A large Thank you to Amazon & tons of Boos to Barnes and Noble
Being an Indie author has its ups and downs. If its not hard enough to get your work out there, you have book stores that just pretend to want to sale your books. I spent over 15 years sending my works into to every large publishing house I could find. What a joke...unless you are already a 'name' or know someone, forget it, they won't even read your letter submitting your work. Not once were my submissions even opened, let alone read.
So being an Indie author is pretty cool, if not frustrating at times. When I first started, I published on all the sites, had my books everywhere, on every type of device, every single medium there was for ebooks. You know what I discovered?
Not one sale from any of the 'bookclub' sites, seems to be full of mostly authors trying to push their own works. Some small sales from Smashwords (do like them), and pretty good sales from Amazon. Barnes & Noble? 2 books, 2 freaking books in 6 months! There is no way to promote your work available to Indie authors (that I could find anyway) from them.
So I go into the local store and ask if they have days set aside for local ebook or hard bound authors to do 'meet and greets'. A very snotty sales lady said 'Ah no, we post a list of authors, but not ebook authors'.
So I ask nicely (my friend who was with me, might differ if I was nice or not) if they would ever consider it, thinking maybe I could get a group of us together and do some self promotions (might help nook sales too). The response, 'No, well maybe, leave your number and we'll get back to you'. So I think it might help if I show her my books on their nook. The lady didn't even know how to use the nook and once she did figure out how to turn it on, none of the searches brought up my books.
We discovered that the name of the book had to be entered in exactly correctly as well as my pen name. No extra spaces or periods. We finally found it, little good it did. So now I know why only 2 books sold on Barnes and Noble...no one can find my books on their site. Needless to say I was pretty miffed by time I left that day. So goodbye Barnes and Noble.
I switched to 100% Amazon.com, pulled all my books from all other sites and guess what? I've sold more books in three weeks on Amazon than I did on all the other sites combined for six months.
Hats off to you Amazon.com, you have my backing 100% !!
pretty awesome for Ivy Glenwood now.
She has gotten away from her abusive mother, her Grand-dad has returned
and she’s found some genuine friends. Living
in the hemlock forest with a bunch of hottie druids and her best friend Margo,
she is learning that being a fey with cool powers is not half bad.
until the fey Elders have to mess everything up. They demand that Ivy attend school in the fey
realm to become a ‘proper’ fey; while Zack’s dad wants him to join the battle
against the Eilibears.
is ever as it seems and evil doesn’t always hide in the heart of darkness, as
they both discover.
the third book in The Ivy Series.
for the first time in “Run, Run, Run Away -The Ivy Chronicles 1”.
The tale expands in “The Hemlock Forest - The Ivy Chronicles 2” and now C.R. Cummings latest book in the
series ,“Keep Searching, Searching - The Ivy Chronicles 3”, gives us more of Ivy’s adventures, with the
dread-lock sporting hunk, Zack, and her closest friend, Margo, by her side.
Look for the newest book by C.R. Cummings coming May 15, 2012 on Amazon.com