September 30, 2016

Super exciting announcement!



You guys, I have super exciting news to share!

Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen is going to be available in print on Amazon!

That means that soon YOU will also be able to get your hands on a copy of my latest book!

I'm so happy! How cool is that? My name is on that book right there! I'm so proud! #bestdayever

April 27, 2016

May is Chick Lit Month!

May is International Chick Lit Month!

Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen will be released on May 1st. 

I'm so thankful to have Hello...Chick Lit, Chick Lit Central, Chick Lit Uncovered, and Chick Lit Goddess helping me out! Get ready for interviews, guest posts, and giveaways!

April 5, 2016

WAHM = write at home mom

I did something pretty crazy a few weeks ago. I quit my job teaching so that I could concentrate on writing full time and stay home with #BabyGoodwin. I'm so excited. This is something that I've always wanted to do.

I've been writing for Baby Gaga, Mommy Effect, Scary Mommy, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Here are some of my recent posts:

Baby food: Is what you see really what you get?
How to avoid exposure to BPA
7 ways to keep baby safe and healthy while enjoying the outdoors
Moms: It really does go by so fast
Turn your wedding gown into an Angel Gown
Trying to shake this Mom Guilt
What you may not know about GMOs
Tips for dads in the delivery room
The sexual journey of a woman TTC
Why girls' night out is good for you

Plus, my new book comes out May 1st! I'll be doing a month-long promo tour with Hello, Chick Lit and some release day buzz with Chick Lit Goddess!


March 9, 2016

What's in a name?

A lot, actually.

My first three books were all released under the name Jessica Strassner. This used to be jessstrassnerbooks.blogspot.com. There used to be a jessicastrassner.com. Every book cover had Jessica Strassner on it, and that was fine... until 2012 when the divorce was final and I no longer wanted anything to do with that last name.

I thought for awhile that I'd keep Strassner as a pen name, just a business thing. After selling thousands of copies of my books, why mess with that? 

Except the thought of that name getting any sort of credit or any more recognition really irked me. When I published my first book, 'Here We Go' my then-husband had no idea what it was about. When asked, he didn't even know the genre. He didn't care.

I got married again in 2013. As I was writing 'Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen,' I knew I would release it under the name Goodwin. I'm proud of that name. Proud of who I am now - as a woman, a writer, a wife, and now a mom.

Changing your name on credit cards, bank accounts, and your driver's license after you get married is already a huge pain... So now how was I supposed to change my name on my three books? Did I have to delete them and start all over? How would people know who I was? Who I am? 

I contacted Amazon and was told NOT to do that, as I'd lose all of my reviews and sales information. The solution was really very simple - go in and add a new author, then delete the old one. I uploaded new cover images to reflect the name change. My Amazon author page has been completely updated. I did the same thing on GoodReads. Easy as pie! Thank goodness.

Jessica Strassner? Never heard of her.

March 2, 2016

My Experience with Kindle Scout

I decided to take a chance and enter my latest book, Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen, in Amazon's Kindle Scout Program.

Kindle Scout is Amazon's crowd sourced publishing platform. Authors enter their books, they have 30 days to campaign, gain support, and gather nominations for their book. If they receive enough nominations to show that there is interest, and if the Kindle Press team likes what they read, the author is offered a contract with Kindle Press and anyone who nominated the book will get to download an advance copy!

In 30 days, Clarissa Jean was viewed almost 6,000 times. The book appeared in the Kindle Scout Hot & Trending List for over 90% of the 30 day campaign period. The book was on there 24 hours a day for the last two and a half weeks straight!

Despite what I thought were great numbers, Clarissa Jean wasn't picked. I'm disappointed, but it happens.

In the meantime, I learned a few things. 

I have awesome friends and family (well, I actually already knew that!) who supported me. They liked my posts, shared my links, and retweeted my tweets over and over again!

My husband and his friends are awesome social media marketing experts. They got my author Facebook page seen by thousands of people!

It really is a small world. A Kindle Scout reader who nominated Clarissa Jean visited my Facebook page and left me a comment letting me know that she had voted. I saw her location (a teeny tiny town in Florida where I'd loved with my parents when I was in college) and realized that she looked kind of familiar. It turns out that we worked together in a movie theater (in that teeny tiny town) more than 15 years ago! 

And also, it doesn't hurt to have a cute baby in your promotional efforts... I mean, who can resist that face?!

I was also able to connect with lots of fabulous new readers and book bloggers. I'm excited to announce that I will be the Author of the Week at Hello, Chick Lit in early May! 


Clarissa Jean will be released in April/May. 

February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day from me & Clarissa Jean!

Click HERE to nominate Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen
for publication with Amazon Kindle Scout!


Clarissa Jean has been on the Kindle Scout "Hot & Trending" list EVERY DAY since the campaign went live on January 30th! 14 more days to go! 



January 29, 2016

NEED YOUR HELP!

 NOMINATE CLARISSA JEAN HERE!

Please GO HERE to nominate Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen for the Amazon Kindle Scout Program between January 30-February 29!

You have 30 days to nominate, so please spread the word and share with your friends!
If the book is selected to be published, anyone who nominates it will get a free advance copy to read on their Kindle!

Don't have a Kindle? That's okay! You can download the Kindle app for free on your phone or iPad!

Thank you so much for your help! It means the world to me!


December 21, 2015

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Not only have I finished Clarissa Jean, Homecoming Queen (and started on my next project) but the holidays are right around the corner! After all of the excitement has died down, the leftovers have been eaten, and the out-of-town guests have left, why don't you head over to Amazon and grab my first three books for FREE? Click below!

 FREE EBOOKS Dec. 26-30!