Take 3 – Answers to Your Questions
Today I’m answering more questions I received.
Question 1: How do you get your books in the proprietary categories i.e. “One-Hour Romance Short Reads?” Do you email Amazon and request it? Use a keyword? Just plain lucky?
It is my understanding that the category “One Hour Romance Short Reads” is a category that Amazon puts you in. It is a best sellers category so it’s not a category you can request.
Question 2: Do you set monthly income goals?
No. I just try to do better than the month before.
Question 3: Hope, how long are your books? Is 6k-7k words ok I publish weekly? Thank you!
In the beginning my books were around 5,000 words. Now, I write anywhere between 10,000 and 12,000 per book. Whatever length you want to write – and the book is a complete story – that’s what you should write. Publishing weekly is great!
Question 4: How did you get so good at writing romantic fiction?
First of all, thank you so much for this. I still struggle with comparisons and “I’m really not that good” feelings all the time, so your very kind words mean a lot to me.
I would say the number one thing that has helped me, is being an avid reader. I read all the time. Isn’t it great that now instead of calling it ‘reading’ I call it ‘research’. But I ‘research’ all the time. I love reading a book and I take a mental note of all the different feelings that a book evokes. When I write, I want to do the same for my readers. I am not always successful, but I really do try. I want them to feel sad, happy, longing, satisfied, wanting, etc. If you can do that, if you can make your readers “feel” what they’re reading, you will do fine.
Question 5: Have you written fanfiction before?
No. I’ve never written fan fiction.
Question 6: Do you recommend pre-orders and when do you suggest we start our own FB group? Thanks!
Pre Orders: My brain doesn’t work that way. As of now, anyway. I create a cover and blurb after my book is finished. Plus, I do such a rapid release, I have not organized myself to be able to do a pre order yet. So, I’m not really able to give you any good advice on whether to do a pre order or not. I have heard that now you get a bump on preorder release day, but again, I don’t know if that is true. I would suggest testing it out to see if it works for you.
FB Group: This is sort of a biggie. My first inclination is that once you have x amount of subscribers to your email ( I think I had 400), you should do a group. However, before you start one, I recommend that you make sure you are in it for the long haul! Groups are a lot of work. You are socializing with your readers and you want to make sure the group is active and involved. If you are not able to do that on a continuous basis, I would recommend just using your email subscriber list as a way to connect with readers.
However, if you have the time and are willing to put in the effort, definitely do a group! I have gotten to know so many of my readers and it has been AWESOME! Have I mentioned I have wonderfully, supportive readers! 🙂 Really, it is a great way to connect.
Question 7: I know you are working on a course on creating book covers. But I need one now. Any suggestions where I can get one?
I have two author friends that also create covers! You should definitely check them out. Here is a link to their Facebook Groups! (Not an ad. I get nothing for promoting them. I just like their covers.)
Covers by Juliet – Sweet Romance Covers
Forever Love Covers and Designs – PNR, MC, Sweet, Steamy, Suspense
Ok, that’s all for today! If you have any questions, please fill free to click HERE and I will be happy to help!