Breakout Author Maree Anderson with Giveaways

I knew Maree Anderson was a rising star when I read the very cool and very fun Freaks of Greenfield High, which has since been optioned for TV by Cream Drama, Inc. Since then she’s had other cool things happen. I’m so pleased to have her as a guest again. She’s giving away an ebook to 2 commenters; you can read the details below. I’ll announce the winners on Saturday morning. Enjoy!

Congratulations to Mary Marvella and Susan, the two winners of one of Maree’s ebooks listed below!

The Magic of a Simple “Thank-you” Note by Maree Anderson

When Edie asked me to be her guest on Magical Musings my initial reaction was something like “Uh oh. WTH have I got to talk about that’d be interesting?” followed by a rather piteous and definitely pathetic whimper. I said as much to Edie, in the hope she’d let me off. Um, no such luck. Instead, she suggested I talk about some of the stuff that’s been happening lately… which led to a full-body shudder and a squicky feeling in my belly. Blatant self-promotion, much?

But then I got to thinking. In this current climate where authors are told to promote, promote, promote(!) and spend $$$ to do it or risk oblivion, what happened to me might provide a different perspective. Not to mention showcase the power of a simple “thank-you” note *g*

Here’s my story:

the-crystal-warriorIn March of this year I made the first book of a (currently) three-book paranormal romance series, as well as the first book of a published fantasy trilogy, permanently free across as many eBook outlets possible. I didn’t do much marketing. I just got to work on writing the next book. A few weeks later (this was April), I checked my local Apple iBookstore to see if the new books and the freebie books were showing up there yet. As you do. So you can, you know, add more helpful buy links to your website in the hope someone might use them. And lo, I spotted the cover of  The Crystal Warrior — one of my freebies — and  the words “Breakout Author” on one of the banners featured in the revolving carousel at the top of the Romance Books section.

I was like, Holy Sh*t! You could hear my loud squeeing for miles. And you’d better believe I screen-captured the banner. You know, just in case I was seeing things. But I wasn’t delusional. Turned out this banner was featured on the AUS/NZL(Australia/New Zealand) iBookstore for the whole of April! I emailed off a heartfelt thank-you note to the customer service section of Apple’s general website, telling them how thrilled I was to have The Crystal Warrior chosen for their carousel banner, and how much that sort of exposure meant to a little-known author like myself. (Though I didn’t hold out much hope my thank-you would reach the right person. I mean, have you ever tried to directly email a department related to eBook issues on Apple’s main website? Not. Easy. At. All.)

liminal-300x450Fast forward a couple of months, and Mark Coker of Smashwords (whom I use to distribute my eBooks to Apple iBookstore) emailed to ask if I’d like to participate in an iBookstore AUS/NZL Home Grown Romance author promo. I told him I was more than happy to heavily discount the book they wanted for the promo because iBookstore had been very good to me in the past. Mark forwarded my comment and suddenly I’m having an email conversation with a guy named Chris, Apple’s merchandising manager… who actually knew who I was? Yikes! I mentioned the thank-you note and the very sweet response I got from an Apple rep somewhere in the world, and next thing Chris asks if I have a new release scheduled… and offers me an exclusive pre-release promotion on my upcoming young adult book Liminal.

This was a few weeks before Smashwords revealed their nifty new pre-release option for all their authors, BTW. At this stage the option was in beta, so I balked and started to freak out. Because I don’t have the kind of marketing clout that big-name authors have when it comes to getting the word out about their pre-releases and making book launches a success. But Chris just laughed at my fears and told me to email him and Mark when the book was ready and they’d go from there.

Long story short — hah! Yeah. Riiight. A bit late for that *eye roll* — at the beginning of July I plucked up the courage to email Mark and Chris, half-expecting them to have changed their minds about the pre-order. But they hadn’t. And Chris’s marketing team designed a gorgeous marketing banner using the cover of Liminal. Even after the pre-release ended and the book went live, iBookstore AUS/NZL have continued to promote it via new release banners, an editor’s message on the book page and suchlike. And now that it’s August and I’m no longer sworn to secrecy, I can also reveal that the iBookstore AUS/NZL editors have selected Liminal as one of their Best Books of August.

If you’re guessing this Kiwi gal is stoked, well, that would be the understatement of the century. This promo is golden but I could never have afforded to pay for this kind of exposure for one of my books. So, do I think I’m incredibly lucky? Yep! But I also believe that I had a little bit to do with making that luck happen. I believe that if it hadn’t been for a simple thank-you email, my “luck” might have ended with that breakout author banner.

So the moral of this story is:

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference. Sometimes the best promo is simply being polite and taking time to express your gratitude. Sometimes, when all the planets are aligned, a simple “thank-you” note can work magic J



To thank any of you who waded through the entirety of this loooong post, I’d like to mention that I have a couple of freebie eBooks available:

1) THE CRYSTAL WARRIOR (sexy paranormal romance, 90k words)
2) SEER’S HOPE (fantasy with romantic elements, 110k words)

And Edie has kindly offered to host two giveaways – thank you so much, Edie!


Jades-ChoiceFirst up is commenter’s choice of either an electronic copy of the second book in the Crystal Warriors series RUBY’S DREAM, or the third book JADE’S CHOICE.

seers-promise-200x300And second is commenter’s choice of either an electronic copy of the second book in the Seer Trilogy SEER’S PROMISE, or the third book SEER’S CHOICE.

If you’d like to be entered in the giveaway, please leave a comment telling me which eBook and format you’d prefer. (Available formats are PDF, epub and mobi. And because this post is already way too wordy, to find out more about each book, please click the links above or go to the Books page of my website.)

Thanks so much for hosting me on Magical Musings, Edie! And thank you for reading.



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16 Responses to Breakout Author Maree Anderson with Giveaways

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Maree, it’s my pleasure to have you as my guest. I’m always thrilled when great things happen to great writers. I hope these will just be the beginning of many wonderful things!

  2. Renee Field says:

    I’m a huge fan of Maree’s and when I devoured Freaks of Greenfield High I knew then she’d be a star. What a great series. I still want more!

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Maree,

    Welcome to Magical Musings! What an awesome story about Smashwords and iTunes! You’ve hit the big time now girl! 🙂 🙂
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …August 5th release date for Knock, knock…

  4. What a great story, Maree. Congratulations on your success! 🙂
    Rhonda Hopkins`s last blog was …New Release! The Consuming: A Short Story

  5. Awesome sounding books! So pleased you decided to take the plunge into the deep end of the pool! This group has the best guests!
    Mary Marvella`s last blog was …New experiences.

  6. Susan says:

    Congratulations on your success Maree! I just bought Crystal Warrior and Seer’s Hope and can’t wait to start reading them. Can I be entered in the giveaway please? I’d like Ruby’s Dream and Seer’s Promise, both in mobi format please.

  7. Hey Edie! *waves from New Zealand* Thanks so much for having me here 🙂

    Sorry about the lateness of my reply, ladies — I’ve been doing the mom-taxi thing this morning for the kids (early morning hockey practice sucks!!!) and I’ve just officially started work for the day.

    Sooo…. thanks a whole heap for your support and for dropping by to leave a comment for me 🙂

    And Susan, I hope you enjoy the freebies; we’ll enter you in the draw for either Ruby’s Dream or Seer’s Promise.!
    Maree Anderson`s last blog was …Guest post and giveaway: Edie Ramer “Love Cats, Love Dogs, Love Romance”

  8. PJ Sharon says:

    Very inspirational, Maree. It doesn’t hurt that you are a wonderful writer! Congratulations on your success.

  9. Gosh, thanks so much, PJ — that’s lovely of you to say!!!
    Maree Anderson`s last blog was …Guest post and giveaway: Edie Ramer “Love Cats, Love Dogs, Love Romance”

  10. Wonderful story, Maree, and congrats on the success you’ve had with your novels! I *love* the cover for Liminal ;).
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Prairie Dogs, Mountain Majesties & Route 66…oh, my!

  11. flchen1 says:

    Maree, that is SO wonderful! I love it when good manners result in you getting good results 😀 I’m thrilled for you for the exposure you’re getting, and look forward to that translating into sales and recognition for you overall! And thanks for the freebies–what a treat, too!

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  13. Hi Maree, welcome to MM and SO thrilled for your success! You don’t happen to be coming to the RWAus conference in Fremantle WA, do you? Would love to say hi to you there if you are!
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …In Defense of the Queen Release Day

    • Hey Michelle — lovely to catch up with you here 🙂 Unfortunately I could only afford to go to the RWNZ conference this year — as it’s in Wellington, it’s a bit more expensive for me. Pity, coz I love Perth — I lived there for a few months when I was in my early 20s… a loooong time ago *g* Maybe next year!
      Maree Anderson`s last blog was …INK; it’s in their blood

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