End of Year Shit and EPIC 2016 Mega Prize Giveaway

Posted December 30, 2016 by Julie in GIVEAWAY, new releases / 90 Comments

End of Year Shit and EPIC 2016 Mega Prize Giveaway

JA Huss



As far as year’s go, 2016 was pretty damn good for me. Five years ago, almost to the day, I started writing my first book, Clutch. It’s an epic SF/fantasy book about a really crazy girl doing really crazy shit. She is so me. And never in a million years did I imagine that Junco would lead me here. To this amazing #WritersLife I’m living.

In 2016 I wrote seven full-length novels.

And Taking Turns, which will publish in about three weeks.

That’s about 600,000 words. Divide that by 365 days in a year, and I wrote, on average, 1650 words every day. I can write 1650 words in about an hour. 🙂 So yeah, my writing work-day averages out to about an hour a day.

Which is bullshit. lol. I work 16-hour days pretty regularly. But looking at that average, I probably should write small amounts daily instead of large 5,000-10,000 word chunks like I usually do.

Most of my day is spent doing things other than writing. I make my own covers, and teasers, and all the graphics for swag. I have this blog and sometimes I have marketing tips for other authors. (One of those is coming next week, so keep an eye out). I do a lot of marketing. Or I should say, I plan a lot of marketing. It’s the planning that takes time. I check emails and all that other bullshit that small business owners have to do.

It’s definitely a full-time job. I won’t be writing a book called the one-hour work day. 😉

In addition to those seven new novels, I also self-published five audiobooks:

And my awesome audio publisher, Podium Publishing, also published five audiobooks of mine:

Wasted Lust is the newest release from Podium Publishing. Just came out December 20th. It’s Whispersynced to the Kindle edition on Amazon, so if you already have the eBook you can download the audio for only $2.99! Take a listen to a sample and then then go grab it. Also, did you know that your first book with Audible is always free? If you’re new to audiobooks and would like to try Wasted Lust out, just click on over using the links below and grab it for free.


Wasted Lust: (A 321 Spinoff)

Wasted Lust: (A 321 Spinoff)

Wasted Lust is a 321 spin-off, full-length, romantic suspense filled with lies, secrets, and the power of redemption by the New York Times bestselling author, JA Huss.A GIRL WITH REGRETS...Sasha Cherlin died the night she let Nick Tate walk out on her for a life of crime. Her very essence was destro...

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If you’re an audio junkie (like me) then you have a lot of books to look forward to in the first half of 2017. All these books are in production with Podium or myself right now. And that’s just the first half of the year. I fully expect to release between ten and fourteen audiobooks in 2017.

I didn’t make New York Times this year but I did make USA Today six times. Mr. Perfect made it three weeks (one was from a Bookbub in November), and Romantic, Corporate, and Mysterious all made it when they released. Match didn’t make it. And if you’ve been following my marketing advice, I have said over and over that December is a tough sell for a new release. So, I knew that one would have problems making a list even though it sold about the same as all the other books.

I don’t know how many books total I sold this year and I don’t have an exact number for what I made – but I have a pretty good idea and I’m doing great. There is really no difference in the amount I made this year verses last year, but I did manage to cut my Facebook advertising budget almost in HALF this year (from $110,000 in 2015 to $62,000 in 2016.) If that number makes you sick, it does me too. But hey. You can’t keep it all people. The tax man takes it if you don’t reinvest in your business. So I like to reinvest in things that help me get more new readers. Never in a million years did I see this kind of success coming when I set out to tell a story about a crazy girl called Junco in January 2012.

So I think the take home is that there’s still a way to make a living as a full-time writer in 2017. You just have to do one thing: Make your readers happy. Here are a few ways I make my readers happy.

I went to a lot of book signings and author conventions.
Seattle (Emerald City Author Event)
Smarter Artist in Austin
Chicago (Windy in the City)
Book Expo America
Romance Times Convention
Cleveland Author Event
Edinburgh (RARE)
Los Angeles (Night of Corruption)
Denver (Mile High Author Event)

I gave away OVER 1000 SIGNED PAPERBACKS at signings and online 2016. I did this in Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, and Denver. I don’t go to book signings to make money, I actually do make money – but I have expensive taste in hotels… so. 😉 I don’t make a profit. But I don’t expect to make a profit because to me it’s promotional. It’s advertising, basically. So, I figured I was going to give away as many books as I could at each event. I think I gave away about 300 in Seattle, about 200 in Cleveland and Chicago, and about 300 in Denver. Not to mention all the signed book giveaways I did online (mostly on Facebook, but also here on the blog) I like giving shit away. And I’ll do it again next year. So, if you come see me in Denver in August 2017, I will have a free book for you! 🙂

Here is a cool visual of the events I’ve been to over the past three years.


The NUMBER ONE WAY I MAKE READERS HAPPY though – is by writing more books! I hope you all enjoyed my 2016 stories and I hope you stick around for all the books I have coming up in 2017.

Taking Turns (Turing Series #1) – January
Anarchy Missing (Anarchy #2) – February/March
Turning Series #2 – April
Anarchy Chained (Anarchy #3) – May
Turning Series #3 – June
Ex-Society – (Anarchy #4) July/August
Five – September

And probably one more (Turning Series #4), although I’m not sure if I want to release in 2017 or 2018. I’ll talk more about all this stuff in the Beginning of Year Shit post that will come out the second or third week of January.

And if that wasn’t enough, I also helped my son, Odin, start his new book cover design business (Cool Guy Covers – his name, not mine! lol). We’re getting the website up now with a ton of pre-mades that will go on sale in about three weeks. If you’re interested in a pre-made, sign up for his newsletter list here so you can get notices when new covers go on sale. He’ll also be doing custom work. Here’s a small sample of his covers so far. He’s liking the romance genre a lot! But he does have some SF/F ones that will be on sale too.

He’s a great cover designer! And I’m jealous. I always tell him if I quit writing I’m gonna take over his business and just make covers for the rest of my life.

My daughter, Allie, joined my business last month as my new assistant. She’s the one in charge of sending books from the order forms and giveaways. She’ll probably help me out with the ARC list stuff too.

So yeah – 2016 rocked for me. I can’t complain about anything right now, so I’m just gonna be thankful you guys enjoy my books and keep writing for as long as I have stories to tell.

Thanks for reading, thanks for reviewing, and I’ll see you very soon in the next book, TAKING TURNS, on January 18, 2017!

Get a little peek at the Taking Turns video teaser below and don’t forget to enter the EPIC 2016 Mega Prize Giveaway!

Taking Turns

Taking Turns

Series: Audiobooks, Book 1
Genres: Dark Romantic Suspense, Romance
Tags: Dark, Erotic, Romance

I’ve never been afraid of the dark...but that doesn’t mean I wanted to live in it. And maybe everyone wants what they can’t have, but I should’ve thought it over before I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world.

Number One is mostly silent. He watches me with them very carefully. His gaze never wanders. His interest never wanes.

Number Two is mostly gentle. But it’s the other side of him I like best. The wild side.

Number Three is mostly reserved. He refuses to cross the line. Even when I beg.

It was carnal, it was sensual, and it was erotic. That’s it. That’s all it was supposed to be. A trip into the dark. A peek into the forbidden.

I just didn’t expect to like them.

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About JA Huss

JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past five years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her new sexy sci-fi romance and paranormal romance pen name is KC Cross and she writes novels and teleplays collaboratively with actor and screenwriter, Johnathan McClain.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Five of her book were optioned for a TV series by MGM television in 2018. And her book, Total Exposure, was nominated for a RITA Award in 2019.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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90 responses to “End of Year Shit and EPIC 2016 Mega Prize Giveaway

  1. 2016 was a mixed bag…a lot of personal drama and stress but I did get to three book signings and met most of my favorite authors

  2. Leslie Newman

    2016 definitely has had its ups and downs for me. Reading your books is one of my favorite escapes when I can forget my trouble for a while.

  3. Ginger

    Your books are my guilty pleasure. I am trying to read them in the order they were written. I read “Wasted Lust” then realized I should have read “Meet Me In The Dark” first. So, I’m reading it now. That is a serious mind fuck. I feel sorry for Sydney. I’m about half way through. Wow!!

  4. Marcie L.

    2016 was an ok year from me! I was at a job that I did not like, so it was torture to go in everyday! Finally found something new this year! Also in 2016 I attended my very first author’s signing as a reader, and met some of my favorite authors face to face! Very Cool!! Love your books J.A. Huss and can’t wait to read more!!

  5. Anne L

    Looking forward new year..Making move across country..I live southern California and I am fixing to move around Baton Rouge Louisiana…so I have movers coming in next 10days and my car be shipped to day…Getting excited…Looking forward 2017

  6. Dale

    One of the most exciting things that happened this year was that we found out that we are having twin grand babies !! JUST CANT WAIT !!
    Love your books, still some I haven’t read. My mission for this year !! I read via eBooks but your books are ones that I would love to have a physical copy so I can read over and over. Yes , I am one of those people that rereads books.

  7. Kay Ramjohn

    2016 was a difficult year for me. My dad passed away in August and it hit me really hard. Looking forward to 2017 and all the great things its going to bring.

  8. Dawn Wilson

    2016 was an up and down year for me. I had some great moments but my health kinda overshadowed those. I even had to cancel my trip to RARE Edinburgh which greatly upset me, I so wanted to meet you and Jana. I AM going to meet Jana at FBBF17 in Manchester, UK 🇬🇧. I just hope you’ll be back in the U.K. soon so I can get to meet you too x

  9. 2016 was pretty decent for me. Things started going a bit awry in November, but aside from that, I can’t complain. I got to go to one signing (most aren’t within reasonable driving distance) and I read a lot of books last year–probably too many, if that’s possible. Thanks for this amazing giveaway (and all the generous things you do).

  10. Stacy Arms

    2016 was a rough year as my dad was very ill and lost his bowl,and then to start the year I lost a good friend who passed away New Year’s Day after suffering a fit,so sad times, but I’ll pull through and hope 2017 only gets better x

  11. Emma

    2016 was a good year for myself and family, apart from a few small dramas we all have health and happiness. Working on the wealth part this year!!

  12. Christine Staljer

    A lot of changes for me last year. Where I work for sold so that has been interesting. Got to send a lot of time with my granddaughter. So all in all good.

  13. Lisa

    Enormous changes for me in 2016.. going through divorce after 20 years together, living on my own, and trying to make thing as normal as possible for my daughter. Things are going to be good this year. I can feel it!!

  14. Alicia Cardoza

    2016 was a stressful year but getting lost in your books helped me get thru. I lost my mom last year who was my best friend. Your books helped me thru the grief and I am hoping next year will be better. Thanks for your amazing stories