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****TRICK OR TREAT TIME BEGINS TODAY****

From now until November 1st, you can get a e-copy of my paranormal/mystery “THE BRIDGE” for free on Smashwords.

 

Just click on the link below and use this Coupon Code: TR27S

 

That’s all you need to do to get your free copy in any of the following formats:  Nook, Sony, Apple, or PDF for those who don’t have an e-reader and just like to read on your laptop or desktop computers.

 

And if you already have a copy, tell everyone you know so they can take advantage of this offer.

 

Remember this is Book#1 in the Para-Earth Series.  Book #2 “THE SHIP” is coming out this December just in time for Christmas so get to know some of the characters and the wonders of a totally new take on the parallel word concept.  Its unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

 

4 and 5 star reviews can be found at Smashwords, and Amazon if you’re still not certain and would like to hear what others have said.

 

Come check it out and get your copy at the link below:

 

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I want to thank everyone who participated and took advantage of getting a free copy of my paranormal/mystery “THE BRIDGE”.  The first time I did a Free giveaway, less than 450 people took advantage of the opportunity.  This time I did wee bit better… 896!!!

And to all of you who helped spread the word to others about the giveaway…THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!  You gave me the opportunity to reach more people and hopefully turn them into fans.

I know a number of people will be saying, “Gee… too bad those weren’t actual money sales.”  And they would be right.  However, when you’re first-time author and trying to get your name out there, giveaways can be a powerful tool to get a fan-base started.  I’ve heard from a number of people who keep telling me they loved the first book and are looking forward to the next one.

To date: 1408 copies of “THE BRIDGE” are out there in the hands of readers.  Of those about 100 were actual paying sales.  Now most of those people had never heard of me before and took a chance and from what I’ve heard, they were glad they did.  Those new folks are eager to see what I come out with next and will quite likely be willing to not just wait for the free-versions.  Yes, free giveaways are a gamble, but they can pay you back down the road, you just have to be patient.

Remember you’re in this for the long haul.  JK Rowling, Stephen King and other greats did not make millions overnight.  They had to get their names and products out there.  But they had help in the form of publishing companies and agents.  They still had to do a lot of self-promoting as well, don’t get me wrong.  However, even with big name companies to help spread the word, but the authors had to get out there as well.  The same holds true for us Indie Authors.

I know I’ve mentioned all this before in previous posts, but it still holds true.  The greatest marketing tool is you the author.  Go to local bookstores and find out how they choose books to put on their shelves.  Especially local bookstores who may want to feature a new hometown author.  The same goes for radio and television stations.  Check your local ones and see if any want to interview you.  Talk to local libraries and book clubs to see if they want a speaker to talk about e-publishing.  Hold free giveaways on Amazon and Smashwords to increase your reader base.  Those who love your book WILL tell their friends and recommend your work to them.  It all takes time, have the patience and persevere.  That’s all I can tell you right now.

If any of you who read this blog have extra advice please leave those suggestions in the comments section below.  We’re all in this together and sharing our knowledge can help everyone.  Until next time, take care and keep writing.

PS: My next entry will be my thoughts about KDP Select so stay tuned…


As my KDP Select winds down at the end of this month, I’m making my debut paranormal/mystery “THE BRIDGE” available for Kindle absolutely FREE!  Just click on the Amazon link below this Saturday-Sunday-Monday (August 10-12) to get a free copy.  And if you’ve already gotten yours, tell your family and friends throughout your network: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Pinterest, the works.  I’d love to see a whole new crop of readers get hooked on the first novel of my Para-Earth series.  Book number 2 will be out in time for Christmas, so I’m making sure as many people as possible get a chance to see where it all begins.

NOTE: For those who don’t have Kindle, fear not.  “THE BRIDGE” will be available for Nook, Apple, Sony and other e-readers starting September 1st.  Stay tuned for that announcement coming soon.

Here’s the link.  Remember this all starts Saturday August 10th and ends at midnight on August 12th:

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

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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.


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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For those unfamiliar with the concept of a “Hobbit Birthday”, it is one where the birthday person gives presents to those who come to celebrate with him/her.  And that’s what I’m doing here with my birthday, which is march 30th.  I’m giving you all a chance to get a free e-copy of my novel “THE BRIDGE”.

Just go the link below which will take you to Smashwords and use this coupon code: XS86Y to get a free e-book copy.  Smashwords will give you selection of different versions of the book to choose from MOBI (Kindle), Nook, Apple, EPUB, and PDF.

****NOTE: the coupon is only good from now through midnight April 1st, so make sure you get yours as soon as possible****

And what does this birthday boy ask for in return?  Simply this, leave a review on Smashwords and/or Amazon if you don’t mind.nd if you enjoyed the book, please help spread the word about it through your networks.  The biggest battle any new author faces is getting the word out about their books, so this would be a huge help.

SO LET THE PARTY BEGIN.  Here’s the Smashwords Link:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/272613

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A “Hobbit” Birthday….


I’m considering throwing a ‘HOBBIT’ birthday for myself this coming weekend, by making all the e-book versions of my novel “THE BRIDGE” available to anybody who wants one. The only thing I would ask return are one of two things:

1-Leave a review if they could.

and/or

2-Spread the word about the book and the links for it throughout your networks after you’ve read it.

Any thoughts on this folks?

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