Don’t you just love surprises?
YA author phenom Jillian Dodd has no idea that 99 authors are blogging about her today or that reader bloggers have jumped on board too to help us thank her for what she has done for us.
Publishing today has lots more challenges than when I first started writing books (mumble-mumble) years ago, and it takes a village–and a mentor–to help figure how what to do. Jill not only learned on her own, but then SHARED hard-won expertise with other writers. Those who follow my blog know how I love mentoring and mentors, and Jillian has made it happen not only for herself but for the rest of us.
So this blog is a ginormous purrring THANK YOU! Here’s why.
Jillian devised a marketing plan while chatting to other writers about the best way to bring their books to the attention of the reading public. And then she opened up the promo and invited a boatload of authors–many first time writers–to join a December 21 promo to sell 99 EBooks for 99 cents.
You betcha, I joined the gang–even though my kitten book was the only nonfiction title in the group. No worries, Jillian gave it some extra purr-fect attention because it was the only nonfiction title. But Jill did that for ALL of us, and found extra ways to shout out to make sure everyone got the attention. She’s just that kind of person. And she offered easy cut-and-paste instructions how to make the promotion work, all of us 99-strong singing from the virtual rooftops about our combined efforts with Jill conducting the orchestra.
So what happened? Drum roll please…
At the end of the 21st December, ten of us were in the top 100 in the Kindle store. By this time Amazon had joined the bookish chorus adding us with the Kindle Daily Deal and the majority of books’ rankings soared. Many authors sold hundreds of books and/or were in the top five of their specific category genres. My own nonfiction kitten book rose to #1 in two cat-egories and in the top 10 in two more, and even a week later is holding at #2! Readers were ecstatic, authors were excited and Jillian stayed up with virtually no sleep for forty-eight hours to make sure the whole thing went smoothly and to keep sharp eyes on the numbers.
And let me tell you it was meow-velous for all involved!
How do you thank an author for helping give your own books a boost? Well, you return the furry favor, of course. So back to her books!
Did you guys ever watch Gossip Girl? Or Beverly Hills 90210 in the early days? If you enjoyed those, you’re going to love the steamy Keatyn Chronicles. Readers have gone wild for Keatyn and her complicated life, never mind her even more complex love life. It’s not just YA readers reading these books, either. With guy characters readers describe as “drool worthy,” fans post photos of who they think should play each “hot guy” in a film or television series. Book one is Stalk Me and it has garnered over 138 five star reviews. Kiss Me is the next book in the series with more to come.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, JILLIAN–AND MAY 2013 bring WONDERFUL things for you!
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