Thursday, March 23, 2017

Supermassive Audiobook Giveaway of Awesomeness

Great things are happening in the land of Bailey! Servant and Ordinary Souls are both available as audiobooks (read by narrators Paul J. McSorley and Ezekiel Robison, respectively), and right now I'm giving away FIVE free download codes of each. That means FIVE lucky winners will receive codes for both audiobooks when I draw the names on April 30.

WILL ONE OF THEM BE YOU?

All you have to do to enter is to comment on this post, telling us all where you most enjoy listening to audiobooks. Is it in the car? On the bus? On the beach? Do tell!

Codes available to US listeners only.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pre-Birthday Musings


I turn 28 later this month. I'm not quite sure how to feel about that--it seems like such a short time ago that I walked up the aisle at my high school graduation clutching a stick of Halls cough drops in one fist since my gown didn't have pockets. (I was trying very hard not to die of walking pneumonia, with which I had recently been diagnosed. I spent the commencement ceremony sitting in the front row with the other 19 top-of-the-class students, discreetly popping said cough drops into my mouth and littering the floor with the wrappers since, again, the gown didn't have pockets.)

(Seriously, why couldn't they have had pockets?)

So much has happened in the ten years since then. I started college, changed my major, got dumped, met a new guy, married him, published my first novel, graduated college, published another few novels, adopted three cats, and ate an alarming amount of burritos.

I've also changed, because that's what people do when faced with new experiences.

The biggest change of all, I think, is this pesky little thing called Social Anxiety.

As an author, I have to promote my work to readers. The most effective way I have found to do this is to set up book signings so potential readers get to see my books in person. Cold calling stores to see if I could have events there was terrifying, like approaching a pack of hungry tigers. In fact, using the phone to call anyone I didn't know felt like that.



The one thing I've learned about fears is that in order to overcome them, you have to face them--not just once, but repeatedly. Since I've been published, I've had at least 100 author events including book signings and speaking events at libraries. I have to actually TALK to people, and while at first it scared me, I've found that I enjoy it. During my travels from event to event I've met an entire spectrum of people who tell me their own stories, and my life would be far dimmer if I hadn't ventured outdoors and met them.

For example, if I'd never had any book signings...

I wouldn't have met the man from Cameroon who said he used to write articles explaining to the people of his country that volcanic eruptions are caused from science-y stuff and not angry volcano gods.

I wouldn't have met the woman with MS who had a dog fastened into a baby's car seat, which she pulled in a cart behind her scooter. (Both woman and dog were quite friendly!)

I wouldn't have met the man who used to see UFOs out in the desert,

I wouldn't have met the woman who visited Edgar Allan Poe's grave, and showed me pictures.

I wouldn't have met the woman who called the police during a paranormal investigation because she and the rest of her group heard gunfire and shouting upstairs. The police arrived to find nothing--the sounds had simply been the ghostly echo of some bygone crime.

I wouldn't have met the man who told me that people have randomly attacked him his entire life, for no reason.

I wouldn't have met the other authors who, taking inspiration from me, went on to set up book signings of their own.

If you're an introvert like I am, you might be squirming at some of what I've said. But you know what? Try to do what scares you. You might find out you love it.

What about you? Have you faced your fears? How did you go about doing it?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This is No Ordinary Ebook Sale


THIS IS NO ORDINARY EBOOK SALE.
For the entire month of March, my horror/scifi anthology Ordinary Souls will be on sale for $0.99/£0.99 in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia from all ebook retailers including Amazon, Kobo, and Nook.
What will the mirror show you?

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Reality of Being an Indie Author

It's 2017.

By this point in time, I have published four novels (one currently out of print) and sixteen short stories. It has been a wonderful journey, and I wouldn't change it for anything.

But here's the reality of being an indie author:

In 2016, I drove 4,927.2 miles to and from events promoting my books.

I had $4,560.41 in sales from my books.

I spent $5,317.47 on inventory purchases, editing, formatting, advertising, Square fees, shipping, and other book-related expenses.
Yay inventory purchases!

Before taking the cost of mileage into account, I was negative $757.06 in 2016, which is actually less money than I was negative in 2015.

Goal for 2017: Don't spend so much money, and sell even more books!

Some other facts:

If I had not attended the Realm Makers Conference in 2016, I would have broken even, but Realm Makers was a blast, so I'm glad I went. Where else could I have dressed as the TARDIS and hung out with geeks?



Also, I spent nearly $600 on advertising alone. This year I'm going to budget myself better and try to be more strategic with any ads I pay for.

Lastly, I'm going to try to cut down on my mileage a bit, doing more local events if I'm able, including the 2017 Cincinnati Comic Expo, for which I have already reserved a booth.

What about you?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Get Ordinary Souls for Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks

"[Ordinary Souls is] Imaginative, expert and deeply chilling."
-Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Progeny


Do you love ebooks? I thought so! Well, today is your lucky day: not only is my supernatural/scifi/horror anthology Ordinary Souls available for Kindle; it is also available from other ebook outlets as well. Here's a list. Happy reading!









What readers are saying about Ordinary Souls:

"This is an intriguing collection of short stories, some of which will leave you more than a little unsettled and some of which you'll be thinking about for days." -T. Hernandez

"J. S. Bailey always leaves me in awe. Her characters are never predictable, nor are her endings. Masterful crafting of plot and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. I love her writing so much that I binge-read this in record time." -D. M. Kilgore

"I can't imagine a quirkier collection, and I really loved every second of it. No story ended the way I thought it would, and everything was super unique. The Mirror will stick with you longest...unless the one about the family vacation gets inside your head." -K. Keating

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Listen to Servant--Now on Audio


Merry Christmas, readers! Many of you have asked when my stories will be available as audiobooks. I happen to have great news: the audiobook for my third novel, Servant: The Chronicles of Servitude Book 1, is now available for listening.


Bobby Roland knows things he shouldn't.

Plagued with premonitions of disaster, he fights to save others' lives. What Bobby doesn't foresee is that rescuing a stranger from death will place him in the line of fire.

He discovers a world of evil spirits and tormented souls when he becomes entangled in a madman's plot to kill the Servant, a man chosen by God to exorcise demons from the possessed. When Bobby falls under spiritual attack following the encounter, he must choose between saving others and saving himself.

Includes bonus story Solitude.


When people ask me what I'd like for Christmas, I invariably grow uncomfortable. I live a content and happy life with a roof over my head, a caring husband, and three feisty cats who are a constant source of entertainment. What else could I possibly desire?

Well, there is one thing: kindness. I often find it lacking in the world today, but it doesn't have to be that way. This Christmas, choose to be kind to one another, whether on the internet or in person. It can make a world of difference.

Be sure to stop by www.jsbaileywrites.com for news about events and upcoming releases, and catch up with my antics on Twitter @jsbailey_author or Facebook at www.facebook.com/jsbaileywrites. I look forward to hearing from you!

~J. S. Bailey

Monday, November 14, 2016

J. S. Bailey Books: A Special Offer


The holidays will soon be upon us! Perhaps you're starting to look for a special gift for a special someone (or for yourself--we don't judge here). If that person is a bookworm, you've come to the right place.

Right now I'm offering free shipping to anyone in the continental US who would like to order signed, personalized copies of Rage's Echo, Servant, Sacrifice, and/or Ordinary Souls directly from Yours Truly.

Pricing is as follows:

Rage's Echo (trade softcover): $17
Servant (trade softcover): $17
Sacrifice (trade softcover): $17
Ordinary Souls (hardcover): $26

If you're interested in this offer, send a message to jsbailey@jsbaileywrites.com stating which book or books you would like to purchase and for whom you would like them to be signed. You will be billed via Paypal, and books will be shipped upon payment.

Happy reading!