Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Highlights of the Month, So Far

Usually, I have a new Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery coming out in August. This year I was really slow getting the manuscript finished. Not sure why, but I did struggle with it a bit. I even got an email from my publisher asking where it was. I finally got it turned in and I've received my contract. An editor has been assigned to the book which I've called "River Spirits."  The proposed publishing date is the end of September. So, as I've mentioned in another blog, it's time to start planning the promotion.

I'm going to do another blog tour--yes, I know, I'm a glutton for punishment. Because I know things never quite go as planned, I'm setting it up for November. Not sure how or where I'll do my in-person launch party.

Another big highlight is the fact that I got the biggest royalty check I've ever received. The reason it was so big is because I did the free Kindle book deal. I did use BookBub which advertises free Kindle books to thousands of subscribers. It's a costly way to do it, but in my case it did pay off. Not only were over 500,000 free books downloaded, more were paid for, and many of the books in the series were also purchased. Even a few other books I've written were purchased too--ones that have been sitting dormant for awhile.

For the freebie, Angel Lost, as I write this, I have 106 reviews for the book on Amazon. Most are positive, though there are a few not so wonderful reviews--a couple are quite strange.

For a day, Angel Lost was #1 in police procedurals and hovered below #50 in mystery.


By the time this is online, great-grandchild #15 will be born. Her name is Priscilla Rose and I'm eagerly waiting to meet her. And of course, this will be the biggest highlight of all.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith


Karen Whalen said...

I can't wait to read River Spirits!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Thank you, Karen!
I have the edits now and will be working on them right away. Also Priscilla Rose has arrived, 8# 2 oz and 18 inches long. Another cutie.

Morgan Mandel said...

I'd say you're still doing very well getting those books out, Marilyn!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

This was a rough day, had to take hubby early for cataract surgery. It went well, but I'm exhausted.