Best-Selling Author

AKA, that one time a hashtag turned me into a best-selling author for a few days.

Thanks to a Twitter hashtag, some supportive online friends, and the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select free book promotion, Front Row appeared on multiple best seller lists on Amazon! And it was awesome. Even though I didn’t make a cent.

Here’s how it all came to be:

On Tuesday, I noticed a couple people I follow on Twitter were using the hashtag #bandbooksweek. I was like, band books? I wrote a book about a band! It turns out the hashtag was a play on #bannedbooksweek except you combine a band name with the name of the book. My two submissions were Hanson and Gretel and Emma-nem. I know. So clever…

Anyway, I figured obviously the people using the hashtag were music fans, so I jumped on KDP Select and created a 4-day free book offer for anyone who saw my tweet to take advantage of. I didn’t want to spam anyone, so I sent out four tweets about it in a 24-hour period, and then I promoted it on my other social networks as well.

For the duration of the promotion, I checked my stats a bit obsessively and was absolutely giddy as I saw my units sold numbers go up and my rank numbers go down. I topped out in the Women’s New Adult & College Fiction category at #21! I also made the Top 100 Kindle Free books in the Women’s Romance Fiction and Contemporary Women’s Fiction categories and stayed there the last three days my book was free.

If my husband wasn’t so proud of me, I would’ve been insufferable that first night, referring to myself as a “best-selling author.” Such as, “How does it feel to be married to a best-selling author?” Or, “Get off my pillow, pooch, don’t you know I’m a best-selling author?” Thankfully, I got much more humble after some sleep.

When the promotion ended, I went back to the obscurity of the paid list with my rank numbers back in the thousands. But it was so fun while it lasted, and I can’t wait until it happens again (fingers and toes crossed!). Next time, hopefully I’ll have more books to offer, too. That’s the goal!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to every one of my readers, new and old! You make my day.

Book Launch and After Party Update

Malinda and I selected our signature cocktails for our after party next month! In addition to celebrating the launch of Flowerantha, which came out in July, I will also be releasing the first in a series of short stories set in the land of Flowerantha on September 19.

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Flowerantha

25914648Flowerantha, my middle-grade fantasy novel published under my pen name, Bek Castro, is now available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle and on Smashwords! It will be trickling out to other retailers, such as Barnes & Noble and iBooks within the week.

Here’s the description:

Thirteen-year-old Mash is growing weary of life in the tree house. He dreams of someday getting out of Flowerantha, much to the dismay of his best friend, a mermaid. When two girls from another land stumble into his, Mash sees his chance.

But the monsternites, Tyrannosaurus Rexes with wings, may find the girls first. Their grudge against the other land spans a decade, and they are not willing to let it go yet.

Mash must work together with a young army recruit, who dislikes Mash even before they meet, to return the girls to their land. If they fail, the girls may be trapped forever. And so would he.

August 1: Book Fair

I will be peddling my wares along with other authors and merchants at the WJ Niederkorn Library 3rd Annual Book Fair in Port Washington Saturday, August 1 from 9 am to 2 pm. I’ll have copies of Front Row and Flowerantha available for purchase. In addition, my friend Malinda Andrews will be sharing a table with me, selling her debut fantasy novel Through the Mountains. Come find us on the north side of the Boerner Mercantile Building!

September 19: Book Party

Come join Malinda Andrews and me at the W J Niederkorn Library in Port Washington from 10 am until noon on Saturday, September 19!  We will be celebrating the launches of both of our fantasy novels, Through the Mountains and Flowerantha, respectively, by reading excerpts and answering questions. Snacks will be provided! We’ll also have copies of our books on hand if anyone would like to purchase one. We’d love to see you there!