Goodbye 2011! Hello 2012!

Good morning, readers!

Today marks the end of 2011. And though this year was a year of wonderful opportunities and many crazy happenstances, I can happily say that I’m ready to see it go.

2011 was a year of many firsts for me. First book signing, first time having a book on Kindle, first book-reading… etc. All of these experiences have opened my eyes to how truly great the world of self-publishing really is. It’s the latest and greatest thing. A few years ago, I never would have dreamed of being an author or having the opportunity to get my book out there, not only in paperback form but digitally as well. I couldn’t have done this though, without help from my friends, family, and fans of the series!

In the last two weeks, The Monstrum Chronicles has grown by leaps and bounds. On December 14th, when I posted the infamous I Need a Christmas Miracle post, I had 108 fans on Facebook. I had 26 Twitter followers. 1 review on Amazon and no likes. ‘Vox was in 672,oooth place on the Kindle best-sellers market. ‘And I had 2 subscribers on the blog.

Since then, here are the stats: On the facebook page, there are 115 fans. I have 70 followers on Twitter. There are 5 reviews for the Kindle version of “Vox” and 2 for the paperback. There are 4 likes for the book (and two for me!) “Vox” is now at 234,194th place on the Kindle best-sellers market. (At one point, it was at 97,000!) I have 5 subscribers (but several other readers) on my blog. I’m absolutely ecstatic! Thank you all so much for everything you’ve done in the last couple of weeks! You truly are some awesome people!

In 2012, I’d like to take it up a notch! (Sorry, Emeril, not trying to take your catch phrase or anything.)

My New Years Resolutions for 2012!

  1. Better management of time: There aren’t enough hours in one day, to be true. So I need to learn how to organize all of my activities better so that I can do more without stressing. (Such as blog before work!)
  2. Money management: In order to really market “Vox” and its upcoming sequel, “Aequitas”, I’m going to need to crack down on the way that I spend money and lay out a budget for buying ads and such.
  3. Read more!: I don’t read enough. In the last couple months, I’ve gotten back into it and would love to get to a point where I can fly through research books while gleaning valuable information from them as well as enjoying genre and literary fiction without taking 6 months to get through a book.
  4. Write more!: It’s true. I say I write in all of my spare time but more often than not, I’m so tired that I just sleep! Or slip into a vegetative state on my couch, while staring out my window. This fits in with my “time management” resolution as well. I hope to write more short stories and upload them to Kindle next year in addition to finally finishing “Aequitas” and uploading that, too!
  5. Exercise program: This is about energy! I collapse when I get home from work every night. In the mornings, I never want to get up. At night, I’m so restless I can’t sleep. My solution? Exercise. It will tire me out before bed, invigorate me in the morning, and keep my muscles from feeling like goo.
  6. Don’t be afraid to try new things!: Yes. I am a homebody. I don’t go out much and yes, I am hesitant when approaching things I’ve never done before. I’d like to try and come out of my shell more this year and do things I’ve never done before! (okay, a bit dramatic, I apologize.)
  7. Try cooking different recipes!: Here’s a secret: I practically cook the same stuff every week. Its easy and it’s usually cheaper. But its also boring. I’d like to do a new recipe once every two weeks, if I can. And definitely try some international dishes. Any endeavors I take in that area, I’ll post here. And if it’s not too much trouble, I’d love to learn how to bake. Oh yes, some of you know how I excel in crumbling cakes, creating “grunge cakes” (the long-lost, black sheep cousin of the cupcake) and burning cookies. I’ll be working on this.
  8. Lastly, I’d like to put away some of my resentments, turn the burner down on my anger, and attempt to leave the past in the past. Everyone holds onto unnecessary bad mojo. It’s time I said “Au revior!” to mine.

And I need to figure out how to tame the wild, demon that I live with; Lemon Jelly.

He may look all cute and fuzzy... but...

He’s actually mellowed out quite a bit over the last year. However, he’s still capable of douchey things. Last night, one happened to be leaping across my laptop, while I was holding a mug of tea and making me spill it on the keyboard. He did the same thing with a cupcake I was holding at the beginning of the month when I was having a particularly bad day.

And my time is up for the morning. To one and all, have a Happy New Years!

~KSilva

Brief News!

Good morning!

I’m popping in to give some brief news concerning what is happening with The Monstrum Chronicles series. If you’ve been keeping up with this weeks blog posts, you’ll know that something devastating has occurred which makes the future of the series uncertain.

Having spent the last couple days tweeting and facebooking my brains out, I’ve found that I have some amazing people in my life who are willing to help me get this book series out there for everyone to enjoy. Friends, family, and fans alike have been posting reviews on Amazon, liking different pages, and “following” the twitter. Thank you everyone who has done something for me this week. This was amazing!

Now I know allot of you are wondering about the second book. At the moment, it looks as though book 2 will start out on Kindle. Having the book on Kindle means that everyone with a computer can still access it and the format will be easier for me to market digitally. How I would love to feel the finished book in my hands but financially, I don’t think that is much of an option at the moment.

In lieu of making that decision, I’ve gone back to revising and editing ‘Aequitas.’ I’m still going to be pushing the facebook and twitter accounts pretty hard. I’m also going to try and post on the blog more often. There has been a significant difference this week in views compared to previous weeks.

Last bit of news is an upcoming book-signing event! Details are hazy so far but it looks as though the book-signing will be held at the new Vose Library in Union, Maine and will occur either at the end of January or beginning of February. This event couldn’t come at a better time.

I’ll be updating those details when I learn more about them. I’ll also try to make it possible for those out-of-state or online to order a book directly from me through that event.

Well, the sun is rising and there isn’t nearly enough coffee in my system yet. I’d better put my nose to the grindstone and keep working.

For those of you who would still like to help out with spreading the word about the Monstrum Chronicles, please refer to this post “Amazing Fans-I Still Need Your Help!” and follow the instructions in it! Thank you in advance!

Coming soon: The image for the cover of ‘Aequitas,’ tips on naming characters, and (more than likely) a book review for ‘The Alienist’ by Caleb Carr.

Thank you all and have a wonderful day!

~KSilva

Amazing Fans – I Still Need Your Help!

Good morning!

Yesterday was a big day for “Vox” in a number of ways. I’m pretty sure that since its release yesterday was one of the best growth days in terms of spreading the word about this exciting new series.

THE FACTS:

Facebook Author Page: 2 new fans

The Blog Post: 10 shares through Facebook (that I know of). 1 Like.  1 comment. It was also the most read blog post for The Monstrum Chronicles Blog so far this year!

Twitter: 10 new followers

Amazon: 1 Kindle Sale, 3 new reviews. 1 Like. At one point, the book moved up 600,099 points in the Kindle Best Sellers List to 71,541. (It has since dropped back down into 107,927.) I still consider this a victory because there are over 750,000 books in the Kindle Store!

 

All in all, it’s been a great start for “Vox”‘s come back. However, it’s not over yet…

You’ve proven yourselves to be devoted fans and amazing friends. There are no words to express how thankful I am for your support in this difficult time.

I still need your help though.

It’s the week before Christmas and things are hectic. I, myself, am still rushing around trying to get things done. I understand if you don’t have time to write a review. But there are still other things you could do!

  1. Please “Like” the facebook page here if you haven’t already done so. Encourage others who are fans of vampire fiction to join the fanbase, too!
  2. Please “Like” the Amazon Kindle page here. The “Like” button is near the top of the page under the book title.
  3. Please “Like” my Goodreads Author page here. The “Like” button is under the profile picture to the left. If you have a Goodreads account, please “friend” me, too!
  4. Please “Follow” the twitter account here.
  5. If you have a wordpress account, please “Follow” the Monstrum Chronicles blog. Also feel free to comment on and like posts you see!
  6. If you have a youtube account, please subscribe to constantwriter17’s channel here. Please “Like” a trailer of your choice as well!

For those of you whom would like to write reviews for the book, please post them on the Kindle version here or on the paperback version here. It doesn’t need to be in-depth and long (though I wouldn’t mind if they were). Sometimes the shortest reviews are the best ones!

Again, I thank you all for the great start that we had yesterday. I hope that you can continue to help me achieve this Christmas miracle that I need to revitalize “Vox”.

Thank you everyone!

~KSilva

I Need a Christmas Miracle

Morning, folks.

I am in serious need of a Christmas miracle.

Yesterday, I received a piece of news which places the future of the Monstrum Chronicles in jeopardy. I cannot disclose what the matter is but what I can tell you is that it will most definitely push back all of my hopes for the sequel’s summer release date.

I am going to need to spend the next several months re-marketing “Vox” and to do that, I will need to put my complete and full attention on it.

This is where you come in.

I’m asking (even praying) that the fans of this book please write a review for it. Please tell your friends about it. Please share the facebook page and the blog page with people you know are lovers of vampire fiction. Even people who might not have thought to try vampire fiction! I am in a serious bind here this holiday season.

Currently, “Vox” needs some amazing reviews to help entice others to read it. These reviews can be long or short, in-depth or generalized. The book has two places that the reviews could be posted: either here at Amazon or here at Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12132505-vox-book-1-of-the-monstrum-chronicles). Also, if you are a fan at the facebook author page, please “like” my book on Amazon and my author profile at Goodreads.

If you have a youtube account, please “like” and comment on one of the trailers there. Please subscribe to constantwriter17‘s channel, too!

I’m down on my knees at this point, begging for some help.

A series is defined by its fans. You are all amazing people and have been very supportive of me and my work. Now, I’m asking you to help save the future of this series.

Thank you!

~KSilva

This is Halloween! Facebook Promo Details!

Good morning everyone,

I’m happy to announce that I have (finally) finished writing the content for Book 2. As of yesterday the book is 28 chapters long at 310 pages. The epilogue ends exactly the way that I’d imagined it would and I’m very satisfied with how it reads. Now onto the tricky part: editing and revising the sucker, ha ha. I’m going to take the next two months to really put a shine and polish on this before I begin the whole self-publishing process. That includes making sure that the overall story is consistent, most (if not all) questions are answered, and everything makes sense. This all came at a perfect time as well because it’s almost Halloween!

This year I plan to run a special promotional, starting October  28th and ending on Halloween at midnight. It’s quite simple:

PROMOTIONAL INFORMATION

1.) Go to Katherine Silva – Author on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/katherinesilva.author

2.) Become a Fan by clicking the “Like” button on the top of the page (You need a Facebook account to do this)

3.) If you are already a fan of the page, suggest the page to your friends!

4.) The 125, 150th, 175th and (dare I hope) 200th fan will receive free copies of “Vox: Book 1 of the Monstrum Chronicles”. The person that suggested you to the page (if applicable) will receive a free book (if they don’t have one already) and have their name used in “Memento Mori: Book 3 of the Monstrum Chronicles.”

5.) This is a weekend promotional starting at midnight on Friday October 28th. It will end at midnight on Monday October 31st.

6.) At the end of the promotional, I will message you asking for the name of the person who suggested the page to you as well as to get your address to ship a book to you.

7.) All I ask is for you to be fair, ie: don’t unlike and re-like the page, etc.

8.) Good luck!

Be sure to tune in to the fan page and the blog later this week for more news and for more Halloween-y things!

Until then, good morning and happy writing!

~KSilva