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Writers' Cafe / Want to Win A Bookstore?
« on: February 01, 2018, 03:11:55 am »
I don't know if Writer's Cafe is where this belongs - but here goes nothing!!!

Anyone out there ever think about moving to Pennsylvania and opening up a small bookstore? Here's your chance to WIN one!!!

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/writing-contests-online-editor/how-to-win-a-bookstore

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Writers' Cafe / Anyone read any funny typos lately???
« on: October 22, 2017, 06:31:34 pm »
Okay, so my wife just burst out in laughter after reading this line in the novel that she is reading...

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Pete reached over and stoked my thigh.

Would have been funnier if Pete hadn't been the name of her first husband... ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Seven Audiobooks in Seven Days...double-whee!
« on: October 22, 2017, 02:00:35 pm »
I remember that there USED to be a thread for all of those mini-accomplishments that we prawnie writers make.

Well, I don't know where it has got to but I want to announce that I have sold SEVEN audiobooks in the last seven days. That's without advertising or promotion of any real significant manner. Considering that I have just climbed into the audiobook arena very recently I am pretty stoked.

So yes - I'll say it again - WHEEE!!! ;D

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Okay - for all of you Kindle readers out there, celebrate Caturday, but grabbing a free copy of my e-book, CAT CALL!

It's free today only!

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074DPT769
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074DPT769
Canada – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B074DPT769

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Writers' Cafe / A Spelling Question...SOLVED!!!
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:28:02 am »
Okay, so I'm a pretty good speller - but I have just received a message from KDP that the title of my latest story, DEAD MAN'S SALUTE has been misspelled.

Can somebody tell me where I'm going wrong here?

Use small words. I'm old and slow...
:)

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The Book Bazaar / What's Your Favorite Witch Book?
« on: May 13, 2017, 01:17:42 am »


Let me tell you about my Witch StoryBundle. We've got ten very different novels about witches - and you get to name your price!

Just check out all of the details right here!
https://storybundle.com/fantasy

That's right - from the end of April and the start of May – exactly six months from Halloween – has always been a time for witches, magic and the influence of the Other World in pagan folklore. The Celtic festival of Beltane is traditionally observed on May 1st, and April 30th is also known as Walpurgis Night – or in Germanic folklore Hexennacht, literally "Witches' Night."

What better time, then, to partake in the Witchy Bundle, your chance to grab a collection of ten truly magical books that involve witches of one sort or another. This collection takes us all across our own world as well as into other lands that touch upon ours. There are American witches and witches battling the Nazis in war-torn Europe. There are dark twists on fairy tales and witches in the wild west. There are witches who don't know they have the power or the sight until dire need comes upon them.

Thrillers, fantasy, romance, horror, mystery – there are books here to suit every taste - so grab it today!
https://storybundle.com/fantasy

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Okay, so now that I have got the blatant self-promotional commercial out of the way why don't you tell me what your favorite Witch book was?

Anne Rice's THE WITCHING HOUR?

Roald Dahl's THE WITCHES?

Gregory Maguire's WICKED?

Kim Harrison's DEAD WITCH WALKING?

The Wizard of Oz?

I want to know!

 ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Surviving a Shoot-out in a Car!
« on: April 24, 2017, 03:31:36 am »
Okay, so we've seen Bruce Willis and Clint Eastwood do this about a billion times - but have you ever wondered HOW they survive an automotive shoot-out?

This is for all of those action writers out there.

Swing on over to Fiona Quinn's ThrillWriting blog and give this a read!
http://thrillwriting.blogspot.ca/2017/04/the-great-escape-surviving-car-ambush.html

And if you AREN'T following Fiona Quinn's ThrillWriting, what are you waiting for?
http://thrillwriting.blogspot.ca/

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Writers' Cafe / Too gory? I am seriously confused...
« on: November 07, 2016, 03:23:30 am »
I am seriously confused by the latest review of my short e-book SHOTGUN CHRISTMAS.

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DNF, Simply too graphic for me even though I love horror.

Too gory? Really?

Shotgun Christmas is one of my softer tales, not horror in the least in spite of the somewhat misleading cover image.

Just take a peek at the look-inside and see what I mean.

I am seriously and deeply confused. I've sent a message to Amazon but I don't see where the reviewer has broken enough rules for me to just get the review taken off.

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Writers' Cafe / Come and listen to my tales...
« on: October 31, 2016, 03:29:46 am »
For all of you folks out there who have been wanting to hear me tell some Nova Scotia ghost stories, here's a podcast of me telling a few.

Happy Halloween, folks.

http://www.nighttimepodcast.com/episodes/29-haunted-halifax-steve-vernon

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Writers' Cafe / Midnight Mouse Hunt
« on: September 21, 2016, 08:50:27 am »
All right, so this doesn't have a thing to do with writing other than the fact that it demonstrates my storytelling acumen (which is the opposite of acu-women) and it ought to give you a STRONG hint to rush out and buy about 6 or 12 of my books.
:)

This popped up on my Facebook Memories from a year ago. I call it MIDNIGHT MOUSE HUNT.

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So it's 10:30pm and I'm just finishing up in the washroom before curling up with a book and I hear this tiny scuttling.

A mouse scampered out.

Fortunately, the bathroom door was closed and the light in the bathroom is very bright. I seized the handle of the plunger and began chasing the mouse through the bathroom.

BANG! BANG! BANG!

Up the vanity.

BANG! BANG! BANG!

Around the sink.

THUD! THUD! THUD!

Into the towel hamper beside the sink.

Then I carefully fished the towels out one by one while my wife Belinda Ferguson, awakened from a deep sleep by a mysterious thumping and banging was wondering if her husband was having some sort of a seizure behind the bathroom door.

"DON'T COME IN!" I calmly shouted.

Three face cloths left in the hamper and I began playing a rousing game of three-face-cloth-mousie in the bottom of the hamper as the mouse ran from underneath one face cloth to underneath another face cloth - and Monty Hall was nowhere in sight.

BANG! THUD! BANG!

The last bang ALMOST got him except he bounced out of the hamper, flew through the air and landed in the heap of towels that I had scattered on the floor.

THUD! BANG! THUD!

I calmly and coolly hyperventilated just a little as I gingerly fished each towel up off the floor and shook it a little before dropping it into the hamper.

Finally I nailed the little [illegitimate person].

"GOT HIM!" I shouted.

"Are you dead yet?" My wife asked. "Should I dial 911?"

I covered the mouse up with some paper towel and said a few holy words to go along with the unholy words I had been muttering in amongst all of that thumping and banging and then I carried the mouse outside and dropped his carcass at the end of the sidewalk where the crows come to feed every morning.

"Go back to bed," I told my wife. "The crisis is over. Your man is a mighty hunter."

:)

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Writers' Cafe / How many of you hand-sell?
« on: August 10, 2016, 06:10:51 pm »
Hands up - how many of you actively hand-sell your paperbacks?



That box that you see on the table beside me was the actual display of the fellow who was selling books beside me. He didn't even bother setting a few copies out to look at. He just sat there with that cardboard box, wondering why folks weren't drawing near. I offered him a few extra book stands to set up a display but he stubbornly refused.

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Writers' Cafe / Steve Vernon's Last Stand at the Comedy Alamo!
« on: July 22, 2016, 10:10:52 am »
All right - so I am getting desperate here.

Swing by this COMEDY BOOK WEEK Facebook event tomorrow and watch me sweat. So far, I am playing to a packed house of two, counting myself. Come as you are. Boxer shorts are optional. Bring a body. Live bodies are optional as well.

https://www.facebook.com/events/214528312277095/

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Writers' Cafe / An easy question
« on: May 02, 2016, 05:48:34 pm »
Can somebody please click on the cover of TATTERDEMON (see signature) and tell me how much it costs?

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Meet Lady Macbeth, a high school librarian, ex-assassin, and part-time kelpie, whose mother wanted to name her Hemorrhoid at birth.

Now she has to take on a Sea Hag, eight legs of Godzilla-ugly poured into a bucket full of meanness along with the help of a one-woman army named Rhonda, a 200-year-old Sea Captain, and a hunky lighthouse keeper who won't admit that he's dead as well.

KELPIE DREAMS is a funny, action-packed, paranormal shoot-em-up romance novel for folks who HATE to read romance novels.

PLEASE pre-order a copy today!







AND for those good folks in the UK, try this link below.


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Writers' Cafe / Promoting a preorder - any suggestions?
« on: April 11, 2016, 06:46:37 pm »
What is the best way to go about promoting a preorder?

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Writers' Cafe / Promoting $2.99 books - a small success
« on: March 22, 2016, 10:59:14 am »
It is a long walk through March.

So I bumped my prices up the other day.

Most of my books are $2.99 - except for the short stories, which I sell for 99 cents. Only problem was I had taken part in a few 99 cent promotions over the last few months and a half a dozen or so books were down to 99 cents - and procrastination lead to me leaving them at 99 cents.

Only problem was they were the only books that were selling.

So I just bumped everything back up to $2.99 right across the board.

And now I am at a flatline. I've been flatlined for sales over the last week. March has been rather brutal - but I would like to hold fast on that $2.99 price tag just because 33 cents a book royalty just does not cut it for me.

So - I know of LOTS of places where I can promote 99 cent promotions.

And I can't afford Bookbub right now, even if they would look at me.

Do any of you suggestions for where to promote a book at $2.99?

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Writers' Cafe / Being homeless...
« on: March 22, 2016, 04:55:05 am »
I already told this story on the Kindle Scout thread - but if it is all right with the moderators I would like to take the liberty of posting it on the common board here for everyone to read. This is a story I would really like to tell.

I have got the day off from work today. I had a little leave time left at work and I took it to give me time to tell some stories at an event going on tonight here in Halifax. The local homeless housing society contacted me a while ago and asked me to come and tell a few stories at an event being put on at their largest apartment complex that they set up to give housing for families who find themselves out of doors.

This is a special event to me - although I have not let on to the organizers just how personally special it really is. You see, about twenty-five years ago, shortly following a divorce, I decided that I needed to do something different to shake up my existence. I was too broke to buy myself a sports car and besides, I did not know how to drive. I was also just a little too old AND too broke to attract too many young shapely cheerleaders. No sir, that just wasn't happening either. So I decided to go on the road and I took a job planting trees out in British Columbia - maybe 3000 miles away from Nova Scotia. I had talked to quite a few folks who had made an awful lot of money planting trees and I figured that if I get myself out there I was going home with a backpack full of money. So I got in behind of my thumb and poked it out into the wind and hitchhiked across country to work for about a month in the British Columbia high north, up in the Rockies. The only fly in my ointment was that I totally sucked as a tree planter. I mean Johnny Appleseed looked down from storyteller heaven and said something along the lines of "My golly, but you sure stink, buddy."

So I gave it up as a bad idea. I dropped my gear right in the middle of the planting grounds and called my foreman several names that I cannot print within this forum without resorting to such colorful punctuation as #&@%!!!

You have to understand that I was a little steamed at the time.

You stand on the side of a Rocky Mountain in the middle of a clear cut that looks kind of like a post-apocalyptic nightmare, without a lick of shade and about two hundred degrees of sunshine mixed with thin mountain air and about 150 pounds of tree seedlings and a shovel hanging off of you and just see how even-tempered you would tend to be.

Let's put this whole thing into a financial perspective.

I had come to British Columbia with about $35.00 in my pocket and I headed back home with about $9.00 in my pocket.

No word of a lie.

I got back to Halifax and I had nowhere to stay. I had been sharing a house with a half a dozen university students but the lease had slid and the house was being renovated and the only fellow left to keep an eye on the house was a very privileged fellow - and the only tenant in the house whom I hadn't been able to really get along with. He and I never fought, you understand - but we never did really ever learn how to tolerate each other. Just the same, I had a few months left to the lease - even though I wasn't paying anything on account of the house was being renovated.

So I took a chance and I pitched my tent in the backyard. I stayed there the whole summer and I worked every day at every single stinking little casual job I could find. The local Salvation Army had a work hall where I would go and odds are receive a ticket to go and work as a casual laborer. I chopped wood and broke ice and painted houses and raked leaves and moved furniture and cleaned a church and did whatever rotten stinking job the work hall boss handed me. At the same time I had my name in at three different employment agencies and found occasional work through them. I also checked the job boards at the university that I had been attending previously.

Every day I came home fully expecting to find my tent and sleeping gone, but thankfully that never happened. Nobody stole it and the young fellow minding the house either grew a heart or just lacked enough of a backbone to try and antagonize me by trying to rid me of my only belongings. It did not help that I had discovered an unlocked swing window in the basement and I swung in every morning to shower and use the toilet. I usually got out before he woke up but a few times he caught me and he always asked me "I don't suppose you'd tell me how you are getting in here." but I just let him wonder. If he didn't want to get up early enough to see how I was doing it, I was not going to enlighten him.

Understand that I am not bragging here. I hated the fact that I had to resort to such tactics but I had to keep myself clean enough for certain jobs.

Well, by September I had managed to scrimp enough to rent a two room bachelorette (that's what the rental agreement called it) in a local rooming house that was known as "The Bucket of Blood". I'm not kidding about that nickname. It seems that a tenant was killed there many years ago and the nickname had stuck. There was a shared kitchen and a shared bathroom and I had a living room and a bedroom and my own refrigerator and that was enough to keep me off of the street.

It had been a near-run thing.

If my tent had gone missing or if I had come down with a cold or a flu or if I hadn't been able to make enough money to pay the deposit to rent the room I might just as easily have fallen through the cracks. I was as close to being a bum as I ever wanted to be. I learned a heck of a lot from that experience but I still remember how close I had come. I remember walking the streets of Halifax on the weekends with a hockey bag over my shoulder picking up enough bottles to give me just enough money to put a jug of milk and a loaf of bread and a couple of tins of beans and a package of wieners in my fridge. I can still see the sight of "normal folks" stepping across to the other side of the street to avoid me coming with that big old hockey bag full of empty beer and pop bottles.

All I needed was a leper's bell.

We are all that close to the edge. A missed paycheck or two can shove any of us over. I was lucky enough to not fall too far but by golly it was a near run thing - so I am happy to get this opportunity to meet some folks who have walked that road and are just stepping up from it.

I grew an awful lot of stories from all of that experience that year. I met an awful lot of really interesting people at all levels of life. I talked with truckers and bums and madmen and dreamers alike. These folks have all found their way over the years into my books and my poetry. I learned how not to give up and how to keep on trying and I learned a work ethic that has never let me down since then.

I also learned that I suck as a tree planter.
:)

Have any of you folks walked that close to the edge?

How has it helped you in your writing?

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Writers' Cafe / The Sweetest Two Words
« on: January 28, 2016, 06:59:29 am »
The sweetest two words in the entire universe of a writer's existence has to be "The End".

Whew.

I've just finished a novel. I'm not going to tell you that it is the very best novel that anyone will ever read - but it is the very best that I have written in a long old time. I had a whole year or two of dry stretch - getting my mind cluttered with things that do not matter. I won't call it a writer's block. I would not dignify it with that particular statement. I was writing things - through it all. Stories and novellas and blog entries and a multitude of kboard comments - but this is the first full-sized novel that honest-to-god really feels like I finally know what I am doing again.

Let me tell you it feels really good.

:)

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I've hit the three digit mark for Amazon a couple of months before but October and November marks the very FIRST time that I earned in the triple digits - SOLELY from Amazon, two months in a row.

I'm stoked.

I sold 291 books in October and made $125.00 US, not counting my KU2 page allowance and the lovely US to Canada conversion rate.

So far in November I have only sold 207 books - but I am up to $116.00 - and I have several good Black Friday promotions lined up for the weekend.

Now I've got to figure out how to keep this roll running through December.

I am truly freaking stoked about all of this. I've been schlepping along in the double digits for way too long. Now I just have to figure a way out of the 1 hundreds and get it up into the 2 hundreds.

:)

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Happy Monday!

Here are six new stories to SERIOUSLY creep you out!

The Hunter's Heart - a dark retelling of the Snow White legend, told from the hunter's point of view.

The Other Side Of The Moon Is A Lonely Midnight Shadow - an eerie werewolf tale, set in a strange steampunk kind of wilderness.

The Bridge - in a post-apocalyptic wasteland the last motorcyclist meets a very strange obstacle.

Something In The Pine Resin - she was only a ship's figurehead, wasn't she?

A Wriggle of Maggot - he brought something home from the war, something to be passed down.

A Hole Full of Nothing - the hard and brutal tale of a teenage fight club, based on a true story.

WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING ABOUT STEVE VERNON'S WRITING!

"If Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and Robert Bloch had a three-way sex romp in a hot tub, and then a team of scientists came in and filtered out the water and mixed the leftover DNA into a test tube, the resulting genetic experiment would most likely grow up into Steve Vernon." – Bookgasm

Grab it for free today!



And it is free for those folks in the UK, as well. :)


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Writers' Cafe / The Simple Joys of A Book Signing
« on: October 25, 2015, 03:55:27 am »
Yesterday morning, bright and early, my wife drove me down to a small local Farmer's Market and I paid my table fee and we set up my books and sat down and got to work.

This is how a writer has to do it sometimes. He has to hunker down in the craft shows and book fairs and the farmer’s markets and smile and nod and talk to people – and hopefully sell a few books.

Let me give you folks a few nice moments.

Right off the bat Bill Mont – a fellow who owns Devil’s Island – one of the most haunted locations in Nova Scotia stopped by to test my knowledge of Nova Scotia in general and Devil’s Island in particular. He was grilling me, basically - the way that some cantankerous old gents like to do with us 57 year old whippersnappers - and I was pleased to see that I actually passed his test. I had my names and dates straight and I wasn't just some dumb goomer pulling hand-fulls of wishful thinking out from underneath his hat.

(and before you get to feeling sorry for me I'll have you know that I have indulged in my share of young-feller-grilling)
 ;)

A little later a nice young fellow showed up and told me that he had read all of my ghost story collections and that his buddy Andrew was my very biggest fan. Sure enough, shortly afterward a friend of mine who was working her own table overheard this young man on his cell phone saying to his friend – “Hey, if you want to meet the famous ghost story author STEVE VERNON, you ought to get right down here to the Forum right away.”

(it’s true – he apparently said my name in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS)

Twenty minutes later ANDREW showed up and shook my hand and told me that he was my biggest fan and he bought a copy of HAMMURABI ROAD and I am pretty sure that he may have broken one or two of his teeth, he was grinning that hard.

Yup, moments like that make a writers day.



(I get done selling books I'm going to start calling Bingo...)

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Writers' Cafe / Can a Cover Make a Difference?
« on: October 20, 2015, 09:00:38 am »
Just take a look at the cover I have been using for my hockey/vampire novella, SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME.



Now take a look at the cover that I recently purchased from k-boarder Christine (also known as cagnes).



You tell me which book you would choose if you had to go STRICTLY by the covers alone?

I've been really happy with Christine's covers.

Here is a shot of the very first cover I bought from her.



That's for an e-book that is about two weeks away from completion. I haven’t decided whether or not I will shoot it into the Kindle Scout program or just release it on my own. A lot will depend upon whether or not A BLURT IN TIME makes the cut on Kindle Scout.

(and I know how tired you folks must be from hearing me yammer on and on – blah, blah, Kindle Scout, blah, blah, nominate)

Speaking of which, Bayou Cover Designs also was the creative force behind the cover for my YA novel, A BLURT IN TIME.



Take it from me – a good cover can mean a whole lot of difference in immediate sales. If any of you k-board writer-types reading this out there happen to be looking for a good cover artist why don’t you swing on over to Bayou Cover Designs and check out some of their premade covers or else hire Christine to do a cover just for you.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BayouCoverDesigns?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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Hi everyone!

I've been messing with indie publishing for over three years with mixed success. This year I have decided that I want to hit the puree button on that mix and see if I cannot speed things up a little bit.
I have planning out a very large promotion for some time now. The promotion will involve THE TATTERDEMON OMNIBUS -- a book that has so far been one of my best indie sellers. Which means my sainted maiden aunt, three bums from the local park, and my pet cat all think that my book is cool.

I am taking a page from the Book of Salvador and I have decided to gamble a chunk of money on this promotion.

I do not wish to give ANYONE the sense that I ACTUALLY know what I am doing.

I don't know what I am doing.

I am totally lost, somewhere between west-what-the-f**k and north-by-don't-you-dare-drag-that-Dane-into-the-mix.

In fact - you couldn't be more lost if you burned the map and then stirred up the ashes into a funky sort of ink that you used to freehand your own map with your eyes tightly closed. Stomp on the GPS and cram your pocket compass somewhere that I would rather not talk about right now.

So let's get right down to the promo.

The Tatterdemon Omnibus -- usually about $2.99 depending on which way the wind happens to be blowing has been recently marked down to 99 cents. I marked it down about a week and a half before the promo was scheduled to take place and I have been Tweeting and Facebook quietly about this price change and have jogged a few loose sales from a few happy Tweeterers and Facebookogians.
Those are technical terms, by the way. You might want to go and Google them, the next time you are about six drinks into a bottle of strong Scotch.

I set it up this way under the theory that this "soft" opening would bump up the Kindle ranking just enough to give the illusion that this book was written by someone who could actually write and even maybe sell a few books.

THE TATTERDEMON OMNIBUS
Current ranking -- as of October 20th, 2015.
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#263 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Fairy Tales
#271 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales
#377 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales
Twenty reviews -- 4.3 out of 5 stars average.

PROMO DETAILS
October 24: My Book Cave (free)
October 26: BookSCREAM ($25.00)
October 26-31: Kindle Book Review Halloween Party ($40.00)
October 27-31: Discount Bookman ($3.00)
October 27: Book Candy Studios (free)
October 27: Just Kindle Books ($28.00)
October 28: Fire and Ice Promo ($5.00)
October 28: Buck Books ($12.00)
October 28-30: Awesome Gang ($10.00)
October 28: Book Tweeter ($9.00)
October 28-30: Kobo 99 cent promo (free)
October 29 - eBook Bargains Today (free then - but it costs now)
October 29: bknight on their Kindle site -- ($5.00)
October 29-31 Choosy Bookworm (free, but no guarantee)
October 29 -- Book Sends/Pixel of Ink - ($50.00)
November 2 -- Robin Reads ($15.00)

Total spend: $202

Note: Some of you will point out that I missed a few obvious choices but I am simultaneously running a big promo on my historical horror novel, DEVIL TREE and I used some of the other sites that you might name for them. I am hoping that the boost between the two novels will help stir up some heat for the rest of my work.
I am also (naively) hoping that this big push will stir up a few more nominations for my Kindle Scout Campaign for A BLURT IN TIME -- my novel of time travelling toilet terror.
Or at least that is the plan.

This is a bucket-load of cash investment for me and I feel sick to my stomach just a little bit thinking about how much I just threw at this book -- but I figure if I am going to break the running double-digit monthly royalty curse and try and reach a more regular triple-digit monthly royalty that I have to take some action now.

So here goes nothing.

Jump in and buckle up and yell Geronimo, Sonny-Jim. This here driver does NOT know what he is doing.
:)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCDKJQ3Z8bU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCDKJQ3Z8bU</a>

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Writers' Cafe / FREEBOOKSY works!!!
« on: October 08, 2015, 06:22:13 pm »
I don't want to make a formal prawny promotional page out of this - but I just wanted to let you folks know that FREEBOOKSY works!

My freebie promotion for IN THE DARK AND THE DEEP is going on from October 7 to October 10.

Yesterday I opened without much promotion and moved 53 free copies.

This morning the promotion went live on FREEBOOKSY and the numbers went wild as I gave away 776 free copies of IN THE DARK AND THE DEEP.
http://www.freebooksy.com/2015/10/08/freebooksy-horror-feature-2015-10-08/

That's 829 freebie copies in two days.
 8)

Mind you the book was also listed on JUST KINDLE BOOKS and SWEETFREE BOOKS as well.

JUST KINDLE BOOKS - http://www.justkindlebooks.com/free-in-the-dark-and-the-deep/

SWEETFREE BOOKS - http://sweetfreebooks.com/todays-book-deals/


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Writers' Cafe / BOOK BARBARIAN raises its prices...
« on: October 01, 2015, 03:14:42 am »
All good things must come to an end - or what is down must sooner or later go up.

:)

BOOK BARBARIAN just announced that it was raising its prices - right after I had signed up with them for my first BOOK BARBARIAN promotion. I know, I know - it's my fault. It was probably my breath. I should have brushed my teeth just a little harder before I submitted to them. Combing my hair and a little breath freshener might have been a plan as well.

On the other hand, they have made a second interesting announcement.

Here's their letter.

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Authors and Publishers,

We want to thank you for your support over the last six months as we grown our business by leaps and bounds. When we first offered advertising spots in March, we had 4,300 die-hard science fiction and fantasy fans on our mailing list and 4,000 fans on our Facebook page. Since that time we have more than doubled in size reaching a total of over 10,500 email subscribers and 8,500 Facebook fans.

Sales of discounted books and free downloads have risen as well. We currently average 35 sales and 1,300 free downloads per book. Authors and publishers are increasingly taking advantage of these results with September 93% booked for fantasy and 77% booked for sci-fi.

We are very proud of these achievements.

As a result of our growth we have decided it is now time to move away from our introductory pricing. Starting October 1 we will institute a tiered pricing structure. This will bring our advertising rates more in line with the results we deliver and closer to what the rest of the market currently charges. The new rates are as follows:

Free ($25) | <$1 ($15) | $1-$2 ($20) | $2+ ($30)

If you have already booked a spot in October or November at the introductory pricing level you will not be charged anything additional.

We will continue to limit advertising spots to two sci-fi and two fantasy slots per email. However, we are instituting a new promotion method we think you will like. Early sales data indicates this could be a great way to boost sales.

Starting October 1 we will allow advertisers to submit the first two books in a series as part of a double feature. Both books must be on sale and will be featured together as one listing. You can find an example of this here - http://bookbarbarian.com/life-by-rebecca-belliston/.

You will need to pay for the two books individually according to our new pricing structure, and submit each book separately. Use the same sales date for both books and tick the checkbox at the end of the form to let us know you want the new double feature promotion. It’s up to you how you want to structure the sales price of the two books, i.e. first free, second $0.99.

This new double feature promotion will be a great way to get additional exposure for a series and hopefully get readers hooked with the purchase or download of two great books instead of just one.

Going forward we'll be on the lookout for even more innovative ways to connect authors and readers. We also plan to keep growing our email list each month through a variety of different methods.

We look forward to your continued partnership with BookBarbarian and wish you the best of luck with your book sales.

Regards,
Will Turnage
Founder, BookBarbarian.com

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