Skip to main content

Writing Passion + Readers = Success

Of course I'm around writers all the time and each have different roads they have traveled to get published.

It's no secret that I left a publisher to pursue a self publishing career almost two years ago and haven't looked back. You see, I only wanted to touch ONE reader with my story. And boy did I ever reach readers!

I always say that my readers are the best readers that any author has! Everyday they encourage me, keep me motivated to NOT watch Dr. Phil and write.

Over a year ago, I was so humbled to get an email telling me that a few readers had nominated my first novel, Carpe Bead 'em as a 2012 eFestival of Words in the Women's Fiction/Chick-lit category. What was MORE humbling was when Carpe Bead 'em took home the title a few months later!

Then. . .a few weeks after that, had double finaled in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards in the mystery and humor category!

THen. . .I get an email telling me I'm an Amazon Mover and Shaker. . .

THEn. . .I get an email telling me that a reader had nominated my short story romance, A New Tradition in the 2013 Indie Romance Convention Awards in the novella contest.

THEN. . .A New Tradition won!

THEN. . .I got an email telling me that A Charming Crime was nominated in TWO categories in the 2013 eFestival of Words best fantasy category and best heroine category!

But it doesn't stop there.

I decided to honor Carpe Bead 'em and A Charming Crime for their success and offer it to readers for .99 for a limited time.

Again. . .readers blow me away!

Just yesterday, A Charming Crime hit #8 on Amazon's Movers and Shakers, #43 in the top paid 100 on Amazon, AND #12 on Barnes and Noble top paid 100!

It's about my readers! This year I vowed to meet those readers who have put me at the top and nominated me for all of the amazing awards.

Last week I attended the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon and met so many new readers.
Next month I'm attending the Annual Reader and Author Get Together AND hosting a tea with fabulous authors Duffy Brown and Nancy Naigle.

But it doesn't stop there! All of 2013 and 2014 is filled with events where I'm traveling the Continental United States to meet all of you and thank you personally for making my passion a success. . .reaching ONE reader and beyond!

Be sure to check out my website for full details on each event and how I can TREAT YOU to a fun event on ME!



  1. Love it! You deserve all of the wonderful praise you are receiving. I hope you're adding Kansas City to your list, because I'd love to meet you :)


  2. I am so happy for you. I plan to self publish and I don't feel bad about it! The big 7 have had a strangle hold on writers and their dreams far too long. I know you will do great and live your dreams. I say go girlfriend!!!

  3. Tonya ... it is so nice to hear a tale of self-publishing success. I suspect there was some marketing skill in your success, but the key has be in your desire to "touch one reader." It's a counterpart to my desire for my readers to have a "shiver of recognition." Congratulations!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Easter and the Derby?

Easter is in April and the Derby is in May! But here in Kentucky and the south, we don't have Easter without the Derby pie!

Kentucky Derby Pie
(from my mama~Linda Lowry)
My mama’s Derby Pie is smack your mama good! It’s a southern pie with walnuts and chocolate chips. You can use pecans in substitute for the walnuts, but I really like my walnuts!

Ingredients: ½ cup melted butter
1 cup sugar ½ cup flour 2 beaten eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract ¾ cup Walnuts or pecans (your choice not both!) ¾ cup chocolate chips (or more if you really want it gooey!)
Directions Mix in the order that’s written under the ingredients. This is very important. Pour the mixture into an unbaked 9 inch pie shell. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

Enjoy this amazing video of an artist decorating eggs. 

Happy happy Easter!!

Easter Giveaway!!!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Want some more southern fun? Check out the Kenni Lowry Mystery Series and the special Kenni Lowry Mystery Series website where you can meet the …

And they're off....

WOW! I had a super busy weekend. It was filled with fun and fear!  On Saturday our son Austin was in charge of his fraternity alumni/parent weekend at Keeneland Racetrack.

Now...y'all know I love horse racing and Keeneland. I grew up going to the races and Keeneland is literally fifteen minutes from my childhood home. Friends of my family started Keeneland and still own it today. So...I'm pretty at home there. 
It was opening weekend, which meant there were probably around 40k people there. 40,000 PEOPLE!!! 

(These little jockeys are so cute. They have the names of winners on their little boards.) 
The food line is 1 1/2 hours long to stand in...not to mention the bathroom. You don't think that sounds like fun?? It is! We get there and tailgate on "The Hill." It's the cute name for the grassy area on Keeneland where you can tailgate all day long and never see a horse. But it's the thrill and inside that I love. 
There are two races an hour so there's …

How To Get Reviews For Your Novel

I don't care what anyone are important.

I hear a lot of authors that say they don't rely on reviews to read their books and they are full of it. That is why we have reviews and review sites like Goodreads, right?

I'm not saying that you have to read the reviews your novel gets, but reviews are important. They will help you market your novel, especially if you are self published.

Nowadays, more and more review sites are accepting self published authors to review. So you better be sure that your book is the best it can possibly be or you won't get the reviews you want.

Regardless, you need reviews.

Here are a few ways I get reviews for my novels:

1) Goodreads giveaways.

Taking advantage of the giveaway on Goodreads is a great way to get reviews. I offer three copies of my book when it's released using this Goodreads feature. I hold the giveaway for a month and get thousands of requests.

Once Goodreads announces the three winners, I send them a book co…