Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Leaving Smashwords and Other Tidbits

If you hadn't noticed, I gave my blog a facelift, mainly because Google offered some new free Blogger templates and you know I can't resist free stuff (or leaving well enough alone). If you spot any issues or can't find something that you liked on the old blog page, please let me know, and I will fix it.

All right then, on to the main topic. With the release of the third and final book of my trilogy looming on the horizon, I've decided to retool my marketing strategy. Because the majority of the ebooks I've sold have been through Amazon, I want to try maximizing the options available through KDP Select and plan on enrolling all three books through this exclusive Amazon service (currently only Mirrors & Mist is enrolled). Unfortunately, this means I'll have to pull Crimson & Cream from Smashwords.

I like nearly everything about Smashwords - the publishing help, multiple sales outlets, the 'meatgrinder' book formatter, free self-help guides, customizable coupons--just not ebook sales. Although Smashwords provides a fantastic infrastructure to give away free ebooks,  Amazon's sales are significantly better (for me, at least). I like pulling for the underdog, and hate to leave Smashwords, but since Amazon requires exclusivity to get the most out of their services, that's what I plan to do.

Although I haven't set a hard deadline for when I'll pull Crimson & Cream from Smashwords, consider this fair warning. I'll be giving away free copies right up to the end, so if you or someone you know may want to grab the book for free, click here and use this code: RK84U.

Regarding the Amazon ad I ran for my last Kindle Countdown Deal, the results were dismal.  My ad displayed 386 times ('impressions') but had zero customer clicks. The upside is that I didn't get charged anything by Amazon, since there were no clicks; however, that's small consolation.

After I ran my Amazon ad, I found C. L. Murray's blog post where he shares his strategies and results with Amazon ads. I highly recommend reading the post if you're interested in Amazon ads, and also recommend his debut fantasy novel A Facet for the Gem, if your looking for an exciting fantasy read (after you've finished Mirrors & Mist, of course). Based on C. L.'s advice, I'm going to take another shot at Amazon ads following his recommendations.

Regarding my last promotion, I didn't have much luck with my Fussy Librarian ad, either. I sold 3 ebooks the day the ad ran, which is quite a bit lower than sales results I've seen from sites like Ereader News Today (ENT) and BookSends (where I had 15 and 19 sales, respectively). I'll have another Countdown deal coming up in May, and will share my strategy with that promotion when the time comes.

Author Update: I'm crafting/refining the last chapter of Warlock & Wyrm, and am still on schedule for having my changes finished by the end of March (thought it's coming down to the wire). The book now stands over 131,000 words, which is so much more than I ever imagined, but I'm pleased with how the story has developed and feel I've tied up the many loose ends that were dangling.


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March 2017

If you hadn't noticed, I gave my blog a facelift, mainly because Google offered some new free Blogger templates and you know I can't resist free stuff (or leaving well enough alone). If you spot any issues or can't find something that you liked on the old blog page, please let me know, and I will fix it.

All right then, on to the main topic. With the release of the third and final book of my trilogy looming on the horizon, I've decided to retool my marketing strategy. Because the majority of the ebooks I've sold have been through Amazon, I want to try maximizing the options available through KDP Select and plan on enrolling all three books through this exclusive Amazon service (currently only Mirrors & Mist is enrolled). Unfortunately, this means I'll have to pull Crimson & Cream from Smashwords.

I like nearly everything about Smashwords - the publishing help, multiple sales outlets, the 'meatgrinder' book formatter, free self-help guides, customizable coupons--just not ebook sales. Although Smashwords provides a fantastic infrastructure to give away free ebooks,  Amazon's sales are significantly better (for me, at least). I like pulling for the underdog, and hate to leave Smashwords, but since Amazon requires exclusivity to get the most out of their services, that's what I plan to do.

Although I haven't set a hard deadline for when I'll pull Crimson & Cream from Smashwords, consider this fair warning. I'll be giving away free copies right up to the end, so if you or someone you know may want to grab the book for free, click here and use this code: RK84U.

Regarding the Amazon ad I ran for my last Kindle Countdown Deal, the results were dismal.  My ad displayed 386 times ('impressions') but had zero customer clicks. The upside is that I didn't get charged anything by Amazon, since there were no clicks; however, that's small consolation.

After I ran my Amazon ad, I found C. L. Murray's blog post where he shares his strategies and results with Amazon ads. I highly recommend reading the post if you're interested in Amazon ads, and also recommend his debut fantasy novel A Facet for the Gem, if your looking for an exciting fantasy read (after you've finished Mirrors & Mist, of course). Based on C. L.'s advice, I'm going to take another shot at Amazon ads following his recommendations.

Regarding my last promotion, I didn't have much luck with my Fussy Librarian ad, either. I sold 3 ebooks the day the ad ran, which is quite a bit lower than sales results I've seen from sites like Ereader News Today (ENT) and BookSends (where I had 15 and 19 sales, respectively). I'll have another Countdown deal coming up in May, and will share my strategy with that promotion when the time comes.

Author Update: I'm crafting/refining the last chapter of Warlock & Wyrm, and am still on schedule for having my changes finished by the end of March (thought it's coming down to the wire). The book now stands over 131,000 words, which is so much more than I ever imagined, but I'm pleased with how the story has developed and feel I've tied up the many loose ends that were dangling.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Fantasy eBook Deal & Giveaway

My Kindle Countdown Deal for Mirrors & Mist starts today and ends soon. You can purchase Mirrors & Mist for $0.99 on Amazon and get a free copy of Crimson & Cream on Smashwords with this code: WA98P.

My Amazon ad starts tomorrow and runs through Thursday. If you happen to spot the ad, I'd appreciate if you'd let me know, and provide your thoughts/feedback. The details and planning behind this Amazon ad are discussed in this post.

If you want a free copy of Mirrors & Mist, I'll gift the first three responders to this post a free e-book on Amazon. And if you have a spare moment, please help spread the word of this sale. Thanks for your continued support!

Crimson & Cream, Book I of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy

Hunted by greedy mercenaries and ferocious monsters, a luckless teenage orphan risks his life to discover and reclaim his stolen birthright.

Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy

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?

Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy (coming soon)

With the king and queen poisoned and the princess kidnapped, can the outlaw wizards Jetsam and Seryn save the kingdom that exiled them?

Author Update: The revisions to Warlock & Wyrm are nearing the finish line. To date, I've added five new chapters and over 25,000 words to the draft and am currently working on finishing the last two chapters.

March 2017 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title March 2017, 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 : Fantasy eBook Deal & Giveaway
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March 2017

My Kindle Countdown Deal for Mirrors & Mist starts today and ends soon. You can purchase Mirrors & Mist for $0.99 on Amazon and get a free copy of Crimson & Cream on Smashwords with this code: WA98P.

My Amazon ad starts tomorrow and runs through Thursday. If you happen to spot the ad, I'd appreciate if you'd let me know, and provide your thoughts/feedback. The details and planning behind this Amazon ad are discussed in this post.

If you want a free copy of Mirrors & Mist, I'll gift the first three responders to this post a free e-book on Amazon. And if you have a spare moment, please help spread the word of this sale. Thanks for your continued support!

Crimson & Cream, Book I of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy

Hunted by greedy mercenaries and ferocious monsters, a luckless teenage orphan risks his life to discover and reclaim his stolen birthright.

Mirrors & Mist, Book II of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy

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?

Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy (coming soon)

With the king and queen poisoned and the princess kidnapped, can the outlaw wizards Jetsam and Seryn save the kingdom that exiled them?

Author Update: The revisions to Warlock & Wyrm are nearing the finish line. To date, I've added five new chapters and over 25,000 words to the draft and am currently working on finishing the last two chapters.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Progress Update

I'm quite horrible at providing updates on my work-in-progress via social media. People don't care whether I've written 1,000 words or revised a chapter or had grilled cheese for brunch. And tweeting about it (or posting a photo of my dairy-centric sandwich on Facebook) feels like a waste of time for all involved. However, a few precious souls are interested in when the third book of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy will be released, and to those wonderful folks, I thank you wholeheartedly. This post is for you.

If you follow my little author updates at the bottom of my blog posts, I try to provide brief progress reports. And if you look back at those snippets, you'll find my projections are consistently overly-optimistic. I've always been an impatient person, and have worked on overcoming that (among countless other shortcomings) my whole life, with scant progress. Combine my recalcitrant impatience with the fact that I'm a predominantly lazy person, who enjoys random, unpredictable bursts of frenetic productivity, and you'll see a pattern of inaccurate forecasting emerging.

I've found that painting myself into a corner with deadlines sometimes spurs those elusive productivity bursts. Therefore, I'm setting a target to have the final revision of Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, completed and out of my hands by the end of March (2017). I'll send that well-polished version back to my editor, and hopefully, shortly after that, out to my beta readers (if you happen to be interested in beta reading, please let me know--the more the merrier). After my editor's last look, there will be an inevitable round of revisions, but I'm confident the story is in a good place and I can handle the changes in a timely manner.

I want to have Warlock & Wyrm in my beta reader's hands by the end of April. And if I've given you the impression that I've been twiddling my thumbs on this revision (i.e., draft number six), that's not the case. In addition to fixing a plethora of issues my editor pointed out, I've also added over 20,000 words to the novel. It seems my aforementioned impatience/laziness combo conspired to produce a story with a very rushed and threadbare ending. So I'm fixing that, and the book will be much better for it. But it will also take more time. I promise it will be worth the wait.

I'm also running my Amazon ad and a Kindle Countdown Deal next week, March 7 through March 9. You can pick up a copy of Mirrors & Mist for $0.99 and get a free copy of Crimson & Cream on Smashwords with this code: WA98P. And if you've read this far, and are impatient like me, and want a free copy of Mirrors & Mist as well, I'll gift the first five responders a free e-book on Amazon.


March 2017 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title March 2017, 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 : A Progress Update
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March 2017

I'm quite horrible at providing updates on my work-in-progress via social media. People don't care whether I've written 1,000 words or revised a chapter or had grilled cheese for brunch. And tweeting about it (or posting a photo of my dairy-centric sandwich on Facebook) feels like a waste of time for all involved. However, a few precious souls are interested in when the third book of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy will be released, and to those wonderful folks, I thank you wholeheartedly. This post is for you.

If you follow my little author updates at the bottom of my blog posts, I try to provide brief progress reports. And if you look back at those snippets, you'll find my projections are consistently overly-optimistic. I've always been an impatient person, and have worked on overcoming that (among countless other shortcomings) my whole life, with scant progress. Combine my recalcitrant impatience with the fact that I'm a predominantly lazy person, who enjoys random, unpredictable bursts of frenetic productivity, and you'll see a pattern of inaccurate forecasting emerging.

I've found that painting myself into a corner with deadlines sometimes spurs those elusive productivity bursts. Therefore, I'm setting a target to have the final revision of Warlock & Wyrm, Book III of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy, completed and out of my hands by the end of March (2017). I'll send that well-polished version back to my editor, and hopefully, shortly after that, out to my beta readers (if you happen to be interested in beta reading, please let me know--the more the merrier). After my editor's last look, there will be an inevitable round of revisions, but I'm confident the story is in a good place and I can handle the changes in a timely manner.

I want to have Warlock & Wyrm in my beta reader's hands by the end of April. And if I've given you the impression that I've been twiddling my thumbs on this revision (i.e., draft number six), that's not the case. In addition to fixing a plethora of issues my editor pointed out, I've also added over 20,000 words to the novel. It seems my aforementioned impatience/laziness combo conspired to produce a story with a very rushed and threadbare ending. So I'm fixing that, and the book will be much better for it. But it will also take more time. I promise it will be worth the wait.

I'm also running my Amazon ad and a Kindle Countdown Deal next week, March 7 through March 9. You can pick up a copy of Mirrors & Mist for $0.99 and get a free copy of Crimson & Cream on Smashwords with this code: WA98P. And if you've read this far, and are impatient like me, and want a free copy of Mirrors & Mist as well, I'll gift the first five responders a free e-book on Amazon.