BREAKING NEWS! Check out the interview with me, hosted by Pamela Clare and Joyce Lamb at USAToday’s Happily Ever After Blog! I feel famous! Go here to read the interview and leave a comment please! http://books.usatoday.com/happyeverafter/post/2012-02-20/interview-debra-webb-author-of-obsession/631725/1
Yes, I have one. An addiction, that is. No, it’s not cigarettes or alcohol or any of the other things normally associated with addiction. It’s NUMBERS. Yes, I said numbers. It started in November, got worse in December and went over the edge in January!
Hello, my name is Debra and I am a numberoholic. I have written and had published about a 100 books and not once have I ever really worried about lists. Yes, of course, I was acutely aware that making a list equated to sales (numbers, numbers, numbers) but I understood my midlist place in the world of publishing so I didn’t obsess about it. I either made a list or I didn’t. End of story.
Nearly two years ago my life changed. We won’t talk about that today because you’ve all heard it before (yada yada yada). But that “change” caused me to rethink my career and fortunately for me an opportunity sat right there in front of me: Indie Publishing (self-publishing). IT IS AMAZING!!!!! Did you hear that? IT IS AMAZING!!!! Thank you Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords, iBooks, et al for making it possible. Thank you indie pioneers (all those wonderful authors who took that big leap already) for forging the way. It is incredible. I love that an opportunity so fantastic, so accessible is available to all. Did I say awesome? Yes, it’s awesome and I am enjoying it more than words can say.
Time out for a shameless promo: I took the plunge with my Faces of Evil series (that you have heard about over and over and over). OBSESSION and IMPULSE are out there now in e-book and in print (thank you CREATESPACE). POWER will be available next month. If you haven’t already gotten OBSESSION, go here now http://tinyurl.com/7bnbewe and IMPULSE can be found here http://tinyurl.com/7qyrc25. Don’t delay! You still have time to read them both before POWER is available. Also, my awesomely talented sisters here at MSW have just released the first MSW anthology, GUNS & ROSES. It will be available on Amazon, BN and all any moment!
Back to my addiction. Once I self-published my books, I realized that having final say over the cover and content and price weren’t the only perks. I could go to my accounts and SEE the sales. Right now. An hour from now. Tonight. Tomorrow. I can see exactly how many books are purchased any time I want to log in. That’s so cool! I now understand more than ever what the rankings mean. And I’m on lists! Lists with an s! I’m pretty sure I’ve never been on more than one at a time. I’ve even been on the Top 10 Indie Best Seller list! What an honor! Please check out www.IndieReader.com, it’s an awesome site. I have found a tremendous number of fantastic sites like that! Many, many, many sites who are immensely supportive of Indie authors.
Yes, my name is Debra and I’m a numberoholic. I openly admit that I have exposed my poor husband to this same addiction. We are in this together. For more than two months now we have been tracking rankings on lists, mentions on websites, and actual sales. My head is filled with numbers! I am convinced that a whole new occupation must be created to deal with this syndrome: Counseling for Author Number Addiction.
The whole process is amazing and freeing and terrifying! One day you may be up, up, up only to be down, down, down the next. But it is worth every moment of terror! I so appreciate the support of the readers! YOU are the folks who really made this possible for me and all other authors, whether traditionally or indie published. YOU ARE AWESOME!
Unfortunately, at this time there is no cure for my addiction. But my husband and I are happily suffering through it together. Tell me about your most recent read! Is reading your addiction? If it is, I have something for you! Everyone who comments today will be added to the free advance digital copy list for POWER. So, if you haven’t gotten OBSESSION and IMPULSE yet, be sure to grab them. After you comment today, email me through my website (www.debrawebb.com) with your preference, Kindle or Nook. And, because I know just how awesome the new GUNS & ROSES anthology is, one lucky commenter today will get a digital copy of the anthology! I will gift the winner through Amazon or BN, your choice! Now, gotta go check my numbers…