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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