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New publisher, new covers and a new book: A whole lot of new for 2019

Well, the year 2019 is almost done. It seems every year goes faster than the year before. A lot has happened business wise for me which I have blogged about. Between a new publisher, new covers, a new book release, being on the Amazon Best Selling 100 list for audible for a few weeks and gosh so much for I am sure that all of this had a hand in this year going at a fast pace.

It is always time to look what my goals are for a new year which means pulling out my promotion calendar. I’m filling it up with what I have already set in place as far as interviews, spotlights, marketing and so forth.

Planning ahead for this is always a good idea so you don’t run around like a chicken with its head cut off. You don’t have to fill every single square of your calendar. But to have a general plan can only help your brand and yourself.

My goal will be to have a month by month expectation of what I want to accomplish and hopefully I will be able to get all of it done or as close as possible.

But why month to month when the experts say do day by day? Well, life. It has a way of shaking you awake and reminding you that you have family, friends and issues that need to be attended to. If you plan every day of the year for your business a simple snafu can derail you mentally and send you into a small spiral if you are not equip to handle small fires.

But do prepare. If I had not been prepared having a promotion for volume two and releasing volume three of my children’s chapter book series on the same day I would have been a real mess. I get why my publishers did it but it was a hectic day.

May 2020 be a year of joy, happiness, good health, love and more ups than downs.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Getting reviews for a children’s series: The impossible dream

 

Getting people to review my children’s book has proven nearly impossible in the years since the books have been released. I gain traction and than a period of absolute silence.

One author I finished doing a review for asked me what could he do to pay the favor back. I said a review from one of my books would be nice. He chose instead to buy it. I was speechless. It would have taken him maybe an hour to read it.  Another author turned me down after reviewing his book. However, he had the nerve to ask if I would review his next book. I was polite but you can all guess what I said.

I am a reviewer who reads and reviews just about any book that is asked of me. I know how hard it is to get reviews.

But I don’t know what the issue is. Am I asking the wrong people? Am I being to soft in my reviews saying yes the majority of the time? I’m not sure to be honest.

But hey at least the books are selling.