Monday, January 28, 2013

The Grand Experiment continues...

After last Fri/Sat's free promotion on KDP Select, I had over 200 'borrow' downloads and 2 buys for 'Arlo and Jake Enlist' and 'Genome'.

So 200 people have a chance to view my work for free and hopefully post a review. Much better than a swift kick in the butt!

I had my expectations a little higher, but in reality I had no clue what to expect. I tweeted as much as I could and posted on my FB page and here on my blog. A few family and friends helped out with FB postings as well.

I'm going to try again as soon as I get Book Two of the 'Arlo and Jake' series out. That seems a good time to offer up the first book for free.

I'm also going to see if maybe there were more ways I could have advertised the promo. Hey, I'm new at this, I'm going to fumble the first few tries. ;-)

I'll keep you up to date with the results. So far it's a 'meh' from me. Seems to have drawn 'some' interest, but I'm not sure taking my books off B&N for 90 days has done much good.

Let me know what your experience has been for 'Select' or other promo programs.

Thanks and be cool.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

'Arlo and Jake Enlist' is free for 2 days!

This Friday and Saturday I've made 'Arlo and Jake Enlist' free on Amazon. Get it Here!

I'm running this 2 day promo to see if I can muster some interest/readership in this series before I publish the second book, 'Arlo and Jake Galactic Bootcamp' at the end of Feb.

Please pass the word.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Let's try something new...

After way too many searches, blog slogs, forums finds , tweet beats, FB forages, etc, etc, etc, I've put both 'Genome the novel' and 'Arlo and Jake Enlist' on KDP Select and removed them from both B&N and Smashwords.

For now.

Smashwords has been a total bust for me. Not a single sale in 10 months. 1 Download in 10 months. Nada, zip.

B&N did OK the first few days for each book. That's when my friends and family bought the book ;-) After that maybe 3 sales. I don't know to whom the sales were made so could have be friends but probably not.

Amazon has been my biggest market seller by 75%.

So. For 90 days you can 'borrow' the books as well as buy them.

I'm hoping that they get some much needed exposure and find some readership that will prime the pump for the second 'Arlo and Jake' book in the series, 'Arlo and Jake Galactic Bootcamp'.

It's an experiment. Who knows what will happen. But if I don't try, I'll never know.

Wish me luck, me Buckos!

Be Cool.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

7 Writer Challenge Pass On

I was tagged by one of the awesome authors in my short story group, Karen Einsel. The idea is to keep up with other author works by posting a 7 lines from my current work and looking at the 7 lines from 7 other authors.
Karen's blog is at Karen's Different Corners, please check out her writing and blog.

So here's the 7 lines from 'Arlo and Jake Galactic Bootcamp'. It's the second book in my SciFi spook series 'Arlo and Jake'. Jake is a retired software widower spending his 'golden' years on the beach in Port Aransas, eating hot wings and drinking Fat Tire by the case. Arlo is his pet chameleon. Hey, it's funny, man, trust me ;-) The secound book picks up our heroes as they start Space Bootcamp.

'Arlo and Jake Galactice Bootcamp'
I slide into the booth and press a small icon on the service panel in the table surface. “Earth.  African savannah.  Dusk.  Thunderstorm,” I say into the intercom. Since no one else has requested a view, the screens morph from the star field to an amazing African storm. The lounge feels like it’s been transported to a spot just under a huge baobab tree, looking out into a rolling storm. Lightning flashes off in the distance and deep thunder sounds from around the lounge.
“Nice,” says Arlo as he walks down my arm to a small branch like perch that morphs up from the surface of the table. His eyes are bouncing back and forth to the vista on the screens. “Now there’s a place a lizard could learn to love."

Here are my candidates to keep the cursor bouncing. No pressure, ladies and gents, 'do or don't do' as Yoda would say. My thanks to Karen for considering me in your blog! Keep writing, everyone!

Steven A Writer's Haven
John John Patric Lowrie
Mackenzie Mackenzie Brown Books
David David P. Perlmutter
Vanessa Vanessa Wester
Joanne Joanne Phillips

Saturday, January 5, 2013

I'm a guest blogger! Cool!

Way cool. I got a 'guest blogger' spot on Jill Edmondson's blog. Take a peek! Among her other writing, Jill is the author of the Sasha Jackson Mysteries series; think 'Sex and the City' meets 'Nancy Drew'. Check out her blog here!

I'm very thankful to Jill for asking and posting my comments.

This is another example of how 'social media' marketing can expand your readership and possibly gain some exposure to potential reader, reviewers and other writers.

I'm at 10,000 words on 'Arlo and Jake Galactic Boot Camp' and pushing through the 'what do they do now' middle part. The beginnings and ends seem to flow pretty well, but making the middle of the story interesting is challenging. I want the reader to be pulled along to the third act, but there needs to be stuff along the way that's really interesting and fun.

And I'm making sure that Arlo has a bigger part in the plot. He's developing into a 'real' character rather than just a wise-cracking side-kick. That's what I wanted all along.

Time for that second cup of coffee. I need to finish kicking Jake and Arlo out the portal door for EVA suit training. There has been a micro-meteor strike on the Triumph's hull not far from their training site so Jake, Arlo and Pixie are going to investigate as part of the training. I wonder what their will find?

Be cool, all. Write!