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My First Book Signing

I had my first book signing this week, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it…

The generous owners of our local bookshop, Comic Cult HD, invited me to set up a table at their ComicFest event on Saturday. I was so nervous and shaky beforehand, but it turned out amazing. Everyone was so sweet and supportive.

It took weeks to put everything together, but I had my swag all set up–bookmarks, stickers, temporary tattoos, pens, and bookmarks. Plus, I wanted to give something away, so I collected some fun Halloween goodies (plus copies of my books) in a gift basket to raffle off. Now, I just needed some vampire-loving readers to come into the shop. 😉

My writer friends–who I adore–came to show their support. Vada browsed the Beasts of Vegas series.

Angela came to make me laugh.

And Patty picked up books for her family. (Don’t mind the hunky Thor peering over my shoulder. lol)

My new friend Ashley won my Halloween-themed gift basket, including 3 of my signed novels and a $25 Amazon gift card (which I hope she spends on loading up her Kindle app).

It was such an amazing experience. I’m glad I didn’t talk myself out of it. I really hope everyone who stopped by my table enjoys the books they bought.

<3 Anna

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Will I See You at the RWA Conference in Orlando?

Or, Meet Me in Florida

Are you going to the annual Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) conference this year in Orlando? I’m super excited to be there the entire week of July 24.

If you’re planning on attending, let’s catch up.

I’ll be promoting my two paranormal series, The Red Plague and The Dark Caster, with postcards, pens, and temporary tattoos in the goody room.

I’m really looking forward to re-connecting with my writer friends and learning a lot from the panels.

P.S. I’ll keep you updated throughout the week of the 24th on Twitter (@AnnaAbner) and through this blog. 🙂

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<3 Anna

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Want Exclusive Book Loot?

Or, My Conference SWAG Arrived And I Want To Share!

I’m so excited to attend both Comic-Con and Romance Writer’s of America’s national conference (I can’t stop smiling!), I ordered new promotional goodies. If you’d like to receive the pictured loot, send me an email at anna@annaabner.com or leave a comment on my blog and I’ll ship a personalized care package to the first 10 responders. Good luck!

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My goody bag includes two postcards, an adorable purple pen, and a Spell of Joy temporary tattoo.

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<3 Anna

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My 1st Newsletter is Coming Your Way on Friday!

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My inaugural newsletter is posting Friday, Sep. 13. Sign up on this form to be involved from the ground floor.

I’m so excited to be able to share new projects, updates, and all the fun things going on at AnnaAbner.com with you.

<3 Anna

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New Reader Survey

Or, Answers To Common Questions About Reading Habits

 

The Ebook Formatting Fairies recently conducted a survey about reading habits. Some of the more interesting results were:

  • Readers prefer ebooks to paperbacks.
  • Most readers purchase their books from Amazon.
  • Readers find new authors on Facebook.
  • Most readers don’t look at the bestseller lists to find books to read.

 

What do you think about these results? Do they represent you as a reader?

 

<3 Anna

 

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My First Press Release! :D

Or, An Adorable Little Article About My Book

I didn’t think anything would come of sending press releases to my local and hometown newspapers, but I’m thrilled to say my story was reported in the Hesperia Star Newspaper in my hometown of Hesperia, California today.

Link to the online version here.

Here is a scan:

 

Hesperia Star
Spell of Summoning Press Release

 

 

Here is a photo taken by a fan in Hesperia.

 

Hesperia Star Feb 19 2013

 

<3 Anna

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12 Free Promotion Ideas That Work

Or, How to Get People to Notice Your Book

I’m a new indie author with a book to promote, but I don’t have a lot of money to spend on marketing. So, I’m all about free easy ways to get my name and novel out in front of a lot of different people. Here is a list of things (in no particular order) that have worked for me.

I’m assuming you have a website or a blog already set up.

  1. Write a press release with a “local girl (or boy) does well” spin and send it to your hometown newspaper.
  2. Reach out to book clubs and offer your novel for them to read. Be prepared to visit the group for a Q&A.
  3. Set up an author page on each of the sites you publish on. And don’t forget Goodreads!
  4. Write an article and be the guest speaker on a blog. Invite other authors to guest on your blog.
  5. Write interesting and topical blog posts at least three times per week.
  6. Post an interview with another new, indie author on your blog. Ask if they will reciprocate.
  7. Give away a free copy of your book through your site or on Facebook.
  8. Publish your novel on other sites besides Amazon, like Barnes and Noble, All Romance eBooks, Smashwords, Lulu, and CreateSpace.
  9. Become an expert in social media. Blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, etc., etc.
  10. Launch any new blog series, event, and definitely your latest book release with social media fanfare.
  11. Comment on popular blogs in your genre.
  12. Get your novel reviewed by popular book bloggers. If it’s a positive review, use it as free advertising on your site and your author pages.

<3 Anna

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