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BookBub Sale TODAY!

If you’re an avid reader or an author, you know all about BookBub. It is THE place to go if you love books, sales, and want to stay up to date on new releases. Because of that, it is a coveted ad spot to get. And not cheap. Just because you WANT an ad with them does not mean you get it. It’s a competitive space to advertise. And one I’ve tried for years to get, but as an indie, it’s another strike against you.

My publisher, City Owl Press, however, managed to get a slot. For TODAY.

If you missed getting this when it came out in September, nab it below before the price goes back up!

GIRL ON FIRE
Amazon: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireAmz
B&N: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireBN
Kobo: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireKobo
iBooks: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireiBooks
Other Platforms: https://books2read.com/GirlonFireUBL
(Content Warning: This book contains instances of abuse that might be troubling to some readers.)

The email went out around 12:30 PM EST and it is already a #1 Best Seller. THAT is the power of BookBub. Insanity. That rank will fall in the coming days, but MAN is it good to see right now!

I had to take a screenshot! Ha.

Now, I need to dive back into edits for Where You Left Me, Vol 2. before that goes off to my editor soon. No rest for the writer!

Danielle/Dani Bannister, writer and taker of all the screenshots

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Girl on Fire is climbing the charts!

After a CRAZY journey, Girl on Fire, a book that started as an ember is now burning up the charts. (I can’t help myself with the puns!)

Now, does this mean I’m suddenly rich? Well, no. The book is currently priced at .99 cents (publisher sets the price.) It’s a strategy. Books at that price you can get more ad space for, and visibility is important especially with an unknown like me. The price will eventually go up, but until that point, that .99 cents breaks down to about .34 cents after distributing sites like Amazon, etc. take their cut. THEN, of that .34 cents the publisher takes THEIR cut, and I get the pennies left after that. So, no. Not rich. YET. 😉 BUT, the book is doing what it should be doing. Climbing the charts in their categories, and more importantly to me, the overall rank in the whole of Amazon.

For a point of reference, this is where Girl on Fire was on 8-25-21. A few weeks before release day.

Ironically, the book was doing better as a pre-order than I’d done for a normal release. That made me feel encouraged.

Then, on 9-3-21, a few days before release, I woke up to my first ever orange banner for a paid book. (Pulled once made it to number #3 when I ran a promotion on it but at that time, the book was free so I didn’t make any money on it.) It was #1 New Release. At that point though, my overall rank was like 700,000. I forgot to snag the data. So, a mini victory and a first to me!

Then release day came. I started the morning at an overall rank that I was pretty happy with. Way lower than my normal releases.

9-7-21 5:00 AM Overall #604,141 and a rank of #150 #320 and #6,851 for subcategories.

Again, huge numbers for me. I am not a huge author in the ocean of names. YET. Throughout the day, the rank shifted downward. By the time I went to bed this is where it stood.

9-7-21 9:00 PM Overall #44,13 and a rank of #7 #11 and #13 for subcategories.

HOLY CRAP! That’s a HUGE jump.

Granted, the categories are a small ones, but again, it’s that overall rank that I’m focused on.

Fast forward to this morning. Two days after release. I woke at 4 am. (My internal clock hates me.) But when I saw this, I almost spit out my coffee.

Now, again, small category and compared to big name authors, this ain’t nothing special. But for this underdog, it’s dream come true numbers.

The success of this book rests largely on my publishing house, City Owl Press, who, from day one believed in this book. Believed in me. They saw the potential. They invested the time and their marketing dollars to get these numbers.

My job is to keep manifesting the success. I need to Ask it. Believe it. Receive it.

Oh, and to write another book just as good as Girl on Fire. No biggie. GULP.

Haven’t snagged yours while the price is still at .99 cents? Nab it below.

Amazon: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireAmz
B&N: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireBN
Kobo: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireKobo
iBooks: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireiBooks
City Owl: https://cityowlpress.com/product/girl-on-fire/
Goodreads: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireGR

Danielle Bannister, Author and #1 New Releaser (holy crap!)

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Girl on Fire is LIVE on one platform

While the official release date for Girl on Fire 9-7-21 for distribution places like Amazon, Apple, Smashwords, etc., there is ONE platform where you can read it NOW. And that is from my publisher directly. They offer up their releases early on their site before letting them out wide on other platforms. So, if you’re itching to read Girl on Fire and don’t want to wait until 9-7-21, you can get your copy at City Owl Press.

If you want to hear the story of how Girl on Fire came to be, you can watch me talk about how the story started as an ember, and then burst into flame below.

Want to get it on your preferred platform? You can pre-order it from the sites below!

Amazon: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireAmz
B&N: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireBN
Kobo: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireKobo
iBooks: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireiBooks
Goodreads: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireGR

Or sign up to get an ARC (Advanced Review Copy) on NetGalley here: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/233687

Until next week!

Danielle Bannister, author and one platform teaser

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SURPRISE! COVER REVEAL DAY!

I did tell you that the full reveal would be soon, didn’t I? Well, the wait is over! Today I show you the full cover and new title!

Hard to even see the girl inside the smoke. It left readers unsure what the book was about.

Where I was afraid to lift up the trauma and pyromania aspect that Sarah goes through, City Owl Press wasn’t. They put it all right there on the cover. Readers who see this cover will know that they are about to go on one hell of a bumpy ride. And, ultimately, that’s what a cover should do. Let you know what the feel of the book is without reading a word.

Pre-order links for the book are up in some places already, while others don’t allow for pre-orders longer than 30 days, so those will be coming once it gets closer to the official release day of SEPTEMBER 7, 2021.

PLATFORMS UP FOR PRE-ORDER NOW*

B&N: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireBN
Kobo: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireKobo
iBooks: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireiBooks
Goodreads: https://smarturl.it/GirlonFireGR

*Some sites may still be uploading at time of post

PLATFORMS IT WILL POST TO CLOSER TO RELEASE

Amazon
Amazon print
City Owl**

(**City Owl will have the book LIVE for purchase on their site two weeks PRIOR to the official release. Stay tuned!

BOOK TRAILER

Eeep! So excited! I’ll let you know when the other links go live for pre-order! Until next time…

Danielle Bannister, Author and revealer of book covers

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COVER TEASE 3!

By now you all know how much I love to tease out a cover/title reveal. Well, this next book is no different. Today we take off yet another layer. The next one will be the FULL cover!

For those not familiar about what I’m referring to, it’s the cover tease for the book f/k/a as Enigma. That title has been acquired by City Owl Press. They have retitled the book and are going in a completely different direction marketing wise and I’m here for it!

Enough teasing, Danielle, SHOW ME THE NEXT REVEAL!

eeeep!!!

The book doesn’t go live until September 7, but the pre-order links should be available soon. I’ll be sure to share them as soon as I get them! Which should be SOON!

Until then my peeps, stay cool!

Danielle Bannister, author and revealer of book covers

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Cover Tease number 2!

For those following along with the rebirth of Enigma into its new form under my new publisher’s vision (City Owl Press) today is cover tease number 2!

When the publishing house acquired the manuscript they told me they’d be not only changing the overall LOOK of the book, but the TITLE would change as well. Which actually makes a whole lot of sense from a marketing perspective.

While I ADORED my original cover and title, it didn’t do its job of conveying what the story would be about. And ideally, that’s exactly what a cover should do at the first glance, even in a thumbnail. You should be able to see a cover/title and pick up the overall vibe of the story. Within that three seconds, the tone of the book should be there. It’s the very first stop a reader makes. From there, they’ll typically look at the description, then the reviews, then the sample. Each stop on the reader path is important, but if you miss the first light, you’re toast. That’s why covers matter so much.

The two covers are wildly different to be sure. But one makes a subtle statement and one makes a bold one. Go big or go home, right?

Here’s the sneak peek at the revised cover! (Full reveal on July 8.)

Obvious differences are, of course, the coloring. While Enigma is mostly white with an extinguished match (Sarah is a pyromaniac) with her looking out from that smoke, this new cover is notably darker, because at the end of the day, it’s a pretty dark story. The pyromania element is still evident, not only in the burning match, but we now will also have the word FIRE as part of the title.

City Owl Press isn’t shying away from the trauma Sarah goes through, but is rather leaning into the horrors she endures. Something I don’t think I had been ready to do when I first put the book out there. I think I was almost embarrassed by the things I put Sarah through. While I loved the story, I wasn’t really sure I wanted people to read it. I’m ready now.

All that’s left to do is be patient and let release day (Sept. 7, 2021) approach.

Danielle Bannister, author and impatient waiter of books to drop.

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The Book f/k/a Enigma has a release date!

Exciting news today! My book, Enigma, which was recently picked up by City Owl Press is officially on their release docket!

It’s official now!

For those not up to speed, Enigma was read by one of the owners of the press and she absolutely loved it. She reached out to me to see if I would consider letting them represent the work. Because I knew the reputation of the press and the owner who read the work, it was a no brainer.

I have always had a hard time marketing Enigma, because, like the title suggests, it’s a hard nut to crack. Is it a romance? Is it a thriller? Is it about pyromania? Is it a survival story? Is it a trauma story? Well, yes. It’s ALL of those things. So, HOW do you market that?

Fortunately, City Owl Press isn’t shying away from the out of the box narrative, but are instead embracing it. As such, the book will get a makeover. Including a new cover, a new blurb, and a few passes through their editing team. Not to worry, the thrust of the book will remain untouched. Just small polishes that it likely desperately needs.

The new cover and pre-order will be available on July 8 in advance of the September 7th release. That means the old version will be taken down the first week of July. So, if you want a collector’s edition, or just really dig the old cover, be sure to snag it before then!

Eeep!

This new release date of September 7 means I’ll need to bump the release of Short Stories Vol. 2 until next year, but that is easily done. I’m super excited for the opportunity for Sarah’s story to reach possible new readers. Stay tuned for more info on this release, but for now I’m super stoked to have a go date!

Danielle Bannister, Author and teaser of all the covers