Those of you who have followed me, know that I recently self published my first novel preview on Amazon.com. It’s a full five chapter preview.

I finally got the email from Createspace with the next steps for my paperback version of the preview. {Nearly a week later. So much for their “48 hours” review, huh?”

I completed the set up and now…

I’m in review again. {supposedly another 48 hours for the final set up review period…}

But, I do have some good news!

I’m up to 67 downloads and 67 likes on Smashwords!

I have to admit, I doubted anyone would be willing to pay $0.99 for a preview. Because of Amazon’s minimum price requirement for new published e-books, I was forced to put that price.

I just checked my stats and discovered I have sold three copies. Talk about shocked!

Best yet…

I officially validated my CampNano 2012 win yesterday at 66,111 words! That’s my first CampNano win and second Nano victory!

Next step for me is marketing the preview of my novel. I’ve started scheduling reviews on blogs and stuff. Hopefully when the full novel is ready I’ll find an actual blog tour or two to join.

So, how have your efforts to promotes and get your books ready for distribution gone so far?

Have any of you had trouble with you distributors?

Have any of you competed in CampNano this year? Did you remember to validate your wins? What about previous years?

Share with us you reactions to the first time you realized you’d sold some of your books.

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About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

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