Bramble Burn: Available April 30, wherever ebooks are sold.
I hate marketing with the fiery passion of a thousand suns, but it's time to woman up.
Against my every introverted instinct, I've been working on marketing. Today I updated my front matter (copyright, hyperlinks, including table of contents, website, blog and Facebook links, etc.). Back matter is next (book excerpts, bio, bibliography).
But there is a problem. That's where you come in.
I hate my bio. I don't think it's zippy/concise enough, but I hate talking about myself. I know I should include info about the number of books (27, not counting anthologies) and the genres I write (paranormal, fantasy, urban fantasy, sci-fi rom, futuristic) to inform readers about what I do. I've been eyeing the bios of other authors, studying what appeals to me as a reader,
Part of the trouble is I don't always fall into a neat niche. My books are always HEA, but there's often a mash up of science and magic. I excel at world-building but quiver at the specter of email lists.
I'll knuckle down if needed, but I'll be thrilled if anyone else is up for the challenge.
To win a Bramble Burn ebook, send me your best shot at a bio at firstname.lastname@example.org. It should be short, spell checked and make me sound like a rock star. To help, I've included the old bio and my bibliography.
About the author:
Autumn (also writing as R. Lilly) is a professional writer and stay at home mom with three kids, a dog and an active imagination. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, John, who is known to bring her flowers "just because.”
After 34 years in Alaska, she moved to Washington with her family to enjoy a state with actual seasons.
She started self-publishing in 2010 after a string of rejections that read, “We love your writing, but we’re not sure how to market it.” She published on Smashwords, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, which lead to a number of bestsellers. After The Charmer hit #1 on Barnes & Noble for fantasy romance, she threw herself into editing and uploading her backlist.
The next year and a half passed in a blur as she worked non-stop, and productivity declined as she took time to homeschool her autistic son, who was suffering from bullying issues. With boxing lessons and a year to boost his confidence and academic skills, he’s now doing well in mainstream high school.
The strain of maintaining a business and home schooling while taking care of her family was draining, but God blessed her efforts and the results were worth it. Her income for 2011 was $100,000, far exceeding her best year with traditional publishing.
In 2012, Amazon acquired Dorchester books and Autumn gave Amazon the right to publish two of her Spark Series books, When Sparks Fly and No Words Alone, believing that diversification is good business.
While Autumn is grateful for the opportunities traditional publishing provided, she remains passionate about self-publishing. Keep an eye on her blog for news about upcoming books!
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Sneak peeks of works in progress: authorautumndawn.blogspot.com
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ALSO BY AUTUMN DAWN:
When Sparks Fly Amazon books
No Words Alone Amazon books
Anthology for the Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance:
Iron & Hemlock
Iron & Hemlock Series:
Iron & Hemlock
Gargoyles in the Attic
Rowen & Gold
Dark Lands Series:
Dark Lands: Homecoming
Scent of Danger
The Golden Bell
Ghost in Her Heart
Dark Lovers Anthology (includes The Golden Bell & Homecoming)
Dark Warriors Anthology (includes Ghost in Her Heart & Beast Wars)
Ladies in Waiting:
The Woman Inside
The Other Woman
Through the Looking Glass
Ride the Stars
Careful, He Bites
Aliens Do it Better: Anthology featuring Careful, He Bites and Interstellar Lover
Under the Bridge
Women, Whiskey & Gold
Fire, Earth & Water Series:
One Night to Burn
When the Sea Burned