Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"My Knightly Dreams" Blog Tour Starts SUNDAY!

Five days (and counting) until My Knightly Dreams goes on BLOG TOUR! I can hardly wait. Sunday can't get here soon enough and I'm dying to see what a blog tour (my first) will do to my ranks, sales, etc... Hopefully it'll be fantastic. Then, exactly one week later, At Least I'm Pretty takes off on a blog tour too! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good reviews, high ratings, tons of publicity, lots of sales and hopefully a climbing rank on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Lesley, with Life with Lesley, has been amazingly patient with me and helped me to understand the whole process. It's been nice to have her explaining things to me and walking me through this.

Also, yesterday My Knightly Dreams actually hit a Top 100 chart on Amazon so I was absolutely ecstatic. When I saw it, it was sitting at #52 but then moved to #55 and hung out there most of the day. That was awesome to see! It made me really feel confident that all of this is going to work out. K.A. Robinson, author of the Torn series and the upcoming book, Shattered Ties, has pretty much been my inspiration. I started writing nearly five years ago and when the whole "begging a literary agent for representation" thing fell through I just kind of kept writing without even trying to get them published. So, it was really her advice and push that gave me the confidence to move forward and publish them without an agent. Without her, I would probably write forever and never do anything with my stories. I'm so thankful for K.A., Lesley, and everyone else who have supported me in this. I just can't even express how grateful I feel that God placed them in my life.

Now, I know I'm not the world's greatest blogger and I only update this occasionally, but I guess it's because I have no idea what to say. That's why I never kept a diary as a kid. Regardless, I don't think too many people yet are even reading my blog updates SO if you are, and I'm totally wrong, comment on this and I'll try to blog a little more often.

Brittany Jo James

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Read, Rate and Review!!

Hey everyone,

I wanted to write about the importance of reading, rating and reviewing! I'm very blessed to be able to say I have such wonderful friends and family who support me, so they've purchased my novels. That is so appreciated! I don't take it for granted, because buying my books are the first step... but if you want to help a sister out and really support my career to help me thrive, there's more you can do! You can read the book you bought! I know, I know, some of you are raising your eyebrows about that and wondering what I'm talking about but I've had several people say, "Brittany, I bought your book!" Then I say, "Wonderful! Thank you. Have you read it yet?" That's when they follow with, "Oh, no, no. I don't read. I hate to read! I just bought your book to help you out." Well... Thanks, that means a lot... but I still want you to go read my book! Nope, I'm not done asking for your help yet. So you buy my book, then you read it... What next? Possibly the most important step of all if you want to support my career in the "long run." Go to Amazon, find my books, and RATE AND REVIEW THEM! Whether you loved it, or hated it, or thought it was alright, or thought it was super exciting, or horribly boring, if you think it deserves 5+ stars or barely 1... just go rate and review it. I need that! I'm learning as I go and I'm nowhere near perfect or professional yet. I need your critiques! No, I won't get my feelings hurt for a bad review. I expect those and I know that even if I wrote the best book in the world, not everyone would love it. Your opinion on books is just that, an opinion! Which means that everyone has a different one. I need your ratings and reviews so I can take into consideration the points I can improve on or the encouragement you can provide me to keep writing. Besides, everyone measures "success" differently but Amazon measures success by rating and review. So, even though I can say, "I feel successful because I have two novels for sale on Amazon and I'm pursuing my dreams." That doesn't mean I'm successful in the eyes of Amazon, potential literary agents, traditional publishing companies or even random strangers who could become my fans by reading YOUR reviews and taking a chance. I appreciate everyone for purchasing my books. Each time I log on and see that I have new sales, I grin so big and get excited. That's because of you, but now I need you to go read that book, then rate and review it on Amazon, Goodreads, or wherever else might listen to you! Thank you all.


Brittany Jo James

Friday, September 6, 2013

Blog Tour by Life with Lesley

Life with Lesley is hosting a Blog Tour of My Knightly Dreams and At Least I'm Pretty! If any bloggers might be interested in participating, that would be extremely appreciated! There will be a giveaway also.

My Knightly Dreams:
When: September 29- October 5
At Least I'm Pretty
When: October 6- October 12
Please feel free to sign up with Lesley and share this with other bloggers who might be interested! Thank you!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

God gave me Authors and Bloggers...

My mind is absolutely blown by the amazing people I've met since I pressed "published." Other authors who have stood where I'm standing now, who know exactly what I'm going through are blazing a trail in front of me. And guess what?! They've pulled me right in with them and allowed me to call myself "part of their group." I'm overwhelmed at their kindness. One author, in particular, has been such a blessing. She has truly taken me under her wing and I'm eternally grateful for her. You know what's sad? I didn't even know what a blogger was a month ago. Now, I practically owe my career to one. She's an angel too. I'm so thankful that I'm not as alone as I thought I was. People in this field are so supportive of each other and kind. My fear is being alleviated and hope is being found in this group of precious people.

Matthew 18:20, "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them."