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Paperbacks are IN: Order yours today

The road to publishing a book on your own is long and winding. There are covers to have designed, editors, to tear apart your work, formatting for ebook/print (because of course they are different( and marketing plans to create (and implement *cough.)

Typically, I like to have paperbacks on or as close to release day as humanly possible, but trying to time out how fast your distributor will get them to you is a crap shoot. Such was the case for Where You Left Me, Vol. 3.

It may have taken a hot second to get them but they are finally here!

They’re so PINK!

I do have a few back titles on hand of this series and others in my backlist if you want to get a jump start on holiday shopping. *wink, wink, nudge, nudge.


Until next time, friends!

Dani/Danielle Bannister, author and paperback pusher

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The reviews are starting to show!

If you missed it, Where You Left Me, Vol. 3 was released on Tuesday. Reviews are starting to trickle in as later books are known to take longer to get reviews for, but I wanted to highlight those that have come in so far.

Up first, was my very first review from one of my ARC readers which she posted over at GoodReads.

Can you tell I use a blue light blocker? Ha.

Then, on release day, a few more came in, including a 5-star rating only over on Goodreads.

The few but mighty

Getting reviews for the middle of an unfinished series is HARD, people. Readers tend to not want to start a series until it’s entirely done. Which can put a considerable financial strain on the author/publishing house to support the series in those writing months/years. In a world of binge content consumers, getting anyone to give their time to review an unfinished series is rare indeed. So, while there may only be a few up currently, I feel so grateful to have those!

Reading Order
WHERE YOU MET ME (Free prequel chapter)
https://daniellebannister.wordpress.com/free-story/
WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 1
https://books2read.com/WYLMV1
WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 2
https://books2read.com/WYLMV2
WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 3 (NOW LIVE!)
https://books2read.com/WYLMVl3
WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 4 (Pre-order)
https://books2read.com/u/b6Rd6M
WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 5 (Coming Soon)

Now, these reviews could shift the other way tomorrow. I’m aware of that. This is a fickle industry. But for now, I’ll use these reviews to fuel the writing needed to complete my first ever series!


Dani/Danielle Bannister author and collector of reviews

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It’s RELEASE DAY for Vol. 3!

It’s hard to believe that this series started off as an experiment to try out Kindle Vella and has now turned into a 5 novella series. Funny how life works. Today is the release day for Where You Left Me, Vol. 3. Jasmine and Shawn are back from The Bahamas and back to reality. Their wedding was fake, but the connection was real. Wasn’t it?

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Blurb

The honeymoon’s over. What’s next?

First, she was left at the altar. Then, she fake married a volunteer. What could have been torture with a perfect stranger was anything but. The honeymoon cruise with him was off the charts hot, but now the escape from reality is over. The fake relationship has to come to an end, right?

Jasmine doesn’t want to go back to her life where nothing but humiliation, personal tragedy, and financial ruin await her. She wants to stay in paradise with her fake husband. But she can’t. She confessed her feelings and he bolted.

Emotionally numb, she knows that once she gets home, her heartbreak will continue. On top of it all, her ex-fiancé comes sniffing around, wanting to take her back. But does she want to go backward? Knowing what she had with Shawn was possible?

And what will happen if Shawn ever finds out she might be having his kid? The honeymoon might be over, but the real fireworks are about to begin.

Find out the details today in this red-hot lust-to-lovers series in Where You Left Me, Vol. 3.

Reading Order

Not sure if this series is for you? Why not check out the FREE Prequel Chapter that tells Shawn’s point of view in the moments leading up to where Vol. 1 begins. It’s short, spicy, and should give you a sense of the tone/voice of the series without spending a dime!

You can snag that story right from this website: Where You Met Me.

If you happen to read Vol. 3 (or any in this series) dropping a quick review helps small indies like me out in massive ways. It lets reluctant buyers know if this new author is worth the money. Any love you can send this series way, I would be most grateful.

I hope to share some of those reviews on this blog once they start to populate! Until next time, happy reading!


Dani/Danielle Bannister, author and releaser of Where You Left Me, Vol. 3

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In one week Vol. 3 drops!

If you’ve not been reading the Where You Left Me series then this post probably won’t mean much to you. But if you have, you only have ONE WEEK left to wait for Vol. 3!

And then there were three

This is part three of a five-part series, of which Vol. 4 is already up for pre-order! If you like steamy (lights on bedroom scenes) that have heart and humor, than this series is for you.

  1. In Vol. 1, Jasmine gets left at the altar. So, she decides to marry a stranger in the church instead. A hot stranger.
  2. In Vol. 2, she takes her new fake husband on a 5-day cruise to The Bahamas. Sharing one small bed. Whatever will they do with all that time stuck together?
  3. In Vol. 3, they are back from the honeymoon. They aren’t technically married, but there was a connection. Right?

BLURB

The honeymoon’s over. What’s next?

First, she was left at the altar. Then, she fake married a volunteer. What could have been torture with a perfect stranger was anything but. The honeymoon cruise with him was off the charts hot, but now the escape from reality is over. The fake relationship has to come to an end, right?

Jasmine doesn’t want to go back to her life where nothing but humiliation, personal tragedy, and financial ruin await her. She wants to stay in paradise with her fake husband. But she can’t. She confessed her feelings and he bolted.

Emotionally numb, she knows that once she gets home, her heartbreak will continue. On top of it all, her ex-fiancé comes sniffing around, wanting to take her back. But does she want to go backward? Knowing what she had with Shawn was possible?

And what will happen if Shawn ever finds out she might be having his kid? The honeymoon might be over, but the real fireworks are about to begin.

Find out the details today in this red-hot lust-to-lovers series in Where You Left Me, Vol. 3.

WHERE YOU MET ME (Free prequel chapter)
https://daniellebannister.wordpress.com/free-story/
WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 1
https://books2read.com/WYLMV1
WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 2
https://books2read.com/WYLMV2
WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 3 (8-9-22)
https://books2read.com/WYLMVl3
WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 4 (Pre-order)
https://books2read.com/u/b6Rd6M

Until next time,

Dani/Danielle Bannister, counter downer of release days

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It’s ARC time… Again.

Seriously, though, didn’t you JUST have Advanced Review Copy sign-ups? It sure feels like it! It was back in April when I sent my last one out, but when you do a rapid-release, you need to do everything rapidly.

Now, I realize, of course, that my last post was called Why Bother? A Constant Writer Battle (about the struggles of this very series) However, that doesn’t change the fact that the book still needs eyeballs on it in advance of release day: Aug. 9, 2022.

What exactly does an ARC reader do? Excellent question, glad you asked. ARC readers are given a digital copy of my soon-to-be-released book to read in advance of anyone else, in exchange for their honest feedback/review of said book. It’s a gamble for the reader and a gamble for the writer. However, in this current market, reviews are a good way to get algorithms to take notice of a new title. Hence, why authors rely so heavily on them. They are a necessary evil.

My ARC copies have been to the editor, but, as we all know, typos happen. So, I do lean on my ARC readers to give me a heads up if they notice something is off or the formatting is janky. They are the last set of eyes on the manuscript before it goes out into the wild.

If you have happened to already read Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 and are itching to either get your hands on an early copy or are willing to help an indie author out, then you can sign up to be on the team here.

Read these? Need more? Then sign up to read Vol. 3 before anyone else can buy it!

Also, this is the last week to sign up to win the two paperbacks above in this giveaway!

That’s all for now! I have a paperback to format. Who knew a writer’s life was so glamourous?

Dani/Danielle Bannister, author and giver-away-er of books!

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Why Bother? A Constant Writer Battle

I’ve been at this indie/small press author gig since 2011. In that time, I’ve written 18 titles. Some of them actually made a profit. Most have not. Why? Well, let’s break down the cost a minute.

It takes about $500 (roughly) for me to produce a novel (novella’s slightly less) to produce. While there is no cost to upload your books on distribution sites (Amazon, Apple, Barns & Noble, etc.) there is a cost to produce them. Unless you are with a press, then these costs are absorbed by them, but publishers come with a lower royalty rate for you as the author. For the purpose of this blog, we’ll assume this is an indie project.

Editing: It costs me about .0065 cents per word. The longer the book, the bigger the cost. So my Where You Left Me novella series is approximately 32,000 words, or about $208 bucks. A typical novel for me is approximately 65,000 words or $425 bucks. in an ideal world, I’d also prefer to hire a second proof-editor to do one final pass-through. They typically charge a little less, like maybe, .004 cents a word, but that’s an additional hundred or two. Often, I can’t afford that final proof. Which is frustrating. I don’t want typos in my books any more than you want to see them. Trust me.

Cover Design: This varies wildly by designer, but most will have a pre-made selection for less, where you can pick from certain designs but with the ONLY change being the title/name/back blurb. If you want images swapped out or other alterations, you’re now looking at a custom design, and your designer needs to be compensated for that. For the Where You Left Me series, I found a pre-made. For $69 bucks (*snicker) But that’s $69 for each cover in that series because she’s making some slight tweaks to each pre-made.

Marketing: You could drop some serious money here. Either with ads, NL promo swaps, and swag, it all adds up to your final budget before a book goes live.

Once it’s out there in the world, there is about a 90-day window in which to make your return on investment. Sure, your book will still sell after that day, but, on average, your book will sell the most in that 90-day window. After 90 days have passed you add up your profit and subtract your expenses.

In the red, then you need to look at where you’re spending money and where you can cut back. For me, that means marketing has to be gutted. Which is ironic because without marketing, how does your book get seen? Excellent question and if you know the answer, let me know. One of the horrific catch-22s. Some, choose to cut back on editing and only pay for a proof round, which will leave their manuscript with more issues than they would probably like. Or, they’ll take a chance and try to design a cover of their own. Another gamble.

It’s a personal choice every author has to take when looking at their ROI (return on investment.) For me though, cover and edits have to stay. I know my limitations and graphic design and grammar ain’t my strongest attributes. (Yes, I used ‘ain’t’ on purpose.)

Even with those cutbacks, my last book, Where You Left Me, Vol. 2 has not earned me back an ROI, as of yet, as you can see below. It still has 2 months to earn back but usually, sales drop off after the first month so it will be an interesting one to watch.

Yes, it’s depressing.

To add insult to injury, as of this writing, there are only 4 reviews for Vol. 2 on Amazon. Thems the breaks, kid. So, Danielle, why bother writing this series if isn’t earning back your ROI? An author’s dilemma.

I’m continuing to write the series no one is currently reading, not just because of author ego (because there is absolutely some of that) but mostly because I assumed this lack of sales from the start. I’m writing under a new pen name and writing my first ever series in a world that wants to binge content. Readers don’t typically enjoy starting a series that isn’t finished. So, right at the start, series are a hard sell until they are complete.

I’m writing this series with the full knowledge that I likely won’t see an ROI until all five books are out. In fact, I’m not even really marketing these hard anywhere until all five books have at least a pre-order link up. I’m not running ads, I’m not doing NL swaps, and I’m not even buying/making swag (gasp!) right now. That will come once there is a clear funnel for all five books. Until then, I’m writing the content that I’m hoping readers will want to binge read once the series is complete. I’m playing the long game. If I write it they will come. (double entendre intended. It is a spicy romance after all.)

If you haven’t jumped aboard this ride, and want to before all five books are out, I won’t object. You can even start the story for free.

WHERE YOU MET ME (Bonus free prequel chapter)
https://daniellebannister.wordpress.com/free-story/

WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 1
https://books2read.com/WYLMV1

WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 2
https://books2read.com/WYLMV2

WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 3 (Pre-order)
https://books2read.com/WYLMVl3

Until next time, I’m going to keep on writing.

Dani/Danielle Bannister, author and long game player.

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Vol. 3 is heading to the Editor

Hard to believe, but Vol. 3 of my Where You Left Me series is going to the editor on Monday! I’ve gone through four drafts of this volume. Most stories I write get at least four drafts, sometimes more, but rarely less. I thought it might be fun to explain what I do in each draft.

Eeeep, so fun!

First draft=Word vomit. The story comes out as mostly dialogue. Inconsistencies and typos are galore. But the bones of the story get laid out.

Second draft=Cleaning up the major plot/character issues of the first draft. Lots of revision/cutting/and general shoveling of shit off the page. Oh, and lots of my head banging on the desk at the crap I’ve written.

Third draft=Adding in sensory details. Fine-tuning phrases. Killing repetitive words and crutch words.

Fourth draft=Listening to it read aloud by Word. Listening for missing words, wonky sentences/flow.

Editor=The editor does her thing. Catches so many errors it makes you question your sanity.

Personal Revisions=I look at the editor’s suggestions, and either take them or leave them (I almost always take them unless I’ve decided on something for a reason. But I go through each and every one of her suggestions and either accept or reject them.)

Format=Once the edits are in play, I’ll format the manuscript for e-book and paperback and create EPUB/MOBI files for the next stage.

ARC Readers=Advanced Review/Reader Copies. A small selection of trusted readers get the first look at the edited, but an unpublished manuscript in advance of the release. These readers act as the final eyeballs before it goes live. Only small things like typos or formatting issues can be caught her. If your plot sucks… it’s too late to change it now! These readers also have the option to leave a review on release day so this can be a make-or-break situation. ARC copies going out are wildly terrifying for an author because if you hated it, there isn’t time to change anything.

Then, it’s live to the world, for better or worse.

Currently, Vol. 4 is in the First Draft phase. I’m up to Chapter 16 and should be done with that draft in a few weeks. Then, I’ll give it a week or so to get out of my immediate headspace so I can come back to it with a fresh set of eyes for that dreaded draft two revision. Vol. 5 will start its first draft at the end of the year.

Wanna get in on the ride? It’s a steamy contemporary romance about being left at the altar and just how great that turns out to be.

WHERE YOU MET ME (Free prequel chapter)
https://daniellebannister.wordpress.com/free-story/

WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 1
https://books2read.com/WYLMV1

WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 2
https://books2read.com/WYLMV2

WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 3 (Pre-order)
https://books2read.com/WYLMVl3

Vol. 4 and 5 coming soon!

Until next time, friends!

Dani/Danielle Bannister, author and editor turner-in-er

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Want me? Well, not ME…

Every few months, I like to do a giveaway either here on my blog or do an exclusive giveaway to my Newsletter subscribers. They got the last giveaway option, so this time, I thought I’d let my blog readers in on the fun!

Up for grabs are not one, but two signed paperbacks! Where You Met Me, Vol. 1 AND Vol.2!

Eeep!

WARNING: These books contain sexy scenes with lots of details, so if you’re not down for that, maybe skip this one!

If, however, steamy/spicy contemporary romance is your thing, fill out this super-duper short form and that’s it! At the end of the month, I’ll pick the lucky receivers!

Vol. 3 is already up for pre-order and will be going to the editor very soon! Vol. 4 is over halfway written and Vol. 5 will be shortly behind it. Winning these would be a great way to get started on this steamy romance.


PS. (If you do like that sort of book, you can also snatch up some freebies on this LAST day of this one: https://books.bookfunnel.com/cassie14344/4gf46d2n0n)


Until next time, my friends! May the odds be ever in your favor!

Dani/Danielle Bannister, author and giveawayer of books

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Good or Bad? Reviews Are In

It’s been about three weeks since Where You Left Me, Vol. 2 dropped. The reviews are trickling in (as they do for a second in a series.) And what are those limited reviews saying about where Jasmine and Shawn are at this point in the series? Glad you asked!

Here’s what they are saying so far…

I happen to agree with that last one. I’m sure glad my mom hasn’t read this one!

Haven’t started this series yet? There are a few ways to start. You can snag the free intro chapter to see if you like my writing style and direction the story might go, or dive right into Vol. 1 (The freebie is just bonus content, but it’s FREE!)

WHERE YOU MET ME (Free prequel chapter)
https://daniellebannister.wordpress.com/free-story/

WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 1
https://books2read.com/WYLMV1

WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 2 (New Release)
https://books2read.com/WYLMV2

WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 3 (Pre-order)
https://books2read.com/WYLMVl3

There are two more volumes to come in 2023, so strap in for a bumpy ‘ride.’

Warning: This is a spicy contemporary romance. If you don’t like the intimate details, skip this series.

Until next time,

Dani/Danielle Bannister, author and release of reviews

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Please, sir. I want some more.

Yes, I just had a release on May 10th, but when is the NEXT one? Great question. August 9th! Vol. 3 is finished and just waiting to go to the editor next month *gasp! Then I’ll set up ARCs and get that ready to rock but the pre-order is already up and running!

It’s a fun ride. 😉

WHERE YOU MET ME (Free prequel chapter)
https://daniellebannister.wordpress.com/free-story/

WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 1
https://books2read.com/WYLMV1

WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 2
https://books2read.com/WYLMV2

WHERE YOU LEFT ME, Vol. 3 (Pre-order)
https://books2read.com/WYLMVl3

Vol. 4 and 5 will be out in early 2024 (I’m still writing those!) In November, I’ll be releasing a full-length novel I’ve held on the back burner for a while so that the series could get a running start. Then, in 2024, I’ll have an additional 2 releases coming your way. Four releases a year. That’s the plan. It may not seem like a lot compared to other authors, but the day job takes up a lot of time. Ha. I’m writing as fast as I can. Promise!

Speaking of, I need to get back at it. These words won’t write themselves. I know, I’ve asked.

Until next time.

Dani/Danielle Bannister author and release of all the things