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.

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Celebrate Spring With The Village Witch

Omnium Gatherum, publishers of Hard Winter:The Novel, The Village Witch and The Last Harpy, have launched a contest to win some goodies for The Village Witch – including ebook and paperback copies. Entering is as simple as sharing the good news.

Take a look at it here… and good luck!
Celebrate Spring with The Village Witch

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Promotional coupon at Smashwords until 31 January 2014

SPECIAL OFFER!

The Lion On Androcles only 99c at Smashwords.com until 31 January 2014 using the coupon ZR72Y at the checkout. That’s $1 off the normal price.

Available in a variety of ebook formats, including kindle and nook.

CLICK HERE for Smashwords and The Lion On Androcles

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Cathysweightlossdiary

ImageFrom 2001 through to 2012 my wife, Cathy, ran a popular website called cathysweightlossdiary. At its simplest it was a blog following her continual battle with food, health and weight, but as she created all the pages herself from scratch (using Dreamweaver) and also created many non-diary pages of everything from holiday pictures to song lyrics it neither looked like a blog, nor was held back by the restrictions placed on most blogs. Eventually the ease of Facebook and WordPress combined with other demands on her time meant the website died. But I have all the pages on my computer!

I am working on translating this website into book form. It will not have the often eccentric layouts and colour schemes of the original, but I hope it will preserve the essence and humour of my wife’s “diary” entries and act, as the website did, as both an interesting look into someone’s life and a help and inspiration to the many men and women struggling day to day with their weight and health issues. It’s at times funny and other times sad but always written with my wife’s simple, casual and readable style. My own editing will be kept to an absolute minimum.

The plan is to make it available in both ebook and paperback format. Even if no one buys it, I’m enjoying putting it together and it will nice to have my wife’s words alongside mine on the bookshelf 🙂

One final note – as I’m working on it, it seems to me that it might require more than one volume in order to prevent the paperback version becoming too large. I don’t think any of us realised at the start of this project just how many words and pictures Cathy put online over the years!

Needless to say, even though I am the one putting this together, Cathy will have final editorial say on whether it works or not.

As with my Dad’s writing a short while ago, it’s nice to bring someone else’s words into publication every now and then as well as my own.

After this… Cathy’s poetry – she wrote a lot of it when she was younger and I think it’s good! 🙂

Update – 8th March 2013

Time for a quick update list I think. Here’s what’s happening in my writing world at present.

Latest Release:

Waiting:

  • 3 short stories still out there, waiting for responses

Writing (no final titles yet):

  • My first (possibly only) zombie based novel/novella, 15,800 words so far (sorry it’s not further along Steve!)
  • Horror novel, 42,40o words so far.
  • Science Fiction novel, 11,300 words so far.

 

Planning:

  • Liberation Of Worlds, Book 2 in The Szuiltan Trilogy, sequel to The Szuiltan Alliance.

Currently Available:

 

Hard Winter: The Novel available NOW!

Hard Winter: The Novel

Hard Winter: The Novel

My latest work, Hard Winter: The Novel, published by Omnium Gatherum, has been released into the wilds in both paperback and kindle versions today, 15th February 2013.

For more information Click Here or on the cover image above.

PLEASE NOTE: There is some confusion on the amazon listings between the newly release novel and the original short story. The covers are noticeably different but please be careful you are purchasing the correct one until this problem can be sorted out. If it doesn’t say “The Novel” on the cover, then it’s the short story.