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Where in the World?

Does setting matter to you when you read a book? Do you like to be able to relate to the place(s), or is it more interesting if it’s set in a place foreign to you?

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Poetry Is A Shape-Shifting Zombie

Poetry is a devious, shape-shifting zombie, and it’s coming to build a fire under our brains

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Ingredients for Indie Success: 2016

To those of you who want to make a fast and easy living at being an author, this blog post is not for you. Or, maybe it is, if you’re willing to put in years of hard work and struggle with your e-book sales before you start making a real living on your books. If you’re up for that, read on!

What are the key ingredients to indie author success in 2016? Patience, hard work, a strong Twitter presence and paid promotions. I’ve been at this novel-writing and marketing business for four years now, both as a traditionally published author and now as a full-fledged self-pubbed author, and so far, those are the four main ways I’ve been getting my name out there and how I’ve found more interested, loyal readers.

After a year of being rejected by BookBub (Don’t give up! Make sure your cover shines! Get lots of reviews!) I’ve just had my first BookBub paid promotion ($105 USD) for Strangely, Incredibly Good being free in the Kindle store. On the first day the book got 13,610 downloads! The book has soared to #5 free in the Canadian Kindle Store, #15 in the US, and #6 in the UK and Australia, and is #1 in Time Travel Romance in all those stores, #2 in Romantic Comedies in Canada and the USA.

Keep in mind of course, those were not paying readers. On day 1 of my free book promotion yesterday, I made 13 paid sales =$55 Canadian dollars. So yeah, haven’t seen the promotion pay for itself yet, and I’m not going to be buying a new car any time soon.

It’s now about patience and more hard work, trying to engage with my new readers around the world. However, also keep in mind that if I’d sold 13 books with a traditional publisher, I’d have only made 20-25 percent of the net profit, whereas on Kindle, I got to keep 70 percent, and also, a traditional publisher likely wouldn’t have allowed me to make my book free for five days, which is why I’m now an Indie author. Times have changed, and I’m changing and growing and learning with them.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring? The book is free in the Kindle store until Saturday so please grab it, tell your friends, and review it if you haven’t done so yet. My hope is that the 15,000 people who have downloaded my book so far will read it in the coming weeks, review it, and want to buy the sequel, as well as my third novel, The Ticket, which is also my favorite of the three.

I’m going to give you a full report with screenshots of Kindle graphs and everything in a week or so, once I have all the data. As well, I’ll be doing some live video Q&A sessions with you on my Facebook Author page in the coming weeks, so be sure to visit and keep an eye on my Twitter feed for when I announce those sessions!  I’d like to teach as many aspiring authors as I can about the process of self-publishing and also that this is not an overnight-success kind of career. It’s a long haul. But you know what? I still love what I do, and that makes it completely worth the hard work and time I’ve put in.

Isn’t that true about all the best things in life?

Best wishes,

Heather  xox

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11,000 people downloaded Strangely, Incredibly Good on the first day of my free promotion, boosted by BookBub! The next morning I awoke to find it had soared to 13,000 people, and now at 11 a.m. on day two, 15,000 people have downloaded Strangely, Incredibly Good. Now, I really hope they read it and tell their friends about it:)

 

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Jennifer Bogart: Create a Community of Author Friends

My guest, author Jennifer Bogart, on the real key to success.

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Top 10 Awkward Moments At My Bookstore Signing

Think being an author is all glam? I have proof of the exact opposite: Top 10 Awkward Moments At My Bookstore Signing

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The Top 7,000 is Fine with Me!

Struggling to reach a certain level on Kindle? Authors, change your perspective.

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Readers Are Staying Up Late & Waking Up Early…

Readers say they’re waking up early to read more of Heather Grace Stewart’s STRANGELY INCREDIBLY GOOD books…

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Simply FREE.

Grab the #8 Romantic Comedy On Kindle FREE while you can !

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Freedom to Read!

I’m making my latest work free for everyone who finds it today and tomorrow. Free to enjoy and share. Free to curl up with. Free to come back here to this page and comment on! (I love hearing from you!)

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Now Available As A Print!

Get the poem “Decided,” loved by thousands, as a print…or even
as a scarf.

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Read the Books Before the Movies Come Out!

Read the books before the movies come out!

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Thankful For My Readers!

Thankful to you readers!

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Decided.

I want a Canada less concerned about veiled faces; more concerned about veiled truths. less concerned about winning a campaign; more concerned about uniting a country. A Canada that includes, not excludes; one that lifts its people up protects the land educates our children. I want a Canada that’s true, strong and free like the… Continue reading Decided.

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Writers: Do You Have Rhythm and Flow?

Hi all! Join me on a 3.5 minute trek along the St. Lawrence River, where I talk about finding your rhythm in writing, using natural elements in your writing to help connect with your readers, and nearly get hit by a truck while vidding (I’m kidding Mum and Dad! Kidding! Promise I’ll never do this… Continue reading Writers: Do You Have Rhythm and Flow?

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Marketing: Not My Favourite Thing.

Ugh. Marketing. Just the word sends me running to the fridge for comfort food. We authors are not built for marketing our books. We need to learn the business, and it’s not an easy one. I do like interacting with readers online, and I especially love meeting them in person at readings and book signings.… Continue reading Marketing: Not My Favourite Thing.

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My first LIVE Q&A! Hope to see you tomorrow!

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Remarkably FREE!

Hey readers, how are things? I’ve been so busy this summer, both playing hard and working hard, and being kept busy with the August 1st release of Remarkably Great. My third novel, The Ticket, will hopefully be out in a few months – more on that later. Excellent news: Strangely, Incredibly Good is ‪strangely, incredibly… Continue reading Remarkably FREE!

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“This Book Just Had Me In Fits of Laughter”

“It had me in fits of laughter” “The perfect summer beach read!” “A fun, addictive read.” Get your copy on Kindle today! Paperback NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk and most European ebook outlets! On Amazon.ca in September 2015  

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This Is Remarkably Great!

It’s Remarkably Great release day! Thanks to all my new and longtime readers. Here’s a vid of me doing a brief reading from RG, taken today in our backyard. You can get the new book here. Reviews and shares on your social media and by word of mouth are much appreciated! Heather

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Why Deprive Yourself?

Remarkably Great is available to pre-order NOW on Kindle or order it when it’s launched August 1, 2015! This is a stand-alone story – you don’t have to have read Strangely, Incredibly Good to enjoy its content, but of course reading both is twice the fun. Prefer print? No worries – you can now order… Continue reading Why Deprive Yourself?

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What Do YOU Think?

I believe Remarkably Great has a new cover: I’m in love! How do my readers feel about this one compared to the red one with girl on motorbike? Please vote in comments below. Yup, Cat is not a blonde, but book covers and movies cast women differently than how they were described in the book… Continue reading What Do YOU Think?

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Remarkably Great News

Exciting News! You can now pre-order Remarkably Great, the sequel to Strangely, Incredibly Good! Release date: August 1, 2015. Order it on Kindle with one click here! Pre Order Remarkably Great We’re in the beta-reading stage, where I get advice and make slight changes based on comments from my readers. It’s great that through pre-order,… Continue reading Remarkably Great News

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20K Reads for The Ticket!

My work-in-progress The Ticket just reached 20K reads on Wattpad and 1K Likes. THANK YOU! Considering I’ve only had about 200 reads of my most popular book “Strangely, Incredibly Good” (I mean copies sold – I hope everyone who bought it read it! “SIG” has 5K reads of the 3 Chapters I’ve posted on Wattpad)… Continue reading 20K Reads for The Ticket!

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Hold On

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Wattpad: Wow! My Author Experiment Has Cool Results

Hey guys! So, something interesting is going on with me. Since I started posting this new book I’m writing, The Ticket, on May 1st on Wattpad.com, I’ve now got 7K reads and it’s #14 in Chicklit! Not sure what to make of all this, but I keep posting the story as I write it, and… Continue reading Wattpad: Wow! My Author Experiment Has Cool Results

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Strangely, Incredibly Good Deal For EBook Lovers

 Ebook lovers! Looking for a ‘hilarious’ ‘touching’ ‘page-turner?’ Strangely Incredibly Good is on sale Kindle & Kobo today only (in celebration of Mothers Day) for just $3! Now is the time to get & read this book if you haven’t yet, because the sequel is on its way! I also have 9 print-books left here… Continue reading Strangely, Incredibly Good Deal For EBook Lovers

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Swapping Stories with Author Kate Baggott

My publisher, Morning Rain Publishing, has put together a special deal for Mother’s Day. They’ll gift wrap and ship a copy of Strangely, Incredibly Good in a beautiful canvas tote bag, along with a copy of Dry Stories, for your Mom, or your Mom-friend, your Grandma, even for yourself! – you choose. There are two other… Continue reading Swapping Stories with Author Kate Baggott

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Spotlight on Canadian Author: Heather Grace Stewart

Originally posted on A Writer's Take:
Signed with a smile by the author herself – Heather Grace Stewart (Kanata, ON, March 2015) Have you met Heather Grace Stewart? She is a Canadian poet, speaker, and author of the newly released novel Strangely, Incredibly Good. I have had the pleasure of getting to know her…

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Teach a man to fish…

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and good luck hearing from him all day, but he’ll blame it on cell coverage.
~Heather Grace Stewart

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Sometimes I think…

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The Silence and the Sound

You say that I sleep, you say that I’ve gone, but you can feel me in the early dawn.

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Share the Love and Win!

Share this page (using the sharing buttons at the bottom ) and/or your copy of Strangely Incredibly Good with a friend and please ask them to review it on Amazon! Those who share their book and this page and leave their name in the comments below get entered in my draw for a $20 Amazon… Continue reading Share the Love and Win!

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Strangely, Incredibly Good Book Tour!

Author Heather Grace Stewart has Strangely, Incredibly Good news about an upcoming book tour.

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The Man With the 132 lb Scrotum? (WIP Excerpt )

“I have to stop thinking about him! This could torment me for life! Okay, tonight I will not think about men. No. More. Man. Thoughts. I pour myself some wine, sit down on the couch, turn on the TV, and check out the guide. Let’s see. It looks like my choices are:  “Mormon Half Love”… Continue reading The Man With the 132 lb Scrotum? (WIP Excerpt )

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Give Yourself a Break!

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Beautiful BC !

Thought you might enjoy seeing a few of the landscape photos I’ve taken this week during my holiday to visit family out west in British Columbia. Tomorrow is my first book signing in BC for Strangely, Incredibly Good. Can’t wait! See you there! (details can be found here on the page Upcoming Events) The photos… Continue reading Beautiful BC !

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Meet the Author!

Hi! Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. I’m in British Columbia visiting family, and very much looking forward to my first event in the province soon – a book signing for Strangely, Incredibly Good at Black Bond Books in Maple Ridge on Saturday, January 3 from 1-3 p.m. I can’t wait to meet readers who… Continue reading Meet the Author!

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Cheers to Readers & Reviewers!

As the holidays draw nearer, I’m feeling grateful for so many people in my life. I’ve had the chance to thank some in person already at festive gatherings, but have not yet thanked you readers. So (raising a glass) thank you so much for purchasing and reading my poetry and Strangely, Incredibly Good this year,… Continue reading Cheers to Readers & Reviewers!

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How Bad Do You Want It?

If you are a writer, you’ve likely heard these suggestions often: “Write every day.” “Writers write.” I’ve taken the NIKE Ad a little farther, and often say to myself and other writers, “Just Write It.” Okay, in theory, these are excellent suggestions. If you want to be a writer, you have to actually put in… Continue reading How Bad Do You Want It?

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A Christmas Interview

Here’s my first ever videotaped interview conducted by our nine-year-old daughter, Kayla. Have a beautiful holiday season! PS If you comment on this video when it’s posted in my publisher Morning Rain Publishing’s fun holiday party event for readers and authors HERE at 7:30 pm EST Thursday, Dec. 11th (posting time – you can comment… Continue reading A Christmas Interview

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An Interview with Heather Grace Stewart

Originally posted on gardenliliepub :
This is Heather Grace Stewart! I found this Canadian author on WordPress, and read her poetry book a couple years ago. I even left her my first review that I ever wrote. I had no idea I’d be posting a short interview about her further accomplishments. She is bubbly and vivacious…

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Cardio for Creativity

Writing Tip: Move into creativity with 30 minutes of cardio every day. Your writing sessions will last longer as the ideas come faster! I sometimes (okay, often!) put off exercise for days and days, because I think I can’t afford the time to do that AND reach my daily word count goal. But guess what?… Continue reading Cardio for Creativity

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Praise for Strangely, Incredibly Good

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Strangely, Incredibly Busy!

Author Events Fall 2014 October and November on my calendar are filling up with exciting events! I’ll be doing a book sales & signing at Chapters Pointe Claire Quebec, Saturday, October 4, from 1 – 4 p.m. On the same date in November, Tuesday, November 4 at 7 p.m., I’ll be at Pincourt Library, reading… Continue reading Strangely, Incredibly Busy!

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When she still held my hand

When she still held my hand My spirit felt lighter, The world, a little brighter, When she still held my hand. Years went by, so fleeting, with her needing, not needing; Moods like fashions, Boys, oh, the parade of boys— Until one boy took her hand. Now I walk alone, yet warm with memories of… Continue reading When she still held my hand

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Oh, What a Feeling!

It’s a weird and wonderful feeling to be working on a story…ok, a SEQUEL:)  … and refer to the published book beside you, instead of notes in your computer, to get a fact straight.Thanks for reading, and hang in there, Cat’s coming back!       

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$1 SCREENPLAY, $2 RHYME, LIMITED TIME!

Heather’s bestselling Kindle screenplay, the romantic comedy The Friends I’ve Never Met, is now 0.99 until Monday afternoon, Sept. 8th! THE FRIENDS I’VE NEVER MET REDUCED ON KINDLE! Heather’s 3rd poetry & prose collection “Three Spaces” and 1st collection “Where the Butterflies Go” are just $1.99 until Monday. Visit your nearest Kindle or Kobo today… Continue reading $1 SCREENPLAY, $2 RHYME, LIMITED TIME!

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A Face and a Name

My new business cards from Moo.com are so much fun! Love how they and their lovely card holders (which come free with the cards) are sourced from paper from sustainable forests and recycled pulp. Even the four, red order reference cards aren’t wasted. Instead, they have fun sayings on them like “I like your shoes.”… Continue reading A Face and a Name

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Sensationally Sudsy! Behind the Scenes!

You have to be creative and think outside the box (or, er, inside the tub) a lot when you’re a little-known author with a small, independent, Canadian publisher. As hard as it is to get new people to discover your work, you can’t give up. One technique not working? Try something new. Something different. You… Continue reading Sensationally Sudsy! Behind the Scenes!

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Wine pairing

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The Status Quo

We hashtag the woe, then go back to our lives: the status quo.

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Free Fiction! May 12-16

I’m making my first Kindle bestselling novel FREE for three days on Kindle and you can also pick up any of my three poetry ebooks FREE

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Beautiful Chaos

Someday, I’ll miss the inevitable post-bed time, “I want a glass of water!” and, “There’s something under my bed!” and, “One more story pleeeeease?”

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#PoetryMonth – Featured Poet @hgracestewart

It seems like we’re traveling to Canada a lot this month. Today is no different. You know about Natasha Head and Joanne Marlowe from earlier posts. Now you get to find out a little about Heat… Source: #PoetryMonth – Featured Poet @hgracestewart

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The Birds Still Sing