Promotions and widening the field

Promotions and widening the field

Some of you may have already seen posts on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere saying that my latest book, The Frihet Rebellion, is currently FREE for the kindle on Amazon. I set the promotion to coincide with my birthday (yesterday, 29th March) and to last until the end of March (tomorrow). So there is (hopefully) little excuse not to download the book, even if you don’t intend to immediately read it. Hopefully, with it sitting on your kindle, you may be tempted at some point to give it a try. I hope so. That’s my devious plan anyway 🙂

If you do take advantage of this promotion, and you actually read the book, please consider leaving a review on Amazon. Reviews are important and impact who else might buy the book in the future. In other words, reviews can mean future income for the writer (me) as well as a wider readership. Even if you don’t like the book, review it! I’d rather have honest bad reviews than none. I like honesty in reviews (and elsewhere for that matter).

On the subject of wider readership, those of you who are writers, and have self published through Amazon, will know about KDP and how, in order to run something like this free promotion, you need to be exclusively tied to Amazon. That’s ok, for a short time, and as a way of running something like this promotion. But I haven’t signed up for automatic renewal, because, once this current session of KDP runs out, towards the end of May, I intend to publish The Frihet Rebellion on Smashwords as well.

The advantage of going with Smashwords is that, not only will my book still be available from Amazon, but it will also become available in various other formats (including epub, pdf etc.) and distributed to sites such as Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple and many more, with new ones being added quite regularly. This opens up a huge potential audience for my book, way beyond just Amazon.

At the end of the day, I would like my stories to be read by as many people as possible and, I hope, enjoyed by the majority of them. It’s always an amazing feeling to get good feedback from a reader, either through a review or personally, via email or messaging. It’s wonderful to know your work is appreciated and enjoyed by others. I write because I have stories I want to tell, but it’s an extra boost and added incentive to know there are others following those stories.

So, that’s where we are at the moment. The Frihet Rebellion is free on the kindle for today and tomorrow and, in June, anyone who wants to read it on another ebook reader or in a format other than mobi (kindle), will be able to do so via Smashwords.

Thank you for reading.

What about reviews?

There seem to be some differing opinions about book reviews out there among writers. This is my personal view.

I don’t think any writer should ever get so blase about reviews that they criticize others for drawing attention to them. Having a loyal following may mean you do not need to take any notice of reviews, or you may simply choose to ignore them anyway, but reviews are important to writers trying to build a readership and, for the many writers who suffer from low self confidence, a good review lets them know that somebody else out there actually appreciates their work. It is up to the individual writer whether they read their reviews or not but it is unfair to somehow consider it unprofessional to admit their existence (I do think it’s unprofessional to respond to bad reviews but that’s another issue). I like getting reviews, good or bad, because it shows me that someone is reading my work and that I’m not completely wasting my time when I write. Good reviews make me happy, bad reviews can hurt, but both show someone cared enough to sit down and type. I envy those writers who feel reviews don’t matter because they have reached a stage where they know that their work is appreciated and worthwhile. Not all of us are so lucky. So while I personally might not get ecstatic and do a happy dance at every review (because I’m far too boring for that) I will tell people about them because that review might just be the one that persuades someone to try my work who would not have otherwise done so. And yes, whether we like it or not, Amazon is the most important online venue to get your reviews. So, if you read, review it when you’ve done, and if you write… well, it’s up to you whether you take any notice or not but I think we really should listen to what the reader has to say, don’t you?