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A Second Chance
by Marcia Whitaker

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Kindle Edition published 2017-08-30
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What would you do if you got that once in a lifetime second chance to seize everything that was torn away from you and make it right?

Living in the foothills of the scenic Rocky Mountains, highly respected Neurosurgeon, Julian Cahill, appears to have it all. He’s handsome, compassionate, ambitious, and wealthy but one thing is missing…a woman to share his life. For eighteen years he has grieved the loss of his high school sweetheart, Amber Scott, who passed away just prior to the start of their senior year. Ready to give up on love all together, college freshman, Destiny Bradshaw walks into his life, astounding him with her beauty. A girl half his age, she intrigues him. His attraction to her is powerful, but he’s unable to make sense of it. Despite the age difference, Destiny is also drawn to him, but her overly-protective parents have their concerns and give her an ultimatum. Upon uncovering some life-altering details in conne...

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FYI - many people use D2D, Smashwords, etc for Nook because they are physically unable to publish directly there due to country restrictions.

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FYI - many people use D2D, Smashwords, etc for Nook because they are physically unable to publish directly there due to country restrictions.

Yup, I know, which is why I addressed this. That sucks, too - I think that Australia is one of those countries. I remember reading it from another poster. I just said that, given the choice between Smashwords and D2D, D2D is definitely the lesser of two evils. For a multitude of reasons. Another post for another day....but if anybody is interested in all the reasons why Smashwords infuriates me, message me.

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Awesome post, Annie! Congrats on your success. Look forward to saying hello at RWA in a few weeks. :)

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Awesome post, Annie! Congrats on your success. Look forward to saying hello at RWA in a few weeks. :)

Cool! Hit me up when you see me. I would assume that we will all have name tags? :)

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Annie, thank you so very much for sharing! Your success is inspiring and I echo the many voices here who appreciate the generosity. Your knowledge is a gift! Congrats!

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BTW, I've gotten some questions about permafree, so I will just answer them right here.

The difference between permafree and free is that free is what you get when you go through KDP Select. You can have your book free for five days out of the 90 that you are in KDP Select. Which is an excellent way to give your book some exposure, particularly if you have a series. Permafree means just that - the book is permanently free. For as long as Amazon wants to make your book free, it will be.

How does that happen? Through price-matching. That means that you upload through other channels your book as free. Google Play and Kobo, so far, are the only two channels where you can easily upload the free book. On Nook, you have to go through D2D. On Apple, you have to either sacrifice a goat or go through D2D to get your book free. Your choice.

So, then, next step. You contact KDP support at https://kdp.amazon.com/contact-us and you inform them that your book is free on Google Play and Kobo, and send them the link. And, voila, you might have a free book in 24 hours! At least, that was how it went with me with Broken, but perhaps I just got lucky. With Beautiful Illusions, it took a tad bit longer, because I didn't upload to Google Play, and I was still going the report a lower price route, which is an inefficient way of accomplishing the same thing. You basically go to the your books page, and scroll to the "report a lower price" thingy and report your book being free. Then try to get all your friends to do the same, and post on the Kboards message thread having them all do the same thing. Then wait. Then repeat. Then sacrifice a goat. Lots of goat sacrificing there.

And that's really it. A PIA, but worth it, so worth it....

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Congratulations, Annie, and thank you for a wonderful, inspiring post (and for taking the "risks" of expsoure to help newbies!). I find it especially encouraging because you didn't just have some inexplicable overnight success out of the gate but actually struggled initially and built from there with a logical strategy.

I've got a question about the timing of permafree: would you recommend definitely waiting until you have 3 books in the series before going permafree on the 1st? (ie. rather than get going from when Book 2 comes out)

And when you say "erom" - I assume you mean "erotic romance"? Do you think the 'having a lot of sex' in your books plays a big role in your commercialism & potential success? ie. if you don't write very steamy romances, do you have less hope of succeeding (in the same way that if your books are standalones as opposed to in a series)

Thank you.  :)




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Yup, I know, which is why I addressed this. That sucks, too - I think that Australia is one of those countries. I remember reading it from another poster. I just said that, given the choice between Smashwords and D2D, D2D is definitely the lesser of two evils. For a multitude of reasons. Another post for another day....but if anybody is interested in all the reasons why Smashwords infuriates me, message me.

Canada is on the list, too. In fact, we can't even buy books from Nook because they hate our money that much.

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Canada is on the list, too. In fact, we can't even buy books from Nook because they hate our money that much.

Oh wow, you're kidding?! Why on earth would B&N do that? They're missing out on so much $$. It doesn't seem to make any logical or financial sense to deliberately not be available in a country like Canada.

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Oh wow, you're kidding?! Why on earth would B&N do that? They're missing out on so much $$. It doesn't seem to make any logical or financial sense to deliberately not be available in a country like Canada.

There were a couple of magazines exclusive to Nook in digital format that I wanted. Nope. They only take US credit cards/US address. Meh. Their loss. I just bought the print copies from Chapters. :p

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Thank you so much for sharing, Annie!
It's always great to see posts like these, and get some of the usual reminders (and a kick in the pants to keep going)! :)

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Great information and very inspirational! Bookmarked for future reference. There is hope for us newbies after all!

 
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Congrats on your success!  Thanks for the terrific advice and inspiration!

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Many congrats on your success, and thanks for sharing the deets!

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Just so you know, Annie, if anything your post came off as humbled, amazed, and grateful - not hint of bragging to it.

Thanks for giving us the benefit of learning from your experience. And of course, a big congratulations! Look out NYT bestsellers list!

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Congrats and thanks for the encouragement!

And ... Bookmarked!

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Just so you know, Annie, if anything your post came off as humbled, amazed, and grateful - not hint of bragging to it.

Thanks for giving us the benefit of learning from your experience. And of course, a big congratulations! Look out NYT bestsellers list!

Aw, thanks!!!! And thanks to everybody on this thread! Just like when I came on the scene, we had the Elles and the Russels of the world giving advice, I am so happy to be able to do the same!

HY - I would definitely go permafree as soon as you can. Others say wait until you have three books out, but I'll be honest with you - I don't necessarily see the logic in that. I mean, definitely have another book out that is a sequel to your permafree book. And it all depends on how your book that you want to make free is selling. But here is how I look at it - if the book isn't selling, you got nothing to lose. And erom means erotic romance. Mine don't have as much sex in them as many of the erotic romances do, although they are somewhat steamy. I think, as far as whether the amount of sex is what sells the book - it all depends on the reader. Personally, if I read romances, I prefer little to no sex. If anything, I skim over the sex passages, because I like the story. But there are readers who like lots of sex. Broken was the cleanest of all my books, and it has been my favorite so far. :)

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HY - I would definitely go permafree as soon as you can. Others say wait until you have three books out, but I'll be honest with you - I don't necessarily see the logic in that. I mean, definitely have another book out that is a sequel to your permafree book. And it all depends on how your book that you want to make free is selling. But here is how I look at it - if the book isn't selling, you got nothing to lose.

Thank you so much, Annie, for answering!  :)  When you say "it all depends on how your book that you want to make free is selling" - how would you define "not selling well" in terms of numbers?  (I know this is a hard one to answer but just in your opinion - like what would it have to sink to for you to feel it's no loss going permafree instead?) Thank you again!

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That's just straight up awesomesauce! Great post!

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Congratulations, Annie! And I love your covers, especially the new one.


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Really inspiring and encouraging, I'm planning on releasing my first novel in a couple of months, so bookmarking this for future reference :)

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You are amazing and I hope to be where you are in a few months (my self-publishing anniversary is late January). Thank you for sharing. I'll be at RWA, too... My first conference. I'm a little terrified, but if there are fellow indie authors there, it might not be so bad.

I'm on my second series now... sales are slow, but I expect them to pick up once I've published my third book and made the first free. That's my plan for now. At the moment the box set of my first series is selling like hotcakes though (God, I have a craving for maple syrup now). Sales in general are low, but I hope they'll pick up as the new series gets going. I'm impatient.

Oh, I also swear by Freebooksy.  Brenna Aubrey turned me on to that one. I'm still skeptical that Bookbub will even accept my stuff since it's mostly short erotica and their guidelines are pretty clear.
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Thanks for this post Annie. I was feeling a bit low today and this was exactly the pick me up I needed.

I've been publishing longer than you, but have very limited writing time, so I try not to give myself too much of a hard time that I'm not producing as much as I'd like or as fast as I'd like.  I so want to get to the point where I earn enough to pay the mortgage and the bills.

 I'm with smashwords for everything except Amazon and google, I haven't had any problems with them at all so far, but I don't earn very much from them, I would love to hear if you think that would improve by switching to D2D?

Finally, congrats on your success, it's so great to see people on writer's cafe doing well and sharing their knowledge - Hugs!

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Congratulations, Annie! Great post!  :)

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Thank you so much for this! I'm so glad that I've found kboards.

I'm only 2 months into my publishing career and am writing like mad around my day job. I've learnt so much about getting more work out there.

I love to see these success stories, it inspires me to graft hard while doing something I love.

Thanks! :)

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