Hitting the USA Today Bestseller List

If you bought, reviewed or shared Shattered Worlds, the boxed set containing A REAPER MADE, I owe you a huge thank you. Why? Because the boxed set officially made the USA TODAY BESTSELLER LIST!!!

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I’m over the moon. To be honest, when I joined this set, I had no idea what I was in for when it came to the work. It was more than I expected, in a good way, and it was a hell of a learning experience. I worked with 22 incredible authors, many of whom have their own amazing fanbase.

Inside Shattered Worlds, you’ll find amazing stories by seriously talented writers. My book, A REAPER MADE, is part of the set. I chose this book because it’s a solid story within the YA/NA fantasy genre, it receives great reviews, and it’s a standalone that wouldn’t leave any new readers hanging. But it’s a low seller, so it made total sense to take it off my platforms and include it in the set.

When I signed up to be part of it, I had no idea if we’d make our goal of hitting “The List.” For me, it was all about the learning experience, the exposure, and working with great authors who are hard-working and persistent in their goals. I know there are some people who rag on boxed sets, but trust me, there is no “gifting hundreds of copies” or cheating ranking systems, at least with our group. It was a great experience. I learned a lot from our marketing campaigns, which included everything from Facebook group posts and parties to online advertising, newsletters, giveaways of other books and swag, and more. It’s unbelievable, truly, how much work goes into this kind of thing, and I can absolutely attest that it’s not simply giving our free books or sending up prayers for things to come together. All of us worked our asses off to hit our goal.

Release week was crazy with promo and a lot of finger-crossing. We sold over 7,000 copies across multiple platforms. We sat on pins and needles. But then, on Wednesday afternoon, I got word that after months of preparation, after the insane release week of pushing sales and Facebook parties and Twitter chats, that we earned that treasured reward: we hit #107 (out of 150) on the USA Today Bestsellers list.

For someone who kept low expectations in case we didn’t hit the goal, I nearly fell out of my chair. I even got emotional at seeing the screenshots, of my name on that list. I honestly didn’t expect for it to hit me that hard, but knowing we’d accomplished this goal we set out for nearly a year ago was so satisfying, so rewarding that I couldn’t help but get a little choked up. We’re indies in a traditional publishing world when it comes to this kind of list, and the fact that we made it speaks volumes about the authors as well as the readers and their incredible support. I owe many thank you’s and virtual hugs, and I’m forever grateful to those who helped out in some way.

So, what happens now? Well, I keep writing. Oh, did you think I was off to buy my private island? Not so much. “USA Today Bestselling Author Liz Long” is a mighty fine title to add to covers or marketing materials, but I don’t expect to suddenly get an influx of sales or agents knocking down my door. This doesn’t skyrocket me to the “Next Level” but it’s a great addition to my bio and resume, including query letters. I take this experience and continue to grow, and jump at other opportunities that may cross my path. The work doesn’t stop because you hit your goal. It’s time for another, bigger goal!

Thanks to all who read the blog post promos, shared our things, preordered/bought copies and in general, helped us with this accomplishment. I’m so proud of the hard work we put into it and appreciate the outpouring of help that comes with the process!

Release Day: SHATTERED WORLDS

Shattered Worlds is LIVE!

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It’s live, it’s live! The beautiful SHATTERED WORLDS boxed set is finally available for your reading pleasure. And it’s only $0.99 for a limited time, so grab it before the price goes up! You’ll find my book A REAPER MADE inside, a New Adult paranormal romance about a human-turned-Reaper who must make the choice between falling in love or saving her family’s souls. AND there are so many more amazing stories inside, too!

Get Your Copy for $0.99 limited time! 

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From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you’ve been dying to get your hands on!

This unique Young Adult/New Adult collection, inspired by the creative minds of today’s New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors, promises to satisfy your cravings for action and adventure as you experience rune magic and time-travel, overthrow corrupt governments, meet reapers and aliens, battle dragons, fall hopelessly in love, and break ancient curses, right alongside some of the bravest characters in fantasy fiction!

Each book within this collection is exclusive to the set and can’t be found anywhere else.

Get your passport now to SHATTERED WORLDS

Get Your Copy Today! 

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Shattered Worlds Feature: CURSE BREAKER by Audrey Grey

Shattered Worlds features Audrey Grey’s CURSE BREAKER!

 

 

Curse Breaker: A YA Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling



The mortal kingdoms are falling. An ancient Curse creeps closer. From the shadows, a dark queen watches, waiting to mobilize her army. And the fate of the realms rests in the hands of one rebellious, mortal girl… 

 

Read Curse Breaker EXCLUSIVELY in SHATTERED WORLDS!

99 Cents for a Limited Time! 

Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.

 

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Pre-order Your Passport to Shattered Worlds!

From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you’ve been dying to get your hands on!

This unique Young Adult/New Adult collection, inspired by the creative minds of today’s New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors, promises to satisfy your cravings for action and adventure as you experience rune magic and time-travel, overthrow corrupt governments, meet reapers and aliens, battle dragons, fall hopelessly in love, and break ancient curses, right alongside some of the bravest characters in fantasy fiction!

Each book within this collection is exclusive to the set and can’t be found anywhere else.

 

 

Get Your Copy Today! 

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Pre-Order Giveaways!

 

Enter for the chance to win a Kindle Fire AND a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Find out more at shatteredworldsboxset.com

 

Shattered Worlds Feature: WINGLESS by Cindy M. Hogan

Okay, so I’m thrilled to be here with a Shattered Worlds Feature: WINGLESS by Cindy M. Hogan!

This is a fantastic YA urban fantasy that’s exclusive to the Shattered Worlds Boxed Set!

About WINGLESS: She didn’t take her parents’ warnings seriously. She should have.

Lea Thaler has never understood her parents’ obsession over the “gift” she will receive when she turns fifteen—at the exact moment of her birth, no less.
Probably the fact that her mom protects people from bad guys and the family has like a hundred escape routes they practice a thousand times a month should have convinced her.

When three robed men show up on her birthday to threaten her and those she loves, her gift soars to life, she finally believes—but it may be too late.

Thrown into a world of supernatural terror she never imagined existed, Lea must decide if she will embrace her gift, uncover who she is, and fight—or run and hide from the future her parents prepared her for, in order to spare everyone she loves.

Be sure to check out WINGLESS, available for only 99cents along with 22 other amazing science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, and dystopian stories in the Shattered Worlds Boxed Set! The set comes out on August 8, but you can pre-order it now and get some exclusive bonuses!

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Don’t forget!

Join our pre-release Facebook party this summer, where there are TONS of chances to win swag and books for readers as many different authors will be hosting alllll summer long. We’d love to see you over there!

And there’s a HUGE giveaway for author services like editing and promo packages too. Check that out here. Something for everyone!

Help us spread the word about the boxed set! Go here for details–this one’s easy and has a gift card AND a Kindle!

Oh! And I bet you’re wondering about those bonus books for pre-ordering. You’ll get access to 17 bonus novels by the Shattered Worlds authors simply by 1. Pre-ordering the Shattered Worlds boxed set, and 2. Emailing a screenshot of your proof of purchase or forwarding your purchase receipt to shatteredboxedset@gmail.com. A link will be sent back to you with the links for you to download your free bonus books. That’s it!!

Spend a dollar. Get 40 books. Life doesn’t get much better than that!

About Cindy M Hogan: Cindy M. Hogan is inspired by the unpredictable teenagers she teaches. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. Most of all, she loves to laugh.

She is the #1 bestselling author of 20 books and has received multiple awards for her writing. She is author of the Watched trilogy, Christy spy novel series, Code of Silence Series, Gravediggers, Sweet and Sour Kisses, along with several novellas. She has just branched out to begin a new urban fantasy series: The Seven Deadly Sins. She can’t imagine a world where she doesn’t write, so sit back and get ready for a great ride.

Find Cindy on her website, Pinterest, Facebook, instagram, or Amazon.