Friday, September 16, 2011

Starting My Author Career, I Need Help

My debut novel has been out for two days. I have 3 sales on Smashwords, and 3 sales on Amazon. This release is a bit haphazard. I planned a week for formatting, and it took me an hour with Jutoh. I built that all important platform before I published; I have 50 subscribers of this blog and over 500 Twitter followers.

I have a few marketing efforts in the works, but I didn't organize a blog tour because well, I wasn't 110% sure I'd ever publish. I had the publishing date of 9/22/2011, and I beat it by 8 days, but with the move, the start of school, potty training my toddler, and living a month and half without my husband, there were doubts. The last thing I wanted to do was organize this big blog tour and have no book to deliver. Now that the book is out, it's a relief. I know it will get some good reviews, and some disappointing ones, but that's okay. I need the experience and it's my first book.

I'm working a little on my next novel, and for this project I am using Writer's Cafe. I like how it has all of the tools I need. I even wrote down my dream last night in the Journal because it was interesting.

So far my marketing efforts are:
* My book is in the hands of Theresa at the League of Extraordinary Women. I'm hoping she likes it enough to give it a review on
* I've given out a handful of free copies, and I hope I can get my first review soon.
* I made my first personal post on my reader site, The Great Banana Bread Disaster, in an effort to let readers get to know me.

If anyone has room for a guest blogger, I would love to tell the story of publishing my book in the middle of a move, or talk about how I'm taking advantage of the technology available to serve my readers with my reader site. I would also be happy to return the favor once the reader site is getting decent traffic.

I know I can't do this alone, and hope I don't have to. :) A huge thank you to every one of my writer friends who encouraged me and helped me along the way. I hope some are willing to help me a little more.

Always Smiling,
Elizabeth Ann West

A robotics engineer asks his business partner to marry him, but a previous one-night stand is having his baby. CANCELLED is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords


  1. It's not too late to do a blog tour and you're welcome to come visit my blog :)

  2. Oh I know it's not too late, that's what I'm asking my friends for help with! :) Can't expect them to read my mind...LOL.

    I love your blog! I would love to write a piece about balancing my family's needs with the publishing the last few weeks. My kids and I moved from SC to CT and literally edited driving in a car, sitting on a hardwood floor because we had no furniture, in between movers bringing in boxes after 10 days of no stuff.... If you have something tough to do, just ask a Mom! :)

  3. Feel free! I would love to have you :) would next Thursday work for you?

  4. Having just self-published something myself, I know how it is. I'd be happy to host you on my blog. Have a look around by blog and see if it would be a good fit for you. If it is, let me know how October 12, 19 or 26 sound to you.

  5. J.A. Bennett, next Thursday is perfect! Can you drop me an email at so we can work there?

    J.L. I WANT that couch! LOL. I have a great idea for your blog that I think your readers will love. Could you also email me? I don't want the cat to be out of the bag...