It’s baaaaacccckkkk… The self pubbed series!
Over the summer I introduced you to many self-published authors and their journeys. Over the fall, we took a little break, but its back now and in full force! I’ve got the next several months completely booked 😉
To kick it off, I thought I’d give everyone an update on me… I posted my self-pub interview in May, since then I had two self-pubbed Highland novels release, THE HIGHLANDER’S REWARD and THE HIGHLANDER’S CONQUEST. They are the first two books in a planned 6-book series, The Stolen Bride Series.
The books have taken off–each having been on the Hot New Releases best sellers lists, Historical Romance and Historical Fiction best seller lists at Amazon! I’ve been so pleased with their reception and so happy that readers are enjoying them. I had a lot of fun writing them and sharing my character’s stories.
What are sales like?
To date on Amazon, I’ve sold the following:
THE HIGHLANDER’S REWARD (Released on 7/12/12): 8882
THE HIGHLANDER’S CONQUEST (Released on 9/21/12): 3980
I’ve sold significantly less on B&N and through Apple, generally about 150-200 a month combined.
Here’s what I think made the difference in their sales compared to some of my other titles:
~They are full length novels
~Characters a reader can fall in love with
~Good price point. The books are $4.99 each.
~Releasing books relatively close together–within 2-3 months of each other. (Even novellas can help you with this!)
~Available in print/ebook from many e-tailers.
~Promotion–I’ve done blog tours, sent the books out for review, Tweeted, Facebooked, did a couple ads (not sure the paid ads helped at all to be honest) and above all, given many books away for free. If you give your book to someone to read and they love it, they may review it for you and share the title with their friends, prompting many more sales.
~Reviews, likes, tags on Amazon — having these things can really move your ranks up within Amazon’s algorithms. The more your books show up, the more exposure they get.
~My hands in many pots. In addition to self-pubbing, I am published with Ellora’s Cave and Carina Press, and I plan to continue my relationship with my publishers, and hopefully a couple more. I like to have my hands in all the pots. I think it can only help my sales across the board. For example, since the release of my self-pubbed books, my sales at my publishers have doubled and tripled in some cases.
So that’s my take on it! I’ll do another update in the spring when the third and fourth books have released.
In the meantime, check out my books!
Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she’s more in danger of losing herself.
The last thing Magnus Sutherland wants is to marry the beautiful English lass he saved. As the laird of his clan, he has a responsibility to his clan and allies. But when Arbella is attacked by one of his own men, he determines the only way to keep her safe is to make her his. A decision that promises to be extremely satisfying.
Magnus brings Arbella to his home of Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. And that’s where the trouble begins… Their countries are at war and they should be each other’s enemy. Neither one considered their mock marriage would grow into a deeply passionate love. What’s more, they were both unhappily betrothed and those who’ve been scorned are out for revenge. Can their new found love keep them together or will their enemies tear them apart?
“Eliza Knight has crafted a wonderfully entertaining, emotional and sensual read. I loved the sizzling romance and the exciting adventures. Magnus, the hot Highland hero, stole my heart just as he did Arbella’s.” Vonda Sinclair, Award-Winning author of Scottish romance
Highland warrior, Blane Sutherland, has one mission: disguise himself as an Englishman, cross the border and retrieve Lady Aliah de Mowbray. Always up for a challenge, he agrees, pursuing his conquest with vigor—and trying to deny the powerful desire that eclipses him each time he touches his charge. A rogue of the highest order and a younger son, he has nothing to offer a lady but a broken heart.
And what is a lady to do when she cannot trust her heart?
Aliah is skeptical of the English noble who has come to take her to her father and sister in Scotland, but she pushes her doubts aside. Without word in months, she must make certain her family is safe, then she can return to England to join the convent to which she has sworn to pledge her life. But then her escort reveals his true self—he’s a Highlander and his kisses are more seductive than the sweetest of wines.
Surrender never tasted so sweet…
“An author with a natural gift for story telling…” ―Victoria Roberts, acclaimed author of Temptation in a Kilt
A Highlander tamed…
Laird Daniel Murray seeks adventure, battle and freedom for his countrymen. Putting off his duties as laird—with a promise to his clan he’ll return come spring—Daniel sets off with his men to fight alongside William Wallace and the Bruce. But soon he stumbles across an enchanting lady in need. She tantalizes him with an offer he simply can’t refuse and a desire he attempts to dismiss.
A lady’s passion ignited…
Escaping near death at the treacherous hands of a nearby clan, Lady Myra must find the Bruce and relay the news of an enemy within his own camp. Alone in a world full of danger and the future of her clan at stake, she must trust the handsome, charismatic Highland laird who promises to keep her safe on her journey—and sets her heart to pounding.
Together, Daniel and Myra will risk not only their lives, but their hearts while discovering the true meaning of hope and love in a world fraught with unrest.