****This post was originally published on The Writer’s Guide to ePublishing on October 6, 2012**** This is the second part of a three part series on MY business plan as a self-published author. Read Part One here Just remember, what works for me or is important to me may not work for you. My hope is if you are a self-published author, this will make you think more about the business part of your career. The first part covers the table of contents, the business description and the business ownership and location. **** 3. Products Products are my books, obviously. But they have also come to include audiobooks, a few items I have for sale through Zazzle, and a few products related to my books (t-shirts, an apron, and bracelets) which are not mentioned below. Products Offered by Bramagioia Enterprises Novels are offered in several eBook formats and print books. Approximately 95% of all books sold are digital. It is unclear if novellas will be offered in print format. Currently available from Bramagioia Enterprises: Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (A Rose Garner Mystery) – released July 12, 2011 Chosen (The Chosen #1) released September 18, 2011 Hunted (The Chosen #2) […]
****This post was originally published on The Writer’s Guide to ePublishing on October 5, 2012**** This is the first part of a three part series on MY business plan as a self-published author. So many people have heard about my twenty-three page business plan and 1) wondered how I found enough material to fill twenty-three pages 2) heard I wrote a twenty-three page business plan and were too intimidated to try it or 3) both. Just remember, what works for me or is important to me may not work for you. My hope is if you are a self-published author, this will make you think more about the business part of your career. **** When I self-published my first book in July of 2011, my goal was to sell 1000 books by December 31. Six months. At the time, it seemed like a pie-in-the-sky dream. I’d done my research and everything I found said self-publishing was a long tail venture. You start off slow and steadily build your sales—and your readers. Estimates for a first month’s expected sales were around 20-50 books. If I was lucky. And then hopefully, double sales the second month. What I didn’t count on were the benefits […]
A couple of weeks ago I hosted a two hour Facebook Q&A event about the Rose Gardner Mystery series. Toward the end of my two hours, I made a announcement that shocked many of my readers. Thirty-Six and a Half Motives will be the last Rose Gardner Mystery. This decision wasn’t made lightly, and honestly, I feel a little sick typing that. I love Rose but the outcry from many readers is that they want an end. I’ve stated before that Thirty-Six would resolve many of the outstanding questions as well as wrap up the J.R. arc. But after many, many months of discussion with my editor (honestly, since January, 2015) I’ve decided that it might be best to end the series. HOWEVER… …that won’t be the end of Rose. When my editor and I began to discuss an ending to the series, we also discussed what would become of Rose. I’m lucky that Angela loves Rose as much as I do and neither of us are ready to say goodbye to her just yet. Hopefully, a lot of readers feel the same way. So in late 2016, I’ll release the first book of a new series with Rose and […]
Want a sneak peek at THE GAMBLER? Read the first two chapters below! Available September 1! Preorder now! Preorder: iBooks Amazon US Amazon UK Nook Kobo Google Play Goodreads Chapter One No one had ever accused Libby St. Clair of being a practical woman. Not that she cared. The practical choice was often the safe one, the boring one. Libby St. Clair had also never been accused of being boring. She firmly believed in living life to the fullest. Ironically enough, the fact that she was now preparing to walk down the aisle toward a man she didn’t intend to marry was the first practical choice she’d consciously made, even if no one else realized it. Especially her two best friends. “Libby,” Megan gushed, staring at Libby’s reflection in the mirror. “You look gorgeous.” Blair gave her a warm smile. “She’s right, Libs. You’re stunning.” “And just think,” Megan said, fluffing Libby’s tulle gown. “Not a single mishap.” That was the part that shook Libby’s faith in her plan. Why was her wedding going so perfectly? Blair put her hand on Libby’s arm and stared into her eyes in the reflection. “I confess, when you called last month and […]
I’m SO EXCITED to announce the winner of the #DGSRosegiveaway!!! Thank you to EVERYONE who entered!!! It means so much to me that you want to meet me. But there can only be one winner so…… The winner is Ruthie Logan Parrish!!! Congrats Ruthie!!! I can’t wait to meet you!!!
To celebrate the release of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes in bookstores on August 11, I’m about to announce the biggest contest I’ve ever offered!!! AND I AM SO EXCITED!!! Check out the details in my video: Here’s what you can win: Airfare for the winner and a guest to Kansas City, Missouri (continental US only) A private car to and from the airport Two nights stay in the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel (Friday and Saturday) $500 gift card to the Country Club Plaza Dinner with Denise Grover Swank The contest runs from August 11-August 23. ONE winner will be announced on August 24. How do you enter? Take a selfie of you holding a print copy of Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes. IT MUST BE THE NEW COVER. Any photos of the old cover will not qualify. Post your photos with the hashtag #DGSRoseGiveaway to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can post it to one or all three. Each posting will equal one entry. The fine print: The photo must be a selfie with the new cover (Posted above.) Airline tickets are for the continental US only and will be purchased by Denise Grover Swank or someone working […]
Available September 1, 2015 Preorder: iBooks Amazon US Amazon UK Nook Kobo Google Play (Coming soon) Goodreads Libby St. Clair believes in fate—so much so, she’s willing to pin everything on a curse a fortune teller placed on her and her two best friends when they were kids. The curse, that each of them will marry before thirty, have a disaster of a wedding, and end up with a man other than her original fiancé, has come to fruition for both of her friends, who are now deliriously happy. But Libby’s attempt to quick-start the curse by proposing to her wrong-for-her boyfriend ends in a wild dash from the altar. She’s rescued by her friend Noah, the only person who understands her impulsive decisions–because he’s the same way. Having spent most of his adulthood fleeing responsibility and commitment, Noah McMillan is finally ready to grow up. Of course, figuring out how is still a work in progress. When he realizes he’s in love with Libby, he flies to Kansas City to put a stop to her wedding. But Libby’s already pulled a runaway bride. Eager to cheer her up and prove that he can be the man she deserves, he […]
Are you coming to PENNED Con? I’m hosting a VIP Party! Penned Con is in St. Louis from July 23-25. I’ll be a keynote speaker this year and I’m also hosting a VIP party! The first fifty people to sign up will get free admittance to my party on Friday night. You’ll get a free drink ticket and access to my VIP room with appetizers and a cash bar. I’ve opened the invites to members of my Readers Community on Facebook. Soon I’ll send out a newsletter with a link to sign up. If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, this is just one of many reasons to sign up. You can sign up for my newsletter HERE. I’ll be signing books at Penned Con! You can either bring your own or purchase books from me. I’l bring multiple copies but if you want to be guaranteed the book)s) you want, be sure to preorder them from the link below. Preorder HERE For more information about Penned Con, you can check it out HERE.
Many, many readers have asked me to write a novella between Thirty-Four and a Half Predicaments and Thirty-Five and a Half Conspiracies, and I’ve said no. There will be no novella. But… That doesn’t mean there can’t be bonus scenes. Over the summer, and maybe into the fall until the release of Thirty-Five in November, I’m going to release what I’m calling “bonus chapters.” These chapters fall between Thirty-Four and the beginning of Thirty-Five. They will all be strictly other character POVs. There might be one chapter. There might be two. I’m writing them as they fit into my crazy summer schedule. I’ve written the first two chapters and I’m releasing them on Tuesday, June 2. Here’s a hint: The first chapter is from Mason’s POV. How can you read them? Sign up for my newsletter. Like the previous novellas, I’ll post links and passwords to the chapters. I’ll be sending out several newsletters between now and November 3, so you’ll have to read the emails and see if the links and passwords are inside. Hint: These chapters are bonus, so they will not be leading my newsletters. The newsletters will be sent out for other reasons so the link and […]
Coming June 2, 2015!!! iBooks Amazon Amazon UK Amazon DE Amazon AU Amazon CA B&N Google Play Print book Blurb: Book two in the USA Today bestselling The Wedding Pact series. Divorce attorney Blair Hansen is convinced that marriage should be based on practicality, not passion. But as her own wedding approaches, she finds herself remembering her law school boyfriend, the only man she’s ever loved, and regretting what might have been. Then a twist of fate lands Garrett back in her life, and the man who loomed large in her past is suddenly casting a shadow over her wedding, making her question everything. To complicate matters further, the job she loves is in peril, and she can feel the ‘perfect’ life she’s fashioned for herself start to crumble under her feet. Could everything she’s believed about life and love be wrong? Garrett Lowry is a divorce attorney who’s ready to settle down. The problem is that he can’t find a woman who suits him nearly as well as the one he loved and lost. He broke her heart by playing the field after their break up—something he’s always regretted. But after months of pining for Blair, Garrett stumbles across […]
After every Rose Gardner book release, I always get asked “how many more books?” Some want to know because they never want the series to end. Others ask because they want to know how many books they are committed to. I also get a lot of statements, comments about things in general I thought might be helpful to address. 1) When will the Rose Gardner Mystery series end? All the bigger threads in the series will be wrapped up by the end of Thirty-Six and a Half ??, which should release in early 2016. I could end the series there if I choose to. Will I? Probably not. I love Rose, but a lot of it depends on if readers are still interested in the series. I have some ideas about what will happen in subsequent books, so the series could and most likely will continue. Readers who want to end the series will get enough of a resolution at the end of Thirty-Six to stop reading. So for readers who want a conclusion, there you go. And for those of you who don’t, don’t worry. 🙂 2) But two books ago you said there were only to more books […]
THIRTY-FOUR AND A HALF PREDICAMENTS is now live! iBooks, Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon AU, Amazon CA, Amazon DE, Google Play Kobo Barnes & Noble Join the Facebook Discussion group when you finish! Blurb: Book seven in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Rose Gardner Mystery series. Rose Gardner hates seeing her normally flamboyant best friend Neely Kate struggle with depression. So when Rose stumbles onto a piece of evidence indicating her birth mother might have been involved in a crime, she does the one thing guaranteed to cheer Neely Kate. She convinces her friend to help her solve a mystery. Though their penchant for investigating has gotten them into plenty of pickles in the past, what can go wrong if they’re looking into a case that went cold a quarter of a century ago? But the deeper they dig, the more dirt they unearth. While she’s busy unraveling the past, Rose must also reprise her role as the Lady in Black as part of her ongoing agreement with the king of the Fenton County underworld. In so doing, she discovers a mysterious enemy is intent on attacking her friends, and her assistant DA boyfriend might be next […]