Help! I’m addicted to rank checking and I can’t stop! It all started when I ran a freebie weekend for Elissa Blue. I broke into Amazon’s top 100 free books. Yes, I did take a screenshot to prove it. No, I can’t find it within myself to be ashamed. My hypercompetitiveness kicked in then and there. Now every time my rank goes up, I am giddy with glee, and each time it falls I am battling despair. I know it’s not healthy. I know I need to quit. Checking one’s rank multiple times a day is OCD at best, and egomaniacal at worst (no, I’m not a psychologist, I just like to throw around terms from DSM-5 because it’s fun). But seriously, somebody please impart some wisdom to help break my ranking addiction!
Have you ever looked at a group with longing and hoped to one day be part of it? That’s how I’ve felt about LDStorymakers for a long time, and tonight, I officially became one!!! 😮 I am so bubbly joyous! Two of my favorite authors belong to the group (Janette Rallison & Robison Wells), so it’s like hanging out with famous people! Next year I hope to attend the writer’s conference and hobnob in person. Until then, chatting online with those who have created some of the best books I’ve ever read is going to be amazing! 😀 😀 😀
Thanks to Ingram, Elissa Blue is now available to bookstores around the globe! If you don’t find it in your local bookstore, you can ask them to order it. I hadn’t realized that bookstores mostly just order from a single distributor, and it’s not Amazon. Ingram is the world’s biggest wholesale book distributor, and the company all of my local bookstores use; hopefully yours, too! So if you’re like me and still adore perusing the shelves of your local bookstore and that delightful booky smell, keep an eye out for Elissa Blue! 😀
I’ve been using WordPerfect since version 5.1 (that’s DOS, boys and girls!), even got pretty proficient in 6.0 and 6.1 as a professional word processor before grad school, but I have NEVER done anything so complex and awesome as the book cover I just finished in X8. Sure, the codes weirded out, gave me random black lines, forced page breaks, and disappearing graphics, but I persevered! And many hours later, my cover is ready for publishing! Wait, you say, didn’t you already publish a paperback version of Elissa Blue? Yes, I did. But I’ve learned that publishing through Amazon and Barnes and Noble online doesn’t help you get your book in physical bookstores. For that, you need a distributor everybody uses like Ingram. Also, Amazon and B&N help you with templates and formatting for your cover. Ingram just wants a PDF. And BAM! I did it! 😀
As promised, this book giveaway is international! United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India, and New Zealand are all included. 😀 If I left your country out, let me know in the comments, and I’ll make sure the next giveaway includes yours as well. If you don’t have a Goodreads account, it’s easy and free. I adore Goodreads and use it to choose 90% of what I read. I am also a Goodreads Librarian. 😎 If you would like to enter the giveaway for 1 of 5 signed copies of Elissa Blue: Book One of The Winged, click here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/229047-elissa-blue-book-one-of-the-winged