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I am still getting some of the bugs worked out for Talented, but the new cover art and synopsis should be available for the Kindle by the end of the week.  If you've read Talented and are interested in reading CAGED for FREE, then all you have to do is post a review to any site and send me the link by March 1, 2012 and I will send you a FREE copy of Caged in return!  Email me at sophie@sophiedavisbooks.com for more details!!!

This week I received comments/suggestions from my very helpful critiquers/beta readers/friends/etc. and am hard at work implementing the changes.  Since I am still working on developing a system for writing/editing that works best for me, I am not sure how long the changes will take, but am confident that the first chapter should be available in the next two weeks!!  And I am on schedule to release Caged in the early spring!

I have finished a first read through and first round of edits for Hunted, and while it needs a lot of work, the story is coming along nicely.  I am beginning to formulate ideas for the cover art and hope to have something nailed down in the coming month. 

Well that's all for now, check back next week for more updates!

Sophie

I am thrilled to announce that the second edition of Talented has been delivered to the ibookstore and will be available for purchase for just $2.99 in the next 48 hours!!!!

 

Sophie

I am thrilled to announce that Talented has been delivered to the Kobo and should be available for purchase for just $2.99 in the next day or two!!!

Sophie

Today marks my first full week as a self-published author!  I originally decided to post Talented directly to Barnes and Noble so that it would be available immediately for sale, and thus far that decision has been advantageous.  Why?  For several reason:  1)  I have changed the synopsis three times since posting, and the book has been updated almost instantly, 2) I have changed the cover art three times, and while the changes took a little longer to implement, they too were made within a few days, 3) The sales data is available within hours of the sale. 

 In order to sell Talented for the Kindle, IPAD, Sony E-reader, and several other readers, I decided to use Book Baby.  While I have been very happy with Book Baby, I was a little hasty in my original submission and making changes to the synopsis and cover art is taking time to make.  Additionally, the sales data won't be available for a while so by the time I release Caged next month I won't know whether the money I paid for the aggregator service was worth it.  Will I use Book Baby again for Caged?  Yes.  But this time I will also submit directly to Amazon so that I can better track what the sales and appeal of the books.

What have I learned?  Well, I've learned, what should have been obvious the first time around, MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS EXACTLY HOW I WANT IT BEFORE I SUBMIT.  Ha ha ha, I know rookie mistake.  This time I will run the synopsis by several of my trusted advisors (friends) and possibly some harsher critics.  The cover art for Caged is already in the works, unlike last time where I waited until the last minute!  So, I am confident that I will be able to see several drafts before making a final decision. 

My marketing team (close friends) has a lot of ideas for giveaways and promotions for Talented in the coming weeks, SO STAY TUNED!!!  Currently, for just 1000 points on Book Buzzr, you can win TALENTED!  So far we have had one winner, but there are plenty more copies available before the giveaway ends!

So, what else have I learned?  Sales take time, overnight success is rare.  The first sale was a very exciting day for me (January 10, 2012 will forever be marked on my calendar), but every sale since has been (almost) as exciting!

Finally, I have learned that without my bestfriends this wouldn't be possible.  They have worked almost as hard as I have to help me with everything from minute story details to massive overhauls in the plot to marketing strategies and cover art ideas.  They have endured late night phone calls and frantic emails in order to make Talented and the subsequent books possible.  So, for their continued help/advice/aggravation, I thank them - AGAIN. 

Sophie    

This week I'm at hard at work on the story edits for the third book in the Talented Series, Hunted.  I actually wrote the first draft as part of the NANO competition back in November and have been itching to get started on the revisions.  Of course, once I read back through the rough draft I realized how much work it really needs, but editing is half the battle, right? 

Caged, the second book in the Talented Series, is currently with my editors/trusted friends, and I'm eagerly awaitng their ideas on how to make the story better.  The wonderful artist, Laurel Dabbs, who did both the sketches and final painting for the Talented Cover is currently working on the cover for Caged, and I anticipate having that to share by the end of this month!!! 

I have others working on the website to make it look better/more fun, web design is not my forte.  I also plan on having several giveaways for Talented shortly for anyone interested in scoring a free copy!!!

When I have spare time, or need a break from Talia's world, I have been outlining some ideas for upcoming series.  Nothing too concrete yet, but who knows what my brain with develop :-)

Well that's it for now, hopefully more to report in the coming weeks!

Sophie

I am pleased to announce that Talented is on sale on Amazon.com for the Kindle for just $2.99!!!  The cover art has yet to be updated, but it should be in the coming days!!!!!

The new cover art for Talented has arrived, and it looks AMAZING!!!  Thank you so much to Laurel Dabbs for such a wonderful painting!!

Edits and Cover Art underway for CAGED!!

TALENTED is ONLY $2.99 on the IPAD!!!

I am thrilled to announce that Talented is available for purchase for just $2.99 for the Nook on Barnes and Noble!  Comments, good, bad or otherwise (:wink: :wink:) are always welcome and appreciated!!!!

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