Monday, December 23, 2013

Off the Grid

I'm officially off the grid!

Enjoy your friends, family, food, the downtime--whatever's special about this season to you--make it count.

I will see YOU in 2014!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How To Use Twitter

Previously on the blog:

The best way to market is ALWAYS to release a new book (building your backlist). While I don't think that will ever change, I do want to focus more on marketing this year, and just "putting myself out there." I feel like if I say this on the blog, I'll stick to it. (Consider it a form of positive peer pressure). The easiest way (for me) to connect with others is through Twitter. I've been doing some research, so my next post will cover what I've learned about Twitter. I figure if the information helps me, it might help you, too. 

As promised:

I don't have to tell you that technology is changing faster than we (read: I) can keep up. When I first started writing, Myspace was the way to connect with readers. Now, entire weeks will go by and I won't even think about Myspace. In fact, I deleted my account a few months ago. There was just no point in maintaining it. This was because Facebook came along, and it was a much better way to connect with friends, family, and readers. Now I'm hearing the adults are sticking to FB, but teens (i.e. my market) are moving on to bigger and better things. Methinks I will eventually have to look into Tumblr, but I digress.

I've always enjoyed Twitter, though. I like the brevity of it all. Face it: few of us have time to read long, cumbersome blog posts, and even fewer have time to write them. 

So, in my quest to use Twitter more efficiently in the coming year, I sat down and determined how, exactly, I wanted to use it. 

Here's what I came up with (in the order of importance).

How I Want To Use Twitter

Connect with readers and other writers
Promote other writers
Offer glimpses into my life/thought process. To "keep in touch."
To spread the news re: ebook deals
Promote myself/my books

Then, I had to decide what to tweet or what I felt followers expected from me.

What To Tweet

Information about new releases/deals
Information about writing/the indie world
Information about me (what I'm doing, what I'm liking, etc.)

While reading, I also learned a few things to avoid.

What to Avoid

Overexposure (I had to unfollow someone recently for this. I felt *so* bad, but at the same time, my feed was so clogged with posts that weren't relevant to me that I couldn't take it anymore. It wasn't any of you, so don't worry! I can look the other way to an extent, but this just got to be too much.)

Venting/Rants (I'm the first to admit that I enjoy putting a good sarcastic comment or two out in the world, and I don't mind venting as a whole. It's when it becomes an entire feed that it gets tiresome. No one should roll their eyes and mutter "here we go again" when I send a tweet out into the world.)

Gossiping (Information travels too quickly these days--usually before the facts are even straight. I love a good scandal as much as the next person, but it doesn't hurt to take a breath or two and hold off until facts are confirmed. Also, remember that the internet is forever. How awkward would it be to have to sit on a panel with someone you publicly bad-mouthed? Yeah.)

So once I figured out how to use (and not use) Twitter, I looked into . . .

Best Twitter Practices

(The information varies from site to site--data sometimes conflict--but from what I've gathered. . .)

Tweet between 4-7pm

Tweet often

Tweet at least 5 days a week

Twitter engagement is higher on weekends 
(but Thursdays and Fridays aren't bad, either).

It's okay to tweet the same post again a few hours later (not every five minutes!) for those who might've missed it the first time.

And finally, some . . .

Good Tips to Follow

Stay positive
Try to have conversations with people.
Include a link or a photo whenever you can
Retweet (RT) others 
Ask for a RT. 
(Truth? I'm not a fan of begging for people to RT my posts, but if there's something I want people to see, I definitely get more RTs when I ask for them as opposed to when I don't.) 
And there you have it! Pretty self-explanatory, I think. If you're trying to figure out how to use Twitter more effectively, take what you need from this and leave the rest. 

My Twitter feed is in the sidebar. ---> And I can be followed via @katiekleinbooks. I don't auto follow, but I do respond to @ replies. As a follower of mine, you can expect to see a good mix of RTs from other writers; links to information important to indies, writers, and readers; and varying personal nonsense. 

My goal is to stay more connected in 2014. We'll see how it goes!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

INDIE LIFE--Access to Information

It's Great to be an Indie because . . .

You have access to information. Really. Important. Information. 
And you have it when it matters most.

Knowledge is power. Real time sales information is essential. Are social media posts working for you? An advertisement you took out? Have you stopped promoting altogether? 

With traditional publishing, you only have access to numbers months after the sale. Indie writers can examine numbers daily on a variety of platforms to determine what (promotion-wise) is working and what isn't.

And while I don't recommend obsessing over daily numbers, it's good to have the information available. Use it to your advantage. 

Because being Indie doesn't have to mean going it alone.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

On "Getting Back Out There"

So, I kind of disappeared for a while, only popping in occasionally (usually to post about new releases or a sale). I blame the new baby. (Any time I can't get something done, I blame the baby. Poor baby!) I'm slowly trying to get back into the swing of things, though--find a groove, so to speak. That means I really need to be better about updating this blog. In a world where blog hits are down statistically, mine are increasing. Don't know why that is, but I'm thankful you stopped by just the same. :)

One of my goals for the upcoming year is to improve my marketing skills. When Cross My Heart was first released, I didn't have to do a thing. I released, you liked and raved, and Amazon algorithms did their thing. There have been so many changes to the algorithms since then (and self-publishing in general), that sales have to be fought for these days. Because of the quick nature of self-publishing and the internet, things are in a constant state of flux. What works one week won't work the next. Advertising sites that were once popular and that were guaranteed money makers are now dead in the water. I'm even hearing that blog tour participation is down. (That lasted what? Six months?)

The best way to market is ALWAYS to release a new book (building your backlist). While I don't think that will ever change, I do want to focus more on marketing this year, and just "putting myself out there." I feel like if I say this on the blog, I'll stick to it. (Consider it a form of positive peer pressure). The easiest way (for me) to connect with others is through Twitter. 

I've been doing some research, so my next post will cover what I've learned about Twitter. I figure if the information helps me, it might help you, too. 

Placeholding until then!


P.S. I have a twitter feed in the sidebar. It contains either 1) personal nonsense, 2) retweets of others, or 3) where to find a good ebook sale. If you don't follow me already, I'm @katiekleinbooks. I don't auto-follow, but I do try to respond to every personal (@) message. :)

Friday, November 29, 2013



Check out these Black Friday Deals!
Lee Strauss
The Perception Series
YA sci/fi dystopian boxed set
$6.50  $.99

Complete Perception Series set: Ambition, Perception, Volition and Contrition

The PERCEPTION Series books ( SF/mystery/romance) are Young Adult novels that take place in the not too distant future in a world changed by climate extremes, natural disasters and impending wars, and where scientific breakthroughs cause class divisions--both financially and philosophically. It explores the clash between faith and science and how differences can separate us as enemies or ally us together. And in some cases, even in the midst of betrayal and personal crisis, there's room to fall in love.

Leigh T. Moore


Barnes & Noble:

Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy. Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.

Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father. A secret that could permanently change all their lives.
Laura Pauling 
A Spy Like Me

$2.99  $.99
Eighteen-year-old Savvy Bent expects fireworks on her first date with Malcolm - in Paris! Except over a picnic of sparkling cider and strawberry tarts, a sniper shoots at them.


That’s only the beginning. From the top of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the catacombs, Savvy must sneak, deceive, and spy to save her family and friends and figure out whether Malcolm is one of the bad guys before she completely falls for him.
Christine Fonseca
The Requiem Series
YA Gothic Romance
Lacrimosa (Book #1) - $2.99 $.99 
Libera Me (Book #2) - $2.99 FREE for Kindle
Dominus (Book #3) - $2.99 $0.99 for Kindle
Some sacrifices should never be made...even for love

Katie Klein
Cross My Heart
YA Romance

$3.99  $1.99 
Amazon only

Jaden McEntyre and Parker Whalen are a wrong fit from the start. Jaden is driven and focused, Harvard Med School within reach. Parker has a past—a reputation—and the rumors about his mysterious habits abound. So there’s no reason why, when they're assigned to work together on a project in English, they should discover they have anything in common, or even like each other, and they definitely shouldn't be falling in love.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Indie Life--Freedom

It's Great to be an Indie because . . .

You have the freedom to write the story you feel compelled to tell.

Let's face it: many publishers like to "play it safe." That's why you find a lot of the same story ideas recycled over and over again. The indie writer doesn't have to worry about meeting an editor's demands, or wonder what the "board" will say when it comes time to face acquisition. The indie writer can write the story he or she wants to tell. There are no limits. There are no boundaries. And for a writer, that's worth its weight in gold.

Because being Indie doesn't have to mean going it alone.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Hot New Releases!

October was a busy month for Indelible authors.
Check out these fantastic new releases

Twist of Fate
by Laura Pauling

Love can be deadly.
Savvy never meant to take Will’s life—honestly—and every day she experiences the crippling guilt. While on the run with Malcolm and her parents, she learns that Will—the cold, arrogant assassin—had a girlfriend. This girl never knew Will drew his last breath in Greece, and now her life is in danger. Savvy lies to her parents, and Malcolm, and flies to Prague to rescue Will’s girlfriend from an untimely death, hoping to save her relationship with Malcolm, and pay her debt to Malcolm’s family. But nothing goes as planned.
It’s Malcolm’s job to keep Savvy and her parents safe and in hiding. When he’s attacked in the backyard, Malcolm knows their cover is blown. He hustles everyone out of the safe house and to a shelter. A special agent tracks Malcolm down and wants him to hunt down dangerous assassins in exchange for a clean slate. Thinking Savvy is safe with her parents, Malcolm takes on this mission not expecting to put her life or their love on the line.
by Leigh T. Moore

Finishing senior year is supposed to be the best time in a person’s life.
Finishing senior year as Julian’s girlfriend should’ve been the icing on the cake.
Knowing the secret that could change everything for him is the only thing threatening to spoil it all. 
Until Jack returns.
Anna and Julian are together at last, and it’s as hot and happy as they knew it would be. The only problem is The Secret. 
And Jack. 
But while Anna is determined to fight for the guy she loves, she could still lose Julian when he discovers the truth she’s been helping to hide.


Indie Author Survival Guide
by Susan Kaye Quinn


This book is for every author who's thinking about indie publishing, or has already taken the leap, and wonders why no one told them about the sharks, the life-sucking social media quicksand, or the best way to avoid sales-checking, yellow-spotted fever. This is a guide for the heart as much as the head. And because I promised myself that I wouldn't write a book about how I made a gazillion dollars publishing ebooks, I would write about the fear: owning it, overcoming it, facing it. From a person who didn't pursue a creative life for a long time, and then discovered creativity can set you free.

Note: gazillion is a technical term, which in this case means something less than a million and more than the average income in my state.

Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindajck Trilogy and Debt Collector serial and has been indie publishing since 2011. She’s not an indie rockstar or a breakout success: she’s one of thousands of solidly midlist indie authors making a living with their works. This book is a compilation of her four years of blogging through changes in the publishing industry—updated, revised, and supplemented to be relevant in 2013. It’s a guide to help her fellow writer-friends take their own leaps into the wild (and wonderful) world of indie publishing... and not only survive, but thrive.
Amazon and B&N

Off the Market
by Magan Vernon


Off The Market:
*** This book is proud to be a part of The 12 NA's of Christmas ***

12 New Adult Novellas. 12 Best Selling Authors. November 2013.

Etta Davis didn't have showing a house penciled into her Christmas plans, but with the other realtors already off enjoying their holiday, she'd been stuck with the task. It wasn't all bad though, the house up for grabs used to belong to the family of her high school sweetheart, Andrew Lawson. Though now dilapidated, thanks to its current owners, it still held the power to bring back forgotten memories and turn the routine showing into something else entirely. Particularly when Andrew shows up, wanting to buy the house. Now Etta must decide whether a second chance is worth taking the house, and her heart, off the market.

The Only One
by Magan Vernon

Sweet and sexy!! Loved it! This is the type of story you read again and again- #1 New York Times best selling author Rachel Van Dyken

Honor student, manager at the campus coffee shop, owner of an impressive sweater collection – Melanie Wilder has it all together. Then John “John Boy” Walden strolls into her life wearing nothing more than an impish grin and all-too-revealing loin cloth.

Soon, make-out sessions replace homework, lust triumphs over work. And to further crumble her perfect world, an unexpected phone call threatens to take away everything she’s worked for.

Now, as Melanie struggles to pick up the pieces, she realizes that John may be the only one to put her life back together…unless he shatters it first.

**This is not a sequel to The Only Exception. It's a companion novel with two characters from the first book. You don't need to read The Only Exception to understand this book.**

Adrenaline Rush
by Cindy Hogan

A madman with a mission is kidnapping groups of thrill-seeking high school seniors across the country, and it’s up to Christy to stop him. 

To do so, she must take on a fearless alter ego and infiltrate a group of adrenaline junkies bent on pushing life to the limit. Death-defying stunts are only the beginning: two groups fit the profile, and Christy must discover the real target before it’s too late. 

If she chooses the wrong group, more people will disappear. But choosing right puts her as the prime target—with no guarantee that she’ll get out alive.
"Thrilling, heart pounding, an Adrenaline Rush indeed!" --Konstanz Silverbow, reviewer

"Jeremy and Christy have a chemistry akin to a younger version of Alias' Vaughn and Sydney Bristo" --S.M. Anderson, reviewer

"Hunger Games move over - Adrenaline Rush has arrived" --D.K Holbrook, reviewer
by Cindy Hogan

Seventeen-year-old Billy thinks his father’s murder will never be solved—until he stumbles across an old ammo box while digging a grave in his small-town Tennessee cemetery. 

What he finds leads him to question everything he knows, and his search for answers will uncover more than he bargained for: lies, secrets, and conspiracies—and behind them all, a dangerous truth.
"A well-written mystery, 'Gravediggers' is an enjoyable read that is spellbinding as readers follow the clues to solve the murder." Deseret News
"A thrilling mystery with spine-tingling hints and bone-chilling secrets. Hogan has a knack for creating killer scenes that make her books irresistible. Don t miss this one" --Rachelle J. Christensen, reviewer

"Mystery, adventure, danger, and a touch of romance fill the pages of Gravediggers" --Angela Woiwode, reviewer

Rejected Kiss
by Cindy Hogan

Determined to get dates, Ali and Brooklyn follow the advice of Brooklyn's mom and try to make themselves visible to guys. The first step in the plan is to ask boys to the next dance which just happens to be girls choice. Everything seems to be looking up as the sweetheart's dance turns out to be a smashing success. Only a week later, their hopes waver as almost every girl, except the two of them, get asked to prom. Now Brooklyn must convince Ali that it is better to ask a guy to prom than to stay at home, rejected.
"While reading this one I had to stop multiple times so that I could breath right. I was laughing so hard that my mom thought that something was wrong with me! It was so funny and entertaining that I'll be going back to read it over and over again!" M. Howell
"This was my favorite of the series so far. I enjoyed reading Rejected Kiss. I laughed out loud at some parts and others just had me grinning as I read especially the dance invites. Brooklyn is maturing and learns some valuable lessons in this story. The only bad thing about the books is that you have to wait to read the next one. I finish and I want more!! They are fun to read! I can't wait for #5!"
C. Tarbet
The Perception Trilogy Boxed Set
by Lee Strauss
Complete Perception Trilogy set: Ambition (short story prequel), Perception, Volition and Contrition

The PERCEPTION Trilogy books ( SF/mystery/romance) are Young Adult novels that take place in the not too distant future in a world changed by climate extremes, natural disasters and impending wars, and where scientific breakthroughs cause class divisions--both financially and philosophically. It explores the clash between faith and science and how differences can separate us as enemies or ally us together. And in some cases, even in the midst of betrayal and personal crisis, there's room to fall in love.

Amazon | Smashwords | Kobo

Witch Time (The Cindy Chronicles #3)
by RaShelle Workman

Cinderella goes in search of the glass lyre. What she finds will change her life forever. 


Witch Kiss (The Cindy Chronicles #4)
by RaShelle Workman 


In order to save Polonias Cinderella must kiss her true love. But the sorceress Mizrabel and the King of Polonias have other plans for the princess. They want her dead. 


Beautiful Oblivion
by Addison Moore

It was supposed to be just for the summer… 

Some people just don’t belong together, or at least that’s what the world would have them believe. 

Reese Westfield comes from a world of old money, country clubs, cotillions, and expensive cars. She’s tired of dating Warren McCarthy just to make her father happy. Reese has long since had her eye on someone else, and this summer she’s determined to make it happen. 

Growing up in Lake Loveless there has always been a strict monetary divide—there was the rest of the Lake and then there were the Waterman’s. Ace Waterman has worked for everything he has, and he doesn’t have a lot. He breaks his back doing grunt work while putting himself through college. He’s used to life passing him by. 

Reese has loved Ace from afar for as long as she can remember. The summer of her freshman year she comes home with plans to land Ace in her bed at least for a few short weeks, and, if she’s lucky, forever. 

Ace has loved Reese for as long as he can remember, but their friendship has never graduated beyond platonic, so when Reese comes home from her first year away and proposes the two of them have a summer fling, Ace is quick to comply. The rules: no strings, no expectations, just something hotter than the sun to set the sheets on fire. 

But when their worlds collide, and neither of them is willing to admit to having true feelings, it becomes clear to Ace he’s nothing more than a dirty little secret—that the summer fling was just something meaningless to pass the time. 

Reese wonders if she can ever stop trying to please her father, and it’s only through her mother’s letters that she finds the answers she truly seeks, but will they be the ones she wants to hear? 

As summer draws to a close, Ace and Reese are still very much enraptured even though the time has come to douse the flame and move on—but neither one of them is prepared to leave this.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hot New Releases!

September Releases by Indelible Authors
book 3 in the Perception Trilogy
by Lee Strauss

Zoe, Noah and the other plane crash survivors are stranded in the Arizona desert.
They all have secrets,
and reasons to hide.
But they’re not alone.
Cyborg soldiers.
Humans and humanoids.
Who can be trusted?
Zoe’s life is in danger.
Noah must make an impossible choice.
Will their love survive their brokenness?
Will the world as they know it end before they can find out?

Amazon B & N   kobo  Smashwords itunes

Witch Land (The Cindy Chronicles #2) 

 Being able to do magic is one thing, but doing it in another land is... strange. 



The Hunter's Tale (a blood and snow short)

 The Hunter was banished for his betrayal; shamed and alone, he sought out ways to dispel his guilt. But when rumors of a new Vampire reach him, he realizes he has one choice: seek her out.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Indie Life--The Waiting Room

It's Great to be an Indie because . . .

You can walk right past the waiting room

If you've tried the traditional route, you know the "waiting rooms" of which I speak: agent waiting rooms, acquisition waiting rooms, publishing waiting rooms. If you submit your manuscript to an agent, expect to wait a few weeks (or even months) to hear anything. If you get an agent and go out on submission, expect to wait to hear from the editors. Expect to wait to hear if an offer is made. Expect to wait for contract details. Expect to wait for revision requests. For it to appear in bookstores. Wait. Wait. Wait. If your manuscript is ready, that's a lot of time to set it aside when it could potentially be earning royalty money. Just a thought. :)

Because being Indie doesn't have to mean going it alone.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Baby News!

And we officially have . . . 

A Baby!

We're all at home and resting well 
(well, we're resting well enough, considering). :) 

The below "checking out" notice still applies. 
We're going to try to take it easy for a little while. :D

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Checking Out

business,out to lunch signs 

Okay, so actually I'm "out" for more than just lunch. 

Since the baby's due date is fast approaching, and there have been some other family-related events taking over my free time, I figured it was safest to go ahead and back off the social media for a while. There are a few last minute things to take care of, and obviously the unpredictability of it all. . . . 

Hopefully I will be back soon with *some* kind of quick "all is well" baby announcement, but for now the plan is to relax, check those final details off my list, and try to stay mellow these last few days/weeks before the kiddo arrives.

See you on the other side!



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hot New Releases!

August releases by Indelible Authors!
Life, Love, & Lemons
by Magan Vernon

-It's SQUEE-Dorable - Ashley Poston, Author of Radio Hearts
When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it's crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Stone. But as their relationship blossoms, a jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.


Barnes & Noble
by Laura Pauling

A time travel mystery.
Sixteen-year-old Jack Brodie time travels back to the world-famous Gardner Heist. When he returns his life has changed for the worst. He keep returning to the crime to fix his mistakes until he has to make the ultimate choice: his family and his own happiness, or the girl he loves.
A Passion of Solitude
by Addison Moore


When Lee Townsend’s past explodes back into her life, it does the only thing it can, it demands to reshape her future. 
When Lee’s husband leaves the country on a community outreach, the last thing she expects is for him to never come back—for him to have tragically met his demise.

Lee goes on to marry his adversary and settles into life and business with him, merging her vineyard with his and creating a worldwide conglomerate.

Five years later a twist of fate brings the past back to her and forces Lee to make a decision that will change the landscape of her life forever. 

Secrets emerge, forcing relationships to be examined—magnifying the surprising true underpinnings of her marriage. 

Lee’s heart is unwilling to surrender her love for either Mitch or Max.
She must choose to carry forward with the past or present. 

Lee has a choice to make.
Mitch can’t figure out how to win.
Max never loses.

by Chanda Hahn

Book 3 in the UnEnchanted Series.

All that glitters is not gold.
When something precious is stolen from sixteen-year-old Mina Grime, she will do anything in her power to get it back, even if it means traveling to the dangerous Fae plane and battling one of the strongest fairy-tale villains yet.

However, nothing can prepare Mina for the dangerous obstacles she will face in the Fae world, or the choices she must make when love and life are on the line.

AmazonBarnes & Noble, Kobo

by various authors

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