9 Lessons Since the Chance of a Lifetime

May 31, 2016


On April 22, 2016, I published a blog about my mangled BookBub promotion. It was a hot mess -- the promotion, not the blog. However, what I did learn is many readers are forgiving. They are willing to look beyond the technical issues and into the story. There were quite a few of them, and I appreciated the feedback I received on the story line and characters. There were also some readers who I could assume might be negative about many things. I forced myself to read the negative comments, because I wanted to determine the issues I could fix. It was a learning experience for me, and I made several friends who subscribed to my web site and encouraged me to keep writing. They were brutally honest in a good way. That's a strength, being able to encourage someone and critique them at the same time. 


First of all, I will report that I have had over 100 GoodReads ratings on Tangled, a Southern Gothic Yarn. More than eighty-two percent were positive. The others commented on the mangled download, which was totally my fault and I offered another novel and/or an updated version of Tangled. To date I have forty new reviews on Amazon.com, with an average of 3.5 stars. I am good with this, especially since I botched the promotion, and I am such a beginner. I have also had a fifty percent increase in sales of Tangled and my other novels.


BookBub is a coveted promotion platform and deserving of the status. The promotions there are highly visible and many. There were over 40,000 downloads of Tangled, a Southern Gothic Yarn during the free promotion. It climbed dramatically in the free Kindle category, but I wasn't watching that because I was so focused on making it right for readers who received the hot mess of a download. BookBub is well worth the price of the promotion. There were many positives as a result, but I'll admit, at first I had to force myself to search for them. I have followers on BookBub now. Before the promotion I had none. These are the take-aways from my experience thus far. I am sure there will be more as time goes on:


1.  Some readers will not read past the first curse word -- at least one reader. She stopped in Chapter Two in my book. I have to weigh the integrity of the character versus writing "bleep" in future novels. I'll consider it.


2.  I'm a story-teller, maybe a good one, but I'm technically challenged. My focus should be to learn more about the technology, or outsource this task.


3.  I need to stick to fewer characters for my novels. Readers don't know them as intimately as I do, or care about their influence in the backstory. Sometimes that influence doesn't require a name.


4.  Each time I make a change, no matter how small, I need to review the entire manuscript.


5.  I have a responsibility to other indie authors to make sure that what I put out there is not crap.


6.  I need to learn more about the editing process and how to incorporate the edits into the manuscript without making it worse.


7.  I need to use more contractions in dialogue and maybe I'll never write another character with dialect -- although there was just that one snarky comment.


8.  I will review everything I read if I can give three stars or more, and give constructive critique where appropriate.  Simply ragging on anyone who is putting themselves out there in such a public way is not a good thing. However, if I must consider the "raggers", I will try to take something away from it that I can change.


9.  I have to own what I do, especially when it is a hot mess.  No matter what, my name is written as big as I can get it on the cover. It's thrilling and scary as bleep.

Please reload

Recent Posts

October 30, 2019

July 14, 2019

March 17, 2019

February 20, 2019

February 6, 2019

Please reload

Search By Tags
Please reload

Follow Us
  • Facebook Classic
  • Twitter Classic
  • Google Classic


  • Facebook Classic
  • Twitter Classic
  • c-youtube

© 2023 by Samanta Jonse. Proudly created with Wix.com