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Preorder Goodies for A Delicate Betrayal!
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Preorder Goodies for A Delicate Betrayal!
Finally I get to make this announcement now that everything is ready: A Delicate Betrayal has some preorder goodies to go along with it!
👑 Character Art of Aenwyn & Darius by Odile
👑 Bookmark w/ quote from A Delicate Betrayal
👑 "Slay queen" sticker
👑 *Signed bookplate (*for purchases of paperback/hardcover copies)
If you preorder an ebook, paperback, or hardcover of A Delicate Betrayal, you can submit proof of payment here to also get a bookmark with a book quote, a sticker, and a stunning character art print of the fierce Queen Aenwyn and her protective knight Darius Graeme (artwork is still having some finishing touches put on it, but this is a sneak peek!).
If you haven't grabbed your copy yet, you still have time to preorder here!
Also, you read that right:
There Will Be A Hardcover of ADB!
This will be my first hardcover EVER! 😊
Unfortunately, Amazon does not allow indie authors to run preorder campaigns on physical books, so the hardcover link is not yet available, but it will be closer to the release date!
Also, since Amazon does not print dust jackets for hardcovers for indies yet, I'm also looking into putting a hardcover up on Ingram Sparks (another publishing platform) that would include a dust jacket. More details to come hopefully later this month!
But first: Storytime!
When I published my first novel in June of 2019—Blood Awakens, for those interested—I didn't know what the hell I was doing. 😅
The book was released unformatted—without so much as chapter headers, a title page, or even a table of contents—and it sold a whopping total of 6 copies, all of whom were friends and family eager to support me in this new endeavor.
WHAT A DUMPSTER FIRE 😂
But I learned a lot from it about publishing and writing—I've learned a lot from all of my releases. I've worked with a slew of writers, editors, coaches, and other specialists in the field to hone my craft to continue writing better and better books that will resonate with readers and transport them to magical worlds when this one just isn't doing it for them.
And after finishing my 10th novel this month it dawned on me that I'm really doing this. I'm a published author with 10 books under my belt. I'm not just a beginner in this field anymore, and I think I need to start owning that. I need to start treating this as my career instead of some side project or hobby.
And honestly, I couldn't be more excited to do so!
I have big plans for my releases in 2023: a couple of sequels that I know you've been waiting for 😉 , a couple of anthologies, and hopefully the start of a brand-new series!
But—and here's the meat and potatoes—in truth, it's getting harder and harder to juggle a full-time job on top of being an author. It's not just the writing involved, there's so much that goes on behind the scenes to make each book as successful as it can be. I am getting worn down but I don't want to give up. I need something to change next year, to take a step in the direction of turning this career into a full-time job before I burn out completely.
So I decided to increase all prices on my e-books effective January 1st, 2023. Instead of releasing a first-in-series at $2.99, all books will now be released at $4.99 (this is already the price for my sequels, so this only impacts first-in-series). Short stories will still be $0.99 to the general public.
However, newsletter subscribers will still get access to grab all of my releases for $0.99 for the first 24 hours after a book goes live. (You can sign up for my nesletter above)
The goal here is not to make my books inaccessible to readers, but to build a financially sustainable career that allows me to keep writing for years to come. Thank you for your support over these past few years. I look forward to continuing to build these epic worlds and grow!
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