Why I re-enrolled in Kindle Unlimited

There's much controversy and opinions over the new Kindle Unlimited and updates. Here's my experience:  

Since I self published my first book back in December 2013, I have seen that most (if not all) of my monthly sales were on Amazon. So, I made the much debated decision to pull out of Barnes & Noble and Smashwords and enroll in the KDP Select Program for the three month period. 

From that point on, I saw more borrows that sales. I allowed it to continue to renew. But, when they announced the new changes as of 7/1/15 -- ( Changes such as Pay-by-page and not per sale and the fact that I wouldn't have  an accurate count of sales) I became skeptical like the rest of the authorship. So, I performed my own experiment. 

I didn't renew my KDP Select contract as of 7/28 and even lowered my prices. Here's what happened: 

  1. I re-published on B&N & Smashwords -- Sales were a whopping -- zero 
  2. Even with the same amount of social media presence and email blast on my part AND a lowered price, I sold FOUR books. FOUR frieken books! An all time low for me. 

Needless to say, I barely made it to the 15th before re-enrolling in KDP Select.

Yes, KDP Select has it's disadvantages like exclusivity to only Amazon. But, honestly that's where I have the most of my sales anyway. Every month, I have triple the amount of borrows than sales. Additionally, when I received my monthly statement for July I surprisingly found that I earned more on the per-page changes than I did the previous month when it was based on actual sales. (my book is about 90k words) 

That is just my experience with KDP Select. I have personally found it to be very beneficial. Kindle deal days have helped put me in the bestsellers category on multiple occasions. And, I find that readers are more likely to read a book by a new author if its at little to no cost to them. Kindle Unlimited has been a win/win for me. My only regret is losing potential royalties for those 15 days I wasn't enrolled. 

Feel free to tell me how KDP is working for you. 

The Seraphina Series - Temporarily Unavailable

** Special Announcement ** 
I have been mulling over some changes for a while now and I'm officially ready to announce that as of August 1st, 2015, The Seraphina Series will temporarily be taken down from Amazon. frown emoticon

The entire Seraphina Series will be undergoing a face lift. The series has become my baby and as I re-read what I have written almost two years ago, I cringe. My writing has grown and my creativity as well, so I am currently in the process of re-writing, re-editing, and re-covering my books. 

For those that are familiar with the series, THE STORY LINE WILL NOT CHANGE. You can continue on with the series and not even notice a difference, but for my own piece of mind I will be making them more descriptive and include more convincing dialogue. 
They will be re-released under the same ASIN/ISBN #, so if you have the automatic update on your Kindle the changes will automatically be applied when re-released.
(If you do not, you can update manually via Amazon.com

The re-release is planned for December 2015 (My two year publishing anniversary) 

** Also being released is a third book **
it will either be a Seraphina prequel or Book Three in the series.

As always, thank you so much for all your love & support while my perfectionism takes me on this detour but ultimately I think it will make the Seraphina Series the best it can be. 

Love, 
Sheena

Discovering April's Release

It's official! Discovering April is being released 4.27.2015! 

It's currently on Pre-Sale for $0.99! 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V46MYJ4

*Discovering April*

will be on tour! From 4/27-5/1 ! Join me for a week of online fun 

(Schedule to follow) 

In honor of the Discovering April's release! The Seraphina Series will also be on sale! 

New Release!

I'm super excited to announce that I'll be releasing a new novel super soon! 

** Discovering April ** 


(Formally known as NEIGHBORS) 
My final draft has just gone out to my beta-readers and I'm trying to lock down an awesome cover! 
 
I'm pretty excited because its my first contemporary romance with out any paranormal aspect! But, don't worry theres still tons of traditional drama. 
I'm classifying it as New Adult (College age) Romance because there's some graphic scenes for my mature audiences and it deals with depression, heart break, death and of course sex. 

I'm hoping for a March/April Release date! 


((Not part of the Seraphina Series, but I takes place in the same setting so there are some crossover scenes!)) 
 

Seraphina: The Angel--- Novelette Released!!

Can't get enough of Seraphina?! Did I leave you with a little cliffhanger after Initiation?! 

Well, don't be disappointed... I have a little novelette to hold you over until I can finish book 3 :) 

It's currently LIVE on Amazon! 

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QZ9YAAQ 


In Awakening-- we are introduced to Sera's dreams and they seem to guide her

In Initiation-- those dreams aren't such a gift anymore

So in Angel-- what happens when those dreams stop ? What is it supposed to mean? 

 

Seraphina:Initiation Release

I'm super excited to announce Seraphina Initiation is to be released

10/20/2014! 


 

I have few things going on to celebrate! 

1.) I will be hosting my very first Book Signing 10/19 at the Mamaroneck Library at 2pm!

2.) After-Signing-Release-Party will take place on Facebook at 6pm 

3.) October Blog Tour! Starting October 13th! 

Join me in celebrating the release of my second novel and let me give you guys free stuff!! 

Hopefully I'll see you all there!!! 


If you would like to help me spread the word about Initiation's release via social media, Join my ThunderClap Campaign below! 

Writing Books That Inspire

Everyone writes. Writing is done on a daily basis from diaries to emails, school papers to love notes. Anyone can write something down, it's reaching out and touching people that's hard to do. 

In a world where millions of people self publish daily, what makes your work stand out amongst the crowd? Why should anyone read your book? It's the way you make them feel. I feel like every book should serve a purpose. Whether it is to take people away from their mundane life, shine light on a touchy subject, or to inspire. 

When stories began to come to me I asked myself the same question, Sheena why do you want to write? If I'm going to put my time, sweat, and tears into this-- What do I hope to gain? The answer for me, was simple. I wanted a creative outlet for my feelings that would touch and inspire other people. The first half of Seraphina started out as a way for me to express my feelings through words. The second half became a way for me to inspire myself that better things were coming. I thought if I can inspire myself, who's to say I can't inspire others? 

That's when it hit me, If I'm going to continue to publish books, they are going to damn well mean something, not just to me. They will all have an empowering and inspiring theme that is relatable to readers of all ages. So, that is my ultimate goal-- to write books that inspire. 

My Writing Process

I've gotten a few people asking me about my "Writing Process," so I thought I would share it here for all...  

My Writing Process: I can't say that I necessarily have one! I just write! 

Sorry to disappoint! I'm not a psycho outliner, I don't use index cards, or a dry erase board of events. I mean I'm no J.K Rowling or George RR Martin (yet) my stories a pretty much still one level. I get these ideas or scenes in my head and I just have to write them down. Sometimes they come to me in a dream or I see something in real life and it inspires this whole image in my head. I see the scenes so vividly I try and capture it all on paper before I forget. One scene leads to another and that's how my mind works. And I have to admit I pretty much know what I want to happen and the ending before the entire book (or trilogy) is written. It's just getting there that sometimes I have to break it down on paper and see where more scenes can be added. I outline to put all those various scenes in chronological order and make sure it all makes sense. 

For Example, in Seraphina-- I knew the love story, I knew all about Nate and Sera. I saw her dying in his arms and him needing to save her. I saw her waking up strong and powerful, I saw the scene with the deer and her protruding light like an orb. But I added the psychic scene and the mall scene last minute and it adds something to the book, the mystery. Also, in my first edits Jack wasn't such an important part of it all. But now, he's become pretty much a main character. 

In my first edits, Nate and Sera's point of views were alternating throughout the entire book, but last minute I decided it needed more mystery. So I added Nate's mindset at the end as an added bonus. 

To conclude, my Writing Process-- I guess there is some kind of process here in the depths of my mind, but it's ultimately the story that leads me. The story that is inspired by my own thoughts, experiences and desires. Because in the end, it's the story that the readers are interested in and connect with. Not the cover or the grammar (although they help) it's the story and the characters that will create fans. 

Karma's a Bitch

My stomach twists in anguish, my mind once again retreating to the past. To the good times--always the good. Bile begins to rise up in my throat again. I don't know why, I haven't eaten anything in days. Still my insides are protesting in a not-so-gentle reminder that I asked for this, that this is all my fault. Air, I need air, I'm suffocating. I climb down the stairs and dash outside as my legs begin to guide me in my usual walk. Mindlessly I follow, my consciousness bombarded with thoughts that make me want to rip my hair out. Run, I need to run to escape my own thoughts. I break into a run as fast as my legs will take me. As fast as I can push until I feel alive again. I feel my heart beating out of my chest, a heart I wish I never had. The air stings my lungs with every breath until I see them. The swings. The one staple of my childhood. Immediately my feet head for them. I collapse into the seat and pause. I forgot how to swing. Has it really been that long? I grab hold of the metal links and lean backwards as my legs extend, then I slowly lean forwards as I bring my legs back under me. It takes me a while to get into a groove again. It isn't long before I'm pumping and pumping as fast as I can as the tears being to release themselves. The hurt and the pain finally taking over me until the sobs begin. There's nothing I can do. It's over. I feel like a piece of me died today. A piece I will never get back.

I cry until I run out of tears and the swing is making creases in my thighs. I glance around at the park before me. The sun shining through the trees, the birds chirping all around and I can't help but think: Life goes on. 

Just like remembering how to swing, I will remember how to move on. I will grow, I will learn, I will be stronger. 

Craziest Thing I've ever done..

I just did the craziest most spontaneous thing I've ever done... I just quit my job. Yup, my job. my good old fashioned 9-5 with a 401k and kushy benefits. Why you ask?  Well, that's the best part (in my opinion, I'll probably be reamed by my family later) I quit to pursue my writing career. 

Before you go calling the insane asylum let me explain! I've come to the conclusion that it's now or never for me. I've reached a point in my life that it's either make it or break it. I know with a full time job I will never be able to put my all into my writing. A wise man once told me if you believe in yourself, you shouldn't have a back up plan. That's setting yourself up for failure from the get-go. 

So, here I go throwing caution to the wind and thrusting myself full time into the world of sentences, paragraphs, and above all my insane imagination. Follow me on this long journey of mine.  

How I'm Finding Myself...

Follow your dreams they tell you. Follow your passion. When you are younger you are asked what you want to be when you grow up. When you graduate High school or college you are asked what job you want to hold for the rest of your life. What happens to that 5% of the population that has no idea? The dreamers? The people that are labeled crazy-lunatics? What happens to them?

For most of my life, I tried to conform. I tried to do the responsible thing. I blindly went to college. I continued to go from job to job as I dabbled in various extracurricular activities. I tried my hand in modeling, acting, painting, reading, and writing. I was searching for something in life, something I hadn’t found. My calling, my passion—whatever you want to call it. How do you find your passion? Is a question I asked myself on the daily.

Unfortunately, for some it doesn’t come easy. That question of what do you want to do, haunts me to this very day. Creative people, like me, get restless in typical jobs because we are constantly strive for something more. We crave to be outside in the sunshine instead of in a cubicle. Our mind like our hands can never be idle. My particular story is the only one I can speak to. I share it here as an example to others that you never know where your life may take you. That striving for your passion changes on a daily basis as does your passions sometimes. Life, itself is a growing process.

This blog is my story, my constant search for my passion, my struggle with normalcy, and every obstacle I face in between. It is meant above all to connect with my readers, be inspirational to everyone and ultimately share my story with the world.