Fall Goals

I had exactly ten days to recover from summer classes before the first day of the fall semester. I must confess that I haven’t written in three months, which means book 4 in the TGIB series has been at a standstill for an entire season. But that’s all going to change soon because I have a plan.

My Plan:

study1Flounder at the first of the semester as I study for cert. exams and try to maintain my 4.0
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Pass my content cert. exam and celebrate with all the desserts…and foods…and drink

HomeworkDevour the rest of the semester’s work in a matter of weeks (thank God for online classesReadingRe-read the entire TGIB series (WITHOUT my editor hat on) in order to jog my memory and help with continuity
writingDevote the months of October and November to finishing the first draft of book 4

Write/Revise every single day between the end of the fall semester and the beginning of the spring semester until TDOTN is FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!sleep

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Happy belated birthday to me! My birthday was almost a month and a half ago but reflections are better belated than never, which is why I’m finally sharing my grand list of all the things I’ve learned in the past year. It’s a “sort-of” tradition I started a few years ago and is my chance to look back on all of the mistakes learning opportunities that have resulted in me being not just another year older but another year wiser. Here are my revelations from age 21, 22, and now, without further ado…23 the things I learned while being 23!24-2
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July Totals

July

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Better late than never! July was steady and actual sales remained pretty level throughout the entire month. Downloads finally started to trickle downward but it makes sense if you think about the fact that most working indie authors publish something new about every six months in order to make a living. The first three months after I changed the tags on my books my sales and downloads rose at a constant rate. Ever since I hit the three-month mark at the end of July both sales and downloads have been on a slight downward slope. I’m anxious to see at what point sales trickle out altogether or if they ever do. Since book four in TGIB series won’t be out until 2016 I’m hoping sales will at least hold long enough to make 2016 the YEAR OF BEING A REAL LIFE ACTUAL AUTHOR! I’ve got a specific number in mind that I’ll need in order to make that happen but even if it doesn’t, at least I know that once I have more time to write making a reasonable living will actually be possible. And more good news, now that my first semester of grad school is over I’ll actually be able to tend to this blog, which has been severely neglected. Well…for two weeks until the next semester starts again.

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June Totals

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The upward trend has finally steadied and all I can do now is keep my fingers crossed that this journey isn’t nearing the end. I have a total of six books out but only one series and I know that taking advantage of my current momentum is the only way to keep it going. That’s why the most successful indie authors are putting out something new every six months in order to counter the ebb and flow of their sales. But I’m in school full time and I work full time and every day it gets harder and harder to show up and waste 9 hours of my life when I could be writing. But I have to be patient. I’ve never experienced success like this before and I’m not sure how long it will last. I need to be sure that it’s sustainable before I make any life-changing decisions.

If you’re an indie author who’s already made the decision to write full time how did you finally make that decision? What benchmark or end goal were you aiming for before you finally decided to take the leap? I think the smartest thing to do would be to monitor my progress for the next 6 months (6-8 months being the average amount of time it takes me to complete a novel) and see how much my sales fluctuate and how greatly they’re effected by a new release (specifically TGIB book 4, which I hope to release in spring of 2016). I hate reducing this experience to numbers but I can’t get ahead of myself. I have to be smart. I have to be patient. Very. Very. Patient…

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Help Me Price Match The Girl In Between

There are still a handful of international Amazon retailers that don’t have The Girl In Between listed as free. If you live in one of these territories and want to be able to download the book for free or if you just feel like doing me a huge favor, use the links and instructions below to help me get TGIB price matched!!!

Here are a list of all the retailers where The Girl In Between is currently available for FREE:

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Laekan_Zea_Kemp_The_Girl_In_Between?id=3-8hBQAAQBAJ
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-girl-in-between-the-girl-in-between-series-book-1
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-girl-in-between-laekan-zea-kemp/1120421881?ean=2940046377927
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/479396
Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NQL0LRC/ref=series_rw_dp_sw
Amazon (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Between-Laekan-Zea-Kemp-ebook/dp/B00NQL0LRC/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Amazon (Italy): http://www.amazon.it/Girl-Between-English-Laekan-Kemp-ebook/dp/B00NQL0LRC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433626764&sr=8-1&keywords=laekan+zea+kemp
Amazon (Netherlands): http://www.amazon.nl/Girl-Between-English-Laekan-Kemp-ebook/dp/B00NQL0LRC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1433626809&sr=8-4&keywords=laekan+zea+kemp
Amazon (Brazil): http://www.amazon.com.br/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/187-4694143-4369247?__mk_pt_BR=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=laekan+zea+kemp
Amazon (CA): http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=laekan+zea+kemp

*I’ve pasted the entire links so it’ll be easier to just copy/paste them into the appropriate notification forms*

And here are the Amazon retailers that still show The Girl in Between as being $0.99+ along with screenshots to help you find the “tell us about a lower price” link:

France

France

Spain

Spain

India

India

These Amazon sites don’t seem to have a price-match link, although if you happen to speak any of these languages and see it hiding somewhere else, please let me know:

Germany
Japan
Mexico
Australia

Once you click on the “tell us about a lower price” link, the following form will pop up (It might prompt you to log in first but your Amazon log-in should work in all territories):

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Choose the online/website option and then copy/paste the links above one at a time before typing $0 in the price field and hitting submit.

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These forms are identical in all languages so just paste the same information in the same fields each time.

If you happen to take the time to submit price matching feedback on any of these Amazon sites please leave a comment on this post so I can thank you personally! The success of my books has been a team effort between readers and my fellow indie authors and I couldn’t be more grateful! Thanks in advance to everyone who lends a hand!

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