December 2017



This Month:

 

Updates at KerryEvelyn.com!

 

   
 

 

NEWS!

 

  • It’s out! Love on the Edge is published and available! I can’t wait to hear what you think! If you love it, please, pretty please with a cherry on top, leave a review at Amazon and/or Goodreads. Amazon reviews are gold, literally. The more you have, the more they expose your books to potential buyers and it’s great for the rankings. Not sure what to say? Just leave 5 stars and the words “Loved it!” - that’s all it takes! XOXO!

  • If you know me personally, you know I have a servant’s heart and I love to give. I wrote my book for the purpose of educating loved ones about the PTSD their warriors go through, and I pray it brings light and grace to those who are living this story. 10% of the profits from the sale of this book will go to Sportsmen for Warriors, an organization committed enriching the lives of our military, veterans, and first responders. Their motto is “It takes a warrior to heal a warrior.” If you are a warrior (military, veteran, or first responder), you are invited to join this Facebook group where you will find a 24/7 community of support. Watch these videos or visit their page to learn more and donate if you feel led to.

  • Available now to all of my subscribers - bonus content, Meemaw’s Recipes! Meemaw is a character in the story that is a force! She’s part Rose Lindstrom Nyland and part Paula Deen, and many of my beta readers wanted more of her. She’ll appear in the next few books, and we’ll be adding recipe cards to the collection as we go. Special thanks to Valerie Willis of Battle Goddess Productions for designing the cards - I love how you can just fold them in half and stand them up on your counter!

  • Have you listened to the soundtrack on Spotify? This list of songs captures heart of the book. I listened to them for inspiration and to help me get my head back in the book on days I was stuck. If you are a writer, I highly recommend this technique!

  • Look for my Blog Tour! Here’s the ongoing list of places you’ll be able to find Love on the Edge spotlighted. Big thanks to Jaime Engle for managing this for me!

  • Lorelei’s Lit Lair spotlighted me on my launch day! Click here for fun Q&A and a giveaway (ends December 17th)! 

  • Read on for five things I learned last month, giveaways, and events! May your Christmas be merry, your Hanukkah be happy, and your Festivus be fantastic!

 

 

      

  
 

5 THINGS I LEARNED LAST MONTH

  1. It takes time to go back and forth with cover design, formatting, uploading to CreateSpace and Amazon, and getting all the business stuff together when you are publishing a book. I’m still astonished I was able to keep to my deadline! Next time, I will have it all ready before I set a date. Look for Book 2 sometime late summer or early fall 2018. No solid release date yet, haha!

  2. “Showing up is 80% of life.” – Woody Allen

    I posted this quote last month, and I’m posting it again. While I didn’t sell a physical book at Authors in a Box, many doors opened for me that day. People I met, groups I learned about, and the interview I was tricked into doing made it obvious I was supposed to be there. I sold several ebooks on Amazon from handing out my postcards, and one of the people who bought it posted a review stating how awesome s/he thought I was (and the book, too!) I was so humbled and thrilled, I cried at my computer. If it was you, THANK YOU! You made this girl’s week. I went from being disappointed and discouraged to ecstatic and understanding. As everything settles, I can see the big picture, and it is incredible. I gave books to two awesome reviewers, met a beautiful soul who happens to live near me and be part of an inspirational writing group (which she invited me to), spoke at length to the And I Thought Ladies (look up their show on Amazon!), got an awesome tip for breaking into bookstores by the host of the Hanging With web show, and survived my first on-camera interview with said host. Keep an eye out – I’ll be posting it as soon as it’s live!

  3. It is not advised to give your books to friends and family, even if they helped you write it, because they are likely the only ones who will buy your book until you get a following. Oops! LOL! I promised books to my beta readers for their time, and I will not go back on that. This story would not be what it is without their valuable input. And some of the friends and family will be getting books for Christmas because they cost a fortune, and I have not yet had time to go Christmas shopping! Haha! If you got a freebie from me, I would love it if you could leave a review for me on Amazon.  Also, the Kindle version is $2.99, your reviewed is then labeled as “verified,” and can be gifted…just sayin’! Haha!

  4. A busy, pretty display does not attract people to your booth. Big, tall signs, a bright tablecloth, and flashing lights are the way to go! So long, mini Christmas tree and gift baskets! Haha!

  5. Always take payment before you sign a book. Otherwise, you will grow a stack of books you can’t sell, unless you get very lucky! Lesson learned, mischief managed, etc...! 

 

I’d love it if you followed me on Twitter @theKerryEvelyn and Instagram @KerryEvelynAuthor!

Here are a few pics from Authors in a Box and the SpaceCoast Authors of Romance Christmas Party! Find more from my latest adventures on my Facebook page!

 

 


  

 

GIVEAWAYS & WINNERS

  • Congratulations to Jannell Rivera who won November’s giveaway! She’ll receive Kindle versions of Elicia Hyder’s Soul Summoner Series!  

  • There’s still time to enter to win the December giveaway, an autographed copy of my book and a $25 Amazon gift card!

  • Be sure to attend my 12 Days of Christmas event, happening daily December 26th through January 6th. I’ll be giving away one of my all-time favorite books each day. Be sure turn on your notifications at my Facebook page if you’d like to be alerted when I go LIVE! I’m turning 40 on January 5th, so it’s going to be hard to narrow down to just 12 books over the course of my lifetime! 

 

 

 
  

 

EVENTS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO

December

  • 12 Days of Christmas
    December 26 - January 6  
    Join me on my author page as I count down to my 40th birthday! Each day, enter a giveaway to win one of my favorite books! From children's books to romance, there will be something for everyone.

January

  • 2018 Mom Bootcamp 2.0
    January 1 - 26, 2018
    Sign up this December to pick a time to watch Hannah Keeley’s  life-changing 2018 strategy session at www.momsbestyearever.com (not just for moms!) and learn about the Mom Mastery Method. Watch til the end and get the freebie audio set “Squeeze the Day” to learn how to get it all (all that counts) done. She’ll invite you to join January’s Mom Bootcamp 2.0. If you sign up, please let me know; I’d love for you to be one of my accountability partners! I’m currently leading a group of 9 campers; I’d love to double that number! Disclaimer: You MUST be serious and determined to make positive changes in 2018! No bellyachers, gripers, complainers, or Debbie Downers allowed!

  • Orange County Library System’s Writers Conference
    January 27th, 2018
    Orlando, Florida
    Make 2018 the year you finish and publish a novel. The OCLS Writers Conference will provide the tools and knowledge you need to reach your writing and publishing goals this year. Authors and publishing professionals will teach workshops on both craft and business topics. This conference is free to the public, but registration is required for all attendees.

April

  • Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Weekend - April 27-29, 2018
    Milwaukee, WI
    Join Barbara Vey and sixty of her favorite authors for an epic weekend!  Tickets are sold out, but it’s not too late to get on her waiting list! Check out her Facebook page to learn who will be there and what to expect. 

 

I hope you all have a wonderful month!

 

 

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