Book Clubbin’ Starts this Month

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I’m so happy to announce that I’m launching my book club, Wine Down with Words, this month and I hope you can join!

JOIN THE BOOK CLUB

My mission for this book club is to spotlight indie authors and introduce new readers to their work. As a proud indie author myself, marketing to grow your readership can be tough and expensive. I want to help carry that load by getting books out to to the masses I know. We’ve got a good book line up which you can learn more by joining the book club. I’m even looking for other indie books to read with the group.

There’s still time to join. Just click here to do some book clubbin’.

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Authorpreneurship 201: Building Your Catalog is Vital

This journey of being an author, a self-published but willing to pitch my book to an agent or larger publisher authorhood, has been filled with so many lessons and now it’s time for me to drop a few nuggets. So if you haven’t subscribe yet, you definitely should!

Today’s Authorprenuership lesson comes from the five year in review lens; in other words this if for my 0-3 year experience range indie author. It’s so easy to keep pushing the same book over and over again but guess what’s the biggest obstacle for a self-pub author: growing our audience.

Water Your Audience and They Shall Grow

Yep, not selling the book–as long as it has a good storyline–isn’t the biggest issue. Not getting it out to your audiences is definitely easier now since we have retailers like Amazon, Bookbaby, iBooks and others who can get us in a reader’s queue. Plus if you have a social media following (big or small), you can bet that 1 out of 30 followers will buy your book.

But what happens when your audience slows to grow, and even though I know this is a completely abnormal situation, but what if you can’t travel to events or there are no events going on for you to hustle your book at? How can you possibly grow your audience?

Enter lesson 201. What I’ve learned since I first published my book in 2015, is that if you keep pushing the same book and your audience doesn’t grow, your following will plateau and interest will dim. But before the light completely goes out, you can do one thing that will make the sunshine bright once more–write mo!

Mo Books, Mo Books, Mo!

I just released my fourth book, which is the second release this year, and I immediately saw my readership grow. Even though my following didn’t drastically change, it did increase and so new readers took a chance on me because my old readers were excited to share my new books with their audience.

Of course there are other factors that play a part; make sure you have reviews for your current book(s), stay active with you audience, write or do anything that pertains to your writing career whether it’s blogging, vlogging or joining TikTok. But keeping things completely transparent, I knew this step was essential years ago, like literally the third year that I pushed the same two books.

What kept me from dropping more books faster? Answer: Excuses. “I don’t have enough time to write,” or “it needs to be perfect” were my favorite excuses but the latter was the greatest one of all.

Trust in the process and instead of looking for perfection, write toward passion. Write a story that makes you feel something and trust that even though a comma is out of place or maybe the a sentence is a run on that the editor will catch it.

Write and then release and then do it again.

I’m thankful that I can now open a bookstore online with Square and have several options for readers. I’ll share how that goes too because I’m testing it to see if managing my own store is worth the work or if I should just stick with the mass-producing book retailers.

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Tuesday Teaser: Office Extravaganza

With my next novella hitting these digital book platforms this Friday, April 24, I wanted to share a teaser to get you started. It’s the uncut, expansion of my short story from my best seller, Untraditional: A Collection of Passion-fy Short StoryPre-order you copy today.

OFFICE   EXTRAVAGANZA
by DNC

“I’LL LOCK THE DOOR when I leave. Don’t worry about it,” I yell to Dora, the operations manager.

“Nat Simmons, you’re the greatest!” She responds with a Kool-Aid smile, sweet enough to give everyone in the office cavities.

She hugs me tight and leaves a soft peck on my cheek. I smile and watch her walk to the door, admiring her new Tory Burch purse.

“Hey,” she spins around making her curly brown hair bounce.

“Are you coming by tonight?”

“Maybe, if you give me that purse.” I raise an eyebrow daring her to give into my demand.

“Ha, we’ll see I guess.” We both laugh. Dora leaves and then I refocus on the task at hand.

I decide to stay as long as it takes me to complete my dashboards. I walk back to my reception desk and unlock my screen to see that I had an IM up.

Marc X3T: You’re still here too?

It’s the new guy. He was working late on his second week — poor baby.

Natalie S: Yeah. They work me to the bone every day.
Marc X3T: Man, they’re tough here. How do you do it?
Natalie S: I just do it. Like Nike.
Marc X3T: LOL. Yeah, I like that motto, in more ways than one.

I sit back and wonder exactly what he means.  How many ways could you just do it?  Was he flirting with me?

He was alright. The other ladies thought he was cute. It was like getting a new, attractive guy in class; they were too shy to ask more questions, but quick enough to make up tales about his sexual prowess. They’re so cliché.

Okay, maybe he was easy on the eyes. Let me stop fronting; he was fine.

Marc was the new IT manager brought in to help with our computer chaos. He seemed quiet, even shy at times. Most of the ladies thought he was cute; twenty-six years old, five/ten with caramel skin. It was the first time in a while that the office had had some eye-candy and he was definitely delicious to our eyes.

Marc X3T: Hello!
Natalie S: My bad, I just got a phone call.

I lie since he couldn’t know that I was stuck on his comment.

Natalie S: What are you up to this weekend?
Marc X3T: I’ll probably go play some ball, maybe do some work, and then chill at home.  Maybe do some cooking.
Natalie S: Oh, you cook?  Go ahead! I don’t know too many men that can cook.
Marc X3T: Oh, I cook, girl.  I do it well, just like other things.

All the innuendos were starting to add up. He’s got to be flirting now.  I cross my legs and move a little closer to my computer screen.

Marc X3T: What do you like to eat?
Natalie S: I love seafood, especially crab legs.
Marc X3T: I’m not really a seafood person, but I do love catfish.  I’ll try anything twice.  I have a thing about having different textures on my tongue.

My mind shifts immediately over to how much he would like the taste of me. What am I doing? Jon was at home. At this moment, cooking dinner waiting on me to join him. I refocus and shift the conversation.

Natalie S: So, are you watching the game this weekend?
Marc X3T: Yeah, but I think I’m going to come in this weekend after I leave the gym and do a little work.
Natalie S: Yeah, I think I am too, because I need a head start on some projects for next week.

It’s a little funny how we both feel the need to come in and work on the weekend.  Not too many other people in the office like that idea, but I usually did.

Natalie S: I’ll be there in the afternoon tomorrow. If you want to come then I can let you in.
Marc X3T: Sounds good. See you at 1 p.m.

Marc was turning out to be more than just a cute face. I can respect his work ethic, since it was much like mine. I was just getting back from a five-day vacation, so I had only been in the office three times since he started. Marc was nice, had a genuine smile and spoke to everyone; even the “I hate my job every day” grouchy people.  It was refreshing to have someone else around who seemed to enjoy their job as much as I did.

We’ve had a lot of IT guys come through this office but he’s the first one that I know of that actually enjoys talking to us; talking to people in general. He seems to really enjoy getting to know people’s thoughts, kicking off conversations and even making eye contact. He’s definitely a unicorn in the industry.

I send him one more IM to let him know that I’m heading out. I log off the computer and grab my things but where am I going? Dora’s or home to Jon.

Choose Nat’s next move:
If she heads to Dora’s house, go to the next page.
If she heads straight home to Jon, jump to this page.

Pre-order your copy to choose what she should do!!Office-Extravaganza-Cover-April2020Update

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It’s New Book Release Time…

I’m so excited to share that my new book, Daydreaming, will hit the streets this Saturday on all digital book platforms–Kindle, Nook and Kobo!
 

Daydreaming tells the story of how Dominic has haunted Ava’s dreams for four long years. Now as they wrap up their senior year at Kingman U, what is Ava willing to do or say to finally make her dreams become a reality. Will she be bold enough to share her sensual secret? Or will best friends stay simply best friends? Help her choose what she should do.

Expanded from a short story in my bestselling book, Untraditional: A Collection of Passion-Fy Short Stories, this new novella allows you–the reader–to indulge alongside the characters. In this first book from the “Pick Your Passion” series, readers guide the characters by choosing how they should act.

In this quick-read format (45 minutes tops), readers can choose a different choice, over and over and over again. See where your imagination can take you. Who knows, maybe Ava’s choices can entice you to make your own desires come true.

Make sure you’re following my social channels to know exactly when it drops.
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It’s already on Patreon and if you subscribe today, you will get Daydreaming and my next book before everyone else too. Receiving releases early is one of the many perks to joining my Passionate Patreon family. Subscribe here.

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Your love and support fuel my ambitions and I’m thankful that you keep reading my words and supporting my journey.

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NaNoWriMo is here! You ready or Nah?

It’s that time of the year when we writers decide to isolate ourselves from the world to get as many words, stories, outlines, edits and thoughts out in the name of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) – like we really need another excuse to get lost in our word counts.

Since I learned that November was the designated month for such an audacious yet exciting event, I’ve tried to join in on the festivities and this year is no different.

With the a plan to knock out my 2020 self-pub piece, I’ve identified all the weapons (or tools for you non-warriors), tricks and hints that I could find starting with my own version of Popeye’s spinach – wine!

On my YouTube channel (say what, you haven’t subscribed…what are you waiting on?), I take you through my thoughts on my first wine subscription that started with a simple wine tasting.

While you’re there on my channel–after you subscribe–make sure to check out my NaNoWriMo playlist to find other tips and hints to surviving and smashing your goals throughout the entire month of November. I’ll continue to do videos thought the month to share my own progess too.

Got some tips of your own? Share away folks. Drop your tips in the comments below so we can all do this right. It’s a writing community thang so let help each other out.