THE GIRL IN BETWEEN BLOG TOUR RECAP DAY 44

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It’s day 44 of The Girl In Between blog tour! Check out all the latest reviews and giveaways as well as links to where you can download a copy of The Girl In Between for FREE!

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Star from the Bibliophilic Book Blog is currently running a giveaway for 2 e-copies of The Boy In Her Dreams BUT it’s the last day to enter so be sure to check out her blog before the deadline!

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The Reading Lark is an amazing book blog that posts several times a day and always has room to support indie authors. Andrea has spotlighted two of my novels in the past and this time around she introduced me to her fellow reviewer, Heather, who posted a stellar review of The Girl In Between!!! It was seriously so well-written and her thoughts and insights so touching. I’m really grateful to the entire team at Reading Lark for always taking a chance on my books! Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming giveaway from the Larks for The Boy In Her Dreams.

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Lola over at Lola’s Reviews was kind enough to post a spotlight for The Girl In Between as well as a giveaway for the sequel. She also conducted a really fun interview in which I discuss the magical setting of The Girl In Between and how I come up with the names of my characters. Lola was so great to work with and her Q&A was the most unique. I loved getting to dive into some specifics of the story and my writing process that other interviewers hadn’t touched on yet.

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Anna from Unquenchable Reads also posted an amazing review of The Girl In Between! Another member of Team Felix, she was a huge fan of the plot and I loved hearing her thoughts on Bryn potentially being an unreliable narrator. It’s true that Bryn’s experience isn’t just delivered to the reader through the film of her disease but it’s also delivered through the film of someone who possibly/probably has some form of PTSD from her disorder and that definitely alters her translation of even the waking world.

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Over at Pointe Taken, Aubrey posted a 5 STAR REVIEW of The Girl In Between! Hearing that this story will stay with her for a long time was so rewarding. I loved her thoughts on Bryn’s character and the writing style and was so ecstatic that she connected with the story! Huge thanks to her for taking a chance on my novel.

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Emma is a fellow author who is also dedicated to helping out indies. She frequently spotlights other writers on her blog and was generous enough to post an excerpt from The Girl In Between! Check out her blog for info on her WIPs and all of the amazing indies she’s featured and keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming spotlight on my blog featuring her newest work.

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Kristen from Book Sniffers Anonymous was kind enough to post a spotlight of The Girl In Between along with an excerpt. Check out her blog for tons of great excerpts from other undiscovered indie authors!

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Amber from Me, My shelf and I, also posted a spotlight and excerpt of The Girl In Between last week. Many of the reviewers on Me, My shelf and I are also aspiring authors so check out their blog for not just bookish memes and reviews but also guest posts from other authors and great writing advice!

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Ruty from Books Are My Way of Living has become such a huge support over the past few years. She read and reviewed The Things They Didn’t Bury as well as Breathing Ghosts and has so selflessly helped me spread the word about my books. She is currently running a giveaway on her bog for 2 e-book copies of The Boy In Her Dreams!

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And last, but certainly not least, Nikki from Endless Reading posted a fantastic review of The Girl In Between just yesterday and shared her thoughts on Bryn’s bravery in the face of her disease. I love hearing people’s reactions to the fact that KLS is an actual disease, something I’d never heard of either before running across a news article online, and I’m so glad that reviewers are finding it as interesting as I did.

A huge thanks goes to all of these incredible bloggers for participating in the tour! Anyone still interested in an indie spotlight swap and/or review feel free to send me an email at lzkbooks[at[gmail[.]com

Current Giveaways:
Bibliophilic Book Blog (Ends Sunday, December 14th)
Books Are My Way of Living (Ends Sunday, December 28th)

Download The Girl In Between for FREE:
Amazon
Smashwords,  Google PlayBarnes & Noble & Kobo

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The Girl In Between Blog Tour Recap Day 21

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It’s day 21 of The Girl In Between blog tour! Check out all the latest reviews and giveaways as well as links to where you can download a copy of The Girl In Between for FREE!

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Michelle from In Libris Veritas was generous enough to post a spotlight for my books during past tours and this time around she posted a spotlight of The Girl In Between along with an excerpt and giveaway for book two in the series. The giveaway was a quick one and winners have already been notified but scroll down to check out the giveaways still open!

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Natalia over at Book Cupid also posted a spotlight of The Girl In Between along with an interview in which I give advice to aspiring authors and discuss my dream dinner party with my two favorite authors of all time!

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Jessica, who is the resident Indie Enthusiast over at Bookish, wrote an incredibly heartfelt review of The Girl In Between. Check out her post for some of her favorite quotes from the novel as well as her thoughts on the synopsis, characters, and the slow-burn romance between Bryn and her mystery male lead.

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Liana who runs Bookaholic-ness posted a series spotlight for The Girl In Between but she was also gracious enough to include a guest post about The Importance of Daily Declarations in which I talk about the importance of having a routine and making a genuine commitment to your artistic goals.

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Kye from Eternity Through Pages wrote a review of The Girl In Between this week that blew me away! Check out her post to hear her thoughts on how the story stacks up to other YA novels in the paranormal genre and her appreciation for the lack of insta-love! She also has some choice words for Bryn’s ex-boyfriend, Drew (don’t we all…) and even picked up on some symbolism that not everyone has noticed. She’s also hosting a giveaway for an e-book copy of the sequel, The Boy In Her Dreams!

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Laura who runs Laura Plus Books was kind enough to post a book spotlight for The Boy In Her Dreams as well as a guest post in which I answer the terrifying question: What to Do When Your Idea Isn’t Original.

A huge thanks goes to all of these incredible bloggers for participating in the tour! Anyone still interested in an indie spotlight swap and/or review feel free to send me an email at lzkbooks[at[gmail[.]com

Current Giveaways:
Eternity Through Pages (Ends Monday, November 24th)

Download The Girl In Between for FREE:
Amazon
Smashwords,  Google PlayBarnes & Noble & Kobo

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The Girl In Between Blog Tour Recap Day 3

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It’s day 3 of the tour and The Girl In Between is now FREE on Smashwords and Google Play and The Boy In Her Dreams is currently available on Amazon and Smashwords. For a recap of previous reviews and giveaways click here or scroll down to check out the latest participants.

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Angela and Leah are two co-workers turned best friends who run an awesome book blog together. They posted a review of The Girl In Between today and it absolutely blew me away! It was the most in-depth of all of the feedback I’ve received so far and it was such a treat hearing who their favorite characters were and discovering some of their favorite lines from the story. It’s an author’s dream come true when readers take such time and care to share all of those little things that they loved most and I spent the majority of my Sunday afternoon committing all of their kind words to memory. Angela and Leah are also hosting a giveaway for the second book in the series, which you can enter via their Instagram page.

Every day I continue to be blown away by the kindness and generosity of the blogging community and am so grateful to all of the people participating in the tour. There have been a few hiccups along the way and more than a few moments when I wasn’t sure that any of this would actually happen but it’s been a collective effort since day one and every reviewer and tour host has just gone above and beyond to share my books with others.

Current Giveaways:
Southern Bred, Southern Read (Ends Wednesday, November 5th)
Reading Teen (Ends Friday, November 7th)
Sofia Loves Reading (Ends Friday, November 14th)

Anyone still interested in an indie spotlight swap and/or review feel free to send me an email at lzkbooks[at[gmail[.]com

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Call To Bloggers!

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The blog tour for The Girl In Between series officially starts on November 1st and runs through the end of December. If anyone is interested in hosting a giveaway, book spotlight, author interview, or posting a review in exchange for a spotlight on my blog, please keep reading!

The Girl In Between is already available for purchase and the second book in the series (Title, Cover, and Blurb coming soon) will be released at the end of this month on October 31st. The third book in the series will be released by EOY as well. I have Smashwords coupon codes available and am looking to give away a TON of copies so please contact me if you think your blog readers would be interested. I know a lot of my fellow indies like to swap spotlights and may have other memes or features available, so if anyone is interested I LOVE conducting interviews and am planning on featuring every indie author who participates in the tour.

If you have a new release or even just an old release that you’d like some exposure for, or even if you’re unpublished and would just like some exposure for your blog, I’ll be posting spotlights every Friday throughout the tour to an audience of almost 1,000 followers. Each spotlight will include a brief interview and whatever other promo you provide. FYI the last time I ran a blog tour for my novel Breathing Ghosts, my stats were exponentially higher and I was getting almost 100 views a day. That may sound like small beans to some of you with more successful blogs but if anyone else out there is struggling with getting traffic, a spotlight during my blog tour could provide some decent exposure. Also, if you’re just looking to score some new content for your blog, maybe on a day you don’t have time to prepare something, I’m open to writing guest posts or any other content you can think of.

If anyone is interested in review copies I have The Girl In Between and Book 2 available in MOBI, EPUB, and PDF files. Send me an email at lzkbooks[at]gmail[.]com if you’d like to post a review during the tour or even if you’re busy and would like to post one after. My goal is to get at least ten reviews on Amazon by the end of the month so I can potentially experiment with some promo sites like Bookbub, and then relay my results here on the blog of course.

If after reading all of this anyone is interested in participating in the tour, drop a comment here with your email address or shoot me an email at lzkbooks[at]gmail[.]com ! I appreciate everyone who took the time to read this post! Thank you all for your support!

KDP Update-The Things They Didn’t Bury

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The last day of my free promotion for The Things They Didn’t Bury expired last night at midnight and after three days of watching my rank fluctuate I topped out Sunday morning at #75 in the Top 100 Free Amazon Bestseller’s List!

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Downloads started trickling in Friday morning and by noon I was averaging 50 downloads an hour—which is pretty accurate since I was frantically checking throughout the work day every chance I got. At first I was like…is this real? Can they really be calculating it this quickly and are there really that many people digging through Amazon’s inventory five digits deep? When I started the free promotion my rank was around 30K and I was surprised that people had even found the book. But they did and over the weekend my rank just kept climbing higher and higher until I finally cracked the top 100 list!

I was a little surprised that the top 100, though it definitely increased my visibility, didn’t necessarily increase my downloads. There was a huge surge of them all day Saturday but after I reached the top 100 list on Sunday, they started to finally slow again around 3PM. The last I checked before I went to bed I was #100, just about to fall off the list.

By the end of my KDP free promotion days I had a total of 3,855 downloads!!!!!!

I’m not sure if this is normal or if this is some kind of miracle. I can tell you that it sure feels like one. 3,855 people have downloaded my book. 3,855 people might actually read my book and half of them might even finish it. Half of those people might even like it. And half of those people might even tell their friends! Which is all I can hope for at this point. As of right now, almost 24 hours after the promotion has ended, I’ve only had 2 actual sales. Not sure if that elusive “bounce back” phenomenon is supposed to be instantaneous but it looks like word just hasn’t traveled fast enough yet.

I’m still crossing my fingers but, for me, this promotion has already been a huge success and totally exceeded all of my expectations. Honestly, I’m still stunned. I just can’t believe so many people were moved by the blurb, the cover, and the sample chapters to actually download a copy. Though, for me I think that trifecta was pretty essential and that’s the only advice I would give to anyone considering joining KDP Select and taking advantage of the free promotion days.

My essential ingredients to a successful promotion:

1.       Invest in a great cover. Writing a book is hard and it’s a little insulting when non-writers try to insinuate that it’s not. We should have just as much respect for artists and graphic designers who have invested both time and money in honing their skills and not assume that just because we downloaded Photoshop that we can slap something together just as good ourselves. Expect to spend in the triple digits. But trust me, it’s worth it. I can only assume that since my cover was the first thing people saw as they were scrolling through the ridiculously long list of free books on Amazon that that’s what enticed them to actually click on the link and read the description.

2.       Write a killer blurb. Writing blurbs is hard so take your time. Again don’t just throw something together. Examine blurbs of books that are similar to your own or just blurbs that really entice you to want to read more. It takes practice. I’m still learning how to get it right but I do understand that there’s a specific formula when it comes to writing a successful blurb and that if I do it right it can make the difference between someone buying my book or passing it by.

3.       Most importantly write a good book. Always be conscious of putting out a quality product. The Things They Didn’t Bury probably went through 8 drafts over the course of two years. Is it perfect? No. Nothing is ever perfect but I never tried to abandon it before it was ready; before it felt complete and before I felt like I’d use every skill in my arsenal to get it in the best shape I possibly could. But like I said, nothing is perfect and seeing as I am just a mere mortal nothing I write ever will be. But that doesn’t mean it’s not good enough. And that doesn’t mean that I didn’t almost drive myself insane trying to get it there.

Have patience. You will finish the book when you finish the book and daydreaming about how much money you’ll make once it’s published is the last thing you should be thinking about. It’s a waste of time and only distracts you from the most important part of being a writer—writing the damn book.

Last, but not least, I did submit the book to some websites that feature free kindle books. It’s hard to say how much this influenced the overall outcome of my promotion. I was tagged in a few tweets from people who’d seen the book listed on one of these websites and decided to purchase it so at least I know the book was actually visible and that the submission forms I filled out weren’t for naught. I found the link to a website called Author Marketing Club via Gwen Bristol’s blog. From the linked page you can submit to various websites with one click. Frankly it’s way too simple and convenient not to try it yourself. I even submitted to Booksy.com who hand select which books they feature. Luckily my book was chosen and they even sent me this cool badge!

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I’d love to hear if anyone has some comparative results from their own KDP promotion.  The only way we can really take advantage of information like this is if we share with each other so please feel free to leave any insights and/or personal testimonies in the comments!