The Prairies Book Review
A speedy, dark romantic thriller with a suitably chilling ending…
Wren Bouchard arrives in scenic mountain town of Valley Spring, Colorado after fleeing a life of abuse and torture and found herself instantly drawn to mysterious and handsome, Croy Parker. As she starts to envision a life full of love and safety, her past returns to haunt her. From the very first page, the tension subtly rises as Wren’s life with notorious hitman, Aidan Luciano unravels, revealing an abusive relationship rooted in deeply sadistic practices. Bloodworth takes a fresh outlook on an old, tried formula and successfully pens down an emotionally resonant story of love, loss, grief, and renewal.
About ten years ago, I finished my first book. I was so proud and excited, I immediately started sending out query letters only to be rejected multiple times just like all authors before me. Enter Amazon self-publishing. Okay, self, new plan. I could go with it. I designed a cover, uploaded it, and was off to the races. People downloaded. Some people even liked it! I was thrilled. And then came the one terrible review. The one that brought all my momentum to a screeching halt. She didn’t like my work at all and was not shy in telling the world about it.
I stopped writing. I don’t generally give up easily, but in my mind, if one person hated it so much, then surely there would be others. I pulled the book from Amazon and went on with the rest of my life. I gave up.
My work is not above reproach. No one’s work is perfect. I just want to tell you, don’t let negativity stop you from doing what you want to do. Instead, let it drive you to be better, to work harder, to obtain that goal you have set for yourself. I have finally learned to accept criticism and use it as positive redirection and that has made all the difference.
The only person that can stop you, is you.
Here’s a list of the apps and programs I’ve been using lately to help me write and market my writing. Some of these have been awesome time savers and I just thought I’d pass them along to those interested.
- Scrivener. I love this software. I still use Word primarily for writing, but this program has helped me to organize my thoughts, pre-writing, first drafts, plot outlines, and character and scene details in one place.
- Pinterest. Pinterest gets the ideas flowing and allows me to get visual cues for the world and characters I’m trying to create.
- Canva. This has been the easiest to use stock photography and graphic program I’ve tried. Love the photo editor.
- Coffitivity. This site lets you listen to different coffee shop backgrounds if you are more productive with a static noise rather than music.
- Book Report. This is an add-on for Chrome that lets me see exactly how much money I’ve made from Amazon.
- Kindlepreneur. Great website with a ton of information about Amazon, keywords, ad strategies, and more.
- Upwork. This site lets you find independent editors, ghost writers, proofreaders, book cover designers, and more. Maybe even offer services to make an extra buck or two.
I posted the other day about how much I loved Pinterest for book promos. Here’s another thing I’ve found to love about it and it’s an app called Tailwind.
This app lets you schedule pins to as many of your boards as you like, whenever you want them to be pinned. It’s such a time saver and at $10 per month, much more affordable than running ads everywhere.
As a bonus: it also works with Instagram.
You can get a free trial and see what you think. So far, I love it.
Pinterest is often overlooked in the marketing scheme of things, but I recently decided to give it a try for the promotion of my latest book, Make Your Bones. ( shameless plug: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MN672G7 )
I have used Pinterest personally for many years, as I’m sure most of you have. It is a terrific place to find ideas, as well as connect with other artistically minded folks.
Having experimented with promoted posts on Instagram, Facebook, and Amazon, I found that while they do get your book in front of many eyes, most of the interaction is with likes or saves and not sales. When I tried promoted pins, however, I saw that my CTR (click through rate) was much higher on Pinterest than other outlets.
Why? Maybe it’s simply because the audience is right for the type of fiction I write. Maybe it’s because of the user interface.
What is great about Pinterest is that if anyone repins your promoted pin, it will be there long after the paid promotion has ended. Virtually forever.