Who’s That Indie Author? Jax Jillian

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Jax JillianAuthor name:  Jax Jillian

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

BooksLarkin’s Letters, Ryan’s Letters

Larkin's Letters     Ryan's Letters

Bio:  Jax Jillian is the author of the award-winning Larkin’s Letters and the sequel Ryan’s Letters.  Jax enjoys writing love stories that pull on readers’ heartstrings which she believes is the key to truly reaching a reader.  Both of Jax’s novels are critically acclaimed with both averaging 4.7/5 stars on Goodreads and Amazon.  Jax lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son.

Larkin’s Letters was just honored as an Official Selection for Romance by New Apple Indie Book Awards.

Favorite thing about being a writer:  Escaping into my characters and the story I create for them as well as being able to reach and touch a reader

Biggest challenge as an indie author:  Definitely marketing and just getting the book into people’s hands.

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Critically Acclaimed Romance Honored By New Apple

I am excited to share that my debut novel,  Larkin’s Letters,  was honored as an Official Selection for Romance by New Apple Indie Book Awards.  I am super excited and never thought that when I typed my first word I would become an award-winning author!  

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You can check out the entire list of award winners here: http://newappleliterary.com/2015awardsCat01.html

It’s #AuthorLifeMonth

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I came across this today and thought it was a pretty fantastic idea.  Not sure how long it has been in existence, but I only heard of it today.  I have been known to be a late bloomer when it comes to things like this, but I am ahead of the game this year.  I think it is an awesome idea to allow you to network with other authors as well as let your readers get to know you as an author!

So, I am jumping aboard and I am going to have fun with this!  Fellow authors join me and let’s see if we can get this thing trending!!

DAY 1:  Your Books.

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This is my critically acclaimed debut love story!  They are both available and Larkin’s Letters is FREE on Kindle Unlimited! 

The Most Common Writing Mistakes According to Grammarly

It’s National Novel Writing Month, and that means that writers around the world are working hard to write an entire book during the month of November.

To help you with your masterpiece-in-progress, Grammarly.com compiled a list of the most frequent writing mistakes they encountered as they edited their 2014 NaNoWriMo project, a crowdsourced novel called Frozen by Fire. When it’s time to proofread and revise your manuscript, make sure to watch out for these common pitfalls.

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Infographic courtesy of https://www.grammarly.com/grammar-check

Time For a Change – Larkin’s Letters and Ryan’s Letters to Rebrand

About three years ago, I finished my first novel Larkin’s Letters.  I had no idea where to go from there.  Research after research sent me down the agent querying trek.  Self-publish?  Every where I read said that was a huge no-no.  So, I sent a few dozen query letters to literary agents trying to secure representation for a potential publishing contract.  And that led me nowhere.  I also submitted my manuscript to a small-press publisher who “specialized in new authors.”  Hmm, I thought.  Let’s give it a shot.

Homerun!  The publisher liked my work and wanted to work with me.  I just had to pay a retainer fee for a publicist and marketer and they would take care of the rest.  I have to admit, I was happy with them and what they offered.  They gave me everything they promised and now I was a published author!  I went on to publish Ryan’s Letters, the sequel, with the same publisher.  This time around, there were some mishaps with the release date and other small things that I won’t get into.

During my first release, I met a book blog tour promoter who took a liking to my work.  She reached out to me about self-publishing.  I have to admit, my first reaction was, no way.  All of the research said not to go that route.  Man, if I only knew then what I know now.

Now the research is saying self-publishing is no longer frowned upon.  Many traditionally published authors are leaving their publishing houses to self-publish now, and self-publishing has opened the door to many talented authors who are now getting noticed by agents and also landing on Best Seller lists.  More importantly, self-publishing allows the author full control of their work.  And that is the most important thing to me.

I feel that my published novels are at a stand still with my publisher and therefore it is not benefiting me to stay with them.  I feel that I am at a point in my career that I need to explore other avenues that will give my novels the best chance at reaching a wider audience.  I feel the only way I can do that is republish them through self-publishing, and now I have full control of what happens to them.

So, I have decided to leave my publisher and begin the journey of self-publishing.  With A LOT of help and guidance from the aforementioned book blog tour promoter (who are we kidding? she did everything!), I am excited to announce that Larkin’s Letters and Ryan’s Letters will be republished with an entirely different look on December 1!

I want to thank all of the readers who have supported my books from day one, and if it weren’t for all of you who wrote such amazing reviews, I wouldn’t even be considering this.  You have given me the confidence I need to venture out and maximize any success these novels can have.

There will be another blog tour surrounding the relaunch and I will be launching a brand new website as well.  I am very excited for this new journey and I hope that it can help me to reach an even wider audience.    I have attached the new covers for the books below!  I hope you love them as much as I do!

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(cover design by Drue Hoffman, DRC Promotions)

Discover a new author to read by the genre

Great opportunity for authors to feature their books and for readers to find new books to fall in love with!

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Updated List of Authors to Read by the Genre

Each month I invite authors to share their novels (and latest works in progress) on my blog. I add them to the ‘Authors to Read’ List. I have categorized the authors by their corresponding genres. Please check out the authors at the links below:

Please share these links! Authors: If your book is listed – share the link to your genre on social media (it will help everyone in your genre out- thank you!!)

Also, each of these books is pinned to my ‘authors to read’ pinterest page, which drives a lot of traffic to this site (spreading the word for your books) 🙂

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A Love Letter to My Loyal Readers

My Dear Larkin’s Letters Fans,

As I sit on my bed sipping glorious hot coffee with a shot of French vanilla and enjoying the sound of the crickets echoing of off my window, I think of you.  I want to thank you for loving Larkin’s Letters so much.  It means everything to me – an unknown aspiring author who started writing just to cure my pathetic boredom and create an escape from the harshness of real life.  Some of you, I know by name — the few who have reached out to me personally to compliment my book and my writing.  Some of you, I have formed a friendship with – albeit a friendship created over the ever so impersonal spectrum that is social media.  Even though we have never met, I still consider you a friend.  You know who you are!  Maybe we will meet some day.  Although, I feel like we have already.

I never thought Larkin’s Letters would be so loved.  Even though it is not even close to making any Best Sellers list, the small audience it has reached has given it such wonderful reviews.  It is quite humbling.  I am just thrilled that I even had the chance to have it published so that it could reach an audience.  I can only dream that it continues to reach an even broader audience.

When I completed Larkin’s Letters, I never thought I would write a sequel.  Ryan’s Letters was not even a thought in my mind.  It’s words were never a whisper from my lips until I saw how loved Larkin’s Letters was.  And after reading it and re-reading it and re-reading it, the idea of the sequel slowly crept into my mind.  Not so much for myself or the readers who loved it, but more for Ryan, my main character.   As a writer, you become so attached to your characters; so vested in them.   They become your imaginary friends and you really want the best for them.  With that said, I knew that I needed to help him grieve.  I knew that his story was not quite over.  I felt like I needed to give him some closure.  And I truly feel that I was able to.  Two years later, but better late than never, right?

And with that, I present to you Ryan’s Letters.  It is finally available to the public tomorrow (9/29).  As a new writer, there is a little nervousness that it won’t be as good, and that it will be a disappointment to those who are expecting it to be as good as the first.  I hope you love it as much as you loved Larkin’s Letters.  I hope you love it as much as I love you!

Happy reading!

Love,
Jax