The State of the Novels, 2013


I was born on the 13th of April. I love thirteen. It’s prime, indivisible save by one and itself, and shrouded in myth. And of course, people generally consider it unlucky. Me? I’m contrary enough to embrace it as my lucky number.

This is going to be a good year. Just so we are all clear. No matter that I am still searching for work, that things are difficult financially. My little family and I are healthy and whole and together. My larger family is strong and loving. My community of friends and readers is kind, generous, and supportive. My dogs are still jerks who get into the trash, but they’re okay, too.

I am writing!

So here’s how it goes:

Last weekend, I opted into a two-day free promotion period for Buck’s Landing with Amazon. In 48 hours, Buck’s Landing was downloaded 7135 times in 9 countries. The book hit two best seller lists on Amazon, peaking at #41 on the Top 100 Free Kindle Books, and #15 on the Free Contemporary Romance Books for Kindle. Not too shabby!

My favorite moment of the weekend, though, was this one:

Cameron D Garriepy, Buck's Landing, Nora Roberts, Amazon bestseller

Yep. That’s me and Nora, sharing some virtual shelf space. Swoony, huh?

Okay, so that’s great, but what’s next? you ask.

On Monday, Buck’s Landing debuted on Smashwords. It’s available there in all digital formats, so if the whole Kindle thing was stopping you? Go for it! Look for it soon at Barnes and Noble, the Apple iBookstore, and other ebook retailers.

On Friday, over at Erin Margolin‘s place, I mentioned the revision of the novel I started in 2009. I’m a little over 30,000 words into that draft, and it’s starting to come together. Why now? After more than three years and as many drafts? Easy.

My good friend, West Coast Brain Twin, and fellow author, Mandy is helping me untangle my snarly plot and focus on the central themes that crept organically into the story as I was writing that long ago first draft. When I get it fully revised, I’m going to do as Stephen King would and put it away again. The plan for that period is to research agents and start prepping my queries. And to finish drafting the second New England Seacoast Romance.

In closing:

Thank you, everyone, for helping me make Buck’s Landing a success. Thank you, my friends and first readers, for believing in me even when I smell distinctly of panic and crazysauce.

Oh, and three last things:

  1. If you’ve read and enjoyed Buck’s Landing? The best way to support the book is word of mouth. Tell someone you know about it, post a review on Goodreads or Amazon or Smashwords. (If you didn’t like it, let me know! I value constructive criticism.)
  2. I’ve moved my email subscription to MailChimp, and it’s comes not only with some sexy new HTML features, but also a Smashwords coupon code. I’m planning to add discounts, promotions, and some other stuff occasionally to the emails, so if you’ve ever considered an email subscription, now’s the time. The box is up there at the top right, under “My Words in Your Inbox,” which sounds slightly naughty. Yay!
  3. That said? I love me my Google reader, and I don’t sign up for email subscriptions myself. So, I’m also offering a very occasional, non-spammy newsletter subscription. It will only come out when I’ve got big, important news: giveaways and discounts, cover reveals, universe willing, an agent and a publisher. That kind of stuff. The sign up form is also on the right sidebar, under “Newsflash!”

No, wait. There’s a 4th thing:

Do you have a blog? I would love to guest post for you, or be interviewed, or yammer on about my books, and I have review copies of all of my books available. Just ask!

That was a lot. See? It’s going to be a very good year!

24 thoughts on “The State of the Novels, 2013

  1. I’m SO proud of you!

    Also, I have a theory about 13. I see all the numbers as filled with luck. Some numbers have luck taken out of them by all and sundry. Which is why I avoid 7.

    The numbers considered unlucky are sitting there, chock full of luck. And 13 is the prime example. (Ha! See what I did there?)

    Therefore, 13 is my lucky number too. And I am in full agreement. This year is going to be a great year!

  2. I, too, love the number 13 . . . always been my favorite. And, whenever I played sports, I can show, empirically, that I did far better when my number was 13.

    I, too, am pushing for a wonderful 2013 — with, hopefully, a change in jobs in the very near future.

    And any time you might want to guest post for me, DRAL is yours.

    1. Thanks, Eric. Perhaps some truth to that whole thing where if you work hard blah blah blah? šŸ˜‰
      And any time I can serve as a pants-kicker is a good time.
      That sounded not as nice as how I meant it…

  3. This is a great year for you, Cam. I’m so proud of all of your past and future successes.

    We should also discuss having you at my (virtual) place sometime soon. What do you think?

  4. Congrats, Cameron! Buck’s Landing is great. I finished it in less than a week and that is saying something, since I haven’t enjoyed reading fiction in years and I seem to have A.D.D. about finishing books these days. I even wrote a guest post last year at Studio 30+ about how high school killed my love of reading. Maybe you brought it back to life? I’m not good at writing reviews, but I’ll try to post something to Amazon. I have a friend with a book review blog and I’ll suggest the book to her too.

    1. Thank you, Tracy! It’s so great to hear that you liked the book, and if I can help you ease your feet back into finishing books, cure that high school death knell, I’ll call that a victory!

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