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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February 2016

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.
February 2016 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title February 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.

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February 2016

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.