The Watch

What follows is the part of self-publishing I hate–promoting my latest work. For a while, I’ll post some little blurbs on Facebook, warble out a few tweets and post semi-apologetic paragraphs on this blog. Then, I’ll get frustrated and grumpy and abandon the whole thing because I’m so inept. I tried putting an excerpt on Goodreads yesterday, but finally gave up. I’m sorry if you heard me cussing. Anyway, I try to come up with non-pushy ways to let the world know when I’ve published something new. Ultimately, I hope to earn enough money to buy hair dye, to cover the gray hair I get when I try to format my work. It’s still hit or miss, but social media really turns me into a curmudgeon. Just ask Amadeus. Anyway, here goes:

My newest e-story is called, “The Watch.” It’s about a little girl named Angel Walker, an eleven-year-old whose parents have recently divorced. Her world’s quickly changing and she’s learning to maneuver. Her mother claims she’s trying to make a better life for them, and her way of going about it involves a search for a rich new husband. Her father’s a pill-popping playboy with a hair-trigger temper, who makes no bones about the fact that he has little interest in parenthood. Angel worships him, and prays that he’ll change. Lately, he’s given her reason to believe that he has.

A tale of family dysfunction, childhood resilience and trust, “The Watch” will transport you to another place and time, and Angel Walker will steal your heart. Don’t I sound confident? I really like this one, although I should warn you that it’s rather sad.

As part of my shameless self-promotion, I’m shamelessly copying and pasting some of the comments and reviews I’ve received so far.

“…this story is a highly polished gem…”

“What an amazing story! LOVED it!!!”

“I wept three times reading that story. It is a masterpiece.”

“…exquisitely written, each character completely believable and throbbing with life.”

“…poignant, meaty, truthful…”

Not one of those lovely words was written by a family member, nor did money change hands.

“The Watch” is available for the low, low price of $1.99 on Smashwords and at Amazon. My preferred site is Smashwords (because they take a smaller percentage of sales). I’ve published it under MB McQueen, in order to make my life more confusing. Actually, MB McQueen just seemed to fit this one better than Moonbeam. It’s a serious story, and initials are serious things. 

Thanks to all who’ve already sent me such wonderful, in-depth feedback, and to those who helped me purchase rights for the song used in the story. As always, I feel that you’re all a part of this process. If you feel the spirit, please spread the word. Post your reviews at Goodreads, Kindle and Smashwords. For the next week, I’ll gladly give a free copy in exchange for a review and a link on your blog (shoot me an email if you’re up for the task). Word of mouth is about all I’ve got to promote my work. Fortunately, I’ve got a very big mouth.

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4 thoughts on “The Watch

  1. Ann Marquez says:

    Hi “MB”! :D
    Congrats! Can’t wait to read it and as always, will pass the word. It does take a village. :) (My web designer just announced that she is going out of business so I’ve decided to relaunch Desert Muse as a .com. As soon as I figure all of this out, I’ll post a link on there.) Anyhow … so very happy to see that you are getting more work out there!!! Love, love, love your writing! You go girl … ;)

    Thanks, Annie! And please do post that link. I’ll update you on my blog roll. I’m envious that you had a web designer. I want a whole posse of tech and media savvy people, so I don’t have to worry about anything but writing. I’d also like a personal assistant, a stylist, a chef and a pool boy.

  2. ryoko861 says:

    I wish you lots of luck with that! I’m sure it’ll sell!

    Thanks so much! I hope to make enough to buy a flashlight that makes you vomit. In addition to the hair dye, of course. :)

  3. thebeadden says:

    Yay! I love “MB Mqueen.” I will be ordering it but will have to wait a bit to hit someone up to use their credit card! LOL! You have a paid site so you can have ads. Can I do that on mine? The book with where to buy it as a widget on the side if I have the free account? I would gladly put it up at my site. But I don’t want a free copy. I’d love to support your work.
    Anyway, I am so happy to know you have a story published! Way to go MB!

    You’re very angelly, Bead. I hate to say this, but I’m having a crisis over “The Watch.” It’s verrrry sad. Not my usual happy ending fare, but really, I’ve been writing so much lately, and emotionally, it’s all across the board. I always consider this blog somewhat schizophrenic (“Here’s a happy post!!” “Here’s one that’ll make you want to jump from a ledge!”), and my “other” writing is the same way. So be warned. And, whether or not you decide to buy it after that disclaimer, thank you!!

    As for posting on the sidebar, I’m just not sure. I know that, free or paid, WordPress will let you promote your own ebook, but I’m not sure about someone else’s. But really, it’s a moot point until you’ve read them. I like feedback though, positive or negative. It’s how I learn, and I’m happy to send you the e’s for free in exchange for the learnin’! Please mull it over. And here–here’s a hug.

  4. thebeadden says:

    I don’t mind an unhappy ending. Stephen King is my favorite author. The king of unhappy endings! ;)

    I might be the queen, at least with this one. Do you still have the same email address?

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