Friday, December 16, 2016

Holiday Fantasy Sale

Mirrors & Mist is on sale for a BUCK at Amazon. 
"The tension created by Mr. Skiera’s words is thick, the energy, heady and the loyalty of allies simply amazing! High adventure, dimensional scenes, sounds, smells and inner turmoil, it’s all here, all riveting, all addictive and an epic fantasy that will engage anyone with an eye for great storytelling."

And for FREE, find out how it all started in Crimson & Cream, Book I of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy.  Use code HS47W at Smashwords to download your free e-book.
"I absolutely loved every minute I spent in this world. Your heart breaks for Jetsam, his band of orphans will make your heart ache . . ."

Warlock & Wyrm, the third and final book of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy releases in 2017.

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Mirrors & Mist is on sale for a BUCK at Amazon. 
"The tension created by Mr. Skiera’s words is thick, the energy, heady and the loyalty of allies simply amazing! High adventure, dimensional scenes, sounds, smells and inner turmoil, it’s all here, all riveting, all addictive and an epic fantasy that will engage anyone with an eye for great storytelling."

And for FREE, find out how it all started in Crimson & Cream, Book I of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy.  Use code HS47W at Smashwords to download your free e-book.
"I absolutely loved every minute I spent in this world. Your heart breaks for Jetsam, his band of orphans will make your heart ache . . ."

Warlock & Wyrm, the third and final book of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy releases in 2017.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Book Promotion Autopsy

I ran another Kindle Countdown deal for my epic fantasy adventure Mirrors & Mist (Book II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) this past October 20th through the 23rd. I discounted the e-book from $2.99 to $0.99 for the 4-day promotional period on Amazon.

I invested $96 in advertising on three sites; BKnights (via Fiverr) ($11), BookSends ($45), and Bargain Booksy ($40).  I scheduled one promo during each day of the Countdown to better quantify the results for each specific vendor.  Here's how many books I sold on each day and how much each sale 'cost' in advertising dollars:
  • BKnights (10/20/16): 1, for a promo cost of $11 per sale.
  • BookSends (10/21/16): 19, for a promo cost of $2.37 per sale.
  • Bargain Booksy (10/22/16): 10, for a promo cost of $4.00 per sale.
As shown above, you can see that none of the promotions were profitable this event. Since I experienced success with BKnights previously, I suspect the low sales this time may be due to reader saturation (I'd used BKnights twice prior this year).

In addition to sharing my results here, I also uploaded the data from this promotion to IndieListers, which is a great compilation of book promotion results that I recommend checking out.  To date, it has over 300 promotion summaries from indie authors, and is free to browse with registration.

I'll be doing another Kindle Countdown deal this month, right before Christmas, and applied for promotions on the following sites:
  • eReader News Today (no reply as of yet)
  • Readcheaply.com ($35, listing on 12/16/2016)
  • eReader IQ (via Book Basset, $12, listing on 12/17/2016)
  • Booksends ($25, listing on 12/18/2016)
I also applied to a few free sites (eBookLister, Free99Books.com, and eBooks Habit), though I've never had much luck with the free listings. I decided to skip BKnights and Bargain Booksy this time, since I've noticed a consistent drop-off in sales between my first and second promotions with these sites, which I again suspect is due to the same people seeing the ads multiple times. I will probably rotate between sites and return to them some time in the future.  Eventually, I'd like to advertise on Bookbub, but as they are reportedly even more difficult to get into than eReader News Today, I'm holding off for now, as my chance of acceptance is quite low.

This December, I'm giving away free copies of Crimson & Cream on Smashwords to blog readers with this coupon code: KF85E.  Feel free to share the code if you know of an interested fantasy reader. I'll post again later in the month to broadcast the Mirrors & Mist sale as well.

Author Update: I'm continuing to work with my editor on Warlock & Wyrm. We're almost half done, but the process appears to be slowing as the holidays approach.  I'm hoping the new year will bring renewed progress. At the current pace, I'm projecting to have my editor finish her read and comments in February, and then I'll incorporate my revisions and do another re-read (and polish) before getting anything to my beta readers. It's looking like my early 2017 release will be pushed closer to mid-2017. I have another project I'm working on as well, but getting antsy to complete the Oxbow Kingdom trilogy.


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2016

I ran another Kindle Countdown deal for my epic fantasy adventure Mirrors & Mist (Book II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) this past October 20th through the 23rd. I discounted the e-book from $2.99 to $0.99 for the 4-day promotional period on Amazon.

I invested $96 in advertising on three sites; BKnights (via Fiverr) ($11), BookSends ($45), and Bargain Booksy ($40).  I scheduled one promo during each day of the Countdown to better quantify the results for each specific vendor.  Here's how many books I sold on each day and how much each sale 'cost' in advertising dollars:

  • BKnights (10/20/16): 1, for a promo cost of $11 per sale.
  • BookSends (10/21/16): 19, for a promo cost of $2.37 per sale.
  • Bargain Booksy (10/22/16): 10, for a promo cost of $4.00 per sale.
As shown above, you can see that none of the promotions were profitable this event. Since I experienced success with BKnights previously, I suspect the low sales this time may be due to reader saturation (I'd used BKnights twice prior this year).

In addition to sharing my results here, I also uploaded the data from this promotion to IndieListers, which is a great compilation of book promotion results that I recommend checking out.  To date, it has over 300 promotion summaries from indie authors, and is free to browse with registration.

I'll be doing another Kindle Countdown deal this month, right before Christmas, and applied for promotions on the following sites:
  • eReader News Today (no reply as of yet)
  • Readcheaply.com ($35, listing on 12/16/2016)
  • eReader IQ (via Book Basset, $12, listing on 12/17/2016)
  • Booksends ($25, listing on 12/18/2016)
I also applied to a few free sites (eBookLister, Free99Books.com, and eBooks Habit), though I've never had much luck with the free listings. I decided to skip BKnights and Bargain Booksy this time, since I've noticed a consistent drop-off in sales between my first and second promotions with these sites, which I again suspect is due to the same people seeing the ads multiple times. I will probably rotate between sites and return to them some time in the future.  Eventually, I'd like to advertise on Bookbub, but as they are reportedly even more difficult to get into than eReader News Today, I'm holding off for now, as my chance of acceptance is quite low.

This December, I'm giving away free copies of Crimson & Cream on Smashwords to blog readers with this coupon code: KF85E.  Feel free to share the code if you know of an interested fantasy reader. I'll post again later in the month to broadcast the Mirrors & Mist sale as well.

Author Update: I'm continuing to work with my editor on Warlock & Wyrm. We're almost half done, but the process appears to be slowing as the holidays approach.  I'm hoping the new year will bring renewed progress. At the current pace, I'm projecting to have my editor finish her read and comments in February, and then I'll incorporate my revisions and do another re-read (and polish) before getting anything to my beta readers. It's looking like my early 2017 release will be pushed closer to mid-2017. I have another project I'm working on as well, but getting antsy to complete the Oxbow Kingdom trilogy.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tomoson - Are Reviews Worth the Price?

I read about Tomoson in Indies Unlimited: Tutorials and Tools for Prospering in a Digital World, Volume I (which is a very handy guidebook, although like everything Internet-related, has some parts that are already dated). Tomoson is a website that allows people to receive free products in exchange for writing and posting reviews. Because I didn't feel like watching their "How it Works" video, I signed up for the service strictly based on the Indies Unlimited recommendation. I was able to create an account without providing any credit card or PayPal information (more on that later).

Tomoson lets you create promotions for your products via their website template. I set up a promotion for my epic fantasy novel Crimson & Cream, asking for book reviews in exchange for a Smashwords coupon code to download the free e-book (JH88U). Tomoson's interface is rather clunky and unintuitive, but once you explore and experiment, it's not too difficult to navigate. I searched Tomoson's database for book reviewers that didn't charge for their reviews (be careful, some do charge) and were interested in reviewing the fantasy genre. I then invited these reviewers (via Tomoson) and activated my promotion.

Tomoson provides statistics on their reviewers, which show their social media reach, their completion percentage for the products the accepted for review, and their rating as posted by the product providers, so you can vet who you want to approve and send a free book to. In addition to the people you invite to review your product, other reviewers on Tomoson can also see your promotion and request your free product. This avenue is where most of my reviewers came from, as few of the people I initially targeted responded.

A total of 25 people requested a free copy of my book in exchange for a review. Sixteen of these people completed and posted their reviews while my 3-week trial period was active.  The quality of these reviews spanned both extremes. I received some of my best reviews and my worst review. In total, all but two reviews were positive, and they varied from well-written, polished prose, to quick Instragam blurbs.

Tomoson offers a three-week free trial (which I used), then after that expires, the cheapest option to continue is $99 a month.  I didn't come close to an uptick in sales that would justify me spending that much money to continue, especially with only two books to promote. But, the three-week trial period is long enough for you to explore and determine the value for yourself. I imagine an author with a large back catalog could generate a significant amount of reviews in a few months on Tomoson, if that was their goal and within their price range.

The free trail is definitely worth the effort if you want reviews, but unless you are particular in screening your applicants, you may get people who request any and every item they can get for free. My mistake was approving everyone who applied, which came back to bite me with some bad reviews from people who had no interest in reading a fantasy novel. Still, I received 16 reviews on Facebook, Goodreads, individual blogs, Twitter, and Instagram, all for a couple hours work. A final downside is that once my free-trial expired, I can't seem to cancel my account (the only page I can access now is the paid sign-up page), and I keep getting e-mails from Tomoson.

Author Update: I'm continuing to work with my editor on Warlock & Wyrm. We're about 40% through and I'm happy with the improvements, although the process is slow, I feel it is worth it.



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2016

I read about Tomoson in Indies Unlimited: Tutorials and Tools for Prospering in a Digital World, Volume I (which is a very handy guidebook, although like everything Internet-related, has some parts that are already dated). Tomoson is a website that allows people to receive free products in exchange for writing and posting reviews. Because I didn't feel like watching their "How it Works" video, I signed up for the service strictly based on the Indies Unlimited recommendation. I was able to create an account without providing any credit card or PayPal information (more on that later).

Tomoson lets you create promotions for your products via their website template. I set up a promotion for my epic fantasy novel Crimson & Cream, asking for book reviews in exchange for a Smashwords coupon code to download the free e-book (JH88U). Tomoson's interface is rather clunky and unintuitive, but once you explore and experiment, it's not too difficult to navigate. I searched Tomoson's database for book reviewers that didn't charge for their reviews (be careful, some do charge) and were interested in reviewing the fantasy genre. I then invited these reviewers (via Tomoson) and activated my promotion.

Tomoson provides statistics on their reviewers, which show their social media reach, their completion percentage for the products the accepted for review, and their rating as posted by the product providers, so you can vet who you want to approve and send a free book to. In addition to the people you invite to review your product, other reviewers on Tomoson can also see your promotion and request your free product. This avenue is where most of my reviewers came from, as few of the people I initially targeted responded.

A total of 25 people requested a free copy of my book in exchange for a review. Sixteen of these people completed and posted their reviews while my 3-week trial period was active.  The quality of these reviews spanned both extremes. I received some of my best reviews and my worst review. In total, all but two reviews were positive, and they varied from well-written, polished prose, to quick Instragam blurbs.

Tomoson offers a three-week free trial (which I used), then after that expires, the cheapest option to continue is $99 a month.  I didn't come close to an uptick in sales that would justify me spending that much money to continue, especially with only two books to promote. But, the three-week trial period is long enough for you to explore and determine the value for yourself. I imagine an author with a large back catalog could generate a significant amount of reviews in a few months on Tomoson, if that was their goal and within their price range.

The free trail is definitely worth the effort if you want reviews, but unless you are particular in screening your applicants, you may get people who request any and every item they can get for free. My mistake was approving everyone who applied, which came back to bite me with some bad reviews from people who had no interest in reading a fantasy novel. Still, I received 16 reviews on Facebook, Goodreads, individual blogs, Twitter, and Instagram, all for a couple hours work. A final downside is that once my free-trial expired, I can't seem to cancel my account (the only page I can access now is the paid sign-up page), and I keep getting e-mails from Tomoson.

Author Update: I'm continuing to work with my editor on Warlock & Wyrm. We're about 40% through and I'm happy with the improvements, although the process is slow, I feel it is worth it.




Thursday, October 20, 2016

Halloween eBook Deal

Since November 2016 is shaping up to be a scary month (the U.S. election, a dentist appointment, jury duty, 50th birthday, and the corresponding colonoscopy), I'm having an e-book sale before the fun starts. This week (October 20 through the 23) I'll be selling my epic fantasy adventure Mirrors & Mist (Book II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) for $0.99 (2/3 off) on Amazon via a Kindle Countdown deal. In addition, you can also grab a free ebook copy of Crimson & Cream (Book I of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) on Smashwords with this coupon code: ZU23J.

If you'd like to see what others are saying about this YA epic fantasy adventure, take a peek at some reviews here. And, if you know of any avid fantasy readers looking to add to their library, please share.

Regarding my advertising plan for this promotion, I invested $96 in three sites; BKnights (via Fiverr) ($11), BookSends ($45), and Bargain Booksy ($40). I applied to Ereader News Today (ENT) again, but was not accepted this time, either. This will be my first try with BookSends, and I also remembered to implement the lessons learned from my last promotion:
  • I scheduled one promo per each day of the Countdown to better quantify the results for each specific vendor. I'll be on BKnights the 20th, BookSends the 21st, and Bargain Booksy the 22nd.
  • I also set my promotion start time on KDP to match with the promo site start times, so that when they pull data from Amazon, the sale price of Mirrors & Mist comes up (and not the regular price).  Last time, my promo started at 8 am Pacific time zone, and BKnights pulled their data from Amazon at 8 am Eastern time zone, where Mirrors & Mist was still listed at regular price for 3 more hours.
Author Update: I'm working with my editor on Warlock & Wyrm. It's a slow process, but we're about 25% through, so I'm hoping that I can give my beta readers a Christmas present this year. What I'm finding different for this book is that I'm actually adding text through the editing process (instead of cutting it out). My editor seems to think I did a lot of rushing so far, and now I'm putting a little more meat on the bones.

Happy Halloween!

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Since November 2016 is shaping up to be a scary month (the U.S. election, a dentist appointment, jury duty, 50th birthday, and the corresponding colonoscopy), I'm having an e-book sale before the fun starts. This week (October 20 through the 23) I'll be selling my epic fantasy adventure Mirrors & Mist (Book II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) for $0.99 (2/3 off) on Amazon via a Kindle Countdown deal. In addition, you can also grab a free ebook copy of Crimson & Cream (Book I of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) on Smashwords with this coupon code: ZU23J.


If you'd like to see what others are saying about this YA epic fantasy adventure, take a peek at some reviews here. And, if you know of any avid fantasy readers looking to add to their library, please share.

Regarding my advertising plan for this promotion, I invested $96 in three sites; BKnights (via Fiverr) ($11), BookSends ($45), and Bargain Booksy ($40). I applied to Ereader News Today (ENT) again, but was not accepted this time, either. This will be my first try with BookSends, and I also remembered to implement the lessons learned from my last promotion:
  • I scheduled one promo per each day of the Countdown to better quantify the results for each specific vendor. I'll be on BKnights the 20th, BookSends the 21st, and Bargain Booksy the 22nd.
  • I also set my promotion start time on KDP to match with the promo site start times, so that when they pull data from Amazon, the sale price of Mirrors & Mist comes up (and not the regular price).  Last time, my promo started at 8 am Pacific time zone, and BKnights pulled their data from Amazon at 8 am Eastern time zone, where Mirrors & Mist was still listed at regular price for 3 more hours.
Author Update: I'm working with my editor on Warlock & Wyrm. It's a slow process, but we're about 25% through, so I'm hoping that I can give my beta readers a Christmas present this year. What I'm finding different for this book is that I'm actually adding text through the editing process (instead of cutting it out). My editor seems to think I did a lot of rushing so far, and now I'm putting a little more meat on the bones.

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Good News/Bad News - Book Promo Results

From August 17th through the 22nd, 2016, I ran an Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal for my epic fantasy novel Mirrors & Mist (Book II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy). I discounted the e-book from $2.99 to $0.99 for the entire 5-day promotional period.

Since I had success with BKnights previously, I decided to use them again, and also expand my marketing to a few more book promotion advertisers. I invested $100 in three sites; BKnights (via Fiverr) ($10), Booksbutterfly ($50), and Bargain Booksy ($40).

Now that the results of my e-book sale promotion are in, I've got some good news and some bad news.

The Good:
  • I sold 34 ebooks (24 of Mirrors & Mist and 10 of Crimson & Cream at regular price), which was my best 5-day sales period ever.
  • My Amazon author rank reached it's highest rating ever.
  • Both Mirrors & Mist and Crimson & Cream reached their highest position on the Amazon Bestseller Rank.
The Bad:
  • I didn't break even on the promotion, as my sale revenue fell short of the amount I spent on advertising (I lost approximately $60).
  • I didn't stagger the days I advertised, and hence, can't really evaluate how each of the three promotional sites performed on their own.
  • My first day of promotion on BKnights listed Mirrors & Mist at the regular price instead of the discount price. It turns out that this was my fault, because BKnights requires all books to be discounted by 8 a.m. Eastern time, since that's when they pull their data from Amazon. However, my promotion didn't start until 8 a.m. Pacific time. BKnights was kind enough to run the book the next day at the discounted price.
Lessons Learned:
  • Read the promo specifics and make sure the start times match with your Kindle promo start times.
  • Use only one promo per Countdown day if you want to quantify the results for that specific promo vendor.







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From August 17th through the 22nd, 2016, I ran an Amazon Kindle Countdown Deal for my epic fantasy novel Mirrors & Mist (Book II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy). I discounted the e-book from $2.99 to $0.99 for the entire 5-day promotional period.

Since I had success with BKnights previously, I decided to use them again, and also expand my marketing to a few more book promotion advertisers. I invested $100 in three sites; BKnights (via Fiverr) ($10), Booksbutterfly ($50), and Bargain Booksy ($40).

Now that the results of my e-book sale promotion are in, I've got some good news and some bad news.

The Good:

  • I sold 34 ebooks (24 of Mirrors & Mist and 10 of Crimson & Cream at regular price), which was my best 5-day sales period ever.
  • My Amazon author rank reached it's highest rating ever.
  • Both Mirrors & Mist and Crimson & Cream reached their highest position on the Amazon Bestseller Rank.
The Bad:
  • I didn't break even on the promotion, as my sale revenue fell short of the amount I spent on advertising (I lost approximately $60).
  • I didn't stagger the days I advertised, and hence, can't really evaluate how each of the three promotional sites performed on their own.
  • My first day of promotion on BKnights listed Mirrors & Mist at the regular price instead of the discount price. It turns out that this was my fault, because BKnights requires all books to be discounted by 8 a.m. Eastern time, since that's when they pull their data from Amazon. However, my promotion didn't start until 8 a.m. Pacific time. BKnights was kind enough to run the book the next day at the discounted price.
Lessons Learned:
  • Read the promo specifics and make sure the start times match with your Kindle promo start times.
  • Use only one promo per Countdown day if you want to quantify the results for that specific promo vendor.







Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sales & Freebies & Giveaways, Oh My!

It's time for another KDP Select promotion. This week (August 17 through the 22) I'll be selling my epic fantasy adventure Mirrors & Mist (Book II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) for $0.99 (67% off) on Amazon via a Kindle Countdown deal. In addition, you can also grab a free ebook copy of Crimson & Cream (Book I of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) on Smashwords with this coupon code: ZU23J.

Mirrors & Mist has 26 reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and is currently rated at 4.5 stars, while Crimson & Cream has a combined 4.3 star rating from 62 reviews. If you'd like to see what others are saying about this YA epic fantasy adventure, check out some summaries here. And, if you know of any avid fantasy readers looking to add to their library, please share this information if you have a chance.

Regarding my advertising efforts for this promotion, I invested $100 in three sites; BKnights (via Fiverr) ($10), Booksbutterfly ($50), and Bargain Booksy ($40). I applied to Ereader News Today (ENT), but was not accepted. Once the Countdown is over, I'll share the results here. I've had success with BKnights previously and decided to expand my spend; hence I'm trying Booksbutterfly and BargainBooksy for the first time.

I also discovered that Mirrors & Mist is not eligible for many of the promotion sites because they will only feature the first book of a series, and Crimson & Cream is currently not enrolled in KDP. I'm planning on changing that after Warlock & Wyrm (Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) comes out next year. Although this will require removing Crimson & Cream from Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, and the rest, it will allow me to market on more promotional outlets, and run Kindle deals and giveaways on all three books.

I was initially resistant to putting all my eggs in Amazon's basket, but after several years of my books being available, my sales on Amazon far outnumber all the other retailers combined, so I'm going to go exclusively with Amazon for this first trilogy.

Author update: I sent the 5th draft of Warlock & Wyrm to my editor this week, and look forward to her feedback. The third and final book of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is the longest novel of the three, currently over 100,000 words.


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2016

It's time for another KDP Select promotion. This week (August 17 through the 22) I'll be selling my epic fantasy adventure Mirrors & Mist (Book II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) for $0.99 (67% off) on Amazon via a Kindle Countdown deal. In addition, you can also grab a free ebook copy of Crimson & Cream (Book I of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) on Smashwords with this coupon code: ZU23J.

Mirrors & Mist has 26 reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and is currently rated at 4.5 stars, while Crimson & Cream has a combined 4.3 star rating from 62 reviews. If you'd like to see what others are saying about this YA epic fantasy adventure, check out some summaries here. And, if you know of any avid fantasy readers looking to add to their library, please share this information if you have a chance.

Regarding my advertising efforts for this promotion, I invested $100 in three sites; BKnights (via Fiverr) ($10), Booksbutterfly ($50), and Bargain Booksy ($40). I applied to Ereader News Today (ENT), but was not accepted. Once the Countdown is over, I'll share the results here. I've had success with BKnights previously and decided to expand my spend; hence I'm trying Booksbutterfly and BargainBooksy for the first time.

I also discovered that Mirrors & Mist is not eligible for many of the promotion sites because they will only feature the first book of a series, and Crimson & Cream is currently not enrolled in KDP. I'm planning on changing that after Warlock & Wyrm (Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy) comes out next year. Although this will require removing Crimson & Cream from Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, and the rest, it will allow me to market on more promotional outlets, and run Kindle deals and giveaways on all three books.

I was initially resistant to putting all my eggs in Amazon's basket, but after several years of my books being available, my sales on Amazon far outnumber all the other retailers combined, so I'm going to go exclusively with Amazon for this first trilogy.

Author update: I sent the 5th draft of Warlock & Wyrm to my editor this week, and look forward to her feedback. The third and final book of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is the longest novel of the three, currently over 100,000 words.



Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Free Template for Book Promo Forms

Do you use online promotional websites to advertise your book giveaways and Kindle Countdown Deals? If so, you've experienced the tedium of filling out practically the same information on all these online forms.
And if you haven't used these promos yet, but intend to, the template below may save you some valuable time. I assembled this guide for myself to have all the necessary information at my fingertips to easily complete the promo forms for my book events. This simple resource allows me to easily cut-and-paste the required text to fill in the boxes. Feel free to copy and modify the template (i.e., delete my info and insert yours) for your own books, if this looks like something that may save you some time. It's also handy for submitting book review requests, blogger guest posts, etc.

KDP Select Advertising Form Information

Author Name: C. M. Skiera
Author Website: cm@yourresearchhelp.com
Book Title: Mirrors & Mist
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UPC2OO8
ASIN: B00UPC2OO8
ISBN: 978-0-9962059-0-0
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Published: March, 2015
Words: 72,750

50-Word Blurb
Orphaned Jetsam is apprenticed to the fugitive wizard Seryn Vardan. When a caravan rescue goes awry and Seryn is apprehended, Jetsam vows to free his beloved mentor. Can Jetsam save Seryn from a public beheading, or will he again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?

One-Sentence Blurb
Can Jetsam save his beloved mentor from certain death, or will he once again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?

Contact Info
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6520768.C_M_Skiera
Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/C.M.-Skiera/e/B008XKXD2Q
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004136952025
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/cmskiera (@cmskiera)
Blog:  http://cmskiera.blogspot.com/
Google Plus Profile:  https://plus.google.com/+CMSkiera/about

Tags 
coming of age, fantasy, dungeon, dragon, sorcery, swords and sorcery, fantasy action, fantasy action adventure, sorcery fantasy adventure, fantasy about magic

Author Bio
C. M. Skiera currently lives in San Diego, California, a long way from Michigan, where he grew up, graduated from Michigan State University, and started a career as an environmental engineer. He and his wife are devoted dog-lovers who share their home with two rescue Chihuahuas.

Crimson & Cream is C. M. Skiera’s debut epic fantasy novel.  He started writing Crimson & Cream in 1999, and after many twists and turns, 13 drafts, plenty of rejections, the arrival of the 21st Century and  the advent of online self-publishing, the ebook was was self-published on Smashwords and Amazon in 2012. Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is his latest release, and he is currently writing Warlock & Wyrm, the final book of the series.

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Do you use online promotional websites to advertise your book giveaways and Kindle Countdown Deals? If so, you've experienced the tedium of filling out practically the same information on all these online forms.

And if you haven't used these promos yet, but intend to, the template below may save you some valuable time. I assembled this guide for myself to have all the necessary information at my fingertips to easily complete the promo forms for my book events. This simple resource allows me to easily cut-and-paste the required text to fill in the boxes. Feel free to copy and modify the template (i.e., delete my info and insert yours) for your own books, if this looks like something that may save you some time. It's also handy for submitting book review requests, blogger guest posts, etc.

KDP Select Advertising Form Information

Author Name: C. M. Skiera
Author Website: cm@yourresearchhelp.com
Book Title: Mirrors & Mist
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UPC2OO8
ASIN: B00UPC2OO8
ISBN: 978-0-9962059-0-0
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Published: March, 2015
Words: 72,750

50-Word Blurb
Orphaned Jetsam is apprenticed to the fugitive wizard Seryn Vardan. When a caravan rescue goes awry and Seryn is apprehended, Jetsam vows to free his beloved mentor. Can Jetsam save Seryn from a public beheading, or will he again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?

One-Sentence Blurb
Can Jetsam save his beloved mentor from certain death, or will he once again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?

Contact Info
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6520768.C_M_Skiera
Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/C.M.-Skiera/e/B008XKXD2Q
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004136952025
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/cmskiera (@cmskiera)
Blog:  http://cmskiera.blogspot.com/
Google Plus Profile:  https://plus.google.com/+CMSkiera/about

Tags 
coming of age, fantasy, dungeon, dragon, sorcery, swords and sorcery, fantasy action, fantasy action adventure, sorcery fantasy adventure, fantasy about magic

Author Bio
C. M. Skiera currently lives in San Diego, California, a long way from Michigan, where he grew up, graduated from Michigan State University, and started a career as an environmental engineer. He and his wife are devoted dog-lovers who share their home with two rescue Chihuahuas.

Crimson & Cream is C. M. Skiera’s debut epic fantasy novel.  He started writing Crimson & Cream in 1999, and after many twists and turns, 13 drafts, plenty of rejections, the arrival of the 21st Century and  the advent of online self-publishing, the ebook was was self-published on Smashwords and Amazon in 2012. Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is his latest release, and he is currently writing Warlock & Wyrm, the final book of the series.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Software I'm using for my Next Book

I originally started preparing this post when I began writing the first draft of Warlock & Wyrm over a year ago, but the article languished and before I got around to completing it, I'd finished the book instead. So, as I prepare to send Warlock & Wyrm to my editor, my thoughts drift to planning my next novel. Right now, this new story exists primarily in my head and on a MS Word document containing thoughts and ideas. The next step is to begin using some of my favorite writing software to morph this collection of ideas into the start of a first draft. Because I'm a plotter (and not a pantster), the planning stage is integral to my writing. You don't need these programs to write a book, but I've found through trial and error that they benefit my writing process greatly.

For my first step, I'll use Dramatica to set up my story and ensure my characters have proper motivations and the plot is solid and well-developed. I've used the Dramatica software for four books, and find it to be a beneficial exercise in story-building. In brief, the Dramatica process assists you in building your story through the Story Guide function. The program asks you to describe your story--what happens in the beginning, middle, and end. It then prompts you to outline the main story events. After that, the software helps you create your characters and set up their relationships; protagonist vs. antagonist, sidekick vs. skeptic, and so on. This post provides more detail on Dramatica and what I like about it.

While I'm going through the Dramatic process, I'll also begin assembling a spreadsheet (Excel)  to track and organize details on my characters, settings, time lines, world-building, and other details I'll need to reference while writing. This spreadsheet is a work-in-progress that I add details to throughout the writing process. For example, if I describe a character's eye color in chapter one, I record it in the spreadsheet, so I can find it easily when I forget what color they were by the time I'm writing chapter 30.

Next, I'll use the Dramatica output to start assembling the novel in yWriter5. I used yWriter5 in writing Warlock & Wyrm and found it to be the single most helpful program of all the software packages I've tried. Because Warlock & Wyrm has multiple point-of-view (POV) characters in different locations and time lines, yWriter5's organizational capabilities proved an excellent resource. Being able to organize my writing by scene, character, location, and other categories made it much easier to track the various story lines and arrange them in a logical, cohesive order. yWriter5 makes re-ordering scenes and chapters easy, and is full of great tools that I've written about before. My plan is to write my first and second drafts in yWriter5. Once I'm comfortable with my story and have used all yWriter5's internal tools to check and correct my novel, I'll move on to the next step.

Using yWriter5's export function, I'll open the novel in MS Word, where I'll do my final self-editing and polish, before sending the document to my editor. By having the novel in Word format, it is ready for self-publishing on Amazon. Within Word, I use Pro Writing Aid (PWA), which I've also blogged about previously. PWA is an editing tool that can be used online, or with a plug-in that allows editing within your Word or Google Docs file. PWA allows me to self-edit by identifying mistakes I can recognize and fix myself, before I send it to my editor for a professional polish. I use the PWA plug-in for Word to do a thorough edit of the document, chapter-by-chapter.

So that's a glimpse into my current writing process--at least the pieces that involve software assistance. Best of luck with your writing and reading adventures.


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Title : Software I'm using for my Next Book
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I originally started preparing this post when I began writing the first draft of Warlock & Wyrm over a year ago, but the article languished and before I got around to completing it, I'd finished the book instead. So, as I prepare to send Warlock & Wyrm to my editor, my thoughts drift to planning my next novel. Right now, this new story exists primarily in my head and on a MS Word document containing thoughts and ideas. The next step is to begin using some of my favorite writing software to morph this collection of ideas into the start of a first draft. Because I'm a plotter (and not a pantster), the planning stage is integral to my writing. You don't need these programs to write a book, but I've found through trial and error that they benefit my writing process greatly.

For my first step, I'll use Dramatica to set up my story and ensure my characters have proper motivations and the plot is solid and well-developed. I've used the Dramatica software for four books, and find it to be a beneficial exercise in story-building. In brief, the Dramatica process assists you in building your story through the Story Guide function. The program asks you to describe your story--what happens in the beginning, middle, and end. It then prompts you to outline the main story events. After that, the software helps you create your characters and set up their relationships; protagonist vs. antagonist, sidekick vs. skeptic, and so on. This post provides more detail on Dramatica and what I like about it.

While I'm going through the Dramatic process, I'll also begin assembling a spreadsheet (Excel)  to track and organize details on my characters, settings, time lines, world-building, and other details I'll need to reference while writing. This spreadsheet is a work-in-progress that I add details to throughout the writing process. For example, if I describe a character's eye color in chapter one, I record it in the spreadsheet, so I can find it easily when I forget what color they were by the time I'm writing chapter 30.

Next, I'll use the Dramatica output to start assembling the novel in yWriter5. I used yWriter5 in writing Warlock & Wyrm and found it to be the single most helpful program of all the software packages I've tried. Because Warlock & Wyrm has multiple point-of-view (POV) characters in different locations and time lines, yWriter5's organizational capabilities proved an excellent resource. Being able to organize my writing by scene, character, location, and other categories made it much easier to track the various story lines and arrange them in a logical, cohesive order. yWriter5 makes re-ordering scenes and chapters easy, and is full of great tools that I've written about before. My plan is to write my first and second drafts in yWriter5. Once I'm comfortable with my story and have used all yWriter5's internal tools to check and correct my novel, I'll move on to the next step.

Using yWriter5's export function, I'll open the novel in MS Word, where I'll do my final self-editing and polish, before sending the document to my editor. By having the novel in Word format, it is ready for self-publishing on Amazon. Within Word, I use Pro Writing Aid (PWA), which I've also blogged about previously. PWA is an editing tool that can be used online, or with a plug-in that allows editing within your Word or Google Docs file. PWA allows me to self-edit by identifying mistakes I can recognize and fix myself, before I send it to my editor for a professional polish. I use the PWA plug-in for Word to do a thorough edit of the document, chapter-by-chapter.

So that's a glimpse into my current writing process--at least the pieces that involve software assistance. Best of luck with your writing and reading adventures.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My Experience with a Bknights Promo

For my most recent Amazon KDP Select ebook giveaway, I decided to purchase a promotion to help advertise the event. I reviewed the results of other authors' book promotions on IndieListers and chose to give Bknights (on Fiverr) a try, based on their reasonable prices and results. I purchased a $10 promotional package for Bknights to market my ebook on their site (digitalbookspot.com) that has over 4,800 active readers.

I ran my Mirrors & Mist Amazon giveaway on June 3 and 4, 2016. In total, I gave away 320 books, which was about three times the amount during my last KDP event in April, 2016 (95 ebooks), where I only promoted my giveaway on free websites.

In addition to giving away 320 ebooks, I also sold 10 copies of my first book, Crimson & Cream, during the two-day promotional period (which is 10 ebooks more than I sold in the days before and after the promo). These indirect 'offshoot' sales covered the cost of the Bknights ad, and then some. I actually made about $10 profit on my $10 investment. My intent was to spend a little money to increase my giveaway volume, so experiencing a corresponding uptick in sales was an unexpected bonus.


Obviously, these are not staggering numbers, but my goal is to start small and work my way up to the more expensive promotions. I was very satisfied with my Bknights experience and ease of use in conducting the transaction through Fiverr. I'll definitely use Bknights again, along with experimenting with other promotional vendors.

Author Update: I'm currently editing the third draft of Warlock & Wyrm and am close to the halfway point (on chapter 15 of 34). My plan is to send the manuscript to my editor in mid-July.



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Title : My Experience with a Bknights Promo
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For my most recent Amazon KDP Select ebook giveaway, I decided to purchase a promotion to help advertise the event. I reviewed the results of other authors' book promotions on IndieListers and chose to give Bknights (on Fiverr) a try, based on their reasonable prices and results. I purchased a $10 promotional package for Bknights to market my ebook on their site (digitalbookspot.com) that has over 4,800 active readers.

I ran my Mirrors & Mist Amazon giveaway on June 3 and 4, 2016. In total, I gave away 320 books, which was about three times the amount during my last KDP event in April, 2016 (95 ebooks), where I only promoted my giveaway on free websites.

In addition to giving away 320 ebooks, I also sold 10 copies of my first book, Crimson & Cream, during the two-day promotional period (which is 10 ebooks more than I sold in the days before and after the promo). These indirect 'offshoot' sales covered the cost of the Bknights ad, and then some. I actually made about $10 profit on my $10 investment. My intent was to spend a little money to increase my giveaway volume, so experiencing a corresponding uptick in sales was an unexpected bonus.


Obviously, these are not staggering numbers, but my goal is to start small and work my way up to the more expensive promotions. I was very satisfied with my Bknights experience and ease of use in conducting the transaction through Fiverr. I'll definitely use Bknights again, along with experimenting with other promotional vendors.

Author Update: I'm currently editing the third draft of Warlock & Wyrm and am close to the halfway point (on chapter 15 of 34). My plan is to send the manuscript to my editor in mid-July.



Friday, June 3, 2016

Fantasy Ebook Giveaway

June 3 and 4, 2016, Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy will be available for free on Amazon via KDP Select. Get your copy here!

In addition, Crimson & Cream, Book I of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is available for free at Smashwords with this code: ZU23J.

Here's a mini-primer on The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy:
  1. The main character is a 13-year-old orphan boy who's coming-of-age story is revealed throughout the trilogy.
  2. The story is epic fantasy in the traditional style, set in a nostalgically-familiar Medieval European-style mountainous world.
  3. The books currently have 36 reviews on Amazon, with ratings of 4.4 and 4.6. respectively.
  4. The fantasy writers who I love to read, and who inspire me, and certainly influence my story-telling in subtle ways are, in no particular order, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, and J.R.R. Tolkien, of course.
  5. Book III of the trilogy (Warlock & Wrym) is currently being edited and is targeted for a 2017 release.
And here are a few unbiased opinions for your consideration:

Tome Tender: "Absolutely wonderful reading and the perfect cornerstone for a new fantasy trilogy! The tension created by Mr. Skiera’s words is thick, the energy, heady and the loyalty of allies simply amazing! High adventure, dimensional scenes, sounds, smells and inner turmoil, it’s all here, all riveting, all addictive and an epic fantasy that will engage anyone with an eye for great storytelling."

Shaykitteh's World of Books: "A fun and exciting story, full of magic but - more importantly - likeable characters, I highly recommend reading Crimson & Cream... CM Skiera has managed to write another spellbinding tale, expanding on the first adventure while also tying in Seryn's past."

Author Brian Beam's Blog: "C.M. Skiera has a wonderful talent for description and dialogue, and his characters are unique and interesting... Mirrors and Mist, book 2 of C.M. Skiera's Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, far surpasses its predecessor in just about every way. The characters are given more depth, there are more twists and turns throughout the increasingly complex plot, the action scenes are more exhilarating, and there is a bigger dose of emotion."

Author Jennifer Thompson: "For those devotees of Fantasy/Epic Fantasy this is a definite "must read." I wholeheartedly, and without reservation, recommend CRIMSON & CREAM!"

Rabid Readers Reviews: "The negative aspect of this novel is that I couldn't put it down."
  
Books, Reviews, Etc.: "There is never a dull moment when you think you want to quit reading."

The Reader's Hollow: "Just like the first book, I think fans of classic High Fantasy will really enjoy this trilogy."

Please give these books a try, and thank you very much in advance.


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Title : Fantasy Ebook Giveaway
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June 3 and 4, 2016, Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy will be available for free on Amazon via KDP Select. Get your copy here!

In addition, Crimson & Cream, Book I of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy is available for free at Smashwords with this code: ZU23J.

Here's a mini-primer on The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy:

  1. The main character is a 13-year-old orphan boy who's coming-of-age story is revealed throughout the trilogy.
  2. The story is epic fantasy in the traditional style, set in a nostalgically-familiar Medieval European-style mountainous world.
  3. The books currently have 36 reviews on Amazon, with ratings of 4.4 and 4.6. respectively.
  4. The fantasy writers who I love to read, and who inspire me, and certainly influence my story-telling in subtle ways are, in no particular order, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, and J.R.R. Tolkien, of course.
  5. Book III of the trilogy (Warlock & Wrym) is currently being edited and is targeted for a 2017 release.
And here are a few unbiased opinions for your consideration:

Tome Tender: "Absolutely wonderful reading and the perfect cornerstone for a new fantasy trilogy! The tension created by Mr. Skiera’s words is thick, the energy, heady and the loyalty of allies simply amazing! High adventure, dimensional scenes, sounds, smells and inner turmoil, it’s all here, all riveting, all addictive and an epic fantasy that will engage anyone with an eye for great storytelling."

Shaykitteh's World of Books: "A fun and exciting story, full of magic but - more importantly - likeable characters, I highly recommend reading Crimson & Cream... CM Skiera has managed to write another spellbinding tale, expanding on the first adventure while also tying in Seryn's past."

Author Brian Beam's Blog: "C.M. Skiera has a wonderful talent for description and dialogue, and his characters are unique and interesting... Mirrors and Mist, book 2 of C.M. Skiera's Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, far surpasses its predecessor in just about every way. The characters are given more depth, there are more twists and turns throughout the increasingly complex plot, the action scenes are more exhilarating, and there is a bigger dose of emotion."

Author Jennifer Thompson: "For those devotees of Fantasy/Epic Fantasy this is a definite "must read." I wholeheartedly, and without reservation, recommend CRIMSON & CREAM!"

Rabid Readers Reviews: "The negative aspect of this novel is that I couldn't put it down."
  
Books, Reviews, Etc.: "There is never a dull moment when you think you want to quit reading."

The Reader's Hollow: "Just like the first book, I think fans of classic High Fantasy will really enjoy this trilogy."

Please give these books a try, and thank you very much in advance.


Monday, May 23, 2016

More Info on Book Ads

Did you know there are over 250 websites where an author can promote their book deals and giveaways? To me, that number is daunting. How do you create a strategy to advertise your books with so many options and so little data on actual performance results?

I recently read a guest post on Indies Unlimited by Jason B. Ladd of IndieListers, a new website that features a free database of book promotion results. You have to sign up to view the results (and to enter your own data to share, if you wish), but registration is free, so I joined the site.

The IndieListers database displays actual performance results uploaded by authors on their advertising purchases. Currently, there are over 300 entries posted by authors on their various ad campaigns. What kind of results are posted? You can find the following information (depending on the level of detail the author provides while entering the data):
  • The name of the advertising service(s) used,
  • The fees paid to run the ad,
  • The number of book downloads and the corresponding cost per download,
  • The book's genre and sale price, and
  • The book's title along with author comments.
IndieListers also provides links to the 250+ sites where you can promote your book. As I perused the database, I noticed (not surprisingly) that BookBub stands out as the leader in the number of book downloads, however, there are many other sites where authors experienced successful ad campaigns. If you're considering running an ad for your book and don't have a strategy on where to start, I suggest signing up for IndieListers and viewing the database information.

~~~

Here's an update on my Goodreads ad for my epic fantasy ebook Crimson & Cream. Since mid-February, I've had $18.50 deducted from my $20 payment from a total of 28 clicks on my ad. The ad's performance results to date are listed below
  • Total views of my ad on Goodreads: 126,357
  • Total Amazon sales during add: 4
The graph below displays the Goodreads statistics for Crimson & Cream during the ad period (shown inside the red box) and prior to starting the ad. As you can see, the Goodreads ad did create an uptick in activity (despite a dry spell in April) when compared to the period prior to starting the ad.
So even though I've yet to break even on the ad, I have seen an increase in exposure (for both Crimson & Cream and Mirrors & Mist), and overall, I think it's been a worthwhile (though not yet profitable) experience.

Author Update: I'm working on the second draft of Warlock & Wyrm, polishing the final three chapters before I move on to reading and editing the third draft.



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Title : More Info on Book Ads
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2016

Did you know there are over 250 websites where an author can promote their book deals and giveaways? To me, that number is daunting. How do you create a strategy to advertise your books with so many options and so little data on actual performance results?

I recently read a guest post on Indies Unlimited by Jason B. Ladd of IndieListers, a new website that features a free database of book promotion results. You have to sign up to view the results (and to enter your own data to share, if you wish), but registration is free, so I joined the site.

The IndieListers database displays actual performance results uploaded by authors on their advertising purchases. Currently, there are over 300 entries posted by authors on their various ad campaigns. What kind of results are posted? You can find the following information (depending on the level of detail the author provides while entering the data):

  • The name of the advertising service(s) used,
  • The fees paid to run the ad,
  • The number of book downloads and the corresponding cost per download,
  • The book's genre and sale price, and
  • The book's title along with author comments.
IndieListers also provides links to the 250+ sites where you can promote your book. As I perused the database, I noticed (not surprisingly) that BookBub stands out as the leader in the number of book downloads, however, there are many other sites where authors experienced successful ad campaigns. If you're considering running an ad for your book and don't have a strategy on where to start, I suggest signing up for IndieListers and viewing the database information.

~~~

Here's an update on my Goodreads ad for my epic fantasy ebook Crimson & Cream. Since mid-February, I've had $18.50 deducted from my $20 payment from a total of 28 clicks on my ad. The ad's performance results to date are listed below
  • Total views of my ad on Goodreads: 126,357
  • Total Amazon sales during add: 4
The graph below displays the Goodreads statistics for Crimson & Cream during the ad period (shown inside the red box) and prior to starting the ad. As you can see, the Goodreads ad did create an uptick in activity (despite a dry spell in April) when compared to the period prior to starting the ad.
So even though I've yet to break even on the ad, I have seen an increase in exposure (for both Crimson & Cream and Mirrors & Mist), and overall, I think it's been a worthwhile (though not yet profitable) experience.

Author Update: I'm working on the second draft of Warlock & Wyrm, polishing the final three chapters before I move on to reading and editing the third draft.



Thursday, April 21, 2016

How My Goodreads Ad Performed

In February, I spent $20 for a Goodreads ad for my epic fantasy ebook Crimson & Cream. To place an ad, Goodreads charges you for an initial set amount (a minimum of $10) and each click your ad receives deducts the cost per click (CPC) from your total amount paid. For example, if you spent $10 to start your campaign, and set your CPC to $1, you would get charged $1 for each click, up to ten, when your $10 would be depleted and your ad would stop running. You can set the amount you pay per click, although the instructions indicate the more you pay per click, the higher priority your add receives in placement. If you don't receive any clicks on your ad, Goodreads will refund your money upon request.

So far, I've had $11.30 deducted from my $20 payment from a total of 10 clicks on my Crimson & Cream ad. Here's an update of the ad's performance results to date (other than sales, these statistics are provided on your Goodreads Campaign Page):
  • Total views of my ad on Goodreads: 59,302
  • Total number of Goodreads members who clicked on my ad: 10
  • Total members who added Crimson & Cream to their reading list: 14
  • Total Amazon sales during add: 0
So far, I've seen no return on my investment as far as sales go, although there's a possibility that some of the 14 people who added Crimson & Cream to their Goodreads list may purchase the book at some point. Once my $20 runs out, I plan to try a Facebook at and see how the results compare with Goodreads. I'll share those results, along with the final Goodreads ad numbers, here as well.
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Spring Fantasy Giveaway: From April 21 through April 23, 2016Mirrors & Mist will be available for free on Amazon. During that same time, Crimson & Cream will be available for free on Smashwords with this coupon code: HS47W.

I'm advertising my giveaway on these websites, which feature free promotions: 
    • Armadillo ebooks
    • Ask David
    • Author Marketing Club
    • Awesome Gang
    • Book-Circle
    • Best eBooks Free
    • Choosy Bookworm
    • eBook Lister
    • eBook Stamp
    • eBookasaurus
    • eBooks Habit
    • eReader Utopia
    • Freebooksy
    • Free 99 Books
    • Frugal-Freebies
    • Ignite Your Book
    • Indie Book of the Day
    • It's Write Now
    • Kindle Book Promos
    • OHFB (One Hundred Free Books)
    • Reading Deals
    • The Daily Bookworm
    • The eReader Café
    • The Kindle Book Review
If you haven't tried The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy yet, now is your chance to do so at no cost.

Here's what readers are saying about Crimson & Cream and Mirrors & Mist:
  • "Every once in a while I come across a book that completely takes me by surprise--in the best of ways--and I absolutely fall in love with it CRIMSON & CREAM was one of these for me!"
  • "I loved this book! This book has it all; adventure, magic, myth, legend. Epic fantasy at it's best."
  • "...the most surprising book I read in 2016!"
  • "This is a story of survival that is full of heart and humanity."
  • "...an adventure tale of daring escapes and desperate discoveries filled with interesting characters, evil villains, frightening monsters, and black magic."
  • "I absolutely loved every minute I spent in this world. Your heart breaks for Jetsam, his band of orphans will make your heart ache with pity and feelings."
  • "...a surefire magnetic for reluctant YA readers."
  • "...will have you turning the pages as fast as you can..."
  • "C.M. Skiera has a wonderful talent for description and dialogue, and his characters are unique and interesting."
  • "I was never bored, never anything less than turning the pages to find out what happens next."
~ ~ ~

Author update: I'm 75% through editing and revising the first draft of Warlock & Wyrm, the third (and final) book of the Oxbow Kingdom trilogy.




2016 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title 2016, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

Title : How My Goodreads Ad Performed
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In February, I spent $20 for a Goodreads ad for my epic fantasy ebook Crimson & Cream. To place an ad, Goodreads charges you for an initial set amount (a minimum of $10) and each click your ad receives deducts the cost per click (CPC) from your total amount paid. For example, if you spent $10 to start your campaign, and set your CPC to $1, you would get charged $1 for each click, up to ten, when your $10 would be depleted and your ad would stop running. You can set the amount you pay per click, although the instructions indicate the more you pay per click, the higher priority your add receives in placement. If you don't receive any clicks on your ad, Goodreads will refund your money upon request.

So far, I've had $11.30 deducted from my $20 payment from a total of 10 clicks on my Crimson & Cream ad. Here's an update of the ad's performance results to date (other than sales, these statistics are provided on your Goodreads Campaign Page):
  • Total views of my ad on Goodreads: 59,302
  • Total number of Goodreads members who clicked on my ad: 10
  • Total members who added Crimson & Cream to their reading list: 14
  • Total Amazon sales during add: 0
So far, I've seen no return on my investment as far as sales go, although there's a possibility that some of the 14 people who added Crimson & Cream to their Goodreads list may purchase the book at some point. Once my $20 runs out, I plan to try a Facebook at and see how the results compare with Goodreads. I'll share those results, along with the final Goodreads ad numbers, here as well.
~ ~ ~
Spring Fantasy Giveaway: From April 21 through April 23, 2016Mirrors & Mist will be available for free on Amazon. During that same time, Crimson & Cream will be available for free on Smashwords with this coupon code: HS47W.

I'm advertising my giveaway on these websites, which feature free promotions: 
    • Armadillo ebooks
    • Ask David
    • Author Marketing Club
    • Awesome Gang
    • Book-Circle
    • Best eBooks Free
    • Choosy Bookworm
    • eBook Lister
    • eBook Stamp
    • eBookasaurus
    • eBooks Habit
    • eReader Utopia
    • Freebooksy
    • Free 99 Books
    • Frugal-Freebies
    • Ignite Your Book
    • Indie Book of the Day
    • It's Write Now
    • Kindle Book Promos
    • OHFB (One Hundred Free Books)
    • Reading Deals
    • The Daily Bookworm
    • The eReader Café
    • The Kindle Book Review
If you haven't tried The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy yet, now is your chance to do so at no cost.

Here's what readers are saying about Crimson & Cream and Mirrors & Mist:
  • "Every once in a while I come across a book that completely takes me by surprise--in the best of ways--and I absolutely fall in love with it CRIMSON & CREAM was one of these for me!"
  • "I loved this book! This book has it all; adventure, magic, myth, legend. Epic fantasy at it's best."
  • "...the most surprising book I read in 2016!"
  • "This is a story of survival that is full of heart and humanity."
  • "...an adventure tale of daring escapes and desperate discoveries filled with interesting characters, evil villains, frightening monsters, and black magic."
  • "I absolutely loved every minute I spent in this world. Your heart breaks for Jetsam, his band of orphans will make your heart ache with pity and feelings."
  • "...a surefire magnetic for reluctant YA readers."
  • "...will have you turning the pages as fast as you can..."
  • "C.M. Skiera has a wonderful talent for description and dialogue, and his characters are unique and interesting."
  • "I was never bored, never anything less than turning the pages to find out what happens next."
~ ~ ~

Author update: I'm 75% through editing and revising the first draft of Warlock & Wyrm, the third (and final) book of the Oxbow Kingdom trilogy.




Thursday, March 24, 2016

Pro Writing Aid Update

I've posted about Pro Writing Aid (PWA) previously, and compared the online editing tool to other similar products. As you may recall, I found their free editing tools an excellent resource, comparable to some for-pay services. I ultimately purchased their 1-year premium package, and was pleased with the additions offered in the for-pay product. Since then, my PWA premium subscription ($35 a year) expired, and in November, 2015, during a Cyber Monday 48-hour special, I signed up for PWA's lifetime membership ($50 at the time, regularly $120).

In January, PWA invited me to join their affiliate program, and I did, so to be transparent, if you buy their product through this website, I'll receive a commission on the sale. That being said, I used PWA for years prior to joining their affiliate program and find their editing tool outstanding.

In fact, while PWA's premium additions save time and increase the tool's efficiency and flexibility, the core editing functions are all available in the free version. If you're considering using PWA, I would suggest testing the free version before jumping to premium. Once you're familiar with the free online tool, judging whether the perks are worth the cost should be clear.

PWA offers a free, 75-page user guide available in pdf form. This instruction manual is a great tool for beginners and an excellent resource for learning everything PWA offers. I recommend browsing the manual first if you have any interest in the editing program, to get an idea of the tool's capabilities.

Until May 1, 2016, you can win a lifetime PWA membership in the $5,000 Publishing Package giveaway at Standoutbooks. I've entered the contest, and if you're interested in finding out more about the prizes and rules, click here. There--I've officially decreased my chances of winning.

Also, for a limited time, PWA is offering a free 25-page ebook--20 Editing Tips from Professional Writers. Many of these tips can also be found on the PWA blog, however, the ebook combines them nicely in one handy file.

Speaking of their blog, PWA posts articles on grammar and writing-related topics several times a week. It's a valuable source of free writing tips, and contains over four years of content for your perusal.

If you're interested in my opinions on self-editing tools, links to my other related posts are provided below:
Author Update: I'm currently editing Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, and am near the halfway point. My target is to provide a thoroughly self-edited manuscript to my editor in June.


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I've posted about Pro Writing Aid (PWA) previously, and compared the online editing tool to other similar products. As you may recall, I found their free editing tools an excellent resource, comparable to some for-pay services. I ultimately purchased their 1-year premium package, and was pleased with the additions offered in the for-pay product. Since then, my PWA premium subscription ($35 a year) expired, and in November, 2015, during a Cyber Monday 48-hour special, I signed up for PWA's lifetime membership ($50 at the time, regularly $120).

In January, PWA invited me to join their affiliate program, and I did, so to be transparent, if you buy their product through this website, I'll receive a commission on the sale. That being said, I used PWA for years prior to joining their affiliate program and find their editing tool outstanding.

In fact, while PWA's premium additions save time and increase the tool's efficiency and flexibility, the core editing functions are all available in the free version. If you're considering using PWA, I would suggest testing the free version before jumping to premium. Once you're familiar with the free online tool, judging whether the perks are worth the cost should be clear.

PWA offers a free, 75-page user guide available in pdf form. This instruction manual is a great tool for beginners and an excellent resource for learning everything PWA offers. I recommend browsing the manual first if you have any interest in the editing program, to get an idea of the tool's capabilities.

Until May 1, 2016, you can win a lifetime PWA membership in the $5,000 Publishing Package giveaway at Standoutbooks. I've entered the contest, and if you're interested in finding out more about the prizes and rules, click here. There--I've officially decreased my chances of winning.

Also, for a limited time, PWA is offering a free 25-page ebook--20 Editing Tips from Professional Writers. Many of these tips can also be found on the PWA blog, however, the ebook combines them nicely in one handy file.

Speaking of their blog, PWA posts articles on grammar and writing-related topics several times a week. It's a valuable source of free writing tips, and contains over four years of content for your perusal.

If you're interested in my opinions on self-editing tools, links to my other related posts are provided below:

Author Update: I'm currently editing Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, and am near the halfway point. My target is to provide a thoroughly self-edited manuscript to my editor in June.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

LibraryThing Giveaway Results

What is LibraryThing? In its simplest terms, LibraryThing is a website for creating your own professional-quality online book catalog. However, LibraryThing also connects people with similar reading tastes, recommends books to read based on your catalog and ratings, showcases local events, hosts groups and discussion boards, features book giveaways, and much more. Goodreads (and the former Shelfari) is probably the most recognizable service similar to LibraryThing, although they are not carbon copies of each other.

I'm going to focus on one specific function on LibraryThing; the LibraryThing Member Giveaway. These giveaways allow members (authors, publishers, and agents) to list books (paper, ebook, or audio book) for free giveaways. The giver pays shipping or provides ebooks via downloads or e-mail. The giveaway winners are randomly chosen by LibraryThing, and the book giver is provided information on how to contact the winners with their free books. A feature of the giveaway allows you to ask for reviews in exchange for the free book, and although there are no guarantees reviews will be posted, it's still a helpful reminder to the readers.

How is LibraryThing different from Amazon KDP Select giveaway or a Goodreads giveaway? LibraryThing allows you to give away ebooks and audio books, while Goodreads restricts its giveaways to print books only. Amazon KDP Select free days do allow you to include ebooks and audio books as well as print versions, however, LibraryThing's giveaway differs from Amazon in several ways. For one, in a LibraryThing giveaway, the author is responsible for distributing the books. While this method is inherently more work, you do receive the advantage of learning more about your readers than via Amazon's anonymous distribution, because you are the one who is mailing (or e-mailing) your book directly to the reader. This allows you to build your mailing list and keep track of your readers. Due to Amazon distributing your books directly to the customer, reader retention is not something you can achieve with a KDP Select giveaway.

I ran a one-month giveaway for Crimson & Cream during February, 2016. I offered 100 free e-books via Smashwords coupon downloads. Of the 100 copies available, LibraryThing members requested 59 ebooks.

Of the 59 winners, 35 claimed their books. This amount of downloads placed Mirrors & Mist in the #1 spot on the  Smashwords Fantasy category (ebooks with 50K+ words sorted by units sold).
As of today, I've received three reviews on LibraryThing and one new rating on Goodreads (which may be unrelated to the giveaway).

Of the 35 people who requested books, the majority were American (from 22 different U.S. states), although readers from Australia, Canada, Finland, Norway, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa and the UK requested books as well.

Overall, I am pleased with the results of the LibraryThing giveaway. To me, the return on investment was positive. The LibraryThing Member Giveaway process was easy to understand and implement, and not time-consuming, and I plan on doing it again.

Author Update: I'm currently editing Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, and would estimate my progress as about 20% completed. I also updated the cover of Mirrors & Mist (which you can see at the top right of this web page).


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What is LibraryThing? In its simplest terms, LibraryThing is a website for creating your own professional-quality online book catalog. However, LibraryThing also connects people with similar reading tastes, recommends books to read based on your catalog and ratings, showcases local events, hosts groups and discussion boards, features book giveaways, and much more. Goodreads (and the former Shelfari) is probably the most recognizable service similar to LibraryThing, although they are not carbon copies of each other.

I'm going to focus on one specific function on LibraryThing; the LibraryThing Member Giveaway. These giveaways allow members (authors, publishers, and agents) to list books (paper, ebook, or audio book) for free giveaways. The giver pays shipping or provides ebooks via downloads or e-mail. The giveaway winners are randomly chosen by LibraryThing, and the book giver is provided information on how to contact the winners with their free books. A feature of the giveaway allows you to ask for reviews in exchange for the free book, and although there are no guarantees reviews will be posted, it's still a helpful reminder to the readers.

How is LibraryThing different from Amazon KDP Select giveaway or a Goodreads giveaway? LibraryThing allows you to give away ebooks and audio books, while Goodreads restricts its giveaways to print books only. Amazon KDP Select free days do allow you to include ebooks and audio books as well as print versions, however, LibraryThing's giveaway differs from Amazon in several ways. For one, in a LibraryThing giveaway, the author is responsible for distributing the books. While this method is inherently more work, you do receive the advantage of learning more about your readers than via Amazon's anonymous distribution, because you are the one who is mailing (or e-mailing) your book directly to the reader. This allows you to build your mailing list and keep track of your readers. Due to Amazon distributing your books directly to the customer, reader retention is not something you can achieve with a KDP Select giveaway.

I ran a one-month giveaway for Crimson & Cream during February, 2016. I offered 100 free e-books via Smashwords coupon downloads. Of the 100 copies available, LibraryThing members requested 59 ebooks.

Of the 59 winners, 35 claimed their books. This amount of downloads placed Mirrors & Mist in the #1 spot on the  Smashwords Fantasy category (ebooks with 50K+ words sorted by units sold).

As of today, I've received three reviews on LibraryThing and one new rating on Goodreads (which may be unrelated to the giveaway).

Of the 35 people who requested books, the majority were American (from 22 different U.S. states), although readers from Australia, Canada, Finland, Norway, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa and the UK requested books as well.

Overall, I am pleased with the results of the LibraryThing giveaway. To me, the return on investment was positive. The LibraryThing Member Giveaway process was easy to understand and implement, and not time-consuming, and I plan on doing it again.

Author Update: I'm currently editing Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, and would estimate my progress as about 20% completed. I also updated the cover of Mirrors & Mist (which you can see at the top right of this web page).


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Opinions on Book Advertising

As I creep closer to finishing my epic fantasy trilogy, I'm also planning a more focused marketing effort once all three books are available. Part of my marketing plan will include buying advertisements to promote my books. So far, I've only used free promotions to market my two books, and have experienced the appropriate "you get what you pay for" returns.  Upon glancing at the myriad of options available to spend my advertising dollars on, my big ol' head spun like Regan MacNeil.

So, in addition to doing some research online, I posted a poll on the Google+ community Writers' Discussion Group (shown below) to try to get some idea of what platforms were working for other authors.


With 30 voters, this poll gives a glimpse into a small data set of what advertising platforms writers are using effectively (ads on Goodreads and Facebook). Unfortunately, 27% voted for the 'Other' category. From the comments beneath the poll, I gleaned that the 'Other' category included promotions on Amazon and Reddit, among others (some of which appear below, I suspect).

I also read a post on KBoards by author Patrice Williams Marks where she provided her experience with book advertising for discounted book promotions (e.g. Kindle Countdown, et al). Because the discussion is excellent and informative, I recommend reading the entire thread here, but I'll condense and paraphrase the contents pertinent to this topic.

Ms. Marks identifies her top six websites for advertising for discounted book promotions as:
  • Book Bub
  • EReader News Today (ENT)
  • Robin Reads
  • Booksends
  • OHFB
  • Bargain Booksy
Other sites that had multiple endorsements in this KBoards thread included Free Kindle Books and Tips, BooksButterfly, Fussy Librarian, Fiverr, Manybooks, Book Bassett, and Sweet Free Books. To give you an idea of how many sites offer book promotion packages, I started a list which currently contains over 90 different web sites that offer book promotion services.

Indies Unlimited is also currently running a survey of book promotion sites through the end of February. If you're interested in taking the Indies Unlimited survey, or reading the survey results in March, here's a link to their survey page; Book Promotion Site Survey for Authors.

Obviously, what's presented above is a only small slice of author opinions, and your actual results may vary. What's red hot today may be an ice cold afterthought tomorrow, but I hope this helps your promotion selection process a little. I'll share my own results once I start experimenting with paid promotions, but for now, I'm still learning and collecting data.

Author Update: I've  found the demarcation between the end of the first draft and start of the second draft to be a bit of a gray area, but for purposes of this update, I declare the first draft of Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy complete! So begins the second draft . . .


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As I creep closer to finishing my epic fantasy trilogy, I'm also planning a more focused marketing effort once all three books are available. Part of my marketing plan will include buying advertisements to promote my books. So far, I've only used free promotions to market my two books, and have experienced the appropriate "you get what you pay for" returns.  Upon glancing at the myriad of options available to spend my advertising dollars on, my big ol' head spun like Regan MacNeil.

So, in addition to doing some research online, I posted a poll on the Google+ community Writers' Discussion Group (shown below) to try to get some idea of what platforms were working for other authors.


With 30 voters, this poll gives a glimpse into a small data set of what advertising platforms writers are using effectively (ads on Goodreads and Facebook). Unfortunately, 27% voted for the 'Other' category. From the comments beneath the poll, I gleaned that the 'Other' category included promotions on Amazon and Reddit, among others (some of which appear below, I suspect).

I also read a post on KBoards by author Patrice Williams Marks where she provided her experience with book advertising for discounted book promotions (e.g. Kindle Countdown, et al). Because the discussion is excellent and informative, I recommend reading the entire thread here, but I'll condense and paraphrase the contents pertinent to this topic.

Ms. Marks identifies her top six websites for advertising for discounted book promotions as:
  • Book Bub
  • EReader News Today (ENT)
  • Robin Reads
  • Booksends
  • OHFB
  • Bargain Booksy
Other sites that had multiple endorsements in this KBoards thread included Free Kindle Books and Tips, BooksButterfly, Fussy Librarian, Fiverr, Manybooks, Book Bassett, and Sweet Free Books. To give you an idea of how many sites offer book promotion packages, I started a list which currently contains over 90 different web sites that offer book promotion services.

Indies Unlimited is also currently running a survey of book promotion sites through the end of February. If you're interested in taking the Indies Unlimited survey, or reading the survey results in March, here's a link to their survey page; Book Promotion Site Survey for Authors.

Obviously, what's presented above is a only small slice of author opinions, and your actual results may vary. What's red hot today may be an ice cold afterthought tomorrow, but I hope this helps your promotion selection process a little. I'll share my own results once I start experimenting with paid promotions, but for now, I'm still learning and collecting data.

Author Update: I've  found the demarcation between the end of the first draft and start of the second draft to be a bit of a gray area, but for purposes of this update, I declare the first draft of Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy complete! So begins the second draft . . .


Monday, February 1, 2016

Amazon UK E-book Giveaway

My epic fantasy adventure Mirrors & Mist is on sale at Amazon UK. Click here to get yours:


Because Mirrors & Mist is Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, I'm also offering the first book, Crimson & Cream, free on Smashwords with this coupon code: HB78A.

If you're unfamiliar with Smashwords, here are instructions on how to get your free e-book:

  • Step 1: Click on the yellow Buy button
  • Step 2: Smashwords will ask you to log in. Either log in or create a new log-in ID at the bottom section.
  • Step 3: Enter the Coupon Code HB78A on the Shopping Cart screen and click the “checkout” button.
  • Step 4: A link will take you back to a page that allow you to download the book in any of several electronic formats. Download the one that suits you and enjoy.

If you're not convinced this is a great deal, Mirrors & Mist currently has a 4.7-start rating on Amazon (and Crimson & Cream is 4.4 stars).
Jetsam fled Dwim-Halloe as a runaway orphan, escaping both a zealous bounty hunter and a dragon-obsessed fallen knight. Now, the teenager finds himself a fledgling apprentice to the infamous wizard Seryn Vardan, the Oxbow Kingdom’s most wanted fugitive. When Jetsam attempts a heroic rescue during a foray with his teacher, catastrophe strikes as Seryn is captured and slated for execution.

Jetsam vows to free Seryn from his mysterious captors before his public beheading in the city where they are both falsely accused of murder. With his canine companion, Jetsam attempts a risky homecoming by seeking aid from old friends. Can Jetsam save his beloved mentor from certain death, or will he once again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?
"CM Skiera has managed to write another spellbinding tale, expanding on the first adventure while also tying in Seryn's past." -- Shaykitteh's World of Books
"High adventure, dimensional scenes, sounds, smells and inner turmoil, it’s all here, all riveting, all addictive and an epic fantasy that will engage anyone with an eye for great storytelling."-- Tome Tender Book Blog
"Mirrors and Mist, book 2 of C.M. Skiera's Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, far surpasses its predecessor in just about every way. The characters are given more depth, there are more twists and turns throughout the increasingly complex plot, the action scenes are more exhilarating, and there is a bigger dose of emotion."-- Author Brian Beam
"Just like the first book, I think fans of classic High Fantasy will really enjoy this."-- The Reader's Hollow
"Once again, Mr. Skiera has given us another wonderfully written book." -- Books, Reviews, Etc.
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My epic fantasy adventure Mirrors & Mist is on sale at Amazon UK. Click here to get yours:


Because Mirrors & Mist is Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, I'm also offering the first book, Crimson & Cream, free on Smashwords with this coupon code: HB78A.

If you're unfamiliar with Smashwords, here are instructions on how to get your free e-book:

  • Step 1: Click on the yellow Buy button
  • Step 2: Smashwords will ask you to log in. Either log in or create a new log-in ID at the bottom section.
  • Step 3: Enter the Coupon Code HB78A on the Shopping Cart screen and click the “checkout” button.
  • Step 4: A link will take you back to a page that allow you to download the book in any of several electronic formats. Download the one that suits you and enjoy.

If you're not convinced this is a great deal, Mirrors & Mist currently has a 4.7-start rating on Amazon (and Crimson & Cream is 4.4 stars).
Jetsam fled Dwim-Halloe as a runaway orphan, escaping both a zealous bounty hunter and a dragon-obsessed fallen knight. Now, the teenager finds himself a fledgling apprentice to the infamous wizard Seryn Vardan, the Oxbow Kingdom’s most wanted fugitive. When Jetsam attempts a heroic rescue during a foray with his teacher, catastrophe strikes as Seryn is captured and slated for execution.

Jetsam vows to free Seryn from his mysterious captors before his public beheading in the city where they are both falsely accused of murder. With his canine companion, Jetsam attempts a risky homecoming by seeking aid from old friends. Can Jetsam save his beloved mentor from certain death, or will he once again be left homeless and alone with a bounty on his head?
"CM Skiera has managed to write another spellbinding tale, expanding on the first adventure while also tying in Seryn's past." -- Shaykitteh's World of Books
"High adventure, dimensional scenes, sounds, smells and inner turmoil, it’s all here, all riveting, all addictive and an epic fantasy that will engage anyone with an eye for great storytelling."-- Tome Tender Book Blog
"Mirrors and Mist, book 2 of C.M. Skiera's Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, far surpasses its predecessor in just about every way. The characters are given more depth, there are more twists and turns throughout the increasingly complex plot, the action scenes are more exhilarating, and there is a bigger dose of emotion."-- Author Brian Beam
"Just like the first book, I think fans of classic High Fantasy will really enjoy this."-- The Reader's Hollow
"Once again, Mr. Skiera has given us another wonderfully written book." -- Books, Reviews, Etc.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Dreaded Mailing List

Between the holidays and a very busy new year, I've found little time to blog. I'm going to use this post to help myself work through a personal hurdle. Everyone says an author must have a mailing list and an associated periodic newsletter. What makes having a mailing list a must? Readers are a valuable commodity, and a mailing list lets you keep track of your readers so you never lose contact with of any of them. This makes sense to me, and I do save all my readers' e-mail addresses.

The newsletter part of the equation is where I stumble and procrastinate. I can't convince myself that people would be interested in receiving e-mail updates from me. I've struggled with this for a while, and have finally come up with an idea that may instigate me into taking action. For 2016, I'm setting a goal of creating and sending a newsletter that contains a portion of my epic fantasy work-in-progress Warlock & Wyrm. Previously, I've posted my work-in-progress on Wattpad and Saturday Scenes (on Google+), so I thought why not give the people who are actually interested in my story a sneak preview, and an opportunity to influence the final product with their feedback?

In addition to an advance reading of Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, I'll also offer free copies of my first two books (Crimson & Cream and Mirrors & Mist) for anyone who signs up to my mailing list. So how does one sign up to this dreaded list? Just add your e-mail to the space in the column to the left where it says "Follow by Email." > > > > > >

If you sign up for my mailing list, I promise to:
  • Never sell or share the list with others.
  • Never, ever send spam.
  • Only send email for my blog and newsletters.
Author Update:  I'm  finishing the first draft of Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy and recently passed the 94,000 word mark. The end of the beginning is in sight!

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Between the holidays and a very busy new year, I've found little time to blog. I'm going to use this post to help myself work through a personal hurdle. Everyone says an author must have a mailing list and an associated periodic newsletter. What makes having a mailing list a must? Readers are a valuable commodity, and a mailing list lets you keep track of your readers so you never lose contact with of any of them. This makes sense to me, and I do save all my readers' e-mail addresses.

The newsletter part of the equation is where I stumble and procrastinate. I can't convince myself that people would be interested in receiving e-mail updates from me. I've struggled with this for a while, and have finally come up with an idea that may instigate me into taking action. For 2016, I'm setting a goal of creating and sending a newsletter that contains a portion of my epic fantasy work-in-progress Warlock & Wyrm. Previously, I've posted my work-in-progress on Wattpad and Saturday Scenes (on Google+), so I thought why not give the people who are actually interested in my story a sneak preview, and an opportunity to influence the final product with their feedback?

In addition to an advance reading of Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, I'll also offer free copies of my first two books (Crimson & Cream and Mirrors & Mist) for anyone who signs up to my mailing list. So how does one sign up to this dreaded list? Just add your e-mail to the space in the column to the left where it says "Follow by Email." > > > > > >

If you sign up for my mailing list, I promise to:

  • Never sell or share the list with others.
  • Never, ever send spam.
  • Only send email for my blog and newsletters.
Author Update:  I'm  finishing the first draft of Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy and recently passed the 94,000 word mark. The end of the beginning is in sight!