Thursday = Worst Day of the Week

I try not to be negative. In fact, most of the time I’m annoyingly NOT negative. And, by that, I don’t mean positive. I mean…I’m, like, neutral and shit. I’ve been frequently compared to April on Parks and Rec if that tells you anything.

That being said. I would just like to say that Mondays really get the shaft in the whole “worst day of the week” thing. In my opinion, Mondays are certainly not the worst day of the week. No. That honor goes to effing Thursday.

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You already know Monday is coming. Sunday night, you’re beginning to settle back into the work-week routine. You’re preparing yourself for Monday. You’re getting back into your schedule. You’re going to bed on time. You may even be giving yourself a little pep talk about how “this week” you’re going to be a-freaking-mazing. (Even though you always give this up before Monday even ends.) And there’s something almost refreshing about a new start.

But THURSDAY. You bastard. How dare you not be Friday? It has been a long ass week. A LONNNNNNG WEEK. And you’re going to tell me I still have two more long days ahead of me? No. NO. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

I mean, am I wrong? Come on. How many Thursdays have you gone through where you thought it was Friday, but it wasn’t. It was just stupid Thursday. And by this point in the week, you are dragging yourself through to Friday night. LETSBEHONEST. You’re already starting to think, “Well, next Monday I’ll change this and that and that and this and shit.”

So. I hate Thursdays. Because they are terrible. Because they aren’t Fridays. But they feel like they should be. But they aren’t. Now, if we could make the work week only four days instead of five…I’d love Thursdays.
And I would probably hate Wednesday.

 

Let’s Talk About Es-Ee-Ex.

So, I’m pretty professional in blog posts for the most part. And I’m not quite sure why because my books are turning pretty mature as I, you know, mature. Like today. I just wrote a sex scene that actually talks about a guy getting hard.IMG_6673

GASP.

It doesn’t sound like a big deal–especially if you are the type to read erotica–but it’s sort of a big deal to me. I love reading that shit. So hot. Love it. Especially fanfiction. Give me some dirty Harry/Draco sex scenes and I’m golden. But writing it is so different. At least it feels different to me. It’s weird. It’s awkward. I’m not a sexpert. I don’t know all the poses and weird words and how the hell you’re supposed to make some of these things sound sexy.

Initially, I wrote YA, which is very “behind closed doors” and I was totally cool with that. But then I started writing older characters (New Adult, I guess) and they were naturally more sexual. As you would expect young twenty-somethings to be. But I still have that “Nooooo. This is naughty. Stop this.” voice inside my head. It’s stupid, I know. But I got my start with YA and my only published books are YA and I’m just picturing all the young readers who enjoyed my Underground Series reading my new books and freaking out.

So, I’m determined to read more books with sex in them. To…I don’t know…make me feel more comfortable. What are your favorites? Doesn’t have to be erotica. In fact, I’d probably prefer to read books that just have sex scenes in them, but the rest of the novel is about other things? IDK. I’m rambling now.

Anyway. Advice? Book suggestions? HELP!?

Review of Oaken, by Melody Robinette

Review of Oaken, by Melody Robinette.

WOW. This review left me speechless. This is why I wanted to share my writing–so people could experience the worlds that my crazy imagination dreams up, and feel like they are a part of them. I love my characters and their silly idiosyncrasies and I love when my readers just seem to “get” them. And comparing the magic of the Underground to that of Harry Potter? *Faints* I’m so lucky I am able to access the magical land of Amazon and share my stories with others. That’s what it’s all about.

Giving it All Away (Free E-Book Option on Amazon)

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Okay, maybe not giving it ALL away. But I did set OAKEN to FREE for 3 days. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I still don’t know how all of the math-related statistical whatchamacallit stuff works on Amazon. I just decided to set my book to free when I released my second book, ASH, blindly hoping that maybe some people would download it and then go on to get the next book. Maybe. What happened, though, blew my mind.

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People started to download it.

I’ll admit, the first day I probably refreshed the “sales” page and my book’s page a million times to see the numbers go up. By the end of the first day, 2,844 people had downloaded Oaken.

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Then, somehow, I managed to go to sleep. I randomly woke up at 1:33 AM, and, of course, checked the page to find that Oaken was #1 in the FREE Paranormal Fantasy category. What’s very strange to me, though, is that I never put my book into that category…because it’s not really paranormal in any way. This is one of the things I need to find out more about because it’s truly fascinating to me. It was almost as if Amazon was putting my book into the category it would do best in–the category where it would be ranked the highest.

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In the Young Adult Fantasy category, I reached the #2 spot and stayed there for the next two days. (Damn Relic wouldn’t budge.)

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And in the TOP FREE 100 I reached #46! MY MIND WAS BLOWN.

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On the very last day, I received an email from ebookdaily.com that my book would be featured that day in their Fantasy selection of free e-books.

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I’m telling you guys, I have whiplash from how fast and hard all of this hit me. So, I wasn’t making any money off of Oaken? So what? Look how many people saw and downloaded my book with the potential to buy my other books later. It was so incredible to experience. Truly.

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By the end of the last day (and apparently 49 units after midnight) 7,414 people downloaded OAKEN. 7,414 people that, let’s face it, probably wouldn’t have taken the leap to actually purchase the book for $3.99. I get it. There is a lot of self-published crap out there. But there are also a lot of jewels, hidden in the mountain of books online. It’s an overwhelming thing, really. So, I get why people wouldn’t want to take a chance on a self-published author like myself. But there is nothing to lose when they can download the book for free. And, if they like it, maybe they’ll keep coming back. 🙂

One of the coolest things, though, is that, even after the FREE period ended, I saw an enormous jump in sales. (45 PAID units total by the very end of the day on the 20th)

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As it stands–wait, lemme go refresh the page and give you the latest–Oaken is #82 as of 9:00 AM the morning of June 22nd in the Top PAID 100 of the Young Adult Fantasy category. (This number changes every hour. Yesterday it bounced around from 98 to 117. This morning it was 76) The top 100 is golden, though, y’all, because this means your book is visible. Amazon only displays the top 100 books per category and many people won’t venture much further than this.

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So, if you are self-published, or thinking of self-publishing, and are unsure of whether or not you should take advantage of the FREE book promotion Amazon offers, I can say from personal experience that there is NOTHING you can lose by doing this. It’s basically free advertising for you, thanks to Amazon. Whether 100 or 1,000,000 people download your books, that’s just that many more people who now know who you are, who know about your books. By setting your book to free, you have nothing to lose and SO MUCH to gain.

Trust me. Just do it.

Revelations

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Hello, all!
This will be a quick post because it’s nearly 1am and I have to wake up bright and early tomorrow morning! We are creeping up on the mid-week-hump of the WTAMU Writers’ Academy (longer post on this later) and I am soaking up every ounce of creative energy I can this week. While plotting my Zodiacal Dystopian story, I had the realization that really had nothing to do with it–or with the story I am currently writing.

Do you ever just feel like a story is calling to you, asking for attention? Well, that’s how I felt today about the third book in The Underground Series, Alder. It’s the last of this series. My favorite of the three. And I feel like I need to dedicate more time to going through it. I think I got so caught up in the whirlwind of this past year. First writing a book in 6 weeks, then writing another book in 3 months, then finishing another book in ONE month (NaNoWriMo). Then, of course, I published Oaken and jumped into editing Ash and getting it ready for publication. All of these things somehow made my writer’s brain think that it always has to be moving forward, pumping out product, delivering something and in a timely manner.

But the fact that Alder is pushing at my brain when I’m really “supposed” to be writing Soren (the second book in The Halo Series) has to be a sign of sorts. I realized…it’s okay to not always be producing. I’m not a machine. I’m not a publishing house. Creativity will run dry like a once-damp rag that’s been aggressively twisted into a tight cord, wringing out all of those juicy ideas. I’ve always been–well, except for my first book–a tight writer. I’m an English teacher and a grammar freak. I make sure that my book is at least grammatically clean the first go around. So, I’ve never done much deep editing.

But I feel like I should take a closer look. Go a little deeper. I feel like Alder is telling me to do that, and I feel like that’s why Soren has been such a pain to write. I don’t think I’m supposed to be writing it this moment. I thought I was supposed to be writing because it’s been a whole–gasp–six months since I’ve completed a novel! That just won’t do! I must write! I must produce! I must deliver! Well, I must also deliver a quality product. Forcing my creativity and skimping on editing in favor of more writing will not deliver quality.

We live in a world where people feel they can demand artists to create for them because they are used to binge watching/reading things now. In the age of Netflix, we crave that. We don’t want to wait. “Give me more books!” “When are you going to put out your next one?!” “Hurry up and write the next one!” But I think instead of saying, “Okay, okay, I’m working on it,” I’ll calmly say, “All in good time.” Because that’s what each of my books deserves. Good time.

I’m Melody. Nice to Meet You.

Hello all–or perhaps no one,

I’m Melody Robinette. 27-year-old author and wife to a very handsome and equally kind beer-expert/musician.
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Writer of young adult, new adult, fantasy, paranormal, lgbt, contemporary, all sorts of fiction. I’ve recently self-published and I am so happy I made that decision. It has put the power in my hands and I can make every decision for my book every step of the way. You can visit my Amazon author page: HERE. I already have a blog on my website, but it has very little activity or traffic, and a fellow writer friend recommended wordpress. So, here I am. I’m sure this blog will be as random as I am. I’ll likely post about writing-related things, maybe personal things, random musings, short stories and blurbs and flash fiction. You know…all that jazz. But, anyway. Not today. Just wanted to say, nice to meet you…and I’ll talk to you soon! 🙂 ❤

Melody

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