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First off, let's get the fun stuff out of the way. Uncovering You 2 is available! Links:
Next, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all your amazing feedback for the first book. I read every single review you posted, and each one helped guide my writing. Reader feedback is essential for me, as a story-teller, to best understand what parts of my writing you enjoyed the most, so that I can give you more of that in the future.
Unfortunately, there was a huge catastrophe with Uncovering You 1: The Contract. For the week leading up to the release of this book, Uncovering You 1 was taken off-sale from Amazon because of an issue with the cover. It displayed too much nudity. Without a warning or a heads-up, Uncovering You 1 vanished from the kindle store.
This had a debilitating effect on the series. Whereas before there was good momentum and awareness and hype about the books, all of that just... died. Nobody saw the first book, so nobody bought it, and thus nobody was talking about it. You can’t maintain excitement for something that doesn’t exist.
I tried to stay positive. After a hugely hectic week, I managed to figure out what was going on, change the cover, re-upload the book, and have it (finally) reappear on sale again. This only resolved itself yesterday (April 19th, 2014).
But after missing for a week, Uncovering You 1 is dead in the water. I’ve heard from many of you that you found the first book from Amazon’s recommendation system. That type of discoverability is only given to books with sales momentum.. and it was cut off at the knees when Uncovering You 1 was pulled from the store. All the amazing energy that you helped build with your passionate reviews and discussion was killed prematurely.
So this is my very earnest plea to you: If you enjoyed Uncovering You 1... please help me spread the word again. Heck, you can even reserve judgment until you’ve finished Uncovering You 2. If you hate it, forget this little note. But if the story captivates you, if it excites you, if it makes you want to throw your kindle across the room and cut off a certain character’s ball-sack... then your support would mean the world to me.
Anything you can do to let new readers know about the series would be such a blessing. Simple things help. If you have a Goodreads account, recommend the books (both 1 and 2 – but especially 1) to your friends. An email to your sister, mother, cousin, grandma (well.. maybe not your grandma) will do. Send them the link to Uncovering You 1. It’s just $0.99, and I’m going to keep it that price forever. A quick message like “Hey, I thought you might enjoy this series” is all that it takes.
If you follow any book bloggers, ask them to post about Uncovering You. Recommend the books to them. Tell them that I am giving out free review copies of the books if they email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Make a post about Uncovering You on Facebook. Encourage your friends to read it so they can discuss it with you. Talk about it on Twitter. Do whatever else you can think of that might help revive Uncovering You 1 from the grave.
Of course, I’m not going to ask you to do all this from the goodness of your heart. If you do anything to help me spread the word – and I mean literally anything, even messaging one new reader about Uncovering You 1 is amazing – just email me and mention what you did. In return, I’ll send you a copy of Uncovering You #3 ahead of its release day. For free. And, in all likelihood, I’ll probably end up giving you the rest of the books in the series ahead of time, as well.
April 20th, 2014.
(PS: None of this is going to affect the story. I’ve already written the books, and will stick to my release schedule of s sequel coming out every twenty days. You don’t need to worry about that. But, on a personal level... having everything blow up like this has really hampered my enthusiasm.)