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Hi all!
I'm releasing my YA debut novella, Champion, on March 4th. It's available for prerelease on Amazon. It's edited and has a nice cover. It'll cost 2.99.
My question is, what should I be doing until the release date? I have contacted several YA blogs to see if anyone wants to feature my book or write a review. Only two have gotten back to me with a no. Should I do a paid promo somewhere? Since this is my debut novel, I don't have a fan base. How do I get the word out about the release?
Here's the link in case anyone's interested in checking it out:
http://www.amazon.com/Champion-Light-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00TCKE9PG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424737050&sr=8-1&keywords=champion+claudette
 

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Guys, thanks for the good luck. I can feel it enveloping my release!
Elizabeth, offering to do a guest post is solid advice. I will try that. I'll also follow these blogs on Facebook and make a point of interacting with them.
I was hoping not to have to dive into a second book, since this one left me exhausted (I'm not a natural writer), but I suppose I have to hold my breath and dive right into a second book. I'm not one who's looking for a career in writing. I was hoping it would bring in a few extra bucks. But I feel like I have to recoup the $175 investment I made on this first book. So I'll gladly follow the advice, get an author page and a mailing list set up. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer me.
 

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JGC, thanks for the advice! I'm currently listed in 9 categories, so I must be doing some of the keyword thing right.
 

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I'll definitely stop checking sales. What you said is exactly true. I keep reading about how many pre-orders this or that person has sold and I feel like crying. So I'll put thoughts of this book aside for now and focus on writing the second. I should start writing the second in the series next week. I gave myself a two-week break to focus on editing some manuscripts sent my way, but now that I'm done with the real work, it's time to go play on Word.
 

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That Goodreads giveaway sounds more and more enticing. I need to get my cover artist to work on the Createspace cover. It's already paid for, but Ronnell is notorious for disappearing for a while. I already email him about it and don't want to nag.
I don't have an author page… Maybe I should work on setting one up, and also setting up a Facebook page. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
 
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