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A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love....

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.33 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #25 on: September 04, 2016, 05:28:24 PM »
Rosalind, you look pretty big time to me, doing what you love and doing great at it. You go, girl!

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.33 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #26 on: September 04, 2016, 05:43:53 PM »
Bookmarked to read again on rainy days when I need a pick-me-up. Thanks, Rosalind!

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #27 on: September 04, 2016, 06:05:16 PM »
Thanks for sharing this, Rosalind! This is very inspirational and something I need right about now.

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #28 on: September 04, 2016, 06:08:29 PM »
Thank you for sharing. It's so nice for us newbies to hear these inspirational stories. I'm about to hit the publish button on my debut novel and I keep thinking I'm missing something... but I don't know what. You've inspired me to just do it and move onto the next. So thank you for that. Good luck in future endeavors.  ;D

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #29 on: September 04, 2016, 06:12:29 PM »
There are lots of readers out there. Figure out what your genre's readers really want, underneath the surface trappings, and satisfy that need. You might never hit seven figures a year, but maybe you'll get to spend a few months in New Zealand every year. And that's pretty nice.
Thank-you Rosalind.
I had to admit I got a bit teary reading your post (I'm a bit of a sook for people baring their soul and succeeding).
I wish you continued success and growth in your 'craft'.
And thank-you for your dose of inspiration to a yet-to-be Author.
Cheers
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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #30 on: September 04, 2016, 06:31:02 PM »
Rosalind...Both your output and your results are amazing and your success is well-deserved. I've read several of your books and they never seem to be the product of someone who rushed just to produce something. Each is an engrossing, well-written read.

I'm curious about your initial success since you were an unknown at that point.  Did you advertise those first three books or did the sales come from word of mouth?

Congratulations!

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #31 on: September 04, 2016, 06:37:57 PM »
Brilliant! Congratulations.

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #32 on: September 04, 2016, 06:43:36 PM »
You're one of my heroes.

Not just as a fellow romance author, but as a fan. You write amazing stories.

So happy for you. Here's to millions more; words AND money!


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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #33 on: September 04, 2016, 06:43:58 PM »
Rosalind...Both your output and your results are amazing and your success is well-deserved. I've read several of your books and they never seem to be the product of someone who rushed just to produce something. Each is an engrossing, well-written read.

I'm curious about your initial success since you were an unknown at that point.  Did you advertise those first three books or did the sales come from word of mouth?

Congratulations!
I did a few free periods on books 1 & 2 in the first few months, advertising on a few small sites. That was it, but that was a less competitive period. I also did blog tours that brought me to the attention of an influential Goodreads member who pushed me some there. She reviewed all 3 of the first books on her blog, and my sales took a jump.

My big breakout after 4 months of 1500-2000 sales/month came at the beginning of month 5. I'd published book 4 and dropped price of book 1 to 99 cents. I did a free period and BookBub picked it up unbeknownst to me. It got a lot of attention and word of mouth and continued to sell. It sold 10k units that month and I got a lot of word of mouth, selling 10k total of the other books. That was the tipping point. Free periods in Select and word of mouth.

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #34 on: September 04, 2016, 06:52:10 PM »
This post made me so happy. You're an inspiration to me, not just as a writer, but as a really decent human being. I love getting to hear about the path that you've forged for yourself. I hope that the next four years are just as creatively fulfilling.

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #35 on: September 04, 2016, 07:03:46 PM »
Big congratulations on your much deserved success! Thanks for all that you share so generously here - you're a huge inspiration and I learn an incredible amount each time you post about your story, process, and results. I absolutely love that you've accomplished so much by doing it all on your own terms - for love AND money, brilliant!

Cheers to your continued success!!

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #36 on: September 04, 2016, 07:16:13 PM »
Congrats! Thanks for sticking around, and being your upstanding self. You're one of the loveliest people on this board.


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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #37 on: September 04, 2016, 07:25:00 PM »
awesome, thanks for sharing

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #38 on: September 04, 2016, 07:28:54 PM »
Happy 4th anniversary, Rosalind. Love your story. Love your posts. Love your attitude. Many continued successes to you in the days and years to come.  :-*

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #39 on: September 04, 2016, 07:34:28 PM »
Your success is always inspiring, and so is the savvy combination of understanding the market but not giving it the most obvious thing it wants. I suspect that writing something that isn't quite THE biggest thing pays off in the long run, with loyal fans and less downturn from changing trends.

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #40 on: September 04, 2016, 07:37:45 PM »
Thank you for this.  While I do not write in your genre at all, this is very inspiring to read.
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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #41 on: September 04, 2016, 07:42:27 PM »


Love this picture of four years worth of work. *Punches invisible like button*

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #42 on: September 04, 2016, 08:07:59 PM »
I admit that $1.43 million is an amount that seems almost...unfathomable. I have no plans to write to market, and I doubt I will ever write in the most popular genres. Still, if I can achieve even half that, that would really be....well, still unfathomable.

Congrats on the success and being a true inspiration!

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #43 on: September 04, 2016, 08:17:58 PM »
In the picture, is that all the notebooks/binders that you wrote in? You wrote all these longhand?

If so, do you have a callus on your finger from the pencil/pen? When I wrote longhand, I had a funny little one on my finger from holding the pencil so much.
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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #44 on: September 04, 2016, 08:35:08 PM »
In the picture, is that all the notebooks/binders that you wrote in? You wrote all these longhand?

If so, do you have a callus on your finger from the pencil/pen? When I wrote longhand, I had a funny little one on my finger from holding the pencil so much.
I write some scenes longhand. The scarier a book is to write, the more I will write in a notebook. Writing in a notebook feels like less of a "commitment" than typing into my book's Word doc, so if I'm scared, sometimes I do that. I've written less of the books longhand, in general, as I've gone along.

Also, I'll tend to write longhand more if I'm in New Zealand, since people there don't take laptops to cafes. They go out for coffee, sit down there, and consume it in a leisurely manner whilst chatting. Then they go back to work. Weirdos.

In the early days, I wrote most of the sex scenes either in longhand or in a separate document, telling myself, "I don't have to publish this. It's just for me." Then I always would. Oh, well. :)

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #45 on: September 04, 2016, 08:39:43 PM »
That's awesome! Congrats!  :)

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #46 on: September 04, 2016, 10:27:38 PM »
Thanks for sharing this! It's always interesting to see all the different paths to success.
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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #47 on: September 04, 2016, 10:54:02 PM »
I always love your posts Rosalind.

There are many paths to success, and it doesn't always look the same to all people.

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #48 on: September 05, 2016, 01:07:44 AM »
Congratulations, Rosalind! In my time on this board, you've always been a delight to speak to and have always helped others when they sought help. A true wonder!

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Re: 4 years, 20 books, $1.43 million, 700,000 sold: Writing for love & money
« Reply #49 on: September 05, 2016, 01:57:11 AM »
Thank you for your post, Rosalind!

There were studies done that showed you can learn more by writing notes in longhand and NOT typing on a computer keyboard.  Not sure how this fits in with writing novels, but it has to do with the way the brain works.  Worth noting.

I am curious about how BookBub picked you up without your knowing.  I am really impressed with that!

Anyway, congratulations!