Wednesday, November 27, 2013

November 27th Challenge

Hi, it’s Christina – 

It’s a soggy morning here in New Jersey, and it’s only supposed to get worse. They are predicting over four inches of rain for our area today. I’m not going to complain, because if it was colder, this would have been sixteen inches of snow!

I am a little worried though. In the past, after heavy rain like this, our town has become an island. If it does again this time, it would mean eight of my fifteen guests won’t be able to get to my house.

Today is going to be spent mostly on cleaning because we didn’t get as much done yesterday as I had hoped. Both girls are coming down with colds, and I wasn’t feeling that great either, so we fizzled out after two hours. Thankfully, the rooms that remain to be cleaned are not as big a challenge as the family room.

I have less than 5K words to go for NaNoWriMo, and four days to do it. Faerie Tale Queen is at a point where it is moving very quickly, so for the first time all month, I am pretty confident I WILL be able to reach the 50K goal. I am also seriously rethinking participating next November. It’s just too much, preparing for the holidays AND writing a novel. How folks with a “real” job do it is beyond me.

So did any of you see the flyer I posted yesterday? Thursday through Sunday, Kindle and Nook versions of A Second Chance and Taking Chances will be available for almost 40% off the cover price. For four days, they will be sold for $2.99 – the lowest price allowed under the KDP program I’m enrolled in – but on Monday, they return to their regular price of $4,95.


Now, because I’m a technological ditz, I don’t know exactly how to do it, but I do know you can send a book to someone else’s Kindle as a gift. You can also hold a gift in queue to be picked up later by that person. I was hoping more technologically savvy folks would know how to do this and think a book for $2.99 would make a great stocking stuffer. They could wrap up a piece of paper telling the recipient they had another gift waiting for them online.

So what do you think? Was it a good idea? Do you think it will generate any buzz? Do you think folks would give a Kindle book as a gift? This whole marketing thing is still new to me, and I’m not making enough money yet on the sale of my books to hire professionals to handle it for me, so I’m kinda winging it – those marketing classes I took back in college were a LONG time ago, and the world has changed considerable since then. What has me scratching my head is when I do the exact same thing, two different times, and get dramatically different results. Just can’t figure that one out, but whatchya gunna do?

Anyway, I know it’s not even six in the morning, but I really need to get busy. I hope you have a wonderful day, and happy writing!

Your Last Challenge was:


Don’t laugh at me. Don’t tease me. I may not be as big as you, but I am perfect. My size, my shape, my color are all perfect. As a matter of fact, I am actually better than all of you. Could anyone bring any of you home to be their family Christmas tree? No, they can’t.

Your only hope of ever holding those twinkling lights would be if someone chose you for Rockefeller Center, and chances of that are like a zillion to one, and for the lot of you, even less than that. Oh sure, you’re tall enough, but the way you decided to stay all squished together in your little clique, didn’t allow your branches to spread and grow, and who wants a tall skinny tree?

I’m even the right size to be balled up and replanted in someone’s yard where I’ll be loved and cared for by a family, and I’ll get to be their Christmas tree every year. Can any of you say that?

So you can laugh and scoff and tease all you want, but I know I’m better than all of you bullies. Oh look, here comes a family now. And what’s that in their hand? A shovel you say? Imagine that. Later losers.

Your Next Challenge is (considering the day, I kinda had to do it):

I’m thankful for…

You have 10 minutes (be honest). There is no right or wrong, just write. Spelling and punctuation don’t count and NO ONE is allowed to criticize what someone else has written. Go.