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One reviewer wrote about Casey Barnes, and I quote, "Casey is my favorite main character of all time."
One reviewer wrote about Casey Barnes, and I quote, "Casey is my favorite main character of all time."
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But I bet you've never heard of her.  

Casey Barnes Eponymous is my first novel.  Despite being discouraged from doing so by my agent, I decided to self-publish it as an ebook because I believe this is where the future of publishing lies.  It empowers writers by putting us in control of our own work.

To promote my book, I've reached out to young adult bloggers.  They have been amazing.  I've had scores of excellent reviews, as you can see below, from readers in my target audience.  Many have told me they think Casey will have real appeal to a broader readership.  In time I hope to serialize the book so Casey Barnes can continue to grow with her readership.

The tricky part, however, is reaching those readers.  Simply put: It's tough to market a book to a wide audience without the resources of a major publishing house behind you.  But I believe Casey Barnes Eponymous can and will reach more people, and in the process join the rising tide of ebook success stories.

This is where you come in.  Please help me raise $3,500 so I can enlist the help of a publicist to get the word out on Casey Barnes Eponymous to a wider audience.

Casey Barnes Eponymous is the story of music junkie Casey Barnes, who, three weeks into the school year, gets a second chance with her mysterious, heartbreaking ex-boyfriend. She comes up with a plan to win him back, but it soon spins out of control as rivalries, revelations about him, and music itself all start to collide. 

Check out the review quotes below as well as the goodreads and amazon pages for Casey Barnes Eponymous to read sample pages from the book.  Thank you for your help!

“Where to start? How about with the fact that this book is so funny. I found myself laughing out loud quite a lot as I read through this book … Overall, I highly recommend Casey Barnes Eponymous, it’s so good and I wish I could tell everyone to read this book.” – Everything To Do With Books 

“I must shout from the rooftops on how good [Casey Barnes Eponymous] is! … E.A. Rigg has a cast of characters that I could envision in a movie that I would watch again and again … If you are serious when it comes to music and possibly worn out your copies of The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful and loved Nick and Norah then buy this book now and thank me later.” – I Blog, You Read 

“I could probably go on about the independence of this novel and its characters and how much it stood out for me from all the similarities found in YA today, but I think you all get the point. It really was a great book.” – Looking For Seattle

“I loved how Casey would stick a playlist with three songs in a library book after scouting out her 'victim' du jour. Each playlist consisted of three songs to help guide the recipient through their day. It starts off with a pop song for a 'feel good, everything is going to be fabulous' start to the day. The second song is a rock song which either energizes you when you hit the afternoon slump, or punctuates your frustration if your day isn’t going so well. The third and final song of the day is the brooding, existential 'college' song (not to be confused with the beer-bong, frat boy, partying college song) which brings you back to reality and grounds you.” – The Book Twirps

“Casey Barnes Eponymous is about boys, music, and the boys that drive you crazy enough to write the music.” – Books From A Shelf

“Casey is my favorite main character of all time … I'm giving Casey Barnes Eponymous by E.A. Rigg a head nods, thumbs up, and smiling like there's no tomorrow.” – Read ‘N Write 

“Casey Barnes Eponymous is made for music lovers … It was a real treat and trust me, your playlist will get a whole lot longer!” – The Bookworm 

“Wow, wow, wow! This is definitely one of my all-time favorite books and, like I said before, I cannot stress how awesome this book was and how much I loved it!!!” – The Paige Turner 

“Sophomore Casey Barnes sees it as her mission, maybe even duty, to alleviate the misery that is high school one three-song playlist at a time … Casey Barnes rocks--in all the right ways.” - A Book A Day 

“[Casey]’s a flawed, spiky, quick-talking girl, and probably the most ‘teenagery’ of teenagers I’ve come across in books recently.” – Bart’s Bookshelf 

“Overall, this was an awesome, quick read! Never mind that it's self-published. That says nothing about the story in any way. If you're a music fan, read it. If you're a contemporary YA novel fan, read it.” – Darkly Honest Reviews 

“This was the first book where I got to say ‘the main character stole my iPod.’ Which is awesome!” – Nawanda Files 

“I love this book! You love music, love bands, love a character fighting for what she wants? You want a believable novel about teenagers life? Don't wait anymore …” - Freak-YA-Tastic

Risks and challenges

The main challenge is finding the right strategy for effectively marketing a self-published book. This novel has already gotten exposure on many book blogs so the next round of promotion needs to focus on media that will reach a wider audience.

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    Your name will be included in a thank you page that will be part of the book beginning April 2013. In addition you will receive a thank you email, in Casey's voice, that includes a three song playlist like the ones Casey makes for kids in the book.

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    You will receive an electronic copy of Casey Barnes Eponymous. Your copy can also be sent as an egift to another person. In addition, your name will be included in a thank you page that will be part of the book beginning April 2013. Finally you will receive a thank you email, in Casey's voice, that includes a three song playlist like the ones Casey makes for kids in the book.

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    You will receive an electronic copy of Casey Barnes Eponymous. Your copy can also be sent as an egift to another person. In addition you will receive a personalized five song playlist, based on your musical taste, like the ones Casey makes for kids in the book. Finally, your name will be included in a thank you page that will be part of the book beginning April 2013.

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    You and a friend will be invited to dinner with the author in New York City. You will also receive an electronic copy of Casey Barnes Eponymous. Your copy can also be sent as an egift to another person. In addition, your name will be included in a thank you page that will be part of the book beginning April 2013. And finally you will receive a thank you email, in Casey's voice, that includes a three song playlist like the ones Casey makes for kids in the book.

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