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Seeing the Ineffictiveness of Promotion

Most authors bemoan the inability to quantify good marketing efforts beyond sales numbers. The idea is to get sales but to also remain a thought in a reader’s head past closing the book. When a reader is asked to name her favorite author and your name is the first to come mind, that is proof your hours spent writing and promoting have paid off.

Rarely does an author get to see or want to see how ineffective her/his marketing efforts are. The obvious indicator is low sales. Nothing drives home the message like a tiny royalty check. Sometimes though there are other ways to tell.

For instance, 01 July I took part in the #IndieBooksBeSeen promotion started by Mark Shaw on Facebook and Twitter. My hubby took a picture of me holding the covers of Serenity and Kristar. I came to the promotion late and didn’t think much would come of it but what could it hurt, right?

Imagine my surprise when a reader commented on my fanpage stating she’d been waiting for the release of Kristar.

*blink blink*

Kristar by D. Renee Bagby (200x300)Kristar has been out in ebook since December 2013. It hit 3rd party retailers in January 2014. It’s been in print since late May. Since I got the cover late November 2013, I’ve been posting about it because I knew how many readers wanted to read Chigaru’s story.

Goodreads, Facebook (my fanpage and several promotional groups), the Siren Yahoo group, headline ads on The Romance Review, cover ads on The Romance Studio (website, blog, newsletter, and release party site), guest blogs, promotional spots on blogs, almost daily tweets from Cover Reveals that I retweet, tweets from my first chapters promotional blog, four separate new release announcement newsletters, updates on my website, updates on this blog, a street team, a promotions company… The list goes on and yet that comment still remains.

How effective are my marketing efforts for gaining new readers when someone waiting for the book didn’t even know it had released? I’m shouting into the crowd and unsurprising enough, very few people hear me.

So here’s the question to those reading this now: Before this post, did you know Kristar is the sequel to Serenity? Did you know Kristar is available for purchase in ebook (Bookstrand | iBooks | Kindle | Kobo | Nook) and print (Amazon | B&N)?

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Retro Release: Eris (Time Travel MFM Romance)

Eris-50Off-promo

ERIS is a retro release at Siren-Bookstrand. That means it’s discounted for a limited time.

Check out the first chapter online at DRB1stChp Blog.

Buy Now
http://www.bookstrand.com/eris

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New Release & Bestseller: Kristar by D. Renee Bagby

Kristar by D. Renee Bagby (200x300)

Kristar is out now and #6 on the Bookstrand Mainstream Bestseller list!

Chigaru wants a woman who will distract him before he commits treason. Kitty is restless and needs a major change. She’s not right for his world, and he’s not what she expected. They are soul mates, but knowing that might not be enough to overlook their pasts for a future together.

[Mainstream Fantasy Romance, MF]

Read Chapter One Online
http://drb1stchp.com/2013/12/kristar-by-d-renee-bagby/

Buy Now
http://www.bookstrand.com/kristar

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Pre-Order & Gift: Kristar by D. Renee Bagby

Kristar is now available for PRE-ORDER!

The date of release for the sequel to Serenity is getting closer and closer. I know there are several readers who have been chomping at the bit for this title for a loooooooong time and it is almost here at last.

Buy at Bookstrand and receive 10% off until 17 December (CST).

And that’s not all. Be one of the first EIGHT (8) people to pre-order and email me a copy of your receipt along with your shipping address to receive a signed print copy of Serenity. The first FORTY-TWO (42) — after the initial eight — will receive a signed print of the cover for Kristar. [Note: This is a gift with purchase, not a contest. Please see below for full details.]

Kristar by D. Renee Bagby (200x300)Kristar
[A Gezane Universe Novel]
by D. Renee Bagby

Publisher: Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Mainstream Fantasy Romance, MF
Length: Novel (81,441 words)
Price: $3.99/US

She’s not right for his world, and he’s not what she expected. Destined lovers don’t always have it easier.

Chigaru is captain of the guard and he loves his queen more than he should. He is loyal to the royal family but knows his desire for one he cannot have is an issue. He needs a woman who will distract him before he commits treason.

Kitty is a classically trained dancer turned stripper. Her life is perfect except for the shadows of her past catching up with her. She needs to get away before she becomes a prisoner of her destiny.

Five years ago, Silny enacted a plan to regain her lost memories. The last piece of the puzzle is Kitty, and Chigaru is the only one who can cross dimensions to retrieve her. Kitty is not right for his world. Chigaru is not what she expected. They are soul mates, but knowing that might not be enough to overlook their pasts for a future together.

Pre-Order Now
http://www.bookstrand.com/kristar

** Gift With Purchase Details **

[ Signed print of Serenity ]
– First 8 (eight) people to pre-order receive a signed print copy of Serenity

[ Signed cover of Kristar ]
– First 42 (forty-two) to pre-order, AFTER the initial eight, receive a signed print of the Kristar COVER (signed picture, not a book)

– Email dreneebagby(at)gmail(dot)com, subject line “Kristar Pre-order GWP”
– Email must include pre-order receipt AND mailing address

– First come, first served
– This is NOT a contest
– Subject to availability
– Void where prohibited
– Must be 18 years of age or older
– If you want to opt out of the signed Serenity print copy in favor of the signed Kristar cover, state that in your email
– Non-US mailing addresses will receive signed cover only
– Terms subject to change without notification and/or warning

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Cover Reveal: KRISTAR by D. Renee Bagby

The long-awaited sequel of Serenity is coming
to Bookstrand Publishing on 10 December 2013!!

Kristar by D. Renee Bagby (432x648)

* Cover Art by Anne Cain *

[Mainstream Fantasy Romance, MF]

Chigaru is captain of the guard and he loves his queen more than he should. He is loyal to the royal family but knows his desire for one he cannot have is an issue. He needs a woman who will distract him before he commits treason.

Kitty is a classically trained dancer turned stripper. Her life is perfect except for the shadows of her past catching up with her. She needs to get away before she becomes a prisoner of her destiny.

Five years ago, Silny enacted a plan to regain her lost memories. The last piece of the puzzle is Kitty, and Chigaru is the only one who can cross dimensions to retrieve her. Kitty is not right for his world. Chigaru is not what she expected. They are soul mates, but knowing that might not be enough to overlook their pasts for a future together.

** http://dreneebagby.com/bookshelf/kristar **

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News: Serenity Sequel Coming Soon!

25 March 2008 SERENITY was released and readers were introduced to the Gezane universe where humans and bhresya share the planet. Serenity, human princess of Cheslav, and Melchior, king of the bhresya nation Nexeu, entered into a political marriage to ensure peace between their peoples.

Joining Serenity on her journey to her new home were her Hell Hounds, bhresya guards who loved her and had devoted their lives to keeping Serenity safe. Among those guards is Chigaru, the captain of the Hell Hounds, and Serenity’s closest friend. Though Chigaru’s love for his queen goes beyond simple loyalty, Serenity’s heart belongs to her husband.

After years of waiting and wondering and fielding readers’ emails asking if Chigaru will ever get a story (believe me, I know I took a while on this one), Chigaru’s story will now be told.

Coming December 2013 (tentative date, subject to change), KRISTAR, the continuation of the Gezane universe tales will be released from Bookstrand Publishing.

Chigaru wants a woman who will distract him before he commits treason. Kitty is restless with her life and needs a major change. She’s not right for his world, and he’s not what she expected. Together they will learn to compromise, to accept, and to love all the things of their pasts in order to have a future.

Publisher :: Bookstrand Publishing
Genre :: Mainstream Fantasy Romance
Themes :: Interracial, Multicultural, Multi-Dimensional, MF
Tentative Release :: December 2013

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iBooks & Nook: Favored Dragon’s Release by D. Renee Bagby

Now available on Nook & iBooks:

Favored Dragon's Release by D. Renee Bagby (200x300)Favored Dragon’s Release
by D. Renee Bagby
[ Hidden By Dragons 1 ]

*High Fantasy Non-Shifter Dragon Romance, MF*

The next generation of dragons will not hatch until Prince Shurik finds a human willing to become his bride. Transported from her world to his, Yolette is the one, but Shurik’s growing feelings are impeding his proposal. Shurik must decide between his people or his love and pray his choice is the right one.

Buy Now
:: Bookstrand :: iBooks :: Kindle :: Nook ::

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Top 10 Bestseller ~ Favored Dragon’s Release by D. Renee Bagby

It’s climbing again! Favored Dragon’s Release has hit the #10 spot on the Bookstrand MF Bestseller List. This is huge! #10! That’s of all the MF titles Bookstrand sells — Mainstream and Erotic. My dragon is coming in #10.

Thanks so much, everybody who has purchased a copy! I hope you enjoy it and look forward to the next.

Bookstrand MF Bestseller List 16 July 2013

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Climbing Bestseller List ~ Favored Dragon’s Release by D. Renee Bagby

Favored Dragon’s Release has climbed two spots on the Bookstrand MF Bestseller List. It’s now at #14. Thanks, everybody, for the continued support. I’m loving this. 😀

Bookstrand MF Bestseller List 08 July

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Hitting Bookstrand Bestseller List ~ Favored Dragon’s Release by D. Renee Bagby

Look who hit the MF Romance Bestseller List at Bookstrand. Favored Dragon’s Release is clocking in at #16. That’s damn good. Let’s keep up the momentum, everybody! Thanks tons to all those who have bought my non-shifter dragon romance already.

Bookstrand MF Bestseller List 06 July

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New Release: Favored Dragon’s Release by D. Renee Bagby

Favored Dragon's Release by D. Renee Bagby (200x300)Favored Dragon’s Release
[ Hidden By Dragons 1 ]
by D. Renee Bagby

Bookstrand Publishing

eBook ISBN: 978-1-62740-119-7
Genre: High Fantasy Dragon Romance, MF
Price: $4.50/US
Length: Novel (107,000 words)

He wants her for his bride to end the dragons’ curse but his love for her is ruining his plans.

In the aftermath of a senseless war that claimed many lives, the gods have punished the dragons for causing the conflict. The next generation will not hatch until Prince Shurik finds a human female willing to put aside generations of animosity to become his bride.

Yolette goes to sleep on the side of a mountain, the odd woman out on a couples’ camping trip, and awakes in a field outside the home of a dragon. Transported to an unknown world very different from her own, she must depend on Shurik for shelter and guidance.

Shurik doesn’t anticipate his growing feelings for Yolette, making the task of proposing that much harder. Danger looms from those who want the punishment ended and from those who want it to continue until the last dragon is gone. Shurik must decide whether he will save his people or his love and pray to the gods his choice is the right one.

Buy Now: http://www.bookstrand.com/favored-dragons-release
10% off until 10 July CST

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Pre-Order: Favored Dragon’s Release by D. Renee Bagby

Now available for 10% off pre-order at Siren-Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/favored-dragons-release

Favored Dragon's Release by D. Renee BagbyFAVORED DRAGON’S RELEASE by D. Renee Bagby
(Hidden by Dragons, Book 1)

Siren-Bookstrand Publishing

[High Fantasy Dragon Romance, MF]

He wants her for his bride to end the dragons’ curse but his love for her is ruining his plans.

In the aftermath of a senseless war that claimed many lives, the gods have punished the dragons for causing the conflict. The next generation will not hatch until Prince Shurik finds a human female willing to put aside generations of animosity to become his bride.

Yolette goes to sleep on the side of a mountain, the odd woman out on a couples’ camping trip, and awakes in a field outside the home of a dragon. Transported to an unknown world very different from her own, she must depend on Shurik for shelter and guidance.

Shurik doesn’t anticipate his growing feelings for Yolette, making the task of proposing that much harder. Danger looms from those who want the punishment ended and from those who want it to continue until the last dragon is gone. Shurik must decide whether he will save his people or his love and pray to the gods his choice is the right one.

Coming 03 July. Now available for pre-order. 10% off until 10 July (CST)!
http://www.bookstrand.com/favored-dragons-release

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Cover Reveal – Favored Dragon’s Release by D. Renee Bagby

Coming to Siren-Bookstrand on 03 July 2013!

Favored Dragon's Release by D. Renee Bagby (400x600)He wants her for his bride to end the dragons’ curse but his love for her is ruining his plans.

In the aftermath of a senseless war that claimed many lives, the gods have punished the dragons for causing the conflict. The next generation will not hatch until Prince Shurik finds a human female willing to put aside generations of animosity to become his bride.

Yolette went to sleep on the side of a mountain, the odd woman out on a couples’ camping trip, and awoke in a field outside the home of a dragon. Transported to an unknown world very different from her own, she must depend on Shurik for shelter and guidance.

Shurik didn’t anticipate his growing feelings for Yolette making the task of prosing that much harder. Danger looms from those who want the punishment ended and from those who want it to continue until the last dragon is gone. Shurik must decide whether he will save his people or his love and pray to the gods his choice is the right one.

(High Fantasy Romance, Multicultural, Dragons)

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Sinful Sirens Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my contribution to the Sinful Sirens Giveaway Hop. Click the above image to visit the rest of the blogs involved in the hop. Keep reading to enter my contest.

Prize:
– PDF copy of ERIS (Time Travel Menage)
– PDF copy of TWO of my Changeling Press back list titles (winner’s choice)

One winner will receive two novellas and one plus novel and all you need to do to be that winner are TWO simple things:

#1 – Follow this blog either through Email, Google OR Networked Blogs (Facebook).

  • All three options are on the sidebar in the top three slots under the Sinful Sirens image.
  • You can join all three (thanks for the support) but that will only count as ONE entry.
  • If you’re already a follower, then you’ve already cleared the first step.

#2 – Leave a comment with (a) your handle, (b) your name and (c) your email address.

  • I need your email to notify you if you win.
  • To avoid bots, put spaces in your email like this zenobiarenquist @ gmail . com
  • “Handle” is either your FB name if you followed through Networked Blogs or your Google ID if you followed the blog that way. This is so I can match comments to followers.
  • For those who choose to follow through email, put “EMAIL” for your handle.

Contest is INTERNATIONAL.
Contest ends 20 May @ 11:59PM EST.
Winner will be announced in a blog post afterwards.

SMALL PRINT / CONTEST RULES:
ENTERING THIS CONTEST MEANS YOU HAVE READ THESE RULES AND YOU AGREE TO ABIDE BY THEM.
– Rules are subject to change without notification or reason given.
– Contest begins 15 May 2012 12:01AM EST.
– Contest ends 20 May 2012 11:59PM EST.
– Winner is final.
– Void where prohibited.
– No purchase necessary.
– Must be 18 years of age or older to win.
– Chances of winning vary widely based on how many people enter.
– Prize is as stated. No prize substitutions or exchanges.
– “Back List” means titles currently available for purchase as of 15 May 2012.
– Only comments that include A, B, and C as stated in Step #2 count as valid.
– One entry per person.
– Winner is chosen using Random.org.
– Winner has until 22 May 2012 at 11:59PM EST to answer the notification email or else they forfeit the prize. No runner-up will be chosen.
– Comments on posts other than the Sinful Sirens Giveaway Hop post do NOT count towards this contest.
– Comments timestamped after the contest closes are invalid.
– D. Renee Bagby / Zenobia Renquist is not responsible for notification emails that go astray due to mistyped or misrepresented email address, mailer daemons, internet wackiness, or SPAM filters.
– D. Renee Bagby / Zenobia Renquist is not responsible for contests held by other authors of the Sinful Sirens Giveaway Hop.

Friday First: D. Renee Bagby

Rebecca J. Clark is hosting me on her Friday First blog as D. Renee Bagby. Come find out the first thing I would buy if I won the lottery or what in my life I would change if I could go back in time.

http://rebeccajclark.blogspot.com/2011/11/friday-firstswith-d-renee-bagby.html

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