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When the sequel to “Year of the Chick” named “Last-Minute Love” said hello to the world on June 7th, whilst dripping in literary amniotic fluid and still attached to the thick corded noodle of my brain (gross imagery, I live for it), I felt so incredibly relieved. Obviously it was weird to have readers flipping through the pages of a slimy book that was still attached to my brain, but it was out there and my work was done…at last!
On the day of the release, I kept telling everyone how I would sleep like a baby for a while. Once our conversation faded out into everyday topics like whether or not gelato is the same as eating fruit (yes it is so we can have it always), I imagined how babies wake up often in the middle of the night, for seemingly endless bodily functions and boob-access.
I can’t remember when I last thought about having access to someone else’s boobs, because A: Growing out of “babyhood” means a plethora of meal options besides breast milk and B: last I checked, I wasn’t a lesbian (I check often via lingering stares towards females on the subway, just to make sure there’s nothing stirring inside—so far, status quo). As for bodily functions, I am accident-free until further notice.
So fine, I slept like an adult who’d been living two lives non-stop to get this sequel released, and who could finally exchange late nights and energy drinks for drool-heavy sleep and black tea (I know, I know, why not green tea? Everyone talks about the benefits of green tea, but let’s be honest, “once you go black, you never go back”—it took me years to finally realize that phrase is in reference to tea).
So here we are…day five of the sequel release, (officially day four and a half), and I’ve got great news to share so far!
First: I’ve sold 100 copies in only five days!
This is a big number for a “do-it-yourself” author like me, especially because it took me two and a half months to sell that many copies of book one! And so, even when sales slow down, I’m confident I’ll eventually out-sell book one, so hooray! I achieved my growth goal by putting on my marketing hat, and making book one free when the sequel came out. This worked out great for me exposure-wise, as well as ”I just finished reading book one and now I must read the second”-wise. Therefore, I encourage all self-published authors with a series to try out Amazon’s “KDP Select” program (where in exchange for three months of exclusivity, you can make your book free for five days).
The other great news is the incredible feedback I’ve received in just a few days. It’s amazing to hear from new fans on my Facebook page, as they describe how they stayed up late reading one or both of my books. It is also as intimidating as heck (I love how I say “heck” right now as if I never drop f-bombs in real life or in my books), because suddenly book three is supposed to magically appear….when I wasn’t even planning on writing it until 2013.
And I won’t start writing it sooner, dammit. Not until I move to Paris.
And so, as part of the Romi-out-reach program, please tell your friends about the series in-between your casual conversations about how healthy gelato is, because word-of-mouth is the difference between a nobody and a mommy-porn superstar like E L James!
PS: I don’t think I could write erotica if I tried, so DON’T ASK.
For new readers to my blog who don’t know: the “Year of the Chick” series is about a quest to find love to avoid arranged marriage. It’s full of awkward family moments, blunt conversations on dating, and forbidden love (especially book two!). It’s also *cough* loosely based on real life…
Ha, literary amniotic fluid…that’s definitely gold.
Thanks Andrew! Seems I do best when I’m being disturbing
I’m partial to “thick corded noodle of my brain”.
David, I really don’t plan these lines out, they just happen
Congratulations, Romi – again!
Keep scaling those literary mountains and I expect to keep reading of your success on so many different levels!
Thank you so much! Your continued encouragement means a lot
Believe me, you’ve earned it!
Where can I find a copy of Awkward Stories from Little India. I had read the sequel first and didn’t realize it was a sequel but once I realized I can’t find it on Kindle or iBooks.
I unpublished those, but almost the same content is free on my blog, if you type in something like “indian memoirs” into the search bar below on the sidebar
Well, smack my head and call me Lucy: you have certainly stayed busy, “Romi-cakes”! Congratulations for getting down with your prolific writing self, you most definitely rock
Haha, thank you! If there’s one thing Romi-cakes knows how to do, it’s stay busy!
Wow, I’ve been so out of touch with technology that I missed two (so far) books who’s release I’ve been waiting for. Shame on me! Well thanks to Amazon’s one-click purchase button, I’ve got “Last-Minute Love” on the Kindle and in the reading que! Will read ASAP!
Aww thank you, NDaffinee, hope you enjoy book two!
I found your first book free on my Kindle and once I got to the end, I immediately had to go buy “Last-Minute Love.” It’s going to be a long wait until 2013 for the third installment, but I’m sure it will be worth it!
Hi Tiffany, I’m so glad you found me and I’m really happy you enjoyed the books! And before you know it book 3 will be out!
Totally gonna go on all fours t beg my
Mother t let me buy Last Minute Love online! I can relate to this series so much betterr! Cuz Im gonna end up in an arranged marriage anywayss! *fingers crossed its a hot guy!*
Hahaha, what a great comment! Thanks for stopping by Fareeha, and I really hope you get that copy of “Last-Minute Love”
Romi, love the Year of the Chick series. It such a great read and really enjoy how your personality comes through. I’ve already recommended it to my sister and going to hit up all the cousins to read these. I thinks its great to show an independent side and not just be a typical “indian girl” that has no backbone. Look forward to the 3rd install.
Hi Cindy, thanks so much for your wonderful feedback! It’s great to have you as a reader and I appreciate you spreading the word of mouth, that really makes a difference!
Here’s how I became your fan: being a complete computer geek, I hadn’t been reading romantic novels forever. But when I was reading , I got so depressed that I had to find something light to read, then I found your first book on Wattpad! Your first book actually became much more than just a coffee mate to ! I enjoyed your humor and shared a lot of feelings towards long-distance relationships and strict Asian parenting. I just couldn’t put it down and so, as expected, bought your sequel on Amazon. Your sequel, although a bit slow-paced in the beginning, give much deeper insight about love and life! Bravo, Romi!
Hi Grant, thank you so much for reading the books and for sharing some of how you related to it; it means a lot!
Bought this one cause Yr of the chick was Fab…OMG this one was even better!!! I loved this one!! You are a terrific writer! Keep up the good work cause I am gonna keep an eye out for your books!!
Hi Margaret, thanks so much for reading! Book 3 will be out in September, and beginning May I’ll be blogging from Paris twice a week!