Ok so it’s my posting day! Yay!
The only problem with having a contemporary romance store is that there are so many moving pieces. Seriously, I was talking to IT Guy about this yesterday. It’s not just writing and going over the stuff that editors say anymore! It’s seriously like all store stuff too. I’m not complaining at all. This is like the most fun I’ve ever had. But with as many people that go through here, there’s like any problem that could happen in the world happening. We’ve had a couple white knuckle moments too.
But we’re starting to get a good rounding out of talent. With Daphne and Natalie, Lana and Paige and Liz, we have enough people to pass the work around so you know, it’s not just me sitting and dealing with everything all day.
One thing that I’ve learned is that hard work really pays off.
I mean it.
Like I almost took a chapter from our billionaires in my books to understand their motivation. I mean I know it sounds silly but I write billionaires that didn’t inherit any money. I don’t know how I feel about people who were born with lots of money. I respect men and women who started from nothing and made it.
But nowadays for so many people it seems like the system is sort of rigged to prevent people from getting ahead, you know?
Like for example you could try and save for something and you’re saving and then all of a sudden BLAMO! Your tire blows out and you need to pay $300 to replace it. Or you get sick and there goes the savings.
As great as things are, for a lot of people, life is very hard. They’re stretching resources everywhere. No matter what your station in life, you’re still managing finite resources. It doesn’t matter if your budget is $100 a month or $1,000,000 you’re still taking scarce resources and moving it to areas and having to make these decisions.
Back in the day when I was just writing it was just writing and then publishing and then going on social media to play.
But Facebook controls what we see and they look for ways to monetize everything. So if I ever wanted to post something from my page I’d have to pay.
But honestly, that’s life and we need to deal with it, right?
But what about having a support network of people we can talk to, and we can share thoughts and dreams and desires and goals and just know that we can come chat whenever.
That’s why Dirty Lil’ Angels was started. And that’s why it’s back. A place for people who share the same interests to come and be among others. Other social media is great but I want to create something that has an angel stamp on it too.
That’s why…one of the next big leaps for this site is something I’m talking about right now in DLA. It’s more than just a ticker on the front page. It’s an idea that will hopefully bring this community closer together.
I’ll have more updates on this later. And yes, I owe you a story about what is going on with Gym Bros. Because they’ve been in and out of my life recently. But this seemed more important somehow, angels. So I just wanted to post it.
Hugs and kisses and lots of love!
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I like your idea. I see our group as a little family/community working together to help each other be themselves and deal with real life issues.
I love the idea!
I had wondered what drove you to start the store with so many indie publishers going out of business recently. I hope you’re successful with your endeavor. Being a business owner isn’t always easy but it can be very fulfilling.
I am a member of another author’s private group and enjoy it very much. The group is set up like an online support group where members can complain about what is going wrong in our lives and receive support or opinions to make it better. One author’s private group was disbanded because of what Amazon did ton this author that he left his writing career to find another career to support his family. I am happy you came back to writing and sent up your own store and website to sell your books. Thank you so much.
I am happy you are back. One author I followed in his private face book group left his writing career because of what Amazon did to him. Took his books off their store and disabled his page. i like this group because I feel like this is an online support group where we can tell about bad days at work or in life in general and receive opinions and if someone else is may be experiencing something similar to me. I work retail and have to deal with people every day. Most days customers are fine, but I do get rude customers more than not. Thank you for coming back.
Wow Alexis! Such a serious post from you today! But I get it. All we can really do is try our best and hope for the best. But I prefer to stay positive that if I keep at it, things will work out in the end. I think you are all doing a great job!
This sounds like a great idea. My reader friends and I were discussing similar subjects just a few days ago. We’re all getting so sick of Facebook and all their BS. Unfortunately, coming up with an alternative that allows us all to interact to the same degree is not an easily done.
I love that you are always thinking of more ways to bring us all together and feel like a family!
Being disabled and on Worker’s Comp I have VERY little money to spend. It seems like the second I get my check, it’s gone. Forget about saving! It seems like whenever I put a few dollars aside something happens and it’s gone. I quit smoking Jan. 2nd and I thought I would have extra money now that I don’t have to buy a pack of cigs every 5 days, but I have no idea where the money came from because it’s just not there. I really like your idea because I’m always afraid of what I say on Facebook because even though I belong to closed groups anyone can screenshot and share. I’m usually a lurker, but I will try to participate more.
Tammy I am in the same boat. Workers comp only goes so far. And my husband has decided he no longer wants to be together but won’t tell me. He tells everyone but me. He no longer wants to pay for anything he considers extras, like groceries. And now my car is dead and he refuses to help. I feel stuck.
Sorry didn’t mean to hijack your post.
Love the idea! It is always nice to have someone listen and share opinions
I’m thankful the group of you are striking out and making a go of it. I’ll keep buying if you keep writing.
I’m so happy that you’re back. The DLA is, in a way, family. I was so worried when Facebook shut down the group. You guys make my day!!
I forgot to say the ticker should be fun. But if you tell a story on it maybe make it bigger. I was getting impatient to read it all.🤪
A live chat area would be exciting, amazing! Having live conversations means live responses. Interacting with one another. Making us truly a community. Can’t wait to see how it works out.
I think what you and Lana had both started is a wonderfully fantastic idea that is really working very well for you ladies! I mean, you both had already collected a small group of other amazing authors who’s previously been banned by Amazon and other online bookstores and in doing so given them the chance to continue to do what they love to do, which is to write their books and share their own stories with their fans. All of you girls rock!!! 🙂
Ahh Alexis, you are more than what meets the eye. You have passion and yearning for better things. I have always admired that in anyone but when its a woman oh man it’s great! I have read your books and love that your women aren’t sappy, simpering and silly. They are intelligent, witty and strong. Those are qualities that are more attractive to real men. Having a beautiful face and a banging body are fine but when a girl is smart, passionate about more than just shoes and clothes, it enhances her. I have several of your books and love coming to the store and reading some of the posts. This is my first time writing so much but I simply had to respond to your recent blog. Keep doing the AMAZING Alexis!!
I really love the idea!
I like the idea of a happy family here. It’s a great place for everyone to few at ease and have the support group they need.
I love everything you are doing. I missed reading you when Amazon lost their minds. Thank you for making a store when now the hardest part is trying to figure out whose books and which ones am I wantingto buy first. Glad to see some of the authors I was reading before are back. Guess Amazon was trying to limit how many good authors they had. Jokes on them since most of the books I was buying are from the all the people they kicked out. Keep weiting so I can keep buyinhg and enjoying. Also I like IT Guy.
You are full of excellent ideas!! Keep them coming! Also, I want to hear about IT Guy as well🤪
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