Friday, January 4, 2013

Liza O'Connor Gets Serious


Advance warning: 
This is not one of my funny blogs. 
This is me being heartfelt.

On New Year’s Eve, I received two messages, one via Facebook messaging and the other via email.  Both were from readers of Saving Casey.

Because they chose to write me privately, I will respect their privacy and not use their names.
But I need to share with you some of what they said.
Here’s the first one:

Saving Casey is fantastic!! I love this book. Just to read it, I finally went out and bought a kindle. I am going to recommend it to everyone I know, and I know a lot of readers. Instead of my usual sharing though, I will encourage everyone to buy their own copy.

I can't wait to read your next book.


The second letter was from a guy who doesn’t normally read fiction.



Let me first start with a few disclaimers. I must admit that I don't have much time for reading. I explore most of my books via audio format as I am commuting to and from work. I also don't read much fiction, focusing more on non fictional biographies, science, history, or technology audiobooks.

I was on holiday and out of the office all of last week, so I picked up my iPad and started reading Saving Casey on December 26. WOW! I found myself planning to steal a half an hour here or there to read a portion of the book and an hour and a half later, I'm still reading. I couldn't put it down. I read it in time slots here and there as my scheduled allowed and finished it last night.  I think it is a fantastic read!! I can't imagine anyone reading the book and not loving it! You certainly have talent and I'm looking forward to the next one. You may have converted me to a fiction reader (at least some of the time :-).

He then proceeded to write his friends about Saving Casey, which he copied me on.

I finished reading Liza O’Connor's first book, "Saving Casey" last night and it was great! I highly recommend it! It's an easy read and you'll never guess the twists and turns Liza has in store for you until she actually takes you there. She is really very talented! I tend to judge movies I see based on how predictable they are. If I can guess where the story is headed before it actually unfolds, I get bored. Not with this book!...I had no idea how the story would end until I got to the end.

I definitely think it was worth more than the $5.00 I spent in entertainment value alone, not to mention that it is a thought provoking narrative on one of the social ills with which we are dealing today in communities across America.

I'm really not trying to sell you all on anything...I just think it was a great book


On the same day I received these messages, my Amazon ranking soared north, which I attribute to these two wonderful readers encouraging their friends to read Saving Casey.


Getting noticed in today’s massive publication market is incredibly hard. (I recently read that nearly 100,000 new books come out every month.) And since I am literally a starving artist, any money I spend on marketing comes directly out of my food budget.  So when readers take it on their own to read and promote my book, it really makes a huge difference in my sales, and in my future as a novelist.


Thus, words cannot express how much this means to me. However, for these two lovely people, who took the time to write me, I want to try.


Thank you both for supporting me in this difficult path. Your positive actions and words not only increase my sales, but give me the strength to push forward, believing in myself and my novels. You make me see I am not alone in this overwhelming task. I have an army of new and old friends behind me…friends who support me with retweets, guest blogs, and shout out every day.


And with such fabulous support, I believe I can push my way out of the endless sea of new authors so readers can find me. 
On days like this, 
I know I can succeed.






SAVING CASEY BY LIZA O'CONNOR IS AVAILABLE AT THESE SITES 
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25 comments:

  1. Liza, congratulations to you. You deserve this success. You are very talented. I knew that from the moment I read some of your work when I first joined rom.

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    1. Thank you. From you I learned the value of promoting fellow authors. You do that endlessly.

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  2. Congrats, Liza! That's so awesome!!

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    1. Thank you D'Ann, and for allowing me to interview you few blogs back. You truly were brave.

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  3. Congratulations, Liza! Getting messages from fans is truly the best. Well deserved, and I hope you get many more. :)

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    1. I do too. Not only have they lifted my spirits, but they lifted my sales (which are still up...as are my spirits.) Publishing is much harder and less fun than writing, and a month into I pondered what the value of publishing was. And now I've found it. It's when a reader enjoys your book so much they take the time to write you. This is now officially my reason to publish.

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  4. I recently learned of blog hops. I have been introduced to so many amazing new authors and new books. My TBR list is astoundingly large and I find that there are just not enough hours in the day for all the reading I wish I could do. You are one of those authors I met on the Santa blog hop which was my first one. I also learned through this hop the importance of reviews and feedback on websites such as Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble and so forth. I have never left reviews before but I do read them when I plan on purchasing a book. Because of this blog hop which was amazing not only because I won the grand prize, but I have learned so much. I will ALWAYS leave reviews for the books I read because these can be an authors bread and butter and if I want them to keep writing awesome books I have to help get the word out. I'm looking forward to reading Saving Casey and from the sounds of it I will be leaving a stellar review. Congratulations Liza on your success and the wonderful reviews!

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    1. In addition, following these blogs is something I plan to do because hearing about the new books and projects of authors keeps me informed. On a personal note, the blogs I visited in the blog hop where I got a response from the author were the ones that truly warmed my heart over the holidays. Feeling like the authors actually read the responses and took the time to respond felt very personal and intrigued me even more about these authors.

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    2. Shannon, my wonderful soon to be tattooed marred follower. (Have your temp tats arrived yet?) If I've inspired you to write reviews on the books you love, then my short moment of seriousness has paid off, in a grand pay it forward way. By all means, let authors know if you love their writing. It is candy to our souls. PS. I'm very glad you won both the best and worst swag in that blog hop. (For everyone else wondering what she won: best was the Kindle loaded with lots of books and the worst was temp tattoos so that Shannon could disfigure herself like Saving Casey.

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    3. They haven't arrived yet but I'm guessing tomorrow. Also I bought Saving Casey just today for my e-reader and I bumped it up on my TBR list because of the reviews. It's next on my list after Bayou Heat which I just started. Thanks again for the fun gift and stay tuned for my review. Happy 2013!

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    4. Oh I like that....you buying and bumping up Saving Casey, not the missing tattoos, but that could be considered good news as well. lol

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  5. Liza, that's why I review. If I can get one person to read the book that I reviewed, I've done my job right. Those were heartfelt reviews and especially from the man. Men don't read (at least my husband) and I would print that one out and frame it.

    *kisses*

    Harlie

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    1. Yes,to have a man, who does not read fiction, love my book is a very fine compliment. And I noticed another guy gave me a 4 star on Amazon after a friend 'bullied' him into reading my book and to his shock, he really liked it. (I think those two might know each other.) I keep saying the book has wider appeal than teenage girls. I find mature women like it too. But honestly, these two guys were way off the target audience which makes them extra special. It almost prompts me to think anyone might love Saving Casey. Give it a try and see.

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  6. Wow, Liza. What a wonderful thing to have happen. I'm so happy for you!!!

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    1. Thank you Ella. I'm still smiling over this.

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  7. That's a huge compliment from both readers. That's fantastic, Liza.

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    1. Thanks Melissa. And see all these congrats from my fellow authors is another great thing about being an author. Even though we in essence compete for the finite sales made, never will you meet more generous, supportive people. I love you guys...er girls...er ladies. Whatever you are, I love you guys!

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    1. Thanks Taryn. I wish I knew how to do a group hug. Squeeze in guys, I'm silly again and want to group hug you. HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUG

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  9. Congrats Liza :)
    We all knew you were talented. I'm glad other readers are finally realizing it :)

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    1. Thanks! Readers have an insane amount of books to choose from, so I feel honored when anyone chooses to buy mine.

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  10. Well done, Liza! Congratulations and I love your reviews. Comments like that from fans you've never met make it all worth while. Best wishes for the new year.

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    1. Thanks Sheri. Marketing Maniac made the banner. She's a creative little kitten. Comments from fans are an incredible high.

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  11. Congratulations, Liza! Well deserved praise for an extraordinary book. Best wishes for a gazillion sales!

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    1. Thanks Jenna. I'm having one of those deja vue moments, because I could have sworn I have already responded to the gazillion sales comment. This happens when two universes collapse into one. The statistically meaningless difference show up, and we just shake them off and go on with life. A gazillion sales. Will that make me a best seller?

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