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New on Audible: London Saint James- Always (Two Hearts, One Soul Duet: Book One)

Always (Two Hearts, One Soul Duet: Book One)

Written by London Saint James

Narrated by Tor Thom & Charley Ongel

Listening time: 11 hrs 3 mins Genre: M/F Contemporary Romance

 

International bestselling author London Saint James’ first installment from Two Hearts, One Soul Duet is the epic tale of abiding love, heart-wrenching loss, and an astonishing bond that will find a way to endure.

Winter Perri never truly understood love until she met Austin Carlyle, the man who would rock her world to its foundations and give her something to believe in. But the night before they were to be married, the fairytale shattered.

Thirteen years later Winter is pulled out of her seclusion only to have a painful past confront her, and when it does, she’s left questioning reality, because the impossible is looking back at her with the face of a destroying angel, and piercing eyes in too familiar shades of blue.

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About London

London Saint James has lived in many places, but never felt ‘at home’ until she met the real-life man of her dreams and settled down in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. London lives with her husband and their fat cat who thinks he owns them.

As an award-winning, international bestselling author, London is living her childhood dream. She knew all the scribbling she did, that big imagination of hers, and all those clamoring characters running around in her head would pay off someday.

A complete list of London’s books can be found on her website http://www.londonsaintjames.com. You can also e-mail London with any questions or comments at London@londonsaintjames.com. She loves to hear from her readers.

Would you like to know more? Join her mailing list for her monthly newsletter http://eepurl.com/6P2on. Or, join her book group on Facebook, Slip Between the Pages with London at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SlipBetweenthePageswithLondon/

You can also find out more about London at the following locations:

Blog: http://londonsj.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/LSJRomance

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/LSJRomance

 

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There’s Still A Stigma Y’All…

I’d been saying for weeks/months I have to start blogging again. Then ‘stuff’ happens. I won’t whine about how hard it is to juggle daily tasks needed to have a successful writing career. (According to ‘someone’, it ‘aint happening anyway). Still I’m trying. In between writing new books, I need to promote the book that’s been published. You all know it, Must Love Fashion…blah blah blah.

In my marketing efforts, I reached out to some local book stores here on Long Island. No surprise, there aren’t many. So far, I’ve been turned down by one, because “I’m not famous enough” to bring in a large crowd. They also wouldn’t give me a date to see if I can scrounge up the forty people they said I had to ‘guarantee’. What is this a wedding? Oh… and books I don’t sell… I still have to pay for. So I’m not sure what the downside was for them. Other than maybe an author reading/signing with no attendees. But isn’t that part of their responsibility? Don’t they have customers they can reach out to? It’s another example of so much of the marketing  responsibility falling on the author. What’s amusing is that I looked up some of their other events. They did have a singer scheduled. And according to Facebook, over 200 people were listed as GOING. Newsflash… they don’t have space for 200 people.

Anyway… I emailed a few other stores. One store wrote me back. A store I’ve seen other local writers like me promote that they were doing signings. In the email, the woman who responded said, “because Roane Publishing (my publisher) is a self-publisher (it’s not), their terms don’t work for us.” Since joining LIRW, I’ve met and gotten to know a lot of great “Indie” authors. Legit, talented and most who’ve chosen the Indie road and didn’t end up there because they had no other options. But if I was to be dismissed SOLELY because I was being perceived as being ‘self-published’ I’d felt it necessary to correct the woman. In the end it didn’t matter. You only have one chance to make a first impression. After I corrected her, she asked what other events I was doing, I gave her my meager list and I never heard from her again.

This was a few weeks ago. Why am I complaining about this now? The heart of the bookstore woman’s issue was that because she’d ‘found-out’ my publisher uses CreateSpace for the print copies of my book, she didn’t think there was a retail method in which her store could purchase my books. And here’s where I messed up. Neither did I. While nosing around on my publisher’s website this morning, I saw there is a “Retailer” link. And sure enough my Publisher will sell to retailers and bookstores with the same terms other publishers will. (Not the exact same discount- but close). AND they will take returns.

But here’s what the woman obviously did. In my email, I have a link (Thanks Bitly) to Amazon to buy my book. She clicked on that Amazon link (Again, thanks to Bitly tracking when and where links are clicked from) and scrolled down, saw CreateSpace, assumed oh, self-published author, and immediately dismissed me. She obviously didn’t go to Roane’s website. Instead just made up an excuse saying Roane wouldn’t give her the terms she needed.

At least now I know to include that ‘Retailer’ link for future requests.

So sadly, “self-publishing” is still highly stigmatized. It’s funny because Amazon…who started as a ‘bookseller’, said BRING IT ON to Indie authors and many are doing fabulously on their platform.  For all the little stores who say Amazon is putting them out of business, here’s another reason. Traditional book stores are shunning a large % of authors today (Indie and Small Press) while Amazon is embracing them. (While also screwing some of them, but that’s the topic of another post).