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Starting today (9/15/13) and ending midnight next Sunday (9/22/13), the e-book version of my paranormal/mystery novel “The Bridge” is available for just 99 cents on Smashwords and Amazon.
Smashwords covers Nook, Apple, Sony, and other e-readers as well as PDF copies of the book.
Amazon has the Kindle version. So take advantage of this opportunity while you can. Ghosts, police, psychics, shamans and a 300 year old bridge with a terrifying secret awaits you within the pages of this book. This novel is also the first in the Para-Earth book series. Book 2, “The Ship” will be coming this December and will follow two of the main characters in “The Bridge” as they journey to the west coast to bury one of their own.
Just click on the appropriate link below to get the e-book version that works best for you. And if you already have a copy, please help spread the word of this one-week special deal. Thank you.
As most of you probably know, my beloved laptop died a few weeks ago and I have yet to replace it. I will be getting a desktop computer towards the end of the month luckily. But in the meantime, it’s been hard not being able to access my novels and work on them. At least, that was the case until yesterday. I am now able to continue work on book #2 “The Ship” and am in no danger of losing any changes I make to it (at least as far as I know). And it’s all thanks to my G-mail account.
“THE BRIDGE” is back on Smashwords!!!
What does this mean? Those of you with Nook, Apple, Sony, and other e-readers can now get your own copy of book #1 in Para-Earth Series for just $1.99
Click on the link below to get yours. Remember, book 2 is coming in December so don’t fall behind. See where the paranormal/mystery all begins here.
I’ll make this short and sweet everyone. My laptop died a few days ago and it will be another week or two before I can get a new computer. So I won’t be posting much for a while. For those who are wondering, yes my books were on that laptop. HOWEVER… I did have the good sense to back up ALL my writings onto 2 flash drives.
See, I actually follow my own advice. I always tell people to have backup copies of your work just in case of things like this happening.
Anyway, I’ll try to update you all when I can on what’s happening. I’ll be accessing computers at my college and by using my wife’s computer like now for instance. I hope to be back real soon.
Take care and thanks for your patience everyone. I’m really eager to get back to my writing. I’m having withdrawals over here!!!
Okay gang, guess what I’m up to this week? I’m redoing “The Bridge”…AGAIN!
Let me clarify, I’m reformatting “The Bridge” specifically for Kindle e-readers. Last night I got a 3 star review on Amazon, which I’ve been anticipating for some time. I mean, in spite of all the 4 and 5 star reviews, it was bound to happen right? Of course. But when I read the review I was stunned to see where some of the problems were for this reader. They considered the story itself a 5 star read. But the editing and formatting were barely 1 star. Now I’ve known about the editing for some time and have plans in the very near future to get the book the professional edit treatment it needs. I’ll finally have the funds to do it, I’ll explain how that happened in another post.
But the formatting issues that were raised stunned me and I couldn’t help but smack myself in the head for being a fool. Especially, when I went over to Amazon and took a look at the sample of what the book looks like in Kindle form.
I had made the cardinal mistake of assuming that when I first created the book on Createspace and used one of their templates, that the system knew what it was talking about when it offered to send the finished product to Amazon for Kindle. BIG MISTAKE!
Now please understand, I do not own any type of e-reader. I’m still a “Turn-the-paper-page-by-hand” Man. So I never considered what the format might look like on an e-reader. What works for paperbacks does not automatically work for e-readers.
First off, I have a tendency to use space gaps to indicate when I’m changing points of view in any scene. But I also use those for entire scene changes. In paperback this is forgivable, but in e-reader format it can be confusing to the reader. And if the change happens between the bottom of one page and the top of another, it’s even more confusing for which I apologize folks. These things never occurred to me.
Plus, I got a good look at how the indentations appeared in the Kindle version. I nearly screamed. I had no idea the system would reformat things so unevenly.
So I’m reformatting the entire book right now specifically for Kindle e-readers. I’m also trying to do a bit of editing along the way, but it’s still a far cry from the professional job this book needs. Yet, I’m also close to having the money to get that done, which leaves me with a quandary. My KDP Select ends in about 10 days. Should I just go ahead and take the book down and send it off to be given a proper professional editing job and then put out a really good 3rd edition, along with the new formatting? Or just reformat for now and then have that much less to do after getting the book professionally edited?
I ask you all for your opinion on this. Personally, I’m leaning towards doing the reformat now AND then sending it off right away to the editor for a good makeover. Then re-releasing the book to Kindle, Nook, Sony the works as soon as the work is finished. My only concern is that this will leave me with no books on the market in the meantime. But a part of me thinks it might be worth the risk. What do you all say? Please leave your thoughts and comments below. I really need some feedback on this one.
Thanks. Take care and keep writing.
I want to thank everyone who participated and took advantage of getting a free copy of my paranormal/mystery “THE BRIDGE”. The first time I did a Free giveaway, less than 450 people took advantage of the opportunity. This time I did wee bit better… 896!!!
And to all of you who helped spread the word to others about the giveaway…THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! You gave me the opportunity to reach more people and hopefully turn them into fans.
I know a number of people will be saying, “Gee… too bad those weren’t actual money sales.” And they would be right. However, when you’re first-time author and trying to get your name out there, giveaways can be a powerful tool to get a fan-base started. I’ve heard from a number of people who keep telling me they loved the first book and are looking forward to the next one.
To date: 1408 copies of “THE BRIDGE” are out there in the hands of readers. Of those about 100 were actual paying sales. Now most of those people had never heard of me before and took a chance and from what I’ve heard, they were glad they did. Those new folks are eager to see what I come out with next and will quite likely be willing to not just wait for the free-versions. Yes, free giveaways are a gamble, but they can pay you back down the road, you just have to be patient.
Remember you’re in this for the long haul. JK Rowling, Stephen King and other greats did not make millions overnight. They had to get their names and products out there. But they had help in the form of publishing companies and agents. They still had to do a lot of self-promoting as well, don’t get me wrong. However, even with big name companies to help spread the word, but the authors had to get out there as well. The same holds true for us Indie Authors.
I know I’ve mentioned all this before in previous posts, but it still holds true. The greatest marketing tool is you the author. Go to local bookstores and find out how they choose books to put on their shelves. Especially local bookstores who may want to feature a new hometown author. The same goes for radio and television stations. Check your local ones and see if any want to interview you. Talk to local libraries and book clubs to see if they want a speaker to talk about e-publishing. Hold free giveaways on Amazon and Smashwords to increase your reader base. Those who love your book WILL tell their friends and recommend your work to them. It all takes time, have the patience and persevere. That’s all I can tell you right now.
If any of you who read this blog have extra advice please leave those suggestions in the comments section below. We’re all in this together and sharing our knowledge can help everyone. Until next time, take care and keep writing.
PS: My next entry will be my thoughts about KDP Select so stay tuned…
“THE BRIDGE” Book 1 in the Para-Earth series is free this weekend (August 10-12) for Kindle on Amazon. Here’s the link so can get your own copy. If you already have one, then share the link with everyone you know so they can get their own copy:
PLUS here’s the latest review:
“The Bridge” is a paranormal novel of highest quality.
When one of the protagonists, Veronica Ross, a cop of 20 years experience, witnesses a strange car accident and tells her lover (and second protagonist) Alex Hill about it, she doesn’t know yet, what she’s going to face.
She doesn’t know yet, that this case isn’t simply a police matter – no, it gets further than anything she’s ever experienced.
Not only does she find out that the case is deeply connected with her own past – she as well learns that her lover Alex is much more than merely a lover. There is in fact a loving and caring man by her side who is an anchor in her life – and well being – a man, with a past on his own and with abilities she had never expected.
There are in fact, several things to mention about this novel. I am a fan of supernatural novels. But during the past 15 years there were mainly female protagonists with special abilities. This time, “The Bridge”, offers a man with this gift. Even though it surprised me at first, I do admit that while reading the book, this fact seemed more and more natural and I did enjoy the book immensely!
The final battle to me seemed a tiny bit too extended, but I doubt this is something that can be “generalized”. I could easily imagine that another reader thinks exactly the opposite.
All in all I would say: To fans of the “Paranormal”: This book definitely is a “must-read”!