CG News: January Wrap-Up

January was quite a month in the Cege Smith universe. I made a big decision and decided to enroll Edge of Shadows into Amazon’s KDP Select program. (If you have no idea what that is, google it because there just isn’t enough time in the day to go through all of the opinions, rants, outrage, and support that this program has generated in the indie writing community and I won’t be able to do it justice.)

In any case, net net of that decision was that EOS is exclusive with Amazon until mid-April. Ultimately, I felt like this was a good decision for me because it wasn’t getting a lot of traction through any other distribution channel. And by enrolling in the program, Amazon gives authors 5 “promo” days where you can set your book for free. If you are wondering why that’s attractive- it helps boost your overall rankings in the Amazon store which in turn makes you more visible to potential readers.

EOS went free Jan. 21-22nd and the results were nothing less than astounding:

10,500 downloads in 48 hours

Let’s just sit with that number for a little bit…

That kind of exposure money can’t buy. If even a 1% of those people read EOS then I have (hopefully) gained visibility of 105 new readers who, if they liked the book, will return to buy more. This is good stuff!

I also received 2 new reviews for EOS, and was interviewed on two blogs in January:

Were Vamps Romance (includes a review of EOS)

Book Bags and Cat Naps

I had a pretty grueling end of the month with the “day job” and traveled all over the U.S. for 2 consecutive weeks.  Despite that severe restriction of time, I was able to finalize my manuscript for Heiress of Lies (formerly titled Angeline’s Quest) which I expect to release the week of Valentine’s Day.

Whew- seems like a lot. But things are only going to pick up from here!  I’m going to make “CG News” a regular feature for anyone who is looking to keep up to date on what I’m up to.

And as always, THANK YOU for your support. The Cege Smith Universe wouldn’t exist without you, Dear Reader.

Top photo credit: Neeta Lind

Heiress of Lies cover design: Scarlett Rugers

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