Cover Contest 2013 Semi-Finals

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Voting for the semi finalists is open and three of my covers are among them!

(click on the covers to zoom over to their page on the contest)

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Heaven’s Closed in the category Occult&Supernatural

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Red Gone Bad in the category Other

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Bound in the category Erotica

If you have a few moments to spare and an opinion on book covers why not hop over to

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cast your vote by clicking on the stars below the covers.

Eeeps! OCD or Normal Author Behaviour?

What is it with authors and lists, rankings and stats? Is it me, or is it normal to want to know not only how many books you’ve sold, but how high you are on a list–any list?

Take the Most Popular Author list on AuthorsdB for example. I’m mighty proud to be high ranking there–number two currently–and now feel compelled to check each day to see if I’ve moved from that spot. Secretly wishing to become number One! 🙂 No idea how I got there, or how to stay this high other than write more books and publish them. Let the world know where they can find me, and my books.

I think, and hope, that it means people finally get to recognise my name. That I am indeed becoming a ‘brand’. It doesn’t award me with anything other than the honour of a badge, of which I’m very proud, but it also burdens me with another stat/ranking to check.

Enter the question, “Is it me, or do all authors suffer from this minor streak of OCD?”

Mind you, I’m not bothered by it at all. I quite like checking my stats, you know, blog, site, Amazon Ranking, but most of all the Most Popular Author list. Because let’s face it, it does have a ring to it. “I am the second most popular author on AuthorsdB.”

So, my fellow authors and readers, tell me, is this ‘normal’ behaviour? 🙂

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AuthorsdB, Lists and How To Rise

Right, you, as a fellow indie author might think, “Not another social media site to keep up!” But I can assure you it is no trouble at all. Get yourself listed and just update your details when necessary. There’s no chatroom, blog post, twitterings or whatever to be done. Unless of course you want to rise in the ranks and be noticed. 🙂 For that you have to share. And sharing means, use twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and whatnot to get your profile seen and liked. But the site itself requires nothing more than a listing and keeping your details up-to-date.

I’m listed on AuthorsdB, and with me lots of other authors. Emphasis on listed. To us indies lists are important and the lists on AuthorsdB are especially dear to me. 🙂

Why? I like to think it’s because I’m a writer of good books, but I am momentarily listed as #32 on their favourite authors list. With every like others award me with on their site I am rising in the ranks of indies until finally I can call myself number One.

And there you have the reason unveiled why lists like these are important to us indies. Who wouldn’t want to be able to say they are high on the list when advertising their books. Let’s be honest, when you have to choose between two books. One from an author who’s absolutely unknown and on no list at all, and the second from an author, maybe also not known worldwide but verifiable high on an author ranking list, which one would you pick?

For that reason alone, and the fact that AuthorsdB offers this service for free to all indie authors I think all indies should at least be listed on this site. That way future readers have a reasonable complete list of authors to pick and choose from when buying a new book, or looking for that one author they’ve heard of but can’t recall their name.

So, come on and take a look on AuthorsdB. Start on my page.

http://www.authorsdb.com/component/content/article/8-authors/874-lucy-pireel

And when you’ve liked me, why not cast your vote on my covers? At the moment the 2013 Cover Contest is up and running. Voting is done by clicking the green arrow next to ‘image rating’ and awarding the stars you think the cover deserves.

http://www.authorsdb.com/book-cover-awards/other/red-gone-bad-644
http://www.authorsdb.com/book-cover-awards/erotica/bound-578
http://www.authorsdb.com/book-cover-awards/occult-supernatural/heaven-s-closed-646

Like any indie author, I too would be very happy and grateful to see my followers like me and what I’m up to.