Here’s the bottom line. I choose my early book ARC reviewers from active readers on my mailing lists who consistently open the emails and click the links inside. If a reader is reading all the excerpts and using the book links in the email, that’s a pretty good indication to any author that the reader is someone who really enjoys their work.
About once a year, I sort my email list and make the offer to a range of 30-50 new readers. I keep my reviewer lists small (around 150).
I talk to my reviewers most. They might not hear from me for a couple months, then suddenly I’m emailing them several times over a month. It’s the nature of the creative process. It comes in waves of activity. I sometimes send reviewers emails asking for things–nothing big, easy peasy things. For example, recently I took a heat level poll because my new romantic comedy series is a bit tamer than my normal. I wanted some feedback before I told my characters to close the door–LOL.
What do my reviewers get for their help? They get all the books early, and if they’ve missed one, they can write to me and ask for it in exchange for a review.
Want to be considered? Here are the links to sign up to my mailing lists. I have two–one for each genre group–so you only need to sign up for the email you truly want.
I Love Romantic Comedy list
Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
I Love Paranormal/SFR/Fantasy
Paranormal, Sci Fi Romance, Fantasy
When I’m waiting on new release from one of favorite authors, I like to buy it early, even though in most cases I will have forgotten about it. I do this mostly for the mental thrill and because it uses my forgetfulness in a positive way. Love those twofers. LOL
So here’s Book 2 of Alien’s in Kilts available now for Pre-Order. It’s everywhere but Nook. Sorry. I’m sure it will be there eventually… <sigh> The book releases on May 22, 2017.
I’m very excited about this latest release in the Forced To Serve series.
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I get around 200 emails a day. I look for the ones from you, from my business contacts, and from blogs I love to read, such as Passive Voice. Half of the emails are weekly or daily advertisements which I try not to get so frequently, but if I love the product, I tolerate them. But I don’t open them. In fact, I toss those out without ever opening them.
So I absolutely, positively get it when my emails to you go unopened. We all have more important things to do with our time than look through hundreds of emails we really don’t want. I will work to make sure I’m not cluttering up your inbox too often and I will work to make sure the emails I send are worth your while to open.
This week you should get at least one email from me. In it is information about the new web store, some mailing list updates I made, the bonus book for email signups, and other misc things.
The contemporary book news email went out today. The paranormal news email will go out Thursday. If you signed up to get news about ALL my books, you’ll get both emails. Getting two won’t happen often, just around the holidays and maybe for something extra special, like the web store being available.
After this week, emails will once again be only about sales, releases, and news for mailing list members only.
If by Friday, you have not gotten at least one email from me, and you still want to get email from me, please sign up again through one or both of the following list links. Thanks for being on my list. I do not take it for granted. I appreciate every open and every click, even if it is just to look around. I hope you check out the new store on my site and the sales I’m running this month.
Check out the Christmas In July Sale. You can get half off a 3 book collection of my holiday novellas. Here’s the link to the browser based version of the email.
The paranormal email going out on Thursday has a special sneak peek of an upcoming book. It will not be available to web site visitors until the book is nearly ready to announce. There’s also a web store sale for one of my SciFi series.
Sexy, Funny SciFi Paranormal Romance
Click here to see SE Smith’s series that inspired the Kindle World and other great books in this series.
What’s a witch to do? She has no power to fight the sexy alien and can’t fight his power over her.
Topper didn’t always like being responsible, but as the head witch in the town of Magic, she has to do the right thing. That means no more chasing adventure fantasies for a while. It means no out of country safaris or whitewater river rafting until Magic’s latest witchery fiasco is over.
Nothing on either planet explains why the allegedly mature Glacieran male steps from the portal completely naked. Stark is bossy and controlling as well as incredibly rude. Topper doesn’t care how handsome he is or how impressive a man package he’s sporting. On top of not caring one whit that he’s embarrassed her and all the witches gathered to help her, Stark is the most arrogant being Topper has ever met.
When the men in black suits and a nosy scientist arrive in the middle of their crisis, the additional troublemakers cap off the worst week Topper can ever remember having in her entire witchy life. The only bright spot is that Stark–for all his arrogance–turns out to be a sleek, sexy, and talented alien in bed. What he makes her feel is real magic and she intends to enjoy it while she can. He’s the one male whose memories she won’t need to wipe when it’s over because Stark’s leaving anyway.
Over the last couple of years, I have gotten a lot of reader email from my cross genre fans who tell me they have an strong aversion for the word “demon”, so strong it has kept them from trying this series. The Forced To Serve series is a science fiction action and adventure story, and not at all about a “demon from hell”. “Daemon” (aka demon, daimon) means “an inner or attendant spirit or inspiring force” among other things.
Let me explain it another way. Did you ever watch Star Trek: Deep Space Nine? There was a character who had a “symbiont” installed in her. I used the term “demon/daemon/daimon” because I didn’t want to copy a term from Star Trek. Jadzia Dax was an officer who had all of her memories and all the symbiont’s. Jadzia was a Trill alien who joined with Dax the symbiont alien. That kind of blending of two beings into one always fascinated me so I wanted to create my own.
I recently changed the spelling of the word across this series to the term “daemon” hoping that future readers will bring a mythological context to mind when they see the books. I’m hoping to put out another in the series this year. Book 4 is currently being recorded in audiobook.
Book 1, The Daemon Of Synar, is currently offered as a free series starter. I’m offering Book 2, The Daemon Master’s Wife, free when you join my mailing list.