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Okay gang, guess what I’m up to this week?  I’m redoing “The Bridge”…AGAIN!

Let me clarify, I’m reformatting “The Bridge” specifically for Kindle e-readers.  Last night I got a 3 star review on Amazon, which I’ve been anticipating for some time.  I mean, in spite of all the 4 and 5 star reviews, it was bound to happen right?  Of course.  But when I read the review I was stunned to see where some of the problems were for this reader.  They considered the story itself a 5 star read.  But the editing and formatting were barely 1 star.  Now I’ve known about the editing for some time and have plans in the very near future to get the book the professional edit treatment it needs.  I’ll finally have the funds to do it, I’ll explain how that happened in another post.

But the formatting issues that were raised stunned me and I couldn’t help but smack myself in the head for being a fool.  Especially, when I went over to Amazon and took a look at the sample of what the book looks like in Kindle form.

I had made the cardinal mistake of assuming that when I first created the book on Createspace and used one of their templates, that the system knew what it was talking about when it offered to send the finished product to Amazon for Kindle.  BIG MISTAKE!

Now please understand, I do not own any type of e-reader.  I’m still a “Turn-the-paper-page-by-hand” Man.  So I never considered what the format might look like on an e-reader.  What works for paperbacks does not automatically work for e-readers.

First off, I have a tendency to use space gaps to indicate when I’m changing points of view in any scene.  But I also use those for entire scene changes.  In paperback this is forgivable, but in e-reader format it can be confusing to the reader.  And if the change happens between the bottom of one page and the top of another, it’s even more confusing for which I apologize folks.  These things never occurred to me.

Plus, I got a good look at how the indentations appeared in the Kindle version.  I nearly screamed.  I had no idea the system would reformat things so unevenly.

So I’m reformatting the entire book right now specifically for Kindle e-readers.  I’m also trying to do a bit of editing along the way, but it’s still a far cry from the professional job this book needs.  Yet, I’m also close to having the money to get that done, which leaves me with a quandary.  My KDP Select ends in about 10 days.  Should I just go ahead and take the book down and send it off to be given a proper professional editing job and then put out a really good 3rd edition, along with the new formatting?  Or just reformat for now and then have that much less to do after getting the book professionally edited?

I ask you all for your opinion on this.  Personally, I’m leaning towards doing the reformat now AND then sending it off right away to the editor for a good makeover.  Then re-releasing the book to Kindle, Nook, Sony the  works as soon as the work is finished.  My only concern is that this will leave me with no books on the market in the meantime.  But a part of me thinks it might be worth the risk.  What do you all say?  Please leave your thoughts and comments below.  I really need some feedback on this one.

Thanks.  Take care and keep writing.


“THE BRIDGE” Book 1 in the Para-Earth series is free this weekend (August 10-12) for Kindle on Amazon.   Here’s the link so can get your own copy.  If you already have one, then share the link with everyone you know so they can get their own copy:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B86DR9G

PLUS here’s the latest review:

5 STARS – Special in many kind of ways!, August 5, 2013
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This review is from: The Bridge (Para-Earth Series) (Kindle Edition)

“The Bridge” is a paranormal novel of highest quality.

When one of the protagonists, Veronica Ross, a cop of 20 years experience, witnesses a strange car accident and tells her lover (and second protagonist) Alex Hill about it, she doesn’t know yet, what she’s going to face.

She doesn’t know yet, that this case isn’t simply a police matter – no, it gets further than anything she’s ever experienced.

Not only does she find out that the case is deeply connected with her own past – she as well learns that her lover Alex is much more than merely a lover. There is in fact a loving and caring man by her side who is an anchor in her life – and well being – a man, with a past on his own and with abilities she had never expected.

There are in fact, several things to mention about this novel. I am a fan of supernatural novels. But during the past 15 years there were mainly female protagonists with special abilities. This time, “The Bridge”, offers a man with this gift. Even though it surprised me at first, I do admit that while reading the book, this fact seemed more and more natural and I did enjoy the book immensely!

The final battle to me seemed a tiny bit too extended, but I doubt this is something that can be “generalized”. I could easily imagine that another reader thinks exactly the opposite.

All in all I would say: To fans of the “Paranormal”: This book definitely is a “must-read”!

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THE SHIP - COVER Final

Due to the painful situation my family is facing (my father-in-law is dying of cancer), I’ve decided to push back the release of my second novel “The Ship” until December of this year.

 

Originally, I planned on releasing it in October.  And I will be making sure the book is available in Trade Paperback as well as all e-book formats such as Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony, etc. at that time.  I want everyone who wants a copy to be able to get one in the format they need.

 

I will also be taking great care to make sure the book is properly formatted and professionally edited.  Most of my readers did not mind, but I want to make sure I’m delivering a great product as well as a really good story.

 

I apologize to any fans who are waiting to get their hands on this new book, which follows the events of my first paranormal/mystery “The Bridge”.  I will release samples from the second book in the Para-Earth Series to help tide you all over.

 

Thanks for your patience and support.  Take care and keep writing.

 


Well, as you all know last month I did my first free promo on Amazon, where 400 people snatched up their own Kindle copy of my paranormal/mystery “THE BRIDGE”.    Now, one of the things that inspired me to take that risk was the fact that I’d read in many different articles and blogs, that such a promo could help actual paying sales.  Those who grabbed a copy start spreading the word about how much they liked the book and tell others to get their own copy.  I can safely say, I’ve seen a slight increase in the number of actual purchased copies of the book, but nothing astronomical.

So this last weekend I did a special .99 cent promotion which netted about 5 or 6 sales total and that’s all.  Now a number of you may be thinking, “Wow, that wasn’t very impressive.”  And you’d be right.  But, it’s about what I expected because, “THE BRIDGE” is my first book.  I’m still an unknown author.  I did try and foster a following in advance and build up anticipation and interest in the book and look at the total results.  To date, about 500 copies of my book are out there, which to me is rather impressive for a first timer.  The book has been garnering mainly 4 and 5 star reviews, 13 on Amazon and 15 on Smashwords.  Now only 3 of those reviews came after the free giveaway.

That might sound discouraging to some people, but I’m not looking at it that way.  When you do a free giveaway, most people are loading up their Kindles with books that they will eventually read.  A lot of those people who downloaded my book, still haven’t had a chance to read it yet.  I know this, because a number of them have told me this is the case.  They message me and to say, ‘You’re number ( ) in my reading list, but I’m looking forward to your book and getting back to you about it afterwards.’

So, I have reason to hope for more reviews and that these folks will be so excited by what I’ve done, they’ll not only be dying to see the next installment (which is something I keep hearing from those who have read “The Bridge”).  But I’m also hoping they’re going to be spreading the word about it and the upcoming sequel to all their friends and networks, which will in turn translate into more sales.

Remember when it’s only your first or second book, you’re still building a fan base which takes time and patience.

Now, I do plan to do one more free giveaway on Amazon sometime in August, before my exclusive KDP Select contract expires.  Once it does expire, I’m bringing “THE BRIDGE” back to Smashwords, Nook, Apple and other e-readers.  I’ve already had a number of inquiries of when the book will be available in those formats, so I’ve still got more prospective customers to come.

On the other hand, I do have one concern and that is, “Have I hit my limit of possible customers in my current “sphere of influence?”  I’m always interested in getting the word out about my book out to more and more people, but I’m starting to run low on ideas of how to make that happen.  I’ve done LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, press releases, contacted radio and newspapers (with minimal results on these two but I’m still trying).

So, if any of you have suggestions, please leave them down in the comments section for me and other readers to learn from.  Remember, we’re all in this writing thing together and one of the main purposes of this blog is to share ideas and experiences.  So don’t be afraid to share or ask questions.

Until next time, take care and keep writing.


Starting today, I’m running a 4th of July special. From now until midnight Sunday July 7th, you can get the Kindle version of my paranormal/mystery “THE BRIDGE” for just $0.99 cents.

Ghosts, psychics, police, and a centuries old mystery await you within the pages of book one in the Para-Earth Series which has garnered 4 and 5 star reviews. Get your Kindle copy at Amazon by clicking the link below.

And if you’ve already gotten a copy, share the link and the special with others so they can take advantage of this limited time offer. Happy 4th of July all everyone, and stay safe!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B86DR9Gthebridge_allankrummenacker


I’m thinking about running a .99 Cent special for the 4th of July weekend for “THE BRIDGE” on Amazon. So if anyone who’s been thinking about getting a Kindle copy this will be your chance to get it pretty cheap. And if you already have a copy and fell in love with the story and the characters, please let others know they’ll have a great opportunity to get their own copy at a great low price. Thx.

I’m supplying the link below for people who want to take a sneak peak inside the bood. The sale will start on the 4th of July. So stay tuned.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B86DR9G

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good job, Rookie, June 19, 2013
This review is from: The Bridge (Para-Earth Series) (Kindle Edition)

Kudos go to Allan Krummenacker for his first novel “The Bridge.” The storyline is an intriguing balance of wit and suspense, with a cadence that flows nicely, making it an easy read. There is never a dull moment as Krummenacker keeps the reader wanting to know more about each event that takes place. I would like to see more descriptive language used in future works by this author, but overall I look forward to following his career and seeing how his craft develops.

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The Kindle version of  “The Bridge” is still $1.49 (1/2 off the regular price) at Amazon.com.  So if you haven’t gotten a copy or know someone who might want a copy, now is the time.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B86DR9G

 


The final tally is in and 365 people took advantage of the chance to get the Kindle version of my paranormal/mystery novel “THE BRIDGE” for free.  Hey, a reader for every day of the year… chuckle.

I’ve never done a free-book promo on Amazon before, so anyone with experience please let me know if this is a good number.  I think so, but I like to hear other people’s thoughts.

Now I’m sure one of the big questions on the minds of some of you is, “Why did you give your book away for free?  Don’t you want to make some money?”

The answer is simple.  I wanted to increase my sales.  Now I know this sounds like a contradiction, but hear me out.  To date, only 100 copies of my novel had sold before this giveaway.  And about 1/2 of those were actual sales over six months.  I’ve had 10 reviews on Amazon and about 15 on Smashwords.  Not bad numbers, but certainly not earth-shattering.  I’ve had family and friends helping promote the book throughout their social networks.  I’ve done press releases, sent out free copies to newspapers and radio stations.  My sales ranking on Smashwords was impressive, but the sales were still not coming as strongly as I’d like.  Why?

Not many people have ever heard of me.  I’ve got ONE book to my name out there, just one.  I’m still building my reputation and a following.  In this day and age, a lot of people are very choosy about what they buy, even in e-books.  So those who sell their works for .99 cents or less have a better chance at being grabbed up.  Especially if you have a good tagline and cover.  But sometimes even that’s not enough.  Word of mouth is truly the biggest and greatest weapons we have to get our names out there.  And that only happens if we get our work into the hands of more readers.

Now, I’ve read (in a number of places) that authors who’ve done the free e-book promos see increases in sales within the weeks/months that follow.  Readers get hooked on what they’ve read and tell family, friends, and people in their social networks about it and get them excited enough to get their own copies.  In turn they may fall in love with the book and tell even more people about it, thus perpetuating sales and building the author’s reputation.

So now I’ve taken the plunge.  Now all I can do is wait and see what kind of results happen.  I’ve already heard from one or two people who took advantage of the giveaway and was delighted to hear them say, “I don’t usually read this genre but the story has already sucked me in.  I’m going to want to read the next one…”  I’ve been told this before by other reviewers as well, which gives me hope for the future of my books.  But more importantly, I’m hoping they will spread the word and get others to check it out.

I’ll keep you all posted on what happens next.  As I said way back when I first started this blog, I’m going to share this journey with you all.  My ups and downs, so hopefully you can avoid some of the pitfalls I landed up in.  Success or failure, we learn from them.  Hopefully, you can learn from mine.

In the meantime, the price has gone back to $1.49 which is still 1/2 off the usual price for the book.  So if you haven’t gotten a copy yet or want to get one for someone else there’s still time to get it at 50% off.  Have a great day…

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B86DR9G


****THERE IS STILL TIME TO GET YOUR FREE KINDLE COPY OF “THE BRIDGE” ON AMAZON****

Up to this moment 247 people have already claimed their copy of my paranormal/mystery. You have until midnight tonight (Pacific Standard Time) to get your free copy. And if you’ve already gotten yours, spread the word and so your family, friends and networks can get their copy. Psychics, cops, ghosts and a terrifying secret hidden away inside a three hundred year old bridge await you in this book. Come and learn how the Para-Earth series begins in this first installment. You’ll be glad you did.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B86DR9G

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Just in time for Father’s Day!  The KINDLE version of my paranormal/mystery “THE BRIDGE” will be available for FREE on Amazon this weekend.  Starting tomorrow 6/15 and ending at midnight on 6/16 you can get a free copy!  So if you’re still looking for something for Dad, or a little something for yourself, here’s your chance to grab book #1 in the Para-Earth Series.  Ghosts, psychics, police, and a three hundred year old stone bridge which holds a terrifying secret awaits you within the pages of this book which has received 4 and 5 star reviews.

So bookmark the link below and get  your free copy during this weekend special.  And spread the word to everyone you know about it.  This book has captured the imaginations of customers who have said flat out that they normally don’t read this genre, but are eager for the next installment which will be coming in September.

Happy reading everyone…

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B86DR9G

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