*~* Happy Indie Author Day 2017 *~*

Posted 14 October, 2017 by DLWhite in Writers Write 0 Comments

 

Happy Indie Author Day, 2017!

Believe it or not, this is my FIRST Indie Author Day. I heard rumblings about it in years before, but never paid attention or celebrated it. The libraries in my city don’t participate so it’s not a Real Life thing, strictly in this online world. I figured I should jump in this year and celebrate, since my feet have planted firmly in self published soil.

A few authors are talking about what this day means to them. For me, one word resonates. Freedom. The idea of contracting with a publisher and agreeing to all of their terms, the slow publishing cycle,not having control over your career… gives me the heebie jeebs! I’m very much a control freak (what, you couldn’t tell) and I love the freedom to decide to do my own thing.

Like…

  • Reducing the price on my new release, Leslie’s Curl & Dye until Tuesday
  • Reducing the price on MOST of my books to $.99. If you wanted any of my books #fahdalowlow, now is the time… prices go back up on Tuesday!

Interested in MORE free and $.99 book bargains?

Check out our Indie Romance sale at the Romance Books BlogDinner at Sam’s is on sale for $.99 as is my author friend Tasha Harrison’s book,  IN HER CLOSET– this was a 5 star read for me!

I’m off to read some books and celebrate being an Indie Author the best way I know how… by writing another book. Have a fantastic Saturday!



#TeaserTuesday: Leslie’s Curl & Dye -Whatever kinda undies you have on –

#TeaserTuesday: Leslie’s Curl & Dye -Whatever kinda undies you have on –

I decided to do a lil TuesdayTease of Leslie’s Curl & Dye, since it’s Tuesday and the book is out! Snatch it up Amazon, or read it free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription. Enjoy! I drank my iced coffee, looking around the room that was a shrine to his old life. “You probably get asked this a hundred times a day, but do you miss the court?” He started to nod, then grimaced. “I mostly miss being on a team, traveling, playing for TV cameras, whatever. I was kind of a ham.” “Yes, you were,” fell out of my mouth before I could stop myself from saying it. But he was. KC knew where the cameras were at all times and managed to get his face in one at every open opportunity. The headline wasn’t usually by how much whatever team he was on won or lost; it was about whatever gesture or expression KC showed the crowd that night. “See, I knew you followed my career. You’re not as cold and uncaring as you want to seem.” “It’s not like I could help it. Those first two years, everyone at Healy went crazy. You’re all anyone talked about.” “But you didn’t have to keep watching.” “I sort of did. My ex was a fan, since you both went to Healy and all. You were on all his Fantasy teams.” “Oh yeah?” He nodded, halfway smiling. “That’s wassup. Did he know that you knew me?” “Thats why he wanted to date me at first. He was always trying to see if he could get tickets to a game if your team was playing in Chicago. I told him I didn’t know you like that. I couldn’t just ask you for tickets.” “You could have just asked me for tickets. You did know me like that.” “I know,” I said, lifting the bottle to my lips, trying to hide a smile. “He didn’t have to know that.” “So what happened with […]



Because of course it’s up early! Leslie’s Curl & Dye, now available

Because of course it’s up early! Leslie’s Curl & Dye, now available

We are live and such! Not too much rambling about this one. I really like this story and my main characters, Leslie Baker and Kade Cavanaugh… the supporting cast aren’t too shabby, either. I hope you enjoy them too!   Pick up this book Amazon.com here -> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075J6LQ8X Add to your Goodreads To Read Shelf here -> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36213839-leslie-s-curl-dye Please put this book in your face and enjoy… don’t forget to leave a review!  




*August 2017 Results!*

*August 2017 Results!*

Hello there! For anyone that is interested in my August results since my post on how I was making more of a marketing effort, I have some numbers! Technically I should wait until tomorrow but the change in books sold and $ amount will be miniscule and I wanted to look at the numbers today. First, let’s look at June and July. I blot out $$ amounts but you can figure it out if you’re good at maffs. What’s important to me is # of books sold and pages read. 30/98K in June and 29/59K in July. Not stellar, by my own personal standards. An average of $5 to $15 a day. Not too bad but both months amounted to a few hundred dollars in earnings. Coming off of a book release in May (which was my biggest month ever), I wasn’t all that pleased in how my efforts failed to carry into a new month and wanted to change things up, hence my post on Book Marketing a few weeks ago. August:   Where I am ending up for August, with a few more page reads/sales than stated on this chart. Extremely happy with August. My new goal is to stay here and build. I haven’t planned out September yet but I have a book release coming up, so I am sure I’ll build up to that and do something to hold up those sales through the rest of the month.



Let’s talk Book Marketing!

Let’s talk Book Marketing!

I know, this is your favorite topic, right? Right after writer’s block and right before the discussion about whether romances have to have a happy ending. But seriously. Let’s talk about it. “Millions of people want to read your book.” -Chris Fox  I have been publishing since 2015, stumbling through most of it like a newborn deer, making an okay chunk of money here and there but for the most part, coasting along and making pizza money. You know, that deposit from Amazon that could cover a nice large pie and maybe some garlic knots from your fave pizza joint. I kind of got sick of working so hard for miniscule numbers. Then recently something changed. I’m really trying to remember who, how, when, but I stumbled upon The Author Biz. It’s a website but also a podcast. And started to listen to some of the backlog of past episodes. Ya’ll my jaw was dropping, because people were moving SERIOUS books. Quitting jobs and working full time as writers. I wanted to know HOW… HOW… HOW YA DOING THAT?! Chris Fox, author of Write to Market (great book, by the way) was talking about his new book, Relaunch your Novel, all about making the most of your backlist. I was intrigued by the depth of conversation and the content. I listened to just about every episode of The Author Biz podcast  and others like it. Started reading books, studying, taking notes. Checking stuff out. I want to show you something.



Book news + 50 Beach Reads for your face!

Book news + 50 Beach Reads for your face!

Hi friends! *waves furiously* Want a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card? It’s only available if you answer the question I posed in my latest newsletter. Subscribe right HERE and shoot your shot!  I hope your summer has been amazing and relaxing and full of good books! I know for a while, my TO READ stack has been looking REAL NICE. In between trips to the beach and work, I have been pounding away at Leslie’s Curl & Dye, due to publish September 12. Ya’ll it’s gonna come down to the wire, but we not letting pub dates slip in the 2017! ***Want sneak peeks and early book release info? to Join my facebook reader group, BooksbyDLWhite, HERE.*** Lastly, if you’re interested in an advance copy of Curl & Dye in exchange for a review, shout me a holla by email or in the group! Advance copies will be granted via NovelReviewers, so if you’re not already a member, sign up for free HERE.   I have a super good deal for those looking for more beach reads – some light and fun, some sexy, some……..more than sexy. Grrrrrrrr!  If you haven’t had the chance to grab my sizzling, summery #BeachyBlackRomance, Beach Thing, it is included on this fabulous list of 50+ Beach Reads for your reading pleasure. I uhmmm already picked up a couple myself! Click on the image above (or visit the site HERE) to check out the list and enjoy!    



Leslie’s Curl & Dye – “Not all my crazy is on display.”

Leslie’s Curl & Dye – “Not all my crazy is on display.”

by DL White Genres: African American Romance, Small town romance Now available in print and ebook at Amazon.com!  http://books2read.com/curldye  KC Tamera untied her client’s cape and removed it, then hung it on a hook near her chair. A middle aged woman with a short salt and pepper afro stood and handed Tamera a few bills, telling her to keep the change. “Thank you, Ms. Jackie. See you next week?” The woman nodded and walked out of the shop, smiling as she passed me. Tamera used a towel to wipe down her chair, then tapped the back of it. “KC, come on over here. I’ve been staring at your hairline all day and I can’t take it anymore.” I stared at Tamera from across the room. Even Leslie stopped twisting hair to bounce her gaze between me and Tamera and back. “Uh… me? Come over there?” “Yeah, you. Come over here. I’ve been wanting to snap some candid shots of you, but you need a lineup and your fade is sloppy. Let me fix you up so you look good.” I glanced at Leslie but still didn’t move. I didn’t trust Tamera to not jack my hair up. As if she could read my mind, she laughed. “If I was gonna mess you up, I’d break into your house with some clippers. I’m not going to make you look bad. I promise.” She tapped the chair again, swiveling it around toward me. It was just… there. Welcoming me to sit. I groaned, then got up and slowly loped across the shop to Tamera’s station. I lowered myself into the chair and sat still while the cape floated over me, then draped around my shoulders. “I promise, I’m not gonna mess your hair up, KC. You want to look good in these pictures, so you can win this election, right? But since I have you here…” 



*EXCITE!!! * Cover Reveal: The Truth of Things by Tasha L. Harrison

*EXCITE!!! * Cover Reveal: The Truth of Things by Tasha L. Harrison

From the author of THE LUST DIARIES, a new novel set to release on September 5, 2017

“Where I come from, cops aren’t super heroes.”

Photojournalist and wedding photographer, Ava Marie Greene, doesn’t ever want to fall in love and not in the I-just-haven’t-met-right-man kinda way either. Ava is a hopeless romantic, but too much hurt and disappointment has her hiding behind the camera. Through her lens, she sees the truth of things, the difference between real and fantasy, and she thinks she has a good handle on it until she has a run-in with her friendly neighborhood policeman, Levi Raymond.

From the author of THE LUST DIARIES, a new novel set to release on September 5, 2017

“Where I come from, cops aren’t super heroes.”

Photojournalist and wedding photographer, Ava Marie Greene, doesn’t ever want to fall in love and not in the I-just-haven’t-met-right-man kinda way either. Ava is a hopeless romantic, but too much hurt and disappointment has her hiding behind the camera. Through her lens, she sees the truth of things, the difference between real and fantasy, and she thinks she has a good handle on it until she has a run-in with her friendly neighborhood policeman, Levi Raymond.

“Not all cops…”

A tad arrogant, and a bit of a cornball, Ava knows that this Levi could make her second-guess every thought she ever had about cops. She tries to make it clear to Officer Friendly that she doesn’t need saving, but he when Ava finds herself on the wrong side of the law, will he be the hero she needs or toe the “thin blue line?”



Ya’ll Got Mail! *New* Newsletter post

Ya’ll Got Mail! *New* Newsletter post

Happy Friday, good people! Just a short note to let ya’ll know there is an update to my newsletter today! If you didn’t get the newsletter in your mailbox this morning, you can pick it up on the archive in the link above. Discussed today: TREMENDOUS ebook and paperback sale Release date for Leslie’s Curl & Dye (including the book cover) Call for Early Readers and Reviewers My newsletter subscriber list is growing… I’d love for you to be a part of the gang! Dougie on that subscribe button at tinyletter.com/dlwhite and lemme get all up in your box! If you’re interested in sneak peaks and in-progress book chat with me, I hope you’ll join my Facebook Reader group, BooksByDLWhite. See you there! xoxo Author DL White