Multi Genre Book Sale!

Here it is, guys. I’m bringing you the love.

Books. Lots of them. On sale. Not just mine but many books from many other indies.


Multi Genre Book Sale by @kcrossswriting

Mildred’s Resistance and Miss Mabel’s School for Girls are on sale for $0.99!

Click on the links to go to the individual retailers. Sale lasts for ten days.

Multi Genre Book Sale! by @kcrosswriting








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Letum Ivy, courtesy of my typesetter, Chris Bell from Atthis Arts.Multi Genre Book Sale! by @kcrosswriting


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Find your favorite genre and click on the following link to go to the author’s website and a direct link to the book. Too easy.

Middle Grade

Author Janice Spina—Junior Detective Series

Author Evelyne Holingue

Young Adult/Fantasy

Author Michael Fedison

Sonya Solomonovich— Time Travel Fantasy


Author Luciana Cavallaro—Mythology Retold

Author Shehanne Moore— Romance

Author Nicky Chen— WWII China

Literary Fiction

Author Barbara Monier— Contemporary Literary Fiction

Adult Cozy

Author Jennifer Chow

Non Fiction

Author Jo Robinson


Author John Howell

Help some indies out and share the love on social media with us!  You guys rock. MUAH!

A New Adventure . . . And You’re Choosing It

This cool lady named Lisa ran into my story, Bon Bons to Yoga Pants over on Wattpad and basically said, “Hey! Why don’t you bring your toys over here and play in my sandbox too?”

And I said . . . “mmmkay!”

So here’s my new author sandbox:
A New Adventure:: And You're Choosing It by @kcrosswriting

Anna Buchanan is a freshman college student with only one plan: live life. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know how. The heartwarming series follows naive Anna through quirky roommates and unattainable college boys in an epic quest to find herself.

It’s like I’m in love with weekly online serials. (Cereals too, for the record. #teamfrostedminiwheats)

The first “appisode” of Finding Anna premieres Sunday, November 8th. The great part is that it’s free. The other great part is that you get to vote on the ending. For free. That’s three great things, if you’re not keeping track.

I am.

So basically it works like this: the chapter is posted Sunday evening at 6 pm PST, you read, vote, and share with your friends who then read, vote, and etc ad nauseum. It’s going to be an epic story, guys. F’real. Oh, and voting closes on Friday, FYI. So gets ya votes in before then. Also, you get one free vote every day. Every. Day.

Finding Anna is actually inspired from a character in Bon Bons to Yoga Pants that a lot of people have requested a story for. She seriously pops into one chapter toward the end, and everybody loves her. *shrugs*

Check out the website, BookAppisodes, for more information or to sign up for email reminders and stuff.

You guys are the best.


Being an Indie Author and a New Mom

You guys REALLY haven’t heard much from me lately.

What’s twitter?

But it’s totally okay, because I’ve been hanging out with this bundle of screams and, more recently, smiles. Isn’t he too much? No, really. He is.

Life as an Indie Publisher and New Mom by @kcrosswriting

I digress.

I’m nine weeks into this foray of being a new Mom and maintaining my writing career now (or ignoring it for Everybody Loves Raymond marathons on Netflix). I remember, with a mild sense of desperation, scouring the internet to see if anyone else had had their first child while also trying to publish books to see what to expect. I realize I’m not the only mom to work and have a baby, but I felt desperate for some 1:1 reality.

Since I only found a few resources (and very helpful people like writer Nicole Mancuso, mother of a darling four month old, who has a lovely blog here with the awesome tagline of she is confidence in shadows <— amazing), I thought I’d put up some observations of my own for anyone else who may be wondering.


Being an Author and a New Mom by @kcrosswriting

Life as an Author with a Newborn

– I used to work about 9-10 hours per day (some of that was ramping up to LM’s birth. I was setting myself up to not have to do a lot of work.) Now I work about 0-2. MAYBE 3 on a really, really good day.

– I’ve done a lot of one handed typing.

– I’ve forgotten a lot of things.

– I’ve caught up on a lot of reading.

– I took the first 10 days off, but got bored during the marathon nursing sessions and started to work again after that. “Work” is a pretty loose term for mostly catching up on emails and social media for the first few days :)

– I moved my massive iMac into LM’s room in front of the rocker. Because I have a wireless mouse and keyboard, I can work while I nurse and/or he naps. And I do. It kind of rocks, actually. Newborns should sleep a lot. When LM does get down for a nap, it’s work time.

– I’ve invested a lot more time into thinking about what I’m going to write. It makes it easier to know what I’m going to do when I actually have the time. Honestly? I never used to do that before. #pantsertotheextreme

– I often have dirty dishes in the sink, and Husband takes over the laundry.

– I haven’t put editing deadlines on my work yet, because I have NO idea if I’ll even be able to write/rewrite on any given day.

– I cut back where I could. The blog, social media interactions, and commenting/sharing on other blogs has taken a nosedive. As LM becomes more independent, I’ll phase more of that back in.

– I NEVER sacrifice sleep for work. I won’t take my laptop into my bedroom at night, and I literally go to bed when the baby does. Which means I’m awesome and sometimes go to bed at 730. #wootwoot

– I use my phone to stay on top of emails during middle-of-the-night feedings that I’m not trying to sleep through. I also use my phone to keep up with Wattpad stories and interacting with fans over there.

– I still post to Wattpad twice a week on my current story, First Dates to Lifting Weightsbut it often takes me all day to get it written, and the chapters usually average about 1500 words. Sometimes I can get it done early in the morning, but most of the time I’m just using every 15 minute snatch of time I can find.

– I’ve learned to the harness the power of other people. For example, when I released the third book in The Network Series, The High Priest’s DaughterI asked for help via this blog post, and it was the most comprehensive social media launch I’ve had because so many people helped out. ALL OF YOU ARE AWESOME.

– Me maintaining a semblance of a career has been a good release for me while having a really fun colicky baby. I don’t let writing be stressful. There’s no pressure for me to have to get the writing done, so it’s just a good time when I do.

A Few Mentionables.

1. My story The Red Unicorn Candy Store was accepted into the A Game of Horns: A Red Unicorn AnthologyBeing an Indie Publisher and a First Time Mom by @kcrosswriting published through Wordfire Press! *throws glitter*. It’s now available to purchase here. ALL proceeds go to a scholarship fund for the Superstars Writing Conference to help people who can’t afford to buy their own way in get a chance to attend. #bestcauseever.

2. The High Priest’s Daughter , the third book in The Network Series, was released last month and continues to have steady, awesome sales surpassing my other books. It has 9 five-star reviews so far saying awesome stuff like “Bianca is a force of nature”. She really kind of is, the snarky brat.

If you haven’t snagged your copy yet, grab it here.

3. My Wattpad story, Bon Bons to Yoga Pantsis approaching half a million reads and is now listed with Kindle Unlimited for a trial. (I wanted to see what the ‘pages read’ method of pay out would be like). If you have KU, get a copy of BBTYP on your kindle here so you don’t have to log onto the internet to catch up!

Being an Indie Publisher and a First Time Mom by @kcrosswriting


4. Miss Mabel’s School for Girls won the prize for Outstanding Fantasy in the 2015 IAN awards. Check it, and the other winners, out here. (See the shiny new sticker? So awesome! We just hit over 150 reviews on Amazon with a 4.6 star rating. Woot woot! )





Please share the love guys, and remember I will be back to visit your own blogs and see how things are going on the interwebs soon!


Favor, Por Favor?

Hey guys, I need some help.

(Well, we’ve all known that for quite awhile, haven’t we? ;))

As you all know because you saw my post, Oh Yeah, I Had a Baby . . . I had a baby.

Which means my life is pretty much not sleeping, typing this one handed while breastfeeding, and pretending I know where my cell phone is. Which I never do, so don’t try to call. Releasing the third book in The Network Series, titled The High Priest’s Daughterhas taken a back burner.

Okay, let’s face it. It’s not even on the oven anymore.

But I still have fans that need/want this book, and so I’m still going to let it fly into the interwebs anyway.

Cuz I got a little man to take care of and two other books to finalize.

This Is Where You Come In

The High Priest's Daughter, third book in the Network Series by @kcrosswriting

I need help spreading the word on social media that The High Priest’s Daughter is out and ready to be read. If you could help a overtired Mama out by going to the main page (which is here) and tweeting, sharing on FB, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Google Plus, or whatever other poison you take, that would be HUGE.

Like . . . ginorm.

Once upon a time I used to throw cool book launch parties. *reminisces about an easier time* But these days it’s all about survival.

But srsly


I Love You Guys, So I Give You Stuff

To show my appreciation, every time you share the main page for THPD (make sure to tag me or email me and let me know that you helped out) I’ll enter your name in a drawing for a signed copy of the Network Series, or a signed copy of my chick lit book Bon Bons to Yoga Pants, or a $25 gift card to your place of choice.

You get to choose.

Cuz you guys rock.


*drops mic*

Oh Yeah, I Had a Baby . . .

I’m stoked to tell you that I no longer have to pee every ten minutes.

*throws glitter*

Oh Yeah, I Had a Baby by @kcrosswriting

The Little Monster is here.

Or Little Man, if you don’t get my sarcasm. Don’t worry, don’t worry. I love him like crazy and don’t really think he’s a monster. Although, those 2 am screaming sessions . . .

I digress.

Everything went beautifully and I was back hiking in the mountains within a few weeks.  He even has curly brown hair like his Mama, poor kid. Big shoutout to all of you for the love and support and well wishes I received before and after the big day. You guys are seriously the best. Since my time is now a precious commodity, my blog is going to take a backseat for awhile so I can still keep writing. No worries, friends. I’ll still be around.

But let’s get down to business. Hereafter, and forevermore, the Little Monster shall be referred to as LM on all social media.

Too easy to remember right?

Why I Won’t Tell You His Real Name.

Because Imma friggin Mama Bear, mmkay?

JK. That’s not the whole reason, although it does play a definite part.

Here’s the thing: I love you guys. All of you. You should already know that by now if you’ve been following my blog at all. But the truth is that I don’t really know most of you. I have over 1,300 wonderful friends on Facebook, but I doubt I’ve actually met even half of them.

Social media is my business, not necessarily my family. I love it. It’s great meeting people from all over the world. And it sells my books. But to be honest, I’m a private person. (Not that it shows :) and I like to have some control over what parts of my life are out on the inter webs.  I never use Husband’s name either, so this isn’t new.

LM will not be a big part of my internet presence.

I kindly ask that if you do know his name, you still refer to him as LM and help Husband and I preserve the modicum of privacy that we can. #youdabest

Oh Yeah, I Had a Baby by @kcrosswriting

I Love Ya More Than My Luggage . . . But . . .

Please don’t be offended if I don’t tell you his name, or if you’ve sent me a PM asking me to tell you and I haven’t responded. Here’s why:

1. I’m just trying to get more than 2 hours of sleep in one stretch. I’m breastfeeding as I one-handed type this because . . . newborn.

2. Despite my request to leave it at LM, I’ve gotten LOTS of emails and messages from people asking to be told. I’ve been able to respond to some of you, but I just don’t have time to get to all of you right now. It’s not personal, I promise. Remember, I love you, but time is kind of hard to come by these days.

Thanks for your understanding and support!

You guys rock.

I’m going to go find some caffeine now . . .

Confessions of a Chubby Girl

There is a monster that lives inside every girl.

Sometimes it’s a big one that drowns out all the others. Often we have an entire crowd of little monsters. No matter the amount, monsters are universal.

I’m going to tell you about my biggest monster, and how it spawned a piece of art I never anticipated.

Confessions of a Chubby Girl by @kcrosswriting

Photo taken when I was twelve at girls camp.

The Chubby Girl Monster

By twelve years old, I was blatantly imperfect, flawed, and terribly insecure about it. So I did what any hormonal, emotional wreck-of-a-tween would do.

I turned to the loving, constant arms of food.

Brownies were a favorite, though I wouldn’t turn down Ben and Jerry’s or mozzarella sticks or any other battered goodness that I could just pop in the oven or microwave. Fistfuls of animal crackers? Perfect snack with a quart of sugary-sweet guava juice from concentrate. Mom cut up carrots and apple slices, but I dipped them in gobs of peanut butter.

Nutrition therapy at it’s finest.

Growing Up Chubby

Confessions of a Chubby Girl by @kcrosswriting

Being a kid is hard enough, but being an overweight kid is even harder. Combine frizzy hair, an odd obsession with books, and an absent father, and I was a walking monster mine. By third grade, I knew I was a “big girl” because the other kids told me. That’s when the whispering monster started.

I didn’t really notice the monster at first. I mean, I did. When you’re in fifth grade canvassing a room to see if you’re the biggest kid in there, you know something is different about you. But I didn’t really understand how much power the monster had until the cutting verbosity of seventh grade teenagers shredded holes in the thick curtain of my denial.

You need to be smaller, the monster would say. Look at how big you are. 

I won’t get into details, but suffice it to say that kids and monsters are mean.

Learning to Wog.

Confessions of a Chubby Girl by @kcrosswriting

Fortunately, I had many friends that loved me in spite of my flaws, one of them being the lean, red-haired, spit-fire Breanna. She invited me to jog with her one day when I was in 8th  grade. Because I wanted her to like me and I wanted to be cool and svelte like her, I agreed. The monster, for once, was quiet.

“Jog” is an extraordinarily generous term for what I did. If you’re looking for accuracy, review the terms shuffle and walk. But it didn’t matter. It was one of the first times that exercise felt good. Breanna didn’t make me feel like the fat kid, and helped me learn how to breathe through side cramps. Silencing the monster felt amazing.

“The world is much more clear after you run,” she pointed out one day. I remember blinking rapidly because she was right. Even my vision had came into sharper focus through the lens of exercise.

After profusely apologizing for being slow, I decided I could do more of this “running” and asked if we could go again the next day.

And the next.

It became our “thing” together. We’d run in the country by her grandpa’s house. We’d run along the canal. Through the neighborhood. At the cabin. Anywhere. My wog slowly turned into a trot, and then a jog, and eventually I could almost keep up with her on the sprints at the very end.

But never, ever did I beat her.

My monster reminded me all the time.

Fairytales? Pah.

I’d love to tell you that in eight and ninth grade I slimmed down to a lean size 6, started a spinning class, and ate only sprouts and carrot sticks sans peanut butter, but it didn’t happen. Luckily, my love of exercise cancelled out my greater love of food. I kind of went crazy on both.

In ninth grade I satisfied the monster and joined a gym. I’d work out for an 60-90 minutes after school. My favorite? Walking 4.0 mph on the treadmill until it maxed out at 100 minutes while reading cheesy romance novels.

Hey, I was exercising, so the monster was quiet. Then I could dream of being a damsel-in-distress. Remember, I was kind of bookish weird?

I went from a size 18 in seventh grade to a size 12-14 sometime in ninth. For the most part, I hung out around there. It was a far cry from the fragile seventh grader that had been made fun of so much, but my insecure monster still thrived, never satisfied.

Must get smaller. Must get smaller.

I found that not even exercise could silence the monster now.

Hobby, Shmobby

After getting my RN at twenty and moving to downtown Salt Lake City to work as a pediatric nurse, nutrition and exercise became a kind of hobby for me.

Confessions of a Chubby Girl by @kcrosswriting

I dove into half marathons, marathons, centuries (100+ mile bike rides), snow shoeing, lots of hiking, and trail running with gusto. Did my weight drop? Nope. I leaned out, could hike like a boss, but the scale never seemed to go anywhere. I counted calories, drank water, avoided soda, and worked my butt off. But not literally, unfortunately.

Ever run 20 miles and watched the scale maintain? #frustratingas@#$*(!%*(

Must get smaller, chanted the monster. You’re still a size 12-14, which means you aren’t doing enough. Must get smaller.

Figuring It Out

Confessions of a Chubby Girl by @kcrosswriting

Thanks to other issues in my life, I started seeing a professional therapist and “dealing with my crap” so to speak, which started me realizing how food had *gasp* become the way I didn’t cope with my emotions. Truly, I’d never, ever, ever comprehended that food was an emotional escape. It seems to obvious to me now, but was such a shock to me then.

*face palm*

Happy ending?

Not quite. Because no matter what, the monster reminded me that I still wasn’t smaller. At that point, I’d been a 12-14 for what seemed like forever, and still maintained an incredibly active lifestyle. My health was good, and I felt okay with how I looked. A veritable 3-4 on my self-diagnosed “Hotness Scale”.

Then I met the love of my life at 24—read more about how I broke the Hotness Scale and married someone WAY hotter than me here—and suddenly my perception of health, self, and food took on a whole new meaning. The mega attractive, sarcastic, intelligent guy I was dating didn’t care that I was still imperfect, insecure, needed therapy, size 14, and loved California Pizza Kitchen to a fault.

He also didn’t know about that niggling monster who insisted you aren’t small enough for him.

Wuv. True Wuv.

Meeting my husband and realizing that he didn’t care about me being smaller threw everything I perceived about myself into question. I started realizing that I’m good enough just because I’m me, not because I measure up to some defined quality of beauty established by a magazine.

Confessions of a Chubby Girl by @kcrosswriting

I’d love to tell you that I banished the ugly monster who controlled me like a puppet, who reminds me that my weight hovers dangerously close to Husband, that a wife should be smaller. I’m still a size 12, (when I’m not nine months pregnant, anyway, but that’s a post for another day), I still love CPK, and I still battle food cravings and the need to turn to food for comfort on a daily basis.

And I still have a monster inside me.

Write It Out

That monster is why I started writing Bon Bons to Yoga Pants. I knew I couldn’t be the only person to have a chubby girl monster, because there are skinny girl monsters, and straight hair monsters, and knobby knee monsters. There are monsters for everything.

Lexie Greene is born from that insecure, flawed little girl I told you about at the beginning of the post. Like me, Lexie struggles with weight, she doesn’t want to diet, and when things get tough, she turns to Little Debbie. Lexie and I are not the same person; I love exercise and she tolerates it. She has a sister and I don’t. But we are the same insecure little girl with the same monsters.

Bon Bons to Yoga Pants by @kcrosswriting. Follow it on Wattpad!

Lexie Greene has always had such a pretty face.
Unfortunately, that’s where it seemed to stop. She’s grown up hearing her Mother constantly remind her that she needs to lose weight. And twenty-two-year-old Lexie knows she’s overweight.

With her younger sister’s wedding on the horizon and a crush to stalk on Facebook, Lexie’s had enough. She gives up her constant daydreams about food and joins a dieting group. As the pounds melt away at the gym, she finds that life on the other side of junk food isn’t what she thought.

Bon Bons to Yoga Pants is an inspirational hit about a girl coming to terms with herself, and her past, all while navigating a world of food and fitness.

In less than 6 months, BBtYP has 160,000 reads on Wattpad, a sponsorship by Athenos yogurt, and helped me garner 14,000 followers. I hear daily from other people with monsters that have to face the same battle. At first I wondered over it’s fast success, but really, it’s a story about all of us. Lexie is every girl.

So, to honor of all the Lexie’s out there, and by popular request amongst her biggest fans, BBtYP is now available for you to buy on ebook and paperback.

Or read it for free on Wattpad by clicking on the cover. No registration required.


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Because we’re all fighting monsters. But that doesn’t mean we fight them alone.

Confessions of a Chubby Girl by @kcrosswritingKatie Cross loves sweet potatoes, running in the mountains, and hasn’t met a cookie she didn’t like. If you want to hear more about Lexie, visit the official website at The Health and Happiness Society or start reading for free on Wattpad.

Using NetGalley for Exposure

Who hasn’t heard of NetGalley, right?

I’ve seen it mentioned just about everywhere books are found. Goodreads, Amazon, Nook, Kobo, book reviews, book bloggers, etc. Typically it would say I received a free copy from NetGalley so I knew there was something in this magic for me as an author.Using NetGalley to Increase My Book Exposure by @kcrosswriting
Modern Girl's Guide to Vacation Flings by Gina Drayer
First things first: I have to give a huge shoutout to Gina Drayer, author of Modern Girls’ Guide to Vacation Flings (amongst many others) for helping me out and being my go-between. Go buy her book, guys. It’s only $2.99! I just bought mine.

NetGalley Options

I’m not going to go in great depth here, but will refer you to NetGalley for more details. Here are a few quickies.

– Here’s a great FAQ for authors.

– Publishers pay a set up fee and monthly cost depending on number titles listed. (Best option if you have anywhere from 10-15 titles listed at a time) OR authors/publishers can just pay to list a single title.

*side note: Gina worked with a publisher that would “rent out” a month slot for a small fee. Gina offered me one of those slots for the month of June so I didn’t have to go through the hassle of registering/paying directly to NetGalley. This is also an option if you can find a publisher on NetGalley that has open slots they want to fill. This was a much, much, much, much cheaper option. I paid Gina a small fee and she acted as my go-between with the publisher and myself. Prices for this may vary, however.

– Pricing for individual authors can be found here.

– They also have a program for small, indie publishers and authors to list titles that’s associated with the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Statistics From My Month On NetGalley

Miss Mabel’s School for Girls went live June 1st. NetGalley gives the option to approve or disapprove of people requesting the book. Since I was doing this as an experiment, Gina and I decided to just accept every request.

By June 3rd I had 190 requests. On June 10th, I had 307 requests.

Here are the month long effects on Goodreads alone.

Using NetGalley to Increase my Book Exposure by @kcrosswriting

The effects continue for the month of July.

Using NetGalley to Increase Book Exposure by @kcrosswriting

Reviews on Amazon have increased by about 10.

Effects on Sales: Nothing worth bragging about, and I’m not sure it can be tracked back to NetGalley or not. My sales on the second book in the series, Antebellum Awakening, did see a slight increase over the whole month from previous months. Free downloads of the novella the Isadora Interviews saw a little spike as well.

Connections Made on Net Galley.

BLOGGERS AND SUPERFANS. <— This is why I tried NetGalley out, to be honest.


Book lovers/bloggers/librarians/publishing companies, etc, have the option to request (via NetGalley) author interviews or other promo stuff. I received a few requests for interviews through NetGalley (which I of course agreed to), a couple of direct emails, messages on Goodreads, messages through this blog, and new ‘likes’ on my MMSFG Facebook page. Bloggers who posted a review on their blogs would occasionally inform NetGalley that they posted it on their blog, and I would get an email about it from Gina, then go tweet and support the blogger, which also gave me a few connections.

By far, the best connection ground was twitter. The best book bloggers found me on twitter and linked me in (or searched me out and found my handle through my blog.)

I’d log on and find tweets like this popping up everywhere:

Using NetGalley To Increase Book Exposure by @kcrosswriting Using NetGalley To Increase Book Exposure by @kcrosswriting Using NetGalley To Increase Book Exposure by @kcrosswriting Using NetGalley To Increase Book Exposure by @kcrosswriting

To every single blogger that tweeted, I offered the rest of the book series, retweeted, found their blog, and supported them.

All in all, I connected with about 10 new bloggers (possibly more) and all of them are doing reviews on my other books. Including my new release, Mildred’s Resistancewhich I wanted to build traction/reviews/ratings for on Goodreads.

An Array of Reviews.

Of course, with a slew of readers comes reviews on all ends of the spectrum. I found super fans, fans, people who liked it, and not-so-excited fans, which I had already expected. My Goodreads rating for MMSFG went from a 4.14 to a 4.10 overall, a dip I was pleased with. I thought it would be farther.

Using NetGalley to Increase Book Exposure by @kcrosswriting


I don’t actually mind reviews like this, because I don’t expect everyone to like my book. I didn’t liked the second Avengers movie, so why should I be upset is some people don’t like my writing? To be honest, the majority of people really enjoyed my book, which means NetGalley really helped me find my audience. The latest reviews on Amazon are mostly 4 star and I could not be happier about that.

That being said . . .

By far the best and most valuable of all these new reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are the positive, fair, 3 star reviews. If only for getting these reviews alone, NetGalley was worth it. (Don’t get me wrong. I love the super fans and those gung-ho for Bianca, but the best review that sells books is a positive, honest three star.)

Using NetGalley to Increase Book Exposure by @kcrosswriting

My Overall Thoughts

NetGalley was definitely worth the money (but I also paid nowhere near $300). It was an opportunity that fell into my lap through networking and the beautiful, magnanimous Gina Drayer that I’m incredibly happy I took.

Would I use this for future works? If I could go through an established NetGalley-signed-up publisher with open slots, definitely. I don’t know that I’d pay the cost for a single listing unless I wanted a really powerful push, and I believed it would work based on the cover of the book and the content.

– FWIW- I think having my book be YA fantasy made a huge difference in the popularity overall.

Exciting Announcement

Mildred's Resistance is now available to purchase!The prequel to The Network Series releases today!

*throws glitter*

Get your copy of Mildred’s Resistance by clicking on the cover over there <—- or any of the links listed below. Thanks so much, guys. You. Are. The Best.








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Why I Left Smashwords for Draft2Digital

. . . because I wanted to try it. And, I admit, my title is misleading. I haven’t entirely given up on Smashwords. Allow me to explain . . .

Why I Left Smashwords for Draft2Digital by @kcrosswriting

Smashwords is great, don’t get me wrong.

I’m still hanging out there and uploading my books because, well, availability. And I love Mark Coker’s blog posts from Smashwords. He’s a vewy smart guy. But when it came to distribution and ease of uploading, Smashwords didn’t have the easiest interface for me to deal with.

So many rules!

I had 3 main issues with Smashwords.

1- Some of my books literally took weeks to distribute and I never knew when it would happen, so I had to constantly check all the ebook sites. While I know that this is occasionally the fault of the other retailers, the fact that it happened with every book was discouraging. Three weeks to get to Kobo?


2- Trying to figure out the special copyright page/notice for Smashwords took forever and was a real pain. Although they have the Smashwords Style Guide, I still often became frustrated trying to read through all the print. It’s 27,000 words long.

3- Quarterly payments. REALLY?

Enter Draft2Digital

1- D2D sends me an email when my book has uploaded to a retail site so I don’t have to go hunt it down. And it published within 24 hours to places like Scribd, Tolino, and Apple. If changes are made to your ebook, D2D uploads changes hourly. HOURLY. It takes me around 10 minutes to upload a book.


Why I Left Smashwords for Draft2Digital by @kcrosswriting

2. D2D doesn’t have any extra formatting requirements (and certainly not a 27k manual of suggestions). They do ebook conversion from a word file too (but I have Kella Campbell format all my ebooks cuz she’s amazing.) So all I had to do was upload my ePUB file without tweaking.

I hear good things about their ebook conversion process, too, which is what sets D2D apart from Smashwords.

3. Monthly payments. Bottom line.

A Few Comparisons.

– Both SW and D2D allow preorders with iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

– D2D offers FREE ebook conversion, SW does not.

– You can make coupons on SW, D2D does not have that option.

– You can call D2D for human interaction with any issues or questions you may have.

– Both offer daily sales reporting.

Retailers List.

In all my research between these two companies, one of the biggest complaints against D2D was that they didn’t have the distribution list that Smashwords has. Fair enough. Coker has been in this awhile longer. But I’m happy to say that that seems to be rapidly changing.

In fact, Oyster just signed up with D2D. For this guy, that was a deal breaker.









Baker and Taylor

Smashwords itself


and other various platforms in other countries, such as Rakuten, indigo, Bookworld, etc.



Barnes and Noble


Page Foundry





Clearly Smashwords has the upper hand on distribution, but D2D has proven the past year or so (based on old blog posts I cruised) to work hard at expanding distribution. In the beginning, they only had major retailers like Sony, iBooks, B&N, etc. Now they’re steadily growing out.

When it comes to distribution of my books, I do a hybrid. I distribute through D2D to all the above retailers except Kobo and KDP and Createspace (which I do directly), and then do the rest through Smashwords. Because why not?


Nothing but love, Smashwords. I still distribute through you, my friend. But I just cannot ignore the ease of use and access that D2D affords for the bigger guys.

Other Links.

This is a great article on a guy that leans to Smashwords, but also appreciates D2D.

Draft2Digital Blog

Smashwords vs BookBaby vs Draft2Digital

A Great Watchdog Article on D2D.

A KBoards thread on Smashwords or Draft2Digital

Sound off, guys. Have you heard of D2D? Ever been frustrated with SW? Nothing but love for both?

Mildred's Resistance is now available for preorder!As an aside, my next book, Mildred’s Resistance, releases July 15th! It’s the prequel to the Network Series (I’m going all Star Wars and writing this out of order a bit) and is available for preorder across most platforms. #wootwoot. Get your copy today and help spread the word!


Top 5 Reasons I Love Publishing on Many Platforms

Top 5 Reasons I Love Publishing on Many Platforms by @kcrosswriting

1. When my sales are low on one, the cumulative effect of others brings my numbers up.

This is a snapshot of my Draft2Digital board after putting The Network Series up on their website instead of Smashwords. D2D is my distributor for Nook, iTunes, PageFoundry, etc.

Top 5 Reasons I Love Publishing on Many Platforms by @kcrosswriting

While 18 books sold there through May, my sales for KDP went like this: click here to read my latest post on the post KDP Select Amazon slump.

Top 5 Reasons I Love Publishing on Many Platforms by @kcrosswriting

And then Kobo was doing this:

Top 5 Reasons I Love Publishing on Many Platforms by @kcrosswriting

When I was exclusive with Amazon, I had just Amazon and couldn’t do much about a slump. While slumps still happen across multiple platforms, a slump on one doesn’t mean that sales have stopped.

2. I don’t receive emails from fans/potential fans asking when they can buy it on Nook/iTunes/KoboTop 5 Reasons I Love Publishing on Many Platforms by @kcrosswriting

I didn’t save all the emails I’ve received from fans seeking an ePUB version of the book because it made me feel so guilty, but this is just one example. Of course, I usually sent them the ePUB file, but it goes without saying that very few people are actually going to track down the author to ask. Which meant that I was definitely missing sales from people who didn’t track me down to ask.

3. New opportunities (and sometimes reviews) pop up on the other platforms.

Last week I did a post on the promo opportunity that Kobo has given me since uploading directly to them through Kobo Writing LifeIf you haven’t read it, do it now. Basically, my ranking and sales increased exponentially and have been steady selling at 2-3 books per day ever since on just Kobo. It may not seem like much, but that’s a respectable, awesome number for an indie. (Also considering I only have 2 full novels available for purchase there).

Top 5 Reasons I Love Publishing on Multiple Platforms by @kcrosswriting

Some of you loyalists may remember, but not long after releasing MMSFG over a year ago, the Barnes and Noble Book Blog released this article:Top 5 Reasons I Love Publishing on Many Platforms by @kcrosswriting

Top 5 Reasons I Love Publishing on Multiple Platforms by @kcrosswriting

I had almost 50 sales in 1-2 days and it truly came from nowhere. Had I not been on B&N, this would never have come to pass. I wouldn’t have even known about it if a friend hadn’t shared it with me.  Not to mention how awesome that is for a selling point at book signings.

4. Email subscription services are a lot more useful and profitable when you have multiple places to sell the book.

My BookBub ad, for example, would have a much bigger effect on all platforms if I had been selling on more than just Amazon. And we all know how difficult it is to get on BookBub, right? So I should have made the best of it.

I sold well over 2,000 copies (and had almost 500 “borrows” on KU) when MMSFG was featured on BookBub last October. Awesome, right? Yeah. Because the huge sales spike helped trigger something in Amazon’s algorithms (I think) because they seemed to promote me like crazy after that and I averaged about 4-5 sales per day (not including borrows on some days).

But now I live in regret.

I could still have had awesome sales on Amazon, gone exclusive after the ad, and still benefited from increased marketing with the “long tail” effect. Not only that, but I would have had higher rankings/sales on other platforms using. I kick myself daily for the missed opportunities with that BookBub ad.

5. Branching into new platforms increases my reach across the globe.

Top 5 Reasons I Love Publishing on Multiple Platforms by @kcrosswriting

I see this mostly with Kobo because they have the easiest dashboard to use in the entire world (with a map that actually shows where the sales are), but I’ve also seen extension with Wattpad. I have readers there who email me asking where they can read more of my stuff because they love my contemporary chick lit story Bon Bons to Yoga Pants so much. A sweet girl from Pakistan has been messaging me, and a few others from various countries.

Top 5 Reasons I Love Publishing on Multiple Platforms by @kcrosswriting

Note: I don’t sell anything through Wattpad, but I do write and reach fans through it, so I consider it a platform. Plus I have amazing, dedicated, loyal fans at Wattpad, and some of them are starting to slip into my YA fantasy series now.

While I’m excited about globally furthering my brand now, when I start translating my books and branching into foreign markets then I will be really excited about it because I’ll need to track it more then and see where I can benefit the best.

In Summary:

Being exclusive with Amazon definitely helped me increase sales, make money to work off of for a few months, and see a greater base of Amazon fans. But as a long term strategy I’m finding that multiple platforms are benefitting me much more. I’m not passing judgment or saying that exclusivity is bad: I think everyone should try it once. At least once. See what it does. It works really well for some authors. But also be aware that there are other options out there and success with KDP Select is not the end-all-be-all in this game.

What are your thoughts? Have you had good experiences with multiple platforms? Massive slumps like I have? Good things?

Air. Your. Thoughts.

PS—Next week I’ll be posting on Why I Left Smashwords for Draft2Digital Distribution. Because D2D has rocked my freaking world. #loveit

How Kobo Has Increased My Sales Off KDP Select

Remember when I decided to go off KDP Select?

Sales pretty much plummeted and took my ego with it. Just kidding. No I’m not. #sorrynotsorry 

How Kobo Increased my Sales Off KDP Select by @kcrosswriting

Some days I would see (with KU borrows) up to 5 sales per day. (In previous weeks there had been up to 5-7 per day. It may not seem like much, but for an indie, it’s pretty awesome/typical.) I left KDP Select the 1st or 2nd of April. It took a few days for the system to take it down, but by 4/8/15 I was clear. There’s one little blip on the 16th.

Here’s a chart to show you the change that happened in my sales on Amazon once I left. (This is for my YA fantasy novels Miss Mabel’s School for Girls and Antebellum AwakeningThe green line is my free novella The Isadora’s Interviews.)

How Kobo Has Changed My Sales Off KDP by @kcrosswriting

As you can see, I had up to 4 day stretches without any sales or activity. (It gets uglier as April goes on).

I was determined to find a way to increase sales without Amazon.

I couldn’t believe that, as an indie, I couldn’t use other platforms to find readers. Amazon definitely marketed my book more when I was exclusive, and I worried what pulling away from that would mean. But not so worried that I wanted to stay. 

I googled it and looked into different methods, but didn’t really find anything that I could wrap my head around.

Enter Kobo Writing Life.

I met Mark Leslie Lefebvre, the Director of Self Publishing and Author Relations over all of Kobo, at a conference. I pulled him off to the side and grilled him for about 45 minutes about how Kobo can do for me what Amazon was (at the time) doing. IE- selling my books.

(side note: Here’s a great post on Ebook Publishing on Kobo that he did on The Creative Penn with Joanna Penn.)

Know what he said?

He said, “Don’t go through Smashwords. Upload directly through Kobo Writing Life. We can get you promo opportunities that way. If you upload directly, I will see it.”

So I said, “Okay. I’ll try anything.”

The Results of Directly Uploading to Kobo

God bless Smashwords, but using them has been a bit of a nightmare. It took weeks for my books to get to the other sites, their website feels a bit archaic, updates took days and days, and I was constantly emailing them complaints. So it didn’t take too much convincing to get me on Kobo Writing Life. I pulled my books from Kobo through Smashwords and waited.

The moment MMSFG was off KDP Select (as in the very day) I had it uploaded on Kobo to get it through the system. Mark hooked me up and shortly afterwards we had MMSFG on Kobo Next. 

How Kobo Has Changed My Sales Off KDP by @kcrosswriting

To say I was excited for the visibility is an understatement. Note: you don’t have to have an “in” to get on Kobo Next. Mark just helped me out because I networked with him and because he’s awesome. I thought this would give me a huge boost once I got on Kobo and increase my sales.

My Sales On Kobo

Drumroll please . . .

How Kobo Has Changed My Sales Off KDP by @ Kcrosswriting

As you can see . . . I sold 2 copies of MMSFG on April 14th and gave away ~3 free copies of TII while listed on Kobo Next.

Thaz it.

After a frustrating week or two of no movement, I emailed Mark, and he said, “Calm down, padawan. Be patient. It takes time.” So I took a deep breath, relaxed, and went on my way.

Then this happened:

How Kobo Has Changed My Sales Off KDP

The quick demographics of my sales (5/13-5/31)on Kobo:

How Kobo Increased My Sales Off KDP Select by @kcrosswriting

Pretty awesome that I can see where my books are going. Even more awesome? I’m finally in a strong Canadian market. (Love you guys up north!)

Want to know how that sudden spike in sales happened? Read on.

Promo Opportunities at Kobo

Mark helped me get on Kobo Next, which didn’t work out for me the way it has for others. (And that’s fine. It’s life. We all skid our knees. I’ve moved on.) But then (because I’m enrolled in KWL) I got this email. Not from Mark, as an aside.

How Kobo Has Changed My Sales Off KDP by @kcrosswriting.

Duh. Of course I signed up. Who cares about decreased royalties? I want visibility and presence. Amazon never gave me an option like this. I’ve had other offers from Kobo since this one, for the record.

While my sales were still averaging 1-2 per day on Amazon, that doesn’t really matter as much now because I’m starting to see sales on Kobo. And I’m not stuck on JUST Amazon with nothing else to try. <— Awesomesauce. 

Is 2-3 per day on Kobo a big deal? Not necessarily. It certainly isn’t 50-150 per day the way some authors do.

But it’s still awesome.

Because that means people are getting the book. I’ve embraced the fact that being an indie author takes time, and selling up to 17 books in one day on a platform outside Amazon? #love

Are you on Kobo or have you heard of it before?

If so, leave your thoughts.

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Love yer guts, guys. MUAH.