Author Heather SunseriNews and Other Random Thoughts
So… my reader group, Sunserious Readers, has been on Facebook for years. It is an intimate group of readers. People are invited to join after they sign up for the reader newsletter. The only question readers are asked when joining is: “What’s your favorite Heather Sunseri book?”
Inside Sunserious Readers, we discuss the books we’re reading, the highlights of our day, emotional support peacocks, and other things like ‘Lady Doritos’. Also, I keep Sunserious Readers updated on what’s going on in my writing world, sometimes giving this intimate group of readers an early peek inside the latest book I’m writing or an early look at the newest book cover.
Lately, I’ve been seeing so many posts on Facebook from authors and others moaning about the latest changes in Facebook. This is not the first time this has happened, either. Authors and owners of other business pages on Facebook have known for years that they can’t truly reach the people who have “liked” their page. They know that in order to reach those “like” people, they have to boost the posts or take out Facebook ads. In other words, authors are having to pay to reach people who want to hear from them.
I realize that Facebook just wants to make money like other businesses. And I’m fine with paying for advertising to reach new readers, or to let everyone know I have a new book out. But do I really have to pay to reach the people who have liked my page or signed up to be a part of my reader group, just to say: “Good morning. How’s everyone’s day going?” Or: “Did you see all the commotion about ‘Lady Doritos’ on Twitter yesterday?”
For now, Sunserious Readers is still on Facebook, and we’ll continue that way, but I’m running a business here. And like all of you, I’m busy trying to work and get things done during the day. Facebook is an outlet where many of us take a water cooler break. If Facebook is going to continue to make those breaks unpleasant, costly, and too difficult, I’m a fan of moving the water cooler.
Oh, and look! I have a lovely water cooler right here. I can even email people when something new is happening at the water cooler. And I promise, promise, PROMISE that there will never be advertisements in the middle of my posts drawing you away from what you actually came to the water cooler for.
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Tell me: What are your thoughts about Facebook these days? Do you think the platform is changing? Or maybe you don’t think you want the hassle of clicking off of Facebook to read and discuss on someone’s website? I would really love to hear thoughts on this matter.
In case you missed the announcement earlier this week, Desired in Darkness is already live on iBooks!!
I’m already starting to see early reviews about Desired, and I couldn’t be more pleased and excited for EVERYONE to download this story.
In other news, I got a private message from a reader who mentioned how terrified she was that a drug that is used by Romeo inside Desired in Darkness might actually exist. Let me assure you, my friends, the drug that is mentioned in Desired in Darkness – scopolamine – does in fact exist. I did enough research to feel very comfortable that this drug is a frightening substance, and that criminals in Columbia have used this drug to rob people blind.
Is this drug on the streets of America? Maybe not. But I did read one article that suggested it was used in Paris, France. Many journalists have argued that the stories surrounding scopolamine were urban legend and that there was no real data to back up the stories. But guess what? I’m not a journalist. My job is not to prove anything beyond a shadow of a doubt. My job is to make you think and question. My job is to entertain and scare you. And if you’re not terrified of the substances (scopolamine and borracheromine) I describe in Desired in Darkness, I didn’t do my job well. (I think I did my job well! 🙂 I think you’ll be terrified the next time someone walks up to you on the street and blows a powder in your face.)
I hope you’re getting excited about Desired in Darkness! It would make my 2018 if you got so excited that you shared the release of Desired in Darkness (the whole series, actually) with your friends!
Hope you have a fantastic weekend!! Watch for your copy of Desired in Darkness to hit your eReaders sometime Sunday night, unless you already received it from iBooks.
That’s because I was WRECKED after I finished that audio book. W-R-E-C-K-E-D! In a good way, of course. Colleen Hoover has a way of making you feel so deeply about characters that you want to hug these new imaginary friends. I was so emotional after listening to It Ends With Us that I jumped immediately into another book relationship and listened to November 9, also by Colleen Hoover. I felt like a teenager who thought that the only way to get over an emotional breakup was to jump immediately into another relationship.
It worked, I suppose. Because I then fell head over heals in love with November 9.
I’m not a book reviewer. Duh! You knew that. I’m your friend, and I’m simply recommending a book I’ve read! If you haven’t read those two books, you totally should. It Ends With Us comes with a warning, however. I am not someone who believes that books should have trigger warnings placed on them, especially since you know pretty early on in the book that the subject matter of It Ends With Us is pretty heavy. If the subject matter is something you don’t wish to read, then you should definitely stay away from the book. Colleen has very real experience with the subject matter, and because of this, she tells a story that will have you clutching your chest and leave you breathless at times.
Colleen Hoover is one of the first indie authors that I read, beginning with Slammed (also amazing!). She is one of the biggest reasons that I decided to indie publish from the very beginning, and I haven’t regretted it. This is why I return to her books every chance I get.
Have you read Colleen Hoover? What is your favorite book by her?
What are you reading now? I’m reading a JD Robb book currently, but I’m about to start Year One by Nora Roberts. I haven’t decided if I want to read or listen to this one. If you have thoughts on that, let me know in the comments.
I’m super curious about Year One. Having written my own dystopian book (Emerge), I’m interested in seeing how my all-time favorite author decided to tackle a post-apocalyptic tale.
Let’s chat books in the comments…
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So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my hopes, dreams, and goals for 2018.
As we talked about at the end of 2017, I plan to do a lot more “talking” on the blog in 2018 in hopes that you’ll jump in and share your stories with me along the way. Now, I know what you’re thinking… Don’t we already do that on Facebook? And the answer is yes, of course we do, but I’ve come to realize that 1) Facebook won’t be around forever, 2) many of you aren’t on Facebook, and 3) Facebook isn’t always the most positive place to hang out.
Which brings me to my second thought of the day.
I don’t know if you noticed, but 2017 was filled with a lot of negative energy. Online and off. I don’t know about you, but that negativity wore me out. So, I’m saying “NO!” to negativity in 2018.
I have some pretty large writing and publishing goals for 2018.
I’ve got a jam-packed publishing schedule, including Desired in Darkness releasing on February 5, a 6th Mindspeak book, and a brand new series that I’ve already started writing (and that you guys are going to love, love, LOVE!).
I also have some even larger business goals for 2018 that I’m currently working on while I finish up the edits on Desired in Darkness.
There are times in our professional lives that we need to mix things up and reach higher. And in 2018, I’m planning to do just that. I’m in the planning stages of starting a brand spanking new business that will allow me to serve other authors in huge ways. It’s always been my goal to give back to the writers and authors who have helped me along the way and I’m looking forward to meeting even more authors that I might be able to help.
I know that was vague, but I promise more information is coming soon.
Those are my not-so-random thoughts for today. I would love to hear what your goals are for 2018. Do you make resolutions? I’m not so much as a resolution-maker as I am a goal-setter. And I tend to set goals any time I finish a large project. And since I’m in the process of wrapping up Desired in Darkness AND a new year was starting, it seems like the perfect time to set new goals and make plans.
Leave a comment and tell us what your goals are for the coming year. Or share something big going on in your life. Let’s chat!
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