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Letter to My Sister

Hey sis,

You’ve been gone for over two years and I miss you still. It’s been awhile since we talked. So here’s an update even though you probably know all this already. After all, you’re seated in heaven watching over this crazy world and shaking your head at the antics of us toiling away here below.

I’ll keep this short. I know you’re busy earning your wings. Like Clarence in It’s a Wonderful Life, one day those bells will toll for you and you’ll get your wings. I’m rooting for you. I always do.

I hope you’ve found what you were looking for. I still haven’t but I’ve got a long road ahead of me and plenty of time to find it.

So here’s what I’ve done:

  • I published Curse Breaker: Enchanted on your birthday (9/27/16).
    • I’ve sold 9 copies and racked up 849 pages through kindle unlimited
    • I have one five star review Goodreads but no reviews on Amzon which is a problem
    • Curse Breaker: Enchanted is available as a paperback as well as a kindle book. I hope soon to have it available as an audio book.
    • I couldn’t afford an editor so I read a ton of books and paid attention to how they were written while I edited my book. I have listened to a screen reading app read Curse Breaker: Enchanted back to me more times than I can count seeking errors and words to cut. I’m giving it one more listen because I’m a perfectionist just to make absolutely certain it’s perfect before it’s big debut.
  • I took a class in book marketing and have finished 60% of its lectures. I’m saving the advanced stuff for when I’ve masterd the basics.
    • What I learned:
      • I need to build email list and send out an e-newsletter
      • I need to advertise on facebook, amazon and book blogs
      • I really need at least 10 reviews ASAP. Can you write a review from heaven? Do angels read kindle books?
    • What I’m doing to address the things I learned:
      • I created a quiz and so far, 6 people have signed up for my brandspanking new email list! (I have no idea what to do for the newsletter part. Got any ideas?)
      • I have started identifying who to market to on Facebook (suggestions welcome!)
      • I set up a kindle countdown deal. Curse Breaker: Enchanted will be 81% off at $0.99 from Nov. 13-19.
        • I’ve lined up six small book blogs to run ads/mentions of the sale in their newsletters. I’m working on setting up even more. Cross your fingers that it resonates with readers.
      • I’m doing a giveaway for the paperback version Nov. 20-Dec. 5 through Goodreads.
      • I’m begging everyone I know for an honest review but it’s slow going. The book means so much to me but to the rest of the world, it’s a teardrop in the ocean.

I should move on but I can’t. It’s your last wish made manifest. When I look at it, I’m back in your room interrupting your nightly reading to bounce some ideas off you. I miss those conversations. I even miss you telling me to go away.

You’re dead and gone. You can no longer chase your dreams but I can chase mine. And I can’t give up. I’ll show the world. I’ll make them care.  That’s what your last request was really about and what you were really asking me to do.

You wanted me to fight. You foresaw a long, uphill battle and you didn’t want me to give up. You knew you weren’t going to be there to help and you knew I’d have little support. I’m fighting hard with all I have and I won’t stop until I win.  You got my word on that sis.

Your loving sister,

Mel

31 thoughts on “Letter to My Sister

      1. This is very fresh for me, because my mother lost her sister last month, and we all just came back from the services honoring my aunt. So of course I was thinking of myself being in her place someday (hopefully a long time from now), and reminding myself to express love now, because you never know.

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  1. Dear Mel,

    I read the title and I am not sure if I can continue reading this. But I did, and now it is so hard to type with tears and all. So forgive me if i will have some typo errors here.

    I am proud of you and for your love for your sister. I know she is so darn proud of you too.

    My heart aches badly. Badly. Especially with this line: “The book means so much to me but to the rest of the world, it’s a teardrop in the ocean.”

    I want to tell you, badly, that it is not true. Because I care! And your story means a lot to me, too. But then it is not as if I am a legion of readers. I am just me. (and i can’t even have an Amazon account because i have no card T_T). Argh.

    You deserve more. You deserve more my dear. I can only do what I can and it frustrates me too. But then… I don’t want to frustrate you too.

    So I am shedding these tears and clenching my fist and raising it for you!!! Go chase, go fight! Let the world hear your clarion call!!!! (word i learned from you! HAHA)

    I will support you! ALL THE WAY!!!❤❤❤

    P.S. I am still trying to look for solution for that Amazon requirement. I think I have to get a credit card.😀

    Sending loooooots of love and huuuuugs for you, brave and best Mel!

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  2. I think she would be so proud! You’ve come such a long way. And I’m sure she has her wings and is happy and at peace. I’m certain she would give you a hug and tell you how you are an amazing writer and wonderful person. I haven’t finished the entire book but I’all give you a good review to start on Amazon.

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  3. Hello my dear friend Mel,

    I read the title of this post and wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep reading because I knew I was going to have my heart burst into tears. Words, no matter how beautiful they are, cannot express the pain of losing your sister. I am so very sorry.

    It sounds like she would be immensely proud of you, wherever in Heaven she is right now. And she is not the only one rooting for you to succeed! We are all cheering you on!!

    The road of a newbie author is definitely an uphill struggle, and after all, we’re authors, not marketing people! You’re juggling so many different hats, Melinda, that it’s not a surprise you’re feel discouraged. Please always remember to put yourself first, and please always remember to take it a baby step at a time❤

    I’m no marketing expert, but I think you’re doing an amazing job so far getting your book out there! As for reviews, it looks like I’ll be the first one to review your book on Amazon :D! I’ll put up the review this weekend, I promise!

    Please never give up! And please always reach out if you need anything. That’s what friends are for❤

    Much love,
    Jade

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    1. Thank you Jade, your faith in me is humbling. I’m wiping tears from my eyes as I reply. You’re right. I do need to put ‘me’ first though I have no idea how to do that! You’re right about taking baby steps too. This letter was my attempt at codifying what I’ve done and after writing it, I was able to step back and be proud. I hadn’t realized how much I had done in under 30 days while working full-time. I’m going to continue writing monthly updates to keep track of my progress. Doing so will help me see where I’ve been and what I’ve accomplished. Maybe it will help others. I am so grateful for all the support. Yes, it’s a struggle but one I intend to win, eventually. Thank you so much for the review. I am so grateful. You have no idea how much it helps to have them. Having them opens doors.

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      1. I approve wholeheartedly the monthly updates! It will be the perfect way for you to step back and see your progress and give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. You’ve done so much, Melinda! Don’t ever put yourself down.

        I understand the importance of reviews. It’s the least I can do🙂

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