Monday July 10, 2017, I began giving six of my novels away on Amazon Kindle.
I try to run some sort of promotion every six months. Last year, I ran the promotion over the 4th of July holiday with just okay results. I spent a good deal of time planning this promotion over a month in advance and began scheduling ads on various book advertising sites that also send out email blasts and have a great many subscribers.
I applied as well for a BookBub feature but yet again (for about the 10th time) my book was not chosen. Believe me, I know there are authors who’ve submitted ten times that so the rejection isn’t anything new and certainly not personal. That isn’t what makes me anxious.
It’s the personal amount of advertising I do here on my web site as well as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Believe me, I’m working it with all I’ve got! Then periodically throughout the day, I check my stats on KDP to see how it’s going and then my ranking on Amazon. Can you say STRESS?!
Meanwhile, I’m trying to work my day job, be normal and not think too much about it. Ha! As if that’s going to happen. I’m a writer. My brain doesn’t ever shut off, even when I’m asleep.
I’m trying to stay optimistic but to be honest, I’m just not seeing the results I’d hoped for. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. The best you can do is stay optimistic and be grateful that at least your books are getting out there. At least with what little budget you have, you’re doing something to try and reach your goals.
Two and half more days to go! I’d love to hit 10,000 downloads by Midnight Friday. Would you like to help me?
All you need to do is share this post and magic could happen!
Come and get your free books! Click the photo to go to my author page on Amazon and join me on my fantastic voyage!
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Do you like to be swept away to another time and place?
Is your Kindle well stocked for your summer vacation?
That’s the beauty of books! We can take them anywhere or enjoy them at home, and yet still travel to far off destinations in our imagination.
I’m offering up six of my historical fiction novels from July 10 – 14, 2017, for FREE!
The Fireflies series explores a paranormal and spiritual mystery surrounding an Irish immigrant family in the 1800’s. Travel from Ireland to America,in two of my books and immerse yourself in a simpler yet mysterious time where family is everything yet there’s much more lurking beneath the surface. (I’ll give these a PG rating)
The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales series is an entirely different adventure, chock full of romance, swashbuckling, intrigue and danger at every turn. A female pirate and her equally as daring cousins, set off for a new life in a new world and find themselves caught up in the gritty and often times bloody world of pirates during the golden age. Love, lust and greed ensnare them but they aren’t damsels in distress! They’re strong willed, capable young women and the world is their oyster…if they can find the elusive pearls they seek! (Let’s just say these aren’t for the faint of heart. I give them a strong over 18 rating)
Get them all in your hot little hands this week! Thank you in advance for your patronage and please, authors thrive on reviews. If you have a moment to leave one, I’ll deeply appreciate it!
What a lovely review from an even lovelier lady!
- Title: Fireflies
- Amazon Author Page: P. S. Bartlett
- File Size: 789 KB
- Print Length: 324 Pages
- Publisher: Self Published
- Publication Date: September 2, 2015
- Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014UAKSIE
- Formats: Paperback and Kindle
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban, Irish, Historical Fiction, Literature & Fiction
IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:
“Dr. Owen Whelan and his wife Sarah have seven bright and expressive children. However, one of them is very unique; he’s been followed since birth by lost souls.
However peculiar Ennis Whelan has been for the first six years of his life, not until the day he found the bird did the degree of his strangeness become so tangible.
Ennis claimed it flew away.
His sister Teagan was about to bury it.
Teagan becomes increasingly suspicious of his odd behavior, but their mother dismisses her claims; that is until he starts healing people.
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For my blog stop, I’ve chosen a previous blog which I felt is timeless and that expresses who I am as a writer, completely.
I hope you enjoy it!
And that’s good enough for me.
I tell stories. I have a few awards so I suppose that means I don’t suck at writing. However, even with six novels and a novella to my credit, as well as hundreds of blog posts, I do not nor would I ever call myself an expert in anything. Nor would I dare to offer advice on the best way to do this or that, simply based on my own experience. I worked hard and I wrote from my heart, soul and gut. I was published. I went from being a writer to an author in the span of less than a year. How did I do it?
I wrote. I focused on my goals and did it my own way. That’s exactly how you should do it too; regardless of what your own way is. Just please, the only rule I stand by 100% is EDITING. If you are transitioning from writer to author and actually publishing a novel, pay someone to edit for you. Please, for all our sake’s.
Every situation is different. I’ve made mistakes but I’ve learned from each and every one; some bigger lessons than others. Regardless of what writing technique you use or formula you choose to follow, if you don’t approach that formula with a positive attitude and maintain the ground rules firmly at the heart of it with honesty and humility, you can really end up unhappy with the results of your work. Try it your own way first! Experiment! You may be creating a formula that only works for you and that’s perfect!
Every time I begin a new project that will hopefully evolve into a novel, my knees knock, my mouth waters, my heart races and hands tremble. That my friends is fear – fear I’ll write fifty thousand words and suddenly decide I’m unhappy with the story. Fear that my loyal readers will not like the behavior of my characters and even my main character. Fear that a beloved character may die a horrible death and my readers will wish the same for me…figuratively of course.
NEWS FLASH: Readers will love your story and readers will hate your story and it really has nothing to do with you. How they feel is about their own taste and that’s fine. 🙂 That’s how it should be!
- Do you outline your book?
- What kind outline? Detailed or more like a guideline?
- Do you just let your characters lead the way and pray they aren’t taking you down the rabbit hole?
I would never presume to tell anyone what is right and what is wrong with how they approach a project. Doing what you are comfortable with and what you see as a plan and system you can live with and work well with is to me, far more important than following some text book guideline laid down by someone or someones who think they are the expert.
I’m not an expert on anything – I’m a writer. I ONLY want to be a writer when I write. I don’t want to offer you advice, let you cry on my shoulder and most importantly, I won’t tell you how you should do anything. My experience is mine. Go get yours. Don’t be be afraid to spread your wings and fly!
“On giving writers advice, offering “rules.” I’m asked a lot about this, and people bring great lists of rules for writers to the page all the time. What do I think? I can’t say it loud enough. There are NO RULES for all writers! And never let anyone tell you that there are. Writers are individuals; we each do it in our own way. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re not a “real” writer because you don’t follow their rules! I can’t tell you how much harm was done to me early in life by others judging me in that way. I was told in college I wasn’t a “real” writer because I composed on a typewriter; I was condemned later on in damn near apocalyptic terms for “not writing every day.” “Real writers” are those who become “real writers.” That’s all there is to it. And again, we each do it in our own way. For me, stubbornness has been as important as any talent I might possess. I ultimately ignored the people who condemned me, ridiculed me and sought to discourage me. I laughed or cried over it in secret; and went right on writing what I wanted to write, the way I wanted to write it. I knew of no other way to become the writer of my dreams. If you want to be a writer, go for it. Critics are a dime a dozen, and people who would love to see you fail are everywhere. Just keep on going; keep doing what works for you. Keep believing in yourself.” ANNE RICE
I’d listen to this woman before I’d listen to anyone else. She’s 100% right.
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And don’t forget, all of the following books are FREE until February 17, 2017!