This post is a bit overdue. I’ve been meaning to write it since Sunday. I’m not sure why, but I’ve been feeling a bit scattered again. I’m honestly having a really hard time focusing on anything writing related that requires me to pay attention, even for a few minutes. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because it’s been cloudy here for the last few weeks (that’s what it seems like) or maybe it’s related to my chemobrain. I know that makes me forgetful, at least short term memory-wise, which on its own is frustrating enough (seriously, I went to return a movie to the Redbox last weekend, I left 5 minutes after I said that was what I was going to do, and I completely forgot the movie! I didn’t even realize it until I was 2/3 of the way to my destination. I don’t know if I was more embarrassed or more frustrated, and I was in the car alone!). I can’t help but wonder what other brain cells the chemo drugs affected.
But I digress. (See, I lack focus.)
This post is really an announcement. For those of you who don’t know, it’s time for Smashwords’ “Read an Ebook Week.” (That’s almost all I read anymore, unless I borrow from the library). But that’s not why I’m telling you this. I’m telling you because I am once again participating, but this time around, I am offering Riptide, Lost & Found, and Uninvited for FREE! Ghost Whispers is also on sale for 50% off!
I’ve never done a free promotion, so this is kind of an experiment for me. I’m looking for the response. I realize that being a Young Adult author who does not use Twitter puts me at a disadvantage. Most of my target audience has left Facebook for Instagram (which I don’t know how to use to post photos, although I follow quite a few people) and Twitter. I’m also not very skilled at promoting my books. I’ve done a few giveaways and those seem to have piqued people’s interest. Until the giveaway ends. Basically, the whole marketing thing stumps me.
If you’re wondering what I’m learning, let me say that so far, more people than I expected have downloaded Riptide. Since Smashwords is the outlet that I’ve had the least success with (until this week that is), I’m pleased. No, my numbers aren’t crazy astronomical but since I’m one of those people who never thought anyone would want to read her stories, I’m happy because people are downloading something I wrote. (I won’t lie, it’d be awesome to hit triple digits).
I’m going to track the results. Let’s see what happens. After all, someone downloaded several copies to give as gifts (thank you, whoever you are!).
Remember, if you or anyone you know wants to take advantage of this limited time offer (RAEW ends on 3/8/14), you can find the coupon codes on the books’ Smashwords pages, which you can get to by going to my Smashwords page (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/michellemoklebust)
In closing, I want to thank everyone who has supported my writing endeavors. I also want to thank those who have downloaded and enjoyed my stories. I promise, there are more to come. Maybe a poem or two as well. Stay tuned!