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Update #21

Do a Dance!

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Love To All of You, 

I'm now on Amazon. Do a dance. It's almost exactly a year since I launched my Kickstarter campaign and I'm happy to be at this point. Happy New Year! 

Google Play is nice. iTunes is cool. Kobo Books is refreshing... I'm hoping Amazon will be fantastic! I just went live there yesterday and as you can see, I've got to move from my #238,166 ranking! So, if you have read some or all of "Padre!" then please get on the Amazon link above right now and tell the world how you feel so we can make "Padre!" moooove. No need to buy it again. Reviews improve my ranking, too. 

My paperback will go up on Amazon as well, as soon as I approve the proof tomorrow. I've also got a giveaway going on, on Goodreads, if you're looking for a free paperback copy. 

I'm wishing all the best for every single one of you in 2014. 

Yours Truly, 

Raven 


Update #20

Sight, Sound, or Site?

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Hello Earthlings, 

Books on Google Play was a nice introduction to publishing, but now it's time for iTunes. I'm glad I did it this way because just starting with one store gave me a chance to practice for the bigger stores - discovering technical difficulties, improving my short description, categorizing my book (which as a lot of you now know is so hard to categorize because there is so much in there), and how to better pitch my book to people I don't know, etc. 

iTunes restricts you to three categories and, on top of that, you have to choose from the somewhat limited options they give you. So, I finally landed on Psychology, Cultural Anthropology, and Humor. I think those three best encapsulate what the book is about.

Thank you for the reviews, by the way. Please keep them coming! You can post them on my website under the Review tab or on Books on Google Play by clicking on the "Write a Review" section. 

I've also got some treats for you. Sight, sound, or site? Pick your fun. : D

Love,

Raven


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Kindle Files : )

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Fulbright - Brazil - crazier things have happened but...

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