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9 years since the release of The Bird with the Broken Wing

The Bird with the Broken Wing was released 9 years ago, in August 2011 through Etopia Press, a small-press publisher. I had achieved what many people dream of. Naturally, I had a book launch, and then I wrote some more books. Imagine my delight when I did my weekly check of my book rankings and discover that  9 years after it was first released, and it was my first book published too, The Bird with the Broken Wing is sitting at #2 on the Amazon UK charts in Books on Bullying for YA, #6 in Coming of Age Fantasy and #11 Fiction About Bullying.9 years later!!! Like I said, wow. Somebody pinch me. So I thought I'd just share some of the photos of this book's release, it's launch almost 8 years ago, the old cover and new covers, photos from promos and giveaways, and some of the best seller rankings this book has achieved over the 9 years. What will 10 years bring, I wonder? I must do something to celebrate it's 10 year release.





















The Importance of Not sticking to one genre in writing

A while ago I wrote a post about the importance of sticking to one genre when writing. READ POST HERE. I don't write in one genre. I also don't read in one genre. I read a variety of books and I want to be able to write a variety of stories.
But in this post I pointed out how switching genres can disappoint readers who signed up to your newsletter while you wrote young adult fantasy, then a few years later you send them an email to announce your new science fiction novel, then send an email to announce your latest supernatural thriller.That post highlighted to me that I really needed a pen name for some of my books. So I created Jonette Blake, who writes suspenseful mysteries and thrillers, and I moved my supernatural thrillers over to her. It does mean I've had to build up a totally new audience.The other pro for sticking to the one genre is that I would be able to release more books by the same author and target the same audience and build on the sales over a series of b…