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Love's Brilliant Wreckage

Love’s Brilliant Wreckage is Available in Paperback

Two weeks ahead of the ebook launching, Love’s Brilliant Wreckage is available in paperback on Amazon now.

.Love's Brilliant Wreckage book cover

99¢ special

From launch day, June 19th to the 26th, the ebook will be on special for 99¢. Don’t want to wait that long to snag a bargain? Pre-order now, and the book will automatically drop into your Kindle on the 19th. Easy-peasy.

Promo

I’m promoting Love’s Brilliant Wreckage on various social media sites. I’ll soon start adding quotes to images and posting excerpts to pump up interest.

 

Get a free copy!

It’s not to late to request a free copy. If you’re interested and have the inclination to leave a review (Amazon frowns on free copies in exchange for a review, but I can hint, can’t I?), drop me a line at cherylsterling@hotmail.com)

In the meantime, here’s what the story is about:

The first time she stepped into the pages of a book, she delivered a baby boy.
When graduate student nurse Annie Faraday enters books to deliver babies, she blames the illusions on multiple stresses. Her fiancé fights in the bloodiest battles in the Pacific Theater; her family is falling apart; and her boss, who is also her future father-in-law, controls whether she graduates from nursing school.
Now, with the end of the war within tantalizing reach, and the return of her beloved Jimmy, she can no longer find excuses for her visions. She must dig deep into her family’s unspeakable past to discover whether she’s traveling into an alternate world, or following the trail of insanity blazed by her mother. Which is real?

Blessings,

Cheryl

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Kindle Select. Amazon author's page for Cheryl Sterling is live

It’s Thursday and we’re in the wayback machine, recycling a blog from 2017’s AtoZChallenge:

For today’s AtoZChallenge, the letter “K” is for Kindle Select

Kindle Select offers advantages and disadvantages to self-published authors. Explore more at http://www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

Kindle Select offers advantages and disadvantages to self-published authors.

Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited (K.U.) in July, 2014. The subscription program (currently $9.99 a month) allows readers unlimited access to a large selection of free ebooks (only ten at a time can be taken out. It’s like a Netflix for books). Amazon gives authors the option of enrolling their books in Kindle Select, the writing side of the program that feeds K.U.

Is Kindle Select the right program for you?

Let’s look at the pros and cons, then I’ll tell you of my experience and where I stand on the issue.

Pros:

The advantages of Kindle Select. Learn more at http://www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

The pros about Kindle Select.

  • Your book will automatically be available to K.U. subscribers.
  • Your book will automatically be available to be lent to other readers under the KOLL program (Kindle Owners’ Lending Library).
  • You can offer your book as a free promotion for 5 days out of the 90 day Kindle Select enrollment period for non-K.U. subscribers. The days do not have to be taken concurrently.
  • You can participate in the Kindle Countdown Deal, where you can run a limited sale, complete with a countdown clock, making a buy an urgency for your readers. Amazon has devoted a separate page to countdown deals, allowing alert buyers a way to check in for deals.
  • Earn a share of KDP’s Select Global Fund, a big pot of money ($16.8M this month) distributed among authors enrolled in Kindle Select. The allotment is based on number of pages downloaded and read more than 10%, plus books borrowed from the Lending Library.
  • Not having to format your book to different guidelines issued by distributors then individually upload them (I’m looking at you ibooks, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble).
  • You can offer print books at other sites, just not a digital version.
  • If you have multiple books out, offering an older title for free through Kindle Unlimited can generate interest  in your backlog.

Cons:

The disadvantages to self-published authors to use Kindle Select. Read more at http://www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

The cons about Kindle Select.

  • Amazon exclusivity for 100% of your book. You can not offer it anywhere else, and no more than 10% from your website. So, if you’ve been releasing a chapter a month and now decide to publish the entire work on Amazon, Kindle Select is not available.
  • You’re locked in for 90 days. Be aware: Kindle Select will automatically renew for another 90 days if you do not manually uncheck its box in your KDP bookshelf.
  • Owners of reading devices other than Kindle will not be able to download your book. Of course, they can always download the free Kindle reading app, but still. (I do 90% of my digital reading on my laptop).
  • You are at Amazon’s whim, which is powerful.
  • You are dependent on a single revenue stream.
  • The money earned per copy will not equal that of a non-Kindle Select (non-Kindle Unlimited) book.

My experience and opinion

In 2016, I and my writing partner published The Plot Thickens:21 Ways to Plot Your Novel through Kindle Select. We sold approx. 2100 copies to Kindle Unlimited users. Our income from those copies amounted to less than $50. Why? I can only guess that our 100 page book rode at the bottom of the Global Fund and/or readers did not go to the end of the book and/or saved it in their library for later (proven when we received small amount of monies months after we opted out of the program).

We are much happier, and a little richer, by keeping The Plot Thickens out of Kindle Select and offering it wide through other sellers.

Your mileage may vary. It’s a tough decision every author has to make. The good thing is, you can experiment for 90 days. Just be sure to unselect Select before the 90 days expires, because you’ll be automatically enrolled for another three months.

Have you tried Kindle Select? What’s been your experience?

Blessings,

Cheryl

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Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf

Flash Sale! Snow White Celebrates an Anniversary!

Is it a flash sale if it lasts 10 days? Who knows? Not me, I don’t even know the date I first published Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf. I had it planned that when Snow White celebrates an anniversary, I’d put her (and the eighth dwarf) on sale for 99¢. When I looked on Amazon for the sale date, I read March 15th, so I hurried and changed the price. Today, I looked again and read the 25th. Is Amazon wrong or am I?

Either way, here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2nKyL0N

Get Snow White and Red Riding Hood together for $3.98

Instead of $2.99 each, now through the 25th, buy book one and two in the Enchanted series for $3.98. Read how Lex the Dwarf (Spoilers: he’s not a dwarf and that’s not his real name) helps Snow White flee from the Evil Queen (Spoilers: she’s misunderstood, not evil). Then read how Rosewyn, a.k.a. Red Riding Hood, helps the new king (with a mysterious secret, but aren’t all secrets mysterious?) fight the threats against his new kingdom.

Book Three Coming Soon

I’m working on The Brass Slipper:Enchanted Book Three, a romantic re-telling of Cinderella, only in my version, Ella is a blacksmith! I’ve written nine thousand words, but I’ve joined CampNaNo with the objective of completing it by the end of May.

Snow White blurb:

Marked for death by her stepmother’s manic jealousy, Princess Snow White of Enchanted narrowly escapes the huntsman’s ax. Plunged into a treacherous blizzard, she stumbles across a cottage deep in the forest. But the owners, seven dwarfs and their adopted (and cute) human brother, cannot offer Snow refuge for long.
Snow, who’s never done anything more arduous than princessing, must brave grueling weather, cross two kingdoms, and reach her only living relative ahead of the Evil Queen’s army. If Snow fails, she loses more than her throne . . .
Lex Sands, always out of place within his family, has his world turned upside down when a woman with skin as white as snow and hair as black as coal—and a curve or two—breaks into his house. Suddenly, he’s responsible for her safety. With nature against them and time running out, can he prove his worth to his family, and, more importantly, to Snow White?

Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf

Purchase here: http://amzn.to/2nKyL0N

Read an excerpt here.

Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe Blurb:

Rosewyn lives a precarious existence as village baker on the edge of the Enchanted Forest. Any setback—an illness, a fire—threatens her ability to care for her Grandmother. After both strike, her desperation climbs. When the handsome, newly crowned King lands at her feet, she sees a clear path ahead. Using charm and a little magic, she inflames his desire.
Oliver Wolfe has lived with the secret of his werewolf blood for years. When he returns home from the exile his father imposed, he seizes the opportunity to restore the neglected realm and make a difference. While sweet Rosie eases his nights, a missing treasury and his subjects’ unrest hamper his plans. Then his right to the throne is challenged. With his future dependent on an unreliable witness, and his trial set the night of a full moon, can he trust Rosewyn with his secret?
With the fate of the man she loves weighing on her, Rosewyn must test the limits of the power buried within her. Is it strong enough to break his ancient curse, or will she lose everything?

Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe

Purchase here: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0768TDZV5

Read an excerpt here.

Blessings,

Cheryl

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