Congratulations to the winners!

Good morning friends. Just a quick note to let you know that free audiobook contest is over and the winners have been notified. A big thank you to everyone that entered!

If you entered but didn’t win, please follow me on Twitter or Facebook for future opportunities.

Have a great week everyone!

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Win a free audiobook!

Dear readers,

This will be my final reminder, please enter the contest today if you haven’t already!

For those of you seeing this for the first time: I am giving away ten free audible.com download codes for my first novel, Restoration.

The contest ends at midnight Friday (May 31st) and winners will be selected on June 1.

Thank you and good luck!

Only Nine Days Left!

Hello friends!

Just a quick reminder that Restoration is on sale this month for just ninety-nine cents!

Also, you have just nine days left to sign-up to win a FREE audiobook version of Restoration.

Lastly, book two in the Restoration series is coming along nicely. I am targeting the August-September time frame, but I have a ton of work between now and then to make that happen. Stay tuned!

Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement!

Another Day, Another Book Bubble!

Hi friends,

I’ve learned about a really cool way to market your book and I’ve decided to give it a try.

First, a little backstory. I went to the IBPA Publishing University conference last month with the intent to educate myself about the world of independent publishing, and I was not disappointed! The conference was awesome and it exceeded all of my expectations. I highly recommend this annual event to all independent authors and publishers!

While there, I had the chance to meet with a number of industry experts and ask questions. And, although everyone was great, I was really impressed with Kathy Meis, CEO of Bublish. She was very approachable and I learned a lot in the short time we had together. She’s an impressive person and I have become quite a fan of the company she’s building.

Now, back to that cool marketing tool I mentioned, they’re called “book bubbles”. Book bubbles are a great way for authors to share excerpts of their books along with a little commentary. I just published my second one today, so please go check it out when you have a few minutes. If you missed the first one, you can find it here.

In addition to my bubbles, please check out a few from other authors and let me know what you think. Do you like this format? Do you enjoy reading excerpts as a way to get a sense for a book before you buy it? Would you like to see more bubbles from Restoration? Please let me know in the comments!

My first interview!

Greetings friends, happy news! My interview with the wonderful folks at AllAuthor was posted today. They asked great questions that gave me an opportunity to discuss quite a bit about my journey as a writer, and to share some new information about my current project. Please pop over to AllAuthor and give it a read when you have a few minutes.

AllAuthor Interview Link: https://allauthor.com/interview/dcmcwhorter/

Ciao for now!

 

Learn, Adapt & Move Forward!

Hello friends. It’s been a couple of busy-but-very-productive weeks, and I thought I would take a moment to share a quick progress update with you before yet another week flies by.

I went to my first writer’s/publisher’s conference last weekend and it was amazing! It was four days of learning, networking and realizing how much I still need to learn about becoming a successful author/publisher. The IBPA Publishing University was hands-down the best conference I’ve ever attended, and I have been to dozens of them over the years (mostly tech and healthcare, but conferences none the less).

The independent publishing community is an amazing group, and I met some of the most interesting people–people who motivated me, encouraged me and who offered their advice and support freely and without reservation. And the stories they had to tell! I was amazed at the multitude of diverse and interesting paths that led them to become writers and/or publishers…several of them were truly inspiring!

I titled this post “Learn, Adapt & Move Forward” because that was my biggest take-away from the conference. As far as learning: My poor brain feels like it received a master’s degree in publishing in four days! And based on that learning, I realized that I have to better adapt to the demands of the commercial book industry. I can’t just write whatver I want and hope that it will be successful. I have to not only understand my audience, but I also have to thoughtfully brand and position myself in a way that makes my work easy to categorize and find within the existing genre scheme.

That brings me to moving forward: I was told repeatedly by several experts that new authors with a series of books are far more likely to be noticed than those that put out a bunch of independent books that don’t relate to each other. Why is this? As it was explained to me, it’s because many readers prefer to find an author and a subject they like and stick with them.

This makes a lot of sense when you think about today’s big name authors, they all have a niche and their careers are built on writing a series of books that fans know and love (think JK Rowling, George RR Martin, James Rollins, Clive Cussler, James Patterson, etc). Why hunt for that lone “diamond in the rough” when you’ve already found an author with a proven track record of delivering stories you like to read?

So, based on that advice, I have decided to set The Fourth World aside for now (even though my 2nd draft is nearly finished) so I can focus on finishing and releasing books 2 and 3 in the Restoration series. I will share more details about the series in future blog posts, but for now it is enough to say that I am very excited to be back to work on Doctor Evan Feldman’s story!

As always, thanks for reading and have a great weekend.