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More About Gifting E-books…


A short while ago, I posted about gifting e-books and how simple it was.  For those who missed that entry, I’ll briefly recap the basic idea here.  When one goes to Barnes and Noble or Amazon, you have the option of ‘gifting’ an e-book to someone and having a notice sent to their e-mail that they have a new book waiting for them.  The e-mail will also provide a link so that person can claim their gift.  Pretty straightforward and simple right?  Of course it is.  But there’s also an added feature that allows you to determine when that e-mail goes out to the recipient.  You can schedule the day that e-mail goes out so they can be notified of the present on a specific day such as a birthday…

Christmas…

Hannukah…

or whatever the special occasion is.

*To see the full entry click here: http://allankrummenacker.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-holiday-season-is-coming-and-you.html

However, there was one little feature I did not mention at the time I posted that entry and that is, any sales made as gifts will NOT be reflected in your sales report.

Why?  Because until the gift is actually claimed by the recipient the sale is not considered FINALIZED.  I only found out about this recently myself when a person who had won a copy of “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” in a poetry contest run by my fellow author/blogger Aurora Jean Alexander (blog link: https://aurorajalexander.wordpress.com/).  I knew the sale had taken place from my end and that an e-mail had been sent to the recipient informing them the book was waiting.  But after several days I saw no sign of the sale on my KDP Report.  This confused me and as the weeks progressed I still did not see the sale show up, even though when I had ‘gifted’ someone an e-book previously the sale showed up rather quickly.

Puzzled, I got into contact with Amazon and was informed that until the gift was claimed the sale was not done and would not show up in the report.  I am following up with Aurora Jean to have her get in contact with the recipient to check their e-mail, specifically their ‘Spam’ filter, so they can claim their prize.

But this experience was an eye-opener for me and based on the number of thanks and kudos I got from fellow authors about my article on gifting e-books, I felt it important to share this new piece of information here.  I recently ran a 50% off sale on all the e-books in my Para-Earth Series and did not see much sales happening at all.  Then I remembered, I had mentioned in my advertising the benefits of ‘scheduling’ when the books should arrive and will be waiting until Christmas and Hannukah to see if sales were actually much better than I’d thought.

So the lesson here is patience my friends.  I still highly recommend gifting e-books and that all writers should mention the scheduling feature of when the book is to arrive.  Just don’t be discouraged if sales don’t seem to be picking up right away.  They may be waiting in the wings to surprise you especially around this holiday season.

So until next time.  Take care, be safe as you shop, and keep writing.

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WELCOME TO THE PARA-EARTH SERIES…

When I began writing  I wanted to create something new and different.  Something that could become an ongoing seriese, with recurring and new characters that would take the reader’s imagination to new places and introduce new concepts.  The result was the Para-Earth Series:  a unique blend of horror, paranormal mystery, with a science-fiction twist that would make the Twilight Zone proud.

 

Through these tales, I introduce both my characters and the audience to a whole new vision of Parallel Earths unlike anything you’ve seen before.  I hope you’ll join me on this journey as together we discover beings and realities found only in dreams.  The door is open and you are always welcome…

****UNTIL MIDNIGHT MONDAY JUNE 9TH YOU CAN GET EITHER OF THESE TITLE FOR JUST $1.49, half off the usual asking price of $2.99.  Or you can get both for $2.98****

 

 

BOOK 1 “THE BRIDGE”

Something waits…


Alex Hill buried his psychic talents for eighteen year.  But with with scream of tires and twisting metal, all this changes.

When his girlfriend, Police Sergeant Veronica Ross , is nearly run down by two teens he becomes concerned.  But upon learning that both the driver and passenger of the vehicle in question, had been dead for almost twelve hours before the incident, he knows what he must do…

 

BOOK 2 “THE SHIP”

Every ship needs a navigator…

 

 

 

Cassandra Elliott is a billionaire heiress, who has just come out of the closet.  She’s also a powerful psychic who has seen incredible and terrifying things.  

In fact just two weeks ago she and her girlfriend Julie Cloudfoot survived a terrifying experience.  Fighting alongside their friends Alex Hill and Police Sergeant Veronica Ross, they faced creature from a parallel reality, where evolution had taken a decidedly different turn.

As a result of that encounter Cassie and Julie have come to Santa Cruz, California to bury Julie’s uncle who fell to the creature.  They’ve also come to see if their new romantic relationship will work out.  Unknown to either of them an old adversary has followed them.

A white-haired man in a flowing black cape is lurking inside an old wrecked ship.  He has plans for Cassandra and will need her soon, but until then he must keep her safe.  However, a new threat appears, a legendary ghost ship arises from the sea and marks the girl as its next target. 

Soon the two women find themselves fighting not only for their lives, to be keep from being separated forever…

AVAILABLE IN ALL E-BOOK FORMATS:

 

KINDLE: amazon.com/author/allankrummenacker

 

NOOK, SONY E-READER, APPLE, PDF OR E-PUB FORMATS: 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

 

*PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW SO THEY TOO CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER!*

 

THANK YOU AND HAPPY READING.


****OKAY, TIME FOR A SPECIAL DEAL THIS WEEKEND****

 

With looming medical bills ion the horizon it’s time for me to raise some funds.  So I decided to run a half-off special over on Smashwords and Amazon for e-versions of my two books “THE BRIDGE” and its sequel “THE SHIP”

 

That’s right 1/2 off the $2.99 price.  Now you can get one book for $1.49 or both books for $2.98.  The price change has already occurred at Smashwords and should be available at Amazon starting tomorrow.

 

So  if you’re looking for an e-copy for your Nook, Kindle, Sony, Apple or even a PDF file for your laptop or desktop computer, click on the link below and start downloading the version you need.

 

And please share this with everyone you know.  The more the merrier and thanks for all your support.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/byseries/1383

 

 


****HOLIDAY SPECIAL****

 

From now until Christmas Day

 

 

The e-book version of Book 1 in my Para-Earth Series is available for all e-reader formats at Amazon and Smashwords for just $0.99 CENTS!  Within these pages you’ll ecnounter psychics, spirits and an old stone bridge with a terrifying secret.  Mystery, the paranormal and a sci-fi twist similiar to the old Twilight Zone series await you.

 

You can find a number of 4 and 5 star reviews can be found at both Amazon and Smashwords as well as get a sneak peak at the first few pages.  so take advantage of the opportunity to get to know the characters before book 2 comes out in February 2014.

 

For the Kindle version click on this link: http://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Para-Earth-Allan-Krummenacker-ebook/dp/B00B86DR9G/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1385995458

 

For Nook, Apple, Sony, PDF file, and all other e-readers click on this link to Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/272613

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*This is copied from my other blog “Musings of a Creative Mind”.  I’ve duplicated it here because I know I have different readers between the two blogs.  I hope you all understand and enjoy this entry.  Thank you.*

Okay, I know I kept a lot of you in suspense this week about what’s been happening on with my manuscript that is in New York.  Well, I followed up on it earlier this week and learned that it was finally looked over.  Now the way the agent who has it works is as follows.  She has recently hired a number of junior agents who do not represent clients yet, but read over manuscripts and decide whether they were good enough to pass on to the agent herself for review.  This weeding out process helps her out immensely, because she gets so many submissions and had built up a bit of a backlog.  My MS for “THE BRIDGE” had been in that backlog, which was why it took so long to hear back on it.
And the verdict is….
My very first manuscript is going to be sent on to the agent herself to read and considered for representation.  Now, the agent asked if I would like to see the comments and feedback from her ‘readers’ in case I wanted to make any edits before the manuscript gets to her.  I said I would.  I’m very curious to see what people had to say and where I might be able to improve the novel before the agent herself gets a look.  This is vitally important, because the first viewing of a manuscript is like making your very first impression with a boss or someone who you really want to impress.  And since I’ve never had anything published before to show my skills or a track record of success, so showing the agent a fully edited manuscript is a very important first impression with this agent.  So that is why I asked to see the comments and get the chance to do a few more edits before she gets to see it.   So now I’m just waiting for the comments and input so I can begin those edits.  After that, I will be sending the new draft to the agent and waiting for her to read it and get back to me.
As you can see, the road to being published the traditional way can be a long and winding one.  And it still doesn’t guarantee I’ll be accepted and taken on as one of her clients, that is still up to the agent.  But even if I fail this time I have options.  So do you my friends.  There is the E-book route, but one of the difficulties with that is promoting the novel to get the word out is entirely on you.  Now if you have a good network of people who can help spread the word and wish to go that way, more power to you.  But make sure you’re putting out the very best version of your piece.  Get someone who really knows editing to go over it with a fine-tooth comb first.  Remember, instead of making a good first impression with an agent, you’re going to be trying to make a great one with the public who you want to love your book.  Be careful, take the time to get things done right.  Don’t rush just so you can say, “Hey, I’ve got a book out there…”  Make sure it’s a great book and that the grammar, the characters, the plot, everything is just right.  An agent can help you make sure all of that is taken care of and that you’ve come out with a fantastic product.
That’s all for now.  In the meantime, I will be working on the sequel to “THE BRIDGE”, which now stands at 65,000 words and is 2/3’s of the way done.  I’ve tentatively titled the sequel “THE SHIP” and takes up with two of the characters from the first novel, along with two sinister beings who survived from the first novel.  “THE SHIP” also introduces a new threat that is far more dangerous than either of the two sinister entities stalking my main characters.
Until next time, keep writing everyone.
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