My Birthday Giveaway

Last night, I turned 53. I said last night because at exactly at 6 pm on July 21st, I was born. So what did I do on my birthday? What I did, was create a giveaway in advanced and now I have found out it was a bad idea. Why?  71 entries doesn't mean I have new reviews and new downloads and purchases. It means that  many of them entered doing the easy stuff:following my blog, subscribing to my newsletters and things like that. I have a group of readers, but none of them entered. I thought they would. If they did, I didn't see their names. The winner is someone not in my readers group. I wonder though. Did she really brag about my book when she hasn't offered proof. 
I question my life as an author. I struggled from the start and I still do. How do you get your group active? How do you increase readership? I'm going to take some people's ideas, but I'm going to put aside any future stories I want to publish. I spent so much and received very little in return like a bad investment.
I do have some faithful readers. You'll see their reviews on my books. I would like to thank them for their support, they may. If an of them feels I'm too negative, I don't blame them. I will try to change. 
So congrats to the winner. When I get her address, I will send the book bag goodies to her. As for now, the last book that I will publish is Baby Blues which I'm working on the changes, my editor made. 
One other thing, I now have limited money in my bank account because Governor Newsom closed down schools. With bills and everything to pay and until a small sprout of hope shows up, my writing is on hiatus


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