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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 o