Release Week Wrap-Up


Since you’re taking the time to read this, you probably already know that Reborn released last week: on Tuesday, November 5. You probably also know that I had a pretty exciting release week. The free promo on Amazon went better than I could have dreamed. bestseller 7Nov2013Reborn peaked at #15 among free New Adult & College ebooks and #16 among free Paranormal & Urban Fantasy. A handful of people have rated Reborn on Goodreads, and it has a few reviews on Goodreads and Amazon as well. Although (as I expected, ha!) the excitement died down a bit once Reborn went back to its regular price, I hope that the people who downloaded it enjoy it and take a moment to rate it and/or review it -and if they really liked it, help spread the word. It’s nice to make a little bit of money off of this first book, my priority is expanding my audience. So thanks for reading. 🙂

Although release week was super exciting, I know this is only the beginning of this journey. With each book in a series, an audience gets a little bit bigger. And many readers also like being able to read through a whole series at once without waiting a long time for the next book to come out. (I’m definitely one of those people who tends to jump in at the end. I get curious about book series like Twilight and The Hunger Games that get a lot of press, and then I read them all over winter break or something like that. So hopefully as I keep writing this series, I will catch all the “me’s” along the way, haha!)

My point of talking about this is, well…I’m a really impatient person. I have to remind myself that it’s only been a week…that I’m a new author -a self-published author, which comes with stigma -that there is still much work to be done. Even though I know these things, I’ve still been obsessively checking everything all week -my Amazon sales report, and Amazon and Goodreads for ratings and reviews. My thoughts go a little something like this: OhmyGodIknowallofthesepeoplehavedownloadeditwhyisn’tanybodysayinganythingratingorreviewingitcrapthey musthateiteverybodyhatesitwhatifit’stheworstthingI’veeverwrittennothat’severbeenwrittenever?

As you can probably tell, I need to chill.

Of course, not everything last week was puppies, unicorns and rainbows. Someone gave Reborn two stars on Goodreads. Was I sad? Yes, lol. Do I think said person shouldn’t have rated it thus? Not really. She’s entitled to her opinion. She probably doesn’t know the author is checking Reborn’s status updates on Goodreads every hour. (Seriously, I need to stop doing that.) And even if she did know…I guess I just feel differently about bad ratings/reviews than some other independent authors do. I mean, I get it -it’s hard when you’re just starting out, and someone gives you a bad rating, it shifts the whole average down. It’s a sucky feeling. But I’m also not sure I agree with the whole “reviewer etiquette” guidelines I keep reading about on blogs. Yes, there are trolls and people who are just mean because they can hide behind a computer screen and get away with it. But someone just being honest about how they feel…yeah, it sucks, but then I think as writers we need to rise above it and keep working, keep working hard to prove “the haters” (for lack of a better term) wrong. There’s enough stigma around indie authors without people also thinking we can’t take a little criticism. There, I said it. Sorry for the rant. If you feel differently, I hope we can respectfully agree to disagree…

There is also a pirated copy of Reborn floating around out there. I have mixed feelings about this, too. On the one hand, I just want people to read it…but on the other hand, when you pirate the work of an independent artist/writer/musician/whatever, it’s not like you’re withholding a little bit of money from a big industry that’s going to make a big profit from it, anyway. You’re stealing something from the artist herself, who probably isn’t going to make a lot of money from it. (Rather than pirate it, if you really don’t have the money to spend on it -which I totally get -ask me for a free pdf in exchange for a review. I will give you one, and probably a lot of other indie authors will, too. You can email me: urge2write@gmail.com.)

But really it’s been a fabulous week -I can’t complain! 🙂 To end on a positive note: My Facebook page also got a bunch of new likes (hello, fabulous people!) and is only a few away from 100. And if you’re the 100th person to like my page……well, you get the satisfaction of knowing you’re the 100th person to like my page. Teehee. I also saw an epic movie this weekend. It was called Loki 2: Loki is Still Awesome. Yep, I’m pretty sure that’s what it was called. 😉

Toodles for now!

xoxo Shaina

Reborn on Amazon

Reborn on Goodreads

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8 Responses to Release Week Wrap-Up

  1. Tuan Ho says:

    What a great start! Those are some great reviews you’ve got on Amazon. Let’s hope this snowballs into an avalanche for the second book.

    When’s the second book out?

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  2. Jess says:

    Wow, I’m so impressed with your perseverance and your great attitude towards the whole thing. Congrats on your release!

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  3. Heidi says:

    I don’t think anyone is good with bad reviews. We all feel the same way you do, and it especially sucks when you don’t have very many reviews and it brings down your average rating. We all cry. The best advice I got was to write the reviewer a letter and get out all your frustrations (but don’t ever post or send it lol). It helps a little. I got a two star for CK1 because I killed a character, not because the book was bad, but it’s that two that brings down the rating and makes it look like a bad book. Readers aren’t like us, they don’t understand what those ratings do to us, or that we can’t sell books because of it, which sucks. But you’re off to a good start and I’m jealous for the FB likes, I don’t have that many lol. I hear you on the googling yourself/books all the time and the frustration with pirating, I can relate. A lot.

    But you can only go higher from here and I know you will. Don’t worry about rushing to complete the sequel, you’ll get there too. Good luck with everything and I hope you sell many more copies in the future!

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    • S. L. says:

      Thanks Heidi! 🙂 To be honest, some of the new Facebook likes came from a contest I contributed to for Book Junky Girls’ Facebook Page. They made liking my page part of the process for entering their raffle, lol, which was super nice of them. Hopefully they’ll stick around after the raffle is over…

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  4. Heidi says:

    Of course they will!

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