and Diversion Books/Ever After Romance. I feel so fortunate that I have found such amazing partners to work with, and I’m really proud of the books we produce together. I can’t wait to share all of these steamy stories with you AND hear from you about things you’d like to see from me in the coming year. 2017 is going to be great, make sure to join me for all the fun!