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Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
It’s a book birthday!

The Incubus Job is now available for download! I didn’t know I’d be this nervous. I’m literally in knots. I kind of feel the need to throw up. I don’t remember the last time I felt this nervous about a book release. I don’t even know quite why. Except this book means a lot to me and it’s my first indie publication. I swear, though, my head is going to pop off soon. *breathe, Di, breathe*

A lot of people ask how they can help an author, so I’m posting the following, which I stole from Seanan McGuire, who also has a book birthday today. It’s one of her Incryptid books, which are amazeballs good and if you haven’t read them, go do it. If only for the mice. So here’s the how to help an author recommendations:

DO buy the book as soon as you can. Sales during the first week are very important—think of it as “opening weekend” for a movie—but they’re not the end-all be-all. If you can get the book in the next few days, get the book. Remember, books make great gifts!

DO post reviews on your blog or on Amazon.com or Goodreads. Reviews are fantastic! Reviews make everything better! Please, write and post a review, even if it’s just “I liked it.” Honestly, even if it’s just “this wasn’t really my thing.” As long as you’re being fair and reasoned in your commentary, anything you say is perfect. (I like to believe you won’t all race right out to post one-star reviews, but if that’s what you really think, I promise that I won’t be mad.) Reviews help authors get better standing and advertising at the online stores and hopefully helps generate sales.

DO tell your friends if you happen to like the book. Word of mouth is so helpful. I mean, how many times have you picked up a book because a friend told you it was good?

That’s about all I have. I will now go back to pacing and chewing my nails.


13 comments to “It’s a book birthday!”

  1. Abby Kosmenko
     · March 3rd, 2016 at 4:37 pm · Link

    My favorite character name is Remington Picasso, the worlds best (worst?) private investigator.

    I think if it was just my last name I’d want it to be a business, and if it was the whole name I’d like to be an employee.

  2. Katrina Edwards
     · March 3rd, 2016 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Remington Picasso is my favorite character. I would want to be piece of landscape for my first name.

  3. Roger Simmons
     · March 3rd, 2016 at 5:21 pm · Link

    My favorite character name is Jenks.

    I’d like to be a business, a book store.

  4. Paula Porter
     · March 3rd, 2016 at 5:48 pm · Link

    My favorite character’s name because of all the symbolism is from Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”. Lt. Jimmy Cross…I assume you mean any character from any book or story???

    I have such a boring and common name that’s been used for businesses, streets, etc., not sure what it would be – probably whole name, employee.

  5. Ava Walton
     · March 3rd, 2016 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Favorite character name: Fairlie Norwich

    I would prefer to be an employee of a business…

    • Di Francis
       · March 8th, 2016 at 1:17 pm · Link

      How awesome that you love Fairlie’s name!

  6. Erik Jerome Weingardt nickname Reet
     · March 3rd, 2016 at 6:52 pm · Link

    My favorite name of all time is: Mystra, She’s a demi-god that trained Elminster the Wizard

    I think I would like to be a Business Name, if given the choice.

  7. Nicole Anderson
     · March 3rd, 2016 at 7:35 pm · Link

    Favorite character name: Jezebel Jade.

    If was “tuckerized” I would want to be a road.

  8. Colleen G
     · March 3rd, 2016 at 7:56 pm · Link

    Joscelin Verrieul (sp?)
    If I win make me a road or landscape feature

  9. Evergreen
     · March 4th, 2016 at 1:41 pm · Link

    I have trouble remembering most names. I guess I’ll go with River Tam, since I named my cat after her.

    Since my name is already heavily used in the other options in real life, I’d want it to be a person.

  10. Danielle E
     · March 5th, 2016 at 3:00 pm · Link

    My favorite character name is Phadrea
    I would be a named piece of landscape, a lovely oasis

  11. Di Francis
     · March 8th, 2016 at 1:14 pm · Link

    Hello folks!!! So I took the ten of you and input you into a random number generator so that it could do the drawing, and the winner is . . . Paula Porter!

    Except . . . why not do two? So the second winner is . . . Colleen G.

    So Colleen . . . your last name would be very useful to creating a landmark, unless you want your first name as the landmark. Let me know!

    • Paula Porter
       · March 8th, 2016 at 1:51 pm · Link