D. F. Krieger

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Writer's Wednesday: The Elusive Star

I wrote an article back during my release tour, when Wolves came to print. In it, I spoke of How to Kill Your Desire to Write. You can read the article here. I was surprised to find that though the majority of the comments I received agreed with my article, there were some where people stated they had no idea what a Silver Star on ARe was. I had over a handful of people email me. When I described what it was, I was also asked how it works.

Well now, it sounds like it's time for a new Writer Wednesday article. :) 

To start from the beginning, there is a website called ARe, or known as All Romance ebooks. They are one of the top book selling sources out there, and are so awesome, they've created their own best seller star. It is small, silver, and completely coveted by authors. It means your book did amazing among all the books on ARe. It's bragging rights, let me tell you.

Now, I have achieved this dream. Both The Submission and The Publisher's Proposal received a star, as well as the anthology Midnight Seduction. But I don't brag too hard because two of those books were co-authored, and one was an antho. This means I've never snagged a star all by my lonesome. That doesn't keep me from posting this graphic on my website below those titles:






You are probably asking how one knows they have achieved a Silver Star. Well, you can run your name on the website's search engine. It'll pull up any title you have for sale through them. You'll scan the listing of your books and behold, the Silver Star doth appear...if you earned it. It will look like this:

See that little circle with the star? Yep, that's it. That's all. It doesn't even sparkle. But there are authors who would kill for it.

Now, you are probably asking how one achieves said star. Well, here's the thing; it's by selling books. The problem is, there is no magic number. I do know that the amount you need to sell to obtain it varies by category. The less competition you have in that category, the easier it is to obtain. So, in essence, snagging one in Paranormal is going to take far more sales than something like Transgender Romance. But there isn't a certain amount of copies you can sell that will automatically get you that star.

All I can say is, "Go forth, write, and good luck!" ~ D. F. Krieger

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Ch-ch-changes!

It's no secret that I'm a bit of a David Bowie fan. Labyrinth still receives regular viewings in my house, and it's not always because my kids want to watch it. I remember listening to him sing as a child, when my mother tossed a record on the record player while she was dusting the house. We could "put on (our) blue suede shoes and dance the blues" with the best of them.

But I digress...

The real rhyme and reason behind this post is more to announce the changes going on in my life. The new has swept Facebook for the past week, though I'm sure it's only a minor ripple in the grand scheme of events. The big news? Well, it's a little three-fold, I suppose.

First of all, September 30th will be my last day with Breathless Press. After 3 wonderful years there, my time has come to an end. I didn't quit, I was let go. And though I can't go into any more detail than that, I will say there is absolutely no ill will between myself and the publisher. I wish Breathless Press all the best, and I will continue publishing my Faxfire Series through them.

This brings me to news number two. I will be doing my very best to pick my writing back up. Due to the extreme workload, my writing fell by the wayside. It was heart wrenching, especially since my big dream was to be an author. I love the connections I made and the good I did at Breathless, don't get me wrong, but I want to write *insert whining*.

However, no job equals no income on my end. I'm too much of a workaholic to not work, so I'm job hunting for a new publishing house to adopt me as an editor. I have a few resumes out that I'm waiting to hear back on. Maybe, with a lot of hard work, I'll be able to work my way up the totem pole again. Either way, I know I'll get myself in to trouble if I don't find a way to fill all the time I'll shortly have on my hands. So... *drumroll* I'm reopening Krieger Kreations and accepting new clients. Krieger Kreations is my editing service and I have several packages available for freelance editing. So if you are thinking you might need to hire an editor, please give my website a looksee. I promise I won't charge an arm and a leg, nor do I accept first born children. I do accept Paypal though!

Anyhoo, it's a lot of change to go through, and I'm more than a little scared. Please wish me luck as I start taking the first wobbly steps on a new path. ~ D. F. Krieger