Wow! Another month has passed, and with it, Seconds Before Sunrise has released. (And the last novel releases in September!) I was blown away by your support this past month, so thank you! I have more prizes and fun coming your way soon.
For those of you just now checking in this month, Ketchup actually means “catch up”. At the end of every month, I write these posts describing what goes on behind the scenes at ShannonAThompson.com. Some of the topics I cover include my big moments, top blog posts, my top referrer, #1 SEO term, and more in order to show insights that will hopefully help fellow bloggers see what was popular. I also hope it entertains the readers who want “extras” for this website.
Thank you for being a part of my life this August!
Seconds Before Sunrise released! This has definitely been a crazy season to keep up with for me, but I’m loving every second of it. I’m so happy to have the sequel out and in readers’ hands, and I hope you’re enjoying the read as much as I’m enjoying hearing from you all. To everyone who supported my book release by helping, tweeting, Facebook-ing, and more, thank you. You make up the Dark.
Minutes Before Sunset went up for FREE everywhere. This may not seem like a “big” moment for everyone, but it was for me. Anything I’ve never done before is a big moment, and this was my first time having one of my works out there for free. It was definitely a learning opportunity, and I loved it! In fact, I’m still loving it. Minutes Before Sunset even got as high as #5 in science-fiction, #7 in paranormal, and in the top 500 Kindle books overall.
We also had the Minutes Before Sunset blog tour this month, which was awesome. (And if you missed my guest posts and interviews, all links are below). While that was going on, I flew to Atlanta to meet a long-time blogger friend of mine, and it was a delight, and when I got back, we celebrated the sequel’s release. The very next day, Death Before Daylight arrived in the mail. For those of you who have been following me since this trilogy was first published, you know that I’ve never been able to hold this book in my hands. I teared up at the moment. I’ve been waiting for it for almost a year after it was supposed to release. It reminds me that dreams will always come true, as long as you keep trying.
It was definitely a busy month, and I look forward to the excitement of September as well. Keep your eyes out for the Seconds Before Sunrise blog tour, the release of Death Before Daylight, and more!
Top Three Blog Posts:
- The Emotions of Listing a Book For Free: Oh, silly ol’ me. Minutes Before Sunset went up for free this month, and I wrote a very honest post about my emotions surrounding it—all from horror to delight to absolute excitement.
- Seconds Before Sunrise Evolution Day: Seconds Before Sunrise released, and it was a delightful day, full of chocolate, surprises, and fun, but the post covers the seven-year journey of this trilogy, starting in 2008 when it was first written and ending today upon release day.
- Confessions of a Slow Writer: I’m a slow writer! I confessed, and now, you can read all about my confession.
Other Blog Posts:
- Writing About Real and Imaginary Locations: Written by Natacha Guyot, this post covers exactly what the title talks about—real and imaginary locations.
- I’m Leaving Again (But Wait. There’s More): I did not expect this post to be so popular! But I was traveling, and I basically shared all of my author news, including the Minutes Before Sunset blog tour. I’m glad you all visited it so much this month to keep up-to-date with the tour.
- Emotionally Spamming Readers: I talked about a struggle of mine that I have as an author—worrying that I’m spamming even though I’m not spamming at all.
- Criticizing Wrongly: Written by Desirable Purity, this blog post covers criticism in novels, and in turn, criticizes them for some critiques.
- Learning SEO: 5 Reasons It’s Now a Must For Freelance Writers Online: Written by Eve Haugen, this post covers the importance of SEO life.
- Writing About Heroes, Protagonists, and Other Characters With Disabilities: Written by Frederick Crook, this guest post covers an important topic in the writing industry—diversity in fiction in regards to disabled characters.
- Attending Book Cons: I went to Penned Con St. Louis, and it was a delight! I met Tish Thawar, one of my favorite Indie authors ever, and I found new favorites, including Amy A. Bartol.
- Website Wonders: A monthly classic.
If You Could Be Any of Your Characters on Black-Words, White-Pages: I talk about my love for sidekicks, especially Jonathon Stone in The Timely Death Trilogy.
How To Make Your Paranormal Novel Stand Out on One Good Guy’s Guide to Good Reads, I talked about how I made my paranormal novel stand out by creating my own world inside of a world with new creatures.
At the end of the month, I also like to take a moment to thank all of the websites who supported me by posting reviews, interviews, and features. If you want to be one of these websites, feel free to join my newsletter or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I always love speaking with new bloggers, writers, and readers! I will also share your post on all of my websites.
Minutes Before Sunset: Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts, Cloud Nine Girl, I Feel The Need, The Need to Read
Death Before Daylight: The Modest Verge Book Blog, Macy Stories
Interviews: Melissa Book Buzz, Deal Sharing Aunt, Juniper Grove Book Solutions, More Than You Wanted to Know
Features: A Fold in the Spine, Girls With Books, The Bookie Monster, Mythical Books, The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass, The Wonderings of One Person, Lady Amber’s Reviews, and in the article, You Love Them, but How Well Do You Know Your Favorite Authors?