October 99p/c Sale, Book Promotion & Proofreaders Wanted…

WebsiteWUOctober Sale

Starting today, every week in October, one of my horror novels will be on sale for 99p/c. It’s the first time I have tried a Kindle Countdown promotion, and aside from sharing links on social media, this is the first time I have tried promoting my work in quite a while. But, I knew I couldn’t just leave this to Amazon. So, I have been trawling the Internet for Kindly book promotion sites, and then every night this week I have been uploading them. A lot of the sites seem very similar in structure, even down to author interviews having exactly the same questions and requirements–so, I hope they aren’t just multiple reskins of the same site. I also hope they aren’t closed markets with Indie authors promoting to one another. I will be keeping a close eye on my sales to see whether the countdown promotion and the uploading to the promotion sites do anything. I plan to do more uploading every week through October.

Promotion

These are the sites that I used where I could. [SOURCE]

$0.99 Thrifty Thursdays:

Each Thursday, they put up a post calling for anyone who has a book priced at 99¢ every Thursday. They will not post erotica, religious, or political books: http://www.indiesunlimited.com/category/indies-unlimited/thrifty-thursday/

Digital Book Today:

If you have a full length fiction novel with at least 25 reviews and an average rating of 4.2 stars, you can submit your book to be featured on this site for free. They do have a limited number of spaces you you need to submit early: http://digitalbooktoday.com/register-weekly-featured-great-read

Pixel of Ink $0.99 Bargain Book:

http://www.pixelofink.com/advertise/

Daily Cheap Reads:

If you have a 99 cent eBook that is not in the exclusive KLL and you would like them to consider posting it, they require a minimum of five reviews.   http://dailycheapreads.com/your-two-cents-worth/

Reading Deals:

They currently offer a free and paid option:  http://readingdeals.com/submit-ebook

eBook Lister:

Submit here: http://www.ebooklister.net/submit.php

Choosy Book Worm:

You can submit your book here: https://choosybookworm.com/free-ebook-promotion/

Awesome Gang:

Submit here: http://awesomegang.com/submit-your-book/

Free 99 Books:

Submit here: http://www.free99books.com/author/add

And the Awesome Gang (above) sent me the following links in an email:

Book Goodies.com – Free online book promotions with a large audience waiting to find good books. Use coupon code Awesome25 to save 25% off a featured listing.

Pretty-Hot.com – Home to the hottest books on the planet. Use coupon code Awesome to get $10 off a featured ad.

Book Reader Magazine – Submit an interview and get more free exposure. You can now submit your book and use coupon code kboards at checkout to save $10.

Discount Book Man – If your book is under $2.99 list it here. Coupon code for featured book is kboards to save $5.

My Book Place – Your place to find great books online! Submit your book and use coupon code Awesome25 to receive 25% off a featured listing.

Read Write Club – Great site with featured submissions and author interviews.

‘The Darkwood Mysteries’

I recently finished writing the 20th of ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’ and the last I need to write for the next run. Now, I will be going back to the earliest ones of the second run and editing those. I’m hoping the distance I have from those first drafts will make editing them easier. Then I will be ready for second and third edits.

Beta Readers & Proof Readers

Any of you lovely people want a first read and to proof read some or all of ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’? I can’t offer much in return, but I would place dedications to you in the front and thank yous in the back of each tale and any omnibus editions they might appear in. You might also get a character named after you.

If you’re interested then get in touch with me on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Reflecting on April (2017)… Resizing the past and formatting for the future…

BEHIND THE WRITING DESK_optIt’s been a couple of years since I have done any serious writing. That disappoints me so much. However, studies are over with and I have my life back. That study and work period reinforced that time is precious, and so I headed back into writing wanting to streamline what writing involves for me. That is cutting down the amount of writing related work that isn’t actually writing. April saw the website get a little spruce up, courtesy of my other half. ‘The Darkwood Mysteries’ is no longer a separate website, but a page on my author site, and soon I will stop using the social media accounts for this series and my self-help title ‘Get Over It’. That way I can just focus on one social media account as me, sharing whatever I find interesting, from writing, weirdness through to geek, to Victorian history and to self-help. Eclectic as I am. One of the last tasks before I get back down to writing was to reformat ‘Get Over It’… Formatting. What fun. I have learnt that images can be resized in a few ways, which, if you’re a novice self-publisher like me, you might find useful to know.

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Reflecting on February (2016)… Quality Control…

Another month has rushed by… and I’ve plodded along. No writing, and just a few emails in the quest for reviews. No responses as yet. I’m like a virtual salesman trying to get my foot in the door. Thankfully, work is behaving itself, I’m doing lots of gaming with my other half, cycling, and enjoying myself, which balances out pitching days of my week into writing. That’s not to say I’m not missing it… I need to knuckle down and get my studies done so I can get back to using that time for writing. Which, rather clumsily segues into a little worry I’ve had about quality control this month…

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Reflecting on December (2015)…

FB Square PackPresents. Family. Time off. More board games than a 3# year old man child has any reason playing. Food. More food, and still food to be eaten. Christmas has been and gone and been a great time, and I’ve done sweet FA in the writing department. Well, okay, I guess I’ve written two articles about coping with Christmas and New Years, which are now up at Buzz Feed in the community section in the hope of a little traffic for my self-help title, but nothing else. Always grateful for some likes and shares for those articles btw…

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Ivory–The Marked One…

Sadly not the title of a follow-up to my novel ‘Ivory’. Recently I made some changes to the details of my novel through Kindle. It was held up and removed from the store due to an undisclosed copyright infringement, which you can read about here. It was a stressful experience, but was resolved with a couple of emails, and you can read about that in the follow-up post. It shook me enough to take my books out of the KDP programme–I don’t want to commit my books to an exclusive deal if they can be so easily removed by a fake copyright claim. Especially as the that returned…

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It’s Alive! Aliiiiiive! Again.

Ivory Alive

‘Ivory’ is back on Amazon. Yup. After Amazon pulled ‘Ivory’ off the virtual bookshelf last week for an alleged copyright infringement, I sent an email asking for the details of the copyright infringement… Continue reading