Monday, August 7, 2023

I'm a Published Author!

I'm officially a published author as of three weeks ago today! :-) 
Three years of writing, and Wayward Guilt - Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 1, is finally out in the wild. 
⭐️ Small town
🇺🇸 Friendship
⭐️ Service 
🇺🇸 Loss & Grief
⭐️ First loves
🇺🇸 Family
⭐️ MM love story
🇺🇸 Honor 

I published wide, and while most of my sales so far (thanks especially to pre-orders) are on Amazon, I'm seeing sales elsewhere, too, such as BN, Apple, Kobo/Kobo Plus. I'm on Smashwords, Overdrive and a handful of other places via Draft2Digital, but also now on Ingram Spark. All my LINKS are posted at the end of this blog post.

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a book fair at the main library here in Columbus and spoke to several libraries (We have a lot in the area) who let me know how to contact them to get my book on their shelves. They said that making my book available on Ingram was a huge help. Same with Overdrive. So now I'm making a list, checking it twice, and working my way through Emailing libraries - something I'm sure will be a constant, ongoing marketing process!

My book is already available in the Wisconsin Public Libraries. And as of Friday, I learned that Wayward Guilt will become available in the Westerville, Ohio library. They've just ordered my book and will add it to their collection. I've contacted other libraries in the area, such as Upper Arlington, Grandview, Columbus, Bexley, and Cleveland, and am working on more. 

If you're a fan of libraries, please request my book! It's in Overdrive, which means you can see it in the Libby App. Please click the NOTIFY ME button to let your library know you're interested in my book. (And don't you love how my search resulted in Wayward Guilt AND Shakespeare?!) 
As for bookstores, my local Barnes & Noble said that they'd order a small handful of my books because they love supporting local authors. They especially love supporting local authors who live in their neighborhood, as I do for one of them. They also said that they'd set up a signing where they'd order a case of books to support me, and I could sign them as folks buy them. That's just one store (and hopefully a second since I know a manager at another one in town), but it's a great start and gets me excited!

In the meantime, I'm working on Safe Now, Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 2, which I plan to publish in March. Holy cow! I can't believe I wrote a book! 

Thanks to all of you for your continued support! 

Happy reading, everyone!

 - Heather


WAYWARD GUILT is the first book in my HEROES OF GRANT'S CROSSING series and is available at your favorite online booksellers in digital and paperback. 

AMAZON (Print and eBook)

BARNES & NOBLE (Print and eBook)

KOBO/KOBO PLUS

APPLE BOOKS

SMASHWORDS

OVERDRIVE - Ask your local library to carry Wayward Guilt 

My companion novel to Wayward Guilt, Safe Now - Heroes of Grant's Crossing Book 2, is available for pre-order on Amazon. 

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