A Place in My Heart

Rubyville, Book #4, A Place In My Heart, is probably my favorite of the four books. I say probably because I do love this series, and it is very difficult to have a favorite, the same with children.

Believe it or not, I learned a lot while writing this series. The research for the different eras that are traveled through was really fun and interesting for me. But I also learned a lot about myself, and the way not to handle a situation. Below is a meme I created for the release of the book.

Rubyville Book #4 - Prom

Get your FREE ebook copy today! https://www.amazon.com/Rubyville-Place-My-Heart-Book/dp/1537096826/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=deborah+ann+dykeman&qid=1574790687&s=books&sr=1-5

#4 Begins Today!

If you have been following these posts for the past month, you know that today is the start of the FREE ebook promotion for A Place in My Heart. I’ve had so many great comments on this series of books, and especially this one. If you have read the series, you may think you know the ending, but all my readers have still expressed shock and surprise at the close of Rubyville.

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Book #4 – Rubyville

Julia Ryan designed the beautiful covers for this set of books. I’ve had so many compliments on them! Be sure to get your free copy today! https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Ann-Dykeman/e/B01B2BYPK6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1572544500&sr=1-1

#3 Begins Today!

The third book in the Rubyville series is A Place to Heal. Get your FREE ebook copy today through Friday, November 22nd!

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Book #3 – Rubyville

As always, please leave a review when you are finished reading. It is so appreciated! Get your free copy right here: https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Ann-Dykeman/e/B01B2BYPK6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1572544500&sr=1-1

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Starting Today…#2!

It’s Monday!

The second book in the Rubyville series, A Place of Refuge will be FREE today through Friday, November 15th at midnight.

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Book #2 – Rubyville

Get your free ebook copy today! https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Ann-Dykeman/e/B01B2BYPK6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1572544500&sr=1-1

Branding and Marketing

When I first started attending conferences for writing…I discovered how much I didn’t know about writing. And then the journey of learning more about writing began. One of the items that was shared was to make memes for Facebook and other social media to help with branding, marketing, and promoting books. So I jumped on and created memes every week. Now I have a bunch to pull from if I need one…but I still love to create new ones. And as with the writing, I have learned so much more about creating memes since my first ones!

To design memes, my business cards, bookmarks, banners, posters for events, book covers, and the list goes on…I use https://www.canva.com/ . I get my pictures from https://pixabay.com/ . These two sites have been a gigantic help for me in developing a brand and marketing my work. They are very user-friendly sites, and I find them fun. If you have a creative side, you should check them out! Canva has updated and you can now share directly to social media sites rather than downloading, etc. What will they think of next?

So now you have two great tools to go out and design for yourself. One thing that was pointed out…when making a meme, sign it as you would art work. I use my website, and I use the same font each time. People remember that. For example, what comes to mind when I say any brand name? You think of their logo. Great branding and marketing right there. Coke anyone? 😉

Remember, this week A Place to Call Home is being promoted as a free ebook. Get your copy today! Yesterday, this book was doing this:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

It’s pretty exciting! Below is one of the first memes I did. I’ve learned a little bit more about downloading, etc. now, but I still love the picture I found on Pixabay. Have a great Thursday everyone!

 

Rubyville - A Place to Call Home

 

Rubyville, Kansas…

is a fictional town. But it is very much like so many small towns in the state of Kansas that are becoming only a memory. This series of four books has been very popular, and they are pretty special to me as well. The Barton women are like part of my family. I cried with sadness and despair, and rejoiced with them down through the years. I learned a lot while writing this set of books. Not only in the area of research in writing historical books, but in my Christian walk as well. So many readers have identified with the Barton women and their very real struggles.

For the month of November, I want to share these books with you. With the start of your work week, each Monday a book will be available for FREE! Get your free ebook for the entire week!

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Book #1 – Rubyville

A Place to Call Home, the first book in the series will be available for FREE on Monday, November 4th through Friday, November 8th at midnight. Please leave a review when you have finished reading it, and let me know what you thought. It doesn’t need to be long or detailed. Just a few words is greatly appreciated.

Get your free copy today! https://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Ann-Dykeman/e/B01B2BYPK6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1572544500&sr=1-1

Review, review, review please!

Today is the last day you can get your free ebook for my newest release, When Faith Begins. It’s been a lot of fun having the book promotions for the When series of books. By far, When Love Grows was the most popular in the giveaway. I think it’s the cover…which goes to show, your cover matters…a lot! I love the color red, and it looks as though many others do.

If you are a writer, trying to get your book published, and then branding, marketing and hoping to sell your work…well you know it’s a long, difficult process. Most of us don’t hit the New York Times bestseller list the first time out, if ever. It takes daily contact with readers, your target audience, and places to promote your work. Some writers may use a blog, website, newsletter, Facebook, etc., to do this. Many use all of those listed and then some!

My WIP is a manuscript I wrote in 1998. It’s 124,000+ pages long, and I wrote it on a typewriter in two weeks. I had four children at the time. I got them up, got them dressed, tossed some food at them and then sat about five feet away from them to write. Repeated two more meals each day, and then did the reverse at night for bedtime. Those were the days when our oldest was 12 and our youngest 2. Those were the days when I still made bread every day, and we had healthy smoothies for breakfast. We didn’t eat out. I relied heavily on my 12 year old, who is now my editor.

But that book had to be written at that time, and I wrote 24 hours a day for those two weeks. I wouldn’t recommend that, but we artistic people can be strange at times. Maybe most of the time! Now, I am rewriting and editing that book, and the three others in that series that I wrote several years later. It will take me a while, because it is a mess. And when I hand it over to my editor, proofreader, etc., it will probably still be a mess.

I have so appreciated the feedback from my readers during this book promotion! But I want to clarify a couple items. Those that write and are trying to sell books, will understand. Today, my rating for When Faith Begins is here:

If you go to the above links…you have to go to the FREE section to see mine. Not the paid.

That is huge for me! My books are usually in the thousands, if not millions. But this is for the FREE ebooks. Not the paid list. I’ve had several people comment about my royalties now. I’ve made under $10 dollars this month. The book promotions are about me getting my name out there, and loving that people are taking the time to look at my covers, read a portion of my books online, and then even downloading them. If I can earn money off my books at some time, that will be super fantastic!!! But right now, people don’t know me, and that’s where all of you can help…and writers should be helping one another.

Authors LOVE reviews, even bad ones. It helps them tone and tweak their craft. Please ALWAYS leave a review when you read a book. My books are desperately in need of reviews. The other huge help to authors, and anyone promoting a business, is to SHARE on Facebook and other social media. Again, it gets their name and business out there for all to see. There can be so much wrong with social media, but sharing a business for someone is a great opportunity to help. (An apology here to an editor that told me I shouldn’t cap words, but…) 😉

Again, thank you for all the support. Prayers and best wishes for those of you struggling in this writing market. And of course…be looking for my next book promotion, because there will be one!

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Whoee!!!

I usually try not to bore you with too many posts about my writing career. But I’ve been offering a promotion on my latest series. All three books of the When series have been free for a limited time. When Faith Begins started today. Get your free ebook copy until October 28th. When Love Grows promotion will end tomorrow.

But this post isn’t just about that. This post is to share some fantastic news with all of you. I was checking my stats on Amazon.

I was absolutely shocked to see When Love Grows at #18 in Western & Frontier Christian Romance, and #58 in Religious Romance!!! When Faith Begins is currently at #23 in Women’s Christian Fiction, and #42 in Contemporary Christian Romance!!!

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store-Western-Frontier-Christian-Romance/zgbs/digital-text/8917428011/ref=zg_bs?_encoding=UTF8&tf=1&fbclid=IwAR0o

Wow!!!

Remember, that is for their genre, not the overall ranking on Amazon, but the overall ranking is still pretty fantastic! Being around 1,500 in the millions of authors and books on Amazon is pretty special. Amazon’s rankings change very quickly, so you can be sure I’ll be watching these today, but it’s made my day!  Thanks to all of you for reading my posts and my books! Now, back to writing so I can do this again someday! 😉