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I think it’s so neat that on the last check in of round two, I get to make the announcement that I finally published the novella I was working on in round two. Dark Relic: Vampires’ Curse is for sale at both Smashwords and Amazon. (Haven’t formatted for B & N yet.) This is the first in a three novella series and I plan on working on the second one in round three. I hope to see everyone back for the next round!

Btw, a funny thing I did…I made a mistake and uploaded the Smashwords version instead of the Amazon version to Amazon. I was in a panic, but the folks at Amazon put my book back in edit mode so I could upload the correct version. But, in the meantime, the other version got published, so the title page says Smashwords. LOL. Apparently, Amazon is getting quicker at publishing our books. Usually, it takes a few days for the description to come up, even after it’s buyable. This time Amazon had everything done in less than 24 hours.

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January was the best month I’ve ever had in book sales. EVER. I sold more books in January than I have all other months put together. And the reason for this huge jump in sales is one particular book. Guardian Vampire. I have six titles out right now. In fact, Haunted Lake is actually the latest one. But I feel like the biggest factor in the success of GV is one thing. The word “vampire” is in the title. I’ve probably mentioned that before, but that has really gotten me to thinking…people still want vampire stories. They aren’t tired of them yet. So it would probably be profitable to me to write another vampire story. Or maybe a three novella series. And make sure the word “vampire” appears somewhere on the titles. Am I shamelessly looking at the monetary side of things at the expensive of my “art”. Is it bad for me to look on the commercial side of things and write vampire stories for that reason when my true love is ghosts? Well, when your husband is out of work and your salary doesn’t pay all the bills, let alone groceries, you have to do what’s best for you. So, after this garden gnome novel I’m currently writing, I’ll probably be writing more vampire stories. LOL

So for the stats. And this is assuming B & N has the correct figures now.

Across all channels, including the UK for one channel:

Total books sold in January: 7,373
Total sales in January: $2,774.05
Highest rank at B & N: 135
Highest rank at Amazon: 227

Everybody loves vampires….

I wish I knew every reader out there that bought a copy. I’m so grateful, but it’s impossible to tell everyone that had a part in it. But I do know that some of you that read this blog have also bought my books. So to you that I CAN thank…I really, really appreciate your support.

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Okay, I’m feeling generous today. Why? Because Guardian Vampire is now at #323 at Amazon. Squeeeeee! It topped at #135 at Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago and usually stays in the top 200 there. I have made as much money in January though all channels as I did at my regular full time job in the month of January. So I just want to celebrate. So I’m giving away Guardian Vampire, Haunted Lake, or BOTH through midnight EST Sunday, Jan. 30. All you have to do is ask for it in the comments on this post. You can ask for either book or both. (Hint-I would ask for both.) On Monday, I will send out coupon codes for Smashwords to everyone that asked for books. The codes will be good for two weeks, so redeem them fast.

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My friend Anya got an email from Amazon telling about new releases in Vampire Romance. I got it, too, but didn’t read it. LOL. Anyway, she scrolled through the pages and found Guardian Vampire on page 5. So the question is…do people look that far? Do they scroll through that many pages, or do they stop at the first couple? I’m a scroller because I don’t want to miss anything. But people are kind of impatient these days. So are they too impatient to browse a lot?

Just a side note concerning the bad Amazon review I got the other day. Since that day, my rank has been steadily declining. It may be that bad reviews mean more than I thought. I’m still at 900, but I had gotten up to 563. Or maybe it had just run its course.

Another word concerning ratings and reviews. B & N gives people the ability to just rate something without having to review or without letting anyone know who they are. I think this is making people more likely to rate, since they don’t have to actually think or write down anything. Because I have 3 reviews on Amazon for GV, but on B & N I have 26 ratings (4 of which are reviews). I don’t know if this is good or bad for authors, but it definitely makes it easier for readers to give an opinion…just click a star.

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My newest novel, Haunted Lake, is now available on Smashwords. It should be up on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in a couple of days. :0)

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I usually don’t post twice in one day but I just checked my ranking on Amazon for Guardian Vampire. It’s #36 in Romance:Vampires and #40 in Kindle Ebooks:Romance:Romantic Suspense and #45 in Romance:Romantic Suspense. My sales suddenly jumped today. Wow! Overall, I’m at #1,864. That’s not huge, but I’m not crying about it. :0)

I’m a little over 4200 in ranking at Barnes and Noble.

I was just so excited I wanted to tell someone. Those numbers may not be a big deal for some authors, but they are for me!

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Today is the first day of ROW80 and I’m really excited. I’m happy to be participating and also happy to help by being a sponsor. I hope I can encourage authors along the way. I have a lot to do tonight, including getting back on the workout schedule (boy, will I be sore tomorrow), but I plan on writing at least my 500 words, and hopefully more.

I was amazed at how my Barnes & Noble sales of Guardian Vampire were so much better than Amazon. Well, now that’s changed, and Amazon sales are better than B & N now. Amazon sales are definitely better for my other titles, but part of that is due to the fact that I can’t get B & N to take down the Smashwords versions, and though I’ve opted out of B & N on Smashwords now, they haven’t done anything about it either. Which divides my sales up on those titles depending on which one the customer happens to click on. And I don’t know how many I’ve sold of the Smashwords version until B & N sends those reports. Grrrrr. The real time reporting was one of the reasons I chose to go with PubIt! instead of staying with Smashwords. Plus, the titles are much more searchable now. Of course AFTER I decided to make the change, THEN Smashwords announces that B & N is paying 60% on the titles through Smashwords. Grrrrr again.

I hope everyone had a Happy New Year!

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I’ve been very disappointed in my books sales on Amazon. I thought there would be a sudden rush of sales because of new Kindles. Sales are still trickling. Although, last year, when I first got my Kindle, I downloaded the Stephen King book I wanted and didn’t download anything else until I was finished with it. So I’m still hoping the rush will come.

On the other hand, sales of my new book, Guardian Vampire, are doing well on Barnes and Noble. I’m selling about four times more of that particular book on B & N than on Amazon. And, so far, I’m still averaging a 5 star rating. Yay! I finally got into the 4 digit numbers there. I got into the three digits numbers with Club Blood last summer on Amazon, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed with Guardian Vampire…if not on Amazon, then on B & N. :0)

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Guardian Vampire is finally published! You can find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords .

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My rank on Amazon for Club Blood is back to 3 figures today. After hovering in the 1,000’s for several days, it’s back down to 686, and it’s number 11, 16, and 16 in categories. (My lowest rank was 454). I usually stay in the top 15 or so in Romantic Suspense. I can’t post my sales from Amazon because of a change in terms which was discussed on Zoe Winters’ blog. So I’ll do like she did and say that I’ve sold almost 1,000 books, but I can’t say what the sources are. June has been by far the best month. I’ve sold 5 times more books in June than in May.

I’ve got to work to be more visible on the internet. For instance, I need to figure out how to draw people to this blog. One of the reasons I don’t post much is because only a couple of people bother to even read it. I need to be more aggressive. I just haven’t figured out how yet. I’ll get there.

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