We all have to start somewhere. Somewhere, at sometime we all have to have our first release, or we aren't truly authors in some people's minds. I am one of those people who go back and forth on what being an author truly is, but after experiencing my very first release day, I can tell you there is nothing more fulfilling than releasing something into the world.
Yesterday was my very first release day. It wasn't the book I've been babbling on and on about. It was an anthology submission that I feel in love with so much, turned into the starting point for a four full novel series - Demon in Steam. Demon in Steam released inside the pages of the sizzling Hot Ink Press anthology, Les Vaporistes. I want to take a quick second and say thank you to Josephine Ballowe for allowing me to be apart of this anthology and helping me to discover a new side of myself in writing - even if I left all the sexy demons in place amongst the steampunk! Also, a congrats to the fantastic authors whom I had the pleasure of being published with. Don't miss out on this steamy 99¢ read and click that little blue hyperlink a few lines down!
Release day was completely mind blowing. It actually came out about 24 hours early but we didn't celebrate until the set date. Setting up an Amazon Author Central account was one of the scariest and most exhilarating things I've ever done and all I did was click a few buttons. But in clicking those few buttons I suddenly was a tried and true published author. I had an identity somewhere in the business world - on one of the biggest, if not the biggest, book buying platforms in America. Suddenly the dream was so real my name was even attached to a book, my photo showing up on the Amazon desktop view and my name a clickable blue hyperlink that takes you to a page all about me on Amazon. Even if it is utterly blank at the moment :D
Being in a group, watching and reading in on comments where everyone is excited and chattering about ranking and reviews and so much more was both mind blowing and mind numbing. I could hardly keep up, being brand new to the ball game. It was amazing and for those interested, yes we did rank on "release day", #7 in erotic < science fiction! So my release day became so much more than a simple release and welcome into the world of Amazon authors. Suddenly I was a ranking author, a bestselling author. Now I in large part love the title, but I know it's not as fulfilling for myself as it was the amazing authors published in the anthology who are not new to the craft and have worked their butts off learning marketing and the perfect photos and stellar stories to get them to that status. So I feel like I lucked into it by having the honor of being in a book with them. Not that I don't love saying it :D
But releasing the book wasn't the end of it. I got to learn the ins and outs of hosting a release party from the amazing Eada Janes. She was a constant driving force as she allowed me to tag team the party during her hosting slots so I could learn the ropes. Without her I may have been staring into an abyss, never knowing when to post the prize game and when to end it. Eada I <3 you for all your help and support last night. You threw one kickass party!
So the storm of adventure that was my very first release day has passed. The exhilaration lingers and I don't mind that one bit! While the release is done it's time to get cracking on the promo! See you all next time!
Stay up to date with any announcements and just general posts here!