Tuesday, January 15, 2019

How I reached #9 on Amazon's Free Contemporary Romance Best-Seller List

This weekend I tried a free Amazon promo for the first time. I listed my contemporary romance (more a literary love story, really), Looking Glass Friends. It was the first time I tried this promotion, and the results were surprising. In fact, the book reached #9 in Free Contemporary Romance, made it into the fiction list and reached #135 in ALL free Kindle books (of course, I forgot to take a screenshot of this ephemeral moment).

In all, Looking Glass Friends was downloaded 1, 368 times and two audiobooks were sold as well. From my, admittedly, limited experience, these were excellent results, of which I am very proud.

All the traffic was funneled through this simple Facebook ad. It was the "Buy Now" button that made all the difference. I see that the button doesn't show here, but it was there when the ad was live on Facebook, and it enabled Facebook users to click their way directly to buying/downloading the book with no intervening steps. This, coupled with the number of awards the book has won, made it super-easy to get Looking Glass Friends, while the awards vouched for the story's quality in lieu of reviews.

In my experience, Facebook users do not tend to spend money, but they are very supportive of creative ideas, and when something is offered for free, they will participate willingly. Once Looking Glass Friends made it into Amazon's top seller pages, I am sure downloads were generated that way as well.

The Day After

I am now following the advise of another author and trying Amazon ads to see if the momentum of sales can be maintained even in a small degree. I notice already that Looking Glass Friends is being read on Amazon Unlimited, which helps its sales ranking. But the true test is to see if readers are willing to take a risk on my unknown novel, despite its only having 4 reviews at this time. Time will tell if I did right to lower the price from $5.99 to $2.99. As for all self-published authors, every step is an experiment. But this time the experiment worked, which feels great.

I hope other authors find my experience helpful.

All My Best,

E. L. neve

Sunday, January 6, 2019

"Jardin" (Garden): Poems for Paintings Number 2

This painting by the inimitable, Danielle Richard, faces our wide bedroom doorway, welcoming us back from sleep each morning. 

This is my second poem in the series, Poems for Paintings, published under my pen name, E. L. Neve (award-winning romance author). 

I wrote the music with Garage Band and recorded my poem under my real name, Tal. I hope you find the video soothing.

You can see more of Ms. Richard's art at http://daniellerichard.com.

Forever Here: Poems for Paintings Number 1

~ My poem, dedicated to Forever Here, by Danielle Richard ~ 

I was inspired to write a poem for the painting, under my pen name, E. L. Neve (award-winning romance author). ~ 

I then composed music on Apple's Garage Band and recorded the poem under my real name, Tal Boldo. You can see more of Ms. Richard's art at http://daniellerichard.com

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Audible Edition

It's like going to Narnia...through a closet.
That's what recording my audiobook felt like. I would seal myself in my closet. Pull the thick mover's blanket over the door. And the world outside would be muffled. The room had a small light. And my words on my monitor. That was the whole of reality.
Reading a story aloud in an audio booth is magical. There's nothing to distract you. You weave an alternate reality with the sound of your voice.
Reviewers listening to the story seemed to feel what I felt when I recorded it:
"5 stars for the narration of this book, performed by the author. Ethereal."
"The narrator, who is also the author, did an amazing job."
"Beautiful excellently written love story of two souls finding happiness with each other. well narrated!"

Friday, June 29, 2018

Author Interview: E L Neve on "Writers and Authors"

Many of you know that I write under two pen names. Here's an interview I gave for my pen name, Dew Pellucid, under which I wrote my award-winning teen fantasy, The Crystilleries of Echoland. E. L. Neve comes up in the interview too.

Quote from your Book | Favorite Quote “And on this sea of song, he floated for who knows how long.”
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I always loved literature passionately. I wrote poetry as a kid. I knew I wanted to get lost in storytelling. I always knew.
When did you write your first book and how old were you? I wrote my first short story when I was 8 years-old. In elementary school my poems were published in this school paper. I wrote my first (terrible novel) at age 24. It was beautifully written and utterly boring. So I decided to write for kids, and then I had to learn how to write a good plot. Today I write under two pen names, Dew Pellucid for teens, E. L. Neve for adults.
How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book? Writing is my flight. When I get lost in that world I know I’m where I’m supposed to be. Which is why I can’t remember when I started writing. I just did…
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Keep reading on Authors & Writers

Friday, May 25, 2018

14 Literary Awards

So happy to share the latest book awards for "Looking Glass Friends":

~ 2018 Great Northwest Book Festival WINNER ~
~ 2018 Beach Book Festival WINNER ~
~ 2017 New York Book Festival WINNER ~
~ 2017 Los Angeles Book Festival WINNER ~
~ 2017 London Book Festival Runner-up ~
~ 2017 Pacific Book Awards Finalist ~
~ 2017 BookVana Award Finalist ~
~ 2017 Readers’ Favorite Finalist ~
~ 2018 San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention ~
~ 2018 Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention ~
~ 2017 Florida book Festival Honorable Mention ~
~ 2017 New England Book Festival Honorable Mention ~
~ 2017 Southern California Book Festival Honorable Mention ~
~ 2017 Great Midwest Book Festival Honorable Mention ~

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Looking Glass Friends has won its 11th award. The novel is a Great Northwest Book Festival WINNER (2018).
I live in the Northwest, so this is special to me. And of course, the number eleven is significant to the book, because I've chosen it to represent two individuals standing side by side, united but still separate. My pen name, E. L. Neve, is an anagram of the number 11.
Looking Glass Friends is a story about finding your soul's reflection, the ideal person put on this earth just for you. But what if you are already married? What if you have kids? This quest for happiness lies at the heart of all our lives. Many of us face the choice that turns the pages of this story. Many of us know that our life will be utterly different in twenty years depending on the choice we make today. It is an intersection that changes everything forever.
This award-winning novel seeks to show that what seems insurmountable can be done...and should be done. I hope you'll choose to discover its poetry and wisdom for yourself.