Friday, March 1

Releasing a New Book by @JanaRichards_

On February 20, my latest book, CHILD OF MINE, released from The Wild Rose Press. Yay! CHILD OF MINE is book 1 in my new small-town romance series called the Masonville Series. I’m pumped to release the book into the world.

But telling the world about the new book is an arduous job, as any writer these days can attest.  I did a book blitz last week, and my week-long blog tour ends today. I’m grateful to all of the blogs who hosted me, but it was work. The book tour companies handled a lot of it, thank goodness, but some fell to me. Some of the posts were simple; cover art, blurb, excerpt, buy links, a sort of announcement of the book’s arrival. Others required more work, so I wrote several interviews, character interviews, and other posts that I hope blog owners and readers will find interesting and entertaining.

I also sent a message out to my newsletter subscribers on the day of the release. I’ve been actively trying to sign up more newsletter subscribers, but I always agonize over what kind of messages to send them to a) make them read my emails, b) get them interested in clicking on my links, and c) not unsubscribe. Turning my newsletter into a vehicle that screams “Buy my book!, Buy my Book!” is a sure way to get people to unsubscribe. But what should I write about? Subsequently, my newsletter turns into an exercise of writing and unwriting.

Don’t get me started on the pursuit of reviews. I’ve requested reviews from a number of review sites, and I continue to do so. Will my efforts result in lots of positive reviews that will convince readers to buy my book? Time will tell.

Okay, lest I sound whiny (which I probably am) I know that having a new book to promote is a great problem to have. I’m very proud of CHILD OF MINE and I want to tell the world about it. But what I really need right now is time to write book two!

So fellow writers, what do you do when you release a book? How do you promote it? And readers, what influences you to buy a book, especially by a writer you haven’t read before?


Lauren didn't intend to sleep with her brother-in-law Cole on the day of her husband's funeral. But now that she is pregnant, she's not sorry. Cole's given her a baby, a long-wished-for miracle. He's been her friend forever, though she never told him or anyone else how unhappy her marriage to his cheating brother was. And she's afraid to tell the small town that considered her husband a hero that the baby isn't his.

Cole's been in love with Lauren since he was sixteen. It kills him that everyone believes the baby is his dead brother's. All he wants is to claim the baby, and Lauren, as his own. Though she marries him, will Lauren's heart ever be his?

Lauren must tell the truth or risk losing Cole. Is her newly-discovered love for him greater than her fear of scandal in her hometown?

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  1. It's exhausting--and exhilarating!--having a new release. Good luck with this one!

    1. It's absolutely exhausting, and kind of never ending. I'm still promoting books I wrote years ago. There's always someone who hasn't read your work before so it's new to them.