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Home Again, Naturally.

I’m happy to be back home with one of my best furry feline friends, Sam, 171/2. This photo was taken late last night after a long day flying home. My arms are sore 😉 Today, I’ve been writing down my main goals for the year, and at this point, I have some (potentially?) bad news.… Continue reading Home Again, Naturally.

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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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An Interview with Heather Grace Stewart

Leap, from the author of Where the Butterflies Go, is available for purchase at Lulu.com and Amazon stores worldwide. It’s also available on Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, and where all fine ebooks are sold. You can also order an autographed copy via Paypal. Contact the author at writer@hgrace.com. Half the proceeds from sales go to Hearts… Continue reading An Interview with Heather Grace Stewart

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Find the Fun

Find the fun today. Inspire yourself. Inspire someone else. Read a paperback book. Review a paperback book! Try something you’ve never tried before, just because you’ve never tried it. Call – don’t text – a friend. Raise a glass to a friend who’s passed away. Sing in the car at stop lights; smile and wave… Continue reading Find the Fun

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Raising Kids In A Lowering World

I’m a mother to an 8-year-old girl and I’m really concerned about what the world is telling her. (I have no son, but I know they’re also faced with mixed messages and poor role models on a daily basis.) My little girl wakes up wanting to shine. She wants the world to see her beautiful… Continue reading Raising Kids In A Lowering World

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What Is Real Beauty?

Dove has been impressing me over the last few years with their Campaign for Beauty. This most recent one, I feel, must be shared with as many women as possible —and with the men who love them. Please watch this, think about it, and talk about it with the young girls in your life. So… Continue reading What Is Real Beauty?

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The journey isn’t long, it’s lovely

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